I’ve figured it out! I knew I’ve seen this storyline somewhere before and turns out, I have. Rooftop Prince is like Kate and Leopold (starring Hugh Jackman and Meg Ryan) They even had similar ‘welcome to the 21st century, we brush our teeth now’ scenes. Watch it. Worth it. Promise.
Forget not, 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
Episode 2 left of in a huge cliffhanger where Lee-gak is mistaken for Tae-yong inside Tae-yong’s grandmothers house. Tae-mu, the guy who killed Tae-yong is close to pissing his pants over being discovered as a murderer. What happens next? Lets find out!
Tae-mu’s fears are quickly alleviated because Lee-gak tells grandma that he is not the person she thinks she is. Grandma is upset, she’s trying to get ‘Tae-yong’ to remember her by hitting him in the chest. Lee-gak (as a prince) isn’t use to this treatment and pushes her away. Grandma falls down. Lee-mu steps in and a fight breaks out.
Lee-gak calls in Woo Yong-sool (bodyguard) and Grandmas curio cabinet gets destroyed in the ensuing fight.
Park-ha yells at the boys on the drive home. How will they repay for all that damage? They don’t have good jobs and have no money to their names.
Back at grandmas house, Se-na arrives and is charged with finding the man in the red track suit (Lee-gak)
The guys and Park-ha are next at a clothing bin to find new clothes. They can’t keep wearing track suits…people are starting to stare. “They say we’re like a traffic light.”
Park-ha picks out a new item of clothing for each of the boys except for Lee-gak. She says one of them can wear a track suit which makes him break out his ‘wtf’ face cause even he knows a track suit is never acceptable. haha, just kidding. Hes jealous the other guys get new clothing and he doesn’t. Or maybe because they got Park-ha’s attention and he didn’t.
She then takes them to a department store to find a bathroom and change. Simple, right? NOOOOOOO.
The guys go into the bathroom and are like, “That woman doesn’t know what shes saying! Changing our clothes in the same room people do their business in?! No, this will not happen for us!” (Toilet humor? Yes, I will take it. 3 DRINKS!)
While wondering around for a room to change in, a door magically slides open. It is a small room, with no windows or doors save the one that opened for them. “This is perfect!” they think. Exactly what they needed. They get inside, the door starts to close and they begin to change.
The girls see this…
Imaginations run wild, assumptions get made and they are all called perverts. Mega freak out in 5, 4, 3, 2…1
Popcorn is flying, people are crying and I’m laughing. I wish I weren’t lazy right now cause then I’d attempt to make a gif of this scene. But, alas, I am so no. These will have to do to adequately describe the freakout in question…
Finally, the guys are somewhat dressed and the door opens again. This time, it’s Park-ha greeting them wondering why they are changing in the ELEVATOR!!!
Driving home, Park-ha passes Chandok Palace and Lee-gak really really really really wants to go there. Park-ha says she’s too busy to stop and if he helps her with her chores, she will take him there. He eagerly accepts. The Chore? Cleaning up the new store that Park-ha just rented to expand her fruit stand business!!!
But a prince doesn’t clean anything for anyone, so Man-bo, Yong-sool, and Chi-san fight him on cleaning. However, since Lee-gak really really really wants to go to the palace, he says he will clean. In the process he cuts his finger. Apparently this is a HUGE deal to the guys, that the prince got injured, they all have a minor freak out. Man-bo tells him to raise his injured finger high in the sky.
So while Park-ha goes to get a band-aid, Lee-gak is left standing outside looking like this…
(See, I’m the type of person that if I saw this while driving down the road, I would roll down my window and yell, “NERD!!!” at the top of my lungs and giggle while driving away. No really, I would do this. I have done this. Don’t question my standing as a horrible human being)
As he’s standing like this, Se-na passes right by him not realizing he is the guy she is looking for (for grandma) because he’s dressed in 80’s style white washed denim instead of a red track suit. (still not sure which is worse)
Se-na also, earlier, gets yelled at by her mother for not calling her or not answering the phone when she calls. Guilt trip? Not just for Catholics anymore! (who am I kidding, guilt tripping children is a mother’s duty the world over!)
While still on her band-aid errand, Park-ha runs into Tae-mu on the street. They take a detour and end up in a cafe where he questions her about the guy in the red track suit (Lee-gak). Tae-mu tells Park-ha to play dumb and say she has no idea who or where he is in case anyone ever asks about him. (in order to prevent him having to pay for repairs to grandmas house or so he says, but in reality its so he is never found in case the guy really is Tae-yong)
And what a coincidence! Park-ha then runs into Se-na on the street just minutes after she bids adieu to Tae-mu. Se-na asks about the man in the red track suit and Park-ha simply has no idea who or where he is.
Later that night, Se-na and Tae-mu meet up for dinner. He tells her he wants to go England for vacation next summer to meet Se-na’s mom. Uh-oh. Looks like its just another one of Se-na’s lies. She told him her mother is a professor in England and not someone who works at the market minding her own fish cart.
Back at home, Park-ha is teaching the guys the Korean alphabet and my brain automatically turns off.
The next day, Park-ha keeps her word and takes Prince Lee-gak to the palace. Its the same place but so much has changed. Instead of uniformed guards and courtiers, there are tourists running around. He also stands at the place the crown princess (Se-na from back in the ‘day’) drowned. Its all too much for him and he begins to weep. (and I feel pity for him. really)
Park-ha sees him crying and hands him coffee. Prince Lee-gak says its too bitter, and that’s why he’s crying.
Suddenly, Park-ha gets a phone call and without warning both she and Prince Lee-gak are on a train heading out to…somewhere (I have no idea)
But, before they get on the train, Prince Lee-gak is taking his sweet time getting on the train when it WILL leave without him. He’s too in awe of the technology. Park-ha is begging him to run but he’s just not going to. (This reminds me of a similar situation when I was visiting a cousin in Tokyo. We were late to the train and while riding our bikes to the station my cousin was zooming through intersections while I slowed down. I didn’t want to get hit in a foreign country where I didn’t speak the language!!!!! She yelled at me that if we miss the train we don’t get a refund. Finally after hearing her yell at me for the millionth time to hurry my ass up I told her to stuff it because if we missed the train I’d buy new tickets. DON’T RUSH ME! GEEZUS!!!) *rant over*
The point is, Park-ha grabbed Lee-gak by the arm and dragged him on the train… 2 DRINKS!!!!!
On the train, Park-ha is teaching the prince ‘manners’ or rather, how to ask for things politely so he doesn’t frighten them. She models how to correctly ask for food from the food cart that’s coming their way. He copies her entirely (even the high pitched voice) Omg, this scene is awesome. Love it!
Finally, they get to their destination. It is a strawberry farm. Park-ha has made a deal to pick strawberries at half price to sell at her new fruit stand, however the catch is she has to pick and carry them all home. She only has Prince Lee-gak with her and he refuses to help…because he is a prince and princes don’t do manual labor. Plebeian please!
So, he leaves her to pick all the strawberries by herself. As he wonders around the farm, he comes across a wooden sign and it somehow gets knocked off of the wall and breaks in half. The farm workers, that saw this happen, are looking at him like he broke it. To make amends, he makes them a new sign and since he’s from back in the ‘day’ he’s a pretty good calligrapher. Everyone is impressed with his mad skillz, even the guy who is the son of a calligrapher. They say if anyone should know good calligraphy, it would be him!
Prince Lee-gak finally comes back to see how Park-ha is doing. It’s hot, she’s tired and cranky and pissed he didn’t help her. He gives her a Popsicle to make amends. She knocks it to the ground. Since he’s got a sweet tooth, he picks it up (wrapped) and eats that one too. What Park-ha doesn’t realize is, he’s impressed the farm workers so much that they’ve agreed to help Park-ha pick all the strawberries she wants. *swoon!*
Since they are done faster than they would have been, they spend their time at an amusement park where they come across a claw machine. They both play a few times to get a radish/child stuffed animal and fail. Finally, they win the stuffed animal and get this reaction…
Prince Lee-gak, for some silly reason, tries to put Park-ha back in her place by letting her know shes a commoner, yet again. This makes her a little upset, so she gets a little revenge by telling him to suck the helium out of a balloon as it’s sweet. Since Prince Lee-gak has a crazy bad sweet tooth, he believes her. When he speaks after inhaling the helium, he sounds like a chipmunk and the giggling commences.
Back in Seoul, Becky and Lady Mimi treat the rest of the guys to hamburgers. Park-ha calls Lady Mimi on face to face and asks her to show the phone to the guys. Prince Lee-gak’s face meets their (through the phone) and another mini-freakout occurs.
On the train ride back, Park-ha is so exhausted she starts to fall asleep. Her head falls onto Lee-gak’s shoulder and he, still pissed about the helium thing, does this…
What a gentleman! He’s preventing her from getting a crick in her neck! *swoon!* lol.
A few days later, Park-ha takes her mother out to go birthday shopping. Se-na sees them and drags their mother away to complain about Park-ha still being in Korea when she should have gone back to the US. Se-na is being really bitchy and it’s totally obvious she’s jealous of Park-ha. She wants Park-ha to disappear. She asks her mother to do a favor for her. But what is this favor? We don’t know yet.
Next scene has all three women at a restaurant for mom’s birthday. Mom pulls Park-ha out into the hall way to ask her the favor, what Park-ha doesn’t realize is she left her purse on the floor splayed open for the whole world to see (including Se-na).
Mother asks Park-ha to bring the ‘man in the red track suit’ to Se-na. While she’s asking this, Se-na leaves the restaurant without question.
Back at grandmothers house, her daughter (who looks and acts just like everyone’s favorite alcoholic aunt) is trying to cheer her up by reading some humorous verses. (I don’t get them, it must be a Korean thing)
They learn Park-ha has granted Se-na’s favor and the ‘man in the red track suit’ has been found. He’s being brought, right now, to the fashion show at grandma’s company. Tae-mu finds out too and races over to the fashion show.
Here, Prince Lee-gak meets the rest of Tae-Yong’s family and they are all shocked at the similarities. Again he reiterates he is not Tae-yong. Grandma asks him to become her grandson cause she misses him so much. He declines.
As he’s leaving, Tae-mu offers to give him cab fare home. Lee-gak declines, he’s got a case of sweet ‘yooghurt’ (yogurt?) that will treat him just fine.
Before he leaves, he notices the fashion show. What?!! Scantily clad women?! It’s enough to make a 300 year old prince blush. And he does. =)
He sees Se-na in the background, believing she is the crown princess he runs to her completely ruining the fashion show. He grabs her. She slaps him.