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Cinderella and the Four Knights: Episode 2

Now that we’ve met the main characters and covered all the typical drama trope bases, it’s time to dig deeper. Our Candy Cinderella and her pretty princes are determined to follow their own paths, but money and power have a magic all of their own, and we’ve got a long way to go before midnight. This story may have the framework of a typical Cinderella tale, but it looks like there might be a few twists to the classic fable.

 
EPISODE 2 RECAP

Bad boy Ji-woon drops the wad of cash at Ha-won’s feet, asking if she’s really so desperate for money. As Ha-won stares, Hyun-min picks up a single bill of the fallen cash and shoves it into Ji-woon’s pocket, telling him not to mess with “his woman.” Ji-woon takes offense at the title and squares off against his cousin, but Hye-ji yells at both of them to knock it off and storms out.

Ji-woon chases after Hye-ji, but Ha-won is hot on his heels. She catches up to him outside, scolding him for treating money so lightly. Ji-woon tries to brush past her, but when she persists, he grabs her and pushes her up against a wall. Caging her in, Ji-woon flatly tells her that he has no interest in anything she has to say, and warns her to stay away from his cousin.

His message delivered, Ji-woon moves to leave when all of a sudden Ha-won yanks his arm and flips him around so that this time she’s the one pinning him to the wall. Inches away from his face, she delivers her own threat. “You’re name is Kang Ji-woon, right? Stop mouthing off about stuff you don’t understand. This is my last warning to you. If you ever touch me again, that will be the day you die.”

The two stare at each other for a few charged moments before Ji-woon pries her off him and stalks away to find Hye-ji. Well, damn, I think these two might have some chemistry.

As Ha-won leaves, she’s stopped by Hyun-min, who can’t seem to understand why she’s upset. Cutting through his protests, Ha-won pushes Ji-woon’s wad of cash into his hands. She then strips off all her borrowed glam and drops all of it into to arms of a stunned Hyun-min.

Ha-won walks off in nothing but her slip and sparkly shoes, but stops when she rolls her ankle in the high heels. Yanking off the offending footwear, she chucks one of them back at Hyun-min and continues on. Looking a bit guilty, Hyun-min bends down to pick up the shoe, remarking that it looks like the magic has worn off.

On his bike with Hye-ji sitting behind him, Ji-woon drives by Ha-won as she limps away, sparing the barefoot Cinderella a glance before roaring past.

That night, Hyun-min’s bodyguard asks him if he understands that he ruined Grandpa Kang’s wedding. Hyun-min smirks, and innocently says that he merely wanted to give his grandfather a present.

Bodyguard Lee responds that Grandpa Kang has prepared a present in return: He’s arranged a mat-seon (a date with the intent of marriage) for Hyun-min with the granddaughter of a prominent family. And if Hyun-min wishes to remain heir to Haneul Group, he had better attend.

In the morning, Grandpa Kang smiles as he remembers the moment Ha-won knocked Hyun-min to his knees and forced him to apologize. Turns out he also saw the confrontation between Ha-won and Ji-woon when she yelled at him for treating money so carelessly. Grandpa Kang decides that she is no ordinary girl, and instructs Bodyguard Lee to find out more about her.

Ha-won is already hard at work washing dishes when her Stepmom yawns her way into the kitchen, whining that there’s no breakfast ready. Ha-won gathers up her nerve and asks Stepmom for help with paying for her first year of college.

Stepmom pretty much flips out, raging at Ha-won’s nerve, asking for the tuition that belongs to her daughter. She accuses Ha-won of hoping that her stepsister, Yoo-na, wouldn’t get into college so that she could take the tuition for herself. Ha-won stutters that that isn’t the case and she promises the pay the money back through part-time jobs, but Stepmom just tells her to get out.

News stations across the country are busy speculating who Kang Hyun-min’s fiancée is, calling her the National Jackpot Girl for landing such a successful man. Even Stepmom and Stepsister are watching it, though they’re distracted when Stepmom gets a call from Ha-won’s dad. Their faces fall when they hear that he’ll be coming back home tomorrow.

Busy at the convenience store with one of her many part-time jobs, Ha-won timidly asks her boss if he could give her an advance on next month’s paycheck, which goes as poorly as it did with Stepmom. As Ha-won goes back to her floor mopping, we fade into Bodyguard Lee’s report to Grandpa Kang, detailing the life of one Eun Ha-won.

Complete with a video presentation (which includes some frankly stalker-level footage), Bodyguard Lee narrates that Ha-won currently works ten part-time jobs, and while she isn’t on her own, she is responsible for herself. Her father is a truck driver who’s away working for months at a time and can only afford to send one daughter to college. Ha-won’s been working to try and save up for her own tuition.

Grandpa Kang decides that it’ll be better to replace his grandsons’ butler with a girl like Ha-won, who is mature and closer to their own age, rather than someone who will cater to the boy’s every whim.

Ha-won looks over her bank account, sighing about the amount she’d saved for her tuition. With a forced smile, she reassures herself that she can always attend college next fall — she’ll just have to work hard for a year to earn another $4,000. Making the decision to use her savings to make sure her mom can rest in peace, she writes an encouraging note on her bankbook, “Let’s start again!”

Trying to check her phone for messages from her dad, Ha-won realizes that it’s not her phone, which must have been switched at the hotel. Heading over to the hotel, she’s stopped by Bodyguard Lee, who informs Ha-won that Grandpa Kang would like to meet her.

Brought before Grandpa Kang, Ha-won apologizes again for her part in disrupting his wedding. He waves it aside but declares that he did do a bit of snooping on her, showing her the book that he knows she reads: a collection of Sun Tzu’s teachings (a Chinese general and military strategist). Ha-won admits that her mother had given her the book, telling her that the teachings would help throughout her life.

Grandpa smiles at that and asks if he can borrow some of her wisdom. Bodyguard Lee steps in then with yet another video presentation, this one detailing a place called Sky House, the architectural marvel where the Kang cousins all live. Lee gives the PC descriptions of each of the boys, referring to Hyun-min as a lover of people, Ji-woon as fierce and untamable, and Seo-woo as the artistic genius. Heh, Grandpa cuts off each flowery portrayal and instead labels his grandsons quite plainly: the player, the thug, and the good-for-nothing.

Grandpa Kang makes his request of Ha-won: He wants her to turn his grandsons into decent human beings. He’s vague on the details, but he claims that he’s already created a program to reform the boys and all Ha-won has to do is carry it out while living at Sky House for three months. As incentive, he promises to pay for her college tuition, even offering to send her abroad, saying that he has the power to change her life.

Ha-won is tempted, but she decides to turn down his offer, saying that she’s not the right person for this job. The two engage in a brief but awesome verbal battle of Sun Tzu’s philosophies. Ha-won gets in the last word and, thanking him for the offer, departs. Bodyguard Lee asks if they really need to go to this much effort for her, but Grandpa says that for him, it takes almost no effort to change one person’s life.

As ordered, Hyun-min meets his potential fiancée, and turns the charm on high to make her uncomfortable. His tactics don’t seem to work as the heiress just looks at the relationship as a business partnership, and isn’t backing down.

Hyun-min spies Hye-ji entering the room and, getting an idea, grabs her arm as she passes, pulling the startled Hye-ji in for a hug. He looks regretful for a moment but swoops in to kiss her while his date looks on. The would-be fiancée scoffs, and leaves.

After the heiress exits, Hyun-min breaks off the kiss, literally stepping back with his hands up. He gives a quick, “Sorry,” and splits while Hye-ji is still in her post-kiss haze, but she quickly catches up to him outside. With his back to her, Hyun-min looks almost remorseful about his actions, but then slips his carefree mask back on when she calls his name.

Turning to face her, Hyun-min cavalierly apologizes to her accusation that he used her, and when she asks what she is to him, he just says she’s a childhood friend from long ago. Hye-ji says he’s changed so much since that day ten years ago, but this is the most repulsive that she’s seen him act. The barb hits its mark and Hyun-min’s face noticeably falls, his mask cracking.

Hye-ji says that in spite of that, she chooses to believe that there’s still some shred of his former self hidden within, buried deep. He can only stare after her as she goes.

A hotel staff member snaps Hyun-min out of his daze when he brings him Ha-won’s school outfit that she’d left behind. A hidden photographer snaps a few quick pictures of him holding the clothes.

Stuck in only her school sweats, Ha-won arrives as the hotel looking for her cell phone and clothes. Unfortunately, she’s met with a very different reception from the hotel staff now that she doesn’t have her chaebol escort, and is called a gold digger.

Unbeknownst to Ha-won, Ji-woon has also arrived at the hotel and overheard the whole exchange. Unable to turn away from the sight of her begging for just a few minutes upstairs, Ji-woon calls out, “Hey, Sweats. Let’s go,” taking her past the now bowing concierge. Awww, did the bad boy do a nice thing?

With Ji-woon standing guard, Ha-won questions the cleaning staff, but sadly they don’t know anything about her missing items, and she has to leave empty-handed.

She thanks Ji-woon for helping her, promising to repay the debt. Ugh, Ji-woon puts his ass-hat back on and snipes that she should just ask Hyun-min for new clothes and a phone. After all, that’s why girls like her date him, right? Big words from a guy riding around on a bike his granddaddy bought him.

Ha-won just smiles and asks if he’s done… then whacks him upside the head. Good girl! She asks if he’s much better when he acts like he’s hot stuff despite treating girls like trash. “That’s really asshole-ish of you, you know?” She strides away, and Ji-woon glares after her.

Back at part-time job #3492 (just a rough guess), Ha-won uses her friend’s phone to call her own, still looking for her lost cell phone. Her friend is beside herself, amazed that Ha-won is the National Jackpot Girl.

Ha-won’s friend berates her for refusing to work at Sky House, but Ha-won maintains that she prefers her part-time jobs. She’d rather keep her pride than be looked down upon in such a high-class household.

After finishing up a successful concert, the “good-for-nothing” cousin, Seo-woo, climbs into his tour van and realizes for the first time that his phone has been switched. He tries to call his cell from his manager’s phone, but we cut back to Ha-won to learn that not only has her switched phone died, but her friends’ phone just went kaput as well.

Back at home, Yoo-na – who apparently hosts an amateur online beauty tutorial – is currently recording her show with a two-man film crew watching. It looks like the reporters had used this as an excuse to get into the house, because as soon as Ha-won comes home they abandon Yoo-na to start interviewing her. Stepmom and Stepsister stare as the reporter asks what it’s like to be Kang Hyun-min’s fiancée.

Stepmom shoos the men out while Yoo-na confronts Ha-won, demanding how the hell someone like Ha-won could be the National Jackpot Girl. Ha-won stutters that she never intended it, it just happened. Yoo-na sneers and tells Ha-won to stop acting high and mighty, accusing her of wanting to escape her shitty life by seducing some rich boy.

Ha-won denies it, saying that she never wanted to freeload off of anybody. Yoo-na throws a tantrum, and blames Ha-won for leeching off them for years, and Ha-won whispers plaintively, “But… we’re… family.” Oof, poor thing.

Yoo-na sneers that she’s never once thought of Ha-won as her family and pushes the girl out the door. After she slams the door shut, Stepmom finally speaks up to point out that since Ha-won’s dad is coming tomorrow, what are they going to tell him? But the spoiled princess can’t be bothered and storms off to her room with a “Whatever!”

Hyun-min returns to his room with Ha-won’s missing clothes. Collapsing on his bed, he flashes back to Hye-ji’s comment that she believes there’s still some good left in him. He stares at a picture of a three small children, two boys and a girl, all grinning together at the camera.

Ji-woon finds himself booted out of the hotel room he’d been staying in, and his credit card has been cut off as well, all courtesy of Grandpa Kang. Bodyguard Lee calls Ji-woon to tell him that Grandpa wants him to return to Sky House or else he’ll be deprived of all Haneul Group benefits. Ji-woon fires back he can get by just fine without all that stuff.

At yet another part-time job, Ha-won works collecting tickets at a movie theater. Her work friend comes up at the end of her shift with popcorn and tells her there’s an empty theater available. The two girls sneak over to watch the movie, but as soon as they sit down, Ha-won’s friend gets a phone call, so she’s left there by herself.

She’s not alone for long, as she’s soon joined by Ji-woon, having wandered around without a place to go for the night. Neither notices the other until Ha-won starts drifting off to sleep, and her head bobbing catches Ji-woon’s attention.

Recognizing her, Ji-woon stares bemusedly until an extra forceful head bob causes Ha-won to jolt awake… and see Ji-woon looking at her. She sloooowly slides down to the ground to try and sneak away, but stops when she realizes she’s done nothing wrong.

Ha-won turns back from her spot on the floor, and comes face-to-face with Ji-woon, who’s hovering above her. Looking awkward, Ji-woon haltingly asks Ha-won if she has any money. PAH! How’d that pride taste, buddy? Get stuck in your throat much?

Ha-won and Ji-woon exit the theater and Ji-woon interrupts her teasing to ask if she has money or not, to which Ha-won pulls out approximately five dollars and waves it in front of his face. Ji-woon mocks her “fortune” and strides off, but gets pulled up short by his loudly growling stomach.

The two return to the convenience store and Ha-won buys them both instant ramyun. The two are slurping happily as Ha-won tells Ji-woon that her debt to him is settled now. Ji-woon incredulously demands if his help to her was only worth $1.50, but Ha-won pipes up that it actually cost $2.00. The two bicker adorably until Ji-woon spies Grandpa Kang’s car just outside the store window.

Ji-woon and Grandpa Kang have a tête-à-tête in his car. Ji-woon refuses to go back to Sky House and says that being cut off won’t change his mind. Grandpa warns that with his power, he can do much worse if it will get him back home. Ji-woon still refuses to budge, maintaining that he just wants things to return to the way they were. He leaves saying that he’s going to live as Han Ji-woon now.

Borrowing a phone from yet another work friend, Ha-won finally reaches Seo-woo on her missing phone. Not knowing who he is, Ha-won grumps that she wasn’t able to check her messages today, but she perks up when Seo-woo says she’s been getting a bunch of texts. Unable to wait to read them, she walks him through her ridiculously complicated password so he’s able access her phone.

Seo-woo’s face falls as he reads the nasty texts that Ha-won has received from her stepsister snarking at her to come to dinner and play nice in front of her dad, then get lost after he leaves. Unable to break the news to her, Seo-woo fudges the truth, saying that her stepsister invited her home for dinner with dad — making it sound downright friendly.

Seo-woo and Ha-won meet up to exchange phones and Seo-woo recognizes her as his cousin’s (supposed) fiancée. He quickly erases the nasty texts from Yoo-na, fibbing that he accidentally deleted them. He promises that her family wants her to come home for dinner tomorrow night, and Ha-won smiles happily.

Ha-won spends the night at a jjimjilbang and heads to work the next day, only to find a giant crowd of reporters waiting outside the convenience store. Suddenly, in swoops Hyun-min, who tucks Ha-won securely under his arm. Smiling down at her, he smoothly escorts her through the mob and into his waiting sports car. Wow, pretend or not, I may have swooned a tiiiny bit.

Safely away from the throng of reporters, Hyun-min pulls over and immediately launches into an ode to himself, “I’m totally awesome, right? You got the nickname National Jackpot Girl after you met me. You even got yourself a man who’d save you under such circumstances.” Okay, swoony moment gone now.

Ha-won reminds him that this all happened because of his lying about her being his fiancée. Hyun-min asks if it bothers her that much and whips out his phone, calling the top internet news site to throw some muscle around and have all the fiancée-related articles removed.

Afterward, Hyun-min turns to Ha-won, “You totally fell for me just now, right? You did, right? You wouldn’t be human if you didn’t fall for me after that.” Hyun-min continues to go on a rant about his utter coolness, but Ha-won is just stunned that the rumors were true about internet sites being controlled by those with money. Hyun-min stares at her while she laments all the trust she put in those sites.

Ha-won thanks him for taking down the articles, even if his methods were questionable. She jumps out of the car and gets a call from the crematorium saying that her father retrieved her mother’s urn.

Ji-woon shows up at his old garage, but his friends immediately give him the cold shoulder. Ji-woon calls his manager hyung, but he tells him not to ask any questions and just leave. With a heartbroken smile, Ji-woon forces out that he’ll come back some other time.

Ji-woon’s friend chases him out, revealing that Grandpa Kang paid off all the garage’s debt in return for them never meeting with Ji-woon again. He sighs that for people like Ji-woon’s grandpa, changing a person’s life really is nothing.

Ji-woon mulls things over at the Han River, where he’s joined by Bodyguard Lee. He asks Lee if this is the power Grandpa Kang was talking about, the power to buy people. Bodyguard Lee tells him that Han Ji-woon is gone, only Kang Ji-woon remains, and he’ll no longer be able to live as he pleases. Ji-woon stares back at him, asserting that he’s still Han Ji-woon.

Grandpa Kang informs his new wife, Ji Hwa-ja, of his plans to bring Ha-won into Sky House to help tame his grandsons. Hwa-ja delicately asks what it is about that girl that he likes so much. Grandpa answers that he often wonders who’s more in charge: him, or his money. But Ha-won turned down his money without blinking, which makes him think that she’ll be the one to sort the boys out.

Bodyguard Lee reports to Grandpa Kang that he’s solved the issue of Ji-woon, but Ha-won is still a problem. He doesn’t think she’s going to change her mind. This only serves to further Grandpa’s resolve not to lose her.

Ha-won arrives home to find her dad and stepfamily having dinner. Stepmom and Stepsister are sickeningly sweet to her, but Ha-won ignores them to ask her father what happened to her mother’s urn. Dad snaps that her mother is right here (meaning Stepmom). Ha-won goes to her closet room to find that all of her things have been moved out, and her mother’s urn shoved into a corner.

Ha-won brings the urn out and asks her father why he couldn’t pay the fees so that her mother could rest in peace. Dad says that there’s no need to waste money on a dead person, and accuses her of insulting Stepmom, who raised her with such care. Stepmom fakes some tears and offers to help pay the fees, since she has some money saved up for both Yoo-na’s and Ha-won’s tuition. Say what, crazy lady?

Ha-won reminds her Stepmom that she’d told her they could only afford to send Yoo-na to college, but Stepmom sweetly answers that that’s not true, and even if Ha-won is upset, she shouldn’t tell such lies. Ha-won then asks about her belongings that were in the closet and Stepmom answers that her things are in the room that Ha-won shares with Yoo-na, where they’ve always been. Damn. That’s some serious chutzpah.

Stepmom fake blubbers as she asks if Ha-won is trying to make her look bad in in front of Dad, but when Ha-won raises her voice that she’s just stating the facts, Dad loses his temper. He slams his hands on the table and yells at Ha-won for not appreciating the kindness that Stepmom has given all these years. Ha-won asks if he won’t believe anything she says, and her Dad slaps her hard across the face.

The whole room is silent, and Dad mutters that he should never have tried to raise another’s child as his own, revealing that Ha-won’s mother had Ha-won with another man. He sits back down and both Stepmom and Stepsister ask if she’s really not related to Dad. Yoo-na smirks that Ha-won isn’t really family after all.

Ha-won just stands there, looking at the man she thought was her father. She finally starts to walk out and Stepmom chases after her, saying that she can’t leave like this. As soon as she gets close to her though, she whispers in Ha-won’s ear, “That’s right, everything will be fine once you’re gone.”

Trying to hold in her tears, Ha-won walks out into the pouring rain. As she stands in front of her house, she remembers a happier time from when she was little and she and her mom and dad had run home in the rain as a happy family.

Carrying her mother’s urn through the pouring rain, Ha-won wanders as she tries to call her friends, having no luck looking for a place to stay. Just then, she gets a call from Grandpa Kang who asks if she’s thought about his offer. He says that Sky House is still open to her.

Elsewhere, the Kang cousins all receive the same text, “Everything will change at Sky House. Come and see for yourself.” It’s enough to get them to drop everything and head over, even Ji-woon.

Ha-won stands in the rain in front of Sky House. In her mind, she asks her mom if it’s really ok for her to live here. Bodyguard Lee appears beside her with an umbrella. As he invites her to come in, the Kang boys arrive simultaneously.

All three slo-mo walk through the rain towards Ha-won. As the three princes approach and our Cinderella is fully surrounded by her four knights, Bodyguard Lee informs Ha-won that Grandpa Kang has one rule for her while living at Sky House: No dating.

 
COMMENTS

Way to be a buzzkill, Gramps. So much pretty and no touching? That’s just mean.

I have to say (in the interest of full disclosure), I didn’t care for this series throughout the first episode. The characters seemed shallow and the plot was ripe with tropes that lacked any original twists. I couldn’t see the hook and, to be honest, I’m not sure that I would have kept watching the series if I wasn’t recapping it. That being said, I’m REALLY glad that I did indeed watch the second episode! Looking back at it now, the first episode set everything up, pretty much so it could get knocked down one episode later. We’ve got the hard working Candy girl, yet she constantly relies on herself instead of a benefactor, the rebel chaebol who sees himself as “one of the people,” yet acts like a snob, and the ice prince playboy, who can’t seem to keep his mask from slipping. They all started out as stereotypes, but they’re each breaking the mold in some way.

I’m looking forward to the main characters living together, though mostly because I want to smash through all these walls that they’ve built and find out what really makes them tick (please ignore the slightly psychopathic vibe that accompanied that statement). I feel like as soon as they start butting heads, a lot is going to be revealed, especially with Hyun-min, who really needs to come out of his icy shell. I know there are already people rooting for Hyun-min and Ha-won, but right now, I’m not feeling it. Thus far, the only times I felt any sincerity from him was with Hye-ji. Admittedly, he did get a little starry-eyed when Ha-won beat up the pizza creeps and when she left him after the wedding, but his heart isn’t in it yet. I get the sense that she’s still just a puzzle to him, one he fully intends to walk away from once he’s solved it. However, once those walls start breaking down, and if he truly falls for Ha-won, then that will be something. I might need to invest in some smelling salts… On the flip side, I really like the interaction between Ha-won and Ji-woon. The first episode didn’t give them much time together, but damn, that scene where they took turns smashing each other against the wall? I felt more there than anything with Ha-won and Hyun-min. Also, I’m a sucker for banter, and that convenience store scene was just adorable.

It seemed a lot of this episode focused on Grandpa Kang and the power he has to change someone’s life. It was mentioned so many times with such awe that it seemed to border on magical. I’m starting to wonder, is Grandpa the fairy godmother of this tale? I have to say I’d really love that, especially since the whole idea of the classic Cinderella tale was that she got her life changed for the better through magic. Yet, surprisingly, Ha-won threw away that chance, wanting to change her life herself instead of relying on Grandpa’s power. It’s kind’ve like the fairy Godmother showing up and Cinderella saying, “No thanks, I got this.”

It seems that there are already a few twists to the fairytale thus far, like how Cinderella’s dad is not actually her dad – something I really was not expecting. My favorite twist though, was that this Cinderella didn’t just lose her shoe, she threw it away… or rather chucked it at Prince Charming’s head (which he totally deserved). It wasn’t some accident, but rather a deliberate choice to leave it behind and go her own way. In spite of princes giving her pretty dresses and fairy grandfathers inviting her into beautiful palaces, she still strives to manage her life herself, trusting her own instincts over what is easy. Now that is a Cinderella I’d be willing to watch. Keep it coming with the twists, character layers, and steady stream of pretty, and I’ll keep watching till the clock strikes twelve.

 
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I'm still enjoying the fluff...

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I have a funny feeling that grandaddy kang had something to do with ha-won's "I'm not your real father" bombshell.

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I am on this with you as well. Especially right after what happened, Grandpa called her to ask if she has thought over his offer. Very very suspicious indeed...

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Agree. I think Gramps told Dad what Cinderella's life was really like, and offered to save her, so Dad went all noble idiot to make her take Gramps' offer.

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Except would he have had to slap her so hard if that were the case?

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Yes, even that. He knows her one weakness is her family, namely Dad. We see Hawon doesn't take any crap from anyone, but she put up with and even deferred to the awful stepmom and stepsister for the sake of her dad. He probably knew he had to resort to something really bad, like the slap and (fake?) birth secret to get her to leave.

At least, that's what I'm hoping.

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@binmon: I'm open to being wrong, but I just don't that's what's going on. As a character, he's just way too oblivious for noble idiocy. He has no idea that the stepmother is abusive, that the stepsister is a bully, and that Ha-Won has essentially been fending for herself ever since her mom died. Also, he never returned any of Ha-Won's text messages (which were sent before Ha-Won ever met Chairman Grandpa), which shows that he just doesn't care about her as a daughter. And he intentionally stopped paying for his late wife's place in the cemetery, which shows that he's callous and heartless.

With all that in mind, the fact that he holds resentment against Ha-Won and her mother for the fact that Ha-Won is (allegedly) some other man's child makes total sense to me.

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@Dee-Oh I think you've hit the nail right on the head.

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I'm totally with Dee-Oh on this one, the reason Grandpa Kang was able to contact Ha Won at that precise moment after she left her awful family is that Young Sung ( i hope thats his name the bodyguard) had placed someone to watch over Ha Won. So the miniute she was spotted out in the pouring rain clutching a box and trying to call someone, it was reported to Grandpa Kang and he pounce at the opportunity.

I really do think that her father is not her biological father, he never paid for his late wife resting place, he never waited for Ha Won to see him off when hee goes off on his long truck work, he never texts her. No matter how much you love your new wife, your daughter and her anguish should be givre him paused to think about the reality that she is telling him. Yet he never really wanted to talk to her or even look at her when she came through the door. A real loving father would have jumped up at the sight of his daughter and hugged her and told her that he really missed her and apologise for not being able to text her much nor being able to pay for the resting place at the columbarium. so i say good riddance to crappy selfish lazy evil ungrateful people who think they are above ha won. What makes the step sister thinks she's all that, when she doesn't have a father only her mother, so she is no better off than our cinderella with just one parent too. Step sister is one of those delusional girls who tgibk their looks will egt them far , she has no brains coz she can't get into uni, even the step mother spending precious money sending her to a prep school so she could rub shoulders with Kang Hyun Min and failed todo so, HAHAHAHA. crappy people like her with their balme everyone else for their failings, no sense of right, only a spoilt bratty attitudes that will never get her far.

Our dear Ha Won, is independant, has morals, is gusty and has brains, and given the right clothing she looks stunning.
all she needs now is break in her endless quest of making monry for her tution fee and hopefully life will be a little kinder to her and she gets to be treated as a decent human being that deserve respect and admiration for her tenacity in living life and always looking on the bright side.

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@minihaha, awww, I was making elaborate excuses in my head that stepmom had given Ha Won the wrong number for her dad and that's why all her texts were going unanswered. I wish they hadn't gone the route of giving her absolutely nothing, but I guess in the fairy tale, her dad passes away anyway.

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Yeah, I guess you guys are right, looking at the dad's recent behavior. I was swayed by the flashback of the family when Hawon was young, and by my own wishful thinking. :-)

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Maybe the resentment stems from how the mom died and he's kinda blaming ha-won for that...I have a feeling it's still her dad but the manipulation of somelike like grandaddy kang who has enough power, money and connections to either change someone's life or pretty much end it, served a higher purpose.

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I don't believe it went down that way. I suspect that what "dad" says is true, and he saw an opportunity to get rid of her.

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I think she really isn't his daughter... Because I think she is the real grandchild and KJW is not. Remember how his mom's memorial is right by hers? I could see a mix up happening...

Just sayin', that is the twist I'm hoping for!

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Oh that would actually be quite a twist! Long lost grandaughter instead of grandson!

I didn't think that grandpa would purposefully target the Dad to push our cinderella out, but the cruelty in that scene did make me shed a tear.

I'm more on the side of her not being his actual biological daughter. After the her mother died it's not suprising that Dad would hold some grudge or resentment in having to look after her since she would require his money as well.

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Before reading your comment I also commented the same thing below! I had this theory quite a while ago too after watching episode 2! :)

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I thought the same and then I fervently wanted Ha Won to "reform" grandpa. Why should his grandkids act civil when he himself plays dirty?

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I am always love to see PSD.her beauty is really nature.I wish she will never do some plastic surgery to her face,like other actress.for me,PSD could be like Kong Hyo Jin.this 2 actress beauty is spesial,and original.

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100% agree, she really is a beauty in her own unique way. The very fact that she herself has said that she wishes to be an actress to rely on her skills rather than her looks, makes her even more beautiful in my eyes.

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@yunn

I TOTALLY agree with your comment. Park So-dam and Gong Hyo yin are naturally gorgeous.

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@julius and @yaya.thank's.??? My wish,there will be more fans.who will appreciate,actress or actor,with nature,unique,original and special beauty.but great acting.

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Agree
No plastic , no botox

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Thanks for the recap CandidClown! I'm so glad you guys picked this. I agree that the first episode didn't really wow and the only reason I decided to keep at it was that I'm a Boice (and that I needed something to fill the big gaping hole left by PU38!)
I loved all the twists that the 2nd ep introduced which effectively knocked all that we know about the classic tale right out the window. And that's why the show has me hooked (for now at least). I liked Ha-won and Hyun-min together right away but from her interactions with Ji-woon this episode felt more charged. I'm afraid to commit to a pairing cause I've suffered from SLS one too many time :( [If all else fails I hope she ditches all the Richies and rides out with the secretary :D]
Anyways, I hope she keeps her spunk till the end. Thanks again for the recap.

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Yay!! *High five* I'm also a Boice here as well and my reason for watching this in the first place is Lee Jung Shin! I've been rooting for him as an actor for quite a while. I feel like Jung Shin's acting is quite underrated, he's pretty good and I'm totally loving his character here. He's the typical nice guy second-lead type (but I think he's actually 3rd lead here?). I think I'm going to end up with 3rd lead syndrome sooner or later haha

On a side note, Im so proud of the fact that all the CNBLUE boys are doing well with acting. I always thought Minhyukie was the better actor out of the 4 until I watched Lee Jong Hyun on Orange Marmalade (he was totally awesome!). Then saw some clips of Jung Shin's acting and find him quite good. Yonghwa may be a bit green in the past but he's improved by leaps and bounds in Three Musketeers! All-in-all, I love their music and acting too! Such a proud Boice here :D ❤

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Thanks for the recap! The first episode seems very very cliche (even with its bits of subversion) but this seems to have picked that up in a great way. I love when she chucked her shoe away. So much action (conscious action) by our Cinderella, not just stuff-happens-to-Candy.

I love it when the heroine thinks and chooses and does something (even the sad choice between tuition and her mother's urn fees). So far tho, none of the boys seems to have a brain (so far!!)

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Is Ha-won's sister older than her?

Does that imply that her parents both had an affair?

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i'm under the impression that her stepsister is not her dad's kid either, the stepmother probably brought her with her when she married dad. so dad basically is raising another man's child again

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I don't think that was ever brought up, but quite possible that he was having an affair with her, or she is a previous lover from before he got married.

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Which would make more sense regarding why he suddenly holds so much disdain for Ha Won. Since he feels she's getting into his way of life with his wife whom started their relationship from an affair.

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I'm ready to believe Ha-won's dad is just a jerk, but I'm ALSO ready for the fact that Grandpa was able to buy him out too. Struggling truck driver with too many women at home? A LOT of money and the assurance your daughter will be taken care of? Maybe more than just the repair shop hyungs have fallen for Grandpa's plan. Grandpa's phone call was awfully conveniently timed, even for dramaland.

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i thought that was because it's already established that grandpa kang has been tailing her via bodyguard guy? remember all the stalkery surveillance footage they had on her?
its possible the dad WAS bribed but imo i'd prefer not. and there's at least a good reason why kang would be able to call in such a timely manner after she's kicked out. thanks to all the stalking lol.

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Besides what I think, I actually hope this is the case :)

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I don't buy that theory at all. "Dad" was a total asshole to her even before any of them had ever even heard of Grandpa or the 3 princes. Just the fact that he took the urn and refused to pay for it is enough evidence for me - all of that happened before gramps ever appeared on the scene.

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Honestly, all the people against this theory state that like it's evidence against it but it's not at all. It could very easily be both. He's a shitty dad, but she cares about him and loves him and values family. So Grandaddy bought her dad out to do anything he could to make her feel shitty enough to take his offer. And he has the guard watching her every move so he knows exactly when to call.

All that being said: I don't buy the theory. Just because I don't see a point to it, beyond creating conflict down the line when she finds out? But that's not enough to make me think the writer had him buy her dad out.

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Agreed. Thats what I think too. Shes not his child, hes tired of the fights, but still likely has some affection for her. Grandpa Kang bribes him to kick her out so she has to take Grandpa Ks offer, but he thinks hes doing her a favour too. So basically everybody's theory is correct!

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Yay, CandidClown! Thanks for picking this up!

I laughed at the video presentations. There's NO WAY they could have that footage but they didn't even try to explain it in any way, haha.

Also -- ramen with cheese is delicious.

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I agree you CandidClown, the second episode was better than the first. In retrospect it made the first episode better. I absolutely love how they are turning all the classic elements of Cinderella on their respective heads!

Ji Woon and Ha Won are my ship of choice. I think that their chemistry is great, and I think that they come from similar places and will be able to understand each other better. Ji Woon didn't handle his transition to wealth well, obviously. I think that there is a lot of hurt under his anger. I think he and Ha Won both just want a family, and they could find it together.

Hyun Min and Hye Ji have a long history together. Its apparent that they were quite close to each other. Based on the picture of the three kids, I'm going to guess that something happened to the third one. Maybe its something Hyun Min blames himself for. Hye Ji doesn't seem to though. Perhaps that is why he won't get close to her. I think that they will eventually end up together.

Seo Woo has unfortunately been neglected as a character so far. All we know is that he is considered to be good-for-nothing by his Grandfather, he's a little spacey, and he seems to be kind. Also, he may fall for Ha Won a little. I hope that the drama allows him to be more than the poor puppy who doesn't get the girl. I would kind of like it if he's actually a decent guy who is just not understood by Grampy Godmother. It would be great if this part of the fairy tale twist is that the godmother is not infallible. Cinderella can straighten him out too!

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Hahaha, Grampy Godmother! Keep it! Well, that and Col. Sanders. Grampy Sanders Godmother, perhaps? ;-)

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Best part of episode 2:

Grandaddy Kang describing his grandchildren with best adjectives.. "the player, the thug and the good-for-nothing"

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Best part of episode 2.

For me, it was Ha Won smacking Ji Woon on the head for being an asshole. The guy had it coming for his one minute nice guy, next minute asshole attitude.

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Mine is Ha Won's explanation for rude chaebol kids in kdramaland:

"Whoa, I thought that rich boys weren’t given decorum lessons on purpose. In case they grew up to be too good and donate all their money.
So I thought they were raised to be people with terrible personalities who only care about money, on purpose."

Haha! Loved this. I cackled like a loon when she said this with such a straight face to Gramps!

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Yes, that was great. People wonder what twists the show can put on the Candy/Cinderella story? If you can twist a knife in the guts of Korean social structure like that, what other twists do you need?

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I literally want to draw a heart around Hyun-min's face whenever he comes up on screen but then I love my TV too much.

Enjoying this one, and just realised that I may have an uncomfortable crush on AJH.

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i know right? like it's so wrong rooting for him - we all know that - but you can't help but swoon. #SecondLeadSyndrome

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I hope all the 3, dad, stepmom n yoona going to be burn alive

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Every time they show up I console myself by thinking of their eyes being pecked out like in the original Cinderella.

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I've been trying to put my finger on why I'm not that interested in Hye-Ji's character, and I think I've figured it out: she's a Candy in a way that Ha-Won is not.

She's poor (or at least not super-wealthy, judging from where she lives.) She works hard--e.g. the way she cheerfully managed to complete an impossible task for the fabric seller so that she could get the cloth she needed. She gets kicked like a puppy but thinks that tenacity will ultimately let her win in the end (as evidenced by her bizarrely stubborn and masochistic relationship with Hyun Min...seriously, how many times is he going to hurt her and reject her before she gets wise?)

I don't find the Candy archetype that interesting when she's the protagonist (and I'm glad that Ha-Won is subverting that trope in various ways), but that archetype is even LESS compelling when the Candy in question is the second lead.

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Moreover, I find it annoying that Hye-Ji still clings on Hyun-Min when he's rejected her more than once, it seems. Another bad habit of numerous female second lead in kdrama!

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I felt that way at first. (It doesn't help that I'm not a huge fan of the actress, who was also a black hole in Twenty Again) With the revelation that something happened in the past, I'm holding out hope that she realizes this is not who Hyun Min really is and that (maybe) he's just acting out, and she'd like to still be there for him.

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Oh, wow, I didn't realize this is the actress from Twenty Again...yeesh. *has PTSD flashbacks*

Actually, now that I'm thinking about it, a lot of that actress's badness seemed to stem from how thinly written her character was (and how boring her plotline was). There are some actresses who can wring a lot of good work out of even the thinnest of characterizations...but this actress just isn't one of them.

But when the actress was given something a bit more dynamic to do in Twenty Again's sexual harassment plotline, she did alright. Not great, but not terrible, either.

So here's hoping that the writer's on this show can give this actress more to do than just pine after Hyun Min and make pretty dresses, because otherwise, this actress isn't going to be able to carry this character at all.

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THIS and actress is just blah, instead of her i see emptiness...so

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Much better in the second episode. I love how this show is turning the Cinderella tale on its head. Nothing happens the way you think, which gives for an awesome heroine in Ha-won. Seriously, I freaking love her! Can't wait for episode three!

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I love that Ha-won doesn't hold grudges against Hyun-min and Ji-woon. They treated her badly, she spoke her mind (or wall-slammed or head-slapped ...), and it was done. Bravo! She's a much better person than I -- I definitely wouldn't have spent part of my last $5 on Ji-woon no matter how hot he is.

I hope Ha-won stays feisty.

But, c'mon knights, no one gets a taxi for the shoeless scantily-clad Cinderella?!? So much for chivalry.

Can't wait to see the bodyguard/assistant/4th Knight loosen up a bit.

And Hyun-min getting goosebumps from his own perceived coolness ... loved it!

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Hahah yea I laughed so much when Ahn Jae Hyun was cooing about how cool he seemed and was wowed by it. I think AJH is really enjoying his role.

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aah, AJH, he is so adorable in this, he'll always be Snow White to me 'cause of You're all surrounded, but he is killing his character her as Hyun Min....I love how I want to root for him and then he goes all jerk-mode and I have second thoughts then he goes to being a darling again... but I think it's wrong to root for him..oh why kdramaland, must you make perfect 2nd and 3rd leads that will end up getting hurt?

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Please, Drama, can the female first and second leads develop a friendship? It looked like Ha Won sympathized with (is her name) Hye Ji when the two had a scene together.

Even if it was only in my imagination--I want a drama where the two women aren't rivals, but allies.

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I completely agree and if you have not seen it yet check out Protect the Boss which had an awesome relationship between the two female leads which I just loved.

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That may happen - I hope so, but then again actual female friends among k-drama girls are so rare...

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I just really like ha won
she is a nice and strong girl on her own way,
she only cry at the end of episode and it broke my heart but she also didn't put too much thought or ill feeling towards all of the cousin,
just like when she asked hyun min to removed the news and still want to help ji won,
and one thing, she hasn't had those dreamy imagination thing with all of prince, she'll dream about it later but for now, the love theme just didn't enter her mind

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"As incentive, he promises to pay for her college tuition, even offering to send her abroad, saying that he has the power to change her life."

This. I'm going to predict early on that there will be a plot twist on this point. Highly likely that grandpa paid off Ha Won's dad to disown her so that she has no place to go but the Sky High House....I mean after all he has the power to completely flip/change someone's life upsidedown like he did with Ji-Woon (I.e. paying off his friends/college to not let him return anymore). Grandpa isn't as nice as everyone thinks, he could might as well be one of the villains :P I mean if you think about it, why was there a flashback scene of Ha Won being happy with her dad and mum if the dad wasn't biological? I doubt dad would say that to his daughter - seeing the shocked expression on Ha Won's face, it seems like dad didn't treat Ha Won that way on purpose. He may have thought that Ha Won will have a better future at the sky high house. Either that or dad is purely heartless and only did it for money.

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Despite it being brought up by a few, I am not buying that grandpa paid off the dad - I think he was already a total ass to her long before Fairy Grandfather entered the picture.

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After all the heartache and headache W given me in this week's episodes, I will need Cinderella 4 Knights to ease the pain until next Wednesday. I need to survive for next week! And the week after, and the week after.

Or so I thought.

Truth be told, instead lf curing one pain, I only ease one pain and add a new one. Grrreat. It makes me wonder what PSD's character will do next week to civilize these 3 guys. Looking forward to watch Cinderella tomorrow!

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Thanks for the recap, CandidClown!

I also liked ep. 2 better. The characters all seem like they have more than what's going on at a superficial level and I can't wait to find out about their back stories.

I continue to love PSD in this role. HW looked lovely in the dress and it was awesome to see her stand up to JW and HM for their behaviours. Gramps witnessing everything was perfect! I loved the video clips of her and of the three boys. LOL Stalker at a whole other level and Grandpa is so funny with "the player, the thug, the good-for-nothing." XD Love their convo about Sun Tze's battle tactics! I wanna see more scenes with them!

Glad to see JW taking his pride down a notch when it came to him being hungry, but he deserves those knocks on the heads until he can improve his attitude. The interactions between HW and JW in this ep were better, but like HW said to him, he'd better not keep treating her like trash or a gold digger.

HM's childhood pic with HY and another little boy also got me curious what happened 10 years ago. And was that the start of HM's character changing? It's definitely a facade he's putting on. Maybe some kind of trauma or pain that he hasn't completely let go of yet.

SW is such a sweetie. Even without knowing who HW was, he tried to cover up those nasty tasks in order to prevent inflicting pain on her. He's definitely gonna be that knight in the background who guards HW.

Gosh, what is wrong with HW's family?! Stepmom and Stepsis, I can understand. But Dad too?!?! Or is he really not her real dad?? I was very surprised by how he acted towards HW and his reasons for not paying the fees for HW's mom's urn. Is he being cruel and heartless on purpose? Only time will tell. But that was really cold and I felt that slap on HW.

HJ's character just annoys me, so no commenting on her until she shows change.

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Anyone else think maybe the bodyguard is also a cousin? Symbolically he was positioned in the middle of the last scene shielding her with an umbrella. My theory is that she will end up with him. If he's in fact not a cousin, perhaps SHE may eventually end up being exposed as a cousin as well (with the recurring theme of grandpa "finding" lost cousins) and he is in fact an unrelated bodyguard and they end up together. I think the writers are teasing us with the younger three men ;)

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It would be a violation of the laws of kdramaverse not to have at least one cousin who has not been revealed yet. But they can't both be cousins because it would also be a violation not to have a non-relative for Ha-won to happy-ever-after with.

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Oh no, please just no.. after all that build up with Hyun Min and Ha Won? and the chemistry between the Ha Won and Ji Woon? Them being cousins would be the worst plot twist for it, except of course if she's legit and all the rest are not, then and only then would I accept such fate (not that I have any say about it.. :D)

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I agree with you, but not about the cousin bit. Right now the secretary is the only one who really cares about her. What would be so wrong with them ending up together. I don't see she can create any redeeming traits in the other three.....They are way too self centered. I feel even for a kdrama it is a huge leap.

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I'm saying this right now: the grandpa is the best character in the show next to Ha Won. I thought he would be more antagonistic due to him marrying his fifth wife, but man he's a giant ball of fun especially when introduced to Ha Won. I hope nothing bad happens to him.

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I thought he was super cute when he was teasing his wife before the marriage too. It's nice seeing gramps being more fun and chill instead of the serious dead look.

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Ok this recap convinced me to check this show out. This is the kind of kdrama fluff I have been missing and have pretty much been nostalgic for these days!!!

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i think it's the first time that Jung Il-woo's leading lady is younger than him and can match his intensity. soo loving this pairing. that pinning scene is the prove of their chemistry. (Ahn Jae-hyun did a good job, too.)

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I also think it would be great if Ha Won ended up as the successor to Grandpa. After she brings him down, of course. For all Grandpa's fun little antics, there's definitely an undercurrent of not nice to him.

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Grandpa's 5th wife has not entered the picture yet much, but I can see all sorts of interesting conflicts between our Cinderella and the Gold Digger...

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Sorry, but I'm absolutely not feeling the chemistry between JW and HW. Jung Il Woo seems terribly miscast; he looks a lot older and jaded compared to everyone else, including his elder cousin (although in RL they are the same age i think). What is particularly ironic is that I did not mind the age difference at all in A beautiful mind, but here it somehow bothers me. Also JW's behaviour toward HW does not make any sense whatsoever.

Frankly I'd be perfectly happy if HW does not end up with any of the boys; she is way too awesome for them in any case.

SW is by far the best bf material, but what keeps me on board is HW and HM. I don't care if their relationship doesn't have strong romantic connotations (yet), their interactions are just hilarious. I'd watch a series' worth of him trying all his mega-playboy tricks on her (and failing) while Ha-Won beats some sense into him. But I think I'll enjoy seeing him head over heals in love...

Need some more cheer asap. W brought me on the brink of depression (NO, I did not cry most of ep.9 says C while getting out another box of tissues).

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I thought so too, until i watched ep 2. PSD and JIW have a good chemistry, they just need more scenes together. AJH can't make my heart flutter with his scenes with PSD even if he's totally nailed it on the swoony factor. i think it's because PSD and JIW's acting are one level more intense than everybody else's. JIW does look maturer than AJH, but it kind of fits his character who lived (what i assumed as) a hard life before. what i don't understand now is why he's such a jerk to Ha-won when we know he actually can be kind, and especially since it seems like both of them have many similarities.

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"I’d watch a series’ worth of him trying all his mega-playboy tricks on her (and failing) while Ha-Won beats some sense into him. But I think I’ll enjoy seeing him head over heals in love…"
PREACH!

Their scenes brought the rom-com out of this makjang. HW-JW is cute, but their ship needs to be stronger than how HM adorably falling for HW.

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Thanks for the recap:

This is an easy watch after the brain-whirring PU38. So am enjoying the flower-boys - although my eyes are steered towards Bodyguard/Personal Assistant Lee!

BTW - The actress (Ko Bo-Gyeol ) portraying the annoying stepsister Yoo-Na is also portraying the annoying subordinate who has a crush on Ji Jin-Hee's character on the Second to Last Love weekend drama. Fri - Sun filled with her annoying characters!

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Oh my goodness -- the actress looked familiar to me but I didn't know from where so I looked her up -- she was Kwang Soo's wife on Dear My Friends! Totally different character there.

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Thanks for recapping! I just wanna say how relieved I am that HW isnt the typical Candy... I can totally see her beating the crap out of those tall as streetlights babies and making them do what they have to do. HM made me roll my eyes soooooooooo hard soooo many times I didnt know it was able to! Still, I think ill have some good laughs with him. JW is so weird almost like he doesnt see his words dont match his current lifestyle and actions. and SW.. whats his deal? He looks decent but Grandpa says hes a good for nothing? Is he hiding something? Instead of a fairy godmother, Grandpa reminds me of Ursula of the Little Mermaid.. yes, he can grant your wishes but he has an agenda and the means to get what he wants are questionable at best.
And whats with that 'no dating' abomination? What about straight up marriage Grandpa?!

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Hmmmm... Now I'm wondering who her real dad is.

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Interesting point... :P

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I have a theory already that if what dad said is true, Ha Won isn't his daughter. Her biological father could be one of grandpas sons who secretly got together with her mother or had an affair. However something happened to her dad and to save themselves from the rich chaebol family Ha Won's mother escapes with her. Another could be her mother was pregnant with Ha Won and later married current dad.

I think too much shoujo and kdrama tropes are coming into my mind haha

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Oh also when Ha Won was wearing the wedding dress she tucks a necklace into the dress, that could an important item in the future?

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you mean like City Hunter secret-birth when he finds out that the president was actually his father all along and the girl who has crush on him is actually his half-sister?

If yes, wow, what a dysfunctional ships we got here.

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True that would be some semi unknown incestuous relationships going on in the show then...unless Jung Il Woo's character isn't actually a Kang?

Now that would be reaching...

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my prediction is that all of this you're-not-my-real-daughter thing is just a misunderstanding. which will make it really sad when they find out the truth. i prefer this kind of story instead of them introducing a new character as Ha-won's real dad. it will make their father-daughter reunion at the end much more meaningful, and they both can kick out the stepmom and stepsister.

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That would be a nice way to end the story, if there was a reconciliation between Ha Won and her Dad. However that would require something to happen to Dad and stepfamily in order for Ha Won to go back and find them.

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In most k-dramas I would predict the same.. but not this one. I do think "dad" will come crawling back, but only for money, and will get rejected. (Amazing how only 2 episodes in we are coming up with 193 predictions ;P)

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I like this show! It's an easy watch and easy on the eyes :) Reminds me of Boys Over Flowers, without the overacting by the heroine. I've never seen anything Park So-dam has done, but based on Cinderella, I watched Because It's the First Time, which was great. She's a solid actress - can do cute without being campy, and also emotes without being overly melodramatic. I hope that Cinderella stays the course and sticks with predicable and fun - no makjang later on please! :)

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I came for fluff and got it. with a bit of heart too. I took an instant liking to ha won. girl, please don't you ever lose your backbone! fighting!

just noticed a cute connection. recently I heard a song from cn blue "cinderella" and lee jung shin stars in a drama with cinderella theme.

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The name of the show is Cinderella and the four knights, anyone else wondering who the fourth knight is, my odds would

i) 20-1 yet another unknown grandson
ii) 5-1 grand dad
iii) 5-4 grand dad's assistant

iv) 2-5 Ha-won, despite the set up she isn't behaving like a classic Cinderella, which would mean the actual Cinderella is Hye-ji.

And speaking of Hye-ji, my theory is not that Hyun-min hates her, and does care for her, and that the reason he won't date her is that she is the one woman in the world that he doesn't want to love and leave.

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I've been wondering too who is the 4th knight?
Maybe it is the butler/assistant since he is shown like a lead in the promo poster.

I'd like to think the same regarding Hye-Ji too, but his recent actions really makes it hard for me to think he appreciates her much. I mean he even used her when convenient to kiss in front of his arranged marriage meeting.

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In articles before the broadcast, it was mentioned that the 4th Knight was Bodyguard Lee. Even in the last part of the above recap, CandidClown refers to him as one of the knights.

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I noticed something though. So Hawon and her spoiled brat for a sister are the same age, right? That means her dad couldn't have had the sister while he was married to her mother, which means the sister is not related by blood to the dad. Doesn't that mean they're both technically "not his daughters"? I don't know, but the cruelty of that family just made me so mad. Can't wait for Hawon to get super successful and rub it in their faces!

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They could quite easily be the same age if he was having an affair - and that would also make the witchy one his real daughter.

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When Ha Won made her powerful dramatic exit from the wedding, I was fangirl swooning over her! This heroine is so much fun to watch.

I am also enjoying Hyun Min's self-praising reflective comments after he does something he thinks is swoon-worthy. So funny! That endearing silliness from AJH hearkens back to brother Yoon Jae in My Love from the Star.

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there a Japanese drama that has a like theme, then again what theme has not been made into a Japanese drama, but in that one the girl on the run from dept collectors and thus lives with out leaving her name anywhere, pretty much a street person, a crazy inventor saves her just as the dept collector catch her, but only if she marries him. The idea is he has four sons from different relationship living together and part of the contract is when he dies she has to go live with them and make them a family. The set up maybe different but the basic hook the same ie sassy girl has four pretty boys to look after

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Oh that's Atashinchi no Danshi! It sounds similar to this show but it's 10000% crazier.

Because jdramas.

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Firstly I am surprised that none of her partime jobs are at a Subway ....

Secondly, I really enjoy this episode, is a guilty pleasure kind of show. Is sort comforting for me as my mind is being blown twice every week after watching W Two worlds.
This show gives me time to put my brains back together so I can be ready for the following week. ?

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I love Jung Il-woo which is the only reason I'm giving this show a chance, so I'm really hoping it doesn't suck. So far things are not looking up coz I keep falling asleep while watching this even despite all my effort to stay wide awake. Here's hoping the story goes somewhere interesting and FAST!! Maybe they can start with Hyun-min's backstory coz I'm just absolutely failing to see why Hye-ji's so hung up on him and then follow it up quickly with why Ji-woon is pining for her so we can make some crazy sense out of this insane masochistic love triangle. Help me understand, Show!! Before I drift to dreamland in the middle of your next episode.

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I guess I'm in the minority when I say that JW and HW have great chemistry in the only scenes we have seen of them so far. I agree completely with the "against the wall scene". I can't wait to see more of that later on. He seemed shocked and almost impressed ( or maybe I'm reading too deep in :P)when she pinned him down, back. Their similarities are immense. They both have worked hard to make a living, have lost a loved one, feel like they don't belong anywhere and are both spunky. I'm excited for what will come next for the both of them. As for HM I really don't feel much for this character... yet. I hope this drama stays at a good pace as it has so far.

Thank you for the recap!!

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SW and HW.

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Does Grandpa really believe his no-dating rule can work? With a girl and three (well four) guys living in the same house? One of the guys is a renowned player. Even Grandpa got married for the 5th time. What does he expect from those hot young bloods?

Anyway I gotta choose Jiwoon cos...I'm prone to bad boys... But if he keeps being too much of an a*s he'll lose me LOL. I'll keep my eyes on Bodyguard Lee as well ^^

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I like this drama
They are all cute
Enjoyable to watch
Epi 3&4 are more interesting
Cute very cute

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With all the relationship questions, like is she or isn't she her daddy's kid, and who the 4th knight it ---
--- isn't Cinderella supposed to have TWO stepsisters ??
I don't see any candidates besides Hye-ji. What do we know about her parents?

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at this point i want hae won to be my knight

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heart not yet in this drama (yep seen up to ep3) but i am lovin the music so far.

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I've watched all 4 episodes so far and something still boggles me. Can someone please explain to me why Ji Hye was in Haneul house when they were little? and then when Ji Woon came to the house? So they've only been friends for 1 year, right? And why was she invited to grandpa's wedding if she was poor?

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This drama reminds me of this Japanese Drama that Maki Horikita was in called Atashinchi no Danshi.

I'm really enjoying the whole drama so far though. I can't wait till episode 3 comes out.

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i've been PSD's fan since i saw the poster of Beautiful Mind. that girl can look cute without trying too hard unlike most of kdramas actress. she's a natural! i hope this drama do well for her sake. :3

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I'm soooo into the Hawon-Hyunmin pair. They're just so funny & entertaining together. I'm not yet liking Jiwoon, he's always in a bad mood in every scene he's in.

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I'm not watching this kdrama anymore. I'm okay with the much overused plot and everything. But what I can't take anymore is the "strong personality" of the female character (Ha Won). She's all about dignity and she's not afraid to stand up for herself. One minute she's whacking some stranger's head for not treating her with "respect" but she can't even speak up about the cruel treatment she got from her stepmother and step sister. She has 10 part time jobs (like seriously?) and she has to do the dishes, make breakfast and do everything for her stepmother and step sister who in return doesn't even have the decency to treat her like a maid and wants to destroy every piece of happiness she has. For someone who is not afraid to give a piece of her mind to some stranger it must be pretty hard to put up with those two but no, she's completely okay with that and doesn't get angry or anything. That makes no sense!

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