Mary Stayed Out All Night Episode 10 Written Preview and Confirmation of Writer Change

I wanted to start this post with an expletive, but it’s both an overreaction on my part and inappropriate since I am pretending to have semblance of professionalism in my writing. But hot dang diggity dog it, I have no words….. for the content of the written preview for episode 10 of Mary Stayed Out All Night (Marry Me, Mary!). Also, it’s been confirmed that the writer of M3 has changed to the writer for 18 v. 29 – the new writer’s work will start in episode 11. I have no comment that’s not going to involve screeching. 

This sounds just like the same ole crap recycled over and over again, until even I must say “why can’t you be more creative?” But then again, it’s just a written preview, and what happens can be utterly mesmerizing and leave me happy again. I’ve seen a couple of translations of the preview by the Baidu folks (who are going batshit insane right now and slicing the writer to pieces – so my reaction is the tame one in comparison), and all are rather clunky, so my money is on KBS’s original being poorly written.

Written Preview for Episode 10:

Mae Ri sees Seo Jun kissing Mu Gyul, and is shocked and dismayed. She doesn’t express it, and together with Mu Gyul, act out the script for “how to deal with a painful experience.” Mae Ri and Mu Gyul create a new memory together.

The next day, Seo Jun’s family scandal continues, and now includes scandal concerning Mu Gyul. This causes JI Entertainment to face an investment crisis in the drama. Seo Jun wants to quit the drama production, but Jung In tells her to not run away from reality, and announce the truth to the world.

Jung In organizes a press conference for Seo Jun. At the press conference, when the reporters ask about Mu Gyul, Seo Jun replies that he is the man she loves.

When Mae Ri discovers how Seo Jun still feels about Mu Gyul, she can no longer remain calm. Mae Ri finds Seo Jun, and pleads with her. If Seo Jun still loves Mu Gyul, she should not continue to make it so difficult for him.

Jung In’s dad is not happy with both Jung In’s business and his progress with Mae Ri. He wants to rescind the investment immediately. Mae Ri thinks this is all because of her. She finally understands the terms of the marriage contract (i.e. Jung In’s side of the deal with his father). She goes to plead with Jung In’s dad, promising to fulfill the terms of the marriage contract, asking him to give Jung In one last chance….

My Thoughts:

WTF, drama writer! I think you’re trying to make me hate you. I love M3 so very very much, with a level of patience and a pretty limitless ability to accept its shortcomings fondly the way I would a wayward child I birthed. When even I, your biggest cheerleader, feel like you are stretching and wasting the amazing talents and chemistry of your leads, I have to lay into you.

Don’t get me wrong, imma in this to the very end, come hell or high water. But that upcoming plot makes NO SENSE. Why the hell does Seo Jun still like Mu Gyul, a guy she dated for one month over a year ago! She’s not that type of girl. At all. The forcing of Seo Jun to pine over Mu Gyul is like telling me Madonna still hasn’t gotten over Sean Penn. Not gonna buy it.

And what pisses me off more is what I suspect Mae Ri is going to do – get back into the marriage contract with Jung In, or worse yet pick the guy, for his business future as required by devil daddy’s terms. Whether for real or pretending for devil daddy’s sake.

Nononononono. I hate sacrificial heroines, ladies who temporarily have a brain freeze and think that they can solve the problem by acquiescing. Please don’t make my beloved Mae Ri become weepy and martyr herself. And let’s not even discuss the grumpy or mopey incarnation of Mu Gyul or Jung In, which is what I potentially glimpse through the horizon.

Okay, rant over. Perhaps the written preview doesn’t capture the nuance, and what happens in episode 10 has deeper reasons that make sense. I just hope the writer doesn’t jack our OTP and their lovely character and even lovelier interactions just to create unsustainable angst flimsier than a petal in the wind. Rumors abound at DC Gall that Jang Geun Seok was seen doing more scenes with Kim Hyo Jin recently, which makes me think Seo Jun really is going to come pushing herself back into Mu Gyul’s life. *muffles four-letter word that rhymes with muck*

[Credit: written preview from KBS, translated from Korean to Chinese by the Jang Geun Seok Baidu bar, translated into English by me]


Mary Stayed Out All Night Episode 10 Written Preview and Confirmation of Writer Change — 132 Comments

  1. that sounds absolutely terrible. is it just more or do they need to hire better writers for these dramas??? i think we fans can come up with much better plots that actually fall in character with the actors and their portrayals so far SIGH

  2. You are so fast! I was just reading the previous in Baidu, and wishing for your “official” preview. At the blink of an eye, there you went!

    At this point, I might as well just go play my Assassin Creed’s Brotherhood…

    Uh huh, WTF Drama writers!

  3. OH Dear GOD!! This in addition to the writer change news… I don’t know what to say… but second your opinion. What a waste of GeunGeun talents and chemistry if they decided to take that route. Ugh, feel like crying… T_T
    Now I’m really anxious for Monday.

    • Lol yea, Secret Garden gets me all excited, but JGS is sooooo freaking cute in Mary Stayed Out All Night, compared to his other show “You’re beautiful”

  4. I knew some conflict was coming our way but this is just ridiculous. I was so glad that the marriage contract was over and they’re bringing it back?! Some separation and angst for our couple is expected but I was hoping it would be for better reasons than the stupid contract again. MR going all self sacrificing is just going to make me want to throw something at my computer. Hope that they clear this up quickly and move on. If they drag it out it’ll get seriously tiring.

  5. wow you’re so freakin fast.. *thumbs up koala
    lets ask this drama producer..director or someone incharge as decision maker.. change the writer..
    i feel the sameway you do if maeri should go as martyr.. lets stop it.

    • The writer change has indeed been confirmed. Sigh. Not that I am complaining, but a writer change never bodes will, regardless of whether the new writer is better. It just creates a schism.

      • Yes,thats true.its like baking cake,when you in the middle of making it you change the chef!wont that cake taste awefull/wierd?unless the writer is very talented,understood the mood,the character,the manha and lovely chemistry that already built up between JGS&MGY.please don’t wasted their talent?is there away to show our point of view to them so that they can rethink what we felt?don’t make changes just for the sake of ratings.wasn’t JI take MR ideas to starting filming and not to worry bout getting slot?MR wants to treasure her heart toward MG,MG promise MR that its his turn to work hard?SJ already gave up MG so thats why she wants final kiss?gaah if they change this progress then I’m sure this drama will go down&be just ordinary,sick,cliche drama thats not show strong character,such awaste for geun2 talent.ah I goes ranting because I really love this drama

  6. Are you F-ing KIDDING ME? I swear, if they screw up this show I’ll- okay, I have no real power to do anything. But I’ll be very, VERY sad. Those two have such amazing chemistry! It would be such a complete and utter waste to not take advantage of it! Why did they have to change writers?
    In case you’re wondering, the sobbing/screaming that you hear outside your window is me from thousands of miles away.

  7. i wonder the reason of changing the writter due to the low rating M3 got…..hmm terrible… I am happy with the previous writter and your review, hope this writter wont waste Geuns’s tallents

  8. awwww. am with you all the way. really really hoping they wont be ruining our love for M3 these coming episodes….and please, they should not waste precious geun-geun talent here. that would be too tragic.

    • i can’t believe i’d have an encounter with you here. We really are ruined for good!:)

      I’m a little sad about the writer change but it doesn’t mean i’m gonna jump ship. I’m gonna make Tuesdays and Wednesdays come faster!

      Oh, we both are december babies, so belated happy birthday. A beautiful ending to this drama would be a wonderful gift.

      Thanks ockoala…

  9. UH-OH! ;-(

    I’ll just wait for that episode and your recap. Hope the changing of the writer will do good and not the other way around. I’m hoping for the best! 🙂

  10. this is Bulls**t!!! changing writers and making it worst???? why do they have to mix up SJ’s problem!!!! please, i love this drama before it even started!!! I hope they wont disappoint me more!!!!

  11. Crap.

    I will not deny that my first reaction to this news was trepidation. Man. Seriously. Seriously? Pleeeeease, drama writer, I plead with you — do not make this drama into crazyness! Surely you have more imagination than going for that beaten-to-death-then-resurrected-and-then-continued-to-be-beaten heroine-martyr trope. Please. I won’t even ask for anything for Christmas…

    I have to admit, this is the first time I’ve seriously considered praying for a drama writer…M3 needs a miracle.

    • I had to come back for a second round, I’m so upset…gah, it’s not like there wasn’t enough conflict already with MG’s commitment issues and the parental objections…it would have been MORE interesting if Seo Jun decided to set her sights on Jung In instead and try to lure him to her, causing some conflict in that way…and then it wouldn’t cause this massive betrayal of not only her character, but Mae-ri’s and Mu-gyul’s, as well. Man. I will cut someone if Mae-ri overreacts to that kiss, I swear I will.

  12. ooh…..this sounds…errr….i dont really think written previews count for all that much..this may play out very differently on screen than we expected…..but when i first found out the news of the writer change i was kinda pleased cuz honestly i didnt particularly like what Go In Ah had been doing the first 8 eps…though the last 2 were a game changer and I felt like we were getting somewhere finally….plus i also really liked 18 v 29……but i dont like the sound of the preview..they seem to be going into kdrama cliche territory but since this not the like the last 2 eps when we get there unlike say Personal Taste earlier this year, lets have hope that things will be better

  13.…god…. i know it’s too good to be true sighhhh…..poor geun geun couple 🙁 jebal dowajuseyo, jagganiiiim. DO NOT ruin msoan :((

  14. Agreed! It makes NO SENSE that Seo Jun is still pining for Myu Gyul!!!! I PRAY to the drama gods that the new writer will make turn things around with the last 6 episodes….

  15. Seriously, this is a very big OUCH if the development is as the written preview says, the drama spent 8 episodes to reach the climax, 1 episode to start the cementing of the relationship between the OTP, and within the next episode, the whole thing gets undone, we go back to square one again … I wonder if the change is in conjunction with the new writer coming on board, in this instance, I really wonder how the drama is going to rebuild, develop and conclude in just 6 episodes … sigh …

  16. what!!!!!!!!!
    yeah totally agree with u i hate the “heroines” that give it all about his love!
    like “i can solve anything” i just have to let u go or something!!!
    what is that!!!!!!!
    make some sense!!!
    thank god a new writer is coming!!!! i saw a little bit of 19 vvs 30 or so
    and is good, the part that si won is in it at least!!!!
    i have hopes from my merry christmas and happy new year!!
    and whyyy the “smart” writer dont put that lines anymore!!
    miauu miauu and gua guaa were pricelesS!
    and i miss them so much! 🙁

  17. hell nooooooooooooo! the writer is sacrificing MR? why can’t he/she sacrifice Seo Joon? didn’t she get the hint that MG is no more into her? shucks!!!! this sucks as hell!

    I am crying myself senseless now…..

  18. Argh! Just when I thought the writer did a fantastic job at adapting the manhwa. She probably hit the writer’s block or something. *whimper* For my beloved M3 to be abused this way…let’s hope they can turn the *censored* up situation around in the next episodes, or I’m gonna scream bloody murder to those who ruined the OTP’s chances of Best Couple of the Year award.


    Thanks for the update, I’ll just wait to see episode 10, I really hope it is better than it sounds.

    Am I crazy or did anybody else thought about SX when reading “creating memories”?

    Ok I’m just crazy lol 😉

    • I think it will follow the manhwa from end of ch. 76 (with different lead up) thru 78.

      The written preview (1st part) appears to be a veiled description of these chapters. Last part (ch. 78) could make people very happy. We’ll see.

      • I never read the manhwa so I don’t know if they following it until up until now they have following it and preview just the end of chapter 76?I hope they are not messing with our OTP and start making up with angst and forst the story for the sake gaining rating.

  20. Wtf?how come they change it?its like turning the boat,how bout the comic writer have to say bout this.I don’t like it at can make angst but not making it same just like that old fashion drama where you force second lead girl to be the evil,lead actress make sacrifice.gaah,this make my mood drop drastically.oh please don’t make it like that.

  21. NOOOOOOOO!! they are trying to ruin us MSOAN fans!! ok, can the new writer please study the first half of the show to keep up with the true nature and character of the leads…pleeeaasee!! wth? is the writer like bff with SJ or something giving her more screen time? The only part of M3 I care to watch is when MG and Mary are on screen! crossing fingers for better ep10 than preview and better end of M3!! Thanks bunches Koala for the heads up so I can prepare myself not to break my laptop comes Mon. *v.very long sigh*

  22. I have to rant, I am seriously in pain. We have been treated to a love story evolving between two great characters (MR & MK) so much so that it felt important to me and now i am supposed to accept that SJ is more qualified to be with MK and that Mae Ri is destined to be with JI. On what F……..NG! planet?
    I know that this is only a drama but I really believed that something fresh had come out but I am getting flashbacks of Autumn Tale and forget anymore kissing or love scenes between the two main characters. Why did I fall in love with these characters only to get my heart squashed. This will be my last kdrama! I am going back to American shows that have endings that for the most part make me happy.

    • sorry, was a little distraught.. ( M3, what have you done to me? ) just re-read your post again.. writer change starts from epi 11.. anyone can tell me if 18 vs 29 was any good?

      start praying everyone.. it may not ba a totally bad thing changing writer, right? since this one was not really doing the story and cast very much justice.. or am I being too naive 🙁 ?

  23. Thanks to koala, i’m able to share my MSOAN addictiveness with people who love MSOAN here..unlike certain blog, where i can just read bad comments!!thanks a lot for the updates that you bring to are really a good writer.

    Is it a drama needs plot like revenge, family sentiments and a bit of love lines in order to get high ratings??I already enough with this kind of basically i expect rom-com dramas which can make us relax with fantasy world.For me, throughout 9 episodes, im in happy world with geungeun couple. i truly not understand why rom-com dramas are not welcomed so much at korea??which make rating for MSOAN so bad?!!

    I hope after the 10th episode, we wont disappointed with the new writer..Hope cast and crews hardwork paid off.

  24. Wow….a totally unexpected turnabout…..a new writer and mayhaps a new ending? Mae Ri marries Jung In, MG and SJ go their respective ways? Hmmmm…the possiblities are endless; hey allenif, maybe my predictions are coming through LOLOL

      • Hopefully u had nice vocation & got fully recharge???
        Glad to see u here again……
        I like both MG and JI …… wish neither of them lose …… LOL

    • annyeong chingu! am back from land of nowhere. 😀 am not really hoping nor expecting anymore. my motto now is “come what may… que sera sera”. LOL so whoever ends with whom, i really don’t care anymore. (but of course, i’ll still be ecstatic if your predictions will come true.) heheh! however, i still care for my poor KJW that i’m taking this news positively. i’m so disappointed with his character development as JI. i’m getting tired of his character as the ever compliant son with no backbone and with restrained personality so am hoping that the new writer would give us more insight of his inner self.

      guess what?! due to JI’s somewhat unemotional personality and with the foggy background in one scene, i got this strange feeling when he and MR were walking in the arboretum. i know the scene should be romantic but i dunno why it feels like as if i’m watching a horror movie with JI as a vampire ready to attack his prey, MR at any moment. tell me honestly, do you think i’m going nuts???? nyahahahahhah!!!

      • allenif my chingu, my feelings mirror yours exactly…like you, I don’t care anymore what’s happening, or who’s going to end up with who. I’m also sick and tired of Jung In’s spineless character. (I bet Jae Wook is also sick and tired of his daddy’s boy character)

        Everybody here seems to be worried over Jung In going to end up with Mae Ri, but as a Korean drama addict, I can assure everyone that it’s ok, the plot is just going to get more convulated and annoying from now on (cos the scriptwriter has run out of ideas to drag the drama on), and then miraculously, in the last 2 eps, everything suddenly becomes fine, and our lovers end up together in a rushed ending….so everybody, cheer up!

        And the walk in the mist thing, allenif, yeah, you’re losing it, my friend….must be all that pent-up frustration doing funny things to your poor brain cells after watching M3 *laughing maniacally*

      • chingu, i agree with you 100% on the plot issue. we all know that our OTP will end up together so people here should keep calm. 😀 but i know what they’re going through coz i’ve been on that situation. LOL

        whahahahah! i knew it! it was because of m3 that i temporarily lost my sanity. thanx God, i got it back before it’s too late. LOL

  25. Me damn angry!why did they change it?I hope that preview wont be dragging our OTP separate ways and that SJ issue will end there!such a waste when we near 6 more episode.stop making cliche drama angst.bring back rom-com in this lovely drama.damn!just follow the manwa goddamn it!

  26. I think it is a desperate attempt to increase the ratings. They probably think the ratings can’t get any lower than now, so it can only improve, if they change the writer.

  27. Thanks for posting this Ockoala. I am waiting for M3 epi10 preview written or teaser.
    U are so fast….
    For me I do not want main lead MG or second lead JI to lose…..
    If M3 end up with two OTP as MG&MI, JI&SJ….. or….. MG&SJ, JI&MI…..
    I would not mind either OTP……

  28. So they change writers in the middle of everything? I mean the story is not final when everybody signed for it? Or in this case they suddenly change the story? That’s rather drastic and well, strange. Crazy even. It’s like doing a masterpiece and then somebody just suddenly finishes off for you. The result would always be off-key and wishy washy. Well, the producers are indebted to their actors then who study their ever-changing materials and character maybe just a few hours before the shoot and still pull it off. Thank goodness that Geun-Geun are great actors. But the new writers? I just wish that we could still see the cuteness that we saw in the past episodes and that we could maintain our sanity (read: will not scream, “What the… am I watching the same f___ drama???” at the screen) as we watch our much loved characters to the end.

    • I’m also wondering about the same thing.
      When the actors got the scripts at first and they’re signed for the drama, what scripts do they get actually? Did they only get the gist what characters they’re playing and how that character is going to be for the whole drama? I always thought they got the raw scripts, and then when they’re filming, they got the polished one.
      And when they changed writer like this, do these actors have a say in the new scripts? Like telling the new writer “this is unlike the character I’ve been immersing myself into…” or do they just act according to the script they got and following the director’s order?

      I’m thinking if these actors have a say in the new scripts, maybe it would be okay. Since these are good actors involved in this drama, they might be able to merge the old-writer’s characters with the new-writer’s so the viewers wouldn’t feel like they’re meeting someone new.

      I’m still hoping it’s just the wordings of the KBS written preview. The video preview should be out tomorrow or Sunday… but I’m still hoping for the best for M3. Please, new writer, don’t take away my crack…

      • Man, I sure hope that JGS and MGY have a say. I would feel better about it all if they did.

        As for the scripts question, I’m pretty sure the actors don’t get more than the first few episodes’ worth of scripts before they sign on; often, the other scripts aren’t even written yet, so the story is still in flux while it’s being shot. Sometimes that results in all kinds of weird plot developments as the writers take into account the public’s reaction and try to do some fan service. Or, like the drama our Esteemed Koala mentioned the other day, Beautiful Days, very rarely it means that the OTP gets totally rewritten and the second lead gets the girl. It can be both bad and good, I suppose, but oftentimes it means that actors sign on to a project only to get jerked around by the script and trapped into doing something they were planning on; think of last year’s Take Care of the Young Lady, for example.

  29. thanks for the written preview! i was still hyperventilating with the last scene at ep 9 but i am hyperventilating more with the preview of ep 1p. i mean come on, how can mae-ri not mention or react at all to myu-gul kissing another girl?? WTF.

    this drama could have been better if the writer actually focused on a definite conflict of the story. with so many conflicts coming up every episode–the drama is too scattered. i mean, come on! marriage contract, check. hidden past of all characters, check. girl lead confused over love and morals, check. boy lead with lots of angsty issues, check. and those are just some of the conflicts! sheesh. like what one fan posted here–us fans can write better episodes! *grins evilly

    i hope the next writer is better and makes the most out of the geungeun tandem–they’re really good and their talents should be utilized to the fullest!


    • If you look at the end of manhwa chap 76 thru 77, MR doesn’t say anything. Her response to being asked what is wrong is the typical female, “nothing”. She comes clean in 77 and it is resolved in 78.

      If it follows, she doesn’t stay quiet forever. I think MG pries it out of her.

      • random question.up until now how many chapter does the manwha is?just curious,are our OTP going to break?yeah I would like MR to reAct but no fussing it over and over.its MG that have to coovince MR that SJ means nothing.MG have to confirm for good its over to SJ so that girl can just move on!

    • M3 the drama is NOT following the manhwa Mary Stayed Out All Night. When I say not following, I don’t mean derivations from the source material – I’m saying the drama is almost a completely different story. The only things that stay the same are the names of the characters and some of their traits.

      Don’t look to the manhwa for any conjecture about the upcoming story. It’s already completely different that I’d be hard pressed to believe the new writer will take it back on the manhwa track.

      • I see.ah I still hope they are following the manhwa and wrap it good because most of plot from manhwa so refreshing and not having so boring old fashioned drama.I pray we wont loose geungeun romance chemistry only at the end.sometimes I hate drama thats have happy end only at last minute of last episode.give more romance at least 3last ep.I wont get sick watching MG&MR have long episode full of happy,sweet date/moments or to make it cheery on top,get to see their real marriage.yeah that would be good.

      • I think they are taking short scenes from it though… like MG waking up in the room, not next to MR, but next to dad… little things like that. Who knows tho with new writers…

      • Oh,,I hope new writter will make it better, take view scene from manhwa so that they got the vibe but not making it worse like back to zero between our OTP

  30. ehhhhh??? WTF!? MAERI!! Don’t tell me Mae Ri would choose Jung In because of his father and because Seo Jun tells the world that she still loves Mu Gyul.. and Mae Ri saw them kissing.. She would also think that maybe.. just maybe.. Mu Gyul still have feelings for Seo Jun.. And Mae Ri would be like a pitiful lady going to get married to someone she doesn’t love just because she assumes that the person she loves doesn’t love her.. Please.. Don’t make the story like this.. I’ve actually had enough of this drama.. I actually like M3 because it’s something refreshing and fun to watch.. I’m going to wait for the episodes though.. Maybe the writer has something up in his sleeve.. But please.. Keeping my hopes up!!

    • I thought a fun resolution would be to do a ceremony for JI’s daddy, while on the sly, he actually annulled the marriage and MR and MG get the registration.

      What we are not told is whether MR and JI actually conspire to make daddy think what he wants up to the end. Previews hold back info. Or MR can just be play acting because she’s helping JI.

  31. Oh NO! I can hear my heart breaking and maybe my biggest fear that this could turn into a standard kdrama storyline???


    I guess Monday can’t away forever…

  32. Not really watching M3 but you’ve got my readership support as a blog reader/comenter.
    My condolences on the writer change. :/
    Btw, Madonna was with Sean Penn?! Clearly not in my decade…eh, don’t really follow her all too much anyways.

  33. But hey, we should look on the bright side — maybe this writer will abort the craziness in episode 10 and things will get BETTER. We can hope, right? Maybe this is a positive thing…

  34. Oh Good Lord.

    The preview is idiotic. Beyond idiotic. I don’t mind a self-sacrificial heroine but you better convince me it’s important enough for her to do it or else I will think she has water on the brain (e.g. see 100% Perfect Girl, one of my fave manhwas – heroine agrees to sleep with villain otherwise he’s slowly going to torture her boyfriend to death in front of her. OK, this sort of self-sacrifice I can buy). Here, this is insane.

    (1) Maeri likes JI well enough but he’s not her OTP so for her to take a hit of that sort for him is crazy. It may be more meaningful if she did it for MG but for a guy she has no feelings for?
    (2) JI is not exactly threatened with death here. Yes, getting his investment pulled would suck but is it something enormous enough for Maeri to sacrifice her life’s happiness? No way.

    So we have Maeri giving up her happiness to save a guy she doesn’t love from a business inconvenience. Whaaaaat? It’s not saintly, it’s stupid.

    Re: writer change. Daemul changed its writers and the quality and the flow of the story remained the same. But that is rather the exception than the rule and the writer was changed really early on – only first two eps were done by him (it also changed the director and managed to survive that and do well/be good so clearly there is some miracle going on there).

    Plus, at least I loved Goong. 18 vs 29 is just lengthy excercise in pointlessness and absolutely idiotic behavior by female characters (if you think Joon and Maeri are problematic now, just you wait…). 18 vs 29 had an absolutely wonderful concept that it ran into the ground and then buried it, so I am not too happy about this switch.

    The less I say about Joon’s behavior, the better. It’s not the “bad secondary girl” part that bugs me, it seems to make no sense! For a month! A year ago! She makes Secret Garden’s Seul seem like a model of restraint – at least the latter almost got to the “put the ring on it” point of the relationship. Ugh.

    • I thought of a reason that MG could be holding SJ’s hand, which could be that if she announced some sort of relationship, and since he has to help JI if MG has any hope of getting JI to annul the marriage so he can marry MR, maybe he has to pretend to be the boyfriend for the press for a while, and also to get the dads toI think that MR and JI’s relationship is progressing, when actually the two of them have “gone underground”.

      I think that in the coffee shop, JI was implying to MG that MG needs to do what JI wants him to do if he wants any hope of marrying MR legally in the future. I think that MG has to help JI, even if it means to appear to be dating SJ, if he wants any chance of taking MR as his wife….

      So messy because of meddling fathers. UGH. Although if it weren’t for them, the fake marriage would have never been and then no MR and MG….

      What a tangled web we weave…

      • Good thinking, Hmm if SJ said she loved MG to shut the rumors about her costar and they get MG to play along to help… Well at least that makes sense…

        *sigh* That’s exactly why I usually don’t watch/read preview lol damn you M3 for torturing me like this!!! Monday can’t come fast enough…

  35. Given the fuckwittery that is portended by episode 10, I can only pray that the writer change is a good thing, and that this new writer will inject some organic conflict into this drama.

    I’d always felt that the writing was the weakest component of M3; there’s such wonderful opportunities to comment on tropes commonly found in dramas, and the writer seems to muddle through them rather than make M3 the true meta masterpiece I was hoping it’d be. And there’s really no shortage of ways to create conflict within the parameters of the story, as opposed to manufacturing it the way episode 10 seems to be doing.

    So here’s to hoping the new writer will help even things out.

      • Hi Jelly I agree with u, with one smoking hot kiss or makeout session with MG, heck everything is forgotten in this world…:P

      • I do agree,make up hot steamy kiss or better sweet date with steamy hot kiss at the end.haha.that would make me forgot the angst.just don’t change our OTP!

      • And if it follows the manhwa, there should be a doozy (after some, “I’m fine” girl type responses while being cold, a well placed slap, some yelling, and finally a forceful kiss on a mad girl, who eventually melts into the bliss. I think it falls into “making new memories” category.

      • ah I see..yeah if following our MR character that action probably happen but because she have so much in her head that she just don’t know how to say but explode when SJ act selfish by announce to public that he is the man she love if only she said she was the man he love that would solve bit the problem..lets see how episode 10 goes,pray its not shitty.

  36. how the new writer manage to take “the point of no return” back on track will be interesting. this is a tough job for the newperson cos M3′ sweet memory is still shining. I just need to give the new writer a chance to create and bring back my hope for GG couple to be together at the end.

  37. out of curiosity… but if MR doesn’t want to get married, can she file a divorce? I don’t know how it works in Korea.

    So MGY are in two dramas this year. Cinderella’s sister also had PD change. This one had writer change. I feel bad for her because her acting is so good that even though the plot might not be awesome, her acting just shines!

    Let’s hope for the best. We don’t know until the episode comes out.

    But Episode 11 will be shown next week. And the new writer is working on the script now? It’s VERY very tough for both writer/actors/actresses + production team.

    We should send them supporting cards and thoughts or something.

  38. this is why sometimes i hate to watch korean drama , they are making the story uninteresting n slow.. could the writer come up with a better idea?
    but nvm i should finish what i have started,so im gonna still continue watching it ,hopefully it will be a happy ending for mae-ri and moo-kyul.. (*sigh)

  39. WTFFFFFFFFFF!!!!!! is going on here head is spinning trying to figure all this out WTHHHH this is the most idiotic non sensical written preview ever, are the writers trying to confuse us?..cause they sure are doing a mighty find job. Well i’m praying to all Drama Gods that the episode it self is much better, and that the new writter have the capacity to give this story a new spin, but keeping our main couple closed to each other. Really so far the only thing driving this drama is the chemistry of leads, nothing else, cause the drama truly lacks a “REAL DEEP DOWN CONFLICT”. Yes the marriage contract was a issue, but not a deal breaker. I love M3 and I have overlooked its flaws, cause well I love all the cutesey going on, but all these conflicts going on based on the preview doesn’t make sense at all. How can thet have MR sacrifice again, like a innocent lamb, to make evil daddy happy (STUPID). SJ WTF is her problem, she just told MG at then end of episode 9 that she was giving up, but annouced to the media?!!!!! WTHHHHH…aishhhhh (headache) just thinking about this………I’ll be watchig u show for sure.

  40. My take on the written preview:

    Mae Ri sees Seo Jun kissing Mu Gyul, and is shocked and dismayed. She doesn’t express it, and together with Mu Gyul, act out the script for “how to deal with a painful experience.” Mae Ri and Mu Gyul create a new memory together.
    – My bet is that like what ockoala had mentioned earlier in her Ep 9 recap, the end of ep 9 is anti-climatic, and MG/MR manages to sort things out by talking things through, albeit through a drama script

    The next day, Seo Jun’s family scandal continues, and now includes scandal concerning Mu Gyul. This causes JI Entertainment to face an investment crisis in the drama. Seo Jun wants to quit the drama production, but Jung In tells her to not run away from reality, and announce the truth to the world.
    Jung In organizes a press conference for Seo Jun. At the press conference, when the reporters ask about Mu Gyul, Seo Jun replies that he is the man she loves.
    When Mae Ri discovers how Seo Jun still feels about Mu Gyul, she can no longer remain calm. Mae Ri finds Seo Jun, and pleads with her. If Seo Jun still loves Mu Gyul, she should not continue to make it so difficult for him.

    – My guess is this 3 points will link up together. The scandal involving her and MG is likely to involve her kissing MG as seen in Ep 9 and information of their past relationship, and puts both MG and SJ in a bad light
    – The scandal works to JI’s “advantage”, he encourages her to make the scandal for real, and let her true feelings out in the open
    – With the announcement out, MG and MR can no longer develop their relationship in the open since it’s likely the press will be keeping their tabs on MG after the announcement is out, and MG, tied to the contract with JI’s company has been warned not to do anything to endanger the company’s reputation (ie continue seeing MR), otherwise he could be liable to to have to pay back the contract amount
    – MR and MG makes the ultimate decision to “seperate” for the time being until the drama production is over (My guess is that MR will be the one who propose the idea, and convinces MG that this is probably the best way out for both of them, as she does not want MG to shoulder any further liaibility because of the scandal)

    Jung In’s dad is not happy with both Jung In’s business and his progress with Mae Ri. He wants to rescind the investment immediately. Mae Ri thinks this is all because of her. She finally understands the terms of the marriage contract (i.e. Jung In’s side of the deal with his father). She goes to plead with Jung In’s dad, promising to fulfill the terms of the marriage contract, asking him to give Jung In one last chance
    – My guess this will be the follow up from the scandal incident, which is why JI’s dad is withdrawing his investment
    – MR probably hears the conversation between both, and realises the terms of contract that will affect JI.
    – Feeling responsible for his plight, she asks JI if there’s anything she can do to help JI, and probably JI makes the request of her going through the “fake” marriage with him (weddin ceremony and all), and seeing the “marriage” through until the drama production is over, after which, he will grant her a “divorce” and free her from the “marriage” if she wishes to
    – Burdened with the guilt, MR agrees to comply and tells JI’s dad that she is willing to fulfill her part in the contract

    Assuming if the above is where it’s heading, I can see the possibilities happening:

    – MR and JI has to put up a false front of a relationship, as with MG and SJ. While JI and SJ are making the best out of the “false” relationship in hope that it will become real eventually, MR and MG will be in anguish of the situation they are in
    – As much as they try, it will come a point in time where the seperation becomes too hard to endure and our OTP will end up expressing their pent up feelings to one another, thus creating another level of breakthrough in their relationship
    – Mounting tension, thinly veiled threats, confrontations between the 2 couples
    – Wedding ceremony thwarted, with MG and MR finally making the stand with their relationship and convince/touch everyone with their loyalty and love for another

      • Thanks sweety, first time I feel so invested in a drama, hopefully it’s not going to disappoint me, if the writer is going the direction of “I’m making the sacrifice, keeping quiet about it, enduring everyone else’s misunderstanding because it’s for everyone’s good” for the next 3-4 episodes and suddenly having the revelation that “I can have my happy ending after all” in the final 2 episodes, I’m so going swear off kdramas for a long period of time!

    • Joey, I just hope this is how the story will evolve in the future or else I will feel bad about M3…I will be sad if MR will not end up with her true love, MG…

  41. I watched ep 9 again (just the good parts) to cheer myself up and remember better days and I would like to ask a “stupid” question of anyone.
    Is the concept of an uncomplicated real love not accepted in Korea? To clarify, does what mom and dad say matter as far as the rest of your life, or is this just dramas.
    Sorry, I am so ANGRY.

  42. Uh-oh… I like this drama. Not super like or what but because of the two leads’ effectiveness, I’m somehow pulled to follow the drama even though most people bash it. But now, after reading what’s gonna happen, I think I can’t defend you anymore. 🙁

    I’m not sure what’s on the writer’s mind but I’m really upset. 🙁

  43. I’m liking the sound of change in writer but i’m really not liking this preview. why is MaeRi begging the ex? I understand the JI’s dad issue because even if she doesn’t love JungIn she still cares about him . if dad takes away money JungIn’s drama won’t happen and she doesn’t want that to happen,after all the work he’s done.

  44. I enjoy both Eluvettie and Kelly Clarkson. I enjoy both WikiLeaks and MSOAN 🙂
    I’ll follow MSOAN till the end. MSOAN fighting !!!

  45. Folks, this is merely a preview – many juicy and essential things are left out. I hope people will not just quickly jump to conclusions and calm down a little ^^;

    We may only speculate at this point of time as to why Episode 10 sounds as bad as people make it out to be, but we won’t know for sure until the episode airs.

    M3 from the start has always been that “standard” Kdrama in terms of cliches and plotline, so I personally am not surprised at all that we’ll be in for an angsty roller-coaster ride especially since the Maeri and Mugyul have already made their feelings known to each other. The conflict in the drama is based on the 1o0 days deal, so of course it will be utilized until the end – it will not serve a purpose otherwise.

    Maybe I always have a sanguine outlook, but I’m looking forward to seeing how this and the rest of the remaining episodes pan out. I hope I’m not alone in this ^^

  46. I’m too scared to read.. ^^;

    This reminds me of that scene in.. which ep was it.. ep 6? or was it 7? when Mae Ri gave a brief suggestion on how the story should turn out for the drama.. but only after the writer has gone through all sortsa crap from the other staff. Is this a case of life imitating art imitating life?

    • ..hahaha.. i think so too,. well i believe some twist would not harm the story. I think they are doing it to arouse the interest of oldies. Based on my point of view, they should explore more, i just dont feel the intense of the story. They should not focused on dating (jung in and mary in market and geun geun dating), though it should be part of it but i think it should be just icing on the cake. Viewers need substance…. I am hoping for a good twist, I hope to see the real talent of jang geun suk and moon geun young.
      ..peace people..

  47. So sad to hear that M3 seems to so be facing such instability – weird sounding Ep 10 preview and sudden change of writer.

    Why would SJ publicly announce that MG is the man that she loves when she has already made up her mind to move on with that sickening kiss and garbage treatment of pick necklass? Can’t understand her hang up on MG when she has only dated him for less than a month and that was 1 year ago too. Furthermore, MG has already stated crystal clear both verbally and physically that he is not interested! Odd behaviour on SJ’s part indeed. Adding salt to injury, we are hearing rumours that there will be more screen time between MG and SJ? Isn’t Korea watching M3 because both of their favourite child stars grown-up JGS and MGY are starring? How will ratings be raised by correspondingly reducing our pet couple’s on screen time? Team at KBS is causing much frustration.

    Mary not saying anything to MG about SJ’s kiss however is acceptable ONLY if as jellybeaniebaby says, they clarify it in the next ep and make up. Oh Yes, the making up scene would definately be cause for a lot of happy anticipation. Not too much skin though, for that would leave too little for the imaginations.

    Anyway, when everything’s has been said and done let’s just have faith in our MG/MR duo and trust that they will deliver us a wonderful romance which they have been doing such an excellent job of so far.

  48. why cant the heroin felt for the 2nd hero?? its kinda boring when at the end the heroin end up with hero… the ending was all the same.. i need something more different.. why cant mae ri married with jung in??? moo kyul can accomplish his dreams at the end.. hmm…kind of upsetting me

  49. I remember reading somewhere that ep 10 and ep 11 will be scheduled to broadcast back to back on Monday? If it’s so, I suppose the written preview for ep 11 ought to be out soon as well? With the preview of ep 11, we can probably guess where this drama is heading towards … at this rate with preview of ep 10, the writer is probably a potential target of at least 10,000 fiery darts to her back

  50. Please everyone, calm down and go back and read Joey‘s comments above.

    Joey has injecting badly needed intelligent reflection, not to mention respect for the professionalism and skill of Krama makers, into this thread of comments. managing to derive plausible dramatic sense from a text which has led most other people, here and on other sites world-wide, to panic-striken calumny of the production team.

    I personally tend not to bother reading preview texts on Korean station websites. Partly because they are sometimes so clumsily written that some bits of them make next to no sense as they stand (if anyone is looking for a horrendous example of how NOT to construct a Korean sentence, the last sentence of this preview in the original, which I have violently pummeled into three English ones, offers a splendid specimen) and partly because they are deliberately written to titillate and mislead, rather than inform. Sometimes they even turn out to be just plain wrong on the facts of the actual episode when it’s shown.

    But they are even more problematic when presented in a version that has been re-translated into English from Chinese translations of the original Korean. Previews are, by their very nature, about tantalizing hints rather than plain communication. And it would be harder to think of three languages that go about hinting more differently than Korean, Chinese and English. The potential for “loss in translation” is enormous, and all too often that potential becomes unfortunately real.

    I am sure that ockoala has faithfully translated the Chinese. But by then it was a bit too late. Alas, Chinese Kdrama enthusiasts often seriously under-estimate the vocabulary differences between Mandarin or Cantonese and Korean, compounding the intrinsic difficulties of translating between languages with such profoundly different grammars.

    So I steeled myself to go to the KBS site and read the original Korean version, and I want to offer my translation direct from the Korean, because I think it underpins Joey’s interpretation, which might have been more apparent to other people too if the preview translation had been closer to the original. For those interested in why my version turns out differently, I have added a few notes, though there’s a lot more that could be said.

    Mae Ri, seeing Mu Gyul and Seo Jun kissing , gets a huge shock, but she keeps her reaction under control, and she and Mu Gyul put the painful experience behind them [1] and are happily reconciled [2].

    The following day, rumors concerning Seo Jun’s family continue to emerge, extending now to gossip [3] involving Mu Gyul and giving Jung In serious problems with finding investors for his drama “WL”.

    Seo Jun says she intends to withdraw from appearing in “WL”, but Jung In says she should reveal the truth rather than hiding from reality, and suggests that she holds a press conference.

    At the press conference, in response to questions about Mu Gyul, Seo Jun blurts out [4] that he is the man she loves.

    Mae Ri, realizing how Seo Jun feels about Mu Gyul, can’t get over her shock. Eventually, she goes to see Seo Jun and tells her that if she truly loves Mu Gyul, she should please not make things any more difficult for him.

    Meanwhile, Jung In’s father, disapproving both of the way Jun In does business and of the way things have developed with Mae Ri, says he is inclined to withddraw his investment. Thinking this has all come about through her fault, Mary suggests they should draw up another marriage contract, in good faith this time, offering Jung In one final chance…

    [1] I’ve no idea where the “act out the script for how to deal with” bit comes from. It’s not in the Korean. Who knows, maybe they do work through it through role-play or drama brainstorming of some kind, we’ll see next week, but the preview mentions no such thing.

    [2] What *is* in the Korean, but banished from my translation, is the phrase about “making a new memory”. To explain why properly would take an essay in itself, but basically it comes down to the need to translate meanings between cultures, not words between languages. It so happens that, for other reasons, I’m currently noting the occurrence of this phrase in Korean popular cultural media, and I’ve rapidly built up a large collection. Oversimplying a whole lot, Koreans talk about “making [good/happy/beautiful] memories” where Westerners just talk about “having a good time.” There is a deep cultural divergence here which comes out in an earlier comment when someone talks about preferring US dramas where characters get the happy endings viewers feel they deserve. If the basic US cultural assumption is that things will work our fine unless something exceptional goes wrong, the corresponding Korean assumption is that things will turn out badly unless there’s an exceptional stroke of luck. As a result, when something good happens, Koreans immediately want to “make a memory” of it so they can fall back on it when the anticipated future disasters strike. However, this assumption has become so habitual that the phrase is used to mark any sort of enjoyable occasion, without the element of “making a memory” having anything like the significance it appears to have if we just transplant it into an English-language cultural context. Here, to say that the pair 새로운 추억을 만들어간다 means little more than they feel that all’s well that ends well.

    [3] The Konglish 스캔들 occasionally does indeed mean the same as English “scandal”
    but by no means as often as fansubbers make out, and here and in the drama itself it’s more like “gossip”.

    [4] 얘기해버리고 with its connotations of letting something slip under the pressure of the moment, is very different from merely “replying” that something is the case, which sounds like something premeditated. The crucial thing here is that although the translation Joey was working from does indeed suggest that JI deliberately puts SJ up to revealing her feelings for MG and thus ignobly manipulating the “scandal” in his favor, the Korean original actually suggest the exact opposite, namely that SJ reveals her emotions on a sudden impulse, which JI could hardly have foreseen.

    • Thank you for the explanation, most illuminating.

      I’ve panicked at plenty of previews before only to have them turn out different in the drama, so hopefully this is just another case of weird text preview, cool ep.

      Of course, Joon’s blurting out, on impulse or deliberate, is still an idiotic idiotic thing to do, but where would we be without insane and evil secondary girls?

    • Thanks for sharing a Korean-speaker’s nuanced translation of the original written preview, Baduy. You highlighted the intrinsic deficiencies of reading translated text, and the inherent subjective interpretation of a word or phrase by the translator.

      However, I think whether any translation of the written preview is 100% accurate in accounting for the Korean cultural definition of various phrases is a completely different issue with why certain M3-watchers are expressing displeasure with the overall tenor of where this drama is going. I can’t speak for everyone, but my gripe is thus.

      I don’t like where this drama is headed, based on the previews. This is a general comment, and not based on whether one sentence in the preview illustrates a plot point I don’t like, and whether that sentence was accurately translated to capture the acutal plot to come. Reading your wonderful version of the preview does nothing to change my perception of the upcoming plot developments.

      Episode 10 of M3 suggests a complete runaround in plot development, and jerking the rug out of character development for Mae Ri and Seo Jun. Not enough is said about Mu Gyul and Jung In, so I’ll assume both guys behave in accordance with their personality.

      Seo Jun has no reason to blurt out Mu Gyul’s name as a man she “loves” (present tense). Pigs can fly before a writer can rationalize to me why and how come Seo Jun can still be in love with a ex-BF for this long. She’s a let-it-go type of woman (as evidenced by her cutting off her family to pursue her dreams). This continued Seo Jun can’t get over Mu Gyul plot point is irrational and leaves me seeing red. I’d rather Seo Jun be vindictive and angry that Mu Gyul could fall in love with Mae Ri, and not herself, and try to screw with them. But that doesn’t appear to be the route the writer is going down (as far as I can see).

      Secondly – Mae Ri turning into the sacrificial heroine is also not in line with her character. Oh, she’s loving, caring, considerate and giving – but she’s also deathly principled and loyal. Creating another marriage contract, or resuming the existing one, with Jung In, undermines every principle I believe she has. She can do the marriage contract in the beginning because she didn’t love either guy, and it was for her own sake. Now that she is in love with Mu Gyul, it is improbable that she would get back into a marriage contract with Jung In, purely for Jung In’s sake.

      I think my gripes are on the bigger picture scope, and the nuances in the written preview can’t explain away the general direction of the drama heading towards angstville premised on a shaky plot foundation.

      Let me put it this way – when the drama viewer, such as me, you, or Joey, has to spend an inordinate amount of time rationalizing a drama development, or character decision, then something is wrong. A good script feels organic, makes sense, feels fluid. I’m not talking about the plot being realistic, since fantasy and sci-fi immediately fail that test. I’m talking about the general overarching plot making sense from point A to point B, within the context of the drama itself.

      My entire analysis here is moot once I watch the episode and find that the motivation behind what all the characters are about to do in episode 10 is reasonable to me. But I find myself drawing very low expectations that that will be the case, and hoping against hope that I am so very wrong. This preview was the first M3 preview I actually couldn’t find a single thing I am looking forward to. I love angst, just not headdesking type of angst.

      • Actually I plead innocent (though no offence taken, of course) to the charge of spending a lot of time rationalizing a plot development (I did spend maybe an inordinate time struggling to get rather more faithful, if somewhat less literal English out of the Korean, but then a translator’s task is never done, so it’s hard to specify a line where the time spent on it becomes arguably inordinate). And I don’t think that’s what Joey was doing either.

        Joey seemed to me to be arguing that the sort of plot development, or rather deviation, that a lot of people were anticipating on the basis of this preview was not necessarily implied in that preview in the first place, so that apocalyptic despair was somewhat premature. And when, despite my normal habit of shunning all “official” previews, I went to look at the original Korean after reading Joey’s first comment, I felt that there were a couple of points where things that actually supported Joey’s approach hadn’t come across the diversion via Chinese, and one important place where the translation had imputed to JI (and indirectly to SJ) a streak of deliberate manipulative cynicism that the original Korean version didn’t support. If it hadn’t been for that I would have stayed silent and reserved judgement until all the episode had been aired and been digested.

        But perhaps since I’ve broken silence I could add that, just as I don’t think the preview contains an allegation of manipulative behavior by JI or premeditated indiscretion by SJ, so too I would’t be inclined to agree that on this evidence alone we should fear the MR will be pushed into self-sacrifical mode.

        I did toy with the idea of also annotating my phrase “in good faith this time” as applied to the renewed contract proposal, since it is a preposterously verbose attempt to get behind one short, but in this context highly translation-resistant, Korean word, 충실히. It’s an adverb derived from a key concept in this drama, 충실 which is the Korean reading of two distinct though histrocially related Sino-Korean words, 充實 and 忠實, where the meanings of both of them, fullness, completeness, richness – cognate with Mandarin chōng​shí (simplified 充实) and loyalty, faithfulness – cognate with Mandarin zhōng​shí​ (simplified 忠实) seem to be at work. I take that word in the preview to mean that MR proposes that unlike the first contract, which was based on deception and a deliberate will to renege on the agreement if it wasn’t to her liking, this is one where all the conditions and intentions will be open and above board, and both parties will do their honest best not only to stick to the conditions but to take the full consequences of whatever the outcome is. In other words, JI is to be given a real chance to win her over and persuade her to choose him instead of MG.

        But in the light of how the characters of both MR and JI have been developed, I don’t think that need be at all self-sacrificial (though as with everything else in this discussion, we can’t know for sure yet). The other key concept of this drama, alongside loyalty, is trust. (It’s as though MR were adapting St Paul to say “And now abide Faith, Hope and Love, these three: but Loyalty should be on the list, too, and is actually the most important” [“Faith” and “Trust” are, crucially for the Biblical allusion that gets obscured in translation, the same word in Korean]. MR trusts herself and JI well enough to be confident that the outcome will not be one in which she marries JI for good and real. But an outcome where either JI did fail (despite fresh start on a level playing field with no cards up anyone’s sleeve, to mix metaphors like crazy) to win her over, or, more satisfyingly, saw that he in the end didn’t want to win her over because she didn’t belong with him, would, mean that MR had kept faith with everyone, above all the JI’s father whose whole life seems to have been dedicated, however misguidedly and high-handedly, to watching over the welfare of the daughter of the woman he loved and lost. Again, I wouldn’t have wanted to embark on that speculation if I hadn’t felt the need to point out that the unpalatable alternative speculation it counters can’t definitively be based on the preview text, especially not in the form in which I’ve tried to render it a bit more faithfully.

        BTW, and on a completely different issue I still have the KBS preview page on my screen, and I just spotted that in the header graphic, to the right of the title we have the miaow-miaow kitty from the program title animation, but to the left we have a strawberry. Now of course strawberries figure massively in the Manwha. But are the anywhere in the drama so far? Did I miss something??

      • I don’t see where, either in the preview I translated, or in the preview you translated, that implied (to me at least) that Jung In was manipulating, or even setting Seo Jun up, to break up Mae Ri or Mu Gyul. Can you explain to me where “deliberate manipulative cynicism” that was implied of Jung In stems from? I’m really curious, because I totally never got that impression at all. Which is why my rant in the post totally skips over anything Jung In-related.

        I’ve never seen Jung In as manipulative up to ep 9, and don’t see anything written in the preview to change my mind. In fact, his actions remain consistent, he wants to both encourage Seo Jun to face her naysayers and gossips, which has the added benefit of keeping her involved with the drama production. Both of which I applaud and approve of – he’s pragmatic and sensible.

        It’s Seo Jun’s behavior that deviates from character norm. I worried for a nanosecond that Jung In might go bad but so far I don’t get that sense from the preview or from his behavior up until now. We are of the same accord – the previews do not indicate Jung In has any ulterior motives behind supporting Seo Jun.

        Where I continue to deviate from you, regardless of whether the phrase “in good faith” is added to the description of Mae Ri asking to enter a new marriage contract with Jung In, is that is completely undermines her character and *does* make her a sacrificial heroine.

        There is no such thing as “in good faith” now that she is love with Mu Gyul. Mae Ri kept saying in episode 9 that she doesn’t even want to pretend to continue the contract marriage just in front of Jung In’s dad, because her integrity cannot sustain that type of pretense. Not to mention its exhausting, and ultimately a meaningless endeavor.

        For her to make the decision to dive back into the contract marriage, and make a good faith attempt to let Jung In win her, is preposterous, IMO. Seriously? She is in love with Mu Gyul – how the heck can she give Jung In a good faith chance to win her that wouldn’t be considering emotionally cheating in any book? I’m floored the writer wants to resurrect this turkey.

        And for her to make this decision because she finds out that Jung In would lose his drama investment unless he wins her hand, then her motivation makes her the prototypical sacrificial heroine, doing something she does not want or like for the sake of someone else’s wellbeing.

        If Mae Ri did something sacrificial for Mu Gyul, at least that is supported by her love for him. Doing it for Jung In is stretching the bounds of logic. I don’t disagree with your analysis of Mae Ri’s thought process, if said thought process was premised on Mae Ri not having any feelings for either guy and is open to letting Jung In win her over. If she reached that conclusion in the beginning of episode 5, for example.

        At this stage, when she and Mu Gyul are genuinely falling for each other, this premise cannot hold true without undermining Mae Ri’s personality and behavior.

        Eh, I love this drama so much it pains me when things loom in the horizon that I’m having trouble wrapping my mind around. And no, there isn’t a single strawberry in this dang drama. 😀 You are correct, we are sadly short of strawberry metaphors or actual strawberries falling from the sky.

      • Thanx for translation.agree that you must know their culture to give good translation.but I do agree with koala.its not the matter of translation but how they change the land their heading.its like dropping all the development in characters.JI for me are an neutral guy with bit emotion that start to fill in his heart for mary.that also make him little by little have backbones..see how he said to his dad that he can withdraw his investment but he will try to win mary,which happen before he knows MG&MR declare their is SJ that have a problem.really confused with her time she act cool and then all dramatic.come one its one year ago,you broke up with him less then a month!its not like you are left on your weds!grow up girl.I had my hate for 2nd lead girl but its reasonable where lead guy and 2nd lead girl have mutual like at present time before both lead actor and actress fall in love so she had the reason to ruin them but SJ here,only moping over MG that’s not love her a bit but she forced it?gaah that doesn’t make sense at all!
        all I hope that my fear is wrong when I see the episode but somehow I have low hope.

    • Hmmm…. ya think that maybe when the press is investigating MG that they will discover that he is JI’s half brother? LOL.. and fulfilling MR’s suggestion early on that he was the illegitimate son of a chaebol?

      • ahaha that’s funny but I don’t think that happen because JI’s father is a type that have one love, he probably married JI’s mother because he have too??so that wont make MG his other son…

  51. omg. don’t know what to say… lets hope for the best
    any way i still support our geun-geun couple, i love them too much to give them up, so m3 fighting!!!! i decide to have faith in you!!!
    (with crossed fingers)

  52. I’m sorry I just had a brainfart..WTF is going on??..why?.why?.why?..I agree with you koala, even if they used all those cliche stuff, everything was just fine, cause it was cute and was almost the same as other dramas, but in a more refreshing way..but now, I don’t know what to expect..what’s going to happen with the writter being changed and all..I mean there are just a few episodes left..I’m getting really anxious..

    On the other hand, I spent some days without internet access, so I didn’t get to see the latest chapters, but the funny thing is, I CAN watch them now..but here I’m reading your recaps, just for the fun of it, cause I really love them, and they get me all excited, so I visit your webpage like three times in a day, just to see if there is something new…=)

    So I just wanted to say..You are great, thanks for your hard work..=D

  53. OMG! I hate that kind of stuff. I´m watching M3 and loving it exactly because, even we see some cliches, it´s fun and has some kind of difference (and of course, because of character´s chemistry). If they make it again like always, the same “crap” that fits one drama but not all of them, I will be disapponted.

  54. Actually, I wanted to thread this on to ockoala’s last response that asked me where I saw a basis in the translation for wrongly imputing “deliberate manipulative cynicism” to JI, but because of a limitation in the way WordPress works I can’t, so I need to add this as a separate comment.

    I was actually referring to one part of Joey’s interpretation (perfectly plausible in the light of the first translation, but less so on the basis of my version) that –

    “The scandal works to JI’s “advantage”, he encourages her to make the scandal for real, and let her true feelings out in the open”

    That was, I felt, based on a problematic stretch of the translation, namely:

    “Seo Jun wants to quit the drama production, but Jung In tells her to not run away from reality, and announce the truth to the world. Jung In organizes a press conference for Seo Jun. At the press conference, when the reporters ask about Mu Gyul, Seo Jun replies that he is the man she loves.”

    “Announce the truth to the world” has a sensational, “stagey” implication that the Korean word, which is close in meaning to a simple “make known”, doesn’t necessarily have. It need mean no more than that JI proposes that SJ should give a simple public account of the truth behind the Press speculation, even if it involves revealing things about her background (i.e. facts, not “true feelings”) she’d prefer to have kept hidden. Then, as I already indicated, by making it sound as though the admission about her feelings for MG was a straightforward “reply” to an easily anticipated question, rather than the spur of the moment impulse that the Korean wording suggests, the first translation opens the way for an interpretation that producing this “scandalous” revelation (rather than undercutting the scandal mongers by giving her story in her own words) was part of what JI had in mind when suggesting she hold a press conference (the implication of a set-up is further fostered by the translation saying that JI “arranges” the press conference. He doubtless does, but the Korean merely says that the suggests to her she should hold one.)

    On the other question, I see that my phrase “in good faith” hasn’t hit the elusive target I was trying to get across as the sense of 충실히, which is what the Korean of the preview says this renewed contract will be in contrast to the old one.

    We tend to think in Western terms of “in good faith” as involving being true to oneself (and maybe one Significant Other). But as with other key ethical notions, the Korean understanding of 충실 entails loyalty to a web of interconnected persons with the self partly constituted by, rather than standing over against, that mesh of interconnected loyalties and obligations. (This also makes the notion and practice of “self-sacrifice” in Korean culture significantly different, too, because the boundaries of the self that is or isn’t sacrificed are differently drawn in the Korean scheme of things, but that’s too complex a strand to pursue here, even though it lies behind a lot of dissatisfaction that common types of Kdrama and Kmove plots evoke in Western audiences.)

    The 충실 MR sets such store by (remembering that it entails “completeness” as well as “loyalty”) remains imperfect if it’s achieved at the cost of avoidable suffering to others. There’s no indication, in the preview or in MR’s character as so far portrayed, that she believes for one moment that JI will win her over. Nor does the preview suggest that she holds out any hope to him or his father that he will. The reference is not to false hope but to a “last chance”. There would be no pretense on her side in such an arrangement: just ill-founded confidence on JI’s side, which had done nothing to inspire, or maybe merely a wish on JI’s part to demonstrate to his father that he really had done his utmost to meet his father’s hopes, hopes which MR, very much her mother’s daughter, plainly empathizes with, though she can’t, and shouldn’t accept them.

    Admittedly, that doesn’t sound dramatically promising to me if its really the essence of what’s in store. But it also doesn’t sound like an abandonment of character development either, since it shows MR pushing her concept of loyalty above all things (including, explicitly let’s not forget, above love) to an extent that is both specially her own and very markedly Korean in its group-centeredness. (Nor do I see any character discontinuity in SJ dropping her bombshell. The very first thing we were told about her was that she was “unstable”. She may well stay that way.)

    As for MR making the renewed contract decision “because she finds out that Jung In would lose his drama investment unless he wins her hand”, neither the original preview nor either translations say that. The claim is that MR “thinks” (or better maybe, “it seems to her that”) “this whole situation” (i.e. not so much the threatened withdrawal of finance, but the whole crisis of the father-son relationship of which that threat is just a symptom) has come about because of how she has handled things so far, and she feels the need to try to put that right. Not by letting JI win her over at the cost of her integrity, but by allowing him to demonstrate to his father that his final failure to win her, even under the “fair play” conditions of a new contract, is not a character failing on his part, but simply the consequence of people honestly following their own hearts (which is also how he lost MR’s mother, a loss this second late life trauma might help him finally understand and accept).

    Anyway (more than) enough from me. I only jumped in because I felt that a slightly misleading translation of a poorly-written original text was leading into somewhat ill-founded speculation that distracted from this drama’s real qualities. My conscience as a linguist now duly satisfied, I will leave everyone to carry enjoying the show (or deciding instead to hate it and its production team, if that’s what floats their boat).

  55. WTH? is pretty much all i can say..
    I mean come on drama writers, are you really trying to make us fans hate you?
    I don’t understand pretty much anything that is happening in the next ep..
    Why did SJ all of a sudden change her mind and decided to become the evil ex girlfriend we all come to hate? i really didn’t have any problem with her till now..I mean she hasn’t even dated him in a year! Sorry SJ but you’re throwing yourself a pity party and im not joining..

    MR i love you to death! but why the sudden change to help JI out? you’ve always known how evil his father was so why the change? i don’t want to see you live in a crappy relationship and be all sad when you can be with MG and be loved and happy all the time….is it really that hard of a decision? Come on MR get ur mind straightened out!

    Last but not least the the writer…All i can say is..really? Are you seriously gonna ruin everything us fellow fans love seeing? you’re single handedly trying to ruin the awesome chemistry that is MG and MR….And for that i must lose hope in you. Im sorry but thats the way it must be.

    Let’s all hope the next writer will keep it together and not make it so confusing, and hopefully keep the chemistry of our beloved geun-geun happy and in love.

  56. Good morning all 🙂

    First up, I sincerely apologise if my analysis of the written preview would have caused any confusion to whereever the drama is heading. I will also like to clarify that the analysis that I’ve made out are pure inference on my part, and I may be proven wrong once ep 10 comes about.

    Maybe I would like to also explain that I’ve made my analysis and inference on what may happen in the subsequent episodes from what I’ve seen developed in the past 9 episodes of MSOAN, in terms of what has been conversed, and from what I see in the character traits of the various individuals in the drama. Unfortunately, I am a total noob in the Korean language, and the episodes I watched so far are assisted by subs, and while I’m truly grateful for the subs to help me, I aknowledge that some of the meanings of the words could be lost in the translation

    JI – Unfortunately, as ockoala had pointed out, his character was sorely underdeveloped. For like maybe at least 4-5 episodes, all I saw was someone who lived under a cold, unloved and strict upbringing and in turn becomes an indifferent and cold rich guy. Only in subsequent episodes do we get a glimpse that there maybe something in him that we can empathize with and understand what made him the way he had. However, what I see from ep 9, the darker side of him seem to have the potential to emerge. This is what I infer from his conversation with his dad about his determination to win over and marry MR, and his conversation with MG, which I strongly believe was his way of unnerving MG to crack in the relationship, which why based on the previews of ep 10, I came up with the possibility of him using the scandal to his advantage, especially with the knowledge that SJ has not gotten over MG yet. With that kind of upbringing he has gone through, I will not be one bit surprised that he may have inherited the character trait of being as ruthless/merciless as his dad has been

    SJ – Her character development has probably the most question marks raised from me. I can’t fathom how can someone who displayed such coolness in the first few episodes could suddenly spiral to the cliche pathetic and bitchy 2nd lead female who resorts to sneak attacks to achieve her goal in love. While I can totally understand that she never got over MG, I would have thought it would have been more in line with her coolness to lay her cards on the table with MR and declare an open competition

    MR – One of her mantras she abide and live by is loyalty. While it had been the proven strength of her relationship with MG (on top of the love for one another), it has also the potential to as a crutch when it comes to making decisions that can be really painful (ie the heroine making seemingly unnecessary self-sacrifices at the expense of her true happiness). Case in point, she had the opportunity to declare the marriage contract null and void since it was signed without her presence, but her loyalty to her dad prevents her from doing so. In ep 9, JI has also called on her to display her loyalty in keeping to the 100-day contract until after the drama production is over, which is why I choose to believe if she agrees to “fulfill” her contract terms, it would be more due to loyalty and responsibility rather than any other reasons. Even if it’s not JI’s company at stake here, I would think the fulfilling of the contract terms will come to head again when JI’s dad threatens MR’s dad to repay the money that was loaned to him as part of the marriage contract and her loyalty to her dad will force her to make the ultimate painful decision anyway

    MG – I would say among the 4 lead characters, his character development is probably the strongest, most believable and consistent. Not that MR’s character isn’t consistent and believable, but unlike MG, her character has lesser room and need for development. MG has had so far grown from someone who fears committment and responsibility (due to his largely neglected childhood) to someone who is willing to first baby step in making a stand for someone he truly loves and cares for. One common trait between him and MR is their belief in loyalty. Main difference is while loyalty is MR’s mantra in life, MG is clear about with whom his loyalty stands, in this instance, MR, his mom and his band mates. I believe he’ll stand by MR in whatever decision she makes, albeit having to pained by them, which is why I see potential on how their relationship can still progress despite the seemingly crappy landmines laid out in the written preview of ep 10

    In any instance, I’m really glad to be able to part of this community who are passionate followers of this show, I really enjoy reading all your comments and appreciate all the sharing from you all 🙂

    • that make sense but I do hope that JI/evil dad/loser dad/SJ take advantage of MR’s stands for loyalty and MG not backing up when he have to deal with more trouble, the main problem is not on MR but on MG himself, he must take over the control not make MR do all the hard work for them…but MG so far has over come his fear in commitment little by little…you can’t espect someone that in his whole life never want to be commit to someone and carefree turn to be reliable and willing to have full fight over the girl he love and willing to be married soon with her in one blink of eye…process makes their love stronger, don’t you think?
      yeah I do think so, glad found this blog, so much love for our lovely MSOAN.

  57. If I care about plots.. I want the drama to tackle the character in such a way that by the end of the story, the viewers feel everyone has worked hard to overcome their flaws regardless of what the outcome will be…

    – Jung In who goes through life doing everything his father wants him to. Everything is bottled up with this guy. I can’t even imagine him shout at a wall when he’s angry. Throwing him into a brawl with Mu Gyul certainly made me see him as a human being, so he needs to be put in situations where he has to blow up once in awhile (preferably at his dad, but the old man is terminally ill so I doubt that will happen). I think, rather than MR, it’s with MG that he gets to be more himself and not a puppet controlled by his dad.

    – Mae Ri who seems to think that she’s carrying the world’s problems on her tiny shoulders. She’s always going everywhere trying to fix things and she has no idea that the more she helps, the more the people she helps are bound to her. It’s precisely because she’s so understanding, always have the right things to say, will try to be beside them when they’re in trouble.. that all the guys are fighting over her now. And I think it’s sick that JI’s dad wants to keep her tied to his home just coz she looks a lot like her mom.. the woman he loved but couldn’t marry.

    – Seo Jun who just goes with the flow.. most probably because she’s always got whatever she’s wanted since she was young.. that the only rebellion she displayed against her family is working as an actress. I doubt she’s doing it becoz she loves the profession or else why is it that she doesn’t care when she’s labeled as a difficult artist? Why does she have such a nonchalant attitude towards her craft? If you’ve left your family becoz they don’t approve of the choices you’ve made.. shouldn’t you work harder to show them that you have chosen well? She’s so hollow. Maybe that’s what attracts her to Mu Gyul in the first place… his passion in music that completely overshadows all other concerns in his life. She thinks it’s love though.

    – Mu Gyul whose music is his food, his air, his salvation. I think he would have ended up on the wrong side of society without his love for his music. Encounters with all the women in his life (except for his mom and relatives, of course) were made possible only through his music. Even Mae Ri was not spared the crush when she saw him perform for the first time. I doubt his lifestyle that comes with his music will change, but he does need to separate between the women worthy to be let into his life and those who should just stay on its fringe. I don’t want his character to change much.. I love his free spirit, that he can sleep on thea street when he’s too sleepy or drunk just coz he feels like it. I love that he doesn’t use the GPS because he doesn’t like it when someone tells him what to do. I love that he used bricks as bookends and that he has a swing right smack in the middle of his apartment. I love his over-the-top accessories and his shredded pants and his coats with their thick furry collars. I love his obsession with his hair. I love a lot of things about Mu Gyul that whenever the others push him with marriage talks, the thought that all the things I love about Mu Gyul may disappear as he tries to be more responsible about his relationship with Mae Ri is not making me happy one bit. I hope he can change and yet stay the same. Is that possible, scriptwriters? I really hope it is.

    7 more episodes to go.. I promise I will enjoy every bit of it.

    • yeah I do agree on some part..I hope that they don’t change MG and MR’s character and wont be damn!happy if they make the sacrifice for unneccessary reason..I hope I can enjoy the rest of episodes of MSOAN

    • yup i completely agree with the part about wanting MG to stay the same but at the same time change to accomodate MR. would like to see how the drama tackles that! 😀

      • If they continue from ep9 it will be possible but knowing the preview I doubted that.lets just hope for the best.if NOT,I will loose my amusement watching the next episode.

  58. I dislike these hints of another fake contract. I want JI’s dad to see how much he’s really hurting MR by forcing her into this and I don’t want him to take the easy way out and come to that conclusion on his cancerous sick bed.

    He has to figure out that you can’t just randomly blackmail your son into marrying a stranger and they have to stand up to him to show him this, not go behind his back and then run away in the last episode.

    I’m hoping the line “THIS IS WHY MY MOTHER DIDN’T PICK YOU” comes up.

    And then we’d actually have a decent plot. He could disinherit JI who’d move in with MK and they’d write emo songs together until SJ comes to her senses and sees JI as the man MK could never be, uses her family’s money to fund the drama which makes a killing. They use that money as startup capital to build an empire and the dads would realize that love does really conquer all. Not Blackmail, Love.

  59. Hoping for the best with all the changes being made with this show. I’m really loving this drama, and I can’t wait to see episode 10. Love the chemistry between MR & MG – it’s just rightly done and not cheesy at all. I agree with what everyone is saying here, please do not make this drama just like the overdone drama “cliched” plots.

  60. I just finished watching “What Planet are you from?” with my beautiful Kim Rae Won, talk about a roller coaster ride………that show had me crying every five seconds, and now it looks like M3 is going to be the same. New writer…new possibilities…not saying thats good or bad, just different. Looking forward to the rest of the episodes….keep us posted ockoala 🙂

  61. Chillax! The more I read what everyone post the more I want the days to move forward til’ I can finally judged for myself the outcome of the story. Yes! truly the strawberry shower is missed in the story. But on the lighter side of it all, Mary is supposed to be torn between to lovers. Though he is committed on M-Gyul she is confused by affectionate Jung In…(that’s judging by the manhwa).

    I don’t know but it seems to me (personal opinion only, no offense to any one) Jung In from the very beginning of this series, already invested his time and attention to Seo Jun, He handpicked her among other actresses, despite the latter’s bad reputation.
    When she’s in trouble, he always went his way out to console her ( remember him following her to the pub) which leads to his discovery of Mu Gyul. He was supposed to accompany Mary to her mother’s grave and just because of Seo Jun, he’s incapacitated to do as he promised and this lead for the Geun2 to openly admit their feelings for each other. (Thanks to her!!) If not for a promise he made he wouldn’t be any nicer to Mary, he may just be plain robotic towards her. I think they are etching the story towards such development, and it is enjoyable to see Mu Gyul develops to his better self to fight for his cat, ehrm., Mary?

    In spite of all this vague plot, i firmly believe the loyalty between the cat and the dog (mortal lovers in the planet of M3) will shine through and that’s worth waiting for and aching for. Writers don’t turn this into a heavy drama please!!! Those versatile actors and actresses are not meant to be ruined by ” let’s just finish the story,” they can deliver much much more.

    Thanks ockoala for keeping us updated !!!

  62. F F F F !!!!!!!!! F*CK ! grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr ! hate the plot ! for God sake,its going to be 7 episode last, i don’t care how the plot is going to be,just make sure the ending will be Mu Gyul – Mae Ri..or else i’ll kill the writer myself ! arghhhhhh! demmit! F*CK !

  63. I hope the story makes a twist and somehow Mae-ri realizes that Jung-In is actually sincere and later on both of them end up together…then I’d be happy. Sorry but the Moo-gyul-Mae-ri duo is not working for me.

  64. Oh God!!!

    I’m so disappointed for the change of writer!!! It is just a gamble now! I think the strength of this drama isn’t the plot at all, but the soft, dreamy, magical interactions between the protagonists. I also think that, in this sense, this drama is very refreshing and original… for example Mae ri is an adorable and determined heroine and also MG has a complicated personality and not framed!!! They have a beautiful psychological depth and I really really love them for this reason! I hope the new writer can take care of these adorable creatures not distorting their character. Maybe a lot of people don’t like this show because they like strong, realistic or twisted plot… but I really love M3 for his delicacy!Anyway, I’m really grateful for your recap Koala and also I would say that it’s really enjoyable to be here with all you guys and share our opinions… thank you so much and sorry for my bad English!

  65. Doesn’t something similar happen in the Manhwa? So it seems they are kind of trying to stick to the original story line just a little, even if it is a crappy turn of events for one of my favorite heroine. All that matters is that she ends up with MR. Right ( Mu Gyul ) in the end.

  66. Actually the drama gets boring. Up to 6 part I watched with a big enthusiasm but after my rating for it was getting lower and lower. Today when I found part 10 eng subbed I understood I don’t want to watch it at all. The drama follows the bitten trail and I guess I know for sure how it’s going to end. May be later when the drama is over I’ll watch the last episode and never come back to it anymore.

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