JoAnne: It's still a very weird show, Kakashi.
kakashi: It is?
Bori sees the banner with her painting at the airport entrance, clutches her head in pain and comments that it's really similar to the one she used to paint when she was young. Bingo! Her head hurts so bad though she is driven to her knees and now, even Veggie is concerned for her, comes back and even hesitates to leave her alone. Wow- Look at that. In fact, they walk, slowly, together and pass the Lee family who is just boarding a taxi after sending Ga-eul off. Jae-hwa sees her and calls out to her, but she doesn't hear. Migraines, dear Jae-hwa. Many women have them. And some men, too.
JoAnne: I was surprised that Veggie Ahjumma was so concerned but I guess I shouldn't have been. She's that proverbial parent/partner who mistreats the other half and then learns only too late how much they actually cared. You know that's coming. I don't care, let her suffer.
JoAnne: He's certainly lovely, isn't he? All concerned and cute and stuff.
JoAnne: HAHAHAHAAHAHAH and I was JUST wondering why they even put that in there. But do you mean to tell me that for FIVE YEARS she's going to hide in the very same town from her family and make them think she's in the USA? How do you even do that?
JoAnne: I prefer the post-shower, bottoms only, robe open, abs glorifying shot we got that one time in GoM.
JoAnne: I like the aunt, kind of. His father's little sister. And we know this little bimbo-in-the-making will be redeemed by life lessons and the steady influence (someday) of Little Kang.
JoAnne: Big time. And I find the whole thing very disappointing in general because I LOVED that we didn't get the expected rivalry, and instead got two lonely boys who genuinely liked each other. We still don't have a 'rivalry' per se...but that's because Jae Hwa completely abdicated his position. And there's no brotherly hi-jinks (sad face.)
The next day, Jae-hwa looks STUNNING in a new aubergine suit. So YUM. His mother is all excited, is he going somewhere nice, meeting friends perhaps? Nope, he says. He's just on his way to the kitchen to get some food. Hahahaha. He did that to vex his mother, of course, and it's working really well. I approve! His father joins them and says he should go on blind dates - time to get married. What kind of woman does he want? Well, he knows exactly what woman he does NOT want - and he starts to list all the things Bori: Perm, country dialect, makes clothes, delivers rice soup, pretends to be innocent but is an ahjumma with baby.
JoAnne: I have to give him credit, Jae Hwa IS amusing.
The Hanbokers go to Jangheung Elementary School, because one of the teachers gives them a tip that there used to be a kid there that drew similar pictures. They look at all the yearbooks, but don't find her - she is the only one that does not have a photo (Well, if that is no hint then I don't know what else is). Bori comes in to pick up the tray with rice soup stuff on it, but she recognizes the Hanbokkers before they can see her and hides. But Bori hears that they are looking for that Eun-bi - and she realizes that they must be related to her teacher. Is that a step towards the solving of at least one of the secrets? I bet you it is. By the end of this episode, Bori has figured out that GooDIL is a daughter of that family. WOW - not so fast, drama!
JoAnne: Pace yourself, show. You still have 9,975 episodes to go. Don't go getting your hanboks in a twist over solving the mystery too fast.
JoAnne: He could serve rice soup with her and then at night they could have tickle fights.
JoAnne: Jae Hwa demonstrates an heretofore unknown talent for caricature. In later episodes, he and Bori will hit the road with her travelling hanbok tailoring business, and he will draw sketches to show people how they will look in her designs.
JoAnne: I won't lie. That tugged at my heartstrings a little bit.
JoAnne: I dunno, Matron is no great shakes herself. I was surprised to see the term trustee used here since the business (Olive Hassler) is for profit. A trustee holds a position of responsibility regarding property or money or something along those lines (like a financial trust, or a non-profit organization) and makes decisions on behalf of another (like a trust beneficiary, or persons who are affected by that non-profit in some way.) It's a legal term, and I've never seen it applied to a commercial venture although I guess it could be... I wonder if perhaps they meant that she'd join the board of directors? Perhaps one of the commenters will have more information.
JoAnne: I have no idea how he would make that work unless he just plans to tell her hey, I know this place, you could talk to that guy about sharing maybe.
Bori works hard, hardest, the friggin hardest to save money for the ear surgery (there's not even money for the perm! Yay!) and then ... it's 5 years later!!! We meet Bi-Dan, now 5 (or rather the 5 that KDrama imagines 5-year old kids are like, which is definitely not like this), and sassy as hell. It's instant like between me and her. She collects a frog in the grass (which goes down Veggie's shirt later, bravo!), shows us her hearing aid, gets presents from a boy who likes her and wants to marry her, and turns him down. She then goes back to her mother (New HAIR!) and they're really cute together.
JoAnne: yep, Bi Dan is a thumbs up. Have you ever seen her before? I haven't.
JoAnne: But it's all happening so faaaaaaast.
JoAnne: I didn't think there was anything wrong with his old hair. Hmpgh.
JoAnne: I am so over the 'senseu' thing. I never thought it was cute to begin with.
JoAnne: Much like fingerprints, the stitches used to sew anything Hanbok-related are unique to the individual. If a really good doctor, like a spectacularly good one, one that has genius skills, laid their MagicHands on a HanbokSok, they would not only be able to identify the SokSewer but also confirm where they were in their menstrual cycle and whether they had any vitamin deficiencies.
JoAnne: I don't DISlike her. I found the overacting irritating, mostly because I dislike loud screechy women. This Bori is much better.
JoAnne: Such a tease, that one.
JoAnne: I don't think he does.
JoAnne: She's crazy, who cares. Oh wait, it's Ji Hoon, though. Whatever ever, I like Big Kang. And Big Kang with Bi Dan made my ovaries roll over and play dead, then sit up and beg for snacks.
JoAnne: REALLY BAD HAIR. She will be kicked out of Bi Sool Chae for having hair that is not worthy of appearing before impressionable young hanboks-to-be.
I like this new set-up! I'm particularly happy about the living arrangements with the Kangs. They're great characters and this will be fun! The new Bori also seems a lot more confident and, dare I say it, adult now. Having a kid changed her - it seems to the better. The kid herself is great, at least so far and I expect her to be the source of much fun in the future. And of course, I can't wait for Bori and Jae-hwa to meet again - I hope we don't need to wait for too long!
JoAnne: Somehow I think we won't, but what I'm excited about is the awesome revenge subplot I hope to see with AnO against MinJung.
And finally, the most important question: who wins the hair contest? I have two favorites, and no, it's not Kim Ji-hoon. He looks good, of course, he always does. But no, I'm particularly glad to see GooDIL all pretty again; the Jangheung hairdo didn't suit her at all. And my second vote goes to Bori - I find Oh Yeon Seo (whom I see act for the first time) very pretty, in fact much prettier than Ming-jung/Lee Yoo Ri (who is 8 years older than Yeon-seo in real life, wow!). Yes, JoAnne! Swallow that! She looks so natural, I like that. Especially her eyes.
JoAnne: I like the new Bori hair and I like Big Kang's hair. We still need to see new hair for Bad Stupid Second Wife and Dumb Auntie, though. Holy crap, how old are those girls? Eight years? Really?