JoAnne: Is it just me or is there serious chemistry there?
Shuk: [getting out a fire extinguisher just in case of spontaneous ovarian combustion] I'm just gonna do a bit of Squee-bombing on this one, 'kay?
Dong-ha kisses The Witch - and she really goes for it. Who can blame her?! It’s been six years since her last kiss – and this doesn’t feel right, she thinks. What ... is this? This not so bad feeling!? When Dong-ha is done kissing her, he hugs her. Awwwwwwwww, can we all get a young cute boy like him?! Just to look at, I promise! (I make no such promise!) He apologizes for his actions if she felt bad ... which is of course NOT what she is feeling. He adds that in any case, his way is better than being humiliated up there and having to leave alone. She thinks to herself: so was this a „helping hand“ ... or rather ... „lip service?“ Most delicious lips at her service at that.
JoAnne: In MY drama, he gives her lip service, she gives him a helping hand. We all get a happy ending. (yes, Mary.)
Look at him there! Look how sexy and then how sweet!They win the wine or liquor or liquor-wine and Dong-ha says in a low voice that it’s better to leave right now. Most people clap enthusiastically when they walk off the stage - but for her long-faced and quite surprised colleagues (minus the photographer who very much ships them). The meanest among the colleagues is the Moon-faced one. The one portrayed by an actor who tries to be very funny but isn't at all. I hope he will be crushed and pulverized.
JoAnne: They should go have sex on his desk.
JoAnne: I just...Yoon Hyun Min, you are a star. He was filming this WHILE filming Aoki scenes. The switch between... the brain that does that, I like that brain. Plus he's got that cute ass. But while I'm here, look at the tall cute Puppy shaking his head yes to her insults! Oh my goodness, yes to him.
JoAnne: You know what I like about him? He's so EVEN. He's so unflappable. And he looks like just this tall skinny kid but he is so take charge. Rawr.Noona LIKES, oh yes she does. Grabby hands are in full effect.
Shuk: The changing expressions on his face were both hot and adorable, snorts, and eye-rolling and everything.
JoAnne: This is going to be awesome. I'm watching the TW original right now too (for research!) and while I much appreciate the tiny Rain look-alike best friend, his role has been pretty minor and low-key. Our Cutie Soo is making MUCH more of it here. And yes, Ethan is adorable and Cheryl is someone you root for but the chemistry prize stays here in Korea.
JoAnne: Yes, tell us - because I'm guessing her witch came out AFTER that heartbreak. So why did she get dumped? When does that man appear? I am looking forward to Puppy deciding to back off for her happiness but ONLY because that means that at some point, he's going to decide fuck THAT shit, and pursue her like the devil. I'm going to DIE of happiness during that part.
JoAnne: He lies to himself. He doesn't know it but he seriously wants in her panties. It's ok Puppy, we know it even if you don't.
Frantic effort to prove him wrong. However, there might be 100 people in her phone list, but not one of them is going to react friendly to her call, she realizes. And calls her mother. Pretending she is a friend. Ahahahahaaaaa... so clearly fake, so sad! Finally, she finds somebody named „Traitor“ in her phone and that is whom she's going for.
JoAnne: Oh yay! A frenemy!
JoAnne: So... not a frenemy, then, and I can't think Ji Hyeon would ever have dated the fishcake guy (although he's certainly a love) so... what is it then? Because she certainly seems to like Ji Hyeon! And they are adorable together, yes, plus this guy... he's like the less-good looking brother of Jang Dong Gun, which means he's actually still pretty attractive.
JoAnne: Oh man, when the two women started to laugh I was really laughing along with them. As for fate, are you kidding? Fate wants them making babies. Of course they're going to meet again.
JoAnne: YOON HYUN MIN. I'm with Puppy. Stop making that decision difficult. (Puppy, it's not really. Noona only wants you, but your friend is so ridiculously cute.)
Shuk: THAT FOOT! He would have never done that to Baksa.
JoAnne: Don't bother googling 'plants that completely die and then come back to life after a certain period of time'. It's not helpful. Just sit there and look at his lil squishy cute face and, you know, if you're into that kind of thing, think about nibbling on his nose or his lips or his eyebrows or his earlobes or his chin or his adams ap.... damn. Why is he so SEXY, this puppy?
JoAnne: Her legs are UH-MAZE-ING. If I was a guy I'd be a leg man.
Our Male Candy is working since dawn – and I must say that Cutie my be an ass, but he also seems a genuine friend to Dong-ha. Anyway, we find out that Dong-ha, who is currently on a break from university, is paying Sa-rang’s family money. Is that the maybe dead GF? AND there’s issues with his father. Oh ... hm .... maybe he’s a chaebol son?! I like chaebol sons.
JoAnne: Oh me too me too! Even MORE of a Dal Ja vibe now.
JoAnne: Ok but I do like the actress. And it's another DalJa connection.
(I find her very very strange.) But whatever. Mobile phones are forbidden in that sacred place, so Dong-ha puts his into a basket. Enter the annoying mother and Ji-hyeon and Ji-hyeon's phone also goes into the basket right away. Of course, their phones are identical.
JoAnne: I was too busy thinking about the weird fortune teller to notice that the phones were the same.
JoAnne: I actually felt really intensely bad for Ji Hyeon here. She has a lot of bravado but deep down, she believes something is wrong with herself and she sincerely wants to know what it is. Her love left her, she's a disappointing daughter because of it... she pretends not to care but she's really nothing BUT a huge pile of emotions, and even in her work her driving motivation is righting wrongs and exposing hypocrisy and protecting the innocent. And yet all she gets for it is abuse. So sad. I luff her now. She is mine, I will protect her to the end.
JoAnne: Why would you have a mean amulet out there to be chosen?
Shuk: Being a Fire Horse myself, that explains a lot.
pojangmacha - Dong-ha calls his own number but she blows him off right away.
JoAnne: She is mine and I luff her but her hair is TERRIBLE terrible terrible, so thin and whispy and not styled attractively.
Calling her phone next is "Traitor" - and our Cute Candy has a short moment of panic, thinking it's her almost-husband. When he picks up, he immediately starts explaining who he is or rather, who he isn't, and that Reporter Ban is having a hard time because of what happened on her wedding day. We all know it isn't that guy but her Fishcake friend. She is cute, I like her! She assumes Ji-hyeon is drinking at a specific place alone: a thing she shouldn't do.
JoAnne: I loved his reaction - and yes, her friend is a cutie.
Shuk: And clearly interacts with her enough to know her habits. "Traitor" or not, that takes a lot of time to have that level of knowledge on a person. Good friend.
Indeed, there she is - Dong-ha looks at her questioningly and exchanges their phones. When she hears they got switched at the fortune teller, she is worried he might have heard something ... he pretends not to have. He gets up to leave, but when she orders another bottle of soju, he gets protective. Isn't she drunk enough? No, not in her opinion!
JoAnne: *dancing in anticipation of drunken hijinks* piggy back riiiiiiiiiiide!
Apparently, Ji-hyeon has specific drunk habits, as we learn from a worried Fishcake Friend. But she isn't worried for Ji-hyeon ... but for Young Dong-ha. All of Ji-hyeon's man-stories started when she was drunk. We see how Dong-ha (he is quasi sober) helps her out of the tent, to take her home. The first stage of her drunken habit: liberation. She let's her body and mind go. When they're at her place, he realizes they are quasi neighbors.
JoAnne: Hahaha, his look at the doors. I think it must be fun to play drunk. It's not fun to be drunk, though. I avoid it.
He excuses himself, but she will not have it!!! She invites him in. That's the second stage of her drunken habit. She gets beer - and forces him to drink some! She opens the can and foam starts coming out - both immediately put their lips to the can to prevent the beer from dripping to the floor. That brings their mouths really, really, REALLY close.
JoAnne: Look at his tiny ear, so cute.
It always started with a kiss, Na-rae continues explaining. Dong-ha and Ji-hyeon stare at each other ... he pulls back, swallowing hard and she ... LICKS his FINGERS!
JoAnne: Because if he isn't cream for the kitty to lick I don't know what it is...
He pulls back, slowly, and she just follows him, eagerly - lip-lock-gaze! What are you doing to me? he stammers. She has been waiting for his lip service all day yesterday, she replies.
Yes, it wasn't that bad, he says, if she's like this, then .... they lock lips.
JoAnne: I don't mind at ALL that she is drunk because he tries to stop her and she pursues HIM.
They take it to the bed. Rawwwr. They get ready to do what people do, though almost never in KDrama.
JoAnne: That bit when she slammed him up against the book case and then all of a sudden it changed in that second and he wasn't being led he was pulling her in and she just fell into his body... and then down there, on the bed... he's got a NICE ass and his kissing technique leaves NOTHING to be desired and yes, yes, YES that was grinding we saw all hail the grind!
He takes his wallet out of his jeans pocket and throws it onto the bed. Unfortunately. Because now, she sees her ID ... and his birth year. 1990.
JoAnne: Her, screeching halt. Me? Can't add, too turned on, will think about it AFTER.
That makes him a Korean 25 - they are 14 years apart. He was born when she was 15. When she was in middle school, he was crawling around as a baby. He was 10 when she got her first job as a journalist. Cue court-fantasy in which he is just 16 - and she has just committed a rather bad crime. 2 years and 6 months is her prison sentence!
JoAnne: Well ok THAT's not sexy, but there on the right? THAT IS. And also, very importantly, it's 25! Not 16!
That does it and she kicks Dong-ha out of the bed - literally. Why, woman, why????
JoAnne: Senile dementia? I am literally screaming git it, gurlllllll at the screen.
Oh my, that last scene was HOT. Well, it's an overall good thing she still has a functioning brain despite being quite drunk and a good thing that brain does try to do a little math. Only ... it is not good at math! Who cares whether he was 16 nine years ago! He isn't anymore!!! They are two adults and both wanted to have some delicious sex, so there is nothing wrong about it. Absolutely nothing.
Ji-yeon’s vulnerability is quite touching – the tougher these lonely-women characters try to be, the more painful it is to see their struggles. Her drunkenness was funny - but wasn't it also sad at the same time? It's either the actress or the character or both, but so far, The Witch is quite a tragic character. She is never outright silly - there is always something right there, underneath the surface, that is a black hole of sadness. I guess that is why Dong-ha is attracted to her - and ultimately fits her. His character has gravitas despite its youth so that the considerable age-gap doesn't even remotely disturb me. I had much bigger issues with What's Up Fox.
JoAnne: You hit the nail on the head. He is drawn to her protectively, and I am drawn to her exactly the same. Like I said, I'm watching My Queen, too, and while you get SOME of that with Cheryl... it's not as strongly felt to me. I like her and feel sympathy for her, but with Ji Hyeon I actively feel like I want to protect her, somehow, and in the TW-version I'm content just to watch what happens to her, and I'm already almost through the 4th episode.
That said, there's a few things this drama should do better. It works well when the boys are on screen or when one of the boys in on screen with her. It doesn't work so well for me when it's about all the rest: the magazine, the evil colleagues, the annoying mother, the evil actor. All of them: don't like. I get why we need that stuff, at least in part - but I do hope that these backgrounder will not take away too much screentime from the main couple.
JoAnne: That's one area where watching My Queen is helpful because they actually spend even MORE time on the rest of the story and it fills in some gaps that this version sort of leaves hanging. That being said... I don't want a lot of it, either, unless it's showing HIM standing up for her or showing them that she's worthy of affection and friendship. This is very definitely her and the two boys wayyyyy up here and everyone else wayyyyy down there. It would be better for the story if that were less obvious.