Episode 11 eeked up a tad to 9.8%. It’s negligable. As is my love for this show at the moment.
This recap was really hard to start. I just didn’t want to do it. The show is so confusing. But then it sucks me in. Then I get annoyed. Then I squee. Help. I need therapy to watch it.
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“Love Like This” – Instrumental of Lee Young-hyun’s song (from the Fashion King OST)
episode 12 recap
Ga-young comes back from work at J Fashion to discover that Young-gul has been sued, the inventory is missing, the ahjummas flipping out and Young-guls office trashed.
At the police station, Young-gul explains all the things he has going on in his business to a very apathetic cop. Turns out Jae-hyuk spun the elevator tape as Young-gul threatening An-na so he could steal her design. If Young-gul wants to go to America, he needs to clear this mess up first.
Jae-hyuk is a mess as he’s driven home and looks ready to drop when Ga-young calls. He ignores her calls, but gets accosted by her in the lobby of his building. Turns out Young-gul is there too and watches her follow him to the elevators.
I see signs for “Misunderstanding Land” and Young-gul has just taken the exit.
Ga-young follows Jae-hyuk all the way to his front door, demanding to know why he went back on his promise. He tries to shut her out, but she follows him around and even blocks the t.v. when he tries to watch it. Hehehehe.
She came to work to protect Young Young Apparel and demands to know if he’s playing with her. He says he never played with her and tries to watch t.v. She snatches the remote and turns it off. Young Young Apparel is a mess; the factory has completely stopped work. She should’ve been there and she is really frustrated about it. After going to work to be by Jae-hyuk’s side, she thought he’d keep his promise. This is the best acting Shin Se-kyung as done thus far.
Why is he tormenting her president? But then Jae-hyuk turns it around. Why is she tormenting him? Don’t get in the middle of a man’s problem.
Um, what about the lives you’re affecting. It’s not just between men, dude.
He tries to kick her out, but she parks her bum on the sofa, determined not to leave until he cancels the suit. When Jae-hyuk tries to drag her off, she holds on to the arm for dear life. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
Finally, he gives up and undresses in his bedroom. HOO-FRICKIN’-RAY! She gets all embarrassed but continues to stand firm, even curling up on the sofa with a pillow. He watches her, I bet he’s impressed by her gumption (part of why he likes her) and incredulous and a bit unnerved and unsure of what to do.
Young-gul is waiting downstairs and finally leaves, imagining the worst and remembering all the times he saw them together. At the factory he hopefully checks her bed and then starts to clean up. But his angst overwhelms him and he knocks some desk supplies to the ground.
We’ve hit the angst, people. The REAL angst. Expect it…for a long, long, long time. It’s episode 12, the time when it normally comes in all K-drama. So join me as I attempt to lessen the angst because I don’t deal with it well. Or tension. *pulls hair*
Jae-hyuk discovers Ga-young has fallen asleep and covers her up. Her phone rings and he answers gleefully when he sees it’s Young-gul, knowing what Young-gul would assume. Anyone would. And Young-gul does. His face drops and he asks why Jae-hyuk answered the phone. Young-gul wants him to send her home, but Jae-hyuk doesn’t want to wake her because she’s sleeping SO well.
Just imagine what is running through Young-gul’s mind: she’s worn out from a hot tumble in bed with a gorgeous chaebol. Well, maybe not EXACTLY that. But close enough.
Anyway, Young-gul wants Jae-hyuk to leave his employee alone, but Jae-hyuk points out she works at HIS company today. YOung-gul finally orders Jae-hyuk to have her call him when she wakes and hangs up.
Fat chance buddy. Jae-hyuk erases the call from the register and smiles at the prize sleeping on his sofa.
O.M.G. the angst. THE PAIN. The smirking. The men. The machissimo. Young-gul do you seriously think she slept with him? Seriously? Whatever, Yoo Ah-in looks hot all anguished; Lee Je-hoon looks hot all smirking. I laugh off the tension made from misunderstanding.
Understandably, Young-gul explodes, flipping tables and screaming in frustration. Aw, he’s really in love. You tell that table! No one else can torture Ga-young but you! We got it! So does the poor table. What did it ever do to you? Maybe you and I can head over to talk to An-na’s sheep for some serious therapy.
In the morning, Ga-young wakes and is startled. Probably doesn’t like the fact that she neglected her vigil. Jae-hyuk is eating and cooly reading the paper. She asks for the bathroom and runs off. When she’s gone, Jae-hyuk’s wall comes down and we see an insecure man trying to be stoic in the face of he woman he loves.
Seriously, just show this side to her. It’s so much better than showing the ‘vengeful bastard’ side.
Ga-young comes out and he quickly resumes the “cool and aloof” reading the paper post. She refuses his offer for breakfast and to go to work when Young Young Apparel is such a mess. He wonders if she’ll stay there alone, but she’ll bring her currently idle co-workers to hang out.
As Jae-hyuk readies to leave, his mother storms in with two goons and glares at Ga-young. She orders Ga-young to leave but Ga-young is frozen. Jae-hyuk turns into a boy and whines that it’s not what his mother thinks. He gets smacked and called a useless bastard for his efforts.
Ack, why is my heart breaking for him? I need to steel myself and say “YOU DESERVE IT!”…but I can’t.
(Lee Je-hoon is so hot…but that’s one funny face. Teehee.)
Mom sends the goons to throw Ga-young out but Jae-hyuk beats them and drags her to his side before sending her to his bedroom.
Why, oh why, am I touched by a man who made a problem and then offers the solution?
So Ga-young hides behind the bed *titters* and Jae-hyuk orders his mother to leave. Mommy is baffled at how he can buy a place for one woman and have another stay at his.
For once, I agree with her. But then again, his parents didn’t exactly raise him right or with any kind of love or moral fiber. Wait…stop making excuses for the hot, hot, hot jerk.
Jae-hyuk hollers at her, telling her to leave his place and mind her own business. She’s incredulous that he can treat his own mother that way and looks incredibly hurt.
*Feels chest* Did I actually just feel a twinge of pity? Uh-oh. I must be broken. Any k-drama heart doctors out there, ‘cause mine is obviously malfunctioning.
After glaring at Ga-young, mom leaves and Jae-hyuk fights tears.
Ga-young hesitantly approaches him and apologizes for unintentionally causing such a huge problem. He puts on a smile and asks if she’ll be okay alone in his apartment – mom might return
Apparently, it’s not cool, ‘cause Jae-hyuk is driving her somewhere. She just wants to be dropped off. He broke his promise so when he drops the charges, she’ll come back. Jae-hyuk gets pissed. “Do I look easy to you? Why do you always do what you want?”
Ahem, let’s just let that one slide, because we all know who does whatever the hell he wants whenever the hell he wants.
He drops her off, speeds off and Ga-young scoffs at his quick retreat.
Director Kim finds that Ga-young is missing, peruses her sketchbook and is duly impressed.
It’s another hand washing showdown! Young-gul versus Jae-hyuk this time. If it was over urinals, it’d literally be a pissing contest!
Young-gul wants to know what’s going on. Jae-hyuk takes Ga-young and sues. With a smirk, Jae-hyuk says that Ga-young came on her own. He told her he liked her and asked her to stay with him.
Oh man, when men fight over women, the sexual component really fires them up.
Anyway, Jae-hyuk says that people with potential have to meet the right person. She could be stuck in Young-gul’s factory forever. In any case, Young-gul and his company are finished. Young-gul, suddenly possessed of a conscience, tells Jae-hyuk he’s only degrading “his woman”, An-na, by doing this.
Young-gul just wants to go their separate ways and Jae-hyuk says it should’ve always been like that. Jae-hyuk also wants Young-gul to hand over YGM.
Then, he wipes his hands off on Young-gul’s jacket.
OMG. What a douche. And no, I don’t mean the French word for shower.
In his office, Jae-hyuk finds his mother in his chair and he sits in a chair with his back to her, pouting like a petulant child. Mother immediately asks if he came with “her” and he wonders where she got the information that Ga-young was at his place. She also wonders where Ga-young is now and gets pissed when she hears the young woman quit. Is the company Jae-hyuk’s playground? Is An-na not enough? Jae-hyuk is embarrassed by how loudly she’s speaking and she thinks he’s the embarrassment.
An-na walks in, summoned by momma. Oh, let the real games begin! Jae-hyuk is confused and tense.
An aside, I love An-na’s shoes.
So mom wants to know if An-na knows about Ga-young and how she feels about it. An-na “feels bad.” She says this with a smirk on her face. But the character does feel bad. The acting is a bit off….
Momma Jae-hyuk doesn’t want to deal with him and Ga-young so An-na should take care of “her man”. Jae-hyuk jumps up and hollers “EOM-MA!” So funny. He’s such a kid around his mother, who is a snobby, classist bitch. She can barely tolerate An-na, but at least she’s better than the poor Ga-young.
Director Kim walks in to ask about Ga-young’s absence from work and notices the tension. He makes a really funny face. Haha.
In An-na’s office, Young-gul is admiring her work. He compliments it and makes her smile. Then, he tells her that he came to apologize for making her feel sorry towards him because she helped Jae-hyuk’s lawsuit by giving a testimony against Young-gul.
Dragon Jo is on the phone trying to secure funding and failing. To make matters worse, Jae-hyuk stops by and tells her he’s decided not to invest.
The shock and fear on her face is so satisfying until I realize that it negatively affects Ga-young and the factory workers.
Jae-hyuk is obviously gloating but she tells him not to worry because they have other potential investors. He takes his leave and the Dragon actually throws a mini-fit before calling An-na who tells the Dragon that Jae-hyuk filed a lawsuit.
At Young Young Apparel, everything is in chaos. The ahjummas are flipping and gossiping about Ga-young and her suitors; the menfolk are trying to deal with problems over the phone; Ga-young just sits looking like a kicked puppy.
That’s what happens when you walk under the feet of two alpha males fighting…because all of this centers on wounded prides and fighting over a woman.
The appearance of a strutting Young-gul silences them momentarily before a barrage of questions smacks him in the face. He silences them with a wave of his hand and tells them that he is Kang Young-gul so they shouldn’t worry.
Yeah, your identity is a real relief. Keep telling them your name as if they don’t know it… No, for real. They have a right to be worried. This is what happens when you sign things without careful review.
Young-gul calls Il-gook and Bong Sook to his office and ignores Ga-young who is obviously wanting his attention.
He then heads off to eat dinner with An-na who offers her help. He refuses, saying things are too big for that now and he can take care of himself.
We know. You’re a big boy now.
Next An-na asks about Ga-young’s absence after only one day of work. She must’ve gone in the first place because of Jae-hyuk’s harassment, Young-gul says in defense of his
love employee. Strangely, An-na then tells Young-gul to stop Ga-young’s involvement with Jae-hyuk. His mother came to work today and she will make Ga-young’s life hell in order to prevent her from being with Jae-hyuk.
They are interrupted by a call from Michael who wants to meet Young-gul that Friday. Also a potential investor will be coming on the morrow. An-na is obviously jealous and the conversation was heard by a minion of Assistant Kim.
When Young-gul comes back to the factory, he confronts Ga-young about working at the company and sleeping at Jae-hyuk’s. She is supposed to work and sleep at Young Young Apparel. If she’s not working there, she shouldn’t be living there either. Ga-young looks contrite but tells him she knew he’d misunderstand. Before she worries that he’d misunderstand, she shouldn’t do anything that he’d misunderstand.
Although I’m mad at him for jumping to conclusions, he’s right. It would’ve been better just to tell him.
Young-gul asks her what he’s misunderstanding: her working with Jae-hyuk and sleeping at his place? She explains that she went to work for Jae-hyuk to prevent the lawsuit and stayed all night to beg him to drop it. But Young-gul doesn’t feel relieved at the news: he feels insulted because she makes him look stupid. INstead of sneaking around to meet him, just go date him.
WHAT?! Ai yai yai, Young-gul, que haces? What are you doing?
If she wants to work at his company, she should just go. Young-gul won’t stop her.
He leaves; she cries; I scoff.
She needs to get rid of both of these men. They’re playing her and using her as a tug of war rope. Worst of all, she’s letting them.
In his bed, *yum*, Jae-hyuk reads the art of fear. *snerk* But he can’t focus and starts to text Ga-young, “Just like last night, I wish you could be here.”
Awwwww. Why am I touched? Why can’t he be like that all the time?
But he doesn’t send it and goes to bed instead.
Ga-young makes breakfast, which Young-gul ignores. He tells her to clean up because they’ll be having guests and leaves. He is totally cold and treats her like a nobody employee.
Assistant Kim gives Jae-hyuk the scoop on Young-gul’s investor and Jae-hyuk is fretting when Young-gul saunters in. He starts in right away: I have American investors coming and you can’t have my employee. Just sue me.
He walks away leaving Jae-hyuk absolutely floored.
In the car, Madam Dragon’s investor backs out and she immediately drives over to Young Young Apparel to talk to Young-gul. YOung-gul is prepared though. He’s bought a suit for Il-good, straightened his hair to look like a ‘70s school boy, Bong Sook is dressed in a suit and I finally figured out that the call from Michael was fake.
Ga-young is sullen as Madam Dragon walks in, arguing with an investor who wants her money back. She is shocked to see Young-gul’s “guest from America” who is none other than Il-gook. Bong Sook is his translator. Young-gul has Madam Dragon sit and then explains about the company to his “guest”. He also shows off Ga-young a “graduate” of the New York Fashion School.
Cue glare from Ga-young.
Young-gul takes Madam Dragon into his office and wonders if she’s there to talk about the investment but she’s more curious in the “guests”. An ahjumma comes in to say the guests are leaving and Young-gul leaves a contract conspicuously on the coffee table. Madam Dragon can’t resist and reads it: the Americans are investing $10 million.
Jae-hyuk’s father meets with him and tells Jae-hyuk that this has dragged on too long. He needs to step on them judiciously so that Jae-hyuk can get something out of it. He’s also heard Michael found Young Young Apparel investors and that Jae-hyuk rejected Madam Dragon’s offer. And that the suing didn’t work. Only works when poor and Young-gul has investors. Time to change the plan of attack.
Wow dad. Do you have no real father/son moments with your kid?
Young-gul got a call from a realtor with a really awesome property: it looks exactly like Jae-hyuk’s. In fact, he lives on the floor below. YOung-gul imagines Ga-young’s room and decides to sign.
Why do I have a feeling there is more than just one reason for this purchase than his promise to Ga-young?
Young-gul gets a call from Jae-hyuk and goes to meet him at a bar.
(Hot Idiot #1 or Hot Idiot #2?)
Oooooh, is there a drinking contest in our future? Will there be a fight? A shirtless one? Will they make up and be bff and play beach volleyball together? Or am I pining for shirtless scenes…
Jae-hyuk admits that he lost and Young-gul doesn’t believe a drunk confession. However, Jae-hyuk says he’ll hear about “it” in a few days. Then, he asks how much Young-gul wants him to invest. It’s that magic number, $5 million, again. But there’s a catch: Jae-hyuk wants Ga-young.
RED LIGHT! Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.
Young-gul wonders if Jae-hyuk is in love with him, but Jae-hyuk won’t answer. Although Young-gul loves money, he would never send her to Jae-hyuk. He’ll find the money another way.
Back at the factory, Young-gul finds Ga-young drinking and bumps her shoulder affectionately, wondering what is wrong. She asks him to chat.
Oh no. That’s not good.
Then she drops a bomb: she thought about what he said about leaving, and she wants to go to Jae-hyuk’s company. There is a lot to learn and the company has great resources.
Young-gul is shocked and crushed. Is it because he gives her petty work? Jae-hyuk’s company won’t even treat her as a designer and she won’t be able to breathe there. With tears in his eyes, she replies that it’s better than seeing “that woman’s” face every day and putting on fake shows.
Just stay here and work with Bong Sook and the new designer we hired, Young-gul pleads. He gets up to leave and Ga-young asks him for the money she earned: she needs it to find a place to stay.
Young-gul: Weren’t we supposed to go to the end together?
When she doesn’t reply he tells her to do what she wants and leaves her in tears.
Start at the beginning, follow the circular track to back where you first began. That is the path of this drama.
Thanks for your patience everyone! I hope it was worth the wait.
I’m wondering if Ga-young is really taking care of herself or if she’s trying to be a noble idiot to save him. I hope she’s taking care of her. But she should really separate herself from these people and strike out on her own. She’s skilled enough to do so.
Jae-hyuk is just one messed up dude. He throws tantrums but they affect the lives of good people in the process. Young-gul’s workers are out of a job because of Jae-hyuk. Not cool. But they he turns around and is good to Ga-young. I don’t get it.
Then Young-gul is king assumption. Is he going to chase after her again? I kinda want him to despite all…