JoAnne: Psssst - go with the eyebrows, Beanie. Do it.! Do it! I know she won't. There's not a chance in hell she will. What can I say? I ship Woo Bin with everyone and everything on Earth.
cherkell: Beany slowly takes Goody’s hand… but then wraps her other one around his (which is the universal symbol for “ain’t gonna happen, buddy”). She tells Goody that they’ve come this far, but she’ll take her leave now. And leaves him with his outstretched hand still lingering in the air.
JoAnne: I was very confused for about 2 seconds. I missed that day in universal symbol class.
JoAnne: (Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee for Bad going after her because I LOVE when he is just NICE.) But I call unfair on that comment. Bad initiated that falling out, NOT Good.
JoAnne: Totally read that as 'do you want to skip your first period?' and aside from a momentary marvel at how late that would be for a girl who is at least 18...I got stuck on how COOL it would be to have a boyfriend with the power to make periods go away. Well, I mean. Yes. Ok. I realize NOW that they all have that power, theoretically. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEANT.
JoAnne: So happy about this little friendship blossoming. Stringy has won me over with her annoying/cute ways and yes, I saw where drunk Kakashi admitted it had happened to her, too.
JoAnne: Yeah, because of course that's where she'd go. You dumb ass, Kim Tan. That is exactly what #100 would think.
JoAnne: I still have such a hard time imagining Kim Tan doing the things that Young Do has done to torture students. Do you think Young Do got worse after losing his mom and his bud? And that when it was the two of them together they were more normal asshole but not dangerous type bullies?
JoAnne: I love how these three mess with each other, and yet: in movies in the US where you have a bully kid, even the kids who are 'friends' with the bully are actually pretty scared of him. Young Do's friends aren't afraid in the least. Does this mean he gets redeemed super fast? Not sure how I feel about that. Maybe he could just be redeemed to the point of cocky bastard. I could be happy with cocky bastard. REALLY happy.
JoAnne: I forgot no one knew, since WE'VE all been obsessing about it for a couple of weeks.
JoAnne: Sigh. 'So that's what I look like, when I look at her.' When a rock wall comes down, it comes down hard.
JoAnne: The running gag about her delusional belief that Tan is pining for her is actually one of my favorite things. I don't know if this girl can act, but in this role, at least, she's hilarious in just the right way.
JoAnne: Tiny, tiny almonds. Swinging forlornly. Never to be picked, never to be enjoyed.
JoAnne: Their love for each other gets me every time. Kim Tan and KiMistress both are actually very simple, direct people who've been pushed around by everyone else in their lives who matters to them, and they didn't seem to think they had any choices in that. Something tells me KT don't feel that way no more.
cherkell: He asks if KiMistress wants the same thing for him and Tempermental Heir if/when/maybe they get married. Goody may never ever be able to introduce her as his mother, but she pooh-poohs that and tells him that as long as it works out for Tan, she’ll stay miserable… but will bear that cross for her son. All Goody wants her to do is take off the piggy socks that Beany accidentally left at his SoCal house – they’re his!!!
JoAnne: His mind is made up. This will be interesting.
Goody decides to show that he can run a half-block without dropping dead, and meets up with Messed-Up Heir, who gives him what-for on calling out a senior right before his finals. Goody decides to come clean with hyung, saying the School President is not his mom – he has a real mom out there, but KiMadam ain’t her. Messy doesn’t believe him at first, but if it is true, why is Goody coming clean all of a sudden? Good Heir says he did it as an experiment to see how scary it would be to tell someone… and it was pretty scary!
JoAnne: Somehow, I thought he would have confessed this to Most Under-Utilized Hottie previously. You know, when he was hearing how Sunbae tried to kill himself or something. Like they would have bonded over secrets. Guess not. It just seemed like they'd had some conversations.
JoAnne: One Shot! I do want to know what Baby Daddy's end game is, now that I see there might actually be one. Is it just to stay alive? I always thought he was secretly on the side of brotherly love, but now that we know - oh wait, do we know it yet? I don't think so. Well, we kinda do. PapaTan is an ass. If he's an ass...Baby Daddy has to be careful. I thought he was just being wise and inscrutable under the head of absolutely atrocious hair, but now I don't know.
JoAnne: Won is much quicker than I am to understand the true implications. Because frankly, don't you think it would be GREAT press for the heir to the empire to fall for the match girl the empire saved? I mean, assuming you aren't the match girl with your business all out in the streets but then again, honestly, why is it embarrassing to be poor and helped by a foundation? It's not the KID'S fault. It might not be anyone's fault. Some people are poor. It's not always a character failing.
JoAnne: If we go with the assumption that Won doesn't know that KimPapa knows about Won and Tutorina, then why Won thinks he should have been consulted about the foundation business is beyond me. A foundation is run separately from a business. Ostensibly.
JoAnne: Wow. Even bigger whiny baby than I realized. Still, not being in the position of trying to maneuver through that political minefield, I guess I can't say what I would do. Then again, he bought her a necklace and asked if he was ever going to get to sleep over, so what did he not confess, actually?
cherkell: Tutorina tells KimPapa that she will abide by his orders, and excuses herself to leave. Won tells him that he’s never disobeyed him in his life and did everything in his power to get himself to where he is today. But KimPapa disagrees, since apparently he thinks he did all the heavy lifting to get Won in his current position – by having him as a son. So is he wrong in actually acting like his FATHER in the Tutorina Debate? Won needs to straighten up and get married soon. Won agrees… that he needs to straighten up at least.
JoAnne: Not sure which surprised me more: the fact that Won doesn't understand that he is in the position he's in at least in part because he's the owner's son, or the fact that dad doesn't acknowledge that Won has done his best to actually be good at and worthy of the job. Or...is Won NOT actually good at the job? Making him the world's hottest and yet most un-sexy, whiny, ineffectual loser of a man in existence? HOW COULD THEY TURN GUMIHOT INTO SUCH A WUSS? I won't forgive you, show.
JoAnne: He had no intention of going after her. Is that it? Dad says no and he just gives up? Wow. Dreamer Tan is more of a man than you are, Wonnie. In what universe is this RIGHT? Where in the FUCK does a show get off making Lee Min Ho more manly than Choi Jin Hyuk? I PROTEST. I DOTH. I doth protest MIGHTILY, in fact. Gumi, my love....you should have just said no to this drama, for the same reason that Woo Bin was right to say yes. A good secondary character can be all you need to win the lottery (remember, oh, I don't know...GU FAMILY BOOK?). This wins you no prizes, my love. I weep.
JoAnne: Leaving a sh** stain on my heart. I'm so disappointed right now.
JoAnne: Um, I'm there with him. So Wonnie does love his baby brother, and yet can treat him so coldly as if he were a threat? Is he ready to give up everyone he loves for the power of being the boss? *Weeping for the man he could have been.*
JoAnne: KiMistress can't live without Bean Mom. I'm giving them a couple name. KimBean. Momstress. You pick.
Shuk: [tiptoeing in] I vote KimBean!! [tiptoeing out]
JoAnne: He's so HAPPY.
JoAnne: I'm always amazed at the 'poor' people who can get their hands on 10K, 30K, you name it, for sudden expenses.
JoAnne: Puts the lie to that whole #98 thing, if you ask me.
JoAnne: He was so genuinely polite to Bean Mom. And so genuinely shocked and concerned after. *singing* I will go down with this ship, and I won't put my hands up and surrender, there will be no white flag above my door... Dammit. I know a few minutes of nice doesn't make up for hours of evil. And I know Kim Tan is gonna do some shit that makes me swoon. It's really just about the those little micro emotions you see flit across Young Do's face. They KILL me. Because to me, there was a sweet boy in there once, and shit happens, and the sweet boy went to hide in the attic while the evil twin fought battles against everyone. And it just KILLS me.
JoAnne: Can you please just kiss and make up? No? Just kiss then? Come ON. It doesn't have to be a commitment. Just two consenting adults....no? You're no fun.
JoAnne: Oh, Mom.
JoAnne: How long was he going to wait? Hoping for her to return? *sniff* He didn't even say that to her, he muttered it to himself. He is so gone.
JoAnne: That scene came across a bit differently to me. She rolls up assuming he's going to screw her over and he says he won't but she just keeps pushing and finally he blurts out that he can barely deal with his own pain, how could he possibly add to hers, and he has no idea what to do or how to act now. Much swoonier my way...I'm sorry, I can't even snark about this boy at this point. Hopefully next week.
JoAnne: How could this possibly end well?
JoAnne: Except we know he's not, really. He wants to hurt Tan, but he doesn't want to hurt Bean. Quite the dilemma. I wonder if wanting to hurt Tan will win out in the end? Keeping him true to his asshole self?
JoAnne: Tell me how #98 and #100 can keep all this shit straight because I was number #1 or #2 almost all the way through and...sometimes this is just a mess.
JoAnne: For a brief moment, I see the steel that actually supports Tan's spine and I think ok, at least one KimBro has actual balls.
JoAnne: Even then, their personality differences were clear. Tan was reaching out to his friend because he's essentially a warm-hearted person, and Young Do was stuck on his high horse because if he lets go for a minute all is lost...and then Tan finally reaches a point where he says fine, stay there. And we all know what it cost Young do: a last moment with his mother. I can see why Young Do hates him so much, and I can see why the guilt of that might have made Tan re-evaluate some of his behavior..but I also think that Young Do knows exactly how much of that is his own fault, and his lashing out at Tan is at least in part because he can't beat himself up enough. And now, for this girl,Tan is willing to use that to illustrate what he can do...he's taking this fight seriously. I had no idea that Young Do's mom left relatively recently before this, so that was a surprise. I thought she'd been gone since he was little.
JoAnne: I wonder at the wisdom of informing your closest enemy that you have something big going on...
cherkell: Back at ConHugeSchool, Beany is stealing glances at Goody as he grabs books out of his locker, but Goody just strolls on by her once done. Beany sighs a sigh of relief and heads to the radio station studio, where Stringy Heir is looking at all the gifts the girls sent Messed-Up Heir for him winning the Asia Youth Short Film Contest. BUT OMG did she know that Bad Heir has the hots for Beany? And it’s a secret between her, Thick Heir and Beany! SHHH!
JoAnne: More scenes with this girl, please. Never thought I'd say it, but there it is.
JoAnne: I've seen better subtext on Saturday morning cartoons. Come on, show. Do better.
JoAnne: I will NEVER get tired of two things; Kang Ha Neul's portrayal of MUP Heir, and Stringy's delusional world. If they kill MUP...I keep thinking about that damned chalk outline. He wouldn't do that though.
JoAnne: I may have bounced in my chair at this point because I so totally know what's coming next and I support it yes I do.
JoAnne: They complimented her on speaking nicely. I thought she was snotty and rude.
JoAnne: And she's doing nothing with that information?
JoAnne: Let me guess. She was #100 as well.
JoAnne: I loathe that woman in every role she ever appears in, and my heart breaks for the poor KiMistress even as I remind myself she had no business sleeping with another woman's husband in the first place.
JoAnne: I am VIBRATING with excitement and anticipation.
JoAnne: <Insert teen angst>
JoAnne: Pecks. He gives her pecks. But since she goes into a catatonic state for anything more, maybe he's just trying to be playful. He could peck me. I wouldn't mind. I'mma save the deep throat drown me with lust kisses for Woo Bin.
JoAnne: I do not find it at all possible to sympathize with the conventionally wronged woman in this scenario. All my sympathies go to the dimwit who couldn't keep her hands off someone else's man And yay! KimBean strikes again!
JoAnne: Seriously, I expected her chair to flip over backward. Poor delusional girl.
JoAnne: You didn't think she began the dinner thinking she'd won, and figured out the truth when she saw the dream catcher?
JoAnne: This scene was actually truly a heart grabber for me, was it for you guys? That bitch, and that poor dumb mama trying to so hard to 'behave' in her little box, and the son who's cast himself in the role of protector...it remains to be seen what happens to their lives after all this, of course.
JoAnne: His poor mother is so terrified. Meanwhile I'm looking at the furious dad and thinking how dare you be angry? THIS IS YOUR FAULT. And I'm so proud of Kim Tan, who probably just did a very stupid thing...noble, morally correct...but stupid. Wanna bet that fucking dad puts them both out on the street?
JoAnne: Remember I said Kim Tan would do something swoony? Dere it is.
JoAnne: Choke on it, Papa.
cherkell: They return to his room and KiMistress asks why Tan had to do what he had to do. So what now is she to do being outed like that, and in front of his fiancee’s family no less?
JoAnne: I hope they can manage the price of his bravery.
JoAnne: Seriously, if she's always a good employee and has an off night, does he have to YELL?
cherkell: So Beany sucks it up and takes out the trash as promised. There she runs into Goody in Extreme Stare Mode. She starts tearing up… and Episode 12 ends on that high note!
JoAnne: I found that quite touching, her tears in response to his without a word even being spoken. I guess I have a HEART, though, unlike SOME squeecappers around here...
cherkell: ARGH ARGH ARGH. Maybe it's just because I've been run over by a truck lately, but there's a whole lot of nothin' going on outside of Woobie's magnificent stare and LMH's not-so-magnificent stare. I realize that 20 episodes need to be filled before the final credits roll, but this going around and around with nada to show for it makes my head hurt. And I agree with Jo that if we lose Messy Ha-neul to the Dark Forces, not only tables will be flipped at my house -- bookcases and sideboards are going over as well!!! I do give Tan a teeeeeeny bit of credit for showing support for his birth mother and all that, but 'wrong place; wrong time' will earn you a slap regardless of your Noble Intentions. (Should we consider his actions Reverse Noble Idiocy then?) And Young-do sweetheart, your Bad Boy Deluxe is making me cringe more with every episode; he's already crossed over into Stalker Land, but there's ways to do that without feeling like I need to press a restraining order against his character. But on the inverse, we have the joy of seeing Baby Heir and Stringy being all cute n' stuff, Baby Daddy and Tempie Mom looking at each other like they want to tear each other's clothes off, GumiHot still looking ExtraHot... and my brain eventually snaps back into focus. Can I light a candle for those five possibly starring in a sequel? Anywho, we're on the downward slide toward the Finale now. Pick up the pace, dammit!!!
JoAnne: I spend a lot of time these days thinking about how long it would take me to forgive Woobie for his bullshit and fall extra hard for his alien boy charm if I was 18. Okay, 35. Okay, 51. And then I spend a lot of time thinking about how long I might regret that, eventually. Or not. Tan is sweet enough but does not inspire me with Oppa-ness. He just seems a bit...noodle-y. I guess I like my guys a bit harder. (That's what she said.) Won. I think I have made my feelings clear about the TRAVESTY that my Choi Jin Hyuk has allowed to have been committed upon his most glorious person. Baby Heir is perfect, Thick will be fine if he gets with the right woman to direct him, and Messy. Oh, Messy. Girls, stay away from the suicidal boys. Just do. He may never do it, but that boy is headed for a life where he's never happy and ends up drinking alone in his study. You don't want that. Rachel, I just want you to find someone who loves you back and suprises you into yourself. Stringy's fine. Bean's gonna be fine too. I worry about Rachel. One more sleep and I get to see you all again!