Series / Personal Taste

Gae In gets some loving.

Personal Taste (Hangul: 개인의 취향), also called Personal Preference, is a Korean Series that aired March to May 2010 on MBC Network.

Park Gae In is the daughter of a famous architect, living in the unique family home named "Sanggojae" and making a modest living by designing and building furniture.

Jeon Jin Ho is a workoholic architect who longs to beat the Han Family, who took over his house and family business after his father's death. In order to gain a competitive edge in a race to design the new Dahm Art Center, Jin Ho manages to gain access to Sanggojae by pretending to be a homosexual boarder.

At the other end of the spectrum is Han Chang Ryul, the cad ex-boyfriend of Gae In, who runs the rival architect firm that is also in the running for the Arts Center.

The series contains examples of:

  • Accidental Public Confession: Inverted. During Chang Ryul's wedding, the one doing the confessing is not the actual guilty party but the victim (Gae In) and Young Sun, being broadcast over the microphone that the latter's kid has turned up. Needless to say, it's tremendously effective in spoiling the wedding.
  • Accidental Pervert:
    • Gae In and Jin Ho's first meeting goes on like that in the public bus.
    • At the very start when Jin Ho starts living in Sanggojae, Gae In bumps into him in the bathroom, naked. Her only defense about not seeing anything at all, was that she wasn't wearing her contact lenses.
  • The Beard: Subverted, in that Gae initially thinks when hearing his admission that he's straight, that he's just saying it on behalf of his mother. She resolves to act the part anyway.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Two Words- "Game Over".
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Kim In Hee, the friend that Gae In accomodated in her home for a decade (without any rent expenses), that considered "family", robbed her boyfriend (and was close to be married with him) and tried to ruin her eventual relationship with Jin Ho.
  • Bridal Carry: When Gae In gets really drunk, Jin Ho carries her home.
  • Break the Cutie: When Jin Ho guides Gae In to Sanggojae's basement, she starts getting back some missing memories about her mother... specifically her mother's accidental death that she provoked when she was a child (and the reason of why her father resented her too much over the years).
  • Butt Monkey: Gae In, who racks up a lot of False Friends, can't even get her father's approval. One of her best friends betrays her and (tries to) marry her boyfriend. And another one tries to rape her. And this is all in the first episode! To top it off, she thinks she killed her mother.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Jin Ho to Gae In's father.
  • The Cameo:
  • Camp Gay: Noh Sang Joon's character plays a lot with it. From the flamboyant clothes to the mannerisms, it would easy to confuse him as gay. In the Grand Finale, Young Sun takes advantage of it to get her husband jealous, just to end their marital problems.
  • Camp Straight: The main reason Jin Ho gets Mistaken for Gay in the first place.
  • Companion Cube: Gae In frequently talks, hugs (and hangs) a stuffed lion named... Ji No.
  • Creepy Basement: To Gae In, at least, because it was where her mother was accidentally killed.
  • Disappeared Dad:
    • Jin Ho's father was absent in his teenage years after his death, after he failed in his job. His mother is terribly affected by it up until the present.
    • Although Gae In's father isn't dead, Park Chul Han is not frequently part of his daughter's life and doesn't recognize her talent. Then, we find out it is because he resents his wife's death and rests the guilt over Gae In. They eventually reconcile.
  • Epunymous Title: The word "개인의"('Gae In Ui') means individual/one's personal. "의" (Ui) added to the end of a word shows possession (like the English suffix "s"), so "개인의" ('Gae In Ui') also means "Gae In's." The title can be translated as "Gae In's Taste/Preference."
  • Everyone Can See It: This line concerning Jin Ho and Gae In.
    Lee Young Sun: "They are... no... it's impossible, right?"
    Sang Joon: "They are a match." (Beat)
    Lee Young Sun: "What?"
    Sang Joon: "I mean the pigeons. They flew away already."
  • Extreme Doormat: Gae In, at least for a better part of the first episode. She basically apologizes to everyone for existing.
  • False Friend: Lee Won Ho, Gae In's business associate... who was deep in debts and ran away. And then there is, Kim In Hee, who took advantage of Gae In's good will... just to "break her" afterwards.
  • First-Name Basis: Jin Ho calls his mother by her first name, "Jang Mi".
  • Gender-Bender Friendship: Sort of. The series goes on and on until the first half that Gae In loves and trusts Jin Ho as a friend... only because she thought of him as "gay".
    • Young Sun and Sang Joon's relationship starts out at the same way as Gae In and Jin Ho's, but Sang Joon's Camp Gay tendencies are actually a good benefit for Young Sun in the long run.
  • Girlfriend in Canada: Played with here, considering the nature of this show. Jin Ho is asked by his mother where Eun Mi is. "Isn't she still in Canada?" he says.
  • Has Two Mommies: Chang Ryul has SEVEN stepmoms from his father's numerous divorces.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Lee Young Sun and Gae In.
  • Hysterical Woman: Na Hye Mi, who thinks of herself as Jin Ho's "fiancée" and is more of a Clingy Jealous Girl who refuses to believe that Jin Ho doesn't see her as "girlfriend material".
  • Implausible Deniability: After Jin Ho's initial reasons for living in Sanggojae are revealed and Gae In refuses to believe that he didn't care for her, he repeatedly insists that he was "just using her".
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: In one episode, Jin Ho and Gae In are watching TV. The program on is about how "most of the salt in a home is in food." Gae In comments about how maybe they should have brought a video or something. That said, virtually every other channel is about sex.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Gae In after Choi offers her a job.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: At least, at first.
  • Jerk Ass: Chang Ryul was a jerkass boyfriend. He admits to Gae In (after they've broken up) at forgetting dates and birthdays, leaving her hanging on more than one occasion, and taking her for granted. His reason to cheat her with In Hee is that he saw Gae In as a "kid", a "wet abandoned dog in the rain", than a woman.
  • The Lad-ette: Gae In, to a lesser extent.
  • Love Triangle: Too many, but the noteworthy ones are...
    • Tae Hoon -> Na Hye Mi -> Jin Ho
    • Gae In <-> Jin Ho <- Do Bin
  • Mistaken for Gay: Jin Ho, who allows the misunderstanding for the sake of staying at Sanggojae
  • No Periods, Period: Averted. In the middle of the Construction Party, Gae In forgot her period due date was that specific day. She mandates Jin Ho to buy her some pads in the pharmacy, and then he goes for some medicine for her painful cramps.
  • One Degree of Separation: Gae In's "boyfriend", Chang Ryul, is Jin Ho's business rival.
  • Only Friend: Young Sun is Gae In's one and only true friend. That is, of course, until Jin Ho comes along.
  • Running Gag:
    • Gae In getting drunk and running her mouth horribly.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • After Chang Ryul "discovers" Jin Ho is gay, Gae In gives one to Chang Ryul for claiming Jin Ho was not a "real man."
    • Jin Ho gives a lovely one to Gae In's father.
    Jin Ho: In my opinion, you've transferred your guilt to your own daughter.
    Chul Han: What an arrogant rascal! How can you say that when you don't know anything? Leave!
    Jin Ho: You rejected Tam Art Center Project because Sanggojae was a failed piece of design, didn't you?
    Chul Han: Sanggujae is a place which let my wife and child build their dreams.
    Jin Ho: But this place made you lose your wife forever and hurt your daughter's heart. Do you know exactly what makes Sanggojae a failure? It's you.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Gae In, especially at the Construction Party.
  • Shout-Out: A cameo character is named "Goo Jun Pyo," which was actor Lee Min Ho's breakout role in Boys Before Flowers. He portrays Jin Ho in this series.