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When A Man Loves: Episode 1

It’s time for a whole new crop of premieres, with When A Man Loves headlining MBC’s foray into the competitive Wednesday-Thursday timeslot. We’ve got a gangster with a heart of gold, a Candy with a heart of ice, and at least three shirtless scenes for our hunky hero. Does it all come together in a compelling narrative filled with unexpected twists or meaningful turns? Not really. Is it at a Dr. Jin level of unintentional humor? Not quite. Or is it not yet?

This isn’t something I’ll be recapping long-term, but to put the first episode ratings in perspective: ManLove generated a not-so-hefty 6.6%. To be fair, Episode 2 jumped to 10.1%, so at least there’s room to grow.

 
EPISODE 1 RECAP

We begin seven years in the past. A group of black-suited thugs emerge from a black car (no, we’re not watching IRIS 2) to stop outside a small bookstore.

Among them is the protagonist of our story, HAN TAE-SANG (Song Seung-heon) as he denies his fellow gangster the right to break through the door. Ah, so the bookshop ajusshi must owe some money.

Instead, Tae-sang wants to break in himself, and uses his own tie to wrap around his knuckles as a safeguard. It seems like he’s done this before, though the modern gauntlet proves useless as Tae-sang punches his way through the window instead of using a perfectly functional door, causing his hand to bleed. What was the point of using that tie, again?

Tae-sang decides to menacingly read a book while his lackeys threaten the ajusshi to pay up on his debt. Among them is LEE CHANG-HEE (Kim Sung-oh), who refers to Tae-sang as his boss. As in, Look what you made my boss do! He’s having to read!

The ajusshi’s pleas for more time don’t help him, and Tae-sang gives him the time it’ll take for him to finish the book to find the money. Man should’ve picked up a travel guide instead of a hardback novel, because he’ll be there a while.

In terms of poor, hard-working heroines, SEO MI-DO (Shin Se-kyung) might take the cake right out of the starting gate – we find her in line to receive free rice in her father’s place.

A local news agency tries to interview her due to her age and circumstance, but she ends up throwing the bag of rice at the reporter as she yells, “You want to know how it feels to need charity?!”

She stomps off, riceless. Lucky for her, one of the good-hearted spectators from the welfare line offers to help her by carrying the two rice bags she left behind. This is LEE JAE-HEE (Yeon Woo-jin), who’s not in the least bit perturbed that Mi-do has too much pride to show any gratitude as he soldiers on with a smile to deliver the rice to her house.

Meanwhile, Tae-sang continues to smudge blood on the book pages as the rest of his lackeys camp out in the bookstore, with the ajusshi just sitting nervously. Tae-sang asks if he’s managed to get the money yet, because the ajusshi was expected to will the money into existence. Of course, the answer is no.

Jae-hee drops Mi-do’s rice off in front of the bookstore where her father is being harassed, neither of them aware of what’s going on inside. She does say thanks at least, and Jae-hee gives her a friendly thumbs up: “You were super cool.”

Inside, Tae-sang gives the order for Chang-hee to burn the place down, but Mi-do’s arrival proves to be a saving grace for her father. Tae-sang agrees to give him another day to come up with the twenty-six grand he owes, showing that he has a heart of gold(?) when he claims he’ll pay for the book he bloodied tomorrow. That’s nice and all, but what about the glass?

Dad plays the denial game with Mi-do and sends her off to check her grades, though it’s not long before she gets a call from Mom that dad left a will and disappeared. Tae-sang finds out at the same time and orders his men to find him, managing to nab Dad before he could commit suicide in the Han River.

Chang-hee & Co. are still dripping wet when they toss Dad back at his shop, knowing full well that he doesn’t have the guts to actually die.

Mi-do arrives to protect her father, and throws her bag at one of the gangsters. (Man, everyone in this drama is full of great ideas.) He pushes her to the ground in retaliation, causing Mom to spit on him.

So he pushes Mom to the ground next, which pushes Mi-do to attack him with her bag. The group easily fights her off and throws her down, but she gets back up and keeps trying, no matter how many times she gets thrown.

Tae-sang arrives in the meantime and watches emotionlessly, but seeing her get tossed around like a toy reminds him of a time in his childhood where he too was beaten.

He finally decides to step in after reading her high scores on her discarded report card, and stops Chang-hee before he damages her moneymaker. Mi-do fights back tears and puts on a brave front as she promises to get him his money by Saturday.

Tae-sang considers her for a moment before agreeing, but when Saturday rolls around, Mi-do is nowhere to be seen. Chang-hee worries about what Big Boss will think since Tae-sang isn’t jumping into action, causing our hero to self-reflect as he asks, “Do you enjoy roughing people up to collect loans?”

Chang-hee’s demeanor changes as he reveals his true, bleeding-heart nature: “Does anyone? It’s just a necessary means of survival.” Oh, the tragedy. They may be bad guys, but if they don’t enjoy it, then they’re not really bad! That’s how it works, right?

Big Boss comes in to check on their progress, and Tae-sang’s request to cut Bookstore Ajusshi some slack goes unheeded. Big Boss insinuates that Tae-sang’s been with them a while now, but he’s yet to learn to just follow the system – and just in case Tae-sang were to go soft, he calls someone in to keep an eye on him.

Mi-do finally arrives a little over two hours late, shocked to find that the grand total is now over twenty-seven grand. Since there’s no way she could pay that kind of money, she steels herself before offering something else (wait for it): “How about me instead? Me, in exchange for the debt.” Pfffft.

Tae-sang agrees to the deal.

So he takes his new slave out for a fancy steak dinner, where she asks him if he enjoys the kind of life he lives, apparently trying to elicit some sense of humanity from him. He responds by telling her to prepare herself for what she’s signed up for, which eventually leads to her assuring him that she’s not a minor.

He passes over a key to one of the hotel rooms and tells her to either wait for him there or run away. Hey, at least he bought her dinner first.

Mi-do waits nervously in the hotel, every now and then glancing over to the bed, since she knows what’s expected of her. Tae-sang seems surprised to find her there, expecting that she’d run away. “You’ve got guts,” he admits.

She hands over paper for him to draw up a contract clearing her family of debt, “Then, do as you will with me.”

But Tae-sang seems to want to talk her out of it, asking, “Can you still be a top student after giving yourself to me?” Bow chicka wow wow.

She admits that she’s ready to consider her life over at this point, but is willing to sacrifice for her family. Again, she pushes the paper toward him and urges him to just get on with it.

Tae-sang doesn’t take her to the bed, and hands her a bag of food instead. He’s made an exception for her, and promises to deduct her father’s interest and allow him to make payments over time. Dude, you’re a terrible gangster.

Mi-do is completely blindsided, since this wasn’t part of her plan. When she asks him why he’d make an exception, he returns, “What, would you rather sleep with me?”

But our gangster/hero has a heart o’ gold, as he explains that he wanted to teach her that life’s not all bad, and that she shouldn’t give up so easily. Oh, so he’s a Life Lessons Gangster.

He does seem a bit angry when he asks if she prostitutes herself for debt often, as though he’s got to teach this young’un how to respect herself. When she responds that this was her first time, he fires back, “Don’t ever do it again. To anybody. No matter what.”

On his way back, Tae-sang gets a call that his long-lost mother might have been found in a mental hospital, since the woman fits the right description and age. He rushes over, but despite his wishful thinking made into a vision that it’s his mother lying there, it isn’t.

As he walks away, we hear his mother’s words in voiceover: “I’m sorry. Forgive me. Someday, you’ll understand how I feel.”

Back in his spartan living quarters, Tae-sang thinks back to the question Mi-do posed: “Do you enjoy this life?” His ruefully belated reply: “No, not at all.”

Mi-do returns home to her mother and happy-go-lucky brother, SEO MI-JOON (JB), both of them shocked at the gift of food she brought with her. Things take an even better turn when they get a call from Tae-sang’s gangster team to inform them that their interest has been deducted (as Tae-sang promised).

This gives Mi-do and her family renewed vigor as they fix up the bookstore, all while Tae-sang watches from a distance.

Big Boss is less than happy about Tae-sang making an exceptions, and there is a literal line where Chang-hee tells him that Tae-sang is at the gym.

Cut to: Tae-sang working out at the gym, shirtless. It’s totally not random fanservice if it was mentioned in the scene before, that’s what we call writing.

He gets called away by a woman claiming to be in an emergency, but realizes it was all a trick when he arrives to find BAEK SUNG-JOO (Chae Jung-ahn) having a crisis over which dress to wear to Big Boss’ birthday. Tae-sang not happy. Tae-sang mad.

It’s a regular gangster hootenanny at the aforementioned birthday party, and we find Sung-joo attending as Big Boss’ girlfriend. Ah, no wonder why Tae-sang got nervous. At least she proves she can handle herself in a conversation with panache.

Chang-hee and his fellow gangsters put on a karaoke performance, but Big Boss is nonplussed, especially because he keeps catching Sung-joo staring at Tae-sang. Ruh roh.

It’s funny when we get beaten over the head with the crossed love lines going on through a silent stare-a-thon: Boss Man stares at Sung-joo, who stares at Tae-sang, who stares adorkably at the performance. Meanwhile, the man Sung-joo minced words with, GU YONG-GAP (Lee Chang-hoon), stares at her while she stares at Tae-sang, before he stares jealously at her object of affection.

Tae-sang gets all the heat for being pretty, and the party takes a dark turn when Big Boss yells at him. Tae-sang tries to smooth the situation over, but Big Boss is looking for a confrontation as he mentions the fifteen years they’ve known each other, along with the idea that Tae-sang should marry.

That’s not offensive in and of itself, but then he brings up Tae-sang’s mother, urging Tae-sang to forgive her through thinly-veiled sarcasm. After all, had she not been sleeping around (nothing like a Your Mom jab), he wouldn’t have met Tae-sang.

Tae-sang endures this all silently, even though Big Boss continues that he should try to find his long-lost brother, since he probably grew up messed up by staying with Tae-sang’s whore of a mom. This guy is itchin’ for a fight.

Sung-joo intervenes to try and change the subject, but Big Boss goes on and on about how Tae-sang was at the tender age of seventeen, and how he changed from a dean’s list student to an angst monster after an unexplained “incident” with his mom. Big Boss starts to tell the story, but it once again hinges on another Yo Mamma…

Tae-sang’s finally had enough. I love that he’s all, You can talk about my mother, but do it when I’m not around! But this doesn’t soothe Big Boss’ ire, since he’s mad that Tae-sang would submit a business plan to him (so he could presumably make more of himself) AND mad about him reducing interest rates all willy-nilly.

The argument escalates, eventually causing Boss Man to throw a glass at Tae-sang’s back. He accuses him of pocketing the extra interest money while sexing up the loaner’s daughter, cueing Tae-sang onto the fact that he’s been spied on. And incorrectly at that, since he didn’t sleep with Mi-do. I just met her in a hotel to teach her an important life lesson!” is what they all say.

But what Boss Man fails to realize is that Tae-sang is trying to teach him a Life Lesson, and Tae-sang realizes that there’s no getting through to him: “You don’t have the capacity to rise above.” Burn.

Boss Man throws another glass, but this time Tae-sang catches it… and crushes it in his hand. Blood drips from his fingertips. Tip: Hurting yourself twice using the same method doesn’t make you look tough. It makes you look like an idiot.

“This isn’t the life I wanted, but I’ve always tried my best,” Tae-sang explains. “Good bye. I’m leaving you for good.”

Mi-do tries to get her brother to help her around the store that night, but he’s got his eyes set on stardom: “I don’t have time to study, I need to save our family.” How? “I’m auditioning to become a singer.” Why, that idea is foolproof! They’ll never have to worry about debt again.

Chang-hee comes barging in on Tae-sang’s behalf, accusing Mi-do and her family of ruining everything. He’s not happy to hand over a bank book from Tae-sang for her to pay for her college tuition and books, especially with no interest. Aka, it’s a gift.

In our second shirtless scene, Tae-sang broods over Mi-do’s “I’ll give myself to you” exchange while in a hot tub. No, I’m not making this up, nor would I. Here’s proof:

This is where Mi-do confronts him over the bank book, and Tae-sang suddenly turns all modest. (“I do declare!” he all but says.) Lucky for him, she gets kicked out, since that area is for Nude People Only. And even though he invites her to get nude with him, she huffs and puffs before she decides to wait.

He sends a tiny glance down to his equipment in case she stole a peek, but it’s not like the water’s cold, ‘s all I’m sayin’. I doubt the moment was intentional, but it was kinda funny.

When asked to explain about the blood money, Tae-sang does so very literally: “You asked me if I enjoy this life. If someone had helped me, my life would’ve turned out differently. That’s why I sent the bank book – helping you feels like I’m helping the younger version of myself.”

Mi-do isn’t comfortable with the whole ordeal, but Tae-sang won’t rescind the gift because he doesn’t want her to fall into the same pit of despair he was once in.

She tries again to stop him, but he warns her of his terrible temper (good thing he’s got a paper cup this time), and cutely hushes her when she interrupts a band rehearsal. Because that’s what’s going on in the background and I have no idea why, or where they even are.

Chang-hee tracks down our Good Samaritan Jae-hee at a construction site and drags him… home? Ah, they’re brothers, and Chang-hee wants to make sure his dongsaeng studies abroad without letting their money troubles stop him.

“This guy I respect once told me that true courage is not giving up hope even when you’re in the gutter,” Chang-hee advises him. Aww, he even serves Jae-hee meat. What a good brother.

But Jae-hee doesn’t know what Chang-hee does for a living, though he doesn’t seem to buy his hyung’s lie that he works for a security firm.

“Hyung, I’ll die if anything happens to you,” Jae-hee’s tone turns serious. “You’re my friend, my father, and my only family.” I like these two.

Meanwhile, Big Boss pays some shady dudes to do some shady work. My money is on killing Tae-sang.

Every drama needs a sponsored camping scene, since Tae-sang just feels like enjoying the great outdoors. Chang-hee literally drops in and out, leaving our hero to his reading.

Later that night, a shadow passes Tae-sang’s tent. Okay, where IS he first and foremost (also, why) and how did they know to find him there? Either way, Tae-sang gets a warning call from Sung-joo that Big Boss sent thugs after him and starts fighting off his attackers in the middle of a forest.

It’s an all out brawl where Tae-sang wins, because nobody thought to bring a knife. What were they sent there to do, pillow fight him into submission?

Big Boss gives a $3 million dollar loan to the slimy Yong-gap (with bleached hair that tells me he dreams of idol stardom), but the call he gets from his hired thugs doesn’t bear good news.

At the same time, Mi-do gets kidnapped by thugs, because there was definitely no reason to suspect two shady dudes buying books in the dead of night. And then there’s DEFINITELY no reason for her to have suspected these able-bodied men when they asked her to carry the books to their car (“Here, get inside my windowless white van”), because it’s not like that puts you in a prime position to get pushed inside or anything.

Tae-sang crashes Big Boss’ drinking party, and the older man slurs that he should never have taken the son of an adulteress in. This earns him a beating from his protege, who warns him that if they ever see each other again, only one will survive.

The tables are turned when Mi-do is dragged inside and Big Boss laughs that this is the girl Tae-sang betrayed him for. He has Mi-do held hostage… so that Tae-sang will write a contract? That’s what he calls revenge?

Tae-sang takes on the thugs in order to secure Mi-do’s escape, but the door is blocked from the outside. Tae-sang wins, again, and gets the bright idea that he should leave his back turned to Big Boss in order to help Mi-do.

Naturally this doesn’t pan out, since Big Boss stabs him in the back. Mi-do runs away with nary a look back.

A flashback to Tae-sang’s childhood reveals that his mother abandoned him with only a note, while people barged in asking how she could have done that to his father.

Another flashback reveals Tae-sang finding his father dead (from alcohol poisoning?), because his mother left them with her debt. And that’s how he got tangled up with thugs.

Chang-hee comes to the rescue and beats down Big Boss while Tae-sang remains in a delirious state, flashing back to when he’d fought against his gangster oppressors as a child. And that’s when Big Boss took him in.

In the present of the past, Tae-sang faints in a pool of blood.

Seven years later (aka present day). Cut to Shirtless Scene #3, as Tae-sang exercises in a lavish penthouse while the news report tells us that Tae-sang had something going with his Japanese business model powerpoint presentation earlier – he’s now the CEO of Golden Tree, the nation’s largest loan company.

Dun dun dun.

 
COMMENTS

On the bright side, there wasn’t a boring minute to be found because lots of things kept happening on screen. On the dark side, most of those things were silly and inconsequential, wholly based on characters making silly decisions in silly surroundings that had little to do with setting an adequate stage pm which plot should have happened. (He’s brooding at a wind farm! He’s brooding at a sauna! Wait, a classical string recital hall! Scratch that, a forest!)

Admittedly, scene locations were the least of this drama’s problems, though I’ve never found myself quite so distracted by so many scene changes before. Turns out it doesn’t hurt to establish a sense of place, because I couldn’t understand where the characters were and why it mattered – not including the more obvious sets like the bookstore, or the cave where Big Boss’ birthday was held. But that sentiment echoes a recurring question I had through most of this premiere: Why? Seriously, why?

Every drama has its cliches and tropes, but the ones that stick with us are usually the ones that either subvert those well-worn cliches or make use of them in a meaningful way. This premiere redefined deja vu for me, in that every scene felt eerily familiar, as though a distant relative you last saw in the 90’s (or more recently, in Fashion King) came to visit, without having changed a bit. There was just a little too much old hat for an entire hour, and while I wasn’t expecting the newest of new hats, somehow I still came out feeling underwhelmed. And I went in with a pretty low bar as it was.

Unfortunately, rather than characters, what we got were character types, with no one even remotely close to breaking the mold. I did find it amusing that each character started at the extreme end of their respective spectrums, because the show did manage a new way to introduce our Candy: At a literal freakin’ rice line. Show was going to make SURE that if it had a poor heroine, she was going to be the poorest one we’ve ever seen, how-DO-you-like-them-apples. (In the writer’s next drama, our Candy will be introduced in a homeless shelter. And in the next, she’ll start out dead.)

Granted, Mi-do’s not a cheerful sort of girl in that she’s cold, brash, somewhat brave, and more than a little dim, despite all the show’s efforts into showing us that No, really, she does well in school! But her character is based off that ol’ reliable source of conflict, a Daddy With Debt, though I have to applaud the show for not even trying to explain how Dad even ended up with it, because it takes cojones to just put a plot device out there like that. No excuses, just presentation. *Golf clap*

She’s rounded out by our misunderstood hero with a heart of gold, having fallen into some bad circumstances because of [Stock Dark Past #367], one who’ll be damned if he lets that define who he is, and if he’s got to show it by hurting himself, then so be it. There was a big, unintentionally funny disconnect between intent and execution when it came to Tae-sang’s Tough Guy moments, because all of them seemed counterintuitive to the point he was trying to make. “Oh, you’ll hurt me? Well, I’LL hurt me first!” Bad guys: “Cool, thanks.”

The Big Bad in this episode made even less sense with thinly-presented motivations (“You betrayed me, prepare to sign this menacingly blank contract!”), and I’m not really getting why his arc had to be fleshed out(?) to add to Tae-sang’s backstory when it was so shoddily done that it could have had the same effect if it were shown in a ten-second flashback later down the line. What did we learn about Tae-sang that required the whole hour? Everything about him was revealed fairly quickly, and there weren’t any major shakeups with his character to warrant the time spent. Was it because he betrayed his boss, who was presented as an irredeemable, one-dimensional dirtbag? Why are we expected to care about a severed connection we never even connected with, one that Tae-sang didn’t seem to care all that much about?

I guess the answer is simple, in that it’ll shape who Tae-sang becomes, or who he already became since we already popped back to the present. That’s not a real impetus for me to keep tuning in, though I can’t say it was all bad – I did like the brotherly bond between Chang-hee and Jae-hee. And that’s about it, I think. Huh. How to end this on a positive note…

 
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Thanks!

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Thank you Heads for being back at it so quickly... Off to read.

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current news pls for SSH. any new abs, i mean new ads for any project he's currently filming?

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And I just saw as well that you will not be recapping this long term. I feel better for you. Still, thank you again for recapping this episode.

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I was expecting the drama to be awful. But having just watched episodes 1 and 2, the drama is actually not bad. It reminded me of older dramas like All In and Swallow the Sun, Cain and Abel, Friends etc. The type of gangster drama that really isn't done anymore or at least haven't been done in a while.

For those who don't like the theme, they might not enjoy the drama. But for those who love Bad boys turned good, this drama so far seems nice. Both leads are light weight and personally, I am not a fan of Shin Se Kyung's stilted, lisping, stunted delivery of her lines, and tbh she is the weakest link in the cast so far. But even her I can make do for now.

So for those still reading. Why not watch the drama and decide for yourself. The episodes have moved quickly, there have been some eye rolling actions, but come on this is drama land, crazier things have happened and we have overlooked them.

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more SSH story pls. any new news for him? new abs, i mean new ads for his new film?

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awesome.. thx

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I was going to say, "Why, Heads? Why are you doing this to yourself?" but then I saw that you weren't going to recap the whole thing and breathed a little sigh of relief for you. It was definitely an amusing recap, and I'm not sure whether to hope that it gets to Dr. Jin levels of bad (because it sure seems to have that kind of potential) or that it gets "better", but that could be boring.

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Anyway, I hope that whoever watches this enjoys it, however that may be. :)

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I didn't, no. In fact I switched 1/3 of the way I to see if there was a recap to save me the trouble of finishing watching (my brain hates unfinished programs), and lo and behold, there was. yay!

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I'm liking it so far, and I managed to get kakashi and JoAnne onboard with a collaborative effort to recap this show. Yeah, I know it's gonna have its painful moments, but between the three of us, we can shoulder the load!!

Episode 2 can be found here:

http://dr-myri-blog.blogspot.com/2013/04/when-man-loves-episode-2.html

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And as a final followup, all recaps are completed, and we are waiting on kakashi's final magic to post Episode 4. Just in time for Episode 5! Woot!

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HA. Same here. I was thinking heads was seriously wonder woman to be taking this show up but also saw that it was not long term. Phew.
Although im sure possibly down the road this show has potential to be Dr. Jin or Fashion King's cousin.

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thanks for the recap.....

I'm not sure yet to give it a try or not....any suggestions??

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Give it a try. It's not *that* bad, just some silly scenes (like the act-tough punch through the glass). Picks up in episode 2. If you're looking for innovative plot lines or avant garde romance, forget it. But typical love story, this is fine.

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thanks....I think I can watch it then ;)

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is it weird that i can forgive him for "dr. jin" but cannot do the same for her and "fashion king"? at least not yet. *shivers* and no, it's not because of them abs and that well structured face. ha. i see the attractiveness, i just don't feel it when it comes to song seunghyun. is it possible... that i actually think song has more acting talent than shin sekyung? woooww. amazing.

i'm shocked there was even an episode 1 recap. ha. thaaanks so i didn't have to watch it. well okay, i MIGHT fast forward through it.

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I think I actually found one kdrama actor who took acting lessons from SSH: Shinhwa's Kim Dong Wan who is the lead in the current KBS daily drama Cheer Up Mr. Kim.

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Heh - have to agree. If 'Dr. Jin' married "Fashion King' this is what their kid would be. See, this is why birth control is important! :)

There have been very few actors/dramas for me that have left such a negative impression that I pretty much avoid their next (all) projects - BOF's GHS being one and now adding these two to the roster in my head - SSH & SSK.
I just can't shake off the stink of their last dramas to watch this one. Dr. Jin's bug eyes of horror and FK SSK's perpetual 'Debby Downer' sadsack look have scarred me, 'tis true.
I'm grateful to HeadsNo2 for doing this initial recap, if only to see that avoiding 'ManLove' is a viable choice for my own mental health.

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Yay!!! HeadsNo2 recapping this drama... However, Pretty please recap the whole series. I love your recaps of Mr. Hand Towel Pretty please. Ahh.. yeah the Three shirtless scene. I think they forget the HOT Shower Scene and I recall it will come soon.

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I guess I'm the only one who liked it *shrugs* Though I prefer the second lead female

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The second female lead was awesome in ep 2! Not a damsel in distress, for sure.

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whooaa.... those abs. On episode 1!! *drolling* Cant't wait for next episode :))

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yupz,,washboard abs...
I just can aaaawwwww n drooling seeing the pic when he is drinking. am I a pervert...?

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You are supposed to be wanting to drink the orange juice.
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(NOT the abs, juice, @YY.)

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sorry jomo. there was orange juice? and you saw that ??! what is wrong with you ??!! :p

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Are you kidding?
They back-lit that glass like it was the the Angel of Citric Acid. I wanted to worship it just for its cold delicious healing powers (and ability to drip on abs.)

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I'm not kidding. All I saw was that piece of art, with the morning sun bouncing off them hard 5% fat abs.

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I have a theory that that bright light is not the sun, but it's actually God, come down to get a closer look at his most beautiful creation. The angel chorus in the background was a small clue.

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Joanne, I'll rewatch and check if you're right. This NEEDS further research and I will do it for the good of mankind

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JoAnne, I rewatched. It's not God. You must have been delirious after three shirtless SSH scenes and mistaken the sun for God. Or, you became an ancient Egyptian and saw Ra, the sun god. But let's all wish for more such scenes.

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Bwahaha!! I almost spit out my freshly squeezed orange juice while reading this in the slanted beams of the morning son.

[pause to reflect on visual...err acting skills]

I'm in on this one. Some of the funniest DBeanies are watching it? I'm ready just for the abs...err commentary.

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Shukieeeee, come and join in the fun laaa. It just might be the next crack drama!

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Enz you need to be on twitter with us. Come onnnnnnnnnnn @mamaj1101

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Cannot la, joAnne. I will end up 24 hours online!! Anyway, is Ricky watching this and does he have anything to say? :)

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Ricky's doing exams so I doubt he's watching much of anything!

We all manage to avoid the 24-hours-a-day thing and continue on with our lives, you could too :)

I'm often not on at all during daytime (work) unless I peek in really early morning, or during lunch.

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Product placement!

I'm sticking to recaps on this one. I've got lots on and I won't get that other stuff done if I watch every drama.

Maybe, I'll just forward to appropriate broody scenes.

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Aww, poor Ricky. Exams, yuck! Good luck oppa haha. Anyway, am not going to allow twitter temptation into my life. I actually don't normally have much to contribute :(

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I can't help, I am falling in love with the orange juice.
I recapped the sunny glass with abs.:-)

http://f.ptcdn.info/884/003/000/1365225941-WL-o.jpg

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See? It outshines THT.
Juice has no shadow.
Juice is cooled by ice.

THT? Too hot. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too effing hot.
I can hardly see them him.

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The sun coaxes those abs out of the shadows with promises of fresh, tasty, cooooooooold orange juice.

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Breaking News:

AFD or Abs Fixation Disorder continues to take its toll on dramabeanies globally. Hallucinations of abs continue to dominate headlines across the world. Many claim to have witnessed first-hand abs bathed in halos of light speaking to them in Korean with many other bizarre accounts of disembodied abs sporting lifted eyebrows appearing out of dark corners. AFD continues to baffle scientists even as afflicted sufferers feverishly mouth "Hot!' or "Effing hot!" from parched lips and desperately consume copious amounts of ice cold orange juice in futile attempts to banish the apparitions....

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@YY
I would NOT banish any abs-paritions.

I drink the heavenly nectar of OJ because the abs told me to.
The abs tell me to do many things. I do not question, but obey. They are the boss of me.

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Thanks, Heads!

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Scrolled the post to only look at the pics. I must say those are artistic pics to show off his abs. Fan service FTW!

I really don't *feel* Shin Se-kyung in any of her dramas. Maybe she could try rom-coms next time so I could maybe change my opinion of her? The Hand Towel looked different for sure when he did MP.

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(In the writer’s next drama, our Candy will be introduced in a homeless shelter. And in the next, she’ll start out dead.)

I'll watch if the last one happens. For that alone I'll watch any Candy if she started out dead. LoL!

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When a Man Loves a Zombie Candy, I'd watch it.

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watch what you ask for. Simply plot really: the start is the end and the rest of the drama would be about how she ended up dead, but of course the dead candy girl in the first episode is really her long lost evil twin so she wasnt dead in the first place....or something like that...

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Well, if you guys are looking for a dead heroine, does Arang count?

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I think both SSK and SSH should do a rom-com, maybe not with each other because they just don't go together on screen (already shipping SSK with YWJ from the stills). There is something about SSK that makes me think "she has potential". She just needs the right project and the right character. But she keeps picking characters who aren't interesting.

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the end note is good.

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the only time I could take SSH dramas is with you HeadsNo2!!!! I'll be looking forward to this ;)

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Too bad they didn't think to do this during the summer so they could have had a reason to make him shirtless all 20 hrs I would be 100% down for that fanservice

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Second to this! LOL
If it happens, it would be the rating breaking drama of the year.. ^^

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Baywatch Korea, starring Song Seung Heon, Kwon Sang Woo, who else? Must have abs and not be a tiny girly man.

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haha. just started watching tonight cause Enz posted all the abs comments. so funny! BTW... they shot scenes from this drama on guam! I stalked so hard and ended up with not much footage.. just of me looking for handtowel. lol

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WHY does this man do this to himself, every single time? why does he pick such crappy, god-awful dramas? he needs to do more (quality) rom-coms or something that is actually well written. my princess was dull for me, but i know a lot of people enjoyed it, and probably i liked him best in that since he came into my consciousness with autumn fairytale.

i hope he loses the mustache—i doubt if anything could make him actually legit ugly, but he looks better without it.

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he shaves it off in ep 2

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not to say bad thing about him, as I never seen any of his drama, but maybe he dosnt get 'quality' drama because his acting not up for the task? I mean you can only act so much with six pact abs and a lifted eyebrow...

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[snerk] :)

You forgot to add 'and a sheen of sweat gliding over his abs-tastic torso.....'

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I'm hoping he'll shave off the lifted eyebrow in ep 3

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Weekend Update: In an horrific on-set accident two days ago, actor Song Seung-Heon was badly injured when a flying piece of glass sheared off his left eyebrow, rendering him effectively paralyzed. Show creatives are said to be working feverishly around the clock to re-write upcoming episodes. There is speculation that Song's abs would be given an even greater role in the drama. Song himself insists that he is able to carry on even with the handicap, but no one can tell if he is serious without the eyebrow. We will bring you more updates in this tragic story as they are made available.

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There it is again!! Mockery of eyebrow acting!! It's still acting! I FEEEEL for him ( although I would just prefer to feel him) as someone who became incapable of speech when asked not to move my eyebrows when I talk!

Stop eyebrow acting discrimination!! Please!!

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tbh, I am liking the drama so far, the first 2 episodes are great, and so is the acting..

BUT
as much as I think Song Seung Hun is doing a good job in acting here, I just can't take this guy seriously because of his FACE. ever since dr. jin, all the facial expressions he makes just makes me cringe and LOL. this weekend, I tried to watch Summer Scent for my beautiful Son Ye Jin but I couldn't even make it through the first episode without sighing because of this guy. omg -_-

anyways, i hope this drama can wash out all the bad experiences i have with song seung hun in dr. jin.

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I didn't watch Dr Jin but he sort of avoided the head tilt in these 2 episodes (so far)...

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I vote for more 'endings on a positive note.' Early. And often. *snerk*

Two episodes in, and this show has my full attention. If Monsieur Hand Towel continues on his absilicious ways, it may just turn out to be my whack-crack drama of the season!

Eyebrows, don't fail me now! :P

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Crack is about the right word...I find that, despite the cliches (older devoted rich guy x poor younger girl cinderella) this drama has crack potential. Abs certainly help. Hee.

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I am joining figurative hands with cherkell.
If you are going to go after Show, you'll have to get through us. HA! JoAnne, too.And Shel. It's going to be something irresistible, and I think everyone should join in.

While screen caps give you some indication of the power of THT's charisma? no, charm? maybe, listening to him and watching him in some scenes you spot potential. Yes, that's it.

JoAnne calls it acting. There is some. We saw it.

I was no fan of Jin, and THT has a tentative hold on the character at best, but I am hoping he is listening to somone who is keeping his tilt in check, and his AnGry Eyes tucked away in his head.

Mon. le Mouchoir, I just can't quitte you.

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Oppa CAN do it. He CAN. Now, if he could just last longer than 30 seconds...

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Hang on, drama sista, hang on to that hope...

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That's the problem, it's just glimpses. But it is fun to watch him try. Especially while he's working out. Or in the hot tub. Or drinking orange juice.

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I don't ask for much.

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I know what I'd like to see: THT howls in a fit of rage, lifts his eyebrow, grabs a razor and shaves the whole dang eyebrow off. Now THAT would be a scene to remember.

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I found this hilarious content on SSH's Eyebrow Acting on another blog:-
One delicate butterfly flaps its
wings in Beijing, and a volcano in
Sumatra burps copious amounts of
lava as a result. One tiny, thick and
delicate layer of hair above a
young man’s supraorbital ridge
subtly hints at the possibility of
contorting for our pleasure.
Thespian chaos ensues. Emotional
turmoil assaults innocent
bystanders thousands of miles
away, as rivers of repressed angst
engulf these poor victims who
cannot help, in their innate and
ever-so-mortal weakness, but being
completely overwhelmed by it. It is
here, among us. It’s alive. It
surrounds us, like a presence.
It’s the eyebrow effect.
LOL

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Psh. Nobody beats the ShiBrows. XD

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*dies laughing* Mister X does have a way with words!

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You know I can always tell the shows that he translated because I have have to pause a lot just to use a disctionary lol.

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That is awesome. Who wrote it? Where can I get more?

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It's from X's blog. Try check it out. You can find some very well-written reviews and interesting insights from him over there.

http://vaultofdoom.wordpress.com/

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Vaultofdoom(dot)wordpress(dot).com

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I want to protest against what I see as blatant discrimination against eyebrow acting. I say this as someone whose eyebrow (right) uncontrollably dances to every other syllable I utter!

JEBAL!! Stop eyebrow acting discrimination!!

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Just glossed through the recap for some JB...and the shirtless scenes. Yeah I'm that shameless.

And oh wait, I see The-Other-Guy-In-Arang-With-The-Mood-Ring. XD

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I'm only considering to watch this because of "The-Other-Guy-In-Arang-With-The-Mood-Ring" :D

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haha, I didn't watch this but enjoyed this recap. oh, ManLove...

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For shows that I lack confidence in, I always wait a few weeks b4 checking them out. Thx to Heads' recap, I won't have to waste time on this one. I feel sorry for Heads even when I read the recap for this 1 ep, tho I enjoy the reading. It must be painful to watch sth this silly at such a hi level of scrutiny.
As they say in KD after KD, "Sorry. Thank you".

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[quote]Ahh.. yeah the Three shirtless scene. I think they forget the HOT Shower Scene and I recall it will come soon.[/quote]

That scene is bound to show up in a future episode---Oh pretty please? I see I'm in sparse company when it comes to the impulse of fanning myself whenever SSH is on screen. Omo, Omo! Slammin' six pack AND eyelashes that won't quit---Omo, Jin Ja!

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Um, well, yes, Episode 2.

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I hear he's going to get a bath tub scene in upcoming ep. They're going to fill up the tub with crushed glass fragments so it'll be all bloody and sexy. Rawr!

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Yerghhhhhg. Flashbacks of gummibabies and surgeries.

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I laugh every time I see "Dude" in a recap.

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Thank you for this, Heads!

You got me at "Bow chicka wow wow".. :D
Been awhile since the last I read someone wrote those words..

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So um...am i the only one that enjoyed it? episode 2 is a lot better than ep 1

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Nope, I enjoyed it too. Yes, ep 2 is way better - I guess the sudden change of scenes in ep 1 was just a way of rushing through the background to the real story - which starts in ep 3. I wouldn't say it's on the level of something like Nice Guy but it's certainly entertaining. For critical analysis of the plot and characters - oops, I seldom watch K-dramas for critical analyses. =p

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Ep 2 is way better, i feel like a minor here.. But the chemistry beteween song seung hun and shin se kyung is like exploding for the last 10 minutes of the 2nd episode.
They basically being so adorably cute i rewind it again and again for some last scenes, song seung hun might not be the type of actor who will get best actor, but he knows how to bring silly grin to your face???

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Ya, I loved the bit when he readjusted his tie before she came in. Ad then trying to be nonchalant when asking her to marry him. I like!

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I liked it too. Begging the writers to not make her break his heart. He seems to really be in love with her.

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Oh the shark! So awesome! *dies laughing*
THT never fails to disappoint! Haha.

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I meant shark instead of shark. See what THT us doing to me.

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"I meant shark instead of shark." Hahaha! Yes, the snark was awesome and it cracked me up, but so did your double Freudian slip. :D

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What was I thinking? *hangs head in shame*
It must be the abs!

Haha I meant the shark.

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....whew ~ here I was, thinking you we going to *take another one* for the team. Good on you -- you gave it a nice kick-off, it's up the The SHOW now.

Perhaps from this point you could do super-micro-recaps.. in which you only note the number of times Song Seung-heon is shown in brooding-states-of-undress....with screen caps.

Straight to the main 'plotline' and easy-peasy to do.
I'd tune-in (surf-in) for that. :)

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I don't care what any one says. I'm going to watch this, and LOVE it.

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Hahaha AMEN same here!

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Damn. He's one damn good looking man.

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[quote]Perhaps from this point you could do super-micro-recaps.. in which you only note the number of times Song Seung-heon is shown in brooding-states-of-undress….with screen caps.[/quote]

I could live with that!

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Again I predict the ratings will rise to 12-14% in the coming weeks. Of course, provided that it doesn't go totally crazy with the script (which it might). SSH is his usual hot self, so I have kind of a problem that the lead female is not au par with his beauty. If the drama has all the cliches in kdrama land, why did they miss the cliche of the drop dead gorgeous Candy?! I mean he falls in love with her seemingly out of the clear blue sky, at least if she was gorgeous we could have had our explanation of why and let it be.

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He fell in love with her results slip. I kid you not, watch that moment if in doubt. lol.

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Shin Se-kyung kind of looks like UEE in the first few caps of her on here, shame she doesn't have UEE's acting ability though.

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I thought UEE was really poor in Jeon Woo Chi. She does have better works like Ojakkyo Brothers, but SSK did TWDR pretty well too.

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Jeon Woo-chi was just underwhelming all around and some of the blame also goes to the writing - the character was so underwhelming.....but she was much better in You're Beautiful, she looked like she was having fun playing the shrew.

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Poor Iris 2, what's wrong with that show? This show isn't that bad, I'm actually enjoying it.

SSK is too much. Anyone who thinks SSK can't act should watch Tree with Deep Roots, please!

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Pardon me but since am not watching this allow me to switch topics. Watched ep 1 of All about my romance today and it was boring to say the least! Its like all these great actors were asked to hold back and not come out full force, cuz I've seen them do way better. Gaksital girl was annoying at best, not her character mind you, but the way she acted out her scenes, come on where's that Rie fierceness we know and love?! LMJ did not convince me that she's this Iron Lady she kept referring herself to...coincidentally, I just watched Joint Security Area and I say girlfriend could do with some acting lessons i.e how to be intense and badass 101! Hopefully ep 2 picks up...

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I won't waste my time to watch this one. An aging actor who keeps on showing his abs to catch attention? There are so many younger and good looking actors actors like SSH will soon either be playing fathers or granddads! And I ask - can he act? There is no reason for me to watch this. There are so many other dramas to watch with better cast too. In this drama, only the 2nd lead actor will perhaps be the reason some are watching.
Nah, this drama will suffer the fate like that of Dr. Jin.

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I must admit those aging abs are terribly distracting.

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Umm... he's not going to be playing father/grandfather roles any time soon.

Would you say the same about Ha Ji Won or Kim Ha Neul? Are they going to be playing mom roles in the near future?

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I love snarky recaps of bad dramas.

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wow !
shirtless scenes yay !

but so small the screencap.

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If you click on it, it gets bigger. ;)

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*chuckles *

I wasn't even going to read the recaps until Headsno2 wrote that there 3 shirtless scenes.

Good one, now I have seen 3 very clear screenshots of said scenes.

Good luck to those who intend to watch this drama.

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That's what she said.

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Didn't turn out as bad as I was expecting. Definitely better than All About My Romance, which is terrible.

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Great recap. and I randomly notice that the hot tub for shirtless scene #2 looks like it's the same as hot tub scene in Secret Garden.

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I would think a gangster would have tattoos running all over his body. Instead we have veins running in all directions....

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He's actually a nerd at heart who would prefer books to rockin' it as a gangster. I'm serious.

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@YY:

♪ You're so vein-obsessed,
I'll bet you think Song Seung Heon's thinkin' about you,
Don't you, don't you? ♬

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Aw. Reading through the comments, I actually feel bad for Song Seungheon. It's not as excruciatingly bad as everyone is making it out to be. Cliche, yeah. Another gangster role, yes. Little to no chemistry between the leads, yup. But like Heads mentioned, not really a dull moment. At least in this ep. I think I find Song's real life personality endearing, maybe that's why I end up erasing bad performances and dramas. Anyways, this show maybe doesn't deserve all the hate it's getting... at least not so early on.

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haha, I bet some of the "I knew it's bad" comments came from people who never actually watched it. Probably this recap lined up with their expectations of the show, and given how truly bad Dr Jin was, this pre-judgment is not entirely unjustified...

And I have to respectfully disagree with the point on no chemistry between the leads. It's about right chemistry for an older rich man and a way younger girl who is suspicious of his helpfulness.

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true. i will give it a point for that kind of chemistry. how it will blossom to love? guess we'll see. well, that's if i get that far. ha!

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yeah everyone laughed at the awkward embrace of SSH and SSK on the poster. but after watched 2 eps, I think they are doing that on purpose. In this drama SSH puts SSK on a pedestal, loves her passionately and desperately but sadly it's unrequited love..

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By the second half of the second episode, that chemistry is there.

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I watched the first 20 mins of the first episode before it got interrupted by RL and I like what i see. It's my first encounter with both SSH and SSK . SSH did NOT look constipated, even once! And SSK is a lot prettier than her pics. So, wins all around.

Side note: SSH should not arch his back when he is doing his chest exercises! He'll injure his back!!

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ep2 is waayyy better than ep1.
I was utterly gobsmacked when I found out the second female lead is Chea Rim's sister in "Over the Green Fields", ah, the wonders of plastic surgery

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Well after watch episode 2 with sub. it is good.. Way better than episode 1. Therefore, I will watch it to see why in the world he fell in love with SSK. Also, WTF at the ending of episode 2. I can not believe he said that to her. also, my pet peeve of SSK is I can't tell I'd she is sad or happy or mad in both episode. I think she need more face expressions with emotion. everybody is doing great except her. I f we have more shirtless scene of Mr. Hand Towel. I think it will be at least 15% ratings and be no. 1.

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Is it just me, or does Song Seung-heon stray a little to close to the borderline of pedo-ajusshi in some of his scenes with Shin Se-kyung? While I can dig the 5 o'clock shadow, it just really doesn't work in his favor as Shin's love interest!

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I think he's supposed to be pedo-ajusshi in this story. =ppp

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When I was thinking about the "no chemistry" stuff between SSH and SSK, I actually tried to imagine Cha Seung Won in this role, because he has awesome chemistry with his leading ladies. I sort of creeped myself out a bit.

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Something that bugged me about ep 1 was how quickly Tae-sang fell for Mi-do. I know I mentioned that he fell for her results slip but that scene really caught my attention - it was meant to, because - I can't remember - in the flashback of this episode or in episode 2, it was revealed that TS had the exact experience of bringing his perfect-results slip home happily, only for his life to be shattered. The results slip is just one of the creepy things that TK saw in Mi-do's life:

His mother ran away; her father tried to kill himself

They both have a younger brother

They both love books

He joined the dark side after family tragedy; she showed every sign of it by offering to trade her body

I think TS saw the commonalities as a connection and his loneliness lead him to put his emotions into Mi-do. Which is why Mi-do might take longer to even care about TS in this story because she has her family's warmth. Of course she doesn't know all the trouble he got into for keeping *her* family together...there's shades of Darcy here. Well, that's my way of making sense of why TS felt for Mi-do so quickly and a stab at how the story would play out.

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All the things you said, yes.

It was when she was fighting back that she caught his interest first. She was way too young to be a love interest then. He saw himself in her. That was the moment I started to like HTS, instead of thinking how incredibly dumb he was to break a door with his hand when we saw the sign outside, the plant, a bunch of books...(that would have been poetique.)

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And I don't just mean his loins!!

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A man's loins stir in South Korea, and all across the world, women's ovaries explode.

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Brains, hearts, ovaries, Fallopian tubes too!!

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All that and let's not forget that by the time he asks that question of her....he's had seven years of mulling over his feelings. Granted, they are based on flimsiness and there's been no time together to flesh them out. So he's a romantic fool - but it's not sudden for him. For her, it could be. They've had no contact in those intervening years, after all, but she did remember him and in their two meetings years ago, you'd have to admit he was quite memorable.

Plus goddamn, LOOK at him. Who would forget that?

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To this point, anyway, nobody has commented on the character's looks, at least in a non-insulting way.

Someone, somewhere, has to falter approaching him. Maybe a bank teller, who when she looks up to help him, steps back from the full frontal force of THT's power to melt things with his face.

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So. Much. Posturing. Song seung heon. Argh.
And that stupid eyebrow- his one and only weapon of expression. Lame.
Story is so old too. Shame on you, show.
Only actor whose portrayal I liked was Lee Seong Min. And maybe Kim seung oh.

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The eyebrows is all I see when he's trying to make an expression (is that even an expression?). SSH should just stop acting, he hasn't improved a bit all this years and I doubt he ever will. Shin Se-Kyung is just recycling her role in FK. She's just...boring.

But I think the problem does not only lie with the acting. Idk who the scriptwriter is but he/she's not doing well in writing this genre of drama.

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Thanks Head for the recap.. Been windering who will recap this one.. And glad you do it..nhehehe

Not gonna watch this drama until I'm convinced.. But definitely will watch several scenes now.. Kekekkeke