Here we are, the episode where we begin to hate on a guy without even knowing his story. His story doesn't matter because he is interrupting the puppy and that is what matters. I can tell you this: noonas do not like it when their puppies are thwarted. At all.
kakashi: I hate this episode!!! I refuse to watch it subbed. I do that to punish dramas.
Because drama knows what's good for it and to kind of build us up for what's coming, we open on a shirtless Dong Ha getting himself all pretty. He's skinny and pale and barely has any hair under his arms (yes. I noticed) and somehow I JUST DO NOT CARE I LOVE HIM HE IS AWESOME (he is ... as a friend. I feel no stirrings in my nether regions). We learn a secret, too. Remember last week when he showed up on the scene all awesome in his cream colored suit looking like Prince Charming? He was scared to death. Sigh.
kakashi: Oh, you cute little Schnuggiputzi.
JoAnne: I'll admit, there are moments when Schnuggiputzi sparks MY nether regions, but it's always based on something he does, not on how he looks. He's attractive, but he's still a little soft and boy-like.
(why are these school-friends always mean in KDrama?! So much competition!) and admits to being older and not having a good personality or a man who loves her, Drama also gives us a nice view of Dong Ha approaching the scene. Take a minute, I know. He's just so adorable.
(I hate him) and the Mean Girls turn into bimbos (I hate them) while Ji Yeon tries not to disintegrate into tiny shattered pieces of glass. Reason 5,048 why Dong Ha rules: the absolute only thought in his mind right now is to protect Ji Yeon and see her through this. He holds her hand tightly and whispers encouragement. Na Rae, the best of all best friends, asks Shi Hoon where the hell he's been for 6 years without even a phone call.
kakashi: She is a very good friend, but she would even better if she KICKED that sorry ass out of there.
(what's wrong with this guy's face??!) wipes the grin off his face from all the fluttering bimbos and says hello to Ji Yeon. She stands and Dong Ha immediately stands behind her - his entire aura is one of bristling anger towards this person who hurt the woman he loves. Ji Yeon can't bring herself to speak, so Dong Ha strides over to Polar Bear. I have to laugh because as I'm thinking to myself that geez, he walks like a man on a mission, I notice that the fluttering bimbos all step back from the two men nervously. The tension is thick, yes.
kakashi: Sometimes, all that social nicety is overrated. He should have decked him.
(he looks even worse when he smiles), completely not understanding what's going on, and sticks out his hand. 'I'm Noh Shi Hoon,' he says, 'with Ji Yeon...' - Dong Ha interrupts. 'I'm her boyfriend.' Polar Bear loses a bit of his stupid smile as he finally registers that this is not a happy reunion for everyone. Na Rae suggests that everyone sit down and talk, because after all these years there's probably a lot to say. Ji Yeon disagrees; she has nothing to say (yeah, bravo. Talking? Overrated). She grabs her purse and leaves. When Shi Hoon tries to follow her Dong Ha stops him, because it's not his business anymore.
(fucking unmyeong fucking with people again). Ji Yeon is standing out on the golf green doing that kind of crying where it's so physically painful to let it out that you can't even do it, really. It's heartbreaking. Stupid jerkface (oh you have no idea how much I want to just use the word fuck every other word you can't possibly - don't hold back. Just do it.) has the brains to look a little embarrassed (oh, is that what this is?), but he leads with 'Is that really your boyfriend? He looks kinda young.' Shithead, with your stupid smirk. Die. Ji Yeon claims him proudly as someone she can depend on, even if he is young. And then the world's stupidest man ever asks her if she's been ok the last six years.
kakashi: You know what? It just strikes me that this face would make a perfect dart target. 1000 points if you hit one of the eyes!
kakashi: Who the fuck cares what happens! Why didn't the polar bears eat him?!
Ji Yeon, to her credit, does not try to be brave and play it off. She lays it out for him exactly. She shows him every bit of the pain and suffering she went through, and his response? He wants to clear up the 'misunderstanding.' Oh, she says. There is no misunderstanding. You didn't show up for our wedding. I didn't misunderstand that. You didn't call me. I didn't misunderstand that, either.
kakashi: She is awesome when she's like that.
kakashi: Count me in! Count me in!
kakashi: When she is like that, I don't like her. In fact, now I want to stick HER face into the dirt as well.
JoAnne: So folks, here's the deal. We like her, but we love him. In a divorce, we go where he goes.
kakashi: It's very sad and I didn't sign up for this. It said "rom-com".
JoAnne: Koreans live by this rule: Laughter is sweeter when earned through tears. Nice huh, I just made it up. And I say fuck that, give me the less-sweet laughter right up front, thanks.
kakashi: Do you think Min-goo's portfolio says "looks a bit like Jang dong-gun, depending on the angle" and that is why he sometimes gets roles?
JoAnne: Hahahahaha you see it too! I thought it was just me.
kakashi: Ack, come on, yadiyadiya, I'm not going to feel sorry for this asshole just because something bad happened to him.
JoAnne: You might. Well, some will. You tend to draw a hard line.
kakashi: I actually like this mother. There are so many crappy ones in KDrama it's a relief. (me too)
After they hang up Ji Yeon cries by the river, heartbroken, while Jerkwad drinks in his apartment. Wait, what? Who is this who grabs the alcohol and asks if he saw 'that woman.' Oh no he is not. He better NOT be. Is he married? She wants to know if he explained why he 'did that six years ago' and reminds him that Ji Yeon is a woman who 'abandoned' him by returning her wedding ring? You're all throwing things at the TV right now, aren't you. Meanwhile, poor Dong Ha is pacing the apartment waiting for Ji Yeon, but she doesn't even register his presence when she comes in.
kakashi: I am currently unsure whom I hate more. Him, the idiotic bigheaded idiot or that small-assed woman around him.
(he can die, too), while loyal Dong Ha keeps glancing at her with concern. Young Shik is rambling on and on about some famous (and famously elusive) photographer named Phillip Noh that no one has ever seen or interviewed who just returned to Korea for the first time. Yep. You get one guess. And of course, Ji Yeon is arm-twisted by the boss into interviewing him.
Cutie Soo! He's visiting the offices at TroubleMaker and everyone is trying out the instant noodles or whatever it is he'll be selling in his new shop. Intern Girl floats down the stairs and her hair blows in the fake breeze and Cutie falls in love. Oh good, maybe they'll skip one of the more annoying parts of the original.
kakashi: This is cute. I can continue watching for this.
kakashi: I can't help you, because I refuse to watch it with subs. Oh wait, there are no subs? See, even the subbers got rage-fits.
kakashi: Drama is working hard to make this guy likable. It's not working.
kakashi: That storyline is also cute. Thank goodness. Because almost all the rest .... NOT.
kakashi: Lalala, but I'm not listening.
kakashi: Oh my friggin gaawwwwwd, there's fucking noble idiocy, too?! Die! Just die!
JoAnne: Nope, he's not a noble idiot.
kakashi: Yeah, he's a total dick. Just get over him. Quickly, please.
kakashi: Oh, Cutie Soo ... I heart you so. Please be in a drama very soon again.
kakashi: And giffed. (she reads my mind)
kakashi: And his faces need to be giffed as well. (reads it, and gets it right every time.)
(BLEH). Ji Yeon and Puppy squirm uncomfortably as everyone offers their theories on the situation and their ideas for digging up information. Ji Yeon agrees to go to the press conference being held the next day the moment someone suggests looking up Noh's old contacts from his school days, but she insists she has to go alone. Poor girl, she must plan to pretend that there's nothing.
kakashi: Yes, yes. But as plot devices go, I've seen better ones.
kakashi: I approve, yes.
kakashi: I'm thinking ... no. I will not share. But it has to do with substances and people and substances in people. (and people dying?)
kakashi: No. I will not. I hate him. Forever. Unless it's an IRIS2 scenario, you know, with actual brain matter coming out? Then, maybe .... maybe.
Dong Ha scooters home, lost in thought as he remembers all the times Ji Yeon was hilariously awesome, and then all the times she was vulnerable and hurt. He wonders why every time Polar Bear shows up she cries, and in all of those vulnerable, hurt times, it's true - Polar Bear or his memory or his last actions were part of that situation. Finally, as he prepares a romantic event for Ji Yeon, Dong Ha remembers all the times that brought them closer to each other.
kakashi: I heart Puppy, but Puppy also isn't really smart, is he. Why would he prepare a romantic event for her now?! She is not exactly ready for romance.
kakashi: Oh, yes! I thought HE was leaving (I think I would). Maybe he should. Then the drama would be over and I wouldn't get a rage-fit heartattack soon.
kakashi: Come on. He has told her before that he really likes her. Why would she be in doubt??! Just stupid.
kakashi: I feel very sorry for him. It really is awkward.
kakashi: Like we want to see them EAT companionably. Seriously.
JoAnne: It's not top on my list, no. Unless it's grapes, naked in bed.
kakashi: Die, bitch.
JoAnne: I have never loved you more, Kakashi.
(Ack, here it comes). Ji Yeon immediately moves to leave but Dong Ha insists that they stay and hear whatever shameless thing the waste of skin has to say. Someone asks Noh what was the hardest thing, and he says seeing the children starving and alone was hard, and he always hoped that people would see his photos and be moved to help - but the most difficult thing for him was knowing that he wasn't there to help a particular person when they needed him. Ji Yeon's eyes shoot deathrays.
kakashi: Powerless ones, unfortunately. Or he would drop dead. He very clearly does not.
kakashi: I throw up.
kakashi: She is too stupid to see what you are worth, young one. Don't force it. It never works.
kakashi: *insert the worst profanity you can think of*. No, I'm not crying. This doesn't make me cry. It makes me rage.
Fuck you, no.
kakashi: In a blogless life, I would have dropped this drama. I seriously would. I don't deal well with annoyances.
Ok, but here's where this is SO much better than My Queen, but also makes me afraid for what's coming because I can't really guess at this point. In the original, the photo was a shot of the first thing he saw at a certain point in time. I can't go into detail because it hasn't been revealed yet. Suffice to say that the photo was strictly about him and his experience and looked like nothing so much as an excuse. It was not compelling to me at all. But THIS photo, this is different. This is a man showing that through everything that he has experienced and everything he has seen over the last near-decade, there was only one thing truly occupying his mind or heart, and that was her. That is a powerful message, and it is directed outward. It's about him, but only in the context of her - whereas the first one was about him, and served as an excuse for her.
The look on Puppy's face pretty much mirrors my own... it's anyone's game at this point and I am NOT pleased.
kakashi: He should just give up. There is no winning against this jerkface. Kdrama logic! It's always the first love, isn't it?
JoAnne: Be patient. Take deep breaths.
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