JoAnne: This opening scene, the whole thing, from the cafe to the parking lot - this was fantastic. His face. His resigned delivery. Her anger and her sadness. That moment of surprise in his eyes when they discuss what it meant when he shared his name, and he realizes that for her, it was the beginning of a real connection. Ugh. For him it was a goodbye. They are so going to break my heart into a million tiny pieces.
kakashi: Better yours than each others. And better than sticking little blurry knives into each other's hearts, too. But I agree ... I love their interactions. It's all wrong, cause these two ... they have no future together. And it's all right, cause the attraction is so big and the feelings are so raw. He restrains everything, she has never learned how. She blurts it all out, he keeps it all in. Fire and ice.
Shuk: I'm not convinced he considered it an ending back then. His silence in the car was him coming to terms with his shock and disappointment that he couldn't secure even a tiny drop of personal happiness. And who's to say they can't have each other in the end? Okay, probably every other character in the show, and the writer, but still.
JoAnne: PS. I hate her skirt.
kakashi: Ah ... is that what this is? The biggest wonder for me are the shoes, though. I cannot wrap my head around the fact that there are women who can walk in such things.
Shuk: When Baksa starts looking into her past, what will he think when he discovers the link between his first love and his true love? And Neanderthal, tainting them both. I'm sensing a monster showdown there.
kakashi: I don't believe him a single word. He may want this woman, but sincere? He isn't.
Shuk: And her tears as she drove away, were they for Safari? Min? Herself?
ShukNote: Now that I've had a few drinks and completed a long day at work, my mind is doing loopy stuff. I got the thought that Min is handling his life similar to Baksa: the uniformed officer, and the suave suit-wearing gentleman. Different personae defined by couture. Except that I have nothing but a vague distaste about uri Min, whereas I have naughty thoughts about Shi-hyun in black leather.
kakashi: The raging is a bit scary, cause it seems Min is losing control now and that isn't a good thing for anybody.
kakashi: You are forgetting to squee, JoAnne (I get it, it's all so intense). But let me do some. Baksa all tormented in the blue-green light of the Bak Cave? Hmmmmmmmm ... what a sight!
Shuk: Part of Min's rage is that he wants to finish this and get back to wooing Jin-sook without all the pesky side-characters to muck things up. And, yes, kakashi, a tormented Baksa is a smexy Baksa.
JoAnne: I thought I mentioned somewhere that this whole episode had Baksa looking pretty damn hot...
kakashi: I laughed my a$$ off at the bickering. When she tells him off for not even greeting her and he acts all surprised, pretending he didn't recognize her because of all the wrinkles and stuff? Buahahaha, man, whoever wrote this: genius!
Shuk: LOL. I'm sure he feels like a school teacher between unruly students, especially with their juvenile behavior.
kakashi: Yes, we need to call it. Cutie Soo has a criminally bad sense of fashion. But the bromance is strong with these two.
Shuk: Aww, I liked most of his fashion choices, and
JoAnne: White pants + good butt = kryptonite
Nudie Suit? Cutie looks surprised, but Baksa's cool as ever.
kakashi: Another great scene this one. My favorite part? The finger tap. Jo-Pudge is so fucking creepy because he really IS deeply rotten and bad. We know that. He enjoys seeing people in pain and he likes torturing people. Bu what do you think ... is he less or more evil than his father?
Shuk: Pudgie is such a creeptastic psychopath, there is no way he could have held the organization together. Daddy is just indulging him a little. The real chess-master hasn't revealed himself yet, I'm sure. And Cutie-soo looks like he's wearing a soccer ball barrette in the final screenshot of the gif! [giggle]
kakashi: As happy as I am with these light-filled Baksa-as-saint shots, I have issues with how Scale is written at this point. I just don't find his sudden change of heart believable. Sure, Baksa has his son ... but he already had or could have had him the first time round, when Scale betrayed him.
Shuk: And if he betrayed him once, he is going to do it again. Darnit, Baksa, don't trust him!
kakashi: These two should get a spin-off show, in which they would forever strall through pretty parks in suits, putting different hands on each other's shoulders. They could also pat each other's arms, hands, etc.
Shuk: Bromance for the win. Cutie kind of swings his arms funny, don't you think? Or is it just me and my limoncello-induced blurry vision?
kakashi: Or me and my slightly fast gif?
kakashi: The writer is making her look a bit too dumb for my taste. Or maybe not outright dumb, but really inept and so incredibly naive.
Shuk: All these years and Jin-sook has never had an assistant or a second-in-command? And her automatic trust of Soo-min is ridiculous. A potential employee of a legitimate company gets at least a cursory background check, which in this case would show the link between Baksa, the dead cop, and even Jin-sook.
JoAnne: My Squee Sisters are nobody's fools.
kakashi: You liked it? I really, really didn't. I hated how she tapped the rhythm with her hand on the mike and I hated that she cried. Why? I might not understand the references here since I don't know what song she sang and why it made her sad.
Shuk: I was gagging with Creepy McCreeperson's touchy-feelyness during this scene to even pay attention to the singing.
JoAnne: I just assumed the tears were for the grossness of Pudgie Pudding Face feeling her up and down and everybody acting like this entire disgusting evening was a normal event.
kakashi: Hm. Another thing I'm not very happy about, writing-wise. So now, suddenly, there is bugs? Cause someone incidentally dropped a lipstick? And Jin-sook never checks her place for bugs? Cause she trust her stupid bodyguard?
Shuk: The whole security thing at the Basement Boudoir has annoyed me since our Police Beast and our Beauty Mole first discussed their plan before doing the bed scene.
kakashi: Right? Doesn't he know who Safari is? Or doesn't he know that's his nickname? Confused. Stupid scene. Filler. I don't know. Bleh. I don't like fillers.
Shuk: [Rummaging the kitchen to look for some snacks]
kakashi: I guess you survive in the CCity universe if you are still useful to somebody. And Safari is still useful, to many people. Otherwise? Not very good writing. Oh, am I getting too critical?! Noooooo! I love this show!
Shuk: And he is staying at Meth Kim's Vertical Horror Room. And Meth Kim was with Pudgie when Safari had to run...[shrug]
kaakshi: [not being critical]
kakashi: And the idiot believes it. And I don't understand why this scene is necessary. Oh, sorry. Not being critical. And I totally like Ahn's haircut and glasses.
Shuk: [Finally finding a half-tub of hummus and some Ritz Crackers.]
kakashi: Oh. Gimme!
Shuk: No! You have to finish your Ochsenmaulsalat first!
JoAnne: I am going to make some zucchini crisps today. Mouth already watering - or would be, if I wasn't picturing the disembodied jaw of an ox nestled artistically between mixed greens.
kakashi: I'm keeping quiet.
Shuk: Please tell me that she serves some sort of...err...purpose? And is worth my time??
kakashi: Oh, they remembered they had this other side-side-character without a purpose, too. Why make her "basically a zombie"? Could have made her a full zombie in the wheelchair! In the rehab clinic with Neanderthal's brother.
Shuk: With all his verbal abilities with the opposite sex (Soo-min and Reporter Cha), it's a wonder how the Dead Baby Mama fell in love with him.
JoAnne: One word: Thighs. Another word: Arms. Yet another: Chest. Shall I continue? Just because it don't work for Kakashi don't mean it don't work for a million others...or just me, really. I'm ok with that.
kakashi: Oh. This is getting interesting again. Good, good!
Shuk: Our boy is treading on the razor's edge, here.
Shuk: She might be. Two "thu-thunks" with the wheels and Pudgie is 'retired'. [snicker] I am sooo funny sometimes. But, seriously, who drank the rest of my drink? [looks around suspiciously]
JoAnne: This reminds me: my liquor store sells St. Germain, which is elderflower. Who's up for a Hugo?
kakashi: Seriously. Jin-sook is a biatch. She knows exactly what a freaking FREAK Jo-Pudge is. He probably kills women for fun. And she sends her young, clearly vulnerable and inexperience dongsaeng?
kakashi: Yeah, she's hurt cause he said he didn't have time to like her. Just a liiiiittle bit childish, but okay. I forgive her. Cause I'm a bit distracted by the carpet she is wearing.
Shuk: His expression is less "Oh Snap" and a lot more concern for her, even if she is too angry at him to notice. And they both know exactly what kind of person they are dealing with. When he phone-convos Jin-sook, my sub translation states Jin-sook called her 'a present' for Psycho-Jo. Since he knows Beauty Mole sucks at the whole evil thing, is he thinking she's a willing sacrifice to make sure the deal goes down? Does this change his perception of either woman?
kakashi: ... and takes her to a room "upstairs". I must admit, this made me the most anxious. That's how much afraid of him I am.
Shuk: She is almost too naive and stupid to leave. Does she really think she can get out of this easily? Is she thinking at all? And it's not even Shi-hyun distraction; she is just going along like it's an everyday event.
kakashi: Oh NO! CUTIE SOO!!!!! Okay, I was really angry at Baksa for not going in there to kill this super-creep-fatguy just because he doesn't want his cover blown. Seriously. The U-turn was super cool though and it stopped my anger right away.
Shuk: Baksa's decision just turned the whole thing into a cluster-fuck of epic proportions. This is going to cascade on everybody and everything. Including his cobbled-together family. I'm not convinced Cutie-soo can overcome the odds.
kakashi: Did anyone understand why the drops didn't work on the sick-creep like they should have?
Shuk: Maybe you have to be human for them to work.
kakashi: My favorite gif of this SqueeCap coming up!
Shuk: His expression is so clinical, it's just HAWT. [fans self]
kakashi: Right?! I thought, maybe, they felt a bit for him, dying at the revenging blurry knife of a woman. Though if I were this woman, I would first have cut off something before stabbing him.
Shuk: I would have thought she would want to give him pain first, but whatever. I will say: a punch in the jaw causes blood spray; a stab through the heart and her white jacket stays white? Totally happy to see him dead, by the way.
kakashi: It was all about the running, JoAnne.
Shuk: Maybe Safari is trying to keep Baksa alive in prison versus dead and outside? I confess I didn't get it, either.
Shuk: Is sad to think that after 20 years of Safari, and eight years of Shi-hyun, that law enforcement has no clue what anyone in the top of the drug cartel look like.
kakashi: Creepy circle-lense Baksa-alien below.
kakashi: I admit that I am fascinated by the muscles in his arms. But that's it. The rest? Not pushing any of my buttons.
Shuk: It must be frustrating to think you have it all figured out, and the bad guys don't just fall in line with your expectations.
kakashi: Now I am confused. Right, Safari wanted to frame Baksa, but Baksa knows that Scale will pretend the dead guy is Baksa, right? So ... he just wants her to know/believe Safari is a backstabbing ass? Wait ... but she already knows that, right? so ... what's the point here? If it is to have a sexy scene with him being angry, I'm all fine with it.
Shuk: Because Safari's original intent was to frame Baksa for the murder which will: (a) get him locked up by our local Idiots In Indigo; and, (b) get him out of the way for Safari to slide into the main role (both cops having the same idea of starting over with Pusan). For Baksa, it's a way of getting Jin-sook to disengage from Safari and hopefully put in place where he can protect his noona.
kakashi: Is anybody else also surprised she can drive? I don't know ... is it because she looks like a 12 year old girl that I think her incapable of it?
JoAnne: She meets up with Thighs at the park so he can yell at her in person for not calling in. They are conveniently situated out in the wide open in some paved area that can be looked down upon. I am grateful, because while it may not be a rooftop, Baksa is once again up above, watching the scene below with an inscrutable look on his face.
kakashi: Can't tell you how glad I am at least one of the "secrets" is out in the open now.
Shuk: But poor Shi-hyun, watching his girl and thinking sad thoughts...
JoAnne: We haven't had a lot of really cool Baksa the last couple episodes and I get why but I'm glad to see him back. Kick ass, Tiny Hotness, kick ass! I love this show beyond words. I am so engrossed in what's happening that I don't try to think ahead and so each twist is a genuine joy, and I'm not JOKING when I say it's giving me heartburn. Even if it ends badly - how could it not end badly - I just mean, even if there's a WTF ending...this is my ship. This is the best one I've seen, and my OTP turns out to be me and the Cruel City. In the back of my head, by the way, a tiny voice is worrying about Cutie Soo and that cute driver.
kakashi: I don't know why the very obvious plot-fillers are bothering me so much this week. Both episodes 11 and 12 are full of it and I really hope there will be less WTFery next week. Re Cutie Soo and his gang? Oh yeah ... he might be a bit bloody again next week. Or maybe he'll wear another bandage only + suit jacket. That was kinda hot, so I'm not complaining.
Shuk: Or Cutie-soo may end up a fishmonger in Haeundae with amnesia. All cards are on the table, but he fights best with his Battle Brother beside him, and that was an awful lot of black-suited bad guys. In spite of everything, I think Baksa is in a tiny bit better position job-wise than at the beginning of the episode. With the death of Jo The Creep, the fallout and ripples may be an opportunity for him to get the better hand over Safari. [fingers crossed]
JoAnne: I was standing at my kitchen sink this morning, looking out at the misty, green backyard while I waited for my coffee to brew. It's a pretty view. But what I was SEEING was Safari, and what I was thinking about is how glad I am that he's still part of this show. And then I realized something. We liked him because he was fun to watch, with his crazy and scary behavior. Yet somehow, so naturally that we didn't even realize it was happening...over the last couple of episodes, Safari changed. He was still scary but now you could see that he didn't really want to be, and that he was vulnerable around Jin Sook and Baksa Adeul. And then we even forgot to be scared of him, for a while. Now we wholeheartedly worry for his safety and how this will all work out, and we hate someone new for revealing a bit more of their twistedness. Will we end up sympathizing with him as well? Realizing this about Safari fills me with horror because now, just a little bit, I understand what it's like for him, and for Baksa. They go in thinking these are terrible criminals and then, somehow...they learn to see the people, and love them. What a terrible position to be in. And us - we are being moved along a path and we don't even see it until we look up and the view has changed. I'm afraid of the ending of this show.
kakashi: Oh shush. It'll be alright. It'll be alright. It'll be ........ o_o