When A Man Loves - Episode 7 (A SqueeCap)
SHUKNOTE: This week there were elections in SK, so our actors has some of their pretty bits covered with tickertape and chyrons. But not to worry! They will be back in fully beauty and villainy next week!
JONOTE: Either they have more elections in that country than any other, or I somehow only ever choose to watch dramas that air during election periods.
KAKANOTE (what? kakanote??): The gifs are gravely affected by it. Elections during gif-fest-dramas should be forbidden. Nonetheless ... I made tons of gifs. What else...
***Shuk: So we have the stage set; Seon-joo smirking on the couch, Tae-sang aiming those lovely lovely lashes at Mi-do’s neck, where the couple ring is hanging by a chain around her neck, before his face lights up and he lets go of his pent-up breath.
JoAnne: Meanwhile Delusional Girl has this smirk on her face that I swear to GOD I want to climb right into that tv and slap her into next week. Plus she’s WRONG WRONG WRONG and I can’t wait until that blows up on her.
kakashi: As the giffer, I must say that every episode of this drama starts with scenes that don't make for good gifs. Therefore --- I give you this:
Shuk: The moment is broken when Manager Lee arrives, looking natty in his linen suit, to talk to Tae-sang. Seon-jo uses the opportunity to arrange herself on his desk for maximum visual impact (gagging noises).
JoAnne: In stereo. Note to Oppa: Have someone disinfect that when they clean tonight. The couch, too.
Shuk: Mi-do turns to leave, but Jae-hee detains her, and Seon-joo gets in some digs on how well she matches Tae-sang, as well as talking about his heartbroken scene at the chapel in Guam. Everyone is uncomfortable, and her petty revenge finished, she sits back down to gloat.
JoAnne: I seriously wonder about her sanity. And where are Oppa’s BALLS, by the way? Why does he let her talk that way? (I volunteer for the search party, by the way.)
JoAnne: Hahahaha just joking! NOT. Oppa. OPPA. SAY SOMETHING
Ominous latin chanting starts playing in my head as Seon-joo goes to Cartier and gets the same ring as Mi-do. My Creepy-o-meter pegs as she tells the manager she was replacing the one her boyfriend gave her.
JoAnne: This reminds me of something. Hopefully I will remember before we’re done squeeing. But was I the only person who wondered how you could buy just ONE couple ring? Don’t they come in pairs?
kakashi: #WhenKDramaSeldomMakesSense - and #WhenIContinueToIgnoreHer
JoAnne: I felt bad for Chubs. He should stop talking to her, immediately.
JoAnne: Chubs looks like he debated hatin’ Oppa there for a sec. Didn’t he? But the power of the lashes won him over to the side of goodness and light. Thank goodness, that drama trope almost landed in our laps! Close call - I don’t know about you, but I need my lap for Oppa.
JoAnne: You pusilanimous, peurile, pugnacious, pathetic, putrid pissant!!
kakashi: #WhenAWomanIsAlmostScaredToAdmitThatSheFindsPinkyKindaHawt ...
Ryu Hyun-jin wannabe, and asks him to leave Jae-hee along. Yong-gap agrees, but pings Chang-hee in the back with a baseball to keep him off balance.
JoAnne: You loud-mouthed, lying, lacking, lame-assed, low-down lightweight! Plus, Jae Hee knows.
kakashi: #WhenTheresADerpFace...AndAVeryFunnyScene. haha. I loled.
JoAnne: I hate them. Do not show me their faces.
Here's a picture of two poodles eating ice cream instead.Shuk: At the office, Manager Lee snaps his fingers at Mi-do like she’s some kind of pet. She keeps walking, but tells him she’s going to the library.
JoAnne: Bet he follows her.
kakashi: He is weird.
JoAnne: Oooh, it’s hot sneaking around at work. (Loses self in memories of 24-hour duty in a big empty building with dinner and ‘dessert’ provided by a particularly yummy boyfriend…) I mean, when Oppa kind of ran his finger along the edge of her collar to get the necklace out, did you feel it too?
JoAnne: Are we SURE we’re sure that Chang-hee chingu isn’t gay? I mean, he’s always angry - that’s got to be about something he’s repressing. For the record, I’d be cool with it if he were. In fact, I would MUCH rather watch Chang-hee and Mi-do fight it out for Oppa than Mi-do and Seon-joo. (Loses self in mem….NO.)
Shuk (to herself): Make note to ply JoAnne with liquor and have a recorder handy....
JoAnne: ‘Some’ cheesy cuteness and hand-holding? That’s like saying Oppa‘s not that bad looking. You might just as well say that the leads in QIHM ‘kinda’ had chemistry, or that Dr. Jin was ‘sort of’ ridiculous.
kakashi: Why is he so red in the face?
JoAnne: Oppa’s cheeks were PINK. He was giggling. She told him he was stuck at 17 - that actually happens to be true - and when he hemmed and hawwed and leaned in to ask with his hopeful voice for ‘Oppa‘ I LITERALLY SQUEED. We don‘t often talk about this, my friends: We say we squee, but really, for me at least, it‘s more a mental ‘state of squeeness‘ than actual presence of squee in my life. HOWEVER, this time, I actually, involuntarily, completely unexpectedly made that noise. And I may have wiggled in my chair a little bit, too. Because he HEARD ME. He knows he’s my Oppa, and that was a message. TO ME.
JoAnne: That is SO not what I got from PissyFace’s reaction. We shall discuss on Twitter. But I am right, and you are wrong.
JoAnne: You craven, cretinous, creepy, cadging, CRAP HEAP.
kakashi: Who is this guy? I should probably watch this with subs ... He is too green, he doesn't get a gif.
Shuk: At the office, Jae-hee tracks down Mi-do, and pouts that he couldn’t find her at work yesterday. She counters that she actually met with her boyfriend, and if he wants, he can meet the guy in question. Jae-hee backs off. His invitation to lunch gets rejected, but he receives another offer from Seon-joo.
JoAnne: And here I begin to shake my head because all this secret keeping will not end well, and she WANTS Chubs to know. She is trying to push him away, she‘s not trying to play them both. GAH. How do I find myself DEFENDING her? This show is good.
JoAnne: Miss Delusional notices that, don’t you think for a minute she didn’t. She’s got something brewing inside that evil little pea brain, I just know it.
kakashi: Oh yes. KDrama 101.
Shuk: After lunch, Seon-joo stops by Han Eomma’s restaurant, but its closed. Some plainclothes police officers stop by as well. She is actually at an acupuncture center with our ramyun boy. He’s getting a treatment similar to one she once gave Tae-sang as a youngster.
JoAnne: LEAVE BRITTNEY ALONE. Wait, wrong drama. But still.
|The Two Taes|
JoAnne: I don’t know about you but there’s only really one or two situations where a man was ever inclined to stroke my hair. This is not one of them.
JoAnne: There once was a man dressed in green. To see him was bad for my spleen. He bothered my Oppa at work, that jerk, and towards him, I’m not at all keen.
kakashi: Why is he green? And what's with the hair? Green hair, purple hair ... what's next? Blue hair, orange hair? Anyways, here is oppa, in white, and sad, against the window:
Enter the amusement park montage, food, funny hats, roller coasters, vomiting…
JoAnne: They totally had me right up until the vomiting. I even laughed at him passing out on the rollercoaster. I swear it was affectionate laughter, Oppa. I love how wussy you are about stuff like this. Mostly because I am, too.
kakashi:... and some weird blurring of ... something. Several times. And anyways ...
JoAnne: I violently reject ‘Tee-Tee’.
kakashi: I don't. It's better than Hand Towel!
Shuk: Dad is at home and horrified by the fight video, but both his wife and son defend President Han’s actions. Mom wants to go drinking, just when the couple pulls up. So it’s pojangmacha time!! Seo Eomma is three or seven sheets to the wind and little bro ends up piggybacking Mom to the bookstore. We have another close up by our OTP, and he again closes his eyes, expecting a cheek kiss, but she just leans in and asks if he was scared riding the rides at the amusement park.
JoAnne: Eomma wanted Han(dsome) to piggy back her. Can’t say I blame her! Season 2 of this is totally an appearance on Jerry Springer for Girls Whose Mothers Are Inappropriate With Their Sons In Law.
kakashi: #WhenAWomanJustSighsAnnoyedByHowChildishThisIs. Come on ... grown ups!
Shuk: At his place, Tae-sang looks at the ceramic dolls Mi-do and he made that day, and thoughtfully taps the “DO” and “MI” keys on the piano, until Uncle Cabbage’s words come back.
JoAnne: Those dolls are cute. But why don’t they color in the back?
kakashi: The dolls are cute? Wow, oppa is cute!!! So ... he looks particularly good in white in yellow light (takes notes)
JoAnne: And no one in the room even giggles at his hair. WHY does no one in this show ever mention this guy’s hair? There has to be a reason for purple. There has to be a reason for the headband. I kind of expected them to pan down the length of his legs and show us he was wearing stilettos with the baseball gear. Honestly, why have a thing in the show and not USE it?!
Shuk: Seo Mi-do choses fashion over safety when she loses one of her high-heeled pumps at the construction site (and I look at my sensible shoes and wonder). We have a Cinderella moment when Jae-hee gallantly retrieves the errant footwear and reinstalls it to its proper place. He also gets a flash of the ring before Mi-do tucks it back under her blouse.
JoAnne: Stop looking at her boobs, Chubs.
kakashi: Seriously. A woman who wears shoes like this to a place like that is disqualified.
|I know which one I would chose.|
JoAnne: Chubs, if you start slighting your lovely brother for this girl, I will hurt you. Plus, dude - everyone knows if you buy someone shoes they will use them to walk away from you! Wait, that’s a good thing. Buy more shoes.
Shuk: That night, Tee-Tee and Mi-do are enjoying an outside concert. Enter another trope as Tae-sang wraps his jacket around her. She, unfortunately, finds his list of “50 Ways To Be A Gentleman”. She teases him but promises to circle the ones she likes. They perform a # 42 backhug, which gets a #1 in my book!
JoAnne: No calling him Tee-Tee. I did like her when she said to only do the things she circles. I love that she appreciates his efforts and sees them for the innocent, honest expression of his feelings. And it’s kinda hot that she’s wearing the pants so far.
kakashi: Cute. Well, him, not her. I don't like her.
JoAnne: Your lips puckered just like mine did, admit it.
Shuk: [shifty eyes]
kakashi: Hey, I'm so pleased SSH is good in this. Really. #WhenAWomanIsProudofOppa!
kakashi: When will somebody die? I'm waiting.
FINAL THOUGHTSShuk: I’m finding the recent dynamics a bit puzzling regarding our male leads. Clearly, Mi-do is showing her preference for Tae-sang, even spelling it right out to Jae-hee. He was willing to cut all ties with her before working for the company, but, now, I’m getting an uncomfortable feeling that he is starting on a power trip of some time. The finger-snap really bothered me; it’s almost like he expects her to fall in line with him now that he is her boss, and it is this fall towards the Dark Side that seems a little jarring to me. Still, this episode was just so chock full of good cheesy moments between our main couple, it gives me the feeling a big, sticky cinnamon bun: warm, very sweet, and definitely bad for you.
JoAnne: I think the fingersnap thing was playful - he’s ‘acting the part’ when clearly it’s really a reminder to both of them that he and she have a relationship set apart from what the others see, and he can ‘pretend’ to be just her boss in a sly way of bringing the two of them closer with the shared secret. And you didn’t mention her wink at Oppa on the stairs and him responding with the heart thump!
Shuk: I fully expect a gif from our wonderful chingu on just that scene!
kakashi: Here you go, chingu!