Seo Jun (Jang Geun Suk) and Jung Ha Na (Yoon Ah) got a lot more touchy-feely in this episode, which was inevitable once they started living together – how long has it been since I’ve seen one of those cohabitation dramas? I’m a little surprised that things are moving so fast, but I guess in a drama that prides itself on three-second loves, this hasn’t been fast at all. We also got to see more of the second leads, which was a lot more interesting. You should brace yourselves.
I guess it’s bad when Jun’s the one being really straightforward in a relationship, as was the case when he confessed to Ha Na and waited for an answer she wouldn’t give. I think Ha Na parried effectively, not saying that she didn’t like him, but that she didn’t know him. Give her a minute, ok, she just got over her sunbae, and she’s still living in close proximity to Han Tae Sung (Kim Young Gwang). Ha Na found many excuses to dodge Jun, such as the sudden arrival of Seo In Ha (Jung Jin Young) to call on her mom. That meeting kind of annoyed me – an episode or two ago Yun Hui (Lee Mi Sook) got all in a flutter when she saw Jun, but when In Ha sees the spitting image of his first love, he only tears up thinking of Yun Hui? Like she’s the real predatory one? Whatever. Ha Na did her best to move her mom’s romance along, even though this means that she’s damaging her own prospects for future happiness. Why is she getting punished for being a good daughter?
So Ha Na finally moves out to the White Garden (how fancy of them to name their home), which actually belongs to Jun, so Lee Sun Ho (Kim Si Hoo) is not the property owner I thought he was. We met the other denizens of the cafe, who didn’t make much of an impression on me other than to make me think they were twins – aren’t they the same person? And it looks like they’re trying to give Ha Na her own F4-type of set-up, but it’s just not working out, I think.
They made Ha Na feel welcome by feeding her shrimp and beer, and not even the appearance of a sour Jun could really spoil the mood. He did drink for her, though, so he’s already acting like her boyfriend, even if he thinks she dumped him (I won’t get into how there could be a dumping without a going out first – K-drama logic is its own thing). Later that evening he really acted like her boyfriend when he went to put a blanket on her drunken form, only to have her pull him onto her chair as she got all up on him.
I think the problem with this scene was that Ha Na just seemed too much woman for him as she wrapped herself around him. Not like Ha Ji Won in Hwang Ji Ni, but still too much for an uncomfortable looking Jun. And Ha Na was like the opposite of Sleeping Beauty – a kiss from him put her to sleep before he had a chance to get in a real kiss. Poor Jun.
At least he discovered his own peep-hole in the bookshelf that their rooms share – I’m sure that will be a comfort to him when he feels lonely. I’m guessing we haven’t seen the last of Peeping Jun.
Ha Na is the one holding things up as she saws wood and pretends that she doesn’t remember anything that happened that night. I think she should take time to take stock of everything. She’s had a pretty eventful time since returning to Korea – a guy told her he liked her for the first time, she got her first kiss, and she’s planting her first garden. She obviously needs more than three seconds to deal with everything.
I don’t think the contract she signed to live and work there was legally binding anywhere but in a K-drama, but that whole contract and living together gives this drama a very vintage feel to me – like Full House and My Lovely Sam Soon.
And I guess she’s trying to move forward in her own way, since she agreed to go on a date with Jun, and even changed her hairstyle, copying the looks from her photo shoot. I thought it was funny that she put up those pictures of herself in her room – it was like the amateur version of how actors and actresses in dramas have those huge pictures of themselves throughout their homes. And off on a date they went, if you define date as just a make out session, preceded by the guy being a downer about his home life. Because then it was the best date ever.
I think it’s still a little cruel how they’re setting these two up for major ickiness and disappointment when they find out about their parents. It doesn’t help that Jun will probably support his dad with his new romance since his mother, Hye Jung, is turning out to be the worst mother of the year. It looks like she not only trapped In Ha in the marriage by getting pregnant first (and then telling her son that this ruined her life – classy), but she also had an affair with a married man. Why did they make her so bad?
And I don’t know what Ha Na told In Ha, but now he’s not taking no for an answer – giving Yun Hui baby’s breath, inviting her to his bachelor pad (how skanky), and sending her old songs he recorded right after getting discharged (I was relieved to know that Chang Mo was back with them after that short of a time – he wasn’t just living as a fugitive for most of his adult life). To quote Cher, old people can be so sweet (sometimes).
And Kim Si Hoo is totally disappointing me, or at least his frumpy, rumpled character is. I don’t think Lee Sun Ho will be any kind of viable love interest, even if he does develop real feelings for Ha Na.
They’ve made him like one of those Yeo Rim (from the amazing Sungkyunkwan Scandal) types – the kind of person who won’t get directly involved, and just likes to observe and mess with people. Sun Ho spent the entire episode toddling around like an old man, saying things like, “This is getting interesting.” The more he said things were getting interesting, the less interesting he got. But that’s fine, since Dark Horse Tae Sung totally emerged as the more interesting second lead (it helps that he’s not a part of that whole incestuous 70s past).
We saw him go into what looked like a broom closet, and in a swirl, transformed into a chaebol resort director. Out with the anorak and plants, and on with the suit and real desk – it was like Superman. I wonder how much Ha Na knows – if this follows the traditional formula, she’ll be in for a big shock soon about her sunbae. Now his family approved fiancée makes total sense, as does his odd sense of maturity. Jun had better watch his back.
And even Lee Mi Ho (Park Se Young) is giving Ha Na a run for her money. She can make Jun smile with her crazed dance moves, and she’s lively enough without being oppressive like Hye Jung. And she’s not so blinded by love that she doesn’t mind calling Jun a freak to his face (it’s one of his nicknames!). If her oppa were half as interesting as she was, then I wouldn’t be rooting for Tae Sung.