Finally! The end is here. And I’m so happy. This kdrama is draining me of all my energy. It’s just too realistic and I relate to it far too much for me to really enjoy it. That being said, it was pretty funny.
- Kim Suna as Kim Sam-soon
- Hyun Bin as Hyun Jin-heon
- Jeong Ryeo-won as Yoo Hee-jin
- Daniel Henney as Dr. Henry Kim (Dr. Hotpants)
- Kim Ja Ok as Park Bong-Sook – Sam-soon’s mom
- Lee Ah-hyun as Kim Yi-Young – Sam-soon’s sister
- Na Moon-hee as Na Hyun-Sook – Jin-heon’s mom
- Suh Ji Hee as Hyun Mi-joo – Jin-heon’s niece
- Yoon Ye-hee as Yoon Hyun-sook – Jin-heon’s “aunt”
- Lee Kyu-han as Min Hyun-woo – Sam-soon’s ex
- Lee Yoon-mi as Jang Chae-Ri
Its three months after Sam-soon decided to keep her name and Jin-heon still has not arrived. (balls!) The only one who has heard from him is his niece, and she only got a postcard. (mega balls!) No post cards! No letters! No phone calls!!! Sam-soon seems to be handling things well…she’s unsure if she should still consider herself in a relationship but she’s not at home crying every night or breaking things out of frustration. She is handling this far better than I am and I’m not even the one with the broken heart.
So mad. It’s so difficult to pick up a phone, eh? Whatevs!
Sam-soon’s bakery isn’t doing to well, this episode is the only time she ever receives an order. But I know things will improve for her.
While waiting at a bus stop one day, she runs into her former blind date…the one that Jin-heon ruined on purpose. She apologizes to him for the previous 2 times they met. He understands. He’s still single. He asks her out! She accepts!
I guess things really are over for Sam-soon and Jin-heon at this point.
Sam-soon dresses up nicely for her date and she’s actually nervous to see him. He picks her up and before his car can even get onto a main road, Jin-heon walks in front of the car. He’s staring at Sam-soon. He walks over to her side, opens the door and asks her what she’s doing.
Sam-soon pretends not to know him even though she’s obviously upset. Jin-heon demands she get out off the car. Sam-soon again insists she has no idea who Jin-heon is and they drive off leaving him bewildered.
While on the date, Sam-soon is distracted. I know I would be if my maybe boyfriend, whom I hadn’t seen in 3 months, finally decides to show up out of the blue. Thankfully they are watching a movie so she can stare off into space without much notice from her date. But it doesn’t matter much since, Jin-heon followed them into the theater and demands to know what’s going on.
Sam-soon can’t take it anymore. She apologizes to her date and leaves them both behind.
After walking back to her house in heels, Sam-soon happens upon her front door as Jin-heon is waiting for her. He is genuinely clueless as to what has happened. Sam-soon tells him that she’s upset he never contacted her once, that she and her entire family are hurt and betrayed because they were all so worried for him. That when his niece was the only one to receive a postcard, they felt a lot of pain. Why couldn’t he even call?!
He insists he couldn’t call or else he’d be tempted to jump on the next flight back home. He also says he sent postcards…he sent lots of post cards. Hadn’t she seen them?
She kinda laughs at him as if saying, “yeah, right.” and walks into her garden, locking him outside. He immediately calls the on the intercom which brings out Sam-soon’s mother who only goes outside to dump an entire bin of salt on his head. Jin-heon is truly gobsmacked at the treatment he’s receiving. To him, he has no idea what happened at all or why Sam-soon and her family hates him so suddenly.
He stubbornly stays, parked outside Sam-soon’s house until someone comes outside to tell him what happened. It isn’t until a guy, carrying a box, comes to the house. The ladies allow him inside and ask him what he wants. He says he works at a local store and a drunk guy came in with the box. He’s been beside himself for months after receiving a post card every day without knowing how to stop them. It isn’t until the store clerk recognizes who the postcards belong to that he’s just now taken them to their correct owner.
Sam-soon looks at the box filled with post cards, each one from a different city in the US. Jin-heon has written her every day he’s been gone, telling her how much he misses her. The messages are really quite touching and its here both Sam-soon and I feel a bit of regret for being so mean to Jin-heon.
Sam-soon goes outside to get Jin-heon and bring him inside to meet her mother. When asked why he was gone so long, he explains that he needed more experience of the world so when he got back home, and took over his mothers job as president of a hotel, he would know how to provide for Sam-soon. (he’s finally growing up! yay!)
Sam-soon and her family, after much feigned thought and reluctance, forgive him.
Later, Sam-soon and Jin-heon end up in bed. She reveals she never lost the weight she wanted but both agreed they couldn’t wait anymore to make love. She sends him out to get protection, which he reluctantly agrees to go get. While he’s gone, Hee-jin calls Sam-soon. She thanks Sam-soon for letting Jin-heon go with her. What Sam-soon doesn’t see is Dr. Hotpants bringing Hee-Jin coffee and then KISSING her! yay! Its about time. #resolution
Sam-soon is then introduced to Jin-heon’s family. His uncle approves of her, his mother does not. And as far as this kdrama goes, his mom never does approve of her.
In the epilogue, Sam-soon reveals her dreams for the future such as marriage to Jin-heon, kids and even a successful bakery. But for now, she fully understands that life can change at any moment. She might break up with Jin-heon, he might break up with her and her business might fail, but she’s finally learned to live in the moment and accept her life and herself, the way she is now.
1. The violence totally turned me off! Not that I’m a peace loving hippie myself, I’ve got some anger issues, but I’ve never punched a picture frame, slapped a cancer patient, beat the crap out of someone trying to love on me or knocked anyone out with a stick…(wait, strike that last one. I have done that …on accident. Sorry, little brother!)
2. This kdrama is entirely too realistic for me. Dude, it is. People are childish and immature and do stupid things without realizing it. It takes a lot for people to grow up. I’m still growing up and I’m in my third decade! Or maybe I just relate too much with Sam-soon. It was just all too real and it made my heart feel things. I don’t like being in a sea of emotions!
3. There were a lot of similarities between Sam-soon and Bridget Jones. I love them both.
4. There were a lot of extremes. When things were sad, they were really sad. When things were funny, they were really funny (underwater fight!). When things were embarrassing, they were really embarrassing. I guess that is what helped make it so successful.
5. I loved the amount of English in this kdrama. Loved it! And I loved how an American (and only English speaking) character was integrated into the plot. Created so much comedy, I don’t even know where to begin.
Over all 8/10