After last week, I pretty much lowered my expectations about plot and pacing and that’s really helped. The fact I care less has made me enjoy it more. It’s almost like a “Que Sera Sera” thing now. Is the drama moving fast? Cool. Moving slowly? Cool. Everyone dies in a nuclear attack? Hey, why not?
In addition, we finally got more out of Sun Woo which is all I’ve been asking for. There were some anti-climactic revelations as usual but at least we got them out of the way.
All in all, since I got my frustrations out last week, I thought the episode was okay.
The episode begins with Se Yi at Adam’s place. After noting that the flowers unexpectedly bloomed, she talks about her mixed feelings about her mother. Now that she’s experienced her “romance” with Seol Chan, she wonders about her parents. If theirs was anything like hers, where did it go wrong? Sweetie, you haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of what a relationship is so why don’t you actually date him first and perhaps you’ll start to see how things can go wrong? It is nice that she’s trying to figure her mother out.
Then she asks Adam if there was something in his life he wished he could do over. For her, it’s eavesdropping on her mother’s conversation. It’s true that when it comes to our parents, there are a multitude of sounds we wish we never overhear but on a more serious note, 11/12 is too young of an age to learn that your parents are normal, flawed individuals like everyone else so I get her trauma. Major props to the show if it’s not revealed that it’s all a misunderstanding.
Eun Ha, Do Nam and Kyu Dong show up and we learn that the last two have really improved on their instruments. Eun Ha mentions that a local high school appeared on some show called “Goddess’ Kiss” and think that they can go too. The guys are excited at the prospect of this new story line that’s arrived at the eleventh hour.
Adam – who’s stepped out- thinks about what he’d love to redo. We get a flashback to the night of the fateful incident. He’s about to enter his car when this young girl runs over to him and asks for a ride. He turns back to look at Se Yi’s mom who’s waiting for him then smiles at the girl and puts her in his car. Then he smirks at Se Yi’s mom and drives off. So there are two things we can glean from this scene: Adam was a smug jerk and he wasn’t sending Nawin child support money. So I’ll go with the other option of guilt money for now.
Sun Woo shows up and Adam lets him in. Okay, I think it’s time for these kids to start paying rent. He asks him where to find Nawin and Sun Woo tells him.
Sun Woo and Se Yi sit out in the courtyard to study while the other three practice in the basement. Then they sing a song about the wind blowing.
Manager Hong drives Seol Chan to Adam’s place because while he can’t help Se Yi with her studies, he needs reassurance that she will not place last in their class. Then we get a flashback of the flashback of his childhood conversations with Sun Woo about Se Yi. While he doesn’t think he should feel sorry, he can’t help it. While I understand the introduction of this plot point, I feel it’s misplaced. He should have felt this way when he first learned of their past relationship and not now after so many things have happened like kissing her and almost confessing last week. They should have explained that it was the reason he was dragging his feet back then instead of springing it on us now.
They arrive at Adam’s place just as he’s stepping out. Hong once again wonders where he knows him from. Seol Chan walks over and asks him if he plays the guitar. Upon confirmation that he does, he quips that Se Yi really does like every man who plays the guitar. lol. He wants lessons but Adam tells him he doesn’t teach just anyone.
Eun Ha walks out in search of Nana and when she shows up, Seol Chan chummily asks her how her lessons are going. She tells him to mind his business. LMAO. I guess the “electric” skinship they shared during their couple game did nothing to endear him to her.
Na Na walks into the basement and both Kyu Dong and Do Nam turn into cute, little puppies. What is a love triangle if best friends don’t like with the same girl? Se Yi and Sun Woo walk in from the courtyard and there are lots of loaded glances going around. Then Eun Ha starts grilling Seol Chan on his band mate, Arnold. Basically, now that he’s been demoted to a regular person, she’s found a new star which is fine except he’s one of the guys I “mined” so I’m totally not okay with this.
Seol Chan follows Sun Woo as he steps out to text his mom. Our star sarcastically asks him if he still tells her everything but can’t manage to say what he really wants to say. And still can’t say anything when Sun Woo asks him of the status of his relationship with Se Yi.
They go back to the basement and since Eun Ha is now an anti, she asks him to sing “Loving A Friend’s Friend.” This hits home with the topic du episode so he pretends not to know it. However, as Seol Chan’s former #1 fan, Eun Ha knows every single song he’s performed and has got receipts. The band starts to play and after an initial hesitation, he succumbs to the pressure and performs it with all his heart and soul.
I heard the original but I prefer this slower tempo rendition – especially the chorus. Joon Hyung doesn’t sound like a 4Men member but he pulls it off pretty well.
As the song plays, we see our usual square walking or sitting with heavy hearts but this time, they throw in Adam and Se Yi’s mother for good measure. Adam goes to see Nawin street performing but when the younger man sees him, he runs for the hills. It was less than 10 seconds but thank you PD for showing us his pretty face.
Seol Chan meets with his company to discuss collaborating with Ari, whom he’d previously finger-kissed, for a charity album. It’s for Korean children adopted abroad and since it will only feature top stars, they think it will be a great opportunity for him. Seol Chan is clearly uncomfortable with the idea and when he later asks his manager if he could skip it, the older man immediately thinks it’s because he’s not on good terms with Ari when it’s really about adoption.
Se Yi speaks to Eun Ha as she walks home. While telling her friend that Sun Woo is the better choice, she takes down all of Seol Chan’s posters and replaces them my husband’s. She’d wanted to protest and be an anti-fan for a bit but listening to him sing made her feel bad. However, Se Yi realizes that Sun Woo will be hurt, right? The girl already said sorry to the guy two episodes ago so I honestly don’t know why this is still a topic for discussion.
Se Yi’s mom shows up so she hangs up the phone. They have a tense moment then she asks her why she did it as everything would have been fine if she hadn’t. Without letting her mother respond, she turns around and leaves.
Sun Woo sits alone in the basement – Na Na must have sent him a text. He picks up a guitar and sings another song about the wind.
As soon as he’s done, Na Na walks in. I assume she’d listened in from the other side of the door. They start their lesson and he notes that she’s a very quick learner. He’s teaching her something new that’s a little hard. He starts to play and she asks if it’s really that hard. He says probably not with her ability but then she insists that it looks hard and just like he did when he first learned she could sing, she wonders if she should continue to pretend that she doesn’t know. This is when he finally realizes that she’s not talking about music. She understands that it’s not easy to watch one’s first love get stolen but what’s holding him back? If he doesn’t fight, he will lose her forever. What is he thinking? He tells her that he wonders if he’s making the right sound. Let’s just pause for a moment here. A few months ago, would Prince Sun Woo have imagined sharing his love woes with the class iljin?
She understands his metaphor and takes the guitar from him. Yes, he’s making the right sound but sometimes it’s just not what the listener likes to hear. We like what we like and it’s not something that can be forced. She asks him if he wants to see something funny then she gets a beat going on her phone and rocks the hell out of the guitar.
He’s shocked because she’s an even better bass player than he is. She learned it from an ahjussi at the room salon. So let me get this straight: Not only did she become a seamstress there, she learned to sing, dance and play instruments? So why do YG Ent, SM Ent, JYP and all those companies spend so much money on training? All they have to do is send their trainees to room salons.
So why did she ask him to teach her? She doesn’t like the feel of her guitar playing so she’s trying to slowly relearn it to give out a different sound. But that’s different from people who can’t find their own voices because they keep trying to fit other’s preferences. Sun Woo understands but says that isn’t his problem right now. He then tells her that she’s full of surprises then smiles warmly at her (tiny squee!).
It’s exam time at school. Seol Chan asks Se Yi if she can avoid coming last in their class then jokes (I hope!) that he saw her answer a question wrong when the right answer was “New Zealand.” LMAO. Then Eun Ha walks over and asks the same question. She then points out two guys who like her. As Seol Chan seethes in jealousy, she informs her that they are the two who usually come last and second-to-the-last and this time, they are really counting on her to help them pull up their positions. Then she walks away laughing boisterously. How hilariously mean. She’s a childish bitch but it’s entertaining.
The stupid PD returns to school with a plan. He wouldn’t have looked more evil if they’d put red horns on his head.
Na Na’s fanboys, Seol Chan and Eun Ha step out of school. Seol Chan notes that she’s become more cynical and wonders how she could have dropped him so quickly. She tells him that love isn’t static (someone should send this in a telegram to Sun Woo). Na Na shows up and gosh, Kyu Dong has got it so bad. LOL. His Na Na moments are the best.
Eun Ha waits for Se Yi who’s gone back to get her bag. She runs into Joon Hee who greets her warmly. She replies formally but he tells her to call him by his name. When she refuses, he gets mad like she insulted his dick size. He tries to intimidate her into saying it but she refuses, reminding him that she has no intention of becoming his friend but instead of just turning around and leaving, she exchanges angry glares with him till Sun Woo walks by, sees them and comes in between them as a warning. LOL. World War III begins because he pulled a Destiny’s Child.
When they get to class, for the eighteen billionth time, Sun Woo says that she’s been out of it lately. And then instead of running out to meet the friends waiting for her, she just stands there. He gets a call from Hye Rim and from his glances and words, it’s clear that she’s asking about Se Yi.
After hanging up, he tells her that it’s her birthday and that she wants Se Yi to come and see her. As the rest of Colobar wait, Jerk Rok and Hyo Rin show up. Hyo Rin tells Eun Ha to give her the SS couple fanfic but before she can complete her sentence, Eun Ha runs over and covers her mouth with her hand.
Apparently, this is an even bigger abomination than not saying her name because she pushes her to the ground and starts to freak out. How can a dirty, disgusting beggar touch her? The rest of Colorbar tries to shut her up but she won’t listen, insulting and spitting, saying that she feels her mouth rotting. Damn. It’s so awful that even Jerk Rok tells her to stop.
Then Joon Hee shows up. Seol Chan tells him to warn his sister to respect her seniors but then he wonders who those could possibly be, insulting them. Like brother, like sister. Clearly, one needs to bathe in holy water before entering their home.
The PD watches their confrontation and now knows how to implement his evil scheme.
Se Yi and Sun Woo arrive after the fact like incompetent cops in an action movie then his phone rings: Hye Rim needs them to come right away. Seol Chan hears this and is not happy.
The PD meets with All For One as they walk away. He introduces himself as the PD of Goddess’ Kiss and mentions that he wants All For One and Colorbar to battle. Joon Hee immediately refuses so he tries some tactics. First he implies that their first win was rigged then says that isn’t it right for real ones to stomp out the fakes?
Like a thumb-dicked guy with a bruised ego, despite seeing through the PD’s ruse, he agrees because he really needs to put those pompous bitches in their place. It’s funny because I’ve been waiting for them to do their worst and this is the best the writers could come up with. You didn’t say my name so must die. LOL.
Seol Chan has guitar practice with Adam but screws up because he can’t stop wondering who Hye Rim is. Adam calls him out on it and asks him how he feels about being an idol. He says that even though it isn’t easy, he loves it because people keep telling him that they are grateful he was born. Adam reminds him that the words of strangers won’t lead to eternal happiness.
Manager Hong finally figures out who Adam is – he was a very successful producer whose life drastically changed after an accident six years ago right after winning an award. He tells this all to Seol Chan on their drive back. Apparently, the girl he’d driven had been underage and in addition to murder, he’d also be accused of statutory rape. However, despite being cleared of the charges, he still faced the derision of the world.
On the drive to the hospital, Se Yi and Sun Woo don’t speak as her mind is elsewhere as usual. He looks over at her and sighs. He appears to be getting as tired of it as we are.
They arrive at the hospital and we see why Hye Rim needed Se Yi to come – she’s gotten a wig just like her hair. She asks Sun Woo who’s prettier and he immediately tells her that she is. Apparently, unlike her, Se Yi’s looks are less exciting the more you see her. Hahahahaha… not. That’s the kind of joke that can turn a girl paranoid.
Then Se Yi gives her a birthday present and teases her about its contents, saying that the doll is so small it can’t be pretty. She makes the little girl cry and unlike Sun Woo, I don’t see how this is cute or funny.
He giggles about this on their walk back and she tells him that he will have to marry Hye Rim since she loves him so much. Oh Lord, please don’t let this be a Dream High Jin Gook situation.
Then he tells her that he once had a sister who was four years younger than him who died of leukemia. He remembers how she used to follow him everywhere calling him “Oppa” and that she was the first person he thought of when he initially saw Se Yi. Oh Lord, Freud would have had fun with this one. Then he wonders if things aren’t working out with them because he acts like her real oppa.
Losing someone he loved was inexplicably hard to bear but then he thought of how much more difficult it must have been for his mom. In addition to her loss, she was also worried about losing her other child. Then we get a flashback that reminds us that he allows himself to be chauffeured to school because it keeps his mother’s heart at ease. What about his daddy, though?
And this is when I cut him some slack. He might be a thick-headed SamariWoo but ultimately, despite acting mature all the time, he’s just as clueless as everyone else. He acts perfect for his mother’s sake which explains why his heart really isn’t in it and he comes across as cold and unfeeling. And regarding Se Yi, he knows that she doesn’t like him and is just trying to figure out why.
When they arrive at her place, he thanks her for the day and after she leaves, guess who’s lurking and watching him? Shadow Chan.
While in her room, Se Yi remembers what Sun Woo said about his mother’s pain and thinks of her own mother. Now we can at least see why the love triangle has been dragged so long – Se Yi and Sun Woo have to help heal each other’s hearts and since they had no intention of resolving her mummy issues till the last minute, here we are.
She joins her mother in the living room to help fold some laundry and after some cute small talk, her mother notes that she and her father had become so close that she’d taken her spot by his side. Great. In addition to sister-loving, now we add the Electra complex to the mix.
When Se Yi asks if she’s somehow to blame for what her mother did, the older woman gets mad, walks out and sits on a park bench. Then she imagines her husband sitting next to her. He offers to serenade her to soothe her pain and she agrees. She weeps as she listens to the song.
Her husband tries to leave after the performance but she tells him to sit his ass down. She reminds him of the time he’d gone on a group date behind her back and gotten her to forgive him by writing a song. And the worst part was he didn’t let her keep it and instead, put it on his third album that flopped.
Unless I forgot everything, Se Yi is under the impression that her father only ever wrote one song and never debuted so how can the dude have several albums out there without her knowledge? Or did I miss something here?
He apologizes and tells her to take care of their daughter. She weeps heavily and Se Yi sees this. Like Seol Chan noted earlier, everyone has scars.
The next day at school, Seol Chan and Se Yi meet and he wonders where she went with Sun Woo. He gets mad when he learns that she’d gone to see a girl Sun Woo knows. I wonder how this pair will succeed when they constantly get their wires crossed. He walks off in anger.
The vice principal tells Teacher Dok about the Goddess’ Kiss appearance. She’s mad because it had previously been turned down but it’s made clear that things changed because Ma Joon Hee requested it.
She relays this to Colorbar and Eun Ha, Do Nam and Kyu Dong are excited. They discuss it afterwards with Eun Ha just yapping on and on like a parrot. Seol Chan tells them that he won’t be able to do it because of his contract. It’s one thing to represent the school for charity and another to appear on an entertainment program.
He leaves and Se Yi follows him to apologize on everyone else’s behalf for not thinking of his circumstances. He tells her it’s nothing to worry about then Stalker Woo shows up. LOL
Seol Chan looks over at him and asks her if she knows what bothers him most about their relationship. So they have a relationship? The we-like-each-other-but-aren’t-dating-however-I-still-think-I-have-a-right-to-tell-you-who-to-hang-out-with relationship? It’s okay to not put a label on it but they just have angsty moments and awkward conversations.
Without Seol Chan, Eun Ha, Do Nam and Kyu Dong decide that they’ll be fine as long as they have Sun Woo. At this point, they should be happy they have Na Na because I’m sure it’ll soon be revealed that she learned to be an orchestra conductor by growing up in a room salon.
Sun Woo calls Seol Chan to meet him on a random street to have another love triangle talk and asks him why he’s been avoiding him. Because the topic du episode dictates so. He tells him that if he’s doing it because he feels apologetic to him, he shouldn’t because he’s not done yet. Oh you, thick-headed fool.
As he drives away, he receives a text from Nana about the seventh coupon. They go to a clothing store and after telling him that she’s not buying anything for him, she hands him a muscle t-shirt to try on. He puts it on and ooh la la, good choice, Kim Na Na! He looks totally hot and why do I find it funny that she objectifies him so much (or maybe the director just has a hard-on for him?) because she sure enjoyed watching him take off his shirt in the past and now she gets him to wear a t-shirt so that she can get her fill for the day. Next week, she’ll make him wear a thong saying she became an expert photographer in the room salon and needs him to pose.
She buys the t-shirt even though it’s not her ahjussi’s size and as they leave, she explains that she just wanted to use the coupon before it expires. Then she asks him when the expiration date is. He tells her he’ll think about it. This will obviously get addressed in the finale. Does she get a perpetual date which means there’s no rush and it will come back in some time skip (if there’s one)?
Then she asks him if he’s solved his love problems. He tells her what’s worrying him – if he changes himself to fit the other person’s preference, it might cause someone to cry. So obviously, the issue is still about a person’s taste but this brainiac thinks he has a shot as long as he becomes what she wants.
Then she cries and yells at him: Hey, Sun Fool, what good is there in making her laugh when she’ll go to the one who makes her cry? Why is that so hard to get into your thick skull? Then she turns around and runs away. And he’s left wondering what the hell just happened. It’s funny how he’s trying not to make someone cry and there goes Na Na.
That he thinks this is a solution that can work is beyond ludicrous but sadly not unrealistic since there are tons of people who try to became something someone else wants then after a while, when it’s unsustainable, wonder why the relationship crashes and burns. Which is different from what Na Na is doing which is trying to become the person that she wants to be.
The Stupidly Slow couple continues to think and think about their non-relationship and after he can’t answer her call because of Hong’s presence, Shadow Chan shows up in front of her house.
They sit on a bench and he explains the topic du episode to her. He wants to tell Sun Woo to get lost and stay away from her but what stops him is the fact that he’s loved her longer and he feels the need to respect that.
Then she asks why they fell out and he reveals topic du episode numero dos (how many languages can I fit in?) to her – he was adopted. Other than the fact that we’d long since figured this out, they teased it for so long that in my opinion, the revelation lost its intended impact. It was a secret between him and Sun Woo but because the latter was worried, he’d told his mother who in turn called his mother. He’d been very upset because he didn’t want to burden her and this is the reason those two are now so antagonistic with each other. I almost have nothing to say here. Without a doubt, someone breaking a confidence can end a friendship but it doesn’t really explain the eternal fights and one-upmanship between them. Yeah, yeah, they secretly still love each other and want to make up, however, considering how long and intense their fights have been, they both just look like two proud idiots without a single clue between them.
Se Yi goes home and thinks of both boys then calls Sun Woo and asks him out on a date.
The next day, Eun Ha, Na Na and her fanboys go to the basement to practice. It’s a hilarious scene because both boys want her to sing lead and when Eun Ha declares that she’s doing it, not only does Do Nam convince her not to, he shoves Kyu Dong out of the way. lol. They no longer have a story line now that their issues are resolved so it’s cool that they at least gave them something fun to do.
Se Yi meets Sun Woo in front of the theatre and they go in. Since they have some time to kill, they sit in the lounge. Se Yi starts reading a book Sun Woo previously read. He asks her to read the part she’s at then he quotes that page verbatim. Apparently, the dude has the entire book memorized. WTF? Guys, I think we’ve finally figured out what’s wrong with him – his brain is filled with so many words that there’s no space for common sense.
They both smile at they watch the movie but as they watch each other when the other isn’t looking, it’s clear they have a few things on their minds. As they walk home after the movie, Se Yi tells him that she had fun. He grunts his agreement. Then she asks him why he always says yes to everything. Because he’s become Spineless Woo in order to please you? Then she walks ahead and thanks him for always saying “hmm” to everything. His face freezes. And since he likes saying “hmm,” there’s one more thing she hopes he says “hmm” to. She turns around, faces him and tells him that she likes Seol Chan a lot.
Ice cold. Considering that Sun Woo’s biggest crime was being a yes man (I guess topic du episode numero tres), I don’t think he deserves such a harsh brush off. It is unnecessarily mean.
His frozen face hardens and as he stares back at her, Na Na starts to sing a song about how there are no goodbyes. Oh dear.
They stare at each other for a few moments then she turns around and after walking a few steps, Sun Woo softly calls her name and she turns back around. They continue to stare at each other with him looking devastated and her apologetic.
Excellent acting by Kang Ha Neul in the final shot – it really looked like his heart had just been ripped out. As for her, oh my gosh, how I wish he’d say something so incredibly mean that she’d be on the next flight to the closest sheep farm. Ugh, I can’t believe that she’s got me on his side. And to think that I wanted his clinginess to lead to heartbreak. While he can be annoying, he didn’t do anything wrong or clingy to her in this episode. They studied together as proposed by Eun Ha, they went to the hospital together because of Hye Rim and they went to the movies because she freaking asked him to. He didn’t actually initiate any of these things and then she raises his hopes up and spends his money only to reject him in such an awful way. The issue isn’t that she rejected him (I swear this already happened two episodes ago) but the brutal way she did it. “Oh, you always say yes to everything? Well, here’s another thing to add to the list.” Goodness gracious. If they still have him cling to her after this, there’s no hope. For him or the writer.
When she called, I thought she was trying to mend their friendship but apparently, it was to get rid of him to stop Seol Chan from worrying. LOL. Yikes.
I began this show expecting some teenage fluff but the first episode promised us more. It’s sad that they decided to sacrifice it in order to take us on the slowest love triangle journey in Korean drama history. And speaking of romance, I think it’s fair to say that Se Yi – Sun Woo have had more scenes together than the OTP in the last few episodes so in a sense, they haven’t done that well, either.
I know a lot of people feel for Na Na but the more I watch their dates, the more I feel like she’s just having a laugh. How many of us get to spend this much time with our epic crushes? She gets him to be her anatomically correct Ken doll and bosses him around. I still think they are doing something with them that will most likely involve “seeing” and/or coupons but even if they don’t, ultimately, I think we’ve being shown that she’s multi-talented and strong and he’s just a boy. A boy who got dissed by Se Yi. Poor thing. Right now, she’s just using the coupons because she doesn’t want them to go to waste and not because she’s dying to spend time with him. If she ends up with him, cool, even though she can probably do better. If there’s a time jump and she’s with Kyu Dong, I will laugh and think it’s cute but I don’t know if that can work because she’s just so damn bossy and he’s not strong. And if she’s single or with some random person, it’s all good. She’ll be fine, regardless.
Instead of dragging out this rubbish triangle, they should have given us a lot more about Seol Chan and his mom (and invisible dad). They showed her twice and that was the end of it even though he had many scenes in his bedroom. While he and Sun Woo do all they can to not burden their mothers, the results and implications are different. I bet Sun Woo’s mom will also be upset that he restricts himself for her but there’s no questioning the love there. In Seol Chan’s case, a strain exists and they’ve never truly become mother and child and are more like guardian and ward. It’s something that should have been dealt with over several episodes and not just have it mentioned in the penultimate episode. I don’t expect a resolution to Sun Woo’s issue but I hope they at least do something with Seol Chan and his mom despite knowing it will not be satisfying.
I know lots of people are worried about how things will end; romance, friendship, family life and all of that but the way I look at it, they are all teenagers and still have a lot of growing up to do so no matter how it ends, it will still only be a beginning for them (unless there’s a time jump).
So what will happen next week? Na Na will turn water into wine; Colorbar will win the battle; Seol Chan and Se Yi will declare their love to each other; after crying himself to sleep, Sun Woo will put down his books and free up some brain cells; Se Yi and mom will resolve their issues; Ahjussi will have some flashbacks; Eun Ha will fangirl someone; Nana and her fanboys will agree to a polyamorous relationship and everyone will be happy.
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