Celebrating OB with a giveaway: Winners

Well it turns out when you have two guest judges, the odds are that it will be very difficult to have three clear cut winners with an unanimous vote. So I played it super safe and asked for their top 7 choices. That’s how I was able to get at least the same names to make up the top three winners. As soon as I realized there was a tie for third place, I went back and looked to see who was next on the list to be a possible contender to round out the total number of winners to make five. Congratulations to all the winners and I want to thank everyone who entered cuz each and every contribution made this giveaway very special for me. Emails will be sent out to the winners tonight.   :)

Drum roll please…And the winners are in order:

First place: Maidenelle

Second Place: SS

Third Place tie: Jasmine and Chokichoki

Fourth Place: Nonski   

Here are my two guest judges who had the burden of selecting the winners among all the great entries.

Fanderay: I was thrilled that Softy asked to be a guest judge for this giveaway, but I had no idea how incredibly difficult it would be! I enjoyed everyone’s contribution, and felt like I was reliving the drama as I read through all the fabulous and thought-provoking entries. It’s hard to feel like I can ever be fair since choosing winners is a subjective process, and what struck a chord with me wouldn’t necessarily strike a chord with a different judge. I didn’t make my decisions based on whose answers were most similar to what I would have said (I kept an open mind) but it’s still true that my own life experiences caused certain entries to really stand out and create more of an emotional response. For everyone who didn’t “win”, I hope you know that you still make a very worthwhile contribution to our little OB community, and that your thoughts are still enjoyed and appreciated. It was agony to pick only three!

MS is a friend who has been watching kdramas for a few years and she happened to be visiting Korea right now so it was great to get her feedback and help with this. I was impressed by how enthusiastic and methodical she was about this whole judging process -she even memorized a lot of the submissions.

First Place Winner:  Maidenelle

winning entry:
I would like to answer option #1: Episode 28 was a big milestone for Tae-hee. Despite his growing interest in her, Tae-hee had been treating Jae-eun with mostly feigned indifference or emotional resistance. In this episode, he finally faces the emotional wall he had put up as a child and what it has cost him. The most moving scene to me is the one where, after being rejected earlier by Jae-eun, Tae-hee confronts Tae-Shik for wanting to give up his son Guk-su (Noodles).  For the first time he reveals to his brothers what it has been like for him to grow up as an outsider, envious of the natural parental love the brothers received and disconnected from his own emotional needs. The pretense he was living broke him on the inside, even if was able to convince his family, and even himself, that he was okay. This scene represents Ojakgyo Brothers at its best—when it can teach me more about my own life experiences through the feelings of the characters. Tae-hee experiences such a raw outpour of emotion that in this scene, the brothers cannot meet his eyes. When Tae-hee describes the “fake” persona he had to develop, pretending to be okay, yet always feeling empty inside, I cry. He can finally face the consequences of the abandonment and pain he suffered—he has grown to become dutiful, reliable, efficient but not truly alive. Losing Ja-eun has awakened him to all he has lost—not just the mother who left him, but a life of hope, joy, and connection. Throughout the series, Tae-hee has been like an onion whose layers are slowly peeled away, often through interactions with Jae-eun or Guk-su, until we can finally see what he has been hiding at his core. This is the scene where he finally becomes vulnerable and takes the first step to healing his scars.

Fanderay: I feel like this wasn’t an obvious choice, but it’s a scene that stayed in my memory every time I saw TH on screen and I agree with everything M said. That scene developed TH’s character more than almost any other, and it changed his relationship with his brothers and made them (and us) see him in a new light. It’s also the only answer that really reflects on brotherhood, which is nice since everyone usually focuses on the relationship between JE/TH and JE/ajhumma.

Second Place Winner: SS

Here is what SS wrote: Softy, thank you for the opportunity to write our thoughts for our beloved OB. This is a great way to commemorate the anniversary. I had tears in my eyes just reading the entries posted thus far. To be honest, I had a difficult time writing this because I felt that I could not bring out the beauty of the show by my writing. I also had a hard time choosing the scenes, I’d start on some and give up half-way. In the end, I chose this scene because TH&JE couple is the closest to my heart and their love is also the epitome of the show’s message. (sorry about the length of this post. What was just 2 lines from the scene became a thousand words) Posting on question 1. Episode 58

One can say the wedding is the culmination of their courtship. But it is in this scene where after the wedding, in a quiet moment, when TH and JE say thank you to each other, they show us exactly what each meant to the other.  Starts from where TH carries JE to bed, looks at her so lovingly and said ‘Thank you, for marrying me” In these few words, they encapsulate how TH felt for JE, that she was not just the love of his life but she was his life. He would have never existed without her, perhaps only at the existential level, a man incapable of expressing his feelings, incapable of loving himself. The loss of his father and abandonment by his mother left a hole in TH’s young heart. The pain and heartache he must have felt was so tremendous that the only way he could deal with it was to bury all his true feelings and pretended he was alright so that the pain will go away. As time passes, the pain faded but he didn’t realize that the true TH had also faded away. He had denied his own emotions so well that he too disappeared. When JE appeared in his life and the attraction stirred in him, he wasn’t just discovering love, he was discovering himself. JE is a girl who is the antithesis of himself. She is spontaneous where he is reserved, she speaks her mind and talks a lot where he is taciturn, she is the beam of light in his life. Where there was darkness, there is now sunshine. Where there was a void, it is now filled with love, happiness and joy overflowing. This is the woman who loves him with all her heart and soul, who gave up her dream as she could not bear being apart from him. How could he have left her? Even though during their break up, the bleakest period of his life, he had told his grandmother that he will go to the States because it was hard to live knowing they share the same sky. In his heart, he knew it will not be possible. He’d have simply re-live the sad & tragic life his mother led, thinking that being apart could ease the pain but the love will never go away nor can it be replaced by anyone else. He is thus grateful to JE for loving him, for marrying him, for being his tree, never to be separate from him for the rest of his life. He then leaned forward and kissed her gently on her forehead. JE opened her eyes and said “Me too. No, I am more grateful, for you not giving up on me all the way till the end.” This is so line with JE’s character. She always sees herself as the one receiving but never thought that she is the one who gives and sometimes a lot more than she receives. Like how eager she was to please her stepmother and earn her love even though she knows it is not mutual. Like how she was the one who was the first to warm up to Mom and break her resolve with her bubbly affections, sealing the bond of a mother-daughter relationship which was later threatened but stood the test of time. JE & TH’s got off a rocky start. In the beginning, though they fought with each other and exchanged angry words, the air literally crackled and the physical attraction was undeniable. JE was the first to catch it. When TH stumbled into her tent, when he leaned in on her in the car, when she felt his gaze burning right through her as she tied his necktie, JE describes all these perfectly when she told Kim PD that she cannot explain it but it is her body that first reacts to TH. He was a man who said very little but she could see everything he felt through his eyes and actions. He was a man who couldn’t express himself but when you look beneath, this is a man whose heart is gold and has so much to give. Most of all, this is the man who will do everything for her and love her more than himself. When he is down, all she wants to do is to hug him and comfort him. Without having a real mother in her life, JE could truly empathize with TH’s emptiness in his heart, waiting his whole life for someone who never came. That made her want to love him even more, to be there for him, to make him laugh. When he smiles, her heart bursts and overflows with such happiness, joy and fulfillment. She is grateful to TH for loving her, cherishing her and for being her shadow, always one and together with her. As TH & JE embark on this new phrase of their life together, I think Mom said it best when she affirms that marriage is a good thing. To me, marriage is the seal of love. We are created by love, for love and to love. In Ojakgyo Brothers, the central message is this and it resonates clear, that of all things, love is the greatest.

Fanderay:  I thought this answer was really sweet and it reflected on the whole drama like some of my other favs. It was a short scene, but it felt like it encompassed all the other scenes between those two, and SS reminded me of that.

Third Place Tie Winners: Jasmine and Chokichoki    

Jasmine wrote: Hey Softy, Like you, Ojakgyo Brothers will always hold that special little corner in my heart, as emotionally it resonated with my life. What I appreciated the most about this show, was that the characters were authentic: they made mistakes, matured, and moved on. I found each character so lovable, as each one of them took their time to mature and grow from their mistakes, and eventually earn our respect. The story was very down-to-earth and realistic, as if we were watching a real-life tale of a family growing and maturing with support from each other. I chose to answer #1, and this moment was ultimately the moment which sealed my love for this family, and made me understand the emotional center of the entire show, Bokja ajhumma. The scene is from episode 15, which was the turning point in the relationship between Jaeun and ajhumma, as ajhumma tends to a sick Jaeun, despite her reservations to care for her. This moment reminded me of my own mother, a person who is always willing to extend that hand in my moments of need. I would like to dedicate this post to her. Softy thanks again for sharing all the moments of this amazing show with us.

A Mother’s Warmth They say a mother’s hand is what you grasp on tightly as a little girl for the world is a scary place. Jaeun had no hand to grasp.  They say a mother’s hand is what steers you through life. Jaeun lost everything in a moment. Pampered and sheltered by her father’s love, she was not accustomed to the cold, ruthless world that surrounded her. The warmth she needed to guide her disappeared, as she began to open her eyes to the cold nature of those around her. The person she longed for to fill her emptiness and become a mother, betrayed her and left her to fend for herself. She rebelled against the world of no warmth, a world she didn’t wish to exist in. Bokja ajhumma was a character I had grown to despise through the beginning episodes. Although I understood the pain and confusion she must have gone through to realize that her fifth child (the farm) was being taken away from her by a stranger, I thought she was very childish and immature about the ways she went about handling the situation. Throwing tantrums, openly torturing Jaeun due to her guilty conscience, I found her actions inexcusable. However, as she opened up little by little to the stray duck that had wandered into her home, I found myself liking her little by little.  She was opening her heart to the one person who needed comfort the most. As they got under each other’s skin and gradually opened up to one another, I was moved by Bokja ajhumma’s reluctant affection for Jaeun. And then episode 15 sealed my love for this unconventional pairing, as Bokja ajhumma’s resolve finally broke. Jaeun was once again sick, cold, and helpless in the world that offered no warmth. Yet, this time it was Bokja ajhumma who became this warmth for her. Pretending to not care, and speaking to Jaeun in a blasé manner, she couldn’t contain the motherly affection that seeped through her cold words. She claims, “You do a little farm work and you’re already sick? How can you do work in that weak body?!” She nags and scolds Jaeun lightly, but as a viewer you notice that her gaze only follows Jaeun, full of deep concern for her well-being. And then she extends the warmth Jaeun has longed for, the warmth of her medicinal hands. They say a mother’s hands are what you clasp onto when you hurt the most. When Bokja ajhumma extended her hand to Jaeun, and as tears streamed down her face, Jaeun had gained the warmth, the warmth of a mother’s hands. Jaeun had gained a hand to grasp against the scary world, a hand to steer her through the obstacles she was bound to face. And this scene is the moment where the show had earned my heart. The moment where two people were united emotionally by the bounds of a mother’s hand. They say a mother molds and shapes you into the person you will become. Bokja ajhumma became that guiding light for Jaeun, the one who held her hand in her darkest hours, and shaped and molded her into the individual she eventually became.

Fanderay: I think that this response was the most eloquent and well worded compared to the others

MS: I like how Jasmine describes in great detail and very touchingly how a hand becomes a symbol of reconciliation. On a side note: This explanation made me finally understand why we always see photos of politicians shake hands and always have close-ups of only the hands. Though there were similar ones, Jasmine’s is more in depth, more layered and more touching for me.

chokichoki wrote this:  The scene that I chose to discuss for question no 1 is actually one that I’m not satisfied with. I felt that it could have been done better because there was a lot of awkwardness. It’s the necktie scene from before they bid farewell to each other in episode 51. When Ja Eun kissed Tae Hee, she looked awkward and so was him despite her claim that she wanted to be more expressive. Even the dialogues sounded a bit cheesy to me (at least to someone who understood zero Korean and had to rely on the subs.. haha). But after countless reruns of OB, I finally understood why it was done as such. Pardon me if the way I’m going to explain this is confusing. I find it really difficult to come up with a thorough but simple explanation to deliver my meanings. To me, what makes OB meaningful is that it is full of purity and innocence. It is a drama filled with hearts and honest affections. Tae Hee and Ja Eun represented these themes well and it was established since early in the drama that they both have childlike innocence with pure hearts that are thirsty for love. We can see that as lovers, they didn’t need to constantly touch each other or be lovey dovey to show their affection. They didn’t even realize that they had never praised each other (which other couples would have done all the time), not until their very last date before the breakup. Despite being in love, they are always shy around each other and rarely spoke of their true feelings. When the day finally came for them to say goodbye, it was heart wrenching to see the separation of two innocent souls. The necktie scene, as acknowledged by the writer, is so significant that it was played out twice. The first time in episode 18, we witnessed how awkward they were around each other for being at such a close proximity. The second time it happened, there was a hint of awkwardness again, but for different reasons. We can see that their eyes were brimming with tears when Ja Eun helped Tae Hee with his necktie. And when he finally confessed that it was during those moments that the wound in his heart finally heals, the two struggled to keep themselves from crying. Then Ja Eun vowed Tae Hee will be the first and the last man she will ever do the necktie for and it later echoed in Tae Hee’s vows. Doing someone else’s necktie may not be an extravagant symbol of love; in fact, it’s just a simple act that many people can do. And yet, because this whole drama is full of innocence, even doing someone’s necktie can mean the world. To Tae Hee and Ja Eun, it is exclusive to just them. No one else is allowed to have the privilege of doing so because their hearts are already tied to each other. Indirectly, it is also a vow that they will never marry anyone else. If this scene was done in a different drama, or a different situation, it might have ended up being cheesy and immature. But because of who Ja Eun and Tae Hee are, it makes perfect sense why they would take such a thing seriously. Right after the confession, everything turned awkward (to me at least); how Ja Eun praises herself for doing such a good job at doing the necktie and how she came up to kiss him (though, more of a peck) and he barely responded. I guess all of these awkwardness happened because after the confessions from each other, it’s difficult not to feel more nervous around each other. They also knew and dreaded what is to happen next and when the whole feelings mixed up, I guess one can’t help but feel numb. It’s even worse that both of them were holding back themselves from crying. Plus, had they shown too much emotion, it would have been even more difficult for the breakup to happen.

MS: Chokichoki shows very convincingly the different layers at play in a scene and how different tropes can work together to deliver one message of “innocent, strong love”. She explains how the awkwardness in the kissing scene is a sign for the upcoming separation of two “innocent souls in love” and their fear of having to face this future. In the same time, she shows how a simple everyday object (a necktie) also becomes a symbol for the fear of this future but simultaneously conveys the message of strong, innocent love and the lovers promise for their future (even if living separately, to stay true to their love).

Fanderay: This seems like one of the more obvious scenes to choose, but she expanded on the details well and it’s hard not to love that scene to death.

Fourth Place Winner: Nonski

This is what Nonski wrote: okay, i had been very vocal about my love for JE and Pak Bok Ja.  I pick my fave scene where both of them are in.  Frankly there are so many scenes in OB that stayed with me and can still remember very well but this one is important for this pair.  OB was the only drama so far that never had an episode disappoint me.

I choose scene at the end of ep 15 where Ajumma is rubbing JE stomach as she is having a fever and menstrual pains.  Actually the last 5-6 minutes of that episode really struck me including the first few minutes of episode 16 but the highlight would be as mentioned earlier.  Ajumma chasing JE away from the previous episodes and JE persisting and sleeping in that tent was a great contrast now to Ajumma rubbing JE’s stomach.  It became special to me because at that point, even with bok ja denying her acceptance of JE, it became clear that a special bond had been forged.  As i write this my heart constricts remembering that scene.  Poor JE who grew without a loving mom had for the the first time in her life experienced the bond  between a mother and her daughter.  She cannot talk to her dad about her menstrual pains because he was a man.  She had no one to talk to but now ajumma is by her side extending her warm hands of a mother so she can bear the pain.  The hand that made the pain go away.  I cried much during this scene.  Even tho ajumma had been hesitant to go look for JE outside but eventually the instinct of a mother prevailed and still she checked on JE.  Thankfully there is TH who was there and carried JE back inside.  When ajumma had started caring for JE but was hesitant to show it, this scene was a start of a beautiful relationship between the two.  I love that  ajumma showed so much care for JE despite outwardly displaying a hint of anger.  I would never forget that JE shed a tear knowing that she felt a mom’s hand for the first time and ajumma touched by these words from JE and knowing that this child cherishes her simple action.

I cut and pasted comments they emailed me as they were narrowing down their choices so some of these entries did not have both of their comments. Rest assured, all five of these winners were chosen by both judges.

Honorable mentions that barely missed the cut:

MS voted for her and I like this one as well: hitomiakiko. E52 ending scene. I might have felt so strongly towards this scene cuz I still remember bawling through it as I watched and recapped. But the way hitomiakiko described every emotion that was involved just touched me. She pointed out details that you can only notice when you feel everything the character is going through and that’s what made this entry stand out for me. (Softy)

I loved this one as well: Letters from E31. I loved how she described this scene. Everything she wrote brought me right back into that raw moment between TH and JE and she nailed every detail. If  I had a choice, this entry would have been one of my top four contenders. (Softy)

Fanderay: Aisha (mom’s wedding speech): I like that this one reflects on motherhood and the relationship that the mom had with the entire family. That speech reflected on her past, everything that happened through-out the drama, and even included the future (I found myself nodding along as I read Aisha’s post, and could tell she really thought hard about her choice).

MS: Aisha, Episode 58, mom’s wedding speech
I felt this was difficult to judge in comparison to the others as it had a different way of analyzing. While the others analyzed the scenes’ dynamics as reasons why they were touched by the scene, Aisha foregrounds the influence of her chosen scene on her life and why the scene meant so much to her as a viewer. She explains very touchingly how this drama teaches that togetherness, forgiveness and love are the most important ingredients for a family life but also for life in general. In the same time, she shows how words of wisdom are only possible to express on the basis of the life experiences one had and that is life experiences in all its colors (from joyful to heartbreaking). one could say Aisha did something else than she was asked to do, but at the same time one could say she simply did it her way.

MS: KimLuvv, Episode 46,Tadpole Scene
KimLuv description shows very well how a street can be both in the same time: a symbol of distance, unfulfilled desire, heartbreak and (once crossed) a symbol of blossoming love, reunion and trust. In doing this, she showed how to take into consideration the place where the scene is filmed is key for its complete understanding. I think this is often overlooked and KimLuvv did a very good job to point this out.

Thank you all for contributing to my first blog giveaway.  :)

THIS WAS THE ORIGINAL POST:

Written July 28th: I think I read up on almost every blog giveaway to find out how this is done, but everyone has their own unique style and I didn’t want to duplicate any of their ideas.  Coming up with prize ideas was the hardest part. I didn’t want to just have one prize winner and wanted second and third place winners as well, but that would have been easier to do with DVDs and drama related stuff. If only I planned ahead and got those back when this drama was still airing. In November this blog will be two years old so I guess I could have held off till then to have a giveaway, but the one year anniversary of the drama that this blog owes a lot of its number of hits for is coming up on August 6th  so I moved it up. Even though I have recapped over 18 dramas so far here and at Thundie’s Prattle, Ojakkyo Brothers holds a special place in all our hearts. For me it’s probably the only 58 episode family drama I will ever recap unless there is a miracle of a season two with the same exact cast or at least if Uee and JW come out as a couple again in another drama. Hopefully a shorter 16 episode one this time.  :)

My first choice for prizes was obviously the DVD set, but there isn’t an official one from KBS. If they don’t have them yet, the chances are pretty good they won’t be coming out with them at all. So I went down the other options for OB related stuff and drew a blank. During the time the drama was airing, I bought some of the clothes items JE wore on the show, but none of those are available anymore.  I even bugged Fanderay to give me some suggestions on what could be great prizes. She came up with the idea for key chains of the duck pendant that TH and JE traded with each other. Unless she learned how to whittle on top of painting, I am not sure where I can buy those. The only key chains from a drama I can give away are the bear ones from You’ve fallen for me and some post-its of the main characters from that drama. Then I thought of tracking down one of those parkas that JW wore for Mountia, but after checking 3 department stores, I gave up looking for that brand. Even if I found that store and bought the most feminine looking parka that he wore, it will still be men’s clothing and I doubt any of my readers are men. I rather get practical prizes that my readers can use or consume.  :)

I finally decided to go with these after a lot of deliberation and consideration. First prize winner will get the best one. I have one too and it’s really pretty. Just looking at it reminds me of the drama all the time.  It’s the Swarovski “Promise” necklace that JE wore for pretty much the whole drama series until she gave it to her father towards the end. Here are some photos of it above. In Korea, it retails for around $190. Second and third prize winners will get large and medium box sets of Cantata. Winners will later specify which type of coffee they want – Rich Gold or Mild Gold. For some reason JW smiled better on Rich Gold boxes.  Even though it’s not OB related, if I give these away as prizes then at least we will be supporting this coffee brand so hopefully they will continue to use Uee and JW as their models. Uee’s face is on one side of the box and JW’s face is on the other. Since I can’t drink coffee cuz even one drop will keep me up all night, I have no idea what it tastes like. Might I suggest if it doesn’t taste as good as it looks on those commercials then give the coffee away and just keep the box to store things in.  :)

Now comes the fun part – entries and how to win.

While I was making this post trying to come up with an original question, I was watching Spring Waltz on cable. That scene where a jacket photo had to be chosen for the CD came out and the girl chose one where the guy is looking off to the side cuz she said “it’s like him the most – even though he is smiling he looks sad.” That made me think of all the scenes in OB where I felt like the line of dialogue and emotions portrayed told more than what we saw so I came up with these two questions to choose from. One is creative and the other more direct and clear cut.

1 – Analyze, interpret, explain, or delve more into a scene that meant something to you. Be sure to include why it stood out in your memory the most or caught your eye as one of the best scenes out of the whole OB series.

2 – Pick one character from OB and describe what makes that person brave.

For a chance to win, all you have to do is be sure to fill in both top boxes and leave your normal user name and current email when you leave your entry in comments. That means no Anonymous entries. Limit one answer per person. All answers must be one paragraph long in length and please specify which number you want to answer. Three winners will be chosen by two guest judges. Deadline will be the OB anniversary date August 6th.

Here are two samples for #1. I included screencaps for a visual cue, but there is no need for you to go through the trouble.

When this scene first aired, I was pretty miffed since this was the only one these two shared for this entire episode. Now looking back on it, I realized I missed something crucial. During the tie scene, TH kept pretending to look away and then sneak looks over at her, but this time he stared right at her and never looked away as she focused on bandaging his hands. Though no words were exchanged for that short length of time at first, there was a certain air of greediness to the way he stared as if he was trying to memorize everything about her in these precious few minutes and take everything in. It was like he was trying to check whether or not she was ok, if she ate, if being this close to her again was a dream. What made it even special was the way she was afraid to look up cuz she knew the expression on her face would betray she still cares.

While I watched this scene live, I bawled like crazy – more than both of them. Then later when I played it again to translate word for word, I had to pause again cuz there was another lump in my throat and even more tears flowed. It’s not what the mother said to JE, it’s how she said it. Like a woman who knows the full extent of her wrongdoing and the pain she caused this young girl. She cares so much for this girl, but she knows that JE will never forgive her and deservedly so. Knowing this is the last chance she has to talk to JE alone, the mom lets it all out and tells JE to keep hating her. Despite not having the right anymore to be caring, the mom gives her some hard advice to survive in this world, to come to her if JE ever wants to have more of that porridge, and to keep warm. You have to imagine that some of JE’s tears weren’t all hatred directed at the mother but more so because the mom put her in this situation where JE has to despise her. One of the most difficult emotions in the world has to be hating someone you want to love and this scene just encapsulated that the best.

Winners will be announced August 12th. Good luck and have fun.  :)

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98 comments on “Celebrating OB with a giveaway: Winners

  1. WeWe says:

    yeayyyy….giveaway *off to read the detail*

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  2. bbblue73 says:

    Just dropping by to say HELLO to you Softy dear & OB siblings.
    WOW. congrats & i’m speechless, Softy & Fanderay both of u are totally AWESOME!!!!
    It’s hard for me to type on my lappy coz eyes are everywhere. i’ll come back soon to participate OB olympics anniversary elebrations, hehe.

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  3. aisha says:

    Ooh,.ooh…ohh…i better be good this time! That lucky duck pendant is too tempting,and oohh…ohh..ooh…Cantata`s coffee looks great too!! *going nuts* Oooh,Softy n Fanderay…thank you so much for this!! What a great way to celebrate OB! I’ll make sure that i’m not missing out this this time :-)

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  4. chokichoki says:

    Oooh!!! I love those questions. Will surely attempt that cos it reminds of the fun days of learning literature. Thanks Softy~~~ On another note, it’d be great to have those duck pendants. I love ‘em as much as I love TH & JE. And I just wanna say that the OB writer is such a genius for coming up with the idea of those ducks, I don’t know how to explain but I thought that’s like one of the most awesome things I’ve seen in dramas. I felt like crying thinking that it’s been a year ago. It’d be so nice to relive those good moments again. If only I had found this blog much earlier so that I can tag along from the very beginning.

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  5. Nana says:

    OMG… there are way too many best scenes that stood out in my memory…aaaaaaaa… so just send it here right?? okay, now i need to compose all my thoughts to participate in this.. :).. and my eyes got a little teary just by looking at the picture that u attached above.. i think i’m still emotionally attached to this drama… uhuhuhuuhuhu… fighting everyone.. good luck to those going to participate.. :)

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  6. Anonymous says:

    hi everubady ,i just rewatched again ok and i want to download the ost but i didn’t find where,please could someone tell where i can download it ?

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  7. SS says:

    Omy Softy, thank you for such a wonderful gift to commerorate OB’s 1st anniversary. I don’t have to hold the prize in my hands, this page alone makes me happy. How could I forget OB, the show that has so much heart and introduce me to Joo Won, the precious talented young man and to JW-Uee the only onscreen couple whom I ship in real life. And just as important, on your blog which you so generously give your all to OB fans or rather OBsessors, I made precious friends like Yanna, bbblue, flo, umi, bird, nonski, depz sammi, aisha, Loverz, chokichoki, ginko and many more.

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  8. Anonymous says:

    this mv is my gift for you http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dukwTGpJ-80

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  9. ziren87 says:

    wow….softy and fanderay…you are both so generous….not only in recapping good kseries for non korean speakers but gifts as well…hope you be blessed much more…

    as for the OB…wow..i just finished watching it…i used my vacation well…heheheh…and i’m like all day and night looking into OB MVs and looking at joowon and uee…withdrawal stage…hehehe

    there are so many OB moments that its so hard to choose….

    goodluck everyone….:-)

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  10. bird says:

    WOW!!! I can’t believe that it’s time to celebrate 1st anniversary for the first time that Ojakgyo Brothers on aired and 5-6 months that it ended. Because OB still in my heart and I still can’t withdrawal from OB.
    I don’t know how this simple family drama get in and stay, touched so deep in my heart this much.
    OB change and give a new experience to me for watching drama.
    OB is the first drama that I watched it live even I don’t know Korean and even my English not good but I can’t wait for the sub so I searched for the recap that bring me to Softy’s blog .Thank you so much Softy and Fanderay for your hard work that give us the happiness and an amazing experience while watching this drama.

    Before watching Ojakgyo Brother, I don’t watch baker king so I don’t know Joo Won . but I watched You’re beautiful and I don’t like Uee in that drama. but after OB I become JW and Uee fan and they are the first and only couple that I ship in real life, wish them could date someday^^
    I don’t like coffee but OB make me wanna try caramel macchiato.
    All I know about computer is click and enter but because of OB ,I try learn how to make gif and video and register for youtube channel. They are new experience for me.
    OB make smile,giggle,murmur,yell,scream out loud and cry like a river by myself like a crazy.
    I want to concentrate and give my all to OB ,so when it airing I’ll go watched it alone in my room. It make my mom ask me that ” Do you watch porn video or something, why you have to go and watch it alone” hahaha :)

    Sorry if I can’t choose which scene or which character is the best for me.
    Because every episode have many special moment or beautiful scenes that catch my heart .Every character have it own charm. The simple family drama that have special attractive that touch our heart, the pure love and relationship between the member in family or lover.
    The story about the girl who has a father but never known mother’s love, and she has to survive ,stay trong and live by her own when she lost her father.
    The young man who live in the family but never feel be the part of it.
    A mother who always have a hard time in her life and finally found the home but going to lose it.
    The couples that support and fulfill each other in what they’re missing.
    The best thing from watching OB is to found you blog,Softy. Where all the OBnians can find, meet ,support and share our love for OB. (^_^)
    To meet special people like you, Fanderay .Thanks to Semi-fly for her torrents, Sparkskey for written preview translations ,Ginko for adorable gifs.
    Thank you special friends like Yanna, Bbblue, SS, Flo, Umi, Ck10, Nonski, Depz Sammi, Aisha, Loverz, chokichoki, Bj,Enz,Thom, SaranghaeJW , N and all The OBnians :)

    This blog and OBsessions is the best gift for me :)

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    • nonski says:

      *huggles*

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    • SS says:

      bird! *Hug* I missed you too. I must be so muddleheaded these days. I missed out your comment till I saw non-ski’s

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    • chokichoki says:

      Gosh…All the OBnians here never cease to amaze me. Every time I see you post up a gif or a video, I’d say to myself, “Wow, how can she manage to do all these?”. And here you say you did it all cos of OB???!!!! I’m speechless. There should be an award for you (refer to list by bird..heheh) and all the others here for such hard work and continuous effort. *Standing ovation*

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      • Enz says:

        Me too! I thought you must be some expert on these things… I have no clue whatsoever .. The only thing I can do is occasionally add a comment!! Gosh, bird. That IS truly amazing that you learnt all that to share OB with everyone. Thanks

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    • bbblue73 says:

      Bird, uh uh.!!
      Group hugs.

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  11. Maidenelle says:

    Softy, I am loving this! Cannot wait to submit! Is there a limit to how many entries one person can submit? Thanks again!

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    • Maidenelle says:

      Sorry, I didn’t see that you had addressed this already

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      • Softy says:

        actually the orginal didnt have that info, I included it cuz you asked so thank you for reminding me. :)
        after reading what you wrote, I am soooo glad I am not the one who is going to judge the winning entries cuz it was really beautiful. I am giving all the entries to two guest judges and letting them choose. you got the ball rolling and hopefully more people will leave entries over the weekend so comments will fill up by next week. The 6th is around the corner ladies. :)

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  12. `Eun says:

    Yay! Im gonna crack my brains up! Heehee

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  13. Maidenelle says:

    I would like to answer option #1:

    Episode 28 was a big milestone for Tae-hee. Despite his growing interest in her, Tae-hee had been treating Jae-eun with mostly feigned indifference or emotional resistance. In this episode, he finally faces the emotional wall he had put up as a child and what it has cost him. The most moving scene to me is the one where, after being rejected earlier by Jae-eun, Tae-hee confronts Tae-Shik for wanting to give up his son Guk-su (Noodles). For the first time he reveals to his brothers what it has been like for him to grow up as an outsider, envious of the natural parental love the brothers received and disconnected from his own emotional needs. The pretense he was living broke him on the inside, even if was able to convince his family, and even himself, that he was okay. This scene represents Ojakgyo Brothers at its best—when it can teach me more about my own life experiences through the feelings of the characters. Tae-hee experiences such a raw outpour of emotion that in this scene, the brothers cannot meet his eyes. When Tae-hee describes the “fake” persona he had to develop, pretending to be okay, yet always feeling empty inside, I cry. He can finally face the consequences of the abandonment and pain he suffered—he has grown to become dutiful, reliable, efficient but not truly alive. Losing Ja-eun has awakened him to all he has lost—not just the mother who left him, but a life of hope, joy, and connection. Throughout the series, Tae-hee has been like an onion whose layers are slowly peeled away, often through interactions with Jae-eun or Guk-su, until we can finally see what he has been hiding at his core. This is the scene where he finally becomes vulnerable and takes the first step to healing his scars.

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  14. nonski says:

    Softy, Fanderay and to my OBsiblings/friends… it’s been so long. After opening Chrome to email a report, I dunno why I was so drawn to opening Softy’s (it’s one of the sites stored on my browser, so it;s always there in just one click) and now I know why. The 1st anniversary of the most awesome drama I had ever had the privilege to watch is coming. I had been in hibernation for sometime now due to RL work. Just can’t resist this chance to go over and read and be with you again guys. Oh I miss this place sooooooooo much. I even missed Bridal Mask. I missed hitting the like button, which I usually do after each of Softy’s post. Reading along, my tears are welling up and as I write this there is sadness knowing that I missed you all a lot and missed so much here. Softy offered us a place not just to enjoy OB but this feels more like a family. We shared this love for one drama that make us anticipate the weekends and reserve much of it for OB. It’s so great to be back again even for just a short while. Yeah it is kinda sad but I have to focus on work. Special mention to friends I will always cherish here: Bird. Yanna, Bbblue, SS, Flo, Umi, Ck10z, Depz, Sammi, N, Aisha, Loverz, chokichoki, Bj,Enz,Thom, SaranghaeJW and all OBsiblings. :) I will try to be back to join the contest, I would really love that box with JW, nvm the coffee even if I am a coffee-lover.

    Softy, my special thanks to you for allowing me to watch so many episodes of OB even without the subs. This is the only drama I had never missed purposely and would go through all lengths to watch. You allow me an entirely different drama-watching experience. Thank you. :)

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    • SS says:

      wooooooo…………….nonski! you are back. *Hugs* thank goodness, we’re all wondering what happen to you.

      p.s. btw, what’s RL? it sounds strangely familiar to me. Sounds like an alternate universe which I used to be in

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      • nonski says:

        lols SS *huggles* again… yeah it’s an alternate universe where there is no fun and you have to sleep on office couches and miss a lot of friends and fun.

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        • Softy says:

          hey nonski, did you know that I posted on the side widget before asking you to drop by and say hello? we were all getting worried. I was just about to send out a search party for you. last thing you mentioned was going on a training camp and then poof you were gone for so long. dont do that to us again cuz you had us worried. glad to read it was only real life that kept you away. dont work too hard and make time to drop by once in a while ok? :)

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          • nonski says:

            aw Softy you really is so sweet… that is why i so love and miss this place! Cadence is more than just a blog, it became HOME to most of us (i know you guys will agree with me). :) sorry for making all of you worry. truthfully, after our program planning training, things had been so rushed up always that i forgot to tend to a lot of things. :( a lot of people in our office had been wondering too why it seems like work keeps piling even tho we’ve already worked so much. our current boss is a slavedriver who we always have to keep up to. anyways i’ll stop talking about boring things. :)

            what i missed to write yesterday and had been meaning to write is this. Softy you amazed me and it warmed my heart how much you took so much care with all the details to have this amazing anniversary give-away. for that we send lots of love your way. <3<3<3

            i'm already getting excited to read all the entries and i will try my best to be able to join too… frankly there are a lot of scenes in OB that had that certain tug in my heart… it will be a little hard to decide which one will be. nonetheless, i will enjoy reading everyone else's and congrats to the winners in advance. :)

            oh and i committed a huge mistake yesterday… i just copied the names of friends from the post on top, so it ends up, i also wrote my name *hides from shame*… i just don't want to leave anyone behind that is so, lols, sorry.

            onward i will try to be here as much as i can.

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    • depz says:

      Now don’t make me cry again honey…. ^^
      Big big hug for you dear… I’m so glad to know you and all of my fellow OBnians..

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    • Nonski darling… we surely miss you… *Hugs Hugs*
      So glad to hear from you again, I thought you get bored with us here.
      You were missing here since BM ep.9 :(
      Please also stop by at OB page or BM page, dear :)

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  15. Anonymous says:

    Dear Softy. Thank you.

    This is great. Owh my, I remember our obsessed OB days.. hehe. Waiting like crazy for preview and in 20 or 30 seconds preview alone we can make up a possible scenes etc. OB is phenomenal.. in my KDrama addiction :-)

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  16. lisa says:

    wow..
    this totally awesome

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  17. SS says:

    Softy, I am writing a fanfic for OB. Not as an entry for the giveaway but as my contribution to all OBnians on this anniversary.

    Need to ask you if it is appropriate to place it here or at OBsessions or maybe not at all.

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    • Softy says:

      Thanks for asking SS – it might confuse others as an entry if you left it here so could you please post on OB5? Don’t forget to also write a short entry for this. Deadline is coming up :)

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      • SS says:

        thanks Softy. I just put up the fanfic over at OBsession5.

        I haven’t forgotten about the entry, it’s just that there are so many scenes and characters in the show that we can write about, that it’s difficult to choose. And sometimes when my emotions get the better of me, words fail. OB is a wonderful wonderful drama, just re-thinking all the scenes make me miss it so badly.

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  18. Enz says:

    You’re awesome for doing this softy :)

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  19. weahem says:

    look at the comments, so sad…..

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  20. KimLuvv says:

    Hi, I’m new here! I actually came across this site cuz of Bridal Mask, and my love for Joo Won. I’m not as close as all of you Obnians are and I’m sad that I didn’t come across this site while I was watching Ojakgyo Brothers, but “please take care of me”!! I’m not a very good writer so I don’t expect you to be moved by my entry but I hope you at least enjoy it! <3 Good luck to everyone!

    One of my most memorable scenes was in Episode 46- the Tadpole dance scene. Not just that particular scene but the events that led up to it, the aftermath and the impact of it overall. It doesn’t really rate high on the significance bar but it did stay in my heart as one of the most beautiful scenes that happened in the whole Ojakgyo series. We all know that Ja Eun ah was a pretty strong girl who still believed in her dad and strived to live on even after her father “died.” If I put myself in her shoes, I would most likely want to die if I my only parent left die, so the fact that she didn’t bring herself down and instead took complete charge of her life really shows how amazing she truly is. But in that scene, when she was told to break up with TaeHee and she then saw him standing there across the road, I felt that barrier she built to stay strong came tumbling down completely. At first she told him to stop walking towards her, sort of like she was telling him to not get too close to her. And then she told him to sing and dance, and basically admired him from afar because she knew that’s the only way she’s going to be able to see him in the future- from a distance. Her teary eyes and that smile on her face told me that she really wasn’t all that strong and she needed someone to lean on- literally and figuratively. And then that scene where she started walking to him slowly, trying to act like she was strong again, but then finally gave up and started running to him clearly shows that she was ready to depend on someone again. Okay, now let’s observe Tae Hee throughout this scene (I feel like I’m presenting something- well, I sort of am presenting my love and the significance this scene had from my point of view). Tae Hee is harsh and of course he has to be because he’s a cop- if he wasn’t, there would be criminals running around Ojakgyo Land. The only person he’s really a softy for and will do just about anything for them is Halmone (Grandma.) He’s always been the outcast of the group/brothers, not always physically but mentally as well. He’s not the typical sweet, kind, prince charming type of guy to everybody but with Ja Eun-ah, it’s different. He’s mostly the cool, mysterious guy at the police station and so when he did the Tadpole song not just in front of his police teammates but also random strangers, showed us that he was willing to drop his whole cool persona for Ja Eun-ah. =) And then how he smiled towards her when she came to him really brought tears to my eyes. To me this scene signified how both Ja Eun-ah and Tae Hee were changing as their love for each other grew and how each of them dropped their "walls of protection" for each other.

    Okay, I’ve said too much but I hope this counts and isn’t too long?

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    • KimLuvv says:

      Oops sorry, forgot to write that I’ll be doing number 1!! Sorry =(

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    • KimLuvv says:

      Ugh -.- I’m sorry again, I actually wrote this on my phone and some parts got cut off when I was rewriting this on Microsoft Word. Is it possible to still add it in. If not, then it’s okay. But here’s the fixed part. It’s towards the ending of my entry…

      “He’s always been the outcast of the group/brothers, not always physically but mentally as well. But with Ja Eun-ah, he can relate. They both don’t have actual parents and therefore are sort of alone in this world and don’t have a place to be. He’s not the typical sweet, kind, prince charming type of guy to everybody but with Ja Eun-ah, it’s different. It’s different because he relates to her. They both need each other, literally. He’s mostly the cool, mysterious guy at the police station and so when he did the Tadpole song not just in front of his police teammates but also random strangers, showed us that he was willing to drop his whole cool persona for Ja Eun-ah. =) And then how he smiled towards her when she came to him really brought tears to my eyes. To me this scene signified how both Ja Eun-ah and Tae Hee were changing as their love for each other grew and how each of them dropped their “walls of protection” for each other.”

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  21. hitomiakiko says:

    Ojakgyo Brothers!!! :D I marathoned it right before my papers and loved every minute of the whole series! Of course, it is now safely copied into my harddisk where it will continue to stay while I watch it over and over whenever I want! So far, I’ve gone over it again about half a dozen times! The seventh time started a few days ago and I’ve just reached episode 24! ;)

    I loved your questions-both of them and definitely wanted to share my own thoughts so here it is! Answer to question one-scene that meant something to you in Ojakgyo Brothers: Episode 52-end scene when Tae Hee comes home and begs grandma to forgive Ja Eun.
    He’s always been the odd one out-knowing he was adopted but he’s always loved the family as his own and done his best to go out of his way so that he does not burden them. And while they have taken equal good care of him, deep down, he can’t mask the emptiness in his heart. Ja Eun fills that hole in his heart when they both fall in love with each other. What’s most telling are his words, “Please, save me just once!!” He’s always been the wonderful son who hasn’t wanted anything for himself and thought of others before himself but that is the one moment when he realizes he can’t fill that mold anymore-he can’t live like that anymore since now, it’s hell to him without her. She’s the first thing that’s ever connected with him and whom he can claim for himself-her love is all his and she is likewise the centre of his life. Without that, he’s just an empty shell again, worse than ever before. He cannot bring himself to forsake her, even though his family won’t allow it and so he begs grandma to give him this one happiness that he wants. For the person who’s never wanted anything for himself and who’s always done his best for others-this marks the final turning point of his character where he takes a stand for himself and his own. It’s not a bad thing-he’s not doing it to spite them or for any other ulterior or wrong motives-no, he’s doing it because now, it means survival to him. Whatever he may have claimed or thought in the past, he cannot continue without her by his side. It’s like he makes the decision that he won’t give up on family but he also makes the decision not to forsake her because forsaking her would mean forsaking his own existence. When Grandma doesn’t budge, he heart-breakingly shouts “Grandma!” before going totally silent and drowning his cries. It’s his final desperate plea to her (grandma) and seems to stem from his very soul, same as “Save me please!”. He’s always been doted on by grandma and he’s never once raised his voice or gone against her but in this instance, his pain is too much for him to bear. Yet after that he doesn’t say anymore-he’s respecting her final decision even as he knows that emptiness is going to persist in his heart and come the new day when he’s sober, he’ll have to shadow it forever just so he can keep the family happy. To me, that was the best scene ever!

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  22. stars4u says:

    Just because I feel like seeing Joo-won 3 times a week isn’t enough so I started searching for DL links of the drama. So far, I have Ep 21 until the finale. They were really a memorable pair in a drama and I really do hope they do another project together.

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  23. Ann J says:

    My take on Q1.
    OMG there are so many memorable scenes which i still watched over and over again but my best scene has to be ep 51, the “Sad Goodbye”….

    Knowing that they have to be parted, TH/JE tried to spent those precious time together hoping to leave only sweet memories behind. Having a closure on those unanswered questions which TH always avoid anwsering – when they first realised tat they have fallen for each other??” I’m sure all of us were wandering too!!!!!

    It was the “necktie” scene … One of the sweetest scene we have ever seen. TH said,” Sorry, I didn’t proctect you. I promised to heaven, the girl who tied a necktie around my neck, except for you, there will be no others” **OMG melt** The small hole in his heart which was filled can never be replaced by anyone else except JE.

    Even UEE said her heart was flustered when she mentioned it in Happy Together,,!!!! This put us all into an “ALERT” mode, giving us a glimmer of hope tat this is for REAL.

    When he chased after her desperately looking like a lost puppy, you can sense the pangs of sorrows he felt about this separation. With tears streaming down from their eyes and unwillingness to be parted, they kissed. Both JW/Uee were great in this emotionally charged scene, i really felt this “SAD, GOODBYE”……

    After months, this feelings of separation is how i felt too. Its like recalling my ‘first love’ and the sense of loss when the show ended, and unwillingness to say “GOOD-BYE” coz i will always love you and miss you!!!!!!!!!

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  24. dreamgirl says:

    my answer to Q1 is episode 36 – their choding kiss!!!!
    My most favorite scene because it starts the beautiful intimacy of Tae Hee and Baek Jaeun. (Joo Won & Uee) I think after this scene – the couple were never the same again or never themselves again Ha Ha Ha ! My wild imagination would tell me – Joo Won playing Tae Hee must have been wishing for more kissing scenes with Jaeun. Their characters are a match made in Heaven. Recall the arum scene where Tae Hee tells Jaeun to stop right there or at that stop. It is almost like a dream, a daze. The stunningly handsome but aloof Tae Hee has got the courage to kiss this girl and tells her to stop right there. The kiss that followed after the arum thing was actually their 2nd kiss after the abrupt first kiss. But this was more real because Jaeun was already in a daze. Who would not be anyway? The actors might have been acting but could this real also. They played their parts very well and deceived me like they were really a couple. The reaction of Jaeun was also so spontaneous and made me dying with envy. Joo won, Tae Hee is so irresistible even with that cumbersome wavy hair.Ahh I would volunteer to replace Jaeun anytime if she needs a body double. Alas, I cannot because I donot have her height.
    Q2
    Character who for me is the bravest. All of them are adorable and made their characters unforgettable but I like the most is Baek Jaeun’s character. She is a symbol of perservance and hope. She knew that the farm was the only thing left for her and she held on to it; even getting herself with water several times. But I pity her when she cleaned the pans and took a hard a look on the food on the table and she had some out of starvation. She got worked and continued studying and even embraced farm work later. She got sick in the process remember and Tae Hee had to carry her back to the house. And Ojak Mother took care of her – this time not only out of of pity but out of love already. Baek Jaeun was adored by everybody except Tae Hee. But she perserved and got the love of the elusive one at last. Baek Jaeun’s character grew in the series from the spoiled bratty girl to the lovable one. Jaeun’s strong character and Uee’s really fresh portrayal endeared the character to me.

    I hope you consider my entry. I really love Ojakgyo and miss the main characters Tae Hee and Jaeun- actually i miss Joo won and Uee very much.

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  25. dreamgirl says:

    is there any news about the two – our couple Joo Won and Uee. Is there any hope that they might date or at least friends?

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    • KimLuvv says:

      I do remember an interview where they said it would be hard to date cuz UEE was an idol. I guess they did want to date originally but UEE was with a company that doesn’t allow their stars to date?? =(

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  26. SS says:

    Softy, thank you for the opportunity to write our thoughts for our beloved OB. This is a great way to commemorate the anniversary. I had tears in my eyes just reading the entries posted thus far. To be honest, I had a difficult time writing this because I felt that I could not bring out the beauty of the show by my writing. I also had a hard time choosing the scenes, I’d start on some and give up half-way. In the end, I chose this scene because TH&JE couple is the closest to my heart and their love is also the epitome of the show’s message.
    (sorry about the length of this post. What was just 2 lines from the scene became a thousand words)
    Posting on question 1.
    Episode 58

    http://soulsrebel.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/ec98a4ec9e91eab590-ed9895eca09ceb93a4-end-120219-hdtv-h264-720p-mong22-05-44.jpg?w=450&h=254

    http://soulsrebel.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/ec98a4ec9e91eab590-ed9895eca09ceb93a4-e58-end-120219-hdtv-xvid-hanrel03261210-54-18.jpg?w=450&h=254

    One can say the wedding is the culmination of their courtship. But it is in this scene where after the wedding, in a quiet moment, when TH and JE say thank you to each other, they show us exactly what each meant to the other. Starts from where TH carries JE to bed, looks at her so lovingly and said ‘Thank you, for marrying me” In these few words, they encapsulate how TH felt for JE, that she was not just the love of his life but she was his life. He would have never existed without her, perhaps only at the existential level, a man incapable of expressing his feelings, incapable of loving himself. The loss of his father and abandonment by his mother left a hole in TH’s young heart. The pain and heartache he must have felt was so tremendous that the only way he could deal with it was to bury all his true feelings and pretended he was alright so that the pain will go away. As time passes, the pain faded but he didn’t realize that the true TH had also faded away. He had denied his own emotions so well that he too disappeared. When JE appeared in his life and the attraction stirred in him, he wasn’t just discovering love, he was discovering himself. JE is a girl who is the antithesis of himself. She is spontaneous where he is reserved, she speaks her mind and talks a lot where he is taciturn, she is the beam of light in his life. Where there was darkness, there is now sunshine. Where there was a void, it is now filled with love, happiness and joy overflowing. This is the woman who loves him with all her heart and soul, who gave up her dream as she could not bear being apart from him. How could he have left her? Even though during their break up, the bleakest period of his life, he had told his grandmother that he will go to the States because it was hard to live knowing they share the same sky. In his heart, he knew it will not be possible. He’d have simply re-live the sad & tragic life his mother led, thinking that being apart could ease the pain but the love will never go away nor can it be replaced by anyone else. He is thus grateful to JE for loving him, for marrying him, for being his tree, never to be separate from him for the rest of his life. He then leaned forward and kissed her gently on her forehead. JE opened her eyes and said “Me too. No, I am more grateful, for you not giving up on me all the way till the end.” This is so line with JE’s character. She always sees herself as the one receiving but never thought that she is the one who gives and sometimes a lot more than she receives. Like how eager she was to please her stepmother and earn her love even though she knows it is not mutual. Like how she was the one who was the first to warm up to Mom and break her resolve with her bubbly affections, sealing the bond of a mother-daughter relationship which was later threatened but stood the test of time. JE & TH’s got off a rocky start. In the beginning, though they fought with each other and exchanged angry words, the air literally crackled and the physical attraction was undeniable. JE was the first to catch it. When TH stumbled into her tent, when he leaned in on her in the car, when she felt his gaze burning right through her as she tied his necktie, JE describes all these perfectly when she told Kim PD that she cannot explain it but it is her body that first reacts to TH. He was a man who said very little but she could see everything he felt through his eyes and actions. He was a man who couldn’t express himself but when you look beneath, this is a man whose heart is gold and has so much to give. Most of all, this is the man who will do everything for her and love her more than himself. When he is down, all she wants to do is to hug him and comfort him. Without having a real mother in her life, JE could truly empathize with TH’s emptiness in his heart, waiting his whole life for someone who never came. That made her want to love him even more, to be there for him, to make him laugh. When he smiles, her heart bursts and overflows with such happiness, joy and fulfillment. She is grateful to TH for loving her, cherishing her and for being her shadow, always one and together with her. As TH & JE embark on this new phrase of their life together, I think Mom said it best when she affirms that marriage is a good thing. To me, marriage is the seal of love. We are created by love, for love and to love. In Ojakgyo Brothers, the central message is this and it resonates clear, that of all things, love is the greatest.

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  27. letters says:

    I’ll be answering Question #1:

    The scene that I’ll be talking about is from episode 31 when Jaeun goes to see Taehee at the shooting range and tries to convince him to see his biological mother. Jaeun came looking for Taehee after realizing that maybe the reason he came to see her that night was because he heard news that his mother was back. However, when Jaeun approached him Taehee did not want to talk and instead physically shoved her against the wall when Jaeun did not let him pass through. Taehee tried scaring off Jaeun, but you could tell that Jaeun was not going to back down. What hurt most about this scene was that Taehee formed an invisible wall between her by showing anger through his hurtful words. He reminded her of how she told him she did not like seeing him or not to notice her if they ever passed eachother on the streets. I thought that was one of the other things that were bothering him because Jaeun’s words were different from her actions, which led him to asking her if she was playing with him. The reason this scene stood out the most in my memory was because a lot of things happened simultaneously and Jaeun repeated the same words that Taehee told her in episode 27 the one about emotions and feelings. Taehee was still in the denial stage about his mom’s death and at the same time Jaeun, who is still unaware of his mom’s death, was trying to convince him to deal with his unresolved feelings about his mom. When Jaeun repeated the exact same words Taehee once said to her, it showed how she agreed with his original beliefs about emotions and that she never disregarded his feelings. Although at the beginning of the scene he was cold and bitter toward her, the anger in his eyes seemed to dissipate as he realized how his words from before made an impact on her, and that she believed in them. She hinted that the feelings were mutual when he used those words to confess his true feelings for her in the past. His heart began to soften at the idea that the girl he liked might be envisioning the same future he had in mind for the two of them. The fact that she was pushing him to face his mom, the person he longed for since childhood, was her way of saving him from possible regrets. Her actions conveyed her genuine care and concern for him. It was evident in this scene because Taehee was important to her.

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  28. semi-fly says:

    I’m actually curious to see if anyone tries to analyze Ja Eun’s body wave (the scene with Bok Ja and her in the duck pen [one of the regular contributors made a gif of the scene and I’m positive others couldn’t control themselves from laughing throughout the scene]) to show that she had finally warmed up to the family, the farm, and her duties while staying on the farm.

    Likewise I’m sure someone will do the tent scene (when Tae Hee barges in on Ja Eun with his shoes draped around his neck and the awkwardness that certainly followed).

    Hmm…there were just too many good scenes in this series. Softy you certainly have your hand full with this one. I don’t envy you at all.

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  29. N says:

    Hello Softy and all our lovely OBnians! It is an honor to be able to celebrate OB’s 1st year anniversary with everyone. Just like the cast created unforgettable relationships throughout the past year while filming, I too have been able to create memorable friendships with everyone here, and for that, I am truly grateful :) OB is extra special for me because it started right around the time the new school year began for me and OB was like the “light at the end of the tunnel” when my weekly routine would get hectic. Nevertheless, when I saw this giveaway, I couldn’t help but get a little anxious, because I didn’t quite know where to start! It’s like saying, “Explain what OB meant to you in one sentence….3,2,1, GO!” AHHH, huh, what?!! lol

    But after reading some of the amazing entries above (really, are you ladies English majors in disguises? keke^^), I realized that there isn’t really a right or wrong answer to any of the questions Softy stated in the post. OB meant something different for everyone, depending on the situation they were in and experiences they were having. And being able to share our thoughts here….well it’s like icing on top of the cake. :) In my heart, I hope that we will continue to support Joowon, UEE and rest of the cast in their careers and who knows? Maybe we’ll be able to celebrate OB’s 2nd, 3rd and 4th anniversary in the years to come! [Oh wait, that means we’ll be in the OB ward permanently, right? Well, somehow, I feel comforted by that ;) ]

    Sorry for the long intro, now on to my answer for #1!
    The scene that really tugged at my heart was after Taehee and Jaeun broke up and Jaeun was getting drunk in the club to ease over her pain. Jaeun’s way to forget about Taehee is to drown herself in something she wouldn’t normally do, like clubbing. When Taehee pops into the scene and sees Jaeun in misery, it kills me. His longing gaze at her is enough to tell us that he regrets every moment of their breakup. He just stands there, at loss for words. When he finally makes a step forward to Jaeun, it’s at that point when I almost think that he’s secretly thinking of running away with Jaeun. Forget about all this stupidity and just let us be happy. But suddenly Jae-ha stepped in to stop him, and surprisingly, I was happy he did because it brought Taehee back to reality. He knew in his heart that the only way for their relationship to be accepted was through Grandma’s permission. In my opinion, this scene along with the following scene of drunk Taehee begging Grandma in agony pretty much outlines the essence of true love. The depths of pain one must go through in order to save their fateful love. It was an interesting dynamic to see both characters using alcohol for a connected reason. Jaeun was trying to forget about Taehee by losing her mind because she couldn’t accept reality with a straight mind. At the same time, Taehee was desperately trying to get Grandma’s approval by losing his mind because he knew he couldn’t do it wholeheartedly with a straight mind. Overall, I believe this scene was pivotal to the revival of their relationship because it gave an insight to what their future would have looked like if they went their own ways AND gave them that extra push to make sure they wouldn’t suffer like that ever again. And it certainly paid off, right? :)

    Thanks again Softy and our ladies for keeping OB alive and going! Cheers!

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  30. Jasmine says:

    Hey Softy,
    Like you, Ojakgyo Brothers will always hold that special little corner in my heart, as emotionally it resonated with my life. What I appreciated the most about this show, was that the characters were authentic: they made mistakes, matured, and moved on. I found each character so lovable, as each one of them took their time to mature and grow from their mistakes, and eventually earn our respect. The story was very down-to-earth and realistic, as if we were watching a real-life tale of a family growing and maturing with support from each other. I chose to answer #1, and this moment was ultimately the moment which sealed my love for this family, and made me understand the emotional center of the entire show, Bokja ajhumma. The scene is from episode 15, which was the turning point in the relationship between Jaeun and ajhumma, as ajhumma tends to a sick Jaeun, despite her reservations to care for her. This moment reminded me of my own mother, a person who is always willing to extend that hand in my moments of need. I would like to dedicate this post to her. Softy thanks again for sharing all the moments of this amazing show with us.

    A Mother’s Warmth
    They say a mother’s hand is what you grasp on tightly as a little girl for the world is a scary place. Jaeun had no hand to grasp. They say a mother’s hand is what steers you through life. Jaeun lost everything in a moment. Pampered and sheltered by her father’s love, she was not accustomed to the cold, ruthless world that surrounded her. The warmth she needed to guide her disappeared, as she began to open her eyes to the cold nature of those around her. The person she longed for to fill her emptiness and become a mother, betrayed her and left her to fend for herself. She rebelled against the world of no warmth, a world she didn’t wish to exist in. Bokja ajhumma was a character I had grown to despise through the beginning episodes. Although I understood the pain and confusion she must have gone through to realize that her fifth child (the farm) was being taken away from her by a stranger, I thought she was very childish and immature about the ways she went about handling the situation. Throwing tantrums, openly torturing Jaeun due to her guilty conscience, I found her actions inexcusable. However, as she opened up little by little to the stray duck that had wandered into her home, I found myself liking her little by little. She was opening her heart to the one person who needed comfort the most. As they got under each other’s skin and gradually opened up to one another, I was moved by Bokja ajhumma’s reluctant affection for Jaeun. And then episode 15 sealed my love for this unconventional pairing, as Bokja ajhumma’s resolve finally broke. Jaeun was once again sick, cold, and helpless in the world that offered no warmth. Yet, this time it was Bokja ajhumma who became this warmth for her. Pretending to not care, and speaking to Jaeun in a blasé manner, she couldn’t contain the motherly affection that seeped through her cold words. She claims, “You do a little farm work and you’re already sick? How can you do work in that weak body?!” She nags and scolds Jaeun lightly, but as a viewer you notice that her gaze only follows Jaeun, full of deep concern for her well-being. And then she extends the warmth Jaeun has longed for, the warmth of her medicinal hands. They say a mother’s hands are what you clasp onto when you hurt the most. When Bokja ajhumma extended her hand to Jaeun, and as tears streamed down her face, Jaeun had gained the warmth, the warmth of a mother’s hands. Jaeun had gained a hand to grasp against the scary world, a hand to steer her through the obstacles she was bound to face. And this scene is the moment where the show had earned my heart. The moment where two people were united emotionally by the bounds of a mother’s hand. They say a mother molds and shapes you into the person you will become. Bokja ajhumma became that guiding light for Jaeun, the one who held her hand in her darkest hours, and shaped and molded her into the individual she eventually became.

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