bcook: *nods sagely* Squeecap corrupts, absolute squeecap corrupts absolutely.
JoAnne: Some would say the corrupter is me, but I say if the material weren't there I'd be quiet as a church mouse. Blame Hallyu.
JoAnne: Not a fan of medical dramas. Big fan of Lee Jong Suk and his full lips and expressive eyes and long, lean thighs and tight little tush. And lately, a full complement of abs. I wish doctors operated in less clothing. Sigh.
bcook: It's the 'daddy' from Shitty Hunter! He has a habit of raising interesting boys. Jus saying.
JoAnne: It's Bad Dad! It's Bad Dad! I love this ahjussi! Yes, there are some age-appropriate men in KDrama. Although I think he's in his 40s so I'm still a noona.
The U.S. is already mobilizing to destroy North Korea's nuclear weapons, Jang says, and when the North retalatiates, it will start a full-scale war between North and South Korea. Dad takes this in calmly enough but doesn't see the connection to him specifically. He's just a heart surgeon, so why is Jang telling him this? "Because only you can stop the war."
JoAnne: Do they mean that like...'Only YOU can stop forest fires.' or 'Uncle Sam Wants YOU.' or 'Hey, you, stop grabbing their asses...errr...
It's the cop hyung from Gap Dong! I like it when my dramas have crossover (I don't. It confuses me to no end (this is kakashi speaking). Kim takes it silently, stuffing it into his pocket as the door opens again and the adults come out. After they leave, Hoon bounces around Dad like a puppy and asks if he's staying for lunch, but Dad says he'll be late, so Hoon should just have whatever is in the fridge. Hoon opens the fridge and points at the bare shelves.
bcook: Cute kid. I'm not a fan of child actors but he's doing alright
JoAnne; I like this actor and his sad eyes and his very unexpectedly deep voice. And the other guy, the he's bodyguard for - although I first only saw him in good roles, and now lately he's being creepier. On the crossover...it generally gives me a moment or two of confusion where I mix up images from both dramas and end up with a WTF series of my own.
JoAnne: It's ok Dad, if all the ramen is gone you can just feed him steamed eggs.
Back home, Dad sets a simple dinner, and Hoon asks if they can go to America if there's a war. Ah, that's where mom is. Dad assures him that war won't happen so easily, but the politicians on the TV seem to think otherwise. The mood at the table turns somber, and Dad switches off the TV.
And out at sea, two soldiers stare in shock as a huge aircraft carrier goes by. That must the ship that Jang mentioned earlier, saying that it carries nuclear bombs to rain down on North Korea. Eek.
bcook: *to same tune* W. T. F
JoAnne: Sucks to be that guy, then.
Dad finally puts the pieces together, and Jang confirms that the patient is Kim Il-sung. He tells Dad that if Kim dies the North will be in chaos and the U.S. plans to use that to their advantage and attack. (This would never happen; we are not that efficient.)
Later that night, Hoon gathers his courage to call mom, but when he picks up the receiver, Dad is already on the line, trying to convince someone to take care of Hoon for a while. It's Mom, who says that she's getting married in a few days and can't take him. Dad tries to reason with her, but she seems too mad at him to listen and spits out that she wants nothing to do with him or Hoon. Ouch. She tells him not to call again and hangs up.
JoAnne: My lack of comprehension for mothers who abandon children is well-documented, so I won't say anything. Just know that I am seething.
JoAnne: If that man didn't figure it out last night he's an idiot.
As Dad leaves the house, Hoon follows behind him, calling "Appa!" all the way to the car. Dad can't even look as Hoon bows and leaves for school, his little shoulders sagging. He watches in the rear-view mirror as the car pulls away, then closes his eyes with a sigh.
bcook: kdrama hospital tension.... north Korean style.
JoAnne: Why is the operating room so BIG?
bcook: Does Hoon have any idea there's a gun to his head?
JoAnne: I did wonder about that and decided that no, he didn't.
Meanwhile, Dad makes the incision and opens up Kim's chest. Then, he reaches into the dude's chest and starts to massage his heart, but he pauses and looks to Hoon, as if silently asking if he's okay. Hoon gives a little nod, and Dad goes back to work.
Jang barges into the U.S. ambassador's office and demands the attack be called off, yelling that if there is a war, they'll all die. The ambassador is on the phone, though, and he literally just holds up a finger, like he's telling a two year-old to wait. Once he hangs up, he calmly (dare I say, condescendingly?) says the operation has been stopped.
bcook: I must say Jang's English was quite amazing. "We're all gonna die"
Back to the OR. Hoon watches in awe as Kim's heart starts beating again, and the gun pointed at Hoon's head is finally lowered. Father and son smile at each other.
JoAnne: Umm...Becca...that pizza down there is moving.
Becca: Duh. That's how I ordered it.
Hoon and the girl sit out in the hall after the ceremony, and, remembering how his father tied off the suture, he uses two pieces of leather to copy him. She asks if he wants to be a doctor, too, and he happily says yes. He finally turns to look at her and is struck dumb by the pretty. She introduces herself as SONG JAE-HEE, but he can only stare.
JoAnne: She is The One.
However, it doesn't seem like they're going home, as their car is escorted to a deserted barn, where they're pushed out in front of a line of soldiers with rifles. Ack. Dad pulls Hoon close and covers his eyes protectively as the soldiers take aim. They shoot.
*sigh* can he not be a bad guy just once? He walks out out to face the press and the crowd that has gathered to praise him. His moment of glory is interrupted, however, as one woman's voice rises above the rest, demanding to know what happened to her son, Hoon. Mom! (Lee Il-hwa!) Lollipop Ajusshi makes his way to her and whispers something in her ear before leading her away from the throng, leaving Jang (not to be confused with JangBitch) to bask in their adoration.
bcook: Funny how now she wants him
JoAnne: HoonBitch. And JangBastard.
JoAnne: Right? The clapping was apropos of NOTHING and it was too loud and too slow even for a slowcap and it lasted FOREVER. This guy is nuts.
bcook: Hahaha oooh! so sexy.
JoAnne: They should have done a nod to King Two Hearts here, would have been funny. And I love that with short, straight hair and a school uniform, Lee Jong Suk is cute to me but still relatively noona-safe. That will not last.
kakashi: noooooooo, it's the Destroyer of Dramas!!! The Broom!!!
JoAnne: She 'dies' faster this time, though. DramaLand is learning.
She pulls him down to hide and shushes him, and he's totally loving being this close to her. He says he can hear her heartbeat, and she shushes him again, worried about being caught. Everyone's heartbeat is different, just like no two people look the same, he says. He pulls her close and tells her to listen to his heart: it's beating just like hers. So it has to be fate. I can't decide if I should swoon or cringe at that, but they are cute.
bcook: What a bunch of corny baloney... but he's so cute! Pity they don't have any chemistry what so ever. I won't be missing this couple at all. Doesn't she fall off a cliff or something?
kakashi: She usually dies because somebody poisons her.
JoAnne: Nothing like slapping us in the face with the Wet Fish of ForeShadowing.
JoAnne: Ok but they are cute together.
bcook: See that look? That's the same look he had in city hunter when he saw LMHubbahubba with Kim NaNa. He approves but not really.
JoAnne: I approve of the stubble and the glasses.
JoAnne: Of all the noona-killers, I do think he must be the killingest. Although Park Seo Joon...no, Lee Jong Suk beats Park Seo Joon too.
bcook: *swoon* Those lips.
JoAnne: I just kept watching the gif over and over. I have no comment. The lips speak for themselves.
JoAnne: Hoon-ah...I have this weird feeling, can you come touch me and cure it?
Later, Dad gives Hoon a bouquet of flowers and sends him off, promising to take care of the rest. However, when Hoon gets there, the door is unlocked and the apartment empty and wrecked. He hears Jae-hee call his name and runs outside. It starts to rain, and he turns down an alley, where Jae-hee appears and runs to his arms, scared and crying.
bcook: Oh. So that disappearing thing was a foreshadowing? That's...kinda sad I guess.
JoAnne: Just a little dramatic.
JoAnne: Then why did they leave him last night?
JoAnne: Oh. Oh my.
JoAnne: Holy crap. (Checks channel to be sure still on KDrama not KMovie.)
JoAnne: Fully expected him to quip, 'Don't shoot me, bro!'
bcook: Wow! Special kdrama medical skillz. Tap Team Tap Doctor
JoAnne: Magic fingers trump jazz hands, that's for sure.
|This show doesn't shy away from the gore. Share my pain.|
bcook: Something tells me father & daughter team = his precious love.
JoAnne: Yep, I'm with you.
He passes one of the patients being wheeled in, and his spidey senses must start tingling because he stops and looks back. The girl's face is covered, but when her limp hand falls to the side we see the bracelet she's wearing. He reaches out a trembling hand to reveal her face, and sure enough, it's Jae-hee.
bcook: My spidey sense is pretty effing awesome.
JoAnne: Does anyone else wonder why suddenly Hoon doesn't want to do bad things anymore? What changed?
JoAnne: Not that he needed Dad's permission, but at least that removes the guilt.
JoAnne: Why, exactly? Did he CHEW the kidney out of the poor man's body?
Becca: Yes. He's a vampire now. He's going to turn Jae-hee, too, and they can be together forever.
JoAnne: I did. I do. Hello, Abs. Hello, nipples. Don't be shy!
bcook: This is one pensive shower scene where it should feel wrong to perv... It should. (Really it does but only like 40%)
JoAnne: Not even a little.
JoAnne: Not even a little.
secret tunnel he's been using and tells him to go before the electricity comes back. Dad tries to convince him one last time, but Hoon gives a sad smile and walks away.
JoAnne: How is it secret, that makes me laugh. Oh show...the tunnel is right there in the open and the doorway to the outside is 10 feet from the entrance. Not to mention that it leads to a football field or something.
bcook: So Daddy was shot as punishment? What does he think creepcha is going to do when he finds out that Hoon likes this chick?
JoAnne: No, not as punishment. I don't think, anyway. Dad removed himself as Hoon's excuse. What reason would he have to stay, now?
|How I always see Kim Sang-joong|
NOO!! I love Bad Daddy, and I want him to stay! (Maybe he'll visit as a ghost.) It's a good thing I can still watch him over on A New Leaf. And of course, I have the dozens of screenshots I took. Because he's Bad Daddy and he acts circles around everyone, even in reaction shots. You know it's true.
bcook: I'm happy that Bad Daddy wasn't really that bad. He is a really good actor though. Is he a bad daddy in A New Leaf?
JoAnne: He's the boss of the law firm that Kim Myung Min works at. He's helping to keep it secret that KMM has amnesia, and he does seem to care, but I can't tell if it's an act or not.
As for the episode itself, wow. Way to start off with a bang, Show. Far be it from me to discourage a speedy plot, but this is one time I actually would like to spend more time with the backstory. I want to know what we missed in all those years we skipped. Did Hoon have any other friends besides Jae-hee? And what about the time he spent as Evil Doc? Even though he killed Jae-hee's dad to save her (pretty twisted), I would have liked to see more of that darkness. Just how bad have you been, Hoon, and what has it done to you? Don't just tell us; show us!
bcook: I'm pretty sure we're going to see some morally ambiguous things happen when he gets to Seoul. Otherwise there will be no north/south conflict. I'm not really impressed to be honest. I'm hoping for an upped WTF factor in episode 2.
JoAnne: Oh, I think you'll get it.
I would complain about the weird tonal shifts from suspense to campus hijinks to horror, except for the fact that I've kind of come to love them. It's part of the fun now, and I'm embracing every bit of this show's craziness. Don't question the logic. Just roll with it and all will be well.
JoAnne: Just lie back and relax. Don't fight it. You know you want this.