I am surprised and pleased that this drama manages to fascinate me way beyond of what I expected. What did I expect? The beauty and adorable vain dorkiness of Kim Ji-hoon, of course!
|Abs and The Big Snore (aka the Kissing Machine)|
Yes, and then, there is Kim Ji-hoon and his character, Tae-wook. I may be biased, as somebody has recently pointed out, and I do admit to "some" bias when it comes to this man: but for me, Tae-wook is one of the more complex and interesting characters in recent drama history. There are plenty of episodes left and I do foresee heart ache and annoyance (especially my own) and I am sure this drama is going to go down lanes I'd rather not have it go down into, but still ... I am confident that the Tae-wook at the end will be a completely different Tae-wook than the one we have now. Even though he told Ji-hye "I will not change" in episode 5: He will change, because he must. A lot. And I will be there to hold his hand during the difficult process. Please show me your abs from time to time, will you?
He doesn't get it. And I don't get it. Nothing was done to her will? I mean ... was she forced to do it all? But her issue is that she feels pushed. Before she could even consider her feelings and emotions, he bulldozed her into everything. She feels as if she were sucked by a strong magnet (yeah, it's the power of his abs!)
He gets home, frustrated and depressed, where he runs into his mother. She has just taken a rose petal bath and has aches all over her body, from the little boxing match she had with her husband. Her son cannot hide from her how down he is, though he keeps denying that anything is wrong. She finally gets him to admit that he met with Ji-hye. His mother is kinda shocked that he went out so early to see that woman and deducts from it that they must be so crazy about each other that they cannot be apart even for a day. Not quite, Dragon Mamma. She immediately starts badmouthing his future bride and tells him she isn't pleased with his behavior at all either since she decided to marry that woman.
Ji-hye is going south. I mean that literally: She wants to go somewhere south to clear her head. Ah, to visit her father. While she leaves the broadcast, she calls Tae-wook, asking him why he didn't call. She was ready to answer his phone calls promptly, as she promised. He is rather curt with her. He says he didn't call because it felt cheap and degrading, that promise of hers. He finds it funny ... after not calling her for a week, she finally gets a call from her. If only you learnt your lesson, boy ...
Oh, and I have an idea - she could marry the other Mopey's dad! Then the two Mopey's would be brother and sister! hahahaaaaa, fauxcest ftw! Anyway, she tells him about his (dead) father, and how he just didn't ask her out to date! When she finally asked him, it was all good, but then, he didn't ask to marry her! So, she said: don't be like this, let's get married! And then she tells him that he is like his father: too shy, too reserved. And she suggests that he takes action. No. I definitely don't like this. Tiny little thing you forgot to tell your mother there, right? The woman you like is engaged to be married to another man!
But ... oh. my. god... The Big Snore is also there!!! And of course, he meets Ji-hye underneath the trees. And here I was, hoping I would be spared from more of this sugar-sweet romance stuff. But I am not. They meet, look at each other moping, and CUT! End of episode 6.
- More (or rather, a lot of!) back story for Abused Wife! Who really knows how to kick and punch a punching bag ... at a small gym, somewhere out and away from The Palace. She goes and visits her relatives afterwards, who are poor... her mother, a brother, and sister with baby. Her father has been dead for years. She and her brother have a falling out. He is unemployed and she lectures him about it, after which the fight turns ugly and he sets her straight about her own hauty behavior. He yells at her that she never comes to visit with her husband or her children. She leaves, afterwards, telling her mother to please keep quiet about things, since her husband wants to get into politics. The scene in which her mother looks at pictures of her grandchildren, that she never gets to see, on the phone made me tear up.
- The Career Woman's family is crazy, in an endearing kind of way. Yes, the more I see of them, the more I like them. And the interaction between the Career Woman and the uptight Director are great, too. She almost chokes him with his tie at Karaoke, he almost invites her in for tea. Afterwards, she gets her promotion.
- Pitiful Wife gets even more pitiful. It is hard to watch. She has a fit in the train (from throwing up too much? Or is something more fundamentally wrong with her?) and collapses on the floor, while her dick husband is having a good time with his beautiful Barbie. She is rushed to the hospital. Cheating Anchorman is just the worst kind of person. He is proud to have lied to his son about extending his business trip to have seksy-time with the Barbie. I hope you die a thousand deaths, you prick.
- And then, woah! Big surprise: Dragon Father asks Abused Wife to start working at his company and to hand over the housework to somebody else. He appoints her to the Board of Directors. All because he doesn't trust his son. Very interesting. It seems this woman is getting her power back. She still is the one I don't get at all, so I'm not unhappy to see more aspects of her.
Things are progressing on some fronts, but not on others. Tae-wook and Ji-hye really don't get anywhere and it is pretty clear why. The long conversation in the beginning is telling because you see clearly why their relationship is not working: He does in fact listen to her, or at least tries to, but he does not understand her. She is like this being from another planet for him (I guess that is part of the allure) and things just do not register with him. Pushy? Why? Isn't this how things are done? And she, tightly wrapped in her prejudice-bubble, just believes he doesn't want to listen and understand her. So she does not even try talking to him like another human being. What also strikes me in this opening scene is how very different he is now in comparison when he is head over heel with her and tells her he will now date her. I think he is slowly starting to realize that his view of things might be part of the problem. At this moment, I am dying for him to find out about the other guy and the "infidelity" (though the drama tries hard to make it look okay, at least somewhat).
Another very interesting scene is the one with his mother. There is a little rebel hiding underneath the Good Son, a rebel that does not want to be rich, even hates it. It makes us understand why he hasn't told Ji-hye for so long about his background. He seems ashamed of it, even though he plays along (at least now). Maybe he got tired fighting it, and is trying to live in peace; that is what I get from his polite, detached answers when he talks to somebody older than him. His brother's decision to go into politics (and the certainty that things will go wrong) will change a lot of things for this family. And it is likely to greatly affect Tae-wook's life - most likely not in an easy way.