Marriage, Not Dating: Episode 1
Jang mi is such a disappointment. Jang Mi chases Gi Tae to ask him for an explanation. The couple who seemed like the perfect family ended up divorcing while the ones who were always fighting ended up together because they actually loved each other in their own crazy way. He arrives in the hotel lobby, and says into his phone that a strange woman is waving at him. Sera May 11
Drama Recaps Radio Romance: Yeon Woo Jin Main Cast. Ha He seriously needs to get the memo. The drama didn't get better in episode 2 nor 3, at which point I spent a few minutes on one of the following episodes and gave up. It goes beyond my expectation. I seriously think that she might just be an alcoholic. Violet Oct 09 3:
What can you give me? Gi Tae simultaneously texts the final question to Hoon Dong as well. He flat out tells her that. Looks like this happens often because he even takes off his glasses and braces himself for the much deserved water shower coming his way. She tries to motion him to get out of the room but he just continues to pop the balloons, eat the cake with his bare hands since his blood sugar dropped, ha!
That last bit was too much and Jang Mi pushes him away causing him to dramatically fall backwards. There might be but his is definitely NOT the way. Hoon Dong thinks that with this step, Jang Mi will be worried sick and be anxious. She continues to try and contact him but all her phone calls just go to voice mail.
Jang Mi says that she was just about to bring it up when he had to use the bathroom. Hoon Dong believes that after a week, Jang Mi will get it, since girls these days are smart and will get over it soon. Of course, the oh so mature man-child decides to hide when she arrives and leaves Gi Tae to handle the situation. OMG this cracks me up! Gi Tae pointedly says that he hates dealing with gold diggers since they are the worst, all while staring at Jang Mi, who is actually nodding her head in agreement!
LOL He also continues to say that the girl he met was just so desperate to get married. She even apologizes for interrupting his conversation!
Ki Tae finds out that his aunt and mom are out to get him for a blind date they set up that night. He immediately tries to run away.
Saying Goodbye Through a 3 rd Party. Jang Mi chases Gi Tae to ask him for an explanation. Gi Tae does this great countdown while answering all of her questions. When Jang Mi thinks that Hoon Dong is sick ha! How dramas have ruined us all!
It finally sinks in for Jang Mi that Hoon Dong ran away. Exasperated by her persistence, Ki Tae says. Yeo Reum on the other hand, finds all of this quite amusing and seems to take particular interest in Jang Mi. His mom decides to follow Jang Mi and actually invites her to their house for dinner and apologizes for her son. Just then, Gi Tae comes out and smacks him hard on the head!
A long time coming! She thinks back to when they first met and when they were dating. He had taken her out to eat and tells her that he loves that she eats like a little piglet. When her heels were too painful to walk in, he took off his shoes and exchanged them for her heels. She is determined to cut it off with that jerk and move on.
Jang Mi walks up to the door and vacillates between whether or not she should enter. She even goes through this outward dialogue with herself, which makes her seem a bit more cray cray. Gi Tae also pulls up and witnesses the whole encounter. Lady, do you even know your son?! She can finally see what kind of man he really is.
Her shock and anger grows and is evidenced by that fact that the way she addresses him slowly changes, from calling him oppa to Lee Hoon Dong-shi to that jerk. She calls Hoon Dong out for being a coward and for avoiding her, a person that he date for a whole year, and that although she now knows what kind of person he is, she still wants to hear it from him directly.
Gi Tae, having watched all this with, what I can only describe as a worried expression, finally steps out of his car and looks at her with sympathy. Dad decides to get up and leave, it looks like he no longer lives with the family, which earns him an expressionless look from mom. Mom, disappointed in the no-show, decides to call the real estate agent. Damn girl, that stuff tastes like nail polish remover! She downs a beer right in front of the boys, who seem to be breaking a sweat, and now having some more liquid courage running through her, she chases Hoon Dong down with the glass bottle in her hand.
Hoon Dong waves for Gi Tae to come help but he gets ignored. Jang Mi is legitimately upset that he has made a fool out of her when she truly loved him and even dreamt of a future with him. Hoon Dong actually runs and hides in the bathroom while calling the police to report his stalker. Gi Tae tries to calm her down but instead gets hit in the face by the bottle. She only realizes that she stalked did in fact stalked Hoon Dong when the only person that agrees with her is a man at the police station, in for molesting his colleague.
This girl is great! Jang Mi wants to find the lady who invited her over for dinner. The series was at its best early on, when the humor crackled and the couple was forced to act loving on the surface while antagonism brewed underneath. But once they started using it to misrepresent scenes altogether with footage that was a direct lie, it stopped being clever and felt manipulative; they lost meaning when I could only start counting them as fantasy sequences.
At least the finale went out on the kind of cold open I had loved early on. Marriage Not Dating was a relative success for tvN it reached a high of 4. I love watching actors grow role by role, and these two had such a fantastically timed growth spurt in the same drama opposite one another. It underscored that the secondary loveline in the drama—between Jang-mi and her future mother-in-law—was something that changed Mom as a daughter-in-law as well. I loved that the familial thread ran through the show from beginning to end, and that despite the romance being the hook, family is what we end on.
Your email address will not be published. I will miss this drama a lot. Can't believe it's over.. Watch her in 'Warm Words'.. She's the only reason i keep watching the show. While I found the show entertaining. I didn't actually like a single one of the characters, and especially Gong Gi Tae. In that last episode his attempts to cheer her up or whatever it was he was doing when trying to force to her to eat and joke around with him and talk about marriage when she's trying to find her father to tell him her mother has cancer were appalling!
And that thing with the letter - what gives him the right to open her mother's private letter, read the contents, steal it, and then refuse to let her daughter see it?
I would have ripped him a new one right there. I will say the product placement for the LG portable photo printer in the last episode totally got me. I immediately looked it up and may still buy it I bought LG G3 after watching this drama when I saw the printer.. If I found out my mother had cancer, I'd love to have Gong Ki-tae there doing all those things for me: I mean, making sure I eat, holding my hand, and then staying with my father and comforting him all night?
I couldn't ask for anything more. Mostly because all that those things really show is that he's trying, that he's worried for me and that in itself is something lovely even if he doesn't know exactly how to convey it perfectly. Although, I personally think him going out of his way to mend the relationship between Jang-mi's parents is a pretty wonderful way to convey how much he cares for them, but that's just me: The fact that he did all those things is just his way of showing love and concern to the ones he care for.
It may not be super romantic, but that just makes him, him. Thank you DB for the recaps. I appreciated it so much. This one of the less-buzzed drama when it began but ended with a bang.
I have to agree that the second leads with the exception of Hoon Dong, he's such dork didn't contribute as much as to the awesomeness of this series but the families made up for them esp GT's mom. Yay, the three women being together forget dad, girl power FTW.
And don't make me start with the wedding. If it ended with a simple wedding, it's not MND. The kiss at the end perfectly wraps up their story and now that's a kiss.
I agree that the big weakness in this show were the second leads, Se Ah and YR. Neither one of these characters were written particularly well - their motives were fuzzy, and they hanged allegiances and directions without notice or reason. But the acting was also very poor - both characters were played by idols, with little acting experience, and it showed. Both of them were more concerned with looking good than showing some real emotion, and neither of them were able to give any unspoken clues about their character.
I got so sick of their plastic, enigmatic smiles. I understood the rest of the characters, I felt like they were real people, and then there was Ken and Barbie. Thanks for the recaps guys! I still have to catch up on the drama, but I did read all the recaps.
I can say I am pretty much satisfied with the ending: D Gi Tae and Jang Mi made one awesome pair! This drama was very fresh and funny. This adds onto my list of most fave dramas. Gonna watch out for the leads from now on, they were fun to watch. Was consistent from start to finish. Watching this became a bonding time with my wife who kept on nagging me to check whether the latest episode was already out. This was also a great consolation after being disappointed so much with Doctor Stranger not that they have any relation.
Good directing, writing, and most of all, good actors. This drama did not have any pretensions at being life-like, or having any deep meaning.
It never attempted to moralize or to stylize the scenes again, unlike Doctor Stranger. It was just plain heartwarming, and hilarious and insightful towards the end. Congratulations to all the production staff and the cast.
Will look forward to another drama by the same actors. Incidentally, am not Korean. But I am beginning to love Korean culture and actors. Have watched tons of Korean dramas. Thank you as well to all who do the subs. Looking forward to visit Korea with my wife one day. MND was a good drama. I started off loving it but midway it lost its addictiveness to me and it wasn't as funny as it used to be.
They took too long to have the OTP start dating and the angst and the two leads going around in circles aggravated me to no end. In spite of all of this I still liked this drama and when the leads did get together they were magic on screen.
They have such wonderful chemistry, I hope they are able to reunite in another drama or movie someday. The ending left me wanting more, idk I just didn't like the ending that much even though that kiss was amazing.
They kept mentioning a plot twist so much that I thought it was going to be something epic, but all it was was whats her name getting knocked up by that one doctor guy. That was a let down. However, I loved that Gi Tae's mom found her happiness in the end. Her husband's family screwed her up so badly that it's understandable why she acts the way she does.
Overall I enjoyed this drama even if some of my love for it at the beginning wore off towards the end. It's still one of the best rom-coms of for me and I will put it on my repeat list for rainy days. Even though I love this show which has ne comparing it to coffee prince.. I understand girlfriend take on the cold scene in the beginning.. With everything else showing now.. I can't even get through half the episodes without folding it in but I have been waiting and even watching without subs since I was so anxious for this show..
Probably the best thing for this ending was that not everyone got redeems in some unreasonable way.. Thank you Lollypip and girlfriday for the great and heartfelt recaps. Love this series so much but wished we had more time to just savor the OST relationship for a little longer. As well as seeing Ki-tae's dad suffer a whole lot more. And by the way, what with Jang-Mi's mom, yikes!!
What a whiny self centered woman! I really loved the OTP, but the scene that by far made me grin the most was the one where the 3 women collectively kicked dad to the curb. I didn't think he had it in him. Thank you guys so much for the great recaps and insight you've provided and to all the commenters who left such great comments about the show as well.
You two said what I wanted to say and more so much better than I ever could have, especially your last lign here, girlfriday, ha. I'm going to miss this show so much, especially the lead couple. They had so many adorable, sweet, wonderful and heartfelt moments in the last few episodes and it was a joy to witness them grow as people and as a couple. The actors did a fabulous job with these roles and they've definitely put those two on the map for me. And because I didn't get to comment on it in the last recap, I still love, love, LOVE the moment between Kitae and his mother on the phone and the ones here between KiTae's mom, aunt and halmoni.
I love how much this show emphasised the importance of family. It did a tremendous job of showcasing that even if they're dysfunctional and you're not close to them - your family still shapes you into who you are in a big way.
It was wonderful seeing the love between the women in KiTae's family and seeing his father get his comeuppance and Mom get her fire back. I was waiting for that. Just like how JangMi's parents made a scene at the hospital while making up - seeing that made me realize that she got her "scene-making" ways from them. I also loved the realism in their decision to get married. They know firsthand just how badly marriages can go but even so, they're still willing to give it a try and try their best to love and support each other despite whatever twists life may throw at them.
I also loved the cleverness in the writing, the crazy sound effects, the awesome ost and the cute effects on screen. When this drama started I forgot about it and all the news that were posted here. I was just checking viki and it appeared, I read the description and watched episode 1.
This drama made me laugh, even cry a little and made me care for many of the characters. Ki-tae and Jang-mi are so good and so cute together, and I only can agree, the family aspect in this drama is one of its strongest angles. Maybe is not a perfect drama but the crazy second lead and the flaws here and there never made me abandon it, because I was so in love with the good stuff that I could pass through that.
I still can't believe that this drama is over. I'm so going to miss it. Been playing the OSTs over and over again. It's my first time seeing Han Groo act and I'm even surprised because she's so young! Her acting is on point and she's so good at comedy. Yeon Woo Jin's characters are so scary and he was a killer in Arang but the first time I saw him was in Ojakgyo Brothers and from then on, I knew he'd do well in a rom com. I admit that this drama kinda bored me halfway through it and I actually stopped watching.
I had to catch up on 4 episodes at once. It's the 2nd leads. I love Sunhwa and Jinwoon but omg their characters are so annoying. Then the bestfriend was just annoying too. Still, I enjoyed the drama and it was a fun watch among all the dramas airing now.
Gi Tae's "I know that there's no such thing as love that last forever. Despite that, I want to try loving you forever. T like seriously, no kidding. Usually, I get bored half way through and find myself FF all the annoying and useless bits. But I thoroughly enjoyed each and every episode of this one!
I mean, they are pretty annoying at times. But somehow I get the satisfaction of seeing the leads jealous of seeing one another with their own respective cockblocker hahaha.
If we were to compare, there are definitely many more worse second leads out there. The one thing I truly appreciate about the show is how it works so well to build up relationships so realistically, whether it is between a mother and son, mother and daughter-in-law, husband and wife etc. The last episode wrapped up things pretty nicely. Loved the scene between grandma, aunt and mom.
Crying and hugging each other, leaving cheating dad gobsmacked whilst they celebrate living together hahaha. Seriously, those two are amazing. Yeon Woo Jin is so damn charming in the show, so much so that I wanna get a Ki-tae myself.
A girl can dream. Han Groo did a great job as Jang-mi too. Her movements are always so dramatic yet still somewhat natural at the same time. Looking forward to see her future projects for sure.
This is the best drama I have watched by far! Can't wait for the drama that is supposed to replace it too! Thank you for recaps! And thank you dramagods for such a zippy and hilarious rom-com. Oh, I must also thank whoever did the sound effects in this show. Gaaah, is it over already?! I am super glad however, that Gi Tae's mom was able to get the treatment she deserved all these years, and that Gi Tae's Dad didn't get a free for all happy ending just because he was the main character's father.
Same with Jang Mi's parents, I kind of wanted them to have a chance to lay down all their grievances especially Jang Mi's mom because I feel as though the reunion will be temporarily. Anyhoo, that's some of my thoughts. All in all, a great show, I hope that tvN continues to produce awesome shows like this: Such a satisfying ending to a solid drama. I have to admit the earlier episodes were my favourite, it went flat in the middle for me but the ending was done nicely. I cried when the three ladies cried when grandma finally let go of her daughter in law and cried again when mum offered to live with the other 2 ladies and left dad to go eat crap for all they cared..
And yay for a show that uses more than the main leads in an effective way. I still wouldn't say all characters were likable or well-developed and used as in my other favorite show of the season, High School King of Savvy. I liked the portrayal of the leads and their families best here - including grandma, aunt, even sleazy dad and his mistress.
Hoon-dong was funny once you get past the first few episodes where he was quite repulsive - and he did get his comeuppance in the shape of his wife insert evil grin here. Se-ah and Yeo-rum I cared for even less except for during the beach escapade. I thought at that point they might have an interesting friendship between all of them but after that unfortunately things went back to square one.
It might be the writing, the acting or a combination of both but they have not added anything aside from being plot devices. Putting that weakness aside there are many things I loved about the show. Ki-tae's silent reconciliation with his mom over the phone was awesome.
Loved that he understood her value too late and there was no turning back. The couple who seemed like the perfect family ended up divorcing while the ones who were always fighting ended up together because they actually loved each other in their own crazy way. Thanks TVN for giving us a realistic relationship of 30 somethings in which people really kiss, sleep together and have romantic moments in a bathtub! It was short, cute and touching. Aw, I loved Missing You.
I just watched it last week. The story surprised me with how lovely it turned out to be despite it's shortness and Yeon Woo-jin is wonderful in it. What a fitting end to a wonderful, hilarious, and heartfelt show. It had it's missteps here and there, but, all in all, it did everything I wanted it to and then some. As of now, it's my favorite rom-com of Any drama that puts a smile on your face and makes your heart feel full just thinking about it is an amazing drama in my book.
I adore Yeon Woo-jin and Han Groo so much and this was the perfect drama to showcase just how far they've come in just a few years time. I'm so attached to them and their characters that it's actually hard to see them separate, but I'm glad that it was them that got to be each other's partner in their first leading roles because they really play off each other so fantastically. I can't wait to see where they go from here! And I loooooooved it. What a perfect wedding hahaha! I do have to agree with Jang-mi the Yeon Woo-jin looks very sexy all wet in fact, I noticed that in the very first episode too, lol and theres something so hot about the way he wipes his face before grabbing her for a kiss.
And if that wasn't enough, the way he smiled at her before going in for more! But what I loved most was the way he proposed! There's no way of knowing what obstacles and rough times they'll have to go through, so it's lovely the way he declared that despite that, he has faith that the good times with her will make what ever roadblocks they face in the future worth it.
And then the end just drove in that idea that even if they're making a scene at their own wedding, at least they're facing the issues they face head on and get back to smiling and laughing in no time: Honestly, I usually write so much more and I feel like there's a lot more I want to say, but I'm actually in the middle of rewatching the drama haha, and writing about is making me want to return to watching it LOL.
Perhaps, I'll return later and write more: Such a big fan of both leads and it was so refreshing to see a mother-in-law who was not pure evil just to supply a drama with a stock villain. Very rarely do I love a series all the way through but this definitely ranks up there as a show that's perfect to binge-watch on a rainy day. It's too bad that the guests did not get to hear their vows, but one of the sweetest parts about this episode is that the audience got to hear those vows during the second proposal when Ki Tae promised to do his best to love her forever and Jang Mi promised to trust him.
Their affection for each other is real and palpable and not just for show. Maybe cos i have sons.. I cried, then ran to the kitchen to make my sons' favorite chicken dish Cutting this into two since my comment is too long!
Sigh, the episode I hate commenting on most is the last. Because it just means I gotta accept that the end is here.
I loved this show; I didn't for a moment think it lowered its level and even if I started seeing it late, I totally feel the withdrawals. This last episode is my favourite I think, mostly because the family ties are so well addressed rather than sugar coated. I loved that Jang-mi's parents aren't suddenly romantic and that Ki-tae's mom decided to live with the women who's been by her side through it all. I just see it happening in real life to these characters who seem so real and alive themselves.
Everyone felt organic rather than puppets controlled by a master. I really started hating Se-ah somewhere in the middle, but I'm glad she was redeemed quickly. While I know a majority of you guys felt her character changed too abruptly, I think her main personality remained the same. She was still controlling but maybe focused on another target - first it was to get Ki-tae back, then it was to make Ki-tae's life perfect. I'm glad she got her happy ending even if I really expected the father of the child to be Yeo-rim.
As for Yeo-rim, I was really sad he left the restaurant because I felt his bond with both Jang-mi and Ki-tae was way more powerful than some temporary jealousy. But in a drama that focuses on characters being realistic, its good that he's moving on because eventually things happen, people change as well as circumstances. I also really loved the portrayal of friendship and loyalty here.
It's actually very understated and sometimes ignored with many other things happening, but it's one of my favourite aspects. They all looked out for each other, were there when the other person needed a shoulder. Everyone has a different connection and they aren't bonded as a group but more so individually.
It's just so awesome. And finally Ki-tae and Jang-mi. I feel like I've said everything I wanted to about how great they are together and as individuals. But I can probably go on forever. Instead, I'll just say the reason I love them so much is because Yeon Woo-jin and Han Groo are just so good at portraying them.
Their chemistry was intense yet warm, blazing yet comfortable, easy yet charming. Both are ridiculously talented and I expect great things from them in the future.
I hope they get a chance to be main leads in network channels and take on bigger challenges. Definitely the breakout stars of the year for me. I've never seen them in anything before and I'm just so mighty impressed.
I can probably carry on, but I'll stop lol. I love this show and I hope that those who haven't seen it yet will give it a try. I'll miss it, but endings like these make me feel like they all exist in the world I live, just that maybe I won't get to see them onscreen anymore.
That makes me feel better actually, which in turn makes me feel delusional LOL. Han Groo is awesome! TvN seems to really like wedding scenes in their dramas this year.
They seemed so mature in this drama. Jin Woon needs to work on his acting. He needs to loosen up and act more natural. There is nothing more intimidating than a flock of meddling ahjummas. I can't help but wonder how it feels for Yeon Woo-jin and Han Groo to go from having so much skinship with one another while shooting the drama and, as we know, the real time far exceeds the reel time to none presumably after the drama wrapped.
Their pheremones must feel confused! I'm excited for both of the leads and enjoyed them each immensely in this, but I've got to give extra props to Han Groo for being such a natural at the physical comedy. Anyway, they made a delightful OTP that I shall remember fondly for a long time. I super loved that Mom, Grandma, and Aunt were equally thrilled about staying together and giving Dirtbag the boot.
Especially in the context of Korean family values. I would've liked to have seen Jang Mi and Ki Tae's Mom enjoying a newfound bond with one another on this ep.
Marathoned it in 2 days. Always wanted to check it out coz the first episode recap sounds really good and am glad I get to marathon it instead. Thanks for the recaps. I agree that both leads really gave their best in their roles Hopefully they will move on to bigger and better projects. Thing is I feel that cable sometimes used lesser known actors who doesn't command the same buzz but somehow produces better results.
It's telling that a number of cable dramas are actually more entertaining than the ones on the main stations. It's a peculiar trend but as long as us viewers remain the beneficiaries Man, those aunts of GiTaes are so damn annoying. They don't live with him one apparently lives in the US , don't keep up with the family I saw that look of surprise on their faces when Queen Mom told them their bro has a woman and yet they place all these ridiculous expectations on KiTae because "he's the sole family heir" and on their sister-in-law prepare for my dad's memorial while I wine and dine!!!!
There's a reason why you three were not invited, you know. What a fun wedding. Although, I would die if that happened to me. Usually, guests wait until after they get some alcohol in their system before they create a scene at your wedding, but nope, this was all sober. Such is Jang Mi and Ki Tae's life. At least the busybody Gong ladies now know about Dad's infidelity. I was relieved Show didn't go down the cliche path of Jang Mi being pregnant when she threw up because I did not want a child to be a factor in his marriage proposal.
Ki Tae and Jang Mi will go down as my all-time favorite couple. Their bubble bath flashback reel starting from the time they met to the time he fell for her brings tears to my eyes. I cannot express how much I adore all the cute facial expressions Ki Tae makes. No one does it like Yeon Woo Jin. I cannot think of any other actresses who could have embodied Jang Mi as well as Han Groo. One of my favorite character traits of Jang Mi came in episode 4 where she couldn't bring herself to half-ass the cooking even though the point was to mess up the memorial.
As Ki Tae pointed out, "Why are you working so hard? Just burn everything," but her morals stopped her from doing that, and I love that about her. Also loved how Ki Tae peeled all those chestnuts after saying he wouldn't do it. They both say they won't do it but do it anyways.
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Han Groo is awesome! I do hope that they will have another kdrama cause I'm gonna watch it. Now Ki-tae realizes what the heck Jang-mi was babbling about at the police station—it was his mother who invited her over.
Ooops, I meant Jang Mi's actions The first thing he does? I mean, he definitely could use some tact but a lot of the things he says to JangMi, she really needs to hear.
They both can be loosely out of control and crazy but such vulnerable and somewhat lovable. Thanks All free black dating for giving us a realistic marriage not dating recap 1 of 30 somethings in which people really kiss, sleep together and have romantic moments in daying bathtub! The fake feelings will be taken care of in a fake way. Actually, all the 3 female leads here appeared much more mature than their real ages, which isn't a bad thing. Because of Reasons July 19, at 9: Finally Kong Ki Tae and his mom can reconcile. Who else thinks that she is just sleeping?
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