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EPISODE 5 RECAP  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MY THOUGHTS  

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

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

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

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

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