Mary: *steals some Yoo-na worry and saves it for Nam-su*
becca: *is worried about EVERYONE*
We have a situation! A towel-clad Yoona is at Chang-man's place! And what else to do but hide a half-naked woman in the cupboard? Damn, the police are really coming! How do they know?! He goes out to have a look, despite her hurried "please don't go out".
Mary: We have THAT kind of situation??? *grabs some popcorn*
becca: Chang-man-ah! A beautiful woman is in your room, wearing only a towel, and asking you not to go! This is no time to be a gentleman!
Mary: Chang-man rarely lies, so when he worries, it's like this Very Serious Thing. Except he's wrong this time and he interrupted her shower. Pwahahaha! What great timing to be "mistaken", Chang-man.
Mary: I just laughed and laughed at Lee Hee-joon here when he was fiddling with the bra, trying to fold it and stuff it in his pockets to not look suspicious. Because yeah, that's not suspicious at all. Nope.
becca: Oh, I died laughing! Poor Chang-man!
Mary: It wouldn't. But it would've made us laugh more! Basically Chang-man being misunderstood = gold.
becca: Always! Whether he's taken for a gangster or a pervert, it's hilarious because it could NOT be farther from the truth!
Mary: Yieee~ Yoo-na is
becca: Aww, she liiiikes him! *chants* Yoo-na and Chang-man sittin' in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G! *squee*
becca: Ah, but he totally likes having her there, doesn't he?
Mary: If this were a normal drama, I'd start wondering if she was a law-school genius student dropout. Then I remember she's a badass pickpocket with a heart of gold. So no need for that genius lawyer part. She's awesome as is.
Mary: I'm kinda projecting onto Chang-man. I bet he's the kind of guy who likes simple, quiet moments like this. Just him and his girlfriend cooking ramyun and eating without worrying about thieves and thugs and fake viagras.
becca: Oh, he totally is! (I am, too, Ajusshi - if it doesn't work out with Yoo-na, you know where to find me! *wink*)
(WHERE? GIMME!) He is waiting for
becca: *shakes head at Mary and makes a phone call* Hello? Jae-rim Oppa~! She's doing it again!
When they're inside Nam-su's duck car (pffft!), Hwa-suk starts blubbering like a baby. Nerves? They briefly consider that Kang-sun betrayed that other woman, but they dismiss that quickly. Not the Kang-sun they know. Hwa-suk cries even harder: she went and visited her old "boss" - and she said she'd take all the responsibility. Going in for years, it seems?
Mary: What if she turns him into another gigolo???
becca: Oh, Yoo-na is gonna be pissed. *grabs popcorn*
(He is! He is! He is looking at pictures of her and smiling like a lovesick fool. My heart, it is breaking...) (Aw, poor boy! *comforting hug*) The place is packed tonight, yay! I'm glad it's working out for them. But ... oups. Yang-sun has become the favorite Lounge Girl of them all. Especially for the colatec "oppas". Well, at least, that seems kinda "safe". Especially since there is no Viagra.
Mary: Yang-sun unni sings great! :) And she knows how to entertain the halmeonis and harabeojis. I'm also glad that they're starting to earn from their karaoke place.
becca: Oh, I love it when she sings!
Mary: I'm just so sad that she didn't even remember Nam-su was waiting. Like, she walked out of the noraebang and was already a block(?) away before she remembered to text him that she was already on the way home. T^T
becca: *hugs sad penguin*
Mary: Yeah! And the way she told him, "I'm sorry but we need to leave now" like she isn't really sorry and she expects people to jump when she says so. *strangles air* *foaming at the mouth* This woman, chincha! Where is your voodoo doll, kakashi? I'm gonna borrow it for err... therapy.
becca: I sooooo hope she's getting scammed by that night club guy.
becca: That thing look like so much fun! Forget exercising, I'd do it just for fun! (Note: I am from a small town and easily amused.)
They seem to be dating, says Chang-man ... but that doesn't bother him at all, he claims. He will fight for her. Hehe. (^_____^) When Manbo calls, he doesn't pick up. Man, I love how Manbo is always posed and ready to explode! (And he's so tiny! And he doesn't even deliver on his threats! He's just a wittle mad thing who's always throwing tantrums. Haha.) (Sometimes it makes me mad, sometimes it's hilarious. Today, I love it.) Curly, who is sitting in Manbo's living room, tries next - and of course, Chang-man answers immediately. Hahahaaa. When he hears that Manbo wants to discuss something really urgent with him, he says it'll take a while until he's back.
becca: Yeah, I think the gif speaks for itself.
(^_____^) Yup, that's quite telling and Mi-sun catches on immediately. But Yoo-na claims not to like him. Of course she would say that.
Mary: I liked Mi-sun here when she kept teasing Yoo-na about her "we shouldn't involve innocent people" bullshit when really, Yoo-na is just kinda jealous that Mi-sun is using Chang-man willy-nilly. And her face on that left gif, totally an unni pestering an in-denial dongsaeng. Wahaha~
Ack, it's slimy President again! (Blegh.) He first tries Mi-sun's phone (she doesn't pick up) and then Yoo-na's phone. She doesn't pick up either. He tries to get Da-young to help him, but she has heard all about the 1,000Won incident - and won't help. (Good girl! *applause*) Yoo-na observes him from the 2nd floor, and when she wants to go back into her apartment, Chang-man appears. He greets her, she says: "I heard you had a date with Mi-sun unni last night". Haha, she is so transparent, this woman ... he needs to ask her first next time before he goes anywhere with her. Excuse me? He blinks in confusion - hahahaaaa.
Mary: Wait up! I love Da-young as Dong-min's noona! I love that she remembered her dongsaeng's story about the evil guy who took back the 1,000 Won. And I love that she rudely refused to let her brother do errands for the guy again.
becca: Yes, she's a good noona! Also, I love Yoo-na's hair like this. I want bangs again! ㅠㅠ
Mary: About Yoo-na's dating style... PWAHAHA. What kind of style is that? She's like a thug! "I like you, but I won't tell you outright. Don't meddle in my business. But you stay away from other women and you have to tell me what you're doing at all times! So there!"
becca: Yes! And she's being protective, too, which is sweet. Keep him away from the bad unni!!
Inside, Mi-sun is packing - she's going to Jeju. With whom? Yoo-na says she knows, but I don't!! Is it the Gigolo who might or might not be one? (I'm betting on "yes.") Anyway, because the President is still outside, Mi-sun suggests she go get Chang-man's help. Of course she can't have him! The one that DOES go out is Manbo ... carrying a thick bamboo stick behind his back. Uh-oh. No longer behind the back. Ahahahaaa, the President is so scared - and rightfully so!! I know I shouldn't, but I REALLY like Manbo. I mean ... not in that way. But ... yeah.
Mary: I know you love that actor Lee Moon-shik? (LOVE HIM!) I think alexe does too. She was sorry that she couldn't watch this long drama for him. I will enjoy watching your reaction to ep20+ :)
becca: Hahahahaha!! This was awesome! I suddenly love Manbo for looking out for the girls. He really is a dad, isn't he? A gangster dad, but a dad. *gives him a hug*
Mary: And she's so obvious! Like, in what universe does it make sense for a guy "you don't like" to have to ask your permission to carry his neighbor's suitcase??? And Yoo-na said it in front of everyone. Including Grandpa and Manbo! LOL
becca: All I have to say is: shiiiiiiiiiiiiip.
Outside, they have to realize that somebody flattened all four of Mi-sun's car's tires. Yoo-na: smirk. (I approve that Yoo-na approves of President Jeong's sabotaging schemes.) (He's a total stalker, though.)
(No!!) Yoo-na doesn't want to believe it either. Hmmm ... this is not good. Not good at all. Yang-sun warns Yoo-na to quit ways with Nam-su - if Kang-sun really believes it was him, things will turn nasty. And please, Yoo-na: Stop doing the picketypock.
becca: I am worried. And I'm even more worried because Mary isn't saying anything about the accusation against Nam-su. *hugs knees and rocks back and forth*
Mary: And how he proudly tells Chang-man that he will contact the other colatec owners in Seoul and ban the police-reporting harabeojis from ever entering a colatec! LOL
becca: *shakes head* Poor gangster ajusshi. It just doesn't compute for him.
(Uh... he hit Mi-sun, remember?) They're all crazy in this show.
Mary: And Yoo-na leaves the part-timer girl to deal with it alone! Ach. I remember being disappointed in her a little bit. :<
becca: It might have gotten worse if she'd gone there, though. At least she told her to call the police! Also - I TOLD you the guy was bad news. I bet he'll get worse, too.
Yoo-na meets Hwa-suk by chance - and asks her a few questions. Did she get the money from Nam-su? She did. Did she give 4/5 of it to Kang-sun? She wanted to, but then, she was taken in. She will take care of the money until unni Kang-sun gets out. Hwa-suk tells Yoo-na to be extra careful these days, and Yoo-na seems moved by the girl's sincerity. Hmmmmmmm...
becca: This girl still freaks me out. Part of it is the way she acts. And forgive me for being shallow, but part of it is her head: it's huge! At least, compared to her tiny little body and hands.
becca: *narrows eyes*
Mary: She did mention that she knows that ajusshi. Maybe this is how thugs and police greet each other?
Oh shit, oh shit!! Didn't we (and everybody else that cares for her) tell her to be careful?! Damn!
So ... who did it?! Is this drama giving us wrong clues or is there something fishy about Hwa-suk? It can't be Nam-su (so sorry for you, dude. It's a lost cause with you and Yoo-na - we clearly see that, even if you don't *sniff*), can it?! Is it a plot by Yang-sun, maybe, to get Yoo-na away from Nam-sun? Totally could be, even if it were mean as hell. Ahhhh, I want to know!
becca: Even if I don't know who it IS, I'm fairly certain it's NOT Yang-sun Unni. Remember last episode when she told Bong that he could do whatever he needed to do to stop Yoo-na, but he absolutely couldn't call rat her out to the cops?
Lovely, tension filled episode, so much good stuff! Every single character delivered. Manbo is his usual rage-filled self, until he finally listens to the Good Man (why do I start with Manbo? Yes, his character intrigues me - also him in tandem with his wife, who is both pitiful and awful at the same time). But does he really? I believe it when I see it! It's kinda awesome and notawesome that Chang-man seems drawn back to the colatec. Awesome because it will cause all kinds of interactions between him and that world, notawesome because ... Chang-man. He deserves so much better ....
becca: Preach it, Big Kahuna!
Gye-pal and the President ... so low, and yet so necessary to show us that there is low (i.e. Manbo) and there is very low (i.e Gye-pal and President). So curious to see what the show will be doing with both characters.
Mary: I keep typing and deleting a comment about Manbo because I don't want to spoil you. But daaaaamn, Lee Moon-shik. You are awesome.
And then Yoo-na ... oh. Of course she is moved by The Awesome Force named Chang-man, cause who wouldn't be? (^____^) But at this moment, she simply sees no alternatives for herself (as confirmed by the conversation she has with her good unni). She is convinced that she is "bad" for anybody, especially this "innocent" man. (ㅠ_ㅠ) Clearly, she feels an urge to protect him and his innocence. We all know what that means. (What?! Protecting his innocence? *immature giggling*) Everybody else knows too, but she doesn't. I bet it's awesome once Yoo-na starts blooming. Let it happen, show. Soon.
Mary: But let her and her newly-formed gang of pickpocketing noobs please survive this fight first. :(
becca: Oh yes, please!
That said, I see that Chang-man could get on everybody's nerves big time. He is extremely stubborn - and doesn't listen to other people at all. I mean ... he knows what is right, and that is just right. End of story.
Mary: I think this too! Like, it was "sweet" of him to want to change Yoo-na, but who is he, to force her like that? To dictate her life all of a sudden? In some ways I think Nam-su is better, because he doesn't look down on Yoo-na's skills/profession. (Hello, he's Yoo-na's pickpocketing fan! Haha. Remember episode 2? When he was this huge gangster hyung who was begging Yoo-na to teach his boys?)
Finally, I want to say that this is an extremely hard show to recap, really, because every single detail is precious, all the eye movements, the smirks, the humor ... so hard to stay true to that! I want to gif each and every scene. So many things go unspoken. So good. So good.