He is still here. In fact, this episode is probably WORSE than the ones that have come before. Because we actually get to see Asshat with Ji-yeon. They may have absolutely not chemistry, but still, I get why they would want to be together again.
JoAnne: The level of hate I feel for this relatively innocuous person (not you sweet boy, the other one) is kind of epic.
Remember how we all went: “YES!” at the end of Witch 8, when he backhugged her and said: “can you maybe not go back to him?” Yeah. Well. We open 9 with both of them seeing the other where there is nobody, remembering happy stuff when there is just sadness left. Stoooopid. Stooooopid, stoooooooooopid!
JoAnne: I just want to die by the end of this episode, honestly.
JoAnne: Whichever is worse for Puppy. I am firmly on his side. I will never budge from Camp Puppy, no matter what he does or where he goes. Team Puppy forever! Fucking Polar Bears, who needs them anyway? Can you cuddle a polar bear? No. Can a polar bear cheer you up? No. Does a polar bear come running to greet you at the end of a long day? AGAIN NO.
JoAnne: How are they all so STOOPID that they don't see his sadness?
JoAnne: She was evil in something else too and it kills me that I can't remember what but I think it was gisaeng-y and hanbok-y and the sound of her voice makes me want to shoot things.
JoAnne: I loved this and it was a complete surprise! How awesome that Mom has decided (now she knows he could have a proper career, plus she always knew he was a good person) that Meestah Yoon is the one for her daughter. And I totally love this Mom anyway.
JoAnne: I keep hoping there will be a stunning departure from KDrama norm and they will get back together early and be affectionate VERY OFTEN.
JoAnne: Without them and Cutie Soo to take the edge off the AGONY of watching Puppy suffer...I dunno. Objectively speaking, the fact that we can feel so strongly about this means they are doing a great job. But the great job pretty much requires that we hate every minute of it. What is wrong with us?
JoAnne: There's just not enough cheesecake ice cream in the world.
JoAnne: Which is good because if they both fall for the same trick again then they deserve each other and I will personally rewrite the ending to this drama and it will NOT involve Puppy getting tossed off a bed mid-kiss by a much older woman. Oh no, it will not.
JoAnne: I'm telling you, the fact that I hate him does not diminish the truth: I also think these two got a very raw deal 6 years ago. Were it not for puppy I'd be cheering them for trying to overcome all of that, stupid face and all. But Puppy exists, so as far as I am concerned Polar Bear is shit out of luck.
JoAnne: She sure doesn't seem to spend a lot of TIME with the stupid bear. Can't Puppy console himself with that? Be strong, Puppy! Have faith! We are rooting for you! And bravo for living what you believe!
(Trying not to pass gas, looks like to me.) Anyway, he has decided to publish a photo book with them. Sense it makes not, but care we do not. Asshat is all happy and drags Ji-yeon outside. After they spend the day together, Asshat brings her home and she invites him in. Yeah, I know.
JoAnne: Fucking fuckers that fuck things up so fucking stupid who does a photo book with a tabloid stupid shitheads how can puppy survive having to look at them all day those stupid fucking fuckheaded fuckwits.
(Secretly passing gas and trying to keep his face from showing it.) Ji-yeon explains to Asshat that Dong-ha gave her the alarm and I think Asshat gets it. Yeah, these two are really close. Much closer than you are with your ex. Swallow that, you toad.
JoAnne: Fuck swallowing. Choke on it. GO AWAY. NO ONE WANTS YOU.
JoAnne: I do not know how Dong Ha restrains himself from beating this man to a pulp and then pissing on the gory pile of remains. Because right now it's all I can imagine.
JoAnne: I feel like if I breathe my heart will shatter into a million pieces. It's not just that he's in pain, it's that she doesn't understand how deep that pain is and expects him to just continue on like nothing is different. He's begging her to save him and she just doesn't get it.
JoAnne: Thank you, Cutie, for giving us a few minutes where we aren't crushed under the weight of Puppy's misery. Like him, we are trying to be brave.
JoAnne: This is the part where I said you needed to gif every second of it, I think, and you asked me if I was trying to kill you. But now that you've seen it, you understand!
JoAnne: He must be so embarrassed. I want to KICK her.
When they finally talk, she is nice to him and obviously cares – but he doesn’t want any of it. She still wants to know more or just talk more, be with him some more – but he has had enough. He cannot blame them for meeting up again, he cannot blame God. So what can he do? He walks away from her, but Ji-yeon still cannot let him go: does he really mean to quit?
JoAnne: Somewhere in here I began ranting at the tv that she cannot have her cake and eat it, too.
JoAnne: I feel terrible that he has to show himself like this to get her to even START realizing how bad it is for him, but she still thinks he can just power through, you can see it.
How many more episodes with Polar Bear?
When you know that the answer will make you unhappy, you should not ask the question to begin with. I know we need these episodes. Ji Yeon needs to finish her unfinished business but she also needs to realize that it doesn't make sense to continue thinking of him as a boy when she relies on him like a man. She needs to finally realize that what she feels for him is not simply affection.
yeah, yeah, yeah.
But Dong Ha also has some things to work out. He's a TERRIFIC person, but he is living rather aimlessly if you think about it - a series of odd jobs, no plans for the future, issues with Dad to work out, a rebellious streak. He isn't as grown up as he seems to be, and that age difference would actually be a problem in a serious relationship because of it. This is one area where maybe this version has gone a little too far - because he is such a sober, reliable person you forget that he's living hand to mouth and sleeping on someone else's couch.
Sure, sure, sure.
Ethan Ruan was much more visibly 'college-aged' - he dressed more casually/rougher, he was a surfer, he was defiantly NOT making plans for the future. It was easier to understand that even though they were meant for each other, he had some growing up to do to be READY for that. So anyway...this is hard to watch but the pain does serve a purpose. Be brave, my Puppy People! Be brave!
Let's just say I'm glad I only need to watch this once. Bleh.