Rating:
Average user rating 3.0
77

High Society: Episode 9

What a world of a difference one smile makes. Now was that so hard? Getting past the defensive walls Joon-ki puts up around him are moments that come too far in between in this series, so it’s important to treasure them when they do come. Some prejudices are upheld while others come crumbling down, as both of our couples face impending obstacles that could shake the foundation of their relationships. No one said that dating someone of a different social class would be easy, but then again relationships were never that simple to begin with.

SONG OF THE DAY

Younha – “기다리다 (Waiting)” [ Download ]

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

EPISODE 9 RECAP

Mere seconds after that frosty exchange with Chang-soo, Joon-ki is hit with a more pressing concern: his relationship with Yoon-ha has made front page news. He recalls an earlier conversation with Chairman Jang’s right-hand man, unsurprised to hear that the chairman disapproves of the relationship.

He’d been honest in admitting being friends with the reporter who publicized Yoon-ha’s chaebol background, though sidestepped any direct involvement in that or ulterior motives in dating Yoon-ha. Joon-ki wonders if that the chairman’s secretary took him up on his off-hand remark that “a dating scandal” might grab his attention.

Chang-soo’s hyung appears supportive of the ordinary boy-rich girl romance, if only because that means it can eventually backfire on Chang-soo. He growls at an article about a certain director (and conglomerate owner’s son) excessively using a corporate card for personal expenses.

Yoon-ha learns of the dating news thanks to So-hyun, who feels robbed of the internet spotlight. She doesn’t let unni get under her skin, arguing that Joon-ki is a hundred times better than any of her model boyfriends. When asked if she truly thinks Joon-ki loves her, Yoon-ha says he had no idea that she was rich when they first met.

But So-hyun astutely points out that Joon-ki’s probably using her to better his own societal image. Plus, it’s not like she’s going to marry the guy or anything—which So-hyun couldn’t be more wrong about because Yoon-ha is determined to go the distance with Joon-ki.

Madam Min sits stunned in her bedroom, her drunken ravings from the previous night still haunting her thoughts. She’s gotten used to bottling her emotions, only to let them out in her inebriated state—the mornings after still scare her.

Butler Hong can empathize with her frightened state, still remembering how beautiful and bright she was in her younger years. Those days seem like a distant memory now, not because of how much time has passed, but rather because that part of herself died long ago.

She cries that she’ll have to beg for her husband’s forgiveness yet again, and then for the first time, she concedes to the idea that Kyung-joon is dead. Butler Hong updates her on both Kyung-joon’s case and Yoon-ha’s now-public relationship, adding that this will be the last report he gives (because Chairman Jang said he’d fire him if Madam Min was to ever take up the bottle again).

Madam Min is finally honest to herself, acknowledging that her heart was always warm to Kyung-joon but cold to Yoon-ha. Perhaps it has to do with that sense of guilt, she adds, which just makes her angry at herself.

Judging from Chairman Jang’s irate reaction, we can deduce that this latest article weren’t on his orders. He nearly pops a vein in his forehead to hear that Joon-ki appears to be too clever and ambitious to cower in fear at the chairman’s threats.

Ever the optimist, Ji-yi finds the bright side in this news scandal. She admits that Joon-ki must’ve been caught off-guard, though, and been too busy warding off gossiping employees to call his pouting girlfriend. So Yoon-ha texts Joon-ki (attaching a photo of the news article in case anyone forgot about it), and the two agree to meet later tonight.

Ji-yi sits down to her boss to verbally resign from her part-time job. It’s sorta great how his reaction mirrors mine: Oh no, not you too. She’s quitting because she’s lined up a full-time salaried job: working with Yoon-ha.

Her boss doesn’t buy the idea that the girls will be equals at her new position—working for her friend ought to come with enormous stress. But he brightens at the idea that she’ll come back to work here if things don’t pan out. He asks what her secret is to meeting two chaebols in her lifetime, to which Ji-yi answers, “Being nice.”

Chang-soo’s hyung decides to drop into his little brother’s office for a little tete-a-tete. He rubs in how Joon-ki keeping his chaebol romance a secret must’ve irked him, and Chang-soo takes a mental note of how interested Hyung is of Joon-ki’s affairs.

It turns out that chaebol son abusing his corporate card is Hyung, who sputters that he was too busy to pick up their father’s calls and definitely not avoiding him. Chang-soo relishes in this moment, offering false concern that he would never want his brother to lose face in front of his sister-in-law and their father.

Hyung knows how Chang-soo is Daddy’s favorite, who must be crushed by Joon-ki’s betrayal. He dishes back the fake sympathy, citing how Chang-soo’s former best bud knows of all of his weaknesses. Chang-soo matter-of-factly fires back: “He probably knows more of your weaknesses, hyung. I ordered him [to look into that], you see.”

Chang-soo is still sensitive to any mention of the word “childish” when he picks Ji-yi up for lunch. She can tell right away that he’s in a sour mood, wondering if it’s because he never had to care about what other people think of him.

But that only annoys him more, and he asks about her future plans now that she’s quit her job at the supermarket. He’s against the idea of his girlfriend having to report to her best friend at her new job, saying she can spend his money freely instead.

Even though Ji-yi knows Chang-soo is in a rotten mood, she still says it’d be nice if they’d respect each other’s livelihoods. He means to point out the workplace power dynamics that would eventually at Ji-yi, but she doesn’t see anything wrong with her friend scouting her for her capabilities and potential.

She asks if that’s the case with Chang-soo and Joon-ki—does he boss Joon-ki around just because he’s a subordinate? Behaving like that would really hurt someone, especially a friend, Ji-yi declares.

She rises from her seat just then, and Chang-soo chases her down to confront her. Ji-yi knows that Chang-soo tends to say things that would normally make someone wonder if they’re being looked down upon, but she doesn’t say anything because she knows he doesn’t. It’s tough when she tries to push past the difference between them by trying to respect their differing perspectives.

She insists that this new position means working with not under Yoon-ha, but Chang-soo still won’t accept it. Ji-yi accepts his no, but says she’s going to take the job anyway.

Back at Jang Manor, Yoon-ha refuses to end things with Joon-ki, not falling for any of her father’s threats of taking her assets away. This is a business deal and they both need each other and she’ll do a good job. Chairman Jang wonders how he can trust those words, and Yoon-ha touts back that her father saw the potential in her: “Believe in yourself.” No really, that’s what she says.

Chairman Jang is still against marriage, but then something really strange happens: he gets huffy over how Yoon-ha always made the first mood, then almost impressed because Joon-ki wanted to be the gentleman. Yoon-ha asks for her father to respect her relationship with Joon-ki because they’re truly happy and he sees her for more than a chaebol’s daughter.

Chairman Jang wonders how his daughter is so unafraid of him, to which she says one doesn’t bite back at the man who clothed, fed, and sheltered her. She isn’t afraid of him because he’s her father. And something about her words make his eyes glisten.

Instead of entering her husband’s study, Madam Min pours herself another drink. The cup barely comes to her lips when she’s reminded of thoughts of Kyung-joon. One conversation at a golf course led them to talk about the ups and downs of life (spoken in terms of “surplus” and “deficit”), and how Kyung-joon didn’t compare himself to Ye-won because they each have their distinct roles.

He had known that he bore the weight of all his employees and their families, which made him occasionally wonder what life would’ve been like if he’d been born into an ordinary family. Madam Min had entertained a similar idea once, but believed that this privileged life is the hand they were dealt.

Kyung-joon had agreed, yet also believed that getting a taste of what life is like on the other end of the societal divide was important, too.

Chairman Jang gives the usual demeaning lecture to Madam Min, criticizing her shortcomings as the lady of the house. But Madam Min has had enough, and declares that she won’t cooperate with any of her husband’s demands, not while he only thinks of money when it comes to his children.

She’ll go through with this divorce and won’t regret it one bit. She used to have something to protect, but no longer: “You don’t know how scary it is dealing with someone who has nothing left to lose, do you?”

She snarls that he better not mess with her people ever again, claiming that success is hard work but ruining someone takes only an instant.

Chang-soo’s mother drops by her son’s office for a round of I told you so before scoffing at how Chang-soo is seeing a part-timer. He takes note of his mother’s mention that Joon-ki remained tight-lipped about Ji-yi, and tells his mother not to lay a finger on Ji-yi lest he turn truly angry.

Chang-soo’s mother shoots down the idea that Chang-soo made sure his recently-quit part-timer girlfriend lives a life of luxury because her youngest is too careful with his money. She can hardly say the same of Hyung.

Yoon-ha finally finds that key resting among her accessories, then heads back to the library where Kyung-joon once showed her his safe located behind a hidden bookcase. A long yet convenient flashback takes us back when Kyung-joon praised his sister for always striving to be better and guarding her heart.

Both their parents were once lively, affectionate, and energetic people, but they’ve changed throughout the years. Guarding one’s heart is a skill too, and then he had told her his passcode like an offhanded remark: 0700.

Sure enough, that works, and Yoon-ha opens the safe to find yet another case. What she discovers astounds her: company stocks and a USB. She stows these in her own safe.

Joon-ki sits with Ye-won’s lackey, not believing him for a second that he was recommended through a headhunter, since Yumin is the only company he’s ever worked for and too low on the corporate ladder for any headhunter to take notice.

So the lackey comes clean about coming here under Ye-won’s instructions: she may be interested in the guy her sister is seeing, but she does want to recruit him. Joon-ki is sharp enough to ask if Ye-won’s intentions are genuine or whether she wishes to conquer new territory. “I don’t make a move unless I’m fully prepared.”

The lackey reports back the conditions aren’t just right for Joon-ki yet (he assumes money would solve this). Until she can see how useful having Joon-ki around will be, Ye-won won’t make any more aggressive moves. She doesn’t, however, like to hear that it seems like Yoon-ha has something up her sleeve too.

Speaking of whom, Yoon-ha accompanies Ji-yi on her shopping trip in order to uplift her spirits and cement her decision in working at Taejin with her. She tells Ji-yi not to worry about the employees gossiping about her because she’ll be the one to put them in their place.

Yoon-ha imparts the same words of advice her brother once told her: that there were plenty of times in her life where she could’ve destroyed herself, but she didn’t. Instead Ji-yi guarded her heart better than anyone could have, and those words comfort Ji-yi.

The girls ogle over an expensive watch, which Yoon-ha can afford but Ji-yi can’t. Ji-yi’s the enabler, encouraging her friend to buy it for her boyfriend. She gets a call just then too… from Chang-soo’s mother.

While Lady Kim has her own spy in the manor, Mama Lee is pelted with texts from nosy ajummas asking if her son is marrying up.

Chang-soo makes good on his earlier word of flexing his stresses away with Joon-ki’s words echoing in his ears. He meets up with Yoon-ha to hear why she’s recruited her friend to work at Taejin.

He challenges her simple answer of “she’s capable,” though accepts the following argument that Ji-yi possesses a keen business sense. He gives her his blessing, then changes the subject to ask if Yoon-ha truly thinks that Joon-ki likes her.

Yoon-ha honestly says there are times when Joon-ki wears this unreadable gaze… which she interprets as being swept off of her feet by him. She doesn’t believe Joon-ki would ever approach her with an underlying motive because she made the first move with him.

Mama Lee stumbles upon the locked drawer containing Joon-ki’s research on Yoon-ha. She’s more surprised that Yoon-ha’s chaebols roots are true than questioning why her son has all this info on her.

Yoon-ha meets Joon-ki as the same art gallery as before, where she presents him with the watch. Joon-ki looks legitimately moved, and could it be that he’s seeing her with adoration?

They head outside to discuss what’s on Yoon-ha’s mind: first, she’s sorry about all the trouble she’s caused him because of their relationship going public, and second, she found the stocks Kyung-joon left for her. She hasn’t checked the USB before telling Joon-ki about it.

Furthermore, Yoon-ha knows that these stocks aren’t part of the two percent stake that Kyung-joon has publicly bought in her name. Joon-ki wonders how that’s possible when things like that are supposed to be reported, but supposes Kyung-joon could have utilized a third party.

The only way that theory would pan out is if that third party handed those shares over to her during her brother’s funeral arrangements. No one would’ve paid close attention then, he tells her. All she needs to do is find out who that mystery person is.

When Yoon-ha trips, Joon-ki tightly holds onto her so she doesn’t fall. He scolds her for not looking where she’s going, and when she goes starry-eyed at his concern, he calls her a “geum-sa-bba” (an abbreviation for “someone who easily falls in love”). Yoon-ha, however, is unfamiliar with internet slang.

Ji-yi braces herself before sitting across Chang-soo’s mother, who prides herself as someone who stays out of her son’s love life. However, she can’t ignore his sudden atypical behavior, and she wouldn’t have set up this meeting if her son’s girlfriend was at least college-educated. Ji-yi knows that this fling will end nowhere, right?

But Ji-yi keeps up a brave face and enlightens Chang-soo’s mother about the comedian Park Myung-soo’s background. He too was a high school graduate and still claims to be despite earning a college degree later in life. It’s better for him to stick to an image of appearing less educated, but he still boasts an educated wife and real estate.

Her friend told her that one’s heart is a skill too, and she has the best of the best. She has nothing to hide just because she’s a high school graduate. “So this is why Chang-soo fell for you,” Chang-soo’s mother admits.

But that won’t stop Chang-soo’s mother from explaining to Ji-yi what their reality looks like: “People like us won’t ever accept a daughter-in-law like you.” Chang-soo won’t marry her either—he’s simply toying with her.

Ji-yi looks devastated, but holds back her tears and says she wouldn’t want to marry into a household who is against their union either. “But Chang-soo hasn’t decided whether or not he’ll marry me. I can see him until then.”

Asked if she has no pride, Ji-yi declares, “There’s no such thing as pride when it comes to love. My desire to see him comes first.” Chang-soo’s mother can hardly believe her ears at how Ji-yo won’t just stand down.

Ji-yi trudges up the hill home that night where Chang-soo has been waiting. Ji-yi asks weakly: “Who are you?” Chang-soo: “The man who moved all of Korea to hang a streetlamp for you.” She embraces him, her eyes filled with tears.

Yoon-ha and Joon-ki, meanwhile, arrive at Taejin Group headquarters where she slips her hand into hers. She gives him a tour of her currently empty office, and when Joon-ki asks about any future plans to climb up the ladder (like say, become president), Yoon-ha says she doesn’t have any of the sort.

Her plans are to quit as soon as Kyung-joon’s matters are taken care of. “My goal isn’t a seat.” Joon-ki looks legitimately surprised to hear that, which is when Yoon-ha calls him out on that mysterious gaze of his every now and then. And to remedy that…

… she leans in to plant a kiss on his lips.

Joon-ki: “I know what love is. Being able to smile even in miserable situations. Looking at a cruel reality… in an cheery way, and then coming to like the tranquil situation you’re given. Liking you… has made that cruel reality fade away. So the one thing I’m on my guard for is…”

“You… I think you’re really different,” Joon-ki admits, then swoops in to kiss her.

 
COMMENTS

At last. For all the unsaid things of what can be inferred from Joon-ki’s character, I’m so relieved that we see the moment of his long-held prejudices against the rich changing. In the past few episodes, we’ve heard him voice his negative opinion of the wealthy and their elitist ways (even if it was mostly directed at one person: Chang-soo), and at the very least, had the inkling that there was an underlying reason as to why he approached and started dating Yoon-ha.

So imagine his surprise that Yoon-ha’s end goal of working at Taejin isn’t because she wants to take over the company and bask in oodles of money, but rather a more personal reason. Compare that to watching how Chang-soo is fighting over company rights and inheritance with his brothers, and so I can understand why Joon-ki would be taken aback that this girl isn’t greedy about wealth and power. Unfortunately, the language of his voiceover still hovers at an altitude of 35,000 ft., so let’s bring those words down to ground level so that we can all understand with you.

Still, Joon-ki seeing Yoon-ha in a new light is an important turning point for his relationship with her, because now his feelings extend beyond his initial intentions for approaching her (we’re still waiting on that answer). Rather than saying that Joon-ki didn’t like Yoon-ha, I do think that he’d been humoring her by giving her the kind of dreamlike romance she hoped for. Yoon-ha has always been the more invested one in this pairing, but now I’m intrigued by the thought of Joon-ki’s developing feelings for her.

And if her earlier words about how Joon-ki appreciates her just the way she holds true from here on out, Joon-ki has an uphill battle ahead of him. Whatever he does now will be compared against his cunning ways from his recent past, which I’m sure will eventually create waves once Yoon-ha gets word. But then again, she’s busy putting together the convenient flashback pieces that make up the puzzle Kyung-joon left for her.

What I’d wish we’d see more of is actually seeing our leads be as smart and capable in action as the people in this dramaverse claim that they are. Joon-ki was the target of compliments from third parties who have never seen him do all that much, but there’s a difference in being told that the smartypants is a genius versus watching him be a walking example of that. Even the man himself says he doesn’t make a move unless he’s prepared for what faces him. And here you are, having made the choice to fall for the girl who took you by surprise. Or maybe you just really wanted to kiss her. In any case, your move, Joon-ki.

 
RELATED POSTS

Tags: , , , , ,

77

Required fields are marked *

can i be first

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

yayyy!

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

hahaha it really is tricky trying to be first. :))

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Hmm, now coming down to what i think of this drama... it had a decent start but went downhill post episode 4 , still waiting for it to pick up. Joon Ki's character is not well written, neither is Yoon Ha's.. dunno why these 2 are together

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Exactly. Seemed promising at first, but I needed 3 tries to get through episode 9. The characters are caricatures. The second leads have better chemistry and are stealing the show. To curb this, the writers are throwing in kisses, but it just isn't working.

I think people are struggling with Sung Joon's character the most, cause they have seen him act better and have better chemistry with his co-stars in other shows. Maybe UEE isn't his type?

The parent's fighting, the evil sibling, what exactly are these people's motivation. The mistress, the mystery. It's like all the ingredients for a chaebol drama, but without the hearty set up.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

This is the only drama that I watch for its second lead couple. I am impressed (no sarcasm intended)

Am I the only one who is rooting for the second couple? I skip all Yoon Ha/Joon Ki scenes because it feels so artificial and dry.

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

I thought I was the only, their scenes bored me to death... when they appear, right arrow keyboard key is my best friend.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I totally agree...hahaha. I only follow the Changsoo-Jiyi story which is a lot more interesting than the lead couple. *_*)

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Nope, not the only one. :P

But honestly I this is far from being one of my favorite dramas. More of a time filler.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Even though our main leads are starting to heat up it's still the second lead couple that keep our attention focused on this story. Chang soo just can't seem to understand what it's like to be anything but rich and privileged unless Ji yi points it out to him. So now he knows why he can't trust his friendship with Joon ki. He never had a true friendship as equals from the beginning. What will his take away be, I can guess. I don't see it ending well for our sweet second lead couple. Chang soo is not the type to give up any of the privileges he enjoys as a rich boy, not for friendship or for love. We best just root for the main couple because Chang soo and Ji yi probably are doomed.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Totally agree! For leads they are a huge turn off. I'm starting to lose interest. I barely watched this episode. And I decided to just read the recap for the next one. Another drag about this show second only to the poorly developed lead characters, is their tendency to tell instead of showing.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I will withhold my inner screams and excitement until the recap of episode 10.
I'm sure people understand what I am talking about.
Episode 9 was okay, episode 10 was awesome.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, episode 10 was..... beyond words!!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm super glad that Joon-ki finally had some progress on the story (and the relationship). I just feel really sorry for Yoon-ha, she's so desperate to meet her true love I can say that she would just fall for anyone who doesn't have an obvious motive (money). Unlike our pampered Chang-soo, or are they the same? Chang-soo seems like he longs for more and more fun. And with Ji-yi he's found his proper fun. I'm loving Ji-yi ever still and hating all those chaebol family members. I wished that Kyung-joon didn't have to die so early. And I really hope that the writer will tell more about his story, because I find it really interesting and it would be such a waste to bypass him.
I don't really expect a lot, as there is only three weeks left (and really the plot so going on so slowly). I really hope that they will focus on fixing the plot holes, cuz I've really had enough of the endless bickering about who should fall in love with who. And on the next episode Joonki made a remark on Changsoo which really made me think that Changsoo is such an interesting character to watch. I wished that writer nim can focus on the second leads. Not just explaining how the main leads think. Oh and please let us know why Kyungjoon died!! (Or is he dead yet??)

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Everyone has different reasons for watching this drama, mine are the girls' friendship, Joon-gi's story, Joon-gi and Yoon-ha's relationship, the bromance and Chang-soo and Ji-yi's relationship in that order. I'm so invested in the lead couple that I hurt when Yoon-ha hurts and I get angry on Ji-yi's behalf when someone hurts her. I like how strong Ji-yi is that she doesn't quake under pressure.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I still don't seem to care about joon Ki and yoon ha. Why is that? I guess the second leads shine the most. The same thing happened for me in The Gentleman's Dignity.

0
3
reply

Required fields are marked *

Because Park Hyung Sik and Ji Yun are charismatic.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

PHS and LJY <3

Their behind-the-scene cuts are so cute. If CS-JY's ship can't sail, can HS-JY's ship sail at least??

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Yes, their BTS are so cute and amused.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

No way the older brother is dead.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Been thinking that from the beginning. It seems he is opening the door for his sister to shine. He'll be back later.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I feel the same, everything it's pointing to that direction, I imagine him somewhere in the Caribbean in a hammock and drinking pinas coladas, he was probably tired of his family bs and decided to pretend his death.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

At first glance, main lead story seems to be more interesting but because of their lack of chemistry, I don't feel invested in their stories.

I also prefer second lead. Cliche or not, they are more fun to watch. I prefer their acting too.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Both the girls have this sort of naive charm that bores me silly (same reason I could not finish Tomorrow's Cantabile), although at least Ji-yi's conversation with Chang-soo about her new job had a little bite to it. But then she's back to falling in his arms again when mommy is mean to her.

The only reason I'm still sort of watching this is because the Chang Soo character's slow journey to self-awareness is kind of interesting. And drunk mom finally talking back to jerk dad was fun. Too bad Chang Soo's charming mom gets stuck in the same old stereotypical "my son can't marry a peasant" scenario. Oh -- and the mistress's work-out clothes were a hoot.

0
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

+1 on the girls' naivety dulling the drama. Especially wrt Ji-yi, who seems at least somewhat self-aware and sharp, but still ends up doing the contrary to her better judgement.

I can't ship CS-JY whole-heartedly for this reason; he's fully and shamelessly taking advantage of her (just as JK is doing with YH) except Ji-yi's letting him have the cake and keep it too. Their relationship feels utterly chauvinistic.

Blah. Better off reading recaps + lightly skimming on viki w/ this one.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

The slowness and quietness of Chan Soo's world being absolutely rocked is what keeps me coming back to this show as well. He's not the determining factor in any of this, and if he wanted to he could just cut ties with everything and retreat to chaebol life, but he's not.

It's not something I think I've seen in a chaebol character before. He's not actively trying to change anyone, and he's not reacting to situations that gravely impact him, he just happens to be caught in the middle of Joon Ki, Yoon Ha and Ji Yi's stories. And what I like about it is that he's kind of... not moving, just observing. He's THINKING, which is unusual, and observing. It's a very passive position to take, but not because he's scared, more like his world just changed completely and he's trying to adjust without making himself the center of everything.

I like how many chances Chan Soo gives Joon Ki, and how even now he's still trying to dig deep and figure out where things went wrong. I like that he's thoughtfully applying what Ji Yi says to how he acts around Joon Ki. He's not lost his swagger, but it's clear he's working things out on a really deep level.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

Awesome comment! Completely agree - though I find CS's ideology when it comes to social class and relationships aggravating, I like how he's affected by what others say around him - esp words which come from Ji Yi and Joon Ki. He may not change 360 as a result, but the subtlety in his expressions show that he's at least willing to try and work things out in his own way. He's geared towards change, though on his own terms - and that's a start, at least.

Still, they all have a lot to prove, both him, and Joon ki - ep10 was definitely a lot more interesting in terms of character reflections.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

You put this so well. And I like how this young actor is able to show the thinking going on. Also, he really knows how to look at his woman. Sung Joon could take lessons.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Sung Joon is tired of kissing Uee?? I'm sure he meant it a different way, but still, shouldn't have said it. http://www.allkpop.com/article/2015/07/sung-joon-is-tired-of-kissing-uee

0
7
reply

Required fields are marked *

What to do??? She is sooo wooden that I too feel tired :/ ... She is the lead actress but her acting is weakest

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

No filter. Tsk, tsk.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Somehow it seems he never wanted to kiss her at all. These two have zero chemistry. My original comment stands. "I always thought Sung Joon could generate chemistry with a rock. Seems he's met his rock."

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

@TJ
But then if the chemistry meter still reads zero, does that mean he has found the rock that stonewalls him (pun intended)? :D

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I never trust allkpop's translations. They've had too many incidents in the past of twisting words to make things sound more shocking.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

True-dat.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Very true. And I think most of the people that made snarky comments about the article just read the title and not the article, or allkpop translated it badly.
I read the Chinese report of it and it's just them saying there's too many kissing scenes in the drama so they hope to distant each other.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Here's what I think--join ki is ji hoon frim white Christmas but rather than using his stunted emotions for stopping a killer he's using it for financial gain and if I was a sociopath, why WOULDN'T I do that ijs

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

The most interesting part of this for me is the privledged siblings relationships and how hateful and competitive they are to each other (except for Yoonah & her older brother). I only wish we were able to see the non-wealthy siblings interact in contrast but it doesn't seem that JoonKi or YiJi have siblings.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

In Kdrama, the dead does not stay dead......I believe the brother is alive waiting for his dramatic return

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Thanks gummimochi!

I stopped watching partially and came back again this episode. It's good to see that there's some development in the characters.

What I liked was that Yoon Ha has shown herself in this episode to be more consistent than she appeared before. Having decided to solve the riddle left by her brother, she is taking the right steps and entering the company and nothing her father can threaten her with faze her. I like that she can think clearly and answer well in the face of her dad's harrumphs. It is good that she plans to stick to her plans to separate herself from her chaebol family ultimately and not to end up like Ye Won. At least she appears sincere in this episode. We have a couple more with probably some tough decisions for her coming up, then we shall see again if she sticks to her guns. The thing about her leaving the company though, is that then Ji Yi will be left without her backing. It may not be easy for Ji Yi when others look down on her and her friend is no longer near.

The actor who plays Daddy Jang is actually quite funny in his own way. He does best in semi-comedic roles as in 'I Hear Your Voice' where his facial expressions (which are the same ones here) lent themselves to the light moments better. Over here they are meant to show disapproval, disdain or something negative, but I can't take him seriously. LOL.

As for Joon Ki, it is a relief that he is easing up a bit. He seems to be perpetually on his guard and stressed. His 'boyfriend moves' seemed so calculated. I'd like him to trust Yoon Ha more (and earn her trust) and really use his heart in his relationships with both Yoon Ha and Chang Soo.

And does anyone understand what he was thinking? “I know what love is. Being able to smile even in miserable situations. Looking at a cruel reality… in a cheery way, and then coming to like the tranquil situation you’re given. Liking you… has made that cruel reality fade away. So the one thing I’m on my guard for is…” - is he saying that he does not want to get emotionally attached because it will make him more likely to accept the reality (like his mum does) instead of fighting against it? But loving Yoon Ha will probably ease his cruel reality since she intends to keep her villa etc... so what's holding him back from loving her? It would be a win-win situation.

What bothered me: it just appeared even more obvious this episode that the jumping from one conversation to another somehow gave this show a soap opera feel, which bothered me. I felt less engaged with the scenes playing out in succession, and maybe somehow having less depth... I've never noticed that feeling before in other shows. Also as noted in a comment above, there could have been more showing/acting rather than voice overs or exposition. I guess this is a problem with the execution of this show.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I felt nothing with Joonki's little confession at the end... Though I am worried about Changsoo and Jiyi.. I seem to only really care for the second leads..

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

me too !!! :):):)

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm not watching this drama yet. I'm just reading the recaps. Thank you, gummimochi. I did the same thing with Hogu's Fool. I watched the first episode, then read recaps until I couldn't NOT watch it. I'm not there yet, but if the bromance/romance gets as good as it was in the beginning--I'll probably go back to viewing it on video.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I liked this drama better when it was called Innocent Man.

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

+1

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

+1

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

What I'm feeling about Ji Yi... it is interestingly and I think deliberately contrary to how it is with Joon Ki... he needs to have more heart and to follow his heart. But for Ji Yi... she needs to follow her good thinking head/brain more.

It's great that she does stand up to Chang Soo over what she feels is OK for her to do ie take the job whether or not he approves, and that she'll continue to date regardless of his parental objections, but at the same time I feel it is a shame that she is choosing certain heartbreak, to an extent pandering to Chang Soo's sense of entitlement and allowing herself to be belittled ultimately.

What gummimochi says about the contrast between Chang Soo's and Yoon Ha's attitude to their positions is another deliberate compare and contrast scenario. Chang Soo wants to beat his brother practically at any cost and he wants to have his cake and eat it with Ji Yi (does he intend to keep her as a mistress if he only intends to marry an equal?).

Yoon Ha wants to take what she believes is her due and then is prepared to give up the rest to her siblings so that she can have a 'normal' life with Joon Ki. Although Yoon Ha was/is hypocritical before, in this she seems sincere and more likable than Chang Soo.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

it feels like both CS and JY still want to married, so they prolong their relationship since in their heart there must be a way appear from nowhere for them to be together one day, small percentage but a heart wants what it wants

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

So happy to know I'm not the only one who follows this drama solely because of the second main couple. Originally, because of the bromance as well, but the writers already sank the CSxJK bromantic shipssss. And although JY is not the best actress, she is still doing a better job than UEE. I also agree JK's character is badly written. Poor Sung Joon. At least's PHS's character is developing well.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I feel so conflicted, watch the drama to feel the 2nd lead chemistry or whatever they put up with,
read the recaps to understand what the lead actually did,

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

At last!

For the first time I'm convinced that Joon ki has some feelings for Yoon ha and is falling in love with her (nice one Sung Joon, I can finally see you emote, but maybe what you were trying to convey in the past was a sense of guardedness, in which case you hit the ball out of the back. Your guardedness eclipsed other emotions until this point).

I think Joon ki is a shrewd businessman, and Ye won's lackey is wrong if she thinks that Joon ki is holding out for money; what he wants is more complicated than that.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh! And if Chang soo lets Ji Yi get away, it would be one of the biggest mistakes he ever makes. Who else is going to call him out when he is being obnoxious or a jerk and would be completely honest with him while loving him?

I'm glad Ji Yi has a backbone and plans that do not involve Chang soo which she will execute whether he approves of it or not. Atta girl!

I would give anything to see her successful in her own right and mommy dearest eat crow after being so insulting to Ji Yi (Calling her a leach). Money doesn't give her the right to treat others poorly.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Oh, how I wish this show had swapped the leads, the 2nd one is giving life to this drama. UEE and Sung Joon are visually appealing as in good for magazine spreads. When doing the scenes, I don't see chemistry. No matter how many times, they kiss, I don't see passion nor excitement. In fact, I think their individual character arc is more interesting when compared to their combined story.
Chang Soo and Ji Yi are firecrackers, sure there romance is doomed and going nowhere but they're selling the hopeless young lovers drawn to each other despite having no direction really well. And please, nobody is using anybody here. Ji Yi is as much clueless as it Chang Soo. They both know better in their head but their heart seems to have control over their actions as of now. It may not end well but its believable and their chemistry is overflowing.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

What's weird is that I decided to watch the drama based on UEE and Sung Joon's kissing previews where they seemed to be sizzling with chemistry! I guess I was wrong.

The second leads are cute but not enough to continue watching just for them.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm only watching for Park Hyung Sik's hair.
It needs to have it's own series.

0
4
reply

Required fields are marked *

I imagine him getting older and being like Lee Doek Hwa.
I am morbidly curious about his hair/wig/animal pelt whatever it is he has on his head.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I'm surprised people are gushing over it. It looks absolutely ridiculous to me. Like a really bad wig.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

haha, that sounds crazy but it's one of the reasons why I watch the drama also

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I am gonna call this series 'Sexy Hair'.

That hair...is to die for!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Definitely watching this drama for the second leads. Episode 10 had me squealing in delight for those two. But I can't imagine how they're going to end up together ARGHGHGHHGHGHGAFJKDHGKJHKDFJ

Yoon-ha's weird wooden gaze when she's contemplating/staring off into the distance is really grating my nerves LOL

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

The preview for episode 11 had me squealing too. (I'm referring to CS and JY's preview).

They sure know how to tease their audience...

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

I know right?? I can't wait to see if they actually end up doing it. And if that's going to come with consequences... to benefit the two? Haha

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

The noises I made when Chang Soo said, "I am the man who moved all of Korea to hang a streetlamp for you," were not human. What are we going to do with these two lovesick puppies? ;A;

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

They ARE cute!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I adore them together and separately! The main couple just don't do it for me. I find these two more complex and engrossing as characters.

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I have different view. I think the writer purposedly wrote the script for Joon-ki and Yooha characters to be like that. The second half shall be more interesting with this lead couple.
And it is reasonable, Joon ki shows no chemistry when he is not sure himself he like Yooha or just because he targets to her for wealth. He had slight moments when he realizes something and naturally wants to kiss her and knows that he has started to like her...
He will like her more and more in the second half of the drama.

The second lead couple is interesting too but the girl act so unnaturally...
Just my comments...

0
2
reply

Required fields are marked *

i think that is the purpose of the writer also. just hope the story will not getting dragged too long. we need something new in the leads relationship, maybe a bit twist.

the r/ship of the second leads is fresh, but kinda agreed that LJY is tried too hard to look cute.

0
1
reply

Required fields are marked *

agree!

0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I really like the second leads but I seem to be more fixated on JK-YH pair still.

Anyway, I watched the preview for Ep 11 and my heart feels so heavy seeing YH look so broken.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

I really like the second lead story, but I stopped watching this drama since episode 4 and just stick with the recap. Not because the drama is boring (oh wait, it IS boring) but the actual reason for me to stop watching is....
(pardon me if it sounds random, but yeah it's how I really feel :D)
I can't stand the second male lead make up!! Hahaha I think it's too heavy for a guy that it's almost the same with female lead's mother. And his eyebrows, god it's soooo proper that always make me imagining him shaping it diligently in the mirror every morning, in a cute bathrobe. I don't really know if it's a standard for korean men, but I think the male lead's make up is much more natural than the second male lead.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

This episode was successful in getting me to be interested in JK. Finate! That's all I can say. I think I even started to some what ship YH and JK too. Finally I can connect w this guy. But *spoiler* that will be shortlived *end spoiler*
I felt so sad for my otp this ep. I knw they wereweren't going to be together w/o opposition and problems but it still hurts. Times like this make me think of the recklessness of JY's accetance of dating CS at times like this. I mean she's a smart girl so its irrational that she'd make the decision. But wat to do? She likes him. I get that. I really hope CS fights for her bc JY wud willingly leave if she has to. But idk w CS. Even his mom has noted a change w him. But does he love JY enough to give up his wealth for her. Charactet development for CS will be awesome to watch. JY already has all the development she needs, I think. Well, maybe excpt for sticking in the relqtionship when parents reject it. Still, she's understandable.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

There were moments where I contemplqted not continuing this drama. BUT trust me when I sau Ep 6 - 10 are sooo good. It kept up the interest. Defibately going to stick around til the end. If it wasn't for the characters idk if I'd still be here. The plot really has not moved in eps. Yes, we have baby steps but wat really has happened since the beginning. It doesnt feel like 10 episodes at all, plotwise. Thinks need to happen. While nice to look at, make out scenes and numerous shower scenes do not make a show. I like these scenes ad much as the next guy but there aremomebts when I really feellike the shw is doing these things to 1) keep us interested and 2) fill up the time. Please show, get serious. *End rant*
In spite of those misgivings that strangely are starting to annoy me now, I really really am enjoying this show. I find myself gazing ot hw much time is left til the ep finishes. I patiently await nxt wk. NOW I look forward to HS new eps on Mon&Tues.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Joonki's character and his chemistry with Yoonha, and Yoonha's character have been the things that I'm worried about the most throughout the drama. Both Sung Joon and Uee had great chemistry with their previous co-actors so it's definitely not because of their acting, but the writing.

It's been 10 episodes but I'm still struggling to root for them and their relationship. I know how suffocating it is for Yoonha to live in a family like that yet I don't feel 'sorry' for her.

I also can't seem to fall in love with Joonki the way I did with Changsoo even though he is the lead. His struggle to survive is real, his determination to save his family from being looked down at is real, his capability and skills are real, yet I cannot get lost in him. It's probably because the writer unintentionally built a very strong wall between Joonki and the viewers. He's very hard to read, but not in a good way. He's way too composed, too planned, a bit too stiff.

I can see the wall crumbling in the upcoming episodes, but I just hope it won't be too late when Joonki manages break the wall down. I want to like him, I want to root for him and his relationship. Please give me a chance, show!

P.S. I have no words for Changsoo-Jiyi. They're totally well-written. I love them to death.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Question...about the song at the start of the recap, did they really play the Waiting by Younha in the episode? I already dropped this drama and now just following the recaps here, so I just wanted to ask if it was used as BGM or OST?

Because if so, this would be the 3rd drama I know that has used Waiting... Dream High (by Pilsook/IU in the hospital) then in The Producers (by Cindy/IU in the noraebang) and now this. Heh. Just curious ♪♪ Thank you in advanced if anyone will entertain my curiosity ♥♡

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

it makes me sad that the Lead Couple is getting so much hate. no that I don't understand but... I really like them !
I usually watch this show on VIKI but have had to turn down the comment section while watching it, just coz everyone is always so sarcastic and angry with the Mains are on :-(

Of course, the scenes that I watch over and over and OVEEEER are the ones with the Favourite 2nd Couple, but....

don't hate !! (LOL)

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

Gummimochi, thank you for the recap. Was looking forward to it.

"Mama Lee stumbles upon the locked drawer containing Joon-ki’s research on Yoon-ha. She’s more surprised that Yoon-ha’s chaebols roots are true than questioning why her son has all this info on her."

Actually, it might be the translation, but my first impression when she said "It's true" was that she acknowledged that her son was acting on his well-known ambitions. That he had found his "ticket" by way of Yoon-Ha and that her callers' remarks about his moving up were true. She has had those conversations (confrontations, by JK's reactions) with him before about what's truly important in life and she's witnessed his stubbornness about not relinquishing that position. Just my opinion.

Thanks again.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *

We provide fulfillment, direct mail, storage, inventory control and design services.

0
0
reply

Required fields are marked *