kakashi: Hear that crackling? It's somebody's panties. They are on fire.
kakashi: Well, I'm a tiny little bit on her side. I think it's good to think about ... things. Before doing ... THAT stuff. Also, checking the age of Korean hotties? Highly advisable. It's the first thing I do, really, before I get into someone.
kakashi: Also, they seem to think it's more embarrassing if you don't sleep with somebody. Which ... well ... not really.
nope, it's not. It's Yong Soo Chul --> CUTIE SOO! Seok-ki is the dude who tires to be funny but really isn't). As they are known to do, netizens have jumped on the bandwagon to share their own 'bad experiences' and the end result is that every job the boys have is cancelled.
kakashi: The Three Stooges annoy me to hell and back. I want to do really bad things to them. But not that kind of bad things, if you know what I mean.
(after a VERY, very short appearance by Cutie Soo, sorry, baby). The Stooges are amazed to learn that he has a connection to Moldy Spinach and immediately suspect a counterplot by Ji Yeon. Dong Ha clears that up quickly; he acted on his own. The Stooges pounce in triumph: Then they're right! His business DID ruin their plan, and anyway, they HAD to do it and BESIDES that it was nothing compared to everything Ji Yeon has done to them. At which point we realize Ji Yeon has arrived at the office, and Ji Yeon realizes that Dong Ha is there.
kakashi: Hahaha, love this. The sexy time is really all she can think about, right? We too, darling, we too!
kakashi: She smells like a female second lead to me! Pure and lovely, a little bit naive ... that would make her First Lead material, but since we already have a Lead ...
(He really brings out the worst in me. I used to torture some dolls that I hated. I want to torture him, too. The not-kinky type, if you know what I mean) complains that they got permission to publish the article, which sparks a rant from the boss which is ultimately interrupted by the appearance of the girl in yellow carrying that blue box. She announces herself as a TroubleMaker intern beginning next week and hands the box to Ji Yeon. Dong Ha is quick to notice blood dripping from the box and grabs it out of Ji Yeon's hands. He opens it and then slams it shut almost immediately when everyone realizes that it contains a dead bird. Everyone pretty much freaks out, but Ban Ji Yeon seems only faintly alarmed to read the note enclosed, which spells out a warning for her to keep her mouth shut.
kakashi: Yikes. That's creepy! And totally NOT suspicious ... who else would threaten her but the stupid actor?
yeah, exactly). It's probably one of his fans, the boss decides (I'm sure it's the douchebag himself). Ji Yeon instructs her assistant Young Shik to take a photo of the scene while she goes to check the CCTV. Ahh, but she makes a private detour to the ladies room, where her overly enthusiastic handscrubbing makes the real situation clear: she's quite shaken up, and it was only her professionalism that allowed her to maintain her composure in front of everyone else.
kakashi: She does it well, playing the tough iron lady in one scene, and then going into highly vulnerable mode in the very next. I constantly feel sorry for her.
kakashi: Dong Ha = what women want.
kakashi: Yes ... I'm not convinced she is ALWAYS feeling though. Sure, she has great wounds and she has this very vulnerable side, but when she is at work, she rally IS tough. And she really IS bitchy. Does she think she needs to be that way to be accepted as a boss? Many women make that mistake.
kakashi: Hehehe, he was quite eager to get close to her and stay there, right?
kakashi: Hm. Kinky.
kakashi: His million faces! D'awwwwwwwwwz!
(hmm .... if YOU say something like this, it could mean something else, right?). He points out that it will be faster than the bike she rode before (I swear I heard broomstick, didn't you?) and she informs him that if he brings up the bike again, he's fired. He puts one of his jackets on her, and a pink helmet (aww, for girlfriends? - duh, every scooter-person has a second helmet. It's just for passengers) and gets on the scooter. She tells him if they fall over he's fired, and by now he's just laughing at her. He announces their departure like a train conductor (seems to be a habit, d'awwwwwwwwz) and she informs him that she needs to make a stop on the way home. They end up at her sunbae's house, the one who has the love child with Kim Jeong Do. She chastises him for going in a roundabout way, but the reason was Dong Ha noticed a car following them and he was trying to lose it. (He didn't. It's waiting at the corner as they have that very conversation.)
kakashi: And I get the feeling he really likes to be held by her - so maybe, he took an extra few roundabout bouts.
(his million voices, d'awwwwwwwwwz). The two women have a tense conversation in the living room. It's clear that Ji Yeon understands what her actions have done to her sunbae's life and that she doesn't feel good about that, but it's also very clear that she'd do it again if she didn't have another way. Kim Jeong Do is not a good person, and in her role as a reporter, she feels an obligation to tell the truth. The other woman doesn't seem angry with Ji Yeon at all. Just like she waited for Shi Hoon, Jeong Do's woman made a decision to wait for her man, and she's not going to regret it now (oh but you should, he's an ASS.) Ji Yeon acknowledges that silently, but she does point out the one difference: she didn't put her life on hold while she waited. Actually, I'd say that's not true Ji Yeon, but ok - because you do have a valid point when you say that this guy is a hypocrite who doesn't deserve the trust the public places in him. Ji Yeon seems regretful to her sunbae when she ends with a declaration that she will not allow this to happen, even if it hurts her friend in the process.
kakashi: I don't entirely see the point of this lengthy visit in terms of dramatics. Is it important for the future story that the actor's mistress is not only annoyingly phlegmatic but also ready to believe in the good of the man she loves and has a child with? Or does it matter that we see Ji-yeon in a different mode, the "I am serious and competent without being bitchy" one? Ah, no, now I get it: it's really about Dong-ha reading that story with the sparrow.
(it's now suddenly dark and/or Seoul is very, very big and it took them hours to get from that house to this house), we see a man in dark clothing, a hat, and glasses watching them from the shadows. It's the Bird Man! Dong Ha is aware, and feeling anxious about the safety of his charge. Without telling her what's happening, he takes off to confront the Bird Man. Ok so let's see. He's kind, hardworking, smart, sexy AND brave? Just kill me now.
Ohhhhhhhhhhhh Kakashi he runs GOOD.
kakashi: Yay! We have ourselves a good runner!!!!
kakashi: It's perfect. I love these interactions between the two. So far, he is outsmarting her all the time, but in a cute kinda way.
kakashi: And she goes, Ha! I knew it! You're a stalker! But she is kinda pleased that this guy is looking out for her, though she might not yet admit it to herself.
kakashi: I don't like the man. It's instant dislike. Happens. And I really love to hate people in KDrama. The polar bears are also starting to piss me off.
kakashi: Very much aware of each other, indeed. Good. Continue.
kakashi: Oh my gawwwwwd, look at him. So tasty when he's worried!
kakashi: This really does it, right? He is so incredibly kind! Maybe that's also his weakness though? Maybe he is too kind, and doesn't take care of his own heart? Somebody needs to help with that.
- it's I Need Romance 3 and that's Namgung Min doing the kissing) She changes the channel but the next drama is only worse. I think whatever was showing should be recognizable to a Korean audience since they linger on the music for a minute, but I can't place it.
kakashi: It involves people lying on top of each other. Maybe not a drama.
kakashi: Zibiah. That one famous drama from Shakespeare's Lost Years!
Sunset Glow, an early hit for Big Bang (2008) and one of my favorites. I did know that it was originally sung by Lee Moon Sae in 1988 already so I feel totally Korean right now, of course. They sing along happily to their own versions of the song and I squee at how obviously pleased they are to find some common ground.
kakashi: Loved that scene. But it's also somewhat honest about their age difference. It really is the popular music and TV dramas etc. that make us part of a certain age group, aren't they?
kakashi: OMG but look at this incredibly CUUUUuuuuuuuuuute boy. And of COURSE, he would help her immediately, playing boyfriend without more than 2 seconds pause.
(uh-oh). At the end of their visit, just as mother turns back into the yard after saying goodbye to Intern Girl, we see that Dong Ha is there, too. At first it sounds like he's been there just to do some odd-jobs, but then he hands the woman he's talking to (doesn't he later say he went to see his mother? Not sure I get it) an envelope of money, too. He asks about someone (the mother of 'Yong Chae') and is pleased to hear that it sounds like she's doing a little better than before.
kakashi: So. Intern girl-Second Lead is Dong-ha's dead (I assume) ex-girlfriend's sister, is that it? Something tragic happened and Dong-ha still gives money to her mother and that is why he has quit university and is part-timing all over the place.
Intern Girl is smiling at the bus stop, enjoying the sunshine and the breeze as Dong Ha scooters past. Her hair flips and glitters in the breeze he generates and we hear that tinkly magical music that signifies a girl just fell in love. Second Lead, confirmed. He turns and comes back, recognizing her from the TroubleMaker offices. They do not connect the dots about the orphanage.
kakashi: She is really nice. It's going to be hard to hate that one, that's for sure!
kakashi: Oh, is that what that News book is? Sweeeeeet.
kakashi: Oh my, I really love this actor but he is really despicable in this role.
kakashi: In terms of KDrama friends, this particular one is also quite endearing. This drama is full of endearing people on the one hand and really hateful people on the other.
kakashi: Hot damn, that WAS terribly scary. Me don't likes!! I'm such a sissy when it comes to tension in movies and stuff. I usually hide behind pillows.
Ok, he's not that good at fighting (why do you say that?! He is doing well! He is no Jung-tae, you know!). But he does manage to get the jacket off the intruder, and he does chase him away, and even though he appears to be seriously injured his only thought is for Ji Yeon, still unconscious on the floor and not responding to his urgent pleas.
kakashi: So beautiful ... she is already ready to start anew, but she also knows that you have to end old things first for this to be possible. That is why I love mature characters. No virginal quibbles.
kakashi: And the drama ends beautifully with a sense of heart-ache among all the cute, heart-ache bygone and heart-ache still to come.
Oh, I am in LOVE. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways: This show is funny but it's also touching AND apparently a bit scary at times. That works for me. I like the way they use the editing to ADD to the cleverness, I like the general brightness and styling, the use of music, the casting of side characters, all of it.
kakashi: The mixture is quite unique, yes. It's really all about the Witch's character: this touching mixture of strong and weak.
Uhm Jung Hwa is very good at presenting women who are both strong and vulnerable, and it's really easy (thanks to her) to see why Ji Yeon could be considered a bitch by someone who only knows her from work. Whereas we (and Traitor Friend, and Puppy) are privy to more of her private side, and so we see the moments that could be bitchy, and they don't seem that way to us because we can see more of what's driving her. She's tougher on herself than she is on others. She's trying to be a good daughter, she's dedicated to her work, and she sees her role as a protector of society more than anything else. How can you not like that?
kakashi: I think she has a hard time to show her vulnerable side, which is normal for people who have been hurt a lot (or very severely). She protects her soft core by lashing out at people. Dong-ha, who has seen her at her most vulnerable several times, is helping her get back in touch with that side of her. And it will make her a better person, of course.
And Puppy. Oh my goodness, the puppy. I haven't seen Park Seo Joon in anything but that regrettable Dream High 2, where he was completely wasted and practically unused. I am rectifying that immediately because I need to know: is it the actor that I'm swooning over, or the character? His charm and warmth just LEAP out of the screen for me, and Dong Ha is that deadly combination of cute puppy/capable man that just slays me every time.
kakashi: STOP. Do.Not.Watch I Summon You, Gold. Do NOT.
And the electricity between them? Nuts. Just nuts. This is going to be awesome. For the record, I will say that right now this has the potential to be way better than My Queen ever thought about being, simply because (Ethan Ruan or no) the chemistry between this couple is so much more intense than it was in My Queen. I am prepared for months of squee!
kakashi: If only there were more sexksy times ....