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Recap: The Heirs Episode 11


Eun Sang, don’t let go of that hand…

Written before live recap

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Eun Sang missed him so she called, and Tam missed her so he came. As they step closer and closer towards each other, they grow farther away from those who are desperately holding onto them with all their might. Young Do and Rachel both like someone who can’t love them in return. It’s lonely caring for someone who doesn’t look back at you, which only makes you want to hold on harder. Rachel and Young Do don’t receive enough love from their parents, so in search for a home for their hearts, they are looking toward Tan and Eun Sang, respectively. But how can one enter a home already full?

~Excitedly waiting~

*nervous laughter* That episode 10 comment/midterm review is sitting in my drafts queue, half-written. I apologize to those who waited. I keep hoping days are longer than 24 hours, but alas, they are not. I will post it as soon as I can. Lots of love to my dear fellow The Heirs fans.

The order will go like this. I can’t post updates while the drama is airing, unless the episode is moving slowly. I will be trying to capture as much as possible while I am watching the episode.  When the episode is over, I will go back to my notes, fix them up a bit and update part by part on each recap post while waiting for the torrents. If you can leave a link here, that would be great. When the full episode is available, I will fill in more blanks and screencaps, and continue to update. Finally, I will leave my comments.


Character Index

Kim Tan Kim Tan

Cha Eun Sang Cha Eun Sang

Choi Young Do Choi Young Do

Kim Won Kim Won, Kim Tan’s half-brother, President of Jeguk Group

Lee Bo Na Lee Bo Na

Yoo Ra Hael Yoo Ra Hael (Rachael Yoo)

Yoon Chan Young Yoon Chan Young

Lee Hyo Shin Lee Hyo Shin

Jo Myung Soo Jo Myung Soo

Kang Ye Seul Kang Ye Seul

Jun Hyun Joo Jun Hyun Joo

Han Ki AeHan Ki Ae -Kim Tan’s birth mom

Kim Nam Yoon Kim Nam Yoon- Kim Tan and Kim Won’s father, Jeguk Group CEO

Park Hee Nam Park Hee Nam- Cha Eun Sang’s mom

Yoon Jae  Ho Yoon Jae Ho- Yoon Chan Young’s dad, Chief Secretary in Jeguk Group

Jung Ji Sook Jung Ji Sook- Kim Nam Yoon’s second wife, birth mom to neither Tan or Won.

Lee Esther Esther Lee- Yoo Ra Hael’s mom, RS International CEO

Choi Dong Wook Choi Dong Wook- Choi Young Do’s dad, Zeus Hotel CEO


Episode 11


HS drives Tan to the campsite. Tan asks for HS to wait inside the car as he gets out. MS spots Tan.

Tan calls someone as he searches the campsite. He walks into scene of YD  and ES talking. When YD sees Tan, YD pulls ES into a hug. ES pushes his off, demanding to know what he is doing. YD replies he is showing Kim Tan. He lets her know Tan is here.

Tan walks over. The two start bickering, and YD says, “You’re feelings for Eun Sang seems to be sincere.” Tan replies, “And if it is?” YD says, “Then can you relay my truth (sincerity) too. Tell Cha Eun Sang. I think I like her. She doesn’t seem to believe me when I say it. If you tell her, she’ll believe you. Annoyingly.” YD leaves.

Tan sees ES staring off, so he tells her to focus. He gets angry that he came all this way and saw this. ES start to say, “I know you’re angry but…” Tan interrupts her. “What do you know? Do you ever think about me? I’m the one crazy here. I know you are having a difficult time because of me, but I hope YD is not the way you run away from me.”

Rachel opens the door to HS’s car, asking where Tan is. HS replies that he is in the trunk, but he is not sure if Tan is still alive. R is in no mood for jokes, though. HS tells her that he and Tan have booked a hotel nearby. R asks if Tan went to go see ES. HS replies that he doesn’t like when his truth puts someone at a disadvantage. Tan arrives. She tells him to get in the back of the car. They are all going to the hotel together.

HS and Tan settle into their hotel room. R asks if Tan met ES. HS leaves. T says he saw her and is waiting for her call. R asks if ES told him that she hit ES. ES didn’t. R gets mad that ES trying to act like she is protecting R.

R reminds Tan that he got engaged to her in the presence of her entire family- even her dad was there. “You liking her has no strength. Don’t you know?” Tan replies, “I know, that is why I am going crazy.” R calls him a bastard. Tan warn her he is going to be even worse to her from now on. He starts to say let’s break up the engagement, but R hurries out of there, not wanting to hear.


Girls in tent are talking about how they saw YD hugging ES. What about Tan then? ES is getting around. ES is listening outside when YD shows up behind her and pulls her hood over her head. He says, “Don’t listen. And don’t get hurt…And move.”He takes the girls’ sneakers and throws them into a water bucket.

ES asks what YD is doing. He replies he is getting revenge for her. When she is about to take out the sneakers, YD tells her to not worry- it will be easier to explain than why she came out of Tan’s house. YD says he is sure ES lives in Tan’s house.  He adds, “Don’t answer my questions. If you give the answer, I can’t ask you anymore.” YD says because ES confessed that she was a charity case, they have less to talk about. ES asks, “Is that a conversation to you?” YD gets serious again- “Do you even want to talk to me, if we don’t talk about this kind of stuff?” ES can’t answer.

YD lists the reasons why she could be living inside Tan’s house- 1) She is a daughter of that family, 2) She is a daughter-in-law, 3) She is a relative 4) She is a resident maid, or 5) She is a resident tutor. “But all of those choices don’t make sense. So what are you?” ES can’t answer, so YD says, “Answer this one thing. Do you really like Tan?” ES: “Yes.” YD eyes get a little teary and his voice shakes. “I see….Don’t touch these shoes. If you take them out, I’ll take revenge.”


R is at the hotel, and she gets a call. It is from CY. Teacher is taking roll-call before bedtime. R says she is going to sleep at the hotel tonight. CY warns her that her parents will get a call.

R’s mom finds out that R is sleeping at the hotel near the campsite. E has come to check on YD’s dad at the room salon. She catches him with other girls. Outside, YD’s dad explains it is for business. E is peeved about more than one thing, though, right now. She is mad that the news about their marriage is going out tomorrow without him having consulted her. She wants him to delay it two days since she has to deal with some stock business before. Turning around, E sees YS’ mom. Mom is “Madam Park” of this room salon chain.

YS is telling her mom about the sneakers on the phone, while ES fiddles with her own. YS leaves the area. ES sees Tan waiting outside the tent.


The two walk to a different campsite. ES smiles when she sees the campsite and asks when Tan prepared this. Tan: “What are you thinking? It was already here.” ES looks away, embarrassed. He takes off his jacket and puts it on her. He asks why she called. She asks why he came back. Tan: “What do you think? Because I missed you.” He tells her to choose between both sleeping inside or both sleeping outside cold. But there is no returning for her. He is not sending her back tonight. ES smiles. He asks, surprised, what she is smiling. ES replies, “Because this is good. This is fun.” Tan: “Really?” ES: “Yes, don’t send me back. I don’t want to go.” Tan thinks she is acting weird and starts to explain about why he got angry before. ES interrupts him and says she had a lot of reasons she called him before but thinking about it now, she just missed him. A lot. Tan blinks. A lot. ES pats the seat next to him, asking him to sit down. Tan looks at her suspiciously.


Tan sits down next to her, carefully. He asks is she is being shunned by the other kids. ES replies, “‘Why? Do I not seem strange?” Tan: “Yes.” ES laughs. She explains, “I’ve come far from home, it’s night, and you came. So I am escaping into a dream. Just for one more day a midsummer night’s dream.” ES adds, “I really wanted to do something like this,” and puts her head on his shoulders.

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Time passes as no one says anything. ES finally says, “This is more uncomfortable than I thought.” She starts to lift her head, but Tan pushes it back down, saying, “It’s because you are really resting your head…you’re supposed to rest your heart.” ES: “Ah.”

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ES comments on the stars so Tan says, “Don’t ask me to pick the stars for you. I can’t.” ES replies, “You can’t? CY said to BN..” Tan interrupts her immediately- “Which star?” Pfft. Adorably competitive and jealous.

ES says it feels like the movie “Friday the 13th” here. He sighs. Why does she always go from melo to horror?  He asks why she like horror movies. ES likes horror movies because they are tragic, and while watching them, it makes her troubles and misfortunes seems less. Tan asks if he is one of her troubles. ES closes her eyes and just replies that she is going to sleep.



Daybreak. Tan and ES are taking a walk. Tan can’t believe ES actually fell asleep. ES noticed that all the firewood had been used. No wonder it was warm. Tan complains his hand got rough while working on that firewood. Can’t they hold hands? ES says no, but he grabs her hand, saying, “Right. These type of things need to be done without permission.”

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They walk together hand in hand. ES brings up the Hollywood sign. He said to her that although it seems close, it is actually far. Tan is like that to her. When she looks, he seems close, but he is really far. “But when I am holding your hand like this, I think I might mistakenly believe that you are close” She adds, “You asked me yesterday- if you are one of my troubles. Nope, you’re a fortune among all my misfortunes. I’m good with just that. I’ve woken up from my dream. So I can live. Sorry.” ES tries to pull away her hand, but Tan grabs it right back again. Tan: “How close do I have to be for you to believe? You never even came so don’t say I’m far. Cha Eun Sang.”

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Back at the campsite, BN hears that Tan came. She guesses that is why R was away last night. YS remarks, so that ES can here, that Tan is playing both R and ES.

The students go to a seminar at the hotel. R is already there, and the kids whisper. ES sits down. YD comes in too- both ES and YD are self-conscious. YS asks if R was with Tan last night. R: “Is that what it looks like?” YD snorts at that, but shoots a concerned(?) look at ES.

Tan and HS are eating breakfast at the hotel. All the kids come in. ES tries to sneak past quietly, but HS calls out her name. ES sits at another table.

Most likely to prevent YD from sitting with ES, Tan offers seat to YD at his table. YD sits. R comes and sits at the table too, asking if Tan slept well. BN comes  to say high to HS. She asks if he slept in the hotel too. HS replies, yes, with Tan. BN asks, “Then what about her,” pointing her head at R. She and YS tease R about her sleeping alone, instead of with Tan. Tan pipes up, “I spent all night in the hallway because R wouldn’t open the door.” After BN leaves, YD comments that Tan has someone he misses, and someone else he wants to sleep with. Tan: “I’ve made a mistake. Do you want to get up or should I?”

ES gets up from her table to go outside by the pool. YD follows. Tan watches the two from his seat.  R to Tan: “Don’t you remember what I said yesterday. Stop watching.”

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Outside by the pool, ES is trying to walk past YD who is blocking her. Because he grabs her arm, ES is about to fall, but YD saves her. Then he YD drops ES into pool. Inside, Tan shoots out of his seat and tells everyone, “No one comes out.”

ES, dripping wet in the pool, yells, “Do you have go this far? Is this the truth that you wanted to relay?” YD replies, “No. What I did just now is what Kim Tan will do to you from now on. Pretending to catch you, but ending up letting go. So before that, you let go of him. Let him go and get far away. I’m saying this for your sake.”ES: Thank you for warning. But I know. That’s why I’m saying this but, I’m going to kill you. Really.” YD laughs, “Really? I’m going to die by your hands?”

Tan comes and kicks YD into the pool.  YD isn’t even angry, because, he says, “It seems like I won.” He gets out as Tan reaches out his hand to ES. YD: “What are you planning to do? Are you going to make Cha Eun Sang be called a “mistress” like someone?” Tan grabs YD’s collar. “Shut that mouth. Will you be able to handle the consequences?” YD grabs Tan’s collar. “I just asked. Will you be able to handle your engagement?”

HS comes out to stop the fight. CY and BN also come to help. Before CY can help ES out of the water, BN does so ES doesn’t hold CY’s hand. HS sends Tan up. Tan leaves. YD puts towel on ES. “It’s cold. Don’t get a cold.” Wait a minute, you’re the one who dropped her in there!

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On way home, HS nags Tan and him and YD fighting. Tan just wants him to drive. HS threatens to leave him here. Tan shuts up. Hahaha. I love these two.


HS is home. Mom is not angry that HS was out all night, but that he didn’t go to the rolling admissions college interview. HS replies, “I never said I was going. Although it’s more of a shock that me staying out all night is not a problem.” Mom yells “Why are you like this?” HS, with his eye tearing, says, “Finally you are asking. You’ve never asked before. Why I don’t want to go to law school, why I collected those sleeping pills, why I took them. Do you want to hear the answer? I am ready to talk.” Mom replies, later, after the college admission test. *Heart breaking* HS’ mom sends HS to his room and calls JS, wanting to see her about something.

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JS is answering the phone from Tan’s house. While ES’s mom flips through her notebook to answer to JS where KA is, JS sees ES’s mom notebook and asks to see it. KA tries to block JS from seeing it.  JS knows that KA put someone on her. Those people came to JS to threaten and sell the photos to her. KA pleads for them to get the family registry straightened out now (meaning, she wants JS to divorce Daddy Kim) so they don’t have to deal with things like this anymore. JS threatens she will show soon show KA how low her place is.

KA and ES’s mom are negotiating- how much money per page of ES’s mom’s notebooks? Bwahahaha! ES’s mom ups the price to two dollars per page.

The news is out that R’s mom and YD’s dad are getting married. Kids gossip hurtful things. R hears.

YD and R have their sarcastic conversation at the lockers.  He remarks that normally when people become siblings like this, they start to like each other. R replies, “I’m starting to think that is the best way to stop this marriage. It’s not too late, is it?” YD responds,”It’s too late. I’ve started to like someone.” R is about to say, “Don’t tell me…,” but kids show up to congratulate YD and R about their families getting together.

ES is listening from her locker. YD sees her. BN comes to her locker next to ES.  BN comments that all those kids are making fun of R and YD on the inside, while congratulating them on the outside. ES replies that those people are congratulating because they are friends, but BN says there are no friends in this school. Just a network of acquaintances. R walks away, and ES looks at her a little sadly.

Outside, R is struggling to keep the tears from falling. Tan comes and asks if she is okay and tells her to not to pay attention to those kids. R tells him to stop paying attention- why is he playing the role of fiance now? Tan replies he is playing his part as a friend. R gets mad, calling him the worse- why isn’t he even bothering to pretend to be nice? Tan remarks R tries to pretend she is an adult when she doesn’t even know how to properly get angry.  R starts to properly cry, so Tan pats her back.


Es sees this from afar. YD comes up to her. “If you’re envious, shall I hug you instead?” ES asks if YD is okay? YD asks what about. ES: “The news. It’s about you too.”  YD looks moved. ES continues, “I hope you are okay. I realized, you’re also only 18.” YD stares at ES, speechless. Tan catches these two too.

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Tan goes into broadcasting club room. He sees ES sitting in the recording studio with headphones on. He blockades the studio door so ES can’t leave. He then talks to her through the mic into her headphone. He says his existence alone is often  a misunderstanding to someone- a misunderstanding that can’t be straightened. So he tries his best to straighten out the misunderstandings he can. First, he explains it was just friendship between him and R just now. Second, he is sorry for leaving without pulling her out of the pool. All those kids were there, and he was worried it would put ES in a difficult situation. “But if I knew it would bother me so much like this the whole time, I should have just let that happen.” And most importantly, third, what did she say to YD so his eyes were shaking? “Stop shaking his heart. Do you want to die?”

ES gets annoyed, so she gets up to leave the studio. She opens the door and finds the blockade in front of her. Ha! The door opens the other way! ES teases him about being last in the whole school. Tan gets mad and leaves.

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YD and MS are in a little food place they used to go when they were younger. MS had written on the wall “goodbyes” to R and BN (presumably when they got engaged and date CY, respectively). Aww, MS and his little crushes. MS asks YD why they came all the way here for ddukbokki. YD says it is because this is the place where it all started- where he (missed out on the opportunity) lost everything.

Flashback- Tan trying to grab YD to show him something at this food place, but YD has refused, calling him a bastard.

Back to the present. MS: “What did you miss out on?” YD replies, “Mom. Friend.” MS: “You missed your mom’s friend?” ROFL. YD doesn’t have the words to reply to this stupidity.

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Won points out to Yoon that Esther Lee’s re-marriage news came out today. He asks Yoon why he broke up with Esther? Yoon is surprised Won knew about this? Yoon replies with his own question-  why did Won decide to break up with HJ? Won answer that he didn’t decide to break up with her. He just chose an order- the company first, then HJ. Yoon replies, “That is called a choice. Why do you think we will wait? The order that E and you decided on is a choice.”

JS comes. She asks Won if he knows when Tan’s birthday is. Does he remember what his dad gave Won on his 18th birthday? JS alerts Won that Daddy Kim has started to pull the stocks in JS Holdings under his name when previously he had them under a borrowed name. “It’s most likely Tan’s 18th birthday present.” Most of the shares that Tan has now is in JS Holdings so with this present…  JS: “After Tan gets his birthday present this year, his shares will be equal to or perhaps more than yours.”

Won asks why JS is telling him this. JS replies coldly, “Let’s just leave it as a gesture of affection after raising you for ten years.”

Won wants Yoon to gather up a list of the people who Daddy Kim has been using their names for for the stocks, but JS lets him know that Yoon  is the one with the most of those stocks. Won is shocked, almost a look of betrayal. JS asks Won, “Is there someone on your side in this company?”

At meeting, Won looks around. He sees no one he can say is on his side.

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At home, maid asks ES to change the incense sticks. ES is tries to walk past Tan’s room unnoticed, but he already knows. He pulls her into his room, still wanting to know what she and YD talked about before. Did he confess to her again? ES replies, “And if he did?” She starts to leave when Tan says, “If you turn your back to me, I will hug you. If you talk back, I will kiss you.” He leans his face close to her, as ES is asking, “What do you want me to do?” Tan: “I’m asking you to be more friendly to me.” ES: “Later.” Tan: “When later?”


Uh oh, KA comes into Tan’s room at this point. She asks them, “Have you guys been dating behind my back?” She asks ES if she is crazy- how dare she come into this room?! Tan tells his mom to stop, telling her that ES is already in a difficult position just by the fact that he likes her. KA is shocked. ES tries to explain that is not it, but KA tells her to be quiet. To Tan, “What did you say?” Tan repeats, “I like her. I don’t like you treating her in that way.” KA tells him to lower his voice- what if dad finds out? Tan send ES away.

KA warns Tan that this is not the time to be dating someone like her- his brother is the president right now. Tan replies it is because that is originally Won’s place. He says to KA, “The things you want, stop telling me to bring them. No one can decide for me what to have and who to love. Don’t decide that for me, mom. I’m going to decide.”

Tan adds, “Right now, I am heading towards Eun Sang. Please cheer me on, mom.” KA leaves his room, speechless.

ES goes to her room and is about to tell her mom what happened when KA comes in, angry- how can mom and ES act this way after all this family had done for them? Mom signs it was wrong that ES went to Tan’s room, but it is Tan who keeps asking where ES is. ES just translates that Mom is saying sorry. Tan comes and takes him mom out while apologizing to ES’s mom. KA yells that Tan is not leaving this house, and that ES needs to leave now.

ES apologizes to her mom for making her hear those kinds of things. Mom apologizes for not being able to speak and defend ES. ES says she is sorry for liking Tan. Mom offers to leave the house. ES says, please, can I transfer too? Mom asks ES to just wait a few more days.


Tan is in the wine cellar, calling and texting ES to talk just for a moment. She won’t respond.

Tan finally just goes to ES’s room, but no one is there. He finds ES’s mom in kitchen. He asks where ES is. Mom says ES left to sleep over at a friend’s house.

Tan is out searching for her. He calls her. No one answers. ES sees her missed calls from Tan. ES calls BN to ask to sleep at her house.  When BN says no, ES says CY’s name, which of course makes BN say yes. BN is an adorable green-eyed monster of jealousy.

At BN’s house. ES tells BN that her mom is a maid. BN figured something of that level since ES works all those part-time jobs. ES also confesses that her mom can’t talk. BN shows too much shock so she apologizes for getting so surprised. BN asks then who that other woman who paid for the camping trip is. ES is hesitant to answer, but BN also says nope, wait, she doesn’t want to know. If she knows all that, she might have to be friends with ES. BN wants a childhood picture of CY for the room fee tonight.

BN sleeps, ES can’t. Tan can’t either, sitting in the wine cellar.

ES is at school early- too early and the gate isn’t open. ES walks along the street nearby. She sees YD at the convenience store eating ramyun. YD sees her too.

ES walks into the convenience and browses the milk section. YD shows up next to her. YD asks if she didn’t go home. ES wants to ask the same to him.  YD switches the onigiri that ES chose with another one- his is better. ES asks why someone rich like him keeps eating at a convenience store. YD replies it is because it doesn’t seem weird eating alone here. ES gives him a sympathetic look while starting to say, “You, alone mostly…” YD interrupts, “Don’t look at me like that. It makes me nervous.” He gives a sheepish little grin.


ES and YD are standing at a crosswalk. Tan gets out of his car across street. YD sees him, but ES doesn’t. YD asks ES if he should help her if she is avoiding Tan right now. ES replies, “I don’t need your help.” YD: “Let’s gamble. You don’t have anything to lose so whoever wins, just applaud.” He pulls her in to him. ES struggles to get out of his hold, but YD holds tight saying he is curious to see what Tan will put on the line. Finally, ES sees Tan.

YD and ES cross the street. Tan too. It looks like they are just going to pass by each other, but Tan grabs ES’s wrist. YD grabs Tan’s. Tan asks ES to look at him. YD tells Tan to let go. ES pulls out of Tan’s hold. Tan throws away YD’s hand.

ES says to Tan, “I can’t do this anymore. I’m sorry.” Tan replies, “I know it’s hard. I’m sorry. I can’t promise that it will be better from now on.” Tan reaches out his hand towards ES. “Still, let’s go. Holding hands.” YD: “Don’t hold his hand.”


Preview for Episode 12:

MS: You really like Cha Eun Sang?

YD: Is that what he/she/they said?

YD: I look at Cha Eun Sang with this look.

Tan: I’m not the director ‘s (JS) son. I’ve deceived you. I’m sorry.

Yoon: I think this is as much as I can help you personally.

Won: Are you crazy?

YD: You’re ES’s mom, right?

YD: A maid’s daughter.

ES: If you want to tell the other kids, go head. If you want to bother me, go ahead.

YD: I didn’t say anything.

ES: What you are going to do to me?!

YD: I’m not going to do anything! (literally, he said “What is there for me to do?)

Tan: Don’t think about threatening Cha Eun Sang with something like this.

YD: Don’t mindlessly protect Cha Eun Sang. If you don’t protect Cha Eun Sang, I will protect all.

Tan: If I go back to the way I was before in order to beat you, you’ll really die.

Tan: It was nice to see you in my dreams.

Tan: You wanted to see me too.


I’ve said this before, but Young Do makes me bipolar. So does Tan. Many times throughout an episode, I am thinking about both boys, “You selfish, stupid jerk. Why do makes things so difficult for my Eun Sang? Why are you so childish?” Heh, both these boys hear “childish” enough already from their family and friends. High school is a little bit back further for me than I would like to admit, but I remember thinking very similar thoughts about the boys in my class.  Those latter teenage years is a time when you are learning how to be an adult, while thinking you already are. It’s the problem that Rachel also has. She can say all she wants to Tan about him being childish and not facing the realities of life, but Rachel is also just a kid who gets hurts by those whispers behind her back about her family, the divorce still stinging. Poor Rachel; she tries so hard to seem invulnerable.

Tan, Young Do, and Rachel need to learn and are learning how to deal with people outside of their network of wealthy friends in  healthy manner. Each are used to having their own way and pushing their wants and needs on other people. We have ES surrounded by these domineering and strong personalities; yet ES is able to see past those hard and rough shells and feel pity for Tan, Young Do, and Rachel who each have a difficult family situation. She sees them as they really are, just 18-year-olds.

Young Do has gone a little puppy on me with those shy grins and sad eyes. Like a Rottweiler puppy. Darn, it’s hard to resist a puppy. It was also refreshing to learn that Young Do knows he lost out on a friend in Tan by reacting that way to him in the past. Perhaps if it hadn’t been for Eun Sang, he and Tan would be friends by now. Or more likely, it is Eun Sang softening up Young Do’s heart in general so he can accept Tan a little more.

Bo Na used to annoy me before even though I knew she was harmless, but now I want to pinch her cheeks just the way CY does. She is an adorable green-eyed monster of jealousy, whose desire to keep CY from helping ES only brings her closer to ES. They’re already sort of begrudgingly friends, aren’t they? Bo Na kept ES’s secret even though at first it seemed like she didn’t want to. What can we say about a girl who recognized the diamond that CY is and loves him with all her might? Nothing, except “You go girl.”

Hyo Shin and Tan’s friendship is such a lovely little surprise and addition to the story. First, because we get more Kang Ha Neul, and second, because it gives us a glimpse into Hyo Shin’s own troubles. A lot of the things these rich parents do is to push their own desires, needs, and pride onto their children in the pretense that they are doing what is best for them. Hyo Shin’s mom doesn’t want to or care to know why her son tried to commit suicide. The only thing she cares about is her family’s reputation and having a son to live up to that reputation.

Secretary Yoon never says anything wrong, does he? He asks why people like Won and Esther believe that people like Yoon and Hyun Joo will wait for them? Ha! Really, do they think they are that much of a catch? Won is trying to hold onto too much that doesn’t matter, leaving no room in his hands to hold onto Hyun Joo. Tan, on the other hand, has his hands free to hold onto ES. He asks mom to not let her desires dictate what he wants and who he loves. Won is letting his dad rule his life- hiding his relationship in fear, choosing to secure the company first before Hyun Joo. Tan is braver. He is actually fighting for Eun Sang. Admittedly, he doesn’t also go about it in the most nicest and intelligent of ways, but he is trying.

Selfish. Another key word in this drama after loneliness. Everyone is selfish, catering to their needs first, worried about their pride, only seeing their hurt. Love is selfish, of course it is, because love is possessive. But love is also about sharing time, emotions, conversations, and a connection with one another, and if there is only you in your heart, there is no room for your loved one to rest. How can Tan find a place in your heart, Rachel, when it is just full of your point of view about the world? How can you and Tan talk when you’re not willing to see the world in a different way, beyond relationships based on wealth and business?

214 Comments Post a comment
  1. AshaBlue #

    seriously, only watching for Woo Bin’s character Young Do. Kim Tan is sooo dry of a character that I feel no sympathy for him. Rooting for Young Do!!!!

    November 13, 2013
    • Diana #

      Yess!!! Me too!!! Young do is a full package in this drama. Kim tan is sweet but somehow i find him a little bit flat and disturbing:”( i mean he always there when young do tried to get along with eunsang!! I mean come on mannn

      November 14, 2013
  2. ryechana #

    tnx joonni for this recap,
    hoping for the next ep will be post also. .

    November 13, 2013
  3. Cathylynne #

    Thanks a lot ;D

    November 13, 2013
  4. Ladyrun #

    My i love this episode and i ama wondering wether ES will take Tan’s hands..

    I laughed hard on your comment jooni that Tan and YD ar selfish jerks…LMFAO! Very true! And if YD is making you bipolar he is making me crazy

    November 13, 2013
  5. Jooni! Can you inform us if YD has a chance on being held by ES’s hand? Cause it would really break KT’s heart if she takes YD’s hand rather than KT’s merciful and loving hands. ES kindly be more concerned about you and KT’s well being. It’s no joke to sacrifice everything for her sake, but it seems she still keeps running and hiding from him to protect him from being exiled back to America and away from his family.

    I was truly frustrated why didn’t she answered KT’s text and call. I mean she does know by now that he will fight for her through it all. I do hope tomorrow everything will finally fell into place. YD understanding who is the real ES he has been trying to know and KT protecting her from being oppressed and persecuted because he loves her.

    November 13, 2013
    • Blanche #

      I think ES was in a dilemma at that moment after being reprimanded by KT’s mother. She might be thinking whether she has made the right decision to cross the line and accept KT. So when she saw KT’s mum reaction, she started to waver hence, that’s probably why she didn’t answer KT’s text and calls.

      November 13, 2013
  6. anna #

    It’s his character from School 2013 that made me love him as Kim Woobin and now even if he plays an asshole of a character in Heirs, I still can’t hate him. I’m actually so biased now that I skipped everyone scenes and went straight to his LOL So bias that the actual OTP is so boring to me. I couldn’t care less about their “tragic” romance. When ES said, you’re still only 18 or something like that.. that made me laugh so hard because these kids are just 18 years old and so much drama already.

    November 13, 2013
  7. mika11 #

    i’m sorry…i just can’t bring myself to feel sorry for YD..he was too much of a least tan changet for ES but YD made it worse…and how the hell he’s expecting her to like him when he only tortured her..and why is he soo shocked she likes KT? because KT protected her every time of course she likes him!! my god you would think with his IQ he would be smart enought to know how to seduce a girl….(and really now you don’t have to be a genius it’s common sence!)
    even if his character softens up he’s was too much of a jerk to turn me from hating him…on the other hand i have all my respect for KT..sure he can be a little clumsy sometimes in his actions but his intentions are the best and at least he’s trying to fight for ES…i’m madly rooting for ES and KT couple!!!
    on another note does ANYONE HERE noticed BN ad a picture of KT sticked on to her locker door (when she was talking to ES at the lockes)??? ON HER FREAKING LOCKER DOOR!! LIKE WTF??? what if CY sees it? and wasn’t she the one that said she’s over him and she madly loves CY ?? she has a boyfiend’s soo freaking wierd…..tell me i’m not the onlyone that saw that?!

    November 13, 2013
    • starmatrix17 #

      @ Mika Yes! I saw it too. She still got a crush on him, remember she said he was hot the first time KT arrived in school from here. I mean CY can’t match the X factor that KT does on girls. Am I right avid viewer’s of Heirs? >;) LHM got this aura no one have on this drama series.

      November 13, 2013
      • quesadilladreams #

        wasn’t it chanyoung?

        November 14, 2013
  8. Thanks Jooni for this great review. Im always making a point to check on your site for a good review..Keep it up!

    November 13, 2013
  9. branwen #

    You are my favorite recapper. I can drop dramabeans and koalas for you.

    November 13, 2013
    • Marlene #

      That I did with no regrets!!

      November 13, 2013
    • Katerina #

      I dropped dramabeans into the trashcan already LOL.

      November 13, 2013
  10. JaneAusten #

    when and where/what website can i watch this with eng sub? goodrama is not up yet huhuhu
    i donot like dramafever and viki

    November 13, 2013
    • Erma cutestamoi #

      Hi Jane,
      You can try to watch at this website
      Select the second video and check at ‘cc’, Should be English subtitle.

      Let me know!

      November 13, 2013
  11. sal728 #

    Appreciate the time and energy that went into writing the recap, and enjoyed the commentary, too. Thanks for your hard work, Joonni!!

    November 13, 2013
  12. OUAFA #

    hi every body thanks jooni you are a savior ,
    as for today’s episode as far as it made my heart melting as far as it made my heart sad at the end ,it’s like an up and down what is the writer doing to us?? making your hopes hi and suddenly going down like nothing happened .
    but this line really touched me : ” Tan: “How close do I have to be for you to believe? You never even came so don’t say I’m far. Cha Eun Sang.”
    hellllllllo ES what do you need more than that ????? is there any sweetest confession more than this, i can’t believe iam saying this : ES you’re killing me , get your ass back on the track and fight back with KT because he worth it.
    See you tomorrow.

    November 13, 2013
    • starmatrix17 #

      @ OUAFA Any girl would just “KISS!” him and never just say a word to make KT’s realize he is right! Sometimes I want the writer to realize its about time now for ES to show how she feels the same way for KT no matter what class in the society she belongs. I mean KT isn’t dump to know that she is really poor but still she loves her for who she is not for what she owns or how smart she is in Jeguk High.

      Please let ES be like KT, fearless of what ever the future holds for him cause with out her, living would be meaningless.

      November 13, 2013
    • Yes, I agree. KT has done and said many things to show that he’s fighting for ES. The lines that he spoke in the wine cellar (ep10) and the ones that you quoted above are very telling of his determination to make things work for them. I can understand that ES is afraid but please give the boy a chance. KT has pleaded many times for her to trust in him. If this happens in irl, I think KT would just leave her be LOL. But anyway, many are saying that KT is cruel to R and ES is even worse for falling in love with someone else’s fiance. If KT and R were in love before they got engaged, then I’d say that KT should be flogged for hurting R. But R knows that KT wasn’t interested in marrying her and he said so when they met in LA that he ‘agreed’ the engagement so that he doesn’t have to marry her later. I wonder what R and E would do if they found out that KT is an illegitimate child.

      November 13, 2013
  13. Marlene #

    The rating must be a bit low because the Secret drama is on its finale episodes. Love Jisung in rom com but not in what they call makjang (?) drama.
    The Heirs fighting!!
    You can actually vote for it on for best 2013 kdrama.

    November 13, 2013
  14. bigUNNIE #

    Ah I so love the scene at the pool. The message that YD wants to convey. The scene at camp when CES told him she likes KT. I love his expression. And especially at the convenience store. How I wish the moments were longer. I love Young Do! 🙂 Daebak!

    November 13, 2013
  15. Macoy #

    Like someone said earlier, they made it completly unbelievable that she would ever have feeling for YD. They made him so so terrible to other people and he treated her so badly especially the first 5 or 6 episodes that it is impossible to believe she would feel anything. I think they need to put this part of the story to rest and focus on how KT is going to find a way to be with her and his family situation. Right now they are going around in circles. Episode 10&11 both end basically the same way. KT is either going to give up everything or not , Seems like they are just dragging it out just to drag it out, Nothing has changed for the past 5 episodes but she like him he likes her and YD likes her. Move the stroy along already. Break off the engagement, let KT go back to his old self and destroy YD, and fight it out with Won, that part of the story is way more interesting

    November 13, 2013
    • april_luv #

      I totally agree with your assessment. Enough of the Eunsang tug of war already. This story needs to progress! The development has been really slow. We’re at episode 11 but we’re still stuck with the same pattern.

      Will continue to root for KT & ES though. FIGHTING!!

      November 13, 2013
    • tombrady's girl #

      I know, right? I’m so pissed at writer Kim Eun Sook – she is wasting so much talent on this show with her turtle-paced plot movement. She has dropped so many foreboding/foretelling dialogues with no follow-thru at all that it has lost all meaning to me. And the back & forth on the ES-Tan romance – get a move on already; it’s been established early on that the problem is never going to be whether they like each other (w/ practically a confession by Ep 5) but how they overcome their social divide, Tan’s engagement etc. I’m tired of hearing about Tan’s bully past since all he’s done is refer to it & restrain himself except for the few times he’s let loose. He can obviously kick-ass bec he knows exactly what buttons to push for YD when it’s called for (the towing & telling on YD to his Dad). I know people hated that scene, but hey: if someone insults my parents, I’m gonna get bloody even too in the most effective way possible. How is Tan supposed to get redemption if we cannot even fully see how bad he was that his mellow self now is so much better. Tan’s already starting to stand up for ES (to YD, to Dad, to Mom). When will he do that to Won since he’s treating him like crap. Is there even giong to be redemption for YD? Don’t tell me its ES bec there is no love triangle when your female lead confesses her feelings for someone else.

      I’m so mad at the writer. Based on the preview, I will get madder in ep 12. When is ES gonna stop being so tragic?

      November 13, 2013
      • Macoy #

        Think there might be a major twist, why are they talking about Dad Kim, giving all the stocks to Tan if he knows he what he is doing? I think the father is testing them both and Tan is winning. If he wanted KT not to be with ES, he could have sent her and her mother away a long time ago. And why would he pay for her to go to school with KT, doesn’t make sense unless he wants them together. And he is plotting something.

        November 13, 2013
        • Blanche #

          I hope you are right that Dad Kim is testing both of them that he wants both KT and ES to be together….

          November 13, 2013
        • @ Macoy KT’s father sends ES to Jeguk High so all of the students and most especially the likes YS Bona’s best friend would tell her out straight that KT and ES don’t belong together in a way he planed it to be. Like HJ being employed by Jeguk Empire so she would know her place in the company where Won is the president. He thinks that by doing so, KT and Won will be properly informed that they are loving someone who is below the standard of their class in the society will get so pressured to think of a way to go beyond his will of having a bigger financial investments and ownership of the country’s businesses in his hands. He didn’t know that KT has already given up his share cause he is protecting ES from anyone who tries to belittle her right of loving him back despite the odds.

          I just don’t understand how can he not love both heirs of Jeguk Empire fairly enough so both can enjoy what is it like to bearing the crowns of the biggest conglomerate company in the country. How can He take sides always and make his kids miserable by hating what they are in a family where only selfishness rules above your duty to be a dedicated father of both Won And KT.

          November 13, 2013
  16. OUAFA #

    by the way jooni i liked your comment on Bo Na ” She is an adorable green-eyed monster of jealousy”
    at first i also hated her but now she is so adorable to me i really like her character and i think she and ES will be BFFs , i hope so .
    Bo Na Fighting

    November 13, 2013
  17. debri #

    matur nuwun

    November 13, 2013
  18. Comment #

    Thank you SOOO MUCHH! Your recaps are much ‘gentler’ than some other recaps I read and they are super efficient too! Thanks for being so fast!

    November 13, 2013
  19. Sleepybird #

    Joonni – You are the BEST!!! Hope you have stored enough energy for tonight’s episode!

    Heirs is nowhere near a perfect kdrama but I am still watching….just because it brings me back to a time where relationships are more innocent yet dramatic. That’s part of being a teenager (or young adult). Everything is amplified and complicated.

    The leads are all novices in love . You can’t tear away from the person, you hang on to every word they say…you go a little crazy. That’s normal. But Eun Sang lives in reality everyday. She can only relax when she is away from reality. She wakes up to go back to reality. KT did more harm than good, naively thinking that his mum would take it well. It takes 2 to clap in a relationship – he didn’t think for Eun Sang at all.

    Young Do doesn’t know how to be nice or act nice. He is used to taking way more than giving. He is surrounded by fake people most of the time. That’s why he treasures Myung Soo (who is nice but quite ditsy) and has a little soft spot for Bo Na. He is fighting a losing battle with Eun Sang – knowing that there is very little he can do to make her love him. So a little concern from Eun Sang can open floodgates of repressed emotions. This boy is so starved for affection.

    The best scene was between Eun Sang and her mom. Her mum understands what she is going through and doesn’t ask her to just grin and bear it. Hee Nam is more dignified than all the rich adults in this drama add together.

    Eun Sang – please don’t take KT’s hand. It is painful but walk away. KT – get your game plan together before asking your lady love to sacrifice anymore for you. YD – prepare for further heartbreaks if you want to hang around Eun Sang. Bona+CY – Darlings of this show – Bona is really ES’s reluctant protector.

    November 13, 2013
    • Blanche #

      @sleepybird: You really speak out what I was thinking about KT, YD and ES…. Thanks!

      November 13, 2013
  20. raindrops1 #

    Enjoy readind everyone’s insights and of course reading Joonni’s wonderful recap. I think I will wait to watch the ep tomorrow so that I can watch 11 & 12 together. Ep 11 is too much of a rollercoaster of emotions so I want to see were we are headed.
    I’m a ES and KT shipper 110% but part of me wishes that KT walks away from her. I also want to have some of their secrets come out like KT being a illegitimate son etc…just to see things move forward.

    November 13, 2013
  21. littleraindrops #

    amazing thank you im overseas now and yet i came online just to read your recaps! 😀 you write beautifully

    November 13, 2013
  22. athena #

    Joonni the live streaming was so bad last night and I was so disappointed but today watching it with sub I cry my heart out for ES and mum….I felt their pain..I ‘d say PSH interpreting the story so well..I felt for YD and for KT too..the funny moments was BN..she so cute with the part of being jealous..”you can catch cold….” after YD say something about catching cold to ES…I know how it felt for ES loving KT so much and knowing it is hard for her to be with him… she told her mum the truth of loving KT and wanting to go and transfer out of the school…not to mention the campfire chat with KT and the early morning walk chat…it so natural ,its like they are in a real live…not dramatic or overacting…Thanks Joonni you made it clearer because of your recap..can’t wait for tonight episode…this drama is like watching it for real not PSH.KMK, LMH or even KWB acting in a drama ..I am watching it happening in a real situation….

    November 13, 2013
    • gv #

      I also think the beauty of this drama is its close to reality.all the characters are so real.i really like it.

      November 13, 2013
  23. littleraindrops #

    why eun sang why!! a dead fish kiss again in the preview. aiseh!

    November 13, 2013
    • starmatrix17 #

      @littleraindrops She was surprised to see KT did it out of the blue. We just saw KT kissing her and ES’s reaction was appropriate in a way. But if after that screen shot today or in episode 13 we find out that ES didn’t kiss back KT properly. That would really mean she is not really a good kisser regardless of what role she does as an actress.

      November 13, 2013
      • athena #

        hahaha..PSH kiss…is so precious…so I guess she only gives her kisses in private…So sad and sorry ,no chance for us viewer to enjoy and get high on LMH great kisses..hahaha

        November 13, 2013
  24. nathan ia #

    hai may i know whats song title when KT talked with ES in broadcasting room please??massive thank you hehe 😀

    November 13, 2013
    • Yvel #

      i wanna know the song title too. i already search the lyrics but it doesn’t show anything connected to it. dying to know what’s that song is! 🙂

      November 25, 2013
  25. joonni can you teach me how to create website,just urgent matter comes in my way me.I’m begging you

    November 13, 2013
  26. baby buendia #

    Thanks for the recap…Episodes are sooooo exciting…….Keep hangging for the next episodes…

    November 14, 2013
  27. Vala #

    As always Jooni, thank you so much for the recap and for your comment about the episode! I agree with everything you wrote!

    This episode was filled with so many emotions, at first I got so happy, ES and KT scenes at the camp were so sweet and heartwarming, ES for the first time was honest with him, told him she missed him, told him that she won’t go and the most important I loved what she said to him the next day when they were holding hands and walking “you’re my fortune among my all misfortunes”, the look on KT’s face was priceless ! I loved that even though ES still has hesitations and thinks that all of this cannot be so she wanted to pretend and live the dream for just one night Kim Tan is always the one who makes her understand that this is not a dream and that what he feels for her is not something unimportant, in the contrary and he proved this by taken her hand again, looking her deep in the eyes and saying “how much more close you have to be to believe that this is not a dream”? Oh, so sweet, I loved it!

    Now let’s talk a bit about YD! Strangely for the first time I felt a little bit sad for him, especially at the scene when ES admits that she likes KT, his face expression there made me a little bit sad. His behavior still needs improvement, I still don’t like the way he acts but I want to see him grow and be a better person and if this will be because of ES then I’ll accept it cause I know she will never love him back but she will be the cause of him being a different, better person. I always say this, I want KT and YD become friends again, I hope that’ll happen by the end of the drama, YD even if he doesn’t like it will have to accept the fact that ES loves KT and move on, maybe by doing this his friendship with KT will eventually be as it was before! I have this feeling that he will end up with Rachel, I like them both together, they both need love and seek it desperately in the wrong people, as Joonni pointed out, they haven’t receive the proper care and love from their parents so at the best chance they have they seek it in KT and ES! I am hoping that with time they will come to the realization that this is wrong and will rely on each other.

    I got so upset and sad and felt all kinds of emotions at the scene when KA catches ES and KT in the room! I knew she had no other way to react, I knew she would get crazy and yell to ES and make a mess but still I don’t know why maybe because I’ve seen her funny, a little good side, a little part of me hoped it would be different. I felt so sorry and sad for ES especially, also for KT but she was devastated cause she at last confronted what she had feared the most and what she had been distant and not easy on KT. I got upset cause finally when she was getting closer with KT, making her baby steps toward him, this happens, I know it’s a drama and unavoidably that would happen but it left me bittersweet at the end of the episode.
    I felt sorry for KT too, he is really brave, he knew how to talk to his mother protecting ES and protecting his feelings for her, all he wants is to have the freedom to love ES. He is the opposite of his brother, as I suspected he chose the inheritance, not that I doubted it but still! I hope HJ won’t ever forgive or be with him, he deserve to be alone covered with money that he so much loves!

    I hope ES will hold KT’ hand, I doubt it as she is hurt now and was slapped hard by the reality that she always feared but still I hope she holds his hand!

    I know this was long but I wanted to let it out! Let’s see what will happen tonight!

    November 14, 2013
  28. FAL #

    I hope you guys enjoy this news…

    November 14, 2013
    • OUAFA #

      the link doesn’t work please check it up

      November 14, 2013
      • It does work for me… How about this one???

        November 14, 2013
        • @francylin Yay! 3 hours of practice kissing with LMH as your guide in doing it naturally, ES must in cloud 9 now. >;) I do hope she just do it! I mean its her move that should count now. The first was a test run, this time things should just go with the flow by heart! 🙂 ES please show us how a teenager would do it when a guy like KT head over hills in love with you and is ready to sacrifice all for you sake to cross the threshold and never look back. We die in great anticipation. I do hope that this kiss won’t be the last screen shot of episode 12. Heirs viewers and Jooni’s admirers Keep Fighting! 🙂

          November 14, 2013
  29. Wanitzful #

    Joonni,,,, waiting for ur recap an hour before the live airing!!!! Tnx in advance..

    November 14, 2013
  30. gv #

    Im eagerly waiting for jooni’s recap.
    Eventhough I have really started to like YD and I subconsciously pray that he should end up with ES, my love for LMH always remind me that whatever happens KT should get da girl.

    November 14, 2013
    • Vala #

      I don’t think YD will end up with ES, there is no way for her to like him, she never ever thinks of him, the only thing he does is treat her bad so that won’t work!

      KT and ES are meant to be together and I am sure in the end the will, it won’t be easy but the will be each others resting place!

      November 14, 2013

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