She Was Pretty Episode 12 Recap

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You bet I am! More than a few things surprised me this episode.

For one, Ha Ri isn’t leaving for Japan with her mother after all. And second, I discovered how three simple words: I’m so sorry, can change a lot of things for the better.

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Hye Jin and Ha Ri make up big time, so it looks like all is forgiven and maybe, the healing process can finally begin?

We hope so…because Hye Jin and Ha Ri’s friendship was one of the cool things about this drama!

You want to know another cool thing about She Was Pretty? The finger-licking-gorgeous man candy!

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Yep, the bromance is back! Another reason to heave a sigh of relief this episode.

Shin Hyuk is at Sung Joon’s place again –  uninvited, again, but with good news! He’ll be sticking around after all. Mainly because he’s the type who likes a challenge, good man!

Okay, our Sung Joon might seem all repressed and uptight, but you can tell he’s happy Shin Hyuk isn’t doing a disappearing act.

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As Shin Hyuk is about to leave Sung Joon’s apartment, he notices Onion Guy, sitting pretty in its glass tumbler.

Much like a goldfish in a jar, this fun little ‘pet onion’  seems nice to have around, don’t you think?

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More new mystery? Just who is it on the other end that Shin Hyuk keeps in contact with?

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Hye Jin and Ha Ri are back on again, co-habiting as happily as before. Good to see things getting back to normal, one baby step at a time.

Hye Jin rushes off to work. She’s lost in the music she’s listening to on her earphones and doesn’t notice Shin Hyuk riding his bike right beside her bus.

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The look of longing on Shin Hyuk’s face…so cute yet so heart-rending!!

Hye Jin is ecstatic to see her top prankster back to Most offices again.

Yes, he confesses, he did stay away due to being ‘rejected after his confession’…but adds that he’s now OK again. Especially since things are back to being fun!

Hye Jin seems confused by those words. Just what makes it fun? Shin Hyuk gives an enigmatic reply that has me a little curious…

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Is Shin Hyuk trying to tell us something? Like maybe he hasn’t given up on getting Hye Jin’s heart in the end?

Oh I don’t know! I’m having the worst case of second-lead-syndrome and it looks like it’s never going to fade.

But at least, it’s fun and exciting to keep hoping…and I’m still not giving up yet either, hah ha!!

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Shin Hyuk shows up at the editorial office of Most, to a huge warm welcome back from co-staff!!

At the next team meeting, ideas are flying around again with how to get Most Korea at the top spot.

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Ohh, but then Sung Joon starts to nose-bleed in front of the team, which brings on some major panic! Is this stress related or do we have to really start worrying? Is Sung Joon hiding a secret illness?

Hye Jin can’t help but keep sending him worried looks during work. Later, when she hands in the minutes for the last meeting, she leaves him a helpful cup of herbal tea.

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Taking the place of Editor Cha, Shin Hyuk gets to look over Hye Jin’s fairytale article and give some tips.

Hye Jin is impressed how smart Shin Hyuk seems, and he goes into cocky hunk mode, telling Hye Jin she’s falling for him. She does admit that she really, really likes him…but before she can say more, Shin Hyuk drops his mysterious comment again.

It’s not over ’til it’s over.

Hmm, I guess that’s the theme for this episode…as well as being Shin Hyuk’s way of showing he’s still in hot pursuit of Hye Jin?

Ahh, I guess I can handle an ardent Shin Hyuk some more. It’s entertaining watching him give it his best shot!

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Then there’s Han Seul, trying to hold back from liking Kim Joon Woo too much. Now that she knows he’s not the president’s son, she’s had to decide to avoid him from then on.

But he’s such an utter cutie, you can see her battling with her instincts to keep falling for his dimpled charm.

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Hye Jin plays Mother Hen when she gets rid of the noisy staff so Sung Joon can enjoy a quiet nap.

But just as things settle down, in comes Kim Ra Ra with a big bouncy wig, singing an aria loudly.

The panicked Hye Jin hastily gets her quiet, and then smiles tenderly as she notes Sung Joon is still napping undisturbed.

Aww, how thoughtful and…loving. It sure is nice to have someone looking out for you, Sung Joon!

Hye Jin then goes in and spreads a blanket over him gently. It’s in that intimate moment Shin Hyuk walks into the main office to witness this touching scene.

And my heart just cracks in pieces for him! He does risk a lot of heartache sticking around at Most magazine, knowing he’s going to see a lot of Hye Jin and Sung Joon – sometimes together.

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But then Shin Hyuk just slays me in the next scene! He corners Hye Jin, and takes her out for some teatime. Then she gets mistaken for his girlfriend, but when Hye Jin hastily denies, Shin Hyuk goes “She’s not my girlfriend…yet.”

Whoa! I like that he’s really going for it. Maybe it’s mostly teasing, but hey, there’s no harm in giving it his best, right? I mean who knows?

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Now tell me these two don’t look good together huh? Don’t they!?

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I mean come on, would Sung Joon do this? No, he wouldn’t! Not his style!

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And does Sung Joon ever make Hye Jin laugh this hard? Uh huh, I doubt it.

OK ok, enough…hee hee. I’ll spare us my aimless wishful thinking. And yet though Hye Jin tries to explain to Shin Hyuk her feelings for him are just likeness, he seems unrelenting.

He tells her with deep self assurance, that in the end she’ll come to him. I do like a guy overflowing with confidence!

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For the first time, Ha Ri does something to really impress me in this drama…

Hye Jin shows up home from work, to see her younger sister Hye Rin and Ha Ri having pizza.

Hye Rin lets it slip about Sung Joon wanting to date Hye Jin while Hye Jin plays hard to get, and Hye Jin is frantic!

Obviously she wants to spare Ha Ri the heartache of hearing about Hye Jin and Sung Joon.

But Ha Ri really surprised me. Later, she calls Hye Jin out and hands her a pair of gorgeous high heels.

And in her own sweet way, seems to tell Hye Jin to go boldly to places her heart wants to take her, and not hold back.

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I like how Ha Ri seems to have a thing for shoe analogies…just like the other time she was crazy for a pair of pumps much too small for her. Much in the same way she was crazy for a guy whom she wasn’t in the position to want.

Now, she tells Hye Jin to grow into her lovely heels, and watch it get more and more comfortable.

Though Hye Jin tries to object, Ha Ri is adamant. And goes far as to explain it even more plainly to the clueless Hye Jin.

Go for it, Ha Ri says to Hye Jin, about Sung Joon. Ha Ri wants Hye Jin to stop hesitating, and open her heart fully to the guy.

So go, Hye Jin. Go, says Ha Ri firmly.

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Sung Joon goes home late that night to an empty apartment, an empty fridge. And sighs.

Just earlier though, he left work really late – and then spent ages outside of Hye Jin’s place, hoping to catch a glimpse of her. But then he leaves, missing her by just a split second (as that’s the moment Hye Jin finally puts on her bedroom light and comes to the window).

Sung Joon knew he’d promised her that he could wait. But it’s getting harder than he thought, as we can see.

Little does he know, Hye Jin is thinking of him too, and how they can be together…if possible without any guilt, shame or reservations.

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But it’s funny how, now that Hye Jin really wants to stop running and be with Sung Joon, circumstances seem to get in her way.

For the next day at least, she tries many times to get to be with Sung Joon, but always just misses him.

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Hye Jin isn’t too happy with that, especially since she realized Sung Joon must have been around her place at some point last night.

Today she’s wearing her pretty silver heels and he’s not even there to notice them.

She pines for him, much the same way Shin Hyuk was pining after her as he found her asleep in the meeting room earlier.

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But at least she knows Sung Joon thinks of her, because when she went to his office she found a pad filled with candid drawings of her by Sung Joon.

Silly girl! Unable to bear it without Sung Joon any longer she rushes to the airport, perhaps to catch a flight to Jejudo where Sung Joo went? No, wait…she’s off to welcome him specially, hmm. One by one she’s losing her inhibitions, thank goodness.

But then I groan in frustration when they both pass by each other without even noticing. That’s the third or fourth time today they missed each other by a hair’s breath!

Hye Jin is in front of arrivals waiting with a cute welcome sign…not even knowing Sung Joon lies unconscious after collapsing just inside the exit.

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Hye Jin waits endlessly, wondering out loud to herself, why Sung Joon isn’t coming.

She tries his number but he’s not reachable. But when she finally gets back to the Most office, she finds out from Editor Cha what happened. Sung Joon had collapsed from exhaustion and was right then in hospital.

Hye Jin rushes out wildly, and even shoots past Shin Hyuk without answering his query.

She tries to get a taxi, but none seem available. That’s when Shin Hyuk pulls up in the red sports car…

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Hye Jin is reluctant to accept a ride from Shin Hyuk to go see Sung Joon, but she finally lets Shin Hyuk drag her in.

At the hospital, Hye Jin pauses before dashing off. One more time, she tries to explain to Shin Hyuk how things are.

He makes one final bid: to flip a coin. If it’s heads, he’ll leave and not look back. But if it’s tails…

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Well, we all know what happens next. Shin Hyuk does flip the coin, but when he looks he gives a sad smile. And without showing Hye Jin, simply tells her to go, it’s heads.

He thanks her for even hesitating. And I’m just melting in my salty bathtub of tears.

Hye Jin is looking teary eyed herself, but finally goes off to see Sung Joon. She leaves Shin Hyuk, who at last opens up his palm slowly. Yep, just as I suspected. It’s tails!!

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Hye Jin walks into Sung Joon’s hospital room, and finds him asleep, or so we think. But when she leans over and he suddenly grabs her to lie beside him, the heat turns up onscreen.

He slowly opens his eyes. He asks her if she’s there out of worry. No, she replies. She’s there to give him a hug.

Oh, so finally she can spare one, hah? Maybe if she’d been more generous with them earlier, then Sung Joon wouldn’t be in hospital down with stress. Or at least that’s just what I think, Ha ha ha…

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Well, there you go. Another milestone passed in this drama, as Sung Joon and Hye Jin share a kiss. And it’s as heartwarming as expected.

As usual, I’m not going into the next episode with any preconceptions. It’s still 4 episodes to go, so let’s see how the drama cooks up more conflict and excitement to hold up till the finale.

I do like that She Was Pretty hasn’t lost its touch. The main leads still hold our interest, and the storyline is staying fresh and stimulating. I definitely will be sad when it all ends.

Let’s hope we get a fitting finish. And somehow, that Shin Hyuk and even Ha Ri will also get their happy ending. Wouldn’t that be just swell?

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