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Beautiful Gong Shim: Episode 14

Gong Shim is finally breaking down some walls as Dan-tae loses the will to keep her at a distance. You can only fight what the heart wants for so long, and some things are worth waiting for, even if you’re not sure why you’re waiting.

Meanwhile, our two heroes are both getting closer and closer to the truths they’ve been searching for, but they’ll have to decide what to do with the secrets they uncover: expose them, or bury them even deeper.

 

 
EPISODE 14 RECAP

Gong Shim and Dan-tae ride back together after successfully completing the mural at the sashimi restaurant. Gong Shim can’t contain her smiles as she remembers waking up that morning to Dan-tae asleep in the corner of the room. She had managed to get him tucked into bed and spent a moment gazing down at him. She’d even held his hand briefly while he slept, though she’d quickly skedaddled when he stirred from her touch.

Dan-tae also thinks back on that morning, though from his point of view we see that he was actually awake when Gong Shim touched his hand. After she had left he’d smiled and clenched the hand she held.

Dan-tae and Gong Shim arrive back home and spend a moment teasing one another about their singing and dancing performances at the restaurant. Their playful antics are seen by Jun-su, who’s up on the rooftop looking down at them.

Gong Shim and Dan-tae part ways and he heads up to find Jun-su waiting outside his room. The boys head in but Dan-tae, realizing he doesn’t have anything to drink, leaves Jun-su alone while he runs down to his favorite convenience store to get refreshments.

Jun-su uses his absence to look at Dan-tae’s family pictures, recalling the night when Dan-tae’s dad arrived on the rooftop. He wonders why, if that was really Dan-tae’s father, there is a circled date on the calendar marked “Father, Hyuan Memorial Park” (where cremated ashes are stored).

By the time Dan-tae returns, Jun-su is sitting innocently on the floor. Jun-su casually inquires after his family, asking why Dan-tae lives alone and where his family is now. Dan-tae smoothly lies that his father lives overseas in the Philippines. Jun-su doesn’t say anything but Dan-tae notices him glancing at the calendar where his father’s memorial day is marked.

Jun-su cautiously asks about Dan-tae’s search for Jun-pyo; he wants to know if Dan-tae still thinks that whoever took his bag is really his cousin’s kidnapper. When Dan-tae confirms it, Jun-su subtly suggests that whoever sent the spam message to the board members could be related to the case, since the message mentioned the same gardens where the badge was found.

Dan-tae is looking pretty uncomfortable with all the dots that Jun-su is connecting and carefully says that he wouldn’t know since he isn’t a board member and thus never received the message. Both boys seem to be walking on eggshells as they “agree” that the text message must have had nothing to do with the missing badge.

The tension is broken when Jun-su accidentally spills his drink. He retreats to the bathroom to clean up and spies Dan-tae’s toothbrush. Thinking that he could use it to run a DNA test on him, he reaches towards it, but jerks his hand back when Dan-tae opens the door to hand him a towel.

Butterfly Tattoo Uncle and Jun-su’s mom meet to discuss who sent the note to her at the meeting place the other day, warning her to leave. Uncle speculates that maybe the blackmailer sent it because they thought the police were coming, but Jun-su’s mom still believes that Dan-tae had something to do with it.

Neither of them can figure it out and the stress is starting to wear on Jun-su’s mom. She wants to get rid of Dan-tae, regardless of whether or not he knows anything as his presence makes her nervous. Uncle promises that he’ll deal with Dan-tae soon.

In his room that night, Jun-su thinks over how Dan-tae had said he never received the spam message, yet he’d still known to be at the Yangpyeong Arboretum that day.

Dan-tae emerges from his room the next morning to find Gong Shim out watering her plants. She hurries over to greet him, wincing in pain and admitting that she probably painted too long the other day and now her upper body is sore.

After she leaves, Dan-tae heads down to the convenience store. He tells faithful Gu-nam that soon, Gong Shim will come downstairs holding her neck and looking for medicated patches. Dan-tae hands over a brown bag and instructs Gun-nam to give it to her without telling her who it’s from, saying it’s medicine for muscle pain.

On his way to work Dan-tae sees a poster for an art exhibit showing the works of French cartoonist Jean-Jacques Sempé. Remembering all of Gong Shim’s drawings, Dan-tae murmurs that she would love to see this exhibit.

In the meantime, our little artist does in fact head down to the convenience store in search of pain relief for her sore muscles. Gu-nam mutters that Dan-tae was right and immediately pulls out the brown bag he left for Gong Shim.

Gong Shim happily spills the contents out onto the counter, but her face falls as she realizes that all of the products are already used. Hah! Dan-tae totally just gave her all the supplies he had in his own medicine cabinet, didn’t he.

Gu-nam stutters out that someone left the stuff behind, but it’s supposed to be really good regardless. Slightly trepidatious, Gong Shim applies one of the salves and exclaims happily that it’s already helping. She grins and scoops up the rest of the products as Gu-nam sighs in relief.

It looks like Dan-tae is not the only one of Gong Shim’s admirers that noticed the art exhibit flyers. Jun-su sits at his desk and takes out a pair of tickets to the show, smiling as he thinks back to when Gong Shim signed her octopus drawing for him.

Jun-su calls Gong Shim during dinner with the family that night. Gong Mi listens in on her sister’s conversation as Jun-su asks if he can meet Gong Shim later since he has something he wants to give her (the art exhibit tickets). Unfortunately, Gong Shim has her part time job to go to so they agree to meet another time.

Soon after hanging up, Gong Mi corners Gong Shim in her room to ask her about Jun-su and why she’s still meeting him even after leaving Star Group. She tries to pry further into why Jun-su wanted to meet up with her, but Gong Shim has to leave for work and doesn’t go into detail.

Stationed at his secretary’s desk, Dan-tae gets a call from Grandma. The two use their super-quiet spy voices as Grandma tells Dan-tae to come over to the house. She’s kept everything the same since he was a little boy and wants him to come by to see if he remembers anything from his childhood there.

Dan-tae goes over to the house and, while looking around the yard, has a flashback from when he was boy. He remembers playing with a bunch of balloons and his mother lovingly picking him up, the two of them laughing together as the balloons were released into the sky.

The memory is so real that Dan-tae reflexively reaches out to try and catch the balloons when they float away, tears streaming down his face.

Dan-tae and Grandma have tea together and Dan-tae tells her about his memory, describing it in detail and eliciting happy tears from Grandma. She’s thankful that he was able to remember his mother’s smiling face and encourages him that soon he’ll remember the day he was kidnapped, too.

On his way out, Dan-tae meets President Seok’s mother and slaps on a smile, charming her right away. Jun-su’s mother joins the pair, though she looks like she would vaporize Dan-tae with her eyes if she could. Dan-tae informs them both that he’s working on a project for Grandma, so he’ll be around the house a lot.

The next day Dan-tae grins as he looks at the ticket to the art exhibit that he bought for Gong Shim. He leaves them with Gu-nam with the same instructions as the medicine bag, saying she’ll know whom it’s from.

Imagining her reactions to receiving the tickets, Dan-tae has an awesomely ridiculous day dream where a girly and aeygo-spouting version of Gong Shim thanks the too-cool-for-school Dan-tae for her gift. Not sure if I should laugh or face palm. Maybe a bit of both.

When Gong Shim returns from the market, Gu-nam gives her the tickets, saying that “someone” dropped them off. Gong Shim is thrilled and starts to ask who left them, then remembers how Jun-su had wanted to give her something the other night and assumes these were his doing.

Jun-su is busy doing some more brooding thinking about when his bag went missing and how Uncle may have taken it.

Speaking of, Uncle takes Jun-su’s bag out of its hiding spot in his office. He riffles through it, finding Jun-su’s presentation for his new business idea, and scoffs that there’s more to Jun-su than he lets on.

A knock on the door has Uncle frantically shoving the bag into his trash can. He covers it with a newspaper just as Presidents Seok comes in to remind Uncle of their lunch plans. The two depart, leaving Jun-su’s bag in the garbage.

Jun-su runs into his father and uncle on their way to lunch. He declines their invitation to join them and watches as they leave, the happy smile dropping from his face. He goes straight to Uncle’s office and uses the opportunity to look for his lost bag. He pokes around but comes up empty-handed, not knowing the bag is in the trash can mere inches from his feet.

Dan-tae is brushing his teeth in the office bathroom when Jun-su comes in. He remarks that Jun-su doesn’t look well, but Jun-su counters that he’s fine, staring at Dan-tae’s toothbrush. The two walk back to Dan-tea’s desk together, and while Dan-tae jokes with him, Jun-su notes which drawer Dan-tae puts his toothbrush in.

Dan-tae is summoned by his friends on the cleaning staff. They’re all in a panic because one of them emptied Uncle’s trash can and didn’t notice Jun-su’s bag was in it until later; now they worry that the nice new bag was thrown away accidentally.

The janitors are nervous about confronting Uncle to return it, so they ask Dan-tae if he would mind. With a snap and a smile, he agrees.

Dan-tae takes Jun-su’s bag over to Uncle’s office, but on his way there he runs into non-other than Jun-su, who blanches to see his missing bag dangling from Dan-tae’s fingertips.

Dan-tae points out the bag, marveling how nice and new it is. Aiming for nonchalant, Jun-su agrees, all the while wondering if Dan-tae knows the truth and is just playing with him. Jun-su’s eyes widen when Dan-tae reveals that the bag was found in Uncle’s trash can and that he’s returning it.

Seeing the opportunity, Jun-su volunteers to return the bag for Dan-tae. Dan-tae agrees and hands the bag back to its original owner.

Uncle returns from lunch and panics when he finds the bag missing. He calls the building management, but just as he’s asking who cleaned his room, Jun-su arrives, missing bag in hand and a dark look on his face.

Jun-su immediately cuts through Uncle’s excuses by revealing that he was the one who sent the note to his mother at the arboretum, warning her to flee. He cautions Uncle that if he’d been a second later, then she would have been spotted by Dan-tae.

Jun-su lays it out for Uncle, how Dan-tae had been hired by Grandma to find Jun-pyo and that if Uncle and Jun-su’s mother had been caught at the garden, they’d have been labeled as kidnappers. Uncle is still reeling when Jun-su asks if he was in fact responsible for Jun-pyo’s kidnapping, threatening to go to the police if he doesn’t get an honest answer. After a moment, Uncle breathes, “Yes, you’re right.”

Uncle tells Jun-su the whole story: He fell into debt 26 years ago, and he never meant to hurt Jun-pyo. Uncle cries that he truly he truly meant to give him back safely after the family sent money, but the friend whom he entrusted with Jun-pyo (Dan-tae’s father) lost the boy.

Jun-su asks if his mother knew about everything, but Uncle says she only saw him take Jun-pyo and kept silent. Jun-su wants to know if Uncle truly doesn’t know what happened to Jun-pyo. Uncle asserts that he’s been trying to find the child for 26 years but still he has no idea.

Looking like the world is falling down around him, Jun-su decides to keep the secret. He promises that while he will never forgive the two of them, he will protect his mother. He makes Uncle swear to never tell his mom that he knows the truth.

Dan-tae visits Grandma again and goes through a box of his old toys that Grandma saved over the years. Sadly, nothing sparks a memory, but neither gives up hope. Grandma expresses a desire to visit Dan-tae’s father in hospital, wanting to thank the man who raised her grandson so well.

On his way out, Dan-tae runs into President Seok’s mother, who’s mumbling about a speeding ticket that Jun-su got near the Yangpyeong Arboretum. The name piques Dan-tae’s interest.

Dan-tae makes friends with President Seok’s mother by coming upon her as she plays a game on her phone and offering to play the real thing with her. She runs off to get the cards, and while she’s gone, Dan-tae sneaks a looks at the speeding ticket on Jun-su’s desk, confirming that he was at the Yangpyeong arboretum at the time of the meeting.

That evening Gong Shim and Jun-su meet at a café. Jun-su is just about to show her the tickets for the art exhibit when Gong Shim pulls out the tickets Dan-tae gave her, thanking Jun-su for the gift. Jun-su’s face falls, but he doesn’t correct her assumption.

Jun-su and Gong Shim attend the art show together and Gong Shim’s honest excitement finally gets a real smile out of Jun-su.

Afterward, they drive by and spot Dan-tae drinking by himself on a bench. Gong Shim wants the three of them to go hang out, but Jun-su stops her, realizing that the jig is up. He admits that the tickets weren’t actually from him, showing her the ones that he’d bought but hadn’t had a chance to give to her.

Jun-su confesses that he had really wanted to take Gong Shim to the show, so he went along with the lie. He tells her the tickets were most likely from Dan-tae and asks Gong Shim for the chance to speak with him alone to apologize.

Gong Shim leaves and Jun-su walks determinedly over to Dan-tae. He states point-blank that he just took Gong Shim to the art show. He’s honest and straightforward as he admits to Dan-tae that he let Gong Shim believe that Dan-tae’s tickets were from him and he lied because he was mad that Dan-tae beat him to asking her out.

Jun-su adds that he knows he was wrong, but doesn’t regret his actions since he has strong feelings for Gong Shim. Dan-tae takes it all in, then quietly excuses himself and leaves.

Gong Shim is waiting for Dan-tae as he walks home. She informs him that she went to the exhibit with Jun-su, but when Dan-tae replies with a simple “I heard,” she loses her temper. She’s upset that he never asked her to go with him in person, which is what led to this misunderstanding.

Gong Shim guesses that it was Dan-tae who left the pain medicine for her at the convenience store and doesn’t understand it. If he doesn’t like her, then he should stop doing these things and let her get over her feelings for him, since it’s hard for her to go back and forth.

Dan-tae finally can’t take anymore. Reaching out, he grabs her wrist and pulls her in and hugs her close. In a soft voice he says,

Dan-tae: “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for making it hard for you. For not being able to say anything, I’m sorry. For only being able to do this much for you, I’m sorry, Gong Shim-sshi.”

Gong Shim melts at his words — as do we all.

The next morning Gong Shim waits for Dan-tae on his way to work. She runs up to him and says she’ll ask him just three things: Does he have an incurable illness? Did his first love return and that’s why he can’t accept her feelings? Or did he take out a bad loan and now has to sell body parts to pay it back? PFFT. It looks like someone’s been watching too many dramas.

Dan-tae answers all of her questions with a confused “Huh?” until finally he asks what the heck she’s talking about. Satisfied that it’s none of those, Gong Shim says she’s decided that even though he can’t tell her the reason why he won’t accept her feelings, as long as it isn’t one of those three, then she doesn’t mind waiting for him to sort it out.

Dan-tae starts to smile as Gong Shim warns him that even though she’ll wait, it doesn’t mean he’s won her over; she’s been curbing her personality a bit since she wanted him to like her, but that doesn’t mean she’s easy! Dan-tae grins and says he understands.

Cool and confident, Gong Shim bids Dan-tae farewell… then trips over her own feet and goes sprawling into a face-plant.

Dan-tae rushes to help her, but a mortified Gong Shim squeaks in dismay and runs away. Dan-tae watches her flee, a big, carefree smile on his face.

Dan-tae goes to the arboretum to pick up his father’s personal effects. As he waits in the office, he shows the staff members a picture of Jun-su, asking if they’ve ever seen him before.

None of the staff recognize him, until another gardener arrives: the man whom Jun-su paid to give the note to his mother. The man recognizes Jun-su right away, detailing how the young man had asked him to deliver a note to a woman at the bench, giving him a large tip for it.

Dan-tae thanks the man, but his face hardens as he realizes that Jun-su has been lying this whole time.

Meanwhile, Jun-su returns to Dan-tae’s desk and retrieves the toothbrush that he’d watched him deposit there. He takes the toothbrush to a lab and submits it under a false name for them to test against his grandmother’s DNA (which they have on file from previous tests).

Returning to the company, Jun-su waits for the elevator, deep in thought. The doors ping open to reveal Dan-tae already in the elevator. Jun-su looks up and the two men lock eyes.

 
COMMENTS

Come on guys, no more angry stares — let’s hug it out… please?

Alright, so Jun-su did the exact opposite of what we were all hoping for: choosing to bury the truth to protect his mother instead of revealing everything. It’s disappointing, BUT I haven’t given up on him yet! Looking at it from his perspective, all Jun-su knows is that his mother and uncle knew about/planned his cousin’s kidnapping. If we take Uncle’s sob story at face value, then he never meant Jun-pyo any harm, he was desperate, and he created an impossible situation that he could not have anticipated where the boy was lost. It’s wrong and unforgivable, but right now, the truth would do more harm than keeping the lie.

Keep in mind that Jun-su still has no idea that his uncle assaulted Dan-tae’s father, or that the man has a shady personality that he hasn’t yet revealed to his nephew. If he were to tell everyone the truth now, Grandma would probably chuck his whole family out of the house (if not into prison), they’d lose everything and still have no idea where the long lost cousin was anyways. And remember, Jun-su believes the Dan-tae could be Jun-pyo, so if he were to find the “missing” cousin, then maybe the family’s tragedy could have a happy ending.

However, this is only my glass-half-full theory since, as we’ve been seeing more and more, Jun-su has a darker side hidden very well behind a smiling mask. It is more than a little likely that Jun-su suspects Dan-tae of knowing his own identity and has been slowly concocting some kind of revenge plot against Jun-su’s family this entire time. In this case, Jun-su will actively work harder to hide the truth. He may even turn a blind eye to anything that gets revealed later, all in an attempt to protect his family — specifically his mother as he is a true mama’s boy (nothing wrong with that, except when the mama is an elitist chaebol with a tendency to manipulate her son).

I believe it all comes down to finding out Jun-su’s true motivation in uncovering Dan-tae’s identity. Is he looking to find his long lost cousin and re-unite his family, or trying to determine a threat to this new secret he’s decided to keep? Honestly, it could go either way. Hopefully the friendship between the two cousins isn’t completely lost and Dan-tae can remind him of the puppy-eyed, kind hearted chaebol we loved so well.

Although, much as I really want Dan-tae and Jun-su to bring back the bromance, I do appreciate seeing that even though the boys are searching for the same truths, they’re on very different paths. Dan-tae had been heading in a rather dark direction, similar to the way that Jun-su is currently, until he revealed his identity to Grandma. Now, with someone to confide in and depend on, we’ve seen a return of the goofy Dan-tae. He still has his serious moments, but he doesn’t seem so hopeless, trying to do everything alone. Not only that, but he’s allowing Gong Shim closer and the positive affect she has on him is obvious. Sometimes all it takes is one person in your corner and suddenly, the weight of the world doesn’t seem as heavy.

 
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thx for the recap.. hopefully gong shim & dan tae will go on their 1st official goofy date ery soon since their feelings are out in the open (at least to both of them)..
is this drama slated for 20 episode?

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Yes, 20 episodes. I'm terrified that they will go all crazy makjang on us with so many episodes but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the show will stay good till the end!

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Filling all 20 episodes will be easy. They'll just show all the cast eating at Subway a bunch of times.

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Lol. Proof that PPL works- You remember Subway! Haha.

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I ate lunch at that exact Subway yesterday! They're welcome to come back and film all they want! ;)

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EXACTLY !

Im afraid that Junsu will assume that Dan Tae knew his identities all along and was trying to harm/tricked his entire family. PLEASE TALK IT OUT EVERYONE. Don't break the beautiful squad.

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yas! even grandma doesn't want to find the culprit anymore, which just case closed. and everyone let's just live in peace.

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Exactly! Remember that ridiculous situation where they met and he was being mugged (kidnapped?) and Dan-Tae swooped in like a hero? Even as a viewer I have questioned if that was a set up and Dan Tae has known the whole time because let's face it, Namgoong Min gives off the vibe of someone who could spring a Xanatos Gambit into play at any moment. He comes across as that kind of crazy smart and perceptive. (I'm really curious what he's actually like in real life. I strongly suspect Oh Ju Won is actually just playing himself for the most part here.)

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For some reason, everytime Dantae asked Goonam do something for him, I get a feeling that the owner of the store is actually Dantae.

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I understand your feelings. For some reason the "docile" mask he usually wears around everyone else falls away when he addresses Goonam. He's actually quite bossy with him. It makes me believe that he is more than a paying customer, otherwise I can't explain Dan tae's attitude to Goonam.

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He got him off on some false charges so he's one of his pro bono clients and the dude owes him. Plus he also likes Gong Shim a bit.

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I see it also as a reminder that he can be quite scary/forceful/intimidating when he wants. It brings me back the vibes he gave in his last 2 dramas.

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Namgoong Min can be a malicious serial killer in one drama and then a major goofball in another. He's so fun to watch.

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I really loved your recap Candidclown!
I especially liked your analysis of JS and the half glass full theory (which we all are hoping for) but yet voicing our fears that he will become "evil" to protect his mother at all costs.

I'm holding out hope that since this show has surprised me on a few counts by not having a predictable plot, that I will be pleasantly surprised at how they handle the JS and DT relationship.
(Please drama gods! Pretty please. ? The bromance pls!)

And yes, I melted too at DT's confession. I'm really fangirling NGM in this role, and this show in general. I really love that this show intersperses heartfelt moments like DT's confession, with humourous tongue-in-cheek moments of GS and her theories for DT's rejection (definitely drama tropes) and a few moments of goofy humour when GS tripped fell onto her face after.
Can't wait for the weekend!

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The reason they are on different paths isn't necessarily because the boys are different, just that their circumstances are different. The reason that Dan-tae can confide to grandma is because he discovered that he is Jun-pyo. Before he knew that, when he thought that his father was the kidnapper / possible murderer, he was trying to cover it up too.

Jun-su is taking the exact same path the Dan-tae was on. The only difference between them, is that Jun-su won't find out that his relatives aren't as bad as he thinks. He is headed to the discovery that his family is worse than he knows.

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Right, they are very similar and both have people to protect. Dantae still has to protect his adopted dad and aunt. They may have had Dantae's best interest at heart but grandma and the law might not protect them.

Ju-su has a similar motivation to protect his mother- except for that he knows she's did wrong by turning a blind eye to DT's kidnapping. We know he still has a moral compas because of the fact that he says he will never forgive his mom for what she did.

That gives me hope.

I just wish the boys would stop lying to each other because they really do need each other.

Side note: if the lawyering and the restaurant business don't work out for these two guys they should go into detective work. They're amazingly proficient. An investigation was open for 26 years and nobody could break the kind of ground that they covered in a few weeks.

BTW I love how the show is reveling little hints of how Ju-su's father is like both Dantae and Ju-su. For instance when Ju-su was joking about being sick just like his father did in a previous episode and GS reacted the same to both by saying "that's not funny" and both men thought it was cute.

Or how in this episode SJ's dad got real excited about eggplant dinner (something like that?) He was like a slightly subdued version of Dantae.

One thing all the men in the family have in common. They all think GS is adorable.

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+1!

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Just to chime in, since I think it gets lost in translation: The eggplant line is actually a pun, and Jun-su's dad looooves terrible cheesy puns (hence that whistling noise when everyone stares blankly in response). He literally says, "Shall we go?" (ga-ji) and then thinks, "Hm, will there be ga-ji [eggplant] at dinner?" Whenever there's that whistling sound effect, it's because he's made a lame pun. ;)

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I wish I had a similar sound effect for every time I crack a lame pun irl... just so my family won't give me weird stares when I giggle during dinner.

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Oh that's funny, I was lost in translation.

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Javabeans,
Thanks so much for explaining this! I had no idea!

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"Before he knew that, when he thought that his father was the kidnapper / possible murderer, he was trying to cover it up too. "

- THIS. Thank you. My thoughts over and over.

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And... we're entering the angst phase between our leads DT and JS... Pls Show, don't hold off the bromance for too long!

And... here we go , folks. We have visual proof: guys do wear ballet socks afterall and are not sockless !

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Hahahaha I noticed that, too.

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I noticed the socks too! And here I was, thinking Korean men were allergic to socks. :P

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I'm kind of hoping that Dan Tae anticipated that Joon soo would take his toothbrush, and so replaced it with a new one that doesn't have his DNA on it. But that would make Dan Tae a Master planner who can see three steps ahead wouldn't it? (Big Sigh).

Honestly, this drama is scaring me because it's tampering with the bromance. Joon Soo's relationship with Dan Tae was one of the most pleasing aspects of this drama, and for them to show Joon Soo turning dark is just breaking my heart.

Although I see some hope of redemption for him, because even though he's trying to cover up for his mother and uncle, he still confessed to Dan Tae that he used his tickets to go to the Art Museum with Gong Shim and he felt awful about it.

I just don't want Gong Shim to end up as a bone of contention between the two cousins, can't they all just get along? Pretty please.

And Show, no consolation prize by offering Gong Mi to Joon Soo, OK? He's worth much more than that.

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Yeah, if JS ended up with Gong Mi, he would pretty much be marring his mom.

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wouldn't be surprised though...he's slowly becoming the bad guy out of loyalty to his mother anyway.

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I think there's a chance DT switched the toothbrush. I'm not sure it would make him a master planner since JS wasn't exactly being subtle and DT's observant enough to have noticed.

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Unless DT wants JS to find out who he is.

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And Show, no consolation prize by offering Gong Mi to Joon Soo, OK? He’s worth much more than that.

Show, I beg you too...please don't pair Gong Mi with Jun-Su!

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You know, now that I know the reason behind the kidnapping and that Joon Soo's mother wasn't actually in on it from the beginning, I feel a lot more sympathy for her in that moment. Think about it, she had to choose between the one family member she had that shows love to her who did something terrible...or a side of the family that completely shunned and disregarded her, even on her young son's birthday. This is not to excuse or absolve her obvious guilt in all that has occurred since the kidnapping, but don't you think this all could have gone differently if Grandma and her husband weren't dismissive and mean to a family that had no control over their situation.

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Yes but the "confession" wasn't really the truth. It may have been a half -truth but we don't really know because it came from an unreliable source.

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While listening to Uncle's Story i half believed him because the way Jun Soo's Mom acted till now showed she is money hungry and if by choice won't ever want Jun Pyo to be found because she wants all the money Grandma has to her or JunSOO's name..Hope Jun Soo doesn't cross over the dark side way too much,i don't want his relationship with Dante to be destroyed...WHy do i feel that in the end no one will pay and Mom will get away just fine,just like Uncle as well,with the "I'm sorry"...Also i really really like JunSoo's Dad,he's such a funny character,like him so much...

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Two wrongs do not make a right. No matter how they were treated, child kidnapping is absolutely inexcusable.

Tattoo Uncle lied to Jun Su. He was in dire financial services, Didn't Dan Tae's fake dad overhear the uncle say he was going to get rid of Jun Pyo. That's why fake dad ran away. Jun Su's mom saw her brother run away with Jun Pyo and kept quiet all these years, so her son could be the heir to the fortune.

Also, poor Grandma was stuck and living together with her husband's illegitimate family for all these years, so Grandma's behavior is understandable. Some people have family members whom they cannot get along with.... for whatever the reason.

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Also, Junpyo's mom DIED as an indirect result of the kidnapping. I don't know if there's a case for manslaughter because of that, but in any case the uncle knew that he was in deep doo-doo at that point and most likely did mean it that he was going to get rid of Junpyo one way or another.

He also left Dante's dad to die, even if it was an accident that he hit his head. Junsu's mom knows that too.

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dt always says sorry a few times
this time on his confession to gs
last time to grandma

i love it
i can feel his sincerity

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There is everything wrong with a mama's boy

Whether moms are good or bad a grown man/woman should outgrow the umbilical cord stage It's unsexy !

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I was bracing myself for the onslaught of negative comments towards JS and was pleasantly surprised commenters here are being a little reserved in their judgment of SJ this week. I was on a different sight and it seemed like everyone was ready to stone him after this episode.

I still have hope for you SJ!

Don't join the dark side.

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I have hope for him too. I really don't think he is a bad person, I just think he is in a situation where he doesn't know the full truth and feels like he has no one to turn to. Honestly, who wouldn't make the decisions he has so far? While Dan-tae is an awesome friend, they are still just getting to know each other. He is putting his faith in with his family even if he knows they are in the wrong. That's understandable. I am just hoping he does the right thing eventually.

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Plus JS knows that DT is hiding things from him too. DT was the one that instigated the distance between them, so he can't really complain that JS is no longer chomping at the bit to reveal his secrets. Two way street!

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I totally understand why Jinsu made the choice he did - his whole life, his mother and uncle have been loving and nurturing to him while his grandmother treats him badly. Of course he was going to be loyal and protect those who he loves and give him love in return - it wouldn't have been unrealistic otherwise.

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Sorry I meant - it 'would' have been unrealistic otherwise

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Small issue here.
Why didn't Dan tae catch Goom Shim before she faceplanted.
Didn't we see his super powered ability to catch her in an early episode? Did the writer forget he has this skill?

I still love this show. But I expected him to catch her.

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Haha, that's what I was thinking too! I eventually convinced myself that GS was already walking past him so he only just saw her start to fall from the periphery of his vision and didn't have time to stop it. Or, you know, the writers forgot about this convenient little detail from before.

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I think because every time he cath her, they were side by side. This time she was a little away from him. It would be almost impossible to he cath her.

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Gong Shim was behind him walking away in the opposite direction when she face-planted. It was mentioned in an earlier episode (forget which one) that his super power ability is most vulnerable to attacks from behind.

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I'm still wondering where this super ability went? We haven't seen it for at least 4 episodes… Bring back slow-motion Dan Tae!! (And the cheesy music that comes with it)

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Ref the face plant...what was it's purpose? They have already thoughly established this girl has the equilibrium of a slow speed top. She's fallen forward and backwards so many times she really needs to get her inner ear checked. Plus, this time it wasn't used as an excuse for skinship, she wasn't saved from hitting the ground, and didn't even get a nose bleed. Soooo..what was it's purpose besides an overused stunt?

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I think his super ability is in connection with his childhood trauma,and now he's starting to remember.

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I felt like a bucket of Velveeta was poured over me during DT dream sequence. Loved it!

I really enjoyed some of the comments delving into JS and his mom's motivations. The parallel arcs of DT and JS was a great eye opener. I understand why DT doesn't want the truth know yet; he's afraid that someone may target him again or those he cares for. I feel that the only true bad guy is the uncle. Personally, I won't be surprised if he did something to his nephew.

I do love that JS's dad is such a goof and so innocent. His excitement for an eggplant dish was just too cute.

Thanks for the recap CandidClown!

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Don't know if anyone noticed that something is majorly wrong with Uncle's so-called "confession"? The only reason Dan-tae's dad took Dan tae in was because he overheard the uncle plotting to throw him away/kill him. But then he blames Dan-tae's dad for losing Jun-pyo/Dan-tae?? Something isn't right.

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Thanks for the recap! ^^ Very glad for Gong shim's confrontation scene & how she said she wont mind to wait for Dan tae in this ep, as lately too much focus are on Joonpyo's missing case. Cant wait for their first official date in the upcoming ep??

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Oh Junsu, Junsu... Come back to your senses! All will be made right if you simply *talk* to someone other than the perpetrators of the crime.

He has shown his intelligence, so I find it hard to believe that he won't let himself doubt the words of his uncle. I understand that with every piece of information he uncovers, the secret gets worse and a little piece of him breaks, but he has struck me as the type to want the truth no matter what. Therefore I will have faith in him a while longer, hope he does more digging or just TALKS to someone he trusts, even if it means just laying out hypotheticals. Dante has Grandmother and that's proven to be good support for him throughout the matter of discovering the truth. I just want the same for Junsu. It hurts that Junsu thinks he has no one to support him. :(

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Here's episode 15 preview...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZKYwofwDsE

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whoa.

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is it weird that up to this time i'm still hoping that Junsu would end up with Gong Shim?
I think she has the power to change Junsu's mind. She always had, when he goes to her for confrontation and advise, his mind clears and realizes something. :)

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1) I totally get why Junsu is keeping Dan Tae at arms length. Think about how shady the situation looks from his point of view. Dan Tae is Jun Pyo and obviously knows it. But has not revealed himself even though he knows his grandmother is looking for him. And he's investigated himself into Grandmother's life in order to find the kidnappers. And you know he's lied to you about the investigation on more than one occasion. I'm top of that, he knows his family has been lying to him too. And Grandmother has never had anything nice to say to him so there is no reason to think he could confide in her. What choice does he have but to keep quiet and try to solve this mystery on his own?

2) So Grandmother gets a pass for being a jerk to everyone because she finally got Jun Pyo back? I know Mom is a conniving witch but Jun Pyo and his Dad seen to genuinely care for her regardless of how she's insulted them. It must suck that your husband had an affair, but she's the one who chose to raise him as her own even after her husband died. So why be so bitter to everyone?

3) I really am just shipping the bromance at this point. Gong Shim can't really make a bad decision no matter who she chooses ( except that she would have to put up with that terrible mother in law... But Jun Su was already taking steps to become independent of his family so she might not be that big a factor) so she'll be fine no matter what. But those boys need each other in the worst way.

3) Why is Gong No still in the story. She doesn't do anything. She poses no threat to any character. She doesn't even seem to have any kind of plan. She's literally just there to take up scenes at this point.

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Point #3 should say Gong Mi... but my Autocorrect has a point. She's definitely "Gong No." Just No. Not Ever. No.

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Anyone else slightly lost interest with this series? Lately I have dragging when it comes to watching BGS. The writer must have lost interest in GS's sister also. She hasn't done much during the past few episodes. Poor JS should just move on. Poor thing is sticking around hoping GS would like him back.

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yea i have slightly lost interest too. the joon pyo is dragging on for way too long (i can't believe there are 6 more eps to go). i'm only watching for the cute dantae gongshim moments :/

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I'm not loosing my interest to this drama (yet), but I do agree they seems dragging so many things to make it 20 ep long. Why bother putting Gong Mi on the poster when she doesn't even take that much part in this drama, I hate seeing the evil Gong Mi ruins everything, but in my opinion they should totally brought evil sister game to keep this drama interesting lol

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Hey, anyone knows the background music played when Gong Shim and Dan Tae were in the car? pleaseeeeeee

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Help me please... Ive been searching it everywhere, like forever.

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I just had this tought, what really is Gu-Nam has to do in this drama? Is he likes Gong Shim or not? Because in first episode he works at the groceries because he seems to like Gong Shim (just think about those typical childhood/best friend/first love-romance drama LOL I'm going too far), but now he helping Dan Tae.
I just hope the writer would resolve his story too in the end

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