Mitzi on…Secret Garden (시크릿 가든)

Wow, just wow.  Now this show is everything I didn’t know I ever wanted in a drama.  Cocky CEO, badass chick, ghosts AND soul switching.  You wanna watch it now too, huh? Totes.

When I first read the summary for this show I thought it was going to be the same old tired plot of man gets caught in woman’s body and vice versa.  Well, it is that but its also very well done.  Hilarious.  And since the characters were out of their 20’s and a bit more capable, I liked it even more.

Wait, let me add on to that.  The female lead is literally a kickass woman able to take care of herself.  Mega props!!

Cast:

Actual name/character name/the nickname I give them to help me remember who they are.

  • Ha Ji Won as Gil Ra Im (Main girl/Badass chick)
  • Hyun Bin as Kim Joo Won (Main dude/Cocky CEO)
  • Yoon Sang Hyun as Choi Woo Young / Oska (Main dude’s cousin/redeemable pop star)
  • Kim Sa-rang as Yoon Seul (Redeemable Pop Star’s on/off GF)
  • Lee Jong Suk as Han Tae Sun (Redeemable Pop Star’s protege)
  • Yoo In-na as Im Ah Young (Badass Chick’s BFF)

WARNING! HERE BE SPOILERS!

Badass chick is introduced rightfully threatening Redeemable Pop Star’s on/off GF in Cocky CEO’s department store which get’s Badass Chick’s BFF fired from her job as hostess at said department store.  Cut to scene in which Redeemable Pop Star asks Cocky CEO to get a starlet from movie set that Badass Chick just happens to be stunt double for.  Cocky CEO mistakes Badass Chick for starlet and we have our meet cute. Badass Chick gets hurt in a stunt and Cocky CEO takes her to the hospital.  Cocky CEO’s heart melts slightly.

Day’s later, Badass Chick is fine and working at the Action School (where people train to be stuntmen/women) Cocky CEO comes around asking for money since he paid for her hospital bill.  Since she won’t see him, he auditions for a spot on the Action School team.  Here Badass Chick forces Cocky CEO to participate in exercises and we get to see one of the best scenes in the entire movie.  Badass Chick holds Cocky CEO’s feet while he does sit-ups and in a show of unabashed confidence, Cocky CEO performs sit-ups so that Badass Chick is forced face to face with Cocky CEO.

Squeeee!  It was one of those scenes that makes you a little uncomfortable to watch but you can’ t tear your eyes away for the world.

However, at this point, Cocky CEO tells Badass Chick that she should be around him only when he wants her to be and then one day disappear like bubbles just like the Little Mermaid did (real version, not Disney).  It is here Badass Chick should have punched Cocky CEO in the throat, but apparently, she has more class than me so we will leave it at that.

Cocky CEO, falling in ‘the luvs’ with Badass Chick, finds silly reasons to be around her.  He fixes a department store raffle so that she wins a vacuum cleaner (so romantic?) and she storms over to his ultra modern house and throws the vacuum in a lake.  (HA!)

Action School gets invited to an island to film a music video for Redeemable Pop Star that’s being directed by Redeemable Pop Star’s on/off GF.  Cocky CEO is there as his company is sponsoring Redeemable Pop Star’s come back album.  Badass Chick is also there as winner of contest to spend weekend with Redeemable Pop Star.

Somehow Badass Chick and Cocky CEO end up alone in the woods. They come across a mysterious house, buy some booze, go back to the hotel, drink booze separately and BOOM!  they wake up the next morning in each others bodies.  (shhhhh, its ok. Just suspend disbelief and go along for the ride) Badass Chick looks like Cocky CEO and Cocky CEO looks like Badass Chick. Hilarity ensues.

Both learn to understand each other a little better before they magically switch back (because of the rain).  Cocky CEO falls more for Badass Chick. Badass Chick seems annoyed but eventually her heart melts too.  This is just reason #2 why Badass Chick is better than me.  She’s classier and she has a heart capable of melting.

Badass Chick gets opportunity to work on a Hollywood film but before she audition, it rains again.  Cocky CEO and Badass Chick switch bodies…again.  This time, both work closely together to fool everyone around them.  Cocky CEO trains as Badass Chick in order to win the film part.  Before the audition, it rains.  They switch again, but Badass Chick, in Cocky CEO’s body, entered an elevator which is bad because Cocky CEO has claustrophobia.  Cocky CEO realizing he’s now stuck in an elevator begins to die.  (Seriously? Claustrophobia? Seriously?!) Badass Chick rushes to Cocky CEO’s aid, and misses audition.

Flexing his networking muscles, Cocky CEO gets Badass Chick second audition. She gets the part. She dumps Cocky CEO to avoid evil vibes from Cocky CEO’s evil mother.

Badass Chick gets into accident on set, goes into coma. Cocky CEO steals Badass Chicks body and drives into the rain so they switch bodies again. He would rather she have a chance to live. *tears*

Meanwhile Redeemable Pop Star tries to mend fences with fellow entertainers and his on/off GF after he realizes his arrogant attitude has alienated him from the business.  He tries to help his Protege become a famous musician but Protege confesses his love for Redeemable Pop Star.  Redeemable Pop Star says, ‘no thanks, but we should still work together’.  Protege decides he can’t be around Redeemable Pop Star without being with him and leaves. Korea.

Soon, Cocky CEO wakes up as a 21 year old version of himself. He doesn’t remember Badass Chick but somehow constantly finds himself around her.  He finally remembers everything after reading a poem on The Little Mermaid (real version, not Disney)

And they all live happily ever after.

The End.

I loved this drama.  LOVED it!  Besides the fact that the kissing didn’t look painfully awkward (and even made me blush a little bit), the two leads had sooooo much chemistry.  And I don’t think I’ve ever laughed at a film harder in my life than when the two lead characters switched bodies.

And I would like to point out, that this drama made me realize for the first time that there are some really good looking Asian dudes out there.  Really really good looking.  Dayum.  Ahem…

My absolute favorite character from this drama is Redeemable Pop Star (Oska).  After meeting one of my pop idols recently (who has been in the entertainment industry for over 25 years) I can definitely see a similarity between the two.  Rather than making Oska seem pathetic, hes written very self deprecating, often aware he’s being childish but unwilling to care.  Or when he isn’t aware he’s hilariously ignorant of others opinions about him.  But I like knowing, at the end of the day, the character has a heart of gold and genuinely does what he can to right his wrongs.

10/10 for a truly excellent adventure

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2 thoughts on “Mitzi on…Secret Garden (시크릿 가든)

  1. Secret Garden was very popular at my workplace. Of course, every female thinks Hyun Bin is the bees-knees (and rightly so). Hyun Bin is also the male lead in “My Lovely Sam Soon”. Ha Ji Won is now playing “main girl/badass chick” in “The King 2 Hearts” which is turning out to be a good story…not to add to your list or anything.

  2. Haha, yeah, I’m terrible with names. I need to give nick names in order to remember anyone. “My Lovely Sam Soon” Is actually the next one on my list.

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