I guess you could say that things got more fun in the drama, but they also got a lot creepier, which almost negates any other kinds of improvements. Da Ran is finally starting to fall for Gyeong Jun, and while normally I love it when the main couple starts to like each other, I can’t help but cringe whenever they are together. This teacher-student stuff is for those with strong stomachs.
So much for switching back. Gyeong Jun’s little “trip” just resulted in his body falling off the bed, and Da Ran missing her honeymoon as she and Gyeong Jun rush to the hospital. At least something is happening, even though we found out over the course of the episode that Gyeong Jun might not even want to wake up. It sounds like he and Yun Jae are actually full brothers, but that Gyeong Jun was only born to save Yun Jae. Is this like a Never Let Me Go kind of set-up, or something? If that’s the case, then I think it worked, way beyond Yun Jae’s mom’s wildest dreams. Gyeong Jun gave up his soul for Yun Jae to live. Or else this is one big karmic punishment. The only person who seems to care to find out is Se Young, which is nice, since it gives her something to do.
Gyeong Jun and Da Ran are more interested in their feelings than in discovering weird science experiment secrets. They had a silly spat about their non-honeymoon, with Da Ran being mean just to hide the uncomfortable truth that she was getting giddy at the thought of taking a trip with a high school kid. So they went their separate ways, Gyeong Jun home where a freaky, charm-wielding Ma Ri waited for him, and Da Ran to a sauna where her family waited to smoke out her secret. Chung Sik came the closest, but he was eventually talked into believing that eating a boiled egg sounds like eating Peking duck. But his eagle eyes did spy Gyeong Jun, wandering the streets at night, so that particular jig is up.
But now that he’s family, the Gils takes him home, and feed him a deviant meal (until he asks for kid-friendly eggs and ketchup), and I’m sure this warm, lively setting is exactly what he’s been after for most of his life. He tries his best to discredit Yun Jae, but this only makes him seem modest and more likable than ever. While Gyeong Jun really enjoyed snooping through Da Ran’s things, he found her Yun Jae box which made him totally angsty – that’s why you don’t look through other people’s things. But he has the resilience of youth, so even though he was feeling down, he still snuck out to see a ramyun-eating Da Ran, bearing gifts of real food and wine. They kind of make up, and when she tells him that she’ll come and get him from her parents house, it even sounds sweet – the way a mother telling her child that she’ll pick him up sounds sweet.
Usually I can’t stand it when the heroine can’t just come out and say that she likes the guy, and wants him to stay, but in this case, I kind of never want Da Ran to tell Gyeong Jun that she wants him around. I know that he’s a year older now, and in a man’s body, but he’s still Gyeong Jun, and this is all so wrong. Did you see him looking all of 5-years-old as he was doing arts and crafts on that poster of the Great Wall of China? I’m feeling so torn; it’s like a reflex how I hate seeing the hero or heroine suffer over misunderstandings, but in this context, you kind of hope feelings will stay misunderstood until they miraculously resolve themselves, so that Da Ran never has to go through the discomfort of confessing to a 19-year-old. And no amount of manipulative scenes with Yun Jae’s rugrat patients is going to make me want Gyeong Jun to stay in Yun Jae’s body.
One thing I’m not torn about at all is how much I’m starting to hate Ma Ri – so gross. She is the villainous second girl of the piece, not Detective Se Young. It’s not even just because she insists on trying to live with Gyeong Jun, but more because she keeps doing awful things to Da Ran, and hiding behind the fact that she’s just a bratty kid. I think the term she’s looking for is awful kid, not bratty kid. Gyeong Jun and Da Ran are so excited to go see a show together, but Ma Ri steps in and bullies Da Ran into letting her go with Gyeong Jun instead. I think it’s a testament to how much I dislike Ma Ri that even though I find the Gyeong Jun-Da Ran pairing so off-putting, I’d rather they be together than have Ma Ri be by his side instead.
She is also accompanying Gyeong Jun too often, and would people really not say anything? They went to his uncle’s crappy restaurant in an effort to save it, but no one said anything about this mismatched pairing? Isn’t the obvious interpretation that he’s having an inappropriate affair? I hate that Chung Sik is still hung up on her, when he deserves someone so much better. Ma Ri shouldn’t think that buying him a t-shirt is going to make things more even between them.
And ugh, I think that Da Ran is about to go through some creepy times now that she’s realized that she’s happy to see Gyeong Jun, and not just because it’s Yun Jae’s body. He meets up with her at the movie theater after Ma Ri’s dirty little trick, and they listen to Yun Jae’s cassette player Gyeong Jun had fixed for her. How can Gyeong Jun not see the love beams shooting from her eyes now?