Broadcast: May 26, 2012 ~ August 12, 2012
The series marks Jang Dong-gun's return to television after twelve years. It is directed by Shin Woo-chul and written by Kim Eun-sook, the same team behind hit dramas Secret Garden, City Hall, On Air, Lovers, Lovers in Prague, and Lovers in Paris.
Billed as a male version of Sex and the City, A Gentleman's Dignity is about the careers and love lives of urban professionals. It tells the story of four men in their forties who have been friends since they were eighteen, as they go through love, breakup, success and failure.
Kim Do-jin is a confident playboy who meets Seo Yi-soo and falls for her. To his surprise, she doesnt give him the time of day and he discovers that she has a crush on his best friend Im Tae-san. He begins a one-sided love for the first time in his life and tries to win her heart.
"Gentleman's Dignity" depicts the romantic relationship between Kim Do-Jin (Jang Dong Gun), an architect with a scathing tongue, and strict high school teacher Seo Yi-Soo (Kim Ha Neul), who moonlights as an umpire at amateur baseball games.
Kim Do-Jin (Jang Dong Gun), Im Tae-San (Kim Su-Ro), Choi Yoon (Kim Min Jong) and Lee Jung-Rok (Lee Jong Hyuk) are four 40-year-old men, who have been friends since they were teenagers. Kim Do-Jin and Im Tae-San run a successful architecture company. Kim Do-Jin is brutally honest, confident and loves his work, but because of his personality is still single.
One day, while waiting for someone, he spots a woman standing outside the cafe. Kim Do-Jin feels something for her on first sight. The woman's name is Seo Yi-Soo (Kim Ha Neul). She is a high school teacher and umpires amateur baseball games in her free time. The next moment, Seo Yi-Soo is gone.
On a sunny afternoon, Kim Do-Jin walks along the street. He bumps into a woman and a thread on her knitted skirt becomes stuck to his baf. The woman is the same woman Kim Do-Jin saw outside of the cafe. Seo Yi-Soo doesn't realize her skirt is being becoming unravelled until a large portion of skirt becomes undone. Seo Yi-Soo is now extremely embarrassed and quickly hops into a taxi cab. Before Kim Do-Jin can get her phone number, she is gone.
One evening, Kim Do-Jin goes out to buy something from the market. Two young men stop Kim Do-Jin and attempt to intimidate him into giving them money. At that time, Kim Do-Jin's friend Choi Yoon shows up and they all get into a fight. Later at the police station, Kim Do-Jin refuses to forgive the kids, which means the kids will get prosecuted. Meanwhile, Seo Yi-Soo receives a phone call from the police station that some of her students have gotten into trouble. Kim Do-Jin and Seo Yi-Soo cross paths again, but he leaves while she enters the police station. Seo Yi-Soo gets the victims phone number from the police officer and keeps leaving messages on is cellphone. She doesn't realize the victim is Kim Do-Jin.
The following day, Seo Yi-Soo umpires a baseball game among some friends. Those friends include Kim Do-Jin and his pals. After the game, Kim Do-Jin asks her if she recognizes him, but Seo Yi-Soo pretends she doesn't because she is still embarrassed about the skirt incident.
Finally, Seo Yi-Soo figures out that Kim Do-Jin is the man that was victimized by her students. She goes to see Kim Do-Jin at his office. There, Kim Do-Jin figures out that Seo Yi-Soo is in love with his good friend and business partner Im Tae-San, but his business partner is in love with Hong Se-Ra (Yoon Se-Ah) ... who is Seo Yi-Soo's best friend.