She Was Pretty: Episode 2
Korean Drama Recaps | September 5, 2015 | 525 viewed
Director: Jung Dae Yoon
Genre: Romance Comedy
Starring: Hwang Jung Eum ( Kim Hye Jin), Park Seo-Joon (Ji Sun –Joon), Choi Siwon( Kim Shin- Hyuk), Koh Joon-Hee ( Min Ha-Ri)
Release Date: September 6th, 2015
She was Pretty episode 2
She Was Pretty continues its strong start with a second episode that’s as good as the first, giving us a little more information about our characters and their frustrating situation. Sung-joon and Hye-jin get off on the wrong foot at work, creating a lot of frustration and misunderstanding. It doesn’t help that Sung-joon has a secret of his own, causing him to behave out of character and confusing Hye-jin even further. He’s not the sweet first love she remembers, so maybe it’s best for now that he doesn’t know who she truly is.
EPISODE 2 RECAP
Sung-joon is introduced to the Most staff as the new deputy editor, and Hye-jin nearly swallows her tongue in surprise. She tries to hide under her desk, but Sung-joon’s words that he’s glad his friend turned out to be a cool person echo in her head.
All the girls in the office swoon over Sung-joon (who can blame them?) except Elevator Girl, who’s horrified to recognize him. Her name is HAN SO-RI, and she hilariously tries to hide behind her hair during introductions. Only Shin-hyuk notices Hye-jin making a run for it as she heads for the stairs to catch her breath.
Of course there’s her name which will at least catch his attention, but Ha-ri reminds her that her name is pretty common… besides, he thinks he’s already met his first love as an adult, so it shouldn’t occur to him to look twice at this Hye-jin. I think they’re severely underestimating Sung-joon’s intelligence.
Hye-jin is still nervous to death, so there’s only one thing left to do — ask for her transfer to be canceled. But no matter how much she screams and begs, even laying on the floor kicking and crying, the Most editorial department has too much clout and there’s no way out of it.
As it turns out, the eccentric Chief Editor Kim is the chairman of the company’s sister. She pretty much does nothing but shop all day, but as the chairman’s sister, she gets whatever she wants. And she requested Hye-jin, so if Hye-jin wants out of the department, she has to resign.
She goes back to the Most headquarters and peeps in the door, looking for Sung-joon, and nearly scares Shin-hyuk half to death. At least he remembers her now, asking about her tooth and welcoming her to the Editing Team.
(It’s hilarious how Shin-hyuk keeps calling Hye-jin “Michael Jackson” because of her white socks and black shoes, hee.)
Hye-jin finally gets a glimpse of Sung-joon from the editor’s office, so she’s distracted answering Reporter Cha’s questions about her near-perfect editing job. There’s a twentieth-anniversary edition of Most coming out in three months, so they’d like her to stay and work until then. Hye-jin tries to decline but she’s refused, even when she flat-out calls herself an idiot.
Hye-jin panics when Sung-joon walks right into the office, first jumping under the desk then just fleeing the area. Sung-joon barely seems to notice her, but Shin-hyuk does, wondering if she’s got stomach issues.
As Hye-jin kneels gasping for air, Sung-joon silently puts an earbud in her ear and she hears “Close to You,” the same song she used to calm him down all those years ago. It works and her breathing slows, and Sung-joon softly tells her that someone taught him this trick. Is it too early to swoon? Because I’m swooning so hard right now.
For just a moment we see little Hye-jin and little Sung-joon in the elevator, looking at each other and smiling, then the doors open and Sung-joon calmly goes back to work. Hye-jin is left frozen in place.
Ha-ri is at work too, where she declines a call from “That Woman,” then looks up to see the caller standing in front of her. The woman, whom I’m assuming is Ha-ri’s mother, tells her to answer her calls from now on, and the two speak to each other in that tone that’s so chillingly polite that it circles right back around to rude.
Sung-joon meets with Chief Editor Kim, whose eccentric behavior seems to irritate him, and he insists on sticking to discussing work. She basically admits she’s gotten this job through her connections and informs him that his job is to also do her job, but he’s already well aware of this situation.
Sung-joon has his own condition for doing this job, which must be kept secret from the rest of the team. We don’t hear what it is, but I assume it’s got something to do with that mysterious phone conversation from his cab ride, where he was told he has “three shots at it.”
Later Sung-joon observes a photo shoot, thankfully unaware that Hye-jin is morosely observing him. She’s called to bring the models some water but, unfamiliar with the set rules, she accidentally makes scuffmarks on the photo set with her shoes.
Sung-joon angrily lights into Hye-jin for this breach and yanks her off the photo set, only now recognizing her from the elevator..
Hye-jin is scrubbing the floor when Chief Editor Kim makes her entrance (I have a feeling she always Makes An Entrance wherever she goes) and summons her. Somehow Hye-jin’s hair is making Chief Editor Kim nauseous and her fuzzball-covered clothes are objectionable as well, and she tells Hye-jin to look “more Most” in the future. Interesting how Sung-joon perks up when Hye-jin mentions her “malicious curls.”
After a long day doing grunt work around the photo shoot, Hye-jin finds herself at the bus stop next to a huge “Most” poster, and stares at the beautiful model longingly. Ha-ri finds her there and immediately knows something is wrong, but just seeing her best friend worry about her cheers Hye-jin up a bit.
Sung-joon works late into the night until it begins to rain, triggering his memory of young Hye-jin using a shirt to shelter him from the rain. The humidity had caused Hye-jin’s hair to snarl into a ball of frizz, and she’d had to go to her stylist to have it straightened. She’d told young Sung-joon that she inherited her father’s “maliciously curly” hair, which explains why adult Sung-joon looked around at that phrase earlier today.
Little Sung-joon had gotten his hair curled too but he hadn’t liked it, though Hye-jin told him it looked good. She’d asked him to keep her frizzy hair a secret, and adult Sung-joon smiles at the adorable memory.
Hye Jin marches into work the next day confident that Sung-joon won’t recognize her, until he stops right in her path. He calls her by name and gets in her face, insulting her education from a no-account school and asking if she thought she could get away with hiding forever. He says that if she was like this (gesturing at her hair and face), she should have stayed hidden and not gotten caught. Augh, his disdainful expression is just so hurtful.
Ohthankgoodness, it was just a dream. I didn’t want to believe Sung-joon would really look at Hye-jin that way. But it’s enough to prompt Hye-jin to write a resignation letter, though Ha-ri catches her with it and gives her a stern lecture about giving up.
Hye-jin explains that her friendship with Sung-joon was something special that she’s not willing to ruin, even if it means quitting her job to avoid doing something that will fracture those memories. Ha-ri pretty much calls bullshit on that, and takes Hye-jin’s resignation letter away.
Hye-jin doesn’t expect Ha-ri to understand, but every time she sees Sung-joon she feels like her holey sock — like she’s poor and damaged and needs to hide — and she doesn’t want to feel that way anymore. Ha-ri looks hurt to hear that, but she can’t argue with Hye-jin’s feelings.
Hye-Jin happens to be wearing a knockoff of the designer sweater So-ri is wearing today, and So-ri gets twisted out of shape when a coworker thinks they’re wearing the same outfit. Sung-joon calls a mandatory meeting and Hye-jin is assigned to take the minutes, so she tells herself to just endure it for today.
It’s a planning meeting to discuss articles for the twentieth anniversary edition of Most, and the team are startled when Sung-joon actually uses a timer to make sure nobody talks too long. He nixes every single team’s ideas, then calls on Hye-jin for her opinion.
Sung-joon continues the meeting by tearing up copies of Most, informing them that of all the countries in which Most is published, Korea is the only one where it’s not the top magazine. Tomorrow there will be another meeting, where he expects to hear their solutions for fixing the problem.
Hye-jin mopes over Sung-joon’s callous treatment of her in front of everyone, while in his office he softens when he looks at the picture of Ha-ri in London. But he turns harsh again when he catches the team playing a game to determine who buys lunch, and he slaps his credit card down and says to have lunch on him if it will cut down on the wasted time.
Hye-jin takes delivery of a package in the company parking lot and runs smack into Sung-joon, who does the swoony slow-catch… then drops her. He leaves her there on the ground, which makes it even more delicious when he’s so absorbed in his tablet that he walks into a glass door. HAHAHA. You deserved that.
Hye-jin has had it with Sung-joon’s treatment of her and catches up to him to give him a piece of her mind. She apologizes for her mistake at the photo shoot, but tells him clearly that she’s newly here on Most’s request, so that meeting was a surprise to her. She tells him firmly that he has no right to insult her like he’s done without knowing her circumstances.
Hye-jin is so shocked, she just asks why he hates her so much. Sung-joon lists her bad work skills, her unprofessional behavior, and most of all, “That somebody like you is named Kim Hye-jin. It’s a name that’s too good for you.” Oh wow. Wow.
Hye-jin goes to the restroom to splash water on her face, but she can’t stop his harsh words echoing through her mind. She thinks to herself that this isn’t the sweet, innocent Sung-joon she knew, and tells herself that precious memories won’t feed her or pay her bills. She renounces him as her first love — he’s now just a stranger with the same name. She’ll never give him the satisfaction of firing her!
Chief Editor Kim took Sung-joon’s rejection of a party in stride, but she’s more serious later as she thinks over his earlier revelation, the one she’d promised to keep secret: in three months, Korea’s Most will be discontinued. That is, unless they can reach the top spot in the industry in that amount of time — and he’s here to make that happen.
In his opinion it can be done with the current team, and he intends to push them to their utmost potential. He had asked her to let him have free reign to accomplish it whatever it takes, because he knows that if such a long-running magazine were to be cancelled, the team working on it when that happens would never work in the industry again. His own job is also on the line, so he’s committed to making sure that doesn’t happen.
Sung-joon goes to a meeting at a hotel, which happens to be the one where Ha-ri works, and they narrowly miss running into each other several times. But as he’s driving away he glances in the rearview mirror and sees Ha-ri, and he rushes back to the hotel. Calling out, “Kim Hye-jin!” he grabs Ha-ri’s wrist and whirls her around, and they both stand in surprise to see each other.
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