Watch ' Marriage, Not Dating ' with our fast and smooth mobile player, optimized for your phone and tablet. How do you get your meddlesome family off your back? Gi Tae is a confirmed bachelor who has no interest in getting married, but he faces tremendous pressure from his family to settle down. To get them off his back, Gi Tae brings Joo Jang Mi Han Groo and introduces her as his future wife, knowing full well that his family would never accept her. Jang Mi agrees to the fake relationship because she is starting to lose hope that she will be able to find the perfect love after her failed past relationships.
She doesn't lack for a backbone-she stood up for herself in the first two episodes, she actually threw a fit because the mother was being ill treated. She is willing to protect others, and stands up for herself and others. What she really lacks is confidence because she had a trauma where she was alone.
Jang Mi's disease is that she wants to help and be wanted. She wants to fill in that loneliness. Being alone feels like a disease to her. But she just discovered what she really wants is connection, and she isn't getting that from anyone in her family or close to her. The closest approximate is Yeo Reum. Who is distant, but emotionally supportive and available, though his details are sketchy. And then YeoReum's response was so understated that I laghed even more. That last scene was so powerful.
And why are kdrama MILs so evil?!!!!!! I don't think KT's mom is inherently evil like so many MIL's - I think she is stuck so tight in her world view that she think it is the only "right" one, and can't get out. Or she is afraid to I agree with you and, I may be on my own with this but I think KT's mom is actually the most layered character of the bunch. Unlike most Kdrama parents who are simply grabbing at power or control, KT's mom is different to some degree. Really, she's very similar to Jang Mi.
KT's mom is a woman that is trying to conform to her society in order to make those around her happy. She masks her own feelings in order to accommodate those around her. She has no real identity of her own so she's wraps herself in the business of keeping up appearances because that's the only thing she can do. This is all very similar to what Jang Mi is doing by continuing the whole fake marriage.
Sidenote: its really great that both sets of parents are all alive in this drama. I've watched a ton of dramas and usually one parent is deceased. It really adds another layer to compare and contrast the couples' parents and their relationships to each. I really like how kt mom is methodically breaking down jang mi character.
I'm not condoning her actions but it is a clever way.
Jul 05, Marriage, Not Dating Episode 2; Not Dating, Marriage Episode 2; Anticipate Marriage Episode 2; Gyeolhoneul Gidaehae Episode 2; Marriage Without Love Episode 2; Marriage Without Dating; Wealthy plastic surgeon Gong Ki Tae is a successful and happy bachelor who does not want to find himself a wife. He believes that his life is perfectly. Jul 28, Marriage Not Dating: Episode 8 by LollyPip. The fake engagement is beginning to change from a little white lie meant to help Ki-tae and Jang-mi each get something they wanted, into a monster that's growing beyond their ability to control/5. Marriage, Not Dating is a South Korean television series starring Yeon Woo-jin, Han Groo, Jeong Jinwoon, Han Sun-hwa, Heo Jung-min, and Yoon So-hee. Marriage without dating ep 1.
If I was with someone thay constantly only looks out for other people view of me and doesn't show any emotions to my actions I would feel left alone as well. If people are saying se ha is like the mom then could u blame the dad for cheating.
All we know is that he is but don't know exactly what drove him to thst point. Once u forgive someone that cheats they keep cheating. If you r willing to put up with the other persons action than the only one at fault is yourself. Hmmm I do agree with your point about the brilliant change in strategy of Ki Tae's mom.
But I don't think it's right to blame her for her husband's infidelity. Nor is it right to blame Jang Mi for Hoondong's childish ways. These men did or are doing terrible things done entirely out of their own autonomy.
Why blame the ladies? I agree with Juliette. These men are adults, and at the end of the day should be able to take responsibility for themselves. Again, why blame the ladies? I really like all of that about KT Oma. I agree that there is more than meets the eye. Let's assume that she is also very aware of how much her life sucks, and how correct JM has been in pointing it out. At the memorial service and at the mall.
KT's mom cannot solely object to JM because of her socio-economic situation. After all, the pres wife likes the crazy girl as a part of the family. KT's mom realized at the wine club that there may be some benefit to having JM around. I'd like to think that KT's mom's efforts in separating this lively happy person from her son is so JM doesn't end up in their stifled life.
SA, whom KT's cheating dad picked to help his selfish career, has been asking for this misery. So be it. She could also be thinking that JM is exactly what the Gong family needs if it wants to survive into future generations. Another SA leading them would bring them more suffering. A vibrant JM may help. Juliette-people cheat all the time but its not like most people cheat just to cheat.
I disagree- I don't think KT's mother is acting as an antagonist for Jang Mi's benefit, so that she can protect her from joining their dysfunctional family. I feel like she was touched by Jang Mi in some ways, like when she empathized with her after the typhoon incident. But still, she isn't a desirable daughter-in-law for her, from everything from her family background to her scandalous behavior and how she basically pales in comparison to Se-Ah, who's very desirable seeing as she has connections and a good family.
It'd be cute if Jang-Mi and the mother end up as close friends and allies later on, so hopefully the mother will finally explode at her husband and stop her manipulative ways.
I also disagree with many people's opinions that Jang Mi is actually in love with KT at this point, and that she was the one to fall for him first. In dramas, it's usually made very obvious if the main character is in love. And it's not made obvious that she is, at least not with KT.
She's still smitten with Yeo-reum. I think she was saddened by KT's murmured confession that he just really, really wants to be alone when he was drunk, lying curled up the bed, because he just looked so lonely and it's the opposite of what she wants, but she understood it nonetheless. And she's grown to care about him, though not in a romantic sense yet, so she wants to protect his wish.
I'm also wondering how she's not fired yet for ditching her job all the time, and a bit iffy how she ran out in the wedding dress- I mean yo, that costs thousands, probably, and I was just thinking, "What if you rip it? What if you spill something on it? But yeah, I get that it's a drama so they want the pretty shot of her running out in her wedding dress, and the fact that it'd be very uneventful and boring if she just simply ignored all of her mother-in-law's phone calls throughout the episode.
Plus, that wouldn't fit her character. You wouldn't think so by how this episode ended. Only making others happy according to her own "high" standards. I also saw a thread of the irresistible pull that 'keeping up appearances' has over us. Before we know it, appearances suck us in and we start living lies to keep up what we've started. We may not actually care what other people think, but we still want to perform well in the roles we've chosen.
I wonder if: KT's mom was simply working to conform JM to what they expect in a daughter-in-law, so her family can keep up appearances in their elite social circle. Because that's exactly how she's had to live her life.
While KT's dad was keeping up the appearances of being a loving and attentive husband when in front of others. Despite that when he's alone with his wife he's a self-centered jerk.
JM's mom was desperately trying to keep up appearances in her hilarious attempts to make it seem that her family will fit into high society. And JM was trying to keep up appearances of being the dutiful daughter in law, even though she has no concrete plans of marrying KT. So true to life. If we're not careful, don't we all find ourselves progressively conforming to patterns of expected behavior, before we think through whether the outcome of those patterns will be a healthy one.
The only thing that came from that scene was kt hurt feelings from seeing her run away from him. I need more scenes of jus kt and jm. His criticism is harsh but she really needs to follow through with wat he says.
True, but I think JM ran away from KT because after all she has been through that day he rocks up with Se-Ah, all buddy buddy after she had been so bad to them before.
I wouldn't be happy either. Where are my manners? Lollypip, thank you very kamsa for the great recap Friday, please come quickly I read the ending scene as Ki Tae saying "I'm ready to make this real" isn't 'go to you' cultural shorthand for a lover making a commitment? And the one thing that leapt to my mind was I think he just decided that he could coast into it and everything would be fine. I can't wait to see the fallout from Jang Mi's mother who will correctly assume that Crazy Mom and Se Ah were trying to sabotage the wedding.
Go, angry Mom, go! Unleash your fury! I didn't read those as relieved tears at all but I can totally see it being a mix of the two. Shes upset that Gi-Tae didn't help her out or anything and was also part of the entire problem in the first place but also finally SOMEONE said something nice even if it's not the exact situation she wanted, and she just starts crying in frustration.
I like that the scene isn't concrete, I'm assuming the next episode will clear it up. I saw it this way too. Another source of frustration was that Se Ah implied that she and Ki Tae had slept together or at least are spending time together she picked up his phone, saying he was 'washing up.
So Jang Mi must have felt incredibly betrayed. After all, wasn't she enduring the intrusive invasion of her personal life to spare him from getting stuck with Se Ah? I think you guys are forgetting a very important reason she didn't wait for ki tai and for the crying; when his ex answered his phone, she said he was in the shower; I am pretty sure jang mi misinterpreted that evenif she knows that it was unlikely they were together like that, she was still probably jealous and hurt for suffering for him while he was with the ex.
If you look again - you can see the hurt in her eyes when she saw Se Ah. I am not sure that she recognize it as jealousy seeing that her body, social status, and personal taste were being criticized by Ki Tae's Mom and her own Mom echoing her shortcoming due to her own insecurities and her Mom's attempt to fit in with the wealthy and educated. But is it just me I loved Ki Tae's comment to wait and he would come to her buuuuuut why did he stand there It was as if just saying those words made him realize that he was speaking the desires of his heart.
He has had several jealousy outings. How many dates have he blocked? The near accident trying to get to her in the hospital. Moving her to his private domain of security on an island of one. He is now lying to keep them apart I went and re-watched the tail end of the episode, and I think that the silent conversation went something like this:.
What is wrong with you? You weren't ever going to end this, were you? Did you think this was real? Eff you and your crazy-ass family!
I have been wondering what it meant as well, although I do not have any cultural knowledge. I'll freely admit that I'm assuming, because I've seen something similar used in that context in other dramas. It makes sense to read it that way, and her reaction widened eyes as she realizes suddenly that KT had no intention of stopping the fake marriage bobsled to hell is appropriate for that interpretation, too.
Hiii lollypip I'm from India I have been reading your recaps Love your recaps. Thanks a lotttt!!!! This episode left me even more desperate for more episodes than last week!!! I loved this ending even if it certainly doesn't leave me feeling as giddy as the last episodes did. I think that this is such an important turning point for our leads though. I also think it's important that Jang-mi just does whatever she wants to do, not what other people tell her so as painful as the ending is, it also manages to be very satisfying at the same time.
I think what you mentioned about respect is very important and hopefully the next two episodes will focus more on the leads building that respect for each other and for themselves. Go on, kids, get married and settle down in the seaside town! Let YR find work as a line cook, and live in a sweet little apartment! Let Ki Tae sort out his own issues! Not me - I actually dislike YR. He seems extremely shallow. Part of that might be his acting, which I am not impressed with.
To me, YR comes off as 'deliberately cool' - not putting himself out there too much in case he gets hurt.
He's not as expressive an actor as the guy playing Ki Tae, but I think it works. When I went back and rewatched eps, I did notice that in scenes with the three of them, Jang Mi's eyes are almost always following YR he is easy on the eyes, I must admitand her body language changes whenever YR comes over. Ki Tae will have to put some serious effort into it if he intends to make that fake marriage real - starting with not insulting her.
Given it's a Kdrama, the male lead will eventually sink my preferred ship, but I can dream. I went back to read some of the character synopses that were distributed. They all say that YR has an aversion to commitment which comes from being abandoned by his mom.
He had no intention of getting married, but he unexpectedly starts to fall for JM. Trust me, you are not the only one After this I NEVER want to see her in that family, no redemption is possible after the emotional abuse that everyone is complicit in - even her own mother! Han Yeo Reum deserves some serious apologies for waiting and standing by her thru this madness and he puts aside his own annoyance after being ditched to smile and feed her takeout - best boyfriend ever! Gi Tae pales in comparison - last episode should have been the last straw with him to have it out with his mother but he takes his anger out on JangMi - No Way!
I'm totally with you guys!!! I love Yeo-reum and I think he's exactly what Jang-mi needs right now. I think he's the perfect rebound for her: he's hot, sweet, talented and will ultimately be OK without her once they break up. And who seems to as of now interest our heroine a hella lot more than the lead! As it is, I don't think that they would work out in the long run. If anything, the funny scene with Yeo-reum running around Ki-tae's apartment doing exactly the same thing that Jang-mi did her first time there shows how similar they are if they're fear of abandonment didn't give it away.
It was Yeo-reum that comforted her. She's been having a few horrible days of dealing with Ki-tae's mother and all Ki-tae, who should know better than anyone else how impossible it is to escape once the woman decides to control you, only offers criticisms and absenteeism.
It's Yeo-reum who steadily waits for her and offers support. I know that once Ki-tae changes his tune, I'll be happy when him and Jang-mi finally get together and not just for the all-you-can-take plastic surgery her mom will be able to enjoy but right now that boy does NOT deserve our girl.
Go, Yeo-reum! Ahhh exactly what I've been thinking! I know that eventually KT and JM will be together, and as long as the relationship dynamic changes and, as was said, it includes more respect.
No, I don't think he's a forever soulmate, but he's certainly the right guy for her to pick at this point in the drama. KT, on the other hand, has been a jerk. I believe he'll eventually redeem himself, but at the moment he totally does not NOT deserve JM and I'm glad that she's not feeling the love back at this point. He's got to earn that! You're not alone but definitely less than I thought there'd be.
I think you guys will have a field day next episode. As will we all, 4 way hijinks are going to ensue. And a kiss maybe i hope not. When Ki-tae speaks, I get the sense that he's saying exactly what he wants to say, but when Yeo-reum speaks sometimes not always though it feels like he's thinking to himself "what does this person want to hear? Now this is interesting because this is exactly why Yeo-reum is the right choice for Jang-mi right now.
He knows exactly what she wants to hear, but it also oddly makes him feel very surface-deep for some reason. When Jang-mi and Ki-tae interact it feels like there's give and take there, like they're not afraid to say what they want to say. I think that Ki-tae simply needs to learn a little more about saying and doing what Jang-mi needs once in awhile, instead of just saying whats on his mind.
If he can do that though, I'm rooting for him completely.
I think that's why I can't understand, and therefore like, his character. There have been very few moments where I felt like "Aha, there's his true feelings flashing through". I don't know if this is a failing of the actor, a failing of the show, or a deliberate choice by the show, but it's making me pretty frustrated.
I understand the other characters not knowing his true feelings, but the audience is just as in the dark.
Maybe soon he'll have a complete breakdown and reveal he is truly an infamous serial killer!!! Muahahahaha Or you know, that he really loves JM or something Very well put. I think jm sees her dad in kt since his parents are outspoken to one another while kt family is hiding within themselves from being diacover.
I see yr as kt dad because he is all surface.
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While being harsh actually wants jangmi to come out for the better. Each meeting the have had there hasn't been any true conversations. With kt and jm they talk more about their deeper roots. I can't handle her with Yeo-reum much longer, so that last scene basically made me go fsjfkwoeifueoisfs. I think i lost about 10 hair strands there. Its not like I don't like Yeo-rum as a character, yes he's a bit charming at times but i have a feeling that he's not just that into Jang-mi, its like what he said a few episodes back that he's intrigue as to why are those guys interested in her.
Its like he's just testing the waters with Jang-mi. On Jang-mi's part as well, i think she's not really in love with Yeo-rum, he's just a breath of fresh air and she's having fun but not really in love because when she's with him, its like she's not her total self unlike when she's with Ki-tae.
She's probably attracted to lighthearted, superficial men because of her parent's incompatible relationship. But what she hasn't fully realized yetis that a superficial relationship will ultimately end up being just as unstable and painful. YR might be fun and all but she is someone that tries to go deep into relationships to me.
There is sth that confuses me: Why can't she say: "I'm in the throne room. Let me call you back. Also: "I'm working now, and can't leave my post to go shopping with you. Meet on my day off or after work. Why put up with All those "Jang-miiaa"? Beause she is JangMi. Right now, she is so deperate to please people that she doesn't know how to reject them and her journey to eventually being able to do that will probably be one of the main highlights in this drama's plot.
I know right! I keep thinking they've forgotten that this is FAKE and that they want to end this marriage. I don't understand why she's trying to please his mom when she should be trying to break up the marriage and lose her approval by being disagreeable. Don't buy the thermal mattress and tell her that you can't go to acupuncture!
Tell her no kids! Get GiTae's mom mad! I just don't get her logic. So frustrated! Also, I don't mind YR at all, I actually feel bad for him because he's super sweet and Jang Mi keeps missing their dates and being a horrible girlfriend.
Yes the actor isn't great, but based on the plot, the poor guy is totally getting shafted by JangMi. JangMi - stop playing the 2 guys and figure out what you want! Because that's not who she is. She's a people pleaser.
Of course for the sake of the comedy it's turned up to the next level, but there are actually people like that I know some of themso it's not like the whole idea of it is unbelievable. And it's not like Jang Mi is doing anything inconsistent with what has been shown to be her character. I notice that you keep asking why don't the characters do this and why don't they do that The simple answer is because if they did, they would be different characters and this would be a different story.
And obviously one more to your liking. If a viewer is halfway through the show's run and they still can't reconcile themselves to Jang Mi being a pushover and Gi Tae being emotionally backward, then maybe it's just a case that this isn't the show for them.
I think you are right about the "people pleaser" syndrome she has. And she does not realize yet just how crazy it can drive people around you. Many years ago, in another life, I had a girl I was going with who was positively afraid of even saying what she liked or not - I never knew where she stood on anything, and it drove me crazy.
That lasted less than 7 weeks. KT's mom has decades of manipulating experience, Jang-Mi has close to zero. But I think that Jang Mi is learning fast, at least I hope so.
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Thanks LollyPip! OMG SeAh is getting on my nerves. I was so surprised when I looked her up. She is Jenny from God's gift. Regardless, though she needs to lose the "I am gonna keep using the flashdrive card to get what I want. I am getting to the point that I fast forward through her scenes when she's wallowing in self pity. Sorry for this rant. Other than that, I love this drama so much.
I cannot believe it is so funny. And, evolving very well.
I can't wait for the evolution of that one cold open. Se ha hasn't had as much screen time but I'm not hating her character. If she was truthful and admitted that she was hurt it would be a different story.
I would agree with you There isn't really any coming back from that, imo. I am loving this series the last scene broke my heart when she went to YR but I guess this is the first step she is taking and going with her heart.
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I just hope she realizes in the next episode that her heart is with GT as I cannot watch any more scenes with her and YR. I dont know if they're fully in love or what, but they seriously care for each other that it's hurting me too haha.
Gi Tae made quite clear he quite liked her from a few eps back and Jang Mi also worries about him. But when Ki Tae was taken aback by her beauty and feeling bad for the situation, and Jang Mi cried when she heard Yeo Rum instead of Ki Tae say the words, it's quite a done deal.
I'm not losing faith in Mum just yet. I dont know why but from the beginning i had this feeling - maybe she sees herself in Jang Mi that she wants to save Jang Mi from whatever hell the family has in store so that JM doesnt suffer like her. Gaaaaah, Ki Tae saying he hates the beach but that's exactly what he does next episode when he chases after the bride and her runaway lover! In the beginning of the preview Hoon Dong is there too, but then we see Se Ah after that.
Well, may not be quite the trip she wanted with Ki Tae, but it's something! Haha, I really hope she stops being manipulative and maybe she can just be a friend that makes KT realise that not telling your feelings for the sake of pride is no use. Oh and if the episode is gonna be full of our leads playing the jealousy shenanigans, I'm soooo in. This is gonna be fun, cant wait till next week!!!
I agree with you, diba. We may be misinterpreting her words and actions around and about GT and JM. Of all the characters, JM is the only one who tries to talk sense to her.
It sounded good, but I'm glad to have confirmation that she's just too nice to do something like that.
It was also very moving to see the quirks that made you love someone, disgust you into wondering why you loved them in the first place. Or maybe you were willing to be a fool with them when you loved them? Oh, dear. Second lead syndrome. Wow, I don't think Ki Tae's mom is a personality manager. She's just a nosey control freak. It would be so tiring to look at the world of dating and love as people management.
What's the point then? Myabe that's why Ki Tae doesn't care for anyone. Either way you can see that Ki Tae's family is suppressed and tired of his mom. I'm with grandma, Jang Mi is just the right kind of crazy awesome to shake up their world.
Overall this is fun. I really like how developed that characters are. This episode showed their inner psyche and just by watching other characters' faces you could see what they all thought of one another. I couldn't even help myself from pitying Hoon Dong. Though I was shocked that when he looked at Jang Mi he didn't realize the type of wonderful person and love he had destroyed.
While she realized that he was a player and that she answered a call he would have taken from just anyone.
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