Granted, it’s been a few months since I watched a Korean drama but can they step on it or something? It’s the midway point and I’m not sure anything has even happened yet. Hello? This isn’t a daily drama. Real stuff needs to start happening soon. And showing us a flashback of a flashback doesn’t help.
So what happened this week?
Episode 6 ended with Jin Rak and Enrique needing to talk which – like happens in every Korean drama – means they need to have their very important meeting on the rooftop. Yep, even this raggedy building has a roof top that’s open in the winter.
So Jin Rak starts off the conversation frankly, saying they ought to talk as friends and that he’s not two-faced. If he doesn’t like you, you will know it. This leads to Enrique having a pity party because Dok Mi already told him off. Dude, I will tell you off too. Acting like a 5-year old who’s had too much sugar is so Phineas and Ferb. In fact, it’s even too cutesy for that show so stop it!
Anyway, Jin Rak tries to talk to him but keeps getting distracted by his cuteness.
Meanwhile, downstairs, Disco Barbie is being her usual bitchy, manipulative, selfish self with Dok Mi. She’s upset that Dok Mi isn’t allowing her to use her to get Jin Rak. Dok Mi, you’re our only hope now. Please save him from a life of looking like Big Bird’s trainer.
Anyway, some IRS-like agents come looking for Jae Won and don’t these writers know that the longer they drag a mystery, the less interesting it becomes?
Back on the roof, the guys are talking about needing to confess for a relationship to begin and seeing how horrified Jin Rak is shows very clearly why that guy is on the losing side. I sure know how to pick ’em. Anyway, Jin Rak is confused by Enrique’s behavior because if he isn’t in love with her, why can’t he just leave her be? Why shake her quiet world? So is Jin Rak really telling us that he’d planned on leaving little post-its on her milk carton for the rest of his life?
Anyway, while the boys are having a riveting competition on who knows Dok Mi more, Bird Barbie shows up and is upset when she overhears Enrique promising to support Jin Rak in his quest for Dok Mi’s love. Oh hell no! She can’t let Dok Mi steal yet another guy she never had so she twists their childhood love triangle and makes Dok Mi the villain who went after the teacher. But all Jin Rak cares about is knowing what he looked like to ascertain her taste in men. lol. She also tells Jin Rak about the goons.
Downstairs, Dong Hoon tries to get rid of the goons and begins to wonder if Jin Rak is a wanted criminal. Then Dok Mi – who must have edited some law books – wears her cape, spouts some law jargon and does the job for him. You go, girl!
Jin Rak is surprised to not find them on his return and his little heart goes pitter-patter when he learns of Dok Mi’s role. And of course, for him, pitter-patter means jumping up and screaming out for joy. lol.
Confession time: I have no idea what those people were protesting about. And I actually don’t care. What we do know is they got compensation and are using it for cooking lessons. Yep, they have to use Watanabe somehow. But isn’t it sad that all he did this week was make paella and speak Japanese?
Anyway, the boys invited Bird Barbie to the class to help mend her relationship with Dok Mi and all she does is annoy everyone more while Enrique encourages Jin Rak to confess his love which only enrages the QueMi/EnDok/MiEn/Doriquemien shippers (what IS the shipper name?).
So it’s cute: Watanabe speaks Japanese that nobody – even the wannabe translator Enrique – understands, people are feeding each other and all I can think is, “Can something freaking happen soon?” Then Enrique and DokMi share a look and I scream, “Not that!”
So dinner ends, folks disperse and the annoying gnat, Enrique, decides to be a nosy parker and try to get the “friends” to mend fences. He uses his relationship with Seo Young as an example and repeats the lies Birdie told so Dok Mi gets so mad that she kicks him out. Good. I couldn’t have lasted that long with him. It’s an emotional scene and all I can wonder is why Enrique didn’t just freaking get a hotel room. No matter what he says, they are still practically strangers.
I know it sounds like I’m hating on Enrique (and maybe I am) but I think we need to start feeling the love, you know? I think halfway through the average show, it’s very obvious that some people are becoming more aware of their feelings. And that’s totally lacking. Or should I say it’s not being emphasized enough. Even if it’s a rom-com, I need my heartstrings (no pun intended) pulled so that I can really feel for the couple. Which of course, is the best segue to the dullest part of this show – Robodoc and his crazy patient.
So what exactly is going on with them? Are they dating? Are they in love? On one hand, the show is telling us they spend all their time together, but at the same time, we’re supposed to think he keeps rejecting her for some unknown reason. All they do is have their entire plot occur off screen (thank God) then return so that Seo Young can beg Enrique to inconvenience himself for her sake.
Enrique returns home to find them. He’s upset about the fight. Seo Young guesses it’s only affecting him because he’s in love. Cool.
Anyway, time passes. An old ajumma steals Enrique’s cell phone, Dok Mi finishes editing his book, they bump into each other on the street and fail at ignoring each other. By that, I mean they stand and stare at each other then walk away.
The next person to bump into someone is Jin Rak and he gets to talk to the goons. Something “mysterious” is happening because apparently, if he can’t resolve whatever, he would have to go back to his old name. One goon gives him an envelop so he gives him oranges in return. No, that’s not the code name for some super secret spy document. I mean oranges. The fruit. I wish I just made that up.
The next person he meets is Dok Mi. And he grabs her kdrama-style. At the cooking class, he’d told her that they needed to talk and now it’s time to have that talk. But before they can have it, they both notice Enrique watching them. And suddenly, after seeing him, Dok Mi is no longer interested in hearing whatever Jin Rak has to say. Poor dude. Give it up. But he doesn’t. Instead, he postpones their conversation to summer time. lol
As they all walk back, who suddenly shows up to cry about Robodoc going to the army? It’s like they don’t even want us to like her. She knows how Enrique feels about her yet she keeps blabbing about her love woes to him, forcing him to hide his pain and console her. She’s awful.
As he does so, Dok Mi sees Robodoc then quickly runs over and grabs Enrique’s arm. Why? She didn’t want the doc to misunderstand the hug. Hello, the guy has been trying to get rid of that girl for ages. Shouldn’t that make him happy?
So she grabs him, some piano music starts to play and they stare at each other. And stare. And stare. Till Robodoc puts Seo Young’s shoes and coat on her. Awww, he loves her too. Aww, I still don’t care.
Those two leave and Enrique thanks Dok Mi for her help. She wants to respond then remembers that Jin Rak is still around. I guess now he‘s the annoying gnat (my poor baby). She starts to leave then suddenly turns back and tells him that they need to talk. Jin Rak is heartbroken again. I guess she doesn’t feel the need to wait till summer before talking to Enrique.
As expected, she doesn’t want to talk about anything interesting. It’s about the book (must be a pamphlet) she edited in like two seconds and apparently, as an aspiring writer, her goal has been to write a book of her own something something so she doesn’t want her name on his book blah blah. Kind of stupid, manufactured drama given that she’s an editor. As in, this is her job. But whatever. I guess it’s to show how proud she is but all I can think is “pride comes before a fall.” Like, chill, Dok Mi.
So while they are talking, Jin Rak, who’s already on his way home, suddenly has a dramatic change of heart and decides to turn around. What exactly will he do when he returns to them? You don’t need a crystal ball to know it will be absolutely nothing but hey, let’s give him an A for delusion.
So he returns as they are having their pointless fight (Enrique is still upset about the hurtful words she’d used when she kicked him out) so he hides behind a trash bin and is fine till his phone starts to ring. It’s his publisher telling him that the Enrique in his webtoon is too nice and that Dok Mi will fall for him. She also inadvertently tells him that Dong Hoon is a better artist than him. Ouch.
So now it’s time for Dong Hoon to shine. I know that some people don’t like him but I kinda do. He’s tall, cute and a player. For me, being a player is the most forgivable sin a kdrama character can commit so it never bothered me. So we see him being himself and taking a girl home from the club. But then it turns out he’s a not a player but a designated driver and suddenly, I’m thinking of Designated Dave in Drive My Crazy. Yet, I still find him cute. And making $50 a pop for driving drunk girls home isn’t such a bad gig.
But speaking of drunk girls…
Back at home, Dok Mi opens the box Bird Barbie had foisted on her and it’s filled with their childhood memories. And it’s not long before Drunk Birdie calls her, is cute, and even uses her childhood nickname. It’s funny how the bartender at the bar thought it was cute till he realized she was faking it. See your life, Cha Do Hwi. Even a cute bartender who deals with drunks on a daily basis thinks you’re awful.
So remember the halmoni who stole Enrique’s phone? She starts posting his cute photos with Seo Young everywhere and sends a link to them to everyone on his contact list.
Anyway, Robodoc shows up, they look at the pictures and apparently, the writers are shipping him off earlier than we thought. Yay? He’s leaving the next day.
This boring phone stunt was just to have Enrique freak out that Dok Mi would misunderstand the photos and for Dok Mi to be a little bothered and have some flashbacks. And fantasize about slamming the door in his face. I am complaining about the lack of action but I guess this is their way of showing their deepening feelings. Some more, please?
Anyway, Dok Mi didn’t take Birdie’s bait so she calls Jin Rak to pick her up. He goes next door so that they can get her together but his neighbor is not interested.
When Enrique does show up at Dok Mi’s doorstep, she returns his hat (his ruse for seeing her) while Jin Rak picks up the very sober Birdie. As they walk home, Birdie confesses that she fell for him the minute she saw him. He tells her that she’s drunk and needs to sober up. She calls him Jae Won and thinks that’s her cue to kiss him.
I have to say, having seen Kim Ji Hoon in two other dramas, this is probably his best drama kiss ever! And I say this with a straight face. I mean, yes, she forced that kiss on him and he was struggling for his dear life but it lasted for like 5 seconds. Which is like a record for a kdrama. So congrats on the progress, Jin Rak. You’ve had your first kiss.
But come on guys, after suffering the trauma of watching Birdie maul our guy, we need a palete cleanser. So here are Kim Ji Hoon’s kisses from Love Marriage.
Back to this drama, Dok Mi has a change of heart and decides to go and get Birdie. Enrique follows along and this is just so that the four leads can meet dramatically on that one street in this drama. Anyway, while Enrique clarifies the phone situation, Jin Rak and Birdie see them and it’s back to being fake and that ish. She starts acting familiar with him and he tells her straight up that he’s not interested in her because he likes someone else and walks off. As he walks, it occurs to him that she’s called him “Jae Won” several times, cluing him to the fact that she might know him from his past.
Back on their special road, Birdie drops her facade as is mean to Dok Mi, cluing Enrique in on her real personality. How I wish both guys would send her back to the coop.
So it’s the next day and time for Robodoc to leave. As Enrique says goodbye to his dog, he thinks of something. So he takes the dog to Dok Mi for a final goodbye. I have to say that it was very sweet of him. The doc comes to get his dog which is when Seo Young shows up for some angst given that there are like five minutes left in the episode.
So what cliffhanger bomb is she going to drop on us this week? She saw those pictures and it made her realize that he’d felt the pain of rejection as acutely as she’s felt it from Tae Joon. So she logged in on Travelocity, bought some tickets and apparently, they need to leave for Spain immediately. This makes absolutely no sense for reasons I can’t be bothered to go into but hey, it is what it is, and leaves both Enrique and Dok Mi looking very angsty. Mission accomplished!
What can I say? I need more stuff to happen. It progresses slowly 25% of time and goes around in circles the rest of the time. All I know is that Tae Joon had better have like one month to live so he’s rejecting Seo Young to spare her the pain otherwise his entire character is pointless.
The best thing about this episode is the preview because it looks like the show is finally getting interesting. Thank you! I need those heart-wrenching moments brought about by love denied or lost. So let’s get to it.
Till next time!