kakashi: It's a very anxious time for me, JoAnne!! Remember episode 8? It's the carnage episode. 8+8=16+8=24. We are now 2/3 into the show and I fear something bad is coming. It's like that tension in the air before a powerful storm. That said, I apologize to all of you with slow internet connections. I had to gif the living bejeezus out of this episode, I couldn't help it. Also ... there's a lot of Mo. Cause he is #WhenAManIsMoBetta
JoAnne: Jung Tae attempts to defuse the situation peaceably but the thug leader isn't playing along. The subs are bit wonky I think, because at first he talks as though he's the 'new owner' demanding greeting from the 'old' owners - but then he goes on to say that rumor has it NO ONE owns Club Shanghai at the moment. He looks away for a moment and Jung Tae wastes no time in throwing a punch. So this is Seul's plan - a deadlier version of 'I brought you into this world, and I can take you out of it' - a reminder that no matter which of the two men you're looking at, Jung Tae or Jae Hwa, they're only there because he says they can be there.
kakashi: In less serious moments, this whole "Club Shanghai is the Holy Grail" thing makes me giggle. Just open the damn club already!
(I seeeee it!). There's this one huge guy dressed oddly like a flasher and carrying a mallet because that's not terrifying at all, and of course he's the one who sees the girls in the corner.
kakashi: Also, he cannot speak, he only grunts. A true Neanderthal. And finally, a little tip for you girls: next time, I'd pick a slightly bigger hideout.
JoAnne: He turns away at first but then grabs them and starts to drag them off. Jung Tae hears their screams and struggles to get to them but some guy with a bullwhip keeps tripping him up. No worries though! MO appears like magic from behind the giant. A few moves and then that cool shove to the ribs that sends people flying back like so much dust, and suddenly that huge guy isn't a problem anymore. Mo acknowledges the ladies with his little hello bow and grin and I just cannot stand how happy I am to see him. Plus I know all of you out there were squeeing too! He is so freaking cute.kakashi: I particularly like the stiff half-bow. And I SO HOPE he and So-so can get a little happiness before ... you know ... the carnage.
kakashi: Haha, you're right. In their heads, they're "dude, I'm so glad they haven't written you/me out of the script like so many others".
kakashi: Is this logical? If Seul says Club Shanghai has no real owner, all the low-lives of Shanghai start to gather and try to become the owner. But if Seul says XY is the owner, they're fine with it?
kakashi: Jae-hwa was first quite angry to be ignored, but when he found out who this guy was, he seemed quite relieved, lol.
kakashi: Where did they go, anyway?! Half a town over? Missing all the fun, dudes.
JoAnne: Mo's sidekick asks if they can actually take Club Shanghai, since it has turned out that Jung Tae is second in command. My take on this is that he means WILL they, considering their past relationship. Jae Hwa doesn't matter a fig to Mo, that's clear. But Jung Tae is his friend. Mo gives an inscrutable Mo response wondering whether they will live or die in Shanghai.
kakashi: No, no, no! You will not die!!! Noooooooo!
(finally, it's here!). Comes the day when the student actually lands a blow that hurts enough to get the teacher to grunt in pain, but we continue on with glimpses of Jung Tae toughening his hands and (sigh) doing shirtless pull ups. No Yummy Tummy to be seen, but that is a back I would like to play games on. You know the one where you trace out a word with your finger and the person has to guess? That one. Plus kisses. Lots of kisses. Maybe a nibble or two. I'M SORRY BUT THIS CAMERA GUY...I mean come on. Our hero's skin is FLAWLESS and the camera guy just zooms in on him and then circles around like he knows exactly what we're hoping for how can I NOT squee?
kakashi: I am squeeeeeeing so hard my panties are about to fly off!!!! Excuse me while I make many, many gifs. Bless you for these.
kakashi: Mo always tried to teach Jung-tae to be en guard. Now he's even doing it in his sleep. Well done, teacher Mo. Also ... have you noticed Mo is wearing a suit in this farewell scene, while Jung-tae is wearing one of these KungFu garbs? I did, but I couldn't figure out something funny to say about it! Some kind of reversal of roles? I don't know.
kakashi: I'm not getting a good feeling about this .... unless it's Seul that dies, while somebody drains his blood.
kakashi: No, no, no. He is just pretending in front of Seul, right?! We know he has this huge debt to his father! He would never hurt Jung-tae, would he?!
kakashi: That's a problem, because I love this director.
kakashi: That's good advice, and uri Jung-tae needs advice like this. Cause ... he may be the sweetest cookie, but he definitely isn't the brightest candle.
kakashi: Jung-tae needs a hat, too.
kakashi: Not invite someone to a party? How is this a plan?
JoAnne: Jae Hwa approves the plan and warns Jung Tae that it's not going to be just a few. He cautions Jung Tae about his confidence, so like his late father's. Still, he promises his support, and Jung Tae leaves to begin preparations. Remember that look on Jae Hwa's face the first time we met him, after Young Chul left the room? It's back, and I'm worried. Jae Hwa murmurs to himself that it's too bad Jung Tae still can't see the world.
kakashi: Uhm .... what, what, what??! What? Jeez, this is getting uncomfortable. Now everybody is out to get Jung-tae again?! What about your bromance?!
kakashi: Not convinced. I don't find Jung-tae scary at all.
kakashi: There are several clones of you, right?! You knit, you watch every single show there is, AND you also read? Plus ... why do these guys line up to be beaten by Jung-tae??!
kakashi: Glad that's sorted. But ... haven't we all forgotten about something, including Jung-tae? Where is Chung-ah???! oh yeah! I forgot about that!
kakashi: Yes. If only I were a bit more interested in Ok-ryeon. Yeah, yeah, I know, she's sweet and all but ... I'm also not quite sure what purpose this scene served. Filling time?
kakashi: Do they need to save money and have cut the lighting director's budget? So many scenes are really dark! I want to see our beautiful boys shine!
kakashi: Sigh. That's old news. But it is true that Gaya has been doing absolutely zilch while in town. She just struts about purposefully and eats slimy stuff.
(and heartstoppingly gorgeous - oh my goodness, this man ... and he has the most amazing eyes!) She stares at him silently as he wishes that next time, they might have a warmer meal together. Leaving the club, Aoki instructs his driver to obtain the guest list for opening night at the club (now just two days away) and tells him further to thoroughly investigate anyone connected with Jung Tae.
kakashi: Aoki is indeed like a tiger ... so incredibly beautiful, but also very, very deadly. I'm maybe most afraid of him among all the characters.
(ah, was that the purpose of that scene with the dress?). Because she spent 5 minutes in a hallway in her underwear, she is now sick. Of course So So demands Lady Doc give her a shot, and of course Ok Ryeon is lying on the table with tushie bared when Jung Tae walks in with his now somewhat bedraggled floral offering. She runs away screaming like a virgin and not a woman who should have been all over that yumminess something like 10 years ago and every chance she could get since then.
kakashi: Oh yes ... Korean virgins. We love them so! NOT.
JoAnne: Jung Tae doesn't even try to pretend he didn't see, and when Ok Ryeon grabs him to go outside he reminds her that he's been seeing her bare ass since they were little kids. She plays coy and asks if he's trying to keep her from getting married, to which (sigh) Jung Tae grins and says he thought he'd already taken care of that. Ok Ryeon swoons with happiness, as would anyone with half a brain.
kakashi: Still. He is SO not interested in her ass. I would worry, girl.
(that's nice of her cause they do look a "little" roughed up) and Jung Tae asks her earnestly if there isn't a particular kind she likes - let him buy her another bouquet, and he'll make sure it's exactly what she wants. Ok Ryeon lists her favorites and the meanings behind them. Red dahlia: your love is making me happy; red geranium; I'm happy to be next to you; forget-me-not: a pure love. He repeats the unfamiliar names after her and I'm dying, he's so delicious. There is NOTHING in the world like that really cute tough boy who turns out to be awkward and earnest and focused on making you happy. So So and Lady Doc watching from the door agree with me.
kakashi: Oh, cuuuuuuuuteness overload!
kakashi: I am just loving this too much, I didn't even think about the skin. I mean I think of his skin often, but I was so mesmerized by the exercising I didn't think it was lacking anything. But you're right.
kakashi: It was a stupid idea anyway. And how many people actually fit into that club?
kakashi: When I see someone wearing white, I immediately look for sources of dirt that will ruin that beautiful color. In Shanghai ... plenty of things that could ruin it.
kakashi: Haha. That was funny.
kakashi: He doesn't need sleep, cause he's SuperMan.
kakashi: I thought it could mean he needs to be paralyzed or something. My anxiety is suddenly back.
kakashi: He will be going after the girl?! That's a dick move, Aoki. But I forgive you. Cause you are so beautiful.
kakashi: Writer-nim! We will add you to the illustrious circle of SqueeCappers if you want!
kakashi: Lady Doc is very redundant.
JoAnne: It is a sunny, breezy day outside, with maybe a bit of dust kicking up in the empty streets. Around the corner comes Jae Hwa, resplendent in white and backed up by Jung Tae, the idiots, Do Ggoo, and assorted random henchmen. The pimp walk is really something to see, and everyone passing them on the street does a double take. Personally, I am ALL about Jae Hwa's suit and hat and sunglasses. RAWR. Just tacky enough to mean he's a bad boy...and bad boys are the best boys.
kakashi: I have recently become VERY fond of strutting men. And the prize for the best suit goes to ...... Do-goo!
kakashi: Oh please, no. No dead bodies.
kakashi ... with a HUGE ceramic vase. Huh?
kakashi: Fuck. My exact response when I saw it for the first time!
kakashi: Fuck. Also ... Aoki in da house!!!
kakashi: Not good, not good, not good!
kakashi: I didn't see this twist coming and I completely don't like it.
JoAnne: Mo will figure a way out of this, right? Or Jung Tae will? Right? I have no comments, I'm too worried. Ok but I'm glad we're IN it now, because we are, right? I still want to know where New and Improved Smart Thinker Jung Tae came from though.
kakashi: Maybe something he ate? Ah, JoAnne ... finally that stupid club opens. But who will live and who will die? There is a battle coming. Or several battles. Ready the tissue. Though if it takes equally long to start the battle than it took to open Club Shanghai, the battle will be right at the end of this show.