Mitzi on…Rooftop Prince episode 13

It’s been soooo long since I thought of this story so it was a little awkward jumping right in.  I tell myself I didn’t look at previous posts on this kdrama because I’m approaching this as an experiment to see how much I can recall after such a long break but in reality, I’m just too lazy to go back and look. I’m 18 months older and 1 day mature-er. I’m not doing the drinking game this episode because unlike everyone else on the planet enjoying their New Year’s Eve celebration, I was lying in bed with a case of food poisoning.  Cherry coke sounds disgusting right now.  So does the tequila it actually refers to.

Cast

Actor name/character name/ (nickname or identifying name)

  • Lee Min-ho as Song Man-bo (Librarian)
  • Jung Suk-won as Woo Yong-sool (Bodyguard)
  • Choi Woo-shik as Do Chi-san (Eunuch)
  • Ban Hyo-jung as President Yeo
  • Lee Moon-shik as Pyo Taek-soo
  • Ahn Seok-hwan as Yong Dong-man
  • Song Ok-sook as Gong Man-ok
  • Park Joon-geum as Yong Seol-hee
  • Kang Byul as Lady Mimi
  • Guzal Tursunova as Becky
  • Na Young-hee as President Jang

This episode picks up right after an odd yet heartwarming confession of ‘like’ from Lee Gak to Park-Ha. Unbeknownst to the couple, a photograph of them with the rest of the minions starts to flicker leaving only Park-Ha behind.  Does this mean the guys are going back to their own time period soon?  Or will they simply disappear? I totally don’t remember!

Back at work, the minions are working, hoping their plan to bring more business to the company works. As they are undoubtedly hard at work, they start to flicker themselves a la Marty McFly from Back to the Future.
Disappearing trick

The minions are all shocked at being so transparent and ask the same questions I posed just moments earlier. Honestly, no one knows at this point what is going on.

While the existence of the minions remains in question, the kdrama takes our attention back to Park-Ha and Lee Gak sitting on a bench in the park.  They look pretty self satisfied with each other. They’re totally in ‘like’ and have nothing better to do than sit on a park bench.  But you can totally tell its that awkward moment after a young couple admits to their feelings to each other and then look at each other and think “Ok, what next?”

But Park-Ha has an idea, and it’s one that is not surprising, “Lets find something to eat.”  Because apparently all they do in South Korea is eat.

As they walk to find food, Park-Ha is suddenly hit with reality.  She can’t be with Lee Gak.  Lee Gak has to marry Se-Na (who is as bitchy as ever) so he an his minions can go back home.  Lee Gak cannot be selfish and follow his heart unless he wants his minions to remain in the 21st century.  She tells him they have separate destiny’s (destinies? destini?) and she must leave.

Before going back to the Minions to see if they are OK, we are shown Tae-Mu who for some ungodly reason screeches his cars tires on the floor of a parking garage. (If making that horrid noise doesn’t make him the villain of this  kdrama, then I don’t know what will.)    While still in his car, he gets a phone call (in a parking garage? with what service?!)  From his expression, he’s shocked and scared.   Turns out, a hospital in Chicago has Tae-yong in their care. Tae-yong really did survive the attempted murder!

Vegetable Tae-YongOf course Executive Pyo overhears this conversion (in a parked car with the windows up) so I’ll assume this will come into play again at some point.

Across town and some time later, Lee-Gak is seen in an empty apartment with a realtor. He agrees to rent the place.  Meanwhile Park-Ha takes a job with a tour company ‘Far from Seoul’. Before Park-Ha actually leaves the apartment for good, Lee Gak tries to make peace with his feelings of losing Park-Ha by yelling at her and telling her he wished he never kept her from leaving for America.

It’s at this point, barely 10 minutes into this episode, that I’m thinking if they would only sit down and discuss things like actual human beings, they wouldn’t be in all of these messy situations.  But then again, there would be no kdrama.

Regardless of the things Lee-Gak said to her, it is less than 3 minutes before he is asking her to meet with him again. He has something important to tell her about their relationship. She appears to care less.

Back at the Shopping Network where Lee-Gak and the minions work, the minions are fine!  They are waiting to see if their plan has worked to sell cosmetics.  It has, they all celebrate.

high fiveStill in the parking garage, Tae-mu hands Se-Na a plane ticket for Park-Ha and tells her to terrorize Park-ha into leaving for New  York.  Se-Na isn’t quite convinced she wants to do such a thing but takes the ticket with her anyway.

After leaving Tae-mu in the parking garage, Se-na finds Lee Gak and asks him for help planning their engagement.  He brushes her off and tells her he is fine with whatever she chooses.  Terrible mistake. Even if Se-Na weren’t an evil jerk, she would still be upset by her fiance telling her he didn’t want to plan anything with her. That is a bad on Lee Gak. I get he doesn’t love her, but he did agree to marry her.  Either call it off or plan that shit.

Regardless, after Lee Gak leaves her, she sticks around and overhears him asking Do Chi San to give an envelope to Park-Ha later that evening.  Sensing something is off, Se-Na, does the most Se-Na thing ever and tricks Do Chi San into leaving the envelope alone for a minute so she can see what’s inside.  WHAT’S IN THE ENVELOPE?!

It’s a…I have no idea. But context clues lead me to believe it is a contract for the apartment Lee Gak just purchased.

contract

Se-Na is probably thinking “Why is my fiance asking Park-Ha over to an apartment he just got?  why didn’t he tell me this?  Why won’t he love me?!”

Then her face scrunches up into an expression of mild fury that she’s so adept at creating. You know some bitchiness is about to go down!mild fury

Do Chi San finally meets up with Park-Ha and hands her the envelope.  Instead of the contract, there is the plane ticket Tae-Mu gave to Se-Na to kick Park-Ha out of the Eastern hemisphere.

Park-Ha is heartbroken.  She believes Lee Gak really wants her gone.  What she doesn’t realize is that Lee Gak is at that very moment in the apartment he had just bought FOR HER.

Butthurt, Park-Ha is reliving their most recent fight as she aimlessly walks and ignores all traffic lights next to the busiest street in Seoul.

Wondering where Park-Ha is, he calls her only to discover her phone disconnected.  Park-Ha has made herself disappear.

Meanwhile, in Chicago, Tae-Mu visits the cousin he tried to kill several months prior, but at least he knows for sure Lee Gak is a pretender.

Back in Seoul, Man-Bo accidentally discovers where Park-Ha has been hiding by glancing at a package Lady Mimi was sending her.  I couldn’t tell where it was by looking at the package because I simply do not read Korean.  But the subtitles told me later it was Jinan.

Back at the office, and I’m assuming it has been at least a few weeks later, Lee Gak and the minions are at a conference table waiting for Executive Pyo to show up for a meeting.  Table talk turns toward Park-Ha’s disappearance. Lee Gak asks them to not talk about her.  He doesn’t want to hear her name because she left all of them behind. He’s also totally over her based on the fact that he said so.

Yong-Sool walks into the room with the candy they named after Park-Ha and shows it to Lee Gak completely oblivious to the conversation that was just had.  He offers Lee Gak some of the candy.  Lee Gak’s head explodes with how much he doesn’t care about her.

Just then, Executive Pyo comes in asking about the vacation packages they are to sell on the Shopping Network.  Which city should they sell to people?  Do Chi San delivers his research.  Jinan is one of the cities on the list. Man Bo totally thinks they should sell vacations to Jinan.

Executive Pyo agrees and sends Lee Gak to Jinan to scope out the place.

Upon arriving, he discovers he had inadvertently hired Park -Ha to be his private tour guide. So not awkward at all!

On their tour, Park – Ha, tries to tell him about the history of the place however Lee Gak isn’t impressed because, hey, he literally lived it.  He’s also irritated she won’t tell him why she left so he calls her boss and threatens to have her fired if she doesn’t do what he says.

Oh the maturity!

She, being twice as clever and ridiculous, feigns a sprained ankle and gets off the hook of being his errand girl. However, she still has to have a business dinner with Lee Gak and her bosses in which tons of soju is imbibed and karaoke is sung.

W…T…F.

Before Lee Gak leaves Park-Ha for the night, she asks him to follow her.  She wants to show him something.  They go to the house where she is renting a room and she gives him the envelope with plane ticket in it. This sets off an argument in which they clear up all the misunderstandings that occurred this past episode which all could have been avoided if they just talked to each other in the first place instead of acting like butthurt dorks.

plane ticket

I will admit there is one cute scene this episode where the landlords grandson puts dog poop in Lee Gak’s shoes because he yelled at Park-Ha.  When Lee Gak asked the grandson why he did such a thing the kid responded with “Because you were harassing Park Ha”  When Lee Gak asks why he would protect Park-Ha the grandson responds with “Because I like her!”

Lee Gak totally realizes what a jerk he’s been. Instead of protecting her, he’s been a massive asshat to her.  Hes shocked at this revelation and returns to Seoul determined to figure out how she got the plane ticket instead of contract.

He learns from Do Chi San that Se-Na was also in contact with the envelope and figures she must have something to do with it.  When he approaches Se-Na with questions about the envelope, she admits there was a mix up and the plane ticket was for her (even though Park-Ha’s name is on the ticket clear as day)  Lee Gak believes her.

While at a kindergarten race with Park-Ha a few days later, an inverted stamp gave Lee Gak and idea to see if the whole envelope switcharoo story Se-Na told him actually happened the way she said it did. Long story short, Lee Gak knows Se-Na lied to him because of a stamp on the contract that left behind a mark on the inside of the envelope. There was only one envelope and the contents had been switched.

The episode ends with Lee Gak confronting Se-Na with evidence of her treachery and douchbaggery.

AAAAND its bed time.

Things have happened. THINGS!

One of my favorite movies, “While you were sleeping” has a good quote in the beginning. “Sometimes life doesn’t always turn out the way you plan.”  And that quote is incredibly accurate for my life right now.

First of all, this happened.

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Secondly, I completely changed careers (from teaching to entertainment) and my boss tells me today to hire musicians/singers from China.  Of course, I have no idea how to do that…so, uh, does anyone know any Chinese pop stars?  Seriously, I need help. 

 

Third, best friend (mentioned in earlier posts) and I are no longer best friends…or friends.  

 

Fourth, the “Cherry Coke” in the Cherry coke drinking game is totally vodka and/or tequila.  I don’t care if any minors read this anymore.  I can’t get in trouble for it!  na na boo boo!

Fifth, damn, I have neglected this blog so much due to the first and second update mentioned above.

Sixth, New Year’s Resolution is to keep watching Kdramas and updating said blog.  I will probably stray from the list.  Actually, I most definitely will.  Again. 

Lastly, I’ve got myself a gym membership in order to look slammin in my wedding gown.  So far, in the year I’ve had this memebership, I’ve gained 5 pounds. I figure the weight should start coming off at some point, right?

Mitzi on…Shut Up Flower Boy Band!!!

It’s fairly well know among my friends that I am a huge fan of boy bands.  Not literally  boy bands…but the genre.  New Kids on the Block is my all time favorite boy band.  Some might consider the guys in New Kids ‘Men’ but the fact that they are still singing songs with the phrase “Gonna get to you girl, really want you in my world.” might technically make them boys.  I love New Kids so much that even when I got to meet and ask my boy band Adonis (Jordan Knight) for his autograph and he dissed me…I still can’t help but love him.   I’m a glutton for punishment. And lets not forget the time I accidentally told Kevin Richardson from Backstreet Boys that he stunk….But I digress!

The title of this Kdrama seemed to be full of the fluff that I’ve come to associate and love with Kdramas.  Boy, was I wrong.

Cast!!!

Real name/character name/nickname I give to keep them all straight. 

Eye Candy

Strawberry Fields

Extended Cast

Ok, let me introduce you, if you haven’t already met, to the characters of this Kdrama.  The first characters seen in this Kdrama are the gentlemen in the boy band called ‘Eye Candy’.  They are an underground rock band.  Yeah, named Eye Candy.  Not sure how many punches in the throat that deserves, but I’m pretty sure its a lot.  ANYWAY, there are 6 members, and they aren’t your average garden variety boy band.  At least, not in the States.

These fools play their own instruments!  I’m not used to this sort of trickery.  I like my boy-bands dancing in unison only.  Musical instruments only confuse and frighten me.

First off, there is the “leader” of Eye Candy named Skeletor.

Perhaps you can see why I’ve bequeathed him this name.  He’s tall, skinny and odd…much like a skeleton. Regardless of his name, he’s the driving force of Eye Candy.  Always the first one to get the group into a fight and then get them out of trouble with the law and school (oh, yeah, they all still go to school).  But the heartbreak here, is that he is, hands down, the most likeable character out of all the Eye Candy dudes.  He’s the type of guy that has the most ambitious dreams, gets others to believe in those dreams and then sabotage himself from accomplishing those dreams.  But ultimately you just don’t care what dumbass thing he just did cause he’s cool.  AND they kill him off the second episode in.  THEY KILLED OFF THE MOST INTERESTING CHARACTER TWO HOURS IN!

Well, Kdrama, you’ve gotten my attention now and I’m not happy.

So, since Skeletor is gone, the group needs a new leader.  Enter Dear Leader .

He’s a kid living on the wrong side of the tracks, taking care of himself cause mama was convinced by his older brothers to disown him.  WTF mom?!  Abandonment issues much?  Needless to say, he’s the one with a chip on his shoulder who is full of angst and is supposed to make all the girls want to hold him and take care of him.  Meh.  But since he was Skeletor’s best friend, he becomes the next leader of the band.  It’s his determination to make Skeletors dream (of Eye Candy becoming a big band) come true that drives this Kdrama.

As Dear Leader tries to get his band signed to a label, he falls in love with Poor Little Rich Girl.

Poor Little Rich Girl grew up rich in a big house and rich friends and was pretty much Paris Hilton of Korea. Her dad got slammed for corruption and all that money is gone.  Poor Little Rich Girl is poor now.  She moves next door to Dear Leader and they begin an angsty relationship filled with sayings like “Don’t look in my underwear drawer.”  and, “Why are there thugs standing outside of your apartment?”    Oh, and also, they break up and make up over mega legitimate  reasons like, ‘the success of your boy band is more important than your relationship with me so I’m breaking up with you.”     Legit, right?  If by legit, I mean incredibly stupid and rage inducing.  Eff that noise!  Eff it right into the ground!!!!  You don’t dump a guy because you want him to be better at his job.  That’s his problem to worry about.   Poor Little Rich Girl annoys me.

Why?

Because she was friends with Musical Savant for ages and even though he offered soooo many times to help her out financially, she refused until she almost got in a shit ton of trouble.

Hey there, Musical Savant.  I remember you from Boys Before Flowers as the psychotic stalker of Jan Di.  Glad you came up in the world and stopped trying to kill people. I thought it was super cool you loved your friend, Poor Little Rich Girl, for all those years and were so nice to her even after she gave you hint after hint that she just wasn’t interested.  Must have sucked, huh.  You were by her side for years and were best friends and even though you have a crap ton of money and are really good at producing music, Poor Little Rich Girl chose the Emo poster child, Dear Leader.  I mean, what does he have that you don’t?  He’s the leader of Eye Candy and you are the leader of Strawberry Fields, an equally talented boy-band.  Maybe it’s the fact that your band only has 4 members and his had 5.  Or maybe its the fact that you chose to fall in love with an idiot.  Either way, you’re probably better off without her.  Cheer up and go get ’em, Tiger!

Additional members of Eye Candy include, the whitest actor I’ve seen in Kdramas thus far.

I mean, he has to have some flavor of Caucasian in his gene pool.  Unless the Korean’s have finally found a way of appearing white to throw us ignorant ‘Murican’s off…   Very tricksy.

Regardless, White kid is the drummer and son of a gangster.  Apparently being the kid of a gangster makes him somewhat of a pariah in polite society.  However, with the pool hall gangs, he’s a king.  Well played, White Kid.  Well played.

There really is no other reason for me to write about him.  Just thought it was interesting to see a Caucasian face in a Kdrama.

Don’t care if he’s not part Caucasian.  For all intents and purposes of this blog, he is the White Kid.  Hush, you!!!

Another member…Justin Bieber!!!

Justin Bieber played the most talented and ambitious of all the Eye Candy gentlefolk.   There were a few times he could have broken the band up if he wanted to because he was offered an individual contract.  While the other guys were busy with girls or fighting people, he was going on talk shows and making all the girls swoon.  Which, you know, kinda makes sense in the end of the Kdrama that he’s the only successful one.  Cause, derp, hard work = success.  Throwing punches = jail and no music contract. (in Korea, apparently.  Throwing punches in America will get you a boat load of free press and increase record sales…more on this later)

And, well, he fights with his forehead. That’s what the kids do nowadays, right?

There are two other band members, but they aren’t that consequential to me or this post.  In other words, I just don’t care enough to put them on here.

So, lets get to the quick summary.

Eye Candy has 6 members. They are friends in high school who like to fight, screw (not screws) and play music in their band.  Eye Candy’s high school closes and they are all forced to attend the ultra posh school that Musical Savant and Poor Little Rich Girl attend.  Skeletor falls for Poor Little Rich Girl and writes a song for her called “Jaywalking”.  Musical Savant, leader of his own band, ‘Strawberry Fields’, is also in love with Poor Little Rich Girl.  Musical Savant and Strawberry Fields beat the crap out of Skeletor and as he runs for help, he gets hit by a car and dies.

I’m sure people cried.

(Total rebels…   RIP Skeletor)

Dear Leader becomes leader of the band and enters Eye Candy into a ‘Battle of the Bands’ contest.  In order to get practice room for the contest, he must beat Strawberry Fields at their school.  Dear Leader forsakes the band to rescue Poor Little Rich Girl from thugs searching for her to get to her dad who has skipped town to avoid jail time for defrauding people.  Eye Candy questions Dear Leader’s commitment to the group.  Drama is haz’d

At the Battle of the Band’s contest, Eye Candy loses because Justin Bieber majorly eff’s up.  Strawberry Fields wins and gets a recording contract.  Justin Bieber is now the punching bag of all the guys in Eye Candy.  Can the band survive?  They do.  Video of his eff-up and the bands desperate attempt to fix it goes viral and all the girls swoon over Eye Candy.  A record company takes notice.  They offer contracts only to Justin Bieber and Dear Leader, not Eye Candy.

Justin Bieber and Dear Leader tell the company president to eff-off.  Company president falls for the bluff and signs the entire band.

(Getting famous)

The band releases ‘Jaywalking’ and it’s a hit.  Eye Candy goes on a promotional tour but suck at interviews. Also, they get into a lot of fights.  Company president doesn’t like her bands creating trouble.  She forces the entire band into one apartment to live, eat and sleep music.  (See, I don’t get it.  All that publicity from gossip sites about Eye Candy and she’s freaking out cause its the wrong publicity.  Just get the guys on ‘Intervention’ and make a reality show out of it.  The song they create while in rehab will sell hundreds, I’m sure)

Here, the band’s cracks begin to show (not literal cracks, but figurative)  Dear Leader is spending too much time with Poor Little Rich Girl. When he realizes he needs to focus more on the band, he neglects her.  They break up.  The other guys all end up doing their own thing too, not fully vested in Eye Candy.  The only one really interested in a career is Justin Bieber and he becomes the spokesperson for the group.

White Kid’s gangster father gets publicly known and he’s shunned by his previously adoring fans.  (fickle!)

Meanwhile, Musical Savant is trying his best to destroy Eye Candy and causes some problems but seeing as he’s stupid enough to fall for someone not interested in him, he’s not very successful.

The two other Eye Candy members, The Tall One and Mama’s boy (who I didn’t bother mentioning earlier because they are the Mary and Kitty of this Kdrama (extra points to anyone who gets that reference)) end up being a chef and something else but I can’t remember cause, again, I don’t care.

Company president is thinking of dropping Eye Candy after all the trouble they’ve caused.  Eye Candy fights back and releases another song titled, “Wake up” (which is partly in English and I thought it sounded cool until I could understand the English and I then I decided it should have been entirely in Korean.)  The song is a hit and Company president is satiated…for now.

She didn’t remain satiated for long because she ultimately decides to terminate the contract with Eye Candy.  There is a chance for the group to get another contract in Japan if they all work really hard at it.  Ultimately, the band decides to break up and go their separate ways.

The End.

A few things:

1. The company president decided to meet with Eye Candy in the first place because she thought they were ‘unique’ among bands.  They seemed to really enjoy playing their music and she wanted to sell that to the masses.  I didn’t see it that way.  I though the band was rather typical.  All the infighting, bickering and hurt feelings are sooooo typical of bands trying to make it.  However, this Kdrama kept trying to tell me that Eye Candy was special.  I say nay, they are not special.  They are the rule, not the exception.  Don’t try to force feed me your lies!!!

And with that in mind, I would have to say that despite the ridiculousness of this Kdrama, it is probably the most realistic one I’ve ever seen.   The bitchiness between the characters seemed real.  Not that the actors were really fighting, but that the problems they had in the Kdrama seem like problems that could translate into the real world.   Its one reason I really liked this Kdrama.  I thought I was going to get total silly fluff like in You Are Beautiful, but this one actually had legitimate drama involved. And I liked it!  (getting old. *sigh*)

Also, as always, I must contradict myself and say it was also a reason I didn’t like it.  I really wanted another You Are Beautiful. (fickle!)

2. The angsty relationship between Dear Leader and Poor Little Rich Girl irritated me.  I think I’m just a cantankerous old lady watching this crap and judging all of the make up/ break up bullshit that’s going on. Rather than get on my soap box and give an entire dissertation I will just leave it at that.  It’s a frickin drama, Mitzi!  Get over it!

3.  RIP Skeletor.

4. Cherry coke galore!!! 

5.  Confession time.  I downloaded Jaywalking and Wake Up.  I’ve put those songs on my regular rotation of songs I listen to when writing these things up.  It’s good stuff.  Have no idea what’s being said, but still good.

6. The ending didn’t leave me angry and bitter.  I know, I’m shocked too!  I actually really liked the fact that they didn’t stay together and were able to find their own ways in the world.  It was a perfect ending to a Kdrama that was never meant to be saccharine-y sweet.  The resolution to the Kdrama was bitter sweet too.  Dear Leader was able to find his own voice (not follow Skeletor’s plan) and during his first solo gig, the rest of Eye Candy showed up and they had a little reunion, but everyone was glad to have gone their separate ways. Just sad to think they probably will never get together to play that song again.  I felt that way years ago when New Kids broke up.  (but now they’re touring again and I can hear all their songs live again if I want!  Huzzah for reunions!)

Score: 8/10  Surprisingly awesome if you can look beyond the typical relationship nonsense that accompanies every single Kdrama.

Mitzi on…Coffee House

Well, its been awhile since I’ve been on here but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been watching my stories (Kdramas)  Let me fill you in on one that I didn’t even bother to finish.

Coffee House!!!

Cast!  Actor name/character name/name I give them so I can remember them

Kang Ji-Hwan as Lee Jin Soo (crazy writer)

Park Si-Yeon as Seo Eun Young (Yuppie woman)

Ham Eun-Jung as Kang Seung Yeon (tom-boy)

Jeong Woong-In as Han Ji Won (Cheating boyfriend)

I’m just going to put it out there.  I did not like this Kdrama.  I didn’t like it so much (not even using proper English) that I didn’t bother going beyond episode 10.  Does that put the integrity of the Kdrama Summer Viewing Challenge into question?  Maybe, but it’s not like I’m wining anything here.  Let me point out why I didn’t bother finishing this.

First of all, it seemed to peak around episode 5. After that, the story got boring.  There weren’t souls switching bodies or people in drag so my short attention-spanned American mind lost interest.  (‘Murica!)

Secondly, the characters were soooo cliche!  Crazy writer?! (a bit redundant)  Tom-boy?!  (who got badly dumped so we feel sorry for her so the next man she lets into her life is her sadistic boss…that’s brilliant)  Why not throw in a Yuppie woman trying her hardest to live up to her grandfathers success and a reformed cheating asshole trying to win Yuppie woman back? ….Oh wait, they DID put those characters in there.

Anyway, to make it short, Crazy Writer has some form of agoraphobia that makes it so he can’t make it to his signings at book stores.  This gets his publisher (Yuppie woman) irritated and she threatens to drop him.  Meanwhile, Yuppie Woman’s ex fiance (cheating boyfriend) comes back into her life trying to win her back.  Throw in Tom-boy trying her best to be a secretary for Crazy Writer and its a recipe for shenanigans and silliness that I didn’t bother to watch.

I didn’t like how Crazy Writer treated Tom-boy.  He’s a bit of a sadistic sociopath (but we’re supposed to feel somewhat sorry for him because his ex-wife died…please) He made her feel worthless, telling her the pencils she sharpened for him everyday and the coffee she made wasn’t good enough for him.  I also didn’t like how Tom-boy let Crazy Writer use her so much.  Having her run stupid errands, answer a phone while hula-hooping, and stuffing her in a suitcase.  And she thought doing all that shit was making her a better secretary.  Safe to say, Tom-boy is an idiot.

Crazy writer is also crazy (ha!) He spends days on end setting up elaborate domino cascades.  Who does that?  Days on end without sleep?  A crazy person does.  Honestly, every word I’ve written so far in this review has made me feel like I’ve gone a bit crazy for watching this Kdrama.

Crazy Writer, you  may be one of the finest looking guy’s I’ve ever had the pleasure to lay eyes on, but you crazy!!!

So, who ends up with who?  Don’t know.  Don’t ever plan on finding out.  Didn’t even get to drink that much Cherry Coke. All I know is that I found myself not fully invested in this Kdrama as I was in other shows. Heck, even Playful Kiss kept me more entertained and I really disliked that one.

I’m disappointed in this Kdrama, but I’m more disappointed in myself for not being motivated enough to finish it.  Shame on Coffee House and shame on me.

AND MIGHT I POINT OUT THERE WERE ALMOST NO ‘COFFEE HOUSE’ SHENANIGANS TO SPEAK OF?!  What a misnomer.

Score:  4/10

BUT…A million points for epic use of New Kids on the Block’s “Step by Step”!!!!   omg!  so worth the wasted hours of boring Kdrama to get to the 5 seconds of Tom-boy ‘dancing’ to this song.  So worth it!!!

Mitzi on…City Hunter

Ok, taking a break from Rooftop Prince.  It’s killing me.  I know, Yong-Sool will just have to wait but dammit, I can only devote so much time to a one dimensional character!

Just one post to City Hunter. That’s it.  One post and I will close the door on that fool forever. Also, this post will be unnaturally short because its late and past my bedtime.

Eugenie underlined this kdrama a million times on The List so it had better be good.  Or else.

Cast: (Jesus Christo, its unusually large)

Main Cast

City Hunter Clique

The Blue House

Group of Five

Extended Cast

First thoughts.  Its Gu Jun Pyo from Boys Before Flowers and Whatsherface from Skachewanidontknowthisword Scandal.

I will recognize two people in this kdrama.  This is good.

Real quick recap…

This show starts out in 1983 right when the USSR was causing mad drama with the US and its allies…shooting down planes, rattling sabers, making dogs and cats live together…all out anarchy.  Anyway, while visiting a foreign country, the South Korean president’s life is almost taken during a bomb blast planted by the North Koreans.  (really, NK?  Why you gotta be like that?)

As for retaliation, the South Korean government decides to send 21 super elite soldiers to sneak into North Korea and  cause havoc.  In the middle of this operation, the US tells the South Koreans to knock that crap off (killing North Koreans) and so the South Korean army decides to cover its ass and kill those 21 soldiers to hide the fact they did bad things.  Well, 5 men made the call.  They will be the ‘villains’ of this nonsense.

What they don’t realize is one of those 21 soldiers survived.  He sneaks back into South Korea and kidnaps the month old child of his friend and now dead soldier in order to put into place an intricate and drawn out plan for revenge.

Flash forward 17 years later.  The sole survivor, Lee Jin Pyo, and the kidnapped child he raised as his own, Lee Yoon Sung, are living in the middle of the jungle with their own little army.  Yes, their own army.  They’ve turned into drug lords.

Yoon Sung was brought up to believe his mother died ages ago and that’s left him with crazy mommy issues.  While in the process of missing his mother (who is actually still alive) he’s become a fairly brilliant ass kicker.  Along the way he’s gained a portly best friend/cook that saves him from many unfortunate siuations.

As the time comes in every young man’s life, it was time for Yoon Sung to go to The United States under a false identity and get a doctorate from MIT.  Normal stuff.  He then flies back to South Korea and gets a job in the Blue House (to be a computer geek) where he meets struggling bodyguard-to-be, Na Na.

Yoon Sung

Na Na

I did not know this, but apparently in The Blue House, the bodyguards get assigned a computer geek to train in the art of ‘beating people up’ or as they call it, “martial arts”.  Na Na has to teach Yoon Sung how to ‘beat people up’ without realizing that he’s a far better ass kicker than she is.

But here is the real jist of the story.  Yoon Sung is undercover as a Korean-American named John Lee.  His goal is to seek revenge on the men who killed his father (by this point in the story Jin Pyo tells Yoon Sung, “Hey, not really your dad. He was killed. By the way, you have to kill the people who killed him.”)  There are 5 men in total he has to seek revenge on.

First major conflict of the story.  Jin Pyo wants the five men dead.  Yoon Sung wants them to get justice via the law.  They never see eye to eye on this.  They beat each other up over it many times.  (wtf)

The first villain gets caught and delivered to the District Attorney in a very public manner. As a result Yoon Sung gets the nickname ‘City Hunter’ (but when its pronounced it sounds like something my immature mind can’t resist giggling at) for the rest of the show the ‘City Hunter’ is either praised as a hero or jeered as a vigilante.  I can’t help but want to call him the Korean Batman.

The Second Villain gets video taped confessing all the bad stuff he’s done, his reputation gets ruined, and is also delivered to the DA.  In the process of doing this, Yoon Sung kills a henchman WITH A SPOON!  (AMAZING!)

The third villain (and also the DA’s father) has his reputation ruined and he tries (and fails) to commit suicide.

Fourth Villain is a wealthy business man whom Jin Pyo forces into bankruptcy (hes a drug lord, remember?  he’s got loads of cash) before Yoon Sung also delivers to the DA. Oh, and he also killed Na Na’s parents in a car accident 10 years prior. In short, this guy is a jerk.

The Fifth Villain is actually the sitting President.  AND get this, he’s also Yoon Sung’s real biological father.  That’s right.  The drama keeps coming.  Jin Pyo kidnapped Yoon Sung and put together this super elaborate plan of revenge to get the Presidents own son to kill him.  Jin Pyo is some kind of mega evil.

Somewhere along the way, Yoon Sung and Na Na fall in love.  He dumps her ‘to protect her’ a few times and she stupidly keeps going back to him.  Honestly, the chemistry between these two characters was severely lacking and I didn’t buy it for a minute. (Sorry Eugenie!)  So ultimately, I don’t care about this part of the kdrama.

There is one storyline I did care about though and that involves Yoon Sung’s mother.  She was alive the entire time!  And because he loves his mom, Yoon Sung gives her some of his bone marrow because she’s got the Leukemia. (tears!)

The story ends with a standoff between Na Na, Yoon Sung and The President on one side and Jin Pyo on the other.  He’s pointing a gun at them all.  Soldiers come in with rifles to protect the president.  In one final act of awesomness or selfishness, depending on how you want to look at it, Jin Pyo confesses to being the City Hunter.  (I like to think its awesomeness because he wants Yoon Sung to live a suspicion free life with his main squeeze Na Na)

BUT in the melee that occurs after Jin Pyo confesses, lots of shots are fired and Yoon Sung is hit.  Will he survive? Won’t he?

In the lamest of endings, after flashforwarding a few months, Na Na is leaving work and goes to a museum of some sort and we see Yoon Sung standing there alive an well.  THE END!

That’s it?  The end?  What?  No closure?! GAHHHH!

Some thoughts.

1.  I hated the character Gu Jun Pyo in Boys Before Flowers.  Soooo silly.  It was really awesome to see Lee Min Ho act like someone other than a love sick puppy with bad social skills.

ON THE OTHER HAND, Park Min Young played a much more likeable character in Sungkunkwan Scandal than she did in this kdrama.  Na Na is not as awesome.  Just sayin’. Written as a bodyguard who is physically strong but emotionally weak.  Shame on you, screen writers.  Or menga writers. Or whoever.

2. Death by spoon:  OMGLOLWTFBBQ the most amazing death ever!  Who knew such an innocent eating utensil could be so deadly.  Yoon Sung knew.  😉

3. Ok so, there were no souls being switched or girls dressed in drag to sing in a boy band but a lot of the situations were still implausible.  And I loved them all!

4.  City Hunter got incredibly interesting and I was about to give Eugenie a high five for an epic recommendation but after episode 10 it all went downhill.  The feeling and flow changed.  The same thing happened in Boys Before Flowers too, half way through it was almost an entirely new Kdrama.  I have now idea how they did it, but the Koreans managed to fit two kdramas into one show.  So now, I will give Eugenie an accusatory glare…if I ever see him again.

7/10 because I wasn’t able to play the Kdrama ‘Cherry Coke’ drinking game as much as I’d like to with this show.  =(

Mitzi on…Rooftop Prince episode 12

Confession time.  I’ve watched this entire kdrama already.  In fact, I’ve also watched all of City Hunter.  You wouldn’t know that because I haven’t been writing these silly posts.

To help me out, I asked a friend to help me summarize the show.  This is what I got…

“it will be like this: so there were some hot korean guys saying silly stuff to a weird looking korean girl with a lisp and her sister who always looks slightly touched. end story”

I laughed and laughed and laughed and laughed until I couldn’t laugh any more.  And then I laughed again. Only cause Park-ha (even though I think she’s cool) really does have this permanent look of surprise on her face that makes you wonder if she isn’t a little ‘special’.  Also, the Korean guys in this kdrama really are hot.

Anyway, back to the show

My doctor assures me a few rounds of dialysis will cure anything… Kdrama “Cherry coke” drinking game.

Cast

Actor name/character name/ (nickname or identifying name)

  • Lee Min-ho as Song Man-bo (Librarian)
  • Jung Suk-won as Woo Yong-sool (Bodyguard)
  • Choi Woo-shik as Do Chi-san (Eunuch)
  • Ban Hyo-jung as President Yeo
  • Lee Moon-shik as Pyo Taek-soo
  • Ahn Seok-hwan as Yong Dong-man
  • Song Ok-sook as Gong Man-ok
  • Park Joon-geum as Yong Seol-hee
  • Kang Byul as Lady Mimi
  • Guzal Tursunova as Becky
  • Na Young-hee as President Jang

Where did we leave off?  OH YEAH!  Park-ha is helpless lying on the floor of a warehouse as it burns to the floor.  Well, we needed a reason for Prince Lee-gak to come in an save her life, right?  To prove he’s subconsciously got a case of ‘the loves’ for her.

I’ve heard some women are irritated that Kdrama’s have so many of these instances, where the lead female needs to constantly be saved.  I’ll admit it is a bit irritating because, really, how many times can one woman have a brush with death?!  And won’t a guy get tired of saving her?  Like, at some point just say, “Aw, screw it, pull yourself out of the volcano.”    But its all apart of the drama.  We can either let it irritate us so much that it ruins the experience or we can just go with the flow and cheer for the fire to win.

Long story short, Lee-gak saves Park-ha from the burning building. (Was there any doubt?!  There are 8 episodes left to watch. Can’t kill off the main character 12 episodes in!)

Let me point out two important things…

1. We are shown that Lee-gak is a genuine hero and we should like him as evidence in this ‘hero shot’.  There is a formula why, I’m not motivated enough right now to find it. Just…trust.

2. When Park-ha is being placed in the ambulance, her face is covered like Bu-yong’s face is covered ‘back in the day’ (300 years ago) by the embroidered handkerchief.   Supposed to remind us AND let Lee-gak know she is Bu-yong reincarnated.  Lee-gak doesn’t see it because he’s a bit slow.

Apparently Park-ha wasn’t hurt too badly because the next scene has her back at the apartment recovering in her own bed.  Prince Lee-gak is right next to her, giving her medicine.  I’m having an odd sense of deja vu…almost like I’ve seen this before…(episode 9)

This time, instead of some snarky remarks by Prince Lee-gak toward Park-ha, something amazing happens.  Park-ha tries to return the embroidered handkerchief but it slips from her hand and falls right onto her face just like this…

Lee-gak stares at her and you can almost hear him thinking, “I’ve see this shit before.”  It’s almost like the angels are singing and there is a gigantic light bulb above his head as he finally realizes that Park-ha is his reincarnated sister in law from ‘back in the day’.  But NOOOOOO!  its all fake.  He doesn’t understand it.  He doesn’t realize.  I don’t know why, it’s written in the scrip that way.

Park-ha takes the handkerchief off of her face and hands it back to Lee-gak.  He takes it an makes an excuse to leave the room.

Back at the office, Se-na is still irritated her fiance (Lee-gak) totally ditched her right before an important meeting to go save Park-ha, her most hated enemy. So she does what every mature adult does and…go tells on her to grandma.

Grandma is pissed. Lee-gak is engaged to Se-na and should not be trying to save Park-ha’s life! (Really, Se-na only told grandma that Park-ha called Lee-gak out of the meeting, not that Park-ha needing rescuing)  Turns out the meeting was so important and the clients so insulted that they canceled the contract right on the spot.  Grandma is now in disbelief…Look at all of grandma’s disbelief.

She demands her grandson (Lee-gak) be brought to her immediately.

As Lee-gak races to his grandmothers office, he runs into Executive Pyo in the elevator. Executive Pyo tells Lee-gak what a mess was made after he left the meeting.  Tae-mu will use Lee-gak’s failure as leverage to gain control of the company and might even try to kick Lee-gak out.

But this anxiety is short lived because Lee-gak soon finds himself being yelled at by grandma.

Grandma is under the false impression that Park-ha called him out of the meeting and that Lee-gak is blindly following her everywhere. Not the case at all!  But instead of letting Lee-gak explain the circumstances, grandma demands either he or Park-ha move out of the apartment at once.  Then she backtracks and says she will speak with Park-ha herself and make her understand she shouldn’t be talking to engaged men.

Later that day, Prince Lee-gak, the minions and Park-ha are out eating dinner.  They tell Park-ha she should eat because she doesn’t look so well (thanks guys!).  Chi-san doesn’t like all the attention Park-ha is getting so he lets everyone know, again, that he’s the one who had an appendectomy. Attention turns toward him and he admits that he doesn’t feel pain if he doesn’t laugh.  Naturally, that’s everyone’s cue to make him laugh.  Instead of a joke or pulling a funny face…Man-bo and Yong-sool do this…

Maybe in Korea this is hilarious.  To me, it fills me with so much terror that I did 10 Our Fathers and 15 Hail Mary’s just to keep these two demons out of my computer. (not really, but that shit is scary)

Either way, Chi-san laughs hard enough to cause him great pain and then everyone is happy.

After dinner, the minions go off to get some beer leaving Lee-gak and Park-ha alone to walk home together. EXCEPT Lee-gak knows that grandma and our favorite alcoholic aunt are waiting at the rooftop apartment to confront Park-ha.  He does all he can to steer Park-ha away from the apartment.  This means they just get to go on a really loooong walk.

On this epic walk to nowhere, Park-ha apologizes for being the reason Lee-gak lost the contract.  He apologizes for making her go to the warehouse where she almost died.  (I guess that makes them even?)

More importantly, Lee-gak brings up the night Park-ha came home drunk and told him off.  She denies it ever happened. He assures her it did.  He agrees with her that she was unlucky he fell into her house out of all the houses in Seoul, but that it was good for him.  Before this touching moment can proceed any further, his phone rings.  It’s a text letting him know grandma left the apartment and it’s safe to return. However, he tells Park-ha that grandma is still there and they can’t go home yet. Lee-gak thinks he’s being so clever and sneaky that he feels confident enough to let a smirk fly right in front of Park-ha. (in reality, I just wanted to put a picture here because it breaks up the post nicely)

Instead of walking forever, they decide to get yet another meal (didn’t they just eat?!) Lee-gak breaks apart the chopsticks like a boss and Park-ha takes notice.  He’s really adapted to life in the 21st century.  She admits that when she first met him she thought he was crazy.  Rather than understand her position, Lee-gak gets butthurt and calls her a little person with a big and vulgar voice (burn?)

This turns into a pissing contest of who is the crazier person and we are all the winners just for watching!

Lee-gak lets it slip that he was the one wearing a bear costume and dancing around to help Park-ha sell strawberries.  Park-ha is surprised and suddenly thankful towards him.

He accepts her appreciation but uses this opportunity to lecture her.  He tells her her eyes were ‘like this’ when she looked at him…

Do I really need to say anything here?  Is anyone else thinking this…

bwahahaha!

Even after this stunning display of friendship full of bickering and name calling, Lee-gak gets another text from Chi-san asking him why he’s not home yet.  Park-ha asks if the text was to let him know grandma had left yet.  He tells her grandma is still at the apartment in order to continue this impromptu date.

Eventually they end up at a public sauna (totally normal date behavior, right?!) and she finally figures out Lee-gak has been lying to her the entire time about grandma still being at the house.  She tries to get back at him by reminding him of the helium balloon incident from episode 4 but it has no impact because he fell asleep as she was talking.

As he’s sleeping he dreams about his sister in law, Boo-yong.  He wonders why she’s suddenly showing up so much in his dreams. (I told you he was a bit slow)

When the two finally decide to head home, its raining and its morning!   ESCANDALO!  Instead of finding grandma waiting for them at the apartment, they see Se-na.  *gasp*  Se-na and Lee-gak were supposed to go looking for engagement halls…oops!

Later, at the office, Tae-mu has been making nice with the executives in the company.  At a board meeting, the executives question grandmas desire to make Tae-yong (Lee-gak) CEO.  He just lost a major contract and there are rumors he’s a little mental.

Executive Pyo defends Tae-yong’s actions a heroic. In a stunning turn of events, Tae-mu says Tae-yong deserves another chance.

Grandma tells Lee-gak not to waste this second chance and compete against Tae-mu.

The minions hear of their upcoming challenge to try and defeat Tae-mu’s team at finding the best product to sell on their network and are devastated. There is no way they think they can beat him. Lee-gak tells them they will lull Tae-mu into a false sense of security by pretending to be weak.

1. they will compile a fake list of manufactures

2. they will act like they are courting those manufacturers

3. they will let it slip to a female company member (why? cause women can’t keep secrets?) the list

4. they will act like their lives depend on signing a contract with one of those companies.

It’s all misdirection.

As the minions are working on the plan, Lee-gak and Se-na go engagement dress shopping.  She picks this dress.

Totes pretty right?  Lee-gak says “It’s nice.”   Which are the international words for “LETS GET READY TO RUMBLE!” cause you know a fight is about to start.  You don’t tell a woman in a dress like that, that she looks ‘nice’.  She will cut you!  So Se-na voices her displeasure and gives him this look…

Meanwhile Lee-gak is completely bewildered because he doesn’t understand women at all.

The two go to a coffee shop and she tells him straight up that something is wrong with their relationship. She can tell he’s being distant.  He tells her its probably just her imagination.  Se-na then tells him she thinks it’s because of Park-ha and she’s worried Park-ha will steal him away from her.  This brings out a lion in Lee-gak as he defends Park-ha’s honor to Se-na.  Se-na is stunned as she’s used to men falling at her feet when ever she starts to cry and play the victim. Instead of play into the victim role more, she leaves him behind.

 

At the apartment, Park-ha is cleaning out her room and getting ready to move.  She doesn’t feel as comfortable living there as she once did since Lee-gak got engaged to Se-na.  She asks if she can bring the lotus flower with her (that represents her) when she leaves, Lee-gak tells her she can’t and if she really wants to see it then she can visit it whenever she wants. (awww, swoon!)   But of course, the conversation between Lee-gak and Park-ha ends up in bickering and storming off in a huff.

At dinner with the minions, Lady Mimi and Becky are shocked to hear Lee-gak is engaged to Se-na.  The girls are mad at the minions for letting this happen. The minions are shamed but assure the girls they have their reasons for letting it happen.

Lady Mimi offers her connections to get Park-ha a job and place to live, but the catch is it’s pretty far away (Pohang?). Park-ha is happy with far away.

Fortunately for Lee-gak and the minions, Tae-mu has bought into the ‘fake list’ strategy as he has spent much of his time contacting merchants on the list and threatening them not to talk to the minions. While Tae-mu is distracted, Lee-gak will go back to the cosmetics company and try to regain their favor.

After another bitch fest with Se-na, Park-ha writes a good-bye letter and places it under a tissue box. She’s bid by Lady Mimi to leave right then to interview for a job with her uncles landscaping business. She leaves.

At work, Se-na is walking the halls when Tae-mu runs up to her, grabs her arm and spins her around (I’ll allow a sip of ‘cherry coke’ on this one because she’s not dragged anywhere).  He wants to know why she’s resigning from the company.

 

Tae-mu begs Se-na not to go to Tae-yong (Lee-gak) because he believes Tae-yong will soon be ruined.  Se-na isn’t listening.  Through out all of this, Tae-mu’s dad is overhearing everything.  If there is one thing this Kdrama has taught me, its that whenever you are having an important conversation, someone is always listening in.  Always.

Tae-mu’s dad scolds Tae-mu for still having feelings for Se-na even after she dumped him to Tae-yong. Tae-mu is blinded by love and defends her.  His dad then tells him that Se-na has been lying to him about her family the entire time.  She doesn’t come from a wealthy family at all, and her mother is not a professor in England.

While looking for Park-ha at work, Lee-gak goes to her department and asks for her.  Park-ha’s boss informs him that Park-ha resigned earlier that morning.  Shocked, he runs home to find her room empty.

He finds the good-bye letter from Park-ha and reads it. She’s really said good-bye to him and the minions. Lee-gak doesn’t like this news and tries to call her over and over again only to hear that her phone is off.  He even finds Becky to see were Park-ha went.  After getting no help from Becky, he goes back to the apartment but even that place is difficult for him to be in because so much of it reminds him of Park-ha.

Tae-mu shows up at the fish market and finds Se-na’s mother.  She takes him into her office where he instantly sees a photograph of the entire family taken before Se-na allowed Park-ha to be taken away.  It proves that Se-na’s mother works at a fish market, that Park-ha is Se-na’s step sister and that Park-ha is Chairman Jang’s long lost daughter.

However, instead of doing the right thing by telling Chairman Jang about her daughter, Tae-mu will use this information to his advantage.

He calls up Se-na and requests to see her.  Tae-mu tells her he knows all about her family and that he’s alright with her lying to him.  (say what?!)  He wants Se-na to pretend to be the lost daughter in order to gain control of Chairman Jang’s company shares and to influence Chairman Jang at board elections.  If Se-na does this, then the entire company will be hers and Tae-mu’s.  Tae-yong (Lee-gak) will be cut out entirely. They also need to send Park-ha far away so that she never finds out her true mother and inheritance. (what dicks!)

Does Se-na take Tae-mu’s offer?  Won’t find out until the next episode.

Before the credits roll, we are left with one final scene.  Lee-gak has spent the entire night lighting sparklers in Park-ha’s honor because he believes she has gone forever.  When morning comes, Park-ha returns to the apartment after interviewing for the job and finds Lee-gak sitting in a lawn chair.  He sees her and is in complete shock.  then he delivers this lovely monologue…

“Do you know how much I looked for you?!! Writing a measly letter and not being reachable by phone, are you planning to kill me out of shock?! Why are you rendering me to such a state? Why did you make me like this? My heart felt as if it‘s shriveled up all day yesterday, and my heart was racing and felt as if it were going to exploded and I felt so exasperated, and I felt asphyxiated even when I was breathing and seriously thought I was going to go crazy! Despite how much I shouted and stomped my feet, it didn‘t make me feel better, even in the slightest! But now, after seeing your face, I think I understand. I had wanted to see you all day yesterday. I like you.”

AND EVERYONE SWOONED!!!

Except for Park-ha.

She’s really upset and irritated.  All this time she’s been there for him, loving him and helping him to fit into this century and he was too busy looking at Se-na.  He finally realizes he’s got feelings for her AFTER she decides to move away?  Park-ha comments that he always just does what he wants without regard to the feelings of anyone else and turns away from him.

Lee-gak, not one to be ignored, grabs Park-ha’s arm, turns her around and pulls her in for a kiss.  FINALLY PARK-HA SWOONS!    And I just drank my entire can of ‘Cherry coke’.

My work here is done.

 

The end.

 

Mitzi on…Rooftop Prince episode 11

Ok, so, one trip to Disneyland and two finals later, I’m back.

Let’s do this.

My pancreas hurts… Kdrama “Cherry coke” drinking game.

Cast

Actor name/character name/ (nickname or identifying name)

  • Lee Min-ho as Song Man-bo (Librarian)
  • Jung Suk-won as Woo Yong-sool (Bodyguard)
  • Choi Woo-shik as Do Chi-san (Eunuch)
  • Ban Hyo-jung as President Yeo
  • Lee Moon-shik as Pyo Taek-soo
  • Ahn Seok-hwan as Yong Dong-man
  • Song Ok-sook as Gong Man-ok
  • Park Joon-geum as Yong Seol-hee
  • Kang Byul as Lady Mimi
  • Guzal Tursunova as Becky
  • Na Young-hee as President Jang

At the end of Episode 10, Prince Lee-gak read the text in which Park-ha confesses her undying (not really) love for him and she races off on her bike to avoid seeing his reaction.

At the beginning of episode 11, he catches up with her on his own bike and stops her.  Will he shoot her down? Will he confess his undying (not really) love for her?!?

NEITHER!  He pretends his phone is broken!!!  Chicken!!! Now, is this really the gentlemanly thing to do?  Avoid the situation?  Hmmm…we will have to wait and see.

Park-ha and Lee-gak get called over to Park-ha’s mothers place for lunch.  Se-na leaves just as the pair arrives, both oblivious to the others existence.

Park-ha goes inside where mother asks her to help prepare the income taxes. (right here I pass out. Taxes both frighten and bore me at the same time)

Before Park-ha leaves, mother gives her a mysterious cell phone that ended up in her shopping bag.  It is Tae-yong’s cell phone.  The same cell phone that will prove Tae-mu and Tae-yong met up in New York before Tae-yong’s disappearance.

While waiting for Se-na to show up at the rooftop apartment, Chi-san suddenly is struck with horrible pains in his stomach.  He’s quickly taken to the hospital where the other minions feel a sense of urgency to get back to ‘the day’ (300 years ago) so they can all die in their own time period.

It’s acute appendicitis, a simple affliction that can be fixed with a simple surgery today.  Man-bo goes back to the apartment to pack some clothes for Chi-san and as he’s doing this, Lee-gak and Park-ha come home.

Man-bo scolds the pair for not being home when Chi-san got sick. They all go to the hospital.

When they arrive in the hospital room, Se-na and Park-ha take notice of each other and OMG the glares!  They really don’t like each other.

Se-na gets praised for saving Chi-san’s life. Rather than hear the praise, Park-ha sulks out of the hospital room. But as she’s walking out, we get to hear this gem of a quote…

LOL!  I think this qualifies for toilet humor.  3 DRINKS!

In the hallway, Se-na guilt trips Lee-gak for being out with Park-ha but does it in a “Oh, I’m just wondering because I’m concerned about Chi-san because you weren’t there to help him.” kind of way.  Really lame and it only makes me dislike her more

Chi-san, recovering in the hospital bed, admits to the prince and the minions that he was truly scared he would die so far away from home.  Prince Lee-gak gets more resolve to marry Se-na so they can all return to their correct time.

Outside of the hospital, Lee-gak and Park-ha wait for the bus. It’s obvious they have growing feelings for each other, but both are fighting it for different reasons. Lee-gak believes he needs to marry Se-na and Park-ha stays quiet to avoid humiliation and the wrath of Se-na.  They are further from admitting anything to each other than they ever have been before.

When the bus arrives, Lee-gak gets on but Park-ha walks away.

Later that night, Lee-gak paces the floor waiting for Park-ha to come home. He tries to call her to see if she’s alright, but she’s not answering so he runs out to look for her.

Turns out, she came home almost immediately after he left.

When he finds her, he says he went outside only to get some fresh air. (another cop-out and lie!)

Inside, Prince Lee-gak takes out the lotus flower seed (now sprouting) from the aquarium and puts it in its own pot. Park-ha asks him why the lotus flower was taken from the aquarium.  He says it has to be removed and planted in soil so it can grow big and not die (Oh! Metaphor-city!  Park-ha = lotus flower)  Park-ha asks why the lotus cannot live in the aquarium with the other fish (fish=Prince Lee-gak and the minions). He tells her it was always the plan to remove the lotus from the beginning.  (oOOOooooooh! heartbreak!)

Then this episode has a lot of filler shots. You know, shots of Park-ha looking longingly off into the distance while Lee-gak stares at her and the camera’s focus changes between the two characters?  Lots of that.  And it’s about 5 minutes later when actual words are spoken.

Lee-gak asks Park-ha if its true?  If she really likes him.  He admits to seeing the text. (finally!) But he tells her not to like him.  (Oh, balls!)

THE NEXT DAY, Lee-gak takes Tae-yong’s cell phone to the store to access the information embedded inside. Namely, the photographs that prove Tae-mu did meet with Tae-yong.

SO MUCH EVIDENCE!!!

And the date and time that these alleged photographs were taken?

BOOM!

10:08 on Feb 17, 2010.   Not sure if that says 10:08 am or pm BUT the sun was still out when the cousins went into the bar which leads me to believe both of them are the biggest lushes on the planet!  Who starts drinking at 10 in the morning?!

The point of that is, the photo was taken the day before Tae-yong went missing proving Tae-mu did meet up with him in New York and has been lying about it ever since.

To get more evidence, Lee-gak asks to see the postcard Tae-yong drew for Park-ha in New York.  (I’m sure this is an important scene but Maroon 5 playing in the background has completely taken my attention.)  Ok, back.  He wants to know the exact date she got the card.  (The 17th)  The post card asked her to meet him on the 19th.  Lee-gak, rather bluntly, informs Park-ha that Tae-yong was already dead when she waited by the Statue of Liberty to meet him.  *awkward*

But its ok, because Lee-gak also tells Park-ha that she was fated to meet Tae-yong. (all better now)

At the office, Lee-gak asks Executive Pyo about his disappearance in New York.  Executive Pyo is so sure Tae-mu had something to do with the disappearance but laments over the lack of evidence.

Later that same day, in order to get more information, Lee-gak invites Tae-mu to a bar.  Here they both engage in verbal chess in order to reveal or conceal critical information about Tae-yong’s disappearance. Lee-gak, after several minutes of side-stepping finally throws away pretense and asks bluntly if Tae-mu met him (Tae-yong) in New York two years ago.  He then reasons with Tae-mu that if he says he didn’t meet with Tae-yong then Tae-mu is a liar.  If Tae-mu says he did meet with Tae-yong, then he is a murderer.  It is up to Tae-mu to decide whether he is a liar or a murderer.

Tae-mu leaves in a huff without deciding to be either a liar or a murderer, so Lee-gak calls him both. This only makes Tae-mu come back with renewed vigor to completely squash Lee-gak (because he knows he’s not really Tae-yong)

Back at the office, Lee-gak is walking up a stairwell just as Park-ha is walking down.  She falls and twists her ankle but is helped by other workers. Lee-gak is forced to watch on the sideline, however he does go to the pharmacy and purchase ointments and a bandage for Park-ha and leaves it on her desk.

While coming back home, Park-ha demands to speak to Lee-gak.  Shes upset because he told her not to like him but he keeps doing nice things for her that lead her on. (She’s got a point) He sits her down and calmly explains to her his entire back story.  He had a crown princess who was murdered, he created his own Medieval Korean CSI team and time traveled to the future.  (really, this is more to refresh our memories than it is to inform her.)

He also reminds her that he’s got to marry Se-na because he believes someone will try to kill her.  (It’s here you really gotta pause and think to yourself “If I were in Park-ha’s situation, would I believe this?”  My answer is no…lol)

A little later on, Se-na has asked Lee-gak to meet her at a coffee shop where she proposes to him.  He accepts and they seal it with a handshake. (How romantic!)

Tae-mu’s father informs Tae-mu that Se-na and Lee-gak are now engaged to be married.  Tae-mu is determined more than ever to get Lee-gak out of his life.

Tae-mu corners Se-na in the stairwell and demands to know what she’s thinking.  Doesn’t she love him? Why is she going to marry Lee-gak?  Because she’s an opportunistic and selfish human being, she calmly tells Tae-mu their relationship is over and to never call her again.

However, instead of letting Se-na go, he tells her he won’t leave quietly and won’t allow her to marry Lee-gak.  *creep alert*  Tae- mu does grab Se-na and spin her around so I’m going to allow half a drink  per the rules set forth in the Kdrama ‘cherry coke’ drinking game.

Se-na goes home and tells her mother about her engagement to the grandson of a CEO. Mother is ecstatic (naturally) and wants to meet the family right away.  Se-na won’t allow it.  She’s still embarrassed to have her mother as…well, her mother.

Park-ha goes out to dinner with mother and learns of the engagement too.  Mother wonders why Park-ha is taking so many shots of soju. (It’s because her heart is broken!  Gosh!)

AND another 5 minutes of filler full of memories and looks of longing off into space.  This time its Lee-gak, standing on the terrace of the rooftop apartment, remembering all his memories of Park-ha. This is interrupted, of course, by a drunk Park-ha clobbering up the stairs and picking a fight with him. (I love Park-ha. haha!)

Out loud, she wonders, of all the places in Seoul, why did he and his minions have to land in her living room.  She calls it rotten luck.  He thinks it might be something more.

With Chi-san in the hospital and Yong-sool taking care of him, Man-bo asks Park-ha to accompany him to the warehouse to pick up something that will help them win the product competition with Tae-mu.

Unfortunately, the warehouse isn’t kept up to code or there is just some really bad faulty wiring because this happens…

Without realizing a fire has already started, Man-bo leaves the warehouse in search of an updated inventory list.  Unfortunately, he also doesn’t realize the door locks behind him when he leaves.  Park-ha is now left inside of a burning warehouse all alone.

Lee-gak is about to begin a very important business presentation with the cosmetic company he’s trying to sign a contract with when Man-bo calls and tells him about the fire.  Immediately, he excuses himself and leaves the meeting, and Se-na, behind to rush to Park-ha’s aid.

Once Lee-gak arrives at the warehouse, he takes out the embroidered handkerchief, drenches it with water and runs into the flames. *hero*

Once inside, Lee-gak is screaming to get Park-ha’s attention. He doesn’t realize she’s huddled in a corner suffering from some pretty bad smoke inhalation and is barely conscious.  Everything is on fire and wood is falling from the ceiling. It’s literally a hot mess. As the episode ends, this is the very last scene.  Will he find Park-ha before it’s too late?  Won’t find out till the next episode!  Curse you, cliffhangers!

The end.