Maybe it wasn’t the best idea for me to start reminiscing about old Hong Sisters dramas, like Couple in Trouble, since it made watching this episode of Big a little bit harder. Or maybe this episode just made it harder, since it was such a sloppy, lazy one, which relied far too much on canned “zany bits,” and left out an actual story. If I sound harsh, it’s probably just because I’m still traumatized from the high-risk scene of Gong Yoo serenading Lee Min Jung with a frying pan.
As Da Ran starts to identify her swoony heart feelings more, we got more scenes of her trying to stifle these embarrassing impulses, which only resulted in her seeming really rude and callous towards Gyeong Jun. They really let Da Ran try anything she could to get over her jailbait lover, such as imagining herself as a devoted Joseon woman, waiting for her husband to come home, and avoiding the seductive piper next door at all costs (wow, period piece clothing doesn’t really suit Lee Min Jung, right?).
This should have been a comedic slam dunk, but it just came off as forced and awkward, which is, like, the opposite of funny. She tries to become a domestic goddess so that she can get her mind out of the gutter (is that why all those women of old did those things?), but it’s not working, and is only making Gyeong Jun think that she can’t wait for Yun Jae to return. Gyeong Jun sucks at stealing another man’s wife since he doesn’t even realize that he’s already done it. Only a fool doesn’t eat when a feast has been set out for him.
This episode also had many more scenes between our happy couple and Yun Jae’s parents, including Yun Jae’s absent, no-longer-a-hospital-director father. Now that Da Ran is all official and everything, mama is trying a different tack – she is totally going the passive aggressive, toxic female route of tormenting her daughter-in-law. She criticizes everything about Da Ran, saying she’s not good enough for her son, until “Yun Jae” calls her on it, and for some reason walks away with his parents’ credit card, after insulting them for not being more illustrious.
I love the way he is just shattering all of the codes of Confucius (sorry, Chilwu, the Mighty influence), one shopping spree at a time. And Da Ran is also doing her part to upend the traditional family unit as she tearfully almost confesses to her mother-in-law that her heart has been untrue to Yun Jae, and promising to leave once the “old” Yun Jae returns. It was pretty classy of Da Ran to give him up right when Se Young is obviously too creeped out by the Seo Family House of Horrors to want to have anything to do with them anymore.
I know we’re supposed to be getting excited over Gyeong Jun’s brushes with finding out the truth about the organ harvesting reason for his birth, but I totally checked out of that investigation, and that was even before the drama abused the device of having him be thisclose to the truth, only to miss huge revelations by inches. I hate that in the best of dramas, so you can imagine how I feel about that stuff here. I also don’t get the purpose of this new art professor character, who has it in his power to set everything right, but it too busy wearing artfully tied scarves and getting stalked by the paparazzi (who are just Ma Ri and Chung Sik).
But the horror movie birth mystery took a backseat to love, as Gyeong Jun was less into finding his father, and more about creating romantic moments for Da Ran, with varying degrees of success. I refuse to dwell on his painful rendition of the Pororo song (which was part of an extended, and very inappropriate, “game” in which he pretended to be Yun Jae for Da Ran’s happiness), and so I’ll move on to his other lame attempts at wooing.
Da Ran expressed her admiration of some sunflowers at the art exhibit, and so of course Gyeong Jun took those home for her. Since it would be stupid to buy her new ones. I don’t know if this was supposed to be sweet, but it reminded me of that scene in My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho when Mi Ho works so hard just to buy her man a cardboard cut-out. I guess it’s the thought that counts. And these weren’t the only embarrassing scenes – there was also one kind of unsanitary one of Gyeong Jun washing Da Ran’s leg after she had dropped an iron on it (is that the medically sound thing to do?). Since this was supposed to show how wonderful and devoted Gyeong Jun is, whenever I saw Da Ran’s huge bandage on her leg for the rest of the episode, I didn’t see a goofy eyesore – I saw Gyeong Jun’s love.
Ma Ri was still around in this episode, trying to usurp Da Ran’s place. It was probably supposed to be a laugh riot seeing Ma Ri trying to jack Da Ran’s style, even asking Chung Sik whether she looked like his older sister. She’s so wacky, that she goes shopping for sensible outfits.
Maybe by dressing up as his sister she was trying to get Chung Sik to stop liking her, but it didn’t work, since he’s still as lovesick as ever (let’s not think about what this says about his relationship to his real sister). I just find it very disturbing that all of the kids in this drama (except Chung Sik, bless him) are trying to grow up so quickly. That’s so not funny.