JoAnne: I could cry, right now.
JoAnne: Getting me drunk is definitely a way to avoid me being smug. Or being able to formulate the words 'I told you so' without giggling or hiccuping.
kakashi: Rooftop scene! (with a pang, I remember Cruel City – and cry a little cause I miss it so much...) (matching sobs over here) As we already know from last week, Kim Tan wants to look at Bean Princess’ hurts, but she only worries about his expensive clothes. Always the proper pauper, are you, Beans? She is a bundle of nerves already and then, making it much worse, Bad Heir calls. She is visibly terrified. Why? Cause the Big Bad Bully Wolf ... she thinks he knows. He knows her dark secret, which is: she isn’t rich. Not new rich, not old rich ... no, she is a despicably poor person. It’s the secret that can break her neck and that is why she feels like the fly in the spider’s net.
JoAnne: I thought HE said she would ruin her clothes.Your way makes SO much more sense. I completely buy the whole Bean Princess/Young Do thing. She is absolutely terrified and he is absolutely terrifying. Seriously. Worst school bully I have ever come across - which means he's the BEST school bully I've ever come across. Sadly, I think it's because Woobie is playing him as a very believable psychopath, and that could be a problem. Bullies can be redeemed, but psychopaths?
JoAnne: That was....we're just going to not talk about it, ok? Good thing I'm not here for these two. I like 'em, it's fine if they work out, but they are not the couple I'm shipping.
JoAnne: So we are going to talk about it, then, I guess. For me, dropped phone equals getting into the kiss. Except there was no getting into the kiss. Listen, Bean Princess: Avail yourself of that Game Over technique before the end of the drama. You will not regret it, trust me on this.
JoAnne: And I am relieved that they didn't insult us by having him listening to kissing noises on the phone because I would have insisted that meant he dialed a wrong number and COINCIDENTALLY caught another couple kissing.
JoAnne: Well he's not BAD, at least. I don't think it makes him a bully to threaten Young Do with violence, and I don't think he's bullying Beanie, either. Do you?
kakashi: Yes, in a way he is.
JoAnne: I think that is the moment, the very exact moment, that he realized he liked her.
JoAnne: It really is! Watch: Kakashi, I like you. I don't want to trip you, I want to eat my lunch with you. We don't have to hold hands though because I don't LIKE you like you I just like you. Okay?
JoAnne: I have been watching Stringy watch stuff and I knew she was gonna come around... I wonder if we'll get that awesome kind of frenemy bestie that we got in Protect the Boss? As for Tempie: Please. Listen to what you are saying out of your own mouth, and realize what a terrible situation you are in, and gather your pride and walk away.
JoAnne: Drinking furiously so as not to utter the words. Also, I giggled about Charlie's Angels when the three girls were running down the hall. Also maybe Baywatch a little, since it was so slowwwwwww.
JoAnne: Also, I kinda think the ace up Woobie's sleeve is that everyone is TERRIFIED of him. If he brings down the chaebol prince you think that's going to make people LESS afraid of how much he can screw up their lives?
JoAnne: He wore the Shirt of Dead Fairies with navy blue polka-dotted pants. I had to rest my eyes after seeing it. Also - I was surprised to realize that no one actually knew the two young bucks fell out so seriously.
JoAnne: Wait a minute though. If you follow that logic, then in BoF everyone wanted to bring down Gu Jun Pyo. Except no one did want that, and if he liked someone, then EVERYONE liked that person, so that should be the case here, too. Is this why the writer said this was nothing like BoF?
JoAnne: I can't stop staring at her hair. It's really gorgeous. Besides, it helps distract me from the Baby Shower Green sweatshirt Kim Tan thought would be a good foil for his bruises.
JoAnne: He is trying my patience, this one. GET OVER IT. Do you have balls AT ALL? Your pissy whiny face is pissing me off and it's pissing me off that you're ruining that beautiful face for me!!!!
JoAnne: I did not even see that. I have to go back and watch again. Maybe it's Woobin in a costume, come to slash everyone to death with his cheekbones.
kakashi: Here! Up there! That red-blue-orange thing!!!
JoAnne: Oh no, I hate him. And then on top of that I have rage because Choi Jin Hyuk is being ruined for me. Ruined, I tell you! Absolutely spoiled. Moving on, though: Wine is from 1983, which is about right for his birth year, so I'm guessing it's MomWine.
I so hoped that would mean something else, in the context of Choi Jin Hyuk. But no. I am sorely disappointed.)Tutorina is waiting at the hotel and jumps up, delighted (I think?), when Dick Heir walks in. But he doesn’t see her – because Rachel is also there and calls out to him first. She is waiting for her “step-brother”, who seems to have stood her up. Dick invites her to have tea with him. Tutorina sees this all from the sidelines and looks … I don’t know, stricken? I do not care much about this love-triangle, or square, or what it is, and I do not get it, either. Does she like him as well? And she cannot be with him because he is rich? Sounds familiar.
JoAnne: I found her reactions puzzling as well. She is wearing the 'I love you so here's my bone' necklace, though. This actress is SO MUCH BETTER than this role. It's pissing me off.
JoAnne: I don't have a lot of time for these two together, though. So fine, ok, if their lives aren't being mortally fucked with they're decent people. I'm sure that's true of MOST people who turn evil, Show. Move on.
JoAnne: First ever KDrama three-way. YES. Of course she's going to lie there like a lump and Kim Tan is going to fall asleep and we'll be left with Young Do doing all the 'heavy lifting' as it were...and suddenly I realize this is not a bad thing. Not a bad thing at all. No ma'am. Not. At. All.
JoAnne: I don't get why her not being there makes TEMPIE upset, though. Unless her upset face is for the upset faces on her boys. Who aren't and never were her boys. But I guess she's not in on that particular secret.
JoAnne: I kind of like this. It doesn't feel stalker-y at all, and I've seen it done in a few dramas, and I like it, I do. Caring dude follows behind at a distance, worrying over his distraught lady love. It's nice. It's the hands-free version of a back hug. That you don't know about.
JoAnne: Like, pretty much immediately, which made me laugh. Way to hold on, Kim Tan.
JoAnne: She admits it!
JoAnne: WTF? Love is the (apparently very short) moment. Seriously though who gives up that fast?
JoAnne: She is one of my very few girl crushes and between her and Kim WonBigBaby they are ruining my crushes!!!!
JoAnne: Listen, Baby Daddy. Go get a hair cut before I come and give you one. When you're done I'll give you a surprise.
JoAnne: He did this thing where he went from bully-protector to vulnerable boy to bully in like ...2 seconds. Listen. Woobie is the shit. He is just the shit, ok? He can act and he is stealing this show. It has nothing to do with whether his character is redeemable or not. Whatever he is, misunderstood puppy or evil psycho...he is the best thing about this series. He is KILLING it.
JoAnne: Ok but I didn't expect this so soon and the way he said it made my heart hurt, evil genius or not. That look of sad realization in his eyes was perfect.
JoAnne: All I could think is mint green cheetah print turtleneck. And then all I could think was man that is one ugly chair.
kakashi: Alright, we have to do another Hair Fashion post. It is settled.
JoAnne: This will make things awkward when they go hang out in the Wine Cellar.
JoAnne: This is more awesome then ten naked Choi Jin Hyuks who are all both happy to see me AND able to be a man about disappointing family situations.Stop for a moment and think about that. Yes.
JoAnne: I was as surprised as you to see the sister. Which kid is hers? Which makes that kid Kim Tan's cousin... at that same school. I think they just needed a body. I laugh to see the butcher's wife from Suspicious Housekeeper all cleaned up (She's Thick's Mom in this universe) and then I realize that OF COURSE the Chairwoman is going to appear and this just gets so much better. I hope they keep it up.
JoAnne: I wonder if they will let this continue for a while because... AWESOME. Although, in deference to a certain feline companion who hasn't been around lately, I will point out that this is an egregious tonal shift. As is pretty much every scene KiMistress is in.
JoAnne: Poking a tiger, there, Tan Kitten.
JoAnne: I know...I do actually love her sincere desire to be his mom and her outright pride in her tall, handsome son - and you can tell it kills her to have to go along with the charade but she does it.. .sniff... for HIM... so he will not be tarnished by scandal.
JoAnne: And this is why he is Good Heir. People matter to him more than money or status.
JoAnne: Edge of my seat, not breathing. Yes. ohhh, yes.
kakashi: Hm. I do wonder why this episode was so much better than the eight before it. Was it the acting? The script? Both? Or is it that I suddenly see what the stakes are? Not for her: Bean Princess really is quite a redundant character, or, correction, just there to create conflict and shake things up. The worst that can happen to her? She is bullied and will have to go back to public school. But I suddenly see stakes for Kim Tan - and I suddenly think he is quite an interesting character after all. Whatever made him leave Korea three years ago made him go lethargic and dull (or maybe he was that way before too, who knows). (He wasn't. He couldn't have been.) He is incredibly lonely and just seemed to wait for his life to be over. (Depressed. Disappointed by the people around him. Hemmed in by social constraints he doesn't care about.) Bean Princess got to him (not sure why, but she did). As he is beginning to change and begins to care about life again, all the bad stuff is coming back with a vengeance. His brother hates him, just because he is a threat to his status at the company. His once-best-friend hates him (not exactly sure why at this stage, because it cannot really be a secret that Bad Heir's mother is AWOL, right?). (Hates him because he is illegitimate and he's being raised by a Neanderthal who would impress upon him that status is everything.) And his once-best-friend also knows something that might potentially cost Tan his status. He doesn't seem to care too much about it at this moment (and his reassurances to his brother that he has no interest in the company are certainly true), but he does realize that he is very vulnerable because of it. And this vulnerability makes it impossible for him to be with his true love. Let's see what he does about it. Because do something he must.
JoAnne: It is so good to have you here, where I have been since Day One. SO GOOD.
JoAnne: Some of both, I can say pretty certainly. What I don't know is if Young Do can be redeemed... but if a serial killer who chops off his own hand to make it seem like he was killed can be made a sympathetic figure in one drama... I'm guessing our Woobie can win hearts and minds in this one.