Mary Stayed Out All Night Episode 9 Recap

I just discovered that sometimes its harder to write a recap after digesting the episode for a longer period of time. Incubating episode 9 of Mary Stayed Out All Night (Marry Me, Mary!) in my head all day rather disrupted my usual thought flow. After watching the episode, I was brimming with things to say. Once I sat down to put finger to keyboard, somewhere along the way I lost the urgency to discuss. But don’t worry, the more I write, the more my inspiration will come back to me. And no, I’m totally not drunk. I have the alcohol tolerance of a stevedore in the body of a tiny chipmunk. I think I must have been Irish or Korean in my past life.

Speaking of drinking – there’s been a noticeable dearth of drinking in M3 lately. After episodes of people getting drunk left and right, suddenly everyone is sober and somber. I get that the story is getting serious, but I wish for the return of at least one fun drunken interlude between Mae Ri and Mu Gyul. But of course, if all that happens instead is more kissing scenes like the one in the alleyway between our lovers, then I am more than satisfied with that as well.

At this point, M3 to me is like a drama version of a good romance novel. Allow me to explain. The story centers only around the lovers, everyone else is a caricature or plot device. The story doesn’t make much sense if you put an ounce of thought into it, but you kinda don’t care since the plot contrivances serve to put the lovers in close proximity to each other and manufacture the type of conflict that allows them to work out the understanding that they love each other. The quality of a romance novel may be nowhere near that of a stellar literary work, but when I crave a nice juicy romance novel, I have no qualms with picking one up and consuming it like candy. M3 is a good romance novel because it has a pairs of lovers I adore to pieces, who have amazing chemistry with each other. That is more than enough for me.

This was very critical episode for M3 – straddling both the sweetness of Mae RI and Mu Gyul’s burgeoning love for each other, while setting up the land mines that threaten to detonate their relationship in myriad of ways. I’m not just talking about the ending to episode 9 (which is a non-issue for me and should be for Mae Ri as well), I’m talking about all the discussions Mae Ri had with both Mu Gyul and Jung In that allude to the issues that define both guys that may affect her relationship with them going forward.

Jung In is still on the please-my-daddy train, working through his loneliness, desire to succeed in his career, and general WTF-ery that even I can’t figure out. Let me put it this way – Jung In is a cypher, truly a very poorly written character that I struggle to add more depth than he really has. Reminds me of Jung Il Woo‘s moronic second lead in My Fair Lady, except Jung In has a valid reason to be angtsy with an abusive devil daddy. On the other hand, Mu Gyul’s abandonment issues which lead to his commitment phobia is a very serious obstacle to his relationship with Mae Ri. Not that Mae Ri couldn’t be understanding enough to try to work it out with him, but I worry the process can really strain their tender and precarious relationship.

Seo Jun, whom I haven’t talked about for a few episodes now, is back in action doing the stupidest and most incomprehensible thing ever. It’s not that what she did was incomprehensible, it’s that she was the one who did it that makes no sense to me. Her character is even more poorly written than Jung In’s, and at this point, them two getting together would be like pairing up the three-legged dog with the one-eared cat and hoping you get a one whole animal out of it. I want to care about them finding happiness, but the writers refuse to write them with more sincerity and relatable motivation. Which leaves me no choice but to zone out whenever they show up in this episode.

Episode 9 Recap:

The camera slowly pans down to a pair of young lovers kissing in a darkened narrow alley. Mu Gyul ends the kiss, and slowly draws back. They look at each other, tentative and tremulous. A ringing phone interrupts any chance they have to discuss what just happened. It’s Jung In calling for Mae Ri, who is uncertain what to do. Mu Gyul tells her to just answer it, and when she hesitates, he says in the gentlest of tones that he can answer it for her if she wants.

She declines with a wan smile, and answers the phone to discover that Jung In is in front of Mu Gyul’s apartment. Jung In is confronted by Seo Jun about his deception with respect to Mae Ri being his fiancee. Again, Seo Jun’s issues with not being told stuff make ZERO sense, but Jung In at least makes an attempt to explain that it was too complicated to just discuss.

She’s about to bitch some more when she sees Mu Gyul and Mae Ri turn the corner and arrive back at the apartment. Her eyes narrow at the handcuffs binding them, and their intertwined hands. She stalks off, and its Jung In’s turn to look at them with starey eyes. Jung In asks the cuffed duo what is going on, and the band mates arrive right on time to release Mu Gyul and Mae Ri.

Jung In grabs the key and releases only Mae Ri, telling her that they are late and takes her hand proactively and tries to leave. Mae Ri tells him that she can’t go to the engagement party with him. When Jung In continues to try and leave, Mu Gyul forcefully tells him that Mae Ri emphatically told him that she’s not going!

The world’s most uncomfortable threesome end up back inside Mu Gyul’s apartment. Mae Ri tells Jung In that she wants to follow her heart (clearly towards Mu Gyul) and cannot get engaged under these circumstances. Jung In reminds her that they are about to get engaged this very night, so isn’t it a little late for some reflection? Mae Ri apologies, acknowledging that her timing isn’t ideal. Mu Gyul reaches over and grabs her hands in comfort, a reassurance that he is there for her. They look at each other, and Jung In looks at them looking at each other, clearly aware that he’s pretty much the third party here. Mae Ri honestly tells Jung In that she intends to treasure the relationship she has (with Mu Gyul).

Jung In tells Mae Ri that he can cancel the engagement party, but what are they planning to do going forward? Mu Gyul tells Jung In that it’s none of his business. Jung In disagrees – the problem concerns the three of them, and the only solution is for them to continue the 100 day contract. As much as Mae Ri wants to fulfill her dad’s wishes, Jung In wishes for his drama production to succeed. Jung In walks out, and finally lets his real feelings loose, looking rather taken aback by the events of the evening. He has the unenviable task of telling the two dads that the engagement won’t take place because Mae Ri cried too much at her mother’s grave and is incapacitated. He gets major kudos for staving off the daddys’ rage at the thwarted engagement.

Loser daddy goes home and confronts Mae Ri – is she refusing to get engaged because of “that guy”? Mae Ri tells her dad that Mu Gyul is not a bad guy, and her dad tells her that bad guys don’t exactly tattoo it on their forehead. He confesses that her mom passed early from stress and hard work, having married a guy like him. He doesn’t want the same fate for her! Mu Gyul calls right at that moment, and loser dad takes the phone away from Mae Ri and warns Mu Gyul not to call again or attempt to see Mae Ri. Douchebag of a loser daddy, I hate your guts!

Devil daddy’s fallen ill from the “shock” of the engagement not taking place, and I put in an extra prayer tonight that he bites it in episode 10. Back in Casa de Mu Gyul, his mom is modeling outfits for her move to Paris, while Mu Gyul makes paper airplanes that he flies around the room. Mom recognizes the paper airplanes as something Mu Gyul used to make as a kid when he missed her. Mu Gyul asks her if she’s for sure moving to Paris, and the self-absorbed beeyotch says that she’s excited to move there, and runs outside to take a call from her boyfriend.

Mu Gyul crumbles up the paper in his hand, and the next scene is some pitch-perfect exquisite acting by Jang Geun Seok, utterly nuanced and subtle in expressing his sadness, longing, and loneliness. As a kid, he used to throw paper planes at his mother’s window, but she would pretend he didn’t exist to whatever boyfriend she had, and then shoo him away.

After she leaves, Mu Gyul goes outside, and the pain in Mu Gyul’s face during this scene made me cry so badly – kid emotional abuse pushes all my wrong buttons. Mu Gyul tries to hold back the tears, but the look on his face is so raw that I really wished his mom had died when he was a kid rather than lived yet neglected him to this degree. He walks away ever so dejectedly.

Mae Ri is back in her room and is thinking back to her kiss with Jung In and her kiss with Mu Gyul. She hears a pat pat sound outside, and opens the window to find that Mu Gyul was throwing paper airplanes at her window. She smiles at him and waves, and he smiles at her with the biggest brightest smile ever accompanied by a large wave that speaks volumes. This scene – the antithesis of what his mother did to him as a kid – may have been deliberately staged, but nonetheless was poignant and meaningful because, O.M.G. how awesome was it that Mae Ri responded and welcomed Mu Gyul’s affection when his mom so dismissed it, then when Mu Gyul was a kid, and now when Mu Gyul is an adult. It kills me that Mu Gyul is so cognizant of his mother’s absolute lack of dependability and responsible love towards him, yet he still craves and hopes for it like a five year old child would.

The rest of the scene is utter perfection. I almost want to stop recapping here because I want to bask in the happiness they inject into their interactions with each other. Mae Ri gestures that her dad took away her cell phone, and Mu Gyul smiles and nods his understanding of her situation. Mae Ri asks whether Mu Gyul is cold, and he gestures that he’s okay. When she mouths that she misses him, he mouths right back that he misses her. This freaking scene made me tear up again for now meaningful it was, despite its simplicity and ordinariness.

Mae Ri sneaks out to meet Mu Gyul, but she puts a pillow beneath her dad’s head and covers him up with a blanket first. The lovers walks to the Han River and enjoy the view from a bridge. Mae Ri confesses that she’s been dreaming of coming to the bridge with her boyfriend. But first she yells out that she’s done for! When Mu Gyul asks what she means, Mae Ri explains that she means that she fell in love with Mu Gyul. This leads Mu Gyul to laugh and yell out the same phrase.

They notice that it will be a full moon soon, and Mae Ri naturally wonders whether their relationship will ebb and flow like the moon. Mu Gyul looks at her and promises that this time, he will be serious. Mae Ri asks Mu Gyul whether he’s serious about this decision? And what I love is that she doesn’t need this promise from him first before daring to love him – she loves wholeheartedly, and hopes that he will love her back the same way. What held Mae Ri back earlier was not her worry that being with a guy like Mu Gyul will end in heartache because he’ll end up bailing as he always does (which is a totally legitimate concern), but she was restrained by his request that she not fall in love with him. Once they opened up to their mutual violation of that self-imposed ban, they wholeheartedly want to give this relationship a go – fears, worries, and disapproving parents included, They lean into one another, and Mae Ri hopes that their relationship will work out because they’ve hurt so many people in the process.

Mae Ri wishes she can see the ocean, and My Gyul immediately asks her if she wants to go right now to see the sunrise. The two of them agree to Go Go Go, and take off in the van. I love how spontaneous they are, especially since they are free-spirited youngsters in the first throes of love. They get in a cute spat when they discover that they are lost and headed in the wrong direction. Things get worse when their van breaks down as well. Jung In goes to Mae Ri’s place early in the morning, wanting to take her to the arboretum, but discover that she’s not home.

They go to a repair shop to get the car fixed, and Mae Ri borrows Mu Gyul’s phone to call her friends and ask them to let her dad know she is alright. Jung In calls Mu Gyul’s phone, and Mae Ril tells Jung In that they have nothing further to discuss, and then Mu Gyul grabs the phone and tells Jung In not to call Mae Ri any more. Our OTP then get into a spat about how each always cave into their respective parent’s unreasonable demands.

Jung In gets a call from Seo Jun, who is feeling stifled and wants to go out. They end up at the bookstore, and Seo Jun picks up a book on Walden, the same book Mae Ri looked at when Jung In gave her the library as a present. Seo Jun confesses she likes the book solely because of Mu Gyul, which clarifies a new understanding in Jung In’s mind.

Mae Ri and Mu Gyul are napping in the office of the car repair shop, and are awoken when the van is fixed. Both apologize to each other for being so snappy earlier, attributing it to a lack of sleep. They both lament having to go back, since it means Mae Ri will be locked up again and they won’t be able to see each other. Mu Gyul maturely states that they will have to ask her father’s permission and make him accept the situation. They decide to take the rest of the day for a side trip to think about their future.

Loser daddy gets Mae Ri’s friends to call Mu Gyul’s band mates to track then down. Mu Gyul has taken Mae Ri to a camping spot he visited last year during a Rock Festival. The arrive at their cabin and are so tired both just lay down on the ground. Mu Gyul lays out his arm as a resting place for Mae Ri’s head. Mu Gyul just stares at Mae Ri, and when she asks why, he honestly replies that this is the first time they’ve laid like this. He leans in to kiss her, and she asks him to stop, saying that its bright outside and this is so embarrassing. She says they should go out and have fun, even though cat Mu Gyul nestles into her back and tells her its cold outside and they should just stay in and talk. Heh, talk my left butt cheek.

Jung In has taken Seo Jun to the same marketplace he went with Mae Ri. They enjoy a casual meal together, and the ahjumma of the food stalls remarks that Seo Jun is so beautiful that she should be an entertainer, and wonders if the handsome fella next to her is her boyfriend. Both Jung In and Seo Jun feel relaxed in this environment.

Mae Ri and Mu Gyul enjoy the campgrounds, going for a bike ride and strolling through the woods. The start a fire and sit down next to the van to enjoy the warmth. They see a family of four nearby, and Mae Ri notes that they are the perfect family, the kids having a mother and a father. Mae Ri whether Mu Gyul ever dreamed about starting a family like this, and he honestly responds that he hasn’t. Families like this seem like CF commercials, unrealistic in his world and upbringing.

Its funny how Mae Ri is the exact opposite – this type of perfect family is exactly what she dreamed of when was a kid. Mu Gyul realizes their completely diametrical views based on the same dysfunctional childhood. For Mu Gyul, without any parental figures, he’s always doubted that he could be a father or a husband, hence his dating without commitments approach in the past. He continues by saying all the girls are the same, loving him for being so cool in the beginning, then gradually starting to nag him. Mae Ri promises never to nag him, and then asks him to teach her how to play the guitar, since she’s the girlfriend of a rock star now.

Seo Jun is strumming the guitar in Jung In’s office, and she remarks that her family wanted her to marry a man like Jung In. But she considered that robbing her of her freedom in life, and Mu Gyul shared the same sentiment that marriage was akin to being bound like a slave. But now Seo Jun wonders whether that sentiment was in fact the too naive and idealistic?

Mu Gyul and Mae Ri see an elderly couple strolling past them, and both remark that its so remarkable to see such a sight. That is what both aspire to. Mu Gyul thinks that to live and grow old together, love is not enough, and Mae Ri concurs by adding that loyalty is what is needed. Mu Gyul tells Mae Ri that is the person is her, then he thinks that might be possible. She nestles into his shoulder, content in the moment. He asks if she wants ti go back to the cabin to rest, and she declines, just wanting to savor the moment a little longer. She worries about her dad’s reaction, but Mu Gyul reassures her that they simply need to be honest and forthright with him and make it work. He kisses her on the forehead as she sinks deeper against him.

Mu Gyul is reading a book in the cabin, and the camera pans away to show Mae Ri asleep deeply on the floor. Mu Gyul yawns and lays down to rest next to her, but not before tendering kissing her forehead first. Mu Gyul wakes up to find loser daddy next to him, to his shock and dismay. Loser daddy informs Mu Gyul that he’s already taken Mae Ri home, and that he’s to stay away from her in the future.

But Mu Gyul and Mae Ri manage to go before loser daddy back in their apartment in Seoul, asking for permission to date. Loser daddy refuses, and Mu Gyul leaves promising to return to keep asking for permission. Mae Ri wants to run after him but is restrained by loser daddy. When she breaks free and runs outside, Mu Gyul is gone but she runs into Jung In. He asks her to visit devil daddy with him, who is sick. Mae Ri is reluctant to continue the charade, by devil daddy lights up upon seeing Mae Ri and she doesn’t have the heart to burst his bubble.

Loser daddy thinks Mu Gyul is with Mae Ri and goes to track her down. He runs into flighty mom, and both start arguing, only to end up reminiscing about how hard it for was for each of them to raise their respective kid as a single parent. Mu Gyul is drinking with his band mates, as they lament the life of a musician and how inadequate it is to support and family and confidently get married. Mu Gyul sends his mom a text that he misses her.

Later that might, Mu Gyul asks his mom whether she’s ever going to consider getting married. She’s surprised he’s curious about this subject, and confesses that marriage and her just don’t suit. She’s got no confidence she can make it work. But Mom follows up with the thought that as she gets older, she does worry that she will end up a lonely older lady with no one by her side. That’s why she wants to go to Paris with her boyfriend. Mu Gyul reminds his mom that she always has him by her side. She laughs, but asks what will happen to Mu Gyul?

Mae Ri comes home to find her dad ready to interrogate her. She confesses that she went to visit devil daddy, but its not because her heart has moved away from Mu Gyul. Loser daddy tells her that he will never approve of Mu Gyul. Loser daddy doesn’t trust Mu Gyul – the boy is a playboy through and through. Mae Ri tells her dad that Mu Gyul is serious about her. Dad worries that Mu Gyul’s upbringing is too dark, and he’s unable to treat her right.

Mae Ri tells her dad that Mu Gyul is actually quite sweet and loveable, and refuses to give him up. She doesn’t want to lose out on her first love by using objective barometers of suitability as a judge. Dad warns her that focusing on a first love isn’t the recipe for a lifetime of happiness. Look at her mom – choosing her first love a guy like him, and living such a difficult like and dying young. Loser daddy doesn’t want Mae Ri to end up the same way. Mae Ri explains that being with Mu Gyul is the happiest she has ever felt in her entire lonely upbringing, and loser daddy has nothing to respond to that.

Ji Entertainment is building the set for Wonderful Day, and Seo Jun is touring along with Jung In. Lee An arrives, and like the diva he is, asks that the set be warm so that he can perform his craft. Jung In pulls Seo Jun aside and asks if she can work with Mu Gyul, and she maturely says that she will be fine working with him. Mu Gyul leaves the music academy, and calls Mae Ri to ask her to cook him her jige (stew). She agrees, and says that she will be by with the ingredients as soon as she is done with her work assisting the drama director. Mu Gyul is so gentle and sweet with Mae Ri on the phone, but when he hands up, his mind flashes back to loser daddy telling him that Mae Ri doesn’t need to date anyone, she needs to marry a man who will take good care of her.

Jung In finds Mu Gyul outside the music academy, and the two men sit down for a pretty boy pow-wow. Jung In cuts right to the chase – he wants to talk about work, but first they need to discuss Mae Ri. Jung In asks Mu Gyul whether he’s ready to get married. Mu Gyul asks why he needs to be, and Jung In replies that HE has made the preparation to get married already. Jung In cautions Mu Gyul of the facts – Jung In is Mae Ri’s legal husband, so their contract will end when he says its over.

Mu Gyul walks home after the not-so-meet-and-greet with Jung In, stewing over the truth but unable to figure out what to do. Seo Jun is waiting for him outside his apartment. She wants to return his guitar pick and sever all friendship ties with him. Mu Gyul could care less and tells her to jus throw the pick away. Seo Jun does, but she tells him that she wants to give him a final farewell and then she’s planning to never see him again. She leans right into him and grabs him for a kiss.

Mu Gyul is like a giant log – neither pushing Seo Jun away nor reacting to the kiss. Right at that moment, Mae Ri arrives at the apartment, ready to cook dinner for Mu Gyul. She sees the kiss, and appears stunned.

Thoughts of Mine:

I know everyone and their pet rabbit has an opinion on WHY Mu Gyul did not push Seo Jun away, and maybe bitch slap her a few times afterwards for good measure. Good question, and there is no factual answer until we get to episode 10. I choose to believe there is a valid reason, even if we don’t end up agreeing with it.

My take is thus. Mu Gyul is surprisingly free with the skinship all his adult life, and likely considers letting Seo Jun steal is kiss is no big deal, even if it means the world of pain to his girlfriend, innocent and sincere Mae Ri. What makes even more sense is that Mu Gyul as both preoccupied with all the emotions and complications that are before him with respect to being with Mae Ri, as well as he’s just not as hung up as most people are about casual skinship. Furthermore, Mu Gyul may be fine letting Seo Jun cop a kiss just so she will go way and never bother him away. I see his reaction in this scene from his perspective, and it makes sense regardless of how much it sickens us to see Seo Jun get any action from Mu Gyul. In some ways, Mu Gyul is probably right. What is the big deal with Seo Jun landing a kiss on him since he’s not engaged in the kiss and doesn’t care one whit.

I think Mu Gyul is still learning how to factor in Mae Ri’s feelings into this whole relationship equation, and it’s a long-term goal he has to keep working on. I personally think it’s a sleight of hand, i.e. the camera makes it seem like Mu Gyul doesn’t react and allows Seo Jun to kiss him for what seems like a good long while. I think when episode 10 starts, it’ll be clear that the kiss wasn’t very long at all, and that Mu Gyul will rather matter-of-factly push Seo Jun off him.

I also don’t think Mae Ri will throw a fit or be upset, because that would be undermining her character development for the last 10 episodes. Mae Ri, of all people, knows how upset Seo Jun is with not being able to get back with Mu Gyul. As much as it’ll instinctively hurt Mae Ri to see another woman kiss the man she loves, she’ll be okay because (1) she’s kind to other people’s hurt and can see Seo Jun using this last kiss to end things with Mu Gyul, and (2) she just got her brains kissed senseless by Mu Gyul, so she of all people knows when Mu Gyul wants to kiss a girl, and that ain’t a kiss where Mu Gyul is involved proactively.

I think the ending to episode 9 is absolutely anti-climactic and a non-issue if ever there was one. Mu Gyul definitely needs to work on his free and happy attitude with all the ladies overall, and that may become a sticky issue in the future. But this kiss by Seo Jun gives me no heartburn or worry – in fact, it’s simply another kiss cliche ending, but one that doesn’t leave me all emotionally adrift or squeeing with joy. I believe that sensible Mae Ri will talk about it with Mu Gyul and they will get over it. But I also believe that unless Mu Gyul undergoes a fundamental shift in his outlook on relationships, it will ultimately become something that will lead to Mae Ri feeling hurt in the future.

If Mae Ri’s dad’s motivation from episode 1 was never about the money, and always about Mae Ri marrying well and not a ne’er do-gooder like him, then I may have been more understanding of his scheme. His plea at this stage may ring genuine, but ultimately does not move me or sway me to his argument. He simply refuses to get to know Mu Gyul, or accept the right of his adult daughter to be with whomever she wants. He’s still a giant asswipe in my book. The less I write about devil daddy, the better for everyone involved. Vitriol is contagious.

Flightly mommy of Mu Gyul is one who wins worst parent of the decade award in this episode – for the double whammy of the flashback showing how she ignored baby Mu Gyul, and the present day when her move to Paris is more consuming that realizing how much her abandonment of her son is causing him pain. I cannot see her get any redemption, because a selfish person ultimately never learns to put another person first. Mae Ri’s dad, however misguided, does appear to want the best for her, and uses this to justify his actions rather than conceding that it coincides with his own self-interest.

This episode belonged entirely to Kang Mu Gyul. It was Jang Geun Seok‘s turn to shine, after Moon Geun Young as Mae Ri owned episode 8. He rose to the occasion, and the scene when he is outside his apartment reminiscing about his paper airplane cries of attention to his mom was absolutely exquisite, nuanced and controlled in expressing his disappointment and sadness even now, twenty years later. He cemented his ownership of the role of Kang Mu Gyul by the next scene before Mae Ri’s balcony, when his mega-watt smile of unadulterated joy at seeing the same paper plane method yield the results of a person who loves him welcoming his attention was a joy to see.

This was the episode that confirmed for me that Mu Gyul needs only Mae Ri in a way that Jung In can never ever expect me to believe he needs only this girl and no other. I welcome the upcoming angst, though, because I don’t believe that fundamentally Mu Gyul understands what he needs to do to become a man worthy of Mae Ri, capable of being with her for the rest of her life. For a man who eschews trouble and complications, it appears that those are the only things that spur him to introspect and grow as a man.

I loved loved loved the day trip Mu Gyul and Mae Ri took. From their bickering in the van all the way until they fell asleep in the cabin, every interaction may have been a tad too cutesy and posed, but I looked beyond all that and connected with the lovely forward momentum of two people falling deeper into love with each other. I accept fully that M3 has no correlation with reality as we know it, but remain perfectly content with seeing the illustrative and fantastical concept play out in front of me.

What works for me in M3 is all the lovely and honest interactions between Mae Ri and Mu Gyul. Their date was wonderfully romantic, a lovely reminder in my own pragmatic life that drama relationships can be adorably spontaneous like taking a trip to the beach ending up in a cabin. To be honest, I’m getting sick of the plethora of people criticizing M3 even without watching it. There are plenty of dramas I don’t watch because I’m not interested and I don’t think it’s any good. But since I’ve never seen it, I don’t feel the need to bandy about my opinion left and right, with assertions that this drama is so sucky and I’m just here to read the recap. C’mon, that’s just a douchebaggy move, and so unnecessary.

I think the very low ratings, the exceeding harsh criticism from various drama folks (however valid or unqualified), and the honestly-pretty-silly-concept, all of that shouldn’t bring us down. If you love M3, for whatever reason, be happy about it and state your love out loud. I would never try to convince even my dog that M3 is a good drama by any objective barometer, but I hope my dog can snuggle up to me whilst I watch M3 and we two can enjoy the lovely romantic and heart-tugging love story unfolding before our eyes. It’s all thanks to Jang Geun Seok and Moon Geun Young.

To the Geun-Geun couple – you two rock so hard I may need to nominate you for Woodstock, whenever the next one may be. I always like both of you well enough, but together you two make drama magic to my eyes. If everything Mae Ri and Mu Gyul continues to make me this happy whenever they are onscreen, this will unequivocally be MY couple of the year.

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79 Responses to Mary Stayed Out All Night Episode 9 Recap

  1. tessie says:

    Ummm…does anyone have a problem with MG (Jang Geun Seok) being “surprisingly free with the skinship all his adult life?” I certainly don’t. *heehee* Raise your hands those of you who object.
    LOVE your recaps, thank you from America. Best show I’ve seen in ages. Wish we had shows like this in the US.

  2. selvy says:

    Am I missing something here? Since when did Jung In became Mary’s lawfully wedded husband? They were not even engaged yet, right?? >.<

    • Joey says:

      MR’s dad secretly took her ID and used it to register her marriage with JI, this incident happened in Ep 2 of MSOAN, so that is how JI and MR are “husband and wife” legally.
      Although that brings me to a very curious question: I thought in the event of the signing of something legally binding and official, ALL parties involved must be around to witness and sign the document? How in the world did JI and MR’s dad pull off a stunt as to get their kids legally and officially married without the main parties (ie bride and groom) to witness, agree and sign to it? What’s more it’s a marriage …

  3. Claudia says:

    Thanks for another lovely re-cap. Your amazingly insightful character analysis is the highlight for me, as always. I loved this episode – I could honestly watch sweet scenes of Moo-Kyul and Mae-Ri sharing first love all episode. (Because while MK’s dated a lot, it definitely seems this is this first time he’s ever been in love before).

    I knew that Mae-Ri was going to walk in on that kiss, and it irritated me so much, because I feel like they’re just doing it to add drama. I hope that Mae-Ri is able to deal with it just like she’s dealt with all the other things like which would have caused unneccessary drama in any other show, but confronting them about it then and there before it has a chance to grow into an issue.

    As far as all those people bad-mouthing the show… To be honest, your site is only one of two recap sites I’ve found that didn’t have anything nasty to say about M3, which is why it’s the only one I read now. (the other doesn’t update anymore). As for all those other sites…Okay, bitching about a show you’ve never watched is stupid, but I think putting snarky, hateful comments into your re-cap of a show is even worse. It just sours it for the readers who are enjoying the show. Why harsh people’s squee like that? It just seems mean spirited to me.

  4. Ami says:

    This drama has a very low rating? Ever since PK got thrashed at the rating section, I never believe in domestic ratings anymore. This is probably the only drama that will have two guys I follow in the same lobby, restaurant and bedroom in my lifetime so I’m savouring the moment. It took me around 5 hours to finish this episode coz of the excessive rewind movements I made.. LOL. So many worthy MR-MG moments. I wish I had a cat.. I’d so name him Mu Gyul. Cute cat!!

    I can’t be bothered about the kiss at the end of the ep. If MR thinks she’s gonna be dating MG without running into a hundred ex-gfs trying to get their hands and lips on him.. not to mention fans and students.. she has another think coming. And yeah.. MG has to start conditioning his non-confrontational brain to activate his non-confrontational body to push those pathetic girls away in the future. And what if there’re paparazzis following SJ to get another scandal scoop? If MG is still the music director of the drama.. won’t that be another problem for the production team?

    Anyway.. the scene that actually made me go berserk is the meet-up between JI and MG.. kyaaaaaa! Jung-In, is talking about Mae Ri and business the only thing you can come up with as an excuse to stare at Mu Gyul for more than 10 minutes?? hahaha..I love this couple. Someone make a fanfic already!

    That said, I wish they throw some more likable characters into the mix. Right now, aside from the MR and MG.. I can’t seem to like anyone else. The parents are out of the list from the beginning, Jung-In is like a display mannequin in almost all the scenes, I’m still wondering why Seo Joon is necessary, MR’s friends are mere (annoying) decorations, MG’s friends are just a bunch of cheerleaders.. how are the writers supposed to fill up 8 more episodes? I hope JI will still go with his decision to include MG and his motley crew in the drama. That’d be fun.

    IMO.. this type of drama will work better as a rom com M3 is supposed to be. I guess the writers have run out of wit by ep 2.

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