Gong Gi Tae wants to stay a bachelor, but his nagging mother wants him to get married. Gi Tae and Joo Jang Mi cross paths, and they end up starting a fake relationship. I see why Jang Mi falls for him: From that description alone, he seems like the perfect man.
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But there are few things that have happened so far that may make you wary of him. And I have a feeling something more may happen in the later episodes. Then again, there are a few that do. There are a lot of not-so-subtle moments where Gi Tae implies that he and Jang Mi are always sleeping together.
It makes the scenarios seem more realistic, and they are more relatable for mature audiences. Every drama I have watched on tvN has been more mature, with great comedic scenes, one-liners, and characters. Marriage, Not Dating is no exception! But the acting throughout the episode really makes you feel for her. That is only one example among many throughout the series so far. There is no passion, no movement… nothing.
You go, Joo Jang Mi! The way the director sets up the scene tells you something is about to happen. Other times, one character is rapidly talking about something while the other character stares lovingly at them. Then BAM, the kiss. And in this drama, we get real kisses with mouths open, reciprocal kissing, and most of all, passion. There are still six episodes remaining, which I patiently await. I hope Marriage, Not Dating continues to impress me with the remaining episodes.
Ki-tae stands frozen for a moment, then his eyes roll back and he clasps Jang-mi close and deepens the kiss. All I can think right now is this: So much kissing and skinship in this episode. I can only overlook so much before I start to have trouble suspending my disbelief and accepting that the proper response to an unexpected smooch is to stand stock-still with your eyes wide open. First you get the broad strokes of who they are, and the more time you spend with them and the more they open up, the more you understand why they are the way they are.
It feels very natural, and explains why these characters feel so genuine and accessible. The more I watch, the more impressed I am with the writing on this show. Information about the characters is doled out in just the right amounts and at just the right times, but never revealing more than we need to know at that moment.
So many dramas give the viewers all the background information on the characters right away, leaving us to pull out our hair in frustration at watching them stumble around clueless for episodes, since WE know that if they just talked about X, or did Y, then everything would be fine. Their actions make as much sense to me as they do to the characters themselves.
I really have no complaints about any part of it. Your email address will not be published.
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That cold open was purposely misleading, which is totally different from deftly twisting the expectation, a la Episode 5. This time, we're given footage of something that didn't actually happen, which is just plain trickery. I feel like I was lied to. Thanks for the recap and actually saying what all of us have been feeling for soooooooooooooooo long. I watched this episode twice, to make sure I don't miss the opening scenes I have a feeling that the exact scene will be next episode. I have faith in the show. Million Thanks for the recap.
I'm certain it's yet to come. If I'm not mistaken he's wearing a different shirt. Though she happens to be wearing the same top. Yes, I was tracking that black and white striped top for the whole show and then - what happened?
She kept it on: But the several tvN dramas of recent past seem to indicate a business model, in which tvN dramas begin with a loud bang, push the envelope a bit, and flirt with crossing the boundaries. Then suddenly in the middle of its run, it gets religion and begin conforming to the most bland, uncontroversial social conventions to go out with the least noise. In this one, like I've said before, the I-want-you-to help-me-avoid-marriage hook is getting tired and the drama needs to find a new hook.
It will probably be the oops-I-fell-in-love-with-you-instead thing. But how tvN does that old trick can make a lot of difference. I'm holding on to the idea that the scene is still going to come up later on in the next episode or so. I was thinking about it after the episode. I realized the scene is between Hoon Doong and Hyun Hee. Well, Im not a hundred percent sure but..
Nah, it wasn't the same room. I think it was just a tease of Ki-tae and Jang-mi hopefully in the future. We are already enjoying the show. No need for them to pull a gimmick like that. Just hope it was someone's brain fart and it won't happen again. Ok, I'm not crazy, I went back and rewatched the episode wondering if I had missed the reference to the opening, but nope, writers trolling. The people in the first scene are wearing the same clothes as Jang-mi and Ki-tae in the drunk scene. I won't even be mad if that's the case.
With a bit of parody: Look at his body language in the last scene. One arm wrapped around her, and the other stick-straight by his side. And a bit of meta: Wasn't the cold open like the opening sequence in I Need Romance ?
Bed scene, with the belt buckle Remember, that scene was also a fictional tease. I do not think it's the same. In "I need romance 2" was the first episode in which there was no speculation. And it is perfectly explained it was a fantasy of a script. However, this scene does not have any sense to me. I believe it was to reach the conclusion that it was too soon for that.
But still do not understand why they did not use the imagination of one of the two to show that scene. Because what they accomplished is that many felt cheated. I think the cold open was of Hoon Dong and Hyun Hee because when he woke up the next morning, the same plaid shirt from the opening was on the edge of the bed. It was not the two leads …it was her ex-the-restaurant- guy and her 'girlfriend' from the department store…they showed clips of the two leads for the first 2 seconds …. I re watch that scene a few times and it is definitely gi tae room since the couch and watch boxes are on the shelf..
I'm hoping he either dreamt it or imagine the whole situation.. Yeah, see I actually really liked what the scene ended up becoming so I'm not all that disappointed with being misled. I think they shouldn't have flat out shown something that didn't happen though. Imo, that kiss was a much better way to start things off! The writer is a troll and while I am pissed, it's actually a pretty good twist on the previous cold opens we've been getting.
As someone pointed out on tumblr, this time we werent given a countdown so no promises are made about the cold opening ; could be to mislead us about the drunk scene, but could be a future occurence too. Keeping my hopes high! I also counting down because in other episode there was clue to count down , but in this episode there is no any clue to count down so i not expect anything.
Sometimes in Korean dramas you have to use your imagination huh. The next morning the soup was still on and the note was there for him to eat soup instead of drinking coffee. We should be adult enough that in Korea there are some things not shown. The drama is really a good one and I appreciate that since they are far and in between. Thanks to the writers and subbers. So many misleading things about that open. They were wearing the clothes they wore when he got drunk with her dad! And then there was no countdown. What a fake out! I had to rematch the beginning, thinking that it might've been about the jerk 1st boyfriend and her supposedly friend yes, they have names…but too lazy to look 'em up.
I still don't understand what I saw. Was it about them? Cause that's just trolling!! I already imagined a lot of things there, actually. It's a good thing they ended the episode with that hot kisses!!! I fell in love with Ki-Tae in this episode. It was intended to mislead but I thought by the end that's who the scene was really about? I just assumed that those were two completely different scenes--they were just way too different. I think they'll revisit the other scene sometime later in the series. Did he just kissed her for real or is it still fake?
Keke GT I know you ate fallen already. I think more hot kisses will come my way Loving this drama so much. I picked it up just for fun and really wasn't expecting it to be so good. Tvn needs to stop playing with my heart, the rate at which they are producing gems like this is making it hard for me to do anything else but stay glues to the screen. I'm just so in love with this show. Like seriously, I'm crazy for it. I LOVE our leads together and this episode is one of my favorites for them.
When Ki-tae got drunk and bonded with her dad I was already super satisfied, but then he went on to be such a hilarious drunk! Yet, I love how instead of being just another hilarious drunk scene, except with him instead of her for once lol the bed scene ended up actually being such a vulnerable and sad scene, and managed to be so, while still making me laugh and swoon there was stripping involved, after all lol. He isn't your typical spoiled playboy who wants to date girls without committing or keep his nice apartment.
He's just a normal guy who very desperately feels the need to protect himself and the place that has been a solace to him all his life, and that's why he's doing all of this. I think Jang-mi had already begun to understand that, but this was the first time she saw just how much of a struggle it is for him. Of all the characters, I really do think his growth will be one of the most rewarding.
What's lovely about this scene is that it leads to such a lovely conclusion!!! I cannot express enough how much I LOVED that their first kiss was initiated by her, out of concern for his well-being, thus highlighting the fact that they now know and care about each other's situation enough to prolong the ruse for each other's sake and not for themselves.
This, of course, mostly applies to Jang-mi because, at this point, the ruse doesn't really help her. It's just so great because I was totally already expecting their first kiss to happen eventually for their sham, but I definitely assumed that Ki-tae would do it because he's the one who really needs this.
That's why I just love how everything unfolded so differently and much more satisfyingly than I expected! And thats not even mentioning how he reciprocated ;. Also has anyone else noticed how pretty and bright Han Groo's eyes are? The lighting in that last scene set them off beautifully. I agree I am totally enjoying every bit of this drama, and have yet to find something about it I don't like. It's so real and refreshing. Thanks for the re-cap. Thanks for the recap. I'm certainly on the loving this drama bandwagon. What a great show that's not afraid to show real relationships. I can't think of anything about it I don't like.
I don't mean to be naive, but I just expect this drama to continue soaring as it goes on. It's not possible in my mind for this drama to lose steam at any point. Adults are like adults! This is like the first drama I've seen where we've got cross-kissing going all over the place. I always hate that in dramas, the male leads tend to be the ones who get to kiss more than one person, so I like that Jang-mi is like a regular person who kisses more than one guy.
And I don't love her any less for that. When Ki-tae deepened that kiss, ohmygawd. It made me squee, and I hardly squee. This couple, so great. I was disappointed that opening didn't happen, but I know something better will come along. I love these openings by the way because I'm finding they keep me hooked. Urgh, Se-ah, could you want anything without being more selfish?
So frickin' delusional, that one. And Yeo-reum, I don't care for you. Your mysteriousness is neither attractive nor swoon-worthy, so stop it! I love Jang-mi, but I don't like it when she's with this guy. So much to say! I wished I'd picked this drama up after it finishes so I could marathon the whole thing! But then I wouldn't be able to write this. The male lead is portrayed as a frigid homebody, while the female lead is out drinking and kissing-around. Then when the male lead gets drunk the female lead piggybacks him home and undresses him Later, when the two finally kiss, the female lead initiates it without 'asking permission' Meanwhile, the female second lead gets the male second lead drunk so she can take advantage of him.
I actually was pleasantly surprised with Se-ah. I mean she's obviously one of the bad guys at this point, but I liked the fact that she interferes with the main couple not because she has feelings for Ki-Tae as in every dramaland romantic triangle , but because she wants a child from him WITHOUT him.
I think it's a nice twist, since I assumed she was a manipulator in love, but nope, she's just selfish, and that goes so effing well with her character! The only character that didn't surprise me and please me is Yeo-Reum, I mean being abandoned by your mother with pancakes is pretty common in dramaland: I see her as very controlling and her air of entitlement makes me wonder if she could ever have feelings for someone else because of these reveals:. Especially 2 - nevermind the purchase of house.
I get it she doesn't enjoy the 'cramped space' HE chose and wants, but hey Some prior consultation and comunication would be err, nice? This isn't related to Se Ah's personality,but her eyebrows have been getting on my nerves.. I know, but it's a thing of mine. Loving the show, I hope it stays strong and doesn't go all melo on us. I think Se Ah still has feelings for Gi Tae she basically says as much to various people, and I wouldn't put it past her to have contrived that date auction to have the chance to buy a date with Gi Tae.
I agree with se ah trying to save face since from the flashbacks it looks like se ah was more then willing to marry and live with gi tae for the rest of her life but he was the one that initiated the breakup.. Besides, it's one thing to sleep with your friend's ex, and another to sleep with the total jerk who screwed her over!! To me that means she completely dismisses how much Hoon Dong hurt her friend. I feel that the writer did that so that the viewer would get satisfaction because it is a kind of indirect revenge on Hyun Hee, and at the same time it doesn't compromise Jang Mi's image as a good person The kiss at the end was way better than the kiss she had with Yeo Reum especially because she's making the decision to save him regardless of the pain and mess it will bring her, but what's with his limp arm?!?!?!?!
I couldn't help noticing her full-heartedly flinging her arms around him while he just scoops her in with just one aggressively decided arm while the other just hangs there.
Killed the shot for me. That kiss at the end was super hot. I love her eye-flutter after he stars really kissing her back. I see his one-armed embrace for two reasons: It shows that he is still torn on being attracted to her. He can't help but NOT to reciprocate her skinship. This is the second time she surprised him with an embrace - the first time when she saved him in the bathroom. On that occasion, being half-out of his mind and unable to think things through carefully, he grabs on to her for dear life.
In this second case, although he's surprised, he still has his wits about him - enough to be able to hold back just a bit. From a cinematography perspective, his keeping one arm down make the shot more open to the viewer and allows the audience to see more of what is going on between them. I totally agree with your comments about how deft the writing is and how it really makes the characters seem fresh and real.
And of course, it's always nice to see characters look like they're actually enjoying kisses and skinship, whoo. I really enjoyed this episode not just because it was very funny but because it also started giving us more concrete glimpses into the motivations and backgrounds of these characters. How interesting is it that both JangMi and YeoReum experienced abandonment as children but they have grown to deal with it in opposite ways?
Yeo Reum remains aloof so that no one can get close enough to hurt him again while JangMi throws herself after anyone who shows her some interest because she's so desperate for connection and so fearful of being alone. Him revealing that to her is seriously the perfect way to shake her resolve, although he doesn't even know that. These characters have experienced so much trauma and it colours everything they do, even as adults.
I think there is a lot of truth in that. And while KiTae might be going to extreme lengths to retain his solitude, I can completely understand his desire to keep everyone at arm's length and to revel in solitude. She is blackmailing her ex fiance into helping her have a child so that she can live with someone who is just like her?! I had to pause the show for awhile just to absorb the immense wrongness of all that. I do not blame KiTae for ending things with her, wow. I really hope we get some insight into what makes her tick because I can't currently fathom it. Definitely not okay with HyunHee getting HoonDong wasted so that she could sleep with him.
And I still can't tell if she's genuinely interested in him or not. I really thought she was only interested in his money up until now but this show's doing such a good job of giving all the characters depth that I want to believe there's more to it than that. Also just yowza at KiTae deepening the kiss at the end. I'm glad the opening didn't happen just because it would have been way too soon. They don't feel that strongly about each other yet so I'm okay with them taking things slow.
I agree that Se Ah is just freaking nuts. But what makes it interesting is that I have never seen that trope used in a drama before, and am curious to see where this leads to. She seems to be an extremely controlling person - and maybe thinks that if she is a single mother she can mold the poor kid into her exact self image we all know how well that usually works out in real life. I find Se Ah's character very interesting. She seems like someone who has everything figured out in her life and although she has made it clear herself that she is narcissistic, from my point of view, it doesn't seem that way.
She is definitely not the one dimensional second lead whom you want to bitch slap nor is she someone with no feelings for GT. I hope the story shows her development for the better too along with our leads. Very restrained acting from the idol who plays Se Ah. I agree with you, Han Sunhwa's limited range of expression actually works here, as it delivers the message of how cold and calculating Se-ah is.
And yet, I find Se-ah intriguing because a part of me hopes she was being honest about wanting a baby. That is, I want to believe that Se-ah selfish wanting is a result of bad parenting too. She ends up loving herself so much she puts herself above everyone else; including the man she loves and even her future child. In this case, I lump her and Yeo-rum together because, in my opinion, both of them are vain.
They know well how to work their personal physical charm for their own benefits. They don't trust or love? Well, Yeo-rum has a case of abandonment to factor in, and yet I wonder how Se-ah was brought up. Maybe her rich parents indulge her with money but without any real affection? Maybe she was spoiled rotten, without any guidance towards morality's right and wrong?
While Gi-tae 's case of slight? They discard people easily and for Se-ah when she is hurt, she never forgives Anyway, I've been wondering about these two side characters Se-ah and Yeo-rum ever since I watched the trailer and the opening. It's like Sunhwa and Jinwoon have mischievous light in their eyes, like they are partners in crime or something.
Another episode full of great moments!!! And yes the KISS was definitely the hight light! Also I loved the scene when she was chasing Hoon Dong and give him much deserved smacks! I hate how dramas just try to pass the she's selfish so she does selfish things motivation to the side characters and leave them so flat. He sees his mistakes but wat can yea do..
Finally we have the 6th episode recap.. I thought fersure that it was goin to happen but there was no countdown which was odd for me.. Only thing I couldn't stand was YR story.. He never even really apologize and even the scene at the mall the guy wasn't sincere or apologetic.. He jus kept doin what he always does which is smile and play everything off.. I guess since korwan dramas have so much of it I didn't really feel much for it but that doesn't excuse his actions to jang mi and even the aftermath.. I can only compare it to secret garden..
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One of the best kiss scenes I seen in a k drama and her initiating it meant even more then if he forced it on her.. The him pulling her in and jus giving it her all.. Or, at the very least, maybe it's his drunken dream about how he WISHES that would have gone but couldn't recall it upon waking up? I like my version better. That scene was great. And the devious little grabby hands JJM made when she was facing away from him I think this might be HER dream sequence.
YR dude I know you have issues in your life but you don't do that to a girl acting so inconsiderate. MND is the first drama I didn't know any of the actors in, yet still watched it. Their bickering isn't just pointless arguments thrown back and forth okay maybe they are - but they do it with so much chemistry, side note: Don't think I've been as in love with a show as I am with this one! I disliked Full House as well, couldn't even finish it.
But for me there's no comparison, in FH they were two kids bickering, and his lies were just to much the baby! You do not just write a scene like that and think that avid kdrama fans would take it lightlyyyyy!!!!
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I demand that scene to be shown sooner or later I've been hooked on this drama is say I love how realistic the show is when it comes to the interaction of people who are genuinely attracted to each other. I just discovered this awesome drama today, and the mini-binge was fabulous.
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Thank you for the great recaps! First, thank you GirlFriday and LollyPip for choosing to recap this show! Secondly, I happened to catch this show when it first aired because I was looking for a drama to fill a void that often happens when another drama concludes. So when I really started to get sucked into this show and saw that dramabeans was not recapping it, I felt a little alone in my love for this MND. But now I'm excited to share the love with everyone else! So thank you again for recapping!!! I am still holding out hope that that scene will still occur down the line.
Hopefully they continue with thay scene on the next episode as a running gag jus to synchronized the episodes coming up.. I've said this in another place, too, but Imagine if the sexes of Dong-hoon and Hyun-hee were reversed; you have a guy who deliberately gets a girl drunk and then sleeps with her. What would you call it? There's no need to do the gender-reversal exercise. No matter what sexes we're dealing with, if you don't have non-consensual sex is rape. I really dislike Hyun-hee. I find her to be manipulative, self-centred and a poor excuse of a friend I wouldn't be surprised if she becomes one of our heroine's biggest road blocks, I could see her jealousy getting to her and stabbing Jang-min in the back.
Now that I'm off my MND rant, a general comment on kdramaland. One of the biggest issues I have with it is that almost every single drama has the male lead planting a kiss on his girl when she's not expecting and quite often not wanting it and she just remains there all wide-eyed and uncomfortable or, even worse, angry and hurt.
I have a problem with this because consent isn't just about sex, it should be about any increase in physical intimacy I just don't understand why this is such a popular scene in Korean dramas when skinship is such a big deal Why would you have your leads cross that boundary when one is clearly not up for it? No more of that dramaland, OK? The reality is, if the genders had been reversed in this episode this message board would be lighting up like a christmas tree with condemning comments.
But written as it was, there has been almost nothing said. There's frequently a glaring double standard in what people react to. Sometimes it's worth pointing out. Thank you for saying this! I was going through the comments and the recap thinking "seriously is NO ONE going to point out the vile thing she just did?
The double standard is horrible and needs to be taken more seriously by the show and the audience. Keep tabs on this one. I'll give Jang-Mi a pass because she probably though he forced himself on Hyun-Hee when drunk, that'd the only way I accept her beating on him in that particular instance. That was my reaction too. How could she take advantage of him like that? It's still rape even if a woman does it to a man. It's definitely Ki-tae and Jang-mi, and the clothes they were wearing that night, but just a slightly different memory of how he ended up nekkid.
I love the GT x JM couple. They are seriously so adorbs. And the getting drunk with his father in law scene was so good. It's so rare to find a drama that has as much heart as they do laughs, balancing each other in a relevant narrative. However, I feel like I can just watch the three of them locked up in a room together they whole day and they will still be wonderfully entertaining. Han Groo as an actress reminds me of Ha Ji Won; she can go from comedy to heartbreaking drama at a drop of a pin.
And Kim Hae Sook is breaking my heart here. You can see the little shocks on her face when strangers show her human decency that her family doesn't extend her. She's such a bulldozer, but I don't think anyone doubts that everything she does, she does it for her family. Lastly, can I just say I love the theme of Girl who never wants to be alone love together with a Boy who only wants to be alone?
There's something soul-tugging about the idea that JM really needs to learn how to go the distance by herself - I have no doubt that she has the capability to do so - vs GT who needs to learn to not let his vulnerability isolate him from the rest of the world. And his family except for his father perhaps - for all their quirks, imperfections and mischief - truly cares and worries that their mistakes will cause him a lifetime of loneliness, even though he is perfectly fine with that outcome.
It is only with that experience of fearing that you would die alone in your bathroom at the grand old age of 30 is he able to begin to comprehend the fear and helplessness JM must have felt when she was 5. Although I must say, I'm surprised he just didn't drink from the tap during the time he was locked in - desperate times call for desperate measures! Lovely comments, especially about how his lock-in experience made him more able to empathize with Jang-mi's trauma at 5. I hadn't thought about that, but it is so true. I also echo your sentiments about the tap water.
She just throws herself fully into whatever her characters demand of her. I fell in love with Yeon Woo-jin during Arang I still remember there were some of us over at that drama's recap that really liked his depiction of the evil yet not entirely heartless villain, brilliantly portrayed.
Although very different, again he delivered as the maknae of 4 brothers who fell in love with a much older woman but had to split with her in the end. He uses his eyes and small gestures to depict his emotions. He is not TOO good looking but is really good to look at. Here, YWJ again out-performed and exceeds my expectation. I am totally sold to his Ki Tae! Perhaps you can do another Lead Role, this time on national TV hon?! BUT the biggest jaw-dropping element for me is Han Groo.
She is just so natural that I can't believe me eyes when I found out she is just