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Beautiful Gong Shim: Episode 12

This week is all about trust, whether it’s trusting our friends to tell us the truth, trusting our crushes to feel the same way we do, or just trusting our family because we love them. It can be a dangerous thing, believing in someone, because there might be secrets we might not wish to uncover. But it’s time to grow up and face the music, and the characters we love will all be better for it.

 

 
EPISODE 12 RECAP

We rewind to the rooftop where Gong Shim makes her heartfelt confession to Dan-tae, only to hear him apologize and carefully reply that he can’t accept her feelings. Jun-su, who’s been standing behind them unnoticed this whole time, quietly leaves as Gong Shim’s eyes fill with tears.

Realizing she’s just been soundly rejected, Gong Shim quietly walks around Dan-tae and stumbles down to her room where she curls up under her covers. Dan-tae is left alone, fighting back his own emotions.

After Gong Shim’s exit, Jun-su returns to the roof to confront Dan-tae, but our normally cheerful lawyer is looking decidedly shaken. Dan-tae, not knowing that Jun-su overheard everything, begs off on that promised beer, saying he’s not feeling very well. Jun-su takes in his distressed appearance and agrees to meet another time.

The next morning dawns to find both Gong Shim and Dan-tae sitting on their respective floors, having not slept a wink the whole night. Finally, Gong Shim heaves a big sigh and gets herself up to head over to the market.

After completing her shopping, Gong Shim walks back home, arms full of groceries, only to come face-to-face with Dan-tae as he heads off to work. The two stare at each other for a few moments before Dan-tae reaches forward to help her with one of the bags. Without saying a word, Gong Shim avoids his helping hand and brushes past him.

At work, Dan-tae tries to call Gong Shim but she doesn’t pick up. He’s jolted out of his dark mood by the office cleaning staff who invite him to come out to sing karaoke after work. Unfortunately Dan-tae has other plans, but gives them all a quick serenade as a preview for next time.

Jun-su comes around the corner to see Dan-tae singing and dancing with a big smile on his face — not exactly the broken-hearted man from last night. He confronts Dan-tae, who picks up on his disapproval but misunderstands, thinking Jun-su doesn’t approve of his fooling around in the workplace. Jun-su just brushes by him but is stopped when Dan-tae calls after him to ask if he’s found his stolen bag yet.

Losing his patience, Jun-su snaps at Dan-tae, asking if he wants to know about the bag, or the lost badge. He says that Dan-tae seems very curious about that badge so there must be something that he isn’t telling.

Gong Shim makes a mound of food at home and ignores the continued phone calls from Dan-tae the “pervert lawyer.” With a newfound determination, she starts emptying out Gong Mi’s clothes from her room, returning them to her sister’s room. Dad hovers around her, fretting that Gong Mi won’t like this and will throw a fit. Gong Shim just answers fine, let her. Woo! Go get ‘em, girl!

Gong Shim cuts off her father’s needling by saying that she has a bed coming to her room tomorrow and asks her dad to put it together, since he had put together Gong Mi’s bed.

After moving most her sister’s stuff out, Gong Shim grabs a beer and looks around her emptied room. Just as she finishes draining her drink she gets a text notification that her school’s reunion is tonight. She muses that they’d probably have beer there.

Jun-su calls Gong Shim to surreptitiously check on her, asking if she’s doing okay. Gong Shim puts on a strong front and the two make plans to have dinner the next night.

Gong Shim attends the reunion and spends the whole time chugging beer while her schoolmates wonder what’s wrong with her. The revelry is disrupted by the boyfriend of one of the classmates who shows up with a giant bouquet and proposes to her in front of everyone. Gong Shim stares forlornly at the flowers as everyone cheers for the newly engaged to do a love-shot together.

Just as the couple leans in to drink, Gong Shim pops up behind them and clinks her glass with their interlocking mugs, congratulates them, then proceeds to down her entire mug of beer in one shot.

Dan-tae walks home that night and comes across a young boy searching for something in the dark playground. Dan-tae offers to help look and the boy reveals he’s looking for someone: a Noona with a funny wig. He was playing hide-and-seek, but this Noona is really good at hiding.

Putting two and two together, Dan-tae sends the boy home and starts looking for Gong Shim himself, finding her crouched behind some bushes, rip-roaringly drunk. She looks up when he calls her, identifying him as “Mr. Ahn Dan-tae who rejected me.”

They relocate to a bench and the heavily tipsy Gong Shim takes out a list she wrote denoting all of Dan-tae’s flaws. Dan-tae smiles slightly as she starts listing off all his negative traits: he’s dirty, broke, and cheesy. She even does an adorable imitation of his wink to illustrate his extreme cheesiness.

Dan-tae tries to get her to head home, but Gong Shim stops him, asking straight out why he doesn’t like her. She starts listing her own negative traits; that she’s unemployed with a bald spot and no brains. Gong Shim apologizes for being ugly and even offers to give him the rent discount he’d originally asked for. Ooof.

Dan-tae looks like his heart is breaking as she keeps asking about all the reasons he doesn’t like her. He finally gets her to stand up and tries to bring her home, but she stops him yet again, nearly begging for the reason why he rejected her.

Dan-tae starts to say something, but she flinches away, covering her ears and saying not to tell her. Then she changes her mind and asks again. She waffles a few times between asking and shaking her head until Dan-tae starts to answer her question.

Before he can say two words, Gong Shim reaches up and plants a light kiss on Dan-tae. They both stare at each other for a moment before she stutters out to never tell her the reason for his rejection, then runs away, leaving him stunned.

The next day, Dan-tae and Gong Mi run into each other in front of the elevators and she gives a sullen shake of her head to remind him to act like he doesn’t know her. When the elevator arrives Gong Mi looks positively terrified to see that Jun-su is inside.

The two of them join Jun-su in the elevator and he takes the opportunity to introduce the two of them since — as far as he knows — they don’t know each other. After a tense stare, Dan-tae plays along and “introduces” himself.

After a strained ride, Dan-tae exits first and Gong Mi breathes a sigh of relief. Both Jun-su and Gong Mi remain on the elevator and a large delivery is wheeled in, forcing the two close together in the corner.

Jun-su breaks the tension and tells Gong Mi that his mother and grandmother (President Seok’s biological mother, not the chairwoman) keep talking about her after she saved his mom from that con artist. When Gong Mi admits that she enjoys spending time with the women he invites her to stop by their house anytime.

President Seok and Uncle are on their way to a board meeting when President Seok receives a spam text labeled, “Piping hot video at Yangpyeong Arboretum.” Uncle gets uneasy since that’s where he assaulted Dan-tae’s father. He tells President Seok that he should delete the video right away.

Heading into the meeting, they find that all the board members have received the same spam. Apparently one of the directors was curious and watched the video, reporting to the others that there’s nothing raunchy on it.

At that moment, Uncle finally receives the spam message as well. The others muse that someone must have gotten hold of all their contact info while Uncle tucks his phone out of sight. Jun-su, sitting right next to him, clocks his discomfort. Is that a glimmer of suspicion in those puppy eyes?

Elsewhere, Dan-tae receives a call from his friend (the same one who delivered the “lost” badge) to confirm that he sent the spam messages. Dan-tae opens his own message, clicks on the link and watches a video showing Dan-tae’s father sitting at the bench in the gardens where he’d been attacked.

There’s another message below that reads “Yangpyeong Arboretum Video. Original Copy, Direct Deal. Price: 3 million won. Tomorrow at 5pm at the arboretum.” Dan-tae thinks that whoever the real culprit it, they won’t be able to help but show up, and then he’ll know who attacked his father.

We flashback to see how Dan-tae was able to make the video: he’d borrowed his father’s clothes and his friend brought his uncle (who looks a lot like Dan-tae’s dad) to the park. They’d reassured the uncle that they would blur out his face, then proceeded to take a video of him sitting on the bench, wearing Dan-tae’s father’s clothes. Afterwards, Dan-tae composed the spam message himself and his friend sent it out.

Back in the present, Uncle and Jun-su’s mom both stare at the video in horror, thinking that someone must have videotaped the whole assault. Uncle believes that same person picked up his badge and is now blackmailing him for the money.

Jun-su’s mom asks if it could be Dan-tae doing this since it’s his father that was hurt, but Uncle believes that Dan-tae’s father never told his son about Jun-pyo. Jun-su’s mother says she’s still uncomfortable with Dan-tae being a secretary in the company. Uncle promises that he’ll take care of Dan-tae after dealing with this blackmailer. He instructs his sister to get the cash ready so he can deliver it by the 5pm deadline.

Dan-tae and Jun-su run into each other by the elevators and the atmosphere is tense to say the least. Dan-tae suggests they talk privately and the two relocate to an empty boardroom. They both admit they haven’t been truthful with one another and agree to ask and answer some honest questions to try and clear the air.

Dan-tae goes first and asks if it’s true that Jun-su went to a seminar on the day his bag (and badge) was stolen. Jun-su admits that he was lying about the seminar, but insists that his bag really was stolen. Jun-su then asks for the real reason that Dan-tae is trying to find the badge since he knows there’s something more. Dan-tae comes clean that he’s been looking for Jun-pyo and he believes that whoever stole the badge is the one who kidnapped the boy.

While Jun-su reels at this revelation, Dan-tae poses one more question: If Jun-su didn’t go to the seminar, then where was he that day? Jun-su confesses to meeting with investors to try and start a business of his own. He brings up Gong Shim, saying that she met with him that day to help him prepare.

The mention of Gong Shim brings back the frosty atmosphere between the boys, especially when Jun-su says that he likes Gong Shim and wants her to be happy. After a silence, the boys muse that even though their questions were answered, they’re still not quite comfortable with each other yet.

Jun-su meets Gong Shim for their dinner. They eat at the restaurant where she won the octopus drawing competition. The restaurant owner comes over to congratulate Gong Shim on her drawing being such a huge hit with the customers — he even has some people asking for her contact info.

Jun-su asks what they’re talking about and the owner spills the beans about the competition that Gong Shim won, showing him the placemats with her octopus caricature. Jun-su is thrilled to hear this and requests a fresh placemat, which he then asks Gong Shim to sign. She is flustered at first, but Jun-su turns on the puppy eyes and seriously, who can say no to that face?

Gong Shim take some leftovers home for her folks and Mom nags at Dad to put Gong Shim’s bed together. After Gong Shim heads to her room to clear space for her new bed, her parents muse that with this much extra food they should invite Rooftop (aka Dan-tae) down to join them.

Dad heads out to find Dan-tae and runs into him just as he’s heading upstairs. Dan-tae tries to refuse the offer, but Dad grabs his arm and pretty much pushes him into the house.

Gong Shim comes back out from her room to find Dan-tae sitting at the dinner table. Seeing him gives her a flashback to the night before when she kissed him. Mom tells her to join them at the table and both parents are completely oblivious to the awkward atmosphere as she sits down.

Mom does some subtle bragging to Dan-tae about Gong Shim winning the drawing contest, lamenting that they should have sent her to art school when she’d asked. Dad even gets teary eyed about it and asks through his sniffles if Dan-tae knows how to assemble a bed.

And so Gong Shim finds herself alone with Dan-tae in her room as he tries to put her bed together. After staring at him for a few moments, she hesitantly asks Dan-tae to treat last night’s kiss as an accident. He agrees, but then catches her staring at him again.

Gong Shim takes a breath and calmly states that no, it wasn’t an accident. She did it because she wanted to. Dan-tae slowly looks up at her as she continues,

Gong Shim: “From now on, no matter how you act, I’m not going to care. Whether you accept my feelings or not, I’m telling you I’m not going to care. If I want to make you food, I will. If I want to draw your face, I will. And if I want to talk to you, I’m going to talk. That’s what I’m going to do, so don’t care about me and keep going your way. I’ll go my own way. Even if you don’t give me the signal, I’m still going straight to you.”

She then tells him he’s assembling the bed wrong and grabs the hand drill from him. Now it’s Dan-tae’s turn to stare at Gong Shim as she works.

Over at the mansion, Jun-su’s mother asks him out to dinner and a movie date. Jun-su, ever the doting son, agrees. Nearby, Jun-su’s biological grandmother (not the chairwoman) watches jealously and tries to finagle her own mother-son date with President Seok, but he just tells her to play a game on her cell phone instead.

After work, Jun-su heads to his car, but President Seok calls to ask him for some documents. Jun-su heads on up to help his father find them, but just as he gets out of the elevator his father calls him back to let him know he found them. Jun-su returns to the car, but the whole incident reminds him of when Uncle did exactly the same thing on the day that his badge went missing.

Jun-su starts putting the pieces together: his missing badge, Uncle’s misleading phone call, Dan-tae’s warning that Jun-pyo’s kidnapper is the one who stole the badge. He heads back into the office, wondering if it’s possible that his Uncle could be the culprit.

Jun-su goes straight to President Seok’s office and roots around in his father’s desk to find the badge and note that it had been “found” in the Yeongpyeong Arboretum. Returning to his own office, Jun-su pulls out the spam message he also received and compares it to pictures of the Arboretum, finding a match for the bench in the video.

Having figured out the location of the video, Jun-su deduces that whoever sent the message is trying to get money from the culprit. He wonders, if he goes to the Arboretum at 5pm, will he be able to see who kidnapped Jun-pyo?

Remembering how Uncle had acted so nervous from the spam message, Jun-su heads over to his office just as his uncle is leaving. Friendly as ever, Jun-su asks if he wants to have coffee together, but Uncle says he has important plans this afternoon. As Uncle walks away, the smile falls from Jun-su’s face.

Soon Dan-tae, Uncle, and Jun-su are all in their separate cars heading to the Arboretum. Dan-tae has to stop for gas so Jun-su arrives at the garden a few minutes before him. Jun-su finds his way to the meeting place and peers around the bushes to see…his mother.

Shocked, Jun-su ducks back behind the greenery, tears in his eyes as he repeats that this can’t be possible. Meanwhile, Dan-tae arrives and makes his way to the same spot.

Jun-su stumbles away from his mother and starts walking back up path. In his dazed state he doesn’t see a large twig on the ground until he steps on it, causing a loud snap. Dan-tae swivels towards the noise and Jun-su freezes as the two men lock eyes.

 
COMMENTS

Yeesh, I wouldn’t want Namgoong Min looking at me like that either.

I gotta say, I’m starting to miss the carefree Dan-tae that we all fell in love with. Admittedly, finding out you’ve lived a lie your whole life and then losing your father to a coma is a heavy burden for anyone to bear with a smile. Still, the show has taken a decided turn away from the happy rom/com and swerved into melodrama territory which, to be honest, isn’t as interesting. I still really want Dan-tae to uncover the mystery of his own kidnapping, but the darker he gets, the less invested I feel in his character. Namgoong’s amazing portrayal of the goofy-yet-clever Dan-tae was what made this show so unique. It feels kind of like ever since he learned his new identity, he’s started turning into a vengeful Seok Jun-pyo and losing the cheerful Ahn Dan-tae.

That being said, I LOVE that we’re finally getting to see a little bit of darkness in Jun-su. Up until now, he’s been the sweet (if somewhat naïve) chaebol pretty boy with the puppy dog eyes. It was a great hook for the character since he seemed to be the first truly decent 3rd generation chaebol in Dramaland, ever, but I’m so much more invested in him now that were seeing some layers emerge. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll never say no to his pouty face, but this complexity is far more interesting than just swooning at my computer. Anyone else get a little chill when Uncle walked away and Jun-su’s happy smile melted to reveal a rather cunning look?

The best part about his transformation is that Jun-su’s undergoing this change all on his own; putting the clues together, investigating on his own, following his hunches even if he was scared of what he’d find. I really enjoyed seeing him step up and not only admit that his Uncle might be shady, but then he actively worked to confirm or deny the possibility. He’s taking a frank look at his family and not shying away from what he might find.

Gong Shim also grew up a bit this week. I was so happy when she took that heartbreak, moped for a night, processed it, then moved on. It seemed like the push she needed to finally become her own person, taking the first steps to get out from her sister’s shadow and her parents’ disregard. I actually cheered her on when she removed Gong Mi’s clothes from her room. She was completely right: it wasn’t a room that was fit for a person to live in.

I admit, I wasn’t a fan of her determination to continue pursuing Dan-tae, but after I thought about it, it wasn’t so much her deciding to pine after someone who rejected her, but rather a decision to simply follow her own heart. She’s going to feel the way she wants to feel and act on her own desires for once, rather than shrinking back because someone tells her to leave. It’s a good thing she’s finding that determination now because, given the revenge path that Dan-tae is starting to tread, he’s gonna need help to find his way home again. If anyone can bring back the Dan-tae we love, it’s this girl.

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I really hope gong shim would change her style after this episode...
Really can't stand that ridiculous wig on her hahaha and i want to see if what happen if they see the perfectly styled gong shim
This drama is really adorable and refreshing in the pool of cool-type guy

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i don't see anything wrong with GS's appearance. Should all the lead actors have to be perfectly styled?

the story is actually about loving GS the way she is. the story should be how she will surpass the stress and find what she really want to do and what makes her happy.

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I think she looks really really cute with that wig actually...

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I like her wig better than her real hair

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Yes! Team Wig On!

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Sign me up for your team. Team Wig-on for life!

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Honestly, at this point, I'll probably start crying when she takes her wig off. Everyone seems to really want it off, but it's so very Gong Shim. I adore it so...

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I just think she should go all out and try on different wigs for different days. Purple pink and pretty wigs. One for each day of the week and her moods!

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Lots of Wig-on people, don't worry! I also want her to keep it on. It's who the character is, and she will lose some of her charm if she becomes "typically" pretty. I love GS quirks and all!

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I'm pro wig. An Dan Tae prefer the wing anyway. It also highlights a lot about her character and gives some nice gags. We shouldn't be pro make overs. We should be pro characters as they need to be. The wig suits her and her character.

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It's not really a makeover though, it's her real hair.

Style wise I prefer her real hair cause I can't help but think of the dutch boy wit this one but I can appreciate the symbolism the wig provides.

Also I think ADT would react GS no matter what hairstyle. It was actually JS that said he liked this hair.

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Yes to all your points, Reina.

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There's nothing wrong with her wig and I think she looks cute but you've hit the point on the head - GS loving HERSELF the way she is, bald spot and all!!

Right now she is hiding her insecurity under that wig (literally the cause of her stress) instead of embracing and accepting herself. That's why I was the wig to come off - she will hold her head high even if she's less than perfect!!

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Love the wig. She reminds me of Little Lulu,not that she has a wig . Holy cow, I am old.

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But she reeeealy looks like bigbang's g-dragon with the wig-_-
Even though its about love gong shim the way she is, we need the episode to show gong shim is a capable person that herself and others can be proud of. Not just a spinster who dont know what to do with life and get a rich man to help her being recognized. Thats just wrong. I hope this drama wont end up being cinderella-type drama with jobless incompetent heroine

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On the other hand, i'm starting to feel weird imagining her with her real hair. I seriously wonder how i'm going to cope up with watching her on show (and maybe towards the end of this drama) with her original hair. :/

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Tbh I don't think she needs to be wig_off since it has real purpose, hide a bald spot.

Bald spot is embarrasing even for a confidence person

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"Bald spot is embarrasing even for a confidence person"
>>> I agree!

On one hand, I think that GS should embrace and accept herself. But on the other hand, I am not sure is she was really lacking confidence. I'm wondering if she just started to wear a wig to avoid criticism, mockeries, and questions from everyone. I can see how it could be so annoying, even for a confident person.

But I do wish that she removes it when she sleeps. It might be healthier for her bald spot and her hair to let them breathe.

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But I do wish that she removes it when she sleeps. It might be healthier for her bald spot and her hair to let them breathe.
>>>> Yeshh! and at least we all get to used to seeing her with her actual hair.

And when it's time for her to embrace her confidence and lose the wig, it won't be too much of an abrupt change for all of us to see.... As much as I love watching makeover on TV or kdrama, it just wouldn't seem right with uri Gong Shim.

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I really think the wig is a metaphor for GS insecurities, and hair is just another part of herself that she feels she needs to be ashamed about. It's a comfort mechanism, why else would anyone in their right mind wear a wig while sleeping ( ichy and uncomfortable to the 10000 degree).

I don't like the wig because I feel like it's not who she is or who she wants to be. We've gotten used to it because it was introduced to us at the beginning of the drama, but It's artificial. It's not truly her. It's something she's hiding behind.

Thirdly, she truly doesn't want to have to wear the wig; hence the dream sequence of being able to take it off with DT.

Lastly, when she feels that she is accomplishing her goals and feels that she's found her place in life, her hair will grow back, and that's something to celebrate.

Off with her wig!

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I agree with this.

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I've only ever seen this actress with that wig on so without it would be weird to me. lol

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the reason i like this drama's romance in particular is that Dan Tae and Joon Soo both fell for her as her "ugliest" self. dan tae absolutely adores gong shim in her short bobbed wigs, without makeup or fake eyelashes, and how can you not absolutely adore a guy that is head over heels with who you are, no matter what your appearance is?

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I agree with you, because if this was the style she was going for she would have just cut her hair. That bald spot is no bigger than a quarter any half way decent stylist or girlfriend could have covered it with a piece of weave.

Gong Shim started to wear the wig to cover the bald spot and bought the ugliest one she could find so people would not think it's a wig. It was not meant to be a fashion statement.

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I'm having first AND second lead syndrome. They are both amazing in their own way. may the bromance thrive. But i'm a little tickled with the idea JS going head to head with DT.

i hooted and yelled 'you go girl' after GS's speech. But honestly, if a guy (who i rejected) said that to me and followed up on it, i'll get a restraining order.

It would have made more sense if they had been a relationship and he suddenly started distancing himself. Then it would be determination, not letting go etc. Right now it might fall into the creepy territory since GS doesn't know that DT actually likes her too. I'm curious how GS will act now

I really wish they had shown the sister's reaction to having her wardrobe evicted. Serves her right.

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I was waiting for her sister's reaction the whole episode! I was getting ready for GS to give her a piece of her mind! But hopefully her reaction will be in the next episode.

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Yeah, I thought it came across as sort of weird, but I think it's okay if she's saying she'll like him on her own and not expect anything from him versus pursuing him in spite of his rejection.

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I have to say this episode was another heart wrenching episode to watch. I still hate that SJ and DT are at odds with each other but I loved seeing different facets of their personalities comes out.
They're both stronger and smarter than they appear on the surface and it's easy for both hide under the guise of their laid back personalities.

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Also really loved that they still trust each other enough to tell each other some pretty big secrets. It makes me believe the bromance will stay intact after all is said and done.

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I really hope you are right. It's only epi 13/14 next and I'm wondering how long they are going to drag the angst out. But it did surprise me that JS and DT managed to have a conversation about their misunderstandings at all so perhaps this show will continue to surprise me and then we will get the cute back soon.
*crossing fingers and toes*

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I love how in this drama nice guy doesn't equate to cowardly beta male, and jerk doesn't equate to romantic hero.

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IKR? each guy is totally likeable and kind-hearted. except dan tae has a quirkiness that I really like about him heh.

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I really hope we can get back to the way things were this week. While I don't expect Dan-tae to not still be in a disarray after learning he is Jun-pyo but I still want him to realize his name doesn't matter. Who he truly is is the person he has been all along.

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I was just thinking I had a minor idendity crisis when I changed my last name. I didn't even have birth secrets or family murders to contend with.Lol, nope, just being a baby about changing my name, even though I WANTED to change it.

But I feel you- I just had to say something because your comment made me laugh at myself.

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I loved this episode! As much as I don't want the bromance to end, it will be interesting to see how these two guys work things out. I totally believe they will be back on good terms by the end of the series.

And yay for Gong Shim growing up and gaining confidence in herself!! I was applauding loudly when she began reclaiming her room (and her life, by extension). These are the first of many steps she has to take on her journey of self-acceptance.

As for her continuing to pursue a relationship with Dan-Tae, I think she knows good and well how he feels about her (how could she not - he has been so transparent about it for quite some time). I believe she took the words of his rejection and combined them with recent events and understands that there is something going on that makes him unable to be in a relationship right now. He never said he didn't still care about her, just that he couldn't accept her feelings right now and things were different when confessed earlier. She told him she wanted to support him like he has supported her and I believe this is her way of telling him that is what she intends to do.

As for Dan-Tae, did anyone else catch what he said when they were assembling the bed? She said the kiss was an accident and then stared intently at him. Without looking at her, Dan-Tae's response was along the lines of "if you keep staring like that, there's going to be another accident." I swooned just a little bit... :)

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Yeah I was a bit disappointed there wasn't a reaction to that in the review. That line was both hilarious and swoony. Even in brooding mode we see snippets of the real kidder ADT.

Ugh so painful waiting for the next episode, I need my fix of these two already.

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NGM shouldn't be allowed to say things like that without delivering. the tease...

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GS would be the one that needs to deliver haha too bad she didn't take that as an invitation.

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I absolutely swooned over that! Namgoong Min just makes my heart flutter. Hahaha. I especially liked Dantae's reaction to Gong Shim's questions when she was drunk. He may have said no to her feelings, but his heart was in his eyes that night.

I don't speak Korean and rely on subtitles completely, so I may have formed the wrong impression of her decision to talk to him when she wants to talk to him, etc. I thought she was just going to be friendly-ish as if nothing had happened, not that she was going to continue pursuing him. I can't get behind her pursuing him after he's said no. I always say this: no means no, in romance as in sex.

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I agree. You can continue to like the person, but please don't actively pursue them. This turns creepy and stalkerish. I would run the other way if someone did that to me. Like "take a hint buddy".

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Exactly, DramaMama! Why isn't anyone else talking about that sweet threat! I want another accident dammit!

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Me too. Team Accident!

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I caught it, I swooned too. As for DT he is the man for me, love him going after the truth, and understand him not accepting GS at this time, he has to resolve who he is. JS is and will be swoon worth his is definitely Prince Charming, and I like that he is finding out about his evil mom and uncle, who I need to go down for the kidnapping, and attempted murder of an innocent child, and no redemption either mom or uncle. This show continues to entertain, making me laugh, cry, and feel all kinds of feels. Love DT, JS, and GS great job by one and all.

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Saturday, come already

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"Yeesh, I wouldn’t want Namgoong Min looking at me like that either."

I LOLed at that one. Thanks, CandidClown.

I was laughing at the makjang orchestra music at the end of the episode, plus the slow-mo. Probably meant to be dramatic, but ended up funny to me.

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The flashbacks and slow mo are probably filler because they are running ahead of the script writing. ^.~ (Loose reference to King of Dramas).

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Damn.. only if the award shows started giving out awards for the best puppy dog eyes, On Joo Wan would be winning awards left and right.. ?
*secretly plotting to kidnap On Joo Wan and to stare at his eyes forever*

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Go Team Joo Wan! ??

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I am actually enjoying seeing Dan Tae's serious side as well. That's when you see just how smart he really is. I like seeing him as a successful lawyer, too. I love the goofy side, but that's not all that he is. I am sure that as things work out and he comes to terms with everything that happened to him, the goofy Dan Tae will come back. I am really looking forward to seeing the evil duo get theirs, and hoping just as much that Grandma won't throw the son and grandson out with them! I also do not want Gong Meanie to actually get together with Jun Su because that would be rewarding her for all of her lies and treachery.

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I enjoy seeing this side of Dan Tae, as well. It was kind of hinted at in previous episodes, but we see it in full force in this one. I love a man with layers and he's got em:).

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Yeah it's good you point that out because it does give more depth to his character and prevents him from ending up like a caricature. He can't be goofy all the time. I really like seeing how NGM portrays his internal conflict.

Honestly don't even know where they are going with Gong Mi. The drama is 20 eps but it seems like she's done nothing so far but be a shit sister and gold digger. Not sure if I can end up liking her.

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I love how Dantae is written as a smart person. He doesn't make ridiculous mistakes, the way a lot of supposedly smart (or supposedly adult!) drama characters do. The show doesn't just say he's smart, it shows us.

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So agree, love seeing DT different sides, and serious and funny he owns this role.

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I actually like the personality changes, even thought it's happen a bit sudden but both DT and JS is a fine actor. The changes on their expression give this unsettling feeling that everything is not the same anymore between them even when they are smiling and not confronting each other with death stare or fist fight suddenly (as example). It's like they build up their tension while waiting for explanation.

And last, I love that this week ep end with both JS and DT staring at each other affectionately, I almost abandonen my rooftop house and ship them.

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Affectionately? I thought they were glaring daggers at each other. Well daggers from DT to JS for sure. JS could just be stunned and in shock.
I'm hoping they don't misunderstand the situation and make JS side his family and start to hate DT!!!! ?

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Then they glaring dagger affectionately to each other haha...
That't exactly what I mean by affectionate.

I took a screencap for each end and their stare is so intense but quiete ambiguous, so I thought it sort of affection too...haha

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Haha. Well I prefer your version anyway! DT and JS looking affectionately in each other eyes is great and I'll hope to see more of that next week ?

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When, bgm from girls see smells played, i see that creepy chef face again from Dantae....i also feel it when he is in arboretum looking at Junsu ...OMG.....
Can writer-nim give me back the old Dantae and Gong shim hilarious romantic comedy scene?

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I'm not sure if Dan Tae is really losing who he is, or if it's just letting his more serious and smart side take over. He's always seem to somewhat have dual personalities to me. He was never as happy go lucky as he appeared either. He just put up a good front. He liked to play the fool a lot, but you can still seem him doing that now. He's always been really smart as well, so it's nice to see how his mind works. And yes, if anyone can bring him happiness again, it's gong to be GS and JS to an extent.

And no, I don't think DT is dumb enough to think one year old JS kidnapped him 27 years ago, but that JS obviously is either covering up for someone or is working with the ones who did. JS is in a bad place right now since he can't admit his mother did it, and DT will know if JS is there it's probably his family that is involved.

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I know, I had to laugh when it first occurred to me that Dantae might suspect Junsu. It took me a moment to remember that Junsu was a baby at the time.

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I'm not giving up on this theory! Killer Baby Junsu! XD

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To me, Dan Tae's true personality is a goof ball that likes to play jokes on the people that he really likes. Therefore, Gong Shim is usually the main target. :) But, when Dan Tae suddenly finds out that his whole life has been a lie, I don't blame him for getting a bit serious. He knows that he is probably Jun Pyo, but he must be sure. He also has to be careful in how he uncovers the truth. The culprit(s) might hurt him or someone that he cares for in order to keep from being exposed.

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I like this post... Well said @Tang Lung

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This show is making me schizophrenic.
I was like

YES! yes yes yes yes yes!
When GS kissed DT. I mean like finally a girl in dramaland ready to go after the boy she likes.

And then

No! No no no no no no noooo... At the ending.
Don't you DARE pit DT and JS against each other! I miss my bromance...

The recaps coming at the end of the week are like a blessing and a curse. I love the fact that we get to reminisce about the episode, but darn it, now I'm craving the new episodes and they are still more than 24 hours away! I really want to know what is going to happen....

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1. That's not schizophrenia.
2. Mental Health shouldn't be used as an ornament because it demeans people with the mental health problems in question. So please be respectful of those with schizophrenia by not using it that way again.

Thank you.

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Hi Kim Yoonmi,
Sorry if I offended you or anyone else with my comment, was not my intention.
Yes, it wasn't the perfect choice of words, perhaps I should have said I felt that the show makes me feel crazy?
I'm aware of the DSM-IV definition of Schizophrenia, but you are right that I was using it completely incorrectly in the commonly misunderstood way of meaning multiple personalities. It was not meant seriously, and I apologize for adding to the misconception but I didn't mean any ill harm by it.
Cheers.

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Michykdrama, I appreciate this gracious and level-headed response.

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When beanies are ♥

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Thank you for the apology.

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Loved the conversation between Dantae and Junsu. I especially liked what Junsu said: "We've answered each other's questions, but I'm not sure we've gotten more comfortable with each other." That's better writing than in a lot of dramas I've seen. I love how the show really treats these characters as reasonable adults, and doesn't drag things out (for the most part).

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Also, I liked how Dantae told Junsu about "the person who sent the badge to the office," neatly leaving out the fact that it was him. I like a character who can open up to a friend about something important, without tipping his hand with regard to the investigation he's pursuing.

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I've not seen many dramas but I agree with you that I find parts of the plot and the behaviour of the characters very refreshing and not what I expect. Hope it stays that way for the rest of the show!

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I admit I've never been a fan of Dan tae. Rather than find his character and Nam goong min's portrayal of him "goofy", it's just off putting and strange to me. I would not fall for this dude. Sorry he's just not my type. I have had a mild case of second lead syndrome throughout this drama. I hope the sweet 2nd lead boy doesn't go too dark on us. On Joo won can play a scary guy too.

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Preview of episode 13 is up!!! Gah I wish I could speak Korean.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ppu3tprv9-4

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Thanks!! I really needed a preview at least. I'm not fluent in Korean but from what I got this is gonna be all about the feelings wooo! :)

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Ooh thanks for the link! And yeah, I really wish I could too!! ?

NGM put up this really cute video on his Instagram of DT and GS and I really wish I could read Korean so I can figure out what he is writing...

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Ah, the love triangle angst begins...

Thanks for the preview!

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An Dan Tae pretty much says that he likes Gong Shim (That he started out by being curious about her, etc), but even though he likes her, he can't tell her and because of that he feels sorry (towards her). (Summary.)

Jun Su calls Gong Shim up, very drunk and then she comforts him. Which is where An Dan Tae walks in and find Jun Su drunk, leaning on Gong Shim.

It's kinda pathetic, but I think confession scenes are the only scenes I can consistently translate from Korean, Japanese and Mandarin to English. =P I also watched a bunch of Filipino and Indian movies and I pretty much know all the beats. At this rate it's the only thing I'll be able to understand in any language.

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Thanks for your translation!

"...I think confession scenes are the only scenes I can consistently translate... at this rate it's the only thing I'll be able to understand in any language."

But hey, love is an universal language ;)

P.S: It's not pathetic. Wish that I could understand confession scenes of many languages like you!

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Watch over 300 dramas, mostly rom coms and you too, can only translate the confession and rejection scenes...

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I really appreciated the way the writer wrote Gong Shim's drunk conversation with Dante. "Is it because I'm not _____ enough? Is it because I'm too _____? I thought we got along. I thought we had fun together. What is it about me that isn't enough or that is too much?" Those are the exact same questions I've asked myself. So many times in dramaland, characters are totally removed from reality, which admittedly is sometimes part of the fun. But Gong Shim feels so real. Thank you, writers!

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I am really hoping that Gong Shim's inevitable makeover involves her cutting her REAL hair into the same style of the wig because I am so so so tired of long hair on every girl in an idol group. They all look alike with long hair and I'm at the point where I only notice the few girls with beautiful shorter haircuts - like Hani. Minah is rocking this role and she looks adorable. In the few scenes we've seen with her normal hair she suddenly looks ordinary. Just my opinion.

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Heh? I thought I was the only one who see Minah suddenly become ordinary once her wig is off.

I agree with you!

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I'm glad Gong Shim hasn't let Dan Tae's rejection get her permanently down. I only wished that she removed Gong Meanie's clothes when GM was there in the house. I would have loved to see her expression.
I don't care whether Gong Shim goes back to her original hairstyle or not. She is who she is ... Can't wait to see her show up her sister and even Dan Tae. Waiting for Dan Tae to eat his words...

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am i the only one who in feel like i want to kick shim out of the picture. just to put her aside for a while because i think her crush+broken heart is looks so petty against dante and junsu's big trouble. i understand broken heart can be huge for a person, but i just cant feel any sympathy or pitty for shim (plus shim went into berserk mode for broken heart is not cute at all. her problems in the beggining episodes are waaay harder).
compared to "dante trying to find a person who almost killed his father also the one who kidnap him and junsu who begin to suspect his uncle then found out his mother involved" shims sad story is just so tiny and petty.

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Well that's kind of been acknowledged in the drama as the entire reason Dan Te isn't actively pursuing her even though he so obviously loves her. He's got bigger issues to deal with. And well you can't really blame GS, not like she knows shit.

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I smell Noble Idiocy, though subtle. He's obviously not getting into a relationship with her because of the mess so she won't be in danger. But he never really asked her if she'd wait, etc. Also, I think in a way he's also saving her from his identity crisis, which story-wise makes more sense than the Noble Idiocy, but I still don't have to like the Noble Idiocy.

I think once he gets out of those suits, he'll switch back to capri-loving An Dan Tae.

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I don't see noble idiocy I just think he is just handling his business, and I totally can respect that, can't wait till the next episode.

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But, based on the title of the drama, Gong Shim IS the picture so you can't kick her out. :) Sorry, couldn't resist.

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haha.. i know GS is the main character but just for a while i said. until DT identity mess solved. broken hearted GS only make him more stressed. if i were her huge probability i would act the same, but as a viewer i just cant help it ^^

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Honestly, lately she has little importance. Despite the title of the show being named after her, she's the only one who has no idea what's going on. She really needs to know everything so she can actually be important to the plot again. Even DT and JS aren't really fighting over her, though they both like her. They have bigger issues to deal with. Her issues are rather mundane compared to the bigger overall plot

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JS's mother & his maternal uncle not only harmed DT who grew up alone without family but they also were the cause of his mom's death on the day of his kidnapping lol evil people Grandma must have felt their greed ...wonder why she adopted the son at all

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I'm very addicted to this show.
I never got the impression DT grew up alone and unloved. He was very much loved and there were 3, then 2, doting adults in his life. But, the fact that his life was jeopardized and so severely altered at the whim of a couple of greedy adults, and having witnessed his Mothers gruesome death...that is reason to go through the personality suspension and depression that he is now in. I miss the goofy, fun part of his personality too, but, I understand why it's taken a back seat to what he needs to be like, for now, to get to the bottom of what happened to him.
That Grandmother is a real Bee-awtch. To treat her other Grandson so badly from a young age, because of an event he had nothing to do with, is in-excusable. I'm not impressed w/her devotion to her missing Grandson because of how she uses it to justify her unfair treatment of JS.
I get that DT is not in a place to be a good romantic partner right now, but, he put a lot of effort into winning GS's heart, and now that it has happened, he is pushing her away. That's cruel. He seems to be a "Fair Weather only" romantic. I have to admit, the maturity of GS makes it doubtful she could handle what he's going through and be or any real help, but, he isn't giving her any kind of chance.
I hate the wig, always have. It isn't who she is. It's a fix for a temporary problem. It's so jarringly bad on her, even though they have made improvements to it as episodes progress. The sleeping in it alludes to a bigger problem w/her psyche, one I don't think really exists. They need to get more realistic and show her sleeping w/out it. Of course she should keep the shorter bob for DT, since it seems to rock his world so much. The sister is odd, she is a pathological liar...but, she is a lawyer.

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