[RECAP] SBS Korean Drama Secret Door Episode 8

[RECAP] SBS Korean Drama Secret Door Episode 8


Recap by Dramabeans:

With the prince closing in on the bad guys in the Noron camp, the Norons are shaking things up internally to cover their asses in case Sun works out all the clues. So while Westside boss Shadow had previously been Prime Minister Kim’s go-to assassin, Shadow’s fallen out of favor and is now the target. Prime Minister Kim has already found himself a new assassin to take over, Blacklist, and gives the instruction to kill Shadow.

I’d maybe feel sorry for Shadow (just a tiny bit) for being used and discarded thusly, except that Shadow brought this upon himself by holding onto that secret document and using it as blackmail/collateral. Prime Minister Kim won’t stand to be double-crossed like that, and plans to use his secret illegitimate son, Kim Mu, as his assassin.

The Sorons are equally keen to get to Shadow and intend to bribe him for it, before the Norons get to it. (Fyi, the document at the center of this show, which binds Yeongjo and the Norons as conspirators, is called maengui in the show; we’ve simply called it the secret document to keep things simple. But if it becomes clearer to use the word maengui instead, we’ll do so.) So now it’s a race to get to Shadow first, and he must know things are moving because Shadow takes extra precautions to hide that maengui document in a smoking pipe. 

It’s secret assassin Mu who gets to him first, knocking him out with a dart to the neck. When Shadow wakes up, he’s tied up in preparation for what looks to be a grisly torture session. Mu asks for the secret document, and Shadow, who’s carrying the pipe on him, doesn’t give it up. He starts to panic as Mu applies the blade to his hand…

I’m relieved we don’t have to watch the torture, but we come back after the first round is done. Mu carefully takes the blood that’s been collected by a funnel contraption, then pours it into a plant vase. Guh. So he’s a neat-freak sadist? Why does that extra detail make him so much more terrifying? Mu asks again for the document, but then hears a noise outside.

Chul-joo slips inside Shadow’s now-silent house, operating on Park Mun-su’s instructions to kill Shadow and bring back the pipe. He spots drops of blood on the floor, leading to the wall screen, which tip him off to the assassin’s presence. He stabs through the screen, and though he misses getting a piece of Mu, it brings the fight out into the open.

As they battle it out in the small room, Chul-joo snatches the pipe from Shadow, and Mu realizes what it must be. So he slashes Shadow’s throat since he’s no longer useful, and then our two swordsmen take the fight outside.

Hyegyeong isn’t dealing very well with the sting of being abandoned by her husband in the middle of the night they were scheduled (by the government, no less) to sleep together. She takes it out on Sun’s head court lady, whipping her legs with a switch and demanding his whereabouts. 

The court lady stoically endures the punishment and says she’ll be the outlet for the princess’s anger, which only angers Hyegyeong more. She insists that it’s not because of her hurt feelings (uh huh) that she’s reacting this way, but because Sun’s behavior is going against the rules. She’s ignoring the part where she’s crossing the line, because the prince’s staff isn’t hers to punish this way, but that isn’t stopping her.

You get the sense that Hyegyeong would actually hate being understood, because she expends so much effort putting up that front of icy decorum. She isn’t hurt, she’s concerned for the country! But the court lady either doesn’t know where Sun is or won’t divulge it, and so Hyegyeong goes on whipping her.

Sun arrives at Shadow’s house next, and finds the bloody corpse on the floor. His bloodstained appearance has the servants in an uproar, at least until he identifies himself and sends a man to fetch officials.


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The chase between Chul-joo and Mu takes them across town and into the woods, where they confront each other—and, surprisingly, say that it’s been a long time. They were once friendly, and Mu says that it’s a pity that he’ll have to kill the one person he knew in the city. Not if Chul-joo has anything to say about that, and they go at it with their swords.

Corrupt Officer Byun and his men arrive at Shadow’s house, but they’re not the officials Sun called, and he seems rightly skeptical of their “We were just in the neighborhood” excuse. He turns them away because the case isn’t in their jurisdiction, and they have to comply when the city mayor arrives on the scene moments later to take over. 

The mayor’s a Soron, the policemen are Norons. So Officer Byun leaves griping about the prince’s continued interference, and Ji-dam happens to hear this since she’s snuck out to do some snooping of her own.

Prime Minister Kim’s inner circle (well, triangle really) freaks out to hear that the prince is involved and wonder just how much he knows. King Yeongjo, despite being in the same conspiracy boat as the Norons, jumps to the conclusion that they’re trying to pull one over on him. But his eunuch suspects the opposite, noting that the prince called for Mayor Jo, the Soron leader. He asks the horrifying thought, “Could the prince have found out about the maengui?”

Yeongjo reels at the thought, then asks if this means the prince is searching for that document.


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Yes but not-yes. Sun is looking for the document, but at the present he doesn’t know exactly what it is. He pores through every book in Shadow’s house, hoping to find the book Heung-bok was carrying when he died. It’s not there.

There are several unusual things about Sun’s behavior tonight that Mayor Jo picks up on, such as his excursion into the city in the first place and his dismissal of the police. He asks Sun about them and whether the prince wants something of him, and offers himself up to command.

For now, Sun chooses to trust him (ackkkk) and asks the mayor to select a few trustworthy officials to work on this case. It’s imperative that nobody outside this small group be allowed close to the investigation. He asks to be updated with the utmost secrecy. Unfortunately, that trust is misplaced, and the second Sun leaves, Mayor Jo gives the order to scour the house for any suspicious books. 

Ji-dam is waiting to speak to Sun outside, and he starts to scold her in frustration for leaving her safehouse. But she tells him she may know who killed Shadow (aka Pil-jae, the prince’s bodyguard. I know, so many names!). She reports what she heard—that Park Mun-su gave orders for assassins to kill Shadow and recover a pipe. It’s hard to hear, and Sun isn’t ready to believe this of his teacher.

“It’s not him,” he says, arguing that this doesn’t make him the mastermind. “If Teacher is the one behind Kang Pil-jae’s murder, then that makes him behind all of these murders. And that means he also killed Heuung-bok. There’s no way that could be—why would he do that?”


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Advisor Chae points out that this mysterious and dangerous document could provide that reason. Obviously Park didn’t order a murder just to claim a smoking pipe, so it’s likely that the document is tied to it. Furthermore, Chae argues that the best way to clear up suspicion over his teacher is to push forward and investigate him. Despite feeling sick at heart, Sun sees his point.

With this new information putting Chul-joo’s home base under suspicion, they agree that Ji-dam can no longer stay there, and Advisor Chae invites Ji-dam and her father to stay with him. Ha, is she going to house-hop every episode? That would actually be fun, and true to the spirit of keeping her on the move and hidden, rather than just hiding out in one conveniently unfindable spot for the whole drama.


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Sun feels extra sorry to her father with each disruption and apologizes. He then checks on Ji-dam, who has remained quiet but whose dismay he well understands. He assures her that when all is said and done, their faith in Park Mun-soo and Chul-joo will be proven true: “They will be the people we trust them to be.” It’s a poignant moment for the two idealists… but why does the camera cut to an eavesdropping spy?

Meanwhile, the Soron leaders who tried to buy the maengui document from Shadow/Pil-jae is left wondering why the meeting fell through. They must not know about the death yet, and wonder if he decided to take the document elsewhere, to someone who wanted the document more. They recognize that even so, the other party wouldn’t have just accepted a simple deal—what if they were planning to kill him afterward, just as the Sorons intended? Is there nobody whose idea of fixing problems means killing them?

It’s interesting to see everyone working with different pieces of the puzzle, because they all have gaping holes in their information. Yeongjo, for instance, mulls over the question of the prince’s involvement and comes upon a comforting thought—that Park Mun-su sent an assassin, which means that he got to Pil-jae before the prince did. So for now, it’s likely that Sun doesn’t have that document. 

Assassin Mu returns to Prime Minister Kim’s house empty-handed, but his father takes a surprisingly gentle approach and tells him that it’s enough that he returned safely. He tells him not to worry and rest up, while Mu offers up the comment that he may know how to recover the document.

Chul-joo reports to Park Mun-su about the interloper who killed Pil-jae, and hands over the pipe. Park Mun-su takes it with great excitement, but as he fiddles with it, he notices blood on the handle and realizes that Chul-joo was injured. He runs out to look for him, but misses him.

Chul-joo in fact has a great bleeding wound in the side, and his sight goes blurry from the blood loss. His reflexes kick in to avoid getting stuck by a flying dart, but a second one finds its mark in his neck. He struggles to stay awake as Mu approaches, but he falls unconscious in seconds.

Sun enters Park Mun-su’s office late that night and instructs his advisor and eunuch to begin the search.

Park Mun-su’s concern takes him to the Eastside gang’s headquarters, where he grows even more worried upon hearing that Chul-joo hasn’t returned yet. That’s because he’s been taken by Mu, and awakens to find himself tied up. Mu tells him to rest up because tomorrow is likely to be a rough day (…to put it mildly), and leaves him for the night.

The search of Pil-jae’s house turns up one suspicious book, a memoir. We don’t see what has the Soron mayor gaping in shock, but it must be serious.

The search of Park Mun-su’s office turns up nothing, but Advisor Chae just chides Eunuch Jang to look harder. For the gloomy prince’s benefit, his faithful eunuch says that this may be wasted effort since Park may be innocent, and for the prince’s benefit, Advisor Chae tamps down his skepticism. And then he gets a hunch about possible hidden safes in the room, leading them to a locked compartment set into the wall.

With both hope and fear, Sun opens the safe… and there it is, that borrowed mystery novel they’ve been searching for, marked with the stamp that Heung-bok altered. Smash!goes the prince’s heart as he realizes his trusted teacher has been doing some untrustworthy things.

Advisor Chae presses him to arrest Park Mun-su right away for trying to hide evidence related to the investigation, but the eunuch sees Sun’s devastation and gives him the Not now, dude look. With difficulty, Sun asks for just a moment of quiet to process this.

He heads back to his quarters alone, his heart heavy as he thinks back to his childhood and the nurturing presence his teacher played in it. He remembers Advisor Chae warning him to be suspicious of Park, and of Park himself urging him not to trust anybody. In his empty chamber, he breaks down in tears.

Sun’s head court lady hears of the latest and feels for the prince’s emotional state, knowing how he’d trusted Park Mun-su. Asked about her own condition following the princess’s punishment, she dismisses it soundly, calling it nothing in light of the prince’s situation. Aw, I do love her; she’s like a surrogate mother, so quietly steadfast.

When she then hears of yet another potential problem in the making, she hurries to intercept Hyegyeong before she reaches Sun’s quarters, asking her not to disturb him tonight. Hyegyeong doesn’t take kindly to the impertinence, so the court lady kneels on the ground and says she’d have her legs cut off if necessary, but cannot step aside. 

Hyegyeong demands a reason, and Court Lady Choi starts her explanation by describing the prince as the child she raised from infanthood, who didn’t cry much and had more laughs than tears. She realized only later that he didn’t like to be seen crying, so he would hide and then cry in secret.

Hyegyeong looks genuinely moved to tears, catching on that the prince is crying alone right now. But she argues that it’s her place to be with him in times like this, and Court Lady Choi replies that it’s her lifelong wish that such a day will come. “But today is not that day,” she says, pleading for the princess to allow him this time to cry without interference. Aw, and now I’m crying without interference.

The princess is, at least, swayed by the words. Sun continues to cry in private. Small, small consolation.

Park Mun-su finds the document hidden in the pipe, at the same time that Sun opens the mystery novel and flips through the pages. When one catches his eye, he recalls Heung-bok’s letter hinting at a hidden clue, and examines the page that’s thicker than the rest. He holds it up to a candle, and the light reveals the words hidden between the lines.

As those words literally come to light before Sun’s eyes, Park Mun-su reads the same thing on the original document, which start out with a cry to save the country, identifying these faithful servants of the nation who will take up the call (using the name Great Unity to describe their secret society). It specifically outlines the plan to enthrone a new king, and despite the pseudo-patriotic rationale for the move, this is clearly a traitorous document, and highly damning. Sun is aghast.

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Park Mun-su reads the names signed to the document, and it sends him into a flashback of the day he had given Yeongjo a fan with a nickname he’d made for him—Juk-pa, to mean a ruler who would reign with righteousness. Yeongjo had vowed to cherish the name more than his given one, and it was that name that he had written onto the maengui. Oof. Is that hopeful or deeply ironic? Hopeful, or horrifying?

Park Mun-su reads that name and laughs with tears in his yes.

He then reports to Yeongjo that he found the document, and is embraced with the king’s full gratitude. But Park’s face is stony and unmoved, and he tells the king, “I’m sorry, Your Highness. I do not intend to give it to you.” 

And just like that, it’s the scary Yeongjo again (though one could argue he’s alwaysscary), shaking in rage. He asks if Park means to lay everything bare to the whole nation, but Park replies that everything depends on what the king decides. He outlines the crimes committed thirty years ago by everyone who signed that document, and states that they’ll have to take responsibility for them.

Yeongjo actually sputters and asks if that includes himself. Park replies, “If that is what you decide, that may be one way.”

Yeongjo grabs his sword and brandishes it at an unflinching Park Mun-su. He bellows, “You’re telling me to give up the king’s seat?!” He demands to know what Park wants, and Park kneels and declares that he only wants to right what’s wrong.

At that, the king howls in laughter at the idea of straightening out a crooked history. He orders Park to be more honest, and asks, “If I am the past, then who is the future?” Oh no, he’s twisting this down a dangerous path, isn’t he? He guesses that Park wants to throw Yeongjo aside to make Sun the king.

Park Mun-su tells the king he will give him time to figure out how to straighten out this crooked path. Yeongjo challenges, “What will you do if I do nothing?” Park answers the question with a question (infuriating, but effective): “What would you do if it were you?”

Yeongjo wouldn’t be lenient, that’s for sure, judging from the deathly glare he shoots at Park, who entreats him to make the wise choice. When Park turns to leave, he raises his sword as though to strike him down then and there, but Park adds one last word: The instant the king tries to (or even succeeds in) harming Park, copies of the maengui will be spread far and wide. 

Yeongjo’s good and cornered, and he tells Park he’s gotten better at this. Park replies, “I owe it all to you.”

Park was remarkably composed throughout that exchange, but he returns to his office feeling drained. The same goes for the king, who turns toward his throne and looks at it beseechingly before falling to the ground before it. His earlier words ring in his ears: “You’re telling me to give up the throne? You mean to shove me aside and enthrone the crown prince?!” Yeongjo looks lost and weak. For now, at least.

The Soron mayor hears the results of the autopsy, and the coroner notes that Pil-jae suffered torture before being killed. He’s also alerted to a problem with the murder weapon.

Prime Minister Kim stops Park Mun-su to ask whether he found any interesting documents last night. Park answers with a question (stop Yoda-ing everyone!), “What do you think?” The prime minister just chuckles that the real fight is about to get started, and that it should be entertaining.


By morning, Sun has calmed his emotions and put his thoughts in order. He asks for Park Mun-su to be brought to him quietly.

Yeongjo hears of this, and his paranoia is running at an all-time high; anytime he hears Park and Sun mentioned in the same breath, he jumps to the conclusion that they must be colluding against him.

That’s far from the truth, and Sun sits down with Park and starts out lightly by speaking of his fondness for mystery novels. His favorite writer’s first novel (about Park Mun-su the inspector) was wildly unpopular, but this novel is different, he says—and pulls out the one hidden in Park’s safe.

At the same time, Yeongjo reviews the report brought to him by the mayor, who is clearly afraid to tell him something important. To his surprise, Yeongjo just tells him to deal with it via the law, and the mayor looks shocked. Oh! Is the murder weapon the dagger stolen from Sun’s room?

Sun asks Park point-blank what he was doing with the book, and whether the man sitting before him is the prince-regent’s teacher or a criminal. Park replies, “A criminal.”

Sun asks what his crime is. Park replies, “With my own hands, I left Shin Heung-bok’s corpse in the well.”

Well, it doesn’t get more damning than that. Sun’s hand balls into a fist and shakes, so much that he has to hold it firm with the other hand. Tears fill his eyes and he looks at his teacher with betrayal, and Park can only look away.

And just then, the mayor leads his team into the office, here to arrest the criminal, he announces. Sun turns his face and tells them to take Park away, and Park dutifully rises to accept his punishment.

But the mayor counters that they are not here to arrest Park: “Your Highness, you are under arrest for the murder of Kang Pil-jae.”

Knowing what is happening to son at this moment, Yeongjo muses to himself that there’s no rule forcing him to die.


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Recapped by Dramabeans:

As their duet comes to a close, Yoo-jin envisions Nae-il playing a piano in the middle of a field, drawing him out of his dark lost forest and making him smile again. Nae-il, on the other hand, can barely stop her heart from beating out of her chest, and starts seeing Yoo-jin bathed in a halo of angelic light.

She blubbers incoherently, half calling him “orabang” (a cutesy way of shorteningoraboni), and Fantasy-Yoo-jin tells her to look at oppa. She can’t even look at the real Yoo-jin and just runs out of the room with her face covered, while he stares blankly.

Teacher Ahn is very impressed at their performance and asks Yoo-jin how it feels to have overcome a big wall—did he not have fun? Yoo-jin is taken aback to realize that this lesson was for him, not Nae-il, and Teacher Ahn says that he could tell right away from listening to one duet: “You want to conduct, don’t you?” Guess going with the unconventional teacher will do him some good after all.

Nae-il, meanwhile, runs all the way out to the grassy field to try and suss out this strange thumping in her heart. Fantasy Yoo-jin tells her, “It’s love. You’ve fallen in love with me,” and she lets out a high-pitched squeal of delight.

I could get used to Fantasy Yoo-jin, with his coffee-CF-silky-smooth-voice and backlit glory. She flails and leaps and twirls in the field, declaring her love. 

Yoo-jin sneaks into the back of the auditorium to watch the orchestra rehearsing, and thinks about Teacher Ahn’s words that in order to be a good conductor, he must learn to work with musicians and can’t ever do it alone. His teacher’s last question echoes in his ears, “Don’t you want to conduct for real, not just in your head?”

He starts to imagine himself down on the stage as the conductor, directing every beat with vigorous energy. He returns to the present moment deeper in thought and more perplexed than ever.

Nae-il runs (or rather, flails) her way through campus screaming, “Orabang~!” until she finds Yoo-jin. He sighs when he hears her coming that she doesn’t even give him a moment’s rest to have an angsty thought, and braces himself.

She runs up to tell him that she was so happy playing their duet that her toes were wriggling the whole time and her heart was thumping. Her feet start to dance now, and she says that at the moment, she wants to leap right into his chest.

He backs up in alarm and tells her to hold it in, but she says, “I know what this is—it’s love!” He shouts right back that it is NOT love, but adrenaline. He puns at her not to have fluttery feet (he often uses her name Seol Nae-il to pun seol-le-im, or fluttery feelings, and calls her seollebal—fluttery feet), and has to physically hold her back from jumping his bones right then and there.

He tells her to go get checked out by a doctor (“and make sure to get your head checked too”), and she just says with crazy eyes that she’d get a faster diagnosis by hugging him. He finally has to hold her back by the forehead for a getaway, and she gives chase. And from around the corner, our rocker violinist Il-lac watches curiously.

Nae-il returns to the bench out of breath, even swooning at how Yoo-jin’s legs are so long that he can run away and ditch her. Il-lac approaches her with a drink and compliments, and butters her up to ask if she wants to play a duet with him.

Meanwhile Yoo-jin goes to the market to buy fish, and gets a text from Nae-il about eating dinner together. He realizes that she must’ve saved her number in his phone while he wasn’t looking, and ha—she saved her name as “seol-le-im.” He tells her no way, but in the end he buys a second fish for her.

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Yoo-jin carries his load of groceries home in a good mood, but on his way he happens to pass by Nae-il and Il-lac, feeding each other over a table at a restaurant and looking mighty happy together.

He spies on them looking a lot like a jealous boyfriend, and it’s pretty hilarious that Yoo-jin is miffed about how she was so insistent that it was love, only to be spoon-fed by someone else so shortly after. He chucks her half of dinner groceries in the garbage and stalks off angrily.

Il-lac has brought Nae-il to his father’s restaurant, where Dad showers her with multiple courses to her heart’s content. Nae-il looks at all the delicious food and asks if she can wrap it up to take home instead, and leaves happily in anticipation of eating it with Yoo-jin.

Il-lac wonders if befriending Nae-il will pan out the way he wants, but Dad assures him that with long fingers like hers, she’s bound to be a good pianist. Dad is sweet and encouraging, but it looks like Il-lac is a little concerned about Dad’s wish to hear the sound of his son’s violin fill an entire auditorium. 

Yoo-jin goes home and makes himself pity ramyun and scoffs when the doorbell rings, grumbling that she follows anyone who will feed her. He opens the door still shouting, only to find his ex-girlfriend Do-kyung standing there.

He asks what she’s doing here and doesn’t invite her in right away, but then Nae-il arrives with bags of takeout, and he suddenly changes his tune. Nae-il watches in horror as Do-kyung walks into his apartment, and when Yoo-jin goes to close the door, he can’t help but look over at Nae-il to make this… face… this insanely petty neener-neener-face. HAHAHAHA. *Rewind*


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Do-kyung is here because she needs a friend to vent to, and reminds Yoo-jin that before they dated, they were actually friends for ten years. He listens to her complain about losing the Carmen role to someone else (though she’s the prima donna of the vocal department), and when he tries to imply that he’s very busy, she says she has very important news.

Next door, Nae-il goes bonkers trying to listen through the wall and climb over the balcony to find out what’s going on in there. By morning she’s got dark circles down to her jawline, and she opens her door to watch as Yoo-jin walks out with Do-kyung, after having spent the night. 

She’s still a lovesick zombie by midday, slumped over the piano and jabbering incoherently about love, while Il-lac desperately tries to get her to play. He finally realizes that she’s been dumped and declares that he’ll fix it for her, and asks cautiously who the guy is. He’s a little amazed that she thinks she has a shot with Cha Yoo-jin.

He brings up a photo of Do-kyung to ask if this is her rival, and tells her to give up. Nae-il asks in all seriousness, “Why? I’m better than her.” Pffft. He devolves into fits of laughter, and she attacks him with his own bow. 

As Yoo-jin gets dragged into a coffee shop by Do-kyung, we meet timpanist MA SU-MIN (Jang Se-hyun), who watches them wistfully, wondering if they got back together.

His friend guesses that he has a crush on Do-kyung, and thanks to his exposition, we find out that on top of being the vocal department’s prima donna and the prettiest girl in school, she’s also the only daughter of an instrument company that supplies their entire school.

Yoo-jin has had enough of Do-kyung’s games and walks away, so she finally tells him the big secret that she knows: famous conductor Franz Streseman is coming to teach at their school. She’s right that it’s big news to Yoo-jin, who literally runs to school with a big smile on his face.


Teacher Do sees Yoo-jin leave the administrator’s office, and finds out that he requested a change of major form. Yoo-jin sits on his angst bench with form in hand, but the strident sounds of a violin start to grate on his nerves. It’s coming from Il-lac and Nae-il’s sad attempt to play through her pain, and Il-lac tries everything from lying that playing the piano well will bring Yoo-jin back to her, to offering to be her boyfriend instead—anything to get her to play.

She’s taken to shortening his name to Lac-gun, (hur, a “Rock Boy” pun for the rocker). She isn’t interested in Rock Boy as a replacement boyfriend though, and asks him for advice on how to get Yoo-jin back. Il-lac is surprised to hear that Yoo-jin cooks for her, and decides that she does have a shot—guys don’t cook for girls they aren’t interested in.

He advises her that skinship is the way to go, so when Yoo-jin walks in the room, she attacks him with a hug. She cries that since he’s come back to her, she forgives him for spending the night with Do-kyung. Il-lac’s eyes widen to hear that Do-kyung stayed over, and doesn’t believe him when Yoo-jin swears they were practicing for her second Carmen audition all night.

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Yoo-jin says he came here because of the awful noise they were making, calling it two separate pieces rather than an accompaniment. Il-lac says this is all Yoo-jin’s fault anyway that he’s about to fail his test, while Yoo-jin counters that it’s obviously his terrible violin-playing that’s causing him to fail all on his own.

Il-lac says he’s the top of his class, and anyway, he’s going to ditch boring old classical music for an electric violin anyway once he graduates. Yoo-jin says it’s not classical music that’s boring; it’s his hapless playing. So Yoo-jin takes the violin out of Il-lac’s hand and begins to play, and the sound wipes the smirk right off of Il-lac’s face.

Nae-il swoons even more than usual, and Il-lac is simultaneously amazed and wounded. He storms out without a word, leaving Yoo-jin sighing that he knows what Nae-il is about to say. She calls him obnoxious and rude… but then goes in for another loving hug. Heh.

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Il-lac practices at home, but can’t shake the memory of Yoo-jin’s short performance, still pricking at his pride. Dad leaves a snack and sneaks away not to disturb him, and Il-lac thinks to himself with a heavy sigh that Dad still thinks he’s going to join a classical arts foundation someday.

Dean Mina is still on Streseman’s trail, but doesn’t realize that her lost conductor is already on campus checking out his future students. Today he approaches Nae-il, pouring on the compliments before asking her to dinner.

She hesitates, but when he lays it on thick about how he’s been so lonely eating all alone, she invites him to a place that she frequents. Cut to: Yoo-jin gaping suspiciously at the man Nae-il dragged into his house. 

Yoo-jin asks who the hell this strange man is, and Nae-il gets to introductions… only to realize she doesn’t know either. Streseman invents a name, but Yoo-jin knows German and asks skeptically if his name is really Milk Cow.

Dean Mina goes to see her longtime friend, who happens to be Yoo-jin’s mom. Mom owns the coffee shop near school, having recently returned to Korea after running an arts foundation in New York. She and Mina tease each other cutely, especially when Mom notices Mina preening in front of Teacher Do.

Back at Yoo-jin’s place, Streseman picks up the photo of young Yoo-jin with Teacher Viera and scowls to hear Yoo-jin call him his conducting teacher. Streseman mutters that he knew he didn’t like Yoo-jin, and now he sees why—he’s the student of his second-most hated person in the world.


Streseman calls Nae-il “baby” and suggests they go have lobster at his hotel instead, and invites her up to see his room, all night long. Yoo-jin’s eyes widen and he warns her not to go anywhere with the suspicious old man, and the argument between the two men turns into this really petty competition to see who gets Nae-il.

Yoo-jin says she can stay over tonight; Streseman says he has the penthouse suite; Yoo-jin says she can sleep in his bed; Streseman says his is a waterbed. She goes back and forth like a yo-yo, until Yoo-jin finally blurts, “You can sleep on my arm as a pillow!” Ding, ding, ding, winner! He smirks at the loser, while Nae-il just hugs him in delight.

I don’t know how she changes into her pajamas that fast, but when Yoo-jin opens his bedroom door, she’s already lying in his bed, striking her most suggestive pose. He drags her out, screaming that he lied, and she clings for dear life but ends up out in the hallway. He drowns out her cries by playing one of Streseman’s orchestral pieces, not realizing that the man was just in his apartment.

Streseman goes through the snapshots he took of the students who interested him, and tries to rip the one of Nae-il and Yoo-jin playing their duet. It won’t rip, much to his dismay, so he just folds it in half so he can smile at Nae-il without having to look at Yoo-jin.

In the morning, Yoo-jin struggles to get his door open and finds Nae-il still sleeping right where he left her. He doesn’t even feel bad at first, but then finds that she’s caught a cold and is shivering with a fever.

Dean Mina is reluctant to tell her staff that she technically lost Streseman, and just admits that he already arrived in country quietly, as is his custom to avoid being photographed. Teacher Do leaves the meeting in a hurry when he gets a call that the campus pervert has returned, and catches Streseman in the act of snapping pictures of female students. 

He gets security guards to escort him away, but Dean Mina finds them just in time to rescue Streseman and embarrass Teacher Do for the misunderstanding. Teacher Do sits awkwardly on the sidelines as Mina and Streseman greet each other warmly, with just enough unspoken romantic tension to stir the waters.

Meanwhile, Yoo-jin piggybacks a sick Nae-il all the way through campus, increasingly peeved that she seems to be enjoying the piggyback more than anything. He complains that they should’ve gone to the hospital first, but she insists on showing up for Il-lac’s test because he’ll fail otherwise.


So Yoo-jin brings her all the way to Il-lac in the auditorium, and hands her over. Il-lac asks if she can move her fingers, and she stops trembling long enough to whisper in his ear that if someone were to kiss her, she might feel better.

Instead, Yoo-jin says this is partly his fault, so he’ll play piano for Il-lac’s test. Nae-il laughs weakly and says that Il-lac scored the jackpot, which he totally knows but refuses to admit.

The rumor spreads throughout campus that Yoo-jin is actually going to play an accompaniment, and Teacher Do follows the stream of onlookers into the auditorium. There’s quite a crowd starting to gather, considering that it’s just one student’s test. Teacher Do notes Streseman’s presence and puts the pieces together to conclude that he must be here to check out Yoo-jin’s skills as a possible student.

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Nae-il tries to hobble out of the dressing room, and Yoo-jin tells her she’ll be able to hear the recital fine from in here. But she says that she wants to see Yoo-jin playing piano up close. This time he sighs and calls her Fluttery Feet with all the annoyance gone from his voice, and wraps her up in the blanket with care.

Il-lac is all nerves and goes to the bathroom, still muttering to himself about Yoo-jin’s arrogance. Teacher Do is there and gets an idea, and compliments Il-lac on his expressive and colorful playing. He asks if he’ll get to hear that kind of performance today, adding that it’s too bad Yoo-jin is his partner, since that means the piano will outshine the violin today. Oh, you nasty little bugger.

Teacher Do even admits to himself that it’s a low move, and leaves Il-lac with the lingering idea that he ought to outshine the piano since he’s the star.

When the boys come out on the stage, they’re surprised to see people in the audience. Yoo-jin tells Il-lac to forget technique and just focus on his piano playing. But that just strikes Il-lac’s already sensitive nerve, and he stares at Yoo-jin contentiously. 

They begin to play together, and in voiceover Yoo-jin introduces Beethoven’s Violin Sonata in F major, Opus 24—he says that people have given it the name “Spring” because it’s the brightest and warmest of violin sonatas, and reminds people of springtime.

But Il-lac starts to turn spring into a typhoon, and Teacher Do smirks to see his powers of suggestion in action, thinking to himself that there’s no way that Yoo-jin will ever learn to conduct others and veer away from his self-centered ways.

Yoo-jin keeps trying to send Il-lac telepathic messages to calm down and play together, but he’s not listening. Finally Yoo-jin decides to match Il-lac in hopes that he’ll listen to the sound of the piano.


In a vision, we see Il-lac playing furiously in a field, with the wind circling around him. Yoo-jin flicks his wand and moves with the wind, and the two are finally in sync.

Il-lac thinks in amazement, “Yoo-jin is conducting me. He arrives when I want him to… Cha Yoo-jin understands what I’m feeling. We’re playing together!”

The audience softens, and Nae-il thinks to herself that it’s a relief—Yoo-jin brought spring back. He even cracks a little smile as he plays.

The boys return to the dressing room after the performance (with Yoo-jin carrying Nae-il all the way back, aw) and Il-lac says begrudgingly that it must be nice to be the best at everything—piano, violin, whatever he wants.

Yoo-jin: “Of course.” Pfft. He says matter-of-factly that he started both instruments when he was three, and used to practice violin until his fingers bled. He tells Il-lac not to belittle other people’s effort, making it clear that he’s no lazy savant who didn’t put in the same painstaking time and effort that anyone else did.

Il-lac suddenly grabs him in a bear-hug and shouts, “Thank you! From now on, I will acknowledge you as my best friend!” Aghast, Yoo-jin declines, but Il-lac has already decided that they’re going to be bestest buds. This is so awesome.

He tries repeatedly to force Yoo-jin into a hug, and the whole time Nae-il is running around them in circles, jealous that someone else might love Yoo-jin. She wedges herself in between them until they’re all wriggling around together, and Yoo-jin has to pry them off like barnacles.

In the auditorium, Teacher Do is still stunned in the wake of the test, and he admits to Teacher Ahn that Yoo-jin has changed. He clearly doesn’t want to acknowledge it but he does: “It was a good performance.”

Il-lac runs home to Dad to tell him that he had the best performance of his life today, and declares with newfound passion that he’s going to really play violin from now on, and throw his soul into his dream. 

Streseman tells Mina that his plan is to create a special orchestra, not just teach the orchestra that currently exists at the school. He’s already handpicked his members, and shows her the photographs he’s taken over the last few days. He says that he wants to create an orchestra that moves the heart—isn’t that what she wants?

Mina is surprised to see Nae-il’s picture among the students, and Streseman says that she’ll be the orchestra’s mascot. It’s all very unconventional, but Mina is moved by Streseman recognizing her dream, and agrees to help him get started.

The students in the school’s existing orchestra are excited to hear that Streseman is choosing students, though they wonder if that means their group will be fragmented. The conducting student who was planning to go abroad decided to stay because of Streseman, and says confidently that he expects to be notified shortly.

But invitations start going out via text message, and the conducting student frowns to see that others are being called but he isn’t. Yoo-jin is feeling just as left out, especially when he sees that Nae-il got a text when she plays piano.

He worries that his phone must be broken, so she oh-so-helpfully sends him a text to prove that it’s working just fine. He does get a second text, and it must be to join the orchestra, because he files in along with the other students.

Streseman hands over Yoo-jin’s form to change majors into the conducting department, and directs Teacher Do to file the transfer. But when he hears Teacher Do call Yoo-jin Cha Dong-woo’s son, Streseman stops in his tracks.

The students wait anxiously in the auditorium, and Il-lac is extra excited because Streseman happens to be his father’s favorite maestro. The timpanist Su-min is there too, and earlier I thought he had a crush on Do-kyung, but judging from his reaction every time Nae-il leans into him, I think he swings Yoo-jin’s way instead.

Dean Mina introduces Maestro Streseman to the group, and Nae-il is happy to recognize the ajusshi from the other night, while Yoo-jin is properly floored. Streseman says that he’ll be heading up the conducting department and creating a special orchestra: “From now on you are the S orchestra.”

He then takes Yoo-jin’s department transfer form out of his pocket and announces what it is to the whole group… before ripping it up and tossing the shreds of paper into the air. Yoo-jin stands up and everyone stirs in shock. After a long pause, Streseman says, “I, Franz Streseman, swear on my own name—as long as I am running it, Cha Yoo-jin can never enter this school’s conducting department.”


Korean Drama Three Musketeers tvN Episode 9 Recap and Screenshots

Korean Drama Three Musketeers tvN Episode 9 Recap and Screenshots

Recapped by Dramabean:

After Yoon-seo tells Sohyeon of her wish to be cast out of the palace, he replies that he can’t grant it if only because he’d be giving her the freedom to elope with the man of her dreams, and he can’t do that, can he?

He takes on his go-to lighthearted tone as he confesses that while he may not be the besthusband to her, he’s not going to let her go traipsing into the arms of another man, either. He knows as well as she knows that eloping wasn’t the purpose of her wish, but since he can’t ever give a straight answer, it’s all Yoon-seo gets.

Unluckily for Sohyeon, he can’t make his grand exit from Yoon-seo’s quarters without arousing suspicion, so he has to stay with her but out of her line of eyesight long enough to fool the attendants that they’ve done the deed. 

It leads to a very awkward span of time, which Yoon-seo decides to fill by chugging cups of wine. Soon enough, Sohyeon goes back inside to investigate a shattering sound, only to hear Yoon-seo’s lady-in-waiting chase after her mistress who is completely and totally wasted.

Yoon-seo drunkenly wanders out to the courtyard in her undies, forcing the eunuchs she addresses to turn their heads away for her own modesty. She slurs that she wants an audience with the king so she can confess she’s unqualified to be his daughter-in-law and that he’ll never see a grandson from her.

The eunuchs turn in shock at this admission, only to swiftly turn back around when Yoon-seo shrugs off the outer garment her court lady keeps trying to cover her up with. Yoon-seo continues to bellow that she’ll ask the king to cast her out of the palace since the crown prince won’t give her the time of day.

She continues on her tirade about not being the princess anymore, reiterating to all the attendants present that she has a REAL NAME, damn it! And when Sohyeon comes outside to try and urge her inside, she answers all of his attempts with a petulant but firm “No!” until he finally scoops her up to forcibly carry her back.

Yoon-seo opens her eyes only briefly to see Sohyeon hovering near her bed after he lays her on it, and sees the same sight intermittently throughout the night. It’s enough to make her smile now that he’s by her side.

Of course, she’s in for a rude awakening the next morning when she’s hungover and can’t remember much from the night before. She only remembers drinking a little bit of wine, only to be told by her court maid that she drank all the wine.

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That jogs Yoon-seo into remembering her kiss with Sohyeon and her drunken tirade outside her quarters. She’s positively mortified, and just a little sad that her husband left her for a short jaunt to the hot springs.

But in the letter he left for her, Sohyeon explains that he left in order to relieve some of the pressure on the two of them to have a child—at least with him gone, no one will be expecting anything of Yoon-seo.

In flashback, we see Sohyeon composing his letter while keeping the midnight watch with Yoon-seo, and how he’d taken a long look at her before he composed the part about Mi-ryung being a permanent scar in his life he can’t even understand. 

And as this show is wont to do, we get a flashback within a flashback to show the real Mi-ryung’s father weeping over the well where his daughter was shoved to her death. Sohyeon presumably notified the family, and was given the idea to order Mi-ryung’s suicide by his eunuch in order to save her not-family’s honor, since her not-father was innocent of the deception.

After seeing how the decision caused a young Sohyeon many sleepless nights spent agonizing over what he’d done, we return to the present, where he ends his letter to Yoon-seo by writing that they both need some time—but he wrote the letter sincerely. Yoon-seo seems pleased with that addition, since it leaves their open-ended relationship on a hopeful note.

Fifteen days later, in Pyongahn Province (modern day North Korea). Dal-hyang escorts the caravan with General Ingguldai into Anju, but can’t escape the staring eyes of a young Manchu girl perched on a cart. 

She seems to adore him, but Dal-hyang is wowed more by the fact that Pan-swe is able to ask for her name (Tani) and age (fifteen) in Manchu, leading Dal-hyang to compliment Pan-swe on his smarts. Aw.

Since Ingguldai’s envoy is passing through the province Kim Ja-jeom has been exiled to, the minister all but rubs his hands in glee to see that Dal-hyang is accompanying the envoy, since he’ll be able to kill three birds with one stone: him, Ingguldai, and Mi-ryung by secretly causing infighting amongst the envoy. And whatever his plan is has something to do with a woman’s hairpin he’s holding onto ominously—is it Mi-ryung’s?

Watching Dal-hyang try to cross the Manchu language barrier with Ingguldai’s guards is hilarious, but the general finds a workaround in writing his question regarding Dal-hyang’s new sword in hanja, which Dal-hyang can easily read and understand.

Ingguldai teases Dal-hyang in asking why he was gifted such a sword when he doesn’t have the skill to handle it, but only so that he can ask Dal-hyang if he wants to learn from him. When Dal-hyang expresses reluctance, Ingguldai writes, “Don’t you want to win another bet against the prince?”

He then writes that Sohyeon won their earlier bet because of the advice he gave him, then shrugs nonchalantly when Dal-hyang doesn’t give him a prompt response before he reels ‘im in once Dal-hyang asks where and when. It’s kind of cute how Dal-hyang tries to hard to hide his happiness even though Ingguldai sees right through him.

Kim Ja-jeom makes it a point to pass Dal-hyang on his way into the party the provincial governor is holding for Ingguldai, and the meeting is distasteful enough for Dal-hyang to brush off the invisible grime left from Kim Ja-jeom’s patronizing shoulder pat. Does he know the minister is up to no good? 

Even if Dal-hyang is unaware, Ingguldai is more than onto Kim Ja-jeom, and definitely doesn’t trust him and/or like him. But he’s forced to leave the table when he receives an unexpected visitor in the form of Mi-ryung.

She’s come on Kim Ja-jeom’s orders, and explains as much to Ingguldai, even going so far as to tell him that she was ordered to drug him… after he’s already taken a drink.

He realizes it too late as the world starts spinning around him, but Mi-ryung only edges closer as she claims she’s there “to tell you a secret about Park Dal-hyang’s identity.” Huh?

After Mi-ryung leaves, a still-drugged Ingguldai orders that Dal-hyang be brought to him and for them to be left alone. Dal-hyang doesn’t find the request all that strange since they’d agreed to meet after the party anyway, and unwittingly goes to meet him. This is bad news bears.

There are no guards at the door and no answer when Dal-hyang knocks, so he lets himself in to find Ingguldai’s back turned to him and toward a rack of swords. Again, Dal-hyang doesn’t think it too strange when Ingguldai pulls out a sword since they’d agreed to learn from each other…

…But luckily, Dal-hyang’s quick reflexes save him from being beheaded when Ingguldai whips around with his sword. Dal-hyang uses his own blade to protect himself, but still thinks this might be some macabre training session until Ingguldai slashes him across the shoulder. I can only guess that Ingguldai’s sudden roid rage is a result of whatever Mi-ryung gave him, and not that he’s attacking Dal-hyang because she convinced him to. 

Dal-hyang is thrown to the ground without his sword, and is defenseless as he stares up at Ingguldai, who shows no mercy as he brings his sword down on him. All we see is blood splash onto Ingguldai’s face. Oh no! Oh no oh no oh no.

Pan-swe is surprised when Seung-po and Min-seo arrive, since Anju is pretty far off the beaten path for them to have just stumbled by. But they’re here with a mission, and don’t state their purpose as they try to gain entry to the party.

The festivities are interrupted by screams just as Seung-po and Min-seo arrive on scene to witness Kim Ja-jeom and a few other ministers escaping out the back gate. 

They push past the guards outside Ingguldai’s room claiming that there’s been a murder, and go in to find Ingguldai unconscious and a bloody body on the floor that the guards claim is Dal-hyang. Wait, has that corpse been beheaded?!

Five days earlier.

Sohyeon is urgently called back to the palace from his mini-retreat to see his father, who outright asks his son if he really went on vacation to recover his health or because he had an argument with the princess.


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While Sohyeon denies any such thing, King Injo wonders if he’s heard the rumors about Yoon-seo floating around the palace. Injo heard them from Princess Jeongmyeong, the recently-deposed Prince Gwanghae’s half-sister and daughter of King Seonjo.

According to what she’d heard, Yoon-seo and Ingguldai were having some sort of affair, and now that’s the word spreading through the palace. Though Injo is having a hard time believing it, he asks Sohyeon if that’s the reason for his and Yoon-seo’s rumored disagreement.

Sohyeon calls the baseless rumor out for what it is, even though his father is still on the fence—he also heard that Yoon-seo even gave Ingguldai her ornamental hairpin as a sign of her love for him, the same pin passed down to her from Seohyeon’s mother. (Ah ha! That’s the hairpin Kim Ja-jeom had his hands on.)

At least Sohyeon still has his wits about him and denies the rumors flat-out, even going so far as to chastise his father for giving into them in the first place. Injo would still rather be safe than sorry, and wants the princess to bring him the hairpin in question to prove that she didn’t give it to Ingguldai.

Yoon-seo may not know about the rumors circulating or why Injo wants the hairpin, but she does find it missing from her jewelry box. When she rushes out to greet Sohyeon on his return to the palace, she’s more than a little confused when he asks her if she’s looking for a hairpin that’s gone missing before he orders Seung-po and Min-seo to report to him immediately. 

Once they’re in the privacy of her quarters, Yoon-seo demands to know what this is all about—how does Sohyeon know about her missing hairpin? “Don’t ever tell the king that you lost it,” Sohyeon says gravely. “If you say that, you’ll be dethroned.”

Her eyes go wide with shock as Sohyeon locks gazes with her in order to impress upon her the importance of his next request: She has to lie to the king. And since he knows how bad she is at lying, she has to be good at it just this once, or else they’ll be in danger.

Eunuch Kim manages to track down Min-seo, who tracks down Seung-po so they can complete the mission Sohyeon gave them. In his letter, Sohyeon tells them everything, along with his suspicion that Kim Ja-jeom is behind the rumor mill considering that he knew Yoon-seo hid Ingguldai at the temple before helping him escape.


If Sohyeon was hoping to make Yoon-seo less nervous about lying, he doesn’t do a very good job of it, since he tells her that they’ll all die if she doesn’t manage to pull this lie off smoothly.

Yoon-seo holds herself together for her audience with King Injo, and explains the absence of the hairpin as being due to her sending it to be polished before she was to wear it on Princess Jeongmyeong’s birthday. At least she bought herself some time: fifteen days to be exact.

However, Injo knows she’s just buying time, but not why—he thinks she’s going to use it to get her hairpin back from Ingguldai, which Sohyeon is well aware of.

That’s why he sent Seung-po and Min-seo to retrieve the hairpin from Kim Ja-jeom before Eunuch Kim, since doing so would be the only way to dispel Injo’s suspicions about Yoon-seo. 

Flash forward the fifteen days, and back to the scene of the crime. Seung-po and Min-seo don’t want to believe that the headless corpse is Dal-hyang’s, even though the body carries his identity tag as well as the prince’s sword. Poor, loyal Pan-swe is beside himself with grief.

It’s only after Dal-hyang’s friends are dragged out of the room that Ingguldai comes to, with absolutely no recollection of what happened. In fact, he looks completely shocked to see a headless corpse he’s supposedly responsible for.

The report that’s given to Kim Ja-jeom is that Ingguldai murdered one of their own in a drunken stupor. Of course, Kim Ja-jeom isn’t surprised, since he staged the whole thing.


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The two musketeers (and Pan-swe) are left with a headless body, but can’t confirm it’s Dal-hyang without his head. They do find a letter on the body that makes them raise their eyebrows, a letter that Kim Ja-jeom has torn out of their hands before they’re dragged out of the room.

Kim Ja-jeom identifies the letter to everyone as a secret missive from the prince (therefore proving it’s Dal-hyang), while Ingguldai’s men try to figure out whether their general really killed Dal-hyang. 

Ingguldai vaguely remembers the look on Dal-hyang’s face right before he swung down with his sword and murmurs, “I can’t be sure I didn’t kill him.”

Tensions flare between the Joseon and Manchu parties when Ingguldai’s room is searched for evidence, which he himself allows since he knows resisting would only cause more strife. But he’s unprepared when they find the princess’s hairpin among his belongings, since he certainly didn’t put it there.

Pan-swe is the one to run to the prince with the bleak news that Dal-hyang has been beheaded by the Manchu, which Yoon-seo almost drops in on before Sohyeon locks her out to spare her from hearing it.


He reads a letter from Seung-po describing what’s been happening in Anju: First, the letter found on Dal-hyang’s body is a forgery—Kim Ja-jeom only wants people to believe it was written by the prince, since it describes Yoon-seo’s affair with Ingguldai and how she gave him her hairpin. (No one’s questioning how convenient this is?)

According to Kim Ja-jeom’s version of events, Sohyeon had ordered Dal-hyang to find the pin, and when Ingguldai saw him searching his belongings for it, he killed Dal-hyang. He brandishes the uber-convenient letter and uber-conveniently-found hairpin, along with the prince’s sword found on Dal-hyang’s body that proves he was acting on Sohyeon’s orders.

Seung-po describes all this as well as Kim Ja-jeom’s urging that they all lie that Ingguldai killed Dal-hyang just because he was drunk, and how it’s all bad news for them: Dal-hyang is dead and they can still use the hairpin to try and prove the salacious rumors about Yoon-seo and Ingguldai.

Kim Ja-jeom stokes the fire on his end, with the goal to have Ingguldai killed quietly in order to protect the royal family from an unnecessary scandal, when really he just wants to get what he wants done off the books before anyone can stop him.

Through the power of persuasion (and by everyone else having gnat-sized attention spans), Kim Ja-jeom is able to convince the minister who received Ingguldai and his party to go along with his plans to execute the Manchu general.

Seung-po and Min-seo are the only ones still speaking sense, only no one cares to listen—especially Kim Ja-jeom, who pulls rank on them since they’re so far from the protection of their BFFAE Crown Prince Sohyeon. 

This is also detailed in Seung-po’s letter to the prince, along with his suggestion that the only way they can change the current course is to prove that Dal-hyang wasn’t beheaded and that the whole thing was a sham. Even though they had to bury the headless corpse, neither he or Min-seo are fully convinced Dal-hyang is dead.

However, since they weren’t privy to the whole Mi-ryung/Hyang-sun mystery like Dal-hyang was, Seung-po only knows that a woman named “Hyang-sun” drugged Ingguldai. When Sohyeon reads this, his expression goes dark and his fists clench around the letter—he’s pissed.

After Sohyeon spins a lie to his wife about the news he just heard, Yoon-seo still finds herself unsettled. She can’t stop scanning every part of her room, even as she packs up to head out of the palace while things cool down. Sohyeon knows she wouldn’t be able to lie her way through another interrogation if she stayed.


At least he’s there to see her off, and asks if she’s nervous. She looks wistful and sad as she explains how she can’t shake the feeling that she’ll never return, causing him to joke that leaving was exactly what she wanted, wasn’t it?

She knows it’s true, but now seems sorry she ever said it. Sohyeon’s smile fades as he assures her that her wish won’t ever come true—she’ll come back to the palace even if she doesn’t want to. Aw, why is that oddly endearing coming from him?

Yoon-seo must think the same, since she doesn’t want to tear her eyes away from Sohyeon as she’s carried away. Before she disappears around a bend, she breaks out into a knowing smile through her tears, like she just realized her husband said what he did because he actually cares for her. 

For being a supposedly secret execution, Ingguldai is brought to the market square rather publicly, earning plenty of public scorn from the people of Anju. He’s been brought to the square in order to be beheaded for his rather vague crimes. Ingguldai bears the shame and the stoning without argument.

Disguised as a Joseon military official (never mind that enormous eyepatch), No-soo starts poking his sword through the floorboards in Ingguldai’s room… and almost stabs a very much alive Dal-hyang hidden underneath, tucked next to the missing head of the poor devil they killed in his place.

The executioner, who must always be loud and drunk, prepares to behead Ingguldai in front of all those gathered and prepares to make the killing blow…

…While Dal-hyang wakes up from whatever spell he was under only to realize No-soo is trying to actively kill him. No-soo stabs through the floor, Dal-hyang’s eyes widen.


Recap Secret Door Episode 7, SBS Korean Drama

Recap Secret Door Episode 7, SBS Korean Drama


Sun convenes with his crew of secret investigators at the royal painting bureau, where he explains the meaning of the painter Jung-woon’s dying message, hwabutado. It refers to a drawing of a royal procession, and he guesses that Heung-bok left him a message in one.

He finds Heung-bok’s last drawing and scans the page for a clue that one of them is the killer. As he pinpoints the man in the drawing, the painting fades into a cool shot of the procession from overhead.

Sun scans his memory for the person who would’ve been standing right beside him in the procession… and recalls that it was Kang Seo-won, the palace guard who was sent to be his watchdog by Princess Hyegyeong.

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They worry that it’s not enough to go on if they want to catch him, so Ji-dam suggests that they find an adequate reason to detain him, and search his home for evidence—they’re still missing the book that Heung-bok borrowed the night of his murder.

Sun agrees that the person with that copy of Ji-dam’s mystery novel is their killer. That triggers a sudden thought, and he remembers Heung-bok’s letter to him that evening. It mentioned how much he enjoyed the book and mentioned a specific story point, and now that Sun considers it, Heung-bok never liked mystery novels before this.

Heung-bok had described the scene as raising the hair on the back of his neck, and Ji-dam counters that it’s really not that kind of scene. That convinces Sun that Heung-bok left him a message in those pages about something that was frightening him, and he says that they have to recover that book. 

The king simply tells his head eunuch that he did a good job; whether he was responsible for Sun and Ji-dam’s narrow escape earlier that night or just there to spy on them is still unclear for now.

In the morning, the prince’s eunuch leads a team of guards into Kang Seo-won’s home to arrest him, and Westside boss Pil-jae asks why Kang Seo-won was dismissed from his post only to be sought out again. The eunuch just warns that he’ll get hurt if he keeps asking questions, and orders them to search every corner of the house.

But the search turns up neither Kang nor the book, and the good guys wonder if he made a run for it after he was caught spying on the prince. Pil-jae reports the prince’s new interest in Kang Seo-won to Prime Minister Kim, and guesses that Kang didn’t run… he was removed. 

Pil-jae thinks there could be a connection to the swordsmen who attacked his men while they were kidnapping a woman (our missing gisaeng perhaps?); all he knows is that they used official state-trained sword skills.

That gives Prime Minister Kim enough of a hunch to go on, and he goes to the king to ask if he took Kang Seo-won. Yeongjo doesn’t bother denying it, though he adds in mock curiosity that Kang Seo-won has guts the size of a bean, wondering how he could be the culprit behind the murders and the one making deals with the Noron while holding their secret document hostage. Basically, Yeongjo knows that Kang isn’t their man.

He tells Prime Minister Kim about Heung-bok’s drawing and the prince’s belief that Kang Seo-won is the killer; now with Kang’s disappearance, Sun will be convinced all the more that he was right. Yeongjo says that Sun going down the wrong path ought to be good news for Prime Minister Kim, and warns him to recover their document.

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Ji-dam’s father pitches a belated fit about her close call at the gibang, and Woon-shim assures him that Ji-dam is fine and that she simply didn’t want to worry Dad with the details. Woon-shim promises that Ji-dam is somewhere safe, though she does wonder a little suspiciously why Ji-dam went so willingly.

It turns out that Ji-dam’s new hideout is with Eastside boss Chul-joo. Yay—I don’t know why she didn’t come here in the first place. I mean, he’s armed for starters!

They seem to have very differing opinions about her stay here, though, because she’s here to pry and get some new leads on her investigation, while he tries to tell her that she’s hiding here in secret and being confined for her own safety. She sends word to Sun that she’s safe and looking into what connection the East and West gangs have to their case. 

Chul-joo keeps ignoring her one-sided interrogation about why he was there in Westside territory the night of the forger’s death, so she finally steals the book he’s reading. But when he looks up, his eyes are brimming with tears, and he starts wiping them away in embarrassment.

She looks at the book cover curiously and asks why he’s crying while reading The Story of Chun-hyang, and he says so sincerely that Chun-hyang is crying for her lover right now. Hahaha, the gang boss reads romance novels. I love it.

Ji-dam knows how to get him right where it hurts, and holds his book hostage until he answers her questions. My favorite part is that he’s terrified she’ll lose his place, so she threatens to take her finger out from the last page he was on, and he sings like a canary.


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He doesn’t tell her the whole truth though, and lies that he was there that night to get some payback for planting his gang’s knife at Jung-woon’s murder scene. He asks defensively if she’s accusing him of murdering their forger, and she says no—she knows Chul-joo well enough to know that he doesn’t kill people without looking them in the eye and giving them a fair fight.

Ji-dam asks if he knows anything about the Westside boss, and Chul-joo says he’s known only as Shadow. She asks him to keep her informed as he learns anything new, and is surprised when he readily agrees. He says that knowing now won’t make any difference because she won’t be able to do anything with that information; she won’t be leaving here until this case is closed.

She pouts, and he just passes her his book with the suggestion that she switch genres to romance and stop writing crime thrillers and getting herself involved in murder investigations. But the second he leaves, Ji-dam is peering around the corner and spying, and she overhears Chul-joo warning his minions to make sure she doesn’t get out, and that they don’t get caught. Get caught doing what? 

Meanwhile in the palace, Sun barely pays attention while Advisor Chae details his schedule, and asks if Kang Seo-won is likely dead by now. And if so, who killed him? Advisor Chae guesses that the mastermind behind everything got rid of him, and his instincts tell him that the Noron are behind it. What they need to do is shrink their suspect pool somehow.

Advisor Chae says that they need bait, and suggests using Officer Min Woo-sub, the principled policeman who took Ji-dam’s statement and argued with (then) Police Captain Hong about doing the right thing. He’s also the son of Noron Minister Min, who basically told his son to bury the truth or kill his father before confessing. Advisor Chae says that if his suspicion is right, then they can exploit the tension between a father who wants to hide the truth and a son who wants to uncover it.

Sun agrees that it’s a good idea, and summons Minister Min in the presence of War Minister Hong, and says that he’s going to dismiss Minister Min from his post unless he can explain why his son suddenly resigned from the police force. Sun says that unless he’s suffering from a terminal illness, the only other explanation is that the two ministers conspired to get rid of him for some reason.


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Their hands are tied when Sun says that the only way to prove their innocence would be to reinstate Officer Min, and to reinforce the sense of urgency, he offers up his own bodyguards as interim police officers until Min Woo-sub is back on duty.

Advisor Chae’s plan works like a charm, and he has Minister Min and Minister Hong followed as they go straight to confer with Prime Minister Kim about how dangerously close the prince is getting to the truth. Sun concludes that the four Noron officials at this meeting are very likely the masterminds behind Heung-bok’s death, while Prime Minister Kim tells his colleagues that Sun has already learned a good deal of the truth from Ji-dam, and they look at each other in alarm.

Sun spends the evening sitting alone in front of his unfinished portrait, running his hands along Heung-bok’s paintbrushes and wistfully remembering their last conversation about how he wished he’d been born a painter and not a prince.

He envisions Heung-bok kneeling there painting, and he even looks up to smile at Sun, who smiles back at him. Heung-bok paints what looks like wet tears on Sun’s portrait, and when the vision fades, Sun is startled when he thinks he sees traces of Heung-bok’s brushstrokes, and his eyes fill with tears.

Yeongjo pores over the royal processional drawings with a microscope, and can’t for the life of him figure out the difference between the paintings or the figures within them. His eunuch confirms that Sun knew just by looking, which of them was drawn by Heung-bok and what the hidden message was.

Yeongjo pauses to note how pitiful his son is, and sighs that Sun had no one to give his heart to but a lowly painter. Gee, do you suppose you might have had something to do with that, Dad? Yeongjo gives up the futile search and orders his eunuch to put the paintings back because he’s sure that someone of interest will come looking for them.

At the same time, Westside boss Pil-jae is hearing about the drawings from Prime Minister Kim, who wonders why Heung-bok (wrongly) indicated Kang Seo-won as the killer. Pil-jae, on the other hand, is convinced that they correctly point to him, and grows alarmed at how close Sun is to discovering the truth. He adds ominously that if Prime Minister Kim doesn’t do something to stop Sun, he’ll face an even greater enemy than he realizes.

The king’s spies are lying in wait at the royal painting bureau that night, and Pil-jae stealthily makes his way inside… But he doesn’t go for the drawings, and heads for the records room instead, where he rifles through the books until the finds the one with the roll call that corresponds to Heung-bok’s drawing.

He opens up the page and finds his name, as expected. Ah, so if Sun had looked up the official roster, he would’ve seen that Heung-bok was pointing to Pil-jae the whole time. Perhaps his own memory was off on the date, or something happened to make the two guards swap places that day. Pil-jae swipes the book. 

The Soron minister takes Pil-jae up on the offer to buy the secret document that would incriminate Yeongjo and the Noron, and gets a note saying to prepare 10,000 nyang as payment. Pil-jae burns the official roster from the painting bureau and smiles at the document, called the Great Reunification.

The other Soron ministers demand to know what this Great Reunification document is, but the prince’s teacher Park Mun-su refuses to speak up. It doesn’t take much for them to guess that it’s probably a conspiratorial agreement to poison Yeongjo’s brother, King Gyeongjong (he died of mysterious causes, and Yeongjo was suspected of poisoning his brother for the throne).

The Sorons say that they’ll know soon enough when they make the deal with Shadow, and Teacher Park is shocked to hear that they’re going through with it. He asks what they’ll do with it once they get the document—get their revenge in blood? Their leader says that they’re simply correcting history, and that if Park doesn’t join them, they won’t consider him Soron anymore.


Prime Minister Kim has ears everywhere, and gets the report about Pil-jae’s pending deal to hand over the document to the Soron. And at the same time, Yeongjo hears that no one came for the drawings at the painting bureau last night, and wonders curiously why Prime Minister Kim isn’t coming for his bait. He figures they’ll just have to switch up the bait then, and orders Kang Seo-won to be released.

A scary-looking black-hooded horseman gallops down the street and drops Kang Seo-won in a sack like he’s a laundry delivery, and when Kang sees the public notice offering a reward for his whereabouts, he walks into the palace on his own two feet.

He kneels before Sun and swears that he was kidnapped and that he didn’t kill Heung-bok, and that he couldn’t have because he was in the palace that night. They let him go for now, and Kang hilariously asks for the reward money since he turned himself in. The prince’s eunuch tells him to get lost, but Princess Hyegyeong and her father have been lying in wait, and offer him the money to find out what Sun is up to. 

When they find out that he’s investigating Heung-bok’s murder, Hyegyeong guesses that he’s essentially building a case against the Noron, and advises her father to distance himself from the Noron as soon as possible.

He says politics isn’t that easy, but she’s sneakier and smarter than he is, and says he should just act like he’s separating himself from them, in order to gain favor with Sun. She plans to ride out the factional struggle by playing to both sides and being loyal to neither, and her father is impressed at her prowess. He regrets that she wasn’t a son, but Hyegyeong rightly points out that they’re currently enjoying this position because she’s a daughter.

Sun checks on Kang Seo-won’s alibi for the night of Heung-bok’s murder, and he was in the palace like he said. They’re back to square one now, and Sun wonders why Heung-bok pointed out the wrong man in his painting.


Teacher Park contemplates the king’s pleading requests to save him just one more time, for the sake of the people. He seems to make a decision, and looks into land and tax records to write down a list of specific estates. He then passes them off to a contact, and asks them to find out who owns these properties.

He reports to the king and says he’s awaiting news, and Yeongjo looks immensely grateful that Teacher Park has come around. Yeongjo says that even Hyegyeong and her father are acting suspicious lately on top of everything else, while Teacher Park is most worried for Sun, because he’s getting himself deeper and deeper into the crossfire. Yeongjo assures him that they needn’t worry—he’ll take care of Sun.

To that end, Yeongjo calls his son to afternoon tea and gives him a warm fatherly speech on how his health will deteriorate if he keeps trying to run the investigation while maintaining his royal duties, and tells him to stop overextending himself. 

Sun protests, and Yeongjo says he isn’t telling him to quit the investigation, but just to entrust it to someone else—someone like Teacher Park. Yeongjo: “If I am the father who had you in body, Park Mun-su is the father who raised you in heart.”

Still, Sun won’t comply and begs for just a little bit more time, and Yeongjo laughs it off and makes light of his son’s stubbornness. He asks if Sun has discovered anything new in the case, and Sun hesitates, saying that he’ll report things when he’s sure of them. Yeongjo says reassuringly, “I am always on your side,” but betrays a wary look.

Chul-joo climbs a giant rock wall, which he apparently does just for kicks. Teacher Park finds him there and says wistfully that Chul-joo was always such a talented child, and laments the fact that he wasn’t born a nobleman’s son.

Teacher Park admits that he dislikes that Chul-joo lives as a gang leader, and adds with an even heavier sigh that he’s the one who warned Chul-joo to never get involved in politics… and yet he was the one who led him right into the eye of a political storm.

Chul-joo says that he’s just repaying a favor, not getting involved in politics. He was a fifteen-year-old boy framed for murder when they first met, and Teacher Park was the only one who trusted him enough to prove his innocence.

Chul-joo admits that he’s long since forgotten about the important man Park Mun-su who cleared his name, but he’ll never forget the taste of the bowl of soup that he fed him when he was hungry. “I’m simply repaying the cost of that meal.”

Elsewhere, an unknown man cuts up raw meat to serve to his pet falcon. Prime Minister Kim walks in on him complaining that he was hard to find, and the young man swears that he’s living quietly as a hunter.

Prime Minister Kim takes him to a grave, and tells him to pour wine for his mother. Ah, the young man, Kim Mu, is Prime Minister Kim’s secret illegitimate son. He asks if Mu is surprised that he buried a gisaeng in such a respectable grave, and says that he truly loved her and even plans to be buried right next to her.

Prime Minister Kim says that once he finishes this present task, he plans to fulfill his mother’s wish, and take him in as a son. “Don’t you wish to call me father?” 

Teacher Park’s contact looks into the owners of the large estates that he listed, and one name sticks out as being odd: Kang Pil-jae. The man counters that a palace guard wouldn’t make nearly enough salary to own a house so large.

Teacher Park takes note and finds Pil-jae at the tobacco vendor. He doesn’t get anything out of Pil-jae in conversation, but he does find out from the vendor that Pil-jae isn’t a smoker, but he ordered a very long smoking pipe.

Sun’s head court lady comes in to tell him that he’s supposed to sleep with his wife tonight (the fact that other people make calendars to decide this for you always weirds me out, but such is palace life). 

He totally forgot and asks if they can’t push the date, but Court Lady Choi wisely tells him that Hyegyeong is acting out because she wants Sun’s attention any way that she can get it. She urges him to take care of her, because palace life is cruel and difficult, even with someone to lean on.

He seems to take that to heart, and goes to lie with Hyegyeong that night like he’s supposed to. The court ladies tell him from outside the door to begin (no pressure!) and he begins to untie his robe.

But then he suddenly has an epiphany (RIGHT NOW? Do you have to have one right now?) and it dawns on him that the processional drawings are painted in advance of an important event. Well yes, they’d have to be, considering that Heung-bok couldn’t have drawn the procession for the day after he died from the grave.

The important point is that they’re painted according to the advance roster—Sun realizes that Kang Seo-won reentered the palace the night of Heung-bok’s murder, which means he took someone’s place in the procession. Suddenly he apologizes to Hyegyeong and then he literally gets up and runs out of there. Augh, you can’t just leave her like that!

His eunuch pretty much says exactly that as they trek over to the royal painting bureau, but Sun is too amped up on his latest discovery to listen to anything else. He explains that Heung-bok’s drawing points to the man who was supposed to be in the procession, but the real killer couldn’t have returned to the palace in time because he was on the outside killing Heung-bok the night before. If they check the original roster, they’ll find their assassin.

But of course they’re already a step too late—an artist informs them that they had a break-in just last night, and that’s the very thing that was stolen.

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Prime Minister Kim calls in the Westside gang’s second in command, a man called Blacklist, and gives him a small chest filled with silver. Blacklist reminds him that he isn’t the Westside boss, but Prime Minister Kim calls Shadow a thing of the past; Blacklist is the future. And with that, Blacklist becomes the prime minister’s new hunting dog, and gets sent out to kill Kang Seo-won before he talks.

Ji-dam sneaks around the Eastside compound looking for whatever it is that they’re trying to keep hidden. She hears sounds of a woman crying from inside a shed, and overhears her gisaeng friend—Jung-woon’s girlfriend—sobbing for her captors to let her go.

They swear they’ll let her go once this is all over, but she doesn’t trust them and screams, “Do you think I don’t know that Park Mun-su and your boss got together and killed [Jung-woon]?!” Oh no. Ji-dam’s face pales. 

Sun and his eunuch ride as fast as they can to Kang Seo-won’s house, knowing that without the official record, he’s the last loose thread. They arrive just as Blacklist and his men are chasing Kang out of his home, and Sun reaches for his bow and arrow to fend off a few of the hitmen.

He gets on his horse to pursue them, and when he catches up, he swings Kang Seo-won up onto his horse for a getaway. Once they’re out of sight, Sun stops to ask whose place he took in the procession that day. I swear, I’m just waiting for the stray arrow to come flying out of nowhere, but he actually gets to say it: “Kang Pil-jae.”

And then we see Pil-jae roll up the secret document in his new extra-long pipe, while the Soron ministers prepare the money for the exchange tonight. Ji-dam spies on Chul-joo as he parts ways with Teacher Park, who orders him to take care of Shadow and recover the pipe.

As Sun races off to another location on horseback, his eunuch returns to the palace to convey the message that the prince requests the king’s help. Yeongjo says of course they’ll send help—he’s finally about to get his hands on that preciousssss document. He starts to shake in anticipation.

Sun arrives in front of a house and runs inside, and then a second later, a woman screams and our local corrupt policeman Officer Byun happens to hear it and run inside.

ACK. Sun ambles out in a daze, his hands and sleeves covered in blood.

It’s only when Officer Byun asks what happened that Sun looks down at his bloodstained hands with a dark expression on his face. And inside the palace, Yeongjo raises his hands up in the same way but with a totally different expression on his face, practically foaming at the mouth in anticipation.


Korean Drama Cantabile Tomorrow Episode 1 Recap and Screenshots

Korean Drama Cantabile Tomorrow Episode 1 Recap and Screenshots

Recapped by Dramabeans:

Is it too early to say that I’m in love with a show? I’m both excited and relieved, because while I was hoping for the best, I was certainly aware that Cantabile Tomorrow comes with a lot of baggage, and that even in a good-case scenario, it was fighting an uphill battle. The original material is so loved that it would be difficult to measure up to its standard of excellence, much less dare to surpass it.

I always want a drama to succeed, but I approached with both optimism and hesitance, and not just because I really enjoyed the previous versions of the series (anime and J-drama; I haven’t read the manga). I will argue that perhaps the cult surrounding the show may exaggerate just how good it is, so I would encourage new viewers to go in with as open a mind as possible; there’s always a risk that the pre-existing hype may color your opinion against a show just as easily as it might color it in favor of it.

But on top of the problem of hype, I was concerned for the way in which Nodame Cantabile fundamentally tells its story differently than K-dramas usually do; it’s quite loose and character-based, letting simple plot points carry on for multiple episodes, and gives music a much bigger presence than many typical dramaland viewers have patience for. I recall watching the anime and thinking that I was essentially watching seven minutes of Rachmaninoff being played with no story advancement, and yet I was enthralled the whole time. I wasn’t sure that the same thing could work in K-drama.

I can happily report that not only does Cantabile Tomorrow honor that aspect of the series, it may even enhance the effect. Is that blasphemous to say? The plot beats were almost beat-for-beat replications of the original, and yet I still felt stirred and swept up, and felt that perhaps this version even added to the emotional depth. I’ve always loved the characters, but this drama gave my heart an extra twist, and I’m excited for what that means.

So let’s get right to it.

A young boy runs through the streets with a violin on his back, while his older self narrates, musing on how thoughts of his childhood always take him back to the streets of Europe, so full of classical music. As the son of a pianist, he had traveled widely in his youth and seen numerous performances, “But the greatest performance of my life was in Korea.”

That boy watches an orchestra perform, transfixed by the movements of the conductor. “The moment he moved his wand, I knew,” he narrates. “That this man would be my lifelong teacher.”

So the boy, CHA YOO-JIN, sneaks into the rehearsal hall to watch the orchestra practice, displaying his musical precocity by pointing out that a violin’s out of tune. The conductor, Sebastien Viera (cameo by Israeli conductor Yoel Levi), takes a liking to Yoo-jin and takes him under his wing, and a year later it’s time for them to part ways. Yoo-jin’s crushed, but Maestro Viera hands him his conductor’s wand and assures him that he’ll take Yoo-jin on as a formal student if he comes to study in Europe.

But when we catch up to the adult Yoo-jin (played by Joo-won), he’s not in Europe. Holding that wand, he wonders, “Teacher Viera, what am I doing here?”

Yoo-jin walks across the campus of his school, Haneum Music University, where his arrival causes a stir among his many admirers. They’re full of praise for him, but he’s got only irritation for the cacophony of mistake-ridden playing around him, as his ears pick out every little error. His forehead furrows further to read a notice announcing a conducting student’s selection to study in Berlin. He scoffs, not impressed with the student’s abilities.

The guy happens to by nearby and takes the opportunity to gloat, throwing in Maestro Viera’s name in just to make it sting a little extra. It stays on Yoo-jin’s mind as he plays fiercely in his piano lesson; he envisions himself in a dream-like sequence, wandering a forest while calling upon his teacher for help. He asks, “What should I choose? It feels like I’ve lost my way.”

Yoo-jin’s teacher slaps his head with a fan, barking that he’s letting his emotions run away with his playing. The teacher’s name is Do Kang-jae, but the students refer to him more commonly as Buchae (Fan), per his method of discipline.

Teacher Do notices a score mixed in with Yoo-jin’s piano music, and that explains Yoo-jin’s curious lack of interest in competitions and indifference in his lessons; his interests must lie elsewhere. Yoo-jin argues back that he’s never been wishy-washy about his playing, though he does disdain Teacher Do’s cookie-cutter teaching style—it’s designed to get a student to win competitions and nothing more, as though he’s collecting students and their awards for his personal glory. 

Furious, Teacher Do throws him out and threatens to have Yoo-jin expelled. Yoo-jin doesn’t look too devastated, and in fact fills out a voluntary withdrawal form afterward.

As he does, the sounds of a Lizst piece (Liebestraume No. 3) waft out from a studio, catching his attention. “Not bad,” he thinks. He wonders who the pianist is and heads inside to find out, but before he can, he’s interrupted.

Meanwhile, the pianist, SEOL NAE-IL (Shim Eun-kyung), continues playing, totally caught up in the music. She looks joyous, and when she finishes, she sighs, “Ah, it’s so good!” I’d laugh at her lack of modesty if only I didn’t totally agree.

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Then she’s reminded that she has a part-time job to get to, and dashes off to a kindergarten class, where she plays the piano along to a funny story she tells to the calss.

Meanwhile, Yoo-jin has a drink with his girlfriend, CHAE DO-KYUNG (Kim Yumi). She rips up his withdrawal form (“That again?”) and tells him to make up with Teacher Do, since he’s the best and therefore his best path to personal success. Or, he can transfer to the conducting department. Or, if he’s so keen on studying with Viera, he can go to Europe.

But it’s not so simple for Yoo-jin, who relives the horrific plane ride he endured as a child, a massively traumatic event that still plagues him to this day. He shakes off the memory and asks Do-kyung to spend the night with him since he doesn’t want to be alone, but she’s tired of him (“When did you get so weak?”) and breaks up with him on the spot. Grimly, he keeps drinking.

That night, Nae-il arrives at her building and short at the unexpected sight in front of her door: Yoo-jin, slumped on the ground, dead drunk. She calls out “sunbae” (so she must recognize him) and tries to stir him awake. That doesn’t work, so she looks for alternate solutions.

In the morning, Yoo-jin hears the sounds of a piano—Liszt again—and dreams of being in a peaceful, sunny field. But when he wakes fully, he screams in horror, because he’s sitting in a mountain of garbage. And he’s shirtless! When did that happen?

It’s not a dump as he first thinks but Nae-il’s apartment, which is stuffed to the gills with trash. Old wrappers, half-empty food containers, flies buzzing everywhere. And in the middle of it all, incongruously, is a grand piano.

Nae-il greets him happily, and her comments about what happened last night sound unsettlingly suggestive: “Do you really not remember, or are you just pretending not to remember?” Yoo-jin stammers that nothing could have happened, then freaks out as roaches skitter by (Nae-il: “Hi, cockroaches!”). He runs out the front door—and now realizes that his own apartment is the one right next door. 

Yoo-jin tries to wash away the creepy-crawly feelings and, recoiling at the insinuation that something happened that he forgot, he wills his brain, “Don’t remember!”

At school, Teacher Do rants to the staff about expelling Yoo-jin, which the other teachers are reluctant to act on—he’s their number one student and the son of a famous pianist. The diplomatic dean, Song Mina (Yeh Ji-won), steps in to finagle a compromise—they can transfer Yoo-jin from Teacher Do (the best) to Teacher Ahn (…not the best). At the very least, it’ll send a message to Yoo-jin.

Yoo-jin arrives on campus a paranoid mess of nerves, telling himself nothing happened with Nae-il. And then, a voice screams, “Sunbaeeeeeee!” and he recoils to see her racing towards him, limbs flailing.

She pouts (loudly), “Why did you leave so suddenly in the morning! I was sad.” Oblivious to the crowd they’re drawing and the obvious misinterpretation of her words, she presents him with his freshly washed shirt. Yoo-jin tries to feign ignorance, but that just makes Nae-il try harder to jog his memory.

The eccentric Teacher Ahn checks with Teacher Do that he’s fine giving up the school’s most talented pupil. Teacher Do is done with Yoo-jin, though, and washes his hands of him. Teacher Ahn sees Nae-il off in the distance chasing after Yoo-jin and muses that he’s got “a very special student” and wonders if the could put them together in a duet. Do scoffs that Yoo-jin wouldn’t do it, so Ahn proposes a wager. 

Teacher Ahn has a reputation for teaching the worst students but he’s got a good nature, which may make him the perfect fit for Nae-il. In lesson, he gamely goes along as she puts together a song about farts—they’re really to peas in a pod. Yoo-jin, on the other hand, observes his new teacher from the window and grimaces to see what he’s going to be working with.

More characters! Bleached-blond YOO IL-LAC (Go Kyung-pyo) is roused from bed by his father, restaurant owner-cook YOO WON-SANG (Ahn Gil-kang). Il-lac dresses like a rocker but plays the violin, and while he’s not without skill, his wild, emotional playing has his teacher in fits. She fails his exam, and when he begs for a second chance, she consents to a retest with an accompanied piece. 

Il-lac protests, not wanting to mix his free-spirited violin playing with those stuck-up piano egos, but those are her terms. Take ‘em or flunk. So he bursts into the piano department and announces that he will give a lucky student the opportunity to work with his exalted self. Heh.

At home, Yoo-jin sits back with a hypnotherapy recording, which tries to prove its efficacy by making him believe an onion is a delicious apple. It isn’t, and Yoo-jin declares the hypnotherapy to be hogwash. He steps onto the balcony for some air, but it’s not quite as fresh as he’d like; peering over to the adjoining balcony, he gags at the mound of garbage sitting there and the mysterious ooze leaking out from under the door.

Yoo-jin pounds on Nae-il’s door and bursts inside her den of filth, too disgusted not to do anything about it. He arms himself with cleaning supplies and gets to work, even as Nae-il intervenes, trying to argue for keeping everything, down to the days-old sludge passing for food. (Meta joke: There’s moldy bread in there from Kim Tak-gu’s place; Joo-won acted in Baker King Kim Tak-gu.) Finally he shoves her outside so he can finish uninterrupted, and one back-breaking day of cleaning later, her place is pristine.

Nae-il taps away happily at her piano, and while he balks at her description (it’s a love song based on their relationship, she says), he tells her to keep playing. Already she’s forgotten how she played it before, since she’s prone to improvising, but even as he corrects her wrong notes, he smiles and thinks, “She’s playing completely her own way, but it’s not bad.” He enjoys her playing, his hand starting to flick back and forth as he starts conducting along, silently.

Dean Song Mina sits in on a rehearsal of a student orchestra, and while not much happens in the scene other than this, I am always happy to listen to some Dvorak. (The longish musical performances were a favorite of mine in the original, so I’m happy to see that they’ve remained.) She’s cooking an idea in her head, because next she takes a proposal to her staff: to cultivate an orchestra to become their school’s brand.

Teacher Do is skeptical, pointing out that the students will want to focus on their individual goals like school and competitions, but Dean Mina’s plan is already underway, and she has recruited a formidable ally in her cause: world-famous conductor Franz Streseman. We see him landing at the airport, and while he’s supposed to be German, I’m rather glad to see that they’ve allowed actor Baek Yoon-shik to look like his normal self without employing strange wigs or colored contacts. He does speak Korean in a cutely stilted way, though, with a foreign accent.

Korean Drama Cantabile Tomorrow Episode 1 Recap 

Almost immediately, they lose Streseman, who either misses or evades the school’s escort and asks a taxi driver to take him away—to any place with “good water” (i.e., lots of hotties). Ha. Pervert Maestro is back!

Too bad the taxi driver takes him to a place with literal good water, and he ends up at a scenic riverbank. LOL. Streseman concedes, “Well, the water is good.”

Yoo-jin is summoned to meet with Teacher Ahn, who introduces Nae-il as his duet partner. He’s appalled at the idea, and listening at the window is Teacher Do, who was expecting a tantrum and is miffed that Yoo-jin isn’t being as difficult as he was with him. 

Yoo-jin isn’t interested in the duet, though, and gets up to leave. But Teacher Ahn has a few tricks up his sleeve, saying that Yoo-jin has already been ditched by one teacher—does he want to be ditched by another? That’d earn him quite the reputation.

Yoo-jin asks, “Are you blackmailing me right now?” Teacher Ahn cheerfully replies, “Yes.” And then he dangles an irresistible carrot: If Yoo-jin complies with the duet, he’ll let him out of the rest of his lessons with an A+ grade.


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So Yoo-jin agrees to the deal, and gets to work with Nae-il on Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos. It’s a mess right from the start, and worse than Nae-il being a sloppy player is that she hardly even knows that she’s messing up. Furthermore, she’s not very good at reading music, learning everything by ear instead.

They work all afternoon and into night, until Nae-il is complaining of hunger and whining to end the session. Yoo-jin is tired too but forces her back onto the bench, since her reading difficulties means she has to memorize it entirely. And in the moment that he forces her hand toward the piano, Nae-il flashes back to a memory—of her hand being shoved to the keys, a stern voice ordering her to continue. 

Something snaps and she barks, “I said not to do that!” and then CHOMP! She bites down on Yoo-jin’s forearm. Crying, she gathers her things and leaves the room.

Violinist Il-lac, meanwhile, is still on the hunt for an accompanist for his test. He’s been looking up the students in the piano department and corners Yoo-jin on his way out of practice, making his case to a distracted Yoo-jin. 

So while Il-lac busts out his violin to prove how awesome he is, Yoo-jin barely registers his playing. He’s too busy wondering about Nae-il’s outburst, and now the frustrated words he threw her way clang unpleasantly with similar words barked at him by Teacher Do. That’s an unpleasant parallelism. Yoo-jin walks away deep in thought, leaving an insulted Il-lac to roar that he’ll find a better pianist, harrumph.

Yoo-jin comes home and bangs on Nae-il’s door, but gets no response. So he sets out to cook her dinner, and when Nae-il arrives in the hallway and sees his door ajar, she can’t help but follow her nose to the smell of delicious food. The plate is laid out for her on the counter, and she falls for the bait—no sooner does she chow down than Yoo-jin appears. 

She’s ready to bolt so he promises not to be mean or force her to practice, and Nae-il digs in, practically drooling when he offers to make her something even better tomorrow… if she does the duet with him. She’s reluctant because he was impatient with how slowly she was memorizing the piece, so he promises not to get angry and adds that he recorded her part to help her learn.

So he sits her down to listen to the recording—but then recoils, horrified at the smell of her dirty hair. Nae-il doesn’t see anything wrong with her two-washes-a-week regimen, while he tries not to gag too hard. It’s off to the bathroom with her, as he furiously shampoos away the filth while she insists she’s totally clean.


Maestro Stresemen, meanwhile, arrives at the Haneum campus but keeps his presence on the downlow. He surreptitiously watches students in practice sessions and lessons, which is frankly a clever way to draw our attention to our supporting cast. There’s our rocker violinist with the disregard for classical conventions, the tiny contrabassist who’s smaller than her instrument, and the timpanist who seems to be a bundle of nerves; he goes around snapping photos of them, apparently keeping tabs.

The duet is progressing for Yoo-jin and Nae-il, and while he still issues instructions at her left and right, Yoo-jin’s temper is no longer an issue. Their proficiency is better, but he thinks to himself in dissatisfaction that the feeling is flat: “The playing is more accurate, but what’s gone wrong?”

Streseman makes his unofficial rounds of campus and stops to see Dean Song in the distance, his gaze softening. His memory takes him back to their younger days, when Dean Song was a piano student and he’d been taken with her beauty and her talent. He thinks to himself that she’s as lovely as ever, “and you make my heart race just like always.” He doesn’t approach, though, choosing to admire from a distance. 

Trying to figure out the root of his dissatisfaction, Yoo-jin decides to opt for a new approach and tells Nae-il to play the way she wants to. She’s only too happy to, but reminds him of his instruction that a duet requires cooperation. So he replies that he’ll adapt to suit her, and encourages her to play however her heart dictates.

Teacher Ahn arrives for their lesson just then, and Yoon-jin says with a smile, “Let’s have fun.”

So with a fresh burst of joy, Nae-il begins the piece, and Yoo-jin plays along while thinking, “I knew from the start—that this kiddo’s playing was special because she played her own way. I know all your habits, so I’ll match you. Only I can match you.”

His eyes remain on Nae-il as they play, predicting where she’ll flow, where she’ll hold back, “And here’s where she flies. Cantabile. Like singing.”

Now he’s thinking of his childhood learning under Viera, remembering a key piece of wisdom imparted by his teacher: “The toes are the first to feel moved. The toes, unable to cope with the rising feelings, start to wriggle.”

On the other hand, Nae-il looks over at Yoo-jin and thinks of his promise to match her, no matter what she does. She may have been goofily crushing on him before, but now she’s good and smitten.

As they play, Streseman pauses outside the practice room to watch.

Yoo-jin revists his earlier vision, where he’s tearing through the forest, lost and uncertain. He reaches the empty field of reeds, peaceful and sunny, and begins walking through it slowly, until he comes upon a clearing. In the middle of it is Nae-il, seated at a grand piano, playing her heart out.

Yoo-jin’s narration echoes his opening voiceover, of how his childhood thoughts turn to the music-filled streets of Europe. He’d considered that place, Maestro Viera’s domain, to be the only place for “real classical music”: “In this insufficient place, I’d thought I could find no meaning, joy, or value in playing music.”

But now we see Yoo-jin in the throes of the same joy that embodies Nae-il, looking positively inspired. “Teacher Viera,” he thinks. “Perhaps even here, there’s something I could do. My heart is fluttering.”

In Yoo-jin’s dream-vision, he arrives at the clearing and approaches Nae-il at the piano, playing that Lizst song again. She turns to face him and smiles. He smiles.



Korean Drama Bad Guys Episode 2 Recap and Screenshots

Korean Drama Bad Guys Episode 2 Recap and Screenshots

Recapped by Dramabeans:

We open with Tae-soo hobbling along a street, clutching his bleeding side. Well, you certainly have my attention. Just as he slumps to the ground, he’s discovered by a kind young woman, who he gets a brief glimpse of when he comes to at the hospital.

The memory is but a dream, however, as Tae-soo wakes in the church. He mentions to Jung-moon that they were once detained in the same prison before, which he considers interesting. Jung-moon, on the other hand, doesn’t share that same sentiment—only time will tell whether their ties are ill-fated or not.

“You’ll die by my hands if it is,” Tae-soo muses to himself. Awoken by the doors slamming behind Jung-moon, a grumpy Woong-chul tells his neighbor to keep it down so he can sleep.

Meanwhile, Goo-tak arrives at the crime scene where the ninth victim has been discovered. Seeing a young cop brings back memories of Detective Nam’s first day, when Goo-tak had told the rookie to stay alive. Throwing down his cigarette, Goo-tak growls, directing his words to the killer at large out there: “Having fun, you bastard?”

Mi-young and our trio of criminals are on their way over when Tae-soo suddenly tells her to stop the van. He’s recognized the neighborhood, but doesn’t say that outright; instead, he makes the simple, yet earnest request for a little time away, assuring her that it won’t take long.

With Goo-tak’s permission, Tae-soo heads over to the same house on the hill from his memories. He’s looking for the young woman from the top of the hour, Park Sun-jung, and is puzzled when a different woman answers the door. So he asks to borrow his police escort’s cellphone, effectively knocking him out when the answer is no. Ha.

Back in the waiting van below, Woong-chul tries his luck to score some liberty time for himself. His attempt at mimicking Tae-soo’s earlier request is hilariously awful: “It won’t take long, agasshi–I mean, inspector.” Mi-young: “You’ve never been punched in the solar plexus by a woman, have you? Shall we make this your first time?” LOL.

She gets a ping on Tae-soo’s location, but just as she notes how he’s moving too quickly on foot do we see Tae-soo drive past them in another vehicle. Ha. Woong-chul takes the wheel and takes off after him.


In the other car, Tae-soo thinks back to a prison visit from an older gentleman who had asked, “Is that woman that important to you?” She saved his life, whereas he tried to kill him, Tae-soo had pointed out.

He’d been asked why he turned himself in to try and atone for his sins rather than remaining to protect that woman, a topic that’s still a sore spot for Tae-soo. “In order to lessen your own burdens, you abandoned that woman.”

Then it’s back to our car chase, where Woong-chul stays hot on Tae-soo’s tail down the narrow streets. Unfortunately for them, though, they eventually lose him, and Woong-chul blames the van itself.

As for Tae-soo, he heads straight to a pawn shop to meet that same older gentlemen we saw earlier. I don’t think it’s a stretch to assume that he and the man are referring to Sun-jung when they mention “that woman,” and to Tae-soo’s rotten luck, the older man doesn’t know where she is either, since all he does is wire money to her.

Dissatisfied with that answer, Tae-soo reminds the old man that his life depends on his ability to take good care of that woman. “Don’t you trust me?” the man asks. Grabbing him, Tae-soo tells him to find out if Sun-jung and that little girl are alive and well, and that no one’s bothering them wherever they are now.

On that note, the sound of approaching sirens cut their conversation short. As Tae-soo takes his leave, the old man tells him, “You protect her. Don’t hide because you’re afraid.” Tae-soo chuckles at that—he’d like to do that, too.

Goo-tak is waiting for him outside, albeit unhappy that this is how his trust in Tae-soo is treated. Tae-soo’s still in a sour mood, and his cheek earns him a punch from Goo-tak. Yikes, is this how you’re planning to keep your hunting dogs in line? 

Mi-young meets with Commissioner Nam, who deeply sighs at the news of the latest victim. Noticing the pouring rain, he muses that his late son must be crying, asking them to hurry and find that serial killer.

Mi-young changes the topic and asks after Goo-tak’s connection to the three criminals they’ve brought onboard, citing the eerie sequence of events in their pasts. Despite being aware that Goo-tak knows much about Jung-moon already, Commissioner Nam tells her to entrust the job to Goo-tak anyway.

Speaking of whom, Goo-tak begins the hunt, giving his hunting dogs to find something on their serial killer within the day. He tells them that the residents have a hard-knock life here, something that they as criminals can relate to. “Now it’s his turn… to find out how dirty and scary life is. Make him feel that it’s better for him to bite his own tongue and die rather than getting bit by you who have taken life to the extreme.”

Jung-moon envisions the latest victim’s crime scene and concludes, “This isn’t your first time, is it?” Tae-soo happens to catch those words and doesn’t let Jung-moon leave without getting an explanation out of him first. Jung-moon frostily warns him that he’ll kill him if he isn’t careful, words which Tae-soo returns in kind.

Whereas Tae-soo knows himself pretty well, Jung-moon can’t say the same for himself. Although he can’t remember how he killed all those people, he does mention one benefit: “There’s no guilt.” Does Tae-soo feel the same? 

He doesn’t, because he flashes back to a time when he stopped by a man’s wake and saw the wife sobbing in grief. Is that… Sun-jung?

Then it’s time for our crazy dogs to get to work, and each have their own individual style in handling this case. Woong-chul beats down (or rather, slaps down, heh) the local gangster boss to gather his boys and find someone. Tae-soo examines a collection of knives to identify the murder weapon, then imagines himself as the observer, analyzer, and instigator of the incident.

A neat eye-trick takes us to that rainy night, where there were no CCTVs or witnesses. Tae-soo concludes that the perp knows the area quite well, and given the anatomical location of the stabbing, the killer is shorter than the victim.

Either that’s as far as any of our criminal consultants can conclude at this point or they just won’t share with the class, much to Mi-young and Goo-tak’s disappointment. Such is the case for Woong-chul, who won’t share how he’ll catch the killer in three days with his rivals still present.

Tae-soo brings up how Goo-tak wasn’t looking for teamwork, anyway—it doesn’t matter how many lives will be lost before they catch the killer, since he’s ultimately here to get a reduced jail sentence out of the deal. At that, Goo-tak opens the question to the floor—do all of them feel this way?

Then Jung-moon finally breaks his silence by asking, “What might the killer’s motive for murder be?” The smell of blood, he answers. The reason why he attacks on rainy days is because the smell of blood is much stronger on such days, thus harder to contain the impulse.

There have been other incidents apart from this string of murders, Jung-moon concludes. Goo-tak asks why he thinks that is, to which Jung-moon explains that the method is too clean—all the victims died with one stab to the lung. He believes the serial killer had a lot of practice by killing other people until the method was perfected.

Jung-moon advises the detectives to look into cases in the past year of unskilled, clumsy murders that took place in rainy conditions with that same motive: “Find the murder the culprit is hiding in.”

At the same time, we see our mysterious murderer sniff the blood from his raincoat. Looks like someone’s on the right track.

So Goo-tak sifts through the numerous casefile boxes at home, sighing, “You sure killed a lot of people.” A while later, Goo-tak smirks to himself. “Found it—the murder you’re hiding in.”

At the abandoned church, Goo-tak explains a batch of murders where the killer broke into the victims’ homes and killed them with a wrench, leaving behind messy crime scenes. Mi-young points out that isn’t enough of a differentiator, but Goo-tak isn’t done yet: these victims all have puncture wounds, because the killer extracted their blood post-mortem with a syringe.

But none of the other nine victims possessed that kind of wound. That’s what makes their serial killer even scarier, Goo-tak argues, because he had to find an easier and faster method to feed his impulse.

When asked why the other detectives in charge of these murder cases didn’t notice, Goo-tak barks that different precincts would never share intel with one another, not when they’re all competing to nab the culprit.

There was a ten-day gap between the first string of murders and the next, he explains, and that’s when the murderer changed his method. Among the fifteen “practice” incidents, two of those victims survived.

Meanwhile, Woong-chul tells his new gangster minion Chul-joo about how the killer can easily break into people’s houses without a trace. Spotting a hardware store nearby, he interrupts Chul-joo’s story to ask where people turn to when their locks are broken.

When Chul-joo can’t put two and two together, Woong-chul has to slap the answer into him: a locksmith. Everyone heads over there if something in their house is broken and people trust who works there, which is why they’re never under suspicion. Smart thinking.

For a good minute it seems like Woong-chul’s on the right track when the locksmith answers yes to all of his questions, even to committing murder. But it’s never that easy, is it? So when Woong-chul drags the owner outside, Goo-tak arrives in time to literally punch the sense into him.

Goo-tak is accompanied by Tae-soo, who admits that he wants to get out of jail soon in order to protect someone. So imagine Tae-soo’s surprise when he finds out that the first surviving victim is none other than Sun-jung. And though he recognizes her, she doesn’t.

Once inside, she explains how her husband passed away a few years ago. Suffice it to say that Tae-soo’s a nervous klutz around her, spilling coffee all over himself. Thankfully Goo-tak smooths the situation over.

With some encouragement, Sun-jung recounts how a hooded figure broke into her apartment last summer. She and her daughter woke just in time, and while she fought the perpetrator, her little girl ran for help. He’d disappeared and it was too dark to see his face.

Elsewhere, Mi-young and Jung-moon meet with the other surviving victim, who shares how she pretended to be asleep while her sister was being murdered beside her. She feared that she’d be next, and then the killer had leaned in to whisper that he had to kill a lot of people in one go in order to “beat him.”


She didn’t see his face either, and then Jung-moon remarks, “You’re lucky.” Er, that’s not particularly consoling, but the resident serial killer’s never going to get a gold star in empathy, is he?

Needless to say she’s floored by his remark, then reveals the brutal scars on the side of her face. Aha, so the killer had left her for dead, but she’d survived. Then Jung-moon offers some more words: “Live in the light. Don’t die in the darkness.”

Tae-soo hangs back to ask Sun-jung why she’s living in such shabby conditions—is she too poor? She’s offended by his question, wondering if he thinks that it’s a given these unfortunate events would happen to poor folk like herself.

He wrestles with himself for an answer, so she set him straight, telling him no one is poor because they want to be. Thinking that he’s also a detective, she advises him to open his eyes to how the poor often fall victim to accidents, suicide, and murders.

Staring at the locked front door, Tae-soo promises to find the killer. Just around the corner, we see Goo-tak has overheard the conversation.

Then it’s back to our case on hand, as Mi-young has figured out the one their serial killer is seeking to beat: Jo Dong-soo, who killed twenty-three people in the same rainy weather conditions with the motive that he loved the smell of blood before he was captured.


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Jung-moon believes their serial killer will try to kill at least twice more in order to beat Jo’s record (since 13 by wrench plus 9 by knife = 22). When Goo-tak wonders if their killer wanted bragging rights at being the one who’s killed the most, Jung-moon matter-of-factly replies, “Isn’t it a given for the one in second place to want to beat the one in first?”

Another box of case files arrives, and Mi-young shows Goo-tak of an incident where the intent was murder but the victim survived. So if their serial killer wants a perfect kill record, he’ll go back to finish the job for the two victims who are still alive.

And just as Goo-tak comes to that realization, it starts raining. 

As Team Crazy Dogs heads out, Woong-chul and the other gangsters station themselves around the area. Woong-chul bumps into someone when he heads inside a store, then notices the blood on his hand from when they brushed past one another.

He confronts the man, though the latter remains masked under an umbrella. Woong-chul gives chase when he starts running, and the team separates into different directions upon arrival.

Tae-soo bursts into Sun-jung’s apartment to find no one at home, and Goo-tak knocks down a gangster, only to find out that they’re on the same side. He loses sight of the culprit, much to his annoyance.

Woong-chul stops to take a closer look at a darkened space when someone attacks him from behind. Ack, it’s the serial killer! It initially seems like Woong-chul’s been stabbed, but the camera cuts to show that he caught the knife in his hand. Accckk!

The killer is pinned against a car before he pulls the knife out of Woong-chul’s hand, and then slices him across the head. Jung-moon finds Woong-chul on the ground and bleeding, and instead of going after the killer, he offers Woong-chul a hand.

As for the serial killer, he arrives home where he cleans off his bloody raincoat. His knife turns out to be a twist-off, and he pours the blood inside into a vial and places it with the others.


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Naturally, there’s another victim found by morning. Tae-soo pauses before opening up the body bag, afraid that Sun-jung might be inside. But it’s the other surviving victim—the one who heard her sister being murdered. To his relief, Sun-jung is standing nearby with her daughter.

Back at the church, Jung-moon is skeptical that forensics will discover anything. If there hasn’t been any trace of evidence before, there won’t be one now or in the future. Just then Goo-tak receives a call and relays to the others that the murderer’s fingerprints have been found.

It’s Woong-chul’s gangster minion who’s arrested by the police, to Woong-chul’s confusion. Mi-young finds it odd how the incriminating evidence turned up so quickly, but Goo-tak says what’s important is that they’ve found the culprit. 

However, Jung-moon thinks differently: “He isn’t the culprit.” If he were, then the murderer would be angry at being robbed of an assured victory by one kill, rather than looking frightened on TV.

Remember when Tae-soo concluded the killer’s approximate height to be shorter than his previous victim (170 cm)? The gangster they arrested exceeds that, which means that they’ve got the wrong guy.

And then like clockwork, it’s raining again. 

Tae-soo takes off, realizing that Sun-jung is next on the hit list. Sure enough, we see her being followed by a hooded figure. She quickens her pace, frightened, but the figure walks past her.

Moments later, Sun-jung runs into the locksmith who helps pick up her spilled groceries. She initially declines his offer to escort her home, but he’s creepily persistent. Next thing we know, he runs at her with a wrench and drags her along the street by the hair. 

He throws her against a car and switches out his wrench for his knife. Now things will turn fun, he tells her, and pulls back for the kill… but then notices something in the reflection. It’s Tae-soo, who punches the locksmith/serial killer.

Tae-soo tells him to beg for forgiveness, and the killer’s sobs turns to derisive laughter. Concluding that he’s no better than a beast, Tae-soo will treat him like one. Punching him repeatedly, Tae-soo tells him to beg for his life like his victims did.


Korean Drama Bad Guys Episode 2 Recap

The killer mumbles for Tae-soo to spare him, but now Tae-soo has no intentions to let him live. He grabs the knife. Ahh, don’t do it, Tae-soo!

But just when he raises it, Goo-tak calls him off from a distance. It takes Tae-soo a minute to figure it out, but he’s stupefied all the same—did Goo-tak set up this trap to catch the murderer?

When Goo-tak doesn’t answer, Tae-soo turns to kill, only to be shot by Goo-tak’s gun. The police arrive to take him and the serial killer away. Commissioner Nam orders Goo-tak to put his hunting dogs behind bars until they become useful again next time. 

Mi-young asks Goo-tak why he lied about discovering incriminating evidence when none was found. Goo-tak replies that the true murderer would be enraged to see someone else take the credit for his work. So he waited for the serial killer to attack next.

When Mi-young laughs at his cruel methods at catching criminals, Goo-tak immediately sets her straight.

Jung-moon leads the interrogation, demanding to know why there was only twenty-two vials of blood instead of twenty-three to match his killings. The serial killer has no idea what he’s talking about—he only killed twenty-two people. 

So Jung-moon throws down the pictures of all the victims, telling the murderer to point out who he didn’t kill.

Just outside, Tae-soo barges inside and grabs Goo-tak in a chokehold. Why did he use Sun-jung as bait? Goo-tak reminds Tae-soo of his own words—all he cared about was his jail sentence, not the lives at risk.

Goo-tak might not know how precious Sun-jung is to Tae-soo, but if Tae-soo considers everyone’s lives as valuable as hers, then he’ll never speak so carelessly about people’s lives. 

With that, Tae-soo lets him go, but it isn’t long before Woong-chul joins them and punches Goo-tak. And then in the interrogation room, the serial killer points out the one woman he didn’t kill. He’d followed her three months ago, but then gave up because he thought he heard someone nearby.

Just then, the police file in to collect the bad guys… our trio of criminals. Goo-tak doesn’t say anything until after they’re taken away—once the hunt’s over, it’s time to capture the hunting dogs.


Korean Drama Plus Nine Boys Episode 14 (Final) Recap and Screenshots

Korean Drama Plus Nine Boys Episode 14 (Final) Recap and Screenshots

Recapped by Dramabeans: 

After the agurment with Jae-bum, Jin-gu chases to Se-young till her apartment door. He says that he predicted what would happen and promises her that everything will be fine. However, Se-young doesn't control her emotion. She thinks that they shouldn't do this anymore and cries so hard. Se-young said that she don't know what to do now and slams the doo in Jin-gu's face.

Waiting for Da-in at the cafe, Kwang-soo gets a text from her simply saying, “I’m sorry, Oppa,” and he runs out. He pounds on her door and yells for her in a terrible replay of their breakup from ten years ago, but she’s not even home — she’s out driving with a sleeping Eun-seo in the car and crying in pain.

Kwang-soo and Jin-gu both wait outside their ladies’ doors in vain, and Jin-gu says in voiceover that breakups are hardest for men, but that’s the moment when boys become men.

Su-ah shows up for Min-gu’s competition, and he takes strength from her presence and goes into his bout with his game face on. It’s the same opponent from his humiliating pooping incident, but he doesn’t let it faze him and he puts up a good fight. But the guy manages to win anyway, and when Min-gu looks up to the stands, Su-ah has gone. Min-gu doesn’t even look upset, just resigned, and he thinks to himself that he failed in his two goals at the same time — the girl, and getting into college.

Kwang-soo tries to find Da-in at the cafe, but it’s closed today. He waits in hope that she’s only late, but she never shows up. He goes to Eun-seo’s school but her teacher tells him that she’s absent today. He sends Da-in a text asking how she could do this again after saying she was sorry for disappearing the first time, and that he’s worried about her.

Jin-gu gets to work to find that Se-young hasn’t come in today, and he goes to their stairwell to call her but her phone is off. Their boss makes a comment that this is why office dating shouldn’t be allowed, because when the couple breaks up one of them always quits. Jin-gu freaks out at the news that Se-young actually quit her job, and he runs all the way to her place, but she doesn’t answer the door or her phone.

Determined, Jin-gu heads back to work and goes straight for Jae-bum’s office, asking him in very formal language to delay Se-young’s resignation approval. He argues her case — that she loves the company and the people and has big dreams, and he offers his own resignation if it’s too hard for them all to work together. Jae-bum stays silent but seems moved, and Jin-gu turns to go but Jae-bum stops him, though we don’t hear what he says next.

Plus Nine Boys Episode 14 (Final) Recap 

Se-young mopes while her friend tries to get through to her, refusing to even eat fried chicken (which is how we know this is Very Serious). Her friend calls her pathetic for refusing to eat and quitting her job, and gripes at her even more when she refuses to answer another call from Jin-gu. She asks if it’s so important what others think — aren’t her and Jin-gu’s feelings important too? Se-young just moans that if your relationship hurts others, it will hurt you too, but her friend counters that love is supposed to be hard.

Ever the supportive sidekick, Young-hoon commiserates with Kwang-soo over Da-in doing the exact same thing to him again. He goes a bit too far, forcing Kwang-soo to defend her. Young-hoon coos sarcastically that it must be true love, and complains that it was nice seeing him happy but now he’ll be gloomy again.

They’re called into the boss’s office, where Kwang-soo’s entire Sponge team is looking upset — oh no. Kwang-soo is told that management wants to cancel the show due to low ratings, and Kwang-soo takes offense that they didn’t even talk to him as the producer. He argues that if there’s a problem they should get a chance to solve it, and his team looks surprised to see him so passionate about their show.

Later in his car, Kwang-soo listens to a radio show where listeners are encouraged to call in to say something they never got to say to their loved ones (DJ cameo by Yoon Sang). He calls in a message for Da-in, wondering if she’s crying somewhere and asking her to call him. He says that he regrets losing her ten years ago and that he was immature, thinking that if he forgot about her he’d find a new love. But ten years passed and when he saw her again, he realized she was the only woman for him. He starts to cry and says it’s okay if she’s late as long as she comes back, and that he misses her.

Se-young still isn’t back at work the next day, and Jin-gu spends the day staring at her empty cubicle and looking through the couple photos from their work trip earlier in the year. He remembers how she talked about her dream of being a travel writer, and he heads out to Da-in’s cafe thinking she may be there with her friend.

The cafe is still closed, but when Jin-gu turns to leave he finds Jae-bum behind him, having had the same idea. They finally sit to talk now that they have a common concern, and Jae-bum admits that when he met with Se-young two days ago he was still furious with Jin-gu. Since Jin-gu hurt Se-young so much in the past, he was worried he’d do it again.

But Se-young had told him that she’d loved Jin-gu ever since then, and Jin-gu seems serious this time, so Jae-bum admits his jealousy and apologizes for his behavior. Jin-gu apologizes in turn for lying to his friend, and in the manner of guys all over the world, Jae-bum just says he hates him and all is forgiven.

It’s Underwear Couch Time again for poor Kwang-soo, but Mom has no sympathy and tells him to take out the recycling and go for a walk. He does, still in his undies, but suddenly he wanders through a cloud of bubbles and looks up as romantic music swells… it’s little Eun-seo, happily blowing bubbles into the wind. D’awww. Da-in isn’t far away of course, and she smiles at him genuinely.

Jin-gu still can’t get Se-young on the phone, and he paces on the roof at work but freezes when he sees Go-eun. He tries to slink by her but she stops him to talk. She tells him that he disappoints her, but clarifies that it’s because he let his girlfriend quit. She says she’s worried about Se-young because she stresses so much (I’ll say), and tells Jin-gu that she still hates him but he should go take care of his girlfriend, and tells him where Se-young is hiding out.

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Se-young is currently shuffling back to her friend’s apartment in her sweatpants and looking very, um… unemployed. She gets to the corner and sees Jin-gu waiting near the steps, and there’s this hilarious moment where her eyes dart to the staircase, then his eyes dart to the staircase, and she makes a run for it. But she’s no match for his long legs, and he grabs her before she can get far.

He immediately notices her puffy eyes from crying and knows that she missed him, and he tells her that he talked to Jae-bum and that she’s to show up to work tomorrow. He fusses at her for acting like this and says he doesn’t understand her, but that neither Jae-bum nor Go-eun want to see her in pain and they both understand.

Se-young still won’t look at him so Jin-gu persists, telling her it’s just a rocky start for them. He says he knows she likes him and he goes crazy when he sees her, and he promises he’ll be better. He admits that he was only acting like he knew love, but he thinks he really knows now because even though they fight, he’s useless without her. SWOON.

Se-young finally looks at him, and he tells her they’re inseparable because they’re related search terms, and asks if she wants a hug. He nods her head for her and she leans on him (so cute), getting in a few smacks when he asks if she’s washed her hair, HAHA.

Da-in and Kwang-soo (still in his unders) sit to talk, but he has trouble speaking and only asks if she’s okay. Looking more relaxed than she ever has, she apologizes and promises she’ll never disappear again (Kwang-soo: “Good. It’s a bad habit.” Ha). He asks if she didn’t show up because he was pushing too hard or if his sister interfered again, but Da-in says it’s neither of those.

She says that Kwang-soo is still like a boy, but she’s been married and had a child since they last dated. She says that it’s hard being a single mother and she didn’t want to bring those hardships to him, only wanting to leave him with the beautiful memories of what she was like ten years ago. Kwang-soo pouts at her that she’s more beautiful now than in his memories, and that he doesn’t want only beautiful memories.

He says that at his age he thinks the best thing is someone you’re comfortable with and who accepts the good and bad things, and that she’s that person for him. He says he’s in no hurry to marry her, but asks her to just think about it — even if she needs to think her whole life, he’ll wait.

Min-gu sits alone in a noraebang singing to himself, and hangs his head when the song he sang to Su-ah at the Standing Egg concert (“Yes, You”) starts to play. He sings along, and Su-ah finds him there. They go outside to talk and she tells him that she left his competition because he was struggling, and asks what he’ll do now about school. She correctly tells him he lost because he didn’t train hard enough, being too busy chasing her.

Su-ah says that if he really wants to go to college, to train hard and try again. She says that we have lots of chances in life, and to keep trying and not give up, and she adorably pulls noona-rank when he gets a little mouthy that she hasn’t gotten into college yet either, hee. She tells him she has something other than college that she truly wants, but it’s a secret.

Speaking as his noona who has two more years of failure under her belt, Su-ah advises Min-gu that he doesn’t just have to do what everyone else does and go to college. She says that at first she thought he was weird, but now she thinks he’s a great kid, and wants him to succeed.

Su-ah gets up to leave and Min-gu asks if they’re really breaking up, and she says that maybe after they each figure out what they want in life and become the right people for each other, they’ll meet again. She suggests a cool breakup scene like in a movie, and pulls out her MP3 player. She plays their Standing Egg song for him and asks him to close his eyes and think about what he really wants for his future. She puts in the other earbud for him and hands him the player, and walks away crying. When Min-gu opens his eyes, she’s gone.

At home later, Dong-gu practices his lines (it turns out he got a supporting role in the movie after all!) and even Min-gu has to admit he’s gotten better. His character has a line about going to a bathhouse with his father, and he asks Min-gu if he ever went there with their dad, but Min-gu can’t remember. Mom asks if Dong-gu is curious about his dad, and she motions Kwang-soo to follow her to her room.

She pulls out a box that she’s saved for Dong-gu of her deceased husband’s things, and asks him to be a good uncle and give them to Dong-gu. Kwang-soo says to have Jin-gu do it, but he didn’t come home last night (oh really?). Mom assumes he was working all night but Kwang-soo is all, “PSSHT right, he’s with a girl,” and Mom panics. Way to out your nephew, dude.

Jin-gu blearily answers his phone from Se-young’s bed (rawr!) but Mom doesn’t believe his lies that he’s working. He happily snuggles in again with Se-young, who tries to throw him off because she’s hungry, but I’m on his side — cuddles before food! She tosses him off the bed but he just pulls her down with him, determined to get in all the skinship he can.

Min-gu’s friends fit in a short Spam PPL, and his one friend who always makes the weird food combinations says he’s taking a cooking class. They ask Min-gu if he’ll keep doing judo, and he says he decided that judo is his dream — he wants to give it his all, and try different techniques to get better and learn.

Mom sets the table while Kwang-soo and Dong-gu exchange deep-tissue back massages, and everyone freezes in shock when Jin-gu walks in with Se-young. Se-young looks nervous but Jin-gu couldn’t possibly look prouder to introduce his mother to her future daughter-in-law, it’s so adorable. Kwang-soo only grumbles at being caught in his underwear yet again, HAHA.

Lunch is super awkward until Jin-gu tells everyone to stop staring at Se-young so she can eat. Mom asks about her parents, and exactly nobody will be surprised to hear they own a sashimi restaurant. Mom complains that she didn’t cook anything nice because she didn’t know they’d have company, and when Se-young offers to make eggs, Kwang-soo hilariously orders a couple of poached ones.

Jin-gu tells Se-young not to cook anything and Mom has a fit and goes to make them herself, slamming them down on the table. Mom is a little shocked to see how solicitous Jin-gu is to Se-young, and Kwang-soo gives Mom food attentively too, just in case she’s jealous. Se-young offers to peel fruit, calling her Mother a few times and totally disarming Mom. Soon she’s clapping her hands in delight at her new daughter-in-law.

Jin-gu drags Se-young into his room for some more skinship like the giant cuddlemonster that he is, but when he goes in for smooches she sees Dong-gu giving her the “I’m watching you” fingers from the doorway and shoves Jin-gu away. PWAHAHA. Better get used to bratty little brothers, Se-young.

The whole family sits down to watch a home video, and Min-gu gets home just in time (and is thrilled to meet his new sister-in-law). Mom tells Dong-gu that this video is a gift from his father, and she notes that this was a bad year but they got through it and they even gained a new addition to the family.

The video is so sweet, mostly clips of baby Dong-gu and his daddy, who looks like he was a wonderful loving father. There are still shots of the whole family, including cute nine-year-old Min-gu and a gawky teenage Jin-gu. Everyone laughs and comments except for Dong-gu, who gets quiet and starts to cry. Kwang-soo hugs him while he sobs for his lost father — I’m totally not crying, it’s just really humid in here.

Jin-gu and Se-young go out with Jae-bum and Go-eun to their friend’s restaurant, who all cringe at how sappy they are together and holler at them to quit it (which they don’t, of course). Kwang-soo practices stupid human tricks with his Sponge team, and Min-gu trains at judo harder than ever. Dong-gu runs his lines for his movie and he’s pretty good now, having learned to access his emotions.

Jin-gu narrates that just as we must fall in order to start over, a boy must experience growing pains to become an adult. Mom runs across Kwang-soo playing with Eun-seo and Da-in at the playground and starts to bluster but smiles to see how happy they are, no longer able to maintain her grumpiness about him seeing a single mother. In voiceover, Kwang-soo says that a plus-nine year is a chance to look back slowly on the road you’ve taken thus far.

We see Su-ah with a guitar strapped to her back, bracing herself for a music audition, and I’m not surprised that music is her secret life’s dream. Min-gu narrates that a plus-nine year is crossing a new threshold. We see Jin-gu waiting impatiently until a curtain draws back to reveal Se-young in a bridal gown, and Jin-gu can only stare with the same besotted stare he always gives her when she looks especially beautiful. He narrates that a plus-nine year is just a small hill, where you can lay down your heavy burdens and rest a while, as a broad smile crosses his face to see his gorgeous bride.


Korean Drama My Secret Hotel tvN Episode 13 Recap and screenshots

Korean Drama My Secret Hotel tvN Episode 13 Recap and screenshots

My Secret Hotel Episode 13 Reviewed by Dramabeans:


Sang-hyo tries to stop the boys from literally fighting over her by flinging herself between them. Hae-young is especially taken aback when she throws herself at Sung-gyum to beg them to stop fighting, and tries to pull her away from him. She shoves Hae-young away, telling him if he doesn’t leave now, then yesterday was the last time she’ll ever stay at his his place.

Sung-gyum overhears this, and is surprised and disappointed to realize that Sang-hyo spent the night at Hae-young’s. But at least it gets Hae-young to leave, and he drives off in “her” car while she tries to make amends with Sung-gyum. He doesn’t want to hear her explanation, though, and drives off as well.

Both the men brood alone in their respective offices, but at least Hae-young feels apologetic to Sang-hyo (now if only he could say “I’m sorry” to her face).

Despite an initial cold shoulder when they happen to meet at the elevator, Sung-gyum decides to hear Sang-hyo’s side of the story. She explains how important Hae-young’s father is to him, and that in order to make sure his father gets surgery right away, she’s pretending to continue to be married to Hae-young for the week.

She apologizes for not telling him earlier. But he’s not quite that willing to accept that apology, even though she promises that she has no desire to be back with Hae-young. She’s only doing it because she’s always wanted to have a close relationship with a father, and she doesn’t want that to be taken away from Hae-young.

Sung-gyum clarifies that his difficulty in accepting this situation isn’t the fact that she’s doing this to save someone else — it’s the fact that “someone” happens to be Hae-young.

At Hae-young’s firm, his staff are worried about what will happen if he finds out they haven’t finished their project yet, and when Hae-young asks about it, they promise effusively that they’ll work extra hard overtime to get it finished in time. But instead Hae-young surprises them all by letting them leave early, since he’s a “family man” now and Sang-hyo’s waiting for him.

Or, rather, he’s waiting for her, as he calls from the parking garage to give her a ride home. She told him that she didn’t want him to pick her up, but he thinks it’s best “for his parents” if they arrive home together. He gives her the ultimatum that if she’s not at the car in thirty minutes, he’ll come up to the office and find her. While ultimatums may not be the best way to win back her heart, he does look super cute as he goofily grins at the photos he took of her last night.

Slowly, Sang-hyo gathers her things, and as she heads to the elevator, she receives a call from Sung-gyum. Now it’s time for his ultimatum: He’s not ready to give her up, and he’ll be waiting for her downstairs. Now she’s torn, as she paces from the stairs leading down to Sung-gyum, to the elevator that will take her to parking garage.


Korean Drama My Secret Hotel Episode 13 Recap

Both men continue to wait, and Sang-hyo finally takes decisive steps along the marble floor. Hearing the sound of high-heels, Sung-gyum perks up — but it’s just another coworker walking past. In the end, Sang-hyo chooses Hae-young, and gets into the car.

But she didn’t forget about Sung-gyum — she sent Eun-joo to break the news that she left with Hae-young. Eun-joo’s not exactly thrilled to be relegated to messenger, especially since it means that Eun-joo isn’t a threat to Sang-hyo’s relationship with Sung-gyum. He just wants to be alone, but Eun-joo isn’t letting him off that easy — she’s going to take him out for drinks whether he likes it or not.


Korean Drama My Secret Hotel Episode 13 Review

During the ride home, Hae-young notices Sang-hyo’s distracted expression, and swerves the car over to a stop when she brings up Sung-gyum. He asks her to not mention Sung-gyum when she’s with him, because she knows how he (Hae-young) feels about her.

When they get to his apartment, his parents aren’t around — which makes Sang-hyo a little grumpy since she’s only there to put on a show for them. She stomps over to the sofa, where Hae-young joins her and pulls out his phone, suggesting they order in for dinner.

She spots the selca pics from last night and snatches the phone from him, determined to erase the photos. He grabs the phone back, and a wrestling match ensues that just so happens to end up with them in a very suggestive position when Mom and Dad arrive.


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Just like before, the parents decide it might be nice to go for a little walk to leave the two newlyweds alone, despite Sang-hyo’s frantic protests that this isn’t what it looks like. Best in-laws ever, no matter how fake the marriage.

Later, over fruit and coffee, Mom says that watching the two of them reminds her of her early days of marriage. Aw, it sounds like they have such a healthy relationship. Dad’s completely taken with Sang-hyo, and says that as soon as he’s healed from his heart surgery, they’ll have to go on a father-daughter date. Is it wrong that I only want these two to stay fake-married just so Sang-hyo can have some family in her life?

Eun-joo’s made good on her promise to take Sung-gyum out drinking, and they sit at a pojangmacha, downing soju. For “cathartic reasons,” she’s trying to get him to curse out Sang-hyo (by following her lead, ha!), but he still somehow ends up complimenting Sang-hyo every time. 

She eventually realizes he’s a hopeless case where Sang-hyo is concerned, and admits that she’s the one responsible for marrying off Sang-hyo to Hae-young — it was the only thing she could think of to get her out of the picture once she heard Sang-hyo and Sung-gyum were dating. It was a cowardly act, she knows, but she was desperate, and those who are that desperate don’t always think clearly. Which is, she adds, probably how Hae-young felt, too.

Sang-hyo’s in bed, asleep, as Hae-young quietly moves his pillow from the floor to the bed, trying to crawl in next to her. But not so fast — she sits up, demanding to know what he’s doing. He uses his hurt back (from the wrestling match — yeah, right) as an excuse to stay on the bed. But she starts to tickle him and it’s pretty obvious he’s just faking it as he sits up, giggling, trying to fend her off.

That sends both of them to another Las Vegas flashback, when Hae-young was sleeping — or, rather, pouting, because Sang-hyo had to leave to work at the hotel unexpectedly. She started to tickle him to bring back his smile, and despite his efforts to stay mad at her, he’s just too ticklish.

But he does warn her that if she keeps poking him, he’ll start to have some sexy thoughts. Which only makes her poke him more, pffft. Aw, they were so deliriously happy in love back then, making kissy faces at each other.

That memory gets present-day Sang-hyo to stop poking Hae-young, and she decides that if his back is truly hurting, then he can have the bed and she’ll sleep on the floor instead. He immediately springs up and tells her he was just joking, and returns to his spot on the floor.

Her phone chirps, and it’s a goodnight message from Sung-gyum. She smiles over it until she reads the previous messages from last night that Hae-young sent in her name. She yells at him for sending it, even though he profusely denies it, and pushes him off the bed (where he claims he really did his hurt his back now. Suuuure).

In the morning, Sang-hyo finishes getting dressed and quietly watches Hae-young sleep. She takes his phone and is about to delete the photos he took of her while she was sleeping, but hesitates, giving him one last look before setting the phone back down. He wakes up to check his phone, delighted to see she didn’t delete the photos after all.

Sang-hyo sets up breakfast, and Hae-young goes to fetch his parents — only to find a note. They’re headed to the States this morning since his father’s surgery can’t be put off any longer. But when he gets back to the kitchen, he bluffs that they went to have breakfast at his brother’s, and then flashes the note in front of her face as proof (but so fast she can’t read it).

He’s ready to eat breakfast anyway, but Sang-hyo decides to go to work instead. When he asks why, she tells him she just doesn’t want to eat breakfast with him, and then continues to needle him by sticking out her tongue in response to the rest of his questions.

Hae-young finds her expression unsettlingly cute because he warns her not to make it in front of anyone else, especially Sung-gyum. He tries to for the “it’ll make you look weird to Sung-gyum” excuse to get her stop, but she just plays along and agrees, saying that she’ll make a different face for him — such as licking her lips and then blowing a kiss. On the way to work, Sang-hyo giggles at how much she enjoying driving Hae-young crazy — a realization that which makes her stop laughing, because she shouldn’t be having this much fun doing anything that involves Hae-young.

At the office, a sad Gi-chul looks around at the empty desks, mournfully pointing out that Hwang and Young-mi have died — and even Kyung-hee, too. Wait, what?


In a flashback, Gi-chul and the new hire Sung-min hide around the corner as they watch Kyung-hee collapse in Team Leader Cha’s arms. He rushes around the corner, shouting that he’d promised to protect her, but instead gets thrown against the wall by Team Leader Cha, who makes him promise to pretend like he didn’t see anything.

Which means he gives some serious side-eye to Team Leader Cha when he arrives a few minutes later to tell Sang-hyo that Kyung-hee won’t be in that day because she’s not feeling well.

Detective Kim is still focused on Sung-gyum’s father’s murder, and as he flips through the incident report, the other detective fills him in on other gossipy details. From his sources, it seems like Sung-gyum’s father might not have been such a great guy after all — he had a lot of mistresses and beat up his wife. But because everyone one from that time is no longer around, the only one who could confirm it would be his wife.

The incident report also mentions a necklace that was originally found in Sung-gyum’s father’s hand, but then disappeared in the time that his body was transported from the hotel to the hospital. Detective Kim wonders if that necklace is possibly related to one of his mistresses, until he remembers the necklace that was found in Hwang’s things, the one that Young-mi was using to blackmail GM Lee and Sung-gyum. Which means if that necklace isn’t already in the hands of the killer, there could be another murder.

Like Kyung-hee, perhaps — Team Leader Cha reports to GM Lee, who asks if anyone saw him. But before they can go any further, a nervous Gi-chul knocks on the door, desperate to tell his side of the story. He tells the GM that Kyung-hee was killed by Team Leader Cha, but GM Lee reassures him she’s only out sick.

Gi-chul’s eyes grow wide when he realizees that Team Leader Cha is waiting in GM Lee’s office — which makes GM Lee part of the conspiracy. As he dazedly walks away from the office, he glimpses what he thinks is Kyung-hee and rushes after her. But it’s only a brief glimpse, and every time he gets closer, she’s gone. Another ghost?


No — it’s really Kyung-hee, in the flesh. Whew. Gi-chul is just as relieved as I am that she’s still alive and hugs her tightly, thankful that she’s still here. Aw, she seems grateful that someone cares.

Sang-hyo receives a call from Hae-young’s father, who wanted to let her know that they’ve arrived safely in the U.S., and that no matter what anyone else says, he’s getting this surgery for her. She wishes him a speedy recovery, but mostly she’s stunned to realize that Hae-young’s parents have already left Korea.

At that moment, Sung-gyum asks to have a little talk. He wants to know if everything with Hae-young will really be over in a week. But she’s ready to move out today, since his parents are in the U.S. now. He offers to help her pack up her things to move back to her apartment, but she’d rather avoid another fight between the two boys, so she’ll do it alone.

She calls Hae-young for his apartment’s passcode, letting him know that she found out about his parents leaving already. He hangs up before he can tell it to her and rushes out of the office. In the meantime, she tries to guess the passcode herself, trying all sorts of combinations until she finally lands on the correct one: their wedding date.

Hae-young runs into the apartment, shouting out for Sang-hyo before realizing that she’s already gone. Tears fill his eyes as he recalls the moment he returned to their old apartment in Vegas and discovered she was no longer there.

But a voice calls out, letting him know he just needed to give her the passcode — he didn’t need to come all the way here. He clutches Sang-hyo in a tight hug, much to her surprise. Wiping the tears from his eyes, he begs her to stay the week she had promised. She points out that since his parents are no longer here, there isn’t a point for her staying.

His voice breaks as he continues to desperately beg her to stay for a week, just for him. But she quietly tells him she doesn’t want to. “Let’s stop.” In a voiceover, she remembers that seven years ago, she’d fallen in love with him in the space of a week — she’s not sure she has the courage to go through that again.

Our intrepid stalker-reporter Jung-eun has found out about the little fake-marriage ruse, and in an effort to tear Hae-young and Sang-hyo apart, she gleefully writes an article revealing the truth behind their wedding — and the love triangle between Hae-young, Sang-hyo, and Sung-gyum.

Hae-young’s team fends off endless calls as they try to reassure everyone that it’s a false rumor and the couple is happily married. Ha, and Hae-young deals with the phone calls by just automatically hanging up on everyone. When Hae-young deadpans that he’d like Jung-eun killed next, Shi-chan freaks out — apparently he’s got a crush on her. Good luck with that, buddy.

We’re back to square one at The Secret Hotel, as they hold an emergency staff meeting that is strongly reminiscent of the meeting they held in the first episode, trying to figure out how to deal with the negative publicity. Only this time, Sung-gyum is willing to support Sang-hyo rather than blame her for the article.

But she takes the blame anyway, and promises to fix it. Until the reporters quiet down, she’ll continue to stay at Hae-young’s and keep up appearances as a happy couple.

Sung-gyum argues against this, but GM Lee steps in and reminds him that all the hotel staff were complicit in the fake wedding, and if it’s proved to be a fraud, it will ruin the hotel. GM Lee asks Sang-hyo one last time — is she sure that she has no lingering feelings, and she only married him to save the hotel?

Her silence is enough of an answer for him, and he leaves with one last warning to Sung-gyum to not harass her about her decision. After the rest of the staff leave, a shocked Sung-gyum asks if he’s really causing her to waver, and if she’s really being swayed by Hae-young. We don’t get to hear her answer, darn it!

Hae-young works late at the office, replaying in his mind her request for them to stop: “Yes, let’s stop, Nam Sang-hyo.”

As he makes his way home, phantom images of a smiling Sang-hyo continue to greet him, but he makes them disappear by repeating, “Let’s stop, Nam Sang-hyo.”

He bids adieu to the phantom-Sang-hyo in his apartment, but turns back in surprise when she speaks to him. It’s not a phantom after all; it’s the real deal. She tells him that until the rumor about the hotel and their wedding dies down, she wants to stay here with him.

Hae-young still has some pride, though, remarking that after all the times he’s begged her to stay, she’s only now agreeing to live with him in order to save the hotel — sorry, but he’s not the kind of guy to go along with that.

He repeats the magic words: “Let’s stop this.” She calls out to him, pleading, “Just this once!” — but he continues to walk away. 


Korean Drama Discovery of Romance Episode 15 Recap and Screenshots

Korean Drama Discovery of Romance Episode 15 Recap and Screenshots


Discovery of Romance Episode 15 Recap by Dramabeans:

Joon-ho has a beer after witnessing Yeo-reum break off her engagement to Ha-jin, and Sol pumps him for information. Joon-ho goes on and on about how dating shouldn’t be so complicated — just date the person you like and let go of the one you don’t like. Sol points out that this is why Joon-ho has never dated longer than a few months, because he’s never cared enough to cry over anyone.

A numb Yeo-reum walks past them, and Joon-ho wastes no time saying that he’s not speaking to her. He immediately gripes at her for making two guys end up in the police station, earning a smack from Sol. Yeo-reum just tells him that Ha-jin is still outside and goes to her room.

Joon-ho finds Ha-jin outside staring at Yeo-reum’s ring, and even after all the mean things she said to him, he’s mostly worried about whether she’s okay. He tells Joon-ho how he saw her crying at Tae-ha’s office, and how he and Tae-ha fought about it later, but Yeo-reum wouldn’t tell him why she was crying. He knows the answer will be painful, because he knows that Yeo-reum likes Tae-ha.

At the same time, Tae-ha bleakly reminds Director Yoon about his claim that with time, that special woman will become just another person in the world. He says that that’s wrong, because for him there’s only one woman, no matter how much time passes. He cries and says that now that he knows how Yeo-reum feels about him, he can’t just give up. Yoon asks what he’s going to do, but Tae-ha doesn’t have a plan.

In her room, Yeo-reum tries again to look in the box of keepsakes from her time with Tae-ha, but she still can’t bring herself to open it. She takes the box to Joon-ho and asks him to burn it, and he says he will but only if this means things are over with Tae-ha and that she’ll get back together with Ha-jin.

Sol asks to sleep with Yeo-reum, and tells her bluntly that if she wants Tae-ha, she should go to him and she’ll support her no matter what. Awww. She says that since Yeo-reum told her she was falling for him again, she’s wondered if it only seems complicated because she was fighting it.

Yeo-reum says no, that it’s over with both Tae-ha and Ha-jin — when she saw them in the police station, she realized it was time to end this. She thinks that if Tae-ha hadn’t found her camera with the photos of him, he never would have asked her to come to him, and it wouldn’t have led to his fight with Ha-jin.


Discovery of Romance Episode 15 Recap

Sol says it won’t be easy to end it because she has to see Tae-ha at work, but Yeo-reum thinks he’ll understand and that it will be Ha-jin who can’t let go. Sol asks if Yeo-reum will be okay if she ends it with both men, and Yeo-reum jokes that since she’s such a bitch, she deserves to have a harder time. I love how Sol is all, “At least you know.”

Ha-jin makes it home and lies in bed, thinking about Tae-ha’s claim that Yeo-reum will never be satisfied with him and that he has no idea what she gives up to be with him. The next morning Ah-rim returns the bike he bought her since she’s leaving to study abroad soon, and he takes her shopping for things she’ll need over her protests, knowing she won’t spend money on herself.

Producer Bae saunters in while Yeo-reum’s mom is working, pleased as punch to present her with the couple phones he bought for them. Mom tries to feign innocence, but her assistant doesn’t let her get away with it.

Yeo-reum tries to work on her furniture designs, thinking about Tae-ha’s admonishments that the ones she turned in were repeats of her older work and she can do better. She tells Sol that she wants to design something that’s her best work, but she can’t figure out how to balance the set. Later Yoon tells Tae-ha that the girls are working on making some improvements, and Tae-ha smiles to himself, knowing that Yeo-reum took his words to heart.

They meet to go over the final designs, pretending everything is normal while carefully not looking at each other. Yeo-reum curtly takes her leave, and Yoon complains that the two of them are alike, acting like nothing is wrong between them.


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Tae-ha goes after Yeo-reum to return her camera, and he asks why she won’t look at him. She remains silent, so he gently takes her face in his hands to tilt it up to his, and he tells her that he knows the answer to his question from the night before.

Tae-ha says that she can live however she wants. He still wants his birthday wish (to be her so he’ll know what she’s thinking), and he wants to be with her, and he hopes she feels the same. He falters a little when she still doesn’t respond, but bravely adds that she shouldn’t worry about his feelings, because this is what he chooses. He’s happy with his choice, and he hopes she’ll be happy with hers.

Yoon and Tae-ha look into some furniture design competitions that Yeo-reum could enter, and Yoon asks if this will make Tae-ha feel better. Later, Tae-ha takes the information about the competitions to Sol and asks her to discuss it with Yeo-reum.

Yeo-reum finds Ha-jin at her studio, who’s bought a book on furniture design and is claiming to suddenly be interested in woodworking. He’s proud of himself that he can identify all the tools, but he’s trying so hard it just comes across as pathetic. He invites Yeo-reum to dinner, and Tae-ha pulls up just as they’re getting into Ha-jin’s car. He doesn’t stop them, still unaware that they broke off their engagement.

At dinner Yeo-reum notices that Ha-jin is still wearing his couple ring, and tells him that pretending that nothing has happened is hard for her. Ha-jin says he’s just trying to understand her, and he honestly admits that he’s mad, but he still missed her. They sit in miserable silence, and Yeo-reum thinks to herself that it took them three minutes to fall in love, but wonders how long will it take them to break up.

Taking Tae-ha’s words to heart that he doesn’t know Yeo-reum’s dreams, Ha-jin asks if she always wanted to design furniture. He admits he doesn’t know much about her, but he wants to change that. Yeo-reum says that their problems aren’t his fault, but refuses to tell him any more because it would be cruel. Ha-jin tells her that they may be at rock bottom like she said, but he’s not afraid of the bottom, and if this is the worst then he can bear it.

He says that he wants to get through this together and his words sound positive, but his face looks so desperate and hopeless, it’s heartbreaking. After dinner Ha-jin takes Yeo-reum to her mother’s, and he holds her hand but neither of them has a single thing to say.

Eun-gyu visits Sol to ask if she’s given some thought to his request to give him another chance, but Joon-ho skips in carrying shopping bags before she can answer. The awkwardness intensifies when Director Yoon shows up, and the four of them sit around the table to talk.

Sol asks Joon-ho why he’s even here — Because I like you, too, he thinks, though he says he’s there as her oppa to help her make a good decision (and I’m dying at the three sets of “get out, idiot” glares from around the table). Sol says she’ll answer both men’s questions tonight since dragging things out is awkward, and starts with Eun-gyu.


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She tells him that she’s liked him for a long time, and became a better person because of his influence. We can hear his heart pounding as he smiles, but she says their timing is off and she has someone else in mind, and he flatlines. HAHA.

Sol addresses a beaming Yoon next, saying what a good man he is, and we also hear his heart start to beat with happiness. But she says that’s not enough for her heart to flutter, and asks him if his heart can’t flutter for someone else. Flatline. Awww, poor, sweet Yoon.

Joon-ho’s heart starts to race a mile a minute as he realizes he’s the only guy left at the table. But when both of the other men take Sol’s hands to declare their undying devotion and willingness to wait for her, he slaps their hands away and tells them to back off. Yeah, “oppa” my butt.

Yeo-reum visits with her mom, and asks her if she understood her father. Mom says you never understand others, you only accept them, which is actually pretty dang wise. Yeo-reum tells her mom that she ran into Tae-ha recently and everything’s been a mess since, asking what her mother would do and worrying that her mom thinks she’s like her father.

Mom says that what she didn’t understand about Yeo-reum’s father was this — why didn’t he leave? Maybe if he had, he and the other woman would have lived, and even Mom would have had a happy life. She tells Yeo-reum not to worry about her father when she’s making her own life choices. Mom says that Yeo-reum doesn’t have to always be right, or to please others, and she tells her daughter to think more about what she wants without considering what others might think.


After the other guys leave, Joon-ho excitedly presents Sol with a gift of new sneakers. He makes a big show of telling her that in these shoes she can go anywhere she likes — to Eun-gyu or to Yoon, or to someone even better.

With a flourish he shows her a matching set of men’s sneakers and says she can even come to him if she wants. OMG they’re couple sneakers, he’s so adorkable. Sol (probably) pretends to miss his broad hints and asks where he’s going. Joon-ho deflates but says he’s going jogging in the morning, and she agrees to go with him. At this point, I’m about 98% sure she’s just messing with his head for the fun of it.

It’s Yeo-reum’s turn to brood over the pictures of Tae-ha in her camera, and she slowly deletes them one by one. Sol brings Yeo-reum the information on the design competitions and tells her they were Tae-ha’s idea. Yeo-reum remembers a time when they were dating when he also encouraged her to enter a competition, presenting her with workspace borrowed from his company so she would have a place to design. 

In the morning, Joon-ho fidgets in the park as he waits for Sol to show up, and yells at her for being late when she does. He takes her hand to jog but she pulls him back, and they end up nose-to-nose when she pulls him a bit too hard. Okay, she did that on purpose.

Joon-ho gallantly backs off, so Sol asks him bluntly why he likes her, asking him to list three reasons and teasing him that he can’t just stop with shoes. Joon-ho says that first, she’s got more guts and charisma than most guys and that he fell head over heels for that. Second, her emotions are not too cold or too hot, but just perfectly warm. And third, that she knows these things about herself and he likes that.

Thoroughly charmed, Sol gives Joon-ho a kiss on the cheek, chirps “Let’s date!” and starts to run off, but Joon-ho grabs her. He goes in for a really thorough kiss right there in the park, making Sol giggle, go weak in the knees, and take off running. He follows her, leaping and whooping — and that was pretty much the cutest confession I’ve ever seen in my life.

Yeo-reum and Tae-ha supervise the delivery of the furniture for the wine bar, and Yeo-reum says that she’s done designing the townhouse furniture and that Sol will take over production. They won’t have reason to see each other again after today. She thanks Tae-ha for the information about the competition, but says it’s too large a scale for what they can do, and she doesn’t want to have to ask for his help again.

Sad but resigned, Tae-ha says they’ll say their goodbyes here, and they shake hands one last time. Yeo-reum thinks that she finally got to hold the hand she wanted so badly to hold, and Tae-ha thinks that he will probably never hold this hand again. They both say they were happy to see each other again, as memories of the emotional moments they’ve shared run through their heads.

Yeo-reum thinks that she was able to see the scar she got from her father because of Tae-ha, and to dream again. Tae-ha thinks to himself that he’s gone as far as he can in his heart by loving a woman, and he has no regrets because he did everything he could. They wish each other well, and Tae-ha watches as Yeo-reum walks away.

Ha-jin sees Ah-rim off at the bus to the airport, where he makes her promise to use the money he gave her so she can spend her time studying instead of working part-time jobs. She gives him an envelope, asking him to open it after she’s gone. She gets on the bus, thinking to herself that some people are born to go it alone, and if that’s her life then she has no choice.

After she’s gone, Ha-jin opens the envelope to find her copy of their childhood photo and a letter addressed to “Jin-soo oppa.” It says that she’s leaving without ever getting to call him by his real name, and she believes that she’ll get to see the person she misses someday, so she’s going with a smile. She asks him not to feel guilty anymore — her only disappointment was that he left her without saying goodbye when he was adopted.

She goes on to say that while she doesn’t know why he’s sending her away now, without telling her the reason he doesn’t want her near him, she hopes that if they ever meet again and have to separate, that they get to say a proper goodbye. Finally realizing that he’s basically abandoned her again, and that she knows it, Ha-jin’s legs collapse under him and he sits on the curb sobbing with grief.

That night he sits in his car outside Yeo-reum’s studio, and narrates that he knew then why Yeo-reum broke off their engagement. He knows why she said those mean things, and why he stupidly held back his own emotions: “Because I don’t know how to say goodbye.” He understands now that he doesn’t know how to properly say goodbye to anyone, so instead he has headaches and can’t sleep, and that Yeo-reum knew this about him and said the hard words for him, and waited for him to catch up.


Yeo-reum goes outside to find Ha-jin waiting, and he just wordlessly approaches and hugs her. He finally says the words, “Let’s break up.” He tells her that the moment he opened that box in her room, he hated her, and that they’ve both changed. He says with a smile and a sob that she was really bad to him, and that it’s time to break up, and he hugs her one last time as they both cry.

Tae-ha takes the rings he bought for himself and Yeo-reum all those years ago, and throws them in a fountain, finally letting go.

Sometime later, an unidentified writer types:

Among the many loves in this world…

Two ended that night,

And that night among the three of them not one said that he/she could sleep.

Will they be able to love again?


Korean Drama Glorious Day Episode 43 Episode 44 (Finale) Recap

Korean Drama Glorious Day Episode 43 Episode 44 (Finale) Recap

Glorious DayGlorious Day Finale Recap by Couch-Kimchi:

I know I’m not the only one who hates it when drama endings are rushed but that this happened to one of the best weekend dramas I’ve seen is heartbreaking. Normally, loose ends are tied up quickly, there are time jumps and the audience is left wondering what could have been. Glorious Day ended like this over the weekend and I’m already missing these families.

Slimy ex-husband drops to his knees in front of Song-Jung to apologize, with the entire family watching. She angrily tells him to get up and not show this weak side to his girls. She yells that they’re not ready to forgive him yet. Da-In also throws her two cents in, telling Hee-Joo she can’t accept him but she doesn’t hate him either. Uncle Nam walks in, sees this and sadly walks back out.

Eun-Chan comes downstairs just as Da-Ae is telling her Dad she won’t forgive him. The scar on Da-Jung’s forehead or the fact that Da-In had to live with a different last name are things she will never forgive him for. We see the flashback of Da-Ae watching as he shoved Da-Jung which resulted in her hitting her head. He pretended not to know her Mother and sisters so they’re going to pretend not to know him now. Hee-Joo takes his Dad and leaves.

Da-In tells her Mom she has no eye for men but both Dr. Kang and Jae Woo speak up that she did a good job picking them as Son-In-Laws, right? (LMAO) Song-Jung admits she never expected to get an apology and her heart does feel lighter. Eun-Chan joins the group, saying he doesn’t like them having secrets from him. Song-Jung gives the newlyweds the cash her ex gave for their wedding and thanks Jae Woo for taking care of things all along – including Hee-Joo. Da-Jung is surprised he knew that kid was her Father’s son but she’s not angry. (No time for that – LOL!)

Song-Jung tells Da-In to be friends with Hee-Joo but Da-In isn’t willing. Eun-Chan pipes up to ask if that means she won’t be friends with him if his Dad and Da-Ae have a child? Ohhhh, burn. He’s smart, I love this kid! Da-In looks chagrined but everyone else laughs.

Grandpa admits to Min Shik he’s having a hard time dealing with Grandma, Min Shik offers to teach him how to drive. Whenever he fought with Shin Ae in the past, he used to take long drives alone to clear his head. (I do that too!) They talk about Uncle Nam liking Song-Jung and laugh.

Uncle Nam is feeling insecure and asks Jae Woo if Song-Jung forgave her ex, does that mean they’re getting back together? Jae Woo wonders when Uncle Nam got so timid (LOL) and reassures him that all the kids are cheering for him, except for Da-In. When Jae Woo learns Uncle Nam wants to protect Song-Jung, he teases him about having a hero complex.

Song-Jung reads the letter Hee-Joo’s Mom left for her. In it, she apologizes for “stealing” Song-Jung’s husband and Da-Ae, Da-Jung and Da-In’s Father. She calls herself a thieving bitch who will be punished in heaven. Whoa, I know a thieving bitch from another drama who should have felt this way! I’m looking at you, Temptation. *stinky side-eye*

Grandma starts having problems recognizing family members, they use pictures from Da-Jung and Jae Woo’s wedding to help her remember. *sniff* She scolds Eun-Chan for not calling Da-Ae “Mom” yet, which is sweet. Da-In tries to scare him into saying “Ommmaaa!” but it doesn’t work. LMAO!

Uncle Nam give Da-In a ride to school but it’s really just to talk. When she admits she doesn’t like the idea that he might be her Father, he reminds her she wished she had a Father like him. *snicker* He lists things Fathers are good for, the most important is walking her down the aisle.

He stops by the rice-cake shop, puts a band-aid on Da-Jung’s scar and offers plastic surgery after the baby is born to get rid of that scar on her forehead. He visits Da-Ae last, telling her she can come to him for hugs when she needs it (which Dr Kang doesn’t like). Shin Ae takes her parents to the hospital for tests and talks to the Doctor about her Mom’s mood swings. She tearfully begs him to reassure Grandma that she’s doing okay, even if things have gotten worse.

Jae Woo’s company holds a fashion show, the members of VIXX model coats, which makes the girls in the crowd go insane. When Da-In gets excited and wants to take pictures with them, Ji-Ho pulls her away, saying loudly that he hates VIXX the most. The guys turn to glare at him. Hilarious!

The men all meet to discuss what will happen if Uncle Nam really marries Song-Jung. Min Sik tells Song-Jung that Uncle Nam’s Father was a playboy which is why he’s allergic to affairs. She should marry him, he will be faithful to her until the end. Awww.

At home, when Min Sik mentions letting Uncle Nam and Song-Jung get married, Shin Ae pitches a fit. She’s against this but Min Sik and the Grandparents all ignore her. (LOL) She rushes next door to confront Song-Jung but ends up backing down. I love that Song-Jung is finally able to deal with Shin Ae’s tantrums. There is indeed a growing respect and friendship between these two women.

Uncle Nam calls Da-Jung to find out the thing they all wanted to do most, if they had a Father. They meet at an amusement park carousel. Jae Woo brings Song-Jung to the same place, she’s shocked to see Uncle Nam there too. As she watches her girls ride around, she flashes back on their younger selves and watches Uncle Nam wave to them.

“When riding an amusement park ride, it would be nice to have to have a Father who would watch from the outside and wave”

She approaches Uncle Nam and asks how long he’s going to keep doing this type of stuff? The girls all watch as he calmly and quietly asks Song-Jung to give him the rest of her time. He grabs her hand and runs off with her. They discuss things more intimately back at his place, he finally put a very simple ring on her finger. She tearfully asks if he’s confident, he tearfully replies that he is the one who can promise to love her for a long, long time. *instant tears*

The girls are eventually delighted as is the rest of the entire family. Eun-Chan practices calling Da-Ae Mom but still can’t quite bring himself to do it. Shin Ae attempts one last stand to disagree with this marriage but gives in when Uncle Nam scolds her for caring more about the diamonds missing from Song-Jung’s ring. *hee* It’s always about money with this woman.

Dr. Kang warns Uncle Nam that he’s not to lay one finger on Song-Jung until the wedding. ROFLMAO! Song-Jung decides to write 2 more books, Jae Woo builds a cradle for the baby, So Lee and In Woo prepare for their wedding. Ji Ho arranges for Da-In to meet Hee-Joo before he goes into the army. She can tell he’s not eating so she brings him home. *sniff* During dinner, Song-Jung makes it clear he’s welcome anytime.

Also during dinner, Eun-Chan works up the nerve to call Da-Ae “Omma” which shocks everyone. Later while he’s doing his homework, Da-Ae hugs him, thanking him for finally calling her Mom. He asks if he can have a younger sister, one that looks just like her, which brings her to tears. *sobs*

Song-Jung and Uncle Nam get married. A few months later, Da-Jung has the baby, it’s a girl. Another time jump (3 years) and So Lee is pregnant. Da-Jung and Jae Woo have 2 children – the oldest girl and a baby boy. Da-In catches Ji Ho arriving at a restaurant with another girl, she suspects he’s cheating. However, he brought the other girl to meet Hee-Joo, who’s been discharged from the army. LMAO at her covering her face with her hair once she realizes her mistake.

Grandma has slipped further into senility and no longer knows who everyone is. She thinks Grandpa is the hired help but cutely blushes when he talks to her, which makes everyone laugh. It’s sad but adorable. The ending shows the entire family together outside, eating watermelon. I gotta say, my heart pounded watching Lee Sang Woo play Daddy and swing the little girl up into his arms. Does that make me an insane fangirl?


It’s a shame this drama was cut short but I understand things like ratings and making money so I’m not too upset. Surprisingly, I loved the ending although it was rushed. I do think too much time was spent on the Shin Ae character in the middle, that bit was dragged out way too long. I also felt like the side story with So Lee and her parents dragged especially since most of us didn’t care. (LOL) I know I fought against it but finally became resigned to the fact that In Woo was going to marry her. Too bad we didn’t get to see her change, it seemed to happen overnight.

Song-Jung finally accepting Uncle Nam felt…anti-climatic? While I loved the carousel scene and his words after he put the ring on her finger, it too felt a bit draggy – I was getting annoyed and impatient with her character for continually turning him down for stupid reasons. When she agreed to marry him, it still felt too much like she was “giving in” instead of admitting how she felt. But no matter.

Oddly enough, the best scene for me involved Da-Ae and Eun-Chan. When he finally called her Mom at dinner, the look on her face as she held back tears mirrored what I was feeling. When she thanked him later and he asked for a little sister, I found it one of the most moving scenes in the final episode. This will remain one of the best weekend dramas I’ve seen and I’m already depressed that my weekends won’t be spent with Song-Jung and her girls.

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