Episode 1 » Dramabeans Korean drama recaps. There’s No Such Thing As Nice Guys is off to a fantastic start, and hits the ground running. The production feels assured and comfortable as it takes us by the hand and leads us into the hell of our characters’ own making. How far would you go for love? How much is too much?
I love that . Another refreshing quality? Not later, not after a two to four episode backstory, not after breakfast. We’re thrown right into the deep end, and I’m loving it.
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You also need to have Java. Script enabled in your browser. EPISODE 1 RECAPWe open as an eager young man in white doctor’s wear halts at the sight of a news report, unable to suppress a smile as he watches. His name tag tells us he’s KANG MARU (Song Joong- ki), and he playfully tsks at the screen, “My ajumma is causing trouble again.”That same ajumma ends the report with her name – HAN JAE- HEE (Park Shi- yeon) – just as Maru is called off to work.
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After the opening sequence, we return to Maru scuttling behind a large group of doctors led by SUK MIN- HYUK (Jo Sung- ha). They go from patient to patient while Maru takes notes, until he finally raises his hand to ask why he and the other doctors- in- training are being ignored. Min- hyuk’s the prickly type, and swiftly puts Maru back in his place – just because he’s wearing a doctor’s coat doesn’t make him a doctor. Maru protests, but Min- hyuk remains firm in his belief that none of the students could give him any useful answers, so why bother with questions?
Their attention is drawn away by a sick boy causing a fuss, though tests have been unable to diagnose the problem. Min- hyuk takes this opportunity to test Maru’s worth, and finally asks him a question he so wanted to hear: “What is this patient’s cause of illness?” Maru gets two hours to find out.
All the signs point to head trauma, though there’s no history of it. Maru agonizes over what to do, until the boy wakes up and tries to pull his IV out.
Maru stops him, and the two adorably bicker, even though the subject matter is grave – the boy wants to be discharged since his brother has no money to pay the bill, and Maru eventually agrees to take charge of his hospital bills. He gives the boy a playful hit on the head, only to have the boy start vomiting. Realization dawns on Maru’s face as he marches back to Min- hyuk with his diagnosis: a brain hemorrhage. This doesn’t fit with the negative test results or the boy’s insistence that he’s fine, though Maru uses his younger sister as an example of how strong a child’s will can be.
Their escalating disagreement is cut short when the results of the boy’s angiogram come in, with no trace of an arterial tumor to be found. With no more ground to stand on, Maru backs down and admits that he must have been wrong. The boy gets the all- clear for a discharge, and Maru gets some privacy as he stares at his reflection in a bathroom mirror. Later that night, the boy is readmitted to the hospital, and new tests confirm Maru’s earlier diagnosis. Min- hyuk asks a fellow doctor to get in touch with Maru: “I need to tell him that, .
He goes into crisis mode and prepares to take her to the hospital until he gets a phone call from . He is dead.” Maru is caught off guard as Jae- hee screams at him to come right away, and though he’s momentarily torn between Jae- hee and his sister, he picks Jae- hee. Ouch. To rub some extra salt in that wound, Choco desperately begs for Oppa not to leave her alone while she’s sick. He presses a bar of chocolate into her hand and promises he’ll be back before she can count up to five hundred.
Sick and crying, she tells him that she’ll die from her sickness if he goes to Jae- hee. Maru’s conflicted but not conflicted enough, as he leaves her with the promise that he’ll be right back. Famous last words – no one’s ever . The first thing he sees is a man lying in a pool of blood, with Jae- hee huddled near the bed.“Is he dead?” Maru asks, and a shuddering Jae- hee replies that she doesn’t know.
He slowly kneels next to the body and checks for any sign of life, and when there is none, Maru sinks back as Jae- hee parrots his same question: “Is he dead?” Maru nods. She seems genuinely confused, or genuinely in denial, when she asks why he died.
It’s a dead (har) giveaway that Maru only has to look at her for her to break down as she proclaims her innocence over and over again, each time with more conviction than the last. After covering the body, Maru kneels in front of her as she shatters the broken bottle she used as a weapon. His voice is nearly shaking when he tells her to turn herself in – if she was just acting in self defense to keep the man from hurting her, then the police will understand. This isn’t a viable option for Jae- hee, who knows she’ll lose everything she’s worked for even if that’s the case.
Maru doesn’t see how losing her reporter status would be the end of the world, claiming she could just start over – a thought that gets her screaming and reaching for the glass shards to kill herself. In hysterics, she cries that she can’t go back to the hellhole that she came from and would rather die instead. Maru tries to grapple the glass out of her hand as she cries that her world is over – she’s endured fifteen hard years on her road to being an anchorwoman, and without it, she has nothing. Maru ends up with a cut on his wrist during the scuffle, but his face has changed.
He claims that he’s spent thirteen years living only for her, like the light at the end of a dark tunnel. She’s barely able to eke out a few words to the police before Maru, looking dead ahead, grabs the phone away from her.
He grabs her in a deep and desperate kiss before he starts to clear the room of fingerprints. Is he doing what I think he’s doing? Snap out of it, man!“Don’t ever turn back,” Maru tells her, but she doesn’t want to leave him. He tells her that it doesn’t matter to him if he doesn’t become a doctor, but she can’t live if her dream is shattered. Wait, so he’s taking the fall because he thinks he’s the only one who can? To add insult to injury, he smiles in the face of such a bleak future and reassures her that he’ll be fine.
There’s a weird, nervous energy around her, like crazy just waiting to happen. When asked why she doesn’t have a chauffeur, she replies that she’s too temperamental, and when he keeps calling her agasshi, she wonders if he’s purposefully looking down on her. There’s a juxtaposition with the words she’s saying and the tone in which she says them, kind of like sugarcoating a pile of barbed wire.
It doesn’t seem like Director Choi means any offense, even though she’s become his supervisor at the mere age of twenty- three, with only a Harvard MBA. At least, that’s the sort of talk she knows he’s been doing behind her back. Eek. As they near a tunnel, Eun- ki basically tells him to hold on tight as she starts aggressively driving and talking business statistics at the same time. This girl is hardcore. She accuses him of skimming a little off the top as far as business dealings are concerned, and displays her knack for road rage when another car forces her to skid to a stop. This is almost bipolar, since she yells at the other car before returning to her sweet- yet- not tone with Director Choi. They finally come to a stop, but the home they’re in front of is where we find Jae- hee standing in Maru’s clothes.
She hands a file over to a man she calls . The sound of sirens engulfs him as he calls his little sister, and fights back tears as he tells her: “I’m sorry. For not being able to keep the promise.”Everything finally starts to seep in once Maru hangs up, and his struggle to hold back his own tears is equally heartbreaking and. I don’t know whether to feel sorry for him or whether to give him a good shake of the shoulders. I think I want to shake him, but in reality I feel only pity. In voiceover, we hear a judge sentence Maru to five years in prison. Seems a bit light.)Six years later.
Maru stares soullessly from a Tokyo hotel window as he gives the woman he spent the last night with money instead of warm and fuzzy feelings. She’s an infamous gold digger, and Maru coolly explains that he just doesn’t have the kind of money she’s looking for. She tries to stop him from leaving with a confession of love, and instantly falls into his arms the second Maru says, without expression, that he believes her.
With frighteningly dead eyes, he returns her embrace. Eun- ki’s in the suite next door, dreaming fitfully of her mother before the man keeping vigil at her bedside accidentally wakes her up.
Turns out she’s slept in because he was concerned for her health, especially with a pre- existing medical condition. Needless to say, she’s pissed, and fumes at PARK JOON- HA (Lee Sang- yeob), who is revealed to be her lawyer. She springs out of bed and gives him a cold warning – if the business negotiations fail because he let her sleep in, it’ll be off with his head. Unable to get business off her mind, Eun- ki emerges from the shower wearing nothing but a towel and a poker face as she discusses a cosmetics complaint with a nervous Joon- ha, who tries to keep his eyes averted. In an interesting turn, Eun- ki reveals that Joon- ha is gay (orrrr is he?), and assures him that she’ll carry his secret to the grave.
Eun- ki meets with the Japanese woman who filed a complaint against their cosmetics brand, and bows formally in apology. She hands over an envelope of money that helps to butter the woman up as they share a meal and dessert, but Eun- ki’s demeanor turns cold as she gifts the woman with the cream that supposedly ruined her face, claiming that the same cream was in their dessert. It sounds gross, and it still is gross even when Eun- ki claims that their products are so organic, that they’re edible. And if the cream contains metals as the woman said, Eun- ki promises that they’ll both be in the hospital by tomorrow morning.