Confession time. I’ve watched this entire kdrama already. In fact, I’ve also watched all of City Hunter. You wouldn’t know that because I haven’t been writing these silly posts.
To help me out, I asked a friend to help me summarize the show. This is what I got…
“it will be like this: so there were some hot korean guys saying silly stuff to a weird looking korean girl with a lisp and her sister who always looks slightly touched. end story”
I laughed and laughed and laughed and laughed until I couldn’t laugh any more. And then I laughed again. Only cause Park-ha (even though I think she’s cool) really does have this permanent look of surprise on her face that makes you wonder if she isn’t a little ‘special’. Also, the Korean guys in this kdrama really are hot.
Anyway, back to the show
My doctor assures me a few rounds of dialysis will cure anything… Kdrama “Cherry coke” drinking game.
Actor name/character name/ (nickname or identifying name)
- Micky Yoochun as Lee Gak / Yong Tae-yong (prince)
- Han Ji-min as Park-ha / Bu-yong
- Jung Yoo-mi as Hong Se-na / Hwa-yong
- Lee Tae-sung as Yong Tae-mu
- Lee Min-ho as Song Man-bo (Librarian)
- Jung Suk-won as Woo Yong-sool (Bodyguard)
- Choi Woo-shik as Do Chi-san (Eunuch)
- Ban Hyo-jung as President Yeo
- Lee Moon-shik as Pyo Taek-soo
- Ahn Seok-hwan as Yong Dong-man
- Song Ok-sook as Gong Man-ok
- Park Joon-geum as Yong Seol-hee
- Kang Byul as Lady Mimi
- Guzal Tursunova as Becky
- Na Young-hee as President Jang
Where did we leave off? OH YEAH! Park-ha is helpless lying on the floor of a warehouse as it burns to the floor. Well, we needed a reason for Prince Lee-gak to come in an save her life, right? To prove he’s subconsciously got a case of ‘the loves’ for her.
I’ve heard some women are irritated that Kdrama’s have so many of these instances, where the lead female needs to constantly be saved. I’ll admit it is a bit irritating because, really, how many times can one woman have a brush with death?! And won’t a guy get tired of saving her? Like, at some point just say, “Aw, screw it, pull yourself out of the volcano.” But its all apart of the drama. We can either let it irritate us so much that it ruins the experience or we can just go with the flow and cheer for the fire to win.
Long story short, Lee-gak saves Park-ha from the burning building. (Was there any doubt?! There are 8 episodes left to watch. Can’t kill off the main character 12 episodes in!)
Let me point out two important things…
1. We are shown that Lee-gak is a genuine hero and we should like him as evidence in this ‘hero shot’. There is a formula why, I’m not motivated enough right now to find it. Just…trust.
2. When Park-ha is being placed in the ambulance, her face is covered like Bu-yong’s face is covered ‘back in the day’ (300 years ago) by the embroidered handkerchief. Supposed to remind us AND let Lee-gak know she is Bu-yong reincarnated. Lee-gak doesn’t see it because he’s a bit slow.
Apparently Park-ha wasn’t hurt too badly because the next scene has her back at the apartment recovering in her own bed. Prince Lee-gak is right next to her, giving her medicine. I’m having an odd sense of deja vu…almost like I’ve seen this before…(episode 9)
This time, instead of some snarky remarks by Prince Lee-gak toward Park-ha, something amazing happens. Park-ha tries to return the embroidered handkerchief but it slips from her hand and falls right onto her face just like this…
Lee-gak stares at her and you can almost hear him thinking, “I’ve see this shit before.” It’s almost like the angels are singing and there is a gigantic light bulb above his head as he finally realizes that Park-ha is his reincarnated sister in law from ‘back in the day’. But NOOOOOO! its all fake. He doesn’t understand it. He doesn’t realize. I don’t know why, it’s written in the scrip that way.
Park-ha takes the handkerchief off of her face and hands it back to Lee-gak. He takes it an makes an excuse to leave the room.
Back at the office, Se-na is still irritated her fiance (Lee-gak) totally ditched her right before an important meeting to go save Park-ha, her most hated enemy. So she does what every mature adult does and…go tells on her to grandma.
Grandma is pissed. Lee-gak is engaged to Se-na and should not be trying to save Park-ha’s life! (Really, Se-na only told grandma that Park-ha called Lee-gak out of the meeting, not that Park-ha needing rescuing) Turns out the meeting was so important and the clients so insulted that they canceled the contract right on the spot. Grandma is now in disbelief…Look at all of grandma’s disbelief.
As Lee-gak races to his grandmothers office, he runs into Executive Pyo in the elevator. Executive Pyo tells Lee-gak what a mess was made after he left the meeting. Tae-mu will use Lee-gak’s failure as leverage to gain control of the company and might even try to kick Lee-gak out.
But this anxiety is short lived because Lee-gak soon finds himself being yelled at by grandma.
Grandma is under the false impression that Park-ha called him out of the meeting and that Lee-gak is blindly following her everywhere. Not the case at all! But instead of letting Lee-gak explain the circumstances, grandma demands either he or Park-ha move out of the apartment at once. Then she backtracks and says she will speak with Park-ha herself and make her understand she shouldn’t be talking to engaged men.
Later that day, Prince Lee-gak, the minions and Park-ha are out eating dinner. They tell Park-ha she should eat because she doesn’t look so well (thanks guys!). Chi-san doesn’t like all the attention Park-ha is getting so he lets everyone know, again, that he’s the one who had an appendectomy. Attention turns toward him and he admits that he doesn’t feel pain if he doesn’t laugh. Naturally, that’s everyone’s cue to make him laugh. Instead of a joke or pulling a funny face…Man-bo and Yong-sool do this…
Maybe in Korea this is hilarious. To me, it fills me with so much terror that I did 10 Our Fathers and 15 Hail Mary’s just to keep these two demons out of my computer. (not really, but that shit is scary)
Either way, Chi-san laughs hard enough to cause him great pain and then everyone is happy.
After dinner, the minions go off to get some beer leaving Lee-gak and Park-ha alone to walk home together. EXCEPT Lee-gak knows that grandma and our favorite alcoholic aunt are waiting at the rooftop apartment to confront Park-ha. He does all he can to steer Park-ha away from the apartment. This means they just get to go on a really loooong walk.
On this epic walk to nowhere, Park-ha apologizes for being the reason Lee-gak lost the contract. He apologizes for making her go to the warehouse where she almost died. (I guess that makes them even?)
More importantly, Lee-gak brings up the night Park-ha came home drunk and told him off. She denies it ever happened. He assures her it did. He agrees with her that she was unlucky he fell into her house out of all the houses in Seoul, but that it was good for him. Before this touching moment can proceed any further, his phone rings. It’s a text letting him know grandma left the apartment and it’s safe to return. However, he tells Park-ha that grandma is still there and they can’t go home yet. Lee-gak thinks he’s being so clever and sneaky that he feels confident enough to let a smirk fly right in front of Park-ha. (in reality, I just wanted to put a picture here because it breaks up the post nicely)
Instead of walking forever, they decide to get yet another meal (didn’t they just eat?!) Lee-gak breaks apart the chopsticks like a boss and Park-ha takes notice. He’s really adapted to life in the 21st century. She admits that when she first met him she thought he was crazy. Rather than understand her position, Lee-gak gets butthurt and calls her a little person with a big and vulgar voice (burn?)
This turns into a pissing contest of who is the crazier person and we are all the winners just for watching!
Lee-gak lets it slip that he was the one wearing a bear costume and dancing around to help Park-ha sell strawberries. Park-ha is surprised and suddenly thankful towards him.
He accepts her appreciation but uses this opportunity to lecture her. He tells her her eyes were ‘like this’ when she looked at him…
Do I really need to say anything here? Is anyone else thinking this…
Even after this stunning display of friendship full of bickering and name calling, Lee-gak gets another text from Chi-san asking him why he’s not home yet. Park-ha asks if the text was to let him know grandma had left yet. He tells her grandma is still at the apartment in order to continue this impromptu date.
Eventually they end up at a public sauna (totally normal date behavior, right?!) and she finally figures out Lee-gak has been lying to her the entire time about grandma still being at the house. She tries to get back at him by reminding him of the helium balloon incident from episode 4 but it has no impact because he fell asleep as she was talking.
As he’s sleeping he dreams about his sister in law, Boo-yong. He wonders why she’s suddenly showing up so much in his dreams. (I told you he was a bit slow)
When the two finally decide to head home, its raining and its morning! ESCANDALO! Instead of finding grandma waiting for them at the apartment, they see Se-na. *gasp* Se-na and Lee-gak were supposed to go looking for engagement halls…oops!
Later, at the office, Tae-mu has been making nice with the executives in the company. At a board meeting, the executives question grandmas desire to make Tae-yong (Lee-gak) CEO. He just lost a major contract and there are rumors he’s a little mental.
Executive Pyo defends Tae-yong’s actions a heroic. In a stunning turn of events, Tae-mu says Tae-yong deserves another chance.
Grandma tells Lee-gak not to waste this second chance and compete against Tae-mu.
The minions hear of their upcoming challenge to try and defeat Tae-mu’s team at finding the best product to sell on their network and are devastated. There is no way they think they can beat him. Lee-gak tells them they will lull Tae-mu into a false sense of security by pretending to be weak.
1. they will compile a fake list of manufactures
2. they will act like they are courting those manufacturers
3. they will let it slip to a female company member (why? cause women can’t keep secrets?) the list
4. they will act like their lives depend on signing a contract with one of those companies.
It’s all misdirection.
As the minions are working on the plan, Lee-gak and Se-na go engagement dress shopping. She picks this dress.
Totes pretty right? Lee-gak says “It’s nice.” Which are the international words for “LETS GET READY TO RUMBLE!” cause you know a fight is about to start. You don’t tell a woman in a dress like that, that she looks ‘nice’. She will cut you! So Se-na voices her displeasure and gives him this look…
The two go to a coffee shop and she tells him straight up that something is wrong with their relationship. She can tell he’s being distant. He tells her its probably just her imagination. Se-na then tells him she thinks it’s because of Park-ha and she’s worried Park-ha will steal him away from her. This brings out a lion in Lee-gak as he defends Park-ha’s honor to Se-na. Se-na is stunned as she’s used to men falling at her feet when ever she starts to cry and play the victim. Instead of play into the victim role more, she leaves him behind.
At the apartment, Park-ha is cleaning out her room and getting ready to move. She doesn’t feel as comfortable living there as she once did since Lee-gak got engaged to Se-na. She asks if she can bring the lotus flower with her (that represents her) when she leaves, Lee-gak tells her she can’t and if she really wants to see it then she can visit it whenever she wants. (awww, swoon!) But of course, the conversation between Lee-gak and Park-ha ends up in bickering and storming off in a huff.
At dinner with the minions, Lady Mimi and Becky are shocked to hear Lee-gak is engaged to Se-na. The girls are mad at the minions for letting this happen. The minions are shamed but assure the girls they have their reasons for letting it happen.
Lady Mimi offers her connections to get Park-ha a job and place to live, but the catch is it’s pretty far away (Pohang?). Park-ha is happy with far away.
Fortunately for Lee-gak and the minions, Tae-mu has bought into the ‘fake list’ strategy as he has spent much of his time contacting merchants on the list and threatening them not to talk to the minions. While Tae-mu is distracted, Lee-gak will go back to the cosmetics company and try to regain their favor.
After another bitch fest with Se-na, Park-ha writes a good-bye letter and places it under a tissue box. She’s bid by Lady Mimi to leave right then to interview for a job with her uncles landscaping business. She leaves.
At work, Se-na is walking the halls when Tae-mu runs up to her, grabs her arm and spins her around (I’ll allow a sip of ‘cherry coke’ on this one because she’s not dragged anywhere). He wants to know why she’s resigning from the company.
Tae-mu begs Se-na not to go to Tae-yong (Lee-gak) because he believes Tae-yong will soon be ruined. Se-na isn’t listening. Through out all of this, Tae-mu’s dad is overhearing everything. If there is one thing this Kdrama has taught me, its that whenever you are having an important conversation, someone is always listening in. Always.
Tae-mu’s dad scolds Tae-mu for still having feelings for Se-na even after she dumped him to Tae-yong. Tae-mu is blinded by love and defends her. His dad then tells him that Se-na has been lying to him about her family the entire time. She doesn’t come from a wealthy family at all, and her mother is not a professor in England.
While looking for Park-ha at work, Lee-gak goes to her department and asks for her. Park-ha’s boss informs him that Park-ha resigned earlier that morning. Shocked, he runs home to find her room empty.
He finds the good-bye letter from Park-ha and reads it. She’s really said good-bye to him and the minions. Lee-gak doesn’t like this news and tries to call her over and over again only to hear that her phone is off. He even finds Becky to see were Park-ha went. After getting no help from Becky, he goes back to the apartment but even that place is difficult for him to be in because so much of it reminds him of Park-ha.
Tae-mu shows up at the fish market and finds Se-na’s mother. She takes him into her office where he instantly sees a photograph of the entire family taken before Se-na allowed Park-ha to be taken away. It proves that Se-na’s mother works at a fish market, that Park-ha is Se-na’s step sister and that Park-ha is Chairman Jang’s long lost daughter.
However, instead of doing the right thing by telling Chairman Jang about her daughter, Tae-mu will use this information to his advantage.
He calls up Se-na and requests to see her. Tae-mu tells her he knows all about her family and that he’s alright with her lying to him. (say what?!) He wants Se-na to pretend to be the lost daughter in order to gain control of Chairman Jang’s company shares and to influence Chairman Jang at board elections. If Se-na does this, then the entire company will be hers and Tae-mu’s. Tae-yong (Lee-gak) will be cut out entirely. They also need to send Park-ha far away so that she never finds out her true mother and inheritance. (what dicks!)
Does Se-na take Tae-mu’s offer? Won’t find out until the next episode.
Before the credits roll, we are left with one final scene. Lee-gak has spent the entire night lighting sparklers in Park-ha’s honor because he believes she has gone forever. When morning comes, Park-ha returns to the apartment after interviewing for the job and finds Lee-gak sitting in a lawn chair. He sees her and is in complete shock. then he delivers this lovely monologue…
“Do you know how much I looked for you?!! Writing a measly letter and not being reachable by phone, are you planning to kill me out of shock?! Why are you rendering me to such a state? Why did you make me like this? My heart felt as if it‘s shriveled up all day yesterday, and my heart was racing and felt as if it were going to exploded and I felt so exasperated, and I felt asphyxiated even when I was breathing and seriously thought I was going to go crazy! Despite how much I shouted and stomped my feet, it didn‘t make me feel better, even in the slightest! But now, after seeing your face, I think I understand. I had wanted to see you all day yesterday. I like you.”
AND EVERYONE SWOONED!!!
Except for Park-ha.
She’s really upset and irritated. All this time she’s been there for him, loving him and helping him to fit into this century and he was too busy looking at Se-na. He finally realizes he’s got feelings for her AFTER she decides to move away? Park-ha comments that he always just does what he wants without regard to the feelings of anyone else and turns away from him.
Lee-gak, not one to be ignored, grabs Park-ha’s arm, turns her around and pulls her in for a kiss. FINALLY PARK-HA SWOONS! And I just drank my entire can of ‘Cherry coke’.
My work here is done.