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.
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
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?
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!