JoAnne: Based on what did happen in 5, we can safely assume that she did NOT notice Polar Bear Dude at the airport. Because that reaction would have been huge, and would have spilled over into 5. He may have noticed her, though, can't really tell. In My Queen, her feelings about their end were all sad and mad. His were a mix of sad and guilt. (And someone definitely made an editing mistake.)
In any case, once I got over that, this episode was pretty emotional. In a good way. It also had a few obvious faults (like him suddenly believing she is a bad person and them NOT KISSING), but who and what doesn't.
JoAnne: I really can't forgive them for not kissing.
So we're not at all at the airport. There's no mean Polar Bear Dude stare-down. We're at the apartment and Dong-ha looks at the bloody polar bear picture again - and puts it back into the frame. Cutie-Soo is onto Dong-ha: he likes her, huh? Dong-ha is in denial, but Cutie goes ... so what? Steamy night in a tent? Why not? Yoon Hyun-min ... I heart you!
JoAnne: Oh.My.God. Is he completely hilariously awesome or what? Yoon Hyun-Minnnnnnnnnnnn, saranghae forever! I'm just sitting here looking at this gif and laughing, over and over again. He's a very physical actor and it's noticeable especially in this role where he has all this nervous, youthful energy. It just makes me laugh every time I see him.
JoAnne: Assume he's one of the kids from the orphanage, I guess? He doesn't have a brother in the story that I know. Your gifs, by the way, are killing me.
JoAnne: It's a dry cough, too, that means the plague. Listen, just let Ji Yeon and Dong Ha do it once. Well, for one entire night, as many times as they want. And then everyone can die, me included. Okay?
JoAnne: I'm interested to see how they play this out, because this was a particularly dark period in My Queen, which wasn't quite as light of a drama as this has been overall anyway. And yes, the Intern is 'Cindy.'
Time for the Sports Competition! JY really wants to win for Dong-ha, who is in her team ... since she's realized he has money-issues. She seems to think it's his brother. They play what is called "Brennball" in German. No idea what it is in English. And is that even Brennball? Probably not. (It's a variation on Dodge Ball, I guess. We play it differently, but the goal of hitting a person with the ball and getting them 'out' is the same.) Furthermore, there's rope skipping and arm wrestling. And flashbacks to earlier competitions. Intern really isn't looking or sounding too well ... and because of that, Dong-ha is pretty pissed when JY is a bit too enthusiastic about winning. Winning is less important than the health of people. That's true.
JoAnne: Yes, but she gave the girl medicine and told her NOT to play because she was sick. Honestly, she's been nothing but nice to that whiny (and so weeeeeeak, like a true lady) thing.
JoAnne: How the fuck was she supposed to know? Why would she think he was lying? I was really pissed at Dong Ha here. And I was pissed at Ethan Ruan before, and in that one? This guy isn't just a stalker. He was pretty bad.
JoAnne: But why doesn't she just DEFEND herself? It's so frustrating. I know, she thinks it won't make a difference, it's her life policy etc etc etc but it's so FRUSTRATING. Still, they have to fuss at each other and be apart a few times in order to realize the comfort they feel together.
Thank you for this Kakashi I could hardly wait!
They head back, but somewhere not far, Ji-yeon trips and falls down into a ditch. She even sees them walk by, but doesn't say anything. Why? Stuuuupid. Too late she realizes that she has no cell-phone coverage. Back at the hotel, Dong-ha hears about Ji-yeon's real reason for wanting to win so hard, and realizes he has been a fool. Ji-yeon is suuuuuper scared in the forest, that sounds like a jungle all of a sudden. She starts crawling, shouting for help. But here comes Dong-ha!
JoAnne: She doesn't speak up because she's upset with him, she thinks that he and Intern like each other, she doesn't want to have to rely on him, and she assumes she can get someone else - Young Shik, probably.
JoAnne: Me too, but calling it Love House doesn't have that same connotation (well it could but it sounds more normal to me) and can be translated pretty much the same way in Korean, I think. I do love how quickly they manage to clear up misunderstandings between them.
(Oh I think he liked it. I think he liked it a lot.) When they're back at the lodging, he piggybacks her up the stairs, breathing heavily, and deposits her in front of her room. The mood is much lighter now, he keeps taunting her about crawling around and she ruffles his hair again. Suddenly, they find each other very close .... kissing distance close. They stare at each other for what seems a long, long time and then, he almost whispers: "I warned you. Do not provoke me".
JoAnne: This was a non-knitting scene, for sure. They are SO attracted to each other. I was yelling at the screen to JUST KISS ALREADY, dammit.
JoAnne: Seriously. Someone get that woman's head examined. You're like that because he is prime stuff AND a complete sweetheart, Ji Yeon. Get ON it, already.
JoAnne: And poor puppy so wanted that seat to be for Ji Yeon, too. I can't tell you how happy I am that they don't make this a competition between the two girls in HIS head. He is nice to Intern Girl, but it's just his general quality, it's not something special because it's her.
JoAnne: Unless he was interned in a prison camp with no way to smuggle news out, I don't really care. You don't abandon someone before the wedding and never even say why or goodbye. (Yes, I know what happened. I'm not saying one word one way or the other about how I feel about it.)
kakashi: I know how I feel about him: BLEH!
JoAnne: Ji Yeon should kiss him and take him to bed so that he can feel better. Even if it's just for a little while. Eventually, if she does that enough, the little whiles add up.
JoAnne: I love that Cutie ships Dong Ha and Ji Yeon and is so encouraging about it. And now that we know more about how he is, his treatment of Ji Yeon at the beginning (the aborted kiss) it seems less mean and more just dumb on his part. He's such a goober, and I can believe he thought it would be a harmless prank - although we know that it would be really mortifying!
JoAnne: Because he's moving ON, which is a good thing, but ah, how it frustrates me that he thinks his life has to be frozen at that place in time now.
JoAnne: Trust me, this version is STILL less painful than the original, where the two had been fighting (she was jealous of his attention to someone else, a girl he'd been teaching to surf) and she went surfing alone and drowned. I didn't like the girl, since she was whiny and insecure, and I hated that he was saddled with that horrible guilt.
JoAnne: Yes. In a minute and a half, she finds a fact that Dong Ha hasn't figured out in 3 years, a fact that is not actually true to BEGIN with but is manipulated to fit better in the stories. The damn bulb would send out a plant again even if you didn't cut off the dead leaves.
JoAnne: Because that's healthy.
JoAnne: Or, you know. You could just realize that life is for the living, and get on with things. But whatever. If you need a made-up story about a plant, you need a made-up story about a plant. Whatever it takes.
JoAnne: And in a string of things that make no sense, that makes the least sense of all.
Finally! The plant is dead! No, of course it is not - but at least, he has said goodbye to it symbolically. Can we move on? Forwards? Sidewards? On top of each other?
JoAnne: Wow...I couldn't have said that better myself, you naughty girl you.
There is hope he will be over dead GF soon, yes - but what about Polar Bear? He should have fallen down that ladder. His man-pain is not something I want to deal with, really - but I guess we must. You have watched My Queen, JoAnne: how do you think the angst-part will play out, without spoiling anyone?
JoAnne: We are about to head for choppy waters populated by deadly creatures: Guilt, Obligation, Misunderstanding, and Insecurity. I can at least assure you that there is little to no evil plotting or deception, and that everyone is actually genuinely nice about a terrible fucked up horrible very frustrating for me and you situation.