Bring on the social (and time?) shock awkwardness!!!
As always, Kdrama “Cherry coke” Drinking Game
Actor name/character name/ (nickname or identifying name)
- Micky Yoochun as Lee Gak / Yong Tae-yong (prince)
- Han Ji-min as Park-ha / Bu-yong
- Jung Yoo-mi as Hong Se-na / Hwa-yong
- Lee Tae-sung as Yong Tae-mu
- 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
Not sure about you, but I’d pretty much have a heart attack because WTF?! Both parties are startled enough for Woo Yong-sool to break out his sword to protect the prince and for Park-ha to break out her…frying pan to protect herself. The stand off ends abruptly when the prince glances over to downtown Seoul and has his own Dorthy Gale moment (Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.)
A lot of words are shared, many words like, “This is my house, what are you doing here.” and, “You wench! that is the prince! Get on your knees and beg for forgiveness!” Which only leads Park Ha to believe that these four guys are either A: crazy or B: actors. Either way, they are cramping her style and need to get lost.
They tell her they need to go to ‘The Palace’ so she loads them up in her truck and drives them through the metropolis where all four proceed to freak out. They also have their first lesson in physics (and motion sickness) when Park-ha slams on her breaks and the three riding in the truck bed fall on their asses. *hilarious!*
Prince Lee Gak, once they’ve all been dropped off in front of the palace, demand entrance. However, they make such a ruckus they get the attention of the police. Then somehow they end up on the median of a busy street. How? It’s Kdrama…go with it.
Then when trying to cross the street, they all almost get hit by several cars. I guess, this is somewhat realistic to how someone completely out of time would react…entirely confused and bewildered.
When it’s time to eat, Prince Lee Gak goes into a convenience store and requests food now and payment later. This is probably the first time he’s realizing his ‘princely’ perks aren’t working for him. Pretty much, the power and skills the 4 guys had 300 years ago has left them almost useless in present time. The clerk calls the cops on them
After much hemming and hawing and confused communication, the Librarian remembers Park-ha’s license plate number and she’s called down to the station to pick the guys up.
Before she’s called, she goes to Se-na’s apartment to drop off extra groceries. Walking in unannounced, she accidentally sees Tae-mu dressed only in a towel. It seems Se-na and Tae-mu are now a couple. (don’t let the smiles fool you. They’re both opportunistic and cruel)
Park-ha leaves embarrassed. Tae-mu, as he’s driving away from the apartment, suddenly realizes that Park-ha is the same woman he saw two years ago just before he killed his cousin, Tae-yong. Did she recognize him? He’s getting nervous. His past might be catching up with him.
When Park-ha gets home, she’s stunned to see the police have dropped off the prince and his entourage at her house. She’s stuck with them.
They are starving so she makes them food (omelet with catchup?). The prince’s entourage is uncomfortable eating at the same table as him so they demand another table. Park-ha tells them there is no other table. Here the rest of the guys are realizing for the first time the way they lived before, is not how people live now.
Suddenly, Park-ha is called outside by her new neighbors, Becky and Lady Mimi. (apparently that is her real name as evidence by the reaction Lady Mimi gave Park-ha when she asked the same question.)
While Park-ha is outside, the four gentlemen are inside tearing up the place.
First, Woo Yong-sool is trying to ‘uncork’ a screw top bottle of water.
Secondly, the TV get’s turned on completely freaking everyone out because, OMG MOVING PICTURES! Woo Yong-sool attacks the TV to protect the prince. When that doesn’t work, he kicks it over.
Thirdly, a kitchen appliance (microwave?) dings to let us know its done cooking and yet another freak out. How dare a disembodied voice let me know when my food is done?! Soon, that appliance is attacked and thoroughly destroyed but in the process Song Man-bo is knocked over and falls into a space heater in turn knocking that over and starting a fire…
Fourthly, Song Man-bo goes into the bathroom, where he finds the only standing water around (the toilet) and both gets water from there IN HIS MOUTH AND IN HIS HANDS and runs over to put the fire out. In the process this happens…
Park-ha finally comes back inside to see her house a complete mess and turns the fire extinguisher on the fire and all four of the guys.
They try to sneak away, realizing she is pissed but she catches them and guilts them into paying her back.
She steals their traditional clothing and dresses them in a way that will help her (and me) learn to differentiate between them. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you…track suits.
They don’t know what zippers are, so she had to help them zip the jackets up the first time around and *gasp* she touched the prince by accident in the process. Oh the sexual tension! yikes! #awkward
In order for the guys to pay Park-ha back, they are working at her fruit stand at $3 an hour.
Across town, Tae-mu and Se-na are discussing Park-ha. He wants to know if she remembers who he is. Se-na denies any knowledge of her and even lies to say that Park-ha grew up in the country and never was in the US. Tae-mu feels some relief.
Next we are introduced to Tae-yong’s grandmother who is sick in the hospital. (more on her later)
Finally, its lunch time for Park-ha and the guys. She’s showing them how to eat instant ramen. They follow her every move. classic. Suddenly, Park-ha’s cell phone rings and *gasp* another freak out. (what is that sound?! where does it come from? why is she talking on the black rectangle?!)
It’s Se-na on the phone. She wants to meet Park-ha at a coffee shop. She wants Park-ha to stop coming around and bugging her and her mother. They aren’t even blood related so she should stop trying to call her mom, ‘mother’ anymore. (wow, mega bitch!)
It’s such a sad scene. Se-na is basically tearing Park-ha away from the only family she’s ever known (save from whatever family she had in the US, which we don’t know about) How on Earth can someone be so cruel and callous? Telling a step-sibling to get lost like that. Park-ha is actually trembling cause it’s so terrible. What a selfish jerkwad. As LD would say, “She can go F— herself.”
I award Se-na no points, and may God have mercy on her soul
Just as this scene is ending, Prince Lee-gak looks into the coffee shop and sees that Se-na looks exactly like his wife, the murdered princess. He calls out to her, but she doesn’t hear so he runs toward her, not fully understanding the concept of glass windows and runs, face first, into a pane and knocks himself out.
The princess will have to wait.
The prince needs to go to the hospital. While there, Tae-yong’s grandmother sees him and is sure that he is her 2 years missing grandson. Before she can confirm, he disappears into another room.
Once released from the hospital, the four gentlemen return to Park-ha’s rooftop apartment and agree that since that is where they arrived, it also might hold the key to their return back home. They will stay there.
That night, neither the prince nor Park-ha can sleep and they both find themselves outside on the terrace. Since they are both there, Park-ha finds a hidden bottle of booze and a can of whipped cream. They proceed to drink/eat the contents of the bottle and can. (I must try this. Attention best friend! Remind me to purchase “Cherry coke” and whipped cream. Cruz, Zig and Katz can keep their sake bombs, I’m going for this.)
As it’s just the two of them, it leads to a few ‘close’ moments. Like the time he said she looked warm so he put his hands on her cheeks and totally moved in like he was going to kiss her (zomg! I die!) Ya, that just happened! Or that time he did all of what I just said and then DIDN’T kiss her. (Just died twice) “You’re face was warm and my hands were cold so I warmed them up.” *smack!*
Park-ha asks the prince if he’s really from the past. He can be honest with her since its just the two of them. He says they really are, and I think she genuinely believes him.
So, she in turn, agrees to teach them how to live in the 21st century. First up, brushing teeth. All four fail as they rinsed and swallowed when they should have rinsed and spit. But, you know what? It’s ok, cause they all get to appreciate a fresh clean feeling in their mouths. Plus, swallowing toothpaste really isn’t bad for you. at all. so chill.
Next, the toilet, and it’s here that Song Man-bo realizes he shouldn’t have used the toilet water (in his mouth) to put out the fire he started. But hey, TOILET HUMOR! 3 DRINKS!!!!
Third, the microwave.
Fourth, the cooking range. And applause for instantaneous fire.
Fifth, the crosswalk. Only walk when the light is green. Song Man-bo, wearing the green track suit, takes this as his cue to be the leader of the crosswalk. awesome.
Sixth, riding the bus. Park-ha forgot to tell them to keep their shoes on when they entered the bus. But those converse do look awfully sexy sitting there like that. *facepalm*
Seventh, going to the store and using bills for currency.
Eighth and accidental lesson…the escalator.
Park-ha then gets a call from her mom asking her to do an errand for her that she had promised she’d do for Se-na. She needs Park-ha to take the truck and help move some boxes from someone’s house. Park-ha, after the horrible de-familying discussion she had with Se-na, feels uncomfortable but is willing to help out her mom.
What she doesn’t know is the house they are going to is Tae-yong’s house and they are going to clear out his bedroom as his grandmother feels it’s time to stop hoping he would come back. She’s accepted that he’s died. She has agreed to allow Tae-mu to take his place. ESCANDALO!
Prince Lee-gak is the first of the workers brought into the building and is shown Tae-yong’s room. He looks around a bit and finds a photo of Tae-yong. They do look awfully similar.
Grandma comes into the room to get one final look of the place and is surprised to see someone who looks so similar to her grandson standing there too. She embraces him believing her grandson has returned.
Tae-mu and Se-na return to the house to help with the packing. They are both uneasy at seeing Park-ha there, both for different reasons.
Tae-mu walks inside and comes face to face with Prince Lee-gak, but its almost like he’s seeing his cousin for the first time since he killed him two years prior. How will he react? What will he say? more ESCANDALO!!!
*dun dun dun cliffhanger!*