Episode 9Shuk: We open up back under the cherry blossoms by the Maisan mountains, and Tae-sang sort-of-kind-of-not-quite pops the question by asking if he would make a good husband. She skirts the issue my saying good men make good husbands, but she bolts when he presses her (a bit) for a real answer.
JoAnne: Because she doesn’t have the sense God gave a rabbit. No, I don’t want to insult rabbits by associating them, however slightly, with Miss PissMeOff. She doesn’t have the sense God gave Grandpa Leeteuk, with his purple hair, questionable sports outfits, and one grey suit. There.
kakashi: I like Grandpa Leeteuk more and more. Seriously. I made quite a lot of gifs of him.
(insert kakashi-gif in mid-sentence. Goodness-gracious, I made so many gifs today ...)
JoAnne: Girl, why are you not in the back seat wearing a VERY welcoming smile?
kakashi: That's him, after doing the showy driving. Just lovely, this boy.
JoAnne: Getting tired of the baseball, Grandpa. We get the message. You sold your soul to the devil for the body of a much younger, much hotter man. Unfortunately, the devil made you take the hair of a failed Idol, too, but that’s another story, I guess.
kakashi: What follows are three Yong-gap gifs. You may ask yourself why he gets three gifs. That's a valid question, of course. But frankly, there's three gifs because I was so fascinated by his pink outfit. And then, I was struck by the fact that this guy is really conflicted. See how he sighs? That was really well acted. The acting and the pink outfit = deserves three gifs.
JoAnne: How old are these people? What kind of grown-ass woman goes to sit at the basketball court to watch the guys play, like it’s an actual thing to do that people with lives would do?
kakashi: Probably a fantasy of the writer-nim. But these guys are not nearly sweaty enough to make this appealing.
JoAnne: Of course he does. This boy keeps tugging at my heartstrings and it’s pissing me off, quite frankly. I am TEAM OPPA.
kakashi: Is that Kelly Jo a cameo we should know about? What does Google Fu say?
Shuk: Google Fu says aniyo.
Shuk: Chang-hee and Dong-goo are touring the resort site, the little gangster is trying to get him interested in a sure-fire investment, but Chang-hee isn't interested and he won't ask his younger brother or his hyung. The two get into a heated argument, and Dong-goo’s resentment finally gets a voice:
YDG: “It's because I need money. I come from a poor family in a farming village. I have to pay for my mom and my brothers. Tae Sang never gave me a nice house like he did to you. I just have to drive if he tells me to, sell if he tells me to, go home when he tells me to.”
YDG “When you were in prison, I was the one who took care of Tae Sang hyung. But he didn't do anything for me. All he cares about is you. If I knew this would happen, I should have killed him then. Just a few years in prison and I get a house and have my brother's tuition paid. I should have killed him.”Shuk: Chang-hee finally snaps, and punches him to the ground. Dong-goo pulls himself up and quietly tells his friend that, with both brothers there, Tae-sang will forget about him. The look on Chang-hee’s face as his friend walks away gave my heartstrings a tug.
JoAnne: Well we knew this was coming, but still. And I do feel sorry for the little rat bastard. He was always just kind of tagging along with Oppa and ChangHee, trying his best and working hard, but never really getting the love.
kakashi: I have no clue what you guys are talking about. Oh blissful gif-making with no sound and subs...
JoAnne: For a second, I was all excited that we were finally going to unveil the mystery behind his hair, but no. I was wondering if there was some significance to the red hair, like making him look like the demon that he is or something. Did you laugh REALLY hard to see her eating with sunglasses on so she didn’t have to look at him?
Shuk: I might have snickered once or twice, maybe.
kakashi: I close my eyes when she appears. That's how much I do not like her.
|"Yes, thank you, kakashi! I like you too..."|
JoAnne: She’s not the only one, Mom.
kakashi: You could have saved money, drama-makers, by rigorously cutting out completely redundant stuff.
Shuk: At the market, we get a Best Love-esque montage of Tae-sang buying groceries.
kakashi: (echo that)
kakashi: Let's have a little game - Find the difference between gif 1 and gif 2!
"One Shot", and Mi-do feels a bit jealous that her friend is pursuing her KPop star dreams. At home, she sees the Kelly Jo poster, and her dad confirms it was ‘that young man’ who put it there.
JoAnne: So now I think the heavy-handed earlier introduction of our dancing idols is just part of a not-very-subtly played out theme: They're going to emphasize her youth and the youthful interest in chasing dreams and contrast that against his relative age, sedateness, and readiness to settle down. What do I say? Oppa is hot. Your argument is invalid.
kakashi: Bleh. But "One Shot" is a good song. Thanks, Shuk, for the link.
JoAnne: That’s what I was expecting.
kakashi: She gets a gif here. Yeah. She looks much better than in most other shots where there is too much emphasis on the pissed-off expression on her weirdly shaped face. And I really liked that everything is pink.
JoAnne: Oh my God. Where is your PRIDE? Will you just go AWAY, please? Oppa don't want you. We don't want you. I used to think you were ok for a little bit, but now you just irritate me.
kakashi: Can somebody tell that woman to please put a different expression on her face?? Is she an actress or not? [insert random SSH-on-the-phone-gif to calm nerves]
JoAnne: DUH. Why ask the question if you know the answer and hate it? You are the most irritating person ever, Seon Joo. Kakashi! You aren’t going to put her face up this time are you? She doesn’t deserve it. Well maybe that sunglasses one, that was funny.
kakashi: No, I vow to not put her face up unless I really have to. There's something much better for you that Shukie found:
|This pretty much was her face through most of the episode.|
JoAnne: (purposefully left blank to reflect my complete OVER YOU-ness.)
kakashi: ... [insert very rude words]
Shuk: Tae-sang does a complete overhaul of his apartment; furniture, closet, windows, bedding; agonizes over scary movie versus musical…
kakashi: And I went wild giffing. I really am into these cleaning, cooking, working men!
JoAnne: Oppa snores a little. I like it. I also give a hearty thumbs up to faded jeans and grey sweaters and Oppa lying flat out on a surface where I could, you know, just crawl up his body like it was a telephone pole. (Also: The scary movie was actually a drama – Hon. VERY good, I can recommend it if you like that sort of thing. (I do, plus it stars Im Ju Wan – not sure I spelled it right but VERY cool girl.)
Google Fu: Our Dramabean Goddesses did a one-episode review of "Hon".
kakashi: Very cute scene where he imagines how she will jump on him for protection and ... stuff. By the way, did you notice how he smirks when he arranges the blanket on his bed??! What do you think he is thinking?
JoAnne: In an Oppa-less drama, these men would be drool-worthy. I feel bad that I hardly give them notice. In the interests of full disclosure, I did smile very fondly at the pretty men with the cute brotherly relationship and the hot bods during this scene.
kakashi: Some scenes are almost too obviously gif-scenes. There's little skill required to spot them and little thrill in doing them. But still...
JoAnne: I am suddenly consumed with a desire to see Oppa actually doing The Hustle.
kakashi: That is a rather suggestive pose, this is ... oh wow, this is actually quasi a crotch-shot!!!
JoAnne: BITE YOUR TONGUE, WOMAN.
Shuk: At his apartment, Mi-do is suitably impressed with Tae-sang’s place, remarking on it size. He calmly says it’s just a matter of filling it up: wife, kids, etc., and offers her the chance to pick her own room now.
JoAnne: I want to be Mistress of the Mousetrap! But actually, that’s a really, really ugly apartment. I like his bedroom, kind of. The walls, anyway. But nothing else.
kakashi: Right? Especially that sculpture (or whatever it is) wtf? But the blue in the bedroom works really, really well with the white shirts. Apropos white shirts ... all I could think of during the cooking and eating scenes was how stupid it is to wear white stuff when cooking and eating noodles with red sauce. Seriously.
kakashi: This is getting SO OLD. Why is it so funny that he can't eat hot stuff? She is dumb and cruel. Just leave him alone. I hope you get spaghetti sauce on your white top.
JoAnne: I’m so conflicted. On the one hand: that kind of teasing is in poor taste, young lady. But on the OTHER hand…OPPA IS TAKING HIS SHIRT OFF!!!!!!
kakashi: No, that damn director is teasing!! So mean, give us SSH shirtless already!!!
JoAnne: For REALZ, yo.
JoAnne: Oppa. For the love of GOD, Oppa. You need to set that delusional ‘friend’ straight. What you are doing is worse than what Mi Do has done with Chubs, for the record, because this girl has been trying for years to get with you, and you know it, and we can see that whatever crappy stunts she pulls, she does have years-worth of feelings for you.
kakashi: Does she really? I'm not feeling feelings from her. I'm feeling nothing but a stupid expression. Sorry, is that too annoyed?
Shuk: He needs to send her a Hallmark card:
JoAnne: Bored. Bored. BORED WITH YOU TWO. GO AWAY.
kakashi: I am not at all bored with him. See the green thing he wears? So fascinating ...
JoAnne: Well where’s the fun in actually SHARING yourself with the man who loves you, Shuk?
Shuk: Should we sit them down and explain it to them? I vote he sits on my lap during the talk.
Shuk: They end up on the couch watching “Carmen”, while Tae-sang tries the old stretch-and-hug routine, which she counters by grabbing the fruit fork. By the time Carmen is dead, he’s asleep.
kakashi: Can one of you ladies tell me what her problem is?
Shuk: She sneaks out without a word or a note, and heads home. Jae-hee is there, too, changing the chalkboard and leaving the shoes: “When I throw my sad shoes to the moon.”
JoAnne: Bored. Bored. BORED WITH YOU TWO. GO AWAY. Yes, that’s right. This movie should be Oppa and maybe Chang Hee, just hanging out and doing bromantic stuff. Or romantic stuff with me, in the case of Oppa. The rest of you sad sack characters do not deserve to be in a drama with my Oppa and his friend.
kakashi: "When I throw my sad shoes to the moon"??? Omg that made me laugh long and hard.
Shuk: Tae-sang wakes up to a dark and quiet house, and castigates himself for falling asleep.
kakashi: Very cutely so. And ... Baeksang!
kakashi: That exercising machine interested me a great deal, I almost made a gif.
Shuk: In his dark and gloomy batless office, Yong-gap gives orders: find this person before the cops do. At the business, Mi-do sees President Han and his old friend sharing coffee. She turns around in a huff and heads back to the office. Jae-hee note she is not wearing shoes, but tells her to go to the Kelly Jo seminar and see if she would help them arrange an exhibition.
JoAnne: Well, she has on shoes. (They are, at the very least, knock-off Laboutins) Just not HIS pink shoes.
kakashi: Friends, I present to you .... Shukie's very first gif!!! Ta-daaaaaaaaaa (I think she wants to take over my part. But I'm not yet sure I'll let her)
(see very pretty picture above) and asks her why she would ask him that. She tells him this is how she feels, and he asks if she just blurts out whatever she feels. She turns to walk away, but he yells at her to stop. Jae-hee climbing down the stairs, stops short as Oppa’s voice echoes through the stairwell.
Shuk: She looks back at him with wide eyes. Come to think of it, she has never heard a loud tone from him, and, after a moment, he continues:
HTS: "Do you think I'm joking? Do you see me as a fool because of everything I do for you? How can you talk to me carelessly like that?"Shuk: Mi-do counters that the debt makes her feel burdened, and there is a tense moment: she is staring defiantly at him, his eyes are filled with hurt and anger. And he finally tells her that she should know exactly how he feels about her, and with that, he walks away, leaving her on the steps, and Jae-hee watching everything a flight up.
JoAnne: I get his being upset, I do. But I also get HER. She’s right, he’s allowing an inappropriate situation to continue and it isn’t fair to anyone. Seon Joo has been FAR more inappropriate than anything Mi Do has allowed between herself and Chubs, and Oppa maybe can convince himself that Seon Joo isn’t an issue, but a woman knows when another woman wants her man, and Mi Do is not wrong about this. Oppa, you over-reacted. But come here and I will kiss you and we will be ok. Especially if you have on a little cologne and I can bury my nose in that space where your neck turns into your shoulder, right in that hollow behind your collarbone… I think I think about that too much, Shuk.
Shuk: I think I saw a cherry blossom there. Should I go in for a closer look?
kakashi: No. I don't get her. Well done, Han Solo. Shout at her some more.
Shuk: The Seo family is slurping noodles at Han Eomma’s shop, and it’s situation normal: Mom is picking on Dad, Dad is picking on Junior, Junior pouts.
JoAnne: Because in ALL the years that he and his brother have been entangled in Oppa’s life, no one has ever talked about the sad story of Oppa’s youth. Ever notice how siblings can have decades-long friendships, almost sibling-like relationships really, and the other family members know absolutely nothing about that person except that they exist? I see it all the time in KDramas. It’s annoying.
kakashi: And poor oppa is hurting :((
kakashi: And I made this particular gif because of his profile. He looks very good from the side.
kakashi: dun-dun-dun .......
JoAnne: That is one GRIM look on your face, Oppa. I could even go so far as to say murderous. Hmmmmm. And also…yummmmmm. I do like Gangster Oppa too, after all.
Shuk: Seo Mi-do really disappointed me in the episode. Throughout the character development, Tae-sang has remained consistently aware of her feelings. I have no doubt that Tae-sang will help her achieve her dreams no matter what; after all, he’s been trying to do that for seven years. BUT COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY! I can't believe she doesn't see his devotion, so I can only surmise she is deliberately been cruel so she can feel like she’s the victim when he breaks up with her. Because, really, what effort has she even put forth into their relationship?
JoAnne: There has been a lot of focus on Oppa’s lack of experience in romantic relationships, but almost none given to the fact that Mi Do is immature as well. Since Tae Sang hasn’t allowed love in his life (I refuse to admit there’ve been no women, ever, but whatever) he has a certain openness and innocence about the feelings he has for Mi-Do. He isn’t censoring himself or filtering his behavior through a ‘cool’ lens. Yes – he does try to PRESENT himself to her in a cool light, but he never calculates his emotional responses to her now that they are together. He lets his love and his joy and his hope show. She, on the other hand, shows very little, and seems to be the kind of girl – at least with him – who wants to play little games. He pouts playfully. Even when she has reason to be angry, her pouting comes across as ‘spoiled brat.’ I know it’s because she isn’t ready for an adult relationship, but it’s frustrating beyond belief. I get a very Scarlett O’Hara vibe about her, minus the former-rich-girl aspect. She’s not READY for a serious relationship. He’s kid-like, but she IS a kid, and even though she’s come to like him she didn’t start from that place. She hasn’t caught up to him yet. I have no doubt she will…but I think it might be too late when she does.
kakashi: I'm still waiting for people to die. Isn't this a melo? And why doesn't anyone have amnesia? Or a terminal illness?! Weird. I really don't like Mi-do. In fact, I've disliked her from the start and I am now at the point where I would like to poke needles into a doll that looks like her.