kakashi: I have no idea what intrepid means (can one eat it?) but I do know that I would very much like this car. Without the passengers, mind you. I’m Anti-Nose, Pro-Car. Also, this drama is disturbing. I’ll tell you why in a bit... And it is not because of the incredible wormhole travelling abilities of our OTP. Though if this drama turns out to be about aliens, I’ll bet he first to love it to bits.
Shuk: Our angsty Hot Namja with the Cool Heir tells our Bean Princess that he might possibly maybe like her. After a long moment staring at each other, she shrugs it off as movie magic. He tells her why can't it be true? After all, it’s Hollywood.
Kakashi: Drinking game! One shot of soju every time somebody stares at somebody else (this includes staring at objects and staring at oneself in the mirror)! Being the cautious person I am, I already called the hospital to get a bed ready for me.
Shuk: [Calling the nearest Swedish Korean Hangover Soup shop and handing kakashi some B12 vitamins.]
Kakashi: See, this is where things get a bit disturbing for me. I am watching this and I Do Not Get It. I have absolutely no connection to what these people are feeling and it makes me feel old and unwanted. Oh gawd, the horrorz, maybe I am old?!
Shuk: At his house, he stares at the lonely battered suitcase baking in the California sun as birds chirp nearby. She thanks him again, and gets ready to go, when he grabs it out of her hands and brings it back into the house.Kakashi: One shot! (he stared). And I get more disturbed: He is so desperate to keep her with him … but why? Why? Why? The only rational explanation I can come up with is this: he is an insane serial stalker and maybe killer. She likes horror movies, he may be her personal horror soon. A perfect match.
Kakashi: Nice try, boy. But the Bean Princess is pure. She is not interested in your tools.
Shuk: While upstairs he receives a phone call from Teddy Bear Ahjussi. His father wants him to attend a business meeting and party at the family farm. Wait, the family has a farm? Hey kakashi, do you think they have sheep? Anyway, he is reticent about going; does his brother know? The secretary says it doesn’t matter, since the Chairman wants him there.
Kakashi: They don’t strike me as the sheep having kind, Shuk. Chaebols and sheep … not a good match. Though I do see Kim Tan with sheep. He could bury his head in their soft wool. They would sooth him and make him feel loved. He needs that.
Shuk: Another crappy Krystal scene; she aeygos all over Baby Heir’s Appa, and whines about his attachment to Eun-chang. Teddy Bear looks like he’s heard it all before. Upstairs in the production room, several fawning girls are in the presence of our friendly vomiting chaebol. Stringy Hair chases them out and starts digging into the offerings. The only I learn from this entire exchange is that he chomps down pills instead of food, and he has been hiding his broadcasting job from his grandfather for three years.
Kakashi: Krystal is crappiness personified. She is a Heir that should be cut. But in a weird, strangely disturbing way, I am looking forward to her scenes now. It can become a ritual: waiting for the most terrible scene in each episode, which are always hers. As for Stringy, Grey, or Dying Heir, the jury is still out what’s going on with him. He might be bulimic with ulcers, just disturbed with ulcers, a drug addict (with or without ulcers), or he might have a terminal disease, which he is keeping from everybody, and is dying a slow, agonizing death. I am hoping it is the latter. For the story’s sake, mind you, not because I don’t like him.
Kakashi: Ah, so MUCH symbolism… And so much staring!!! *hicks* But first, a word on Crazy Surfer Dude. I am, in a strangely disturbing way, glad that he did not die of Bean Powder Poison. And I am glad he serves such a great purpose … make Nose Guy take the Bean Princess with him. She is, once again, riding on his/in his “car” … but already, the initial pleasures of riding are being overshadowed by her reality: poverty. And the pure-poor cannot just enjoy such rides in and on cars, because … just because.
Kakashi: Crazy Mom is about the only thing I find remotely funny in this drama. Though I am very, very glad I do not have a mother like that. Oh, I also like Teddy Bear Ahjussi (Baby Heir’s dad). I could ship those two together. Yes, I will do that.
Shuk: Our red rocket pair reaches their destination – Harmony California, estimated population 33, and a large almond orchard. Ah, so there’s the source of the almond reference in the previous episode. He tells her to wait, since he doesn’t know if he’ll be kicked out immediately or if he will stay awhile.
Kakashi: More symbolism. The almond, a relative of the peach, is a symbol for things that do not become soft and plump, but harden (i.e. stiffen). It is associated with fertility and the forbidden pleasures of love. Because almonds are harvested in the fall, they are a reminder that there is a time and rhythm at play within our life that cannot be rushed. In short: This is, once again, all about secret longing and really wanting sex.
Kakashi: Sex Heir is a delicious jerk. Though I do not get the animosity. Mommy issues? Most of the time that is the perfect explanation for things-gone-wrong in KDramas. And Harmony? Not much harmony in Harmony, sorry.
Shuk: Bean Princess is fondling almonds when the two arrive in the orchard. She overhears the convo. GumiHeir rebuffs all his dongsaeng’s attempts at friendly conversation, instead shutting him down with condescension and coldness.
Kakashi: See? Fondling almonds. Told you so. Sex.
Kakashi: Sprinklers … tears … ladila… we get it. But poor puppy … he went to his master, excitedly wagging his little tail, but master just kicked him aside. Now puppy is sad. And wet.
Kakashi: All that staring … I had to down at least 3 one shots! What a perfect drama for closet-alcoholics. Plus, now we enter interesting territory. His “car” broke down. We all know what that means … Though I am glad he didn’t also hit his nose when doing his full-break stop.
Kakashi: Yes, she was giving him a hand … but unfortunately, they couldn’t get over the hump. I guess things were a little too try down there … But I really loved the scenes with the setting sun and the desert and wouldn’t have minded to see more of the dusky landscape (without any people in it). And no, Shuk, not all American are fat and greasy. Remember Surfer Dude? Or Big Bosom Bimbo? There we go.
Kakashi: Is she happy? Of course, the drama wants us to believe that she also has growing feelings for him, but seriously ………… why. Why? Why? Because he is so depressed? Do girls like that? The second point I agree with though. That’s the normal KDrama trope: jerky rich guy gets treated like a normal person by hardworking-poor-pure girl (who doesn’t care about her appearance) and that is enough for him to fall madly in love with her. Poor guys. I do note again though, with appreciation! That Lee Min-ho has worked out quite a bit. He has man boobs. I think I like.
Kakashi: What is it with the many gay-jokes and allusions? I think we are being prepared for some gay-action later … question is: who will be on whom? (starts shipping hard just in case).
Shuk: She’s thinking the same thing, and probably wondering if he has personal experience with “Personal Taste”. He tells her not to think such thoughts about his brother, then catches her when she is startled and teetering off her barstool. And….dip!
Kakashi: Blood is flooding back into certain extremities.
Kakashi: You get it, Shuk. This is such a suggestive drama! You just need to read the signs. Look out for long, hard objects and/or wet, soft objects, plus for long hard objects together with wet soft objects.
Shuk: He takes the bed (probably because the sheet matches his bottom lip) and she takes the couch, but he still wants to talk. She pretends to sleep, but he knows she is a Fakey McFakerson. He finally goads her up and asks a question that’s been on the back of his mind – Why does she want Jejuk Empire to fail? She realizes she’s been reading her posts, and tells him it’s none of his business. Realizing he won’t get an answer, he demands that she stay awake until he falls asleep, and to not do anything to his body…
Kakashi: With the blood going to his “nose” he is probably hoping for her to be less pure than she is, but, alas, she isn’t at all interest in him. I guess that is also true for RL, because the chemistry between these two is deep into BFF zone. I'm sure he'd be a great dude to hang out with. Just like this:
Kakashi: I’m downing one after the other. He Who Stares Does not Frown.
Kakashi: I have another painful experience of not being able to connect to what is going on. But I am glad to see Baby Heir. He is so cute, I want to lick him like a sugar cone.
Shuk: She gets ready to leave with her friend, and Kim Tam tries a final time to keep her there, until her flight leaves. Baby Heir recognizes the younger son of Jejuk Empire, but plays it close to his vest. In any case, the taxi has arrived, and Eun-sang gives him a final thank you and goodbye, with a tiny glance back. Poor guy is left alone. Again.
Kakashi: So … he is notorious, huh. I think he used to be a Bad Heir before he became Boring-Pensive-Limp Heir. I wish he would become Bad Heir again, because Boring-Depressed-Hurt etc. Heir is just boring and depressing me. It’s either him or me that needs Prozac.
Citywalk, they do a cutesy selfie with giant lollipops, which he immediately posts it onto his FakeBook page. And, sure enough, his girlfriend immediately calls and shrieks. Beany looks around and sees a tourist t-shirt and wonders how her mysterious house guy is doing.
Kakashi: The “I post, she calls”-thing was pretty funny. Though I’m absolutely sure he is the only person in the whole wide world that thinks of that reaction as cute.
Kakashi: It is interesting that she seems to have (some) feelings for him, while he just has a very weak sense of obligation. Still, this engagement will bite him in the ass later. It is stumbling block No 4563 on the path to happiness with Bean Princess.
Kakashi: Too much plastic surgery. I am growing increasingly allergic to PS faces (and get rashes all over). Not good when watching KDrama. Skip.
Shuk: Slick Heir and Thick Heir are at Thick’s house. Thick is a clumsy photographer, and Slick looks at a picture of a young him arm in arm with a young Tan. While there, he receives a call that that takes the merriment right out of him. It’s his dad, who apparently likes to pummel him in the guise of martial arts, to teach him to life lessons. This just proves bullying is a learned behavior.
Kakashi: Hahaha, so this guy has DADDY issues, which is a welcome change to MOMMY issues, though I feel a great need to torture this “daddy” with red-hot iron or something similar. What an absolute dick. Feeling good when you win over your son?!
Kakashi: STOP! These are (supposed) high-schoolers. It is NOT OKAY to lust after high-schoolers unless you are a high-schooler yourself. It’s the jailbait trap, but much trickier this time, because we all know these kids are NOT high-school age (FAR from it), but they still pretend to BE high-school kids, so it is still NOT OKAY to lust. Do not lust. The end.
Kakashi: Sigh. Why. Why. Why does she have to be the usual bitchy, über-jealous, stupid Cliché of a girl? Why, why, why, oh female writers in Korea, can we not have NORMAL female people as second lead? You know, people with some complexity and depth. People that may react differently than 45234209808 characters before them? Plus, Rachel has really bad Heir Hair.
kakashi: I think they are on more than friendly terms. Good Heir reminded her that she had a thing for his brother. I don't think that thing is entirely over...
kakashi: Didn't I tell you? Mommy issues. Big time. But why his mommy issues make him hate his half-brother so much? We will see.
kakashi: Yuk, Plastic Surgery Witch, go away! Leave my Teddy Bear Ahjussi alone!!!
Shuk: Cool Heir calls TB Ahjussi, and finally realizes that Baby Heir, Beany’s friend, is surnamed Yoon. I think we should all link arms (Gumi to my right, Baby to my left) and sing “It’s A Small World After All.” Anyway, he quickly calls Baby back and demands he put Beany on the phone, but Baby snidely tells him she’s not there. CoolHeir doesn’t want to relay a message, but wants to hear from her directly. After they hang up, she meets up with Chan-young. He tells her about the phone call, but she refuses to call Kim Tan back. Poor Cool is left sitting by his fabulous pool (and why not shirtless? WAE??) tapping his phone.
kakashi: The One Who Wants To Wear The Shirt, Bear The Shirt.
kakashi: Rejoice! This can only mean we're all going to return to Korea soon!
kakashi: Way to impress your already super-pissy fiancée! Well done, dude! Well done!
Shuk: So they keep meeting again and again and again, whether they want to or not. I’m surprised the show is pushing our couple together so strongly after only the third episode of a twenty-run series. Still, I’m a sucker for a longing glance and verbal flirting. I’m guessing the angst will start early, once everyone is out of the bizarre realm of America and back in their well-ordered, stratified and structured world.
kakashi: Maybe a little angst will wake me up? Bring it on. Me does not feel you, drama. Do you feel me?
kakashi: huh! You have something like that?! Why don't I?! Who gave it to you?! Give it to me! Geeeeeeeeeve. But would it fit into my modest apartment? Ah, how many more episodes?
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