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[2004] Ngôi nhà hạnh phúc - Full House - Bi Rain, Song Hye Kyo

Ngôi nhà hạnh phúc
(풀하우스, Pul hauseu)
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Định dạng Phim truyền hình
Phim tình cảm hài
Diễn viên Song Hye Kyo
Rain
Quốc gia Hàn Quốc
Số tập 16
Sản xuất
Giám đốc sản xuất Pyo Min-soo
Bố trí camera Multi-camera
Trình chiếu
Kênh trình chiếu KBS2
Định dạng hình ảnh 1080i HDTV
Phát sóng 14 tháng 7 năm 2004 – 4 tháng 9 năm 2004
Ngôi nhà hạnh phúc (tiếng Hàn: 풀하우스) là bộ phim truyền hình Hàn Quốc dài 16 tập được sản xuất bởi KBS năm 2004.

Nội dung phim

Câu chuyện kể về một cô gái tên là Han Ji Eun mồ côi cả cha lẫn mẹ. Cô phải sống một mình đơn độc trong ngôi nhà do chính cha cô thiết kế và xây dựng. Một ngày kia, hai người bạn thân của cô chưa làm đám cưới nhưng họ đã có thai với nhau, nhà cô gái vốn rất giàu có nhưng vì chuyện đó mà cô đã bị đuổi ra khỏi nhà. Bọn họ trở nên rất khó khăn và họ đã tìm cách để bán ngôi nhà của Ji Eun. Họ đưa cô một tấm vé đi du lịch Hồng Kông và bảo là tấm vé miễn phí nhưng thực ra Ji Eun sẽ phải tự chi tất cả. Nhân lúc Ji Eun không có nhà, họ bán nhà của cô cho diễn viên điện ảnh nổi tiếng Lee Young Jae.

Han Ji Eun gặp Lee Young Jae trên máy bay và họ đã ở cùng một khách sạn. Do không có tiền, Ji Eun đã phải vay Young Jae. Lúc về nhà, Ji Eun đã không thấy đồ đạc đâu và cô phải làm giúp việc cho Young Jae. Sau một thời gian, họ quyết định lấy nhau theo hợp đồng để Ji Eun lấy lại được ngôi nhà của mình, và nhiều câu chuyện hài hước cũng như tình cảm của hai người bắt đầu nảy nở. Liệu hai người có đến được với nhau khi có sự xuất hiện của Min Hyok - một anh chàng đẹp trai và là bạn của Young Jae - cũng như nhà thiết kế thời trang trẻ đẹp - người mà Young Jae đã đem lòng yêu mến suốt 20 năm qua?

Diễn viên

Nhạc nền trong phim

  1. "Full House (Nhạc hoà tấu)"
  2. "Oon myung" - Why
  3. "Forever (Nhạc hoà tấu)"
  4. "I Think I love"- Byul
  5. "Shi (Nhạc hoà tấu)"
  6. "Chin goo ran mal" - Noel
  7. "Oon myung (Nhạc hoà tấu)"
  8. "Blue Hills (Nhạc hoà tấu)"
  9. "Neut ge pin sarang (Too Late)" - G-soul
  10. "Forever" - Why
  11. "Love At The Gate (Instrumental)"
  12. "Go ma wuh hal ge yo" - Byul
  13. "Amazing Love (Nhạc hoà tấu)"
  14. "Paradiso (Nhạc hoà tấu)"


Full House: Episode 1 Recap
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I am super excited to start on recaps of the classic Korean drama Full House.  Not only was it among the first dramas I watched when I stumbled into dramaland, it introduced me to my first and main bias RAIN! When I first toyed with the prospect of blogging about Korean dramas, there were those in my life who accused me of really wanting a vehicle to gush about Rain—so I consider it quite an accomplishment that I’ve been blogging four whole months without once spazzing out over my beloved Bi.  But now I have a legitimate reason to at least fangirl over screenshot after screenshot of my first K-drama love and this keyboard can barely contain my excitement.

I find it really unfortunate that Rain’s fashion in Full House falls on the pimptastically bad side of the scale.  Still, I’ll take what I can get, and I hope everyone enjoys the trip down memory lane over the next couple of months as we revisit 2004’s smash hit Full House.

DRAMA INFO

Title(s): Full House

Starring: Song Hye-kyo, Rain, Han Eun-jung, and Kim Sung-soo

Original air date(s): July 14, 2004 to September 2, 2004

Broadcaster: KBS

Episode(s): 16

Why It’s Worthy: Full House was one of the highest rated dramas of 2004. Topped only by Dae Jang Geum (MBC) andLovers in Paris (SBS), it reached national drama status (i.e. 40% ratings) by its sixth episode and solidified the star status of its two main leads—Rain and Song Hye-kyo.  In spite of the decade that’s passed since it’s aired, it remains a perennial fan favorite and remains atop my list of my most beloved classic K-dramas.

EPISODE 1 RECAP

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An alarm goes off and a sleeping male knocks it to the floor before groggily sitting up in bed. (He gives us the money shot right away—abs!)  As soon as he leaves his apartment, he’s greeted by paparazzi asking him about his relationship with a certain celebrity.  It’s Lee Yung-jae (Rain) and he’s currently involved in “another” dating scandal.

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Cut to Han Ji-eun (Song Hye-kyo) who is contently writing an internet novel from her (messy) home, Full House.  Her two friends, Shin Dong-wook (Kang Do-han) and Yang Hee-jin (Lee Young-eun), are at a clinic, having just found out they’re expecting a baby. They show up at Ji-eun’s house, congratulating her for winning a trip to Shanghai from her bank. She’s skeptical until Dong-wook, who works at the bank, convinces her that the trip is legitimate.  The trip includes airfare & hotel accommodations and apparently requires her to leave right away, so they rush to the airport to see her off.

Yung-jae is at the airport with an employee from his agency.  He is on his way to Shanghai as well to star in a movie.  Ji-eun and Yung-jae sit next to each other on the plane ride.  Ji-eun recognizes him and tries to engage him in conversation, but he rudely shuts down her attempts to converse.

Back at Full House, Dong-wook and Hee-jin meet with the same guy who was with Yung-jae at the airport, and they sell him the house.

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On the plane, Ji-eun annoys Yung-jae throughout the flight and then throws up on his shirt for good measure.  Once they arrive in China, paparazzi and adoring fans greet Yung-jae as he leaves the airport while Ji-eun finds herself all alone.  Her tour guide never shows up, and she must make her way to the hotel on her own.  When she arrives at the hotel, she learns she does not have a reservation for a room either.

As Ji-eun struggles to communicate with the hotel clerk, she sees a tall handsome stranger next to her. She thinks he’s Japanese and admires him—out loud and in Korean—unaware that he understands what she’s saying. She’s embarrassed when she realizes he speaks Korean but is thankful that he helps her get a room. 

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The handsome stranger is Yoo Min-hyuk (Kim Sung-soo), and he is at the hotel to see Yung-jae. They grew up together, but Min-hyuk does not stay long. He leaves after asking after Yung-jae’s family, particularly Yung-jae’s strained relationship with his father, and someone named Kang Hye-won.  He runs into Ji-eun downstairs and they introduce themselves.  She learns that he is not a guest at the hotel, but was there merely to visit Yung-jae.

Back in her room, Ji-eun calls her friends for the umpteenth time to no avail.  The next day she goes sightseeing while Yung-jae broods on the set of his film as he palms his cell phone. He calls someone (a woman) but hangs up without speaking.

Ji-eun returns to the hotel and continues to repeatedly call her friends.  She goes from angry to desperate to sad as she leaves them messages conveying what they already know—that she’s broke and hungry and has no way to pay for the hotel or make it back home.

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She sees Yung-jae’s shirt hanging in her room just as she is about to break down and gets an idea. He’d left the shirt on the plane and she’d taken it with her from the airport and washed it. She goes to Yung-jae’s room to return the shirt and asks him if she can borrow some money. He refuses until she asks for Min-hyuk’s number.  Yung-jae wants to know how she knows his “hyung” and Ji-eun uses their hyung-dongsang (big brother-little brother) relationship to gain entrance into his hotel room. Inside, she lies that she is Min-hyuk’s ex-girlfriend and is still sad over their break-up.  Her faux-tears do the trick and she returns to her hotel room with enough money to get home.

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Unfortunately, she returns home to a completely empty house.  She goes to the bank looking for Dong-wook and learns he has not worked there for a month. She asks the banker to check her accounts and is dismayed to learn they’ve been emptied.  She returns home and finally finds the note from her “friends” asking for forgiveness and telling her they’re expecting a baby.

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Yung-jae is back from Shanghai and he sits outside a high-end shop staring at a woman working inside.  He goes inside and greets her.  It’s Kang Hye-won (Han Eun-jung).  She’s a designer and stylist and owns her own clothing store.  Hye-won is happy to see Yung-jae and asks if he brought her a present from his trip.  They both seem a bit uncomfortable when he tells her he saw Min-hyuk in Shanghai and that Min-hyuk will be returning to Korea soon. They make dinner plans for the next day and Yung-jae pretends to be pleased when Min-hyuk calls Hye-won and she includes him in their dinner plans.

The next day, Yung-jae goes back to Hye-won’s shop to meet her for dinner, and he sees Min-Hyuk there.  He stands outside and watches as Min-hyuk hugs Hye-won. He leaves without going inside and calls Ji-eun.  She meets him thinking he wants his money back. Instead, he takes her shopping, buys her a dress, and they go to an expensive restaurant.

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When Min-hyuk & Hye-won arrive, Ji-eun realizes Yung-jae is trying to reunite her with Min-hyuk. Throughout dinner, Yung-jae encourages Ji-eun to make a move.  He’s pissed when Min-hyuk finally recognizes Ji-eun from Shanghai and it’s clear Ji-eun lied about their relationship.  After dinner, they get into an argument and Ji-eun head butts him when he threatens her.  They part ways—each determined never to see the other again.

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The next day, Ji-eun wakes up when movers begin moving furniture into the house.  She learns that Full House has been sold.  She goes to the police station but doesn’t have the heart to report her friends.  Instead, she returns home and walks around the grounds saying goodbye to the house and its memories.  Later that night Yung-jae pulls up to Full House and is shocked to see Ji-eun sitting on the front porch.

MY THOUGHTS

I first watched this drama about five years ago, and I’ve watched it many times since then. It’s hard to pinpoint what drew me in at that time. Perhaps Yung-jae’s clothes left me so baffled I had to keep watching in hopes that producers had fired the stylist or at least insisted said stylist get a lobotomy before continuing to work on the show. Shirtless Yung-jae was so much better than that pink and orange paisley mess of a shirt he wore on the plane.  However, I prayed for that shirt to make a comeback when he donned the (deep) v-neck lime green and purple sweater later at the hotel.  

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This drama spawned a slew of parodies and that sweater rightfully played a part in them all!

I was also baffled that Ji-eun did not report her friends to police or fight for her house. She lived there allllll that time . . . alone . . . and it was all she had.  Her reaction to her friends fraudulently selling it was to walk around and say goodbye to the memories, then sit at a bus stop for hours? What good is that cute face when you obviously have no brain missy?  Of course, if she had reacted rationally and done what any reasonable person would have done, we would not have had fifteen more episodes to enjoy.  So unlike others, who condemned her and gave up on Full House altogether, I decided to press on.

Besides, even the best dramas require a certain level of checking the logic at the door.  I’d never let a small thing, like common sense, interfere with my pleasure in a show.  This drama clearly required me to not over think things.  Once I realized that, I enjoyed it immensely.

Having said that, though, I cannot say I could make it through this drama now that it has been five plus years since I first got lost in dramaland.  That’s the thing about visiting this far away kingdom.  Your tastes change. Your expectations rise.  Small things, like common sense, do start interfering with your pleasure in a show that lacks it.  Even with its flaws, though, Full House is an emotional favorite of mine. And I can never hate a drama that introduced me to Rain!  This may not be his absolute best work, but I found his portrayal of the arrogant and foul-tempered movie star quite enjoyable, and he intrigued me enough that I began to dig deeper to find out more about him.  As a result, I became a life-long fan. To this day, ajikdo Bi saranghae!


Full House: Episode 2 Recap
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EPISODE 2 RECAP 

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Lee Yung-jae arrives at his new house that evening to find Han Ji-eun sitting on the front porch. They are both astonished to see each other. Ji-eun learns that Yung-jae bought Full House, but she insists it still belongs to her because she didn’t consent to selling it. Yung-jae calls his manager who tells him the house belongs to him. Ji-eun tells Yung-jae she will repay him for the money he spent to buy the house when she sells the novel she’s currently writing. She offers him a disc with the novel on it as proof and tearfully explains that her father, who passed away, built the house. She says it’s not just a house, it’s a part of her, and she can’t give it up.

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Her tears don’t work this time. Yung-jae physically pushes her out of the house. He opens the door a moment later only to throw her purse and suitcase after her. She opens the suitcase to find that the glass in her picture frame (of her with her parents) has shattered, and she cries.

The next morning, Yung-jae wakes up early to take a run on the beach. He sees Ji-eun sleeping on a bench in the front yard, and he wakes her up and tells her to leave. She complains that she doesn’t feel well but leaves anyway.

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However, when Yung-jae returns from his run she’s back on the bench. He starts yelling until he notices she has a high fever. He carries her inside and lays her on the sofa before rushing out to get medicine. He returns with medicine but still insists on taking her to a doctor. She refuses to go so he looks through her suitcase trying to find a family member or friend to call. He sees the anniversary date of her parents’ death instead and feels sorry for her.

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Elsewhere, Yoo Min-hyuk is hard at work at his office. Kang Hye-won shows up and they go to a bar. During their conversation, he mentions he may return to New York after he successfully launches the magazine he came to Korea to start. She asks why he can’t stay in Korea, but he never answers because a woman who’s been staring at him catches his eye. He sends the waiter over to her with a drink. Hye-won is not happy about this development and excuses herself to go to the ladies room. When she returns, Min-hyuk and the patron are gone. At least he left her a note . . . I guess.

Yung-jae cares for Ji-eun throughout the night to lower her fever. The next day she is feeling better, but she pretends she is still sick. He leaves her with the rice porridge he made and encourages her to eat while he’s gone.

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She complies as soon as he leaves the house. She makes quite a mess as she manically eats everything in sight in addition to the porridge. Yung-jae is pissed when he comes home later and sees the mess. In her haste to make it back to the couch to feign sleep when she heard him return, she’d thrown everything in the bottom of the refrigerator. He tells her to clean up the mess when she insists she’s still sick and will need to stay there and rest a few more days.

Yung-jae gives her money to find a place and rudely tells her he’s giving it to her because she needs it. She refuses to take it and storms out with her suitcase in tow. (The first of many such occurrences.) Yung-jae passes Ji-eun sitting at the bus stop as he drives away. He sees that she does not get on the bus as it passes and finds her still at the bus stop when he returns that evening. He pulls over and tells her to get in the car, but she refuses until he asks when she plans to repay his loan.

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Back at the house, he tells her she can stay but she has to cook and clean and do housework. For someone broke, homeless, and unemployed, she’s mighty mouthy when he tells her that part of her duties requires her to prepare breakfast by 7:00 a.m. each morning. She’ll also have to clean the house, do the laundry, and stay in her room when he’s home to avoid disturbing him, he tells her. She puts her things in the bedroom Yung-jae clearly uses for storage and begins cleaning.

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Yung-jae goes to Hye-won’s clothing store for her to dress him for Min-hyuk’s magazine launching party. She tells Yung-jae that she will be studying abroad in New York soon (like that’s going to get Min-hyuk to notice her, smh). Her announcement spurs Yung-jae to act though, and he decides to propose to prevent her from leaving.

The doorbell rings as Ji-eun attempts to calculate how long it will take to repay Yung-jae by working as his housekeeper. It’s a deliveryman who gives her paperwork on a credit card Shin Dong-wook opened in her name. She finds out the clinic Yang Hee-jin patronizes from Dong-wook’s former co-worker at the bank and plans to visit the next day when they have an appointment.

That night, Ji-eun sees Yung-jae practicing the proposal speech he plans to make to Hye-won. She thinks he’s rehearsing for a role and teases him for the cheesy dialogue.

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The next day Ji-eun goes to the clinic and confronts her friends as they leave. They hightail it out of there and Ji-eun gives chase, eventually catching up with Dong-wook. He gets a hilarious beating with empty soda bottles and half-hearted punches until Hee-jin pretends to faint.

At the sight of an unconscious Hee-jin, Ji-eun forgets her anger and desperately tries to flag down a taxi to rush her to the hospital. She finally gets a taxi to stop but when she turns around for Hee-jin to get in, her friends are long gone. They’ve fooled her again. They happily snack on popsicles to celebrate their escape while Ji-eun sits in a nearby park crying.

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Yung-jae is at a restaurant waiting for Hye-won to arrive. He’s rented out the entire restaurant for his grand proposal and arranged for the chef to hide the ring in the dessert. When she arrives, the staff is excited and one of them alerts the media while another snaps pictures of the ring. Yung-jae never gets a chance to propose though because Min-hyuk calls and Hye-won abruptly leaves moments before dessert arrives.

Yung-jae follows her to the elevator and asks whether she likes Min-hyuk that much. She admits that she does and he yells that Min-hyuk doesn’t even like her. She doesn’t care because she likes him and says she’ll make him like her too. She thanks Yung-jae for his concern and leaves to meet Min-hyuk at her shop.

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Yung-jae goes home. He throws the ring in the trash and drinks beer as he stares outside. Ji-eun comes home and joins him for a drink. She (finally) complains that her friends of fifteen years have scammed her and sold the home they know means so much to her. Yung-jae obviously has no idea how to comfort someone and he tells her they scammed her because she’s so ditzy, haha.

She asks how his filming went that day and wants to know the plot of the movie. He says it’s about a guy who loved a girl for a long time and decided to confess his feelings and ask her to stay before she left. Ji-eun guesses that the guy couldn’t go through with the confession and says the girl loves someone else. Yung-jae is amazed at her insight until Ji-eun overdoes it by throwing crazy plotlines into the mix, like how the guy goes to sea to get over his broken heart and gets shipwrecked on Treasure Island. He tells her to go to sleep and goes upstairs in a huff. However, he lingers at the top of the stairs and has a wry smile on his face as he watches her clean (another glimpse that he may not be a total jerk?).

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The next morning, Ji-eun finishes writing her story and finds the ring Yung-jae threw away the day before. At breakfast, Yung-jae complains about the food, saying he can’t tell if she’s made stew or soup. She says it’s both and calls it “multiplayer,” lol, then shows him the ring she found. He tells her to throw the ring away and, when she doesn’t want to, he throws it outside into the backyard. She warns him that if she finds the ring before he does, she’s going to keep it.

She leaves the house and goes to her publisher with her story. He tells her to leave it with him and he’ll get back to her. She loses hope of hearing from him when she sees piles of rejected stories outside his office so she buys scratch off lottery tickets in hopes of winning some money.

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By that afternoon, Yung-jae’s proposal scandal is all over the news. His agency wants to know what’s going on but can’t reach him. Ji-eun returns home and goes to the backyard looking for the ring Yung-jae threw away.  Yung-jae has just returned from his run, and she shows him the news article of his reputed proposal. He goes inside and, after a shower!, the agency finally reaches him to ask about the scandal. He tells them the news outlets got it wrong and says not to worry.

Ji-eun doesn’t let it go as easily as his agency does though. She questions him about the identity of the woman as she cleans and notes that the ring she found in the trash looks awfully similar to the ring on the front page of the paper. That observation sends Yung-Jae to the backyard and Ji-eun starts snooping through his things and sees the invitation to Min-hyuk’s magazine launch party.

She follows Yung-jae and begs to go along so she can network. He refuses to take her, and her argument that she may be able to repay him sooner if she makes the right contact at the party does not sway him. He still refuses so she calls him the king of jerks (which is her favorite go-to insult throughout the series), then kicks his swing for good measure, heh.

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He tries to hide the invitation, but she finds it and goes to the magazine launch party anyway. Yung-jae has taken a copy of her story and gives it to the head of his agency to review (another glimpse inside his heart, perhaps?).

He notices Ji-eun at the next buffet table and goes over to ask how she got there. She deadpans that she took the bus and shoos him away with an admonishment to pretend they’re strangers. He stands there and watches as she drops chocolate cake on her dress. She goes to the bathroom to clean up and runs into Min-hyuk on the way back. They go off to a private spot and start talking about her story.

Yung-jae looks around to find her and sees Hye-won arrive. Hye-won finds Min-hyuk laughing with Ji-eun and throws a fit. She tells him he knows she likes him and asks if he’s testing her.

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Meanwhile, Yung-jae is ready to go and wants Ji-eun to leave with him, but she says she wants to stay and finish her conversation with Min-hyuk. She heads back as Min-hyuk is in the process of rejecting Hye-won. He tells Hye-won that she’s just a little sister to him and reminds her that she has Yung-jae. She asks if he’s rejecting her because of Yung-jae then storms off to confront him.

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Min-hyuk and Ji-eun arrive in time to see Hye-won demand that Yung-jae tell her then and there if he likes her. He’s caught off guard and says, “I really like you,” then pauses as if he is going to say Hye-won’s name. Instead, he says Ji-eun’s name and pulls her into a kiss.

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Min-hyuk and Hye-won are shocked and stand there gaping. The paparazzi, though, are quick on the uptake and waste no time snapping pictures of the kissing couple, and the episode ends.

MY THOUGHTS

Reading the comments from netizens on Full House, I’ve found that the questionable fashion makes up a large portion of the discussion. In episode one we got a glimpse of Ji-eun in pigtails. A careful observer would notice that this episode introduced the infamous, and equally tacky, side ponytail. It also gave the first glimpse into the inner-workings of Lee Yung-jae. He’s still an immature, ill-tempered, spoiled man-child, but not quite so heartless as we originally thought. (It’s the standard drama fare and a trope we all know and love (to hate), but Rain does it with a little more panache than most.)

This is also the first (but not last) time viewers saw Ji-eun storm out vowing to never come back only to break that promise mere moments later. The writer went back to this plotline a few too many times. Watching this series, it felt like Ji-eun got kicked out or left the house every five minutes. The reality is much less than that but perception is often reality. When I went back and counted the instances of our leading lady leaving or getting kicked out, it was only a handful of times, but it felt like ten times more than that.

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Full House: Episode 3 Recap
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EPISODE 3 RECAP   

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Paparazzi swarm as Lee Yung-jae kisses Han Ji-eun. With the recent proposal scandal still fresh, the media assumes the couple have announced their engagement. Agency staff whisk the pair away as Yoo Min-hyuk reprimands Kang Hye-won for being so rash and mean-spirited. Back at the office, the agency president lectures Yung-jae about the possible repercussions of this latest scandal, especially considering that this scandal involves marriage. He quips that if it’s a marriage scandal, at least it will be the last one and storms out. Ji-eun follows him, and they return to Full House together.

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Yung-jae hadn’t spoken to Ji-eun after the kiss or explained why he kissed her. She gets progressively angrier as she prepares for bed and bursts into Yung-jae’s room to demand an explanation. He shocks her into silence by responding, “Let’s get married.” She refuses at first, but she starts to reconsider when he says he will hire her to marry him, pay her a salary, and return Full House to her when they divorce. Later that night, both are pensive as they think about his offer.

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In the morning, Ji-eun presents Yung-jae with a contract, explaining they will need an actual contract because it’s a contract marriage. The terms: respect each other’s privacy, no physical intimacy, divorce in six months, and Full House will revert to Ji-eun upon divorce. Yung-jae adds a non-disclosure provision with the caveat that the breaching party pays the other alimony. They sign, and then it’s time to officially announce the news at a press conference.

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Ji-eun gets glammed up before the event, and Yung-jae obliviously likes what he sees when she joins him outside the press room (his eyes bulged when he saw her). However, he stays true to the I’m-a-jerk routine and scoffs at the idea of her being attractive. Luckily, agency employee guy gives her the compliment she deserves before she enters the press conference. Once inside, Yung-jae handles most of the questions and shocks Ji-eun with his seemingly sincere and heartfelt answers.

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To prepare for the wedding, Ji-eun goes to a spa. She overhears a pair of customers badmouthing her and, just to lower her self-esteem a teeny bit more, she runs into Hye-won in the salon. They sit down for tea, and Hye-won asks her how she met Yung-jae. Ji-eun responds that she doesn’t know but says Hye-won can watch Yung-jae’s interview to find out. Hye-won is just as bewildered as we are by this answer so Ji-eun attempts to cover up her slip by saying it’s too long of a story to tell.

Ji-eun confuses Hye-won even more when Hye-won remarks that their engagement is a bit surprising to her because she’s never seen Yung-jae interested in anyone and Ji-eun agrees and starts to complain about his bad personality. Ji-eun has to cover up her slip again by saying how great it is that someone like him loves her. She’s saved when a spa employee calls her away for a manicure.

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Hye-won leaves the spa with a lot on her mind. She calls Yung-jae, who is at the gym, but he does not answer. He spots Min-hyuk playing racquetball as he finishes his workout, and they sit down to talk. Yung-jae is hostile as Min-hyuk asks him how it feels to get married before his hyung and tells Yung-jae he feels bad he’s giving up on Hye-won so soon. He encourages Yung-jae to reconsider but wishes him well either way. Yung-jae thanks him for his concern before he gets up and walks away.

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Meanwhile, Ji-eun’s “friends” Shin Dong-wook and Yang Hee-jin discover she is engaged to Yung-jae. Hee-jin is sewing on doll eyes as Dong-wook tells her the news. They think Ji-eun’s marriage to a rich celebrity will save them and head over to Full House. When Ji-eun opens the door, they act as if nothing has happened and invite themselves in.

Ji-eun seethes as they walk around admiring how nice the house looks. They talk and talk until she loses it and attacks Dong-wook. This time, at least, she attempts to give him a real beating. Hee-jin steps in to break up the fight and reprimand Ji-eun. Ji-eun asks how much money they have left over from selling her house and running up credit card debt in her name. There’s nothing left, and Dong-wook starts to whine about his money troubles so Ji-eun starts beating him again.

She asks how they could have defrauded her like that, but they tell her she would not be marrying Yung-jae if it weren’t for them. They think her upcoming marriage is the silver lining to their misdeeds and congratulate her on the engagement. She starts faux-crying, and they have the nerve to tell her to stop or they’ll start to feel bad. They say she’s marrying into a rich family, and she learns that Yung-jae’s dad is a doctor.

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Yung-jae’s dad is indeed a doctor, and the scene shifts to him in his hospital examining a patient who mentions hearing a rumor that he’s Yung-jae’s father. The patient thinks he’s too short to really be Yung-jae’s dad (heh) and brings up Yung-jae’s engagement. This is the first he’s heard of the upcoming nuptials, but he smoothly ends the consultation and saves his anger for the newspaper he reads in his office. Yung-jae’s engagement is front page news, and he slams the paper in disgust.

While he stews, Ji-eun frantically cleans at home. She hears the doorbell, and there’s a driver at the door. The next thing we know, Yung-jae comes home to an empty house. The vacuum is in front of the door and the house is half cleaned. He gets angry until he calls Ji-eun and she tells him she’s in route to see his family. The driver delivers her to Ilsan, the Lee family home, and his mother greets her a bit formally at the door, then takes her to Yung-jae’s Grandmother.

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Ji-eun enters Grandmother’s room and bows slightly as she introduces herself. Grandmother asks her if a nod of her head is how she greets her elders for the first time and Mother tells her she should have formally bowed in greetings to Grandmother. Ji-eun’s lack of home-training shines through as she awkwardly bows.

With that over, Grandmother’s interrogation begins. Grandmother learns that Ji-eun is twenty-three, lost both of her parents in middle school, and was a bad student who did not go to college. These are not traits the Lee family expected in their daughter-in-law, and the fact that Ji-eun and Yung-jae live together sends Grandmother’s blood pressure up.

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Yung-jae arrives to smooth things over though. As soon as he enters the room, it’s clear that she dotes on her grandson. The hunter becomes the prey as Yung-jae scolds her for dragging Ji-eun to Ilsan when he’d told her he would introduce them another time. Mother has no such bias in favor of Yung-jae (or any inclination to pretend that she approves of Yung-jae’s marriage) because she berates him for continuing to disappoint the family.

Yung-jae grabs Ji-eun and hightails it out of there before things go any further. (Another glimpse into Yung-jae’s heart? Did he get Ji-eun out of there to protect her feelings or to avoid the nagging from his mother?) As they leave, they see Father coming into the house. Yung-jae greets him awkwardly, and Ji-eun barely has time to introduce herself before Father goes inside without speaking to either of them.

In the car ride home, Ji-eun admits she never considered that Yung-jae might have a family. She wants to know why Yung-jae’s relationship with his family is so strained. He tells her to be quiet and follows through with his threat to kick her out of the car if she doesn’t stop talking. He leaves her on the side of the highway, and she is forced to slowly make her way home . . . on foot. Not totally heartless (but still a jerk though), he goes back for her but can’t find her.

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Back at the Lee family house, Yung-jae’s grandmother and mother ask his father if he’ll go to the wedding on Sunday. He has no intention of going until Grandmother and Mother lie and say Ji-eun was near tears as she asked Father to walk her down the aisle. He doesn’t respond, but he looks like he will consider it.

Yung-jae makes it back to Full House but spends most of his time worrying about Ji-eun. He paces in the front yard until he sees her walking down the street. Then he hurries inside, falling up the steps before he makes it inside. Ji-eun comes home and tries to sleep. However, she’s so pissed that she jumps up from her pallet on the floor and packs her bag. She’s leaving with plans to never return. Again.

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She shows up at Dong-wook and Hee-jin’s place with plans to crash there and enlist their help to get her house back. It’s her wedding day, and they offer to hide her at a hotel so Yung-jae can’t find her. They rush her into a room and leave with professions of bringing her back a meal. She turns around thinking she can finally relax and is shocked when a glam squad immediately surrounds her to prepare her for the wedding ceremony. Her “friends” have conned her again.

Outside the wedding hall, Hye-won is the center of attention among a group of guys, but she pouts when Min-hyuk arrives and pretends she wants him to leave. He jokes that he’s too old to escort the “Queen” when there are so many other servants available. She’s not amused and gets up and walks away. She goes to congratulate Yung-jae and also greets his mother. Min-hyuk sees Mother and Grandmother inside and asks after Father.

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Father surprises Ji-eun by meeting her inside the room and giving her his arm to walk her down the aisle. He too is not as gruff and cold-hearted as he appears. He smiles and tells Ji-eun truthfully that she’s pretty then gives her advice about Yung-jae.

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After the wedding, Yung-jae and Ji-eun go on a honeymoon. They take a ride on a yacht and can’t get through even one day without arguing. When Ji-eun calls Yung-jae childish, he approaches her and gives her a seductive look as he unbuttons his shirt.

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She backs up until she falls overboard and Yung-jae has to save her from drowning. She berates him for her near death experience and admonishes him to work on his manners before he regrets it.   She tells him life isn’t easy, but he turns the tables on her and tells her the same thing as he makes her carry all of their things to the bungalow they’re staying in at their next destination. He uses the line again as he claims the sole bed in the room and she is forced to sleep elsewhere.

The bickering continues the next day until Yung-jae sees Ji-eun sitting glumly inside the bungalow. He offers to take her sightseeing so she changes clothes and meets him outside. He has two bikes for them to ride around the island. She doesn’t want to get on the bike though, and Yung-jae discovers she never learned how to ride one. They walk the bikes to town, and Yung-jae tries to teach her how to ride.

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His lesson doesn’t last long because it’s hot and he loses his patience quickly. When Ji-eun falls and starts crying, he tells her not to cry and says he’ll buy her ice cream (because she’s five). She yells at him that he’s got to be joking offering her ice cream as if she’s still a child. However, she takes him up on the offer and before long they’re happily licking ice cream cones as they sightsee.

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They end the day with a leisurely bike ride on the water. Ji-eun sits on the back of the bike while Yung-jae pedals, and later they fall asleep on a bench as the sun sets.

Back in Korea, Hye-won is at work at a photo shoot for a fashion magazine and does not like the main model. She contemplates what to do just as we see Ji-eun and Yung-jae return to Full House. Ji-eun discovers that Yung-jae has furnished her room as a wedding present, and Yung-jae gets a call from Hye-won asking if he will model for the photo shoot. He says he’s busy, and she seems shocked that he didn’t come running just because she called.

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Ji-eun goes to thank Yung-jae for the bedroom furniture, but he ruins her excitement by assuring her he’ll deduct the cost from her pay. But he has another surprise waiting outside. She runs out excitedly and exclaims over Yung-jae’s car in the driveway. She thinks he bought them matching cars. He wonders aloud how she can be so dumb as he shows her he bought her the bike parked next to the car. Ha!

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He gives her another bike riding lesson and Hye-won pulls up to the house and stares at them as they celebrate Ji-eun finally learning to ride on her own. Apparently, she was so angry that Yung-jae turned her down, she drove all the way to his house (unannounced no less) to see things with her own eyes.

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She gets out of the car with a pissed off expression on her face, and Yung-jae turns and freezes as he sees her standing there.

MY THOUGHTS

Although quite subtle, this episode contains the first buds of romance between the OTP. Neither are aware of it, but if you squint out of your right eye sideways, you will see that Ji-eun’s inability to hold a grudge plus Yung-jae’s inability to suppress his humaneness will eventually equal love.

I firmly believe Ji-eun’s attraction to Yung-jae requires more of an explanation than Yung-jae’s attraction to her. She’s decidedly pretty, although this is dramaland so we all have to pretend otherwise. She’s also a cute blend of ditzy helplessness, feisty independence, and fierce loyalty. Yung-jae has little to recommend him in my book so far. Yes, he’s thoughtful (i.e., surprising her with the bike) and has more roar than bark. However, I’ve never been one to bother with peeling back fifty-million layers of meanness to get to the inner nice guy. I prefer immediate adoration to misdirected mistreatment. I know there’s always the excuse that he’s just protecting himself because he’s been hurt in the past. But the thing is, no matter how much you’ve been hurt in the past, that just doesn’t justify you hurting me in the present. And for me, the possibility of future romantic happiness is not enough to tempt me to delve into misery with you today.

Ji-eun has no such qualms though and, luckily for us, the next episode will push her further down the path to happiness, even if there’s lots of hurt to endure to get there.

==========================================Full House: Episode 4 Recap
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EPISODE 4 RECAP 

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Lee Yung-jae and Kang Hye-won stand outside Full House staring at each other after she shows up unannounced. Han Ji-eun is the first to break the silence by warmly greeting Hye-won and inviting her in when she apologizes for not telling them she was coming. Ji-eun goes inside to prepare drinks thinking they are right behind her.

However, Yung-jae and Hye-won remain outside. Hye-won asks Yung-jae why he didn’t tell her he moved, and he responds by asking if he needs her approval to do things. Hye-won gets angry and tells him she won’t bother him again, then she leaves in a huff. Yung-jae watches her leave and sits outside brooding while Ji-eun is inside wondering why the two haven’t come in yet.

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Ji-eun gets a call from the publisher she previously visited and goes outside to tell Yung-jae that the publisher wants to see her. She wonders where Hye-won went, but she’s so excited about the phone call that she doesn’t think much of her disappearance.

Instead she tells Yung-jae she’s confident the company wants to publish her work, thus he should have treated her well while he had the chance. He scoffs and tells her the publisher must be crazy, but he smiles indulgently as she heads off.

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His skepticism is on point though, as the publisher is only interested in Ji-eun because she married a celebrity.  All of his questions involve Yung-jae or her wedding, and he rebuffs Ji-eun’s attempts to discuss her work. He only wants her to write about Yung-jae so she turns him down, demanding that he return her novel.  She gets the idea to take her story to Yoo Min-hyuk so she heads to his office. She doesn’t have an appointment though and security refuses to let her upstairs. She had no idea Min-hyuk was a top executive at his company and is forced to leave her manuscript at the front desk.

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Ji-eun returns to Full House a bit dejected. Yung-jae is splayed out on a bench in the back yard asleep. A script lies across his face. Ji-eun sees him and quips that the public would be surprised to see the secret life of a top star. She wakes him up, and he teases her for getting rejected again. She sees the ring Yung-jae threw away in the grass and picks it up and puts it on her finger. Yung-jae angrily tells her to throw it away and tries to physically remove it when she refuses. She bites his finger and runs away to stop him.

She goes inside and happily admires the ring while he storms to her room and begins packing her things. He’s kicking her out. She tells him he’s the one who should leave because Full House belongs to her according to their contract. She refers to him as the king of jerks and bids him farewell, saying she will never forget her time with a psycho like him. He cuts her triumph short though, telling her she can have the house at the end of the six-month contract term but she needs to leave now.

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She ends up at Shin Dong-wook and Yang Hee-jin’s house again. They are just finalizing another hare-brained plan in which they (stupidly) think Yung-jae will participate. Ji-eun interrupts them, and they are not pleased that she is there to stay. Dong-wook sneaks out to call Yung-jae and tattle that Ji-eun is there, but Yung-jae hangs up on him when he says he’ll bring Ji-eun back home.

During dinner, Ji-eun gets a call from the publisher asking her to reconsider writing a story on Yung-jae. She refuses again and tells him she has nothing to do with Yung-jae anymore because they’re separated. Dong-wook and Hee-jin are shocked to hear her say they’re separated and ask how long she plans to stay with them. She ­­responds by asking about the money they owe her and wants to know if Dong-wook got a job yet. He shows her a business plan. He wants to start a management agency and is sure it will succeed if Yung-jae helps them out. Ji-eun is rightfully pissed and yells at Dong-wook to get a job while she’s still being nice.

The next morning, Yung-jae takes another run on the beach while Ji-eun realizes she naturally wakes up early now because she’s so used to fixing his breakfast.  After his run, he gets his own breakfast and brushes his teeth. He sees Ji-eun’s toothbrush in the holder and throws it into the bathroom wastebasket. When he leaves for the day, he kicks her bike and sends it crashing to the ground before getting in his car too.

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At his agency, President Yang Jeong-hye is fielding calls from reporters and denying that there’s any truth to rumors that Yung-jae is already separated from his wife. She chastises Yung-jae and warns him this is not like his other scandals, then she tells him she scheduled a photo shoot with Hye-won for the next day. He tells her he already turned Hye-won down and prepares to go. But the President says it’s for an international magazine and, despite what may be going on between Hye-won and him, this is business.

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Meanwhile, Ji-eun sits making calculations so Dong-wook can repay the money he stole from her. He and Hee-jin sit behind her encouraging her to get Yung-jae on board with their plan to start an agency because Dong-wook will never be able to repay her working a normal job. The agency president calls and asks her to bring lunch to the set of the photo shoot the next day.  Ji-eun agrees, and then we see Yung-jae sitting in his car outside Hye-won’s store.

Hye-won happens to see him when he leaves and smiles. She knows she’s got him back and calls to imperiously demand he immediately return to the shop or their friendship is through. She hangs up before he can respond, and he makes a u-turn in the middle of traffic (because no K-drama is complete without the obligatory mid-road u-turn) to return to the shop.

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Hye-won acts coy when Yung-jae arrives. She wants him to admit he was angry with her, but he denies it. She’s all smiles as she tells him not to scare her like that again, and they go to a bar for drinks. At the bar, Hye-won asks Yung-jae whether he’s known her or Ji-eun longer. He says he’s known her longer so she asks whom he likes more, her or Ji-eun. He answers, “You,” and Hye-won is pleased as punch that she still has his heart. But she teases him anyway and says, “You should like your wife more, dummy.” She continues fishing for compliments and Yung-jae tells her she’s someone who is special to him.

When he returns to Full House though, he picks up Ji-eun’s bike from the ground and brushes dirt off the seat. He looks around as if he expects Ji-eun to be home and even fishes her toothbrush from the wastebasket as he prepares for bed. Then he goes to her room and looks at her calendar where she’s circled her upcoming birthday.

The next day, Ji-eun prepares kimbap to take to the set of Yung-jae’s photo shoot. Her separation from Yung-jae is front page news. Hye-won asks Yung-jae about the articles as she adjusts his clothes between sessions and uses the break to invite Yung-jae out for sushi after the shoot.

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They get back to work until Ji-eun shows up with lunch. Yung-jae is surprised (and Hye-won is not pleased) to see her. The agency president asks the photographer to take a few pictures of the happy couple. Yung-jae and Ji-eun stuff kimbap in each other’s mouths pretending to feed each other but really engaged in a passive-aggressive fight. Their aggression is lost on the photographer though who asks them to kiss for the final shot, haha!

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After lunch, the agency president lectures Ji-eun about the potential repercussions of a scandal and warns her to be more careful of what she says in public. As she leaves, Ji-eun sees her manuscript on a table in the president’s office. She asks about the story, and the president tells her Yung-jae gave it to her but it’s not very good. Ji-eun sheepishly admits she wrote it but assures the president she is not upset by the criticism as she leaves. She’s dejected in the hallway though and walks outside where Yung-jae is waiting for her in his car. He gets a call from Hye-won who still wants to go out to eat. He tells her they’ll have to do it another time and picks up Ji-eun to head back to Full House.

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The next morning at breakfast, Yung-jae asks why there’s no seaweed soup with the meal and has to remind her that it’s her birthday. She says she wants to go the amusement park for her birthday and decides to invite Dong-wook and Hee-jin. Yung-jae asks why he’s not invited, and she tells him he can’t go to such a public place. He yells that he’s busy anyway, and she says that’s good because she’ll be home late. Yung-jae orders her to clean the house before she goes, and he leaves the house as she talks to her friends about going to Magic Land that day. However, she has to cancel her plans because Min-hyuk calls and she meets him instead.

It turns out Yung-jae didn’t have plans after all. He tries to keep busy but is clearly unable to stop thinking about Ji-eun at Magic Land without him. He goes shopping for her birthday present, lounges around his agency’s office, and plays at the gym before he runs out of things to do.

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Meanwhile, Ji-eun meets Min-hyuk at his office. He too is not kind about the short-comings of the story she submitted. He rejects it, and she indignantly proclaims that she’ll make it as a writer without him and berates him for being so blunt and rude. She prepares to storm out, but he surprises her by offering her a job. She has to submit weekly synopsis, and he will consider making a movie out of the promising ones. When she leaves (after she stops by the bathroom for a happy dance), they end up on the same elevator, and he invites her to lunch.

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Yung-jae has made it to Magic Land by now and puts on sunglasses and a hat to disguise himself. He unsuccessfully searches for Ji-eun and even resorts to donning a fox mask in an attempt to hide his identity. However, parkgoers soon recognize him, and he has to barricade himself in a restroom to save himself from the crowd. He’s forced to call his manager to rescue him.

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At the restaurant with Min-hyuk, Ji-eun takes one look at the menu and her eyes bulge at the sight of the prices. Min-hyuk assures her it’s his treat and she amuses him with her bluntness about life with Yung-jae. He’s back at Full House by now and sits in the dark checking his watch, waiting for Ji-eun to come home. When she finally makes it home, he yells at her for staying out so late and demands that she make dinner. As she heads upstairs, she sees the fox mask and asks if he went to Magic Land. He reluctantly admits he did but says it was just because he was bored. She’s not fooled though and tells him she didn’t go and asks if he waited long.

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Over dinner, she insists they go to Magic Land together immediately but when they arrive it’s already closed for the day. However, Yung-jae uses his connections to get them into the ice skating rink, and they enjoy themselves on the rink. Ji-eun, who is a great skater, has to help Yung-jae because he barely manages to stay upright.

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Afterwards, Ji-eun shares the news that she got a writing job that day and says she will work hard to write stories that touch people. She yells, “Fighting!” and gets Yung-jae to do the same.

The next morning, Ji-eun is hard at work on her synopsis when Yung-jae heads out. He leaves, and that’s when she sees her present on the table. There’s a card encouraging her to become a writer that touches hearts and inside the box is a recorder. She’s touched by the gesture and uses the recorder to muse about him.

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The doorbell rings, and it’s Yung-jae’s Mother and Grandmother. They’re angry because Yung-jae and Ji-eun returned from their honeymoon and never bothered to call to let them know they were home safely. Mother just frowns but Grandmother screams at her to get out of the house now.

MY THOUGHTS

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Last episode marked the beginning of things for the OTP, but this episode gives up the first stirring of interest in the second lead. Min-hyuk could not be more handsome or successful, and I kind of like that he’s not a total pushover, except when it comes to Ji-eun. What else besides his interest in her could have prompted him to hire her after reading, what he dubbed, the worst story ever?

With Yung-jae, it’s hard to tell how he feels about Ji-eun. He’s still clearly in love with Hye-won, but there is something about Ji-eun that is drawing him to her as well. I suspect he only thinks he loves Hye-won. She was there throughout his childhood and, although he cares for her, it seems more like she was an excuse for him to remain hidden and closed off from the world than that she was someone he waited for all this time. If he did truly love her, it’s obvious she ignored him and took his feelings for granted a little too long.

It was a bit pathetic to see her getting pleasure from his perceived insult to his wife when they were at the bar together, but I guess she has to smile while she still has the chance. Unfortunately for her, she’s firmly entrenched in the ain’t-gonna-happen camp and I look forward to the day she realizes that.

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Full House: Episode 5 Recap
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EPISODE 5 RECAP  

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Mother and Grandmother have arrived at Full House to reprimand Han Ji-eun because she didn’t call them during her honeymoon or when she returned home afterwards. They also fuss because they notice she’s not wearing her wedding ring. Grandmother blames her lack of manners on growing up without parents and wants Yung-jae and her to move into Ilsan to live with the rest of the family. She says she’ll be sending movers next week and storms out.

At Yung-jae’s agency, President Yang Jeong-hye gives him a new script to look over and teases him about his Magic Land debacle. She invites him to dinner, but he declines, saying he’ll eat at home. She retorts that he must want to have dinner with his wife. She approves, telling him that she thinks Ji-eun is cute. Yung-jae protests a little too strongly against the idea that Ji-eun is the reason he turned her down, and he changes his mind and tries to join the company dinner anyway. The agency president tells him to go home and, luckily, he gets a call from Ji-eun to use as the real reason he has to head home early.

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At dinner, Ji-eun tells him about the visit from his family and Grandmother’s insistence that they move into Ilsan. They head over to Ilsan to put a stop to Grandmother’s plans. Mother and Grandmother tell Yung-jae he’s lived alone for long enough and they need to teach Ji-eun many things, such as how to properly run a household. Yung-jae defends Ji-eun and assures them she takes care of their home quite well. However, they point out that Ji-eun is not wearing a hanbok and came without the presents she should have brought as the first visit to her in-laws after the wedding.

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Because they’re empty-handed, Ji-eun gets the bright idea to sing a song she claims she prepared as a present. She sings (and dances) the Three Bears song as everyone gapes. (See Mother and Grandmother’s expressions above . . . mwuhaha!)

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It’s completely silent when she’s done, and she’s mortified until Father starts clapping from the doorway. He came home from work during her song and thinks her antics are cute.

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On the car ride home, Ji-eun is still embarrassed about her impromptu performance in front of the elders, and Yung-jae makes it worse by ribbing her. She gets upset so Yung-jae offers to buy her ice cream but sends her inside the store to purchase it, ha! They eat it at a nearby playground (another mandatory K-drama trope to check off our list) and Ji-eun thanks Yung-jae for the recorder. He tells her to push him on the swing if she’s that thankful, and they have fun playing on the playground equipment.

At home, Ji-eun stays up writing late into the night, and Yung-jae finds her still asleep at the desk the next morning. He attempts to cover her with a blanket but ends up throwing it into the living room because she wakes up. He covers his discomfort by asking for breakfast. She has to clean up afterwards too and this makes her late for her meeting with Yoo Min-hyuk. She rushes out of the house but is late anyway because she leaves her recorder on the subway and goes to the lost-and-found department hoping to find it.

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When she meets with Min-hyuk, he notices her dejected mood and asks her what’s the matter. She tells him the last time she saw him was her birthday and she lost a recorder she received that day. He takes her to a store to buy her another one, but as soon as the sales person goes to wrap it, she changes her mind.

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Min-hyuk asks her whether it’s just not the same if it’s not from Yung-jae, and then he wants to know if she’s going to take him to the spaghetti place she mentioned when they had lunch last time. She tells him she’ll have to buy him spaghetti another time as she has to go home to do some major cleaning. Min-hyuk thinks she’s joking and chuckles. Ji-eun tells him she’s serious, but because she’s getting paid for it, she should be patient and endure it. She hurries away and trips, then looks back at Min-hyuk as he laughs and wonders about the things she just let slip.

Back at Full House, Ji-eun endures a demanding cleaning session with Yung-jae as he nitpicks her work from his spot on the swing in the backyard. She tells him she lost the recorder he bought her, and he starts yelling at her until he sees that she’s genuinely upset. Then he invites her out that afternoon to buy her another one and warns her not to lose it this time or that’s it for her. When she gets in the car, Yung-jae tells her he’ll buy her dinner too, and she gets excited at the prospect of not having to cook that night.

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Kang Hye-won got accepted into her design program of choice in New York, and she meets Min-hyuk to ask for his advice on going to the U.S. He asks why she’s going to New York so suddenly, and she claims she always intended to finish her studies there. She asks when he’s returning to New York, but he says he’s not going. He tells her he’s statying in Korea to finish his project so she doesn’t need to go to New York either.

He asks her if she really wants to be like this. When she feigns innocence, he tells her that she knows him and she’s the one who will end up hurt if she keeps it up. She asks him what she’s doing and he tells her he already told her she’s just a little sister to him. He says he’s not the one for her, and she gets upset and asks if liking him is that wrong. He tells her she does not like him–she just wants to possess him, he says. He doesn’t want things to go any further between them, he tells her. He gets up to leave and offers her a ride home, but when she doesn’t respond he leaves without her.

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She calls Yung-jae who unceremoniously drops Ji-eun off on the nearest sidewalk, promising to meet her in front of the mall later. He hurries away, and all Ji-eun can do is stare after him as he burns rubber to make it to Hye-won quickly. Hye-won is at a bar drinking, and when Yung-jae arrives she starts crying and says she feels like she’s dying. She tells him about Min-hyuk rejecting her and says Min-hyuk thinks she only wanted to possess him. Yung-jae tells her she wanted to possess him because she liked him.

She says Yung-jae finally looks good to her, but he gets a call from Ji-eun who complains that she’s hungry and tired of waiting. Hye-won tells him to go so he tells Ji-eun he’s on his way. However, Hye-won stops him as he walks up the stairs to leave the bar. She tells him not to go and back hugs him.

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He never shows up to meet Ji-eun. She stays in front of the mall well after it’s closed while he gives Hye-won a ride home and stays outside her house lost in thought.

The next morning, Ji-eun is brushing her teeth when Yung-jae joins her in the bathroom to brush his teeth too. He asks when she got home the night before and wants to know if she waited long. She denies it and leaves the bathroom.

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However, she can’t control her anger and rushes back into the room yelling at him for standing her up and not bothering to call to let her know he wasn’t coming.  Infuriatingly, Yung-jae is completely unapologetic and tells her she’s making a big deal over nothing. They bicker back and forth until she vows to leave and never come back. He stops her to make sure she doesn’t forget her toothbrush this time.  She goes to her room, searching for her suitcase to pack before she realizes it’s still at Dong-wook and Hee-jin’s place.

Yung-jae is downstairs by then, and they exchange heated words again. Ji-eun declares she really will be a bird brain if she comes back again, and he warns her not to show up with kimbap this time or she’ll be done. She goes to Dong-wook and Hee-jin’s house, but they’re at Full House with her suitcase. She tells them to come home but they hang up on her and invite themselves inside with Yung-jae.

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Dong-wook gives Yung-jae his business proposal and gets upset when Yung-jae refuses to participate without bothering to look at it. He leaves them in the living room, and Hee-jin raids the fridge while Dong-wook snoops around the house. Yung-jae comes downstairs a while later to find that Hee-jin’s cut up half the fruit in the house and Dong-wook is wearing clothes out of his closet.

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He’s livid and Hee-jin’s nonsensical entitlement issues shine through as she asks what’s wrong with Dong-wook trying on his clothes and yells at him for making them feel bad. She attacks Yung-jae, grabbing his hair and scratching his face until Ji-eun comes through the door to save the day. Yung-jae’s happy to see her, and she sets her friends straight, kicks them out, and fusses at Yung-jae for getting beat up by a girl.

Yung-jae gets dressed and, as he’s leaving  he tells Ji-eun he’ll see her later at the theater. She’s cleaning and only half paying attention so she doesn’t realize he’s left a movie ticket on the table until he’s gone. She gets ready to meet him, and on her way out the door Hye-won calls asking for Yung-jae. She tells Hye-won he’s not home and goes to meet Yung-jae at the theater.

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He’s not at the theater though, and she worries he’s not coming. However, it turns out he was just waiting for the lights to go down before he could come in.  He meets her inside the darkened theater, and they watch the movie together.  On their way back to Full House, Ji-eun remembers that Hye-won called.

Yung-jae calls Hye-won and discovers she’s in the hospital.  He makes a mid-road u-turn, hurrying to the hospital to see her. He sprints through the hallways to make it to her room, running so fast that Ji-eun can’t keep up. When Ji-eun finally makes it to Hye-won’s room, she doesn’t go in though. Instead, she stands in the hall and looks through the glass at Yung-jae holding Hye-won’s hand and checking her temperature.

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MY THOUGHTS  

In the last episode, we saw second lead Min-hyuk step into the midst of our love square.  In this episode, we get our first glimpse that our heroine is nursing an affection for Yung-jae.  As usual, I have no idea what she sees in him. Perhaps last episode’s trip to the skating rink served as a numbing agent and dulled the pain he inflicted this episode when he did those totally mean things—like standing her up and not bothering to apologize.

To be fair, there are momentary instances where we get to see that he’s not as callous and mean as he initially appears. We could see, for example, that he didn’t quite approve of his Grandmother being so insensitive as to bring up the fact that Ji-eun’s parents are dead and were not around to teach her some rules of etiquette for dealing with in-laws. And when he saw that Ji-eun was legitimately bummed about losing the recorder he’d bought her, he grew tender-hearted and offered to buy her a new one.

But still, those small instances, though apparently enough to appease Ji-eun, don’t satisfy me. On my first go around with this drama, it was right about here that I started preferring Min-hyuk. I wasn’t really sure what Min-hyuk’s intentions were. On the one hand, I suspected he liked her, but on the other hand I had to acknowledge the possibility that things were strictly platonic in his mind. (Recall, as one of my earliest dramas, I didn’t know about the mandatory perfect second lead in dramaland at that time.) But the fact that he offered to buy her another recorder (and didn’t get annoyed when she changed her mind after all that trouble he went through to find the exact model) left me with feelings decidedly in his favor.

As for the other second lead, Hye-won’s rejection from Min-hyuk and trip to the hospital did not inspire any feelings of sympathy toward her. Her character was written with so little depth that I never could do anything but dislike her. Luckily when the next episode rolled around, her behavior just confirmed how right I was to dislike her in spite of her illness. I knew it was just a matter of time before she got back all that she dished out. Too bad it’d take many more episodes to see her reap what she sowed though.

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Full House: Episode 6 Recap
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EPISODE 6 RECAP 

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Lee Yung-jae’s father finds Han Ji-eun standing outside Kang Hye-won’s hospital room and ushers her inside. Hye-won is surprised that Ji-eun’s been at the hospital all this time and is visibly uncomfortable that she’s there. Ji-eun feels equally out of place as she witnesses Yung-jae’s dad being kind to Hye-won and sees how much Yung-jae is worried about her. His father tells Ji-eun not to feel bad or misunderstand their relationship with Hye-won, who is like family to them, but Ji-eun assures him she’s fine. After dad leaves, Hye-won encourages Yung-jae and Ji-eun to leave too. She looks at Ji-eun and admits she’s uncomfortable with Ji-eun being there.

In the car ride home, Ji-eun tries to comfort Yung-jae. She tells him the doctors say Hye-won’s illness is caused by stress and she’ll be fine soon. She remarks that they seem very close. Yung-jae says they’ve been friends since childhood and takes offense to Ji-eun comparing their relationship to her relationship with her long-time friends. Once they make it to Full House, he drops her off and heads back to the hospital to check on Hye-won. Once there, he holds Hye-won’s hand staring at her as she sleeps (right in line with the rest of his stalker-like behavior so far).

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Ji-eun gives us a glimpse into her growing feelings for Yung-jae. She can’t sleep and ends up outside waiting for him to return. By the time he makes it back to Full House, she has fallen asleep on the front porch and he asks why she’s outside. She smiles to see that he’s back.

Inside the house, she gets him a drink and asks if he went to the hospital. He says he went to make sure Hye-won was okay because, unlike Ji-eun, Hye-won can’t sleep in strange places, like airplanes, subways, and front lawns. Ji-eun says she wasn’t outside sleeping, she was thinking, and says she wonders why he bought her house of all places. He says he liked the name, because it seemed to refer to a house teeming with love. Ji-eun says her dad named the house and Yung-jae becomes pensive as he remarks that he thought he’d grow old with the person he loves in the house. Ji-eun asks who that someone is, but Yung-jae doesn’t hear her. Instead of repeating the question, she starts rambling about the land teeming with ghosts before Full House was built. She pretends she’s a ghost and calls Yung-jae’s name until he gets peeved and goes upstairs.

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The next morning, when Ji-eun wakes up to prepare Yung-jae’s breakfast, he’s already in the kitchen cooking. Ji-eun gets excited until he tells her he’s making porridge for Hye-won. She gets a bit jealous and asks if he’s going to make her porridge if she gets sick. He calls her dumb again and reminds her that he made her porridge already. She doesn’t mind the insult though and smiles when she realizes he’s right. Yung-jae tells her she’ll have to deliver the porridge because he’s busy all day.  

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However, Hye-won ignores the porridge when Ji-eun shows up at the hospital. Hye-won uses the time alone with Ji-eun to throw her relationship with Yung-jae in Ji-eun’s face. She asks if it makes Ji-eun uncomfortable that she calls and sees Yung-jae, then takes it a step further by bragging that Yung-jae’s getting married didn’t change their long-time friendship. She says that Ji-eun is the person who came between their relationship. Ji-eun is offended but manages to hold her tongue. She joins Yung-jae’s mother in seeing Hye-won to a car to take her home.

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Ji-eun goes to Ilsan with Yung-jae’s mother from the hospital. She ends up gardening while Grandmother sits contently on a bench overseeing her progress. Grandmother constantly criticizes her, particularly degrading her “improper” upbringing, until Ji-eun defends herself and tells Grandmother that Yung-jae is the one who wasn’t raised properly. She also chastises Grandmother for speaking harshly and hurting her feelings.

Grandmother has nothing to say for herself so she feigns a blood pressure spike and grabs the back of her head as if she’s about to collapse. Ji-eun panics and tries to piggyback Grandmother back to the house. Grandmother is way too heavy for her though, and she drops her several times and makes her bump her head before they make it inside.  By the time they get to Grandmother’s room, Ji-eun has to tend to her scrapes and bruises instead of her headache.

When she leaves, Mother walks her outside and gives her food to take home. She asks Ji-eun what’s her favorite dish so she can make it next time Ji-eun visits. Ji-eun says she’s not picky so Mother tells her she’ll make jellyfish salad, which is Yung-jae’s favorite. Ji-eun is touched by Mother’s kindness and walks away smiling.

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Yung-jae sits at an editing session for the movie he made in Shanghai. He seems distracted and we learn why in the next scene. He stops by Yoo Min-hyuk’s office and invites him out for a beer. Min-hyuk tries to make small talk, but Yung-jae cuts right to the chase. He tells Min-hyuk that Hye-won has been sick because of him, and he doesn’t want Min-hyuk to hurt her again. Min-hyuk doesn’t miss a beat though. He asks what Yung-jae could possibly do for Hye-won aside from visiting her in the hospital when she’s sick. He tells Yung-jae to get a grip and think about Ji-eun, the person who’s next to him right now. He adds that Hye-won will get over it soon.

When Yung-jae gets back to Full House, Ji-eun is working. She tells him she went to Ilsan and tells him about Grandmother falling when she talked back to her. Noticing Yung-jae’s mood, she asks if he wants to eat ice cream and they silently sit at the table with their bowls of ice cream. Ji-eun decides to tell jokes to help his mood, but they’re so lame he can’t take it and leaves the table to go to his room.

The next morning, he tells her he’s going to see Hye-won and will stop by the office but will be home early. She checks his hand before he leaves and makes him put on his wedding ring. Then she walks him to the car and tells him she’ll make something delicious for dinner that night. He asks what she plans to make and gets excited when she says she’ll make his favorite jellyfish dish.

Yung-jae goes to a fitting with Hye-won. While showing him accessories, she sees his wedding ring and pauses for a moment before asking if he can take it off to try on the ring she chose for the outfit he’s wearing. She puts the wedding ring aside and Yung-jae gets a call from Ji-eun. Hye-won listens as he tells Ji-eun he’s done and will be home soon. After he leaves, she realizes he left his wedding ring behind. She goes to call him from her cell phone just as the shop’s landline rings.  

Back at Full House, Yung-jae tastes the jellyfish dish Ji-eun spent the day making. It’s not good, but Ji-eun insists it’s perfectly edible even if it tastes a bit strange. He tells her to eat it all then, and she notices that he’s not wearing his wedding ring. He says he left it at Hye-won’s store and Ji-eun makes him call Hye-won to ask after the ring.

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However, when Yung-jae calls, Hye-won doesn’t like that he called her just to ask for the ring.  She starts to tell him she hasn’t seen it, but before she can finish her sentence Yung-jae cuts her off, saying it’s okay if she didn’t see it, and he ends the phone call. Ji-eun presses the issue and Yung-jae tells her to stop making such a big deal about it when he can just buy another one. She says it’s not just a ring–it’s their wedding ring, and she berates him for being afraid to ask Hye-won about it. She asks if Hye-won is that great and points out that Hye-won is arrogant, neglects him, and acts like a princess.

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Yong-Jae can’t handle anyone criticizing his beloved and yells at her, but she goes on. She says the ring is a symbol of the promise they made and is not something that can simply be replaced. Yung-jae reminds her that they have a contract marriage and tells her all she needs to do is cook, clean, and get paid. She asks if she’s just someone to take orders from him and he says she’s just a rice cooker. He asks if she likes him or if she’s misunderstanding something. She calls him the lowest scum of the earth and says for them to really end it this time and walks away.

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She goes to her room and starts packing while Yong-Jae goes to his room and takes his frustration out on his bed spread. In her room, Ji-eun sits beside her packed suitcase and cries. That night, Yung-jae tosses and turns in his bed.

The next morning, Yung-jae goes downstairs and looks around as if he’s looking for Ji-eun. He sees the jellyfish dish recipe taped to the refrigerator and the notes Ji-eun took on how to make the dish properly. He realizes how hard she worked and goes to her room and looks around. He’s a bit melancholy until he notices her suitcase is on the top of her bureau. Then he smiles to himself and leaves the room.

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Ji-eun is at Min-hyuk’s office. He’s looking over her latest story. She’s quiet and dull so he asks if there’s anything wrong. She says she’s fine and smiles awkwardly. He hilariously tells her to stop pretending she’s okay because she looks like a fool. His bluntness only replaces her awkwardness with sheepishness though. He rejects her story again and asks about the character she’s trying to write about. She calls the character an ordinary person so Min-hyuk takes her on an outing to people watch. He uses the outing to teach her that there are no ordinary people in the world if you look below the surface.

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Shin Dong-wook, up to no good as usual, gets caught trying to steal food from his landlord’s kimchi jars. She threatens to rent his place out if he doesn’t pay rent soon. He tells Yang Hee-jin and they decide to go to Ji-eun and Yung-jae for the money they need. They arrive at Full House just as Yung-jae is about to leave. He hurriedly locks the door so they can’t wait inside, but when he’s gone Dong-wook climbs through an open window in the back and they let themselves in. They snoop around the house in Yung-jae’s absence and find the marriage contract on the computer.

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Yung-jae has gone to the gym. After he finishes his work out, he stops by the agency and Mr. Choi gives him the wedding photo of Ji-eun and him. Yung-jae tells him to just hang the picture at the agency but changes his mind when Mr. Choi thinks it’s a good idea. He arrives home with the painting and is shocked to see Dong-wook and Hee-jin lounging on his sofa.

Ji-eun and Min-hyuk are done people watching and walk back to his office together. He asks when she’ll be treating him to spaghetti and she says she’s free today because she’s on strike. She asks him if she looks like a rice cooker and tells him that Yung-jae calls her a rice cooker. He laughs, and they prepare to go to lunch just as she receives an urgent call from Yung-jae. The call causes her to cancel her lunch plans with Min-hyuk and head back to Full House.

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When she arrives, Dong-wook and Hee-jin lecture them about making a mockery of marriage, and they try to blackmail Yung-jae into joining the management agency they’re trying to start in exchange for them keeping quiet about their sham marriage. They also demand an apology from Yung-jae. He refuses and Ji-eun apologizes on his behalf. However, she refuses to give them money.

After some negotiation, Yung-jae decides that Dong-wook can work at his agency, but he has to give Ji-eun a portion of his salary. They begin protesting (because they want money, not employment) but Ji-eun begins recounting how she felt when she returned from Shanghai to find they sold her house. She tells them how scary she found the police station and remarks that jail would be even scarier. That shuts them up, but they’re not pleased when they leave. Hee-jin declares that their friendship is really over this time (I’d hope so).

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After they leave, Ji-eun sits at the table calculating how much money she will be receiving from Dong-wook once he starts working. Yung-jae brings her a beer and sits at the table with her. He tells her he ordered another ring and should receive it next week. He’s a bit bashful as he says he won’t lose the ring again and, to hide his embarrassment, he points out that he didn’t get angry when she lost the recorder he bought her.

She tells him she found the ring and he gets excited until he realizes she’s just joking. The “found ring” is actually the pen in her hand that she uses to draw a ring on his finger. She draws a watch too and chases him around the table saying she wants to draw sunglasses as well.

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They end up relaxing on the back porch with more drinks. Ji-eun is in a philosophical mood and says there are all kinds marriages and theirs is a marriage too. She says even though they fight and she packs and leaves, she never thought it was really over. She tells them they should do their best until they separate. She ends her speech by shouting, “Fighting.” Yung-jae wants to know why it’s always, “Fighting!” He prefers “Aja! Aja!” so they happily combine the two phrases.

Later, Yung-jae sits in his room admiring his “jewelry.”  The next morning, he takes care not to wash off the ring as he cleans up while Ji-eun is downstairs and finds their wedding picture.

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Meanwhile, Hye-won sits with Yung-jae’s ring in her hand. She contemplates calling him as he and Ji-eun choose a place to hang the wedding picture. Hye-won finally calls and when Yung-jae answers, she tells him she has something to give him and asks him to meet her. He agrees to meet her and hangs up. When Ji-eun asks who was on the phone, Yung-jae lies and says it was the office.

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MY THOUGHTS

This episode marks the beginning of our second leads ramping up the tension within our love square.  Although neither one has outright declared their interest in their preferred partners, I’d say the gauntlet is definitely in hand and ready to be thrown.  In Hye-won’s case, she deserves a good dressing down for the passive aggressive way she attacked poor Ji-eun about her ongoing relationship with Yung-jae.  For someone who ignored him for almost two decades and who only marginally likes him now (and only because her first choice rejected her), she has a lot of nerve coming at Ji-eun like that.  But she’s clueless and has a huge sense of entitlement, so I guess I shouldn’t be too shocked at her behavior.

Min-hyuk was a lot less annoying, and a lot less intrusive in his dealings with Yung-jae.  I like that he has a backbone and standing up for himself is not even a second thought with him.  It’s just who he is.  But when it comes to Ji-eun, he’s clearly got a hankering for her and that tough facade falls away.  There’s obviously something about her he likes—he finds her amusing and he enjoys spending time with her, but he keeps his romantic interest (which may just be mild curiosity at this point) in check because she’s someone else’s wife.  But to see Yung-jae still nursing feelings for Hye-won ruffles his feathers.  Yung-jae totally deserved to be put in his place, it’s just too bad he wasn’t in the frame of mind to receive the message.

I love Ji-eun’s growing attachment to Yung-jae’s family.  They were a big part of why I liked this drama initially too. I find Grandmother generally hilarious, Mother sweet, and even Father isn’t so bad once you get past his slightly stoic persona.   

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Full House: Episode 7 Recap
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EPISODE 7 RECAP   

Lee Yung-jae is getting dressed to meet Kang Hye-won while Han Ji-eun is sitting at the computer struggling to come up with a character for the new story she’s writing. She starts thinking about Yung-jae and uses him as inspiration for her character, whom she decides has the same initials as Yung-jae and is a tall actor with an “alright” face and a bad temper. His saving grace is his wonderful wife, of course.

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She’s still outlining her new character when Yung-jae comes downstairs to head out, but she stops to ask about his plans for the day. He’s defensive because he lied about who really called him so he asks her why she’s being so nosey instead of answering her.

He leaves and meets Hye-won at the bar they frequent. She has his wedding ring in her hand as he enters, but all he notices is that she’s drinking. He takes her drink away and orders something warm for her, and she sees the hand-drawn watch on his wrist. She asks what it is, and he tells her Ji-eun drew it playing around the night before. She remarks she’s not in the mood anymore as she slides his wedding ring to him. He’s surprised she had the ring all this time.

Hye-won tells him it just happened that way, but she brushes past that issue and admits that she doesn’t like Ji-eun. She says it’s because he was always there for her and now he has Ji-eun by his side. He turns to look at her with a look that’s completely lost on Hye-won. The look says she’s the one he loves, but Hye-won continues talking and says she knows she’s “weird” for being in love with Min-hyuk while clinging to him. Yung-jae is still awe-struck and tells her reverently that he won’t let her go until she lets go of him. He says he tried letting her go, but he couldn’t so she’ll have to be the one to let him go.

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It’s getting late by this time. Ji-eun notices it’s dusk and stops working on her story expecting Yung-jae to be home soon. He doesn’t return until much later though. She has just sat down to eat when he walks in. He asks why she’s eating so late and she tells him she was waiting for him and he should have called if he was going to be late. He makes fun of the mixed rice dish she’s having for dinner so she tries to get him to try it for himself. He pushes her hand away to refuse her offer, and she sees the wedding ring back on his finger and asks where he found it. He tells her Hye-won had the ring and Ji-eun wonders aloud why Hye-won lied.

Yung-jae then admits he lied and met Hye-won instead of going to work. Ji-eun wants to know why he lied, but he says he doesn’t know. He says it just came out that way, but he doesn’t want her asking about where he’s going anymore because he doesn’t like lying to her. Ji-eun tells him she only asked because she wanted to know if she had to make dinner. She tells him she doesn’t care what he does and says he can do whatever he wants. However, she’s clearly angry and storms away at the end of her speech. She goes to the bathroom to calm down and washes off the watch he drew on her wrist the night before.

The next day she sits at the desk writing again. First she fantasizes about confronting Hye-won for daring to meet her husband behind her back. Then she fantasizes about meeting Hye-won and giving the pair her blessing to be together. In this fantasy, she’s melancholy as she admits Yung-jae likes Hye-won, and she imagines the two of them forcing her to leave Full House. Yung-jae interrupts her reverie to say he’s leaving. Because she’s still angry from the night before, she tells him not to tell her when he’s coming and going anymore.

Luckily, Yung-jae’s grandmother and mother decide to call Ji-eun to go to a museum with them. They enjoy their time together and Ji-eun goes back to Ilsan with them.

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Meanwhile, Yung-jae sees Shin Dong-wook at the agency. It’s the first time he’s seen Dong-wook since he found out Dog-Wook was the “friend” who sold Ji-eun’s house. He lays into Dong-wook about taking advantage of Ji-eun. Dong-wook can only whine and look scared. However, Yung-jae is obviously a total pushover because he starts falling for Dong-wook’s faux-cry and feels sorry for him. He has to force a begging Dong-wook to let go of his leg before he meets with the agency president. She mentions the upcoming press conference for his new movie and asks if he’s bringing Ji-eun with him to the event.

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Yung-jae can’t invite her though because when he returns to Full House, she’s not there. She’s at Ilsan enjoying dinner with her in-laws. They find out she knows how to play go stop (a card game) so, after dinner, she teaches them the game as Yung-jae wanders around the house wondering why she isn’t home yet. When they sees how late it is, the in-laws invite her to spend the night. Yung-jae tries to play it cool, but he eventually breaks down and calls Ji-eun to find out where she is. She tells him she’s in his room and he actually looks around before he realizes she’s in his childhood room at Ilsan.

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She looks around his old room and asks him about various things she sees from his childhood. Finally her eyes rest on a picture of his little sister, Lee Yung-Hyun. Yung-Hyun had a terminal illness and died as a child, he tells her. He gets sad as he realls how his father told Yung-Hyun she could only get better if she didn’t cry when she got her twice daily shots so she never cried but she died anyway. (Perhaps this is the source of the friction between Yung-jae and his father.)

Yung-jae thinks his father was wrong for not letting her cry, but Ji-eun says his father was probably crying himself. Yung-jae tells her his father never cries, and then he brings up Hye-won, who cries all the time, he says. He asks what she thinks a nine-year-old boy does to stop a girl from crying? Buy ice cream. Ji-eun realizes that’s why he always offers her ice cream when she cries and her silence makes Yung-jae think she fell asleep. She’s awake though and he offers to come pick her up from Ilsan.

He’s feeling charitable toward her now, but once he realizes what he’s said, he backpedals and claims he’s only offering to pick her up because she has to cook breakfast and clean in the morning. She yells at him and hangs up. Afterwards, she sits brooding and realizes that Yung-jae has loved Hye-won for a long time and the proposal speech she overheard him rehearsing and the ring she found were for Hye-won.

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The next morning, Yung-jae goes for his usual run. Afterwards, he makes the mixed rice dish he teased Ji-eun about a few days earlier. She comes home as he’s eating and he starts choking when he sees her, haha! She has to pat his back to help the food go down, and he uses the opportunity to change his mind about their policy to stay out of each other’s business. He decides they should at least tell each other where they’re going because that wouldn’t be meddling. Ji-eun doesn’t agree, but Yung-jae insists that she tell him when and where she’s going from now on. She’s about to stick his finger to relieve his indigestion so she gives him a hard prick on the thumb to punish his impudence. He screams out in pain and accuses her of doing it on purpose.

Ji-eun is apparently fed up with his antics so she presents him with a schedule for them to abide by that will prevent them from running into each other at home. She explains that she’ll work on the computer at night, clean when he’s gone during the day, and stay in her room when he’s home. She says they’ll communicate by leaving notes on the refrigerator.

With her new schedule in effect, Yung-jae doesn’t even last a day. He misses Ji-eun but is too immature to admit it. Instead, he claims the house is a mess and goes to her room insisting that she cleans it immediately. He smiles contentedly as he watches her clean and uses the opportunity to ask her to go to his movie premiere. She totally bursts his bubble when she says she can’t go and when he asks her why, she keeps cleaning and tells him she’ll post the reason on the fridge.

He goes to his room grumbling and wonders what’s wrong with her. He starts spying on her as she types on the computer downstairs. He ducks whenever he thinks she might be looking his way until he finally gets the courage to go downstairs. He coughs loudly to get her attention, then he says she should work during the day because she uses a lot of electricity working through the night. She tells him to leave because the schedule gives her the living room at night, but he refuses.

He turns on the television then takes it a step further by starting to belittle her. He says she has no talent and should sleep instead of working. She ignores him until he calls her a chicken again. Then she gets up, shoots him a dirty look, and walks away.

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He decides to play a trick on her by turning off the computer and pretending he didn’t save her work before he turned it off. She comes back to find the computer dead and panics. Instead of being relieved when she finds out Yung-jae was just joking with her, she starts crying. He really sends her over the edge when he offers her ice cream to make her feel better. She has a hilarious mini-tantrum and Yung-jae resorts to singing the Three Bears Song to calm her down.

The next morning, Yung-jae comes downstairs prepared for his movie premiere while Ji-eun washes the dishes. He tells her not to be late and says she has to pay for her ticket too. She doesn’t even get a discount, ha! She goes to Yoo Min-hyuk’s office prior to the premiere and leaves her story with the receptionist because he’s in a meeting.

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As she’s on her way back downstairs though, she runs into Min-hyuk in the elevator and they go to the premier together. She’s distracted in the car and asks Min-hyuk if “they” have known each other since they were nine, what else is there they’ve done beside eating ice cream? He, of course, has no idea what she’s talking about at first. She continues her musings by saying it’d be nice if they didn’t ride bikes or go to Magic Land together. She asks Min-hyuk whether Yung-jae taught Hye-won to ride a bike and smiles in relief when Min-hyuk says he taught Hye-won how to ride a bike. Hye-won sees Min-hyuk and Ji-eun arrive together and teems with jealousy.

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Ji-eun sees Shin Dong-wook and Yang Hee-jin outside the premiere. Hee-jin sees Min-hyuk smile at Ji-eun from across the room and and asks about him. Hee-jin thinks he’s gorgeous and encourages her to grab onto him because she’ll be divorced soon. She tries to silence Hee-jin so no one overhears their conversation and sees Hye-won. She decides to have a chat with Hye-won and they go somewhere quiet.

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Ji-eun asks Hye-won why she hid Yung-jae’s wedding ring then tells her to leave Yung-jae alone. Ji-eun points out that Hye-won likes someone else but keeps on calling on Yung-jae as if he’s her servant. Hye-won is unrepentant and refuses to leave Yung-jae alone. Ji-eun is asking for too much, she says, and she challenges Ji-eun to see who can win Yung-jae’s heart first. She’s sure Ji-eun won’t be the one who wins in the end.

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Hye-won leaves and goes to see Yung-jae before the movie starts. She fixes his clothes and ties a scarf around his neck. She invites him to go somewhere with her after the premiere, and he agrees. He asks if Ji-eun can come with them, and she unapologetically says no. When Hye-won goes into the theater, she sees Min-hyuk and sits one seat away from him but refuses to speak to him.

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Meanwhile, Ji-eun remains at the table where she met Hye-won long after the movie has started. She’s disheartened and says sadly to herself that she doesn’t have the confidence. She misses the movie and Yung-jae is worried until he finds her waiting for him in the parking garage. He gets angry because she didn’t watch his movie, and she tells him that people are saying it wasn’t good anyway. She’s ready to go home, but he says he and Hye-won are about to go somewhere. She asks him not to go but she ends up watching them drive away together anyway. Hye-won looks a bit smug as she rides away with Yung-jae, but she gets visibly jealous when Yung-jae calls Dong-wook and tells him to take Ji-eun to dinner before seeing her home.

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Hye-won ends up taking Yung-jae back to their old elementary school. She reminds him that when they were in third grade, he kissed her, made her cry, and tried to bribe her with ice cream. She distracts him by pointing to something far away, kisses him on the cheek, and runs away. They end up having a fun water fight at the fountain.

On their way home later, she tells him that although when she was younger she said her dream is to be a designer like her mother, her real dream is to be a good wife. She even had a secret list of possible husbands. She says she knows it’s not right that she calls him everyday and bothers him, but if she did not have him with her, she’d be really suffering, and she apologizes.

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When he gets home that night, Ji-eun is sitting in the living room waiting for him. She asks where he went with Hye-won, and he tells her they went to their old school. Yung-Jung asks if there’s something wrong and offers her ice cream. She gets a bit heated as she reminds him she told him before she hates ice cream. She tells him she likes flowers and demands that he buy her flowers from now on instead of ice cream.

Yung-jae chuckles at her anger and she tells him not to laugh because she might get attached to him. She’s serious and he thinks she’s joking until she says, “Yung-jae, when you want to protect someone, that means you like that person. You protect Kang Hye-won. I’m going to protect you. I think I like you.”

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MY THOUGHTS

We’ve got the love triangle firmly in place now. Ji-eun knows her heart and is not afraid to admit it. But that may be because she’s had feeling for Yung-jae for a longer period of time and is more emotionally mature than Yung-jae. She also doesn’t have to struggle through a prior emotional attachment. I think a big part of Ji-eun’s charm lies in her feistiness and it was on full display as she confronted Hye-won and told her in no uncertain terms to stay away from Yung-jae. Too bad it couldn’t sustain her through Hye-won’s challenge. It would have been a little more rewarding to viewers for Ji-eun to stand her ground and shake Hye-won’s confident veneer. Because although I love to hate Hye-won, she’s not fooling me with the façade she presents to Ji-eun.

Yung-jae is still frustrating. In his defense, it must be hard to deal with having burgeoning feelings for a newcomer while your long-term love is still in your heart. But his conflicted feelings over which one he loves doesn’t explain why he’s so mean to Ji-eun. In fact, he was a jerk to her before he started to like her and I don’t believe he’s even aware that he’s starting to have feelings for her yet. The fact that he’s a tool to everyone in his life, except Hye-won (the one who seems the least deserving of his respect) is an endless source of wonder to me. Six years later and I still haven’t figured the guy out. I guess I’ll stop trying.

The good news is that episode eight will bring some of his feelings to the surface. The bad news is, he will remain as clueless as ever about how he feels about the one he really loves.

Episode eight also brings Min-hyuk into the mix and our party of three becomes the standard K-Drama love square we all know and love (to hate).

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Full House: Episode 8 Recap
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EPISODE 8 RECAP

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Han Ji-eun confesses to Lee Yung-jae that she thinks she likes him, and there’s an awkward pause as he considers what she just said. Finally, he starts laughing, thinking she’s joking, and she decides to play along as if she really was just kidding. When Yung-jae starts belitting her because Yoo Min-hyuk has rejected all of her stories, she comes to her senses and mumbles that she really must have been out of her mind.  She goes to her room and tries to talk some sense into herself about liking someone like him. 

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The next morning, Ji-eun is back at work on her synopsis.  On his way out, Yung-jae stops to continue the joke from the night before.  He calls her yeobo (a term of endearment used between married couples) and tells her he loves her too.  He adds that he loves her as much as the sky and makes the shape of a heart over his head for emphasis as she stares daggers at him. 

He finally leaves and goes for a fitting with Kang Hye-won at her shop before his numerous interviews for the day.  She invites him to dinner later and he accepts before driving off. 

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At his interview, one of the reporters asks about his relationship with Hye-won.  This leads to a meeting with the president of his agency.  She asks about his frequent meetings with Hye-won at their favorite bar and whether it’s true he left with her after his movie premiere the other day. 

She lectures that his manager should be with him at all times and says there were already rumors surrounding his relationship with Hye-won before he got married so he needs to be careful before people get hurt.  She has arranged for a reporter to interview Ji-eun and him at home and tells him to talk to Ji-eun so she’s aware of the situation before the interview. 

After the meeting, Yung-jae cancels his dinner plans with Hye-won and Shin Dong-wook returns the clothes Yung-jae borrowed for the premiere to her shop.  He tells Hye-won she won’t be seeing much of Yung-jae anymore and lets her know that he’s Ji-eun’s friend and she should be careful from now on. 

Back at Full House, Yung-jae tells Ji-eun about the upcoming interview but doesn’t tell her the reason behind it.  However, Yang Hee-jin calls her that night and tells her not to do the interview because it’s to combat rumors of Yung-jae’s alleged affair with Hye-won.  Ji-eun yells that Yung-jae isn’t like that and there’s nothing going on between Hye-won and him, and she hangs up. 

In the morning, Yung-jae and Ji-eun are busy cleaning and moving furniture in preparation for the interview. Suddenly Ji-eun stops their progress and says she doesn’t want to do the interview.  She claims it’s because she has too much work to do so Yung-jae ends up doing the housework while she works on her synopsis in order to get her to go through with the interview. 

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He hand washes the clothes (because there’s no washer or dryer in their million(?) dollar house), cleans the windows, does the dishes, and cleans the floor as Ji-eun purposely does things to irritate him.  He loses it when she keeps dropping cookie crumbs on the floor right after he has cleaned underneath her.  He stops cleaning and loudly declares she doesn’t have to do the interview, but the next thing we know, a photographer is there and they awkwardly go through their alleged daily routine while getting their pictures taken. 

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They end up on the couch where the reporter remarks that the house is beautiful.  Ji-eun tells the reporter that her father built the house and she grew up there.  Yung-jae tells the reporter the house has a name, Full House, which means a house full of love.  Ji-eun adds that her father named the house too. 

When the reporter asks about Hye-won, Yung-jae gets offended but Ji-eun explains that Hye-won and Yung-jae have been friends since they were nine.  She says she’s glad he has someone like Hye-won with whom he can talk when they fight and lean on during hard times. 

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After the interview, Yung-jae is awed by Ji-eun’s interview answers, especially considering she doesn’t even like Hye-won.  She tells him she doesn’t mind him meeting Hye-won but he needs to be careful.  She says she doesn’t want people feeling sorry for her because she has a cheating husband.  She gets indignant and tells him if he gets caught again and expects her to clean it up, then . . . she’s not going to cook anymore.  Yung-jae just rolls his eyes and she starts berating herself because she couldn’t come up with a better threat, lol. 

Yung-jae tries to help her out and tells her she can always pack her bags and threaten to never come back.  She remarks that he doesn’t even bat an eye when she does that, and he turns serious as he tells her that’s not true. He says it feels strange when she’s not there and dark and lonely.  She asks what he means and, because he doesn’t want to admit he misses her when she’s gone, he claims it’s dark because there’s no one to turn on the lights.

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Hye-won sits at her shop thinking about Yung-jae.  She calls him and gets mad when he says he’s busy and can’t meet her that day or the next.  She demands that he comes to see her immediately and hangs up.  He goes running to see her, of course, and when he arrives, she wants to know why he’s avoiding her.  She says that he can simply tell the media the rumors aren’t true about them and asks if he’s that scared of a scandal. He loses his temper and yells that he is in fact scared because he hates to see people gossiping about her and doesn’t want her to get hurt.  He says if she gets hurt, he hurts even more, and his ardor shocks her into silence. 

They go to their usual bar for drinks.  Hye-won tells Yung-jae that even when Min-hyuk was in New York, he sent her a birthday present every year.  She found out that it was really his assistant who sent the gifts, but she still liked that she was important enough for him to have his assistant remember her birthday.  She asks if she should give him up, then asks Yung-jae if he will come to her if she does.  He looks at her in shock, but she smiles and says she’s just kidding.  She says he just needs to keep his promise not to let go of her her hand unless she lets go of his. 

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At Full House, Ji-eun is at work on the computer again.  It’s dark and Yung-jae’s late.  She’s melancholy as she says aloud that she keeps telling herself not to wait for Yung-jae but she waits anyway.  She thinks she likes him, but as soon as he opens his mouth, she thinks she hates him.  She falls asleep at the desk and Yung-jae finds her there when he returns later that night. 

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The next day, Min-hyuk finally likes one of Ji-eun’s synopses.  She’s ecstatic, and he admits he was getting worried because her synopses were getting worse instead of better.  He asks how she liked Yung-jae’s movie, and she admits she didn’t get to see it the day of the premiere.  She tells him she’s going to see it later that day, and he asks if she wants to go together.  He claims he wants to see it again (but methinks it’s Ji-eun he wants to see again). 

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Either way they end up at the movies together, and they run into Dong-wook and Hee-jin, who just so happen to be at the theater too. Dong-wook and Hee-jin introduce themselves to Min-hyuk as Ji-eun’s friends, and Ji-eun whispers to them not to jump to any conclusions about seeing her with Min-hyuk. Hee-jin’s already picturing them together though and cheers them on while Dong-wook declares himself solidly on Team Yung-jae.  

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Inside the theater, Ji-eun mumbles to herself about her friends and Min-hyuk asks if she’s worried about them seeing her with him.  She tells Min-hyuk that her friend Hee-jin thinks he’s interested in her.  He admits that he is (mwuhahaha!).  He tells her she may not have realized it, but he’s a very busy person, but he always makes time to see her (awww).  He adds that it’s not an easy thing to do and then he tries to use his sweet talk to rope her into buying him dinner after the movie. When the movie starts, Ji-eun glances at him as if he’s totally lost his mind.  Poor girl–she doesn’t know how to react when a guy is nice to her and actually admits that he likes her instead of mistreating her. 

At his agency, Yung-jae has just finished a meeting when Dong-wook pulls him aside to tattle on Ji-eun.  He tells Yung-jae that he saw her with Min-hyuk at the premiere, and they were at the movie theater today.  Yung-jae says he doesn’t care and tells Dong-wook not to tell him about Ji-eun anymore.  But he goes to a conference room in the office and broods. 

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He gets in his car and calls Ji-eun.  She says she’s with Min-hyuk and they’re on their way to eat spaghetti.  Yung-jae tells her not to eat with Min-hyuk and says he’ll buy her an entire Italian restaurant, hahahaaaaa!  That doesn’t work so he lies that Grandmother is sick.  Ji-eun is so worried that she has Min-hyuk take her to Yung-jae’s car, and Yung-jae’s smile is priceless as he drives down the street with his Ji-eun safely out of Min-hyuk’s grasp.  However, he has to cover up his lie so he pretends to get a call from Grandmother saying that she’s fine.  Ji-eun foils his plan though when she insists they go to Ilsan to see her anyway. 

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When they get there, the elders are playing go-stop and Ji-eun arrives just in time to settle a disagreement they’re having.  Ji-eun fusses over Grandmother and tells her she should be lying down.  They’re all confused, and Father asks her if she was sick.  She says no, and Yung-jae runs over to her and grabs her into a hug, claiming a ghost appeared in his dream and told him she was sick.  Ji-eun questions Yung-jae when they get back to Full House that night.  She asks if he’s stupid and can’t tell a dream from reality, then she asks about the phone call he claimed he got from Grandmother in the car.  He says that was a ghost too, lol. 

The next day Min-hyuk’s assistant reminds him that it’s his birthday.  He looks thoughtful, and we see that Hye-Won remembered his birthday too.  She bought him a present but doesn’t have the heart to call him. 

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At Full House, Yung-jae sits autographing fan pictures.  Ji-eun offers to help until she gets a call from Min-hyuk, who asks her to have dinner with him.  This sends Yung-jae into a fit of jealousy, which he conceals by giving Ji-eun a long list of chores she has to complete before she can leave.  She rushes through the chores, but he finds fault with her work and demands that she do it all over again. 

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She resorts to climbing out of the laundry room window, and he chases her down the hill to the bus stop.  She escapes by hiding in the bushes until he gives up and goes back home.  Still determined to stop her, he calls and orders her to come home, but she hangs up and takes the battery out of her phone for good measure (another beloved K-drama trope to check off the list!). 

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She meets Min-hyuk at his office and they go to dinner together.  Over dinner, he tells her it’s his birthday and she says she would have brought him a present if he’d told her in advance. He doesn’t mind though because he considers her his present, he says. When he realized it was his birthday and thought about what to get himself, she popped into his head.  He says he has fun with her and is always laughing when she’s around.  

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After dinner, they sit at a nearby park talking. She asks if there is anything he’d like her to buy him for his birthday.  He asks if it’s possible to buy someone’s heart.  He tells her he’s popular with women and asks why she doesn’t like him.  She kiddingly responds that he’s a bit full of himself, but he says he’s not kidding and asks her to like him.  She’s a little uncomfortable but laughs it off and says she’d like to but she’s already married.  He says that’s the issue for him.  He’s wondering if he should take her from Yung-jae.  (I’ll go if she doesn’t want to!)  Min-hyuk continues, telling her that Yung-jae doesn’t realize how precious she is. He asks her again if she will like him, and the episode ends.

MY THOUGHTS

I’ve got a palpitating heart, a slight fever, and watery eyes so I’d say I’m coming down with a bad case of second lead syndrome. Too bad Ji-eun remains unaffected, and therein lies the problem. I remember thinking she was a fool not to be able to see how great of a catch Min-hyuk would be. He flat out named most of his redeeming qualities for her during their after-dinner chat and she still remained unaffected by his charms. Add to that the fact that he actually likes her and is willing to admit it out loud and I was left scratching my head in confusion.

Now that our love square is in place it’s easy to tell what we have in store for us even without having seen the drama dozens of times like I have: lots of brooding and angst and tears as Min-hyuk is looking at Ji-eun and Ji-eun is looking at Yung-jae while Yung-jae looks at Hye-won and Hye-won is looking at Min-hyuk. Oy vey . . .

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Full House: Episode 9 Recap
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EPISODE 9 RECAP  

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Yoo Min-hyuk and Han Ji-eun are silent as he drives her home after dinner. It’s a bit awkward with Min-hyuk having just asked her to like him, so she attempts to lighten the mood by telling her usual corny jokes. When that doesn’t work, she tells Min-hyuk that she’ll like him. She says she’ll be there to tell him funny stories, eat with him when he doesn’t want to eat alone, and be his friend when he’s sick or bored. He smiles, but methinks that’s not quite what he had in mind when he asked her to like him. 

Over at Full House, Lee Yung-jae is waiting for Ji-eun to make it home. He’s in the front yard pacing when he sees Min-hyuk’s car come down the street. He tries to hurry inside but the door is locked. He’s forced to run around the back and enter through the sliding glass door. He throws himself on the table and pretends he’s just waking up as Ji-eun walks inside.

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He asks why Min-hyuk called and wanted to see her, and she tells him it was Min-hyuk’s birthday. She also tells him that Min-hyuk asked her to like him. Yung-jae has just taken a sip of water when she says it, and he’s so shocked that water spews from his mouth and he starts choking when he hears what she said.

He asks Ji-eun how she responded to Min-hyuk’s question and she says she told him she’d like him, of course. She says Min-hyuk thinks she’s funny so she promised to tell him jokes and be his friend. She adds that Min-hyuk thinks Yung-jae doesn’t know how precious she is and says she’s a rice cooker to Yung-jae but a gift to Min-hyuk. Yung-jae scoffs and pacifies his jealousy by demanding that she make him dinner, but Ji-eun is (finally) not fooled by his gruff manner and chuckles to herself knowingly.

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The next day, Min-hyuk visits the set of Yung-jae’s latest photo shoot. They sit and chat during a break. Yung-jae asks how Ji-eun’s coming along with her work for Min-hyuk and apologizes for not remembering his birthday. Min-hyuk says Ji-eun has talent, but needs polish, and he brushes off Yung-jae’s not knowing his birthday. He admits he doesn’t know Yung-jae’s birthday either.

Yung-jae brings up Min-hyuk seeing Ji-eun. He tries to play it cool though. He tells Min-hyuk he doesn’t mind him seeing Ji-eun but he thinks Min-hyuk should tell him first so there are no misunderstandings. He says Ji-eun is different, and he tells Min-hyuk not to play with her like he plays with other women.

Min-hyuk says he’s surprised Yung-jae has eyes for any one other than Kang Hye-won and assures him that he never fooled around with Ji-eun. He tells Yung-jae he doesn’t need to explain anything to him or make sure he understands and he’s not going to apologize either. He tells Yung-jae to stay focused and not waver from this point forward and says he also shouldn’t leave any openings for him either. Gauntlet thrown, he then excuses himself and leaves. (Ouch.)

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Back at Full House, Yung-jae stands outside thinking about what Min-hyuk said. He recalls Min-hyuk’s warning, so at dinner, he tries to downplay Min-hyuk’s interest in Ji-eun. He tells her Min-hyuk has always been popular with women so she shouldn’t read too much into his kindness to her. Ji-eun believes she and Min-hyuk are just friends and takes offense to Yung-jae implying otherwise.

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However, Yung-jae tells her she’s naïve, which is why he’s giving her advice. She responds by pointing out the whole country knows she’s married to Yung-jae so it doesn’t make sense for Min-hyuk to like her (aside from the fact that he expressly told her he’s interested in her and asked her to like him.  I guess we’ll ignore those things since she seems to be ignoring them too.). Yung-jae says it may not make sense to her, but it could happen. He says she has a way of making people feel good. Ji-eun doesn’t understand, and he can’t admit his true feelings, so he blusters, “I never gave anyone my rice cooker as a gift, so behave, okay?” then he storms off.

Later, Ji-eun hesitantly cleans near Yung-jae as he watches television. She wants to invite Min-hyuk over to dinner to repay him for treating her to meals and doing nice things for her. Yung-jae refuses at first, but he thinks it over the next morning and gets an idea. He comes down and tells Ji-eun he’s invited Min-hyuk to dinner that night. He has one caveat though, she can’t prepare the jellyfish dish he likes.

Ji-eun is surprised and a little peeved that he sprang the invitation on her with so little notice, but she starts preparing for the dinner. She decides to call Mother to ask her how to make japchae (stir fried glass noodles), but Mother is out for the day. Grandmother invites her to Ilsan anyway and says she’ll teach her how to make it.

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It turns out Grandmother doesn’t know how to make japchae either. She has the recipe tucked into the pocket of her apron and sneaks a peek at it whenever Ji-eun turns her back. She fusses at Ji-eun to divert attention from her own ignorance whenever Ji-eun has a question or wants help. In the end, the japchae doesn’t taste good and Grandmother blames Ji-eun for not following her directions. However, she adorably calls Mother to chide her for disappointing Ji-eun. Ji-eun finds the recipe while she’s gone and confronts Grandmother for lying to her.

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Grandmother pretends she’s sick and Ji-eun offers to carry her to her room. Grandmother is not going through that again though, ha!, and she goes to her room on her own. She explains that she was the only daughter of a rich family and never had to cook. She faux-cries that Ji-eun made her look foolish, but Ji-eun turns the table on her when she starts to cry for real. She says she likes Grandmother and doesn’t understand why Grandmother hates her. Grandmother has to sing the Three Bears song to cheer her up. Father and Mother come home as she’s singing and are shocked at the sight of her dancing along too, lol.

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Across town, Yung-jae and Shin Dong-wook are at Hye-won’s shop. Dong-wook stands outside talking to Yang Hee-jin on his cell. He’s complaining about work and Hee-jin decides to go to Full House to have a talk with Ji-eun about it.

Hye-won asks about Dong-wook accompanying Yung-jae everywhere he goes now, and he says they’ll have to put up with it for the time being. Hye-won asks if they can have dinner and says she doesn’t mind Dong-wook joining them. He tells her Min-hyuk is coming over for dinner, but they can have dinner together next time.

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Back at Full House, we see that Mother has saved the day and sent Ji-eun home with galbi and other food to serve at dinner. Yung-jae is excited when he sees the spread. He tells Ji-eun that he’ll give her a signal and she has to pretend to gag when he does so.   She wants to know why and he just yells at her to do what he says.

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On his way to Full House, Min-hyuk sees Hee-jin walking to get there too, and he gives her a ride. During their conversation, Hee-jin tells Min-hyuk that Full House belonged to Ji-eun and Ji-eun lived there alone ever since her parents died in a car accident when she was in middle school. She says the house belongs to Yung-jae now and it’s because of Dong-wook and her that Ji-eun entered a contract marriage with Yung-jae.

Min-hyuk is shocked and asks her what’d she just say. Hee-jin then realizes her mistake and refuses to repeat herself. She’s so embarrassed and scared that when Ji-eun answers the door, she thrusts the watermelon she brought into Ji-eun’s hands and rushes away.

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At dinner, Yung-jae puts a lot of effort into convincing Min-hyuk that he and Ji-eun are a loving couple. He compliments her cooking and emphasizes that “their” father designed and built Full House. He even calls her yeobo and puts his arms around her shoulder a lot. The pièce de résistance is when he kicks Ji-eun to get her to gag and pretends she may be pregnant. When Min-hyuk leaves, Yung-jae dopily smiles to himself, assured that Min-hyuk finally “knows whose rice cooker is whose,” lol.  Ji-eun is pissed though and yells at him for his antics. But he just gets mad, demands that she cleans up, and storms upstairs.

Min-hyuk is pensive and dejected when he returns home. He eventually calls his secretary and asks him to look into something for him. Meanwhile, Yung-jae basks in his triumph. It’s quite comical to watch as as he spreads out and rolls around in his bed with a huge smile on his face. His good mood is so obvious the next morning that Ji-eun asks what’s the cause. He claims there’s no reason but smiles to himself then asks Ji-eun to have dinner with him that night.

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Later that day Ji-eun goes to see Min-hyuk with her latest synopsis. He’s cold and distant and tells her to leave it on his desk without looking up from what he’s doing. She’s confused but complies with his instructions and leaves.

Unfortunately, she just leaves one disappointing experience for another because Yung-jae ends up standing her up again. Hye-won calls when he’s on his way to meet Ji-eun for dinner. She is upset because she met Min-hyuk and finally gave him up. She wants to commiserate with Yung-jae so he meets Hye-won instead of going to dinner with Ji-eun.

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They meet at their usual bar where Hye-won shares her news while Ji-eun sits at the restaurant waiting. Dong-wook calls Ji-eun and tells her that Yung-jae is with Hye-won, but she refuses to confront them at the bar and insists on waiting at the restaurant. Yung-jae takes Hye-won home, and they sit outside her house in his car because she doesn’t want to go inside.

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Ji-eun remains at the restaurant until all the patrons are gone and a staff member asks her to leave. She returns to Full House and eats dinner alone as tears stream down her face. She wakes up in the morning to discover Yung-jae never came home.

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When he does arrive, she’s livid.   He doesn’t even apologize though. He merely asks if she waited long. She wants to know why he treats her this way and why he keeps making her wait for him. He just says if she’s waiting and the person doesn’t show up, she should leave. He asks if she foolishly waited, but she turns it on him saying he’s the fool for liking Hye-won and not being able to admit it.

This sets Yung-jae off, and he asks why he has to hear that from someone like her. He tells her she’s nothing to him and she’s teary-eyed, but firm, as she admits that she waited for him at the restaurant and at home last night. She says she won’t wait for him anymore though.  She knows she’s nothing to him and from now on he’s nothing to her, she says. With that she wipes the tears from her eyes and turns away.

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The next morning, Yung-jae wanders the house and panics as he notices Ji-eun’s suitcase is not in its usual place. He visibly relaxes when he spots it in a corner, but he worries about her all day. She’s at a park thinking about her memories with him. It starts to rain and she takes cover in a phone booth while we see that Yung-jae goes out to look for her in the rain.

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Ji-eun ends up calling Min-hyuk, and he arrives at the park with an umbrella. She’s crouched down in the phone booth with her back to him when he arrives. He spots her first and stops and just stares at her before he slowly approaches.

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He takes her back to his place, and she falls asleep on his sofa while he’s making tea. He brings her a blanket and, as he covers her with the blanket, a tear falls from her eye. He wipes the tear away and says aloud, “This is a real dilemma,” as he sits and looks at her. He asks what she wants him to do.

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Later, Min-hyuk calls Yung-jae to let him know Ji-eun is safe at his house. Yung-jae wants to come get Ji-eun but Min-hyuk says he’ll bring her home when she wakes up. Then he tells Yung-jae that he’s done thinking things over and he’s decided to take Ji-eun away from him.

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MY THOUGHTS

I loved this episode the first time around.  It’s hard not to fall under the spell that is Min-hyuk, especially when his full assertiveness was on display as he stood up to Yung-jae and declared his intentions toward Ji-eun.  At this point, Yung-jae just isn’t a valid option as the one to end up with Ji-eun.  Aside from the way he treats Hye-won and the hints here and there that he’s not as big of a jerk as he appears, there is still very little to like about him. And that falls squarely on how poorly he treats our heroine. We are getting a glimpse here and there that he’s starting to develop feelings for Ji-eun though. If he could stop hiding those feelings just a little bit more, he’d be much more likeable. But every time he taps into his budding feelings for Ji-eun, he follows it by being a total jerk to her. She has a short memory though and accepts every nugget of niceness he doles out only to get beat down again when he tries to gloss it over.

Luckily, Min-hyuk has no such qualms. Even when he was cold to Ji-eun, I couldn’t help but respect his struggle. In real life, I wouldn’t condone anyone making a decision to actively go after a married person, but this is dramaland so I am Team Min-hyuk all the way. Although I’m perennially disappointed when the second lead doesn’t get the girl, one thing I’ve always adored is the look of love that (the good) actors often show when they look at the female lead. When Min-hyuk showed up at the park and just stopped and stared at Ji-Eun—that was one such moment I enjoyed.

I also enjoyed Song Hye-Kyo’s performance at various points throughout this episode. There was a particularly poignant moment when Ji-eun spotted Min-hyuk at the park as she crouched in the phone booth. The viewers could see her struggle to put her normal smile back on her face and try to pretend that nothing was wrong when he approached. This isn’t a heavy drama and even the melodramatic aspects have a bit of ridiculousness to them, but it’s nice to see attempts at heavier moments to ground the drama a little more. And it’s absolutely lovely that the actors here are able to pull those moments off.

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Full House: Episode 10 Recap
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EPISODE 10 RECAP  

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Lee Yung-jae shows up at Yoo Min-hyuk’s apartment to take Han Ji-eun home. He barges in and grabs her hand, but she pulls away from him in protest. There’s a tense moment as they face off, but Ji-eun breaks the tension by turning to Min-hyuk, thanking him for his hospitality, and saying she has to go now.

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Once they get to Full House, Ji-eun refuses to speak to him and heads straight to her room. Eventually Yung-jae goes to her room to yell at her for falling asleep at Min-hyuk’s place, but he softens when he realizes she’s really sick. He takes care of her late into the night and apologizes to her as she sleeps. She wakes up the next morning and sees him sleeping on the side of her bed.

At Ilsan, the elders are playing their new favorite game (go-stop) and Grandmother wonders if she should call Ji-eun. Ji-eun is up by then and Yung-jae has left. She goes downstairs and sees that Yung-jae made her porridge just as the phone rings. It’s the elders and she ends up going to Ilsan to visit them. They notice she doesn’t look well, and she admits she had a cold. Grandmother promptly takes her to a doctor who confirms she merely had a common cold. She’s disappointed when the doctor doesn’t have any “other” news for them, but she sends Ji-eun home loaded down with herbal tonics to help with fertility. HA!

Across town, Yung-jae is at Kang Hye-won’s shop for another fitting. She invites him to go to a concert that night, but he turns her down, telling her Ji-eun is sick and he wants to get home early to check on her. She hides her disappointment, assuring him it’s no big deal, and he heads home.

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When he gets there, he sees the uneaten porridge and goes upstairs to check on Ji-eun. He wants to heat it up for her, but she refuses. Instead of admitting he was worried about her, he starts insulting her for getting sick in the first place. She gets upset so he sings the Three Bears Song to cheer her up. He’s totally adorable as he sings what he dubs an American version too and revels in the fact that she enjoys his performance. He then watches as she eats and makes sure she takes the tonic Grandmother gave her too.

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The next morning we see her at the desk laughing as she has a hilarious daydream about the fertility tonic causing her to make a pass at Yung-jae. He comes downstairs as she’s cackling to herself and they have one of those moments—where Yung-jae’s sweet and she starts falling for his charms again.

He looks contrite and tells her he’ll be sure to call if he will be late. He says he’s not used to someone waiting for him or having to explain why he’s late and it’s hard for him, but from now on he’ll call when he’s running late. He tells her she’s not someone who is nothing to him. Ji-eun sits silently staring at the computer screen as he speaks but she turns to watch him walk away as he leaves. She even goes to the door and watches him drive off and tells him to “come back soon.”

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After he’s gone, she wonders why he’s so confusing. The doorbell rings before she can give it much thought though. It’s Yang Hee-jin who confesses she told Min-hyuk about their contract marriage. This news prompts Ji-eun to call Min-hyuk, and she arranges to meet him.

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She (finally) treats him to spaghetti and tentatively broaches the subject of whether her friend said anything “strange” the day he gave her a ride. However, she doesn’t want to go into specifics and drops the subject before he can realize what she’s talking about. He uses the opportunity to ask what people usually do on a date so they go on an unofficial date.

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She takes him for a walk in a busy area where they window shop, eat street food, and drink coffee. Min-hyuk surprises her with flowers and they sit on a bench and chat. Ji-eun says she had fun and notes that Yung-jae can’t go around in public like they just did. She relates that when they go to the movies, Yung-jae has to come in when the lights go down and leave before the lights come back on.

She catches herself talking too much about Yung-jae so she starts thanking Min-hyuk for the flowers instead. She says it’s the first time she’s received flowers from a guy, and Min-hyuk asks if Yung-jae buys her flowers. She makes a stinky face as she complains that he doesn’t think of those kinds of things. She’s not too fazed by the lack of flowers as she just wishes Yung-jae would stop calling her a bird, she says. Min-hyuk smiles to himself and Ji-eun gets sheepish about her hot temper and quick tongue so she thanks him again for the flowers.

He tells her he’s happy that she’s happy, then he gets a bit serious as he tells her he knows Yung-jae didn’t marry her for love. That’s why he always felt bad whenever he’d see her. He says he hates the phrase “what if” because it’s a waste to regret something that’s already happened. But ever since he met her, he thinks about “what if” a lot.

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“What if . . . I had the chance first? What if . . . you had met me first? What if . . . you had not married Yung-jae?” he asks. Then he turns to look at Ji-eun and continues, “What if . . . I do get the chance again, then I wouldn’t let go of it. So if this marriage is a business arrangement, then I’m not too late, right? Will you give me a chance too?”

Ji-eun is speechless and struggles to come up with a response. Min-hyuk tells her to just think about it and answer him later.

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At his agency, Yung-jae meets with the president who tells him his latest film has received poor reviews and tickets sales are low. Dong-wook is waiting outside the president’s office when he comes out. Yung-jae wants to know if they’ve caused trouble again and is rightfully angry when Dong-wook tells him Min-hyuk may know about his contract marriage with Ji-eun. Dong-wook thinks it doesn’t matter that much because Yung-jae can just destroy the contract and hold onto Ji-eun if he’s that concerned. That does nothing to comfort Yung-jae though, and Dong-wook ends up holding onto Yung-jae’s leg begging for another chance again.

At Full House, Ji-eun puts her flowers in a vase and thinks back to Min-hyuk’s words. She hides the flowers behind her back when Yung-jae comes home. Later, they have dinner and Yung-jae asks about the flowers. Ji-eun reluctantly admits that Min-hyuk gave them to her, and Yung-jae gets mad and wants to know why they met again. Ji-eun says she wanted to ask him something but doesn’t elaborate. This causes Yung-jae to get even angrier. Ji-eun reminds him that they have a contract marriage and it ends soon anyway. She tells him he can see Hye-won and she will do as she pleases.

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The next morning, Yung-jae waits until Ji-eun is busy doing chores and starts searching the house trying to find her copy of their marriage contract. He even looks in her room and has to hide in the wardrobe when she comes in to answer her phone. Because this is tv we’re dealing with, she coincidentally decides to change her cardigan before she leaves her room. Yung-jae valiantly tries to stop her from discovering him in her wardrobe and holds onto the door knob from inside, but she proves too strong for him and eventually he tumbles out. He pretends he was just trying to surprise her and gets a beating for his efforts. He ends up at the table holding his cheek and looking appropriately chastised.

Having failed to secretly destroy the contract, Yung-jae changes tactics and tells Ji-eun that they need to change the contract terms. He claims it’s necessary to address some things they failed to consider and to change the provision voiding it if a third party found out about it.

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They each get a chance to write down new terms and conditions. When it’s time to present the terms they each want to add, Yung-jae has only one condition: the marriage must last at least three years. He’s so intent on lengthening the contract term, he agrees to Ji-eun’s 100+ additional conditions without reading them. He goes to his room grinning from ear to ear and hugs the new contract before he safely tucks it away in a drawer.

He’s in for a rude awakening the next morning though. Ji-eun makes toast for breakfast and he learns that the new contract allows her to make toast three days a week. He has to do the dishes and help with chores too. The pièce de résistance is that he now has to buy her roses once a week, and she reminds him not to forget the flowers when he gets back. HaHa!

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Yung-jae goes to Hye-won’s shop for clothes to wear to an interview scheduled for later that day. During their chat, she wonders where his “bodyguard” Dong-wook is hiding, and later she sees him near the dressing room. Dong-wook is on the phone with Hee-jin and she overhears them talking about Ji-eun’s contract marriage with Yung-jae. Uh-oh!

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Hye-won goes straight to Full House to speak to Ji-eun about it. She admits she’s only just now realizing how much she depended on Yung-jae even though she loved someone else. Ji-eun tells her it was unfair to make Yung-jae stay by her side while she liked someone else, but Hye-won says she’ll only look at Yung-jae now and asks for Ji-eun’s help. Ji-eun visibly struggles to decide what to do in this situation, but she ultimately decides to suppress her feelings for Yung-jae and tells Hye-won that Yung-jae loves her.

Long after Hye-won is gone, Ji-eun remains in the same spot. She keeps repeating that she shouldn’t have told Hye-won the truth and has tears in her eyes as she contemplates what will happen next. Sure enough, Hye-won wastes no time calling Yung-jae. He meets her at their usual spot. However, he calls Ji-eun to tell her where he is. Ji-eun holds onto the phone after he hangs up, and she’s sad as she says, “Yung-jae, don’t meet Kang Hye-won. Come home. Come home now.”

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At the bar, Hye-won starts talking about a childhood rival they knew. The kid stole her eraser and Yung-jae tried to get it back but ended up getting beat up. Min-hyuk had to step in to help. Hye-won says she thought it was Min-hyuk who always protected her but now she realizes Yung-jae was her real protector. She thanks him for being there for her and tells him she wants to go to him now if he’ll accept her.

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We don’t get to hear his response. He returns to Full House where Ji-eun is on the front porch waiting. He chides her for waiting up when he’d told her not to, but he follows up the reprimand by sweetly presenting her with a bouquet of roses. She’s touched that he remembered and they go out to the deck in the backyard and have a drink together.

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Out back, Ji-eun tells Yung-jae about the conversation she had with Min-hyuk the day he bought her flowers. Yung-jae looks stricken as she repeats what Min-hyuk said to her, and he asks what Ji-eun said in response to Min-hyuk asking for a chance with her. She says she hasn’t answered yet. Then she asks Yung-jae how she should respond and asks if it’s okay to like Min-hyuk.

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MY THOUGHTS

I know I’ve been harping on Yung-jae a lot in my comments. It’s no secret how I feel about how he treats Ji-eun. He has a long way to go, but I’m glad he’s finally coming around and being a little nicer. But I still find myself frustrated with him. My frustration stems from his total lack of awareness of his feelings—at least when it comes to Ji-eun. Most of his reactions have been pretty common for a guy who likes a girl. For example, when he found out the girl he likes was with another guy (a guy who has the hots for her no less) he stormed in and dragged his girl away. When he found out a guy bought the girl he likes flowers, he got angry (and jealous). When the girl he likes got sick, he took care of her. All of his actions point to one thing: he has feeling for the girl. So why doesn’t he realize he likes Ji-eun yet!?

What’s worse is that Ji-eun can’t see that he’s interested in her either—despite the fact that she likes him too.

Min-hyuk can.

Even Hye-won can see it.

But the two that matter most remain oblivious.

Ugh.

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Full House: Episode 11 Recap
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EPISODE 11 RECAP  

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Lee Yung-jae sits in his room late that night thinking about Kang Hye-won’s confession. He juxtaposes it with Han Ji-eun’s asking him whether it’s okay for her to like Yoo Min Hyuk. The next morning, he’s still deep in thought as he brushes his teeth.

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At breakfast, Ji-eun tells him she’s meeting Min-hyuk later. He becomes a bit dejected at the news but tries to appear cheerful to hide his real feelings. He tells her to make sure Min-hyuk buys her something tasty and expensive for lunch and smiles when she says he always does. He gets sad again as he realizes he’s never bought her a good meal because he’s stood her up every time they were supposed to go out to eat.  He tells her it’s okay for her to like Min-hyuk because her heart wasn’t included in their contract. She’s disappointed by his response, but she keeps her feelings to herself.  

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At her meeting with Min-hyuk, he says he likes the revisions she’s made to her synopsis, and he asks her to write the first draft of a movie script based on it. Then he treats her to “something tasty”—a meal from a streetside food vendor he’d seen during their (unofficial) date. They go to a nearby park bench to eat and he tells her that he saw the vendor selling the meal and thought it looked good but didn’t want to try it alone. He tells her he’s not the kind of guy who can’t do things alone, but since he met her, there are things he can’t do alone now.  

She brings up his confession from the other day and tells him she has a three-year contract with Yung-jae. He interrupts her to assure her he’ll take care of the contract and house for her, but she’s surprisingly fierce on the issue. She insists on taking care of herself. She tells him her heart is free, but she’s not sure of Yung-jae’s heart. She gets teary-eyed as she says she dislikes Yung-jae. He calls her names, overworks her, likes someone else, and always makes her wait. Tears start to fall as she says Yung-jae makes her happy and breaks her heart too. All Min-hyuk can do is lend an ear as she talks. He’s glum when he returns to his office though.

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When Ji-eun gets home, she’s excited to see Yung-jae outside waiting for her. Over dinner he insists he wasn’t waiting at all though. He asks if she told Min-hyuk she’d like him now and they end up bickering because Ji-eun is still mad that he willingly let her go to Min-hyuk. He’s confused and later that night he asks what’s wrong. She denies having an issue with him and says it’s work. She says she’ll be busy from now on writing a script so he’ll have to cook and clean for himself. She also doesn’t need him to pay her anymore. She gets up to walk away but turns around to issue a warning. He better not call her cuckoo anymore or he’s dead.

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He must not have believed her because the next morning he sits at the table waiting for breakfast. Despite the fact that she’s nowhere to be seen, he still looks at his watch as if breakfast is merely late instead of not going to happen. He makes his own breakfast and afterwards keeps staring toward her room. When she finally comes down, he offers her a raise to continue cooking for him, but she refuses.

He paces in the backyard until he decides they need to talk. He admits he worked her hard before but points out he’s helped out a lot since they signed the new contract. He doesn’t know why she’s mad but says from now on . . . he’ll cook, do the laundry, and clean too. She wasn’t expecting that and whips her head around to stare at him. He says a husband should be supportive and goes to begin dinner.

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She returns to her script until she hears him yelling from the kitchen. She runs to find him writhing on the floor in pain. He claims he cut his finger off, and she’s frantic as she tries to find the finger in hopes that doctors can reattach it. When he starts laughing and admits it was a joke to get her to cook, she is so mad she actually bites his finger. His plan to get her to make him dinner worked, but his finger is smarting, lol.

Over dinner, she asks him if he’s really fine with her seeing Min-hyuk. She wants to know if he feels even a little something. He insists he doesn’t, but he broods in his room later. When he comes back downstairs, he find her asleep at the desk. He covers her with a blanket and spends a moment staring at her as she sleeps.

In the morning, he’s worried she’ll get sick if she keeps working around the clock. She says she doesn’t mind getting sick as long as Min-hyuk likes the script. He says he’ll throw her a party when she finishes and then leaves to visit Hye-won.

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At Hye-won’s shop, Yung-jae tells her about his three-year contract with Ji-eun. Hye-won thinks it’s a long time but notes he waited for her much longer. She thinks it can be shortened, but Yung-jae tells her he doesn’t know about that and won’t make any promises either way. Hye-won opines that Ji-eun and he need to find their own places and Yung-jae (finally) stands up for Ji-eun. He says she’s where she should be now. Hye-won gets flustered but makes Yung-jae promise that his feelings for Ji-eun won’t change. (Too late for that hun!)

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At Full House, Ji-eun gets a call from Grandmother who invites her to Ilsan. When she arrives, Hye-won is there with gifts for the family from her parents. Ji-eun sees how happy and comfortable they are and gets jealous, especially when she’s relegated to daughter-in-law duty in the kitchen to help prepare dinner.

She leaves with Hye-won, and they talk over tea. Hye-won tells Ji-eun that Yung-jae took her back. She says she won’t lose him again. She’s both sorry and thankful to Ji-Eun. She says she will wait for their contract to end, and Ji-eun tells her that she won’t leave Yung-jae during the three years. Hye-won says she’s fine waiting, especially as long as there are no feelings between them. Hye-won leaves and Ji-eun sits looking at her wedding ring.

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Then it’s time for Ji-eun’s friends to make their episodic appearance. Shin Dong-wook sits fanning Yang Hee-jin as she berates him for letting Hye-won overhear that Yung-jae and Ji-eun are in a contract marriage.   She tells him Ji-eun will probably send him to jail now, and when moments later Ji-eun drops by, it seems like her fears are about to be confirmed. However, Ji-eun is just there to get money from them. She’s decided to repay Yung-jae immediately and terminate their contract. She wants all the money they have, but they claim they’re completely penniless and can’t help her.

When she gets back home, Yung-jae wants to know where she’s been. She tells him she was at Ilsan, and he remarks that she must like his family. She admits she does and asks if he’s eaten. She says she’ll change and make him dinner. He’s flabbergasted by the sudden change of heart and is even more freaked out when she tells him he can call her chicken, rice cooker, or cuckoo because she no longer cares.

The next morning, she continues to baffle him. She cooks a full breakfast instead of toast. He successively asks for water, juice, tea, and soda, and she brings them without protest. She even complies when he insists she clean the house then changes his mind and tells her to sing The Three Bears song.

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He finally loses it and demands to know what’s going on and why she’s suddenly doing everything he tells her to do. She says there’s only a few days left to do his bidding so she decided to do whatever he wants during these final days. She goes back to cleaning, and he notices her bare ring finger. He thinks she lost the ring and that’s why she’s being so obedient. He tries to console her instead of yelling though and draws a ring on her finger. Then he makes her draw a watch for him too.

He’s such a (cute) manchild, he thinks the problem is solved and happily sits down for her to sing the Three Bears song again now that he can enjoy it.

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Min-hyuk is at work and a reporter presents him with an article to run in an upcoming issue. It’s an investigative piece on Yung-jae’s marriage to Ji-eun. The reporter knows he’s close to Yung-jae but says it’s too big of a story not to break.

Min-hyuk immediately worries for Ji-eun, who we see at Full House celebrating because she just finished the first draft of the script. Her shouting wakes Yung-jae from his nap, and he runs over to see the script. She snatches it away from him and tells him today is the D-day she’s been waiting for. She tells him not to leave the house until she gets back and goes to see Min-hyuk with the script.

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Min-hyuk says the script is good for a first draft and will be great after a few more revisions. He invites her out to celebrate while Yung-jae is at Full House preparing for their celebration. He puts up balloons, decorates an outdoor table, and arranges candles to spell out a congratulatory message.

In the car with Min-hyuk, Ji-eun tells him that today is D-day. She won’t tell him what D-day means though. She calls Yung-jae to tell him she’ll be late. He begs her to come home and insists on waiting for her when she refuses.

At dinner with Min-hyuk, Ji-eun starts telling her lame jokes again and Min-hyuk laughs even though they’re not funny. She notes that Yung-jae never laughs at her jokes, and Min-hyuk asks whether he’s not suppose to laugh either. He admits he’s been upset lately because of her. He feels like Yung-jae is getting revenge for all the years Hye-won liked him and now he’s the one who can’t do anything for her.

Ji-eun insists he can. He buys her good dinners and flowers, always laughs at her jokes, is there when she’s going through difficult times, and she knows he’s waiting for her. She says she’s really grateful to him and she likes him a little more than just a little. He asks if there’s still hope for him, and Ji-eun jokingly tells him there’s hope, but he needs to try harder and laugh more at her jokes.  

When he drives her home, she’s back to being preoccupied with Yung-jae though. She wants to make him wait to punish him for all the times she waited for him.

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When she gets back to Full House, Yung-jae is asleep on the couch. She sees all of the party preparations he made and wakes him up. They have a mini-celebration though Yung-jae is mad about it being so late. She tells him she came home late on purpose and reminds him that it’s D-day. With that said, she gives him back his ring and says, “Let’s get a divorce.”

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He’s stricken and wants to know what’s wrong. He tries, and fails, to use the possibility of her losing Full House and disappointing his family as leverage. He even says she doesn’t have to cook anymore, but she remains firm in her decision. He finally accuses her of wanting a divorce so she can date Min-hyuk. He has tears in his eyes as he yells that she can see Min-hyuk if she wants, but he’s not going to agree to a divorce.

He starts to storm off, but Ji-eun gets teary-eyed too. She tells him it’s not about Min-hyuk, it’s about her feelings for him. She tells him she really likes him and pleads for him to see how hurt she is. Yung-jae says, “You fool, you shouldn’t have told me that. If you say that, then we really can’t be together.” Ji-eun says she knows and tells him to go to Hye-won. Yung-jae responds, “I’m sorry, Ji-eun. From now on, I can’t be with you anymore.”

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MY THOUGHTS    

So much angst in this episode, particularly from the perennially clueless man-child known as Yung-jae. I find it ironic that he finally got what he wanted (Hye-won’s love) and he’s still unhappy. And yet again, he’s completely unable to understand why. At least his cluelessness was a little more fun in this episode. I found it adorable how happy he was when he (erroneously) thought Ji-eun was acting strange because she’d lost her wedding ring.  I think it was this episode that I finally started to come around to Team Yung-jae—not because I thought he was the best one for Ji-eun, but because I was starting to see something in him beside his constant yelling and mistreatment of Ji-eun. 

His adorable smile doesn’t hurt either.  I had to laugh out loud when he sat on the sofa with that goofy (signature Rain) grin and told her she could sing the Three Bears now because he no longer had a care in the world. If only he could stop and really process his emotions at that time. Why would being assured that things were fine between the two of them give him so much relief? Because you like her, nimrod. And that simple fact would have also alleviated Ji-eun’s hang-ups and in turn made him happier.

Ji-eun is equally clueless. Yes, she is able to admit that she likes Yung-jae—to herself—and she even worked up enough courage to say it to his face. But the passive-aggressive antics throughout the episode were not cool. I wanted to slap her and say, “Use your words.” Granted, Yung-jae deserved to get as good as he gave so I couldn’t necessarily fault her for making him suffer a little. But at some point, someone has to be the adult and put it out there for the greater good of our OTP.

Min-hyuk sort of fills that role. He’s always been more honest with how he feels. And again, I respect his honesty. In dramaland, there is so much hiding of feelings, that it’s nice to have at least one person who isn’t afraid to speak the truth. I cheered when he admitted he doesn’t like how it feels to have the roles reversed now that he likes someone who likes someone else. But still, he’s supposed to be the savvy businessman and lady-killer. Shouldn’t he know it’s a hopeless cause for him? Everytime Ji-eun goes on and on about Yung-jae, he just sits and stares at her. And I cry a bit for him (and entertain secret hopes of finding a Min-hyuk of my own).  

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Full House: Episode 12 Recap
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EPISODE 12 RECAP  

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After Han Ji-eun confesses that she likes him, Lee Yung-jae calls her a fool and says they can’t stay together anymore. That night, Ji-eun tosses and turns in bed while Yung-jae doesn’t even try to sleep. He sits beside his bed with Ji-eun’s wedding ring in his hand lost in thought.

It looks like Yoo Min-hyuk can’t sleep either. He paces in his apartment late into the night thinking about what to do. He finally picks up his phone and calls the reporter who contacted him about publishing a story on Yung-jae’s marriage. He asks the reporter to hold the article as long as possible.

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The next morning, Yung-jae sees a note on the refrigerator from Ji-eun saying she’ll be home later. She’s at Min-hyuk’s office and invites him out for breakfast. He asks about D-day, and she tells him she dropped a bomb on Yung-jae by asking for a divorce yesterday. Min-hyuk is surprised to learn Yung-jae agreed to the divorce, but he doesn’t press Ji-eun for details as she keeps talking as if things are fine.

Yung-jae eats alone at Full House then sits in his room holding Ji-eun’s wedding ring again. He calls Mr. Choi and asks him to find him another place to live as soon as possible. When Ji-eun gets home, she tries to sneak inside undetected, but she runs into Yung-jae in the hallway upstairs.

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They have lunch, and he tells her Mr. Choi is looking for a place for him and he’ll be moving out soon. He says she can keep all the furnishing he has in Full House or throw it out if she doesn’t want it. She asks what he’ll tell his family, but he doesn’t answer her.

Speaking of his family, over at Ilsan, Yung-jae’s Grandmother is reading the paper and sees a blind item about an actor leaving his fiancée to marry another woman. Even though they have no idea it’s about Yung-jae and Ji-eun, Mother tells her not to show Father because his relationship with Yung-jae has improved since the wedding and she doesn’t want the article to cause them to argue.

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However, the agency president isn’t fooled. She knows the article is about Yung-jae, and when Mr. Choi tells her that Yung-jae asked him to find a new place for him to live, she gets suspicious. They call Shin Dong-wook into the office to question him (uh-oh), and he confirms that Yung-jae is still seeing Kang Hye-won. Then, just as suspected, Dong-wook spills the beans and tells them that Yung-jae and Ji-eun have a contract marriage.

The agency president calls Ji-eun and asks to meet. She asks Ji-eun to keep her contractual relationship with Yung-jae secret and to stay with him to prevent another scandal that would ruin his already-troubled career. She says she’s asking Ji-eun instead of Yung-jae because he has a temper and all of her attempts to get through to him thus far have failed.

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The president then goes to see Hye-won and tells her she can stop working with Yung-jae now. She says he’s going through a rough time and can’t afford another scandal. Hye-won doesn’t want to give him up, but the president tells her to see him after he’s divorced because in the eyes of the public he’s a married man. She doesn’t beat around the bush either. She flat out demands that Hye-won not see him anymore.

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Ji-eun returns home and thinks over the president’s words. She approaches Yung-jae in the backyard and pretends that her confession the night before was merely a joke to get back at him. She says she’ll take back what she said if he apologizes for how he treated her in the past. He’s pissed and yells at her that he apologized already. He admits he thought they were really breaking up and storms off to pout. She tries to cheer him up, but nothing works. Eventually she tells him to hit her so he can feel better. He refuses and, when she tries to make him punch her, she ends up making him punch himself. In the face. Hard. She tries to sympathize but can only manage to laugh at him. HeHe!

They sit at the table to talk. Yung-jae asks if he tormented her so much that she wanted to run away? (Yes, you did actually.) He says he didn’t realize it was so hard for her. He admits he expected to be relieved when she left, but the thought of her leaving him made him feel weird. He wants them to divorce when he’s ready. Ji-eun says they need to always be ready since their relationship will end one day. He’s surprised to find that she’s always ready for the end, and she responds by saying he now knows how scary she can be so he should be careful from here on out. She asks if he understands and he says no, so she calls him the chicken this time and tells him he’s dead if he messes with her again.

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In the morning, Ji-eun gapes to see that Yung-jae is already awake and cleaning the house. He makes her breakfast and sits next to her at the table to make sure she eats. He even brings her orange juice while she works and cheers her on. Ji-eun eyes him and the juice suspiciously. He’s been abnormally nice and it’s making her nervous. She wonders if he spiked the juice. He gets mad that she’s so suspicious and drinks the juice himself, vowing never to be nice to her again. He says he was trying to make up for how he treated her before, but she tells him not to bother because it makes her anxious.

Later, when she’s on her way out, Yung-jae tells her to come home early. She says she will if he cleans the house. His first impulse is to refuse, but he decides not to take any chances and hurries after her to let her know he’ll clean while she’s gone. He goes to her room and sits at her vanity. He has her wedding ring, which he puts in the top drawer and slowly slides it closed. Then he works hard thoroughly cleaning the house.

Ji-eun goes to see Min-hyuk. They’re having dessert and Ji-eun is quiet so Min-hyuk decides to tell her some of the jokes she usually tells him. She finally realizes how lame the jokes are and decides she should really stop telling them now. Then she brings up her plans to divorce Yung-jae. She says she can’t go through with the divorce because things aren’t going well for him. Min-hyuk looks alarmed, but as usual he stays silent.

At Full House, Dong-wook stops by to bring Yung-jae some things from the agency. Yung-jae is still wearing the apron he donned to clean the house, but when he sees Dong-wook’s mouth agape at the sight of him in an apron, he rips it off. Dong-wook ends up wearing the apron as he washes dishes, complaining that Ji-eun would make an actor do chores. He breaks the news that Yung-jae has lost his latest movie role and won’t be filming as planned the following week.

When Dong-wook leaves, he sits brooding on the sofa thinking about his career and Ji-eun until he gets a phone call from Min-hyuk. They meet at a bar, and over drinks, Yung-jae asks about Min-hyuk’s progress in taking Ji-eun away from him. Min-hyuk remains as cool and collected as ever. He admits he underestimated his opponent and things aren’t going so well. But he hasn’t given up and is thinking of new ways to win because he hates to lose.

He tells Yung-jae he should be scared because he’s going to shake up his world. Yung-jae is not intimated until Min-hyuk tells him there will be articles published about his marriage soon. Min-hyuk wants him to let go of Ji-eun before she gets hurt. Yung-jae insists he can protect Ji-eun, but Min-hyuk disagrees. He says Ji-eun is the one protecting Yung-jae, and he thinks Yung-jae’s hands are already full trying to protect Hye-won. Yung-jae thanks him for the unsolicited advice but insists he’ll protect Ji-eun, and then he gets up and leaves.

Meanwhile, Ji-eun is home and goes to her room. She finds the wedding ring in her vanity drawer and slides the ring onto her finger. Then she just sits there staring at it for a long time.

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By the time Yung-jae gets home, she’s back at work on the computer—ring in place. She makes him dinner and sits with him at the table as he eats. He’s in a glum mood, and she offers to tell him one of her “funny stories.” He says her stories will upset him even more so she gets up to leave, but he stops her. He wants her to sit with him because he wants company, although he’s too emotionally stunted to just say so.

He hesitantly asks if by any chance he’s hurting her. He heard it from her and other people—that he’s hurting her. She asks him who told him that he was hurting her, but he doesn’t answer. He just says he told those people he’d make sure she doesn’t get hurt. After all, he wants to protect his rice cooker. Ji-eun yells that she’s sick of him calling her a rice cooker and her feistiness puts the smile back on Yung-jae’s face. She tells him to stop laughing, but that only makes him grin even more.

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He’s back to being glum that night though. He sits on the side of his bed and wonders what to do. The next morning he’s up early for his daily jog. This time, however, he gets the bright idea to make Ji-eun come along too—for her health. She complains the whole time and he insists that she exercise with him everyday from now on. It’s the carrot and stick though, because he says they can go places she wants to go and do things she wants to do too. All she has to do is tell him and they’ll do the things she wants to do together.

He then warns her about the upcoming stories about their marriage. He tries to make light of the situation and tells her not to worry about anything because he’ll take care of it. He says it’s hard having people who don’t know you gossip about you, but Ji-eun is more worried about him than herself. Afterwards, she sits at the desk unable to focus on work because she’s wondering how the articles will affect Yung-jae.

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Yang Hee-jin shows up and interrupts her reverie. She insists she’s not there because she caused trouble, but she only has bad news to convey. She was supposed to repay Ji-eun but says she can’t because she and Dong-wook are still broke. She also tells Ji-eun that the president made Hye-won leave Yung-jae alone, and Yung-jae’s career is in trouble. He doesn’t have any work and another scandal could ruin him completely.

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This news troubles Ji-eun even more. However, a flower delivery arrives to cheer her up. It’s followed by another delivery. And another. And another. Until she’s surrounded by dozens of bouquets of flowers. Yung-jae arrives home and pretends he didn’t send them, then he says the florist must have made a mistake.

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Hye-won pulls up to the house as they both sit amongst the bouquets. Yung-jae tells Ji-eun the flowers are to prepare her for their upcoming troubles. The flowers are anesthetic and when times get tough, he wants her to remember the flowers so it won’t hurt so much. They decide they’ll go back to MagicLand and their honeymoon destination. Ji-eun wants him to buy her an expensive meal, and he agrees, saying he’ll feed her until she’s stuffed. Yung-jae seals the deal with Ji-eun’s favorite chant: Aza Aza Fighting!

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Ji-eun is touched and happy. She steals a few looks at Yung-jae when his head is turned, then musters up the nerve to kiss him on the cheek. Yung-jae goes wide-eyed and looks at her. She looks at him and a smile begins to appear on his face until he turns to see Hye-won standing in the doorway. She’s let herself in and is looking at the two of them with a mixture of hurt and anger as she stands there glaring from the entryway.

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When Hye-won realizes they’ve both seen her, she apologizes and turns to leave. Yung-jae runs after her, trampling the flowers in his path as he goes. He grabs Hye-won’s arm before she can get in her car, but she pulls away with tears in her eyes and drives off before Yung-jae can see her cry.

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That night, Ji-eun apologizes, but Yung-jae says it’s not her fault. He tells Ji-eun he met Hye-won right after his little sister died. He hated his father and planned to run away, but he couldn’t. Although he’d saved his allowance, he ended up spending all of his money buying Hye-won ice cream to stop her from crying. He decided he couldn’t run away when she needed him so much, and he promised to protect Hye-won for the rest of her life. But Ji-eun keeps making him forget that promise, he says.

He tells Ji-eun he teased her because it was fun to see her get mad, but she actually makes him feel really good when he’s with her. He even talks more when he’s with her.

He says, “When I’m with you, I feel like I become a different person. I even forget Hye-won. Ji-eun, the truth is, I really wanted you. I wanted to protect you so you wouldn’t get hurt. But I think I have to go back to Hye-won now.”

MY THOUGHTS

Wow.

So perhaps Yung-Jae did know how he felt all this time somewhere inside the recesses of his heart and mind. He totally had me fooled though. I prefer to believe the truth slowly dawned on him—starting when he stormed into Min-hyuk’s apartment and dragged Ji-eun out of there. Hye-won’s declaration that she was ready to be by his side opened his eyes a little more to his real feelings. It was at that moment he got the thing he’d always thought he wanted, and the euphoria he thought he’d feel didn’t happen because he realized he didn’t actually want it anymore. Now that Hye-won’s feelings are hurt, he knows that he can’t pretend he doesn’t care about Ji-eun anymore.

So where does that leave us? With our old friend noble idiocy, of course. Because now that he’s with the one he thought he loved, he can’t be with the one he actually loves. In the end we all know who will end up getting their feelings hurt though. Usually, I’d feel kind of bad for that person, but Hye-won is written as such a smug, self-centered, mean-spirited princess that I can’t muster up the will to feel bad for her. In fact, I think she deserves to get at least a tiny portion of what she’s dealt out back. Not because I want her to gratuitously suffer, but because I think it’d make her a better person (as much as a fictional character who will cease to exist after the drama airs can expect to become a better person).

With the last two episodes, I found myself slowly starting to like Yung-jae more and more.   That has a lot to do with him not tormenting Ji-eun anymore and him showing that underneath that crabby exterior is a pretty kind-hearted guy. But he’s still as clueless as ever though, and he still can’t quite figure out how to simply be kind to anyone except Hye-won yet. There is hope for him though, and at least that’s something to look forward to.

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Full House: Episode 13 Recap
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EPISODE 13 RECAP

It’s quiet the morning after Lee Yung-jae declares he has to go back to Kang Hye-won. While Han Ji-eun sits at the desk recalling the things Yung-jae said to her the night before, we see Hye-won at her shop.

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Hye-won is pensive too. Yung-jae shows up and watches her from afar for a moment. He deliberately puts a smile on his face before he approaches. He takes her out to eat and encourages her to try the food so she won’t get sick again. She glares at him instead of eating, and he tells her he’s moving out of Full House.

This news does the trick. She perks up enough to tell him the president of his agency warned her not to see him again until his divorce is finalized. She says if she didn’t have him by her side though, she wouldn’t be able to go on. She visibly brightens as she declares she’ll forgive him because she knows how much she hurt him before. (O.M.G. I just want to slap her right now. UGH.) She tells him to make sure she doesn’t get hurt anymore though.

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Ji-eun is still at the desk that evening when Yung-jae comes home.  He tells her he’ll be moving out next week, and they both spend the night sadly brooding—Yung-jae in his room and Ji-eun at her usual spot at the desk.

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Ji-eun goes to see Min-hyuk the next morning with the latest revision of her movie script. He asks if there’s anything wrong because she looks tired. He offers to buy her something delicious because it’s the only thing he can do for her. She asks for a drink instead, and they go to a bar.

Over drinks, she tells him that Yung-jae said he’s moving out soon and is going to be with Hye-won. She has tears in her eyes as she recounts Yung-jae buying her flowers and promising to treat her to fancy meals and take her anywhere she wants to go. The tears well up even more as she says she thought Yung-jae liked her a little too. She thinks Yung-Jae is foolish for going to Hye-won when another scandal could permanently ruin his career. She wonders why he can’t just dump Hye-won, and Min-Hyuk says Yung-jae can’t hurt Hye-won. Min-hyuk thinks it’s a good thing Yung-Jae let her go because news of their marriage will break soon. Yung-jae will be hit hard, but she should be okay, he thinks.

Yung-jae sits at Full House waiting for Ji-eun to come home. When she finally gets there, she’s totally drunk. She slurs her way through a goodbye with Min-hyuk, then she stumbles into the house and demands that Yung-jae make her some honey water. She’s half asleep by the time he brings it to her, and she tells him he can’t go to Hye-won. She says she’s not letting him go and is going to protect him, then she falls asleep.

He carries her to bed and watches her sleep for a while. He goes to stroke her face but stops his hand midway and forces himself to pull it away. He tells her not to let him hurt her or make her sick. He says he can’t protect her and tears start to fall from his eyes.

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Ji-eun wakes up late the next day with a hangover. Yung-jae wants her to go back to their honeymoon destination to lay low when the articles about their marriage start to appear. She refuses, saying he’ll be having a hard time too. He yells at her though and asks who is she to stay by his side. He says he’s a foul-tempered selfish jerk (and she’s all, oh! so you do know you’re horrid, lol), and he vows to make her leave him.

He puts his plan to drive her away into immediate action. When she’s at the computer (daydreaming that she’s a drill sergeant forcing him to do drills in the mud), he comes over to yell about the chores he assigned that she’s failed to do. He turns off “his” computer and tells her to clean the bathroom. He doesn’t stop there though. He follows her to the bathroom to tell her to be sure to clean every inch. If she doesn’t like it, she can leave, he says. She thinks leaving is pointless because he’ll just come after her. But he assures her he won’t stop her anymore and tells her to run away from him now.

At lunch, he uses the soup as an excuse to yell and act out. He demands that she cook it again, but she doesn’t move from the table. She asks what happened and why he’s angry. He insists he’s just naturally ill tempered, but she’s not fooled. She says she doesn’t know what’s wrong, but she wants him to cheer up. She cheers him on with her favorite Fighting! chant, and he loses the will to force her away (for now).

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He goes to the backyard to brood, and she follows him out there. She wants to know what’s wrong so she can take care of it for him. He says she’s the problem. He can’t figure out why she’s trying to stay by his side, and he tells her not to talk to him anymore.

Back inside, she’s washing dishes when he comes downstairs and leaves without saying goodbye. He goes to the agency where the president tries to talk him out of moving out of Full House. He ignores her advice and tells her to stick to work related things for now, then he leaves.

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He visits Hye-won, who has cooked dinner for him, and she tells him she’ll make lots of good food for him from now on. She asks if he wants her to make his favorite jellyfish dish next time, but he tells her he doesn’t eat it anymore. Hye-won wants to know why, but he doesn’t really answer her.  He just says it brings back bad memories and leaves it at that.

Ji-eun greets him when he returns to Full House that night, but he ignores her again. She asks if he ate dinner already, and he makes a big deal of having had a home-cooked meal with Hye-won. He lies and says Hye-won made the jellyfish dish he likes. Ji-eun reminds him of their promise to tell each other where they are and when they’ll be late, but he declares he won’t be telling her anymore. He says the promises he made to her mean nothing to him, and she shouldn’t wait for him anymore.

He goes to his room to sit in the dark and brood (again). Ji-eun is downstairs sitting in the dark brooding too, and he eventually goes in the hallway to stare down at her as she stares off into space.

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The next morning Ji-eun gets up early to exercise with him. He’s surprised to see her, but he gets over his shock and runs fast during their run to ensure she can’t keep up with him. When he gets back to Full House, she’s mad, but she still tries to get him to reconsider moving out. She doesn’t want him to damage his career, but he just tells her to stop concerning herself with his business.

Having finally had enough of his attitude, she tells him to stop being so prickly while she’s still being nice. Her warning falls on deaf ears though. He says he’s going to tell her again because his message obviously didn’t get through the first time: she annoys him; the promises he made were merely empty words and empty promises; and the promises he made to her mean nothing to him just as she means nothing to him.

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In spite of those harsh words, they have breakfast together (because Ji-eun really is that thick-skinned, and he still has to eat). Ji-eun asks if she doesn’t have to keep the promises she made either, and he agrees that she doesn’t. She declares she won’t run with him anymore or cook or clean. Hoping to get a rise out of him, she also says she’ll be home late every night without calling. He doesn’t take the bait though and tells her to do whatever she wants.

After breakfast, she sits at the desk trying to work while he goes to the backyard to brood (AGAIN!). He stares at the water, and Ji-eun decides to call Min-hyuk. We don’t hear what she wants, but he smiles brightly and perks up when he hears what she says.

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When Yung-Jae comes back inside, she’s not at the desk. He looks around until he sees her coming down the stairs. He asks if she’s going somewhere. She says she is but refuses to tell him where. She says she may be home late or she may not come home at all. He’s clearly discomfited but his phone rings before he can respond. Ji-eun’s exultation is short-lived because it’s Hye-won on the phone. Yung-jae raises his voice (as if Ji-eun isn’t standing right beside him) and makes plans to meet Hye-won later. Ji-eun is still standing there when he hangs up, and he meanly tells her she can go on her way now.

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She meets Min-hyuk at a café. She agrees to pay (because they’re at a cheap place, lol) and Min-hyuk good-naturedly says he’ll pay for dinner later. That night who should walk into the restaurant they’ve chosen for dinner? Yung-jae and Hye-won, of course.

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The four of them have an awkward meal together. It’s mostly silent until Hye-won wants to know more about the movie Ji-eun’s writing. Yung-jae declares he’s not interested in it though, especially since a bird is writing it. This starts the two on a round of bickering and complaints about each other until the unfortunate evening finally comes to an end. Outside the restaurant, Yung-jae looks pained to see Ji-eun leave with Min-hyuk. Hye-won looks at him pining after Ji-eun and gets totally pissed, but Yung-jae doesn’t even notice.

During the drive home, Min-hyuk invites Ji-eun to a film festival in Venice. He thinks it will be good to experience in case her film gets selected in the future.

In Yung-jae’s car, Hye-won has to call his name several times before he realizes she’s talking to him. By the time she gets his attention though, she just says never mind. He drops her off, and she stands outside her house long after he pulls off staring after him.

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The next morning, Yung-jae is back to brooding in the backyard. Ji-eun goes outside with him and tells him she’s going to the Venice Film Festival with Min-hyuk. She asks if he cares, and he says he doesn’t. She laments that his film didn’t get chosen for the festival because then they could have gone together. He asks when she’s leaving. She tells him she’s leaving the next day and to cook for himself while she’s gone. He says he won’t be there when she gets back. He’ll have moved out by the time she returns, he tells her, and she goes to her room to brood over this latest piece of news.

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On the day of the trip, Ji-eun comes downstairs preparing to leave. Yung-jae is lounging on the couch and plays it cool when she tells him goodbye, nonchalantly telling her to enjoy herself on her trip. She says she’ll call when she gets back, but he tells her not to bother. She leaves only to come right back inside to ask for a ride to the airport. Yung-jae refuses, but when she’s finally gone he goes outside to look down the street after her. Back in the house, he goes to the desk and sits in the chair she’s usually in and fingers the keyboard.

The doorbell rings as he’s sitting there. He smiles brightly and hurries to the door. His smile gets brighter as the door opens, but it fades when he sees that it’s only Shin Dong-wook and Yang Hee-jin. They’re there to pack his things.

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Yung-jae goes and picks up Hye-won while Dong-wook and Hee-jin are busy at Full House. They’re riding down the street in his car, and he calls her Ji-eun and asks if she ate. When she points out he called her Ji-eun, he sheepishly apologizes. He tells her that Ji-eun went on a trip and then he starts talking, and talking, and talking about how worried he is. Hye-won interrupts him and tells him if he’s that worried about Ji-eun, he should go after her and tell her to stay. He slams on the brakes and stares at her, then the next thing we know he’s running through the airport calling Ji-eun’s name. (Another standard drama trope under our belt!)

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He doesn’t find her, and they end up at a bar. All he can do is talk about Ji-eun as Hye-won sits next to him silently hurting. He tells Hye-won he really liked Ji-eun but all he did was hurt her and make her suffer. Hye-won tells him he can protect Ji-eun from now on. She admits that she knew he liked Ji-eun, but she held onto him because she was in so much pain. She says she ignored his pain, even though she knew it was wrong, because she thought it was too unfair and harsh for her to be dumped twice in a row. She says she’s sorry she let him, her best friend, suffer. She tells Yung-jae to go now because she’s letting go of his hand. She insists she’ll be fine and forces herself to smile as she says, “Me? Don’t worry about me. I’m Kang Hye-won. You don’t know? The strong Kang Hye-won.”

Yung-jae reverts to his nine-year-old self and asks if she wants ice cream. She scoffs and says she’s grown now. She doesn’t eat ice cream when she’s upset. She drinks alcohol. She also cries it out—as evidenced by her leaving Yung-jae at the bar and locking herself in a bathroom stall to sob. It’s painful to hear how heartbroken she is. (I know I said I wouldn’t feel sorry for her, but awwwww.)

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Later that night, we see that Ji-eun hasn’t gone to Venice after all. Min-hyuk brings her back to Full House, and she hurries inside. She goes through the house looking for Yung-jae. Min-hyuk has her bag and brings it inside as she stands in Yung-jae’s room hoping he’s there.

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They end up sitting on the back deck. She laments that Yung-jae left and even told her not to call him when she got back. Min-hyuk offers to beat him up and says he’s a good fighter. Ji-eun gets a bit of her feisty spirit back. She declares she’s a good fighter too, and Yung-jae’s no match for her. Min-hyuk laughs until he sees tears start to fall from her eyes. He wipes her tears and puts his arm around her shoulder to comfort her. And Yung-jae chooses that moment to return to Full House and sees them together in the backyard.

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MY THOUGHTS

We’re finally at the point in the drama where the OTP gets the chance to be together. However, we’re all too used to the game to think it’s just a simple matter of Yung-jae and Ji-eun meeting face-to-face, confessing their feelings, and living happily ever after. This is dramaland after all, and we’re guaranteed at least two more episodes of angst before our happy ending.

At least we get to see growth from Yung-jae and Hye-won. Hye-won’s selfishness bothered me more than Yung-jae’s did. Perhaps that’s the fault of the writers more than anything else. We could all understand, but not necessarily condone, Yung-jae’s behavior because we got to see that many of his issues arose from the family’s tragically losing his sister. We had no similar glimpse into Hye-won’s life or inner demons. In the majority of her scenes, she was being horridly self-entitled or vapidly self-absorbed. I (almost) felt like not bothering to hate her because it was a bit too obvious the writers were merely using her as a plot device and nothing more. So it was nice to see her finally think about someone other than herself. And I like the idea of Hye-won and Yung-jae forming a true friendship after all these years.

On a totally unrelated note, am I the only one who noticed extra people popping up in the background in shots outside and around Full House throughout previous episodes? This episode seemed to have a lot more of that going on. I wonder if there was just not enough time to properly edit with the time constraints that may have arisen toward the end of this drama filming due to the perilous live shooting system.

Some of the people in the background might be considered natural. After all, the house is on oceanfront property and perhaps there are tourists or other neighborhood residents on the beach. However, there was one incident (when Ji-eun was sitting at the desk) where a random guy poked his head into the scene, then immediately moved out of the frame. It was hilarious and so obvious that he was looking inside to see what was going on. He could have been a staff member with an oops moment, but it was pretty funny when I noticed it.

It reminded me of the final episode of Vineyard Man. The live shoot system clearly harmed that drama. At the beginning of the episode, Jang Taek-gi (Oh Man-seok) is running down the platform at a train station trying to get the attention of Lee Ji-hyun (Yoon Eun-hye), and there are a few seconds of a cameraman running right along with him in the shot. See the comparison below:

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                      Now you see him.                                                                        Now you don’t!

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hy hello Mr. Cameraman.                                                    Please stick around for a while. 

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Full House: Episode 14 Recap
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EPISODE 14 RECAP  

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Lee Yung-jae arrives at Full House and is dismayed to see Yoo Min-hyuk on the back deck with Han Ji-eun with his arm draped around her shoulder. Ji-eun pulls away from his embrace, telling him she’s fine now and he can go. Yung-jae is outside and watches Min-hyuk drive away.

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That night, Ji-eun goes to Yung-jae’s room to check to see if he’s come home. He’s still not there, and she returns to her room disappointed. The next morning, she checks the room again and does a double take when she sees a figure lying in the bed. It’s Yung-jae!

She runs to his bed and jumps on it, grabbing his face and calling his name to wake him up. She wants to know when he came back and whether he moved out yesterday. He yells for her to just go make him some breakfast, and she’s so happy to see him that she complies (smh).

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At the table, he becomes defensive when she asks about him moving out. He wants to know why she’s asking so many questions and tells her it’s annoying him. Suddenly, he’s the one asking too many questions and is annoying her when he wants to know why she didn’t go to Venice. They both keep quiet after that.

Later on though, she decides they need to talk. Initially, he ignores her, but eventually he starts his usual teasing, calling her poultry and exclaiming because he’s amazed that a bird can think. She ignores his comments and admits it didn’t feel good to leave things that way when she left for the airport. She earnestly asks that they talk things out and presses him to tell her what’s wrong. Yung-jae continues with his usual passive-aggressive digs though. Instead of telling her he saw her and Min-hyuk together and didn’t like it, he accuses her of being flaky. They go back and forth, and he berates her for bringing a man home within a day of him leaving. He says he didn’t know she was “that kind of woman.”

Ji-eun is surprised he knows that Min-hyuk was there, but she tells him Min-hyuk just gave her a ride home. She says if he’s that upset, he can just bring Kang Hye-won over too. She even reminds him that he’s a man and he goes to Hye-won’s house. He thinks it’s different for him to go to Hye-won’s house because they’ve known each other for fifteen years, and he calls Ji-eun loose. She’s finally had enough of his insults and storms off just as the doorbell starts to ring.

Yung-jae yells for Ji-eun to answer the door, but she’s long gone. He goes to the door and it’s Min-hyuk . . . with flowers! Yung-jae lies and says Ji-eun isn’t home, but he grabs the flowers from Min-hyuk anyway. Then he tries to close the door, but Ji-eun’s voice rings out asking who’s at the door and he’s forced to let Min-hyuk in. He’s so petty, lol.

While Ji-eun is preparing drinks, Yung-jae goes over to their wedding picture and makes a big deal out of straightening it and dusting it off.   He asks Min-hyuuk why he came over, and Min-hyuk says he was wondering how Ji-eun was doing alone. Min-hyuk wants to know why Yung-jae is at Full House when he was supposed to move out. Yung-jae says it’s his house and he can come and go as he pleases, but Min-hyuk corrects him.

He tells Yung-jae not to kid himself because the house belongs to Ji-eun and Yung-jae was supposed to be going to Hye-won. He asks Yung-jae why he’s away from Hye-won?

Yung-jae doesn’t have anything to say in response so after a pause he just mumbles that it’s not Min-hyuk’s business. Min-hyuk continues being as direct as ever. He flat out tells Yung-Jae that he’s being ridiculous.

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Ji-eun returns to the living room with drinks and thanks Min-hyuk for the flowers again. Min-hyuk turns to Yung-jae and reminds him that he had plans and said he had to leave. Yung-jae goes to his closet to change—only to realize it’s empty. Shin Dong-wook already moved his clothes to his new place. He returns downstairs and spies on Ji-eun and Min-hyuk in the backyard.

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Ji-eun tells Min-hyuk that Yung-jae said he would be moving out soon. Apparently something happened to delay his move-in date at his new place, but she’s glad she’ll be home when he finally leaves. Min-hyuk says he’s not glad at all. In fact, he’s upset because his plan to visit her everyday once Yung-jae left is ruined. She smiles and tells him to visit anyway. Min-hyuk spots Yung-jae checking them out from the kitchen and asks Ji-eun if she’d like to go for a drive and grab a bite to eat.

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When they go inside, Yung-jae pretends his work plans were cancelled. Ji-eun tells him she and Min-hyuk are going out, and Yung-jae tries to prevent her from leaving by claiming she has cleaning to do. She says she’ll clean later and he shouts, “Don’t go. If you leave now . . . how am I going to eat?” Ji-eun looks at him, then she looks at Min-hyuk. She sees Yung-jae’s sad expression and apologizes to Min-hyuk but says she can’t go.

Back inside, Yung-jae sits pretending to read a book. He’s really sneaking peeks at Ji-eun though. He asks why she stayed, and she says she thought about how she felt that day at his movie premiere when he left with Hye-won after she asked him to stay. He remembers that day too and says he’ll never do that to her again.

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When she’s cleaning the windows, he comes over to help, but every time she turns her head, he slacks off and stares at her. He claims she has something on her eyelash and tells her to close her eyes. It’s just an excuse to kiss her though, but his plan is foiled when the doorbell rings before he gathers up the nerve to kiss her. It’s Dong-wook and Yang Hee-jin. They’re there to move his things back in.

Upstairs, Dong-wook warns Yung-jae not to come to the office because rumors about his marriage have hit the news and he needs to avoid the reporters. Yung-jae tells Dong-wook to ensure Ji-eun doesn’t find out, but he’s too late. Hee-jin is downstairs telling Ji-eun that the rumors are mostly about her. The reports claim she’s a gold digger who married Yung-jae for money and point out that he paid off her debts after the marriage.

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Unfortunately, the news reaches Yung-jae’s father, and he heads straight to Full House to confront the pair. His visit interrupts Yung-jae’s second attempt to kiss Ji-eun, but they have bigger fish to fry because Father is furious. He gets even angrier as Ji-eun apologizes over and over while Yung-jae won’t even defend himself.

Yung-jae finally tells his father not to meddle in his life and dad totally loses it. He starts hitting Yung-jae, and Ji-eun puts herself between Father’s flying fists and Yung-jae (who’s just sitting there stoically taking the beating). Ji-eun begs Father to stop, and they go to a café to talk by themselves. He tells her she may have had reasons for doing what she did, but there are things people shouldn’t do for money. Deceiving family is one of them so he wants Ji-eun to break up with Yung-jae and admits he hopes to never see her again.

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When Ji-eun returns to Full House Yung-jae is in bed. She tells him he should have apologized to his father, then she asks him to come downstairs to eat lunch. He refuses until she says she won’t eat either. They end up at the table where Ji-eun wants to tell another of her “funny” jokes. (I thought she’d agreed never to bust those suckers out again, but oh well.) This time she’s actually funny. Her joke is still lame but her faux-laugh is so forced that it’s hilarious, as well as a bit sad.

Yung-jae asks if she’s okay and reminds her of all the roses he bought her to think about when times get tough. She smiles, then she says she’s sorry. She says she’ll go to Ilsan to talk to his family. He doesn’t want her to go though, saying she’ll only get hurt if she does.

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She doesn’t listen, of course, and goes to Ilsan early the next morning. She stands outside Grandmother’s door crying as she begs Grandmother to forgive her. Grandmother refuses to let her in and Yung-jae’s mother finally tells her she should leave for now. She goes to a park and sits on a bench to cry some more.

At Ilsan, Yung-jae’s mother tells his father Ji-eun tried to visit Grandmother today and cried when Grandmother refused to see her. She says she feels sorry for Ji-eun and that Ji-eun doesn’t seem like a bad person.

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Min-hyuk is in his apartment working that night. He gets a call from Ji-eun and goes to the park, where she’s still sitting on the same bench from earlier that morning. He sits with her and she tells him she didn’t realize how bad her actions were. Now that things have ended up like this, she realizes she was wrong. She recalls how good the family treated her and feels bad for hurting them. She says she’s upset too. She really liked them too. Min-hyuk tells her they’re just in shock now and will understand more as time passes. She asks whether she should make things right since she was wrong from the beginning?

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Meanwhile, Yung-jae sits at Full House worrying about Ji-eun. When Ji-eun arrives, Yung-jae learns that she was out with Min-hyuk and wants to know what they did together. She says they just talked. He says she could have talked to him and wants to know what they talked about. He asks if Min-hyuk wanted to go on another trip or asked to kiss her again. Then he mockingly says he’s sorry he won’t give her a divorce when she and Min-hyuk are so in love with each other.

She loses her patience with him and finally tells him she talked to Min-hyuk because she’s having a hard time. He scoffs and wants to know why she’s having such a difficult time. She responds that she’s having a hard time because of him. She says he always hurts her and makes her suffer. “Do you know how much I’ve cried since I met you?” she asks. Then she scoffs that he’d dare to ask her why she’s having such a hard time.

Yung-jae declares he won’t hurt her anymore. He says he’ll protect her, but she doesn’t believe him. She asks how will he protect her and lets him know buying ice cream when she cries isn’t going to cut it. She tells him he’s clueless. He has no idea how to love someone or express love, and he certainly can’t protect anyone when he doesn’t even know when he hurts people.   Ji-eun says she doesn’t want to be hurt anymore and tells him they should just end the marriage now. She tells him to go to Hye-won.

Tears threaten to fall from Yung-jae’s eyes. He takes a deep breath, then he says he just wants to ask her one thing. He asks if Min-hyuk doesn’t hurt her and whether Min-hyuk can protect her.

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We don’t hear her response. Instead, we see them in their respective rooms brooding again. The next morning, Yung-jae’s gone. Ji-eun finds a note on the refridgerator thanking her for cooking for him all this time and saying goodbye. She stands there staring at the note as her eyes well up with tears.

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The next thing we know, Yung-jae’s outside a meeting room waiting to go to a press conference. He opens and closes his cell phone as he contemplates making a call while Ji-eun sits at Full House sad and listless. The doorbell rings, and when Ji-eun opens the door, it’s Hye-won. Ji-eun lets her in and gives her the ring Yung-jae bought to propose to her all those months ago. Ji-eun tells Hye-won that Yung-jae really loves her and asks her to make Yung-jae happy. Hye-won says she can’t do that.

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Hye-won says she came to see Ji-eun because she heard she and Yung-jae were breaking up. She says that Yung-jae isn’t good at expressing himself so she thought she’d do it for him. She explains that Yung-jae is fragile and can’t even express his feelings. Ji-eun interrupts and says she knows. Hye-won says if she knows, how come she doesn’t seem to know that Yung-jae likes her. Hye-won asks Ji-eun to give Yung-jae another chance. Ji-eun is stunned, but she says it won’t work. She cries as she says she hurt Yung-jae and his family, and she’s hurting too. She wants to make things right by ending things now.

At the hotel, Mr. Choi wants the agency to spin Yung-jae as a victim of Ji-eun’s gold digging. Dong-wook protests against maligning Ji-eun’s name, but Mr. Choi thinks people will forget Ji-eun sooner than they forget about Yung-jae. The president decides Yung-jae will have to make the decision on his own and suffer the consequences. Yung-jae tells her he’s ready, and he enters the press conference where the reporters are waiting.

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He begins his statement by thanking them for coming and says he’s there to talk about the woman he loves. He describes her as someone who can find happiness and hope in the little things. He says she’s a person who brings him joy, then he says because he loves her so much and wants to protect her, he’s decided to get a divorce. He refuses to reveal the identity of the woman he loves, but says she’s the most important person in the world to him. He tells them he has nothing more to say, then he leaves.

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He goes to his hotel room and thinks back to when he met Ji-eun. He reminisces about their time together and starts to cry. Ji-eun is at Full House reliving their memories too. She starts to cry as well.

Later that night, Dong-wook goes to the hotel room looking for Yung-jae, but he’s not there. We see him drive away in his car.

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When we see Full House again, it’s back to being a pigsty. The doorbell rings and a straight-haired Ji-eun runs downstairs to see who’s there. It’s Min-hyuk . . . and he’s brought flowers!

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MY THOUGHTS

I’ll be brief. It’s late, and I’m sleepy so I’ll make three quick points and be out.

The first is to say o.m.g.—the feels in this epiosde. When I first watched it, I cried buckets of tears, especially for Ji-eun, and watchng it again after all these years it still made me a bit misty-eyed at times. It didn’t seem like what Ji-eun did was all that wrong at the time, but in hindsight I could definitely understand why Yung-jae’s family’s immediate response was to cut her off. It was just too bad that someone who hadn’t had a family for so long got so attached to them. I ended up feeling much more for her than I did for them.

Point two: Hooray for Yung-jae! This guy finally got to say the things he should have said half a dozen episodes ago—that he loves Ji-eun. But in line with the sentiments in my first point, it’s just too bad he admitted it only to announce that their relationship was over. Still, Rain did a good job in that scene. I certainly felt his pain.

And finally, how great were our second leads! Min-hyuk was his usual awesome self pulling no punches to set Yung-jae straight, but we got a treat as Hye-won stepped up to surprise us too. She actually went out of her way to help Yung-jae and tried to do something kind for Ji-eun. Perhaps there’s hope for her after all!

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Full House: Episode 15 Recap
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EPISODE 15 RECAP  

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Some time has passed after Lee Yung-jae’s press conference to announce his divorce. Yoo Min-hyuk arrives at Full House to see Han Ji-eun. He has flowers because he knows she likes them, and she invites him in and settles him at the table. He shares the news that he’s found a director for their movie, and he has an actor in mind to play the lead role too.

Ji-eun doesn’t like the lead he’s chosen though. The actor should be taller, she says. There’s a scene in the movie where the male lead has to reach over the female lead to clean a part of a window she can’t reach. Because of this, she explains, they need a tall male lead. Min-hyuk asks if the lead has to be about Lee Yung-jae’s height. Things become awkward at the mention of Yung-jae’s name, but Ji-eun recovers first and asks if they can cast Yung-jae as the lead. Min-hyuk thinks Yung-jae wouldn’t take the part and changes the subject by inviting her out to eat.

Min-hyuk takes Ji-eun to a nice restaurant for lunch. When she remarks that she really likes the dish she chose, Min-hyuk offers to buy it for her everyday. Ji-eun jokingly tells him he can certainly afford it, seeing as how he’s so rich and all, and Min-hyuk continues the joke, offering to buy her jewelry and flowers every day too. “How about eating together like this, and having tea together, and talking together, and laughing together? How about that everyday?” he asks. He’s proposing!

Ji-eun hesitates and stutters a bit before she says she just got divorced and isn’t ready to get married again yet. Min-hyuk is disappointed, but he says he’ll wait for her.

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She returns to Full House that night and goes to Yung-jae’s room. She stares at the empty bed for a few moments before going to her own room where she sits at the vanity and pulls out her wedding ring. She looks at the ring for a while, then just stares straight ahead with tears in her eyes.

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The next day, Min-hyuk meets with the president of Yung-jae’s agency and offers Yung-jae the lead role in Ji-eun’s movie. The president tells him it’s unlikely Yung-jae would want to do the movie even though he doesn’t have any projects lined up now. In fact, she says, he’s not in Seoul anymore and refuses to see anyone. Min-hyuk asks for her help getting him to do the movie and says he’ll agree to any of their contractual terms.

The president meets with Mr. Choi to discuss how to get Yung-jae to return to Seoul and do the movie. They decide to send Shin Dong-wook to bring him back and tell Dong-wook to get Yung-jae to return any way he can—even if it means tying him up and forcing him to come.

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We see that Yung-jae has been staying in a monastery all this time. When Dong-wook finds him, he insists he’s not interested in returning to Seoul until Dong-wook lies that Ji-eun is sick. Yung-jae wants to know why Min-hyuk isn’t taking care of her, but Dong-wook says Min-hyuk lost interest in Ji-eun and left her soon after their divorce.

Yung-jae spends some time walking around the monastery grounds thinking about what to do. Over at Full House, Ji-eun spends the day thinking too. She walks along the water and paces back and forth in the living room.

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In the morning, Ji-eun gets a visit from Yang Hee-jin (whose stomach is STILL as flat as it’s been throughout the entire series—apparently the producers forgot she’s supposed to be pregnant). She pitches an idea about opening a video store in her neighborhood. She wants Ji-eun to invest in the store, arguing that they’ll have a baby soon (so perhaps the producers haven’t forgotten) and they can’t support a family of three on Dong-wook’s salary alone.

Ji-eun says she doesn’t have the money to invest, and Hee-jin reminds her that she has Min-hyuk and needs to forget about Yung-jae. After all, Yung-jae’s career is over, she says. But Ji-eun defends Yung-jae, saying he’ll make a comeback soon. Hee-jin huffs that that’s unlikely, especially considering he’s holed up on a mountain and refuses to come down.

This is news to Ji-eun, and her reaction makes Hee-jin realize she’s revealed something that was suppose to be a secret. She shrugs it off and tells Ji-eun that Yung-jae wouldn’t even come down when his grandmother was hospitalized. Grandmother’s hospitalization is news to Ji-eun too.

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After Hee-jin leaves, Ji-eun goes to visit Grandmother in the hospital. Grandmother is asleep when she gets there. She takes Grandmother’s hand and apologizes over and over and asks her to get bettter. She cries so much that her sobs wake Grandmother up. Grandmother sees that it’s Ji-eun but doesn’t let Ji-eun know she’s awake. When Ji-eun leaves the hospital room, she stays in the hallway cyring by herself and Father walks by and sees her. He doesn’t let on that he’s seen her either.

Later that day, Yung-jae’s mom comes to take Grandmother home. Grandmother tells Mother that Ji-eun came to visit, and they call Ji-eun and ask her to come to Ilsan. When she arrives, Ji-eun just wants to know if Grandmother is alright, but Grandmother is more concerned about Yung-jae’s relationship with his father. Grandmother agrees to forgive Ji-eun if she can get Yung-jae to apologize to his father.

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Ji-eun goes to see Kang Hye-won, whose improvement seems to have continued. She looks sincerely pleased to see Ji-eun and suggests Ji-eun talk to Yung-jae herself and ask him to come back to Seoul.

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As Ji-eun heads back to Full House from Hye-won’s store, Yung-jae is already there. He rushes inside calling Ji-eun’s name and searches for her all over the house. When he realizes she’s not home, he waits for her outside. When she sees him in the front yard when she returns home, she stops in the middle of the street and stares at him as tears start to fall from her eyes.

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Ji-eun lets Yung-jae into the house, and when he sees how messy it is, he’s about to start complaining until his eyes land on a picture hanging where their wedding portrait used to be. Ji-eun brings him a drink and he notices she’s not wearing her ring either. He asks why a sick person is out all day and berates her for not following his recommendation to exercise daily. She says it’s not his business, then she asks where he’s been all this time. He tells her he was staying at a temple and has grown spiritually. Then he puts his hand under his chin, poses, and and asks, “Don’t I look different?” HA! (Methinks you’re still the same, but at least you’re cute!)

Ji-eun wants to know why he didn’t visit Grandmother when he heard she was sick, but he insists that was just a ploy to get him to return home. Ji-eun brings up his relationship with his dad next. She tells him to apologize and ask for forgiveness, but he refuses to do that too. Ji-eun is exasperated and asks why he bothered to come. He replies he merely came home and claims Full House is his. He doesn’t think he should have given it up in the divorce and has decided to stay.

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His statement gets him kicked out of the house. Ji-eun opens the door a moment later only to throw his suitcase after him. It’s a replica of the scene in Episode 2, lol! Ji-eun opens the door again and acknowledges she’s reenacting the scene when he kicked her out. She glares at him and tells him he’s dead if he knocks on the door again. He ends up on the bench in the front year where he puts his time in the monastery to use by meditating while he waits.

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He stays on the bench throughout the day, which Ji-eun sees as she keeps peeking out the door to check on him. By nightfall, he can’t take the mosquitoes anymore and leaves. Ji-eun sees that he’s no longer on the bench and runs outside searching for him. She goes to the backyard and when he’s not there, she starts running down the street looking for him.

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He’s standing on the side of the house though, and he looks up as he sees her run past. His eyes fill with tears as he hears her calling out his name. Ji-eun returns home totally dejected. She listlessly walks to the couch and says to herself he should have left right away if he wasn’t going to stay.   He should have said goodbye first before he left too.

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She goes upstairs to take another look inside Yung-jae’s room. (She must do that a lot.) When she turns on the lights, she sees Yung-jae sleeping in his bed. She gets teary-eyed again and rushes over to wake him up. She asks how he got inside the house and he admits to climbing through the broken window in the kitchen. She just stands there staring at him as he talks, and eventually she starts sobbing.

Downstairs, they sit at the table and have some beer. Yung-jae apologizes again but doesn’t think his sleeping in his old bed should have made her cry.   She tells him she’s crying because she thought he left without saying goodbye. Yung-jae asks if he can stay until he finds a place to live, but Ji-eun says no and tells him to go apologize to his father first.

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The next day, Yung-jae visits his dad at the hospital and they go out to eat. His dad is shocked Yung-jae made the first move and asks what he wants. Yung-jae apologizes and asks for forgiveness. His dad asks him if he’s apologizing because he thinks what he did was wrong, and Yung-jae says no. He says he’s apologizing because Ji-eun told him to. He takes up for Ji-eun, telling his dad she’s not the type of girl he thinks she is and explaning that Ji-eun truly loves Father, Mother, and Grandmother. He begs his dad to forgive Ji-eun too. Father says if he truly loves Ji-eun, he should have married her for real instead of having a contract marriage. Yung-jae’s only explanation is that he didn’t know how much he’d love her then. But now he doesn’t want to lose her and is going to marry her for real.

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Yung-jae goes ring shopping to propose to Ji-eun. Back at Full House, he approaches her as she works on the computer.   He hesitantly tells her that Dong-wook will be moving his things back into the house. She exclaims against him living there until he tells her that he apologized to his father like she told him to do. She asks what happened when he met his dad, and he claims his father hit him again. He reverts to his man-child mode as he points to his face and arms and claims they hurt because of his father’s beating.

He uses her concern to segue into asking her to dinner. He says he has something he wants to say, but Ji-eun thinks with his career in such shambles, he should save his money. She tells him to just tell her at home. He’s about to protest when the phone rings.

It’s Min-hyuk! And he’s on his way to Full House. Ji-eun tells him that Yung-jae is there, and he looks pained to hear they’re together. But he says he wanted to speak with Yung-jae anyway, so it’s good that he’s there.

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When Ji-eun hangs up, Yung-jae asks who was on the phone. He’s shocked to learn Ji-eun and Min-hyuk are still seeing each other. (It’s hard to see how much the news upsets him. His body language speaks volumes as he sits and waits for Min-hyuk to come with his head down.) The doorbell rings and, when Ji-eun gets up to answer the door, Yung-jae insists on opening it and greeting Min-hyuk first.

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Min-hyuk has groceries with him and cooks spaghetti because Ji-eun mentioned before that she likes it. Yung-jae sits on the sidelines and makes derisive faces at Min-hyuk and Ji-eun in the kitchen. Yung-jae tells Ji-eun to make him rice because he doesn’t want spaghetti. She tells him there’s no rice in the house so he ends up with black bean noodles instead.

While they’re eating, Min-hyuk asks Yung-jae to take a role in the movie he’s making. He tells Yung-jae the writer specially requested him. Yung-jae refuses when he finds out that Ji-eun is the writer. Ji-eun tells him to decide after he’s read the script, but Yung-jae doesn’t listen and they bicker back and forth until Min-hyuk interrupts them. He says they can discuss it later.

Min-hyuk turns to Yung-jae and says he can’t stay with Ji-eun indefinitely. He offers to find him an officetel and says he can move out over the weekend. Yung-jae asks Min-hyuk who is he to look for a place for him? And Min-hyuk responds that he doesn’t like Yung-jae staying beside his woman. His words shock Yung-jae and Ji-eun, but Min-hyuk doesn’t back down and looks Yung-jae squarely in the eyes as if he wants him to know he’s dead serious. Ouch!

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Yung-jae and Min-hyuk go to the backyard to talk while Ji-eun is busy with the latest draft of the movie script. Min-hyuk encourages Yung-jae to read the sript and reconsider accepting the role. Yung-jae points out that Min-hyuk doesn’t want him to take the part though. Min-hyuk doesn’t deny it but says business is business. He tells Yung-jae he proposed to Ji-eun and told her he’d wait for her when she said she needed more time after the divorce.

Min-hyuk stares at the water and says he never thought he’d get married. He thought marriage was for fools, but now he’s a fool. He turns to Yung-jae and tells Yung-jae if he’s already decided to let Ji-eun go, he should just leave. “Are you going to let her go through a difficult time again? She can only come to me with peace of mind when you leave,” he says.

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That night, Yung-jae sits at the table drinking beer. Ji-eun sees him and joins him downstairs. She asks if he really apologized to Father and whether Father said he’d forgive him. He answers yes, and she wants to go to Ilsan the next day to thank them and have dinner. Yung-jae reminds her that they’re divorced now and she’s no longer a part of the family. Beside, he says, he’ll be moving out tomorrow. She asks why, and he answers that he heard she’s marrying Min-hyuk. Ji-eun starts to stutter, and Yung-jae admits he was worried about her because he thought they’d broken up.

He tells her Min-hyuk likes her a lot. Although it hurt his pride when she said she’d go to Min-hyuk, he knows it’s actually a good thing for her. He says Min-hyuk is rich, smart, and handsome. Although he can’t understand why Min-hyuk likes someone as stubborn, stupid, and messy as she is, he says she’ll do just fine. He gives an “Aza aza fighting!” chant and downs his beer.

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The next morning, when Ji-eun wakes up, she finds a note on the refrigerator from Yung-jae. In the note, he tells her not to get sick and to take care of herself. He jokes that she sleeps mighty late for poultry and says she needs to exercise in the mornings. Ji-eun reads the note, then she dashes up the stairs. She pushes the door to his room open and cries to see he’s not there.

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She meets Min-hyuk at a park later. She tells him Yung-jae left and she doesn’t know where he went. She’s upset because he didn’t even say goodbye. Min-hyuk says she can see him again later and she says, “Later when?,” and asks how she’s supposed to wait until then. She tells him when Yung-jae’s not around, she always waits for him. Even if she knows he’s not coming, she still waits. When they meet, it’s not even that great. They fight and she’s always upset, but when he’s not by her side, it doesn’t feel right. She says she keeps telling herself not to wait for him, but she keeps thinking about him anyway. She says waiting is hard work so he should not wait for her any longer either. She apologizes to him and says she should have told him not to wait for her from the start.

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When Ji-eun returns home that night, she’s shocked to see Yung-jae. He says he’s there because he forgot something and has something to say to her. Then he (finally . . . FINALLY!) lays his heart out for her.

“I promised myself I’d never lose you again,” he says, “But I keep losing you at every crucial moment. That’s just not fair. I’m so mad at myself. I don’t think I can stand it any longer.”

“Like you said, I always hurt you and I can’t even protect you. Like you said, I don’t know how to love other people, and I don’t know how to express love. Because I don’t know how to love, I don’t know what to do to make you happy very well either. So I’ve been thinking, because I don’t know, I’ll do anything you tell me to do. Anything you teach me, I’ll do it all. If you tell me to wait, I’ll wait. If you tell me to sing, I’ll sing. And if you tell me to dance, I’ll dance. I’ll buy you flowers if that’s what you tell me to do.”

He continues, “I’ll do anything you tell me to do. I’ll do anything you want. So Han Ji-eun . . . Ji-eun-ah . . . here [he takes out the ring] wear this.”

Ji-eun is speechless and flustered. She finally asks, “What is this?” (And I totally feel Yung-jae’s pain in dealing with her eternal cluelessness in this moment.) He handles it well though and says, “Can’t you see? It’s a ring.” Lol!

Then he gets right back to the point: “Han Ji-eun, let’s get married. Will you marry me?”

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MY THOUGHTS

Awww. That ending was so sweet. And the fact that Yung-jae finally mustered up the nerve to confess his feelings to Ji-eun makes it sweeter.  We really got to see how much he’s grown from the early days of the drama. When we met him, he’d pined over Hye-won for almost two decades without ever saying how he felt about her out loud. The fact that he confessed to Ji-eun after pining for only a few months is a huge leap forward for him.  He still has a long way to go, but it looks like he’s on the right track.  

The only thing that tempers my satisfaction in our OTP being a little closer to a final reconciliation is Min-hyuk’s heartbreak. He handled it like a champ though.   

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Full House: Episode 16 (Final) Recap
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EPISODE 16 (FINAL) RECAP  

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Han Ji-eun is left speechless after Lee Yung-jae presents her with a ring and asks her to marry him. She tries to respond, but she can’t manage to get more than one word out. Finally, she says she finds it weird that he’s suddenly proposing when the day before he wished her well with Yoo Min-hyuk and left. She thinks he’s being flaky, but he says he’s not flaky. He tells her he thought letting her go was the right thing to do, then he pouts and asks whether she will accept the ring and marry him. She says she will think about it and goes back inside.

He follows her in and asks whether she’s hesitating because of Min-hyuk. She tells him she and Min-hyuk decided to remain friends and says she just needs time to think about it. He asks how long she needs. She wants a week, but he protests that that’s way too long. She asks for three days, but the old Yung-jae returns. He demands an answer by tomorrow and starts to walk away. However, he can’t leave without swiping the refrigerator and checking for dust. When he sees the amount of dust on his hand, he tells her to start cleaning too, then he storms off. (He’s way too funny sometimes!)

That night, he can’t sleep. He sits up and opens the ring box to look at it and think. Ji-eun is up all night too. She sits at the computer trying to work but stares upstairs most of the time.

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In the morning, Yung-jae wakes up to go jogging. He goes to Ji-eun’s room to invite her too, but she’s asleep at the desk.   He covers her with a blanket and shuts the computer off before he leaves.

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Ji-eun’s frantic by the time he returns because the computer was off when she woke up and she lost the file she was working on. She starts to fuss at him for touching the computer, and he becomes defensive. He says she needs to go to bed at night instead of working and tells her to just rewrite whatever she lost. He says she’s a talent-less bird anyway and it pains him to see how hard she has to work. She asks him why would he want to marry a bird and he says he didn’t ask her to marry him because he actually likes her but because he feels sorry for her.  After all, who else would take her in when she’s short, foul-tempered and dumb too? (Oh no he didn’t!)

Ji-eun says there’s always Min-hyuk and she stands up fed up with him by now. She says she can give him an answer now and tells him she doesn’t think she can marry him. She walks away and he’s back at square one.

Over breakfast, she asks when he plans to move out. He says he’ll stay until he finds a place and offers to pay rent while he’s there. She says she doesn’t need money, but she’ll hire him as a housekeeper. He gets offended, but she tells him to leave if he doesn’t want to do it. She demands that he has breakfast ready by nine, tells him to sleep in instead of getting up to exercise so early in the morning, and remarks that because he likes to clean so much, have a blast doing just that. (And the student has become the master, haha!)

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He gets to work right away. He cleans the windows next to the desk where she’s working, then starts dusting the printer. Finally, he kneels beside her and asks her to reconsider her refusal to marry him. He thinks she rejected him out of anger and says he doesn’t want her to regret it later. She says she didn’t rashly reject him, besides, she was married to him before and it wasn’t that great. She doesn’t think they’re compatible and says they should stay friends. He’s like, friends? And she tells him they can remain master and housekeeper if he’d prefer, it’s up to him.

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The doorbell rings before he can respond. It’s Shin Dong-wook and Yang Hee-jin. They’re there to unpack his things . . . again. Dong-wook goes upstairs with Yung-jae and gets to work. He complains that he’s tired of packing and unpacking for Yung-jae and tells him not to run away again. Hee-jin comes upstairs though and tells him not to bother unpacking. She says Ji-eun rejected Yung-jae’s marriage proposal and he won’t be staying.

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The three of them go outside and Dong-wook and Hee-jin decide they’ll help Yung-jae woo Ji-eun. They agree to tell him her likes and dislikes and let him know her secrets in exchange for his investing in their video shop. He accuses them of trying to hustle him, but Hee-jin says that’s not it. She actually likes Min-hyuk and thinks he’s a better match for Ji-eun but she will help him because Dong-wook wants to stay loyal to him.

Yung-jae goes to a café to wait for Dong-wook and Hee-jin to come with information on Ji-eun. The employees recognize him and whisper among themselves. The waitress brings him his drink and asks if he’s really the actor Lee Yung-jae. He nods. He thinks she’s an admirer, but she actually berates him for being unfaithful to his wife and insults him for being so vain as to wear sunglasses indoors. Hehehe.

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Dong-wook and Hee-jin arrive with a report listing information on Ji-eun, like her favorite color and favorite movie. They even throw in a freebie—a list of guidelines to make Ji-eun fall in love with him based on their dating experiences.

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He takes the list back to Full House and decides to try something on it. So he takes her to a nice restaurant—one that she’s already been to with Min-hyuk though. He’s pretty bad at dating. He actually compliments her healthy appetite, ha! That doesn’t work so he tells her a joke. Unfortunately, she knows the punch line already. Next, he tries to talk about how great the restaurant is. She agrees and says she’s been there with Min-hyuk and had the same dish with him too. The dish is just as tasty as before, she says, but Yung-jae’s ready to go when he hears that.

They go back to Full House and Yung-jae has them do laundry on the upper deck. Ji-eun complains about having to do more housework, but it’s all a part of Yung-jae’s master plan. He’s taken another suggestion from Dong-wook and Hee-jin’s list and is trying to “induce natural intimacy.” He joins her in the bucket to stomp on the laundry and puts his arms around her as he ostensibly claims he’ll “help” her. He gets hurt instead when she stomps on his foot.

He goes back inside and throws Dong-wook and Hee-jin’s list to the ground. However, a moment later he decides he’s not quite ready to give up so he picks it back up. They recommend a romantic proposal, which according to them will lead to a passionate kiss, so he asks Ji-eun to meet him at the ice skating rink at MagicLand later. She says she’s busy and suggests they go another time, but he insists she come that night.

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Ji-eun works late into the night while Yung-jae waits for her in the middle of the rink at MagicLand. He practices his proposal over and over, but by the time she gets there, he’s pissed because he’s been waiting so long.

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He hands her the flowers he brought and starts to walk away but ends up falling flat on his behind. Ji-eun laughs at his clumsiness, and they end up having a good time skating together.  

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Afterwards, she asks if he’s still mad. He claims he wasn’t mad at all, and she asks why he wanted to meet at MagicLand. She also asks about the flowers he brought. He starts to speak. He says he has something to say to her. He tries to tell her he loves her, but his words are drowned out when a loud machine rolls onto the ice. She doesn’t hear him, and then the cleaning crew comes and kicks them out of the rink.

Back at Full House, Yung-jae is still mad that Ji-eun made him wait for hours at the rink. She apologizes but says they had a good time skating and she accepted his apology, so what’s the harm. She also had no idea he’d be shivering and cold by the time she got there. He claims he wasn’t shivering and says he never catches cold. However, he sneezes before he can finish talking and later we see him using Dong-wook and Hee-jin’s guidelines to wipe his nose because he doesn’t have any tissue. Ewww.

Dong-wook calls the next morning to see how things went, and Yung-jae yells at him because nothing went right. To calm him down, Dong-wook tells him he left out an important part of the plan: overnight camping. So at breakfast, even though he’s clearly not feeling well, he tells Ji-eun that they have to go camping because the summer is almost over. Ji-eun says she has a meeting with Min-hyuk the next day and can’t go, so he insists they go camping that day.

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Ji-eun makes kimpap for the camping trip, but Yung-jae is asleep by the time it’s ready. He has a fever and Ji-eun wants him to rest instead of going out, but he’s adamant that they have to go camping before she sees Min-hyuk again. She finally convinces him to take a nap for just an hour and they can leave after his nap. He agrees, and as he falls asleep he asks her not to go anywhere and to stay by his side. He repeats that she can’t go to Min-hyuk and Ji-eun smiles as she realizes what he’s really worried about.

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When he wakes up later, it’s dark outside, and he’s upset that she didn’t wake him up like they agreed. He refuses to eat the porridge she made for him, but he perks up when she says they can go camping after he eats. They end up in a tent in the backyard. He’s still mad, but he eventually comes around.

He apologizes for bothering her computer and calling her a poultry writer. She says she’ll forgive him if he stars in her movie. He agrees to decide after he reads the script. Then he starts revealing things he knows about her, like her favorite color and flowers. He says he asked around about her because she claimed he didn’t know anything about her.

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She tells him if he wants to know something about her, he can just ask her himself so he says, “Can I ask you one thing then? . . . Will you marry me?” He says he wants an answer now though because he can’t wait until tomorrow. She asks if he’s stupid and says they’re already married. She shows him her hand. She’s wearing her old wedding ring!

He’s surprised she still has it. She’s sure he lost his, but he turns the tables on her and pulls his old wedding ring from his pocket. He still has his ring too!

Ji-eun stares at her ring and says when she first got the ring, she thought their marriage was fake. But eventually, it became real to her. When she was always waiting for him, while her heart was breaking, and as she was happy, the ring became real because of him, she says. He says he thought he was going to go crazy when he thought he couldn’t protect her. He constantly thought about her and worried about her. And he missed her. He says loving someone is a difficult ordeal, but he can’t stop himself.

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He looks at her and tells her he loves her, so much that it feels like the universe will explode. He says he loves her as long as it will take the oceans to dry and so much that he doesn’t care if his soul burns to ashes. He loves her very much.

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Ji-eun is speechless—as usual. But this time, Yung-jae calls her out and asks why can’t she say anything. He tells her he’s saying he loves her a lot. She has tears in her eyes and kisses him instead of answering, and he kisses her back.

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The next morning, Ji-eun wakes up first. She smiles as she looks at Yung-jae, but when she sees that he’s about to wake up too, she hurries out of the tent. Then she calls inside for him to get up so they can go jogging. He’s bashful now that he’s confessed his feelings again and hides his face in the sleeping bag. He tells her to exercise alone and he’ll have breakfast ready by the time she gets back. She insists that he come out though and reminds him that he has to listen to her from now on. Duly chastised, he agrees then hides his face again. (It’s the cutest thing, lol!)

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Some time has passed. Dong-wook and Hee-jin have had their baby and opened up their video store. Yung-jae’s movie poster is all over the store and Hee-jin tries to sell the movie to one of their customers. Dong-wook tells the customer he used to be Yung-jae’s manager and they claim they were responsible for reviving his career.

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Yung-jae is at a press conference. The reporters congratulate him on the stellar reviews from critics because of his realistic portrayal of the character in the movie. Min-hyuk walks in as he says he had a lot of help, especially from a chicken. They smile at each other as the reporters try to understand what he means.

Afterwards, he meets Min-hyuk in the hallway. Their relationship seems to have improved, and Yung-jae invites Min-hyuk to Full House for a celebratory party. Min-hyuk says he’ll bring Kang Hye-won and Yung-jae agrees.

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He goes to the car and is all smiles as he calls Ji-eun and asks if she wants to eat out. They’re so cute I (almost) wish they’d go back to fighting. They go on a Ji-eun-style date, holding hands as they walk around sightseeing and window shopping. They play arcade games and enjoy spicy rice cakes, and Yung-jae surprises Ji-eun with a single red rose. They end the day at a noraebang and have a good time singing and dancing.

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The next day, Min-hyuk and Hye-won arrive at Full House and the four of them enjoy a nice meal in the backyard.

As Yung-jae and Ji-eun clean up, Hye-won joins Min-hyuk on the dock. She sees the way Min-hyuk is looking at Ji-eun and says that Yung-jae and Ji-eun look good together. She asks Min-hyuk if he’s jealous and he says he is. She jokes that he wouldn’t have to be jealous of them if he’d come to her when she asked and laughs at him.

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The series ends with Yung-jae and Ji-eun enjoying a bike ride and a montage of scenes featuring highlights of their times together.

MY THOUGHTS

This series had quite a cute ending. My only complaint is that we had to wait so long to get to the good part.  Watching this the first time around, I thought there were too many rehashed scenes and arguments, too much repetition of the same tired behavior from all parties involved, and no real conflict to justify Yung-jae and Ji-eun staying apart for so long. Recapping the drama brought those glaring problems full front and center. It felt like every other scene was someone brooding or standing in place staring off into space thinking. And was I the only one who couldn’t take any more cleaning and eating!?

For those who don’t know, the producers of the drama built Full House especially for the series. It’s a beachfront property located in Incheon and, according to the Visit Korea website, it cost about $1 million U.S.D. to build. That probably explains why there were so many scenes in and around the house. They seemed determined to use the house to the full extent possible, i.e. the numerous scenes in the bathroom where Yung-jae and Ji-eun were brushing their teeth. This final episode, for example, seemed to be ninety percent Full House with a few other locations thrown in here and there.

In hindsight, I don’t think the limited filming location was the problem though. It was definitely the writing, or maybe that the drama was a few episodes too long which highlighted weaknesses in the writing.  But I still believe the actors did a good job with what they were given. The main leads were both written as preternaturally immature adults. Yung-jae’s immaturity was worse than Ji-eun’s, but I think Rain’s solid performance made the character a lot more likeable than he would have been otherwise. Ji-eun’s ignorance was her most glaring flaw. She didn’t seem that dumb, but she certainly pretended to be slow on the uptake one time too many. She accused Yung-jae of not knowing how to care for other people, but she didn’t seem to have enough sense to care about herself.

Having said all that, though, this show will remain on my favorites list. The fifteen minutes of good times at the end of this series totally made up for the fifteen episodes of frustration and angst. I enjoyed Yung-jae and Ji-eun as a happy couple so much that I would have loved if there had been more time devoted to them within that dynamic. But I can content myself by rewinding the last half of this episode and imagining the good times to be had in the future.

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