Before I get into it, all I have to say is we got two entertaining episodes as always. I can’t believe that I’m at Episode 10 and not yet bored. Hahaha.
So yeah, poor Hyung. That’s all I kept thinking while watching Episode 10. Can someone please tell me what crime he committed?
All he did was help a girl in the rain. Fine, he shielded her with this umbrella which from countless dramas is apparently the most romantic move in the world that’s guaranteed to make women fall in love. Hyung (or Oppa, I guess), you should have known better and just let her catch pneumonia. Bad Hyung! You deserve a thousand lashes!
Honestly. Joon Hyung lashes out at the poor guy for hurting Bok Joo when as far as I can see, all she did was hurt herself.
He finds out that a patient he likes lied to him. Instead of getting annoyed, he chooses to cheer her on. It’s not his fault she’s got self-esteem issues and believes he can’t ever like her. He didn’t cheer her on to hurt her. He cheered her on because that’s what a nice person does. If anything, it says that he isn’t upset about her lies and supports her as she is.
Then Joon Hyung (who needs to resolve his feelings for Bok Joo) attacks him, pointing out that a female weightlifter wouldn’t want someone she likes to see her at her best as an athlete. Yep, standing there with your face all messed up, winning a competition is the absolute best a weightlifter can look. It’s her shining moment. But she turns it into a negative and in turn, Joon Hyung rebukes his cousin like it’s common, reasonable knowledge. NO! Also, all her sunbaes who don’t let their boyfriends attend their competitions are all wrong too. It’s bullshit logic.
Now, poor Hyung thinks he made a mistake and apologizes to Bok Joo who is so depressed at this point that she can twist a $100 million lottery win negatively, gets even more upset causing, Joon Hyung to rush back to his cousin and yell at him for being too nice. Eff you, Joon Hyung.
Poor Hyung. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t, If you yelled at him for breaking your things, someone could have said it was because he wasn’t your real brother (although he’s still a blood relative but whatever). But you not yelling at him for breaking your things still gets you accused of treating him like he isn’t your real brother. What a screwed up world.
This is exactly why people need to take responsibility for their own feelings. And stop ascribing feelings to others.
Bok Joo is ashamed of what she considers a lack of femininity but she never gave Jae Yi a chance. I’m not saying he would have been in love with her but she never let him see the real her and condemned him for feelings he never expressed. When did he ever show that he couldn’t be attracted to a woman whose veins popped when she lifted weights? I can’t imagine that their weight loss procedures were particularly elegant. It was extremely unfair to him and she made herself miserable.
The same can be said about Joon Hyung. While she unwittingly cut him off by mentioning seagulls when he was about to tell her he had no issues with female weightlifters, she’s already labelled him as not being crazy enough to be interested in her (as she mentioned to his ex).
It’s a defense mechanism. She rejects these men before they reject her and then any proof that they aren’t interested in her validates her behavior. It’s pretty much a self-fulfilled prophecy.
Unfortunately, Jae Yi can’t unhear what Joon Hyung said but he also showed that this “niceness” is inherent in him. That’s just who he is. Getting mad at Joon Hyung would be an act and not his true feelings. And I loved the drama for showing that.
But the theme of being too nice being detrimental was driven home with Coach Choi’s arc when she crossed the line to save her student. I expect her to be back and wonder how they will pull that off.
This happens and Bok Joo falls even deeper into her funk.
She’s obviously depressed and I feel like we need to delve into the root of her problems (and that loneliness induced by an unrequited love and loss of her coach won’t be it). Why does she always jump to the worst conclusion? Like Joon Hyung asked her, why does she stubbornly misinterpret his actions and refuse to see what they mean? But with only six episodes left and given that Joon Hyung’s trauma as well as what’s going on with Shi Ho are yet to be resolved, I don’t expect much. However, I will clap for 24 hours straight if this crush is used to heal a wound we’re currently unaware of.
One good thing that came out of Joon Hyung’s outburst at his cousin is that Jae Yi has planted a seed in him. Now he will reexamine his feelings and figure out why Bok Joo has become special to him. It was cute that he failed miserably at being indifferent to her.
The past few episodes have had Joon Hyung be the rock that Bok Joo needs and I pray that she gets out of the funk real quick so that it can become more balanced. I love that he’s opened up and revealed his past to her but it was used as a way to comfort Bok Joo. We need more moments that are purely about comforting Joon Hyung.
I remember watching All About Eve and praying for a man like Jang Dong Gun’s Yoon Hyung Chul. I’ve always thought him as the quintessential k-drama male lead – patient, thoughtful and loving – but now I hope that my teenage self in a parallel universe meets a man like Joon Hyung.
While I enjoyed that this week gave us lots of OTP scenes (and how hilarious was it that he rolled her home in a shopping cart?), I missed seeing Bok Joo with her girls. Please give us more of that next week.
I’ve always been indifferent to the likely coupling of Ah Young and Jae Yi but I really disliked her this week. While she may have been under the wrong impression that Bok Joo was into Joon Hyung, it was very insensitive of her to openly speak about her crush. They sacrificed her character (and Jae Yi’s) in Episode 9 to push Bok Joo into depression.
Anyway, sometimes, one needs to hit rock bottom to bounce back so I hope Bok Joo’s journey of rediscovery not only clarifies the importance of weightlifting in her life, but also shows her who she really loves. And she’d better open her eyes wide because her uncle has already started picking out baby names.
Till next week.