It is official: this is my crack drama for the Spring. Ji Yeon and Dong Ha are both beginning to realize that the attraction they feel for each other doesn't require a drunken evening at a pongmacha and as they learn more about each other, their respect deepens too. I keep praying they'll actually just give in and go to bed with each other, but we know that won't happen for a long time. Oh well. At least we get more of Cutie Soo, and how can that EVER be a bad thing?
kakashi: What an endearing episode! And the crackling! It's become so loud I'll soon need ear muffs! It's not only the panties that are on fire, it's also the chemistry on the screen. That said, I'm experiencing some kind of "commenting fail". What else can I say than "look how cuuuuuuute puppy is" and "omg, omg, he is so cuuuute, and sweeeet, and sexy"?!
At the hospital, a truly worried Dong Ha breathes a deep sigh of relief when Ji Yeon wakes and recognizes him. I told you to stay home, he says. You didn't tell me if you were coming or going, you didn't answer your phone. How can a person be like that? You make me want to... he pauses, resignation or realization dawning on his face, ...care for you. Squee. MAJOR SQUEE.
kakashi: Squeeeeeeee! Still, I fear for his tender great heart. He will not be hurt, will he?! Please make sure of it, JoAnne.
(I'm going to start fastforwarding their scenes) and make a huge fuss around Ji Yeon's bed only to find that she's not in it - it's the shaman from last week. She'd been hit in the head by an exploding light bulb - which she blames on Masters of Part-Time - and now she's bed hopping because her assigned spot has bad energy. I assume her continued appearance will mean something later but right now it just seems awkwardly tacked on to the story.
kakashi: Sigh. I like your optimism.
kakashi: Touching, but can the polar bear just GO?!
(how conveniently dumb of Mr. Assailant). He turns back to Ji Yeon and carefully helps her to stand. It's clear that he's deeply affected by her vulnerability and pain and he treats her with such gentleness and care that I can't help loving him even more. This is ridiculous, honestly. Are they going to give him ANY flaws?
kakashi: Probably not. But I'm starting to wonder what the angst-episodes will be about. You've seen My Queen, you probably know. I don't. Well, they certainly have issues enough between them, but something that is definitely NOT an issue is his character. Noble idiocy however ... he feels like VERY capable of that.
kakashi: Yeah and I think: why the heck would she go and see this monster alone? I honor a good journalist, but a bit more security-awareness wouldn't hurt!
yeah, why?) Dong Ha plans to take Ji Yeon back to the hospital for her CT Scan, but by the time he's done she's asleep on his couch. Dong Ha covers Ji Yeon carefully (oh, so tender ...) and then sits on the coffee table so he can watch her for a bit - TELL me this guy isn't completely smitten already, just try. He notices that she's clutching the polar bear picture, and when he takes it from her he sees the marriage proposal on the back. He remembers back to the night they kissed, when she asked if he would blame the woman left at the altar. He realizes now that she might have been talking about her own past, and he looks at her with compassion.
kakashi: I thought he had realized that before ... at the shaman's for example. But it doesn't really matter anyway. I like that there's blood on the bear-pictures and I imagine it being ripped up and thrown into a fire next.
kakashi: These people are truly disgusting. I hope they get what's coming for them. If not here and now, then in the afterlife.
kakashi: Lol, uri Dong-ha ... just bringing that woman into his friends apartment, without even asking him? That's pretty daring, I'd say! He is lucky Cutie Soo is a bit of a ... well, softie. Other friends might just have told him to pack and leave.
(and by me). Intern Girl pops up with an arrangement of tulips and possibly parsley and says it's good for calming nerves. Ji Yeon is rude, Puppy saves the day - and then very pointedly glares at Ji Yeon, who appears to be verrrrrrrry aware of any interaction between Puppy and Intern.
kakashi: And he is VERY aware of her being very aware of his interactions with the Intern.
kakashi: Ohhhhh, his smile ... it's adorable!
kakashi: Are you going to make me watch My Queen?!
kakashi: Hahahaha, Cutie Soo! Man, you rock this role. I just hope Aoki doesn't see you! He'll go ballistic!
kakashi: That scene had me in stitches. Yoon Hyun-min? How are you so AWESOME?!
(this guy! It's his apartment! But he is so afraid, he'd rather move out, buahahaha). He HOPS across the room in his eagerness to leave but Dong Ha stops him to confirm that a particular hotel belongs to Cutie's father. If looks could kill, our puppy would certainly be dead.
kakashi: Poor Cutie ... castrated by fear of the Witch.
\(*0*)/ And how do they plan to end the political aspirations of our resident dirtbag? Well! Cutie helps to sneakily collect a DNA sample from Kim Jeong Do on a movie set and, as son of the hotel, obtains an invite for the event itself.
kakashi: That was a bit underhanded though. And anway ... you can't just DNA-test somebody without their knowledge and consent and then use it as evidence. But I'm sure our Scooby Gang knows that.
kakashi: Oh dear, those two boys are SO CUTE, thanks so much for the fanservice, drama!
(even calling her noonim), and he's in charge of dressing her and Dong Ha for the night's event. At a fancy dress shop, the three of them are staring at something off camera - Cutie is pleased, Ji Yeon is taken aback, and Dong Ha is grinning. We soon see why - the shop assistants do that thing where they pull back the curtains, and we're treated to a very lovely and curvaceous Ji Yeon in a stunning, strapless red dress. It hugs her body just so and the simplicity of it allows her figure to show perfectly. Both men look at her like she's the next best thing to naked, which she probably is - Dong Ha is as proud as if she were his girl. Make it happen, Puppy. SOON.
kakashi: Oh. Yes. Look at the boys staring ... this woman has it and she wants to give it so go take it.
(and tall!) and how boyishly he moves. Plus, it makes his feet look enormous. So he's cute, but LESS manly. Ji Yeon doesn't appear to have any complaints.
kakashi: How old is this dude? Do I need to google?!
that's totally how they do it!) Kim Jeong Do's manager recognizes him immediately and shares the news with Kim, who doesn't seem nearly as panicked as the manager does. Dong Ha makes a clever speech about the similarities between magicians and actors - they both create an illusion in order to be loved, and if the illusion is broken, well... he ends by saying he's grateful they don't know his secrets. Jeong Do starts to pay more attention right about now...
(well, there would have been - but I guess he is the kind of person that would go along, because he thinks he is in power), so Jeong Do helps Dong Ha lift the curtain, and I'm not sure what he was expecting, but the relief on his face when Ji Yeon is simply not there is quite funny. Especially since we know he's not out of the woods by a long shot.
kakashi: Bravo. Well played, Scooby Gang!
Dong Ha advises Jeong Do to return to the stage; after all, he's the main event tonight. Sunbae and hoobae take a moment for a private word, since Soo Jeong still plans to leave the country. She is proud of Ji Yeon, who seems truly free of Shi Hoon. (Meaningful glance at Puppy.) Sunbae approves! For the second time, Ji Yeon denies the truth that is apparent to everyone else: she and Puppy belong together. Third, if you count the time she kicked the puppy out of bed! Even back then he knew age didn't matter...
kakashi: Yeah. Well. I could matter, but not with this guy, who is truly mature for his age. I know 25 year olds that actually belong in kindergarten, but that's another story for another time.
kakashi: Suuuuuuuuure, an actor would just have his event, and then, towards the end of it, he would suddenly announce that he is retiring. Suuuuuuuuuuure.
kakashi: awwww, Puppy. I think he wouldn't mind her drinking and then getting on with "certain habits".
kakashi: Oh, and suddenly, there's a promise of cute jealous Puppy on our screen! I approve.
kakashi: I get that he would feel insulted by the comment of being "poor" (i.e. not Son-in-law material) and then feel threatened by her accord to go meet other people. He is very mature and also sure of himself, but I guess this is his vulnerability: he has nothing much to give to a woman (there was mention of his father though, what might he be?)
At the restaurant, my happy surprise is Dong Ha's bad news - it's a cameo by Lee Jae Yoon, my beloved Thighs from Cruel City! He's almost unrecognizable with an upswept, reddish do. From a distance he presents a really good image to Dong Ha, who snarks jealously to himself as he drives off.
kakashi: Thighs! Hi! I never liked you, but in this role, you make me laugh!
kakashi: Gif-galore ... begin!
In response we hear Ji Yeon. 'Great? Bullshit!' She is at the fishcake restaurant, ranting about the biggest weirdo she's ever come across. Yes, he was good looking. Yes, he was a doctor. Everything was fine! Until he answered his phone. In a flash back, Lee Jae Yoon absolutely destroys his handsome, manly image with the most disturbing display of aegyo imaginable, ending a call to 'Halmeoni' with a threat to go to sleep while touching her boobies. I'm laughing, but I also kind of want to throw up. I don't blame Ji Yeon for getting out of there fast.
kakashi: I will never forget this scene. Never! Oh, Thighs ... you have fully redeemed yourself in my eyes, forever.
kakashi: People in Kdrama are not really good at picking up jealousy-signs, are they? They are often blind to those little (suuuuper obvious) cues.
(30 seconds later), he can't stop himself from grilling her about the evening. He is SO jealous! Ji Yeon laughs and describes the gramma's boy she ran from. She produces a bottle of wine to celebrate their victory, and she promises she'll have just one. No! Drink the whole bottle! Lick the dregs from the glasses! Jump the puppy! Do it do it doooooo eeeeeeeet.
They sit outside drinking companionably, and when Dong Ha pronounces her awesome for her decision not to publish an article about what she knows she jokes, but it's clear she's pleased. Her turn to praise him, for the magic skills. He explains that he learned it as a way to reach the kids when he did a rotation on a pediatric ward. (Everyone: 1, 2, 3....awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.)
kakashi: Alright, so his girlfriend died. That's sad. We knew/didn't know.
Dong Ha pulls out his phone and sets it to play music - just like Ji Yeon with his music earlier, he's been familiarizing himself with hers, as well (awwwwwwwwwww). She sings along with Byeon Jin Seob to her favorite song from girlhood, and Dong Ha shushs her because it's the part he likes best, where the man says he doesn't like girls who go on meetings. He side eyes Ji Yeon. No meetings.
kakashi: Me too. I actually don't want them together yet. I love the tension before the release.
kakashi: I about died. And I had tears in my eyes. It was very moving.
kakashi: Why is he touching his lips all the time!!!!!
kakashi: That's his flaw then, I think. His attachment to a dead plant.
kakashi: Ji-yeon wasn't even embarrased to wear that outfit. And not a sore loser either. Bravo, her.
kakashi: Hm, aren't I glad that my tardiness in adding pictures and stuff to this recap means it IS almost already next week!!! Yay!
What could I say that I haven't already said because I can't stop myself from gushing about the Puppy? I love him to bits. I understand that there are still reasons why a 14-year age gap might present issues but if there's ever gonna be a man who can pull it off it is definitely this one, who is ridiculously wonderful in every regard and yet manages NOT to be annoyingly perfect. And Ji Yeon - really, she's the one with some growing up to do. She has the job success but not the people skills, really. They balance each other out, these two.
kakashi: What she said!!
As for the show - I vaguely recall a bit of rumbling from a few folks about the roughness of the first episode or so (ah yes? wasn't me!), but I would say this is a show which has gelled as a team and is moving along very well. That stupid plant is our key into Puppy's issues (it's still better than the stupid bear!!), and it's frustrating because the plant metaphor is just STUPID because who doesn't know what bulbs do? But anyway. It's a good story and I'm sooo happy right now!
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