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  1. I HATE TO LOVE YOU (AKA I HATE YOU BUT I LOVE YOU) (AKA LOVE RETURNS) RECAP, EPISODE 20 Jung walks down a hallway and is almost bowled over by her Father, who rushes into the Small Cafe and hides in the kitchen. Shortly, the private detective runs past Jung and into the Small Cafe. Jung walks into the Small Cafe and asks, Is this about money? She pays him off. Jung confronts her Father in a conference room. She tells him that she paid the detective for a background check and asks why he needs to do a background check on someone. He tells her that he is considering remarriage. He offers no details. She concludes sadly that he is running a scan of some kind and departs. The Stepmother is happier than she should be to encounter Jung's Father in the hallway. They drink coffee in the Small Cafe. The snake pitches woo. He gives her a much sanitized and enhanced account of his life, including his education, marriage, divorce, and two children. She gives him a more accurate account of her own life. The Stepmother hands Jung's Father an envelope containing payment for his tutoring services. He makes a grand show of returning it. She insists but he insists that :companions" don't pay fr the help they give each other. Don't you want t be my companion? he asks. Flustered, she says she does. But when she returns the envelope to hher pocket, a tinge of regret crosses his face. Jung walks down a street wondering what's up with her Father's remarriage plans. She calls the Big Shot Lawyer but he tells her that he is on his way to an important meeting. so important that while on the phone, he passes her on the street without noticing her. Big Shot enters the pawn shop to pick Gil up for dinner as she and her Stepmother's Assistant are discussing life and love. She invites him into her Stepmother's office and he sees that she has ordered takeout food. She apologizes for ordering spicy food that upset his stomach on their last dinner date. They chat amiably. Gil has left her phone in the display area of the Pawn shop. While she dines with Big Shot in her Stepmother's office, Hong attempts to call her, to no avail. The efficiency Twit enters and reprimands Hong for being on his phone, but is actually happy with the progress Hong has made in the storeroom. Gigolo goo calls Big Shot's Mother and invites her to dinner. After she rings off, she screams in delight. She calls and leaves a voice message for her Son: "Christmas is coming and I have nothing to war. Just sayin'." She continues to chat cheerfully but he is subdued, feeling under financial pressure from his Mother. In a rare moment of honesty, Big Shot shares his frustrations regarding his Mother with Gil. We learn that Big Shot's Mother grew up in a rich family but has known financial hardship since her Father died. Gil tells him that she envies him because his Mother, however frustrating, is still alive. Jung's Sister returns home and Jung tells her that their Father is apparently planning to remarry. Her Sister is like, The man's going to do what the man's going to do. If he marries a woman with money, she'll care. If not, not. Jung leaves the room in disgust. Jung's Sister discovers that Jung has given their Father money and rats her out to their Mother. Exasperated, her Mother gives her a talking to. They reminisce about happier days hen he worked steadily and was in good spirits and lament what he has become. Then Jung's Mother chastises her for her lingering crush on Big Shot. In her house, the Stepmother drinks coffee and remembers Jung's Father's overtures about being her "companion." Her BS Detector's battery appears to be dead. Hong is still attempting to call Gil, without success as he stands outside her house. He is accosted by Gil's Brother, who thinks that he is a prowler. They recognize each other from their earlier argument and resume bickering. Then, Gil's Brother realizes that Hong's hand is still injured and ushers him inside the house to change the bandage. His Stepmother enters and wonders what Hong is doing there. Jung's Brother tells Hong that he must be the arrogant, stuck up employee at the Beauty Center which she is always complaining about. The Stepmother brings Hong tea. He and Gil's Brother begin to chat more amiably. As Hong departs, the Stepmother insists that he wear one of her warm scarfs. On the street, he is grateful for the Stepmother's kindness. As Hong walks down the street, he sees a car pull up in front of Gil's house. He is happy to see Gil get out of the car. He is less happy when Big shot also gets out of the car and joins her on the sidewalk. He watches them say goodnight and is jealous. Jung's Mother looks in on her sleeping daughters and laments the tough life they have had since her divorce. The Stepmother has asked the Manager of the Small Cafe to visit. She advises that the Stepmother and Jung's Father should be Chingus for a while and then the stepmother should follow her heart. In her bedroom, Gil checks her phone and discovers that Hong has phoned several times. She tries to return his call but when Hong sees who is calling, he doesn't pick up. Morning. On her way out the door, Jung's Sister asks her Mother to obtain the phone number of Gil's Brother for her. Her Mother wonders what's up. Big Shot's Mother rushes into the beauty Salon and tells Jung's Mother that she needs to take some time off today. Madame Goo, whose new hairdo is a fright, has noticed that Hong's behavior toward her has changed and is concerned that he, in fact, overheard he plotting against him. Her Brother makes a half-hearted attempt to reassure her. Jung's Father told the Stepmother that if she wanted to accept his offer of "companionship," she should meet him today at the Small Cafe. At the Small Cafe, the Manager teases him as he paces nervously. The Stepmother walks into the Small Cafe and shyly tells Jung's Father that she is "Here to meet my friend."
  2. I HATE TO LOVE YOU (AKA I HATE YOU BUT I LOVE YOU) (AKA LOVE RETURNS) RECAP, EPISODE 19 Gil and Hong take a break from their walk around the city to rest and talk. She tells him that she prefers working for Genius Cosmetics because working at the Pawn shop was no fun. We learn that before Gil's natural parents died, she and her Brother used to live in a rich neighborhood. We learn that Gil's Mother grew up poor, and that Gil thinks her childhood poverty contributed to her premature death. In her house, the Stepmother is attempting to hang the portrait of herself and her step children and strains her back just as Gil's Brother returns home. He helps her into her bedroom and tells her that she should have waited for him to hang the photograph, as he had promised to do. The Stepmother asks Jung's Brother what he thinks about the Big Shot Lawyer. He hems and haws ("I've only met him once") but clearly is not favorably impressed. He's like, Why do you want to know? She opines that Big Shot has worked hard to transcend his background and become a lawyer. Jung's Brother thinks Big Shot is too lean and hungry. He is dismayed to learn that the Stepmother is trying to hook up Big Shot with his Sister. Big Shot's Mother busts Jung's Mother as she tries to smuggle the pressure cooker she won in the new beauty spa's into her shop. Big Shot's Mother tells her son that she will aid in his pursuit of Gil. He tells her that she could be most helpful by not meddling. Gil and Hong walk through a poor neighborhood and stop at a house. It turns out to be the Efficiency Twit's residence, and he bristles when Hong appears at his door and surveys his living quarters. Hong tells him that he is there to discuss his firing, which he argues was unfair. The Efficiency Twit grudgingly invites Hong and Gil inside and cooks them a meal of ramen. Amazed at Hong's audacity, he agrees that Hong can return to work on a provisional basis. Jung's Father hires a private detective to do a background and financial check on the Stepmother. Hong and Gil return on the bus. Gil is so exhausted from walking around the city to locate the Efficiency Twit's house that she falls asleep with her head on Hong's shoulder. Hong doesn't seem to mind. Madame Goo has managed to unload some of her Brother's stage outfits at the flea market and he is angry. As they bicker, Hong returns home. Madame Goo begins venting about how she is tired of being No. 2 at Genius Cosmetics and wants to oust Hong so she can become No. 1. Hong overhears all of this. [ @sava2sava I think this is the conversation that you asked about.] Madame Goo enters the living room and discovers Hong standing there. She is abashed and flustered as she realizes that he has overheard everything. Hong, however, greets her cheerfully and walks into his bedroom. Hong sits in his bedroom with a defeated look and remembers what his aunt said. Goo's Assistant delivers the results of a background investigation of the efficiency Twit to Hong. The conclusion is that he is a person Hong can trust. Gil enters her Stepmother's bedroom and reproaches her for attempting to hang the portrait herself. The Manager of the Small Cafe arrives and hangs the portrait. Afterwards, she and Gil discuss Gil's Love Trouble. She incorrectly thinks that Gil is crushing on Big Shot. Gil tells her that, for no logical reason, she feels drawn to a man at work. The Manager tells Gil to take her time and carefully evaluate the two men. The Stepmother emerges from her bedroom and admires the family portrait that is now securely hung on the wall. She addresses their deceased Father and promises that she will find good marriage matches for her two stepchildren. Morning. Big Shot's Mother is at work in the Beauty salon when she receives a call from Gigolo Goo. He asks her for an evaluation of the face cream he gave her to test (and which she re-gifted to the Stepmother.) After she rings off, Jung's Mother enters and is shocked to find her employee uncharacteristically hard at work. Jung's Father enters and Big Shot's Mother gets going. Jung's Father tells Jung's Mother that he has come to her shop for a hair dye. She demands payment in advance. When he tells her that he has a plan to strike it rich but needs a loan to tide him over, she drives him out of the shop with a mop. In the Pawn Shop, the Stepmother's Assistant teases Gil about Big Shot. When Gil observes that it is obviously the Assistant who is crushing on Big Shot, the Assistant becomes flustered. Just then, Big Shot calls Gil to make a dinner date. The Assistant is scandalized to learn that Gil is dating two men at once. At the Beauty Center, Hong breaks a box full of cosmetics on the first day of his return to work. The Efficiency Twit tells him that the cost of the cosmetics will be deducted from his pay. Big Shot's Mother arrives at the Stepmother's house and pretends to be concerned about the Stepmother's aching back. Laying it on thick, she has also made some kimchi for the Stepmother. She tells the Stepmother that she needs a son in law and she knows just the right person for the job. Then she is dismayed when the Stepmother tells her that she knew all along that she was trying to hook up Big Shot with her stepdaughter. Then Big Shot's Mother tells her that she should find a boyfriend. Jung's Father reviews the private investigator's report on the Stepmother. He is frustrated by the report's concluding sentence: "It is impossible to estimate her wealth." Nevertheless, he considers the buildings he knows she owns and what he takes to be her romantic interest in him and concludes that he is finally on the road to riches.
  3. I HATE TO LOVE YOU (AKA I HATE YOU BUT I LOVE YOU) (AKA LOVE RETURNS) RECAP, EPISODE 18 After hunting for Hong on the dark streets, Gil finds him huddled freezing on the sidewalk. When he runs to her in gratitude, she kicks him in the leg for disappearing and causing everyone to worry. After Gil leads Hong back to the Pawn Shop, he tells her that he has been fired. She tells him that he needs to shape up because all of the reasons he was fired are valid. Gil's Brother attempts to work on a paper for medical school but is distracted by visions of Jung's Sister. The Stepmother talks on the phone. After she rings off, Gil's Brother enters her bedroom. She asks him hpw much students usually pay for private tutoring. He tells her, "it depends." Jung's Mother is angry at Big Shot's Mother, who has just gotten a blow-dry at the new, competing beauty salon down the street. Jung's Mother learns that the new shop is offering discounts and lottery tickets to attract customers. Gil's Brother approaches the Small Cafe to deliver a note for his Stepmother. He observes someone apparently attempting to break into the Beauty Center and tackles him. It turns out that he has tackled Hong and injured his hand. The Manager of the small Cafe vouches for the fact that Hong works at the Beauty Center as Gil's Brother bandages Hong's hand. They bicker and Gil's Brother leaves. Hong has not made a good first impression. Hong returns home and is reprimanded by Madame Goo. She tells him that the Efficiency Twit has agreed that Hong can return to work on a trial basis. Hong sits in his bedroom and recalls the lectures he has received from the Efficiency Twit, Gil and Madame Goo and resolves to take his job more seriously. Jung's Mother cleans up her daughters' messy bedroom and curses. Jung and her Sister bicker as they walk home. When they enter their house, they are upbraided by their Mother. Their Mother is especially angry to discover that they have had their hair done at the new beauty salon. Jung escapes her Mother's wrath by running out of the house and encounters Big Shot on the sidewalk. They chat amiably. Madame Goo wants to give away her Brother's stage outfits to charity but he successfully resists. The Stepmother enters the Beauty Shop and is surprised to see that Jung's Mother has no customers. When the Stepmother tells her that she has come to get her hair done, Jung's Mother is shocked. Jung's Father sees Big Shot admiring a car parked on the street. He thinks that the car must belong to Big Shot. Jung's Father kicks the car, setting off its theft alarm, and runs out. the car's owner arrives and cases after Jung's Father, but is outrun. Jung's Father arrives at the Small Cafe and sits down with the Stepmother, who has had her hair done for the occasion. The car owner follows Jung's Father into the cafe but quickly relents when the Stepmother tells him to knock it off. Jung's Father realizes that the Stepmother is more formidable than he had thought. Gil's Brother encounters Jung's Sister on the street but either she does not like him or is playing Very hard to get. It turns out that Jung's Mother has also patronized the new beauty spa and has won a pressure cooker in its lottery. Hong and Gil walk down the street and bicker. When they pass a floral shop she enthuses over the roses but he does not take the hint that she would like him to buy her a rose. Big Shot drops by the stepmother's house and is surprised to discover how small it is. Then he encounters Gil's Brother. They immediately dislike each other and begin bickering. Jung's Father encounters the car owner on the street and apologizes. Then he asks the car owner about the Stepmother, telling him that he may go to work for her. The car owner warns him that the Stepmother is a chintzy employer who will pay him minimum wage or less. But then, the car owner starts pointing out all of the buildings the stepmother owns and Jung's Father is impressed. He thinks that he is about to hit the jackpot. The Manager of the Small Cafe plays guitar and sings a ballad while Jung's Father listens. He wonders whether the Stepmother selected him to be her tutor because she is romantically interested in him. For some reason, Gil and Hong are walking around the city. When they stop for a breather, he asks her why she wants to work at Genius cosmetics. Because she needs to work for a living, she replies. The Stepmother unwraps and admires the portrait of herself and her step children.
  4. I HATE TO LOVE YOU (AKA I HATE YOU BUT I LOVE YOU) (AKA LOVE RETURNS) RECAP, EPISODE 17 Jun's Mother pushes Jung's Father out of the Beauty Shop g and gives him enough money to crash at a sauna overnight. The Stepmother has passed out. Jung's Mother and Big shot's Mother continue to drink. Jung's Mother calls Gil's Brother and asks him to retrieve this Stepmother. Then she tells Jung's Sister, whom she would like to hook up with the aspiring doctor, to get dressed. She does not, however, explain why she wants her daughter to get dressed. Jung's Sister comes downstairs while Gil's Brother waits for his stepmother to emerge from the loo. Unaware of who he is or why he is there, she is about to assault him with a broom when her Mother reenters the room. When they are introduced he seems enchanted. She, not so much. Then she returns to her bedroom and begins to cry hysterically for no apparent reason. Madame Goo is on the phone. Apparently Hong has gone missing again Hong is driving around the city while listening to K-Rap, angry over being fired. He finds a text message on his phone from the Stepmother's Assistant telling him that Gil is angry with him and to never attempt to contact Gil again. Gil sits in her bedroom staring at the rose Big Shot gave her. She appears to be warming up to the attorney with the mercenary heart. But then she looks at her phone and is angry to see that Hong has not called to apologize for missing their dinner date. Which he didn't know he had made. Gil calls Hong but his phone is turned off. Big shot emerges from the bathroom after another bout with his upset stomach. His Mother is asleep on the living room couch. Hong is asleep in his car. Morning. Hong still has not returned home and Madame Goo is hysterical. Her Brother reminds her that Hong has just been fired for the first time in his life and likely will return when he finishes processing the experience. Hong awakens and realizes that he has slept in his car all night. He reaches for his phone but his phone is dead. He tries to start his car but his car is dead. At the Beauty Shop, Big Shot's Mother has returned to work but Jung's Mother is still angry when she recalled that her employee thinks that Jung is not good enough for her Son. Jung's Sister enters Gigolo Goo's office carrying a clup of coffee and a document. Goo discovers that the coffee is salty and the document isn't the one he wanted. He remarks that her mind is clearly elsewhere. Hong withdraws money from an outdoor ATM. A thief steals his phone and his money. At the Pawn Shop, the Stepmother questions her Assistant about Gil's relationship with the Big Shot Lawyer. The Stepmother seems to be satisfied that her plan is bearing fruit. The Stepmother enters the Small Cafe and sits at a table with Jung's Father. They make arrangements for her tutoring sessions. Hong "borrows" a bicycle and leaves a note for the owner. Big Shot's Mother picks up a flyer while loitering in the Pawn Shop. She is disturbed to discover that a high end beauty spa will be opening a few doors down from Jung's Mother's Beauty Shop. When the Stepmother arrives Big Shot's Mother, still trying to butter her up, gifts her with the facial cream Goo had given her to test. After Big Shot's Mother leaves, the Stepmother's Assistant brightly observes that she is trying to set her Son up with Gil. Jung's Mother encounters a crowd of ajumas who have just left the new beauty spa. Madame Goo receives a phone call. It is the angry owner of the bicycle Hong "borrowed." Big Shot stops by the Beauty Center on some legal business. Jung's Sister follows him into the hallway and chastises him for stringing Jung along. From around a corner, Jung's Father has overheard the conversation. He is angry that Jung is crushing on big Shot because he thinks Big Shot is a "jerk who looks like a weasel." Big Shot and Madame Goo sit at a table in the Small Cafe reviewing papers. Jung's Father serves both of them water, but "accidentally" drenches Big Shot. At the Pawn Shop, the Stepmother's Assistant tells Gil that the spicy food made Big Shot sick. While searching for Hong, Madame Goo's Assistant stops by the Pawn Shop. He confesses to Gil that he set up the previous night's "date" and that Hong knew nothing about it. Gil walks through the streets at night searching for Hong. She discovers him huddled on the sidewalk looking depressed and lost. He is happy to see her. She is surprised at how happy Hong is to see her.
  5. @xiashenghan Interesting observations. Did you watch the previous drama in this KBS time slot? It's interesting to me that this K-Drama presents a vision of Korean society that is totally different from Lovers In Bloom. In Lovers In Bloom, single mothers are considered so unusual that even a widow with a child is deemed unmarriagable. In Love Returns, every single household is headed by a single woman (Including the Hong/Goo manse: Where would these guys be without Madame Goo?) In Love Returns, all of the women are "doing it for themselves" and the major male characters are all "dreamers" or "schemers." (For a man who is likely to be a reliable bread-winner and a tolerable mate, one has to look at the secondary characters: Gil's Brother (enough said), Madame Goo's Assistant (a reliable salary man with a sense of humor), and the efficiency Twit (if you like a litte, er, "structure" in your life. He'd reliably bring home the bacon, but he'd also expect it to be cooked and on the table by ^:00 p.m. sharp every evening, and would have a low tolerance for dust bunnies. @sava2sava Hi. Long time, no see. What's your take on this drama?
  6. I HATE TO LOVE YOU (AKA I HATE YOU BUT I LOVE YOU) (AKA LOVE RETURNS) RECAP, EPISODE 16 As Jung's Father stands in the Small Cafe musing about the Stepmother's likely wealth, Jung's Mother enters the Cafe. After an initial round of "What are you doing here," sparks fly. When the Manager of the Small Cafe enters and asks him to bring Jung's mother a cup of tea, Jung's mother learns that he is working as a waiter in the cafe and smirks triumphantly. The Manager departs and they resume bickering. Big Shot's Mother talks with Gigolo Goo in his office. It transpires that he would like her to test a new facial cream. When Jung's Sister enters the office with tea, she and Big Shot's Mother are shocked to encounter each other. When Jung's Sister leaves Goo's office, she reflects that if Big Shot's Mother is hitting on him, perhaps her own Mother might have a chance with Goo as well. Big Shot's Mother walks down a darkened street and sees her Jung's parents arguing in the distance. Jung's parents enter the Beauty Shop and continue their argument. He tells her that if she doesn't want him to work at the cafe, she needs to give him some money. Jung walks in and is not enthusiastic to learn that her Father will be waiting tables at the Small Cafe. Then she restrains her Mother from physically attacking her Father. Big Shot's Mother arrives and spies on the scene from around a corner. Jung's Father gets going. Big Shot's Mother returns to her home and roars with laughter. Madame Goo's Assistant enters CEO Hong's office. Hong is not there but his cell phone is sitting on a coffee table. He mischievously uses the phone to text Gil and ask for a date. Hong enters his office just as Goo's Assistant finishes the text. He asks Hong to meet him at the time and place of the date with Gil, which Hong doesn't know about. Gil reads "Hong's" text and smiles. The Stepmother gathers her stepchildren and Assistant and informs them that she has decided to quit the money lending trade. She tells Gil that since she will be able t concentrate on running the Pawn Shop, Gil can pursue her interest in learning the beauty business. Hong enters the stockroom to continue taking inventory but he is late. The Efficiency Twit, who has been waiting impatiently for him,, fires Hong. Gil waits at the appointed time and place for Hong to join her. She receives a call from her Brother who is looking for a missing thumb drive. She realizes that she mixed up the thumb drives and mistakenly gave her brother's to Big shot. She calls Big Shot and he agrees to bring the thumb drive to her. In the same cafe, Goo's Assistant is waiting at a table hoping to observe the results of his handiwork but is frustrated because Hong has not arrived. Back in the stockroom, Hong argues with the Efficiency Twit but to no avail. Back at the cafe, Gil sits with Big Shot and then calls her Brother to inform him that she has recovered the thumb drive. She proposes that they go elsewhere to eat dinner and Big Shot accepts. In her office, Goo's Assistant confesses his botched plan to set Hong up on a date with Gil. Goo rolls her eyes and sends the Assistant out to find Hong. Madame Goo locates Hong in the stockroom, where he is curled up on the floor looking depressed. She discovers that he has been "Fired" by the efficiency Twit. He orders his Aunt to rehire him the next morning. Jung's Mother's Chingu sees Gil and Big Shot walking down the street and realizes that this will make a choice morsel of gossip. She immediately calls the Stepmother who is like, So what? Then the Chingu calls Big Shot's Mother, who is overjoyed, but immediately realizes that she needs to patch things up with the Stepmother. We observe Big Shot chatting amiably as they eat dinner. She's like, "Let's just be friends." Madame Goo and Hong return home. She tells him that if he wants to remain "under cover," His only choice is to beg the Efficiency Twit to rehire him. Big Shot's Mother stops by the Beauty Shop and makes peace with Jung's Mother so she can return to her old job. The two of them agree to call the Stepmother and invite her to have a drink with them. After some initial resistance, the Stepmother accepts their invitation. Jung's Father stands on a street in the darkness after being kicked out of a hostelry for non-payment of rent. Big Shot and Gil eat ice cream in a cafe. The continue to chat amiably. Back at the Beauty Shop, Big Shot's Mother and Jung's Mother are well into the soju when the Stepmother arrives to join them. She accepts their apology and they all drink up. They discuss finding mates for their children and then discuss finding mates for themselves. Big Shot and his Mother return home at about the same time. big Shot is sick from some spicy food he ate at dinner. His mother finds a bottle of wine to open and returns to the Beauty Shop. At the Beauty shop, all three women are drunk as skunks. At the door Jung's Father, having been unable to find a warm place to sleep, presents himself sheepishly.
  7. I HATE TO LOVE YOU (AKA I HATE YOU BUT I LOVE YOU) (AKA LOVE RETURNS) RECAP, EPISODE 15 Jung's Father and the Stepmother discuss what she would like him to teach her aBout running a business. Gil helps Hong do the laundry. For some reason they are dancing on the laundry in their bare feet in a Large tub on the roof. The washing machines must really be out of order. Big Shot and his Mother return home after he has extricated her from the Police station. they bicker. He berates her for not wondering why she was being given such favorable terms on the car, which turned out to be stolen. Jung has come to visit Big Shot but, unknown to he and his mother, stands outside their house listening to them argue. When he storms out of the house he encounters Jung standing outside. He tells her that the argument she just heard is what she has to look forward to if she hooks up with a poor man like himself. He tells her that is why she should seek out a rich husband, just as he is seeking a rich wife. She is crushed. In her bedroom, Jung's Sister daydreams about Madame Goo's Assistant, who se mistakenly believes is CEO Hong. Biog Shot's Mother goes out in search of her Son. She stops by Jung's house but while talking with her, has a sudden attack of stomach distress. While she is in the bathroom, Jung's Mother returns home. Jung's Mother learns that Jung's Sister misplaced the gift of expensive hair dye on the bus rather than delivering it to the Stepmother. As Big Shot's Mother emerges from the bathroom, she overhears Jung's Sister and learns why she is sick. What Jung thought were potato fritters were actually some potatoes Jung's Sister had used to give herself a facial. (???? Potato facial? Must be a Korean Thing.) When Gil returns to the laundry room, the washing machines are functioning, full, and in use. The Efficiency Twit decided to put the clothes in the washer himself. Gil, realizing that all of her physical labor was needless, is peeved. It turns out that the machines were not working because they were not plugged in. The Efficiency Twit berates Hong. Big Shot is walking down a dark street. He sees Gil and is about to approach her when Hong joins her. When Hong leaves to go home, Big Shot joins her and gallantly lends her his overcoat. The Stepmother steps out of her house to look for Gil. A cab pulls up and Gil and Big Shot get out. After Gil goes into the house, Big Shot explains that he ran into Gil on the street and brought her home. The Stepmother is grateful. She tells him to stop by the shop to discuss some legal business. Gil's Brother takes his sister's temperature and discovers that she is not running a fever, but simply cold after walking in the chill night air while still wet from doing the laundry. Her Brother chastises her. When Hong returns home, his Uncle Goo chastises him for doing the laundry outside in the cold. Jung apologizes to Big shot's Mother for inadvertently giving her the cosmetic potatoes to eat. Then Big Shot's Mother tells Jung to stay away from her son because she wants him to marry a rich girl. Jung is devastated. Jung's Mother overhears and joins the fray. She tells Big Shot's Mother that her Son is too poor for Jung. Big shot arrives on the scene. He and Jung separate their Mothers, who have come to blows. Big Shot and his Mother return home and bicker. He tells her that he is sick of being poor and has a plan for striking it rich. In her bedroom, Gil considers the two men in her life in the context of the evening's events. Big Shot suddenly doesn't seem so bad. In his bedroom, Hong reviews the evenings events and realizes that he has flunked Gallantry 101. Morning. Madame Goo arrives at the Beauty Center and learns that the Efficiency Twit has assigned Hong to take inventory in the stockroom. Meanwhile, in the stockroom, Hong is blundering about and knocking things over. The Efficiency Twit gives Madame Goo a stack of evaluations he has completed on the Beauty Center employees. She notices that he has given Hong an "F." Efficiency Twit tells her not to worry, since he will fire Hong if he doesn't improve. Goo worries. While lounging in her house, since she has been fired from Jung's Mother's Beauty Shop, Big Shot's Mother receives a call from Gigolo Goo. She agrees to meet him at his Genius cosmetics office. At the Beauty Shop Jung's Mother is complaining because she has to do a number of menial chores that would otherwise have been taken care of by Big Shot's Mother. Her Chingu arrives and they discuss Big Shot's Mother. The Chingu opines that "A woman with a son dies in her daughter in law's kitchen." Big Shot arrives at the Pawn Shop and performs a magic trick for Gil. It's the Rose Trick, and this time he performs it flawlessly. Gil is charmed. Then he tries a trick with a flaming napkin which he bungles. He beats a hasty retreat. Gil confronts her Stepmother's Assistant with her suspicion that she has been spying on her on Big shot's behalf, but doesn't seem to be angry about it. Then she tells the Assistant that what she really likes is a man who can tell funny jokes, knowing that she will relay this information to Big Shot. Big Shot receives a call from the Stepmother's Assistant and immediately resolves to learn some jokes. In his CEO office at Genius cosmetics, Hong receives a text message from the Stepmother's Assistant. She tells him that Gil wants him to stop contacting her since she almost froze to death the night before. Madame Goo's Assistant looks on and barely stifles his laughter. Back at the Pawn Shop, the Stepmother's Assistant hands a fax to gil. It is an offer from Hong to teach her the beauty business. She can't decide whether to accept or reject it. Jung's Father walks down the street. He spots the Stepmother and starts running. Bewildered, she calls after him. Jung's Father arrives at the Small Cafe and hides in the kitchen. The Stepmother enters the Cafe a moment later and talks with the Manager. The Manager tells her that the noise complaint has been resolved. She also embarrasses the Stepmother by thanking her profusely for all she has done for her and the cafe. After the Stepmother has left the Small Cafe, Jung's Father emerges from the kitchen. While eavesdropping, he has learned for the first time that the Stepmother owns the Small Cafe. He reflects that she is more prosperous than he thought. Suddenly, the prospect of tutoring her is more attractive.
  8. I HATE TO LOVE YOU (AKA I HATE YOU BUT I LOVE YOU) (AKA LOVE RETURNS) RECAP, EPISODE 14 Gil returns home to an empty house. She sees a memo Hong has written her Stepmother on ways to resolve noise complaints re the Small Cafe. Then she opens a box and admires a piece of jewelry she has bought for her Stepmother's birthday. Jung's Sister lies on her bed with a cosmetic mask on her face. She plots how to get noticed by Goo's Assistant, who she mistakenly believes to be CEO Hong. Jung has bought a gift for the Big Shot Lawyer. Her Sister teases her because she does not have the courage to give it to him. Jung's Mother enters the room. She is still exhausted from the audition. Big Shot Lawyer practices a magic trick in his bedroom. He answers a knock on the door. It is Jung, who has brought a snack, ostensibly for his Mother. Then she gives him a new wallet. How appropriate. He successfully performs the magic trick with the black cloth and the rose for her. And lets her keep the rose. Gil discusses Hong's noise abatement proposal for the Small Cafe with her Stepmother. Genius Cosmetics will rent the space from her and use it as a staff lounge during the day. After hours, the space can be used as a nightclub. /the Manager can continue working as the Manager. Any profits will go to charity. Gil is surprised to learn that the cafe has been running at a loss and that her Stepmother has been paying the difference out of her own pocket. Hong explains the noise abatement proposal to Madame Goo and her Brother. Gigolo Goo is pleased to learn that in the evenings, he will be the nightclub's featured singer. Big Shot's Mother returns home. When she learns about Jung's present, she is angry because she thinks that her son is rejecting all of the wealthy blind dates she arranges for him in favor of the poor girl Jung. He assures her that he is pursuing a wealthy marriage partner. In her bedroom, Jung admires the rose Big Shot gave her. Jung's Mother and Big Shot's Mother discuss their last encounter with the Stepmother and agree that they were too harsh on her. Jung;s Mother asks Jung's Sister to deliver a gift of expensive hair dye to the Stepmother. Jung's Mother flashes back to a conversation with her Chingu about Gil's Brother. We learn that he is in his final year of medical school. We also deduce that Jung's Mother is eager to make amends with the Stepmother because she would like to marry off one of her daughters to Gil's Brother. In fact, she is hoping Jung's Sister will make a favorable impression when she delivers the gift. Goo's Assistant talks with the Stepmother and arranges a meeting for the following week to finalize plans for the Small Cafe. Gil's Brother enters the room and he and the Assistant interact amiably. Gil's Stepmother has set her up with a blind date. In the final moments before he arrives, Gil is being passive aggressive. She and her Stepmother bicker. Jung's Sister sees the Assistant talking with Gil's Brother on the Street. She still thinks the Assistant is CEO Hong. For his part, Gil's Brother is under the impression that the Assistant is the owner of the phone he returned to Genius Cosmetics. He is puzzled because he doesn't think the Assistant is his Sister's "type." Madame Goo is sick in bed with a fever. Just about everyone connected with the audition seems to be under the weather. The Efficiency Twit, who thinks Hong is a mere Gofer, lectures him on how to do laundry. A big pile of laundry is on the floor between them. Later, Hong approaches a washing machine and eyes the unfamiliar contraption warily. In a restaurant, Gil awaits her blind date who is late. Her Stepmother sits at an adjoining table to make sure she goes through with the blind date. The Blind Date arrives. He awkwardly looks around the table, clearly attempting to assess her body parts which are hidden by the table. She notices and the words "sexual harassment" are heard. He has made a poor first impression and the encounter does not go well. Big Shot's Mother is driving down the street but needs to pull over to attend to a bad case of indigestion. When she returns from the loo, the Police are gathered around her car and not just because it is illegally parked. It turns out that she has bought a stolen car. Big Shot answers his phone and discovers that his Mother is being held at the Police Station. Back at the restaurant, Gil's blind date continues its Southern Trajectory. He sneers at the Stepmother's money lending business but indicates that he wouldn't be adverse to a fat loan for himself. Gil storms out of the restaurant, followed by her Stepmother. Gil walks down the street anticipating dinner with Big Shot. Big Shot calls her and tells her that he has been unavoidably detained. The stepmother sits in her bedroom and remembers how Gil lit into the Blind Date for mocking her money lending business. Gil walks down a hallway and hears someone cursing in the Beauty Center. She follows the sounds and discovers Hong struggling with the laundry. He is hand washing the garments on using a washboard because he doesn't know how to operate a washing machine. He agrees to rehire her and she agrees to help him with the laundry. The Stepmother enters the Small Cafe and talks with Jung's Father, who is waiting tables. The is pleasantly surprised when he learns that she wants to hire him as a tutor to teach him business management.
  9. I HATE TO LOVE YOU (AKA I HATE YOU BUT I LOVE YOU) (AKA LOVE RETURNS) RECAP, EPISODE 13 Jung and her Mother are eating dinner. Jung's Sister rushes in with the news: the Stepmother has disappeared while still wearing a $300K diamond. Jung's Mother runs off in search of the Stepmother. The Big Shot Lawyer stops by the Pawn Shop to meet with the Stepmother but she is not there. The Stepmother and Gil are still at the photography studio. The Stepmother reaches for her phone and discovers that her Assistant at the Pawn Shop has called her over 20 times. She connects with the Assistant, then heads for the Pawn Shop. Jung's Mother, Assistant and Chingu are at the Pawn Shop awaiting the Stepmother's return. They gossip about what the stepmother may have done with the diamond necklace. Madame Goo and Assistant Gong rush into the Pawn Shop. Big Shot Lawyer is hiding in the Stepmother's office. For some reason, he does not want his Mother to know that he is there. The Stepmother returns to the Pawn Shop and encounters the hysterical women. She is insulted to learn that they thought she had run off with the necklace. When Big shot's Mother suggests that the Stepmother may be handing over a fake version of the expensive jewelry, the Stepmother is too disgusted for words. A jewelry appraiser arrives at the Pawn Shop and the women leave. The Manager of the Small Cafe receives a phone call telling her that the misunderstanding has been resolved. Gil argues with her Stepmother, wondering why she should care about an item that,, although expensive, she could easily pay for. Stilll hiding in the Stepmother's office, Big Shot eavesdrops. Gil becomes emotional, telling her Stepmother that she felt sorry at the audition seeing how well she looked and realizing that she could look like that every day if she wasn't so cheap. Then she storms out of the shop. The Stepmother leaves the shop. Big shot emerges from the Stepmother's office and talks briefly with her Assistant before leaving. He asks her to to let anyone know that he was there and overheard the scene between Gil and her stepmother. Hong and Gil encounter each other on the street. They agree to have a drink together. Big Shot arrives in time to see them walk off together and is jealous. Gil and Hong drink beer. Product Placement Alert: OB Beer, the Official Beer of Korean Dramas. Gil describes how she, her Brother and Stepmother had their family portrait taken and becomes emotional again. Hong tells her that both of his parents are also dead. He attributes his panic disorder to their premature deaths. She says something about his Mother, elicits a Reaction, and realizes that his Mother is a sensitive subject to him. Gil has finished her beer. Hong hasn't touched his. When he reaches for his can to open it, she reminds him that he shouldn't drink and then downs the beer herself. It turns out that Hong overheard Gil chastising her Stepmother. He tells her that she should apologize "while she still can." Big Shot has been standing outside the cafe watching Hong and Gil and getting angrier by the minute. When Big Shot returns home, he reflects on how Hong is getting in the way of his plans. He somehow overheard Hong discussing his panic disorder. The gears in Big Shot's forehead are turning. Hong returns home. Remember the charm from Gil's bracelet? He notices it sitting on his dresser and puts it in a drawer. In her bedroom, Gil remembers Hong telling her to apologize to her stepmother and is sad. Gil approaches her Stepmother's bedroom but changes her mind. Morning. At the Beauty Center, Jung and the other staffers line up for Madame Goo's morning lecture. She tells them that they will all receive bonuses for their good work on the audition. Then she introduces them to a Twit, who turns out to be an efficiency expert who will shadow the employees and critique their productivity. The Twit, who has previously clashed with Hong and doesn't realize that he is actually the CEO, gives Hong a "I'll be riding your behind especially hard" look. Big shot arrives at the Pawn Shop and encounters Gil. She gives him a thumb drive containing a video of the audition. He pulls out a black cloth. When she tells him that she knows that a rose will emerge from the cloth, he fumbles and drops the rose. But in recognition of his effort, she agrees to have dinner with him the next day. After Big Shot leaves, Gil puts two and two together (the hospital trip and the attempted magic trip) and realizes thather Stepmother's Assistant if feeding Big shot information on her. The stepmother lies awake in her bedroom. She recalls Gil's outburst and is troubled. Gil is on her phone chastising her Stepmother's Assistant for feeding information about her to Big Shot. Hong drops by the Pawn Shop and gives her her pay from the Beauty Center. Jung and her Sister bicker. Her Sister chastises her for having a crush on Big Shot when he obviously has no interest in her. Goo's Assistant arrives at the Stepmother's house with a giant fruit basket, Genius cosmetics' gesture of apology for the previous day's misunderstanding. Jung's Father, now employed at the Small Cafe, serves customers. Alone in the cafe for a few minutes, he picks up a microphone and begins singing karaoke. Madame Goo immediately rushes in to complain about the noise. The Manager of the small Cafe returns and attempts to placate Madame Goo. Goo threatens a lawsuit and departs. The payment from Genius Cosmetics is burning a hole in Gil's pocket and she immediately goes shopping. She sees a piece of jewelry and considers buying it for her Stepmother.
  10. I HATE TO LOVE YOU (AKA I HATE YOU BUT I LOVE YOU) (AKA LOVE RETURNS) RECAP, EPISODE 12 Morning. A ceremony will be held today at which the winner of the cosmetic model competition will be announced. The Stepmother apologizes for spitting water in Jun's Father's face and helps to clean him off. He departs. The Manager of the Small Cafe and the Stepmother discuss Jung's Father. Madame Goo, her hair uo in curlers, bickers with her Brother. He has cooked breakfast. Hong joins them and thy eat. Jung's Sister applies makeup and discusses her plan for meeting and ensnaring Hong with Jung. Big Shot's Mother notices a pimple on the tip of her nose and melts down. Gil tries to decide which outfit to wear. A deliveryman arrives with the wrong materials. When Hong tells him to return them the deliveryman, thinking that Hong is an entry-level flunky, tells him to return them himself. Madame goo's assistant happens by and carries the packages away. The Stepmother and the other ajumas from the marketplace arrive at the Beauty Center. Jung fixes Big shot's Mother's pimple. Madame Goo and Hong contemplate a large painting of Hong's deceased Mother in his office. We learn that she was a harsh disciplinarian and that Hong still resents her. Goo tells Hong that he should try to understand and forgive his deceased mother. He storms out of the office. Gil's Brother interacts with Goo's Assistant while Jung's Sister watches. Both the Brother and the Sister are under the misimpression that the Assistant is CEO Hong. Everyone gathers in the marketplace for the announcement ceremony. Hong starts to have a panic attack. Gil rushes over to calm him down. Big shot notices Gil standing beside Hong and is jealous. From afar, Jung watches Big Shot and is frustrated. Gigolo Goo serves as master of ceremonies and makes several announcements. When several people ask where CEO Hong is, Hong, still incognito, signals that he doesn't want to be introduced. Goo continues with his announcements, ignoring the questions about Hong. Each of the ajumas competing in the contest takes a turn walking across the stage. Each is in a fashionable outfit with carefully applied makeup. Everyone is especially shocked at how stunning the Stepmother looks. Jung and her Mother arrive home. Her Mother carries several bags of cosmetics. Each of the contestants has received a modeling fee and she gripes about how little is left after the Korean Government has taken its cut. She falls asleep, exhausted. Madame Goo is pitching a fit. They can't locate the Stepmother, who is wearing designer clothes and a $300,000 piece of jewelry they hve given her to use for the event. Gong is dispatched to locate her. Big Shot's Mother sits at her home with all of her new cosmetics. she wonders who she can sell them to to make some money. She tries to locate some perfume she received but it is missing. At the pawn shop, Big Shot is giving the perfume to the Stepmother's assistant as a reward for her help in providing information about Gil. When Hong walks in looking for Gil, Big Shot rudely asks what his business with her is. Sparks begin to fly. When Big Shot demands to know what his relationship with Gil is, Hong tells him that when he figures it out, he'll let him know. Hong takes a phone call and departs. Gil, her Brother and Stepmother sit for a family portrait. Every time the photographer is ready to take the shot, one of them becomes emotional. Then they get it together, hold hands, and the portrait is taken.
  11. I HATE TO LOVE YOU (AKA I HATE YOU BUT I LOVE YOU) (AKA LOVE RETURNS) RECAP, EPISODE 11 Hong and Jung bump into each other in a hallway. Each asks the other, hat are you doing here? She thinks he has resigned and tells him that as a fellow poor person, he needs to suck it up and carry on. Madame Goo complains to an underling about having to nursemaid the men in her life. Jung's Sister eavesdrops from around the corner. Gigolo Goo bustles into his office and gives Jung's Sister orders. Apparently he has decided not to resign. Gong enters Madame Goo's office expecting to find her boss, but encounters Hong lounging in a chair instead. They have an awkward encounter and she departs. Then he finally gets around to reading his Uncle's letter. It is not a resignation letter. Instead, he asks Hong to intervene with Madame Goo so that he can regain his night job as a cabaret singer. Hong shakes his head in disbelief. The Stepmother walks down a hallway outside the Beauty Center and upsets a cart of chicken dung which is sitting outside of the Small Cafe, creating a mess and a stink. When several Beauty Center personnel arrive on the scene, she tells them that she will clean up the mess so get out of my face. Why there should be a cart full of chicken dung in the hallway of an office building is unclear, but this is K-Drama so bear with me. It turns out that the cart contains cardboard egg crates which smell of chicken dung. The Stepmother plans to clean the egg crates and use them as sound insulation on the walls of the Small Cafe to resolve the noise complaints against her tenant. The Manager of the Small Cafe explains to Hong that the Stepmother owns the cafe's space but lets her use it for free and the cafe's proceeds go to charity. Hong is learning that the Stepmother has a "softer side." The Manager further explains that anyone can come in and use the musical instruments scattered thru the cafe to reduce stress. Gil's Brother stops at the Beauty Center on his way to work to drop off Hong's phone. He leaves it with Madame Goo's Assistant. The Assistant wonders how Gil ended up with Hong's phone. We learn that one of the Assistant's primary assignments from Madame Goo is to shadow Hong and attempt to keep him out of trouble. Jung's Sister, who has set her sights on marrying the CEO, sees Madame Goo's Assistant on the street and mistakenly concludes that he is the CEO. Jung's Mother's Chingu, the proprietor of the Market's rice cake shop, meets with Madame Goo and attempts to persuade her to select the Stepmother as the winner of the beauty model audition. She and the other merchants want the Stepmother to be selected because she has promised, if selected, to forgive 15 days of interest on the merchants' loans. Jung overhears her Mother talking with her employee at the beauty shop, Big Shot Lawyer's mother. She learns that Big Shot is going on a blind date. She is jealous. Gil attempts to sneak into her house with several shopping bags of expensive new clothes but is busted by her Brother. Her mother also sees the shopping bags and wonders if she has somehow obtained a new credit card. Gil's Brother tells her that he left the phone with "the Male Employee at the Beauty Center." She is disappointed to learn that the Male employee only said thank you and nothing more. On a dark street, Jung stalks the Big shot Lawyer as he returns from She eavesdrops as he reports on the blind date to his Mother. His Mother explodes when she learns that he does not plan to see the blind date again. He tells his Mother that he considers marriage an "Opportunity" and is looking for a better one. In her bedroom, Jung contemplates Big Shot's mercenary heart and is disappointed. She learns that her Sister also views marriage as a purely economic transaction. Madame Goo joins Hong in his bedroom as he does paperwork. We learn that Hong has acquired a new cellphone and number but will keep the old phone and number for use at home. We also learn that during her off hours, Madame Goo likes to guzzle wine straight from the bottle. When Gigolo Goo loudly begins to rehearse a song elsewhere in the house, she storms out of the room. When Madame Goo storms into her Brother's bedroom, he switches from a loud rock number to a romantic ballad. She is enchanted. Jung's Mother receives a text message informing her that she won the audition for the Genius Cosmetics modeling gig. Her daughters wonder why she received this notification at such an odd hour. She practices walking while balancing things on her head, model style. In his bedroom, Big Shot is preparing for his next assault on Gil's affections by practicing magic tricks. One of the tricks involves cards. When his Mother sees the cards she thinks he has taken up gambling and pitches a mother dog. We learn that she is upset because Big Shot's Father had a gambling problem. When she learns that he is practicing magic, her fury turns to bewilderment. Gil applies a beauty mask to her Stepmother's face, then to her Brother's face, then her own. After her Stepmother falls asleep, Gil carries one of the bags of expensive clothing into her Stepmother's room and leaves it there. The Stepmother wakes up and discovers that Gil has bought her an expensive coat she had admired when they browsed at the department store. The Stepmother wonders how Gil obtained the funds to purchase it. In her bedroom, Gil receives a phone call from Big Shot. We learn that the winner of the modeling contest is to be announced in a ceremony the next day at the marketplace. He asks her to make a video of it since his Mother is one of the contestants. In his bedroom, Hong is trying to call Gil but his calls are going to voicemail. Morning. The Stepmother, anticipating the selection ceremony, addresses a photograph of Gil's deceased father. The Stepmother arrives at the Small Cafe and listens while the cafe's manager sings a song of lost love. She remembers walking through a park on a Fall day with Gil's deceased Father. Jung's Father joins the Stepmother and listens to the Manager sing. The Stepmother, drinking from a water bottle, remembers encountering Jung's Father in the cafe as he drank soju and talked of the emptiness of life without love. When she realizes that he is sitting beside her, she is so shocked that the water flies out of her mouth and onto his face.
  12. I HATE TO LOVE YOU (AKA I HATE YOU BUT I LOVE YOU) (AKA LOVE RETURNS) RECAP, EPISODE 10 Gil sees her Brother working at the hospital and is overcome by emotion. Then she accuses the Big Shot Lawyer of toying with her emotions and stomps off. This is not the reaction he expected. When Big Shot reaches the sidewalk, Gil drives right past him without stopping. He goes to an ATM and discoves that his bank account is empty. Since he has no money for cab fare, he must walk home. When Gil returns home, she remembers seeing her Brother in the hospital and is wistful. We learn, as we have come to suspect, that he is a doctor. Gil discovers that her Stepmother isn't home. Then she remembers the audition. Jung's Father lands a part time job working at the small cafe near Genius Cosmetics for the minimum wage. The Stepmother returns to her Pawn Shop and opens a letter. We learn that she owns the small cafe and that another tenant is claiming that the cafe is too noisy. As Jung walks down the street, she is accosted by a homeless person. As things begin to get ugly, Big Shot arrives and resolves the situation. She invites him to walk with he and they play games at an arcade. One of the games involves beating thing with a mallet and after his encounter with Gil, he is in the mood. Jung and Big Shot stop for cold drinks at a cafe. When he makes these small purchases with a credit card because he has no cash left, Jung notices. He complains to her about his experience with Gil. She tells him that she is disappointed that he would continue to date a woman who mistreats him. When he tells her that poor people can't afford to have pride, she becomes more disappointed with him. Then he Gets Going, leaving her alone. Jung's Mother returns home and reports, to Jung's Sister, that the audition did not go well.Jung returns home, stomps into her bedroom, and slams the door. Her Mother is like, WTF? Big Shot returns home and collapses in a chair, defeated. Then he notices the automobile sales paperwork that his Mother has hidden under a piece of furniture. His Mother returns home, angry at her poor audition performance, only to be confronted by her furious Son. When she claims to have a plan for paying for the new car, he calls BS and rips the sales contract to shreds. Hong arrives at the small cafe to meet Gil. There are several musical instruments scattered around the cafe and he plays a tune on a keyboard. While doing so, he remembers his unpleasant childhood piano lessons. When Gil arrives, she tries to engage him in conversation about his piano playing, without success. Hong tells Gil about her Stepmother's appearance at the audition. He tells her that her Stepmother seemed much nicer than she had described. They bicker. When she guesses that he has Mother Issues of his own, he gets up and stomps off. Things are not going well at the Goo household. He has just discovered that hs Sister has gotten him fired from his cabaret job. She tells him that she does not want a Brother who is a gigolo. They bicker. He places a call to Hong to tell him he is resigning from Genius Cosmetics. Back at the small cafe, Hong has left his phone behind. Gil hears the phone buzz and answers it. Before he can learn that his Nephew is not on the receiving end, Goo angrily orders Hong to fire him and rings off. Gil is like, WTF? Jung's Sister has been gazing at a photo of Hong online. She tells Jung that she plans to ensnare Hong and will help her subdue Big Shot. Unable to return Hong's phone to the Beauty Center, Gil has taken it home. The phone's battery dies. The next morning, Gil asks her Brother to return the phone to Hong on his way to work. The Stepmother reminds Gil that it is her day to work at the Pawn Shop. At Jun's Mother's Beauty Shop, she and her friends are distressed to learn that Gigolo Goo has been fired from the cabaret. The Stepmother;s Assistant texts Big Shot to inform him that Gil likes magic tricks. He has bribed the Assistant to provide him with information that will aid him in his pursuit of Gil. The stepmother chastises Gil for her extravagant spending and tells her that she is suspending her credit card for another month. Gil storms out of the room. In her bedroom, Gil tries to decide which of her handbags she will sell for cash. In his office, Gigolo Goo writes a letter of resignation. His Assistant, Jung's Sister, enters the office. When she leaves the office to get him a cup of coffee, she encounters Jung in the hallway and they bicker. Goo tries to persuade her nephew to abandon his Undercover Boss project. He threatens to reassign her to Busan if she doesn't stifle herself. Gigolo Goo interrupts them to submit his resignation letter. Hong tells him that he will read it later and leaves the room. The Goos resume their bickering. Neither Jung nor Hong are maintaining situational awareness as they walk down a hall. They collide with each other and exchange shocked expressions.
  13. I HATE TO LOVE YOU (AKA I HATE YOU BUT I LOVE YOU) (AKA LOVE RETURNS) RECAP, EPISODE 9 In a cafe next to the Beauty Center, Jung's Father is being fussed over by Gil's Stepmother and the cafe's owner. Big Shot Lawyer arrives at an expensive restaurant for his luncheon date with Gil. But Gil is stalking Hong in a department store. Hong, in turn, is watching a stranger apply makeup. The stranger is startled when she notices and raises an alarm. The woman thinks he is a purse snatcher and demands that the police be called. Gil steps in and attempts to defuse the situation without success. Then Jung, who is somehow in the vicinity, tries too get Jung off the hook. The store personnel now think all three are part of a gang of purse snatchers. At the restaurant, Big Shot sits alone at a table and studies the menu. The Police arrive and, noticing the store's CCTV cameras, are like, Let's hit replay. But when the store personnel confess that the CCTV is broken, everyone becomes angry withe the store's management. The complainant finally claims that Hong scratched her expensive purse and demands compensation. Gil steps in and pronounces the purse a cheap counterfeit. The woman withdraws her demand for compensation but still insists that the police arrest Hong and Gil. Hong and Gil sit in the crowded police station. Gil notices that Big Shot Lawyer has called her several times, and is embarassed to realize that she has forgotten her dinner date with him. She places a call to him and demands his presence at the Police Station. Hong and Gil bicker while awaiting big Shot's arrival. Big Shot arrives at the Police Station but springs only Gil. Per Big Shot, Hong is on his own. Hong pouts and tells Gil to get out of his face. She departs with Big Shot. Then Hong calls his family's lawyer. Big Shot and Gil finally have their luncheon date, but in a crowded cafe rather than an expensive restaurant. They eat tofu stew. She tries to discourage him from continuing to work for her stepmother, saying she is a real slave-driver. With a smile on his face, he tells her that he is working for the Stepmother to gain Gil's affection, since the Stepmother is rich and Gil will inherit a good deal of her wealth. Goo is in her office on her phone. She is exasperated to learn that Hong is being held at the police station. By the time Goo and her Brother return home, Hong has been sprung from Police custody and is resting in his bedroom. When they enter his bedroom, he pretends to be asleep. They bicker. We learn that after Hong's Mother died, Goo Jong Hee assumed the responsibility for raising Hong and still has a maternal feeling toward him. She says that she hopes he finds a wife. Soon. Gil attempts to call Hong on her cell phone, without success. She is worried that he may still be at the Police Station. Hong checks his phone, notices Gil's texts, and smiles. In the Pawn Shop, Gil locates a genuine version of the complainant's handbag. She texts him pictures of the bag. In subsequent texts, she asks to be rehired. Gil has driven home in the dark. When she gets out of her car, she discovers that Big Shot is standing in front of her house. He presses for another luncheon date and she accepts. Gil's Brother talks with his Stepmother as he leaves the house. We learn that he has a part time job at a hospital. He tries to persuade her to enter the makeup modeling competition. A number of ajumas are gathered at Genius Cosmetics for the modeling competition. to Goo's chagrin, they all seem to know and make eye contact with her brother. Each of the contestants performs a song, dance, or song and dance. In her bedroom, the Stepmother reads A Christmas Tale by Dickens. Back at Genius Cosmetics, the audition continues. Goo is bored but her Brother happily makes eye contact with all of the contestants. Jung walks down the street and sees the Big Shot Lawyer. She is irritated when Gil drives up and he gets in Gil's car. Just as Goo is concluding the audition, the Stepmother rushes in and asks to participate. For some reason Big Shot has blind folded Gil and led her into a hospital. At the audition, the stepmother introduces herself as a money lender. She promises, if selected, not to collect interest on her loans for 15 days and to make a contribution to the Merchant's Association. We learn that Gil has always wanted to see her Brother working in the hospital but has not because she associates hospitals with her Mother's death. When the blindfold is removed, she sees her Brother in a white coat talking with the doctors and is overcome with emotion. Back at the audition, the Stepmother concludes her presentation by saying she hopes she is chosen.
  14. I HATE TO LOVE YOU (AKA I HATE YOU BUT I LOVE YOU) (AKA LOVE RETURNS) RECAP, EPISODE 8 The Big Shot Lawyer watches as Hong and Gil Bicker on the Street. Then Hong walks away as Gil looks flabbergasted. The Big Shot Lawyer approaches Gil and flashes her a guano consuming grin. He has perhaps decided that it is more age appropriate to pursue the daughter than the Stepmother and will eventually yield the same financial result. Little does he know that it was the Stepmother's plan all along to hook him up with Gil. Gil recalls being introduced to Big Shot at her Stepmother's Pawn Shop. The Big Shot Lawyer gallantly hands Gil a handkerchief which she uses to fix her smeared lipstick. Then she is on her way. Goo is lecturing Jung and her other subordinates at the Beauty Center on the forthcoming cosmetic model competition. Hong, who is doing an Undercover Boss at the Beauty Center, pretending to be a general gofer and flunky, joins the group. Gil follows him in. Goo meets with Hong and Gil in her office. he reminds her that she resigned from the company and that her paycheck is in the mail. After he leaves the room, the two women bicker. When Gil leaves goo's office she encounters Big Shot, who under some pretense has followed her into the building. He invites her to dinner.Gil plays hard to get, but not too hard, and after emitting some bafflegab accepts his invitation. Jung watches all of this from around a corner. Gil encounters Gong Gyung Ha, Goo's Second In Command at the Beauty Center, and gives her an expensive lipstick as a gift. In exchange, Gong agrees to text Gil to notify her when Hong leaves the building. Jung encounters Gil in the Lady's Room. Jung warns Gil not to toy with Big Shot's heart. Gil is like, WTF?The claws are out. They bicker. Gil tells Jung that if she wanted to, she could buy Genius Cosmetics with her family's money and fire her. Then she flounces off. At their home, Hong and the two Goos discuss launching a new product. Jung and her Sister are in their bedroom. They can't help overhear their mother practicing her singing. The practice session is not going well. Their Mother tells them that she suspects that Big Shot's Mother also plans to sing a song at the audition. We learn that even though Big Shot's Mother is her employee at the Beauty Shop, she is jealous of her because she graduated from college. The girls try to teach their mother some K-Pop dance moves. Gil tries to interest her Stepmother in making an investment in Genius Cosmetics, without success. For the first time, Gil informs her Stepmother that she has been working part time at Genius Cosmetics. Her Mother would prefer that she concentrate on getting her appraiser's license. Big Shot returns home and greets his Mother. She tries to persuade her Son to buy an expensive car. He reminds her that they cannot afford an expensive car. Gil's Brother arrives home and talks with his Stepmother. She talks tentatively about perhaps investing in a new business. Morning. Gong texts Gil to tip her off that Hong will be working late at the Beauty Center that night. In her bedroom, Jung examines the dress her Father bought for her. Jung stoops at the Cultural Center to talk with her Father. When she arrives her Father, who has just learned that his class at the Cultural Center has been cancelled for lack of students, is shouting into his phone. She reproaches him for getting fired "Again." And for lacking self-discipline or any concern for persons other than himself. Then she twists the knife by handing him an invitation to a Genius Cosmetics event, but then telling him not to come because he doesn't deserve to. When Gil arrives home with some purchases in a shopping-bag, her Brother wonders how she purchased them. Back at the Big Shot household, we learn that his Mother has actually signed a purchase contract for a new car without telling him. When Big Shot arrives home, she hurriedly hides the paperwork. Gil has brought dinner to Hong, who is working late. Unaware that he is the company's CEO, she is explaining the ins and outs of cosmetics to him. To illustrate how the same lipstick displays on different skin tones, she applies a lipstick first to her lips, then to his. Just in time for Goo to arrive and ask, What is the meaning of this! Aigoos ensue. Jung's Father pounds soju in a tent cafe and curses his misspent life. Gil's Stepmother enters the tent cafe and spots him drinking alone. She joins him. He tells her that he is on his last drink and brags about his self-control. He rattles on about the Meaning Of Life. He explains to her that the class she has enrolled in has been cancelled. Then he decides he'll have another drink, after all. Gil's Stepmother sits in her bedroom and rubs beauty cream into her hands. She remembers how Jun's Father, the first time she encountered him, had remarked on how beautiful her hands were. The next day, Gil's Stepmother and Jung's Father are surprised to encounter each other at Genius Cosmetics.
  15. I HATE TO LOVE YOU (AKA I HATE YOU BUT I LOVE YOU) (AKA LOVE RETURNS) RECAP, EPISODE 7 Gil's Stepmother grumbles to herself about her Chingu bailing on the class at the Cultural Center. At Jung's Mother's Beauty Shop, women discuss a competition for a cosmetics modeling job being sponsored by Genius Cosmetics. They decide to apply. In her office, Goo Jong Hee chastises Jung for having poor work and people skills. Just then, her Father arrivesto meet her and overhears the harsh assessment. In a conference room, Jung's Father gives her an expensive outfit he has bought for her. She is bewildered. He departs. Back at the marketplace, Hong is once again standing around looking shell hocked. Gil invites him to have lunch with her at an food stand. She attempts to engage him in conversation but he is not in the mood. But when she starts to apply lipstick, he is fascinated. Jung's Mother and her Chingu arrive at the Beauty Center to apply for the cosmetics contest. They sit down with Goo Jong Hee in her office. Goo tells them that the company will hold an audition to determine the winner. At home, the two Jung Sisters bicker.Then they learn that their Mother plans to join the competition for the cosmetics modeling job and are Not Thrilled. Gil and her Brother notice that their Stepmother is paying more attention to her appearance. They deduce that she is preparing to go on a Blind Date. Her Brother tells her that he has signed their Stepmother up for the modeling competition. Jung and her Brother try to persuade their Stepmother to show up for the audition. Jung's Mother demonstrates her singing skills to her two daughters, who are not overwhelmed. The girls plan to teach their Mother a K-Pop song for use during the audition. The Big Shot Lawyer's Mother overhears their plotting and later gripes about their scheme to her Son. She decides to follow their example and asks her Son to locate and download a song for her. Goo tells her Brother that since he has a Way With Women, he should take the lead in organizing the audition. In her Bedroom, the Stepmother practices applying makeup. Jung's Mother sings as she works in her Beauty Shop. Big Shot's Mother smirks. At the Cultural Center Goo Choong Seo practices singing with his band. They are interrupted by his Sister. Sitting in a nearby, empty, classroom, Jung's Father is irritated by their noise. Jung's Father, who is not paying attention as he is walking down the hall, bumps into Goo Choong Seo/ He immediately notices that Goo's jacket looks familiar. When Goo searches for a business card in his inside jacket pocket, the elder Jung notices his name sewn into the lining. He recognizes the tie Goo is wearing as well. He wonders how Goo ended up with his clothes and becomes angry. Gil and Hong sort through completed survey forms in a conference room. She tries to make conversation but he is distracted. He has noticed that one of the forms was filled out by Gil's Stepmother. They bicker. She leaves the room. He follows her down a street. When he trips over something, she s startled to realize that he has been following her. They sit on a park bench while she applies first aid to a cut on his arm. He tells her not to treat her Stepmother so harshly and they resume bickering. Before stomping off again, she tells him where he can send her paycheck. Hong returns to his office and wonders why women are so difficult to get along with. The Stepmother discusses her dispute with the deadbeat tenant with the Big Shot Attorney. They conclude their business and the Stepmother tells him to finish his tea while she goes elsewhere to attend to business. On his way out of the Shop, Big Shot asks the Stepmother's advice re gifts the Stepmother might like. When the Assistant wonders why he wants to know, he feigns a romantic interest in the Stepmother. In her bedroom, Gil regrets speaking so harshly to Hong. Then she thinks of her deceased mother and begins to cry. Her Brother enters the room and attempts to comfort her. When he learns why she is crying, he asks for details about their Mother, since he was only an infant when she died. The Stepmother walks by the bedroom and overhears her. She becomes sad as well. She enters her bedroom and reflects on how they must miss their natural mother. On the street, Gil is applying lipstick. Hong runs into her and her lipstick is smeared. Just then, the Big Shot Lawyer happens by and takes in the scene.