Birth of A Beauty Ep 10 Recap (and why HTH is utterly swoon-worthy)

Boy, did this episode pack a punch in terms of deep questions! Much of the villainy is set aside as we focus on our leads, though trouble has begun to brew in certain quarters. We start off with HTH’s shock announcement that he is the long-lost Dong Geul aka Han Dong Eun. HMH and his mother look as though they’ve been forced to eat Dungbombs as the board of directors buzzes amongst themselves. GCY begins to questions things as well, pondering the circumstances of her first meeting with HTH.
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HTH confides to a weary Ji Hoon (GCY’s brother and his adopted brother) that Sara’s birthday is the next day and he wants to make it a day to remember. Ji Hoon, who may know a lot about superficial women but doesn’t understand gems like Sara, suggests an ‘aristocratic date’. HTH gleefully plans one , which promises to be a disaster. Meanwhile a super happy Sara relives that hug when HTH arrives home from some shopping. vlcsnap-2014-12-03-12h37m30s21 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-12h37m33s44 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-12h37m43s143Her reactions upon hearing his dulcet tones is hilarious as is his reaction upon speaking in said dulcet tones
vlcsnap-2014-12-03-12h38m12s179 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-12h37m56s24 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-12h38m33s127 They’re both a bit awkward around each other and things get even more amusing when HTH notices that’s she’s put on makeup.
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Hilarity ensues, after which he presents her with an entire department store’s worth of clothing and tells her to get dressed up for their date tomorrow. An undoubtedly weary Team Leader Choi, pulls out all stops in prepping for said date (unrolling the red carpet and providing applause)  and the happy arm goes arm in arm to the opera…upon which Sara promptly falls asleep.
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HTH berates her on not enjoying “upper class pleasures” to which she responds with the fact that things like those are only for those born with a gold spoon in their mouth, ie the lazy rich. HTH then tries to buy her jewelry  upon Ji Hoon’s suggestion only for her gratefully thank him for the thought, and dismiss the offer. Sara softens upon realizing that he’s going this far because it’s her birthday but suggests a much better place to enjoy their date, a buffet.
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HTH is promptly dragged off to a supermarket, where Sara munches her way through the free samples, still in their fancy opera clothing. Add to that her sudden reaction upon seen a 1+1 deal for toilet paper and the date is pretty much ruined.
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An annoyed HTH berates her once they get home, asking why she can’t enjoy things like other women. The resulting conversation is unbelievably refreshing and thought-provoking and leaves HTH deflated, wondering just what kind of man he is and whether he’s that different from those who were so cruel to Sara.
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HMH and Evil Mom quiz GCY on the specifics of the when she first met HTH. The laws of thinking within this drama stand, as they appear utterly oblivious to the fact that GCY is picking up on the looks of terror they keep shooting each other.  vlcsnap-2014-12-03-12h50m37s206 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-12h50m40s238 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-12h50m57s150 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-12h51m03s210 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-12h51m05s231Honestly are our four leads the only ones capable of thinking within this drama? Needless to say, GCY’s suspicions are confirmed and suddenly HTH appears a lot more attractive. vlcsnap-2014-12-03-12h51m15s74vlcsnap-2014-12-03-12h51m17s96Too bad she hadn’t thought that five six episodes ago, it’s too late for you now, GCY. LKJ’s father is horrified to hear to his son’s imprisonment and visits Sara’s mother in the hospital who confirms every charge against his son. LKJ’s father appears to have some history with Sara’s mother, as they address each other by the more formal ‘in-law’ at one turn, then ‘oppa’ at the other. Hmm, is there anything between them besides their hometown connection? Sara makes the error of putting in an appearance then. True to the laws of thinking with this drama, LKJ’s father thinks nothing of the visit and of mentioning to his imprisoned son, who continuously feigns innocence.
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He uses blackmail information on a shady prosecutor named Han, to buy his way out of jail as the minion begins to follow Sara.

HTH is in a deep funk after Sara’s words and wonders how to prove that he really cares for her.
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(Gosh you cutie)
Meanwhile, Sara is deeply moved during a visit to her mother’s beside, when she hears her mother wish for her happiness. On her way home, she comes face-to-face with HMH, who appears to have joined the ranks of Sara’s stalkers, and presents her with an ocarina, with the hidden message that he will be going after. Not that Sara gets it. Watching them from the sidelines is HTH, who’d hoped to be the first one to wish her a happy birthday.
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They go together to visit his grandmother. HTH is as nervous as hell, when Sara offers him her hand. Clearly reassured with her at his side, they wait for PMD to appear. The reunion is as joyful as it is sad, with PMD not even bothering to look at the proof that HTH is HDE, recognizing her own flesh and blood immediately. Announcing his intent to rescue her, the three share a quiet moment.
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HMH is furious to hear that HTH has called for a meeting with the board of directors, without him being invited. He storms in only to be presented with DNA results that HTH really is HDE.
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The directors show every indication of switching to HTH’s side. Evil Mom fumes HMH schemes, realizing that HTH barely has any shares in Winner Group while, he has the second most, after PMD. And frankly he doesn’t see the latter as threat, seeing as she’s in presently residing in jail. I wonder if this is what is going to be used as conflict to fuel the 10 episodes we have remaining.
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Sara heads for the first broadcast of her show, and receives a call from HTH who congratulates her before offering that they meet at 10pm at a popular destination for lovers, should she feel the same way about him that he does about her. He’s determined to show her that he cares for both Sara and SGR. GCY overhears the conversation and is horrified that HTH could even bring himself to care for Sara, knowing her past. (Not everyone is as superficial as you, GCY). vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h19m40s229  vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h19m52s94 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h19m53s107  vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h20m26s180 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h20m05s227vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h21m18s189vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h20m43s93Her animosity towards Sara is palpable throughout the first broadcast, even more so once the show is over and she calls Sara to a corner. GCY immediately warns her to stay away from HTH, stating that she won’t stand for a “woman like her” getting him. I love how Sara just sticks to her guns and doesn’t let GCY run roughshod over her. vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h24m34s94       vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h24m36s118 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h24m48s242 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h24m50s4 And I absolutely loved this moment. It really shows what she thinks of love and why GCY will never be able to understand it. For Sara, love is all about the things you do for each other and give for each other. Someone as self-obsessed as GCY would never understand that sort of feeling. vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h24m51s16 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h24m53s31 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h24m56s61 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h24m58s83  vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h25m06s159 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h25m04s142vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h25m07s174 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h25m09s191 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h25m11s212 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h25m13s237 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h25m17s19 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h25m20s44 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h25m21s57 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h25m25s99 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h25m27s117It’s also interesting to note that Sara clearly states that she does not hope for happiness. It’s almost as if this desire for revenge, and subsequent events have led her to believe that she has no hope for a happy life, what with all the baggage she carries. It’s this way of thinking that HTH tries to get her out of, showing that he is more that capable of shouldering said baggage, should she want him to. Needless, to say Sara all but grinds her heels in GCY’s face and leaves.
vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h25m38s225 We pan to a shot showing the vast disparity between Sara (surrounded by wellwishers) and GCY (all by her lonesome). and that LKJ’s minion has been watching this exchange. Uh-oh.
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Sara returns home to HTH who is trying to wire his brain to process Sara as SGR, using something that looks like a stethoscope wound around his head. vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h27m00s24Hey, whatever works, when you’re a genius, I guess. Needless to say he succeeds and freaks out at first, upon seeing SGR. Sara then proceeds to re-enact the past episode’s cleaning speed in her maid outfit and this time HTH cringes from shock, rather than awareness. Rushing to his room, he tries to convince himself that he is far more than a walking bundle of hormones and nearly succeeds just when Sara announces that she’s going to practice the Karmasutra and needs him to correct her form, upon which any brains he had just crumbles away. He practically flees in the midst of the session, leaving a laughing Sara behind.
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We then cut to them baking once more, and this time HTH insists that surely Sara can do it by herself, Sara sighs sadly, taking it as confirmation of what she’d known from the start. No man would love someone as large as SGR and she knew it. She tells him of why she even jumped at marrying LKJ and the answer is so on par with what LKJ himself said in a previous episode (that lead to her putting a sedative in his food) that it’s painful to hear.
vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h50m25s249HTH looks more and more pained as she continues, stating that she didn’t know if she’d ever have such a change again, whether there would ever be another man who was interesting in her, so she hurriedly got married. She accepts his feelings with gratefulness but tells him that it’s time to stop. And it is his lack of recriminations, this understanding and utter compassion that gets to HTH. Because that’s what he fell for to begin with.
vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h50m46s197 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h51m33s159 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h50m48s220Yes, she’s pretty, she’s super duper gorgeous, but what always moved him (just as it did her) were the small things they did for each other. Saving mothers, and grandmothers, and replacing smashed furniture and stolen jewelry and smashing recordings to prevent him from hearing and being hurt, that was their dynamic, and that’s what snaps HTH back more than anything, as he sees and hears the same traits that he fell for. And Sara deserves credit for this as well. She’s not snotty, or high-handed now that she’s beautiful. She’s stayed the same through and through, while maturing all the same ( à la Nam Da Jung) and that’s what’s made her such an awesome character to see. I actually like that they didn’t try to show HTH magically falling for SGR’s form as that would have been a little unrealistic. It was a bit of a shock after seeing her so stunning for so long, and that fact isn’t sugarcoated. But in showing the compassion and care he shows towards SGR, they show that it’s neither SGR’s face nor Sara’s that he fell for but her personality, and regardless of what her outer shell is, regardless of how much of a shock it is for him at first, all he needs is to see and hear HER, and she is, in order to put things in perspective. And that’s what happens, as she gently thanks him for even liking her to begin with.She gets flour on her face just as Sara did in the previous episode, which HTH points out, before gently wiping off.
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Not content with others being happy GCY schemes to break this 10pm date, assured that HTH will come running if she calls. vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h54m08s175 vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h54m10s194
(And this, lady, is what happens when you get too much surgery done on your face. Stop while you still can!)
She feigns illness and calls her brother who then calls HTH as he has a surgery to go to. HTH goes, more for the sake of their familial ties than anything else, while GCY tries to delay the him from leaving as much as possible, feigning this and that. As 10pm nears, HTH finally calls the ever-present Team Leader Choi and dumps GCY unceremoniously in his car, instructing him to take her home instead.
vlcsnap-2014-12-03-13h56m50s2 LKJ waits in a parked car outside Sara’s home pondering the pictures the minion brought him that show a man entering the house right behind Sara. Uh-oh, that’s a nasty look she has in his eyes
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Sara recalls her mother’s words, wishing happiness for SGR wherever she is now, and rushes out to the meeting place, finally ready for a chance at happiness.

Fuming at being discarded so abruptly (though really, woman, what were you expecting) GCY’s claws come in full force as she sends a petty little text to Sara, saying that HTH won’t be coming as he’s with her at the moment.
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Aww! It’s incredibly moving that he calls her SGR, rather than Sara, showing that he loves HER, fundamentally. And by the way she gets all tear-eyes, she definitely understands that. Aww! Now to see what wrenches GCY and LKJ will be throwing into our happy couple’s path. We’ve 10 episodes left, and things have been going entirely in our duo’s favour so far, so I’m expecting plenty of wrenches ahead. So long as our character stay true to themselves and don’t suddenly turn into pale angsty shells of themselves, then I’m in this for the long haul.

Fight on, you two!
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One thought on “Birth of A Beauty Ep 10 Recap (and why HTH is utterly swoon-worthy)

  1. Hello there, *Waves*

    I am glad you finally got to watching ep.10. About this, “Boy, did this episode pack a punch in terms of deep questions!” I know, right?!!!!
    And about this, “and why HTH is utterly swoon-worthy.” I totally agree with that statement, btw!!!! I am off to read your recap, and hopefully I can mention the many ways in which HTH is soooooooooo swoon-worthy. I got sicker over the night, and I really was not feeling well today 😦 I am stiiiiiill planning on writing more of my thoughts on LG, on DB. I will let you know when I do 🙂 No one said the conversation had to stop, right? 🙂

    Question: When SGR was cleaning and getting into HTH’s personal space, I thought he was afraid of her (that was what he looked like to me) and uncomfortable, however, some on viki thought he was flustered then (b/c he felt attracted to her?). What do you think? Do you think he was flustered when he was helping her with her Yoga too? And that was why he had to let her go? I didn’t think so at the time. I thought he couldn’t stand her (proving her point, that he would not be attracted to SGR), but then eventually, as she talked when they were making bread, he finally saw the real her, her heart, her “inner beauty,” and he “melted,” (and finally accepted her for who she “truly” was) which was made clear when he asked her to come closer, so he could wipe the floor from her forehead. Did I read it wrong? B/c to me, he looked genuinely scarred of her, when she was invading his space, not flustered.

    I SERIOUSLY LOVE HTH/JSW when he acts like a little boy. He just has a very endearing way of doing that. Reminds me of a scene in AE (Angel Eyes) in ep.10, when YSW finds the letters PDJ wrote to her, and PDJ wants her to write to him to, so they can exchange letters. PDJ/LSY pouts, and says “it’s not fair” that YSW gets to read his letters and he has/gets nothing in return. PDJ/LSY pouts, and he whines, and seriously, it’s like an invitation to kiss his pout away when he does that, soooo cute and adorable. I just want to know how those 30 and 40 and up year-old men get away with acting so cute. How do they do it?!!!!!!! 🙂

    OK, I was just going to write 1line or 2 (OK, or maybe 5). But again, I got carried away. I am off to read now. Thank you for your recap! 🙂

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