JoAnne: I will celebrate my return to health with my profound admiration of this puppy and his kisses and dry hump technique.
A chipper voice - belonging to a radio announcer lady - informs us it's White Day and advises all Korean men not to anger any women. Cut to a woman on a bike with .... WTF is this?! a toy bear behind her? Being pursued by a guy in a ... Santa costume?! Alright, I like this show. She is wearing a school uniform and she is very determined NOT to be caught. She seems the kind of woman that had to fight to stay ahead of everybody else all her life. Well, she has also stolen the bike, it seems. And then ... she almost gets into an accident, at which point the drama is paused .... and rewinded.
JoAnne: What the hell is she WEARING? She looks like a reject from Goong, pre-princess in training.
JoAnne: Hahahahah everything fits, it's just that 'the button thread is tired.'
(me too!), most loved, most handsome, most favorite actor of his time, who is giving a lecture at a high-school ... the school his common-law wife works at. Common-law as in sui juris as in not-really-married. There even seems to be a daughter.
JoAnne: Also as in not the wife he's ACTUALLY married to because there's one of those kicking around, too.
(Nope. The writer heard about us and did that on purpose. Prove me wrong.) Oh well I don't care because I miss all my AoF guys so so so much! I am so happy to see him!!! Hehehe, him and our real protagonist, Yoon Dong-Ha (Park Seo-joon) are at the school to train the girls in self-defense. Cutie gets beaten up and I find it quite hot (Allow me to say here that I watched almost all of the almost unbearable I Summon You Gold not because of VampOppa Yun Jung-hoon but because of Park Seo-joon's storyline. If this drama is over and you want more of Park, do NOT watch ISYG. And if you still do, don't say I didn't warn you).
JoAnne: Goddammit, you know I'm going to. I avoided that show like the plague, too.
The Witch and her photographer colleague make their way into the school compound and onto a roof. They take pictures of the actor meeting with the lady teacher and her kid ... their kid? Oh yes, their kid! He gets the kid to go to the music room with a lackey and then has an argument with her mother. He wants her to leave the country and is annoyed that she is making life "difficult" for him. What a dick.
JoAnne: I was totally convinced she'd turn out to be way off base and we'd have hijinks and troubles because she sucks at her job, not because she's GOOD at it! I like this even better.
On their way off the roof, Witch and the Photographer are caught by a janitor (cameo by Sung Ji-Roo, whom I heart-heart-heart too!), who thinks they were taking perverted pictures from up there. He wants to see their camera, but they flee! Only... all the gates are closed, because of Mr. Actor. Photographer holds the Janitor from behind while Witch climbs the gate, but unfortunately for the photo-guy, Janitor remembers the lesson from the Self-defense guys and ... ouch.
JoAnne: So what he was thinking was along these lines? Ho humm.... honey, our sex life is so boring, let's spice it up! What to do, what to do.... I know! Let's dress up like school kids, climb up on to the roof of a school building, and take naughty photos of each other!
Cut to Spring Santa. WTF. Spring Santa. Who came up with something like this?! It's poor Dong-ha who is making a fool of himself and is obviously in need of money. I appreciate the variation. We have seen enough poor hard-working candy-girls!
JoAnne: Candy boy, you come here right now with that all-day sucker. Noona wants a taste. Don't be surprised if I nibble off an edge.
Somewhere near, our witch Ji-yeon is trying to hail a taxi, in vain. At this point, I really, really, really want to see more of Park Seo-joon (me too. Loooooots more of him.), but first, we get to know some office colleagues. There's a really pretty female one (an intern), who wants to investigate only rich heirs as a journalist, and a slightly stupid male one, who - you have guessed it - quite likes her boobs. There's another colleague who has a face like a moon - and there's the chief editor Kwon Hyun-Seob (Joo Jin-Mo). All of their IQs combined probably doesn't equal half of the posts on the blog.
JoAnne: Are there two Joo Jin Mos? There are! 1958 (Joo) and 1974 (Ju.) Also, that girl. I've seen her before.
JoAnne: I am literally sitting here purring. We have no reason to suspect it at the moment, but trust me...later on you will think of that boy and the word stamina and you will BLUSH. You will also wonder what country Uhm Jung Hwa saved that she can have those freaking Tina Turner-quality legs AND get to make out with that puppy hotness. If she has any brains at all she will wrap those thighs around his cute puppy face and not let him come up for air until he begs.
JoAnne: That riding the bike into the elevator bit was so cool I could imagine Leader Mo doing it. The editor with his 'shekshi' makes me laugh.
JoAnne: Well no one really wants to see Santa get buck-naked. I think they were just afraid. Although now I'm picturing the puppy in red boxers with a little tasteful fur trim.... fine I know it's not tasteful but whatever, it's not like I'm going to LEAVE him in them.
JoAnne: Do I have to pretend like I care about any of this part? I just want the puppy in her face.
JoAnne: Aww, she does hurt face really well. I'm going to end up caring about more than the sexy parts, aren't I.
kakashi: Maybe not.
JoAnne: I practically hyperventilated here. Since I had no idea going in what the plot was (other than noona/dongsaeng sexy times, which, really... that's all I ever need) my mind IMMEDIATELY went to my favorite thing EVER, forced cohabitation, and I thought I would DIE of happiness. But I was wrong. On both parts.
JoAnne: If we had not seen Song Yi do this, I would have much higher praise for her dancing and general comedic skills. Even so, she's freaking hilarious.
(Oh, puppy....please be careful of what you say around Noona this early in the game...if you blow your whole wad right up front what's left for us?) Oh jeez, Cutie is living next door to The Witch, hehe. Me likes. Of course, Dong-ha is moving in with his friend (does he have a name, our Cutie?), who is a rich-man's kid and worries over his father, who keeps changing his will. That's why he has to go and see him often. Yeah ... to make sure he stays IN the will, of course.
JoAnne: I am ridiculously excited to see what Cutie does with this role since I've only seen him in (mostly) serious parts.
JoAnne: Ok but the climbing out of the tv thing don't do that again, huh?
JoAnne: Of course it will all turn out to be a huge misunderstanding he just had to go take this picture of a polar bear for her and then he fell off an ice flow and hit his head but a penguin saved him and as soon as he remembers who he is he'll come find her again.
JoAnne: Just show her your butt. And if she falls and you guys ever want to, you know, act out a skit or something - offer to be a Japanese Yakuza. I have this crazy feeling it would work on 99 percent of the population.
JoAnne: Oh, but what a GLORIOUS ass he
JoAnne: I know, I know. It's amazing, isn't it? We are getting to actual hijinkery in episode ONE.
JoAnne: Oh dear.
JoAnne: I am torn between equal parts aghast for her pain and stunned by the radical differentness of this character from, well, any other character I've seen him portray.
But what is this?! Dong-ah is walking up to the stage. He grabs her by the shoulders, tells her to stay still and adds that she is such a strange woman - in fact, she is trouble. And then, he kisses her. Is this 15 March really a nightmare? the voice in her head asks, as a lonely tear escapes her eye.
JoAnne: Puppy walks up there like a BOSS. Just saying. And that kiss looked... non-virginal.
Interesting. Well, the story is pretty standard and it feels like we've seen it all before (and I don't mean the original Taiwanese drama, because I haven't seen that :), the bitchy woman who is aging and is lonely, the hurt feelings as a reason for coldness, the worried mother and the fortune teller ... but then! There's the wonderful Park Seo-joon and his besty, the asshat without a name played by Yoon Hyun-min - and I guess for these two boys alone, this is a must. I am very curious to learn more about Dong-ha's backstory, about why he is so sensitive to public ridicule, and why he has such a good heart that he would go and kiss this woman who got him into a lot of trouble that very same day.
JoAnne: Are we.... (deep breaths) are we going to get... (stay calm) is this going to have bromance AND noona dongsaeng sexy times? I can't. I can't breathe. I cannot breathe. This must be what Mary feels like all day every day anytime anyone mentions Song Jae Rim. How is she not dead?