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Recap: The Heirs Episode 13


It’s time to move forward together.

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Written before live recap

After outing his secret, Tan has left himself vulnerable to attack from the world. Yet, at the same time he has become  stronger by growing in courage and character. It’s like stepping out fully armed into a battlefield full of enemy soldiers. Not ideal, but straightforward and sometimes the only choice.

It doesn’t look like Young Do is going to give up on Eun Sang anytime soon, which means we have another white (black?) knight by Eun Sang’s side. What this means for Tan and Young Do’s relationship remains to be seen.

This leaves Rachel alone by herself on the other side, and I hope the writer deals with Rachel a little more softly. The reason I didn’t like Rachel was because, while she had every right to be angry that Tan liked another girl even though he was engaged,  she was mean to Eun Sang right from the beginning. This wasn’t anger merely directed toward this strange woman by her fiance’s side, but at someone she considers below her. I don’t want to keep disliking Rachel, since she is also young and growing. I hope the writer leaves room for me to like Rachel and see her grow up.

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 13


ES goes outside to throw out garbage. She sees Tan standing in front of the café with a dazed look and tears brimming in his eyes.  She looks at him silently, feeling what he feels, as he struggles to breathe with the tears rising in his throat and his chest squeezing in pain. ES starts to cry, and tears fall on both ES and Tan’s cheeks, mirroring each other.

Eun Sang walks over to Tan and asks if he is okay. Tan doesn’t answer. She tearfully asks what happened. Tan reminds her of the time she said in the US she would hold his hand and run with him if it got dangerous for him. “Does that still apply here?” Eun Sang shakes her head, still crying. Tan looks devastated: “I see.”

Suddenly, ES rushes closer and wraps her arms around his neck and embraces him tight, standing on her toes. Tan embraces her back, relieved and comforted. Both cry into each other’s shoulders.

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Esther and R are back at their house. Pissed, E asks R if she really didn’t know about Tan being illegitimate. R throws it back at her mom- mom should have checked before the engagement. E continues to complain so R tells her mom to be quiet so she can think. E says R doesn’t need to; she instructs R to just stay engaged to Tan until the time Tan and Won start fighting each other for Jeguk. They are bound to, especially since they are illegitimate and legitimate, respectively. They are each going to start buying up stocks and then the stock prices will rise. R is amazed and angry that her mom is able to calculate this even in this kind of situation.


R goes to YD. She yells at him for not telling her about Tan before hand. “Kim Tan revealed it with his own mouth. Saying he is breaking the engagement.” She asks why YD kept this good hand a secret- what does he plan to do now? YD replies he is going to keep R’s mouth shut. “I’m not asking you for a favor, but warning you. Sister.” R asks why. YD replies it’s because it is the best thing he has ever done so far, keeping this a secret till now. “Also, it is one of the most hurtful things to Tan.”

YD continues, “It seems Kim Tan has walked one step closer to Cha Eun Sang. So you should decide what you are going to do- break the engagement or not.

Tan brings ES to Myungsoo’s studio. He wants her to stay here, although ES object. Tan says her excuses won’t work anymore since she hugged him. So cute these two.  He sits her down on the futon, and ES feels a little nervous about the close distance. Tan asks where ES has been staying since the night she left his house. ES just asks why Tan cried, and the two go back and forth, neither one answering each other’s question. Tan finally answers ES, joking that he cried because penguins all over the world are going extinct.


Sounds are heard outside. MS is trying to get in, but Tan has already changed the passcode to the lock of the studio. ES wants to let MS in but Tan locks her in with his knees. Tan asks her again where she was- he was so worried he couldn’t sleep.

ES’s phone rings. Tan sees it is YD and sighs. He picks it up. YD complains that Tan always picks up ES’s phone. Tan just wants him to get to the point. YD asks Tan to relay to ES that she should make her SNS account public. Or else. Tan tells YD that there is nothing for him to see on ES’s account. YD asking if Tan and ES are friends (on the social network service). Tan replies that they are lovers. ROFL.

YD says to Tan, “You’ve let everyone know you are illegitimate. What were you thinking?” Tan doesn’t answer the question and hangs up.

Tan sees pictures on the table that MS took of ES and Young at the camp. He gets jealous so ES asks, You’re a *delusional jealousy* hopeful. (*Othello syndrome in which a spouse holds the delusional belief that one’s partner is unfaithful). Tan grins, saying whoever becomes his wife will be happy to be. Eun Sang rolls her eyes.

ES brings her books to the table, and Tan asks what she is doing. She replies, “What would a student be doing? Right, how would a 100th place student know?” Tan stomps over to the sofa. He just lays down at first to sleep, but then suddenly sits up to yell, “My answers were off by one line!” (Meaning he missed filling in one bubble on the scantron and all the other answers that followed were also wrong as a result.) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!

Tan asks ES how she can work with him in such close quarters with her. Eun Sang shrugs. Tan sits and stares at Eun Sang with a smile on his face, a boy totally smitten.


Time passes, and ES turns around to look at Tan. He is sleeping. She whispers, “Have a good dream.”But Tan is not actually sleeping. He replies, “I already am. You are there, in front of me.”

Next morning, Tan and ES come out of the studio, late for school, and suddenly flashes of light bombard them. MS has sat out all night to catch them. He furiously takes pictures.

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Tan, MS, and ES take the car to school together, sitting together in the back in THAT order. Ha! Tan threatens MS to to erase the pictures- “You don’t know but in the past I was able to hurt people using only a spoon. OMG, City Hunter reference!

MS asks if Tan and ES are dating. Tan says yes. ES yells, “Yah!” Tan points out that ES hugged him last night. MS asks what they did after hugging. Tan makes a kissy face that makes both MS and Tan smirk and laugh.

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ES and Tan are walking side by side to school. ES remembers back when Tan used to walk before. Tan asks with smile on his face, “Why, are you moved since we have spent the night together and are going to school together? Wife.”

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Tan holds out his hand her- “Take courage.” ES takes his hand slowly, but Tan waits patiently with a smile on his face. ES says, “I’m sorry I was so late.” She smiles. Tan notes, “See, you smile so well.”

Tan and ES walk hand in hand. The other students whisper, but ES and Tan keep walking. R sees them from afar.


Tan and ES run into YD. YD stares at their hands. He asks what they are doing in an educational environment. Tan asks ES to go the broadcasting club room first. She starts to walk away, and YD tells ES to answer her own phone from now on. Tan tells her to keep walking. ES asks both to not beat each other up, and she walks away.

Tan tells YD to not call ES. YD asks how Tan can reveals his secret with his own mouth, “It’s something I’ve been waiting to do.” Tan tells him it’s not too late; the other students don’t seem to know yet. YD replies that he is planning to, after building up its impact a little more. He ask Tan, “How will you clean up the mess?” Tan says he isn’t; he is just going to endure. “The person you knew well and the person I am now are a little different. So don’t act friendly or like you know me.” Tan walks away.

ES is waiting in the broadcast room. R comes in. She says she will show ES something. Tan comes in telling R to not talk to ES from now on. R slaps Tan. ES gasps. Tan calmly says, “Yes, like this. Bother me and not Cha Eun Sang.”

R tells Tan to shut up- he’s only a bastard. R asks ES why she was so shocked- at Tan’s secret or the slap. ES responds that it was R’s attitude- how can people like her say that so easily? R replies its because bloodline is the crown in their status group. “But new money like you can’t understand that, right?”


R faces Tan again. “She’s only at that level but you’re going to break the engagement with me for her?” She is peeved that Tan is not begging her to be his fiance considering his situation. Tan replies, “I’m sorry, but for me, it’s still not you.”

Upset, ES leaves the room. Tan’s gaze follows her so R asks if he is going to follow ES out. He replies yes and turns to leave, but R speaks up, wondering why Tan’s birth mom pretended to be ES’s mom. Tan replies that R shouldn’t interested in either his mom, ES, or him. He leaves.

Tan waits outside the girls’ bathroom that ES is in. He shoos other girls away. BN is passing by and asks Tan what he is doing in front of the girls’ bathroom. He tells her ES is inside so she should use another floor. BN complains that she helped ES out by letting her sleep at her house. Tan is absolutely delighted to hear this. He gives BN a high-five. BN runs away to tell CY that Tan touched her.

ES comes out and hits Tan for embarrassing her like this. Tan asks her to use the boys’ bathroom to cry instead. Pfft!

Tan tells ES not to cry since it is not her fault that he cried yesterday. ES asks that while she doesn’t know anything about business and stocks, is there no way Tan can be protected? Tan teases, “You hurt me before telling me to only protect myself, but now you want to protect  me?” ES bashfully replies, “Yeah…. So what?”

ES is taking a book out of her locker (the novel “The Solitary Room”), and CY comes to tease ES about Tan. BN comes, jealous. ES leaves, saying CY is threatening her. CY affirms, smiling, and leaves BN, saying he will meet her later in the cafeteria.

YS comes to BN and comments that ES is getting her claws into CY too? BN should just break up with CY, since he is only a secretary’s son anyway- BN is too good for CY. BN gets mad; she’s never considered herself too good for CY. Sweet girl. YS says she is just warning BN before ES takes CY too, and ends up like R with her engagement broken.


R is passing by at this moments so she stops. She asks who said the engagement is over. YS replies that all the students are saying Tan broke off the engagement because of R’s family and her mother’s remarriage. She asks if R’s mom is targeting YD’s dad next- she heard Esther took half of R’s birth dad’s business when they divorced.

R is peeved so she outs that YS’s mom is a room salon madam. All other kids hear, including Bo Na. BN is mad that YS made fun of CY considering her own family status. Suddenly, R asks BN to eat lunch together.


Turns out R has asked BN to each lunch so they can do what YD does to charity cases at lunch at the special table. Tan has shown up in the cafeteria after hearing from other students was is going on. CY shows up too, and BN tries to explain that YS made fun of him but R interrupts her to tell him the just let the girls do their thing.

Tan sighs and grabs another student’s plate with curry and rice. He asks YS to move. He sits down, whining he is hungry. Tan acts like nothing is different, when R asks him if he doesn’t know what kind of seat he is sitting in. Tan feigns ignorance- “The seat closest to the food?”

ES comes in. So does YD. He walks up to Tan, asking if Tan is going to break the rules (rules being treating the charity cases like this). Tan replies it is the rule that he made, so he is going to break it. YD replies that even if Tan made it, YD has been the one maintaining it until now. Tan shouldn’t be doing this without his permission. “You can’t break the rule. I will show you why. The seat is this type of seat.” Young Do pours the curry onto Tan’s suit jacket.

Tan calmly gets up and as he takes off his jacket says, “Until yesterday, this seat was that type of seat, but starting from today, it is a seat in which this could happen.” He throws his jacket at YD’s face, saying sorry to ES. He tells YD to follow him.

ES is not about the let this escalate and steps in and pulls Tan away. CY drags BN out of there too. YD and R are left alone with the other onlookers gone too.

Outside, ES scolds Tan for fighting with YD constantly- Do they feel okay after doing that? Tan complains that YD started it, so ES replies that YD is a elementary school kid- she thought at least Tan is a junior high school.


Separately, CY and BN fight. BN explains that YS made fun of CY being a secretary’s son, but CY retorts that just BN shouldn’t have gone down to that level too. And what YS said was all true. The fact that BN got mad means she’s been ashamed all this time of CY. BN gets mad, saying that is not what she means. CY declares he is disappointed by BN’s actions. BN leaves CY, angry. Aww, I don’t my cute puppy couple to fight!

Tan comes home from school. Dad tells Tan to leave, and leave behind everything he has passed for. He’s not going to hold onto a son who is has refused his father obtaining him “insurance” for an easy life.  KA tries to stop Dad and Tan, but Tan does what his father says. Tan replies to his father, “I know Rachel is my life insurance. But my insurance can’t become my life, father.” KA tries to stop Tan from leaving, but Tan replies he is not leaving but being chased out.

ES runs out of her café. Tan informs her he has been chased out, coatless and all. He needs to borrow money from her to pay the taxi he took to get here- “I’ll pay you back.” ES hits him for taking the taxi when he has no money. Pfft!


Inside the café, ES informs Tan that when parents tell you get out, they really mean they will forgive you if you admit you are wrong. Tan replies he has done nothing wrong; therefore, he cannot plead. She asks what he will do,then, from now on with no money. Tan says, with a very serious and determined look on his face, that he will study hard and succeed. ES suggests sarcastically, that he tries to get on “K-Pop Star” instead (K-Pop Star is a popular singing audition program in Korea.) Tan explains he can’t sing. He asks ES to call HS, MS, BN, and CY.

Ha! Tan has gathered HS, MS, and CY to ask them for house him, drive him to school, or buy him food. The boys are unresponsive.


BN has also arrived, and before BN can turn around to leave, CY volunteers to. Tan is pouty that no one is paying attention to him when he has been kicked out of the house. HS asks what happened. Tan gives the general idea, but not the actual secret. HS offers to let Tan stay at his house. Tan says no, thanks, HS’s mom is scary. HS agrees- he’s never been jealous of a guy before who has been chased out of his home.

HS is at home now, fiddling with his medicine bottle. He texts HJ, but her answer is short and no nonsense. HS’s mom comes in with a suit. She has set up the rolling admissions interview again. Mom has lied that HS was sick on that day. HS is shocked and mad his mom would go this far, to illegally put the son of the Prosecutor General- will this end only if he kills himself?! Mom doesn’t falter; she replies his threats don’t work anymore. She says she has confidence that she will not let HS give up on himself.


ES is at café, trying to find out where Tan is. KA shows up. She seems concerned about ES. She wants ES to come home- why did she leave just like that? KA asks ES where Tan is- did he come here? Tan shows up. KA wants to take Tan back home. Tan refuses. KA is worried that his dad will finds out he is here with ES. Tan says Dad probably knows because he put a tail on him.

KA asks ES for help to bring Tan home. ES volunteers to return to the Kim house- so Tan should come too. Tan refuses, only asks for his cellphone and clothes from his mom. KA refuses but as Tan starts to walk away, worried about her son, she gives him his cellphone and clothes. Tan comments he likes this “two-shot” of Eun Sang and his mom together.


ES’s mom asks how ES returned home with KA. ES explains that KA came to bring her home, and that she didn’t yell at her. ES asks what Tan’s dad is doing. Mom replies that he is holed up in his room.

Tan shows up at Won’s hotel room. He asks to be housed just one night. Won closes door at first. Then he opens it again.

Tan is eating dinner, with a smile on his face as he looks at Won. Won doesn’t look at Tan, though. Tan informs Won that dad hit him. Won replies that he has heard. Tan replies, “He didn’t say anything to do when you packed up, but he chased me out without any money. Maybe it’s because I’m illegitimate. It mad me kind of sad.” Won shows some response.

Won gets a call from Yoon. Yoon notifies him that when Ji Sook’s stocks in Jeguk, which Daddy Kim has control over, would be moved to Kim Tan (on his birthday), will cause the most trouble to Won. Won asks if this is based on the assumption that Yoon will also hand over his stocks to Tan. Yoon replies yes.

Tan asks if they are talking about him. Again, Won asks if Tan really doesn’t understand or is pretending he doesn’t understand. Won throws his credit card at Tan. He is not sleeping in the same room as Tan.

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Tan tries to book a room  in the hotel (Zeus Hotel where his brother is staying and YD’s dad hotel), but YD has drawn a  picture of Tan so the front desk could keep him out. This basically ends up with Tan being happy because now he has nowhere to go except his brother’s room again. Ha! That backfired on YD.


Won and Tan  are sleeping; Tan on the sofa with a smile on his face and Won on the bed. Tan asks if Won is sleeping, and there is no answer. Tan says, “I have a lot to ask you, hyung. I also have a lot I want to say. But you’re sleeping too early, hyung.” Won opens his eyes and says nothing.

Next morning, Won drives Tan to school. Tan starts to ask if Won can pick him up too, but Won’s look shuts him up. Tan leaves, smiling.

From his car, Won sees HJ going to school. Won starts to get out of the car but stops.

HJ introduces herself to classroom (YD, CY, ES, and Tan are here) as the teacher. She tells that that she heard that the kids here discriminate each other based on money. She will do it by grades. (LOL, she tells YD to drop his eyebrows here.) Tan recognizes HJ.

In the meeting with Yoon, the chairman, and Ji Sook, Yoon learns that the chairman has been spying on him too. Chairman tells Yoon to stop meeting Esther. He also instructs Yoon to stop his task of revealing the names of people who have been holding the Chairman’s stock underneath their name. He also tells Yoon to buy back anyone who seems like they will try to sell stocks to Esther. He also wants JS to try to win over E again. Chairman also tells Yoon to look into ES studying abroad; sending her to the school isn’t working. Chairman: “I forgot to add the variable of youth to the equation.”


At school. ES is happy to see Tan walk over. She even compliments on his looks! She asks Tan how it was with Won yesterday. He describes things that ES knows is a lie. Tan asks about his mom- did she drink wine again last night. ES offers him doughnuts, wondering if Tan is making her into his spy  now. Instead of eating his own, Tan takes a bite out of hers. ES hits him, but Tan complains that they are moving too slowly. ES reminds him of the kiss on the roof, which of course is ammunition for Tan to tease her about. ES blushes and leaves, saying she has to go to the broadcast club because HS is not here.

HS is at the interview. He isn’t answering anything properly, spacing out.

Tan calls HS. HS isn’t picking up. Tan is concerned. He gets a call from JS.

Tan apologizes to JS,  but JS is too angry. She informs that Dad and JS didnt’ lie all these years to merely protect him, but to keep others at bay. Dad fought hard against his brothers and their kids to get and keep this company. Now with it about to be out that Tan is illegimate, Dad’s brothers are now going to be wolves. This is battle that Tan and Won are going to have to block.

Tan is at the golf class. MS walks up asking why he is here. Tan says because he doesn’t want to show this face to ES. MS asks what kind of face. Tan replies, “The face counting the number of thresholds we have to cross over.”

At the café, boss tells ES that someone has reserved the entire café. YD shows up. ES doesn’t’ realize at first, but YD is the one who reserved the whole place.

YD tells her he had to go this far since she won’t do anything eat with him, answer his calls, and is avoiding him. YD asks her to make two drinks for them. ES only makes one. YD sits uncomfortably in silence while ES cleans up around the café. YD tells her to rest. ES ignores him so he spills his drink on the floor. He threatens to spill the rest of it if ES doesn’t sit down. She sits down.

ES ask YD what he wants from her. YD slowly answers, “You to answer your own phone. Responding when I talk to you. Saying hi when I catch your eye.”


ES responds, “Now I know. I know you like me and that is why you are keeping my secret. I’m sorry I only avoided you. Now I can only do one thing.”

YD swallows hard. ES: “I refuse your heart. I’m sorry.”

YD is silent. He expected this, but it still hurts nonetheless. Finally he says,” I’ve really been rejected. Can I get revenge?”

ES replies that while she wishes he didn’t, if he wants to he could because she rejected him.

YD says he can’t torture her anymore because it hurts him to hurt her, but he will take revenge on all others. He tells her to rest the remaining time he has booked the cafe for. He leaves.


In school, YD sits, dejected, with his head on table. He reflects on what ES said, and suddenly gets up. He gets on the school broadcasting system. All the students, including Tan can hear YD’s announcement. YD begins by saying he has something to reveal about Kim Tan. ES is running to the room. Elsewhere, Tan is walking slowly. YD says he will reveal the secret in 60 seconds. Stalling, he says, “Your enemy is not the person standing in front of you with a knife but the people standing next to you with knives behind their back.” He adds that this describes Kim Tan and his relationship perfectly.

At this point, ES rushes into broadcast room.  YD says, “Right now that person has arrived…” ES shuts off the mic. YD finishes his sentence, “The person I was waiting for.”

Eun Sang yells at YD, and YD points out that ES has come rushing since it involved Tan. ES is pulling YD out of the room, when he suddenly pulls her back. She demands that he let her go, but YD says he won’t because he will have to do it later anyway. YD: “I’m doing all this for just this brief moment. So you endure this.” Softly, ES says, “Stop this, Young Do.” At this Young Do pushes ES against the wall. YD: “Don’t call me like that.”


Tan has arrived just outside the broadcast room. Through the door window, he can see YD, and he realizes that ES is in there too. He tries to get it, but YD locks the door. Tan kicks the door furiously, yelling at YD to open the door before he kills him.

Inside, ES asks YD to open the door. YD replies, “When I said I would torture all those around you, it included Kim Tan. And me.”

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Preview for Episode 14:

KA to ES: Stay in your room. Don’t come out. Rachel is here.

R to KA: Why did you come as ES’s mom to the parents’ meeting?

Daddy Kim: Why the sudden change in personnel?

Yoon to Won: You’ve started the war.

Won to Yoon: Decide. Whether I will put your name on the last line or not.

MS: What will you do if both you and Cha Eun Sang fall in the water?

YD: I guess I will have to save Cha Eun Sang and make her live without me.

CY and BN: Thank you for coming to Yoon Chan Young and Lee Bo Na’s makeup party.

ES: This is (can’t hear) service. (ES is delivering something for the party.)

R: I called for the delivery because I thought there was not enough drinks at this party.

Tan: Am I nothing to you?

ES: Because just your own problems are too overwhelming for you.

Tan: Every moment since I was born has been overwhelming.

Tan: Should we just run away? Do you want to go to the States with me?



It was no surprise that Esther didn’t think of trying to comfort or protect her daughter when they learned that Tan was illegitimate. Instead she calculated how this could be advantageous to her. It continues to be no surprise, then, that Rachel outed Ye Seul on what her mom really does.

Most of the rich kids’ problem is that they believe they are just inherently different from those less off. Based on this belief, they step on others, feeling every little insult their way bitterly but never sympathizing with those they cause harm to. Rachel’s purpose in revealing Ye Seul’s secret is not to teach Ye Seul that it is an eye for an eye, but with their social differences, it is more like an eye for everything.

The sense of entitlement belonging to the upper class in this drama is what drives much of the characters and conflict between the lower class and the upper class. As Yoon pointed out before, Esther and Won believe that people like him would keep waiting, just because Esther and Won are “such a catch.” Yeah, right. And Won continues to follow the folly, distancing himself from Hyun Joo. I think he has gotten it through into his head that Hyun Joo is not going to wait for him, but he maintains his choice to put Jeguk above her.

Hyun Joo and Won’s story does feel a little under-written in this drama, without a full and layered development into their conflict. We get very few scenes of these two, and when we do, they are short. It is a good thing that Choi Jin Hyuk and Im Joo Eun are doing such a great job of expressing so much in one look; otherwise, I don’t think viewers are getting enough from the writing to care deeply about this couple.

Won was really the last person I suspected that Tan would go when he is chased out, and yeah, I guess he was last. Ha! Still, it surprised me pleasantly because it shows that Tan just won’t give up on his brother, no matter how coldly Won reacts. Now armed with what Hyun Joo had said Won said about him, Tan can smile a little brighter in front of Won. Still, even though I knew how Won really felt about his brother, I wanted to smack him when he threw the credit card in front of Tan. Especially after seeing Tan’s dejected face when it had been eating so happily before.

Question: Was it just me or did Young Do look a little like he regretted his attitude toward Tan all these years when he told Rachel that it was the best thing he has ever done so far, keeping Tan’s  secret till now?  He added, “Also, it is one of the most hurtful things to Tan.”

This was a cute and fun episode overall with lots of interaction between Eun Sang and Tan. Tan was even more adorably childish with his teasing, and Eun Sang is also giving Tan a hard time about his mid-term test. I liked the little jokes here and there, with that reference to Lee Minho’s awesome spoon-fight scene in City Hunter. If I was drinking, I would have spewed out my drink then. I LOVED THAT SCENE in City Hunter. Also, while Tan and Young Do aren’t exactly friends, they are teasing each other way more and less painfully, since YD can’t keep attacking with Tan’s secret anymore. Thus, we get that hilarious drawing of Tan from YD, and YD’s jealousy that Tan and Eun Sang are SNS (social network service, like Twitter) friends.

The dot was connected today between what Young had said in the earlier episodes about Tan not being a real tiger and that is why is ran away. Tan isn’t a really tiger because he isn’t a legitimate son of Jeguk. As Rachel pointed out, being illegitimate or legitimate is really important for people in her status class because bloodline is like the crown. Similar to the way a crown will only get passed down from generation to generation based on the legitimacy of the relationship, bloodline is what defines how big corporations like Jeguk and RS keep the business within the family. Daddy Kim, Esther, Young Do’s dad, Hyo Shin’s must keep their eyes on their children to make sure they continue the legacy of the family and its business.

Ki Ae continues to grow on me, showing genuine concern for Eun Sang living outside the house. She’s hot-tempered and has said mean things to Eun Sang’s mom because she is mute<, but Ki Ae in the end is harmless. It puts my worry over another obstacle between Tan and Eun Sang a little bit to rest.

Tan learned through Ji Sook today that his actions have more far-reaching consequences then a young, 18 year old boy would have been able to predict. Tan was trying to help his mom, protect ES and himself, as well as free himself from the engagement when he outed his secret, but what he didn't know was exactly how it would affect Jeguk. I'm sure he knew it wouldn't be too good for future business to break an arrangement with RS international, and in turn Zeus, but I don't think he took into account other business enemies. The writer seems to be slowly but steadily building up a major business conflict soon, and I am curious to see how involved Tan will be. Tan was supposed to get stocks of Jeguk Holdings on his birthday which would have likely given him more power than Won, effectively making him looking like the heir instead of Won. But with Daddy Kim putting that on hold, I wonder how complicated the conflict will get with Esther, Choi Young Do's dad, JS, Daddy Kim, and Won all trying to gain or keep control of Jeguk. How will Tan figure into this story?

A part of me thought that the reason Tan helped out Joon Young before against Young Do was mostly because he was angry at Young Do, not really for the purpose of helping the weak. But after today, seeing the way Tan helped Ye Seul, I think I can say that Tan has truly changed, realizing what he used to do before to bully other kids was wrong. In comparison, Young Do doesn't seem to have realized this, even after liking someone like Eun Sang. Admittedly, Young Do might have just been reacting to Tan by declaring that the cafeteria hazing was maintained by him, but I doubt Young Do would have stopped Rachel from ganging up on Ye Seul. Because Young Do's love is unrequited, he is angry and trying to do everything he can to get Eun Sang's attention,  including torturing others. If it came to bullying another charity case to get Eun Sang's attention, I'm pretty sure he would have, even though Eun Sang is also a charity case. Alas, Young Do, you haven't grown up yet. Once again, he reminds of Goo Joon Pyo from Boys Over Flowers. The writer for that drama completely dropped the ball on the F4 red card bullying story when Goo Joon Pyo fell in love with Geum Jandi. I remember wishing that the writer of that drama would show Goo Joon Pyo as a nicer person to EVERYONE because he has been changed by Jandi, but alas, that didn't happen. I worry this will be the case too for Young Do. I think this is what happens when you don't have the drama written as a youth drama even though it is centered around teenagers. Youth dramas are heavy on character growth, showing how characters mature and change after they deal with difficult situations. The Heirs is a romantic-comedy so it would be difficult to expect such change in this drama for all its characters.

In the context of a pure romantic-comedy like The Heirs, Young Do's moments of vulnerability are enough to keep me sympathetic to his character. If there were more scenes of Rachel's  vulnerability, I would be more sympathetic towards her too. It is the moments of vulnerability that bring us closer to the pathos of the character, helping us to sympathize and relate. We saw before how much Young Do was moved by Eun Sang showing a little concern for him, so I can understand how hard he is trying to keep Eun Sang by his side. He doesn't have much to work with here, with Eun Sang flatly rejecting him and all, and his desperation is rising. I just hope that the desperation doesn't take him too far. I still have hope for Young Do- I think he will ultimately decide what is best for Eun Sang. Things are a bit more complicated for Young Do right now, with his mixed feelings toward Tan and his first love with Eun Sang. It took a while for Tan to really grow up too. I can wait for Young Do.

Perhaps the best the scene of all this episode was when Eun Sang took Tan's hand. And she apologize it took her so long. Holding hands, walking side bye side, they are ready to face the world. Before Tan was walking behind her, and when Tan had forcibly held her hands before, Eun Sang walked a little behind him. They never walked side by side. Now they are. Partners.




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  1. hi.. nice recap jooni..

    from this episode i’ve been questioning few things : yoon said part of 5% ji sook stock will be transferred to Tan. does it mean finally they want a divorce?
    and seeing Ye Sol’s mom job, maybe Tan’s mom are also from hostess/similar background?

    also, i think ES more suitable with YD, and Tan with R… 😀
    can’t wait for the next episode… 🙂

    November 21, 2013
    • Cannot imagine KT with R … she such a cold and unfriendly person with influence from the family that bloodline is crown, she only measure a person by their status. Look how she talk to KT is the broadcast room, whereas KT is such a nice guy, lots of humor, considerate and realise his past mistake of bully others. R will never be able to bring out the goodness of KT. On the other hand, maybe HS will be good for her….at least HS can stand her.

      November 21, 2013
  2. justme #

    Hi Joonni! Thank you so much for this wonderful recap! I usually have to wait till the next day for the episode with english subs and your recaps just make the wait bearable!

    I think this episode had a healthy dose of seriousness and cuteness. Eun Sang has taken a huge step forward and I hope she doesn’t turn around no matter how hard it gets. Kim Tan as usual just stole my heart with all his cute yet emotional acting, especially when he hides away in the golf area so that ES doesn’t see how bad he is doing. I had always kinda hated Young Do( as a character) throughout the previous episodes, but it has become a bit difficult to hate him now. I think Young Do’s character is one of the most developed characters in the drama. He has definitely grown from the first few episodes and though he still continues being mean to ES and KT, I don’t think he will actually do anything that will majorly damage either of them. And I have to commend Kim Woo Bin’s acting. He is able to pull off a soft Young Do while still maintaining the tough character.

    I can’t wait for the next episodes and especially what is going to happen to HS, KW,HJ love triangle. I’m definitely looking forward to your recap for later Joonni!! Thank you so much!!

    November 21, 2013
  3. Ain Nisa #

    I love the way tan and eun sang hug each other. They really seem to rely on each other, sharing each other burden while comforting too. It moves me. It doesn’t say anything about chemistry, but at that point I’m really certain LMH DOES feels comfortable toward PSH.

    November 21, 2013
    • ariannemarie #

      rachel was not mad at eun sang just because she was lower level in terms of social class.

      she got mad because eun sang laughed at her while she overheard rachel lying. rachel was obviously insulted and talked back.

      rachel saw eun sang at her fiance’s house and found out she stayed over when her fiance did not even pick her up or answer her calls. of course she will be mad at what she thought is the other girl, because there’s really no other logical reason to think whatever else is eun sang’s role in her fiance’s life, right?

      November 21, 2013
  4. starmatrix17 #

    Going back here in the States is a mistake. KT and His brother can talk things out about who wants to bear the crown. KT has no intentions on it anyways, cause he loves his brother so much, he rather just have fun and enjoy life with ES can being in the corporate world of greed. He also doesn’t understand his father’s intentions of putting too much strain between him and his eldest brother.

    What will happen to ES’s mother if they go to the states? She might lose her job and end up homeless and jobless too. ES won’t ever leave her mother, cause she the only one who can be there for her.

    Studying hard and succeed on it is the best idea KT can think off. He’s a grown man, he can do anything to prove ES his worthy of her love for him. Together they can defy them all and shine on towards a brighter future hand in hand, heart to heart, soul mates forever! 😉

    November 21, 2013
    • starmatrix17 #

      I wanted to add that KT will rather be with ES than being involved with the corporate world of greed.

      November 21, 2013
  5. Swathi Nithya #

    Did any one notice the body outline drawn on the floor , in the scene where KT calls HS ??

    November 21, 2013
  6. Swathi Nithya #

    Makes me think that it is HS who draws it… there was already a reference to the outline in one of the previous eps

    November 21, 2013
  7. nubianlegalmind #

    This episode was sooooo funny! There are just priceless moments in this one.

    1) R goes to see YD about him keeping KT’s real mom a secret and him telling her how annoying it is having a sister.

    2) KT/ES are at MS’s studio and he pretends he was crying over the endangered penguins.

    3) When KT got upset at ES again about mentioning his class rank and he jumps up from the couch yellig he marked the scantron wrong.

    4) RIDICULOUSLY FUNNY: MS taking paparazzi-esque pictures of KT/ES as soon as they emerged from his studio the next morning.

    5) KT/MS/ES on their way to school in his car and KT acting like he and ES were kissing all night in the studio.

    6) LBN totally freaking out over KT high-fiving her for letting ES sleep over for 2 nights.

    7) ES hitting KT on the arm for taking a cab to her job after getting kicked out of the house with no money.

    8) HS/MS/CY ignoring KT’s pitch to have them help him out in his time of need.

    9) KT getting upset with ES for agreeing to go back home with his mom without him.

    10) The picture YD drew and left at the front desk to keep KT from booking a room at the hotel.

    11) KT stealing a kiss when he bit the other side of ES’s donut pop.

    I also really love how KT and ES are progressing as a couple. So adorable!

    November 21, 2013
  8. PkY #

    There was a pretty ballad playing during the scene where ES and KT were in Myung Soo’s studio. Does anyone know what the song is called and who sings it?

    November 21, 2013
  9. joanne #

    What is the name of the song played when eun sang rejected young do?

    November 21, 2013
  10. Whats the song in episode 13 when Eun Sang and Tan are in the studio when she says sweet dreams to him?

    November 22, 2013
  11. joanne #

    Hi Joonni! Could you please tell me the name of the song in episode 13 when Young Do got rejected by Eun Sang in her work place?. I believe it’s a man who sings it with a lovely guitar but I don’t know what the title is. The song is stuck in my head and I really love the song. Please reply.

    November 23, 2013
  12. joanne #

    Hi Joonni. What is the background song when Young Do got rejected by Eun Sang in episode 13?

    November 23, 2013
    • Lydia #

      Its called Growing Pain 2 by Cold Cherry

      November 29, 2013
  13. nana sutagara #

    this drama is really daebak..the great drama that i ever watched..its about dream,effort to make it happen,love and friendship..there are something we can learn from this drama..greatest actor and actrees..greatest doubt i hope someday park shin hye lee min ho or park shin hye kim woo bin will end up as a real couple..
    the heirs become popular all over the world..if its boring like hater will not be happen..but in fact there are milion the heirs lover from all over the world..this is my sadness because its 6 episode left and i dont know when park shin hye and lee min ho will be gather together in one drama again..bcuz im really looking forward from a long ago…so cmon haters its 6 episode left just kindly to keep silent if u dont like this drama

    November 26, 2013
  14. alma charlene #

    I want to know the title of the song in beginning of episode 13, where Tan and Eun Sang crying in each others shoulder infront of the coffee/restaurant. thanks 🙂

    November 27, 2013

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