She Was Pretty episode 8 Recap

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Souls of Indiscretion

Sung Joon is speechless when Ha Ri tells him her feelings for him.

We can now breathe a sigh of relief though, because Shin Hyuk managed to distract Hye Jin and they both leave that potentially explosive scene behind.

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So what do you do when a hot girl tells you she wants to be your girl?

Well, if you’re starting to have feelings for someone else, and if this hot girl is a one-time first love…you just have to use delay tactics.

Sung Joon simply tells her, ‘let’s go’ and that’s that. For now.

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Hye Jin still feels so wronged that Shin Hyuk tricked her about his little sister. So she demands they each go their own way.

We can tell Shin Hyuk is troubled about the scene he saw with Ha Ri and Sung Joon. We see him sober for the first time, as he tells Hye Jin they should talk.

I’m almost scared what he’s about to tell her.

They sit in the same spot where Shin Hyuk brought her back home the night she was drunk. He asks about Ha Ri and Hye Jin explains how close she is to her best friend.

Their mothers were besties too, so the girls knew each other since birth. “Birth friends,” Hye Jin calls it, with an affectionate expression, adding, “Being friends with Ha Ri is the best thing I did in my life.”

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When Shin Hyuk hears how much Ha Ri means to Hye Jin, you can tell he’s conflicted. What would be the right thing to do now?

Princess of lies

Ha Ri follows Sung Joon to one of the old spots he visited with the real Hye Jin. How Ha Ri can be happy in her impersonation game is beyond me.

Or maybe she gets a freaky kick out of this. She knows it’s wrong and even forbidden, so does that make it more exciting? Oooh forget it, she’s just plain covetous.

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Flashback to the younger Hye Jin and Sung Joon…Sung Joon is delighted to find the graffiti drawing he made of them years ago is still there.

A downcast Ha Ri says she wants them to talk only of the present, not the past. Not surprisingly, she’s uncomfortable about anything to do with Sung Joon’s old times with the real Hye Jin.

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Sorry Ha Ri, but drawing a red heart around something does not make it love – nor make it right

Ha Ri gets home and finds a one-time flame waiting. He wants to know what’s up with them. Ha Ri tells him there’s no more ‘them’ – he’s out. The guy is furious, but when he cusses her new man, Ha Ri warns him never to do it again or he’s dead.

So that’s how Hye Jin finds out Ha Ri is in love with someone, because just then we seen Hye Jin standing there. She overheard everything and is overjoyed for Ha Ri. She says she will be rooting for Ha Ri’s love, sincerely. Ha Ri just feels worse and worse.

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Two months. Just two months, Ha Ri says to herself. She just needs two months with Sung Joon and then she can tell Ha Ri everything.

Sung Joon goes home and is surprised by the presence of Shin Hyuk in the apartment. Shin Hyuk claims he let himself in to retrieve the underwear he left behind the other time.

Then he makes a few cryptic comments about things never really being what they seem. Leaving Sung Joon perplexed, Shin Hyuk exits.

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At work the next day, Shin Hyuk accompanies Hye Jin to make some returns.

There’s a comic moment or two: Hye Jin’s shoe sole falls off, while Shin Hyuk’s pants rip in the back. He piggy backs Hye Jin to hide the rip.

Heh heh. I’ve never seen a kdrama without at least one piggyback scene, and this was the best ruse I’ve ever seen used to get the heroine on a guy’s back.
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Sung Joon is driving along and happens to catch sight of Hye Jin riding Shin Hyuk’s back.

He slams into the rear of the car in front of him. Ha Ri is waiting at the movie theater but will he make it in time for their date?

He does finally arrive at the theater, and explains he had an auto collision on his way there. He hugs her and promises to never make her concerned over him again.

But the faraway look in his eyes makes you wonder what he’s really thinking.

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Episode 8 has so far been about reflection. Shin Hyuk wonders what he should do about the secret he’s discovered, while Hye Jin, Sung Joon and Ha Ri have had to wonder about their hidden romantic feelings for a certain someone.

Hot and Cold

Sung Joon is very chilly to Hye Jin at the office. I wonder why?

Even Hye Jin wonders what’s wrong. His swinging moods would worry anyone, but I think he’s doing it to bury what he truly wishes for. But he’s too proud or blind to see it.

So he spends more time with Ha Ri as if to convince himself of the opposite of what he really wants.

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But why does it feel like when he’s with Ha Ri, his mind is with someone else?

Hye Jin is at the magazine aisle in the supermarket, hunts out the Most’s latest edition and sees her name printed in the magazine! Yippee!

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Next morning she’s going to work and says “It’s a go!” at the green light. Sung Joon is there to hear her and he runs to grab her, his face frozen in shock.

She reminds him of their dinner appointment soon. All he can do is stare at her, still speechless from hearing her say those three words.

Most is still second in sales, so Sung Joon discovers he has more work to do. And only two more chances to do it, as the mysterious man on the phone reminds him.

There’s a dress on a mannikin, with everyone taking pictures of it at work. Sung Joon comes in and yells at them, saying their designs couldn’t afford to be leaked on social media. Especially with the 20th anniversary edition only a month away.

Sung Joon is barking at everyone which is really scary. He’s back to being Crazy Sung Joon now, I guess.

Hye Jin is instructed to take the all-important dress safely into the storage. But then she leaves the dress unattended for a bit, to run an errand.

Ha Ri seems to be having strange stomach cramps. Soon Shin Hyuk storms in. He tells her to stop it. Please stop. Stop what?

Well, he wants her to stop pretending to be Hye Jin.

On the roof they talk privately. Shin Hyuk tells Ha Ri that Sung Joon would find out the truth tonight, when he meets with Hye Jin. Ha Ri looks devastated.

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At the Most office, Hye Jin returns from an errand with her hair twice its size. She says something about her hair getting viciously bigger when it’s been in the rain, which Sung Joon overhears and spins round in a daze.

He recalls the younger Hye Jin saying the exact same thing all those years ago…

It’s a go!

Hye Jin covering him in the rain…

Hye Jin’s hair growing bigger in the rain…

Does he need any more proof its Hye’s Jin!?

The designer dress is ruined and Sung Joon is furious. Since Hye Jin was put in charge of the dress, she’s the one Sung Joon takes his fury out on.

She’s driving him insane. For whatever reasons. Well, what does he do? He fires her.

The whole room goes silent when he does it. Soon after, a featured model comes in and confesses to have ruined the dress when she tried it on.

Okay, so what about Hye Jin?

Ha Ri is rushing to Sung Joon to tell him the truth herself. But he’s not picking her calls.

Shin Hyuk finds out the photo shoot was postponed because of the ruined dress, and that Hye Jin was fired in error.

Hye Jin tells Ha Ri on the phone how she was fired by Ji Sung Joon.

Everything is just a mess right now.

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Ha Ri and Hye Jin meet again. So what’s good?

Hye Jin reminsces how things were during the business trip, and how she got along so well with Sung Joon, that she was tempted to tell him everything. Yet here she was, fired by him in one shot. Did she really mean nothing to him?

Ha Ri hugs her and says she’s sorry. But we wonder, what exactly she’s sorry for?

Now it’s Ha Ri not picking Sung Joon’s calls. He’s alone at the office, looking full of remorse for the way he acted to Hye Jin. No matter what he thought she did, his treatment was uncalled for. Is there anyway he can make things right again?

We still don’t really know what’s going on inside his head though. What does he think about all that’s happened with Hye Jin: the hair, the green light, the shielding him in the rain? Let’s not forget Hye Jin even has exactly the same name as his first love. I mean seriously? How can he possibly miss all the signs?

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Does Sung Joon simply think they all just coincidences…or is he still afraid of the truth which is staring him in the face?

Maybe there’s a name for a condition like this. Oh I know: it’s called blind and stupid!!

Ugh, this should win the most frustrating episode award, for sure.

As for Ha Ri, I’m amazed that she can face Hye Jin or look her in the eye with all that’s going down. Ha Ri is either really very evil, or there’s some justification in her shocking behavior.

Like, if she was going to die in 2 months, or something. But that would still not give her the right to be such a sneak.

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Everyone is missing Hye Jin at work the next day. Oh yeah, the indispensable Hye Jin, not there to do everyone else’s dirty work. Right.

Only Shin Hyuk seems to be missing Hye Jin for a whole different reason.

Hye Jin is back to job hunting. Seeing how long it took for her to get her present job, let’s see how she works that out.

The guys at Management Services are missing Hye Jin too. But what can they do, their hands are tied since she was on temporary transfer and they gave all authority to the design team.

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Stroke of genius

Shin Hyuk brings up a genius idea at the team meeting. But we discover that it didn’t come solely from him. He walks into Sung Joon’s office to show him a pink notebook that belongs to Hye Jin.

Inside we see details of the concept Shin Hyuk mentioned earlier. “If we’re going to use her plan, isn’t it only fair we bring her back?” Shin Hyuk asks.

Sung Joon would rather use another concept, than make such a fuss over a mere ‘intern’. Whoa, the man is soo cold.

Shin Hyuk points out that Sung Joon acts rationally with everything, except when it comes to Hye Jin. Is it due to some hidden feelings?

Whoooo, I shiver at the look the men share between them.

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Shin Hyuk asks point blank about Sung Joon’s feelings for Hye Jin. When Sung Joon misses a beat, Shin Hyuk brings up Kim Ra-Ra’s analogy from earlier, when she said people hesitate when they want to lie about their feelings.

Their hearts want X, but when they hesitate, they choose O instead.

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Sung Joon fires back at Shin Hyuk, What about you? Why are you involved so much in Hye Jin’s life?

That’s when Shin Hyuk admits squarely that he likes Hye Jin.

Shin Hyuk seeks Hye Jin out later, close to her place where they’ve met before. He wants her to be his one-day assistant, since she refuses his plea to come back to work with Most.

At last, some cheery moments in this episode. Shin Hyuk takes Hye Jin around as he gets shots of scenic Seoul.

I mean, we know he must have made the assignment up, but we do love the thought behind it, and how he wants to spend time with Hye Jin while cheering her up as well.

In between playing one more trick on the gullible Hye Jin (he makes her hop one-legged down some stairs to make her wish come true) and their bike ride to Gyeongido, we enjoy sweet camaraderie.

Just the way Shin Hyuk looks at her will make you melt, especially when she’s scanning through the funny pics they took together.

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The two do get to talk seriously, and Hye Jin confesses that she really saw Sung Joon as a man and not as just a friend. And how much she wishes he would recognize her first, because she didn’t want to keep hiding. Has she come to some kind of decision, we wonder?

Sung Joon can’t hold back a smile as he looks through the pink notebook and its drawings.

My second favorite character in the drama, the chief from Management services, has found a job for Hye Jin! Ooh, I’m so so happy to see him, maybe more than I should be.

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Stalker!!

Sung Joon stalks Hye Jin on her way back, acting silly with his hesitation to face her.

He jumps hiding into all sorts of places, and it’s enough to make you giggle. Why is he so comically pathetic?

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He ends up rolling to the ground through the slide and lands at her feet. Way to make a grand entrance, dude.

They sit to talk and he apologizes very sweetly I might add. How Hye Jin can say no to that, is beyond me…though I understand she has hope in another job.

But she gives an honest reason, that she’s uncomfortable working with Sung Joon, and that she has a new job now.

Thank you. Goodbye, she says to Sung Joon.

Wow. Is this for real? I’m having mixed feelings about this!

Bad news come in the morning. Hye Jin doesn’t get that new job after all. Oh, shoot! But every disappointment is a blessing, right?

Hye jin contemplates for a moment going back to Most, but shakes her head and says she has her pride.

Hye Jin decides to eat first and start up job hunting again later. But there’s no rice in the house, blast it. So she goes home to her parents’.

But why does life have to be so hard? Hye Jin gets to overhear her father being yelled at by an angry client for a delayed printing job. Hye Jin is saddened, possibly by the fact that she can’t support her parents.

She’s at the playground alone, and is tempted to call up Deputy chief editor Sung Joon.

The last minute of the episode is pretty emotionally turbulent.

Just as Hye Jin is about to call up Sung Joon, the chief from Management services calls her that the job thing is on again! As she waits for the call from her new employer, she gets a text from Sung Joon.

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He sent in an onion pic, whose smile is now replaced by teardrops and a drooping mouth. Sung Joon’s way of saying he misses her?

Now Hye Jin absolutely has to choose. So what’s it going to be?

The last shot we see is of Hye Jin, answering the phone at her desk in Most office. But she looks totally different… A sleek chin bob, smooth complexion, and trendy clothes.

Hey, who’s this and where did she put the real Hye Jin!?? Next week better come quick so I can figure it all out!

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I like how this episode really took us more indepth into the emotions of the characters.

Sung Joon is someone who gets mean when he’s jealous. We can see how he changes into Jerk Joon after seeing Hye Jin riding Shin Hyuk piggy-back. So she makes one mistake and he fires her. Escalation much?

While Hye Jin is a person who dusts herself off no matter what. She doesn’t sit around and moon after an unfair sack, but picks things right up again and searches for a new job.

And we already know Shin Hyuk is a loyal friend, but he just went off the scale of awesomeness this week, and blew my mind.

He really stood up for Hye Jin in his own way. At the office he pushed forward her idea, and then outside the office, he kept her company to cheer her up. Seriously, someone needs to give him a big “thank you” smacker on each dimple. (me! me! me!!)

As for Ha Ri, she’s still much of an enigma. I don’t pity her or even hate her. Instead, I feel indifferent, which is even worse.

We haven’t been made to really care about her, even though we know she has some ‘issues’. Well, sorry, but even if I hear she has some terminal disease next week, I may still go ‘nyeahh, whatever’. Because there’s just no good reason for her actions. I’m weighing her friendship of a lifetime with Hye Jin, against her infatuation over Sung Joon, and I just don’t get it.

There’re just some life codes you don’t break. I’m really worried now about future episodes, and how Hye Jin will take this betrayal. And from a friend whom she considers the best thing in her world.

Most important though, is Hye Jin’s growth as a person, and us fans wanting her to reach her full potential, as a career woman and as a woman who just wants to be loved. We’re all definitely rooting for you, Hye Jin. So reach for the sky!!

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Team Shin Hyuk! Team Shin Hyuk!! Seriously Hye Jin, how can you humanly resist the side dimple?!

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8 thoughts on “She Was Pretty episode 8 Recap

      1. There are many opinions online, many are indifferent about her. I can’t help but hate her and mostly because she pretedents to be nice and the victim. If she was an evil character, I wouldn’t mind.

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  1. I liked this episode but I still find it difficult to hate hari. Dint get me wrong,I don’t condone what she’s been doing but that girl just needs someone to really show her what true love is.she found that in SJ knowing fully well that he belongs to her bestie. All I want is for her to just come out with the truth,same goes to HJ too, before its too late.

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    1. Not sure how she can find true love within a lie… So the guy was nice to her a few times, yeah yeah, not enough to turn it into the great big love of her life…

      Remember this is the Ha Ri who made fun of Sung Joon when he was a fat kid… The girl who uses men for amusement… Now she’s in love? She can’t handle love lol. I seriously can’t relate with Ha Ri on any level whatsoever.

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