JoAnne: I don't know how you do it.
kakashi: Baker Santa! I need you!!!! (Addendum about 20 hours after starting power-search: FOUND HIM. Love him. This is going to be epic)
JoAnne: Sigh. Tan and Bean are not the whole story...
kakashi: Don't they all stare?
kakashi: We are back to that intense scene with Woobie, Bean, and Kim Tan. To be honest, I find Young-do's violent behavior towards her very uncomfortable to watch. Classic KES, I guess. There was nothing at all squeeworthy about it: He is insane. I am glad to see that Kim Tan bursts through that door very quickly, because I wasn't sure what Young-do would do to her ... force a kiss on her? Rape her? I got rape vibes.
JoAnne: You're just trying to provoke me, now.
JoAnne: I guarantee you he hates himself more.
JoAnne: Or here's a thought: Use some of your massive allowance to hire a private detective and find.your.mom.
JoAnne: Yeah, if there's any change in her it won't be til the end. Although it would be nice to see the kids rise up against the parents. Ain't gonna happen in any real way, though. Not as a group, I mean.
kakashi: Ah, but do you know Children of the Corn?
JoAnne: Right, because grown men never offer to get naked either... and not to brag or anything, but I sat outside, coatless, enjoying coffee at 5:30 in the morning - yesterday. Of course, the day before it was frigid. Welcome to Fall in New England.
JoAnne: Oooh, are we going to play Teacher Baby Heir/Stringy Student, or are we going to play Daddy Baby Heir/Stringy Bimbo? Cher is right. These two better have half a dozen adorable fat cheeked babies after the time jump. Serious little boy babies in glasses with fat cheeks and dimpled little diva princesses with tiaras and fat cheeks. And maybe one little boy baby princess in a tiara, too, looking fabulous and ruling the roost, sucking in his fat cheeks and striking a diva pose.
JoAnne: Just come see Mama. I will kiss your booboo. Wink, wink.
JoAnne: I can barely hear the dialogue for the bells and alarms going off in my head, but what ACTUALLY worries me most is the look on BeanMom's face as she watches all of this.
JoAnne: I never understood how she made the intuitive leap to housemaid's daughter. All she knows is that Tan's mom pretended to be her mom, and that Eun Sang lives in Tan's house. How does she connect the housemaid into it?
kakashi: I guess it's clear that Eun-sang lives at the house. She also knows KimMom lied about being her mother. And then KimMom says she knows her mother really well. The only other woman there? The housekeeper. And she also calls someone (her mother? Tan's wrong mother?) to ask about Eun-sang.
kakashi: The next day at school, Eun-sang goes straight up to Rachel and asks her for her uniform. Rachel says what she always says when she takes something away from Eun-sang: it's in the trash. Panicked, Eun-sang goes out back to sift through the garbage ... again. And wow ... they really ARE in the trash! Of course, Rachel steps out to look at Eun-sang's humiliation. I am sorry I ever felt sorry for this girl because she is just awful. Go away! Make your own head explode!
JoAnne: Even while I totally get her feelings and have sympathy for them, I cannot excuse her behavior - and the problem is we aren't getting flashes of a LIKEABLE self like we occasionally do with Young Do, so I feel no real inclination to forgive her because it just seems like she's completely mean.
kakashi: YES! Eun-sang slaps her after she insulted her mom and I cheer! And almost wake my daughter. Sorry, kid. And! She catches her hand when she wants to hit her back. Way to get your power back, Eun-sang! But Rachel is not yet done: Now come the threats - She will reveal everything to their fellow students if Eun-sang doesn't transfer. Because the housemaid's daughter-secret doesn't seem to scare Eun-sang at all, she mentions Tan's little secret - and yes, of course, that does scare Eun-sang. Both Rachel and Young-do have realized well what her weakness is.
JoAnne: Hanging wet laundry high up over your head builds muscles! She really landed that one, and I cheered too. How dare Rachel insult a woman who's done nothing but work hard and try to raise her family in trying circumstances?
JoAnne: Yes to all of the above.
JoAnne: Why? That makes no sense. He has a father. That was just stupid.
JoAnne: They both realize that the wrong they did is bigger than the wrong that was done to them. I realize that doesn't work out mathematically, but it's the truth anyway, and they are burdened with serious regret.
kakashi: Well done, this scene. Yes, sometimes we need to praise, too.
JoAnne: That was funny and I love HyoShin and I'm worried about him.
JoAnne: What the fuck is wrong with her hair? Did she not brush it when she got up?
kakashi: Maybe she also wants messed-up hair to be closer to him?
JoAnne: I had thought in the beginning that they'd use Thick for more than comic relief and the occasional bit of psychological insight/plot explanation. He's a better actor than that. I mean he's the only one where we know nothing about his home life. We just barely know who his mother is and only saw her for 30 seconds, and not even with him.
JoAnne: I don't get how you love a sibling and yet pretend that you hate them and treat them like crap, like that. Well not like THAT, but like before. He has been vicious to this poor kid who follows him around all full of hero worship. Wouldn't you think being an ASS would more likely guarantee the bad behavior he seems to expect from Tan someday?
JoAnne: If Baby Heir goes along with this party smiling, he is the best man on Earth. I'm glad YeSol and BoNa make up, though.
JoAnne: All the time he was saying goodbye to his mom I was distracted by the crowds and wondering why they would be protesting the exams, wondering if it is normal to see and if it reflects backlash against the intense pressure of the schooling system, etc...and then I realize it's the MUPpets. Sigh.
JoAnne: This is a question we all want the answer to, right?
JoAnne: I like them just fine but honestly, I'd rather have watched the YoungDo/Eun Sang romance, if I was watching this for a romance.
JoAnne: Poor #100, finally realizing that 2+2=4
JoAnne: He looks good, but really skinny all of a sudden (so funny you say that!!! Noticed it too!!). Those long legs. Smart chickie, though, Rachel.
JoAnne: I sigh at the absolute innocence of that party, with the games and all. These are KIDS, and for all the posturing, they're pretty innocent-seeming. And then Cruella deSeoul walks in and mentions coffee and I think oh, fuck. Not all of them, apparently. (And I also note that Baby Heir IS doing all of this with grace and cheer, and I think wow, BoNa...you really picked the prize winner.)
JoAnne: Why is the black knight the good guy in Korea? That's interesting. It also touches my heart to see how truly bad Young Do feels about being the unwitting cause of her demise at the hands of Rachel.
JoAnne: I was hoping they would team up, but no.
kakashi: Too many episodes to go, sorry.
JoAnne: She's been Feisty Eun Sang lately, maybe she'll tell him to go to hell.
JoAnne: I am EXTREMELY disappointed in you, young man.
JoAnne: I am so glad she finally said this. And I hope at some point someone remembers that she NEVER said she was New Money, and she NEVER responded to any questions about her family.
JoAnne: It's actually a bit touching. YeSol and BoNa and them better step up and be friendly, too, or I'm going to have words to say to them.
JoAnne: And that's that? No big red letter P for her chest? She doesn't get burned at the stake and then buried outside the churchyard in an unmarked grave?
JoAnne: They made that fairly erotic, considering other intimate moments the two have shared. And she accepts it comfortably. I wonder what that means for the future of kissing on this show.
kakashi: It's becoming harder to snark about this show. Not because it is getting any better (I think) - but because it seriously tries to make this whole "rich-poor"/social class issue its central conflict, around which all the characters arrange themselves. I cannot make fun of that. Unfortunately, it feels terribly fake to me, that conflict ... why should I care about the 0.00003% super rich and their issues? It's not at all pulling me in. This has nothing in common with me. Unless I marry a chaebol? Is Kim Ji-hoon a chaebol?
JoAnne: No, but we can find some commonality in family struggles, parental expectations, social mores, can we not? Not in the details, of course, unless you're super rich. I'm definitely not and no one in my family ever has been anything but middle class (or lower!) but we all have family dynamics and parents who expect things and people who judge us/people who we judge.
kakashi: The end of this episode confirms something I feared about half-way in ... Young-do is no longer an interesting character. He gave up, he is reformed. He will be boring. Shame. I liked him, while fearing him. Rachel could just about disappear to America now, she is simply annoying. And she isn't a very effective villain, either - never before have Tan and Eun-sang been closer and happier.
JoAnne: Yeah, Rachel certainly hasn't turned out to be a threat. I'm not sure we're done with Young Do being interesting, but I' m guessing his flat out bullying days are over.
kakashi: The ending felt like the closing of a chapter. I guess we're moving on to the next story-arc now. Will we really go on to the birth secrets? Not unlikely.
JoAnne: Who do you think has cancer? Who has amnesia, and why? When does Won's mother show up and announce that she's been living happily with Young Do's mom and can everyone come to the wedding? Will we ever met Thick or Stringy's parents? How many episodes of Kang Ha Neul do we have left? (sob)