Heartless City (Moojung Doshi) - Episode 9 (A SqueeCap)
kakashi: He seems to have been turned into fish oil capsules by some Swiss company? o_o
Shuk: I was on pins and needles the entire week wondering about this. My convoluted thought was "Did Min tell Jin-sook, who told Safari, who set the whole thing up?" He seemed a little too quick to run away from ostensibly his seat of power. Plus, wasn't Hyung-min off the taskforce? Who cares, the boys are alive! #WhenAWomanIsConfusedButHappy
kakashi: Man, he really got his tiny little perfect ass kicked, uri Baksa ... thank you show, for the very, very, VERY good ending of episode 8, which was so painful to watch. Of course we all knew he wasn't going to die that early into the drama, but I am still very relieved to see Neanderthal beat up guys in a corridor. I didn't even mind the hair much. Or am I getting used to it?
JoAnne: We're seeing a lot of Safari hair, so Thighs' head pales in comparison.
JoAnne: Baksa's arm is miraculously unbroken but Cutie-Soo is really out of it, and JUST as I was about to chant THIS: Mouth to Mouth! Mouth to Mouth! ...he woke up. Sigh. He was very cool about playing it off, though. Meanwhile, Thighs is still out in the hallway looking very delicious and angry and flinging pretty flower boy gangsters all over the place. By the way: he wears tighty whiteys and I am strangely ok with that. I think a bikini would just look ridiculously too small for all that Family-Sized stuff. Boxer-briefs, though. They would work.
Shuk: Had to watch the hallway fight scene again to spot the undies. Okay, maybe it was three times [shifty eyes]. On a side rant: the only way to identify the cops is how poorly they are dressed when compared to the criminals. And still no safety gear.
kakashi: And they always have cables dangling from their ear. Whatever they do. I'm sure they also wear them under the shower. On the toilet. And in bed.
JoAnne: Bluetooth? eh...no cable. Oh well, nice try.
Shuk: And I jumped back from my chair and cheered. YES!!
kakashi: To show us that he is not utterly and completely useless as a cop, he gets to break a car window with one of his bullets. Yay ... I guess.
Shuk: I think he not only feels guilt for the death of a fellow officer and his childhood buddy, but believes it was his fault directly, much like Oppa for the actions of Crazy Eyes in WAML.
kakashi: As long as he doesn't get the noble idiocy virus in the latter part of this drama I don't give a rat's ass about his guilt. I think I even like it. It makes him scowl so deliciously ...
Shuk: Baksa was definitely the Suzy when it came to fighting, but the loyalty to take a hit for the other just makes my sigh and squee at the same time. Squeesigh? Who cares. I love how long they've been each other's backup. And, if we believe the subs, Halibut was at the prison too, and hadn't been earmarked for the "Where's Wally" list.
kakashi: So, here's a question for you, ladies. If you had to choose a future of KDrama without any shower scenes and abs or a future of KDrama without any bromance, which one would you go for?!
JoAnne: This must be what Sophie felt like.
Shuk: Are there any incense sticks left? No? Then bromance FTW. We can still frolic and play at the beach and the ski resort, and play sardines in the dark and touch the abs even if you don't see the abs, and end up in a man sandwich in a hot tub.....what were we talking about?
Shuk: I need to check that out, but that would mean that perhaps Cutie-soo was also looking to be a police officer? Ack, the enigmas wrapped within the mysteries within the riddles and circled by a bit WTF ring, that is our character relationship chart. You gotta help us, here, JoAnne chingu!!
kakashi: My dear friends and fellow SqueeCappers. Your age is showing, methinks? Of course we know that Cutie-Soo went to prison for that potentially evil cop (who, btw, is also evil in TEN2 right now, so I'm massively confused). And of course Cutie-Soo isn't a bad guy. Look at him. Just LOOK.
JoAnne: Cutie-Mom is saying he was in prison because he was framed and so it must have been the same for Baksa. She gave Baksa money to get his life right, and he bought drugs with it... so if Baksa actually encouraged Cutie further down the path of disreputability, no wonder he won't leave him behind now.
Shuk: Cutie-Soo looked surprised at the revelation that his mother believed in his innocence; it looked like he thought his mom had tried to push Baksa out of his life. I wonder if there is a big misunderstanding with his mom. So many sidestories!!
kakashi: Sigh. This is so sad. Because you know what? Baksa seems to have corrupted Cutie-Soo. And it's all a lie ... That's the most tragic of all tragedies so far ...
Shuk: I think to safe to say that Superintendent Min definitely has his own agenda in all of this.
kakashi: All I notice are weird muscles on Neanderthal's gigantic arms. And Superintendant Min's gigantic nose. And I wonder what other parts might be gigantic.
Shuk: It was laughably easy for her to defeat the lock [sigh].
kakashi: I find the gutter a comfortable place, really. And I must admit to finding their interactions ... hum, quite shmeksy. There is so much unspoken tension there ... and did you notice the camera move to the dead almost-wife-sister? Remember, remember ... when did Nam Gyu-ri get so good? This PDnim must be a wizard.
JoAnne: I may have watched this raw yesterday, but I laugh again, really hard, when I see Hyung Min's drawing of Baksa.
kakashi: This show knows how to do humor, too!
JoAnne: Back at the Bak Cave - I like that, so I'm going to use it - Cutie is dressed in a shirt from the US Bicentennial Celebration of 1976. I don't know why - but at least Baksa's looking trim and cool in a lovely blue suit. They're all dressed up to meet with Jin Sook and discuss their drug supply issues and everyone looks pretty sad, staring at the measly pile on the table. Wait. So... we have cops that can't solve anything, and drug dealers who can't get drugs. Remind me again how come I think this show is so awesomely cool? Because on paper...
Shuk: Baksa tries to get him to get out the business again, and I know it's gotta be killing him that the bromance is doomed. But, yes, both sides are looking a bit...sad when it comes to abilities.
kakashi: Why are they just standing in front of the shower fully dressed?!
Shuk: Didn't the Chairman strangle Baksa's network after the coup attempt? Distributors only get paid when the product gets to the consumer. So if Scale is gone, Baksa is tied, and Arthur doesn't have the wholesalers, where the hell are they? I think I'll just tiptoe around the plot hole and head off for Bromance Mountain... It does appear that Safari will use the deal as a way to trap Baksa. The neurons firing in these two brains could probably light up Seoul for a week; it's too bad they are on a collision course.
kakashi: They can come over here and light my fire if they want to. Apart from that, everybody is using everybody else to their own advantage. There really is no pure love in Cruel City. Only selfish love.
Shuk: What is her status? She hasn't seduced her target, but Jin-sook seems content for her to just walk around looking pretty. She's not a waitress, a valet, or noraebang fluff. But their encounter was cute; she was just so happy to see him, and I think he was a bit nonplussed as well, which was the reason for the robotic response. She-is-happy-to-see-me. Does-not-compute.
kakashi: 알겠습니다? Epic response. Epic ...
Shuk: Please don't go after his poor brother. That will totally make him mental.
kakashi: He already is, Shuk. Maybe it would make him sane? Because mental and mental cancels each other out? No? And ... patience is sweet.
JoAnne: Min takes a trip down Memory Lane, and then shows up up at Jin Sook's in a suit lookin' mighty fresh. He brought her fruit as a hostess gift, which makes me laugh. Even though they're having a peaceful conversation, her bruiser bodyguard gets aggressive. Min takes him down in a way that's very reminiscent of Baksa but Jin Sook ain't having it. And then Mi does the best version of a wrist grab I have ever seen: no wrists were involved - he just hooks his arm through her elbow and pulls her right up to him. I like it. Ahjussi's got moves. Their conversation is kind of sad, though. Seems Mi had been trying to get her out of that life for years, only she's too clear-eyed to pretend that there's any way out, just like Safari.
Shuk: I think she was amused by the cheesiness of the fruit basket. He said the fruits were special - did he put drugs in the basket? Man, I'm starting to get paranoid over everything and everyone. Well done, Show! So two men in her life want her out, but she's sticking to the one who's keeping her in. I think she is still hoping to be top dog when all the fallout is complete; the power becomes more important.
kakashi: I have never really connected to Min. Could be his nose. Could be my awesome bad-guy instincts.
JoAnne: Really, you think he's a bad guy? He doesn't set off any bells for me. I think he can/would do some crappy STUFF...but I don't think he's a bad guy.
Shuk: So the reporter finally makes a real appearance. No indirect kiss, but still, drinking from the cup of someone you just met? Weird.
kakashi: I'm all for women power but she comes on a liiiiittle bit strongly. I understand the fascination for thighs/Thighs and all that, but ...
JoAnne: She reminds me of what's her face from Nine.
Shuk: Childhood Trauma With Daddy Issues And A Lust For Meaty Thighs.
kakashi: Not another one after this one .... *sigh* .... And am I mistaken to think that Soo-min's friend the hostess is the same girl that's doing the pillow talk with slime-bag Ahn? Or do I see connections now where there are none?
JoAnne: Not the same. The Ahn girl is MUCH more cute.
Shuk; See?! You're starting to see things too.
JoAnne: Hyung Min and Soo Min meet up at Kyung Mi's house that Baksa gave her and she has a tantrum and he has a tantrum back and then she storms out to go for a long walk in very high heels and really short shorts on her skinny, skinny legs. Everyone she passes is making out. She screams in the middle of the park, startling lovers out of the bushes, and I laugh like a maniac.
Shuk: She is already rethinking working with this doughnut, but what a great way to let out some frustration!
kakashi: One of her legs is about the size of my middle finger. And her waist is about the size of my foot. Only her breasts compare.
JoAnne: She and I both have ovaries. I assume. That's about the only thing that I can compare.
kakashi: Is that ageism I detect there, JoAnne?! She is beautiful. Why shouldn't she taste the sweetness of the Doctor's Son?
JoAnne: Because she RAISED HIM?
kakashi: How do you know she's talking about him, huh? Have you peeked at episode 10 already?
JoAnne: Well yes but that's not why. Come on, you knew too.
JoAnne: Next day Hyung Min goes to visit his brother at the rehab facility. He's surprised to see his father there, and they trade some jabs. We come away feeling like Hyung Min is young and short-sighted, and Dad is doing the best he can. He shares a few home truths with Hyung Min about himself, and then leaves Hyung Min to insist to his brother that Gyung Mi is totally doing great, probably, and then both of the Lees are off to make plans in various quarters.
kakashi: Isn't he the father from I Summon You, Gold?
kakashi: Wow. The similarities!!!
JoAnne: Are you being facetious? Because I see it.
JoAnne: The cute is immediately overwhelmed by the hormones as we are treated to Baksa working out. Not shirtless, but still. And overhanded pull ups require a lot of body strength, no matter how slight the body you're pulling up.
Shuk: I want to wipe the sweat from his neck. With my tongue.
kakashi: She is adorably crazy and stupid, this woman.
Shuk: [eyes glued to the screen, absentmindedly eating popcorn and spilling it everywhere.]
kakashi: It is like he doesn't trust anybody ... least himself.
kakashi: Woah. That, right there. AWESOME. He looks at her ... and sees her vulnerability. And it is THAT which gets to him. And it is THAT which gets to her: him seeing her, as she is.
Shuk: SSSQQQUUUEEEEEEEE! And both set of eyes are closed!!!
kakashi: SSSSQUUUUEEEEEEEEEE! (Let's just pretend I didn't think this kiss was rather lame when I first saw it - before seeing what follows in episode 10).
JoAnne: You saw it before me and I saw your tweet to someone that it was a bit weak but it didn't feel weak to me.
kakashi: You and your hormones, JoAnne. Jeeeeeeeeez...
JoAnne: Bring me episode 10 now.
Shuk: [fanning down to a cooler perspective]. "Stay by my side" almost always means "be my companion" in KDramas. So what I'm thinking is: despite his normally guarded nature, from his tiny smile at the Pororo bandaid in their first encounter to now, she has been worming into his thoughts. And her open, bubbly actions when they fully met on the street are a far far cry from the constant panther stalking by Jin-sook. I agree that she makes him feel more human, but I worry that those very feelings will make him lose focus in a way that will cause him to make a mistake.
kakashi: Oh my goodness, of course! DOOOOOOM! Love is ALWAYS DOOOOOOOM in dramas such as these ... "Your side is wide open", oh dear, that is exactly what she is doing to him. Go away, evil alien, go away!!!!