Jang-mi tells Ki-tae he looked like a wet rat the first time she saw him from his date that threw water on him , but agrees that he looked so sexy that she threw the juice on him later just to see him all wet and sexy again.
They reminisce over all the key points of their relationship, teasing and joking adorably. Jang-mi says she likes the small tub, and they canoodle as she says in voiceover that at that point, they still trusted each other. Jang-mi argues that the forecast predicted it would clear up, and the bride gets her way so the umbrellas come down. Yeo-reum approaches them and grabs Ki-tae in a bear-hug when Ki-tae pouts that he only greeted Jang-mi. Yeo-reum escorts Jang-mi to her waiting room, and Ki-tae overhears him say something about wiring money and gets suspicious. Se-ah comes to congratulate Jang-mi, who jokes that her mother loves her new breast but her dad loves it more, hee.
Ki-tae greets the wedding guests and gets glomped by an overly-enthusiastic Hoon-dong, cute where he and his mother are grilled by the female family members over her divorce and his not inviting his father. Dad shows up and Mom admits to having invited him, but Hyun-hee comes to get Ki-tae before he can address any of this. They and every single wedding guest look to where Se-ah is sitting, looking very cuddly with the 3D technology sales rep on her arm. All of the wedding guests run for cover, leaving Ki-tae and Jang-mi to stand in the rain at the altar all alone.
Jang-mi says in voiceover that in life, the worst things happen during the best times, but you can get through life because the best things also come with the worst. Soaked and deserted by family and friends, Ki-tae and Jang-mi just look at each other and begin to laugh. They exchange wedding rings in the pouring rain, as Jang-mi thinks how marriage involves not just them, but both of their families. There will be lots of family issues, but marriage is worth it to be together.
This goes for the parents as well as the leads, because none of them really changed dramatically; they only learned to accept themselves and take responsibility for their own happiness. Nobody had to have a personality transplant in order for someone to love them… yes they all changed some, but they just became better versions of themselves. Before, their quirks and hangups were holding them back, but they learned to take those qualities in themselves and use them in a positive way instead of letting the personality trait be in control.
Instead of giving Jang-mi personal satisfaction, this just led to her being dismissed and overlooked by her friends and family. But I believe that even though he did a lot of growing, Ki-tae still stayed essentially himself through the course of the show… he simply learned how to turn his protective instincts to the people he loves rather than keep it all for himself.
But the best thing about this entire show has always been the focus on family. None of us live in a vacuum and, good or bad, our families shape and define who we are. Jang-mi and Ki-tae were dysfunctional because their families were dysfunctional — but rather than fighting the future in-laws for control like so many drama characters, they actually drew those families in and worked on healing them. But they learned how to love and accept one another in spite of that, and maybe even because of that.
The best dramas are ones that not only make you laugh and root for the characters, but make you feel something special, and I think I can confidently say that this show did that and did it well. It is in some ways the least romantic and most realistic of depictions since we have characters who run the gamut from happily wed, happily divorced, to some whose marriages resemble war buddies who are in it till the end because no one else would know their pain.
This series is a standout among rom-coms for its fresh take on contemporary romance, its flawed characters who were allowed to remain flawed, and the lovely sense of humor that the writer and director shared—there was a cohesion in the writing and directing that was palpable, in that we were made to feel all of the right beats in all the right ways, which is actually rare. I loved the setup, but it started to drive me nuts the way we felt trapped there. The series was at its best early on, when the humor crackled and the couple was forced to act loving on the surface while antagonism brewed underneath.
But once they started using it to misrepresent scenes altogether with footage that was a direct lie, it stopped being clever and felt manipulative; they lost meaning when I could only start counting them as fantasy sequences. At least the finale went out on the kind of cold open I had loved early on.
Marriage Not Dating was a relative success for tvN it reached a high of 4. I love watching actors grow role by role, and these two had such a fantastically timed growth spurt in the same drama opposite one another. It underscored that the secondary loveline in the drama—between Jang-mi and her future mother-in-law—was something that changed Mom as a daughter-in-law as well. I loved that the familial thread ran through the show from beginning to end, and that despite the romance being the hook, family is what we end on. Your email address will not be published. I will miss this drama a lot.
Can't believe it's over.. Watch her in 'Warm Words'.. She's the only reason i keep watching the show. While I found the show entertaining. I didn't actually like a single one of the characters, and especially Gong Gi Tae. In that last episode his attempts to cheer her up or whatever it was he was doing when trying to force to her to eat and joke around with him and talk about marriage when she's trying to find her father to tell him her mother has cancer were appalling! And that thing with the letter - what gives him the right to open her mother's private letter, read the contents, steal it, and then refuse to let her daughter see it?
I would have ripped him a new one right there. I will say the product placement for the LG portable photo printer in the last episode totally got me. I immediately looked it up and may still buy it I bought LG G3 after watching this drama when I saw the printer.. If I found out my mother had cancer, I'd love to have Gong Ki-tae there doing all those things for me: I mean, making sure I eat, holding my hand, and then staying with my father and comforting him all night? I couldn't ask for anything more.
Mostly because all that those things really show is that he's trying, that he's worried for me and that in itself is something lovely even if he doesn't know exactly how to convey it perfectly. Although, I personally think him going out of his way to mend the relationship between Jang-mi's parents is a pretty wonderful way to convey how much he cares for them, but that's just me: The fact that he did all those things is just his way of showing love and concern to the ones he care for. It may not be super romantic, but that just makes him, him. Thank you DB for the recaps. I appreciated it so much.
This one of the less-buzzed drama when it began but ended with a bang. I have to agree that the second leads with the exception of Hoon Dong, he's such dork didn't contribute as much as to the awesomeness of this series but the families made up for them esp GT's mom. Yay, the three women being together forget dad, girl power FTW. And don't make me start with the wedding. If it ended with a simple wedding, it's not MND. The kiss at the end perfectly wraps up their story and now that's a kiss. I agree that the big weakness in this show were the second leads, Se Ah and YR.
Neither one of these characters were written particularly well - their motives were fuzzy, and they hanged allegiances and directions without notice or reason. But the acting was also very poor - both characters were played by idols, with little acting experience, and it showed. Both of them were more concerned with looking good than showing some real emotion, and neither of them were able to give any unspoken clues about their character.
I got so sick of their plastic, enigmatic smiles. I understood the rest of the characters, I felt like they were real people, and then there was Ken and Barbie. Thanks for the recaps guys! I still have to catch up on the drama, but I did read all the recaps.
I can say I am pretty much satisfied with the ending: D Gi Tae and Jang Mi made one awesome pair! This drama was very fresh and funny. This adds onto my list of most fave dramas. Gonna watch out for the leads from now on, they were fun to watch. Was consistent from start to finish.
Watching this became a bonding time with my wife who kept on nagging me to check whether the latest episode was already out. This was also a great consolation after being disappointed so much with Doctor Stranger not that they have any relation. Good directing, writing, and most of all, good actors. This drama did not have any pretensions at being life-like, or having any deep meaning. It never attempted to moralize or to stylize the scenes again, unlike Doctor Stranger.
It was just plain heartwarming, and hilarious and insightful towards the end. Congratulations to all the production staff and the cast. Will look forward to another drama by the same actors. Incidentally, am not Korean. But I am beginning to love Korean culture and actors. Have watched tons of Korean dramas. Thank you as well to all who do the subs.
Looking forward to visit Korea with my wife one day. MND was a good drama. I started off loving it but midway it lost its addictiveness to me and it wasn't as funny as it used to be. They took too long to have the OTP start dating and the angst and the two leads going around in circles aggravated me to no end. In spite of all of this I still liked this drama and when the leads did get together they were magic on screen.
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They have such wonderful chemistry, I hope they are able to reunite in another drama or movie someday. The ending left me wanting more, idk I just didn't like the ending that much even though that kiss was amazing. They kept mentioning a plot twist so much that I thought it was going to be something epic, but all it was was whats her name getting knocked up by that one doctor guy. That was a let down. However, I loved that Gi Tae's mom found her happiness in the end.
Her husband's family screwed her up so badly that it's understandable why she acts the way she does. Overall I enjoyed this drama even if some of my love for it at the beginning wore off towards the end. It's still one of the best rom-coms of for me and I will put it on my repeat list for rainy days. Even though I love this show which has ne comparing it to coffee prince.. I understand girlfriend take on the cold scene in the beginning.. With everything else showing now.. I can't even get through half the episodes without folding it in but I have been waiting and even watching without subs since I was so anxious for this show..
Probably the best thing for this ending was that not everyone got redeems in some unreasonable way.. Thank you Lollypip and girlfriday for the great and heartfelt recaps. Love this series so much but wished we had more time to just savor the OST relationship for a little longer. As well as seeing Ki-tae's dad suffer a whole lot more. And by the way, what with Jang-Mi's mom, yikes!! What a whiny self centered woman! I really loved the OTP, but the scene that by far made me grin the most was the one where the 3 women collectively kicked dad to the curb.
I didn't think he had it in him. Thank you guys so much for the great recaps and insight you've provided and to all the commenters who left such great comments about the show as well. You two said what I wanted to say and more so much better than I ever could have, especially your last lign here, girlfriday, ha. I'm going to miss this show so much, especially the lead couple. They had so many adorable, sweet, wonderful and heartfelt moments in the last few episodes and it was a joy to witness them grow as people and as a couple.
The actors did a fabulous job with these roles and they've definitely put those two on the map for me. And because I didn't get to comment on it in the last recap, I still love, love, LOVE the moment between Kitae and his mother on the phone and the ones here between KiTae's mom, aunt and halmoni. I love how much this show emphasised the importance of family. It did a tremendous job of showcasing that even if they're dysfunctional and you're not close to them - your family still shapes you into who you are in a big way.
It was wonderful seeing the love between the women in KiTae's family and seeing his father get his comeuppance and Mom get her fire back. I was waiting for that. Just like how JangMi's parents made a scene at the hospital while making up - seeing that made me realize that she got her "scene-making" ways from them. I also loved the realism in their decision to get married. They know firsthand just how badly marriages can go but even so, they're still willing to give it a try and try their best to love and support each other despite whatever twists life may throw at them.
I also loved the cleverness in the writing, the crazy sound effects, the awesome ost and the cute effects on screen. When this drama started I forgot about it and all the news that were posted here. I was just checking viki and it appeared, I read the description and watched episode 1.
This drama made me laugh, even cry a little and made me care for many of the characters. Ki-tae and Jang-mi are so good and so cute together, and I only can agree, the family aspect in this drama is one of its strongest angles. Maybe is not a perfect drama but the crazy second lead and the flaws here and there never made me abandon it, because I was so in love with the good stuff that I could pass through that. I still can't believe that this drama is over. I'm so going to miss it. Been playing the OSTs over and over again. It's my first time seeing Han Groo act and I'm even surprised because she's so young!
Her acting is on point and she's so good at comedy. Yeon Woo Jin's characters are so scary and he was a killer in Arang but the first time I saw him was in Ojakgyo Brothers and from then on, I knew he'd do well in a rom com. I admit that this drama kinda bored me halfway through it and I actually stopped watching. I had to catch up on 4 episodes at once. It's the 2nd leads. I love Sunhwa and Jinwoon but omg their characters are so annoying. Then the bestfriend was just annoying too. Still, I enjoyed the drama and it was a fun watch among all the dramas airing now.
Gi Tae's "I know that there's no such thing as love that last forever. Despite that, I want to try loving you forever. T like seriously, no kidding. Usually, I get bored half way through and find myself FF all the annoying and useless bits. But I thoroughly enjoyed each and every episode of this one! I mean, they are pretty annoying at times. But somehow I get the satisfaction of seeing the leads jealous of seeing one another with their own respective cockblocker hahaha.
If we were to compare, there are definitely many more worse second leads out there. The one thing I truly appreciate about the show is how it works so well to build up relationships so realistically, whether it is between a mother and son, mother and daughter-in-law, husband and wife etc. The last episode wrapped up things pretty nicely. Loved the scene between grandma, aunt and mom. Crying and hugging each other, leaving cheating dad gobsmacked whilst they celebrate living together hahaha.
Seriously, those two are amazing. Yeon Woo Jin is so damn charming in the show, so much so that I wanna get a Ki-tae myself. A girl can dream. Han Groo did a great job as Jang-mi too. Her movements are always so dramatic yet still somewhat natural at the same time. Looking forward to see her future projects for sure. This is the best drama I have watched by far! Can't wait for the drama that is supposed to replace it too! Thank you for recaps! And thank you dramagods for such a zippy and hilarious rom-com. Oh, I must also thank whoever did the sound effects in this show. Gaaah, is it over already?!
I am super glad however, that Gi Tae's mom was able to get the treatment she deserved all these years, and that Gi Tae's Dad didn't get a free for all happy ending just because he was the main character's father. Same with Jang Mi's parents, I kind of wanted them to have a chance to lay down all their grievances especially Jang Mi's mom because I feel as though the reunion will be temporarily. Anyhoo, that's some of my thoughts. All in all, a great show, I hope that tvN continues to produce awesome shows like this: As well as seeing Ki-tae's dad suffer a whole lot more. And by the way, what with Jang-Mi's mom, yikes!!
What a whiny self centered woman! I really loved the OTP, but the scene that by far made me grin the most was the one where the 3 women collectively kicked dad to the curb. I didn't think he had it in him. Thank you guys so much for the great recaps and insight you've provided and to all the commenters who left such great comments about the show as well. You two said what I wanted to say and more so much better than I ever could have, especially your last lign here, girlfriday, ha.
I'm going to miss this show so much, especially the lead couple. They had so many adorable, sweet, wonderful and heartfelt moments in the last few episodes and it was a joy to witness them grow as people and as a couple. The actors did a fabulous job with these roles and they've definitely put those two on the map for me. And because I didn't get to comment on it in the last recap, I still love, love, LOVE the moment between Kitae and his mother on the phone and the ones here between KiTae's mom, aunt and halmoni. I love how much this show emphasised the importance of family.
It did a tremendous job of showcasing that even if they're dysfunctional and you're not close to them - your family still shapes you into who you are in a big way. It was wonderful seeing the love between the women in KiTae's family and seeing his father get his comeuppance and Mom get her fire back. I was waiting for that. Just like how JangMi's parents made a scene at the hospital while making up - seeing that made me realize that she got her "scene-making" ways from them. I also loved the realism in their decision to get married.
They know firsthand just how badly marriages can go but even so, they're still willing to give it a try and try their best to love and support each other despite whatever twists life may throw at them. I also loved the cleverness in the writing, the crazy sound effects, the awesome ost and the cute effects on screen. When this drama started I forgot about it and all the news that were posted here. I was just checking viki and it appeared, I read the description and watched episode 1. This drama made me laugh, even cry a little and made me care for many of the characters.
Ki-tae and Jang-mi are so good and so cute together, and I only can agree, the family aspect in this drama is one of its strongest angles. Maybe is not a perfect drama but the crazy second lead and the flaws here and there never made me abandon it, because I was so in love with the good stuff that I could pass through that. I still can't believe that this drama is over. I'm so going to miss it. Been playing the OSTs over and over again. It's my first time seeing Han Groo act and I'm even surprised because she's so young! Her acting is on point and she's so good at comedy.
Yeon Woo Jin's characters are so scary and he was a killer in Arang but the first time I saw him was in Ojakgyo Brothers and from then on, I knew he'd do well in a rom com. I admit that this drama kinda bored me halfway through it and I actually stopped watching. I had to catch up on 4 episodes at once. It's the 2nd leads. I love Sunhwa and Jinwoon but omg their characters are so annoying. Then the bestfriend was just annoying too. Still, I enjoyed the drama and it was a fun watch among all the dramas airing now. Gi Tae's "I know that there's no such thing as love that last forever.
Despite that, I want to try loving you forever. T like seriously, no kidding. Usually, I get bored half way through and find myself FF all the annoying and useless bits. But I thoroughly enjoyed each and every episode of this one! I mean, they are pretty annoying at times. But somehow I get the satisfaction of seeing the leads jealous of seeing one another with their own respective cockblocker hahaha. If we were to compare, there are definitely many more worse second leads out there. The one thing I truly appreciate about the show is how it works so well to build up relationships so realistically, whether it is between a mother and son, mother and daughter-in-law, husband and wife etc.
The last episode wrapped up things pretty nicely. Loved the scene between grandma, aunt and mom. Crying and hugging each other, leaving cheating dad gobsmacked whilst they celebrate living together hahaha. Seriously, those two are amazing. Yeon Woo Jin is so damn charming in the show, so much so that I wanna get a Ki-tae myself. A girl can dream. Han Groo did a great job as Jang-mi too. Her movements are always so dramatic yet still somewhat natural at the same time. Looking forward to see her future projects for sure. This is the best drama I have watched by far!
Can't wait for the drama that is supposed to replace it too! Thank you for recaps! And thank you dramagods for such a zippy and hilarious rom-com. Oh, I must also thank whoever did the sound effects in this show.
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Gaaah, is it over already?! I am super glad however, that Gi Tae's mom was able to get the treatment she deserved all these years, and that Gi Tae's Dad didn't get a free for all happy ending just because he was the main character's father. Same with Jang Mi's parents, I kind of wanted them to have a chance to lay down all their grievances especially Jang Mi's mom because I feel as though the reunion will be temporarily. Anyhoo, that's some of my thoughts.
All in all, a great show, I hope that tvN continues to produce awesome shows like this: Such a satisfying ending to a solid drama. I have to admit the earlier episodes were my favourite, it went flat in the middle for me but the ending was done nicely. I cried when the three ladies cried when grandma finally let go of her daughter in law and cried again when mum offered to live with the other 2 ladies and left dad to go eat crap for all they cared..
And yay for a show that uses more than the main leads in an effective way. I still wouldn't say all characters were likable or well-developed and used as in my other favorite show of the season, High School King of Savvy. I liked the portrayal of the leads and their families best here - including grandma, aunt, even sleazy dad and his mistress. Hoon-dong was funny once you get past the first few episodes where he was quite repulsive - and he did get his comeuppance in the shape of his wife insert evil grin here.
Se-ah and Yeo-rum I cared for even less except for during the beach escapade. I thought at that point they might have an interesting friendship between all of them but after that unfortunately things went back to square one. It might be the writing, the acting or a combination of both but they have not added anything aside from being plot devices. Putting that weakness aside there are many things I loved about the show. Ki-tae's silent reconciliation with his mom over the phone was awesome. Loved that he understood her value too late and there was no turning back. The couple who seemed like the perfect family ended up divorcing while the ones who were always fighting ended up together because they actually loved each other in their own crazy way.
Thanks TVN for giving us a realistic relationship of 30 somethings in which people really kiss, sleep together and have romantic moments in a bathtub! It was short, cute and touching. Aw, I loved Missing You. I just watched it last week. The story surprised me with how lovely it turned out to be despite it's shortness and Yeon Woo-jin is wonderful in it. What a fitting end to a wonderful, hilarious, and heartfelt show. It had it's missteps here and there, but, all in all, it did everything I wanted it to and then some. As of now, it's my favorite rom-com of Any drama that puts a smile on your face and makes your heart feel full just thinking about it is an amazing drama in my book.
I adore Yeon Woo-jin and Han Groo so much and this was the perfect drama to showcase just how far they've come in just a few years time. I'm so attached to them and their characters that it's actually hard to see them separate, but I'm glad that it was them that got to be each other's partner in their first leading roles because they really play off each other so fantastically. I can't wait to see where they go from here! And I loooooooved it. What a perfect wedding hahaha!
I do have to agree with Jang-mi the Yeon Woo-jin looks very sexy all wet in fact, I noticed that in the very first episode too, lol and theres something so hot about the way he wipes his face before grabbing her for a kiss. And if that wasn't enough, the way he smiled at her before going in for more! But what I loved most was the way he proposed! There's no way of knowing what obstacles and rough times they'll have to go through, so it's lovely the way he declared that despite that, he has faith that the good times with her will make what ever roadblocks they face in the future worth it.
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And then the end just drove in that idea that even if they're making a scene at their own wedding, at least they're facing the issues they face head on and get back to smiling and laughing in no time: Honestly, I usually write so much more and I feel like there's a lot more I want to say, but I'm actually in the middle of rewatching the drama haha, and writing about is making me want to return to watching it LOL.
Perhaps, I'll return later and write more: Such a big fan of both leads and it was so refreshing to see a mother-in-law who was not pure evil just to supply a drama with a stock villain. Very rarely do I love a series all the way through but this definitely ranks up there as a show that's perfect to binge-watch on a rainy day. It's too bad that the guests did not get to hear their vows, but one of the sweetest parts about this episode is that the audience got to hear those vows during the second proposal when Ki Tae promised to do his best to love her forever and Jang Mi promised to trust him.
Their affection for each other is real and palpable and not just for show. Maybe cos i have sons.. I cried, then ran to the kitchen to make my sons' favorite chicken dish Cutting this into two since my comment is too long! Sigh, the episode I hate commenting on most is the last. Because it just means I gotta accept that the end is here.
I loved this show; I didn't for a moment think it lowered its level and even if I started seeing it late, I totally feel the withdrawals. This last episode is my favourite I think, mostly because the family ties are so well addressed rather than sugar coated. I loved that Jang-mi's parents aren't suddenly romantic and that Ki-tae's mom decided to live with the women who's been by her side through it all. I just see it happening in real life to these characters who seem so real and alive themselves. Everyone felt organic rather than puppets controlled by a master.
I really started hating Se-ah somewhere in the middle, but I'm glad she was redeemed quickly. While I know a majority of you guys felt her character changed too abruptly, I think her main personality remained the same. She was still controlling but maybe focused on another target - first it was to get Ki-tae back, then it was to make Ki-tae's life perfect.
I'm glad she got her happy ending even if I really expected the father of the child to be Yeo-rim. As for Yeo-rim, I was really sad he left the restaurant because I felt his bond with both Jang-mi and Ki-tae was way more powerful than some temporary jealousy. But in a drama that focuses on characters being realistic, its good that he's moving on because eventually things happen, people change as well as circumstances.
I also really loved the portrayal of friendship and loyalty here. It's actually very understated and sometimes ignored with many other things happening, but it's one of my favourite aspects. They all looked out for each other, were there when the other person needed a shoulder. Everyone has a different connection and they aren't bonded as a group but more so individually.
It's just so awesome. And finally Ki-tae and Jang-mi. I feel like I've said everything I wanted to about how great they are together and as individuals. But I can probably go on forever. Instead, I'll just say the reason I love them so much is because Yeon Woo-jin and Han Groo are just so good at portraying them.
Their chemistry was intense yet warm, blazing yet comfortable, easy yet charming. Both are ridiculously talented and I expect great things from them in the future. I hope they get a chance to be main leads in network channels and take on bigger challenges. Definitely the breakout stars of the year for me. I've never seen them in anything before and I'm just so mighty impressed. I can probably carry on, but I'll stop lol. I love this show and I hope that those who haven't seen it yet will give it a try. I'll miss it, but endings like these make me feel like they all exist in the world I live, just that maybe I won't get to see them onscreen anymore.
That makes me feel better actually, which in turn makes me feel delusional LOL. Han Groo is awesome! TvN seems to really like wedding scenes in their dramas this year. They seemed so mature in this drama. Jin Woon needs to work on his acting. He needs to loosen up and act more natural. There is nothing more intimidating than a flock of meddling ahjummas. I can't help but wonder how it feels for Yeon Woo-jin and Han Groo to go from having so much skinship with one another while shooting the drama and, as we know, the real time far exceeds the reel time to none presumably after the drama wrapped.
Their pheremones must feel confused! I'm excited for both of the leads and enjoyed them each immensely in this, but I've got to give extra props to Han Groo for being such a natural at the physical comedy. Anyway, they made a delightful OTP that I shall remember fondly for a long time. I super loved that Mom, Grandma, and Aunt were equally thrilled about staying together and giving Dirtbag the boot.
Especially in the context of Korean family values. I would've liked to have seen Jang Mi and Ki Tae's Mom enjoying a newfound bond with one another on this ep. Marathoned it in 2 days. Always wanted to check it out coz the first episode recap sounds really good and am glad I get to marathon it instead. Thanks for the recaps. I agree that both leads really gave their best in their roles Hopefully they will move on to bigger and better projects. Thing is I feel that cable sometimes used lesser known actors who doesn't command the same buzz but somehow produces better results.
It's telling that a number of cable dramas are actually more entertaining than the ones on the main stations. It's a peculiar trend but as long as us viewers remain the beneficiaries Man, those aunts of GiTaes are so damn annoying. They don't live with him one apparently lives in the US , don't keep up with the family I saw that look of surprise on their faces when Queen Mom told them their bro has a woman and yet they place all these ridiculous expectations on KiTae because "he's the sole family heir" and on their sister-in-law prepare for my dad's memorial while I wine and dine!!!!
There's a reason why you three were not invited, you know. What a fun wedding. Although, I would die if that happened to me. Usually, guests wait until after they get some alcohol in their system before they create a scene at your wedding, but nope, this was all sober. Such is Jang Mi and Ki Tae's life. At least the busybody Gong ladies now know about Dad's infidelity. I was relieved Show didn't go down the cliche path of Jang Mi being pregnant when she threw up because I did not want a child to be a factor in his marriage proposal. Ki Tae and Jang Mi will go down as my all-time favorite couple.
Their bubble bath flashback reel starting from the time they met to the time he fell for her brings tears to my eyes. I cannot express how much I adore all the cute facial expressions Ki Tae makes. No one does it like Yeon Woo Jin. I cannot think of any other actresses who could have embodied Jang Mi as well as Han Groo. One of my favorite character traits of Jang Mi came in episode 4 where she couldn't bring herself to half-ass the cooking even though the point was to mess up the memorial.
He's just a creep. I thought they've implied that she had family money, but he didn't. And it seems like she's from a different sphere than them. I wonder if he married for money, thus their conflict is about love. That'd make them the opposite of JM's parents, who married for love, and fight about money. Was lol at another comment that a cyclist isn't exactly a tiger to warrant those reactions Wholehearted and genuine this time on Ki-tae's part with BOTH his arms in a heartfelt embrace instead of that ONE arm kiss from the time aunt was watching.
I agree with all that you wrote especially the "highlighted" parts! Yes, to watch how their feelings and understanding grow towards each other, their actions speak louder than words The one that really understands him and the one that makes him not want to live alone again. I felt so heart wrenching watching him - realising that Jang-mi is on the couch as if waiting for him and him watching Jang-mi and stroking her gently I totally agree that the father is the worst character of the bunch, and he's just as manipulative as his wife. For me, the honor, "worst character of the bunch," goes to Jangmi's mother - the kind who is social-climbing, greed-driven, and incapable of feeling any shame.
How can you be sure that Jangmi's mother even loves her daughter? Is the woman even capable of maternal love? Gitae's mother really called it, and the ensuing cat-playing-with-the-mouse game was just delicious. I agree that Gi-tae's father is creepy. Kim Gab-Soo's protrayal of one of the most awesome step-fathers ever in Cinderella's Sister, makes his character here look so much worse. And then there's angst like this that hits you in the heart and squeezes it tight and makes you want to come back for more.
I can't wait to watch them feel their way toward each other in the coming episodes! This drama is getting better and better, something does not happen often in many current kdramas. The best episode so far for me. All of the characters are different shades of grey, no one is black or white. I really enjoy every moment the character lives. Their problems, struggles and relationships are so relatable yet endearing to watch.
Thank goodness Jang Mi is so patient with Gi Tae. Come on, admit it already. What else is there to lose since both have decided separate ways at the beginning. Hoon Dong goes from chicken jerk to fighter cock to marry Jang Mi's friend. I don't get the regret JM's friend has to getting herself pregnant, don't you know you were the one who slept with him when he's drunk?
I hope this is not some sick ploy to get him. And finally, Yeo Rum has stopped smiling and show some angst and Gi Tae's mother sigh!
Direct it at your jerk husband, lady! I loved this episode so much I had to rewatch some of the highlights. I love that KiTae is realizing his feelings and he is starting to act on them. The way he looks at her feels so genuine Kudos to Yeon WooJin for the awesome acting. Also JangMi is such a sweet lovable character.
I can't wait for next week's episode! KiTae's mom's story is truly heartbreaking. Her sobbing at the end of the episode really got me. I really hope that she is able to find happiness and get away from that sleazeball of a husband. I'm glad that Ki-tae and Jang-mi are sort of on the same page now. I'm glad they are more in tune with how they feel about each other, and the more we can get away from the second leads, the better.
Speaking of second leads, I know many people will feel sorry for Yeo-reum, but he really put himself in that situation. I give him kudos for pursuing the girl and being active unlike a lot of second leads. However, he entered this relationship knowing that the girl was semi-attached and therefore couldn't be with him completely. I partly blame her for leading him on, yes, but I give her slack because of her circumstances. She was dumped humiliatingly, got dragged into a contract engagement with some guy she barely knew, and was being hit on by a hot youngster.
Her feelings were clearly confused, but Yeo-reum wasn't. So I did not like it when he was pretending he didn't know about her feelings and blaming her for not hiding her "true feelings. Which leads me to my next gripe: Is this the only way to progress the story? There's gotta be other ways! Lastly, I felt sorry for Ki-tae's mom here. She's been kind of a controlling witch these last few episodes, so I'm happy to see a bit more depth thrown her way.
I maintain the hope that she and Jang-mi will eventually have a wonderful relationship, and if they don't, it would be a seriously wasted story in this drama. Would it kill drama writers to have a heroine who has healthy relationships with both her her mom AND her mother-in-law? I felt ep 9 was a drag for once, in this whole series , so ep 10 was very welcome for its catalystic "upswing". I am kinda of tired of them.
Not his supporter, yet I also didn't see him as totally 'fake' even as in later episodes his constant smile was getting tired and irritating. And frustration for YR's constant presence as 'rescuer' - from first kiss to soup incident where he was the one hugging even as Ki Tae was frantically worrying. Just felt that smile was his 'easy-going' way of masking all underlying issues, real and otherwise, including his won deep-seated vulnerabilities.
But while I like her kindness, gung ho spunk and totally relate to her bzbody tendencies to help and save people, I also think Jang Mi should take responsibility for her flakey partner decisions and blowing hot-cold. Afterall she is the one constantly reassuring YR that it's all fake and choosing to cosy up to him on couch in Ki Tae's living room while ostracizing Ki Tae.
Then upon realisation that Ki Tae's kisses were the real thing While I was getting increasingly annoyed with YR for his cockblocking presence and increasingly irritating grin, ep 9 changed my sympathies. What is the dude supposed to read from all that?!? And Jang Mi going to all those lengths to drag Ki Tae from cafe to office - just to hide and not talk about the fact they kissed.
Isn't that some of HER doing? Kt mom is second worse for me.. The lady doesn't deserve sympathy since she has prolonged the situation for god knows how long.. The mother does water necessary to avoid it. My guess is Yeo Reum won't object as much as Ki Tae who seems way more possessive, and YR also seems at home and likely to fit a bromance I actually loved that the last straw for him wasn't the kiss remember, in an earlier episode he said it didn't matter if KT and JM had slept together.
What hurt him was seeing JM make such an emotional connection with KT. And in my youth, I was - at one time or another - on both sides of that couple where one is slowly falling for someone else, which made that 'barging in' scene particularly painful to watch. How can a show be so funny and still make cry when it hits certain notes? This show and It's Okay That's Love know exactly which heartstrings to pull at and I will probably rewatch this drama once it's over. Words also cannot describe how much I appreciate Jang Mias a character and a person.
She's not afraid to overstep certain boundaries for the good of other people and she always means well regardless of the results. I can't wait until our OTP is officially together because from what we've seen so far, they're bound to be even more adorable and precious then they already are. Thanksssss lollypipppp here ill give you a nemo kiss. I agree with you that this show just gets better!!! I mean on ep 7 and 8 i lost a little interest bc everyone seemed flat and was just there to separate our leads but these last two eps just proved that i was wrong! We're given backgrounds of the questionable actions we saw on ep 7 and 8.
I have like a thesis on this show but now i just need to. Thanks for the great recap! I noticed you didn't comment much about Hyun-Hee. For some reason, I kept feeling her character is very manipulative. I never fully trust what she's saying or her feelings toward Hoon-dong are genuine. Every action seems calculated. Not sure if it's just me feeling that way or anyone else sharing the same feeling.
I wondered about them and concluded that they probably got more uneven because of increasing exhaustion from the filming schedule. I have uneven eyes too and hate it when they are magnified through my eyeglasses. Actually, in this episode, it looked like a lot of eyes were very strange. Thanks for the recap! I think this episode brought a lot of things to light, especially the parallels between the characters have with each other.
We now know that Yeo Reum is imperfect for Jang Mi in every way, because he chose to ignore the fact that he saw her and Gi Tae falling in love and pretend that everything was okay-much like what Se Ah and mom-in-law do, and what Gi Tae and Jang Mi hate most about their previous partners. Jang Mi doesn't want someone to overlook her action, she needs someone who acknowledges them and does something about them, because she is just emotional that way, and whereas we see that Gi Tae is now changing for the better as well, that doesn't seem to be the truth with the Se Ah or Yeo Reum.
Yeo Reum also finally seems like no more than a flimsy shield that Jang Mi keeps between herself and her emotions for Gi Tae-a way for her to deflect the affection she feels for him sue to the fear that they won't be reciprocated as seen by the last seen where Jang Mi said she was happy she could finally go back to Yeo Reum, even though she now knows she really doesn't feel anything for him at all I was also really happy that for once, we see that mom-in-law finally let her emotions out,and what made me even happier was that Jang Mi was the cause of it.
I was also glad that we were finally getting rid of the are-we-getting-married-or-not plot because 1. It was getting boring and 2. Saranghae, Gi Tae and Jang Mi, and I look forward to seeing you finally confess to each other and yourself what your true feelings are! You know it's messed up when even Hyeon Hee and her baby daddy can see the sparks-especially with how oblivious the latter is. I really hope the one posting recaps are always. Either its always girlfriday or lolypip.
Otherwise their comments about the show won't be constant. I notice in ep 9 girlfriday dissapointed with the show, then i read ep 10 recap lolypip is just in love with it. I appreciate your fast recaps though. Otherwise, we will be very confuse in which side dramabeans is, the love team, or the hate team.
They said since they had so much on their plate thay they were splitting th recaps.. The recaps are very inconsistent but since we have comments from the people ot remains true.. I didn't care much for girlfriend review the other day but at least I saw everyone else's thoughts which stays constant week to week. Ooooh, I loved her review. Thought it was hilarious. The recap was wry and pithy Stylistically it was a perfect complement to her comments. Plus she did a great job explaining the problems she saw in the show's recent episodes. I also had been feeling like the show was losing a little of it's mojo; but trying to figure out exactly why would have required way too much time.
She easily explained the why. That's what makes Dramabeans, Dramabeans. I dunno, I like that when a show is recapped by more than one writer, we get different opinions and viewpoints. I hate it when people expect u to agree with their views or having to keep the widest mind open or else they call u closed minded.. Even when gf and jb took turns on recapping any drama, I always kinda knew from the tone ights.
And it was part of the fun reading their seperate insights. It took steam away from the convincing narration so far. That's the best part - wrangling over interpretations and sometimes arriving at new conclusions because of someone else's perspective. Totally on board with seeing how other people view the same thing jm looking at.. When if they were against the show I would still like to argue my point instead of jus calling someone e closed minded since we don't view it in the same manner..
I rather argue over something I believe in rather then jus always agreeing.. I don't think DB as a site wants to be clearly on a side or another. Some of the saddest moments for me reading DB are when people fight because they view the other commenter as against them, rather than a fan with different opinions and tastes. I prefer hearing 2 opinions: It's good to hear different sides and I find myself kind of in the center of girlfriday's and lolypip's opinions so it works perfectly for me.
Been waiting for the recap since yesterday.. I understand all your feelings about the family but people still blaming the father for cheating and being th scum bag he is still needs to wait for the story to unfold.. I mean it's been three years since the incident with the dad when kt found out so it might have been goin on even longer then that.. Well thay story aside I love each character moment in this episode except HH.. Hoon is killing it for me in this show.. The guy is the most legit best friend I have scene and now he stepping up to the plate with hh.. I think that kiss with yr was the most sincere for both charactera..
YR I can't even feel bad for.. I mean thay scene where he tells her she shouldn't of been caught should of been so much painful to watch but the delivery was so weak and it look like he never change his expression.. I really couldn't even tell if he was angry like he was still trying to look good for the camera. Seha had little screen time but she gave more of a delivery in the few lines that she had for me.. Onto kt for me.. This guy is doin justice for his previous roles I had seen him in.. I had such low expectations but he is blowing it up with all his expressions and emotions..
The bad kiss, fortune teller,bike scene, revealing his secret and that hug at the last scene are still so vivid in my mind.. JM has stole this show from the very beginning.. I think her bringing up yr each time she talks about having to spare people's feelings and living her life is because she is trying to convince herself that yr is for her.. Ugh I have never ever wrote this much about a show let alone an episode this its too good not to state my opinion and listen to others..
I'm looking at different sites and reading comments from viki, mydramalist, dramafire and so on.. I rather re watch some of the old episodes then the currently running ones Sorry one last thing-Jang Mi knows, now, too that Yeo Reum ain't the one for her, cause nobody saw her running off to console him after Se Ah and him walked in on Gi Tae and her having a moment.
I actually wanted the writers to do something different with Hyun-hee's and Hoon-dong's situation. I wanted an emotional investment. Sure this is a romantic comedy but Hyun-hee's and Hoon-dong's situation could have been made into a fresh story. I don't like how he just did a turn about how he felt about Hyun-hee the moment he found out about the kid, i am sure some may disagree.
But i wanted them to work through the two's relationship. Every couple in the show is in a different situation, I would have personally preferred it if Hoon-dong was a bit angry at first, he had nothing to apologize about she put herself in the situation when she decided to take advantage of him. Their storyline would have satisfied me if we could see their struggle as they try to accept their new reality.
Maybe try having them come to an agreement like normal adults, Or just make them the couple in the single parent situation, where it shows yeah they may share a child but it doesn't mean they have to marry and that they could both take care of the child without any bitterness between them. IDK I just feel like their situation could have been executed in a better fashion, then it was. Sometimes writers fall in love with a character or characters and sometimes they just lose interest in one or more. I think that may have happened here as almost nothing of interest has happened with the secondary characters -- even the pregnancy seems tossed in and underwritten.
The focus has been pretty intensely on the leads and their parents since the 3rd episode. I think they are gradually revealing each characters cards but since our leads haven't had as much back story as other shows this episode mad up it.. I think part of the issue with HoonDong's reaction is that HE doesn't seem to think that he was taken advantage of. We know that HyunHee plied him with drinks until he was too wasted to be able to really consent to what he was doing but he wasn't paying enough attention at the time to realize that she wasn't drinking so I suspect that he believes that this pregnancy is the result of a mutual indiscretion, made worse by the fact that she keeps acting like she has genuine feelings for him so he believes that she really cares about him.
If you look at it from that POV that he was just using spending time with her as a distraction from the stuff that went down with Jangmi, that he likes playing around but certainly wasn't serious about her and the fact that she's now pregnant because of one 'mistake' and not even as a result of a long term relationship AND the fact that she assumed he wouldn't step up and gave him an out at the temple , HoonDong probably thinks that this is the honorable way to deal with the situation.
We know that HH is manipulative and a big fat liar but he probably views her as a naive, idealistic girl who ended up in a less than ideal situation so his reaction to this development makes sense to me. That being said, I don't think this wedding is going to go off judging by the fact that HyunHee is still acting shady and that she basically admitted in this episode that she was looking to marry up now when she's still young and beautiful so that she won't be stuck poor and working at that department store forever.
And by the fact that HoonDong's mother is intent on making her life hell and breaking her before they can reach the wedding day. That being said, I also would have liked them to handle this situation differently but I think this plot line would always be un satisfying simply because HH is a terribly written, confusing character. While watching this episode, I couldn't figure out if the writers wanted us to honestly sympathize with her or hate her for essentially trapping HoonDong in a despicable way.
If she had clearer motives, we would know.
In my opinion, Hyeon Hee is a brilliantly written confusing character. I think the writer has a very clear idea of who Hyeon Hee is and is doing a great job of showing that. Hyeon Hee is crafty and pragmatic, and she's already said straight out that she's not that nice of a person, despite outward appearances. Whether a viewer chooses to be sympathetic or disgusted or impressed by her cunning is up to them. I think she is much better and more intriguing that dramaland female villains who might as well have shown up in their very first scenes wearing a sign around their necks that said "I am a bad person.
I am here to cause trouble. You should not like me. Omg, thank you for writing this. I was too lazy to put it into words, but that is exactly how I feel about Hyun-hee. I also think that the writers are purposefully withholding showing us what makes her tick and, I have to say, I kind of like it.
It's a bold choice, one that's hard to pull off simply because with a character like Hyun-hee it's understandable that some people might just stop caring at a certain point. But I find her fascinating for some reason, and want to know what led her to make the choices she's made. I think we may get more of that anger once HD oma starts the wedding prep. I hope he finds out he really can't marry her or that she lied about everything just to land a rich husband.. It was touching seeing Jang-mi make real progress breaking down Ki-tae and his mom's emotional walls.
Also Ki-tae's expressions are just too hilarious and he and Jang-mi are ridiculously cute.
That hug at the end was so heartbreaking, he seemed almost childlike in the way he clung to her. Next week feels so far away! Ohh maan I wanna go deeper into the fortune teller scene.. Yes, I absolutely loved loved the shaman scene. The shaman nailed their relationship and was onto their scam. Also adored how the shaman reversed their gifts - Jangmi is rich in her life energy and great love for everyone, whereas Ki Tae is not only poverty stricken of good will he is so tamped down but could bankrupt those around him - basically a black hole draining off energy.
The whole yes very fantastic had me stopping the screen cause I was jus dying and didn't want to miss any parts.. I'm trying to suspend disbelief for this show but I'm sorry, how does mom think GiTae will be happy by forcing him into a marriage he doesn't want with someone he doesn't love - logic much? And has no one walked by a person riding a bike in Korea? It's not like a tiger is about to pounce on you - this is seriously one of the worst drama ploys for closeness I was done with this ruse 4 episodes ago - writers need some new ideas I thought the bike scenes were funny because the drama purposefully showed the typical way the trope would go down with Jang-mi and Yeo-reum and then hilariously turned it on it's head during the scene between our two leads, by having the girl save the guy instead.
It was cute and funny. Also, I'm pretty sure they're not back to pretending again. The grandma found out and the ruse is up. The bike scenes seem purposely done to show how the tides have change with the emotions and the cliche that comes with it.. The bike scene reminded me of the times she gave him a piggy back ride.
Usually it is the guy who gives the girl the piggy back ride and usually it is the guy who saves the girl from the bike, but with JM and KT it is reversed. Twice she has given him piggy back rides and the now she saves him from the bike. It is so nice how she is always looking out for him.
I was all in on the oppa ship right from the very beginning but I see where u coming from since it was like Edward vs Jacob war.. I have YET to catch the last two episodes of reply 94! I was bummed to learn elsewhere that Chilbongie did not get the girl; that she chose Trash instead. Added to that, the hearsay that Chilbongie was also screwed by the writer. So the last two episodes remain on my hard disk, unwatched. As for Gi Tae's mom, that woman does not have my sympathy. Added to that, the hearsay that Chilbongie's story was also screwed by the writer.
She even had the gall to put on a ring she knew was intended for her husband's mistress and was humiliating towards JM's mom. True, no woman deserves to be cheated upon, but she was complicit in her husband's misdeeds by her desire of projecting a happy facade. And yes, Gi Tae's lack of affirmative action, by deeds or words, in developing his relationship with Jang Mi is starting to amusingly annoying me: I personally think this episode has kicked me hard right back into the love camp. I was also befuddled and somewhat dismayed by last episode, especially with the whole Se-Ah's "Get Ki-tae into bed no matter how" scheme and Yoo-reum being so needy he gets even needier in this episode, darn.
There are just so much to gush over in this episode. That last scene between Mom and Jang-mi more than just makes up for last episode's drag. It's so touching, and it shows us the Jang-mi we've always known and cheered for. I dare say that this is the most touching and emotional and heartfelt we've gotten to see her. And Mom earns a lot of points for finally, finally showing us her real emotions.
That she's not just a heartless typical makjang mother-in-laws. I had a hunch back then in the first episodes that Mom is not who she tries to make everyone think she is. But she continually proved me wrong by being the obnoxious one-dimensional evil witch that I thought she was. Hopefully, hopefully, we'll get to see more of this side of Mom, because I freaking love it.
The more Mom shows her real side, I think it'd be the faster and easier for Ki-tae to show his true feelings, because by now it's already bursting at the seams. The one thing I still want to applaud this show for, every now and then, is how they manage to make us laugh, pee in pants and all, but still able to make us swoon and cry at the same time. Yeon Woo-jin always kills it with his expressions and adorable charm. And is it just me or is Han-Groo getting prettier and prettier?
I know she's beautiful but there's just something about her in this episode that makes her look so much, sweeter. Especially in that scene where she saves Ki-tae from the cupid cyclist, man I bet any man would be dying to kiss her if they were to be put in Ki-tae's position.