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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!!!

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Mitzi on…Rooftop Prince episode 4

So far, I am really liking Rooftop Prince.  It is ranking as high as You Are Beautiful and Secret Garden for me.  Also, just discovered this kdrama is so new, it hasn’t finished airing in Korea yet.  Hmm…very interesting.

Forget not, 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

Prince Lee Gak just got smacked down at the fashion show by Se-na (literally) and he’s shocked that she (also being the crown princess from back in ‘the day’) doesn’t recognize him.  She should, right?  If she is the reincarnated crown princess, she should at least feel something towards him besides feeling his face on the palm of her hand, right?

Lee Gak is dragged out of the fashion show kicking and screaming. (I don’t think this counts for the drinking game…no drinks)

Back at Park-ha’s new fruit stand, she is getting things in order.  She’s got construction workers fixing the place up and its going to be amazing!  The owner comes by to pick up a deposit check for $40,000 to make it official…except Park-ha can’t find the check.  It’s gone.  GONE!  What happened to the check?

Right here Park-ha is clueless but WE know what really happened.  It’s that evil woman, Se-na, that took it.  I know she did, I can feel it in my bones.  And my guess is confirmed when Park-ha calls Se-na to find out what happened to the check.

Se-na took the check and ripped it up!  Why the hell is she so evil?!  GAH!!!!!

Park-ha tells the owner of the store that she doesn’t have the check, so he gets mad and tells her to forget the entire deal.  Oh come on!  I’m sure the bank can issue a new check in a day or so.  No need to get our panties in a wad over this!  It can be fixed!  It’s no use, the deal is officially off.

And then the truck load of strawberries she and Lee-gak (vicariously) picked just shows up AT THE WORST TIME POSSIBLE.

Park-ha goes to her mother to figure out what to do. In the midst of this, Se-na shows up and says she wants to discuss something with Park-ha. She tells Park-ha she will give her the money she needs if she uses it to start a new life in the US.  She wants things to go back to how they were two years ago, before Park-ha was found and Se-na was the only daughter.

Meanwhile, I want to do this to the computer for showing me such evil.   Bleh!

Park-ha leaves the cafe meeting with her sister completely dejected and depressed.  Her dreams are ruined and her only sister wants nothing to do with her.  Then she remembers she left Prince Lee-gak at the fashion show where she told him to wait for.

She runs, in the rain, all the way to meet him and he is pissed.  He is super pissed to the point of talking down to her in his princely manner which only makes him look like a jackass. He even tells her that her shop will surely fail (even before he knows that is already has *sigh*)

Prince Lee-gak is asleep and is having a dream, but he thinks he’s really back in ‘the day’ with his crown princess.  Somehow everything is alright and she is still alive.  Then a cell phone rings.  He looks around confused.  Then here comes Park-ha yelling at him to pick up some boxes.  He fights back, trying not to get dragged away from the crown princess but Park-ha grabs him by the arm and drags him away (2 DRINKS!!!)

The next morning, the four guys are asking Park-ha for their breakfast.  She’s still pissed from the fight she had with Lee-gak the night before that she storms out of the apartment without saying a word to any of them.  Lee-gak tells them to leave her alone, that they can fend for themselves.  Yong-sool says he can go out and hunt for dogs or a cat or whatever and bring it back which makes the other say, “Whoa, slow down, Slick.  This is a different era, people are watching.”

They decide to buy instant ramen but then realize they have no money so no food.  They poor!

Park-ha then runs into her friend, Amy, from America.  Amy gives Park-ha a tin that she left back in America.  (more on this later)

Back at the rooftop apartment, Becky drags the guys outside because she got them all part time jobs.  They, except the prince, will all work for their money now.

Song Man-bo

Woo Yong-sool

Do Chi-san

And they’re all super duper successful at their jobs.  By ‘successful’ I mean, ‘they got fired on the first day’

The prince finds out the guys all got fired and actually took the jobs in the first place to help out with the bills since Park-ha’s business failed.  Here, the prince feels like a fool for being so mean to her.  Good!

Lady Mimi even gave the prince grief for being mean to Park-ha and told him to comfort her.  “She was crying all night”  =(

Becky, Lady Mimi and the guys come up with a plan to help Park-ha.  Since she has that entire truckload of strawberries, they can at least try to sell those.  Becky gets Lee-gak’s 3 minions to dress up as characters and teaches them to dance in order to draw attention to their strawberry stand.  But since, Prince Lee-gak is in the foreground mimicking the dance moves this scene is really just a superfluous seen for the girls to watch Micky Yoochun ‘shake it’. (I can hear the screams all the way in California)

The minions are told not to take their masks off for any reason.  They are then met, in front of the fruit stand by ‘Becky’ dressed as a panda.  My, Becky, what broad shoulders you have…

Then, Lady Mimi plays some music, and the 4 characters are supposed to dance around to get attention.  Who knew ‘Becky’ could work it like that?

Back at grandmas office building, Tae-mu’s father yells at him for canceling the ‘model wedding’ shoot to sell wedding packages on the Home Shopping Network that evening. Grandma says it will go on with Se-na as the model bride.

And now we are at a warehouse where our favorite alcoholic aunt is speaking to a security guard.  “Come back to the office.”  , “No, I’ve done wrong. I don’t deserve to go back.”     Whine whine whine, blah blah blah.  Backstory on this will continue later.

Back at the strawberry stand, there is a huge crowd and everyone’s dancing.  The strawberries are selling fast and its all thanks to ‘Becky’s’ dance skillz.  Unfortunately, ‘Becky’ worked it too hard and passed out.

‘Becky’ gets taken to a room to rest/cool off and it is here we find out ‘Becky’ is actually Prince Lee-gak!!!  *gasp*

He doesn’t want Park-ha to discover he’s dressed as the panda so when she comes into the room he refuses to take off the panda mask.  Park-ha gets sentimental with ‘Becky’ and holds her hand to thank her for helping with the strawberry stand that day.  *giggles*

Park-ha then admits that she will be leaving for America soon (as per Se-na’s wishes) and tells ‘Becky’ not to tell the guys.

‘Becky’ (prince Lee-gak) stands up and storms out of the room…still dressed as a panda.  (end scene)

Back at the ‘model wedding’ shoot, where Se-na is dressed as a bride, Tae-mu pulls her aside and proposes to her for realz!!!  *swoon!*  Do these two actually have enough heart to truly love each other more than they love themselves?  I hope so.

Meanwhile, at the rooftop apartment, the prince, his minions, Lady Mimi, Becky and Park-ha are having dinner when the Prince, demands to know what Park-ha is planning.  Why is she going to America?  Why didn’t she tell them.   Then he storms off…

The real Becky asks him to her place to have some coffee, he asks for something sweet.  (Was there no sugar in Korea back in ‘the day’? Honestly, I have a pretty mean sweet tooth but it’s nowhere near as bad as Lee-gak’s.)

It’s in Becky’s apartment that he sees, on the TV, the package wedding for sell on the home shopping network starring Se-na as the bride.

He asks Becky what’s going on, on the TV. She tells him the bride and groom are getting married, you know to live together and have kids.

This is too much for Lee-gak to bare.  Sipping his sweet drink, he has another mini-freak out and demands to be taken to the studio where the fake marriage is taking place. He gets there, find’s Se-na talking with Tae-mu, demands to speak with her and causes such a ruckus that Tae-mu punches Lee-gak in the face which sends him flying over the railing into the river down below.  Did Tae-mu just kill someone else now?

Back at the rooftop apartment, Park-ha is going through the tin that her friend Amy brought to her from New York.  Inside there is a drawing of her that the original Tae-yong drew two years ago.  Turns out, he left it for her, along with a note for her to meet him at a certain place and time.  She showed up, but he never did (because Tae-mu had killed him by that point.)

Also, and this is major, there is a cell phone in the tin.  Turns out, Tae-yong accidentally took some other woman’s phone by accident the day he left Park-ha’s bar.  The other woman left his phone behind and her phone number in case he came back to return her phone.  He never did and now Park-ha has TAE-YONG’s phone. (Huge!  It has the evidence that Tae-mu was with him the day before he disappeared!)

There is also a set of dolls made out of palm tree seeds. (more on this later)

Thankfully, prince Lee-gak is pulled from the river unconscious, but still breathing.  He is alive!  As Lee-gak lays unconscious, he’s questioning why he was brought back (honestly, not paying much attention here as multiple shots of bodies floating in dark water are giving me the heebie jeebies)

Tae-mu and his entire family are with him at the hospital as the doctors work on Lee-gak.  He’s actually pronounced dead at one point before he miraculously comes back to life (miracle? God? Screenwriters?!)

Park-ha knows something is wrong since Lee-gak has yet to return home so she goes in search for him.  As she is his guardian, the hospital calls her to let her know where he is.

Both Park-ha and grandma walk into Prince Lee-gaks hospital room at the same time.  He is awake and is now claiming to be Tae-yong.

Things just got real, son!

The end.

Mitzi on…My Lovely Sam-soon Episode 11

Er, after watching a little more of Episode 11, I realize I may have forgotten more of episode 10 than I realized…but no time to go back!  the challenge is on!

Wow, this episode had a whole lot of moments that had me saying things like, “oh hell no!”  and, “What. The. Hell.”

Cast:

  • Kim Suna as Kim Sam-soon
  • Hyun Bin as Hyun Jin-heon
  • Jeong Ryeo-won as Yoo Hee-jin
  • Daniel Henney as Dr. Henry Kim (Dr. Hotpants)
  • Kim Ja Ok as Park Bong-Sook – Sam-soon’s mom
  • Lee Ah-hyun as Kim Yi-Young – Sam-soon’s sister
  • Na Moon-hee as Na Hyun-Sook – Jin-heon’s mom
  • Suh Ji Hee as Hyun Mi-joo – Jin-heon’s niece
  • Yoon Ye-hee as Yoon Hyun-sook – Jin-heon’s “aunt”
  • Lee Kyu-han as Min Hyun-woo – Sam-soon’s ex
  • Lee Yoon-mi as Jang Chae-Ri

Episode starts out with Jin-heon taking Sam-soon home from the blind date that he dragged her away from.  They run into her ex, Hyun-woo.  Hyun-woo and Jin-heon get into a fight.  I guess this would be the fight similar to the famous fight between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant in Bridget Jones Diary, however it wasn’t nearly as entertaining.  (awkward kicks!  Where were the awkward kicks?!  And trash can lids?!)

However, Sam-soon breaks up the fight and tells Jin-heon to get lost. He looks hurt but leaves.  Hyun-woo looks happy because it seems Sam-soon is chosing him over her.  (Whoever thinks they  just won the girl, take a step forward…not so fast, Hyun-woo)  Sam-soon then tells him to get lost too.

Sam-soon then has trouble falling asleep because for the first time in her life, two guys are fighting over her.  #firstworldproblems

Then, in another scene reminiscent of Bridget Jone’s Diary, Sam-soon goes on a quest to improve herself and starts working out with her sister and eating a low carb/high protein diet.  This works for all of 12 hours before she’s raiding the fridge at midnight. (been there, done that)

Jin-heon, still butt hurt over Sam-soon telling him to get lost AND because he’s in ‘the luvs’ with her (secretly) calls her over to pick up her bike (from the ultra classy scooter accident in episode 8) that’s been taking up room in his apartment.  She reluctantly heads over to pick it up.  When she arrives she asks him if he’s ridden the bike. He says no (LIAR!)  But obviously he did because the tires are flat.  He’s got to take her and the bike home in his car.

In the car, the conversation turns down a road with danger signs all over it.  They discuss their relationship…or lack there of.  THEN Hee-hin calls Jin-heon phone…and he ignores it.  Sam-soon guilts him into answering it because he should, Hee-jin is his girlfriend after all.  The conversation between the couple is awkward, forced and filled with lies (Jin-heon tells her he’s alone) and after Sam-soon screams due to a near accident, Hee-jin also knows he’s lying to her.

Mega pissed, Jin-heon pulls over and forces Sam-soon out of the car. (What. The. Hell.  She didn’t do anything wrong.  The bad is all on him!)  He will take her no further.  Sam-soon can tell that something is going on with him.  No guy acts like that if he hasn’t been caught with his hand in the cookie jar.  She asks him if he likes her.

His response: Didn’t I say this to you before? Who would like to hold a person like yourself? (which is just Korean for, “I want you to punch me in the face”)

Her response: You’re not my type also. You wanna know why? Because you can’t be honest. (Which is Korean for, “I won’t give you the satisfaction of punching you in the face because then I’d get the stench of ‘lying jerkwad’ all over fist.”)

Jin-heon then turns to leave but before doing so, he quickly runs to Sam-soon’s bicycle and kicks it over.  The maturity is strong in this one.

Fast forward a few days, Sam-soon is sick with stomach pains (more toilet humor!) and is home writhing on the floor when her doorbell suddenly rings.  It’s her ex, Hyun-woo!  He says they should officially end it, but that they need to go somewhere special.  She, stupidly, goes along with this still dressed in PJ’s.  (I’m hoping out of boredom)

And *gasp* he takes her to the hotel where she discovered his affair!  ESCANDALO!

While waiting for the elevator to take them to the bar, imagine the series of events that occurred behind the scenes that caused Jin-heon to magically appear right next to them, waiting for the same elevator!  COINCIDENCE!

Jin-heon seems butt hurt though. He says he won’t join Hyun-woo and Sam-soon for drinks because Sam-soon is untrustworthy since she confessed she liked someone else but is out late at night with her ex.  HYPOCRITE!

The elevator door opens, Jin-heon leaves.  Hyun-woo and Sam-soon continue with their ‘official break up’ which ends up being more of a marriage proposal that Sam-soon turns down.  Well actually, she calls Hyun-woo on his bluff.  She said she would accept his ring only if he broke it off with Chae-ri right then and there.  He fails to do so and …what the hell is this?  Jin-heon is now in the bar?  He’s defending Sam-soon?!  HE’S CALLING HER HIS WOMAN!!!!  And he’s dragging her away from Hyun-woo.

They end up in the same mens restroom where they first met last Christmas and he confesses his ‘like’ for her.  Actually he scream’s it, but that’s alright because love is also frightening and confusing.  Just as Sam-soon is about to pull some, “Boy, you are crazy!” phrases out of her bag, Jin-heon forcibly grabs her and kisses her.

And then we all swoon.

The End.

The guys in the background peeing really add to the romance.

Don’t you love it when a man forces himself upon you and tells you he ‘likes’ you?  meow!

Mitzi on… My Lovely Sam-soon episode 10

Ok, confession time. I watched this episode.  I distinctly remember sitting down and watching this episode, I swear.  However, since I watched it after I got home from Mr. Katz’s “birthday” party…I remember very little of what actually went on.

So, rather than watch it again, I thought it would be much quicker and more fun for me to write down what I do remember…

Cast:

  • Kim Suna as Kim Sam-soon
  • Hyun Bin as Hyun Jin-heon
  • Jeong Ryeo-won as Yoo Hee-jin
  • Daniel Henney as Dr. Henry Kim (Dr. Hotpants)
  • Kim Ja Ok as Park Bong-Sook – Sam-soon’s mom
  • Lee Ah-hyun as Kim Yi-Young – Sam-soon’s sister
  • Na Moon-hee as Na Hyun-Sook – Jin-heon’s mom
  • Suh Ji Hee as Hyun Mi-joo – Jin-heon’s niece
  • Yoon Ye-hee as Yoon Hyun-sook – Jin-heon’s “aunt”
  • Lee Kyu-han as Min Hyun-woo – Sam-soon’s ex
  • Lee Yoon-mi as Jang Chae-Ri

Jin-heon can’t stop thinking about Sam-soon.  In fact, he thinks about her so much, when he doesn’t want to, that he starts to choke Sam-soon’s stuffed animal that he ended up with all the way back in episode 2.  I remember feeling some sort of righteous indignation at the time…but now, I just find it a bit funny.  Not him choking the stuffed animal (because it is NOT a euphemism, get your head out of the gutter) but because I yelled at the screen.

Next was a duet singing “Fly Me To The Moon”…unless that is an actual memory and I’m just mashing the entire evening together.  Regardless, it was awesome.

Then, Jin-heon meets Sam-soon late at night and almost almost confesses feelings for her but doesn’t.  (but I don’t think this is accurate because in episode 11, he turns into an asshat again.)

Sam-soon tells her jackass of an ex boyfriend to leave her alone.

And somehow, I wake up with a cut on my foot.

The end.

P.S.  This episode needed more Dr. Hotpants.

 

P.P.S  I now vaguely recall a scene reminiscent of the infamous ‘blind date, wait a minute you’re my boss not my lover’ fiasco that ended up with Jin-heon slapped twice and kicked by Sam-soon.

Yes!  It’s all coming back now!

Sam-soon gets a make over and goes on a blind date (who ends up being a total toad) but runs into a former blind date she liked but ran away because Jin-heon played that joke on her.  They were actually hitting it off too when Jin-heon comes back and plays a similar joke…except this time its kinda for real.

Good job, brain.  Way to be slow.

Mitzi on…My Name is Sam-soon Episode 9

After drying my eyes and getting a little food, I was ready to start episode 9.  It picked up right where episode 8 left off.  Except I didn’t cry this time.  *success!*

 

Cast:

  • Kim Suna as Kim Sam-soon
  • Hyun Bin as Hyun Jin-heon
  • Jeong Ryeo-won as Yoo Hee-jin
  • Daniel Henney as Dr. Henry Kim (Dr. Hotpants)
  • Kim Ja Ok as Park Bong-Sook – Sam-soon’s mom
  • Lee Ah-hyun as Kim Yi-Young – Sam-soon’s sister
  • Na Moon-hee as Na Hyun-Sook – Jin-heon’s mom
  • Suh Ji Hee as Hyun Mi-joo – Jin-heon’s niece
  • Yoon Ye-hee as Yoon Hyun-sook – Jin-heon’s “aunt”
  • Lee Kyu-han as Min Hyun-woo – Sam-soon’s ex
  • Lee Yoon-mi as Jang Chae-Ri

Sam-soon is still talking with her deceased father when the episode starts. We are reminded how unlucky Sam-soon is in love and her father imparts some wisdom.

Sam-soon’s sister comes back to the table and dad has disappeared.  Yi-young then gives Sam-soon some very sage advice in telling her to give up on Jin-heon.   (duh)

Meanwhile, in the land of ‘ew!’, we see Jin-heon and Hee-jin cleaning each others ears with q-tips.  What. The. Hell.  I guess that’s a sign of true love?  “Come here hon, I’ve got wax build up because I maintain poor hygiene.”  , “Oh baby! Ear wax, here I come!”  *headdesk*

Across town, Sam-soon gets a phone call from Jin-heon’s mother telling her to be ready in the morning as she will be picked up in a car. Jin-heon’s mother really doesn’t want him dating Hee-jin and is planning on using Sam-soon to break them up.  (This always works, by the way)

To Sam-soon’s surprise, she is going to a memorial service in honor of Jin-heon’s brother and sister-in-law that were killed in that crash 3 years ago.  Not only is she surprised, but so is Jin-heon.  Nothing makes going to pay homage to your dead sibling more awkward than running into your ex-girlfriend at said memorial service.  Very awkward.

Here, Sam-soon learns a lot about the accident and Jin-heon’s difficulty in healing. She can’t help but see him in a new light and understand him just a little bit better.

Upon leaving, Jin-heon takes Sam-soon aside and asks why she’s there. His mother invited her, she says. He tells her not to listen to  his mother, only to him.  She, having had enough of his family’s ridiculousness, tells him, in the words of LD, to, “Go f— themselves.”  She won’t let either of them mess with her anymore.  And to show how serious she is, she hands him a letter of resignation.  She quits!!! Unfortunately, she didn’t think far enough ahead because both Jin-Heon’s mom and Jin-heon drive off with out Sam-soon, leaving her behind to walk/take the bus home.

When Sam-soon gets off the bus and begins walking home, she sees Jin-heon waiting for her with a bouquet of roses. These are not roses to romance Sam-soon, no.  They are roses to convince her not to quit.  Sam-soon is really unimpressed and tells him if he really wants her to stay as pasterier, he should get on his knees and beg.  He does! bwahaha!

It works.  Sam-soon goes back to the restaurant.  Once there, her annoying ‘frienemy’ Chae-Ri (and current fiance to Sam-soon’s ex) verbally attacks her for trying to seduce her fiance.  Sam-soon is so annoyed she throws flour on her and chases her out of the restaurant.  lol!

Next is an awkward, but apparently kdrama necessary, scene of Sam-soon and Jin-heon both on the pot. Toilet humor abounds!  (if I had made up a drinking game, this scene would be at least 5 drinks)

Jin-heon needs Sam-soon to get him some toilet paper.  She tells him not to worry, she will be right back with it.  She never returns. Very nice.  Once he finally escapes the bathroom and finds her eating lunch with her coworkers, he tells her she should eat more fiber as it helps with constipation. (oh snap!)  Rather than shrinking from embarrassment, she tells him he should too as it will help him with his diarrhea.  (double snap!)    Sam-soon, rather than let Jin-heon respond, mentions that she would like to go dancing and would anyone like to join her.  All the ladies raise their hands.

At the club, she is figuratively slapped in the face with the fact that she’s older than the guys there would like and it gives her a major case of the ‘sads’.  She goes home and instead of finding solace and support in her family, she gets assaulted by her crazy mother demanding to know why Sam-soon agreed to be in a fake relationship (gasp! she knows!)

Ugh, this is so depressing!  How is it Sam-soon’s fault all the guys she meets are asshats?  Why is her mother beating her up and calling her pathetic?!  How does that help the situation?!  Geezus mom!  Chill out! It was a fake relationship, get over it.

Well, I mean, it is kinda a big deal.  Sam-soon did put herself in a position to be perceived as a prostitute if she ‘sold’ herself for 50K.  Doesn’t matter that nothing happened…it will still look bad if it gets out. So I guess mom does have a point…but bad timing!!!

However, mom, fuming, goes to the restaurant and demands to know just WTH Jin-heon was thinking when he chose her daughter to be his fake girlfriend.  She is pissed…majorly pissed.  Sam-soon and her sister come in to the restaurant searching for their mother and are both extremely embarrassed by her behavior.

Ultimately, after a much calmer discussion, Sam-soon tells Jin-heon that she CAN quit him and the restaurant.  She packs up her stuff, hands in her name tag and leaves as Jin-heon watches quietly from the window.

 

 

Hey, at least with this episode, I didn’t get the overwhelming urge to throw my computer out the window.  Good thing, right?

 

 

 

 

Mitzi on…My Lovely Sam-soon Episode 8

After the debacle of episode 7, I came into Episode 8 wondering if my sanity would survive.  It wasn’t my sanity in trouble this episode, it turns out, but my tears!!! Gah!

Cast:

  • Kim Suna as Kim Sam-soon
  • Hyun Bin as Hyun Jin-heon
  • Jeong Ryeo-won as Yoo Hee-jin
  • Daniel Henney as Dr. Henry Kim (Dr. Hotpants)
  • Kim Ja Ok as Park Bong-Sook – Sam-soon’s mom
  • Lee Ah-hyun as Kim Yi-Young – Sam-soon’s sister
  • Na Moon-hee as Na Hyun-Sook – Jin-heon’s mom
  • Suh Ji Hee as Hyun Mi-joo – Jin-heon’s niece
  • Yoon Ye-hee as Yoon Hyun-sook – Jin-heon’s “aunt”
  • Lee Kyu-han as Min Hyun-woo – Sam-soon’s ex
  • Lee Yoon-mi as Jang Chae-Ri

So…things happened.

First, Jin-heon and his ex are back together but don’t tell anyone for 4 days.

Secondly, Jin-heon and Dr. Hotpants have this territorial thing going on for Hee-jin

Thirdly, Sam-soon is ‘that’ kind of girl.  You know, the kind of girl that can’t tell that she’s just been dumped and keeps calling/texting the ex even though he never gets in contact back.  I’m sure all of us woman who have a cell phone have done this at some point.  Most of us grow out of it…some don’t.  This is why I wish Sam-soon’s sister would have just taken her cell phone away!  It was so awkward to see Sam-soon constantly texting Jin-heon.

She even goes out of her way to prepare breakfast for Jin-heon.  It was quite pitiful to watch…Sam-soon is not acting like herself.  But when she delivers the breakfast to Jin-heon’s apartment, she sees both him and his ex(now current) girlfriend. Jin-heon tells her he’s going to date Hee-jin now.  Sam-soon doesn’t like this, I’m sure she felt like an idiot and so she kicks him. (take a drink?)

In the words of Sir Elton John, “The bitch is back!”   HUZZAH!  Finally!  So she tells Jin-heon that she doesn’t like him anymore and that he can go jump off a bridge (she didn’t really say jump off a bridge, but she should have).  It’s all stuff people say when their ego’s are bruised, I know cause I’ve been there…many times.  Ahem.

And in true badass fashion, as she storms off on her trusty beach cruiser bicycle, she get’s into an accident with a scooter and gets taken to the hospital.  And Jin-heon sees all of this…D’OH! (take another drink?)

At this point, Jin-heon didn’t get all of Sam-soon’s voice mails and listens to them over Sam-soon’s sleeping/snoring body.  Surprisingly, he’s actually touched at how much she cared for him.

When Sam-soon wakes up in the hospital, she’s feels incredibly uncomfortable to see both Jin-heon and Hee-jin standing over her.  (Well, duh)

This is where we (or at least me, since I’m oblivious) realize that Sam-soon’s sister and Jin-heon’s ex are the two women on the plane from the first episode.  (seriously, took me 8 episodes to realize this.  I should feel shame. but I don’t)

Jin-heon’s mother tells Hee-jin to take a hike since she doesn’t want her son to marry a sick person.  And the tears flow. Not mine, however.  No sympathy for Hee-jin!  none!

However, Sam-soon’s brutally honest discussion with her deceased father (what? is she crazy now? or just drunk?) completely melted the ice around my heart.  Made me feel sad feelings.  Made water leak from my eyeballs. Made me miss my dad!

If there is one thing the Korean drama’s are really good at, its making crying scenes like this one incredibly moving.

OMG!  I am Sam-soon!!!

DON’T CRY SAM-SOON. I’LL CRY ENOUGH FOR THE BOTH OF US!!!

Mitzi on…My Lovely Sam-soon Episodes 6 and 7

Things just got real…

Cast

  • Kim Suna as Kim Sam-soon
  • Hyun Bin as Hyun Jin-heon
  • Jeong Ryeo-won as Yoo Hee-jin
  • Daniel Henney as Dr. Henry Kim (Dr. Hotpants)
  • Kim Ja Ok as Park Bong-Sook – Sam-soon’s mom
  • Lee Ah-hyun as Kim Yi-Young – Sam-soon’s sister
  • Na Moon-hee as Na Hyun-Sook – Jin-heon’s mom
  • Suh Ji Hee as Hyun Mi-joo – Jin-heon’s niece
  • Yoon Ye-hee as Yoon Hyun-sook – Jin-heon’s “aunt”
  • Lee Kyu-han as Min Hyun-woo – Sam-soon’s ex
  • Lee Yoon-mi as Jang Chae-Ri

Episode 6 wasn’t very memorable for me except the scene where Sam-soon and Jin-heon kiss. Or rather, she kisses him and then he kisses her back.  And then he accuses her of luring him in by playing the piano alone in the dark.  Not quite sure how that works out, but hey, everything is the girls fault, right?  Of course.

Also, Sam-soon’s ex boyfriend returns again, this time requesting that she be his mistress since he’s about to get married. What is it with guys? First they don’t want to be with you but when they see you moving on with someone else, they want you back.  This is all very frustrating.

Episode 7:

Jin-heon gets into a fight with Sam-soon’s ex boyfriend because he was still trying to get Sam-soon to be his mistress.  Then Jin-heon tells Sam-soon he doesn’t want her to talk or look at another man BUT that he will still not date her. Ever.  See, I’ve had a male like this in my life.  Never actually ended up dating him but he kept calling me and wanting to hang out with me on his terms only.  As soon as I said I was busy or had something else I’d rather be doing, he wouldn’t get in touch with me for a few weeks.  But as soon as I called him to hang out, he wouldn’t even pick up the phone.  Thank heavens this was years ago and I’ve learned that they aren’t even worth the time it takes to tell them to GTFO.  But I digress!  My point is, this is unfair.

Sam Soon should be able to look at other men in this fake relationship.  But I guess she doesn’t want to since she confessed that she’s started to ‘like’ Jin-heon.  And that doesn’t really matter either because he ditches her in the middle of nowhere to run back to his ex girlfriend.

And when he finally meets up with his ex girlfriend we learn that Dr. Hotpants is literally her doctor because she has *gasp* cancer.  (I need to make up a drinking game. When someone has cancer in a Kdrama, take a drink)  That’s why she left him 3 years prior to get medical help.

So, rather than hug her and apologize for misunderstanding, HE SLAPS HER!  What the hell.  What the mofo hell?!  I so disapprove.  Lets just say if it were me, Jin-heon wouldn’t be having kids for quite some time.

The gauntlet has been thrown.  Exgirlfriend should throw it down. TO THE GROUND! Hell, rip off his leg with artificial bones and beat him with it, I don’t know.  I has an anger right now. And listening to ex girlfriend cry and apologize for leaving 3 years prior is giving me a headache.  No sympathy!  none.  Both characters are irritating me at this point. (do you see why I say my heart is as cold as ice?)

Oh lord!  now Jin-heon and ex girlfriend are all lovey dovey on the couch as she tries to make his fresh bruises (from the fight with Sam-soon’s ex) go away by kissing them. It’s almost like their 3  years distance, yelling matches, crying and face slaps have been forgotten.  *facepalm* I am about to throw the screen out the window.   Out the window, I say!!!

Whew, thank god that episode is over.  Maybe the only saving grace is the scene between Sam-soon and Dr. Hotpants in the hotel lobby trying to have a conversation.  Hilarious!

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By the way, I spoke with someone tonight who has far more experience with Asian cultures than I do and I expressed my disappointment over the violence towards women in this drama.  She kinda laughed at me and said something along the lines of, “Oh honey, that’s normal.”  ESCANDALO!   and  ZOINKS!!!!