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Take Care of the Young Lady a.k.a My Fair Lady a.k.a Lady Castle Ep 1

Anyone who is a fan of Yoon Eun Hye (of 1st Shop of Coffee Prince and Goong fame) would have tried to catch the latest drama that she’s doing (the name of which has been changed so many times I can hardly keep up with it all), which is known as:

    Take Care of the Young Lady aka My Fair Lady aka Lady Castle (they had copyright issues with the name, thus explaining all the changes, which merely served to confuse me further) / Left: Yoon Sang Hyun as Seo Dong Chan / Centre: Yoon Eun Hye as Kang Hye Na / Right: Jung Il Woo as Lee Tae Yoon

Take Care of the Young Lady aka My Fair Lady aka Lady Castle (they had copyright issues with the name, thus explaining all the changes, which merely served to confuse me further) / Left: Yoon Sang Hyun as Seo Dong Chan / Centre: Yoon Eun Hye as Kang Hye Na / Right: Jung Il Woo as Lee Tae Yoon

I’m a little late in reviewing this, since approximately 8 episodes (subbed) have already been circulating for weeks, but my excuse was that I wanted to have the whole series before I even started, since I tend to be a little obsessive about continuing episodes. Alas, I couldn’t make myself stay away from temptation and succumbed to the first couple of episodes, after which I felt I just had to share about it.

YEH is one of my favourite Korean actresses (let’s face it, Coffee Prince was made for her) firstly because she’s distinctive (Korean female faces all tend to blur after a while, since plastic surgery…well, let’s not go there) but mostly because she’s oh-so-talented at acting it makes me want to hug her.

In this drama, she plays a haughty ‘princess’ (unlike the pedestrian roles she used to take in her previous dramas) who not only excels at all the masculine sports such as horse-riding, shooting, and kendo, but is also gifted with the face of an angel and the body of a sinner. Unfortunately, she’s also impossible to control or please. She’s rude, uncouth, and quite ruthless when it comes to vengeance (or so it seems), and fires people at whim (Got her hair caught in your ring? Fired. Can’t remember what she said and want her to repeat it? Fired).

The first episode begins with her grandfather setting her up for a blind date (similar to a Goukon if you know Japanese) and she completely ruined it by casually telling the other party that all the “scandals” about her past was real (living together with men in two, no, three countries, having a child – all of which I thought was quite hilarious since it seems pretty normal to me, but I suppose you have to factor in conservative Korean culture here) and then after she stalked out of the room and was followed by the man who was supposed to be her goukon date, she lays him out flat, crushes him beneath her stiletto heels and then walks off like it doesn’t matter (which I found rather endearing but also I understand why everyone in the drama finds her a bitch HAHA).

At the...not so round table where they are gathered for the Korean version of a Goukon dinner...

At the...not so round table where they are gathered for the Korean version of a Goukon dinner...

I couldn't stop laughing when she...

I couldn't stop laughing when she...

...totally crushed him under her feet. LOL. (Plus those boots are hot.)

...totally crushed him under her feet. LOL. (Plus those boots are hot.)

Speaking of which, the outfits that they dress her in are just fabulous. Every single scene that she appears in, I salivate, lusting after what she’s wearing (except some of them also look damn uncomfortable, and I can’t help but think only YEH would have been able to carry it off).

I mean, like, seriously, how hot is that white, black strappy dress with those curtains of beads draped over her shoulders? HOT, I tell you! Oh yes, next to her on the left is her cousin, I believe, who is frankly quite annoying but fortunately has little screen time, so I forgive her (for now...)

I mean, like, seriously, how hot is that white, black strappy dress with those curtains of beads draped over her shoulders? HOT, I tell you! Oh yes, next to her on the left is her cousin Kang Soo Ah (played by Jang Ah Young), I believe, who is frankly quite annoying but fortunately has little screen time, so I forgive her (for now...)

The boys on the other hand in the drama…aren’t quite the eye-candies I was looking forward to, but manage to grow on you somehow through the show. So back to Episode 1:

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We are introduced to Dong Chan when he first appears as a preacher/deacon in a church, preaching to the masses about salvation when he had been such a sinner LOLs I was totally amused when he walked out of the church shaking his own head saying, "What people do now just to earn money..." HAHA

As Dong Chan mutters that to himself beneath his breath, he is greeted by 3 guys who are, obviously through the smirks on their faces and their sauntering as well as all that bling bling and gadawful print shirts, loansharks and dearest Dong Chan immediately makes a run for it…right into a dead end. So we learn that Dong Chan is, apparently, deeply in debt, and has worked as a gigolo to pay for his dead mother’s hospitalization bills (although it wasn’t enough, since he’s had to borrow from the loansharks as well) and in order to save his butt, he promised to cough up another $50,000 won…soon.

Dong Chan, however, doesn’t have any money as we all know, and is in fact working for his childhood friend in the flowershop that she and her mother operate/own (he lives with them too. Can you spell freeloader? Although I suppose he has a good reason, so he’s forgiven). His friend, Yeo Eui Joo who is played by Moon Chae Won, has a really obvious crush on Dong Chan that I’m surprised he (or her mother) hasn’t figured out (I wouldn’t be surprised if they have figured it out and just don’t want to deal with her feelings, hoping she’ll outgrow them, but alas, if it were to be, then this drama wouldn’t exist, would it??) and even asked her mother whether they have the money to lend Dong Chan (unfortunately the answer is no).

So how do our two protagonists meet? Simple.

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Dong Chan is on his way to deliver some flower wreaths (must be either a congratulatory kind or a condolence kind, although it could be a "get well soon" kind, but I doubt it lol) and is happily minding his own business driving along when good old crazy Hye Na (YEH) does this insane cut into his lane, causing him to brake sharply, which in turn causes the flower wreaths standing at the back of his lorry to fall over onto the road.

To be honest, I can see why he would be furious (who wouldn’t?) and of course, Dong Chan isn’t going to take something like this lying down (and I can’t see why not) so he gets out of his car, all armed with righteous wrath, and stomps angrily to Hye Na’s gorgeous car, tapping on her window and gesturing wildly to make her roll her window down, which Hye Na does while rolling her eyes (LOL this girl is such a bitch, I love her).

Dong Chan (who is at first slightly taken aback by her 1. richness 2. prettiness but recovers quickly when faced with Hye Na's ridiculous temper) demands an apology from Hye Na for her crazy driving (and I would too, if I was him) but Hye Na, of course, thinks he only wants money - and the argument escalates so much they get into this crazy driving race whereby at one point in time, Dong Chan thinks he's got Hye Na cornered as he managed to get his lorry stationed in front of her...when Hye Na decides to ram into him. NICE ONE GIRL. When you're crazy, do it with style, I say.

Dong Chan (who is at first slightly taken aback by her 1. richness 2. prettiness but recovers quickly when faced with Hye Na's ridiculous temper) demands an apology from Hye Na for her crazy driving (and I would too, if I was him) but Hye Na, of course, thinks he only wants money - and the argument escalates so much they get into this crazy driving race whereby at one point in time, Dong Chan thinks he's got Hye Na cornered as he managed to get his lorry stationed in front of her...when Hye Na decides to ram into him. NICE ONE GIRL. When you're crazy, do it with style, I say.

The two are brought to the police (and you can see the obvious differential treatment here) and in anger, Dong Chan decides to teach Hye Na a lesson when she refuses to apologise and keeps offering him (or rather her lawyer keeps offering him) money instead. He refuses the out of court settlement (which went up to $50,000 won!) and brought her to court to see justice done (it’s all very good in principle, but doesn’t quite put bread on the table for poor Dong Chan as we find out later), where Hye Na was sentenced to 140 hours of community service and fined $10,000 won.

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I died laughing at all the community service scenes (playing with children, washing clothes, washing the dishes, cleaning out chicken poop...and the children hated her so much when she left they pelted her with lettuce and they yelled at her not to come back WAHAHAHA precocious little kids).

While her cousin, and their family, gloats over Hye Na's misery, little Kang Soo Min (played by that cute little rascal Wang Suk Hyun of Speed Scandal fame) is the only one who figures out that Hye Na's scandal may not be a cause for gloating simply because their company's shares may fall due to the damage done to her (and by default, the company's) reputation. OMG LIKE HOW PRECOCIOUS IS THAT KID?!?! I absolutely LOVED that disgusted face he made WAHAHAHA he is damn fabulous. One of my favourite characters in the play already!

Speaking of precocious little kids...While her cousin, and their family, gloat over Hye Na's misery, little Kang Soo Min (played by that cute little rascal Wang Suk Hyun of Speed Scandal fame) is the only one who figures out that Hye Na's scandal may not be a cause for gloating simply because their company's shares may fall due to the damage done to her (and by default, the company's) reputation. OMG LIKE HOW PRECOCIOUS IS THAT KID?!?! I absolutely LOVED that disgusted face he made WAHAHAHA he is damn fabulous. One of my favourite characters in the play already!

Of course, Hye Na (like Dong Chan – we start to note the similarities, don’t we?) isn’t able to take this lying down, so she makes her butlers find out where Dong Chan works and what he does for a living so that she can devise her revenge (ahhhh, woman… hell hath no fury and I would continue the quote except she wasn’t really scorned, it was more like she got her just desserts). She also orders her butlers to buy over the place where Dong Chan is living (i.e. poor Eui Joo’s house) so that she can kick him out (which was a bit over the top, I have to admit).

When Hye Na finds out Dong Chan works as a part-time chauffeur, she makes a call…and of course, Dong Chan gets into the car and is all ready to do his chauffeuring without realising it’s Hye Na when…

...Hye Na embarks on her revenge plot i.e. pretend to have been raped and kidnapped by Dong Chan, whose helpless expression and look of utter fury is actually damn hilarious here!...

...Hye Na embarks on her revenge plot i.e. pretend to have been raped and kidnapped by Dong Chan, whose helpless expression and look of utter fury is actually damn hilarious here!...

Of course, just when Dong Chan thinks it’s all over, and that Hye Na’s had her share of fun since he was almost dragged off to jail and locked in (fortunately for him, Hye Na’s grandfather found out about the mess she created and tried to keep it all hush-hush so called the police station to ask them to let Dong Chan go), Eui Joo’s mother rushes in to tell Dong Chan and Eui Joo (who were having a cosy meal of ramen) that the house they were renting had been bought over by the Kang group, and the landlord had asked them to move out the next day! …which is, as everyone knows, virtually impossible. Angered, Dong Chan figures out that it’s Hye Na who was behind this, and once again ran off angrily to confront her.

In the meantime, Hye Na’s grandfather is absolutely frustrated with the mess(es) that Hye Na has been creating, and asks her, “Could it be because of that person?” to which Hye Na replies, “Am I the kind of person who would mope over a first love? Sorry, but I’ve long forgotten him.” (proving that she hasn’t of course, since she managed to pull out a music box with a photo of that man and herself:

I couldn't quite make out who the guy is supposed to be, so if anyone has a clue, do let me know. Anyway, so having secretly loved and lost him I assume, is supposed to make up for all the rude and uncouth things she's been doing...which doesn't equate in my mind, but ahhhh, suspension of disbelief is a great invention!

I couldn't quite make out who the guy is supposed to be, so if anyone has a clue, do let me know. Anyway, so having secretly loved and lost him I assume, is supposed to make up for all the rude and uncouth things she's been doing...which doesn't equate in my mind, but ahhhh, suspension of disbelief is a great invention!

and YEH here does a great job acting all morose and melancholic, so we all believe, just a little, that that rich little spoiled brat in her does all that she does in order to keep a distance from people, because she’s waiting for her man to come back, although where he has gone and what he has done, we have yet to find out…)

Going back to Dong Chan, whom we left stomping off in anger to find Hye Na and confront her…now, since Hye Na lives in a freaking mansion, which looks like this:

...you would think that all the money that's been poured into building such a vista would also have been used on heightened security since there are valuable things like Ming vases that cost millions of dollars on display in the house...

...you would think that all the money that's been poured into building such a vista would also have been used on heightened security since there are valuable things like Ming vases that cost millions of dollars on display in the house...

But thanks to the 3 bumbling butlers that are always following Hye Na around, our intrepid hero, Dong Chan, somehow manages to barge into the mansion (since the butlers 1. cannot fight 2. do not understand what it means to close the gate and 3. somehow are unable to summon security to deal with ONE man) and stumbles upon Hye Na’s grandfather who was trimming some plants in the garden.

Mistaking Hye Na's grandfather for yet another employee of this huge labyrinth that Dong Chan has somehow managed to get lost in (unsurprising, that), Dong Chan blurts out all that has happened between Hye Na and himself, and manages to put his foot further in his mouth by declaring that if he had his way with her, he would be able to cure her of her bad temper in about 2 months.

Mistaking Hye Na's grandfather for yet another employee of this huge labyrinth that Dong Chan has somehow managed to get lost in (unsurprising, that), Dong Chan blurts out all that has happened between Hye Na and himself, and manages to put his foot further in his mouth by declaring that if he had his way with her, he would be able to cure her of her bad temper in about 2 months.

Although Hye Na’s grandfather has him carted out ungracefully by the 3 bumbling butlers (I shall henceforth acronym them the “BB”s), we all know some plotting is underway (really, no guesses as to what?).

Hye Na, on the other hand, is planning a quick getaway to New York in order for all this furor over what she’s done to die out (even though her grandfather specifically ordered her to be restrained at home) and is at the airport, ready to board the plane:

...whoever worked on her clothes? I want them. LOOK AT THAT JACKET and just TELL ME IT IS NOT HOT. (I will smack you)

...whoever worked on her clothes? I want them. LOOK AT THAT JACKET and just TELL ME IT IS NOT HOT. (I will smack you) Plus that necklace. Damn.

And just when you think she’s about to make a clean getaway:

LOLs who else would turn up but our intrepid hero? He acts as though they had a lover's spat and he came to stop her from leaving (well, 1 out of 2 isn't half bad odds) and then picks her up and puts her over his shoulders (all very humilating I'm sure) carrying her out to his car (whereby he then proceeds to bind her with rope). Hye Na, needless to say, is aghast at all this and demands in her usual screechy voice, "What's happening??! What are you doing?!" to which Dong Chan calmly replies, "Why, kidnapping you, of course."

LOLs who else would turn up but our intrepid hero? He acts as though they had a lover's spat and he came to stop her from leaving (well, 1 out of 2 isn't half bad odds) and then picks her up and puts her over his shoulders (all very humilating I'm sure) carrying her out to his car (whereby he then proceeds to bind her with rope).

Hye Na, needless to say, is aghast at all this and demands in her usual screechy voice, “What’s happening??! What are you doing?!” to which Dong Chan calmly replies, “Why, kidnapping you, of course.”

At this, Hye Na goes a little bit hysterical (who wouldn’t?) and offers him money (again) to which Dong Chan steadfastly refuses, instead telling her, “I want your apology.” Hye Na, being the prideful woman she is (ah, but pride cometh before the fall!) adamantly refuses to apologise, telling Dong Chan that she would rather die than say sorry, since the word apparently doesn’t exist in her vocabulary…at the same time, when Hye Na seems to have resigned herself to her death (at which Dong Chan is secretly grinning away) she tells him to bid her grandfather adieu on her behalf, all the while choking up as she asks him to tell her grandfather she loves him (so…she can ask him to tell her grandfather she loves him…but…she can’t say sorry?…AHHHH well. The mechanics of drama).

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Just as she reaches the climax of her speech, the car screeches to a stop and Hye Na is brought out to her OWN HOUSE.

And Hye Na finds out something the audience has suspected for a while now - that Dong Chan has been hired by her grandfather to be her personal butler, and will be in charge of her personal daily life from now on! LOLs. The look on her face was classic.

And Hye Na finds out something the audience has suspected for a while now - that Dong Chan has been hired by her grandfather to be her personal butler, and will be in charge of her personal daily life from now on! LOLs. The look on her face was classic.

End of the first episode.

I would have tried to do the second, but condensing an hour’s worth of work into one blog entry was enough to kill me already, and I’ve already done this over a period of two days, so I think I’ll save Episode 2 for another day (also, next week = long weekend! = holiday! = may try to go somewhere to chill out, relax, and do some well-deserved shopping!). In the meantime, I have to say, I do love YEH and all that, and think she’s a great actress, but I’ve got some reserves about the character she’s playing in this drama. I won’t voice them yet, since I’m still trying to figure out how it all works, and I’m waiting for the next few episodes to see how it all pans out before I make any (hasty) judgements. Dong Chan is funny but…again, I’m waiting to see how it all pans out. I’ve gotta say, my favourite character here, even though he probably has the least screen time, has got to be that little kid from Speed Scandal (he is the best!) since his face is SUPER CLASSIC and he has, like, THE BEST LINE(S)! It’s not a bad first episode, although nothing too impressive, but since I haven’t yet run into anything that would make me stop watching it (the way I only managed to watch 3 episodes of Boys Over Flowers) I’ll hold my other comments on it.

Any opinions?

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3 responses

  1. Grace

    Im so interested with this movie.. Hope you will continue summarizing each episode…

    September 15, 2009 at 8:56 am

    • rainerust

      Hi, thanks! Yes, I’ll probably continue doing an episode guide for the drama unless I drop it entirely, which again depends on how interesting it gets…as much as I love YEH, if something turns me off…then…but anyway, stay tuned! 🙂

      September 15, 2009 at 3:45 pm

  2. yingums

    WOMAN. I had like a super long comment and then it got DELETED. =.= anyways, i agree on the fabulosity and importance that is suspension of belief! although basically as long as your slap YEH’s face on a drama I would probably watch (Except Vineyard Man. That looks like it aims to put people into a coma). can’t wait for your next summary, hwaiting!

    September 16, 2009 at 3:30 pm

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