After a complete dud of an episode (13 must have been the absolute worst), we get a sweet, positive, healing episode next. It's still boring as hell in my opinion, but the sweet kinda makes up for it. Better we have sweet and pointless than bitter and pointless. Yeah, alright, maybe I'm too mean ... it's actually getting really cute again.
JoAnne: Pfffffffft. Someone needs a nap.
kakashi: It's morning here, but thanks!
As always, this episode doesn't start where episode 13 ended. I guess it's a concept. Though not a very good one in my opinion. Ji-yeon leaves for work and looks who's outside waiting for her? Dong-ha! She feebly protests that the helmet will mess with her hair, but he says it makes no difference: she is pretty anyway and in any way.
JoAnne: The Puppy is happy! That is not a smile plastered on for Ji Yeon. Oh, I feel GOOD.
JoAnne: They aren't 'officially.' But if you're hanging out with someone and you each know the other likes you, well. But the car scene is important mostly for him noticing the car. And then us noticing his scooter.
(The orange part of the shoes? Yeah, me too.) No, that wing/cape thing on the back of her blouse!!! But the shoes too, yes.
JoAnne: And she would know.
kakashi: btw, Ji-yeon finds out a bit later that her unni was Dong-ha's GF. I forgot to mention it.
JoAnne: It's a KDrama. She didn't say anything.
JoAnne: We watched from different places, right? It came out a little different for me. He said he went to the airport, and then he thought about that long flight, and then he says the thought was gruesome, or he shudders, or something. However it went, the implication to me was that he went, and then couldn't go through with it (noooooooooo!). Because my immediate thought was they are NOT going to have him change his mind about her, are they? But they didn't, and you're right, it was well-done. And I'll add that it was touching.
JoAnne: Well at this point, at least all she can come up with is ONE reason: she's like that now because she feels bad. WHAT? Are you supposed to deny yourself the guy you love because you left the guy you didn't and it hurt him? Well then WTF is the point of BREATHING, Ji Yeon?
JoAnne: Holy shit. We all forgot about that stupid flower. Even the writer. Wow, that was a HUGE part of the story. Hahahahahahah.
JoAnne: I cannot comment as I am currently wiping iced tea off of, well, everything. Thanks, Kashi.
Cutie smartly gets himself into Intern's room and gets treated to some ... kiwi. OOoookay. Which he is allergic too. Ooooooooookay. Apparently, he put a lot of toilet paper down Intern's toilet, in the hope of being called over to help again. Cutie ... awwwwwwwwww.
JoAnne: On this episode of 'True Love Stories' we meet Soo Cheol and (Jap Chae or whatever her name is, I can remember her sister, is Young Chae, but not her) and we will hear all about their story: We Fell in Love Because of a Clogged Toilet, But It's Okay Because the Waters of Love Run Freely Now.
JoAnne: Those shirts were the epitome of silliness but I ADORE a man who can embrace the dumbass little traditions and know that these are some of the things that people use to make themselves into a unit. It's true for couples and it's true for families, and I love the sweetness even if I gag at the tackiness. Just let yourselves be silly and happy and revel in how you feel, already!
JoAnne: I love those forehead kisses. Especially here, because it's a deliberate choice. NOT to keep the focus off sexual chemistry (although I guess it kills two birds with one stone) but the meaning of the forehead kiss is protection. Protecting and cherishing the woman you love. Dong Ha is struggling with some of the more concrete aspects of adulthood, and he's noticing the ways in which he is not up to snuff as a mature partner in a serious relationship. It's only touched on lightly, but it's enough to know he's thinking about it - and yet that kiss is a promise to her that he WILL take care of her and that he DOES cherish her.
JoAnne: They were secretly dating? NO. (No, really no. I keed.)
The ice cream date is progressing nicely, with cuteness and promises of kisses when it gets dark. And then he starts talking about his father, whom he seems to respect a great deal despite of what is between them. But, as so often in Kdrama, his father didn't like that he dated the sick Dead GF. And then, he operated on the (clearly very badly hurt) person that rear-ended a village bus. And not his GF. Of course NOT because he didn't like the alliance: but because that was protocol, it seems.
JoAnne: We have veered from original material significantly here, and at first I was at a loss because if that wasn't the reason, why bring it up? But it would tie into Dong Ha's eventual blaming of his father, if I think about it a minute: his dad didn't like her, she got hurt, his dad chose not to operate on her, she died because his dad didn't want them together.
JoAnne: To me this is the sad thing - Dong Ha has long since come to his senses and realized some things about the whole situation, but he's holding on to his feelings despite that, at worst, or he's trapped in a pattern, at best. Oh and then there's the whole 'I can't be with my dad because Young Chae can't be with her mom; we aren't allowed to be happy because she can't ever be happy again.'
JoAnne: They really beefed up his role (good call, Show) and took most of the bite out of hers (also a good call, Show!) - and I am with you on wanting more of him. Can Yoon Hyun Min be the star of something soon, please?
JoAnne: Nicely done.
kakashi: And now, let the flower bloom!
JoAnne: I wouldn't say it was easy. When they have the conversation they're not working things out, they're acknowledging what they already HAVE worked out, independently.
At Trouble Maker, Mr. Seksi says it's time for a new editor-in-chief: It's either Ban or TheGuyWhoIsntFunnySoMuchItHurts. Why doesn't he just fall into a coma or something. I hope we'll not see more of him now that Asshat is gone??!
JoAnne: I say his secret is women's underwear. He wears it.
JoAnne: Well you have to wait for a break in semesters, at least!
JoAnne: It was a good kiss. I watched it five times to verify.
Alright, we're back on track! This is where we left off when the drama derailed, way, way back. Almost all the issues are out of the way so it seems you're getting your wish JoAnne: a load of cute for the last two episodes! Man, I really REALLY want to see that flower bloom.
JoAnne: I really, really, really am curious to see if they're going to do the same thing Taiwan did. It wouldn't mean as much here because they're already together. Yes, Kakashi, in the original, even the end of the Polar Bear reign was not enough, but it was ok, because what came next felt very necessary. Here it might not be, so much. I could totally watch Puppy smile and kiss for the next week, though, no matter what.
Note: Because JoAnne had to go to the hospital after this episode, we never finished recapping the drama. Let us just tell you that .... it's a very happy ending!
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