31 May 2013

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When A Man Loves - Episode 17 (A SqueeCap)

Posted by CM Shukmeister on May 31, 2013
Oh Oppa... If you had only followed the wise story below, you would have been so much happier ...

Episode 17

Shuk: The Emergency Department doctors work feverishly on Chang-hee, and, for once in a KDrama, managed to bring him back. 
kakashi: Yes, this came as a (major) surprise. But then, we should have known people don't die easily in the WAML universe: If #WhenAWomanFlies survives that, uri Chang-hee can easily survive a drop on concrete. Headfirst. Easily.
Shuk: So maybe SK medicine isn’t so bad. He’s in a coma though, with fluctuating vitals.
JoAnne: Called it.
kakashi:  yeah. There's evidence of this on Twitter. I wasn't serious though. You? And let me note that Oppa is doing a good job, worrying. No bulgy eyes, but genuine sadness. Why is he so much better in this than in basically everything he has done before?
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Just because

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on May 31, 2013
And I don't even bother to write more than this. 
(well, he tweets that he's on a diet, but ... uhm... WHO THE FUCK CARES????)

ABS

29 May 2013

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Hello Liebster Award Mania!

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on May 29, 2013
It's raining Liebster awards in the KDrama blogger community! I love the name (and wonder who came up with it?) and I love that I got nominated - or rather, WE got nominated, because I'm definitely not blogging all by myself... lafer, Shuk, JoAnne, bcook, latteholic, this is for you, too! *clap, clap, clap* 

Thank you so much, kfangirl, for thinking this blog is mention-worthy! It means a lot to me to be nominated by you in particular because I love your blog - you do the best (and probably the longest) reviews ever. I particularly value the ones you did for Vampire Prosecutor and Vampire Prosecutor 2 because VP is among my Top 10 KDramas and I cannot wait for Season 3.  Friends of VP are friends of mine ... and good friends of VP are good friends of mine!
So, the rules for receiving this award properly (after being nominated) are:
  • List 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer the questions designated by the blogger who nominated you.
  • Place YOUR nominations for the Liebster Award! Nominate five (or more) other bloggers that have less than 200 followers. Make sure to notify them via comment/email, etc.
  • Make up a set of questions for those nominated bloggers to answer.
  • Display the Liebster award badge on your blog!
I already did the last, so I guess it's time to list 11 random fact about myself. What, only 11? Haha, only kidding. It's not that easy to come up with 11 things that don't put people to sleep.

28 May 2013

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Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 5 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on May 28, 2013
We continue our journey into the depth of the human soul in Episode 5 of TEN2. This episode is Part 2 of a double episode named "Addict" (Part 1 is recapped here). In Part 1, Ji-hoon and Do-shik positioned themselves against each other, with Baek Do-shik going after the prime suspect (Kang Jong-yoon) with a vengeance, mainly due to the history he shares with that guy, and Yeo Ji-hoon firmly believing that Kang is the victim of a set-up, trying to prove Do-shik wrong (and winning this battle against him at the same time. Cause .... boys. Nuff said). While continuing the case and ultimately solving it, TEN2 keeps circling around the central themes of "forgiving and forgetting", and in particular, engages further with the aftermath of Ji-hoon's egoistical mis-use of the friendship and trust he shared with his team (or rather, his team shared with him). In this episode, these issues are finally brought into the open. Getting over them is part of the healing of one broken individual, but also part of the healing of the entire team. In this episode, we see that there is hope: finally, it seems to be possible to forgive and forget and move on. 

Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 5

Addict, Part 2

The not-quite-dead scarface gangster Im Min-sub is wheeled into the emergency room. Min-ho, Do-shik and Ji-hoon wait outside for news. The doctor tells them: He has passed critical condition but has not yet regained consciousness.

Okay, it's time for a serious pow wow now. Baek Do-shik confronts Yeo Ji-hoon with the latest developments, still on a mission to prove Kang Jong-yoon is the culprit: "Im Do-Sool had 500 million won cash at this house. Money the police didn't even know about. Isn't that very clearly Kang Jong-yoon's motive? He didn't kill wife and daughter to get revenge. He did it to get the code to the safe. What do you think, Director Yeo?" 

But Yeo Ji-hoon stays silent. And let's just say he doesn't look very happy right now.
 

27 May 2013

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When A Man Loves - Episode 16 (A SqueeCap)

Posted by CM Shukmeister on May 27, 2013
ShukNote: One thing you can say about Oppa, there is no guessing how he feels about you. And that includes you, Missy.
JoNote: Oh, I know how he feels about me.
ShukNote: [gag]
kakaNote: Is it just me or is the squeeing getting a bit harder these days? I keep looking out for oppa's abs to deal with things, but ........

Episode 16

Shuk: It’s breakfast time at the mountainside resort. Tae-sang offers Mi-do coffee, saying she told him on the train how much she enjoyed drinking it when she travelled. She denied saying it, but looked startled when Tae-sang mentioned that she remembered the train ride. Little girl, you are so BUSTED. Her face registers her slipup. The rest of them continue on as if nothing momentous happened.
JoAnne: As is only to be expected, since they really count for nothing here. Can’t we start killing off some of the minor characters yet?
kakashi: Thank you, JoAnne, for bringing that up. There are at least 10 characters that should be thrown in front of a truck. Or a train. Or off an airplane. And the next gif is called: 
#WhenAManDrinksTooMuchCoffee (cause he'd die pretty soon if he drank that much, yes, caffeine kills!)
Shuk: She is left alone yet again when the two youngsters tra-la-la off. She tries to stand up from the wheelchair, only to collapse on the ground. Tae-sang sees this from a distance, and calls her to see what she will do; she laboriously drags herself to the cell phone and answers it. Without mentioning her predicament, she asks if they can leave soon. He watches for a moment, but the other two come back and help her into the wheelchair.
JoAnne: I say she wasn’t faking here.
kakashi: I am a very bad person. Making this gif and having her crawl eternally on the floor with paralyzed legs gave me great pleasure. Yes, the writer is quite smart. Her suffering is directly correlated to how much the viewers enjoy this drama. Hence the ratings.

25 May 2013

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When A Man Loves - Episode 15 (A SqueeCap)

Posted by CM Shukmeister on May 25, 2013
ShukNote: Poor Oppa just can’t get a break, as the events surrounding Mi-do’s accident created an area around filled with hateful people and evildoers. And is Mi-do’s memory really as damaged as we think it is?
JoNote: Yes, it is.
kakaNote: Her brain was certainly never a big one. So it can't be really badly hurt either
The theme song of this episode is "Beyond the Stars" by Evans Blue (it's not Korean, but sooo apropos)

Episode 15

Shuk: In the hospital waiting room, the two suitors sit in similar positions but as far apart from each other as possible. Idol Boy runs out from the room and says she’s regained consciousness, and they both hustle to her room.
JoAnne: Don’t understand why it’s not her parents, but whatever. This is way more dramatic.
kakashi: I really like Oppa's shoes! (btw, people: most of this SqueeCap's gifs are made in Shukland, cause this woman has been away collecting shells on Denmark's shores. I think they're even bigger files than mine so all you tablet-readers, get ready for some overheating!)

21 May 2013

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Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 4 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on May 21, 2013
This is part 1 of a double-episode and I guess it was necessary to spend a slightly unexciting hour to set the stage for a fantabulastic episode 5. At the center of this episode is uri Viper Do-shik and we finally find out where he has been hiding (and partly why he has). We are still cleaning up the damage done by Ji-hoon and his egoistic decisions over the Tape Murder Cases and forgiving/forgetting remain the central themes of TEN2. The most exciting bits for me were when Ji-hoon and Do-shik butt heads, forcefully. But it hurts to see them that opposed to each other ... solving this case is not going well because of it and I really hope they get over their egos and resolve their differences. You love each other, guys! Everybody knows that!!  
 

Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 4

Addict, Part 1

4 years ago, at dusk. A man drives a small truck up a windy road. He talks to his wife on the phone and she expresses unease about him "heading over there". He also talks to his little cutiepie girl (Minji), telling her he'll be home soon and to listen to her mother well.
And on he drives in the night, for a long time.

He comes to an intersection, looks at the signs while driving past ... and breaks hard. His car sits in the middle of the deserted road, engines running ... while he is visibly struggling with himself. I am pretty sure it is a bad decision that he backs the car up and takes the road to the right instead of driving on straight ahead.

중독자 (Addict)

We are at a casino with our truck driver (cameo by Kim Hyun-Sung) for what seems a long night. Things get increasingly blurry and his face gets increasingly long.

19 May 2013

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When A Man Loves - Episode 14 (A SqueeCap)

Posted by CM Shukmeister on May 19, 2013

Episode 14

HEEEAARRTBREAKKKK!
Shuk: Tae-sang watches the two lovers badmouth him on the video camera, and he realizes they have been mocking him the entire time. In his anger, he shatters the ceramic dolls and pounds on Mi-do’s door. She pretends to be asleep, but his anger drains when he sees her sleeping, and all that’s left is sorrow.
JoAnne: Not mocking him, but ascribing the worst of human behavior to him - which to me is actually WORSE. He’s been nothing but a benefactor to both and my heart breaks for Oppa to see this ungratefulness - especially because he never asked for anything in return. I am going to try and fail gloriously at not swearing in this installment, you realize this right?
kakashi: I got Shining vibes from him, actually. Look at him waltzing in like a zombie! This is no teddy bear ... 

17 May 2013

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What is a Gumiho/Kumiho/구미호??

Posted by bcook on May 17, 2013
aka. Why everybody is afraid of puppy LSG
LSG = Lee Seung Gi
First off, it may seem that this blog community is watching one of two show *cuts eyes at the squeecaps people* but that's not the case! Some of us *cough* me *cough* are watching Gu Family Book (GFB)!

GFB is an epic story of a young gumiho who wants desperately to be human. Why? you ask. What's a gumiho? Why is it bad? Why can't he learn to love himself for who he is!!!
What's not to love?
Well, Gumiho stands for nine tailed fox. A Gumiho is a mythical creature ound in Korean, Japanese and Chinese fables/legend/myths. It's kind of like a bad fairy or a shapeshifter. The Gumiho is a carnivore and traditionally takes on the guise of a woman to trick/lure men to their doom (where have we heard that story before?)

16 May 2013

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When A Man Loves - Episode 13 (A SqueeCap)

Posted by CM Shukmeister on May 16, 2013
CUCKOLD
Middle English cokewald, from Anglo-Norman *cucuald, from cucu, the cuckoo, from Vulgar Latin *cucculus, from Latin cuculus.
So, Han Tae-sang (and his bulgy Dr. Jin eyes) now knows what his chippy and his protege have been doing on the sly.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR HAN TAE-SANG?

Episode 13

Shuk: We get a little peek at the nighttime goings-on at President Han’s house: Jae-hee scurrying away, wondering how Mi-do is doing, and the damsel in question throwing herself on the bed with all the drama of a spicy bodice-ripper. And our resident hot homeowner with not-happy thoughts running around in his head.
JoAnne: Scurry away, shameful person.
kakashi: Oppa is still in denial here. For a few moments longer. Wondering, doubting, but not wanting to see. By the way, this episode made me cry.

14 May 2013

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Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 3 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on May 14, 2013
And on we go with recapping this delight! It seems that brevity is not my specialty ... I am working on that. Even though I don't really see the point in being brief about this show. It is too good to be brief about ... TEN has interesting cases, of course, but TEN is so much more: It is about a set of complicated characters and their relationships and each episode reveals a little more about one or several of them. This episode is mainly about Yeo Ji-hoon again. We are back to his past, but way before the F cases. And we are back to the here and now and his attempt to move on. Let's see how deals with that ...

Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 3

A feather falls. A man speaks: He is giving a lecture in front of a room full of policemen. "When you see the rotten body of a child", he says, "it is hard to show respect or manners. You will start treating people like objects. But the moment you lose your composure when facing a culprit is the moment the investigation goes south" (Okay,  he didn't say "goes south", but I like that expression. And you wanna bet this dude taught Yeo Ji-hoon?) The professor ends class with this little (well-known) joke: "You never know where and when you are going to die; so always wear clean underwear" (exactly what I do cause I already know this to be a fact)

He then rides his bike, goes and eats noodles all alone, gets a haircut (and falls asleep in the chair), gets his shoes shined, and, finally, goes back to the office, where he looks out the window, smiling a faint smile, drinking tea. He checks his watch: It's ten to three. The date is March 6, and there is an appointment marked in his calendar on the desk for 3 pm. The grandfather clock in the hallway chimes 3 times ... and right after the third stroke, a shot echoes through the police academy, startling the recruits. The professor is dead in his chair. A smoking gun is lying next to him on the floor. He has killed himself ...  
 

12 May 2013

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When A Man Loves - Episode 12 (A SqueeCap)

Posted by CM Shukmeister on May 12, 2013

Episode 12

Shuk: Han Tae-hee calls out, and Lee Jae-hee slowly turns around, and the deer in the headlight gaze lands on his boss. Jae-hee quick-thinks and tells him they need more wine glasses.
kakashi: Temporarily saved! But only because Tae-san ist a bit ... slow? 
Oppa, searching for his horns
Shuk: Back in his hotel room, Jae-hee has a minor freakout.
JoAnne: Yeah but not about Oppa. You were a jerk just now, Chubs. A person likes who they like, no matter who else likes them, or whether that person likes them back or not. It can’t be helped. It’s either celebrated or endured. You are in the enduring category, Chubs. Throwing people up against walls when they don’t want you to do it is a bad choice.
kakashi: I don't really get why he freaks out. Is it because he did not get the sheksi time with the fishface he so desired? Or is he afraid of Oppa's muscles? 

11 May 2013

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When A Man Loves - Episode 11 (A SqueeCap)

Posted by CM Shukmeister on May 11, 2013
The Deck has now become the outdoor and better-smelling version of the Bathroom Stall of Overheard Information. Will Oppa let PissyFace go to England? Will Chub’s obsession turn darker? Is there enough plot to handle another 10 episodes? Can we please have one of our guys end up shirtless (even Lavender Locks at this point)?
kakashi: People! Shuk learned how to make gifs! She did all the ones with pretty people and let me do all the ones with Lavender Grandpa. But it's okay. It's okay. Yes, it's okay... [*goes and cries in a corner*] 

Episode 11

Shuk: Seo Mi-do tells a waiting Han Tae-sung to break up, all being watched by our third wheel, second string, first rate stalker, Lee Jae-hee.
JoAnne: Eaves-droppers never hear any good, Chubs.
kakashi: And the eaves-dropped-ones never see the eaves-droppers in KDrama. Like they're blind or something. Oh wait: is someone turning blind finally??!

10 May 2013

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Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - The Tape Murder Arch (Analysis)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on May 10, 2013
Thank you, show, for making it a pleasure to think about you for a long time. The more KDrama I watch, the more I appreciate the gems. And this one definitely is that: a gem.

Warning: If you have not yet seen TEN2, don't read this post. It contains major *SPOILERS*! 

With Episode 2 of TEN2, the Green Duct Tape Murder-arch has come to a (temporary) end. 'Temporary' because we know that the real F is still out there - but 'end' because Yeo Ji-hoon's nemesis is behind bars, and Ji-hoon has decided to 'move on'. But also 'temporary' because this moving on will not be easy for our sheksi detective, that much is already clear from episodes 3 and 4. And 'temporary' because the real F could strike again any time ... (and probably will?).

Still, this temporary end invites some rumination - and ruminate I shall! 
Cause to ruminate I like!

What I value most about the TEN series is that the show does not waste a single character. All of them are multi-dimensional and have dark-spots or things in their lives that are difficult, to say the least. That makes all of them so very human; and that also makes it so much more natural to care for these characters and their well-being (in comparison to other KDramas).

That said, the most important, most complex, most screwed-up, and most intriguing character has always been our lead man: Yeo Ji-hoon. Throughout the series, we have been given many hints about his corrupted soul. We knew about his unhealthy obsession with the F-cases. We knew about the tragedy of being implicated in the murder of his fiancee. And we were tempted to think more than once that he has turned into the very thing he is hunting several times, too. It is of course a relief to know that has has not - but he is also far, far from clean. There is a lot of dirt (and blood) on his hands and he has used every single person around him to the max. Does he care about any of them at all?

08 May 2013

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Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 2 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on May 08, 2013

I must say, recapping is a lot of work. I suspected that, being smart an all, and that's why I tried to keep away from it. Couldn't resist this one, though ... I do wonder how some people (*looks at Dramabeans*) churn out recaps a few hours after the episode aired? And like ... almost every day?! That's insane! (I mean insane in a good way). That said, I am quite glad that TEN2 is my first recapping project: It's both short and exciting. Very much so. Okay, and it's also suuuuper complicated, my goodness! But doing these recaps also helps me understand what is going on. Or at least helps me try to understand; with all my might. Yes, understanding the plot is the main aim, which means lengthy, lengthy descriptions (and forgive me for doing some spazzing on the side, too). What I really wanted to say is this: I am sorry this is so epic. 

Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 2

Understand, Part 2

We open with a very depressed team in a semi-dark office that fits their gloomy mood. They are deep in thought... Min-ho thinks about the time when Yeo Ji-hoon bound his hands and duct taped him to see whether it was possible for the suspect to get from one place to another in a relatively short time (it wasn't possible and that was an important clue. But still ... What a sexy lunatic).
Ye-ri thinks of a conversation they had in the car, when Ji-hoon said that there are people who wear really thick masks, impossible for her to penetrate. Do-shik thinks back to a moment of "bonding", when Do-shik went after the murderer of his old friend and colleague Dog Nose all by himself ... or rather, when Ji-hoon let him go alone, even though he knew that he would be in danger. When Do-shik sits in the ambulance, all bloody and hurt, Ji-hoon calls him "sunbaenim" for the first (and only?) time.

06 May 2013

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Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 1 (Recap)

Posted by Kakashi Sensei on May 06, 2013
So, I've done it: I have in earnest decided to do a recap. This is a big moment, because I once swore there would be no recaps on this blog - mainly because I wanted this blog to be revolutionary different from other blogs (yeah ... good luck with that) - and because there are so many awesome recappers out there already (Marketing 101: don't compete in fields where you have nothing much to offer). Good thing I only swore this to myself so that breaking the vow comes with zero consequences. And breaking it was almost natural, not least because of how much fun working on the When A Man Loves SqueeCaps is. True, true, I'm only the giffer there, but still ... What, you don't care about all this at all? Yeah, figures. Stop justifying that you're recapping this to yourself, kakashi. Nobody cares.

Special Affairs Team TEN 2 - Episode 1 

Understand, Part 1

We are back to where we left off before the epilogue last season - the abandoned warehouse, a terrified Ye-ri (Jo Ahn) looking the killer in the face, screaming from the top of her lungs, as he starts wrapping duct tape around her head, muffling her screams.
And a voice over by Ji-hoon (Joo Sang-wook): 
"Things that should be remembered are forgotten. Things that should be forgotten are remembered... What irony. Thus, the past is still our homework. Like the unspoken promise of a year ago ... the story of that winter ... the warehouse incident from before. It all starts from somewhere."

04 May 2013

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When A Man Loves - Episode 10 (A SqueeCap)

Posted by CM Shukmeister on May 04, 2013
Shuk: So our young pair is cheerfully chatting while Tae-sang listens to them. He ducks out before they can see him, and he ends up in his car, his shoulder pain back with a vengeance.
JoAnne: Last night Kakashi and I had a brief discussion about what this portends. I feel that this is emotional pain because Oppa is very unsure about whether Mi Do is serious about him. (Oppa, come to me. I won’t make you doubt!) Kakashi thinks he’s going to die from it, because this is a melo and she’s been waiting for people to die and she no longer wants Grandpa Leeteuk to be one of them. Whatever. As I said last night…there was no cancer on that knife. And my Google Fu returns a big ‘aniyo’ on the question of whether you can get amnesia or a heart condition from being stabbed. Well, you could: PTSD, or if you got stabbed in the heart…but not this time. And no one ever dies from anything else in a Korean Drama, so I figure he’s safe.
kakashi: I am not convinced. I think doom is around the corner. Or let me put it this way: I am hoping for some doom, cause what we are getting right now is simply too boring to be allowed. Biggest mistake ever: not making oppa strip in every episode. And with the pain in his shoulder, there would be so many opportunities to strip him! 
Shuk: At the convenience store, Seo Mi-do cleans up Jae-hee’s face while they share snacks and beer.
JoAnne: Yes, his hands and face get all dirty from kneeling on a bus floor, but those white pants (which you are ROCKIN’, Chubs) are still pristine.
kakashi: Yes. These pants ... more on them later. 
Shuk: In front of the bookstore, Jae-hee asks for some tea to bolster his courage. He finally admits to her that his hyung is the thug at work and President Han’s right hand man. He explained the circumstances of his incarceration and asks her not to be afraid of his brother.
JoAnne: Just out of nowhere, this scene. But I’m glad Chubs is loyal to his brother. I was worried about that a little bit.
kakashi: Our lady emotes! Look! Is that surprise on your face? Or are you just happy to see me?
Shuk: We get a parallel scene of him walking away down the street, only this time Dad is happily watching from an upstairs window (versus Tae-sang’s little trip).
JoAnne: Butt out, Dad.
kakashi: Did you say butt? Oh my ... this butt .... (must say, I do like these white pants!)
Shuk: Tae-sang is home when Mi-do calls him (JoAnne – is this the first time SHE calls HIM? Because I think it is..), and explains she went to the bus depot and found her stage diary.
JoAnne: (Shuk, it’s the first time it’s been pointed out, I think, at the very least.) Oppa looked so relieved that she told him where she was and what she was doing, didn't he? It’s not all that odd that she didn't mention Jae Hee because it was such a brief conversation. Don’t you do the same? I do.
kakashi: Why should she mention him? She knows very well that what she's doing isn't exactly considered good manners. And if she doesn't, she's just stupid. 
Shuk: While Tae-sang is sleeping, he goes through a series of flashbacks. One in particular – He waited for her at her college, but she was less than welcoming when she saw him, accusing him of staging the whole seduction scene, and generally blasting him. And I wonder, who the hell is paying for your education, chica?? Nevertheless then, as now, he backs off and promises not to search her out. Back in his sweat-soaked bed, he wakes up, with his shoulder aching.
JoAnne: Oppaaaaaaaaaaa. That was gross. I think I can fix this for you. I need some ice cubes, a little baby oil, perhaps some wine. But first, let’s go take a shower and get you cleaned up. How long does your hot water last, again?
kakashi: Woah, there, sweaty oppa. By the way, I really dig his gangster look. More gangster, oppa, please! And by the way, who else though "Yes! Yes! He is going to take it off!!"
Shuk: At the Lee apartment, the brothers are chatting, and Jae-hee mentions the Uncle Cabbage incident to Chang-hee, and the two of them have a difference of opinion about President Han.

Shuk: Tae-sang decides to call Uncle Cabbage, who is more like a strangling vine, bumming food off of Han Eomma yet again. He tell the Green Leech to call back with information on his mother and his account number. The ahjumma overhears part of the conversation, but he deflects her from asking any questions.
JoAnne: Very uninterested in this sub plot.
kakashi: Please wake me up when it's over.  Have a pretty gif of oppa in the office instead: 
 

Shuk: Chang-hee walks into the President’s office just as he is hanging up, and offers to investigate his uncle. President Han tells him not to bother, but he gets the information from the secretary.
JoAnne: Also this one, although if it puts Chang Hee on screen MORE, and Delusional Diva on LESS…I can always find an upside.
kakashi: Yes. Here: some of him and nobody else. 
Shuk: At the resort site, Mi-do is still wearing the just-kill-me-at-a-construction zone high heels, and Jae-hee mentions the water incident. Mi-do answers a strange phone call and is happily surprised.
JoAnne: I really thought that was going to turn out to be another Chubs deal, but no.
kakashi: Let me do some recycling: 

Shuk: Our little Wifey Wannabe shows up to talk to Tae-sang about the investment companies, sees the pain patch on this shoulder, and all but yanks his shirt off to ‘help’ him replace it. Just about the time Jae-hee and Mi-do walk in. It’s a tableau of Derp faces! Well, except for our calculating vixen.
JoAnne: SLUT! No, but seriously, Oppa. Set some boundaries. The fact that your ass is glorious will NOT keep me from kicking it, if need be. (But I just might be a tad quicker at kissing it better, after…)
kakashi: pretty damn sheksi! 
Shuk: In the conference room, Jae-hee wastes no time putting forth Seon-joo as perfect wife material for the president. The meeting itself is awkward and ugly, with Tae-sang dealing with the anger vibes from both of the other people. Whom he’s helped. For years. Damn ingrates.
JoAnne: Wait a minute there, Shuk. We all know I am Team Oppa down to my toes, but they're allowed to be angry with him when it’s appropriate, and this is appropriate. For Mi Do, she has EVERY right, as the woman he says he loves, to expect him NOT to allow other women to put their hands all over him - especially women who've made no secret of their stupid pointless hopeless love for years, the dumb losers. For Jae Hee, it’s a bit more weird. He’s pissed at Oppa for hurting Mi Do, and he cares about THAT because he wants Mi Do himself. So he’s probably pissed about being pissed but awww, cute, he cares about her feelings, and isn’t just feeling happy that the situation makes things less ok between Mi Do and Oppa, thereby giving himself a better chance. I just confused myself. I think I said that right.
Shuk: Huh?
kakashi: Huh? 
Shuk: President Han states he will meet them at the investment junket on the day of the meeting; Mi-do counters that the two of them could handle it without him, but he is adamant to be there at least for the one day.

Shuk: He peeks at her through his window, tries to call her (her phone is off), and generally wants to get her attention, but she’s having none of it.
JoAnne: I gotta say I am with Mi Do on this one, Oppa. Saranghae and all that, but you are not taking care of business the way you should be.
kakashi: Oh god, this is so booooooring .... 
Shuk: A team meeting is called, and the panic look on Mi-do’s face catches Jae-hee’s attention.
JoAnne: This is what went through Chub’s mind: OMG!!! HER FACE MOVED!!!!
kakashi: oh, it did? I didn't catch that. Have a gif of oppa pacing his apartment instead.
Shuk: At the ramyun shop, Ahjumma is getting inspected by fake inspectors. (Police? Or thugs?) Miss Delusional shows up, but is too busy toning down her lipstick to notice the dangerous guys leaving the shop. Instead, she brings a gift to the shop owner, and promises better things when she marries her boyfriend.
JoAnne: Thugs, Shuk. Grandpa Leeteuk minions. (ooooh, can we have a minion gif? I LOOOVE minions. Best part of Despicable Me. AND already made. Please? Here, look: I have contributed a GIF to our opus:
Shuk: Our little previously-punch-covered chaebol princess pulls a Seon-joo move, and insists Jae-hee meet her immediately for coffee. At the shop, she tell him that her father is willing to invest in the resort, as long as he treats her well, and in spite of The Golden Tree being run by dangerous men. Jae-hee defends the company just as Seo Mi-do shows up to pick up coffee to go.
kakashi: Can't he start dating her already? She's pretty and dresses well. They could shorten the drama by 6 episodes and save a lot of money.
Shuk: Our princess loses no time in bashing Mi-do to Jae-hee, which pisses him off even more. He tells her he has no intention of doing anything with her, and she plays the Splash The Coffee Game. Mi-do witnesses his defense of her and charges the blue bimbo with fire in her eyes and a large pitcher of water. A dripping Jae-hee holds her off, and drags her out of the coffee shop.
JoAnne: Chubs, you are killing me with your awesomeness again. STOP IT. *takes a break, muttering ‘Team Oppa, Jo. You are Team OPPA. Get your act together.’
JoAnne: ooops, how did that get in here? 

Shuk: In the park, they have coffee together, and Mi-do finally tells the story of the previous phone call – she had applied for a position at a local theater company, and the interview is today at 3pm, the same time as the meeting and less than a half-hour from now. Jae-hee’s wheels start turning.
kakashi: One thing this show is good at (it's not a ton of things) is picking really nice locations. 
Shuk: He hires a motorcycle courier to get her to the theater on time (insert gif in mid-sentence; not because I like this woman but because I would really like to hit her over the head, too!)
Shuk: At the meeting, Jae-hee tells President Han that he sent her on an errand. A successful arrival text has Jae-hee hissing “Yes!” during the presentation.
Google Fu: The cool shaped building used as a backdrop for the theater is the Kring Building, built as an entertainment complex and convention hall.

Shuk: It appears from her reaction that she may have gotten the job. Jae-hee texts her with the location of a note he left her (so now we are passing notes like High School?). She answers him that she owes him lunch for his help.
JoAnne: Wait, so Oppa lives in Mousetrap Manor and she’s going to work in a gerbil cage? Tell me that building doesn't look like this, inside. Minus the bright colors.
Shuk: Uh-oh, our dark-root showing Tri-colored Hair Bad guy is having soup at the Alley Restaurant, and loses no time in probing Ahjumma for information. Finding what he needed to know, he leaves, but not until he sees the thank you note from Baek Seon-joo on the restaurant refrigerator.
JoAnne: I will stab you with a chopstick, Grandpa. Leave that nice old lady alone. Just because once upon a time she couldn’t keep her panties on doesn’t mean you should torture her now.
kakashi: Haha, he is actually funny! Look!
Shuk: Mi-do and Tae-sang meet in the elevator, and he quietly asks if she has been avoiding him, but she has a schoolgirl-level snit on worthy of her opponent, and blows him off.
JoAnne: Here’s how that scene should have gone:
Oppa: Are you avoiding me, JoAnne
JoAnne: I have been. You really made me mad.
Oppa: You don’t like it when Seon Joo is around me, do you. She is just an old friend. I know she is -
JoAnne: No, Oppa. Don’t make excuses for her. She likes you and she’s trying to get you to like her. I would be fine if you actually were just old friends, but she isn’t behaving appropriately and you aren’t stopping it. You think it will stop if you ignore it, but that sends a mixed message.
Oppa: Ok, I see what you are saying. I think I should probably tell Seon Joo not to come around any more unless she can respect your place in my life.
JoAnne: I guess that’s fair, although what I really wish is she would just disappear. But I know you’ve known her forever.
Oppa: I’ll tell her this afternoon, and I promise that if she doesn’t pay attention I will tell her not to come around at all anymore. You are worth it, to me.
JoAnne: Aww, Oppa, thank you for understanding and agreeing that her behavior is a problem. Now hit that emergency button. I have something to show you.
Shuk: At lunch, Mi-do and Jae-hee are eating nakji bokum, they talk about her interview: she has been offer a job in London as part of a collaboration project to bring Asian artists to England. The job is, of course, to start within a couple of weeks, and, of course, to last approximately two years.
JoAnne: And of course, for Jae Hee, who is NOT her boyfriend, it’s easy to say ‘oh, you should totally go’. It’s very easy to be the bigger person when its theoretical, Chubs. Plus your age means you AREN’T champing at the bit to get married. You still have to go through Military Service. The whole thing is just a lot easier for you than for my Oppa, no fair using it to make yourself look good.
kakashi: Ah, I love to make food gifs. Yes, this is a gif. See the steam rising? 
Shuk: This episode’s JYP dance mix is a Mi-joon to an audience of three, to “Dance2Night” by 2PM. Mi-joon is down because it doesn’t appear that he will make his debut. Then the gang jumps up and his noona shows him what really really bad dancing looks like.
JoAnne: Really, just *snore*
kakashi: My dislike for her is too big - I'm just not saying anything about her anymore. Or people may think I'm a very rude person. 
Shuk: When arrives back at the bookstore, Tae-sang is waiting. He offers several new diaries, and like a JDorama, offers to hold his hands over his head as punishment. She offers to reapply the patch to his shoulder (and she should be rubbing everywhere while she’s at it, natch); while she is doing this, her father peeks in, and then sneaks away.
JoAnne: Really, Jdorama? I’ve only seen it in Kdramas, so far. But anyway, very kyopta, Oppa. You just stay kneeling there with your arms up. I’ve got an idea.
kakashi: Oh yes. Sheksi time ... 
Shuk: When they face each other, she tells him about the theatrical job. He is accepting of her leaving his company, but his face falls when she tells him that it’s overseas and multi-year. He asks for some time to think about it.
JoAnne: HELLO, REALISTIC RESPONSE.
kakashi: Uhm ... to think about what? Whether he allows her to go or what? 
Shuk: Seon-joo is at her place when she receives a visit from none other than her heart’s dream. Tae-sang folds her into a big hug, and she tearfully wonders if this is for real. Tae-sang pulls away and in a soft voice, says the words we’ve been wanting to hear for nine episodes: “Let’s not see each other again, either as business partners or as friends.”
JoAnne: Alright Oppa now I’m really irritated with you. I’ve been TRYING to convince myself that you were clueless about her continued love for you and that’s why you ignored the problem, but all that hug says to me is you realize how much you’re going to hurt her in a second and you feel bad about it. So now I’m just F***ING PISSED OFF at you for knowingly stringing her along for all these years. What are you going to do to put me in a better mood, Oppa? Think endorphins. That’s a good boy.
kakashi: Hmmm .... for me who watches without sound, this was a very tender hug. I'm shipping them a little. Just a veeeeery little.
Shuk: Rather than a lot of tears, she tells him that he will always be lonely, as Mi-do will never love him back. He quietly leaves. However, she chases after him, and in a park with lights, tells him goodbye. He apologizes again, and she finally admits he never liked her. Her goodbye speech.
BSJ: “I was really happy because of you. I don't have what you want. I'm not the kind of girl that you want, am I? I knew it. I just didn't want to admit it. Just remember this before you go. When you're lost in your life, when you feel like there is no one in the world, remember that you're not alone.”
Shuk: Then she spoils the moment by yelling at his retreating back, “You'll regret letting this treasure slip through your fingers!”
JoAnne: I’m laughing really hard that Shuk felt it was important to point out that the park was well-lit.
kakashi: It really is! Look! 
Shuk: NOO, A HAN RIVER SCENE! Tae-sang looks over the river, and remembers his feelings as a teen finding his house empty.
JoAnne: I’m less angry now, because I understand that for Oppa, a friend is someone you hold on to no matter what because he just doesn’t have that many people in his life. I won’t change my mind about putting her out, but I do forgive him for the hug. That wasn’t just for her.
Shuk: Back his apartment he looks to the piano and the ceramic dolls for comfort that he made the right decision.
JoAnne: You did, Oppa. Can we go look at you in the bedroom now? I find the blue walls soothing. And I need to check your aspirin patch.
kakashi: Nice nostrils. 
Shuk: Jae-hee and Mi-do talk by phone that night. She hasn’t told her parents but she has told her boyfriend. Jae-hee, to his credit, doesn’t immediately push for a break up, but you know he’s thinking about long-distance relationships.
JoAnne: He’s thinking ‘Cool - she’ll go to London for two years, and while she’s tucked away safely over there I’ll run quick and do my MS, and then we’ll definitely get together back here in two years. My plan to keep her from TaeSang will totally work! Hwaiting!’

Shuk: More baseball scenes as Dong-goo meets with Yong-gap. It looks like he is trying to break the weakest link around Tae-sang, as he gives Dong-goo a packet of money and gives him fatherly advice.
JoAnne: F***wads, both of you.
kakashi: I'm starting to suspect something. Is the baseball stuff Product Placement?
Shuk: Amber Eyes meets up with Moneygrubber, and Uncle Cabbage right away starts asking about money. Chang-hee coolly explains he needs the name of the hospital so he can confirm the amount of money needed for the surgery. Uncle Cabbage bolts, Chang-hee catches, and Greeny’s blustering tells him exactly what the deal is.
JoAnne: Behind those lovely eyes, and above those capable hands that cook and clean, which are connected to a very fit torso held up by really nice legs attached to a truly excellent tush, there is a working brain.

Shuk: In the car, President Han casually tells Dong-goo he wired money to his mother's account for his brother's wedding, causing Dong-goo to start crying. See, Oppa really does take care of you, little gangster!
JoAnne: Sh**head
kakashi: Here, have a gif of Han Solo instead: 
Shuk: He takes the money back to Yong-gap, but our Bad Boy in Black tells him to ask President Han about Kim Sung-joon, and that he has found his mother. I’m guessing Kim Sung-joon is the man that supposedly ran off with his mother.
JoAnne: I take it back. You’re ok. You, on the other hand, Grandpa. There is a reason you are lonely and despised. It’s because you’re a JERK.

Shuk: Tae-sang and Mi-do meet at their spot, and he asks her not to go to London and leave him alone again. Her life is her own, she counters, and he asks if she only stayed with him because of the money. She hesitates a moment before saying no. Tae-sang pours his heart out:
HTS: “Back in the days when I didn't have hope, I didn't want to live until I was 40. But now I'm looking forward. Because you will be with me. I might even have a child that looks like you. I will propose soon. Stay with me. Don't go anywhere. I will make you the happiest girl in the world.”
Shuk: Her face is stony when she tells him she will think about it. At the office, two pair of eyes are watching her; young and speculative; and older and hopeful.
Shuk: Her walk home is slow and contemplative as she goes over all the pros and cons of both her life, and the two men.
JoAnne: I do understand his response, but he’s at a different point in his life. She’s not going to understand. Even if she did, though, I'm not sure the right decision for her would be to stay. If she was head over heels for him, I could see her staying and working out some kind of compromise. This is what we do when we love, because our dreams change. They grow, but they also narrow. But she is not head over heels for him. She likes him, but she’s not in love yet. Setting aside the whole ‘Are you CRAZY not to love this man?’ issue, I have to say staying in Seoul would be the wrong decision at this point in her life and in her relationship with him.
kakashi: What, she is not in love yet?! For how much longer is this drama going to run?! Hmm .... what might happen for her to love him ... he could die. That would make her realize how much she cared! 

Shuk: The next morning she is on the Rooftop of Rumination, meeting with Tae-sang. She tells him she is grateful for all that he has done for her and her family, but she wants to break up.
kakashi: I love this location, I really do! 
Shuk: Jae-hee also shows up on the Rooftop, and watches as she coolly tells Tae-sang goodbye and turns from him, but he wrist grabs her to a standstill.
JoAnne: Well. She said ‘I still like you, and I will still pay back the money, but I think we should break up.’ So she likes him, but she thinks they should end things because she needs to take this job. And she’s trying to tell him that she will still pay him back, even though she’s leaving the job he offered her as a way to pay him back - except WE all know he gives not a shit about the money and never did - it was always just a way to keep her nearby. I don't think she fully understood that, though. She’s not dumb, she knows he used the job as an opportunity to see her, but I don't think, as a girl with nothing, that she fully understands how very little the rich man cares about the money he spent. He'd honestly give it all to have her, and not in the squicky ‘I’ll buy you’ way people have accused him off, but more in the ‘I want you more than I want the money’ way. Sadly, I think she is making the right decision. I’m sorry, Oppa. Come here and let me comfort you.
kakashi: What's this plop-plop-plop sound I'm hearing? Oh, it's people dropping this show like crazy. Sorry, ladies, even IRIS2 was better than this.
 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Shuk: I understand Tae-sang’s desperation to have a real home, but his ultimatum was bound to fail. Mi-do is also in the wrong, though, because she sees things in black and white, and doesn’t consider a compromise like, say, “Rich Man Poor Woman”. Long distance relationships can work, but since she has put so little effort into it so far, her indifference will destroy anything between them.
JoAnne: 1. Long distance relationships work (sometimes) between two highly committed people who are deeply in love. We don’t have that here, sadly for Oppa. 
Shuk: I hope JoAnne doesn’t beat me up, but I’m almost hoping for the trauma/amnesia trope hammer to fall on our oppa Tae-sang. It would be worth it just to see her have to work as hard as he has, if she wants get back into his well-muscled arms.
kakashi: Right, Shuk! My thoughts exactly! Amnesia can save this drama. I hate to say it, but it's true. Amnesia or terminal illness. I think Tae-sang will get one. Or he might go blind?
JoAnne: 2. I won't beat you up. I could see that being fun, but I don't think it will go that way. Nope. He’s going to marry the Girl Who Will Accept Crumbs, formerly known as Delusional. I expect a time jump, though. Does that make you happy? I think they must have a romantic relationship (of some sort) after the time jump, but I'm not sure how they get there, yet. There are just so many clichés to choose from, after all! And we have to work out the whole Mom’s Lover mystery, too. Not to mention the dead body in the woods. Oooooh what if Chang Hee killed the lover?
kakashi: Oh yes, let him marry the expressionless biatch (which one, you ask? Well ... the one with the blank face. Which one, you ask? Well, the ... never mind). Just make this drama go away soon, please. Thank you. 
kakashi: do you want some eggs instead?
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