dear Goblin, saranghae.

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1.  Hello  breathtaking cinematography!
2.  Gong Yoo oppa in long mane and warrior clothing is hot.
3.  Thank kdramagod we don’t linger much on the backstory.
4.  That is a fiery red scarf.
5.  If the Grim Reaper with kissable lips will escort me to after life, I will gladly oblige.
6.  The gutsy heroine had me at that cheery love declaration.
7.  Autumn in Canada is pretty.
8.  Cohabitation with two hot guys with supernatural powers is such an intoxicating kdrama plot.
9.  Goblin and Grim Reaper struggling with smartphone is epic.
10.  Goblin ruminating on the pros and cons of loving his bride is hilariously cute.
11.  I’ve got to give it to Lee Dong Wook for bringing out the Grim Reaper’s adorable character.
12.  Goblin and Grim Reaper is the best bromance ever.
13.  Seriously, that villain is creepy.
14.  All the pieces are laid out, it breaks my heart on the ill-fated love of Wang Yeo and the Queen.
15.  *sob This Wang Yeo – Kim Shin reveal drained my tears.
16.  Hail to the second leads and to that emotional kiss-me-forget-me scene.
17.  Wow!  Just wow!  That Episode 13 is like a full movie in acting and plot scale magnitude.
18.  True love rules!  Yay for Eun Tak summoning Goblin back from limbo.
19.  Just as how I love the pain, forgiveness and reconciliation between Goblin and Grim Reaper, I was sad to see Reaper voyage to his next life.
20.  How many times are you going to make me cry?  Why did she have to die?
21.  Dear Goblin, it’s me Abby.  I’m here for you, I still have three lives in case your bride will take time to reincarnate.
22.  I wish Sunny and Grim Reaper’s future lives linger more, but it’s the drama’s last episode.
23.  I think any girl wishes now to have a summoning power to the man they love.
24.  Oh there you are Ji Eun Tak, yes Maam, you are the one and only Goblin’s bride.
25.  Goodbye Goblin!  *saranghae

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Arguably the best korean drama that aired for 2016, “Goblin” affirmed my kdrama fan girl spirit with its addictive pace, perceptive characters, detailed back story and the exciting race to its closure.  I was at constant awe at how the yarning of the folklore and supernatural mise en scene fit so perfectly placed in the modern setting.  The cast portraying a whole new chimeric world that I want to be a part of moved through the story seamlessly alternating a wistful and lively performance that burrowed straight to my kdramaaddict heart. *chuckles

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Cursed to immortality, a Goryeo warrior captain lived for 9 centuries waiting for his bride that will vanquish the jinx laid by a deity.  He finally meets his bride who has the ability to see ghost and has been aware of her status through the metaphysical grapevine gossips she heard through the years.  Goblin fell in love with her in the process and she is all willing to wield the sword stuck on his chest not knowing that by doing so, it will make him vanish.  Their romance bloomed fully, but they had to face the villain responsible for Goblin’s immortal fate.  Goblin used the stuck sword to finally kill the ghost fiend and was transported to a limbo clear of his initial curse, but trapped and had to journey for years to be with his bride again.  10 years later, Eun Tak who has always been bothered by missing pieces she felt in her heart but lost in her memories, summoned Goblin back to her world through her honest and painful longing.  Goblin worked on winning her back and her memories of him were retrieved and they finally tied the knot.  Just as they had a taste of the love they so bravely fought, Eun Tak who has lived a borrowed life faced death when she sacrificed herself to save a bus loaded with school children.  Years after, Eun Tak was reincarnated on her second life and sought the man she vowed she will only love for the rest of their lifetimes.

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The summary does not justify all that happened in the story as the cast were intricately connected through their past and present lives.  What made Goblin such a novelty for a love story with transcendental element is how it neatly blended the mystical notes and sensible realities to propel the narrative without losing focus and as simply told as it can be.  The drama made me yearn a romantic interlude with men like Goblin or Grim Reaper.  I was on a long moony phase struck with the impact of the characters who fervidly brought life to their sketched personas.

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 Goblin marked all the bullet points of a lingering story eventhough the metaphysical milieu was very tricky. Although set on a melancholic tone, the dynamics of the cast and the lively humor cushioned the viewers so well given its inevitable tragic scenario ending.  At times there are moments when it was languid, but it was necessary for the built up of the character connections to make the climactic conflict confrontation solid and stunning.

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Breathtaking – Goblin has always been beautifully done from its cinematography, storyline and character portrayals.  The writer did a lot of impossible tweaks and conceived an intricate realm and made sure that she will succeed on the labyrinth she has set for her story.  With actors embracing their roles so well, the exquisite tale of a man searching for the woman to end his immortality curse established a memory that kdramaland followers will still love in the future.

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There are a lot of things to rave about “Goblin”, but I feel like Gong Yoo and Lee Dong Wook’s stellar chemistry in their very own bromantic world was what kept me in love with this drama as a whole.  Sure the love lines for the main and second leads were notable, but the supernatural boys swept me off my feet with how they kept up with human induced emotional conflicts that their powers can’t resolve.  Kim Go Eun and Yoo In Na were both amazing in their roles and a great support to the main character’s chronicle.  The heartrending love rides these foursome sojourned yielded a memorable impact due to the efficient layering of the reincarnation plot.

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Goblin explored the boundless creativity of Korean culture through writer Kim Eun Sook’s sweet story manipulation.  See for yourself why this drama raised a cult following.

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Bok Joo’s college boyfriend that we all wanted to have

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“Everyone spends their youthful years. It’s a time that we are beautiful because we can be immature and yet we shine brightly. We are not afraid because we have nothing to lose and our hearts flutter because we can have anything.”

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Credit the cast for their commitment to this coming of age drama.  It created an international cult following especially on the teens and the early-twenties.  “Weightlifting Fairy” was my first and last kdrama binge for 2016.  I initially had reservations if I will put it on my plate, but one night when I don’t have anything scheduled to watch anymore, I took it and was uncaring if I wake up the entire village with my laughter festival.

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This is the drama I will make my daughter watch when she goes to college so she can have an idea of what a perfect college boyfriend is.  *wink  I still have a lingering one-sided noona romance with Nam Joo Hyuk.  Gawd that guy is just swag!

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This campus romance will poke any person’s buried love memories set in their college life.  Yes sir, it was also the case for me.  “Weightlifting Fairy” lunged to a momentum that is so binding and relatable for the viewers as it somehow gave us another peek of a love story that we were once in the same kind.  Lee Sung Kyung was just a pretty face actress for me prior to her role as Kim Bok Joo, but I can’t imagine anyone who can fit to that role the way she pulled it off in the series.

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“Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo” narrated the story of a prolific college weightlifter who just like any typical girl fell in love with a weight management doctor.  Nurturing her one-sided crush she signed up for a weight loss program and suited up for a new identity as a cello player.  Her secret second life bumped to a reality when she learned that the doctor is the brother of her gradeschool classmate, Joon Hyung, whom she recently met again at the Sports University they were both attending.  She was forced to be nice to Joon Hyung to keep her secret going but Joon Hyung’s ex-girlfriend who wanted to win him back and jealous of Bok Joo, discovered her weight loss management appointments and used it to hurt her by letting her coaches know about it.  Bok Joo was punished and was locked down to keep her weightlifting figure so she was forced to stop coming to the clinic.  Joon Hyung and Bok Joo became closer and as her puppy love towards his brother faded, he realized he has fallen in love with his sassy friend.  She soon returned his affection and they made every girl in the planet envious of the young imaginary love they shared.

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Buoyant and feel good, Bok Joo and the rest of the sports athlete in Haneul University gave us an awesome time with their interactions and side chronicles.  It was such a simple story with an almost non-existent conflict, but it was told in a smart perspective hitting the familiar situations we also had at some point in our lives when we were young and unafraid to love.  Jung Joon Hyung is now the prototype for an ideal  college boyfriend ever.  The #relationshipgoals captured in their friendship turned love adventure was mushy and cute that I was so shamelessly having a noona romance in my very own world with Nam Joo Hyuk. *chuckles

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Bok Joo and her girlfriend moments were also hilarious in keeping up the upbeat tone of the story.  Being easy to digest and not traversing complications without basis, what I love about this drama is how it was straightforward with its plain premise, but the characters made me feel like I’m watching the thrills in Criminal Minds coated in the sweetest chocolate frosting. *wink

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When I sent off the “swag couple”, I was all smile and teary-eyed remembering my youth days in them. I wish we can have Bok Joo and Joon Young’s story 5 years after.  The hours spent watching them fall in love was like a comfort food and bubble wrap combined.  I picked “Weightlifting Fairy” as one of the best kdramas of 2016 for being such a genuine coming of age story that beautifully captured the joy and pain and everything in between of being young… of building dreams and of falling in love for the first time. 

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The time transcending pure love of a mermaid to a conman

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A lot of expectations were already thrown at this drama even before it was airing due to A-list actors and top writer/director headlining the production.  I say it did exceptional in maintaining the fantasy, romance and comedy as it progressed along the story.  His hero projection to his lead girl in a refreshing and a quirky run I thought he won’t be able to pull off.  I was so fond of Jun Ji Hyun’s inventive approach to suit up her role in a fun, lingering kind of way.

True, that it can’t be helped for it to be compared with “You From Another Star”, having the same psycho villain and supernatural love defying theme, but the base fairytale approach that seems to be familiar to anyone is most likely the key ingredient to its delightful run. 

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Lee Min Ho overturned the table and took in the reign of carrying the story by leveling up to Jun Ji Hyun’s expected brilliant portrayal by polishing his comic timing halfway through the narrative.  His hero projection to his lead girl in a refreshing and a quirky run I thought he won’t be able to pull off.  He owned Heo Joon Jae’s character so well that I can finally say he’s grown from a pretty face to a now versatile bankable actor.  On the other side, Jun Ji Hyun’s inventive approach to suit up her role in a fun, lingering kind of way made me cracked up a lot of times because of her optimistic approach to her new-found world.  Her love ride with Heo Joon Jae was an amusing and love-affirming watch as they learned to understand each other’s flaw and adjust when necessary in appeasing their fears and celebrating what makes them happy.

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The fusion of reincarnation plot and the mermaid-human romance appeared trite on its onset, but as the plot thickened, it felt like the mythical element was stronger as the driving point than the real-life premise projected in the story.  Another thing that was nicely done by the writer was how the melancholia of the past timeline seemed to complement the quirky flow of the present timeline.  Legend of the Blue Sea made me smile a lot and warmed my heart as I cheered on the impossible fulfilment of Cheong and Joon Jae’s reincarnated romance.  It effortlessly kept me piqued on how the plot will unfold and did not give me a slight annoyance because it came well prepared on its weekly spectacle and knows when to trigger the adorable points and cast the entrancing spell for me to stay invested on its future. 

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I struggled giving the proper love “Legend of the Blue Sea” deserves because it is airing with equally amazing dramas on its run, but I remained steadfast and faithful even with the penultimate episode’s joke.  

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The consistency of the plot while using alternate timelines of the past and the present would have gone ambiguous.  But the writer strategically switched the focal character point from the heroine on its preliminary episodes, then maneuvered to the hero halfway through the story, and converged them in equilibrium as we hit the waning events and push through the conflict resolution.  “Legend of the Blue Sea” succeeds in a lively pace of intelligent storytelling with smart characters you will not hate as they don’t play dumb at hindrances thrown at them. 

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Having time-transcending and supernatural love defying themes appeared to be ambitious and risky due to its tendencies of not being able to expound on the development of the characters moving in the story.   But the base fairytale approach that seems to be familiar to anyone is most likely the key ingredient to its engaging ride. 

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I was impressed on how the story stayed focus while fusing the two timelines by not over-using the technicalities and details, but by enhancing the emotional connection of the main leads.  Instead of me having a kdramaaddict moment like “why is Cheong physically adept in the present but not in the past?”, I was more of “come on now, he took a harpoon from the past to save her and she took a bullet for him in the present, let’s give them the ever-after they deserve”.

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I chose to say the best things about this drama given that it was steadily amazing on its ride.  Each episode was a satisfying watch that propelled me to look forward on how the story will unfold.  My only issue was the safe landing or more of auto-pilot ending on the last episode.

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Legend of the Blue Sea was strong on the candied-heart-fluttering moments of Joon Jae and Cheong, but even stronger on relaying the couple’s sweet and yet agonizing journey to endure the love they have in the present in the pretext of a human-mermaid romance impossibility.  It neatly executed the narrative by using simple rules considering its metaphysical premise.  It modernized the reincarnation plot, by playing the resident drama fix of how love overcomes anything and beyond everything. 

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The Sweets and Surprises of 2016 KDramaland

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Limitless and scintillating in showcasing varied stories for 2016, this by far is the best Hallyu-Drama flaunting in my 11 years of K-drama stalking.  It was a year of no specific recurring theme, interestingly imagined premise and mostly character-driven plots.

 

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We saw a lot of memorable characters and narratives that kept k-drama faithful like me on panda eyes in trying to keep up with the amazingly consistent stretch of these creatively crafted stories.  I don’t have any disappointing rant for this year’s parade given that even those mediocrely done productions delivered strong moments in their run.  So, in closing my kdrama experience, I would like to walk down the memory lane on those fiction- driven moments that touched my pure heart, revived my broken heart and stirred my strong heart.  Join me drift away to calming felicity, biting agony and sweet oblivion in reminiscing the diverse beauty definitions brandished by kdramaland players this year.  Here are dramapills perfect for when you can’t seem to understand your emotional outbreaks or when you just want to be alone and to relax.

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THE RUNAWAY HITS

 

Descendants of the Sun

comfort food + bubble wrap = your dream love story

Dazed and intoxicated in a fictional one-sided love, I got more than what I bargained for choosing “Descendants of the Sun” as my first pick this year in my favorites and placing it on my all-time-favorite list.   And no, it’s not because of Captain Yoo Si Jin’s dashing and magnetic appeal nor the running topless army guys doing their morning routine.  It is simply because it deserves all the hype and kdrama addicts’ rave it got because of its superb screenplay and well-executed story.
Rarely do we get a story in drama land that is so affecting when the narrative is relying on the love plot.  Most of the time it maintains a decent showing but in the waning part of the series it will lose its magic.  No romance kdrama has made it to my top favorites basing on the screenplay and the acting.  What they all failed to achieve, DOTS casually slayed in a watch-us-this-is-how-it-should-be-done manner.

The drama was pre-produced and raked millions with its budget.  KBS gambled in taking over the drama meant to go to SBS, but the risk paid off a thousand-fold because of its success.  So why did a drama set in a not so positive environment won over the viewers’ hearts?  The applause it got can be attributed to how fit the actors to their characters were, the realistic-sometimes-cheesy-most-of-the-time-pure-love of the main characters, the snappy lines, the giggle inducing captured frames and how the story depended on the fulfilment of the romance just as the romance bloomed because of the flowing story. 

The issues resolved in the story focused on braving the odds for love and the death defying conflict in the finishing kick of the series.  The charm of Captain Yoo Si Jin would have not been possible if his lead girl was not as endearing as our clever surgeon Mo Yeon.  I must admit that episode 15 was the weakest episode because it struggled in a denouement or conflict limbo.  I was hoping the finale week would just be a fan service but they scared me when I thought it would push an open-ended closure or everything-is-a-dream-lead-man-is-dead ending.  That’s the only negative point I had in its entirety, but given the balanced conception of a drama thriving in a love premise, it was forgivable.

I gave a 10/10 score for Descendants of the Sun for its ingenuity in capturing the heartfelt romance even with violence and disaster plot.  It left lessons on patriotism, life, career and friendship.  There are stories that need not to be embellished because they can stand alone when you chronicle it without confusion and with a direction.

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Another Oh Hae Young

Princess Leia Organa + Cinderella = one strong, romantic woman in love

“Another Oh Hae Young” was as prettily written as Descendants of the Sun, but even more heartfelt because of the realistic approach of the love plot.  The kisses were intense, the arguments were heart-wrenching, and the scenarios created were what you did in a real love world.  

We typically get utopian love stories, but that was not the case for “Another Oh Hae Young”, they shared the pain and the bliss in its barest and heart piercing manner.  What drew the viewers is how the angst and confusion of qualifying love was stripped to its messiest and yet sweetest state just how someone would remember how he fought for his one great passionate love.

I think anyone who has loved someone to the point of being drained and crazy will have a weep fest watching the drama.  I can only imagine the heartbreak the writer of this drama had experienced in his life to capture the real emotion someone must go through when he is bargaining with love and when he is angry and missing the person at the same time.

If there’s one lesson Oh Hae Young and Park Do Kyung’s romance would leave their viewers is that how you don’t overthink when you intend to love someone all the way… how you say I love you because that’s what you felt at that moment… and how you embrace the love feeling because you believe it to be true.  

Another Oh Hae Young is not just your typical rom-com drama.  It takes pride on its keen perception of the difference between how a man and a woman take on distinct approaches on loving someone while weighing on their pre- conceived inhibitions that the relationship might not work.  It tackled playfully and seriously the kind of love someone can give after learning lessons from a heartbreak.

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Something About 1%

A magical stone that can grant you a wish to get the oppa of your dreams + sweet kisses = pure bliss

With its swift format following how web dramas usually are, it managed to fully explore the story with each closing chapter, and that’s a feat hard to maintain given the limited minutes for online dramas.  The lead couple’s chemistry is spot on in delivering those knee-weakening scenarios courtesy of the dapper lead man and the sunny disposition of the heroine. It will make any girl squeal on her pillow as the drama generously displayed heart-fluttering scenes every chance they can get.  I swear you can feel how melting the kisses were by Jae In and it will literally emanate from the TV screen straight to your parted lips. For those who religiously follow Korean dramas we all know how the trend is for the lip locks — fish-like and boring, so be prepared for strings of whoa! and kyaaa on those extended smooching frames because Ha Suk Jin oppa knows how to feast on the romantic ride and will put you on a lovestruck-fangirl-trance and turn your eyeballs to hearts.  *kkk

This amazingly done rom-com darted cheesy and predictable.  Even now I still wonder how I got so addicted with everything so unadorned about it.  The premise of contract relationship has tendencies to overkill rom-com tropes if not executed with the right amount of love chemistry progression.  What made me got hooked in the story of Da Hyun and Jae in was how their romance happened like how it should be… by sharing conversations, bickering and meaningful events.  They were on a clear agreement that strings will not be attached only to succumb to the emotion that sprung because they willingly involved time to spend with one another.  They were intending not to cross the wall they set initially, only to be struck on the reality of how binding shared memories can be in a relationship.

Something About One Percent was brilliant in creating simple situations for the main leads and turning it to cohering pieces that has fulfilled a stunning love narrative.  The vibrancy of the heroine’s character complements the temperament of the lead man leading to a charming yin-yang romance.   It was refreshing to feel a romance drama that is not fortified with misplaced conflicts and negative vibes.  It may not be that polished or creatively conceived with twist and turns and top actors that can make such a romantic drama spree amazing.  But it is with its heartfelt and pure storytelling that made me pick it as one of my favorites for 2016.  There was no special frosting and extraordinary premise Jae In and Da Hyun went through to arrive in that moment when they realized they love each other.  They were just there letting love happen through their shared memories.  The simplicity of the romantic narrative won me over.  It made me reminisce those unadulterated girl crushes I had when I was younger.  “Something About One Percent” engrossed me because the love built up came in so natural and sweet.  Something that pierced those old love memories I had when they were not yet nightmares.  *chuckles

Focusing on the sparks and connection was what was so efficient in this love chronicle.  The conflict thrived to whether the love couple will disregard their feelings toward each other after the relationship contract or surrender to each other, make the relationship real and face together the varying world they have armed with their steadfast love. 

A beautiful love story sometimes does not need to be elaborated.  It can be as simple as it can get if we can feel the heartfelt love flowing.  Love does not ever happen in an instant.  You’d be lucky if you recognize it happening in the moment.  It is when we are not beside the person that we realize we are in love, and holding them in our arms is when we want to love them even more.

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Signal

a vikings theme park ride + a hard to crack mystery game = an addictive adrenalin rush

Dear JJ Abrams, this is your fault.  While “Signal” hit an impressive run with its linear storytelling in different timelines, it did not give me jaw dropping moments and rave spree months after it ended.  Sure, it was good while I was watching it, but it was not something new that I have seen.  If my preconceived knowledge on the genre though will be stripped, I would probably have liked it a lot. 

Halfway through the drama, I liked what I saw even if I saw it already.  The only peculiar thing in the drama was the use of the haunted radio that linked the main police officers from the past and present.  But I have religiously watched Criminal Minds, Dexter, The Mentalist and the rest of police procedural Hollywood TV series so there’s nothing surprising that I saw with the criminal files they tackled.   It was more of me waiting if the writer will niftily tie the loose end and connect the relevance of the supernatural twist to complete the story. 

When the story conflict was resolved, I didn’t like the open-ended closure.  I followed the thrill and analyze the situations like I was also a police officer, and then I was given something to ponder on in the dying minutes of the drama.  I was like what was that?  You already baked a satisfying conclusion, why cool it down and put it in a fridge?    But for the record, that’s my only concern about “Signal”.  Over all it was excitingly projected.  The runs on how they made the cases simultaneously being solved from different timelines were easy to follow and the main actors exhibited great chemistry.

If you are up for quick fix of cop drama with a supernatural serving, plan your next binge-watching activity and set it to the radio frequency of Signal.

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Legend of the Blue Sea

the little mermaid + Jack Dawson = epic love that defies fate 

A lot of expectations were already thrown at this drama even before it was airing due to A-list actors and top writer/director headlining the production.  I say it did exceptional in maintaining the fantasy, romance and comedy as it progressed along the story.  His hero projection to his lead girl in a refreshing and a quirky run I thought he won’t be able to pull off.  I was so fond of Jun Ji Hyun’s inventive approach to suit up her role in a fun, lingering kind of way.

The fusion of reincarnation plot and the mermaid-human romance appeared trite on its onset, but as the plot thickened, it felt like the mythical element was stronger as the driving point than the real-life premise projected in the story.  Another thing that was nicely done by the writer was how the melancholia of the past timeline seemed to complement the quirky flow of the present timeline.  Legend of the Blue Sea made me smile a lot and warmed my heart as I cheered on the impossible fulfilment of Cheong and Joon Jae’s reincarnated romance.  It effortlessly kept me piqued on how the plot will unfold and did not give me a slight annoyance because it came well prepared on its weekly spectacle and knows when to trigger the adorable points and cast the entrancing spell for me to stay invested on its future. 

The consistency of the plot while using alternate timelines of the past and the present would have gone ambiguous.  But the writer strategically switched the focal character point from the heroine on its preliminary episodes, then maneuvered to the hero halfway through the story, and converged them in equilibrium as we hit the waning events and push through the conflict resolution.  “Legend of the Blue Sea” suceeds in a lively pace of intelligent storytelling with smart characters you will not hate as they don’t play dumb at hindrances thrown at them. 

Having time-transcending and supernatural love defying themes appeared to be ambitious and risky due to its tendencies of not being able to expound on the development of the characters moving in the story.   But the base fairytale approach that seems to be familiar to anyone is most likely the key ingredient to its engaging ride. 

I was impressed on how the story stayed focus while fusing the two timelines by not over-using the technicalities and details, but by enhancing the emotional connection of the main leads.

I only have the best things to say about this drama given that it was steadily amazing on its ride.  Each episode was a satisfying watch that propelled me to look forward on how the story will unfold.  

Legend of the Blue Sea was strong on the candied-heart-fluttering moments of Joon Jae and Cheong, but even stronger on relaying the couple’s sweet and yet agonizing journey to endure the love they have in the present in the pretext of a human-mermaid romance impossibility.  It neatly executed the narrative by using simple rules considering its metaphysical premise.  It modernized the reincarnation plot, by playing the resident drama fix of how love overcomes anything and beyond everything. 

 

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Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim

doses of magical medicines + hot doctors with surging cranky attitudes = finally a medical kdrama worth watching

The high ratings Romantic Doctor achieved justified the impeccable performances the cast gave to the first medical drama I ever liked.  The doctors of Doldam hospital feasted on showing off the dynamic interaction hence turning the surgeries worth watching.

Blending well the character growth while sticking on the medical world premise was successfully achieved thanks to how the actors brought out their characters’ resonance.  The character-driven story left me wondering on why I suddenly became a cult follower when the base narrative is bare and typical.  It could be that I miss House and Meredith and McDreamy, but there’s something engaging in “Romantic Doctor” that is so addictive and yet unrealized up to the very last minute.

 

Goblin

a rich immortal boyfriend + a Haruki Murakami romcom novel (if that is even possible to make) = a supernatural love story that all girls dream about

I can only imagine the amount of money Goblin’s writer will rake this year after successfully creating two hit dramas in a year.  I am actually imagining Grim Reaper handing me down a number for the queue to her cult following.  I like everything about Goblin even the minor flaws.  The yarning of Korean folklore and supernatural premise fell so perfectly placed in the modern setting.  The chimeric world it created became a haven for kdramaaddicts who enjoyed an amazingly sweet drive of blind curves while cheering on the interconnected lives and fate of the main cast from the  past and present.

The bromance, the love pairings, the heart-wrenching central conflicts and the impeccable writing are some of the reasons why I think this is probably one of the best dramas in the last 10 years.  “Goblin” exhausts its potentials to a movie like scale and claimed a victorious conclusion in the most consistent and wistful way.  While being strong on the light scenes, it did not lose focus on the emotional moments.

“Goblin” deserves the hype and the ratings because of the amount of hardwork, the production team and the actors committed in perfecting the story. 
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THE SURPRISES

 

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

your dream college boyfriend + your swag adorkable young love = you will thank me later after watching it

I was initially adamant to watch this youth drama because there were a lot of dramas on my plate already.  But one weekend when I was done with my pending reviews and watch list, I gave it a chance and before I realized it, I was giggling and crazily laughing uncaring if the entire village will wake up due to my kdrama late night frenzy.  *swaaag

I was all smile and teary-eyed remembering my youth days as portrayed by Bok Joo and Joon Young in Weightlifting Fairy.  The hours spent watching this couple fell in love was like a comfort food and bubble wrap combined. I am picking “Weightlifting Fairy” is one of the best kdramas of 2016 for being such a genuine coming of age story that beautifully captured the joy and pain and everything in between of being young… of building dreams and of falling in love for the first time. Jung Joon Hyung is now our prototype of a best college boyfriend ever as Bok Joo will reminds us always of how as a woman we will go through phases living all the kinds of girl we could ever be.  

Weightlifting Fairy felt like the virtual child of My Lovely Sam Soon and Reply 1997 dramas with its engrossing charm to withstand the heavy ratings block competition while it was airing.  

This youth drama will put you on a spell and you won’t realize it until you find yourself doing reruns of it prior to your sleep just like what it did to me.  I promise you a sweet throwback experience that you will have a hard time to compose a hashtag comment on.  

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W:  Two Worlds

Pretty Woman + The Triwizard Tournament = meeting the man of your dreams and his beautiful wife

I struggled in a long lull trying to come up with my thoughts about W: Two Worlds as it gave me a mixture of an electrifying writing but then it failed to close the story with a befitting ending.  Sprinting in a mind-blowing setting and pushing me to the extent of an imaginary world where everything is possible to happen, I had a lot of jaw-dropping and head splitting moments following Kang Chul and his adventures in discovering the world inside the world he lived in.  This drama has endless possibilities and was so strong in mocking predictable outcomes that the viewers pondered about.

Kang Chul and her swoon worthy adorably sweet moments with Oh Yeon Joo made me almost kill my non-living pillow out of the butterflies in my tummy that must have been wanting to see Kang Chul too.  Just like Yeon Joo I know most of the girls like me passed that stage where we put in writing our ideal man, and that’s why maybe “W” is hitting home very well in me because it tapped on my young woman fantasies so I can relate well to Yeon Joo.  I was like “aigoo!  Kang chul!  be still my heart!” on the heart fluttering episode 7 that I forgave MBC right away with Episode 8 preemption.  I didn’t notice Lee Jun Seok before but his Kang Chul portrayal suiting up a dapper handsome face, teasing smirks and mouth gaping smiles encumbered the rational woman inside me, making me consider the possibility of being with my dream man if I draw him too, even when I can only write.  *giggles

After crossing the half of this sweetly addictive drama journey, I have fears on how all the dots will be connected as we winded down to the story.  From the bottom of my heart I rooted for the love couple’s ever after.  Even though from the onset realistically speaking it doesn’t seem viable.  But since we are defying rules in two alternating worlds, I took everything bargaining on the possibility that the closing episodes will be seamlessly done basing on the already established scenarios.  So, when Kang Chul and Yeon Joo went to a more complex conflict in trying to defeat the villain who has outwitted his creator and has forced the love couple to part ways for them to survive, the reset Kang Chul pictured to be the resolution in protecting his lady love ended up to be an additional pile of side problems they had to overcome which in turn frustrated me.  By the time they successfully nailed their happy ending, I was so exhausted with the writer on why he had to do that long route and diminish the fan service scenes he could have extended to compensate on how he twisted his plot and teased the followers in catching where he intends to go.  Did I like the ending?  It was fair and satisfying but the movement of the story from its strong onset felt like the waning episodes hit a roadblock and the main leads were stripped of their initial brilliance and were thrown at a UFC fight night where they had to survive.  *chuckles

Less the staggering twists and turns that were ever present in the narrative, I still like how “W: TwoWorlds” was so ambitious on how it vividly displayed and chronicled a love story that defied alternate universe.  It maneuvered to constant deviation and possibilities having the premise of “everything is possible to happen if they can draw it”.  I love smart characters playing in the story so I must give it to Yeon Joo on how she perceives efficiently in moments when Kang Chul is hindered by the limitations of his heroic role which was dependent on his fictional character.  All throughout its showing, I was immersed on the extent of chimeric world the story would thread to, even when it hit a frustrating circle, but then it bounced back to a neatly delineated denouement although I would have wanted another hour of extension.  

There is no doubt on how exemplary “Two Worlds” accelerated to its proxy-universe-deriding setting.  It gave a surreal drama experience and yet the romance development for the main leads was pragmatic and memorable.  If you have not caught up on Kang Chul and W yet, don’t wait for next year to happen, and be prepared for a mixed emotion spin as you frolic on this enslaving kdrama spectacle. 

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Task Force 38

Neal Caffrey + Oceans 11 cast = new world heroes against corruption

With the amount of romance dramas brandishing in KDramaLand 2016, a story maneuvered by a con-artist and his snappy team helping an employee of the city’s Taxation office in retrieving unpaid revenues from greedy rich people surprisingly caught and glued my attention due to how exciting it propelled a simple premise with its gripping manipulation of the cheats they pulled to complete their missions.
There was a time when I went gaga over Neal Caffrey in White Collar so I think that’s why I was committed in watching Jung Do and his team plus Seo In Gook is a feast even without topless scenes on this drama.  I love the snappy editing.  All those small cons they created to push the final trick to tame down the villains were visually achieved while narrating it clearly.  There were not moments of indecisiveness on where the story is flowing.  From its kick off, “Task Force 38” was strict with presenting what they will do and how they will resolve the conflict.  Adding a well-blended team that explained to me well through their conversations about the new world I was introduced to about the politics manipulated by the tax evaders.  On paper and when you get the picture on the premiere episodes, it looked something that will require patience or Seo In Gook devotion to finish but the exciting vibe set each week made me crave waiting on how the reversals will be accomplished.

The story was on spot on establishing the war between the villains and heroes.   While it builds the conflict from the greedy intentions of the fiends, the showdowns were always fought through strategy and wits.  The writing skillfully incorporated the character sketches and their roles in fulfilling the goodness over wickedness lesson given in the story. 

Task Force 38 is straight to the point with the premise, the conflict, and how the people moving in the story resolved and closed it.  It helped that even with the serious topic, the protagonists were drawn as suave Robinhood and upright citizen who only wanted to make sure that no one is above the law in paying taxes.  True it made use of an illegal approach to defeat the baddies by brewing schemes to make them forcefully pay what they owe which is still technically bad, but it fairly explained the limited options in stopping corruption when the people responsible for it are puppets of organized crime group.  Life have inconvenient realities that can’t be dealt with by justice.  So, if you get to the resolution even if the means defy law if there is no life threatened, then just settle with it.

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Age of Youth

Dawson’s creek + American Pie = a trip to your 20’s self

Just like the Belle Epoque girls, I too have a lot of regrets and dreams when I was in my 20’s.  Coming from a disappointing drama stalking from summer dramas that turned stale halfway their runs, picking up Age of Youth was merely decided by the number of episodes it will sprint. Thank heavens that I got more than I expected from it.

“Age of Youth” is a retrospective youth drama about women in their 20’s. The five ladies promenaded their love inhibitions, self-esteem issues, school worries, what happens after school disappointments and all the rest of typical predicaments, 20’s women usually worry about.  Tailored to show the common faces of women, this honest drama has a melancholic resonance as it progressed to strengthening the bond of the 5 women living together in a dormitory who all have baggage from their past that haunt them in their present lives.

These sassy girls and their friendship made me spiral down to the recesses of my memory 10 years ago onwards… Those are the years when I also had part time jobs to support my studies and had broken up with a long-time boyfriend. After permanently joining the society’s work force I lived like a normal 20-ish woman but not the bar hopping, wine/beer drinking kind of life because of the remnants of the values I had from the religion I was raised. I was more of a bookworm-couch-potato kind of girl. Ouch, yes I spent most of my 20’s like that trying to piece myself up after a painful broken heart.

So, this drama hit home in me. The friendship, the life uncertainties, the magical feeling of being in love, and the regret on the wrong choices echoed clearly on the situations narrated by the characters in commanding vibrancy that made me smile on how everyone of us has different stories, pain and bliss from when we are younger, and when you fast forward to the present, you will be proud of yourself in surviving those life and love complications.  How the story put together the strong connection of characters through their growing respect, love and friendship to one another was sketched beautifully in a way that I thought of those moments that led me to my very own circle of lady friends. It was drawn in logical detail solidified by the attachment of situations that made use of the girls’ sincere understanding of each other’s vulnerabilities.

Jin Myung, Yi Na, Ji Won, Na Eun and Eun Jae are fictional reminders that we will get to have different kinds of friendship in our life, most of it will be dependent on time. So, it is very important to keep friends who shared you a lot of memories because as time changes, you can never go back to it, but if you cherished the memories, it will always put a smile on your face no matter how much time passed by.

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THE STEADY PLAYERS

 

Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds

cherry blossoms + paragliding = the first love you keep dearly in your heart

Like most of the girls these days, I willingly plunge to “bogum virus”, hence I was ready to invest in “Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds” regardless if it will break me or not.  I was rewarded with an impressive picture of a young prince who defied the political struggles surrounding the power he is destined to have while chasing his one true love.  Eventhough Lee Young and Hong Ra On will not be hitting the pinnacle of my best dramas this year, the full drama package was commendable due to its poignant sketching of the main characters and the writer’s impeccable timing to pin me on my spot and not sway away from following the story in those moments when I almost did.  Drawn on a historical premise, “Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds” is a sweet drama treat brimming with giddy-ish scenes that will make you reminisce that once special love when you were young.

It’s hard to keep the balance of romance and conflict on period dramas.  There will always be a moment when the plot will drag so proper blending and stirring is pertinent to avoid a stasis.  That being said, there were some languid events in the story when Prince Young was battling with the government officers as he took a long route to overcome the surge of the villains.  It was good that they started on a strong note and added some comic hints to establish the love story of the Crown Prince and a young woman who disguised herself as a eunuch.  It was like a big net was cast to the viewers, holding us still, that even when the narrative hit the agonizing break up and frustrating powerlessness of the hero, we remained optimistic that he will conquer it all and prove that love can happen if you earnestly work on it.

“Moonlight drawn by the clouds” began a spirited and addictive stride, struggled a bit while substantiating the story conflict and characters’ driving forces, and ended safe and steady.  The closing episodes though cracking the main problem and giving out a happy ending to the main characters I felt would have yielded a more well-explained conclusion if they pushed for another two episodes.  It looked like the fragments of the resolution were forcedly laid to prove a feasible happy ending coming from a strenuous attack of the antagonists who made the most out of their evil ways in challenging the hero of the story.  And for this reason, much as I want to hail the brilliant facets of the drama and to overlook the imperfections out of my one-sided-bogum-noona-romance, I should be fair that it was a good drama, but it shared some weak points from the story writing.

“Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds” is an engrossing period tv production starter if you are a new kdrama addict recruit.  The mixture of youthful romantic vibe and the seriousness of historical plot will encourage you that this kind of genre is not boring as it seems.  All those strong moments and a little of those dragging villain runs, this heartwarming love tale will tap on those youthful romantic memories that we kept in her heart.  Those days when our love views were not yet corrupted and just free flowing.  Not cheesy and heart-fluttering nonetheless, Prince Young and his first love will take you to an amazing ride with their binding commitment in not giving up on love.  

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Five Children

Family outing + seafood feast = your dream family getaway

Second serving of love has never been this lively until these adorable families connected through marriages and made their family even bigger, wackier and happier.  “Five Children” was the first family weekend drama I finished and it was a feat I’m so proud of because it was 54 episodes.

“Five Children” presented lessons about filial love, parenting, friendship, failed relationship, romantic love, life uncertainties and personal worth.  It covered almost all the facets of the common struggles adults face in daily lives and in the long run.  I like how the dynamics of an extended family was pictured in the series.  It was messy, rowdy and crazy, but at the end of the day, the people interacted, listened and accepted decisions that are beyond their control and that they should not worry about. 

In its entirety, “Five Children” presented a glimpse of an everyday Korean family life with beautified love milieus.  It taught me a thing or two about the generation gaps when joining a new family.  The story was clear with its most important lesson on how communication plays a vital role in empathizing and understanding the situation you have with someone in any kind of relationship.  It left a positive encouragement to pursue romance regardless of how many times you might have failed in the past and how much pain you might go through until you finally get it.

It might overwhelm your drama addiction spare time so pace yourself if in case you would want to enter Mi Jung and Sang Tae’s family.  For its feel-good approach and fetching family and love memories framed each episode, I am happy to sprint my way to see all the characters smiling through the happy endings they achieved.

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Flower in Prison

Joan of arc + Voldemort reign = good intentions yield positive results

Bracing myself with a lengthy period drama run, what hooked my loyalty to weekender “Flower in Prison” was its balanced execution of political struggle, neat narrative, infuriating villains and optimistic underdogs.  I journeyed with the heroine Ok Nyeo in exploring the situation of state prison, merchant organization as well as the early days of defending crime convicted victims who can’t fend for themselves circa Joseon era.

It helped that the fiends were established since Day 1 and there were no alterations thereafter.  It was an amusing video book read, I was totally immersed to following the lead girl in search of her birth secret and ultimately being instrumental in serving justice to the antagonists that have put her in a lot of rough situations.

Flower in Prison was not an easy watch especially if you mostly lean on trendy dramas.  There are a lot to absorb in a long sitting but there will be so much to learn.  It has resonating characters and encouraging plot that magically locked me on a weekend alarm to check how Ok Nyeo and the rest of the guys were doing.  I like that for a period drama, the main cast propelling the scenarios of the story did not reach a hundred in numbers and that the concentration of the wickedness was centered to the married couple only.

 It gets so draining when punches are thrown from every direction so I felt that it was in a fair equilibrium.  There was a moment that I want to rage war with Ok Nyeo for delaying her birth secret revelation and accepting all the stomping they received from the villain, but the charm of period dramas has always been the battles played by the heroes and villains in outsmarting each other.  As romance was not a major element on the series, the vengeance plot took a lot of swinging and swaying and painstaking binge before the goodness banner finally prevailed.

With its perfect blend of political intrigue, side plots of espionage and state prison situation, memorable characters and engrossing storyline.  I picked “The Flower in Prison” as my period drama this year because while it was fundamental in its approach in combining the political background to the characters’ impetus drive in creating their own moments, it was easy to digest without losing a polished vibe and a classic video storybook.  It kept the excitement and historical lesson of the plot at a level where you craved for more and notched a satiating closure befitting of its humble opening and unwavering chronicle.

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Remember: Son’s War

filial love + painstaking hero journey = a decent melodrama worth your tears

Remember:  War of the Son came strong to my attention once it hit the TV waves.  It was heading in a thrilling direction where revenge is the premise and where the characters can’t trust one another.  The story was backed up with superb character portrayals out shadowing some of the lengthening kicks I did not see in “Punch”.  Yeah I believe “Punch” will now be my yardstick for kdramas in this kind of tone.  Nevertheless the heartfelt please-save-my-father plot was more than  enough to spin the story of a son’s promise to uphold the truth and clear the name of his father who was victimized by an abusive powerful family.

I was actually praying for warranted kdrama miracle out of the hardships Jin Woo took, but they ended it on a sad note.  I  don’t know if they were implying that revenge at the end of the day does not matter, but I was hoping some magical or experimental treatment to save Jin Woo’s memory.  But at the end of it all it dawned on me that the story is really about a son’s  unconditional devotion to his father.  So throwing  a romantic ever-after twist really don’t fit in the journey of the lead character.  

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Jackpot

joseon gambling + persevering hero = a historical drama that would be easy to endure

Only when you have learned to appreciate Sageuk productions can you really claim that you are a certified kdrama addict because understanding the beauty of period dramas requires patience and total immersion to Korean history and culture.  So it is but a challenge and a path you have to go through in discovering the extent of your kdrama addiction.  *chuckles 
The longer the period drama the greater the struggle so it will be a blessing if it will be a mid length drama that can tackle the story without rushing it.  Unfortunately that was the case for me for Six Flying Dragons so I settled with Jackpot/Daebak as it didn’t tire me out with its 20 episodes.
 
Jackpot managed to nail the fundamental elements of a historical drama.  It has a thrilling plot with Joseon gambling scene on the side, birth secret and family issues, conspiracy woven conflicts and the strong showdowns of the villain and the hero. Though it may not be perfect, it presented a solid story that didn’t go astray but focused on the main characters’ discovery of the lessons they have to learn on their own journeys.  Jackpot opened to the brilliant rawness of the set design of the gambling scene of Joseon.  The antiquated but thriving in excitement ambiance of underground gambling houses more than 200 years ago put me on a hypnosis and before I knew it,  I was religiously watching a drama that didn’t thrive on the romance plot of the story to sail the story to its finish line.
 
Jackpot has all the required elements of a period drama but it focused more on the development of the character.  The story was not as shifting when it comes to the outwitting moves of the heroes and villains but it was steady to the protagonists’ goal to defeat the villain and vice versa.  When I looked back to what I recall most about it, I remember most the equally brilliant depiction of the main  cast.   I really enjoyed the gambling scene premise and any story  with master-padawan-ish story arc is sold for me.  I also like that the brothers chose patriotism over love.  lol  The ending scene put tears in my eyes while the OST airs because it made the picture even more poignant and satisfying.
Though it was not perfect, Jackpot delivered and its length didn’t drag me from dozing.  Kudos to Jang Geun Seok.   As always he can do well in romantic stories but even more in drama.  It started strong, sailed steady and closed without any rush and with finality.  If you like organic historical story,  you would appreciate its authentic drive to present the story without unwanted plot swerving and misplaced characters.

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THE FEEL GOOD DRAMAS

 

Shopping King Louis

Drunk merry hobbits + first time entering Diagon Alley = an easy go lucky day that won’t ever go wrong

If there’s one story in kdramaland this year that was brimming with optimism and happiness, that will be Louis and Boksil’s journey in living together a world they were not familiar with, trusting in their friendship and eventually realizing that fate brought them together for them to fall in love.

While every drama was busy with the ratings and solidifying a remarkable plot, “Shopping King Louis” sassily strutted like a big pile of positivity due to its endearing characters, heck even the villains were adorably bad in the story.  It’s that one drama that was made for sunny days and for people who just want to lounge and not worry about kdrama clichés and conflicts and just want to live each episode as light as possible and without worrying about so many things.

The sincere characters and the optimistic theme spread evenly all throughout captivated my emotionally drained self from the heavy plotted melodrama and period dramas this year.  “Shopping King Louis” was designed to become an elixir of positivity and sometimes we just need those dramas that will make us feel good.

Bok Sil and Louis complemented each other so well that I can’t help but cheer them on learning and living a new life thrown at them.  It made me so happy seeing a fictional couple unrestrained and yet so innocent in their life approaches.  The heart-warming romance that bloomed between them may not be steamy but indelible just the same.  In its entirety, the cast were all fetching in their roles to a point that even the villains will not even annoy you.  I was closed to thinking that hobbits oversaw the production while they were merrily drinking because depression was never hinted in its run.

With its zany warmth, although lacking in depth, “Shopping King Louis” will amuse you of the character centered plot that teaches friendship, trusting and love.  If you need a grin and laughter inducing drama treat, then settle your camping things and imbibed on the cheerful adventure of a shopaholic who found the meaning of life and love when he lost all his memories.

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Drinking Solo

Road trip to nowhere + solving a rubix cube for the first time = understanding why alcohol washes out life problems painlessly

What drew me to watching “Drinking Solo” was the simple storytelling, setting and character building.  It was a plain picture of the struggles of students taking lessons to pass the civil service exam and the battles of the instructors in surviving the present day adult life complications versus those idealistic dreams they had when they were young.  The love concerns inserted were additional bonus in amusing myself in watching the cast move on with their fictional life.  

Conversations and communication propelled the built up of the story.  It was more of the characters’ side stories connected to create one full thought without losing track of the individual narratives.  The love plot though at par pleasing would have been so great if it ended the love couple being together than the shown hint that they were probably heading that way.

My favorite part of the show to be honest was the scene stealing spree by the instructor who did all those impersonations.  *chuckles Yeah, there goes the extent of my minimal adoration to slapstick comedy.  But all those tricks he pulled made me laugh hard.  It was an enjoyable run to watch every one of them moved within the Noryangjin world.  The casual vibe was comfortable and that’s why even with its bare setting, I endured witnessing how all the cast members conquered their struggles and dreams.

A light and chirpy watch if you have patience with talk-induced drama.  The hook was cast halfway for me.  Nevertheless, I enjoyed the simplicity, easy conflicts and the humor that was nailed nicely by presenting how single people deal with the lack of love, dreams and life.  

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Beautiful Gong Shim

neighborhood lawyer oppa + dorky woman with self esteem issues = a surprisingly sweet and lingering lovestory

 A typical neighborhood love that bloomed from pure trust and understanding between unexpected friends and their journey to acknowledge that they were built so perfectly for each other because it is their destiny to fall in love eventually. Crossing the line between friends and romance requires a courageous stance that you know what you are doing and you are prepared to take a leap of faith. Love is not romance until it is reciprocated. The impeccable sassy and cheesy chemistry of Dan Tae and Gong Shim has had me on laughing fits most of the time.  Their comic characters were drawn so well and so compatible to each other that they compensated to the predictable plot of the series.  KDramas are known for the weird-looking kisses but the delightful love couple made sure to redefine the awkward kiss scenes and made me giggle a lot with the enchanting build up of their love story.

I mentioned how “Beautiful Gong Shim” played on trite scenarios but even if it did, it didn’t wear me out because the cast especially the main love couple were so endearing to watch in their comic takes and cutesy moments. It was the kind of love story that I rooted for because the romance built up so genuinely from friendship and dismissed the usual uncalled for love complications present in traditional kdrama romcoms. Gong Shim and Dan Tae left me feeling good after closing the book of their story and in the near future if I looked back on their story, at least there will be something for me to remember because of the refreshing take of the narrative.

There’s nothing fancy in the drama, it followed the basic ingredients of a romcom but leaned on the main leads’ personal struggles while discovering their romance. The quirky vibe of the love couple on their romantic moments were the generator of zest and appeal from the onset till the finale episodes. I was used to seeing Nam Goong Min in his evil roles so his laid back approach here mixed with Gong Shim’s free spirited portrayal compensated to the threadbare setting. Sure, the conflict dragged up until the closing episodes but it did not annoy me much because the series refused to dig on so much negativity. True that the last minute break up plot was not needed but as usual the charming heroine threw her grudges and trust the man he loved right away after learning the reason why he never contacted her. They always talk to each other in quirky and honest kind of way all the time. Their dorky love just make me overlook the technical points and just happily engage on the bright side they always offer.

“Beautiful Gong Shim” had this unique sense of drawing you and before you realize it, you look forward to the story. It might not be smartly written with out of this world plot or sweetly created with perfect romantic premise, but it was a moving story with engaging characters that worked harmoniously to present a pure, relatable and charming story telling.

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One More Happy Ending

damsel in ex-distress + single dad trying to forget his deceased wife = finding love at the right time

Cooked and prepared like your average rom-com, One More Happy Ending was a delightful watch.  I would like also to applaud the strong side stories of the supporting characters which were equally vibrant as the main love story.  The plot delved on the varying emotions of women struggling to keep up with love and relationship.  The marriage camp and relationship board sticker ideas were also some of the cutesies I will remember about this refreshing romcom.  This most likely will appeal to singles in 30’s who have failed their marriage once… who are finding the love lost along the way in their current marriage… who are unsure of finally settling down and who have been waiting for the right person to come along.

Love perspectives change as you age and as you learn from your past mistakes.  What I learned about this drama is to never give up on love and romance and to understand its importance in sustaining a relationship.  Love will take different forms in a relationship as time goes on.  It will kick off to adoration, go steady through memories and romance, move to years of comfortability and will stand firm to loyalty…  and it is important that in  those changing moments you are by your lover’s side.

Nicely blended, safely done and just pure encouraging love and dating narrative.  One More Happy Ending was as bright as spring and feel good as summer… perfect to add on your rom-com binge list.

 

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THE PRETTIES IN THEIR OWN DAMAGE WAYS

 

Moonlovers:  Scarlet Heart Ryeo

Jack Dawson + Juliet + World War 2 = meeting your dream boy who fell in love with the wrong girl

Sprawling to a grand setting and power house cast, I did expect a lot on “Moonlovers:  Scarlet Heart Ryeo”.  I sure have issues on the languid built up of the story in the beginning episodes, but I came to realize the staid plot yarning was necessary to cushion the heaviness of the tormenting conflict faced by the lead couple heading to the culmination of their romance and eventual break-up.   Albeit the tormenting emotional strain I got with Scarlet Heart Ryeo, it will belong on my favorites for this year because I love that it became even more believable and fervent due to the plot’s instability and the main characters’ indecisiveness.  It was a situation that might have killed the drama, but because the essential character motivations were clearly drawn, as a viewer I enjoyed that feeble and vulnerable facet of the production.

I was not expecting a happy ending given that most of the characters were killed.   It was still Hae Su and 4th Prince So’s love journey for me.  The sweets, the tears and the angst… all of it.  I took So’s last word as an open-ended closure on his acceptance of losing his one great love and longing to find her in the future.  I witnessed how they defied the shrewd political struggle in the royal family to get to a point where they can freely love each other and share memories together.  So, I’m good that I know they love each other and they know it very well too.

Just as life is short, love is also fleeting.   The all-important love lesson #ScarletHeartRyeo taught us is how loving someone does not stop when we gave up on the person because the love does not belong anymore in the future.  It is a sweet reminder on keeping as much happy memories as you can to keep you going in moments when you yearn to be with them in the future, but they can’t stay by your side anymore.

 If truth be told, I was not expecting something cohering anymore because I was so scared the writer will kill all the characters at the last minute.  *chuckles Did the closing chapter satisfy me?  Though I did not get the happy ending, I was okay with it.  I know that it was bound to be a sad ending so I was prepared for what will happen.  I was okay that they did not push to a scene where Hae Su of the present meets So while he passes by the cosmetic store where Su was working to ask for a BB cream.  *lol So I was relieved.  Though Scarlet has a lot of flaws, I was fond of it because the love story was pragmatic in tapping on melancholic memories where viewers can relate to especially if they have once loved crazily like the kind of love they paraded in the drama.   I take Scarlet Heart Ryeo with all my heart because I believe that a happy ending does not measure how great a love can be.

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Fantastic

Love apprehensions + to hell with everything = the blind faith we put on true love

Even with the dying premise, I have grown to love “Fantastic” because of the dexterous cast and how they blend together supporting each other’s friendship and stories.  Fantastic is an optimistic story that not only encourages through its love theme, but also with how the main characters could leave cool life lessons as they tackled the roles they played in the narrative.

There was a point when I stopped watching the drama when the cancer plot was too much to handle for me, but it drew me again because I want to believe that it will still end on a positive note and not an open-ended closing.  That I think was a great move as the story was rendered in simple sketching but has taken pride on how immersing the actors were in playing their roles.

Hae Sung and So Hye’s love story though challenged by the cancer problem concluded in a not traumatic ending.  I was scared that it may follow the sad wrap up trend of the romance dramas this year so I was happy that they settled for a happy ending for all of them. “Fantastic” incorporated some agonizing notes.  Hence, it can go to a consistent direction that would be complementing the story well, but choosing to go to a sunny closure was also befitting to its story given how vibrant the characters were.

What I like about the stream of Romantic Dramas for this year is that it avoided the weep fest routine.  They were crisp and daintily designed to balance the problem and the resolution of the story.  The friendship side story and the noona romance from the supporting cast make “Fantastic” an engaging watch.  It has an appealing cast chemistry and the sad cancer conflict is cushioned by the no-frill-just-heartfelt delivery of the scenes.  It is a complete package with the right amount of kdrama clichés, engrossing love couple, wacky supporting characters, annoying villains and unswerving storyline.

“Fantastic” gave a nonchalant committal with me, nonetheless I could finish it because it did not give me a hard time in understanding the cast and their stories as well as the minimal discrepancies of the plot along the way.  The feisty heroine, the comedic timing and the binding friendship circle were the reasons why I remained loyal with them.  Although plain and leaning on the cancer cliché, I was drawn to the lucid role-playing of the main cast as they went along with their struggles.  “Fantastic” did not surge to such outstanding impact, but at the very least I get to remember what it was about a week after watching it and even now because it was an easy watch and yet lingering.  If you fancy a sane and steady romcom then buckle your seatbelt for a fantastic ride.

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Jealousy Incarnate

bromance + woman who loves falling in love = perky love triangle that will make you smile

Sure, there were a lot going on in “Jealousy Incarnate” that sometimes the sporadic mini plots did not equate well to its overall make, but the eager and vibrant cast made up to that missing push the story failed to achieve.  Honestly the safe ever-after ending failed to complement those strong moments of the lead cast along with the story conflict they had to face together hilariously and painfully.  Nevertheless, I did enjoy the sweet ride and the endearing couple who tackled the friendship defying love chase.

While I did not fully rave on “Jealousy Incarnate”, there were a few strong scenes that lingered in my mind after watching it.  That cute Hwa-Shin-Jung-Won bromance was so quirky, I can bottle it for my PMS days.  I love when rom-com dramas focus on the love story conflict, and what a way for “Jealousy” to present a love triangle that did not feed on angst or misplaced and incomprehensible obsession of second leads.  Instead it gave out a nice fight between the lead man and second lead who equally deserve the heroine.  I don’t know why the finishing kick delved to career drama because I already claimed my closure when Na Ri reverted to following Hwa Shin again, but the latter had to restrict himself out of respect to his best friend’s grieving heart.  I don’t know if I can label it as a bland extension or a last-minute attempt to add embellishment on this romantic cake, but I sure did find it pointless. They should have settled to fan service and then zipped it with the chirpy wedding.  The facile interaction of the main trio, prior and after the love conflict, felt hilarious on one side because they were acting like high schoolers in justifying the situation they had and even resorting to that cohabitation settlement to help weigh in where each of them stand.  But that just show how we do unreasonable things when we are too consumed with rationalizing the love we felt. The romantic entanglement amused the girl and the woman inside me because the story clearly depicted how much a woman’s faltering choices affect decisions to commit in a relationship.

I think it would have been safe as well if it went to a shorter run because the kind of narrative it circled to was not that complicated to begin with. Though there were a few heartfelt and emotional scenes I enjoyed, the stagnant progression and dormant conflict made my heart veer away from liking Jealousy Incarnate as a whole.

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THE HYPED DRAMAS YOU MAY OR MAY NOT LIKE

 

Entertainer

cute boyband + wallpaper heroine = Ji Sung oppa, what happened?

Sadly, in my melancholic attempt to look back on “Entertainer”, there’s nothing much that I remember about it, no matter how much heart Ji Sung oppa gave to the drama.  The story as a whole was not something that I would reminisce in the future.   Sure there were a little highlighted moments especially those musical performances but they were overshadowed by the lack of the vibrancy of the storytelling.   So I’ll be making this a very quick review.  Skip it when you have a pile of kdrama on queue to watch.  Even if you will watch it for Ji Sung oppa, there’s nothing much oppa-happiness-pill that you would get anyway, so settle with other dramas that would make the most out of your time.  I watched it because I was counting on Ji Sung oppa’s choice given that I liked most of the dramas he did, but there’s really nothing much going on. 

“Entertainer” tells the story of an entertainment manager who hit a slump on his life and resorted to forming a boy band to resurrect his career and to avenge the bitter betrayal he got from the company CEO he used to work with.   There was a backstory that connected him and the second lead playing the lead vocals of the boy band he created and they both relied on each other when they were hit with life’s misfortunes.   Entertainer closed to a happy note bringing down the villain and making the dream band famous but in the course of beating the conflicts, the story remained dormant in expounding a stale plot.  It failed to add dimensions to a more engrossing actors that would have lifted the given cliches to a more decent showing.  Yeah I think the lackadaisical effort of the actors was the main culprit why it failed my expectations

I don’t know if it’s the chemistry of the cast, the boring storyline, the stoic romance or all of it happening at the same time.  Though it’s not as bad as “Big” or that recent Rain oppa drama, it made me emotionless while watching it.  It baffled me how my fortitude was at a different level in witnessing it happen, and being okay with how much the story progressed from  stagnant to lethargic to not being able to accomplish anything.   I can’t help but sigh for all those wasted hours and talent. 

“Entertainer” with its highly famous cast is far from the great showings we are so far getting in kdramaland this 2016.  It will be overshadowed because it really didn’t accomplish a fairly done production.

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Uncontrollably Fond

dying premise + lovers = tragic love story

The thing about Uncontrollably Fond is that it tapped into those memories of lost and depressing love that people don’t want to look back anymore in their lives.  It was not a happy-ever-after kind of romance that appeals typically to almost anyone, instead it delved to the most shameful, most regretful and most painful things anyone can do because of love.

Uncontrollably Fond has put me on all the level of frustrating emotions I can ever have as a k-dramafan.  When almost all k-drama addicts have given up and turned their backs on it, I remained faithful hopeful of some miracle that might salvage its disappointing run.  Down to its finale week I have long accepted that there will be no happy ending.   At some point I even begged k-dramagods to stop the writer from her ludicrously hurtful storytelling or to just kill Joon Young and insert an “it has all been a dream” plot, because I have never felt bad for k-drama characters before, until I spent time with this story.  That being said except for the temperamental second lead girl who was sketched annoyingly without room for a redeeming dimension, I have praises on the main leads’ heartfelt portrayals even if it drained me emotionally with and without tears. 

Limited by its pragmatic approach, the writing did not swerve to a feel good direction to appease the agonizing dying-man-all-willing-to-protect-his-woman setting.  And that’s the reason why my forbearance was tested in Joon Young and Eul’s love journey.  I have come to terms how we act irrational when we can’t get the amount of love we think we deserve… how the pain we felt to fight for our love does not mean less to the love we gave to stay in a relationship… and how loving in the moment is a lot more times better than worrying about your future together when love might not be there anymore.

As Uncontrollably Fond won’t appeal to those who craved light and sweet type of romantic stories you can indulge to this narrative but be aware that you will be put on tormenting spot most of the time.  Though deemed to have been badly written, there was a thread that held the loyal viewers and that’s the dying scenario of the lead man.  I stayed until the end because I believe that not all love stories are wrapped in kisses and sweet memories.  There are those that are melancholic and yet lives on as someone’s one great love.

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Doctors

stoic heroine + countless surgeries = hype did not justify the story

My fangirl loyalty badge to Kim Rae Won oppa was the only reason why I endured Doctors’ 20 episode run.  Now that I’m looking back to write my thoughts about it, I feel so empty.  *chuckles  

I credit the starpower of the cast for raking in high ratings eventhough the story did not deserve it at the very least.  When the surgeries took over the story, it was a feeling of journeying to Mt. Mordor to destroy the one ring of them all for me.  I was tired needing an elixir of life that would push me to understand if I was watching a drama or I’m learning to become a doctor through a confused medical documentary.  Hye Jung in her rational self was indecisive if she will go full throttle with her vindication plan, or if she will just forgive and forget or if she should just worry about the things that would have mattered to her at the moment.  

The writing was not friendly and it did not even complement the character sketches when they could have expanded it more given the complexity of the main roles drawn.  A little believable sprinkle of love complications would have broken the languid development of the story, but they throw in a lovable second male lead who settled to the proverbial fate of second lead syndrome.  True, the drama presented Hye Jung’s admirable journey in healing her personal issues  by relying on her own and through the people surrounding her with love and support, but I can’t reconcile the lesson I can get from it.  If I will have my way, I won’t play safe by not adding some grit on the proper response of the characters who were put to the edge because of greed.  Anger should be released when required in the story, but Doctors was in this unreasonable daze that retaliations were even placed in a glossy box with a pink thank you note in it.  

Finding the right intention and execution was the biggest weakness of “Doctors” for me.  It failed to sustain a consistent storyline that tied the character motivations to the world they were supposed to live in for the majority of its run and then concluded to a forgive-and-forget ending because the drama has reached the limit.  It was a miracle that grandma didn’t crawl from after-life to stop the writer from dragging her death as the conflict.  What I would have done instead was throw in some challenges to Hye Jung and Ji Hong’s love realizations since they established them to have been having faulty romantic veins.

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Cheese in the Trap

crazy character + promising love couple = skip it or watch the first half of it

I don’t know how to start my thoughts about this drama but I will try.  It felt like that sweetest romance you had which turned a nightmare overnight.  I want to blame the writer and PD for sleepwalking somewhere, but out of the initial cutesies  and romance, I will try  to be forgiving.  It was still not as bad as “Big” drama but it was a case of a company not being able to put up with its employees’ rallies settled amicably to giving some chocolates, going to the moon and just disappearing to the unknown.  Haha

For the standard summary, “Cheese in the Trap” is a college campus romance between a complicated rich man’s son’ with trust issues and a normal girl who made the man she fell in love with trust humanity again while battling her own personal and family issues.  They have great friends.  There were a few romantic filled moments up to midway of the drama until they pushed on unnecessary plot conflicts instead of focusing on building the romance even more.  

 Let’s make this short and simple, don’t watch it anymore.  Or just watch the first half and then move to another drama.  Or watch the full drama when you are heartbroken so that you will be numb when you hit the ending of the story. 

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Lucky Romance

geeky lead man + superstitious lead girl = almost there but not quite kind of love

The yin-yang love battle between the science oriented lead man and the superstitious heroine started cute, stayed sweet and hilarious but pushed its luck too far in securing a safe ending.  That being said, I won’t whine but I won’t give high praises for it.  Lucky romance is like your summer fling, it was good while it lasted, but then eventually when it ended, there was no lingering feeling.

“Lucky Romance” had a simple plot of a girl who deprived herself of being in love out of fear that her built in jinx instigated by a quack shaman’s advice would make her pure love turn to a curse to people she cares about.  Then she met a man who cured that deluded credence and never gave up on her no matter what even if she kept pushing him away.  The narration started well for the story.  It threw a hook using the extremity of the love couple’s personalities and how they eventually fell in love with each other.  The middle part was a cotton candy festival as delightful scenes paraded before heading to the conflict.  However it failed to end with a smooth finishing kick.  Lucky Romance made use of cute epilogues that viewers look forward too as an aid to what really conspired to notable moments in the story. 

The stride to emancipate the heroine in acknowledging that she deserved to be happy was fueled with redundant scenarios that didn’t help propel a gratifying ending for the story.  It would have been nicer if they resolved the industrial spies that they weren’t able to corner while leaving Bo Nui and Se Hoo blissfully in love, instead of laying a “road to love perdition” for them to conquer in the closing episodes.

Mediocrely done with some wacky and sweet notes, Lucky Romance is a rom-com drama perfect for those who still grieved on Ryu Jun Yeol’s Jung Hwan Reply 1988 character.  At least his role here was spot on decisive.  It had a stable and sunny storytelling but failed to tidily fetter the conflict to secure a satisfying closure.  Nonetheless, it notched a safe landing with its last minute tweak of bringing together the unified game developing and lifetime wishes in the finishing frames.

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BEST DRAMA:  Goblin and Descendants of the Sun 

BEST DIRECTING:  Goblin and Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim

BEST EDITING:  Signal

BEST STORY:  Goblin and Descendants of the Sun

BEST SCREENPLAY:  Goblin and Legend of the Blue sea

BEST INNOVATIVE DRAMA:  W: Two Worlds

BEST SUSPENSE DRAMA:  Signal

BEST ROMANCE DRAMA: Oh Hae Young Again

BEST PERIOD DRAMA:  Flower in Prison

BEST YOUTH DRAMA:   Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Ju

BEST ROM-COM DRAMA:  Legend of the Blue Sea 

BEST WEB DRAMA:  Something About 1%

BEST DRAMA CHARACTERS:  Kang Chul in W:  Two Worlds, Shim Cheong in Legend of the Blue Sea, Master Kim in Romantic Doctor, Goblin in The lonely shining goblin

                                                       

BEST ACTOR:  Lee Jun Ki as 4th Prince So in Scarlet Heart

BEST ACTRESS:  Seo Hyun Jin in Another Oh Hae Young and Romantic Doctor

BEST SECOND LEAD:   Kang Ha Neul in Scarlet Heart, Go Jung Won in Jealousy Incarnate

BEST FANTASY DRAMA:  Goblin and Legend of the Blue Sea

BEST VILLAIN:  No face in Two Worlds 

                              Nam Gyu Man in Remember: Son’s War

BEST KISS SCENES:  Oh Hae Young Again and Something About 1%

BEST BROMANCE:  Alpha Team and Goblin-Grim Reaper

BEST LOVE TRIANGLE:  Jealousy Incarnate

BEST LOVE COUPLES:  Lee Jae In and Kim Da Hyun in Something About 1%

                                           Lee Young and Kim Ra On in Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds

                                           Park Do Kyung and Oh Hae Young in Oh Hae Young Again

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BEST CAST ENSEMBLES:  Goblin, Descendants of the Sun, Signal and Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim

BEST SCENE STEALER:   Park Soo Kyung in Oh Hae Young Again and Min Jin Woong in Drinking Solo

BEST OPPA CRUSH:  Lee Jae In in Something About 1%

                                      Kang Chul in W:  Two Worlds

                                      Heo Joon Jae in Legend of the Blue Sea

Jung Joon Hyung in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Ju

BEST MUSIC:  Scarlet Heart Ryeo and Goblin

BEST CHARACTER ACTOR:  Sung Dong Il in Scarlet Heart Ryeo and Legend of the Blue Sea

 

The Bright Romance of Bok Sil and Louie

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If there’s one story in kdramaland this year that was brimming with optimism and happiness, that will be Louis and Boksil’s journey in living together a world they were not familiar with, trusting in their friendship and eventually realizing that fate brought them together for them to fall in love.

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While every drama was busy with the ratings and solidifying a remarkable plot, “Shopping King Louis” sassily strutted like a big pile of positivity due to its endearing characters, heck even the villains were adorably bad in the story.  It’s that one drama that was made for sunny days and for people who just want to lounge and not worry about kdrama clichés and conflicts and just want to live each episode as light as possible and without worrying about so many things.

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Heir to a wealthy grandmother, Louis was sent to France out of her grandmother’s fear that she will endanger his life if he will keep living with her.  This is based on an advised of a monk that her strong energy will eventually make her family suffer.   Out of fear that her only grandson will die like her son and his wife, she painfully decided to have Louis lived in Europe to avoid the bad luck supposedly placed on her.  Louis who has been mostly restricted to do things he wanted to do was compensated by allowing him to freely binge on his shopping spree hobby.   Louis’ shopping storm was halted when his grandmother fell ill and he was forced to go back to Korea. 

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On his way home, he met an accident and lost his memory but was thought to be dead by the family after the car he was supposed to be driving was reported in an accident with a dead burnt man and his watch found in the accident scene.  Meanwhile Go Bok Sil is a country girl who left the mountains to look for her runaway brother after her mother passed away.  When she saw, a man wearing the same jacket she gifted her brother, she hurriedly approached him and demanded to know where the owner of the jacket was.  Upon realizing that Louis suffered temporary memory loss she decided to be with him to help find her brother.  Through Bok Sil’s skill and perseverance she was able to secure a job and a place to stay for both of them.  

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Louis inevitably learned his rich roots just as he realized he was already falling for Bok Sil.  Everything seems to be falling in the right places, but then it was revealed how Louis had an encounter with Bok Sil’s brother right before the accident, and he ended up dying in Louis’ stead.  When Bok Sil finally learned about what happened to her brother, she left to go back in her hometown even with her conflicting emotions toward Louis.  The latter tried to woo her back, but she remained resolved to the idea that she cannot be happy with him and remember her brother at the same time.  

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In a twist of fate, when Louis wandered somewhere in Busan, he bumped with Bok Nam who luckily escaped death and had the man who bullied him took his stead in the accident.  Louis took him back in and prepared a special event where he posed to have an amnesia again and had Bok Sil meet her long lost brother.  Off the young lovers sought their ever-after, but they hurdled the last conflict that explained amnesiac misfortune of Louis.

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There goes the uncomplicated friendship turned love story of Bok Sil and Louis.  The sincere characters and the optimistic theme spread evenly all throughout captivated my emotionally drained self from the heavy plotted melodrama and period dramas this year.  “Shopping King Louis” was designed to become an elixir of positivity and sometimes we just need those dramas that will make us feel good.

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Bok Sil and Louis complemented each other so well that I can’t help but cheer them on learning and living a new life thrown at them.  It made me so happy seeing a fictional couple unrestrained and yet so innocent in their life approaches.  The heart-warming romance that bloomed between them may not be steamy but indelible just the same.  In its entirety, the cast were all fetching in their roles to a point that even the villains will not even annoy you.  I was actually closed to thinking that hobbits were in charge of the production while they were merrily drinking because depression was never hinted in its run.

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With its zany warmth, although lacking in depth, “Shopping King Louis” will amuse you of the character centered plot that teaches friendship, trusting and love.  If you need a grin and laughter inducing drama treat, then settle your camping things and imbibed on the cheerful adventure of a shopaholic who found the meaning of life and love when he lost all his memories. -jediprincess

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The life that we live and want to forget

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What drew me to watching “Drinking Solo” was the simple storytelling, setting and character building.  It was a plain picture of the struggles of students taking lessons to pass the civil service exam and the battles of the instructors in surviving the present day adult life complications versus those idealistic dreams they had when they were young.  The love concerns inserted were additional bonus in amusing myself in watching the cast move on with their fictional life.  
 
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After leaving a country side academy where she used to teach, Park Ha Na settled to Noryangjin through the help of her friend Jin Yi and began teaching aspiring government employees who were taking classes for the civil service exam.  There she met Jin Jung Suk, a top-rated instructor with low-graded temperament and attitude.  Their constant bickering or rather Jin Suk’s bullying escalated to an attachment they subconsciously did not expect, but upon learning that Jung Suk and Ha Na’s friend-student Gong Myung are brothers, they halted their budding relationship as Jin Suk gave way to his younger brother’s teacher crush that inspired him to spurt plans for his then bleak future.
 
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Conversations and communication propelled the built up of the story.  It was actually more of the characters side stories connected together to create one full thought without losing track of the individual narratives.  The love plot though at par pleasing would have been so great if it ended the love couple being together than the shown hint that they were probably heading that way.
 
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My favorite part of the show to be honest was the scene stealing spree by the instructor who did all those impersonations.  *chuckles Yeah, there goes the extent of my minimal adoration to slapstick comedy.  But really all those tricks he pulled made me laugh hard.  It was an enjoyable run to watch everyone of them moved within the Noryangjin world.  The casual vibe was comfortable and that’s why even with its bare setting, I endured witnessing how all of the cast members conquered their struggles and dreams.
 
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A light and chirpy watch if you have patience with talk-induced drama.  The hook was cast halfway for me.  Nevertheless I enjoyed the simplicity, easy conflicts and the humor that was nailed nicely by presenting how single people deal with the lack of love, dreams and life.  
 
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The Two Hearts of Pyo Na Ri

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And the winner of 2016 kdramaland’s “Best Love Triangle” goes to “Jealousy Incarnate”!!!  *chuckles

Sure, there were a lot going on in “Jealousy Incarnate” that sometimes the sporadic mini plots did not equate well to its overall make, but the eager and vibrant cast made up to that missing push the story failed to achieve.  Honestly the safe ever-after ending failed to complement those strong moments of the lead cast along with the story conflict they had to face together hilariously and painfully.  Nevertheless, I did enjoy the sweet ride and the endearing couple who tackled the friendship defying love chase.

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Pyo Na Ri harbored a 3-year one sided love towards Lee Hwa Shin and has been working her stint as a weather forecaster.  She chanced upon Hwa Shin again in Thailand where he was assigned after an expose’ revealing his older brother’s business corruption.  He was denounced by his family but made the most of his occupational exile by presenting highly successful news probes.  When Hwa Shin came back to the TV network news room to work on his goal to become a News Anchor, he begins seeing Na Ri at a different light.  Just as he has acknowledged his feelings for her, he learned that his best friend, Go Jung Won likes her too and eventually dated her.  He tried so hard to resist his growing feelings toward Na Ri to no avail and his breast cancer did not help him at all as she insisted on staying by his side while battling with the treatment.  Hwa Shin’s resolved inevitably broke down and he set loose to claim Na Ri’s heart even if it will hurt his best friend.  Hwa Shin’s move confused Na Ri’s heart as she learned that he is loving her back three years too late.  Torn between two men whom she both love, she broke up with Jung Won so as not to strain their friendship, but the two cannot seem to find a way to exist not having her by their side so they agreed to live in Jung Won’s house so Na Ri can date them to help her decide whom she loves more between them.  Na Ri’s long lost first love emotions eventually resurfaced and she was forced to deliver the sad news to Jung Won of her choosing Hwa Shin.

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While I did not fully rave on “Jealousy Incarnate”, there were a few strong scenes that lingered in my mind after watching it.  That cute Hwa-Shin-Jung-Won bromance was so quirky, I can bottle it for my PMS days.  I love when rom-com dramas focus on the love story conflict, and what a way for “Jealousy” to present a love triangle that did not feed on angst or misplaced and incomprehensible obsession of second leads.  Instead it gave out a nice fight between the lead man and second lead who equally deserve the heroine.  I don’t know why the finishing kick delved to career drama because I already claimed my closure when Na Ri reverted to following Hwa Shin again, but the latter had to restrict himself out of respect to his best friend’s grieving heart.  I don’t know if I can label it as a bland extension or a last-minute attempt to add embellishment on this romantic cake, but I sure did find it pointless. They should have settled to fan service and then zipped it with the chirpy wedding.

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The facile interaction of the main trio, prior and after the love conflict, felt hilarious on one side because they were acting like high schoolers in justifying the situation they had and even resorting to that cohabitation settlement to help weigh in where each of them stand.  

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But that just show how we do unreasonable things when we are too consumed with rationalizing the love we felt. The romantic entanglement amused the girl and the woman inside me because the story clearly depicted how much a woman’s faltering choices affect decisions to commit in a relationship.

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Na Ri was firm on her initial stand that she loved both men at the same time, but was just not sure who she loved more, until she got the realization or rather fear of losing Hwa Shin since she can’t contain the growing jealousy anymore. There was no definitive punch on what direction or lesson the story wanted to impart since halfway through it, even the characters seemed not to know where they were heading. That’s mainly the reason why I was disappointed in it. Acting and interaction wise among the cast members, it has great potentials, but the plot did not propel a lingering effect after it ended.  The only consolation I got was the supporting cast who were busy and engrossing with what’s going on around their own stories as well.  

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I think it would have been safe as well if it went to a shorter run because the kind of narrative it circled to was not that complicated to begin with. Though there were a few heartfelt and emotional scenes I really enjoyed, the stagnant progression and dormant conflict made my heart veer away from liking Jealousy Incarnate as a whole.

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If you are a Jo Jung Seok or Gong Hyo Jin fan, it is bearable to watch but there’s nothing special to look forward to.  -abbyinhallyuland

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The love that happened when they least expected it

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Something About 1% is a surprise hit for me this year.  I was prepared to drop it after 4 episodes, but boy I fell in love with the kiss scenes, lol I mean the story.  *wink  As Lee Jae In sedated my grieving heart from Scarlet Heart Ryeo, it pushed me back to meaningful existence with his sweet smile and steamy gazes.  This amazingly done rom-com darted cheesy and predictable.  Even now I still wonder how I got so addicted with everything so unadorned about it. 

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With its swift format following how web dramas usually are, it managed to fully explore the story with each closing chapter, and that’s a feat hard to maintain given the limited minutes for online dramas.  The lead couple’s chemistry is spot on in delivering those knee-weakening scenarios courtesy of the dapper lead man and the sunny disposition of the heroine. It will make any girl squeal on her pillow as the drama generously displayed heart-fluttering scenes every chance they can get.  I swear you can feel how melting the kisses were by Jae In and it will literally emanate from the TV screen straight to your parted lips. *aigoo *giggles For those who religiously follow Korean dramas we all know how the trend is for the liplocks — fish-like and boring, so be prepared for strings of whoa! and kyaaa on those extended smooching frames because Ha Suk Jin oppa knows how to feast on the romantic ride and will put you on a lovestruck-fangirl-trance and turn your eyeballs to hearts.  *kkk

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The premise of contract relationship has tendencies to overkill rom-com tropes if not executed with the right amount of love chemistry progression.  What made me hook in the story of Da Hyun and Jae In was how their romance happened like how it should be… by sharing conversations, bickerings and meaningful events.  They were on a clear agreement that strings will not be attached only to succumb to the emotion that sprung because they willingly involved time to spend with one another.  They were intending not to cross the wall they set initially, only to be struck on the reality of how binding shared memories can be in a relationship.

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Something About One Percent was brilliant in creating simple situations for the main leads and turning it to cohering pieces that has fulfilled a stunning love narrative.  The vibrancy of the heroine’s character complements the temperament of the lead man leading to a charming yin-yang romance.   It was  refreshing to feel a romance drama that is not fortified with misplaced conflicts and negative vibes.  It may not be that polished or creatively conceived with twist and turns and top actors that can make such a romantic drama spree amazing.  But it is with its heartfelt and pure storytelling that made me pick it as my Best Rom-Com Drama for 2016.  There was no special frosting and extraordinary premise Jae In and Da Hyun went through to arrive in that moment when they realized they love each other.  They were just there letting love happen through their shared memories.  The simplicity of the romantic narrative won me over.  It made me reminisce those unadulterated girl crushes I had when I was younger.  “Something About One Percent” engrossed me because the love built up came in so natural and sweet.  Something that pierced those old love memories I had when they were not yet nightmares.  *chuckles

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Focusing on the sparks and connection was what was so efficient in this love chronicle.  The conflict thrived to whether the love couple will disregard their feelings toward each other after the relationship contract or surrender to each other, make the relationship real and face together the varying world they have armed with their steadfast love. 

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It could be because of the consistent candied tone, the sigh inducing kisses, the committed on-screen relationship of the actors and the nicely-paced, yet crisp storyline that made “Something About 1%” such a charming treat for kdrama fans this year.  I can’t count the ways how much I like it anymore.  But one thing is for sure, I will miss the earnest love couple who accidentally found romance in the most remote possibility ever.  A beautiful love story sometimes does not need to be elaborated.  It can be as simple as it can get if we can feel the heartfelt love flowing.  Love does not ever happen in an instant.  You’d be lucky if you recognize it happening at the moment.  It is when we are not beside the person that we realize we are in love, and holding them in our arms is when we want to love them even more. -abbyinhallyuland

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That “Fantastic” Love We All Deserve

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Even with the dying premise, I have grown to love “Fantastic” because of the dexterous cast and how they blend together supporting each other’s friendship and stories.  Fantastic is an optimistic story that not only encourages through its love theme, but also with how the main characters were able to leave really cool life lessons as they tackled the roles they played in the narrative.
 
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A famous tv writer So Hye was forced to confront working with a famous actor,  Hae Sung she vowed not to work with anymore.  Caught in financial difficulties she agreed to the project just as she discovered her ailing body suffering from cancer.  Determined to win over his first love, Hae Sung worked wonders to claim her heart and never left him even when she was battling the weakening illness.
 
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There was a point when I stopped watching the drama when the cancer plot was too much to handle for me, but it drew me again because I want to believe that it will still end on a positive note and not an open-ended closing.  That I think was a great move as the story as a whole was rendered in simple sketching but has taken pride on how immersing the actors were in playing their roles.
 
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Hae Sung and So Hye’s love story though challenged by the cancer problem concluded in a not traumatic ending.  I was scared that it may follow the sad wrap up trend of the romance dramas this year so I was happy that they settled for a happy ending for all of them. “Fantastic” incorporated some agonizing notes.  Hence, it can go to a consistent direction that would be complementing the story well, but choosing to go to a sunny closure was also befitting to its story given how vibrant the characters were.
 
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What I like about the stream of Romantic Dramas for this year is that it avoided the weep fest routine.  They were crisp and daintily designed to balance the problem and the resolution of the story.
 
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The friendship side story and the noona romance from the supporting cast make “Fantastic” a really engaging watch.  It has an appealing cast chemistry and the sad cancer conflict is cushioned by the no-frill-just-heartfelt delivery of the scenes.  It is a complete package with the right amount of kdrama cliches, engrossing love couple, wacky supporting characters, annoying villains and unswerving storyline.
 
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“Fantastic” gave a nonchalant commital with me, nonetheless I was able to finish it because it did not give me a  hard time in understanding the cast and their stories as well as the minimal discrepancies of the plot along the way.  The feisty heroine, the comedic timing and the binding friendship circle were the reasons why I remained loyal with them.  Although plain and leaning on the cancer cliche, I was drawn to the lucid role-playing of the main cast as they went along with their struggles.  “Fantastic” did not surge to such outstanding impact, but at the very least I get to remember what it was about a week after watching it and even now because it was an easy watch and yet lingering.  If you fancy a sane and steady romcom then buckle your seatbelt for a fantastic ride.   -abbyinhallyuland
 
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For Love is not Love Without Pain and Memories

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Sprawling to a grand setting and power house cast, I did expect a lot on “Moonlovers:  Scarlet Heart Ryeo”.  I sure have issues on the languid built up of the story in the beginning episodes, but I came to realize the staid plot yarning was necessary to cushion the heaviness of the tormenting conflict faced by the lead couple heading to the culmination of their romance and eventual break-up.
 
 
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To balance the screentime of the supporting characters while threading their linked stories requires a lot of effort from the actors in committing an earnest portrayal every moment they are captured by the frame.  And I am glad to say that the Goryeo princes put their heart in sufficing the roles given to them.  Albeit the tormenting emotional strain I got with Scarlet Heart Ryeo, it will belong on my favorites for this year because I love that it became even more believable and fervent due to the plot’s instability and the main characters indecisiveness.  It was a situation that might have killed the drama, but because the essential character motivations were clearly drawn, as a viewer I enjoyed that feeble  and vulnerable facet of the production.
 
 
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Scarlet touched not just the long-suffering unrequited love of a damaged prince to a woman who shared his pain without prejudice.  It also sadly and yet beautifully expressed the betrayals of a dysfunctional Royal family who raised devious ways in order to claim the throne for them to use it in protecting the ones they love.
 
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When Scarlet turned all business hitting the halfway mark of the series, I found myself wanting to offer myself as a sacrificial lamb to make things better for 4th Prince So who endured his agonizing relationship with his mother and loving Hae Su one-sidedly.  When 8th Prince severed his relationship with Hae Su, I wanted to take him out from the TV screen and castigate on how coward he was, opting not to use his heart and taking the easy way out. But I think that it was a turning point of the heroine’s realization that he was let go by the only man she trusted.  And that was also why Prince So and Hae Su’s romance turned so meaningful because they were at each other’s side when they have nothing beside them. Though Hae Su took time to reciprocate Prince So’s love declaration it was all the more fulfilling because his faithfulness paid of.
 
 
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So what ending can you give when Scarlet Heart Ryeo started on a drowning woman who got transported back to a different era?  I was not expecting a happy ending given that most of the characters were killed.   It was still Hae Su and 4th Prince So’s love journey for me.  The sweets, the tears and the angst… all of it.  I took So’s last word as an open-ended closure on his acceptance of losing his one great love and longing to find her in the future.  I witnessed how they defied the shrewd political struggle in the royal family to get to a point where they can freely love each other and share memories together.  So I’m good that I know they love each other and they know it very well too.
 
 
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Just as life is short, love is also fleeting.   The all important love lesson #ScarletHeartRyeo taught us is how loving someone does not stop when we gave up on the person because the love does not belong anymore in the future.  It is a sweet reminder on keeping as much happy memories as you can to keep you going in moments when you yearn to be with them in the future, but they can’t stay by your side anymore.
 
 
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  I was bracing myself to the finale episode.   If truth be told, I was not expecting something cohering anymore because I was so scared the writer will kill all the characters at the last minute.  *chuckles  Did the closing chapter satisfy me?  Though I did not get the happy ending, I was okay with it.  I know that it was bound to be a sad ending so I was prepared for what will happen.  I was okay that they did not push to a scene where Hae Su of the present meets So while he passes by the cosmetic store where Su was working to ask for a BB cream .  *lol  So I was relieved.  Though Scarlet has a lot of flaws, I was fond of it because the love story was pragmatic in tapping on melancholic memories where viewers can relate to especially if they have once loved crazily like the kind of love they paraded in the drama.  The middle part of this romantic ride is the best part of it so make sure to catch up if you have been lagging behind.  ^_^
 
 
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I will miss the Goryeo princes and the dashing look of the Royal Family with their full make up and elaborated wardrobe and jewelries.  hahaha I will miss the bromance, heck I will even miss Hae Su who I wanted to burn in the waning episodes of the series.  She is a picture of every woman who fell in love, lost it, find it again and kept it safe in her heart. Lastly, I will miss 4th Prince So, who I wanted badly to cradle in my arms. lol Even with the unfazed heartrending tone all throughout, I take Scarlet Heart Ryeo with all my heart because I believe that a happy ending does not measure how great a love can be.
 
 
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The Legend of the Blue Sea Week 1 Quick Recap

 

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Feeling PD-nim aigoo woke up and checked on #LegendoftheBlueSea Episode 2 ratings first… Can’t help but be fond on Jun Ji Hyun’s mermaid’s character.  Dear Lee Min Ho, I won’t be swayed by your charm, please at least meet or exceed the effort of your lead girl this time. 

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QUICK WEEK 1 RECAP

Con artist Heo Joon Jae  easily pulls on his scams thru the help of his team and successfully mislead a madam of an investment company.  He flees to Spain and is interrupted by the solitude he is enjoying when a woman (Shim Chung) who turns out to be a mermaid barges in his hotel room.  He reports her to the police but upon noticing her jade bracelet and finding out that it is a 400 year old hot item, he frees her out of jail to execute his plan of retrieving it but the strange warmth he felt towards the mermaid made him go back to where he asks her to wait for him.  They settle in a hotel room where she absorbs world wide web information through Joon Jae’s laptop as he slept through the night.  The next morning Joon Jae’s friend alarms him that Myeongdong Capital madam ordered for his head and the gang are already posed to capture him.  They are able to escape the fiends thanks to Shim Chung’s incredible strength and seek help from one of Joon Jae’s friend but run for another chase with the villains when they are caught in Joon Jae’s special place (the place where he and his mom saw each other last time).  Cornered at a cliff with guns ready to fire at them, Shim Chung takes his hand and drags him to jump on the roaring blue sea.

 

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There’s a  background story on how in his past life circa Joseon period, Joon Jae (then Dam Ryung) helped Shim Chung when she was caught by an evil rich man in the new town he was assigned to administer.  When he let go of her back in the waters, she swam back and raised her hand to him to which he reached back too.  On the present timeline, the same scene was displayed when Joon Jae bugged about leaving Shim Chung went back to reach his hand on the mermaid who waited for him patiently because he asked her too.  Shim Jung is a bundle of zest with how she is trying to fit in to the whole new world she is having.  I love that scene when they found out about Joon Jae’s mother’s sad goodbye and how she translated it they way she understood it when Joon Jae explained to her the complex meaning of love the other night.  I look forward to how her mermaid character will be sketched in a way that her innate mermaid nature will not be washed out.  While she gives out the breezy and comic facets of the story, I think Joon Jae’s story will be layered with a lot of serious notes considering his role as a con artist.  

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So far I love how detailed and smart the writing is and how it feels so magically romantic and yet cheerful and mischievous at the same time.  It is giving me a lot of emotions and I like how the pace is upbeat and not wasting unnecessary scenes as well.  The premiere week presented a solid setting and character building where it left me with a lot of questions already.  It made me anticipate on how the romance will build up and how the time element will be inserted from now on to coincide with the supernatural twist of the story.  Jun Ji Hyun is my favorite actress and seeing her unfazed to give life to her mermaid role is just wow so I am expecting a lot from Lee Min Ho.  Can’t wait to see Week 2.

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The Ardent Young Love in the Moonlight

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Like most of the girls these days, I willingly plunge to “bogum virus”, hence I was ready to invest in “Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds” regardless if it will break me or not.  I was rewarded with an impressive picture of a young prince who defied the political struggles surrounding the power he is destined to have while chasing his one true love.  Eventhough Lee Young and Hong Ra On will not be hitting the pinnacle of my best dramas this year, the full drama package was commendable due to its poignant sketching of the main characters and the writer’s impeccable timing to pin me on my spot and not sway away from following the story in those moments when I almost did.  Drawn on a historical premise, “Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds” is a sweet drama treat brimming with giddy-ish scenes that will make you reminisce that once special love when you were young.
 
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It’s hard to keep the balance of romance and conflict on period dramas.  There will always be a moment when the plot will drag so proper blending and stirring is pertinent to avoid a stasis.  That being said, there were some languid events in the story when Prince Young was battling with the government officers as he really took a long route to overcome the surge of the villains.  It was good that they started on a strong note and added some comic hints to establish the love story of the Crown Prince and a young woman who disguised herself as a eunuch.  It was like a big net was cast to the viewers, holding us still, that even when the narrative hit the agonizing break up and frustrating powerlessness of the hero, we remained optimistic that he will conquer it all and prove that love can happen if you earnestly work on it.
 
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 “Moonlight drawn by the clouds” began a spirited and addictive stride, struggled a bit while substantiating the story conflict and characters’ driving forces, and ended safe and steady.  The closing episodes though cracking the main problem and giving out a happy ending to the main characters I felt would have yielded a more well-explained conclusion if they pushed for another two episodes.  It looked like the fragments of the resolution were forcedly laid to prove a feasible happy ending coming from a strenuous attack of the antagonists who made the most out of their evil ways in challenging the hero of the story.  And for this reason, much as I want to hail the brilliant facets of the drama and to overlook the imperfections out of my one-sided-bogum-noona-romance, I have to be fair that it was a good drama, but it shared some weak points from the story writing.
 
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I can compare the storyline to Sungkyunkwan Scandal, but where the heroine was strong in that drama, it was Prince Young who carried the story well along with exemplary support from Ra On and the supporting actors.  It’s fair to be blunt that the devotion from the viewers sprung from Park Bo Gum’s adoration and the equally memorable performance of the young cast.  I think it was fairly written and directed and that the character portrayals made it possible to stabilize the weak points of the production and storyline.
 
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We have a fair showing of sageuk dramas this year.  “Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds” is an engrossing period tv production starter if you are a new kdrama addict recruit.  The mixture of youthful romantic vibe and the seriousness of historical plot will encourage you that this kind of genre is not boring as it seems.  
 
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All those strong moments and a little of those dragging villain runs, this heartwarming love tale will tap on those youthful romantic memories that we kept in her heart.  Those days when our love views were not yet corrupted and just free flowing.  Not cheesy and heart-fluttering nonetheless, Prince Young and his first love will take you to an amazing ride with their binding commitment in not giving up on love.  -jediprincess ^_^
 
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Shopping King Louis Ep 3 Recap & Rambling

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Episode 3 “She”
Bok Sil wakes up to start her day.  She leaves $3 for Louis’ food and takes on a bus to go to work.  When Joong Won calls her attention for the spilled water he slipped on, she is unaware that the man she has been calling for the ginseng payment is in front of her until he speaks her name.  Fury arises the moment she realizes Joong Won is in front of her and she calls him a swindler and demands him to pay for her ginseng.  He accidentally pushes her and she fainted during the fall.  Meanwhile Louis gets up from bed and sees the money left by Bok Sil.  When he sees a bug crawling on the wall, he goes out to hide away from it and a man who wears the same jacket as his welcomes him and offers an umbrella to wherever he is heading to.
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The office scoops in Joong Won’s encounter with Bok Sil as he rushes her to the hospital.  He was told by the doctor that her body is very weak due to malnutrition.  Partly blaming himself for lagging on the payment for the ginseng he took from her which his parents just recently confirmed the authenticity.  Ajumma Hwang goes to the hospital to bring Bok Sil’s clothing and was asked by Joong Won for a wuick chat.  She clears that she is not her mother and narrates on her unfortunate life while mumbling curses to the bad man who vanishes not paying the ginseng from a country girl who just moved in to Seoul.  Joong Won averts ajumma’s eyes as she continuously spills her frustration to the swindler who caused trouble to hardworking Bok Sil.  He stops her from her litany and speaks about how maybe there’s another side to the swindler’s story but she counters how the jerk did not even answer her calls and swears to kill him if she will find him.  
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Louis formally meets In Sung who is ajumma’s job seeking son.  They munch lunch at a nearby eating place and exchange introduction about themselves.  Still caught up on her Louis encounter, Ma Ri confirms thru the CCTV that the bum really looks like Louis.  Joong Woon puts back Bok Sil’s sneakers back to the paper bag and sits beside her as she comes up back to her senses.  She sees Joong Won again and her rage erupts again as she grabs his collar and asks for the ginseng.  He frees himself as she realizes her presence in a hospital.  He gives him the payment for the ginseng and tells her that from now on he is not a swindler but a savior of her ginseng.  He offers her to work in the merchandising department next week.  She tries to ask about where she will be working but he dismisses her thoughts and walks away.  He stops from his track and tells her to rest well during the weekend and to eat plenty of food.
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Louis patiently sits outside the house waiting for Bok Sil.  He sees her walking from afar and calls her name.  They wave at each other as Louis heads to meet her on the street.  He asks why she comes in late and she delivers the good news of catching the swindler.  She shows him the money envelope and they celebrate on their acquired small fortune.  Louis sniffs on the plastic bag she carries and gets the food she brought upstairs for him to munch.  When Bok Sil reaches the top, she is surprised to see him eating outside and he mumbles how he does not want to go inside because of a bug.  
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She steps inside the house and catches the bug with her bare hands while Louis flinches on the sight of it.  She tells him that it is a good bug and lets go of it through the window.  Louis is mesmerized at how his heroine took care of the bug single-handedly as that Costelo-She-song plays again in the background. He sees flashes of her face when he saw her on TV and asks if he has met her before.  She dismisses his crazy babble and paces in the house to prepare to sleep as they have a lot of things to do tomorrow.
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Chairwoman Choi grieves as she rests facing the sea and is in a banter with her assistant, Ms. Heo for not touching her breakfast.  Butler Kim presents himself to the situation and uses Louis’ signature breakfast to lure the old lady to eat which she gladly obliges.  Butler Kim is cornered by Ms. Heo and is warned not to show off again on the Chairwoman’s food or  he will meet a body injury she is capable of giving.  
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Bok Sil and Louis start their day with a convenience store breakfast.  She grabs some tissue to wipe Louis’ face who was consuming the food with all effort he has.  At the mention of buying house stuff after eating, Louis’ ears perk up and accidentally spits his food at her clothes.
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Off the amnesiac shopping king and country girl go to the market to purchase their house things.  Louis points here and there and Bok Sil obediently gets the items talking to Louis to be picked.  They stop on their tracks and exclaims excitedly when the food market shows up in front of them.  The two did not waste their time and bask on the food they can eat on that happy place.  Bok Sil wonders how Louis seems to have a good eye in shopping and he replies that the items talk to him and asks him to buy them.  Louis tells Bok Sil that they should shop some clothes as he whines about the imitation jacket he is wearing.  She pouts and boasts how it cost $20 but Louis narrates how the jacket is from a famous designer and a hundred pieces were sold for a pricey amount.  Unable to process what he is trying to say, Louis gives up and drags her to the clothing store where they pick on some new clothes for them to wear.  To cap up their shopping spree, Louis suggests getting a mobile phone that they can use for online shopping.  She initially declines it so he raises a point on how everyone has a mobile phone because of its usage for shopping, gaming and communication.  She still refuses citing how she heard it from Bok Nam before.  He takes the opportunity to lure her by sharing the tracking feature of a cellphone that could help in finding  Bok Nam, and the country girl finally agrees.  
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Louis whines on the heavy load he carried muttering how he seems not to be used that kind of feeling.  Just then the neighbor who befriended Louis approached them and introduces himself to Bok Sil.  In Sung speaks of his current status as a job seeker but the two babos do not know the meaning of a bum.  He helps them with the stuff they bought and amuse them even more when he casually shows off his grocery shopping knowledge.  aigoo how can these two be stupid and adorable at the same time
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Bok Sil drops by at the police station to inform the detective helping her of the new cellphone and inquires if they would be able to really track Bok Nam, but the detective tells her that Bok Nam has to have a mobile phone to be tracked.  Louis pouts at the partition that was set up in the room as In Sung carries a delivery for them.  
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Later on Bok Sil strongly labors on their laundry as In Sung praises how she knows how to be a good home maker to which Louis agrees and remarks how she will be a good maid.  *chuckles  Bok Sil notices a name written on Louis’ boxers as he takes it from her hands.  In Sung notes on the gems embedded on it as Louis comments on how that brand does not make clothing item like that and they all agree to use Louis as his name from then on.
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Ma Ri questions her parents if Louis has a twin brother after her Louis look alike encounter while they are having a dinner.  Her mom responds that he is an only child so she narrates how she saw a homeless guy who looks exactly like Louis which makes her father stop on his thoughts worried about how he thought he saw someone like Louis the last time as well.  We flashed back to when Louis arrived in Korea and Director Baek handed him the car key to head to their house as he executed on his evil plan to kill him thru the road accident.
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Bok Sil grills samgyupsal for the lazy boys and asks In Sung how she will work at Merchandising Department tomorrow.  They were surprised at Bok Sil’s new work as In Sung explains how she mighr have been put there so she can be disregarded eventually by the company due to her lacking skills.  Bok Sil argues how Joong Won is kind and a savior of her ginseng but he points out how she does not know how the world works.  In Sung’s mother who turned out to be ajumma Hwang joins them as Louis sulks on the neighbors who have munched on their meal.  When they left he shares the 4 pieces left with Bok Sil.  
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Late at night, Louis checks if Bok Sil is still awake and she responds how she is thinking about her brother and is he is eating well.  He appeases her heart by promising that he will find her brother once he regains his memory.  When she speaks about the house things they still need to buy, Louis assures her that he will order everything so she should not worry about it.
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The next morning, Louis trails Bok Sil as she heads to work.  She stops and orders him not to follow her, but he comments on how her dress is out of style.  He suggests for her to wear the dress they bought yesterday but she declines and walks away.  Louis follows her and when she fumes on his pestering, he takes a piece of pink cloth and forms a flower pin out of it.  He inches closer to Bok Sil and attaches it to her dress to add some detail and spike to her mom’s dress.  She smiled and rides on the bus as he waves goodbye to her.  Bok Sil enters the Merchandising department room and was recognized by the team members.  Joong Won rescues her from the awkwardness to reveal that she will be temporarily working with them.  He directs Bok Sil to go to the HR team to sign papers and get her ID and he briefs the rest of the staff that she will be working as an intern for a month and depending on her performance she will be hired full time accordingly.  The team members murmur on the surprising situation and wonders if Joong Won likes her but dismiss the crazy idea right away.  
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Joong Won meets with Director Baek and he was questioned about his hiring of a cleaning lady.  He counters that the intern is on a trial basis and depending on her growth he will decide if she will be kept or not.  Joong Won’s team interview Bok Sil and learns her computer illiteracy and her zero knowledge about online shopping.  Joong Won saves her from the hot spot and orders her to order coffee as the rest of the team members state their orders.  Ma Ri offers help to Bok Sil as her ears rise hearing compliments about her personality.  Bok Sil is on trance upon hearing Ma Ri placed the coffee orders and she sways on her hair while that Costelo-She-song plays again on the background.  
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Louis googles where his new name could have probably been derived as In Sung invades his privacy to share the lunch Bok Sil prepared for him.  In Sung figured how Bok Sil is the type of girl who will care for his roommate hence he knew that he will have a prepared lunch.  He instructs him to buy a rice cooker as they will need it for warm rice every meal and they chowed together on Bok Sil’s food.  With his full tummy, In Sung craves for some coffee and asks if they have it.  Louis replies yes but muttered they don’t have hot water.  He makes no issues about it and was surprised when Louis does not even know how to boil water.  He tells Louis to buy electric kettle and a proper stove to help with Bok Sil’s cooking.  Curious on Louis’ practical knowledge, In Sung speaks about the possibility of Louis being locked up and being told of what to do for a long time and we see a parody of Old-Boy-Louis exercising and given a mandu meal by his captor and bed ridden Louis sick and tied on a hospital bed.  He dismisses his firs two theories as Louis looks handsome and healthy and arrives to the point that he could be a spoiled son from a super rich family.   Bingo In Sung!  *chuckles  He offers him the instant coffee and when rich boy exclaims on how he likes that coffee so much, In Sung gives up on his theory 2 minutes ago that Louis might be probably rich.
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Joong Won eomoni chats with her husband about Chairwoman Choi’s grandson’s accident as she feeds her totally unwilling husband.  He hides his dislike of her cooking as she listens to her mumbling of when their son will get married.  At that very same time, Bok Sil skids to the elevator and bumps Joong Won in the process.  His heart moves erratically for a quick moment before they went back to the present.  He scolds her if she  is in a hurry becaus she is looking forward to go home because of someone which surprises her because that’s exactly her reason why.  Joong Won passes by a nice ladies’ shoes and buys it thinking about Bok Sil’s worn out sneakers.  
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Meanwhile Bok Sil wipes the house floor diligently as Louis bums on watching TV.  Louis sees romantic feauture about France and calls Bok Sil’s attention on why it seems familiar to him.
Just then In Sung enters the picture and presents Bok Sil with a proposal on how they will be helping out in finding Bok Nam by giving out the flyers everyday.  She thanks him for his good deed and agreed to their proposed task.
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 The two set off with their find-BokNam-task and passes by a flea market where they bought great clothing finds.  In Sung compliments on Louis eyes for shopping and calls him a shopping King which surprises Louis muttering how that title seems familiar to him.  Louis notices a music box calling him and when he plays it, flashes of his childhood memory causes his head to split that he catches  a fever and is tended by Bok Sil when he was dragged home.  
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Butler Kim stands with Louis grandmother as they reminisce how Louis loved the beach when he was young.  He play around with his dog Koboshi on the ground.  Butler Kim mentions how Louis did not eat for a month when Koboshi died on his 14th year and Grandma thanked him dearly for being beside her precious all those years.  In the morning, Bok Sil eat breakfast with Louis who does not seem to have an appetite so she offers some ham to perk up his mood.  Louis talks about how the music box is a limited edition issue of Gold department store.  Bok Sil is amazed on how he has been getting information thru his mobile phone and orders him to not go to the streets if his headache is still bad, but he insists on doing his duty to find Bok Nam making her beam.  Bok Sil goes back to their table after frying some ham as Louis chases her like a dog.   She asks why he follows her around and he nonchalantly responds that he likes her which skip her heart in a bit.   She replies she is making him blush as she smiles on his happily stuffing food face.
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Bok Sil searches about the Gold Department store and is routes to the page about the heir’s accident.  Joong Won approaches her  and scolds her for slacking out her time with surfing the net and orders her to get the meeting list and schedule for that day.  Meanwhile at the rooftop house, Louis receives a voice phishing call and unaware of how the world works, he gives in to the swindlers demand and deposit the little money they had to the con people’s bank account.  I love the music pun from In Gook’s previous drama.  Knowing the extent of his stupid move, Louis stays at a park trying to figure out how to face Bok Sil’s wrath upon learning from In Sung that he was conned.  
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A dog suddenly appears and he remembers his childhood playing around with Koboshi.  He follows the dog, but it sits beside a fire hydrant post which scares him and rendered him unmoving from his spot.  He coaxes the dog to come to him instead.  He calls Koboshi once, twice and thrice, until he got a response from Go Bok Sil who rushes to his direction in fury.  
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EPISODE 3 QUICK THOUGHTS
I am so far loving how uncomplicated this story is and how Bok Sil and Louis seem to be just one character and can’t be separated anymore because of their impeccably engrossing chemistry.  I look forward to their cohabitation journey and how everything will change once Louis’ memory returns.  For now, I’m basking with this drama’s blithe after effect.
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KDramaLand Weekly Round Up (October 1st Week)

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The Flower in Prison (Ep 40-41) – Is there any more room for the upcoming evil deeds left for Jung Nan Jung and Lord Yoon? 9 more episodes left and we finally discovered that Ok Nyeo is a princess, and I can’t wait for her to finally strip Nan Jung of the powers she has been abusing. Also, I wish I could see a little bit more of romantic scenes for Ok Nyeo and Tae Won after all the hardships they went through in challenging the villains. “Flower in Prison” remains to be consistent on its neat storytelling even when it has been running long.

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Moonlight Drawn by the Clouds (Ep 13-14) – The cruel fate of Ra On and Lee Young’s young love sent me to tearland. I wonder how Lee Young would fight for their love when he is still in an unstable power due to the band of politician villains joining hands in robbing him of the authority he has. I just wish that Ra On would push a little more strength in her character and not make Young cry again because it really broke my heart when I saw him crying like that. *chuckles

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Scarlet Heart Ryeo (Ep 12-13) – The Goryeo princes and Hae Soo went on a business face as soon as it crossed the halfway mark of the story. I hated the 8th prince indecisiveness and hated more Hae Soo’s unrequited love towards him. I’m glad that she did not linger on that phase and I look forward to her love story with the 4th prince this time.

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Jealousy Incarnate (Ep 13-14) – The last two episodes were very fulfilling for the lead girl’s character and the love triangle frame. The HwaShin-JungWon bromance is so far a delightful watch with their don’t-like-my-gf-confrontation and drunk-i-love-you-friend-soju-night. I’m excited on the aftermath of the kiss and how Na Ri would choose whom she will really love.

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Shopping King Louis (Ep 5) – Though having a simple premise, Bok Sil and Louis are so far entertaining me with their sweet and hilarious chemistry. I like that this drama is so light and upbeat and does not trigger any negative emotions, but just pure feel good spirit. Since Kdramaland is packed with varied stories weeklong, “Shopping King Louis” is like a comfort food for me.

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I have not been up to date with K2, On the Way to the Airport, Fantastic, and Woman with a suitcase. Hopefully next week I will be, so I can include them in the round up. What are you guys watching these days?

The world that I want to live with Kang Chul

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I struggled in a long lull trying to come up with my thoughts about W: Two Worlds as it gave me a mixture of an electrifying writing but then it failed to close the story with a befitting ending.  Sprinting in a mind-blowing setting and pushing me to the extent of an imaginary world where everything is possible to happen, I had a lot of jaw-dropping and head splitting moments following Kang Chul and his adventures in discovering the world inside the world he lived in.  Visually it was appealing, and I’m not talking about Kang Chul’s frames only here, but the transition of the alternating worlds where our characters thrived.

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I was amazed and intoxicated on a whole new world inside a fictional sphere, I was rendered thrilled and brimming of love vibes every time a chapter closes on the first half of it.  Because of the previous works of the writer (Nine and Queen In Hyun’s Man), I marked “W-Two Worlds” even if Lee Jun Seok hasn’t reached the oppa status with me yet until W, and nothing has prepared me in this whirlwind of emotion trying to figure where the story will be heading and how the sweet couple would fulfil their impossible love when they live in divergent realms.

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If you haven’t caught up on “W” yet, it tells the story of a doctor, Oh Yeon Joo, who supernaturally got transported inside a manhwa which her father created.  There she saved Kang Chul, the hero of the manhwa wounded from an assault.  Yeon Joo’s alcoholic father was meaning to kill Kang Chul to end the story after he was troubled on how Kang Chul seemed to be changing the story when he doesn’t like where it is heading.  Yeon Joo still baffled on her trip to an alternate world was summoned back again after learning that his father will again attempt to kill Kang Chul who was confined in a hospital.  Yeon Joo saved him but was marked by the police for questioning and for being a suspect to Kang Chul’s rooftop accident.  Understanding that she has to do a highlight act to trigger Kang Chul’s emotion for her to return to her world, Yeon Joo kissed the hero and got what she wished for.  However, she got drawn to his world again and woke up in his room. 

Because she can’t explain the circumstances on how she knew Kang Chul, she was penthouse-arrested by the latter until she confessed everything.  Yeon Joo eventually got caught by the police.  Kang Chul coaxed her to spill what world she came in and how she knew a lot of things about him.  Still afraid of the repercussions it may bring, she revealed to Kang Chul how she knew him and vanished in the manhwa world.  After the perturbingly unbelievable confession, Kang Chul’s world froze and he saw a portal to which he entered in search of clarifying the questions Yeon Joo failed to answer.  He learned about Yeon Joo’s relationship to the artist who created him and when he confronted him about the truth, he shot him after disagreeing to his illogical vodka selfish argument of his power over him and his daughter’s entanglement in their creator-masterpiece rift.  Kang Chul decided to end his life on his own and jumped to Hangang river. 

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Oh Yeon Joo’s father survived and went on a NZ trip after two months.  All the while Yeon Joo still worrying about what happened to Kang Chul. While on a blind date, she got pulled in to Hangang River where Kang Chul is still submerged and in her desperate effort to save him, she asked her father’s assistant to help her draw the pictures that will bring him back to life.  Kang Chul woke up to his world, realizing the remnants of what happened to his visit to Yeon Joo’s universe he went to meet her after she also got sighted laying down on the cell where she disappeared.  Kang Chul got mad thinking about Yeon Joo’s selfish actions of bringing him back to manhwa life when he doesn’t have a reason to live.  In tears Yeon Joo confessed her love for him which swayed Kang Chul’s heart and sent her out of his world only to materialize again while he was about to leave.  Yeon Joo coyly pointed out how he must have been thinking about her that’s why she kept coming to his world, and he agreed by scooping a heart stopping kiss admitting how he was scared of not seeing her again.  Yeon Joo and Kang Chul agreed to do a contract marriage to bail her out of prison whilst being in love with all of their hearts but they will soon have to battle the faceless villain who already gave Kang Chul a warning of Yeon Joo’s eventual death in his hand.

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The rules were established on the connection between Yeon Joo and Kang Chul — that Yeon Joo can enter Kang Chul’s manhwa world when the latter carries her in his thoughts and she can leave if there’s a monumental shift of emotion to our hero.  Yeon Joo has control over Kang Chul’s universe as one of the creators of the manhwa setting, but he has control over her coming and leaving his universe thru his thoughts and emotions.  This drama has endless possibilities and was so strong in mocking predictable outcomes that the viewers pondered about.

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The nifty writing was executed well by the main leads in both charming renditions.  Oh Yeon Joo and her antics threw me in i-dont-care-i-will-laugh-with-all-my-heart fits on how she analyzed things and acted upon the situation given to her in those moments when she was learning her new found ability to enter a fancy world where she eventually fell in love with the man of her teenage-self dreams.  The ingenious choices she did to stir Kang Chul emotions so that she can escape his world were hilariously funny and yet lovely at the same time.  Her mischievous character is so fitting to Kang Chul’s calculating persona.  Both were quick to adjust and smart enough to deduct the situation thrown at them when they were placed in the same room. 

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Admitting to the curious case of romance they were in, they were crippled by the restrictions of the worlds they lived in, nonetheless it was a thrilling feat on how they raced on their romantic ride and sealed it with their heartfelt love.  Kang Chul and her swoon worthy adorably sweet moments with Oh Yeon Joo made me almost kill my non-living pillow out of the butterflies in my tummy that must have been wanting to see Kang Chul too.  Just like Yeon Joo I know most of the girls like me passed that stage where we put in writing our ideal man, and that’s why maybe “W” is hitting home very well in me because it tapped on my young woman fantasies so I can relate well to Yeon Joo.  I was like “aigoo!  Kang chul!  be still my heart!” on the heart fluttering episode 7 that I forgave MBC right away with Episode 8 preemption.  I didn’t notice Lee Jun Seok before but his Kang Chul portrayal suiting up a dapper handsome face, teasing smirks and mouth gaping smiles encumbered  the rational woman inside me, making me consider the possibility of being with my dream man if I draw him too, even when I can only write.  *giggles

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After crossing the half of this sweetly addictive drama journey, I have fears on how all of the dots will be connected as we winded down to the story.  From the bottom of my heart I rooted for the love couple’s ever after.  Eventhough from the onset realistically speaking it doesn’t seem viable.  But since we are defying rules in two alternating worlds, I took everything bargaining on the possibility that the closing episodes will be seamlessly done basing on the already established scenarios.  So when Kang Chul and Yeon Joo went to a more complex conflict in trying to defeat the villain who has outwitted his creator and has forced the love couple to part ways for them to survive, the reset Kang Chul pictured to be the resolution in protecting his lady love ended up to be an additional pile of side problems they had to overcome which in turn frustrated me.  By the time they successfully nailed their happy ending, I was so exhausted with the writer on why he had to do that long route and diminish the fan service scenes he could have extended to compensate on how he twisted his plot and teased the followers in catching where he intends to go.  Did I like the ending?  It was fair and satisfying but the movement of the story from its strong onset felt like the waning episodes hit a roadblock and the main leads were stripped of their initial brilliance and were thrown at a UFC fight night where they had to survive.  *chuckles

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Less the staggering twists and turns that were ever present in the narrative, I still like how “W:TwoWorlds” was so ambitious on how it vividly displayed and chronicled a love story that defied alternate universe.  It maneuvered to constant deviation and possibilities having the premise of “everything is possible to happen as long as they can draw it”.  I love smart characters playing in the story so I have to give it to Yeon Joo on how she perceives efficiently in moments when Kang Chul is hindered by the limitations of his heroic role which was dependent on his fictional character.  All throughout its showing, I was immersed on the extent of chimeric world the story would thread to, even when it hit a frustrating circle, but then it bounced back to a neatly delineated denouement although I would have wanted for another hour of extension.  

 

There is no doubt on how exemplary “W:Two Worlds” accelerated to its proxy-universe-deriding setting.  It gave a surreal drama experience and yet the romance development for the main leads was pragmatic and memorable.  If you have not caught up on Kang Chul and W yet, don’t wait for next year to happen, and be prepared for a mixed emotion spin as you frolic on this enslaving kdrama spectacle.  -jediprincess (photo credits to hancinema)

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Cinderella and the Four Knights Ep 16 Recap

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We are down to the final episode and it’s up to Ha Won and Ji Woon if they will survive their you-and-me-against-my-rich-grandpa love story.  
 
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Hyun Min heaves a sigh when the votes against the Chairman’s dismissal was declared.  Madam Ji castigates Yoon Sung for betraying her knowing that his vote protected the Chairman and his grandsons.  Hyun Min arrives in the hospital where Ha Won worriedly waits on Ji Woon.  The doctor tells them that the Chairman is in a stable condition, but Ji Woon falls in a shock as a result of his allergic reaction to anaesthesia and has put him on coma. They learn how he took the risk of the operation without telling them that he was warned by the doctor that he might now wake up in the worst case scenario.  Chairman Kang opens his eyes and learn about Ji Woon’s sacrifice as the latter has yet to regain consciousness.
 
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Seo Woo expresses concern at Ha Won who has not left Ji Woon’s side but she dismisses his offer to replace her from tending Ji Woon.  She mutters how she has never thought that Ji Woon might leave her because she always do the running away and thought it would be enough to forget him.  She voices out how she wants to do a lot of things with him like sealing love locks in Namsan tower, going to a theme park and picking up some clothes for him when they go shopping. She whispers how she regrets not properly telling Ji Woon that she likes him and how she should have loved him more since she has not done so much for him.
 
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Chairman Kang gives his last words to Yoon Sung as he meets him one last time.  He tells him to give the divorce papers to Madam Ji.  Yoon Sung apologizes and reveals that he is Madam Ji’s biological son which surprises Chairman Kang.  He speaks about how his mother is not at fault and claims everything is done by him.  He sincerely thanks Chairman Kang for everything he has given to him and walks away.  Hyun Min bumps with Yoon Sung on his way out and reminds him how he told him not to see his grandfather again.  Yoon Sung reasons that he only bids farewell to him.  Hyun Min smirks and mumbles how he does not have the right to do that and to not ever see each other again for good.
 
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Ha Won rubs on Ji Woon’s hands and talks to unconscious Ji Woon if he is not curious to know why she likes him. 
 
HA WON:  At first you were really a jerk.  But you had showed up whenever I was facing problems.  Before I knew it, I look forward to you showing up when I’m facing troubles.  And without realizing it I only had my eyes on you.  Yesterday, I was thankful for all that little moments that made me fall in love with you.  But right now you are in front of me like this and yet I miss you like crazy.
 
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Hyun Min pushes Chairman Kang’s wheelchair as they head to Ji Woon’s room.  Chairman finally learns from the doctor of how Ji Woon put his life on the line for him to survive.  Ha Won moves away to Ji Woon when the two enter the room.  Chairman Kang stares at his grandson’s face worriedly as Ha Won remembers the last conversation she had with the Chairman.  The latter asks Hyun Min to watch over Ji Woon and to let Ha Won help him return to his room.  Ha Won apologizes when he utters how he thought she is already gone for good in Ji Woon’s life by now.  She whispers how she blamed herself when he collapsed and is intending to really leave after Ji Woon’s surgery.  Chairman Kang replies that it was not her fault at all.  Ha Won pleads to him for her to stay at Ji Woon’s side until she wakes up.  Chairman Kang confirms her choice is to be with Ji Woon’s then, when she confesses how she does not care about money and her future and her willingness to return all the help she got from him.  She responds how she just want to be by Ji Woon’s side.  Chairman Kang sighs and asks her if she can still choose Ji Woon if she ever gets to a situation when she needs money and when her life reality will hinder her to stay with him.  He challenges her if she can take responsibility of her feelings toward Ji Woon till the very end making her weep silently.
 
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Chairman Kang peers at Ha Won taking care of Ji Woon from outside the room and listens to her cry painfully in the comfort room away from where Ji Woon is.  Chairman Kang gazes at the blurry picture from Ha Won’s mission and ponders on their situation.  Stepmom and Yoona meet Ha Won and inform her of the accident her father had.  Her father is safe but they need a big chunk of money to settle the damage.  Stepmom pleads her to ask money from Ha Neul people to save her father as Yoo Na shouts how she is not supposed to take care of the sick Chairman when they have a family concern like that.  
 
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While Ha Won contemplates on her problem, she receives a phone call that Ji Woon wakes up and rushes back to the hospital.  She sees the Chairman entering with Hyun Min and remembers their conversation earlier as she now understands the meaning of it.  She steals a glance on Ji Woon and decides to leave without showing her face.  Chairman Kang apologizes to Ji Woon and replies that there’s no need for it.  He weakly searches for Ha Won who already left him for good.
 
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Ha Won did not answer Ji Woon’s phonecall and wanders on the street with a heavy heart.  Madam Ji visits Chairman Kang to deliver the divorce papers and say sorry for the wrong she did.  He asks her if she really did love him and she replies that she does and that everything started because of love.  She speaks about how her love for her son changed everything and that’s why she caused trouble while she was asleep.  Chairman Kang gripes when she mentions how she regrets what she did and shuts her up by saying she should feel that way all her life because he will never forgive her.  She responds that she does not need his forgiveness, but begs to hate just her and not his son who has stayed loyal to him and his grandsons during the special meeting.  She leaves his hospital room not realizing that Hyun Min’s standing nearby.
 
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Ha Won welcomes her father back after his stay in the jail.  He asks her where she got the money and she replies that it came from her part-time job at Skyhouse.  Ji Woon enters Ha Won’s room the moment he arrives at Skyhouse.  Ajumma tells him she thought Ha Won is in the hospital with him when he asks where she is.  Ha Won and her dad get off the bus, Ha Won sees Ji Woon waiting for her, she tells her father to go ahead and leads him to a quiet place where they can talk.
 
JI WOON:  I waited for you.  I opened my eyes but you vanished.  I thought “she’ll come in the evening”, “she’ll come tomorrow”, then “she’ll probably come when I’m being discharged”.  I miss you like so much.
 
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Ha Won still not facing him responds that bringing him to the hospital is just another mission – her final mission.  She turns her back to face him and tells him that she was only there because she felt that he needed her for that big surgery.  He stops her from spilling lies and voices out how he knows how her smile, her look and her taking care of him were all genuine and it does not match her intentions of breaking up with him.  She strongly counters how he can’t still understand what she really feels and how she stayed by his side because of money.  Ji Woon interrupts her by saying he does not care about her reasons for as long as she stays with him.  She enumerates the good things that will happen in her life as promised by Chairman Kang.  Ji Woon confirms how her decision was again because of his grandfather, but she denies it and expresses how she now understands that she does not fit in the world he lives in, that’s why she chose her future over him.  He stops her from walking away and begs for her not to leave even offering to leave Haneul group for her, but she scolds him for being too full of himself and not knowing his priorities and straining his newly tied relationship with his family.  With tears brimming in her eyes, Ha Won tells him that she does not want to see him again.  Ji Woon halts her steps when he whispered he cannot live without her and how he will lose everything if he loses her, but she continues on her track to walk away from him.  Ha Won reaches their house and breaks down to tears reminiscing her memories of Ji Woon and feeling that tormenting pain of turning her back from the first man she ever loved.
 
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Seo Woo’s manager hands him a paper for his upcoming tight schedule and warns him of sleepless days ahead.  He discloses his decision to go back to paid street performances while traveling which surprises his manager.  At a cafe, Hye Ji waits for Hyun Min and smiles when he kisses her through the glasswall.  She steps out and stops him but he replies how he does not care about everything and how he intends to hug and kiss her whenever he feels it.  He gives her a fond look and tells her he will not ever let her go to which she replies that she won’t go anywhere.  He plants a quick peck on her lips and murmurs how she is so pretty it makes his heart beats fast.
 
 
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Ji Woon wallows in his recent break up so he did not notice Seo Woo approaching.  His cousin asks if he already met Ha Won and he responds that he did but she told him not to see her anymore.  Seo Woo comments how weird it was for Ha Won to say that she does not want to see him again when she took care of him diligently when he was unconscious.  Ji Woon speaks how he must have made things hard for her and how he does not understand how she feels.  He murmurs how he is not sure of anything and that he should just let her go.  Seo Woo enlightens his mind by agreeing to his sentiments but pointing out how what he feels is exactly what her worries are too.  He assures him that Eun Ha Won likes him a lot like the only person in the world.  He encourages him not to let her go.  Ji Woon thanks him and marches to head somewhere as Seo Woo grumbles how he should chase and be good to Ha Won because he let go of his first love for him.
 
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Ji Woon confronts Grandpa if he ordered Ha Won to leave him.  Chairman Kang clears his throat and mumbles how his Ha Won related decisions is what’s best for his future.  You should have not given him a piece of your liver Ji Woon *lol
He finally asks him about how he also did the same thing to his mother before which perplexed the old man.  He lectures his grandfather on how his parents’ love affair would have yielded a different result if he did not meddle before and takes on that pattern to what he is having with Ha Won right now. Grandpa counters how he must have thought that it will be the same for him and Ha Won, but he declares that he does not care about the results but he will be with the woman he loves even if he will end up being hurt because of it.  Ji Woon painfully whispers how he will regret letting go of Ha Won just like how he regretted sending off his father and that he does not room for anymore regret if he will cast him away too.  Ji Woon kneels and begs his grandfather’s blessing to be with Ha Won.  Tears welled in his eyes as he whispers how he cannot breathe without Ha Won.
 
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Chairman Kang ruminates on Ji Woon’s request and flashes back to when he silently watches Ha Won lovingly taking care of unconscious Ji Woon.  Ha Won and her family sit down for a dinner and we finally see a glint of kindness shown by her stepmom and Yoo Na to her.  Ha Won receives a phonecall from Chairman Kang and she heads to meet him in his office.
Ha Won smiles at the sight of the healthy Chairman.  He speaks about how the Skyhouse people are looking for her since she just disappeared without a word.  He asks Ha Won about her stay in Skyhouse as she narrates the difference of his grandsons’ personalities.
 
HA WON:  Hyun Min seems to be that kind of person who can’t be serious about anything, but he is pure-hearted and thoughtful in many ways.  He also made me laugh a lot when I was facing problems before.  He is also not a playboy at all.
 
CHAIRMAN:  What about Seo Woo?
 
HA WON:  Seo Woo is very kind and good to others.  It feels so comfortable to be with him.  He may seem like free-spirited, but he follows his own life philosophies.  He is a rich boy who understands that life is never easy.
 
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Ha Won beams all throughout her analysis report of Chairman’s grandsons but she pauses and her smile fades when he mentions Ji Woon.  Chairman Kang breaks the silence and tells Ha Won that he is giving them his blessings to be together.  He reveals how Ji Woon seems to miss her a lot, but Ha Won responds how she agrees to what Chairman’s warning was as when she recently faced a money problem, she could not make it to choose Ji Woon.  She acknowledged how she ran away because it dawned on her the realities of her life.  She speaks about how she was happy during her stay in the Skyhouse and how she has seen that the Lang cousins changed for the better.  Chairman affirms to how she kept her promise and offers her to come back anytime.
 
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Seo Woo wonders why his manager follows him on his way to do busking.  He explains that he still has to protect his artist in case the audience will go crazy on him.  He notices his heavy bag and calls in a porter to help him.  Ja Young emerges and introduces herself as his new manager.  Ji Woon is summoned by Grandpa and gives his father’s ring so he can give it to the woman he loves.  He tells him that he only has his father’s ring but Ji Woon does not recall his mother having worn any ring before.  He suddenly remembers Ha Won’s mother’s ring and how their mothers died on the same day.
 
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Hyun Min paces to Ha Won’s direction dragging her luggage while she stares at hers and Ji Woon’s holding hands picture.  He sits beside her and mutters how he has to bring her things after vanishing like that.  She complains on how he does not care about her anymore since he is back with Hye Ji so he teases her on regretting losing a catch like him.  She smiles muttering how they are matched to be together.  Hyun Min brings out Ha Won’s love problem and rants how she crazily nursed Ji Woon back to life only to disappear when he woke up.  Hyun Min reaches for a shoebox and places it on Ha Won’s lap.  He narrates how she left the shoes from Grandpa’s wedding and he got one of the pair while Yoon Sung got the other.  Hyun Min scolds her for acting like Cinderella and she denies doing it and returns the shoes to him.  Hyun Min makes a serious face and tells her to wear the shoes when she will muster the courage to meet the man she loves.  He brings out how he suffered from a heartbreak so he wants her not to run away from things that cannot be hidden.  He encourages her to free her feelings and to not run away if she really likes Ji Woon.
 
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Ji Woon calls an office to check on his dead mother’s ring and was notified that someone wants to see him regarding his mother’s belonging.  It turns out to be Ha Won’s father who is also surprised remembering the young man he saw briefly who was waiting for his daughter.  He explains how the ring was clutched hard by his wife when she died and learned recently that it was not hers but of the neighbor who wanted the ring to be given to his son in her dying breath.  Ha Won’s father learns how the ring was given by his father to his mother.  Through his stories, Ji Woon remembers the time when he actually first met Ha Won while they were grieving at the death of their mothers.  He handed her a white rose and wiped her tears from sobbing.  He gave her his arm band and told her that he will recognize her if she will show that to him if they meet someday.  In return she gave him her hairclip and made her promise to return it to her.
 
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Ji Woon drives cheerfully at his recent discovery as Ha Won mulls over the pep talk she had with Hyun Min while focusing on the pink shoes she was holding.  Her reverie is halted when his father calls in reporting his meeting with the ring owner and revealing it to be Ji Woon.  His father asks her if she likes the boy and we see Ha Won responds by wearing the Cinderella shoes and walking down on that high neighborhood staircase to meet Ji Woon who emerges from his car to meet his girl halfway.  He shows her hairclip on his palm as Ha Won gives her arm band.  He takes her hand, puts on his mother’s ring and utters how she should think of him whenever she sees that ring.  She also puts on his father’s ring which we don’t know how magically she got lol and tells him to think the same when he sees the ring on his finger.  He takes her in his embrace and plants a you-are-mine kiss as Ha Won throws all her inhibitions and accepts the love that were meant for them all along.
 
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Ja Young cheers happily at Seo Woo’s street performance which was welcomed gladly by his audience.  Hyun Min pays a visit to Yoon Sung who returned to teaching Judo.  He convinces him of going back to work with them, but he declines having no right to do that. He said sorry for not trusting him and urges him to go back as the Chairman is waiting for him.  Madam Ji feels sad after another failed attempt to sell an insurance policy when suddenly Chairman surprises her with a bouquet of flowers and a love offer to go back to him.  Hyun Min and Hye Ji visit her brother as Hyun Min vows to his friend how he will not think about him anymore but will focus on taking care of Hye Ji.  They walk along the grassy memorial place and Hyun Min stops to face her.  He mentions how he is amazing by missing her everytime even when she is with him.  He cups her face with his hands and pecks on forehead, eyes, nose and cheek while saying how all of those are pretty.  Hye Ji responds how she has pretty lips too and tiptoes to give him a quick kiss which he returns with a deeper kiss.
 
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Ha Won moves toward Ji Woon who was taking pictures with the old camera.  He talks about how beautiful it was that day and praises how she is looking so pretty too.  She takes the camera from him and commands him to move back so she can take his picture.  He obliges but he notices his ring missing on Ha Won’s hand.  He asks where the ring is and she explains that she removed it for a bit earlier because she was doing something with ajumma.  Ji Woon whines on how he never takes his ring off for a month when he showers but she claims to remove it “just a little bit”.  
 
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Ha Won sheepishly smiles and promises she won’t remove it ever, but he grumpily denies her apology and declares a punishment of no skinship between them for a month.  Ha Won is amused at her man-child boyfriend who got furious over little things.  She inches closer to him and challenges him on who will suffer more on his no-skinship threat.  Ji Woon realizes his useless threat so he follows her and imprisoned her in his arms.  She demands him to abide by the punishment he just told, but he took it back and voices out how he was just disappointed a bit because those rings meant a lot to him since it bound them for 10 years so he wants her to treat it preciously.  Ha Won responds that she knows it very well.  He puts the ring back on his finger and whispers “i love you” to her as she replies an “i love you maybe” to him.  Aigoo you two!  I will miss both of you.  
 
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Ha Won and Ji Woon march to where the rest of the gang are having a picnic.  Seo Woo happily sings while Ja Young cheers for it.  Hyun Min and Hye Ji are playing cherry kiss as Yoon Sung sits with them with a big grin.
 
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Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 15 
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 14
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 13
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 12
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 11
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 10
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 09
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 08
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 07
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 06
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 05
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 04
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 03
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 02
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Final Episode Quick Thoughts 
 
I went blank after the staircase kiss so I don’t care much about that last minute Ji Woon and Ha Won connection.  I’m satisfied with the happy ending for all of them.  True, there were a lot of screenplay lapses and unnecessary flashbacks on those character lone scene moments, but I gambled my time because of my being a Jung Il Woo fan girl and at the very least I enjoyed the committed roles the main leads showed as their screen romance blossomed.  KDramas like this is meant to tap on those unadulterated young love that we had at some point in our lives.  And yes sir!  I was reminded of my old teen crushes from 10 years back.
 
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Cinderella and Four Knights tried to mark the checklist on kdrama youth romcom prototype and was successful at some and lacking at others, but the upbeat and smart presentation of the cast except you-know-who-she-is compensated to the trite story premise.  I would want my nieces to watch this drama to understand that love is never about you-and-me-against-the-world-or-money, but the willingness to work on why love mutually happened in the first place.  For a feel-good romcom treat, this drama is not that bad.  I will dearly miss Kang cousins and Ha Won.  As I usually do full series review, I’m happy that I did not give up on this drama and reached this finish line.  I thank you all everyone for reading through my recaps.
 
-abbyinhallyuland
 
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Cinderella and the Four Knights Ep 15 Recap

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Though not acknowledging it fully, Kang cousins has accepted subconsciously the blood that connects them and work side by side to protect their comatose grandfather’s position as the Chairman of the company he built through his hardwork.  With one chapter left, we are left to worry if Ji Woon will survive the operation, and if he does, will Ha Won really vanish in his life?
 
 
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Just as Ji Woon arrives to try and be his grandfather’s last hope of survival, Madam Ji and Yoon Sung hold a meeting with the directors about the new beginning they plan to push for the company.  Ji Woon gets tested to check if he is a match for the chairman as the evil witch urges the directors how Yoon Sung will be of great help for the leadership the company needs since the Chairman trusts him a lot.
 
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Ji Woon narrates to Ha Won how he learned recently that his grandfather lies about not knowing his mother when he asked her to leave the Sky House in the past.  He speaks about how he was mad about it and initially vows on vanishing and not communicating with Skyhouse people anymore but he changed his mind when she enlightened him.  He adds that he will ask the Chairman all the things he wants to know when he wakes up.  Ha Won puts his jacket back on his arms and excuses herself on being part of their family affairs and just wanting to do her one last mission, but he refuses her thoughts and gives his jacket to her again.
 
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Ji Woon sees Hyun Min and Seo Woo waiting for him as he preps up for the remaining tests and ask them why they were there.  He orders them to go home or go to the Chairman’s room, but they follow him to where he was about to sit and they all sit in uniformity and in sync.  *chuckles that was so cute  They tell him that they will wait and not leave until his tests are done.  Hyun Min asks Ji Woon if he came back because of Ha Won but he denies it and mutters that he came back in his own accord because he is grandpa’s family and he wants to save him.  Ha Won smiles seeing the Kang cousins sitting together and scratching their heads in the same direction reflecting how they share the same family mannerisms.
 
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Ji Woon goes to his grandpa’s room and mutters how he wants to hear something from him.  He goes back to his earlier conversation with the doctor on how his grandfather feels sorry and worries a lot about him.  He utters that he forgives him on behalf of his mom and urges him to fight and wake up from his coma.  Ji Woon approaches the waiting party and tells his cousins that they will just wait for the results.  He replies he will drop Ha Won to the Skyhouse when Seo Woo asks if she will go back to the house.  Seo Woo responds to Hyun Min that he brought his car as the latter speaks about how they are not used to worrying about each other anyway.  He walks away but stops and calls his cousin and reminds him to drive safely.   awww I like how these cousins are starting to become a real family now
Hyun Min bumps with Madam Ji and Yoon Sung on his way to the parking lot and the evil witch fakes a smile to him.  He points out how she has been busy not taking care of her husband who is currenly ill but she makes an alibi on how she is looking for potential donors for his surgery.  He discloses that Ji Woon got tested but she mentions how he could still be not a match making him questioned her strange negativity on their situation.  He cheers the two villains with how they have been busy lately and walks away as the two have not figured out yet that he already knew about the wicked ploys they were doing behind the Chairman’s back.
 
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Ha Won grabs Ji Woon’s arm and gives back his jacket murmuring how she has to get his things back.  He declines and tells her to give it back when they are home.  She murmurs that she does not want to go back to Skyhouse but he refuses strongly muttering how there is no mission given to her anyway.   He pleads her stay by his side until the Chairman wakes up.  She talks him out of his being stubborn when he asks her if she does not want to stay by his side and to clear the misunderstanding haunting his thoughts.  She asks what he meant about that as he replies how he knows her well enough to know that she wants to be by his side.
 
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Ha Won braces herself with Ji Woon’s words and denies his thoughts as she pushes his jacket to his chest.  She turns her back and rushes to walk away but stops when Ji Woon tells her he is sorry.
 
JI WOON:  I’m sorry.  I’m sorry for letting you leave like that last time.  I don’t believe anything you said that day.  I don’t care what your reason is for staying by my side, but please don’t leave me.
 
Ji Woon embraces her to stop her protest and whispers how he does not care about that things she does just as long as she is by his side.
 
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Hyun Min takes his phone to call Hye Ji but drops his phone and just sinks in his lone time.  Seo Woo also immerses on his thoughts before his manager cuts his reverie to reveal how his concerts has been cancelled and his album will be rescheduled to give way to his family problem.  He apologizes for the trouble but his manager assures him not to worry about it as singing happily does not agree well when his grandfather has yet to wake up.
Ha Won walks in to her old Skyhouse room and convinces herself that she will break up with Ji Woon at the right time and after she sorts her feelings well as Ji Woon sits on his bed and stares on grandpa’s phone while remembering Ha Won’s pep talk on how he should take his problems heads on.  He talks to his mother’s picture and confirms with her that he did the right thing.
 
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The next morning Ji Woon meets the doctor and is told that he is a match for the chairman.  However he reveals that he has an allergy to anaesthesia and there will be a risk that might happen during the surgery depending on how his body will respond.  Ji Woon contemplates on proceeding with the surgery after learning he might not be able to wake up anymore if his body does not survive the shock from the allergy attack.
 
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Ha Won finds Yoon Sung in the hospital and notices how he does not look well.  Ji Woon arrives and affirms that the surgery will happen because he is a match to the Chairman.  Yoon Sung pretends please with the result and leaves them to report about the news to his mother.  Seo Woo delivers the news about Ji Woon’s test result to Hyun Min and ajumma and they join forces to prepare for what he needs for the surgery.   Ha Won visits the Chairman’s room and speaks about his upcoming surgery.  She wishes him to wake up soon because the boys are waiting for him.  She places the blurry family photo she took of his grandsons on the table.  Just then the evil witch enters the room and she assures her that she will disappear quietly once the surgery is done.  Madam Ji calls Yoon Sung and tells him to mark the surgery date as it will also be the date when they will have the special shareholder’s meeting.
 
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Ji Woon signs on the surgery form and is reminded by the doctor to be stress free and rest well before the operation tomorrow.  He signals Ha Won’s presence for him to avoid mentioning the surgery risk he hid from her and his family.  The doctor tasks Ha Won to care for him but she catches on how he is hiding something from her.  He soothes her apprehensions by telling those were just last minute formalities for patients who will have a major surgery.  She makes a sad puppy face and utters how she is worried about him, but he holds her hand and assures her not to feel that way.  He orders her to buy some food for him if she is really that worried and she happily submits to his command.
 
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Hye Ji browses on the designer’s SNS profile and finds a picture he has with Hyun Min. (omo this girl is still here?! lol)  We all know how her stupid emotional brain processes thoughts and I see this coming so I was not surprised when she meets with the designer and declines his offer thinking it was another Hyun Min’s doing.  The designer tells her not to misunderstand and to trust her talent and how she should not act that way to the man who just want the best for the girl she likes, but she remains firm with her decision.  He advises her that the offer is still valid in case she changes her mind.  dear designer, to solve a problem like Hye Ji is no easy task.  We already gave up on how she understands things in her own protective bubble
 
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Ha Won screams at the ruckus created inside Ji Woon’s room as Hyun Min plays on the video game console he set up, Seo Woo plays his music and ajumma feeds Ji Woon with his favorite food.  She lectures them on breaking the sanctity of a hospital room.  Hyun Min reasons how he is bored waiting for the transplant procedure to happen.  Seo Woo agrees to what Hyun Min said and boasts on the upbeat music he chose to play to calm Ji Woon’s nerves as ajumma argues how he should be fed well before the operation.  She shuts them all up and confiscates the paraphernalia they bought chattering how Ji Woon needs to be on a calm and relax state until tomorrow.  She looks at Hyun Min and cites how his idea might make him sleepless and will surely take a toll on his health.  Seo Woo bickers on how she just insulted his music when she rants how his music can make Ji Woon tired.  Then she thanks ajumma for bringing the food that she will eat gladly even when the latter complained that she cooked Ji Woon’s favorites.  She completes her verdict with a “visiting hours is closed” remark as she kicks out the rowdy bunch to the door. 
 
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The three whines on the fate they just experience from Ha Won before they separate their ways and vow not to take care of Ji Woon anymore.  Hyun Min spots the company’s lawyer in the hospital and tells them to go ahead and he will just follow them.  He furtively listens to the lawyer’s conversation with Madam Ji and learns about the special board member’s meeting that will discuss the ousting of Chairman Kang.  She assures the lawyer that they will win as Yoon Sung is working hard to subdue the opposition.  Hyun Min places a phonecall to someone and confirms that Madam Ji transfers her stocks to Yoon Sung as what he initially deducted.
 
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 He rushes to his grandfather’s office and finds Yoon Sung sitting on his table.  He acknowledges his presence and blabs how he is busy doing his grandpa’s job and to talk to him in the hospital if his concern is not urgent.  Hyun Min asks what they were scheming on and reveals he already caught up with their lies.  Yoon Sung calms him down, but he responds how he must have loved money to become the evil witch crony after getting her stocks transferred to him.  Hyun Min grabs his collar as Yoon Sung bursts to rage and raises his voice at his whining.  He speaks about how the Chairman has worked hard for the company and how he should done it himself if he wants to protect that position and how he should not delude himself that the Chairman’s position is unbreakable as a lot of people desire that position.  He challenges him on how he call himself an heir when he does not know how to protect his position and that makes him unqualified for the role.  He motions to leave but Hyun Min stops him and tells straight to his face that he will prove him wrong and will show him how he will protect the things that belong to him.  
 
 
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Ha Won wakes up the dozing Ji Woon as she nags on how he should not sleep after having a meal because he has to maintain his weight prior to the surgery.  Ji Woon gives up on her nagging and reaches for some tissue.  But then Ha Won notices the tissue box design where the tissue looks like coming out from a woman’s bum and takes it from him to which he complains on how he can’t even blow his nose.  aigoo!  but that tissue box would have been more cute if it will look like coming out from a woman’s bossom *giggles
Ha Won suggests using the tissue on the bathroom and keeps the tissue imprisoned by her hands.  
 
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Ji Woon teases her of being jealous over a tissue box but denies that she is.  He tugs the tissue box from her as she resists him, but she ends up falling on his chest.  He teases her even more by saying how being that close to him was her intention all along because she wanted to kiss him as she tries to free herself but he holds her tighter and tempts her by moving his lips for a kiss.  She stamps his lips with the tissue paper and manages to escape his embrace and turns on the TV to wash out his crazy ideas.
 
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 They see the news about the urgent boardmember meeting for Haneul group and speculations on who will replace the Chairman who was still on comatose.  Yoon Sung receives a call from Madam Ji who informs him that the news was already broadcast on TV so there’s no going back for them anymore.  Kang cousins receive a text message for the shareholder’s meeting so Seo Woo rushes to Hyun Min’s room to explain what’s happening.  He explains bluntly how they are dragging down the Chairman as Seo Woo complains of how the people are betraying their grandpa.  He hushes him to be quiet as he is meditating but Seo Woo mutters how they cannot easily dismiss the Chairman.  Hyun Min corrects his thoughts revealing how they are a step behind as their opponents already moved to convince some of the directors and is in the process of convincing those on their side as well.  Seo Woo learns from Hyun Min on how Yoon Sung has been orchestrating everything with Madam Ji and orders him to meet the directors from their Entertainment company as he will take care of the investors from their constuction and chemical businesses.  They agree to hang on until their grandfather wakes up.
 
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Madam Ji looks please on the newspaper article of her comatose husband’s supposed stepping down as Haneul group CEO as  Seo Woo heads to Haneul entertainment building to plead the support of the directors.  Hyun Min also meets with the other investors and suits up to a charismatic heir speaking about his vulnerabilities as an inexperience young man in running the business but promises them that his passion will protect the company they all help built with his grandpa.  He gives a moving speech to drive trust from the directors and they will have to wait if they will keep the Chairman’s position.  He visits his grandfather after the meeting and tells him how he did so well that day so he wants him to wake up so he can praise him properly.
 
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Hyun Min sits beside Ji Woon as the latter mentions how he has been busy with the events of the company.  He dismisses the conversation he is heading and warns him that he is only holding back because they need to maintain his calm disposition until tomorrow.  Ji Woon hands him his POA for his vote on the shareholder’s meeting.  Hyun Min smirks not expecting the support he got from him  but he replies that the company matters involve him too.  He speaks how he does not want the liver he will give to the Chairman go useless if he will survive the operation and wakes up with a heart attack knowing his position was robbed while he was unconscious.
 
 
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Seo Woo meets Ja Young to celebrate her paycheck and binge on pizza.  Ja Young prepares to eat but notices Seo Woo not moving to do the same.  He shares about his sentiments about how he can be of help to the company problems and the upcoming surgery of Ji Woon and grandpa.  Ja Young cheers him up by suggesting how he can be a source of encouragement for his family so he should not feel so down.  He tells her how it was strange that he thought about her the moment he started feeling that slump and she beams at him saying that it could be because they are fated to be together.
 
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After pondering on her actions toward Hyun Min, Hye Ji goes to Skyhouse and waits for him to return.  He steps in the house and sees Hye Ji sitting on the living room.  She stands up to ask for him to speak with her, but he asks her to leave as he is tired and wants to rest.  She tells him to stop feeling sorry anymore to her brother and to her.  As Hyun Min flashes back his memory to when he ran after seeing his friend on the ground, she whispers that it was not his fault and apologizes on not knowing it before hand thinking how he struggled to bear that unnecessary guilt after the incident.  Hyun Min says sorry to her and goes to his room leaving her crying and making me annoyed with that insufferable crying face, but after a few seconds, he musters courage and go back to where Hye Ji is.
 
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HYUN MIN:  It was hard for me.  I have to protect grandpa and the company now.  But I’ve never protected anything that belongs to me before.  I could not protect the most important thing to you.  And I felt like all I ever did was hurt you which made me miserable.  That’s why I pushed you away and closed my heart to you.  But I’m not going to do that anymore.   I was wrong to run away from you before.  Now, I will protect you properly.
 
He moves toward her and holds her face in place to give her a kiss that he has been holding back all those years.  
 
 
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Ji Woon tests how Ha Won will react and asks her what she will do if he won’t wake up after the surgery.  She slaps his shoulder and castigates him for saying things like that.  He teases how she seems to be scared about it and appeases her that he is not worried because she is beside him.  He talks about the first time they met at the columbarium and thinks how his mother led her to meet him. They learn that their mothers share the same death anniversary which made them realized they have been on the same spot in the past years.  He leads her to lay down side beside him and they stare at each other’s face while holding hands.  He voices out the things he wants to do with her like watching a movie, walking in the park and eating ddokbeoki on a street stall.  She sighs on why the things he wants to do for a date are simple when he is a 3rd generation rich boy.  He remembers the wish card he got from her from finding her necklace and off she gives in to her promised wish by sneaking out the patient and going on a late night date with him.  
 
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He kisses her hand while he sits beside her in a movie house and makes cute selfie faces as they walk along an aquarium park where he steals a kiss from her too.  Ji Woon watches her happily eats on the food cart as he can’t eat because of the surgery tomorrow.  They head home but then Ha Won remembers leaving her phone so he goes back to get it from the food cart as she crosses the road and waits for him on the other side.  
 
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They face each other from the other side of the road as Ha Won looks at him mumbling how he should not be surprised if she is not there when he wakes up tomorrow.  Ji Woon shouts at what she said and she responds to it with another silent “I’m sorry”.  He shouts again that he can’t hear her.  Ha Won shouts back and tells him she was saying “I Love You” which made him smile.  The traffic light signals green and he runs to where she is.  He hugs her and when she asks him if he heard what she said, he hugs her body closer and gives her an “i-love-you-more” kiss.
 
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Ji Woon peers lovingly at Ha Won’s sleeping face and fixes the blanket covering her body.  She encloses her hand with his hands and promises her that he will return safely to her side.
 
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It’s D-day for the decision on Chairman Kang’s ousting and his surgery.  Hyun Min looks dapper in his suit and reads a cheering text message from Hye Ji.   Ji Woon is being prep for the surgery and looks nervous about it.  Ha Won inches closer and covers his hand with her two small hands.  She smiles at him as their eyes give and receive meaningful encouraging stare.  
 
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The Board members cast their votes coinciding to the patients being brought to the operating room.  As the votes were finally counted, Ha Won finds solace staring at her picture with Ji Woon, but a team of doctors disrupts her thoughts as they head urgently to the operating room.
 
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Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 14
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 13
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 12
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 11
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 10
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 09
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 08
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 07
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 06
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 05
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 04
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 03
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 02
Cinderella and Four Knights Episode 01
 
Cinderella
 
 
EPISODE 15 QUICK THOUGHTS
 
The world I want to picture to cap up this series is Chairman Kang having a picnic with his grandsons with the girls they love and I know that’s where we are heading.  I thought that there will be an ultimate showdown on Ha Won’s heart but the story leaned on to Ji Woon’s parallel love fate with his parents which I already accepted.  I don’t know how they will squeeze everything since they left a lot of unanswered scenarios in one episode so I just hope that they will tie it up nicely having exerted my patience on not giving up on their story.  Joon Young is the only kdrama character who can die this year in kdramaland so I’m confident that the writer won’t go “W” and confuses himself with how he will end the story.  I’m ready to say goodbye to Ha Won and the Kang cousins tomorrow.  Please don’t disappoint me.
 
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Shopping King Louis Ep 2 Recap

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Louis took the opportunity having given the freedom to drive his car on his own the moment he arrives in Korea.  Stepping on the gas he drifted fast as a truck bumped his car and shattered it to pieces.   He wakes up with no memory of who he is and to a world he is unfamiliar with.  When Bok Sil lunged to face him and found that he was not the brother she was hunting, she checks on the mark of the jacket and confirms that it was Bok Nam’s.  Unable to remember who he is, Louis tells her that he does not know how he got the jacket and that he does not remember anything about him at all.
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Bok Sil brings Louis to the police station to check his identity, however his finger prints does not reflect anything.  Detective deduces how Louis probably met Bok Nam before he lost his memory.  He tells her how she cannot probably help him as she does not have a place to stay, but holding on to how he is the only clue to find her brother, she decides to take care of him until his memory comes back.  They pass on a car wreck from Louis’ accident while walking as Chairman Choi receives Louis’ watch that she gifted on his 20th birthday from the police proving her grandson died on the accident.  Louis whines for food but Bok Sil shuts him up to wait for dinner as she does not eat 3 meals a day.  He sees a kiosk selling toast and when offered by the selling lady, he takes it and munches on it.  She scolds him for taking the food without money and pays the sandwich against her will.
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Bok Sil goes to her work and is warned not to come in late.  She learns from an ajumma that the company is in gloomy situation because the Chairwoman’s grandson died.  Louis waits obediently as Bok Sil does her job.  He mocks her cleaning job but she retaliates how it is better than a beggar.  Two office girls sit nearby Louis and talks about Chairwoman Choi’s famed curse putting her grandson to death the moment he arrives in Korean soil. The aroma of the coffee they were drinking puts him on a trance and he moves closer to them to smell it.  The woman gets petrified by Louis’ face and calls the security to cast him out.  Bok Sil borrows a fellow worker’s handphone to check with Joong Won on when he will pay the ginseng but he reasons not having time to go to the herb market to validate it.
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Louis sees Director Baek with his entourage leaving the building and whispers how cool the scene was.  He stands up when Bok Sil finishes her work.  He tells her he was taken outside because they thought he was a beggar.  She chuckles how they got that conclusion spot on.  Louis asks her name and laughs when he heard his weird name, but she bickers how he should not laugh since he does  not remember his name.  Louis sheepishly asks Bok Sil if he can get a cup of coffee and at that same moment, Butler Kim offers his favorite coffee on their visit to his grave.  
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The two went to a public bath house to clean up.  Louis stuns Bok Sil and my fickle heart when he emerges clean and handsome after washing up.  The new experience sends Louis to happy land as he tries on the bath house features with  Bok Sil.  Later on they lay down to rest and he was warned not to move so close to her as he is still a man, but he faces her and whispered he is scared she might leave him.  
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She faces him and asks why he is timid and he replies that he does not like to be alone.  He adds how he is not used to the feeling of being hit or look down and cast off.  She mutters how he acts like a baby when he is old enough and complains how she spent a lot that day because of him.  He thanks her sincerely and asks her to promise she won’t leave him until his memory comes back.  She takes his pinky and vows to stay so she can also find his brother.  He keeps her pinky tied with his as both of them doze to sleep.
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Baek Ma Ri sobs to the realization that her dream wedding to Louis/Ji Sung will not happen.  Her mom calms her that she will meet a better man, but she disagrees as she only wants to get married to the heir of Gold group.  She stops with her tantrums when it dawns on her that her father will be the successor of the company since Louis died therefore, she will soon inherit it.
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Bok Sil leaves for work and gave $5 to Louis who pouts on where the money would go.  She walks away but stops and gave another $2 to the sulking man-child.  Off he goes to the bath house store and asks for the cheapest coffee.  Ajumma gives him a small cup of instant coffee and he fell in love the moment it slips thru his lips.  He drowns to a whole new world of coffee and spends all the $7 Bok Sil gave to him.   Louis bumps with a scary woman on his way to a sauna room and got a scary shout from  her.  He rests his coffee soaked body and a 50-dollar bill caught his attention.  He takes it and leaves the room immediately.
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Weak from the recent breakdown die to the supposed death of her grandson, Chairwoman Choi speaks with Director Baek and tasked him to take care of the company as she will find reprieve in the house she used to stay with Louis.  In the car while heading somewhere, Director Baek gives an evil smile as one of the director speaks the unfortunate demise of Louis but Director Baek deserves the company as he strengthened it to what it is now.  
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Joong Won meets his team and talks about utilizing social media commerce to the products they will be launching.  One of the team members complains about the need for additional employees, but he dismissed his suggestion blabbing how his only talent is to analyze the team workload.  The same team member pushes a cup of tea for Joong Won and ends up spilling it on his cellphone.  Bok Sil who can’t reach Joong Won because of his broken phone was told to give up as it is clear that she got scammed by the man who owes her money.
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At the bath house, Louis is being bullied by the ajumma he bumped with earlier insisting he took her money.  She demands him to pay for it causing a commotion in the place.  Bok Sil rescues him and gives her the money she demanded which was twice as the amount Louis picked on the floor.  They leave the place when ajumma bully accuse them of being bath house scammers who take money from people staying in public bath house.  
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Louis promises Bok Sil that he never stole her money.  She replies she knows that and advises him that if he finds money next time,  he should just keep it and not spend it.  She worries on where they will stay for the night and he mutters that they can just stay in her place.  She mumbles how she moved to Seoul and used to leave in Gangwon province so she does not have a place to stay.  They see students eating ramyun inside a convenience store and we see them next surprising the same students with how they slurp the noodles they bought.  Louis blabs how the food is so delicious but he does not remember the taste of it.  Pleased at how he enjoys it, Bok Sil buys him another cup and makes him even more happy.
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Joong Won urges his father to be true to his wife about her bad cooking since he keeps complaining about.  He answers back that he can’t do it as a husband.  Joong Won tells him to stay loyal with her food then and leaves his father alone.  Joong Won aboji head to check his fridge murmuring how sons are useless and sees Bok Sil’s ginseng and wonders if it is true ginseng.
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Bok Sil spots grandma thief from the convenience tour and they run to chase her.  Clumsy Louis got knocked down by grandma thief, but Bok Sil clings on the back of the moving bus as she kills grandma thief with her stare.  Grandma thief steps out from the bus and is surprised by Bok Sil’s sudden attack.  They engage on a playground battle as grandma challenges young Bok Sil with her not so halmon-ish athletic body.  Bok Sil eventually conquers her and they sit on a bench while she tends grandma’s knee wound.  The latter offers herself to be jailed, but she assures her that she only needs her dress that she wears.  Bok Sil goes to the wrong convenience store and finds Louis not there.
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Louis pleads to the truck driver in front of the convenience store to not leave because Bok Sil might not locate him if his truck is not there for her guide.  He sits patiently when three students approach him.  They praise his pretty face and ask him to buy them food.  They drag him in the nearby park where they hit him when they found out that he has no penny at all.  Louis lays on the floor after being kicked and seeing the girls ganging up on him triggers a memory of when he was used to be bullied by a group of boys.  
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Bok Sil luckily finds them and shouts at the girl to stop what they were doing.  They brawl like wild beasts in the jungle but Bok Sil ends up being robbed with the little money they have.  Feeling bad after witnessing Bok Sil cry, Louis apologizes to Bok Sil as they wander in the street.  He looks in her eye and tells her he was scared that she will not come back for him.  She replies that she knew that being homeless, having no money and not knowing anyone is really frightening.  He makes her promise to make him tag along wherever she goes and she beams at how childlike he is.  
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Louis finds 100 cents and they teied to use it to call Joong Won but he did not answer the phone.  They sit on the telephone booth shivering from the cold night.  He murmurs how she can count on him while he gazes at her worried face.  She smirks at his words and gets up when he asks where they should be going?  They walk and walk until reaching the office where Bok Sil cleans.  They enter Joong Won’s department’s room and sneak to drink some coffee.  They marvel at the wealth of the owner of the company.  Louis notices her new dress and she narrates that it was her mother’s.  He learns that her parents died when she was young and have no memories of them while growing up.  Louis murmurs that he is sleepy so she forces him to sleep inside the rest room.
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Joong Won arrives in the office with a disturbed tummy.  He heads straight to the comfort room and releases the evil spirit lurking inside his tummy.  Louis snores loud irritating Joong Won so he knocks on the wall to wake up the sleeping weirdo.  Louis wakes up with a stiff neck and was halted by Joong Won when he marches outside the comfort room.  He ignores him and runs when he starts chasing him.  
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He gets inside the elevator where the office girls recall him to be the weird beggar from yesterday.  Ma Ri sees him as well and follows him but Bok Sil was able to hide him.  Bok Sil asks ajumma Hwang if she knows of a cheap place to stay and they were brought to a rooftop room.  Louis complains about the bare house and the eerie feeling it has.  The landlady talks with ajumma Hwang and the latter asks for $100 for the rent since no one wants to live in the room where 3 people already died.
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Joong Won finally resurrected his phone and wonders why Bok Sil is not calling him that day.  His parents cheerfully enter his place and chat about the ginseng they sold.  Flustered about the fate of Bok Sil’s wild ginseng, he gets another surprise when his mother reveals that they sold it for $5000.
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Chairwoman Choi asks Butler Lee to help her sleep and asks about Louis’ sleeping habit.  While Butler Lee recalls his young master’s penchant for a soft, comforting blanket… amnesiac Louis sleeps outside the rooftop house covered by newspaper pages. lol  Bok Sil opens the door when the rain pours and let Louis sleeps inside.  Outside the house, an ajussi stares at the rooftop room while the two rests their weary bodies.  
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The next morning Joong Won slips on the floor and calls the cleaning lady for not doing her job properly.  Bok Sil mumbles an apology to Joong Won who just recognized her.  At the rooftop house, Louis stares at the pouring rain when a man wearing the same jacket as he does says hello to him.
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SKL Ep 2 Quick Thoughts
Louis and Bok Sil had me at their quirky pairing.  I like Louis in his shopaholic self but I’m liking him even more as he adjust to a lifestyle he feels he is unfamiliar with, but enjoying it the same.  This episode marks the beginning of their connection and I want to give Bok Sil a trophy for her kindness.
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I will give a “B” rating this episode for those “a whole new world” moments of Louis, Bok Sil’s chasing grandma thief scene and for maintaining the chipper attitude even if we all know where the story will be heading.  I’m going on board and hope it will just be consistently light and upbeat until its closing.
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Cinderella and the Four Knights Ep 14 Recap

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Ji Woon stumbled on his parents sad love story in the past and took an agonizing confusion that it was also happening to him at the present time.  While time was running out to save their grandfather’s life, Hyun Min is in the brink of finding out the truth about the discreet villains.  
 
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Episode 14 Recap
 
Ha Won closes her luggage with a heavy heart and silently weeps on the path she is about to take while Seo Woo nurses his broken heart through writing encouraging words on his CD’s.  Yoon Sung notifies the Kang cousins that their grandfather collapsed, and they all rush to the hospital to check his condition.
 
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Ha Won arrives earlier than the boys worried that she could be the cause of the Chairman’s fainting.  Madam Ji approaches and asks the nurse about the doctor.  She acknowledges Ha Won’s presence and halts her steps when she heard Ha Won mumbling how it was her fault that the Chairman fainted.  Ha won reveals her conversation with Chairman about his recent discovery of her relationship with Ji Woon and Madam Ji takes the opportunity to cast her away.  She tells her about how her husband is fighting to survive his liver cancer by waiting for a rightful donor that could save his life, but her love ambition steals the little time he could use to try to live.  Upon learning the options provided by the Chairman to her, Ha Won was ordered to leave the Sky House immediately and not inform the young masters of what conspired with her and the Chairman.  Madam Ji tells her not to disclose the conversation they had to anyone and in return she will keep the secret that it was her fault that the Chairman is in the hospital.
 
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Ji Woon meets Yoon Sung and the evil witch in the hospital and learns that his cousins are on the way.  Yoon Sung is left no choice but to divulge the Chairman’s sickness.  Ji Woon asks for Ha Won and Yoon Sung replies that she has not arrived yet.  Madam Ji follows Ji Woon in the sitting room to secure the wicked plot she has been weaving.  She speaks about how his grandfather already knew their relationship and hints that Ha Won is not answering his phonecalls because she is off to leave him.  She adds how Ha Won disguises in her pure spirit when like anyone else she also likes money.  She tells him that Ha Won was asked to choose love over money and basing on how she ignores his calls, he should know what she picked.
 
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Hyun Min and Seo Woo talks about Chairman’s illness and were mad that they were not told of his dying state, but Yoon Sung reasons how the Chairman did not want to pressure them when their relationship is not really close.  Hyun Min inquires why the Chairman passed out and Yoon Sung looks away pretending that he was not involved.  omg Yoon Sung don’t go to the dark side!  The doctor advises the Kang cousins on the options for the Chairman’s surgery and prepares to be tested if anyone from them will be a suitable donor.  Hyun Min mumbles how he left his car somewhere because he was scared for his grandfather’s life.  Seo Woo is surprised to see that side of him and he replies how when his father died, their grandfather was the only family he had.
 
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Ji Woon steps inside the Skyhouse just in time for the leaving Ha Won.  He asks her where she is heading and she responds how she does not belong there as her part-time job already ended. He holds her hand and urges her to say what’s wrong.  Unable to meet his eyes, Ha Won mutters how she must have just been overwhelmed to the whole Cinderella thing that happened to her and probably misunderstood him when he said he liked her.  He stops her from her nonsense blabbing and tells her that it pains him to hear the things she is trying to say.  Ha Won removes his hand and painfully tells him to let her go.   He pleads her to not add burden on his already scattered emotions.  He gazes at her and tells her not to show that cold front as he knows what she really feels.  Left with no option, Ha Won did not give in and walks away.  Ji Woon calls her name and warns her that he will never see him again if she leaves like that, but Ha Won proceeds and walks away.  She weeps her heart out while remembering those moments she spent with him as she wanders in the street as Ji Woon wallows on the pain of Ha Won’s leaving.
 
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Hyun Min takes Hye Ji’s things when ajumma asks him what to do with it and goes on another reverie of all the bad things he did on Hye Ji.  On that same moment Hye Ji stares at their childhood picture and contemplates on Hyun Min’s recent outburst on why he had to treat her badly.  aigoo you two!  I just don’t know what to do with your love understanding anymore!  Two episodes left and you are still reminiscing the encounters without doing anything about it.
 
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Evil witch secretly converses with Yoon Sung to confirm that they will not be dragged to be in the scene where Chairman fainted.  He replies it was taken care of and asks if that’s the only thing she is worried about.  She schemes on their plan to take over the company as the doctor cannot tell when and if the Chairman will regain his consciousness.  Yoon Sung protests on how that is not important at the moment but she firmly speaks about how she will make him lead the company as her mother.
 
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Ha Won finds refuge at the columbarium and spills her heartache to her mom.  She pours out her woes on how the Chairman fights for his life because of her.  She begs her mom to guide her on what she should do while tears fall hard on her face.  At the hospital, the doctor informs Yoon Sung how the two grandsons were not a match and asks if there are still distant relatives the Chairman might have as the probability of a match with strangers is really bleak.
 
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With his recent uncovering of his parents’ past, Ji Woon skims his mother’s picture and notices the name of the coffee shop in the picture.  He finds the coffee shop and was greeted pleasantly by a cheerful ajussi.  His eyes roam around the place and observes the love notes pinned on the cork boards.  Ajussi sets Ji Woons coffee on the table and invades his thoughts to pry if he has recently broken up with someone as people sometimes go there to search the love notes they wrote before, but Ji Woon politely denies his assumption, and mutters that he was there for another person.  Ajussi spies on his mother’s picture and remark on the date when it was taken.  Ajussi presents him a box of all the notes written in 1995 and Ji Woon digs in to trace his parents’ romance and gets lucky with it as he discovers an exchange of their messages.  He also learns his mother’s intention to hide him as she did not want Ji Woon to suffer the same fate of being hindered to love someone because of social status.  Ji Woon reaches the conclusion on how his grandfather pushed his mother away because he was against his parents’ love affair.  He goes off the grid as the time is slowly running out for the surgery that will save his grandfather’s life.
 
 
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Yoon Sung runs his hand on Chairman Kang’s desk name plate and recalls the hardships he shared with his mother when he was young and incompetent to stop his father from assaulting his mother.  When he was asked by his judo friend the secret on why he was so strong, he responds how he has to be that way so that he can protect someone.  Hyun Min meets with a designer friend to ask a favor on taking Hye Ji under his wings and sponsor her fashion designing studies.  
 
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Hyun Min stares at his grandpa as his thoughts go back to his earlier conversation with the doctor that Ha Won came to be tested but she is also not a match.  He was surprised as Ha Won disappeared without saying anything.  The nurse cuts his thinking to tell him that they got a phone call from the restaurant about his grandpa’s cellphone.  
 
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Hyun Min goes out to retrieve it and was perplexed when he learns that Yoon Sung and Madam Ji were there when the Chairman fainted.  Hyun Min begins to doubt Yoon Sung as he catches him lying upfront about his whereabouts.   At that same moment Yoon Sung meets with his mother and was told that her stocks were already transferred to him and it’s up to him if he will follow her lead to claim the company.
 
 
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Ja Young glances at her phone and worries at Seo Woo who has to cancel his engagements to tend to his grandpa.  She reminds Ha Won on her time limit to stay in the coffee shop.  Their chat is interrupted when Ha Won’s father shows himself.  He speaks about the ring her mother left and reveals that he intends to give it back to the rightful owner.  He narrates how the ring landed to her mom’s hand as she was trying to save her neighbor, but that ring has to be given to her neighbor’s son.
 
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Hye Ji meets with Hyun Min’s designer friend and was elated when he offers her his scholarship program for her to study in Paris.  Wait till next episode when she learns this is aided by Hyun Min and this crazy girl will spout about her usual don’t pity me nonsense again.  Hyun Min shows Seo Woo the Chairman’s cellphone but uttered how he can’t unlock it.  Seo Woo takes it and uses his pattern and they were both stunned at Seo Woo and grandpa’s same preference.  The blurred family picture displays on the screen.  Hyun Min speaks about how Ha Won went to the hospital to be screened but she was also not a match and the hope they can only have is with Ji Woon but his stubborn cousin is nowhere to be found.
 
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Ja Young visits Seo Woo and brings a packed meal for him to cheer him up.  She narrates how she was also put in the same situation when her father was hospitalized.  She chats how Ha Won brought almost expiring food from the convenience store and she was so happy to munch it and that cemented her friendship with Ha Won.
Knowing Ha Won is the key to find his hibernating cousin, Seo Woo uses his charm and made Ja Young spills her location.  He pays her a visit and updates her on the Chairman’s progress.  He pleads her to find Ji Woon and show something from the phone.  He adds how she is the only one that can bring him back and that he knows that they are in a relationship.
 
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Ha Won ponders on the favor asked by Seo Woo as tears welled in her eyes again when she remembers him.  She reads the text messages of Chairman written for his dead son about Ji Woon and made up her mind on what she ought to do.
 Ha Won hunts Ji Woon successfully thru the tip given to him by one of the car repair shop he worked with.  She politely asks an ajussi if she is at the right place as the ajussi affirms it by calling Ji Woons name.  Ha Won’s i-miss-you eyes meet Ji Woon’s cold gaze.  He brings a cup of water for her and she goes to her business on why she tracked him.  She gives the phone, but he motions to leave hearing that it was his grandfather’s.
 
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 She bargains that it is related to his father so he reads through the text messages meant for his father that his grandfather saved everyday since he found Ji Woon.  She begs him to visit the Chairman as he is his last hope.  She lectures him to face his struggles and not be a coward, but he countered how she does not know anything on what he is going through.  She scolds him on how she wanted to be his donor but because she’s not a relative it won’t work.  He on the other hand can possibly help but he secludes himself and opts to be alone. Ji Woon rebuts that it was his grandfather who never considers him as his family so she corrects him on how his grandpa’s messages reveal what he truly feels.  
 
HA WON:  “Even if you want everything to be cast aside and go away, wait until you have saved your grandfather and he wakes up!  And then hear him out, get angry at him!  Yell at him!  Face this problem with your grandfather heads on!”
 
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While Ha Won is trying to warm Ji Woon’s jaded heart, Madam Ji meets with the company directors to discuss the crisis that needs to be addressed as Chairman Kang’s condition is already known by the public. Madam Ji calls in the man who will lead their fresh start as the board directors anticipates who could it be.  Ji Woon is in deep thinking after the pep talk Ha Won gave to her.  He glances at her as she sits on the other side of the road with her please-come-back-to-us Ji Woon look.  
 
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Later in the hospital, the doctor delivers a bad news to Hyun Min that Chairman’s liver failed already and that a transplant is needed as soon as possible.  The prodigal grand son appears with Ha Won to rescue the Chairman as Madam Ji presents Yoon Sung as the new Chairman of Haneul group. 
 
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EPISODE 14 QUICK THOUGHTS
 
Yoon Sung hyung why oh why?  This conflict circling episode filled me with plenty of silent torturous pain from the characters.
 
I know the Kang cousins will join forces to defeat the last minute conflict and I look forward to their genuine acceptance of each other as family when it closes this week.
 
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I hope to see Ha Won’s feistiness when she shook some senses on Ji Woon’s jaded mind to her own love battle with Chairman because of Ji Woon.
 
Most of the time I wonder why I stayed afloat stalking this drama, but then again I survived some really insipid dramas this year, and at least I enjoyed the scattered sweets and cutesies of Ha Won and Ji Woon from Day 1.
 
p.s   I hope Hye Ji boarded the plane to Paris already.  It’s okay if you dont show her anymore this week.  *chuckles
 
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Shopping King Louis Ep 1 Recap

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Welcome to the world of commercial shopping.   A world where you can buy anything online and have it shipped from somewhere to anywhere you want.  In the surging realm of online shopping, there’s a legend who knows how to shop big time, ladies and gentlemen let’s meet Louis – the Korean shopaholic chaebol exiled in France.
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Episode 1 “Pick Me”
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Shoppers all over the world patiently waits on an online high-end sale that will soon erupt for a jacket created by a famous designer – Louis Ssaton.  The trendy jacket surged to a high popularity after Lee Min Ho wore it in a drama, making it also vulnerable to imitation as every man in Korea wants to buy it.  Cha Joong Won and his advertising team plans on featuring the jacket for the company’s online event and devises a plan to lure rich men by selling the jackets in a limited edition auction.  They numbered the Louis Ssaton jackets from 1-100, with #1 jacket tagged as the most expensive.   In 3-2-1, the sale commences and a man focused intently on his monitor screen, clicks on the computer mouse and nervously waits if he got the right timing to secure the #1 labeled jacket.  Across the globe, the rich shopaholics who don’t know where to place their money like him are also eager on getting the #1 Jacket.  
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Louis dances in the air after purchasing the $10,000.00 dollar clothing as his butler congratulates him on his shopping success. The advertising team celebrates on their victorious sale event and wonders about the man who bought the #1 jacket.  So let’s now meet Choi Ji Sung aka Louis. Branded as the King of Shopping – Louis is a Korean chaebol who lives in Paris.  Marked as a famous shopping addict, he lives in a mansion filled with hard-to-find collectibles, limited edition products and the most luxurious and pricey items you can never dream of.  His days are a cycle of shopping online or at the store and he does not care how much money he will burn on his shopping adventures.
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After his successful Louis Ssaton jacket bid, Louis’ eyebags touch the ground as Butler Kim reminds him to eat breakfast.  He responds on getting a brunch instead as he needs a quick nap, but his butler coaxes him to change his mind by mentioning that his favorite shop will be on sale that day and if he fails to arrive early, the sunglasses he picked might not be available anymore if he will not visit the boutique.  Placed on a dilemma, Louis stood up and paces his room to come up with a quick decision.   His compulsion won over his already panda eyes and he set forth to dress up as dashing debonair off to conquer the world of shopping.  
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Butler Kim halts him for a quick breakfast using his grandmother as a leverage for him to finish eating the Korean food spread prepared for him.  Louie obliges and eats his breakfast hurriedly.  When he stood up to leave, Butler trails him and hands him an herbal tonic ordered by his grandma to be taken by him. He spits the tonic after having a taste of it and walks out to escape Butler Kim’s caring claws.  
Butler Kim chases his young master inside the mansion and outside the vast lawn in trying to make him drink the tonic.  Worried that his butler might faint because of his loyalty to the job tasked by his grandmother, Louis gives up and moves toward him to get the drink, but ends up slipping and falling in the ground.  Worried Butler Kim comes to his rescue but ended up having the same fate as his and throwing the tonic in the air before he hits his face on Louis’ bum.  The morning gag show is a hit as the French mansion’s workers giggle on the master and his butler’s show.  Louis broke his nose which causes it to bleed and his injury was reported right away to his grandmother who agonizes on her precious grandson being hurt while talking to his picture.
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Louis complains on how he has to leave before the shop closes, but Butler Kim blocks his path as they waited for the doctor summoned thru his grandma’s order.  He whines how it was his fault that his nose bled since he crushed him and adds how his stubborness has made him unable to marry a woman.  Butler Kim follows his young master and nags about how he devoted his youth chasing him everywhere and taking care of him well that’s why he got stuck in being a bachelor, but Louis counters his argument on how he never had a girlfriend and permanent friends because he shadowed him everywhere at school and was bullied because they thought he was a papa’s boy.  Hurt at his words, Butler Kim spills his disappointment and calms down Louis who realizes he went overboard.  He heaves a sigh and goes to a conclusion that their problem will be solved if they will get the sunglasses to comfort their feelings.  
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They put up a show to manipulate grandma who can’t bear to see her grandson gloomy.  She orders Butler Kim to do whatever can make her “precious” happy and the two cheerfully heads on to a mind-blowing shopping spree.  Louis enters a jewelry store and the sparkling beauties call his name seducing him to buy them.  On cue I.O.I ‘s “Pick Me” song airs as he rummages through the displayed items and shopping all he wants until he drops.  He rests after a fulfilling money spending and was asked by the boutique manager on how he can discern the expensive and limited edition items right away.  He replies how he can hear them call his name which made Butler Kim’s eyes roll.  He was presented with an award for his shopping binge with a boxer shorts embellished with diamonds and his name. Upon hearing that it was a one-of-a-kind custom made underwear, he gladly accepts it.
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Chairwoman Choi arrives at her company as her daughter-in-law narrates on how her rich life has a downside having lost her loved ones and left her early.  When a fortune-teller deduced her strong white tiger spirit caused her husband and son’s death, she was advised to have her grandson thrive away from her, for him to survive, hence Louis/Ji Sung was sent to France to steer him away from her dangerous fortune.
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Butler Kim announces a phone call from Baek Ma Ri who contends to become Louis’ future wife.  He refuses to answer her initial call, however his butler points out her usual pattern will make her call again and seconds later his phone really rings.  Ma Ri asks and reports how he was doing and what she has been doing.  Louis stops her boring chat and tells her straight not to dream of marrying him.  Butler Kim completes his analysis of how Ma Ri was just obligated to call him to which he agrees as he understands very well how he does not have real friends.
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Louie sits on the sofa while watching a featured documentary show and refreshing his tablet for possible shopping finds.  His attention freezes as the documentary features a country-side woman threading a mountain effortlessly and bravely grabs a snake that landed on the camera which scares the man holding it and Louis who was watching on the TV screen.  The woman beams in front of the camera checking if the camera man was okay putting Ji Sung on a magical trance.  He asks Butler Kim if people really still live like that in Korea and the latter confirms it to be true that’s why TV shows like that are being made.  When the woman showed a root crop that was a good cure to lung inflammation, Louis asks him to buy it to help with his allergic rhinitis, but Butler Kim reminds him that he is watching a documentary and not a home TV shopping show.  When Bok Sil, the woman in the documentary speaks about how she wanted to have a fridge to help her in storing the side dishes during summer, Louis orders Butler Kim to send one for her, but the Butler reminds him that she lives in a place without electricity.
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Joong Won’s parents sneak on his flat to clean up his place and his fridge.  His mother nags on not finding traces of a woman in his place and worries if he will ever get married as his father attempts to lecture his wife calmly on why their son does not like the weird mixture of side dishes she makes.  She feels hurt hearing the inconvenient truth from her husband and reasons how she had a hard time getting rare ingredients just so she can make those side dishes.
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Joong Won’s father surrenders and follows her lead to another destination where they seek a fortune reading for him.  The seer reveals a vague vision and tells Joong Won parents to wait for a month as a man and woman will surely enter their son’s life.  Meanwhile, Joong Won is grilling his team on their lacking abilities to come up with innovative strategies that they can use for their products.
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Somewhere in the mountains, the woman from the documentary, Bok Sil, shrieks happily after finding a 50-year old ginseng and bragging it to the ajussis who were with her in the search.  They tell her how pricey her find was, but she intends to give it to her grandmother who has been in distress lately after her brother ranaway from home.  Bok Sil chirpily arrives at their house and finds her grandmother lifeless.  She tries to wake her up but to no avail.  
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Louis preps to attend a friend’s birthday.  However Butler Kim does not want to permit him due to the rain forecast and because his grandmother does not want him to be on the road when it is raining.  He tells him how his grandmother loves him so much and it will worry her if he pushes through with his plans.  Louis flashed back to when he was a young boy and his grandmother patiently comforted him when he was yearning for his dead parents.  Not wanting to make his grandma sad, he decides not to attend the party.
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Bok Sil heads to Seoul to hunt her brother.  She sits in front of a grandmother who peers at her curiously while she eats her snacks.  She offers some of it and when grandma choked on what she eats, she asks Bok Sil to buy a bottle of water.  She stands up and rushes to the train store to get the water, but when she gets back, her bag and halmoni were both gone.   Bok Sil reports her missing bag to the train officer and was advised that she will be notified.  Not having any money, she resorts to scanning people who could possibly help her situation.  
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She marks her target and blocks the approaching man, who turned out to be Joong Won who just came from an unsuccessful blind date set up by his mother.  She chases him around in an attempt to win a few minutes of his attention to present the 50 year old wild ginseng she wants to sell.  Flustered on the situation he was put into,  Joong Won counts 1-5 and tried to walk away, but she follows him and narrates how she lost her bag that’s why she needs money.  Joong Won still declines her offer, but stops on his track when she pulls a selling point line on how the ginseng is one-of-a-kind in the whole entire world.  He turns his back and asks her how much she would sell the ginseng,  and replies $1000.  She blabs about how she can even sell it for $5000 so she’s giving him a great deal. Joong Won responds how he can’t even check if her ginseng is genuine and how crazy was the idea of buying some $1000 root crop is at midnight in a train station.  He motions to leave again, but Bok Sil attempts to halt him by guaranteeing her name for him to believe that everything is true.  Joong Won replies how she can’t even prove her name is indeed Go Bok Sil.  Losing patience to the conversation he is having, he agrees to buy the ginseng and gives her $100 for it.  She refuses his money, but changes her mind when she realizes that she does not have much options.  She asks for his name to formalize their deal and he gives his cell phone number as well.  She tells him that she will stalk him for the remaining payment once he is able to confirm the authenticity of the ginseng, but he challenges her on how she will return the money if her ginseng is fake.  Bok Sil assures him that it won’t happen as she is confident about it.  
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Joong Won arrives home and stares at the ginseng he bought.  He talks to himself on why he succumbed to the obvious con and remembers the name of the woman who sold the root crop.  Bong Sil wanders around the streets of Seoul for a place to sleep.  She sees a 24/7 public bath house and finally rested her weary body.
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Chairwoman Choi wakes up from a bad dream of her grandson jumping out from his room after causing a ruckus in the mansion trying to escape the place and being chased by Butler Kim.  She fainted and was rushed to the hospital for treatment. Louis catches the earliest flight back to Korea  to be at his grandma’s side who is in critical condition.  
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Director Baek meets with board members and discloses that he will fetch Louis at the airport who had to travel alone without Butler Kim.  They vouch to support Director Baek mocking on how Louis know nothing but spend money on shopping. Chairwoman regains consciousness and searches for Louis.  She discloses how she intends to give the company to Louis which made Director Baek gives an unhappy glare. She orders her right hand to prepare a lavish welcome party for Louis and tells Director Baek of the announcement she will soon make in the party.   
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Louis opens his eyes from his nap just in time for the landing on Incheon Airport.  He closes his eyes again but wakes up on a public staircase being gawked on by the people wondering about how handsome the homeless bum was.  
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Bok Sil who was handing out flyers in search of her brother notices the commotion.  She snoops in and sees the bum wears the same jacket she bought Bok Nam before he left their house.  She rushes to where the man is, but meets a face she is unfamiliar with.
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EPISODE 1 QUICK THOUGHTS
Shopping King Louis zoomed in an engrossing vibe as it so far paraded its vibrant cast.  I can’t wait how the narrative will connect all of them and won’t expect a lot yet on its zesty premiere episode in case, it will go “W” on me.  *chuckles  As I enjoyed Seo In Guk’s conman portrayal in Task Force 38, I have faith on how he will nail his character in the story.
I like the master-butler bromance and the weird gollum-ish way grandma calls Louis.  I like Louis and his soon to be entanglement with a country bumpkin girl.
Since this chapter is full of promise I will give it a B+ as Louis got me interested in his capricious yet freedom-less world.
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Cinderella and the Four Knights Ep 13 Recap

 
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It’s  now you-and-me-against-my-rich-grandfather when their romance barely set forth to a beginning.  Will Ji Woon have the same fate his father and mother had?  As Seo Woo’s one-sided love hits a validation point, Hyun Min admitted to his sincere, but hindered love towards Hye Ji.
 
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After sharing the greenfield and windmills kiss, Ji Woon and Ha Won  drove back home holding hands and savoring the sweet pure bliss of their young romance.   Just then Ja Young called Ha Won blabbering an implied  relationship she had with her oppa crush Seo Woo.  Baffled at what her bestfriend meant, they pulled over and did some online digging and a news scoop of her affectionate picture with Seo Woo in their recent vacation, headlined the celebrity gossip page.  Ji Woon heaved a sigh as Ha Won denied the showbiz exclusive.  
 
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Ha Won quickly chased Ji Woon when they arrived at Sky House.  He whined about the lovebirds picture she shared with his cousin as Ha Won requested for him not to reveal they were dating.  It made him even more annoyed arguing how  it was one thing that she got entangled with that showbiz scoop, but their recently sealed by a kiss relationship was another thing.
 
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They found Chairman Kang seated on the living room and was already on a serious face upon learning the rumor on his grandson and Ha Won.  Seo Woo denied it strongly as Ha Won supported his claim.  Yoon Sung also assured the Chairman that there has not been anything strange happening at Sky House.  Chairman Kang rested his worries and spoke about how Ha Won will leave Sky House if that rumor was indeed true because it was part of the deal she signed when she concurred to work at Sky House.  
 
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Ji Woon and Seo Woo expressed disagreement at the contract Ha Won signed when they saw it on paper,  but the Chairman was firm in saying that he took Ha Won not for them to date and even mentioned that she has still different status than them.  Seo Woo stopped his grandfather’s rude comment as Ji Woon stood up and uttered how the Chairman does as he pleases in buying anything with money, and that his family members are just used for his business goals as usual so he of course would not let them date someone not useful for his company.  He walked out as Seo Woo glanced worriedly at Ha Won.
 
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Seo Woo called Ja Young who was waiting intently for him to arrive.  She carefully muttered about how his fans might be dying in frustration about his dating news, but it was not the case of her.  She sincerely voiced out her concern about Ha Won and him dating.  She gave him advices on how to date her free spirited friend who loves promos and sales and pointed out how she acts first before thinking so he better give way to her and accept her beatings.  Seo Woo smiled at her intention and cleared with her that they were not dating and that an article to refute that gossip will be published soon.  
 
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Ha Won sought Ji Woon to his hide-out and was careful on not worsening his already bad mood.  Ji Woon scolded her on signing contracts without thinking it over, but she argued how she did not know that she will end up liking him.  He blabbed about how he wanted to focus on their relationship but her mindless action is making it harder now.  He ordered her to annul the contract and muttered how she really never wanted to date him.  She responded how she was so mean to her when she first came at Sky House so who would have thought that they will end up being together.  He replied how that’s why maybe she was leaning sweetly at Seo Woo in the picture to which she agreed and boasted how Seo Woo was the only guy nice to her when she first came at Sky House.  Their bickering escalated as their jealous hearts cited Ji Woon’s supposed date with Hye Ji to which the former denied as Ha Won challenged him on how he was worried about her scandal with a top star.  Ha Won left after making both of them feel infuriated.
 
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Chairman’s wife went to shop some children’s clothing and set forth to visit an orphanage she sponsored as Yoon Sung trailed her.  He observed silently his estranged mother’s happy face as the orphans called her “mother”.  He later on spoke with the woman in charge of the orphanage for his donation plans and asked about some quick details about his mother.  He was told how his mother was a regular sponsor and how she was loved by the children there.  She added how his mother lost her son long ago, and that’s why she’s giving the love she was not able to give to her son to the children there.
 
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Ji Woon found Hye Ji at the storage room and learned from her that she wanted to tidy her things up since she does not want to receive help from him anymore.  She asked if he met Ha Won and he replied he did and told her also that they were in a relationship.  He revealed to her that her things were really brought back by Hyun Min and he was just asked to assist her in getting her things.  He told her how Hyun Min worries about her a lot, but of course bird brain Hye Ji was still on a limbo on what she’s going to do with her sporadic emotions.
 
 
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Ha Woon sulked at Ji Woon’s kindness towards Hye Ji as she saw them emerging together from the storage room.  She worried about their compatibility and since technology has answer to almost anything, she used a compatibility app to check on it.  aigoo these kids!  on a side note I remembered how we did it old school back then.  We use FLAMES compatibility paper test
Ha Won felt giddy on the 90% result she got from the app, but her euphoria was interrupted as Ji Woon approached her to ask what she was doing.  She remembered their recent spat and was silent in his presence.  He sat beside her and spoke about how he had some serious contemplation earlier and wanted to say something to her.  He apologized about his treatment of her before at Sky House which made her cheery and teased him on repeating what he just said.  He submitted to her request and clarified how his relationship with Hye Ji is different with her to which Ha Won also responded how Seo Woo was just a friend to her.  Ji Woon admitted that he overreacted and smiled when he heard Ha Won’s tummy grumbled.
 
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Ji Woon donned an apron and sliced through some veggies as he played Chef to his girlfriend who does not want to trust his cooking ability.  Chef Ji Woon promised to enjoy cooking as he needs to feed his girlfriend’s strong appetite.  Ha Won moved to replace him from cutting the ingredients telling him how she’s not just good in eating.  He obliged, stared at her lovingly and encircled his arms around her in a fleeting back hug.  After 5 seconds of heaven, Ha Won remembered they were in the house and warned him about them getting caught, but he insisted that no one could be watching at that late hour, so she resorted to using the knife she was holding to threaten him, he surrendered to her warning, but planted a quick kiss on her cheek before walking out.  I bet 500 bucks So Dam enjoyed those kisses with my Jung Il Woo. *envious
 
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Ha Won’s eyes sparkled at the food in front of her and munched happily as Ji Woon tore a leg on the crispy fried chicken and gave it to her.  She mumbled how the chicken would go well with some beer, but remembering their drunk kiss he told her that she should avoid drinking.  She teased him how cute he was when he was drunk and wondered when she will see that funny side of him again.  He denied getting drunk that time so Ha Won urged him to spill everything he remembered so he coolly said how they kissed that day.  Ha Won complained on how he made her believe that he did not remember it, but he responded that he just does not want her to feel awkward about it. 
 
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Just then Seo Woo entered the house so she hid Ji Woon under the table.  Seo Woo was surprised at Ha Won’s food feast and invited himself to eat with her while Ji Woon shrunk himself underneath.  Ha Won offered a chicken leg to Seo Woo in honor of their 1 day old on paper relationship but Seo Woo preferred to have the wings instead.  She gave him the two chicken wings gladly as he replied how he promised himself he would marry the girl who will allow him to eat the chicken wings.  Ha Won tried to appease the already angry hidden eavesdropper by mentioning she will only marry the guy who will give her the fried chicken legs.
 
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Ha Won’s father received a call from the man who knew where ajussi can be located and learned how his second wife knew about his location and hid it from him.  He paid him a visit and finally learned the truth that his dead wife was never unfaithful to him.  He also learned that the ring his wife held onto was owned by the neighbor she saved and not a symbol of her infidelity.  He met with Ha Won and apologized for thriving in doubts and hurting her in the process.  He promised he will also resolve things in the house and said sorry on the treatment she got from her step family, but until everything is settled by him, he told her to stay at Sky House a little bit longer for him to fix the issues in their house. 
 
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Ha Won aboji went home and confronted his wife about meeting ajussi.  She admitted to it saying she was hoping they could get compensation on the money they used to raise Ha Won.  It sent aboji to a rage and slammed the truth to their faces that he is Ha Won’s real father.  He asked his second family how they have been treating Ha Won, and scared of her husband’s furious face, she bowed down to him urging her daughter to do the same to beg for his forgiveness.  Later on they were reflecting on the possibility of them being thrown out while battling the coldness of the balcony where they let Ha Won stayed when her father was away.  
 
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While Hyun Min stared at his calendar reflecting Hye Ji’s birthday, she was also reminded of her dead brother’s birthday.  Hyun Min reminisced on the first time he met Hye Ji through her brother.  He gave him a gift and Hye Ji cried asking why she did not have one.  Her brother introduced her to him and told him they were fraternal twins hence they share the same birthday.  Hyun Min calmed Hye Ji by promising her he will give her a gift on her birthdays in the future. 
 
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Yoon Sung drove his mother to her destination while she expressed on how the Chairman has been acting up weird lately like he was suspecting her of having an affair.  She asked if that’s what he thought of her too but he replied that he does not know.  She invited him for a meal, but he refused.  She then handed him a gift and told him how she knows she does not deserve a meal on his first paycheck, but she wanted to give a necktie for him to use at work even if it was too late.
 
 
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Hye Ji passed by Hyun Min who asked where she was heading and she responded how she had a lot of plans that day.  He trailed her to the supposed plans and waited outside a building where she inquired on a place where she can stay without a deposit.  The man frankly told her that it would be hard to look for a nice place and offered her options on student hostels.  She went out with a heavy heart and received a call from Hyun Min who was stalking her from afar.  He asked where he was and reminded her that it was her birthday.  She replied that she will be meeting her friends so they should hang up already.  I already gave up on Hye Ji’s character.  I mean I’m totally okay if she just vanished on the last episodes without any explanation lol
 
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Chairman giggled  and murmured how it was a nice age to be in love when he noticed a young couple hugging outside.  But when the young man stole a kiss from her and walked fast to tease her, he was surprised to see that the young woman was Ha Won.  He moved his eyes to the young man who welcomed Ha Won in his arms and went on a serious face when he saw that it was Ji Woon.  Unaware of their looming love problem, Ha Won and Ji Won walked on flower petals on their blossoming romance.
 
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 They went on their strategy on who will go first and decided that she will do it.  She walked ahead of him, but she faced him again, beamed and created a small heart through her hands for him.   Ji Woon giggled like a school-boy and moved quick to embrace her while whispering how it felt so nice to have her in his arms.  
 
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Unbeknownst to them Seo Woo witnessed their embrace and when he saw Yoon Sung approaching he tried to deviate his attention for him not to discover Ha Won and Ji Woon’s secret relationship.  
 
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Seo Woo grieved silently on his recent discovery while contemplating on what will happen to Ha Won if his grandfather will learn she breached the contract.  He went to the kitchen to make some coffee and Ha Won found him and drank coffee with him too.  He asked her if something good happened to her recently because she seemed a bit happier, but she denied that nothing significant happened to her.  Ha Won asked him an advice since he gets a lot of presents from his girl fans on what gift to buy a friend of her friend who just recently started dating her boyfriend.  Knowing the question was really Ha Won’s situation, Seo Woo told her how guys are not particular about gifts and that they just want their girl to stay with them smiling and happy like what she was doing at that moment.  She thought she was spilling another line from a love song he is currently writing not realizing that painful i-like-you-but-you-like-my-cousin gaze.  awww hugs for you Seo Woo
 
 
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Chairman Kang summoned Ha Won to his office and went straight to the point on how she lied that she was not dating his grandson.  He offered her the complete compensation promised to her when she took the job, but she has to leave Ji Woon and Sky House for good.  Ha Won leaned on a post, crying silently and trying to get some strength from the shock from Chairman’s threat.  
 
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The Chairman was reminded of when he ordered Ji Woon’s mother to leave the Sky House because she discreetly dated his son.  Ji Woon’s mother reasoned how they did not deserve that treatment when her father served him all his life and how falling in love was not a sin as well, but the Chairman was firm with his decision that she was not good for his son.  His son went furious upon learning he sent his lover’s family away and argued how he loved her dearly, but his father just replied that since his woman accepted his money, she did not feel the same way at all.  Chairman Kang opened a box where his dead son’s ring rested and remembered how he scolded him of his fixation of money and how years after his son said the same thing to him.
 
 
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Hyun Min saw Hye Ji’s thank-you-note to Ha Won and went to search for her.   He found her on the playground they frequently went to when they were young and pushed him away telling her friends will arrive soon.  He stopped her from the nonsense she was spouting.  Hye Ji uttered how the place is perfect for them to finally get both their closure.  We delved back to memory lane when young Hyun Min gave her a ring on her birthday and asked her to marry him.  Young Hye Ji responded that she will give him an answer in 10 years.  Back to present time, Hye Ji told him that she will give the answer from 10 years ago.  She said no from his proposal citing they were not meant to work out.  Hyun Min agreed but asked her to go back at Sky House and to stop doing stupid things.  She declined his offer and motioned to leave reasoning out how she does not have the right to stay at their house and that she will just live with her uncle.  He repelled her words dropping how he knew she was looking for cheap places to stay as she does not have money to pay for a decent place.  Hye Ji took it like he was pitying her for providing her living options and taking care of her studio things as he silently refuted her thoughts.  aigoo Hyun Min just give up on that girl puhlease
 
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HYE JI:  You disappeared like you would never see me again.  I missed you so much that I almost went crazy.  When you came back, you looked at me with the coldest expression.  When I tried to approach you and you looked at me with that coldness, my heart felt like it was ripping apart.  Is that fun for you to play with someone’s feelings?
 
HYUN MIN:  Was it fun for me?  When you missed me, I missed you a hundred times more.  I wanted to touch you when you looked at me.  I wanted to hold you tight whenever you approached me.  I wanted to do all of it a hundred times!  No!  Even a thousand times more than you did.  I treasured you and loved you more.  But the two of us can never be together.
 
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Tears welled on Hye Ji’s eyes with Hyun Min’s love declaration as she asked her why they can’t be together.  He divulged the truth about the guilt he has been carrying all these years for leaving her brother when he was hit by a car 10 years ago.  He added how he was a coward back then who ran when he did not know what to do and that’s why they cannot be together.  It dawned on Hye Ji how he has been pushing her away because of that reason which did not make sense to her as everything does not make sense to her strange mind anyway.  She told him not to seek her anymore im the future and for them not to share the same space and time as well and walked away from him.
 
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Ji Woon frantically tried to reach Ha Won and his phone slipped from his hand and went to a locked portion of the storage room.  He picked up the phone and noticed an old photo album.  He opened it and realized that her mother used to live at Sky House. 
 
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