This episode was rather slow, traversing much of the same territory as episode 6, waiting for Da Ran to make a decision about what degree she’s willing to enter into a fake relationship with Kyung Joon. Considering it’s a big decision, the episode gives Da Ran the space to come to terms with it, but other than this, nothing happens to further the plot. Episode 7, thy name is filler. It did however lay the groundwork for a romantic relationship between Da Ran and Kyung Joon, throwing in some well-worn angst ridden staring into space, complete with a ticking clock. I continue to love Kyung Joon (I want to adopt him!).
We open at the end of episode 6, Mari has just figured out Yoon Jae ahjusshi, is actually Kyung Joon, and she is hugging him tight, crying ‘Kyung Joon-ah!”… then she faints. Kyung Joon lays her down on his bed, and Da Ran notices the blood on her arm. Kyung Joon reiterates he can’t stand the sight of blood, instructing Da Ran to help her while he goes out for medicine.
Across town Choong Shik is trying to get in contact with Mari without success, and decides to check on her, rightly guessing she went to Yoon Jae’s/Kyung Joon’s home after asking him about it previously. As he leaves home we notice Na Teacher and Aegkyung are still there, and things are going well. When Choong Shik arrives at Kyung Joon’s home he immediately discovers Da Ran and the broken window, but is diverted from all his questions when he discovers Mari has been hurt.
Da Ran tries to get Choong Shik to leave, but he’s too worried about Mari. While the two of them fight next to the passed out Mari, Mari suddenly wakes up, calling for Kyung Joon: “where is Kyung Joon-ie?” She runs all over the house looking for him, while Choong Shik looks bewildered, confused since he knows Kyung Joon’s body lies in a coma. Da Ran tries to reason Mari is looking for KJ because she likes him and must have dreamed about him, while Choong Shik looks lovelorn.
Choong Shik finally sees Kyung Joon and lets out a tense “Doctor Seo”. He’s about to hit Kyung Joon when Mari kicks him in the groin from behind. Ouch, that really is that girl’s favourite move. Mari calls out ‘Kyung Joon-ah!’ and tries to grab him, but Da Ran covers her mouth and pulls her away, leaving Kyung Joon to comfort Choong Shik.
Choong Shik angrily declares he doesn’t need Kyung Joon’s help, but KJ calmly states he’s the only one who can help- women can’t fathom how painful this is, and pats Choong Shik soothingly on the butt. I don’t know how that will help, but ok.
Da Ran walks Choong Shik out, assuring him she’s handle everything herself, avoiding answering his questions about whether she and Yoon Jae have gotten back together.
Back at the house Mari is demanding answers from Kyung Joon, but he still refuses to look at her. Mari looks at her bandaged arm, and then considerately crouches behind the couch as she speaks to him, popping her head up to converse. I know she’s crazy, but she’s also so freakin’ cute. Kyung Joon tries desperately to get Mari to leave him alone and keep his secret, using her name as a pun to illustrate his ire (Mari = talk/speech: “Mari untonghanin Mari-ah!” – basically, the “Mari that doesn’t listen”). This kid seriously loves his puns. Mari doesn’t listen and promises to protect both Kyung Joons.
Choong Shik comes home to find his parents tipsy and in a good mood because of Na Teacher. Choong Shik mutters under his breath about Na Teacher not even lasting a night, and says in English “one night stand?” Poor Na Teacher- most unsatisfying one night stand ever.
Da Ran returns to the house and tells the now alone Kyung Joon that she’ll pretend to be his girlfriend/fiance in front of his mother- that she’ll endure any pangs she’ll feel for his sake. Kyung Joon thanks her and makes his own promise: he’ll treat her just like a dog so she won’t even contemplate falling for him/Yoon Jae. “I won’t make it hard for you, I’ll never treat you well!” Haha. Kyung Joon gives Da Ran chores to complete, insisting he can’t even help a little bit because being next to her will cause her heart to shake/waver. I love how seriously he says this. KJ goofily grins, “I shouldn’t even be explaining myself.” Da Ran dutifully cleans up and KJ watches from his room.
Se Young is at the hospital with Kyung Joon’s aunt and uncle, she finds out Yoon Jae is the one who saved Kyung Joon in the water when they had the accident. The aunt wonders if Yoon Jae/Kyung Joon brought up money with them because he wants compensation. They continue to speculate what Yoon Jae’s relationship with Kyung Joon is, after Se Young leaves the room.
Mari turns up at the house with a suitcase, declaring she’s moving in. She announces although she wants to stay on the same level as him, she’ll take the upstairs! Mari produces a fan with Kyung Joon’s face on it, placing it in front of Yoon Jae’s face, “Let’s talk like this!” Omg, this girl. Kyung Joon tries to get Mari to leave (dutifully holding the fan up), but instead she cites fairytales where the heroine remains devoted to a transformed prince, even in frog form etc, assuring KJ that with their devotion, the heroes always turn back into themselves. Kyung Joon lowers the fan and Mari immediately goes in for a kiss. God, the look on Mari and Kyung Joon’s faces afterwards are hilarious. She’s starry eyed, he’s both annoyed and resigned at the same time. Mari is disappointed the kiss doesn’t work to turn him back.
Kyung Joon uses the fan to illustrate although Mari may only see Kyung Joon, the rest of the world sees Yoon Jae so she has to keep her distance because he is Da Ran’s. Mari says she’s been wondering, does Kyung Joon really like Gil Da Ran teacher? Kyung Joon replies that he wasn’t lying, he does like Da Ran, which Mari doesn’t take well, but she cheers up when he lets slip Da Ran rejected him. Mari, happy again, agrees Da Ran is a good person who will help him.
The Gil family are at the breakfast table, and Choong Shik unwisely brings up Yoon Jae. Da Ran’s mother threatens if a new room [Seo seo-bung = future son-in-law Seo, and seh = new, bung = room, so it’s a pun] suddenly appears she’s going to bring out the mop again.
Na Teacher and Aekyung are at school and Na Teacher is using sports as a metaphor for how he will win Da Ran. Aekyung continues to crush on Na Teacher when he throws a baseball rather impressively. Na Teacher yells “Strike!” several times as if he’s pumping himself up, and I wonder if they realise a strike in baseball is to miss the ball…
Kyung Joon and Da Ran are waiting to meet Yoon Jae’s mother for lunch, as they’re going to announce they’re seeing each other again. Da Ran is nervous, even more nervous than the very first time she met Yoon Jae’s mother, and at first Kyung Joon is sweet, pouring her tea and being generally solicitous. That is until Da Ran remembers how Yoon Jae sweetly held her hand under the table during that meeting, helping her calm her nerves. Kyung Joon re-pours Da Ran’s tea back into the pot, and Da Ran protests, leading Kyung Joon to remind her of his promise to treat her with “dog manners”.
Kyung Joon comments Da Ran seems to have made an effort with her appearance today, and wonders horrified if she’s trying to leave a good impression because she has thoughts of really getting back together with Yoon Jae (if/when) he wakes up. Da Ran states she’s simply trying to be well mannered and respectful, and they should try to be polite throughout the whole meal. Foreshadowing!
Yoon Jae’s mother turns up and is unsurprisingly cold to Da Ran, asking didn’t they resolve this already? Kyung Joon explains he was the one who asked to get back together, he was the persistent one, “so don’t chase someone I need away”. Yoon Jae’s mother has ordered a rare, bloody steak, trying to get Kyung Joon to eat it because it was once one of Yoon Jae’s favourite things to eat. Kyung Joon and YJ’s mother begin to argue about the steak and Da Ran, but Da Ran is focused only on the bloody steak that Kyung Joon can’t even look at. Suddenly she blurts “That’s enough!” trying to stop the server from placing a slice on Kyung Joon’s plate, and slamming the cover back on top of the steak.
Kyung Joon takes advantage of Da Ran’s rudeness, suggesting Da Ran must be against the idea of YJ’s mother moving into Kyung Joon’s house to live with him (what they were discussing before Da Ran interrupted). YJ’s mother snipes that Da Ran has no manners, and Da Ran tries to stutter an explanation, but Kyung Joon grabs Da Ran’s hand and shows YJ’s mother: “in the past I held her hand like this to help her endure, but now I’m going to hold her hand tightly and just get up [and leave]”.
Kyung Joon pulls away the protesting Da Ran, who’s upset she’s left a bad impression and threatens to show him real ‘dog manners’ lifting her bag to whack him with it, but Kyung Joon stops her and spins her against a wall, moving in as if he’s about to kiss her. YJ’s mother who is right behind them witnesses the move. Kyung Joon knowingly waits until she leaves before he smugly lets Da Ran go, stating now YJ’s mother has witnessed this, she’ll be discourage from coming by the house. Kyung Joon walks off after thanking ‘Gil Teacher’, and Da Ran just stands there for a moment, looking a little shell shocked. Yeah, honey, you’re in trouble.
Mari and Choong Shik are visiting a shaman (I’m not quite sure what the best word is in English, let’s go with shaman). The shaman obviously hams it up for Mari, trying to guess the connection between Kyung Joon and Yoon Jae, but Mari shoots them all down, saying they’re not possible. Mari eventually comes upon a connection herself- they both like the same woman. The shaman ahs: “Rivals”.
Kyung Joon and Da Ran are back at his place, and Kyung Joon blatantly ignores Da Ran’s overtures for a cool drink. Da Ran bites out “argh, dirty dog manners!”, opening the fridge herself to discover a few six-packs of beer. She questions Kyung Joon about them, who states he’s been pretending to drink them (throwing them away) for his mother’s benefit because she stocked them. Da Ran gripes that it’s a waste, and Kyung Joon pulls out a pack and shoves it at Da Ran, telling her to drink it since she’s drooling. Da Ran grins.
They sit outside, Da Ran drinking the beer and snacking on dried squid. Da Ran wonders why he’s afraid of blood, was he hurt once and spilled a lot of blood? Kyung Joon confides it wasn’t him, but his mother who bled a lot as she died. He’s not becoming a doctor because he wants to be one, he’s doing it so he can watch over his own body. Da Ran offers Kyung Joon the last piece of squid in a small attempt at comfort, and he states he doesn’t like spicy food (she dipped the piece in chilli paste). She cutely licks off the chilli and when Kyung Joon says that it’s gross, Da Ran bites off the part she licked, offering it to him again. Kyung Joon then asks her where she found the dried squid and works out it’s more than a year old. Horrified Da Ran wonders what she should do, and KJ tells her to regurgitate it. Da Ran tipsy, tries, poking out her tongue, and Kyung Joon puns, is her tongue long like her name?, asking her to try touching her nose with her tongue. Da Ran tries and fails to Kyung Joon’s continued punning amusement: “Jal da ra-neh” (its short after all).
The next day, Kyung Joon slo-mo’s down the hospital hallways, trying to overcome his fear of blood. One of his colleagues sees him and takes him to the children’s ward, where Kyung Joon realises he is unfazed by the sight of cuts on small children, since the size of the wounds are smaller. So cute. The sequence actually starts with Kyung Joon trying to dissuade a little girl from touching him too much (she’s grabbing him by the ankle). The little girl tries to suggest they’re similar because of the socks they’re both wearing, and tellingly Kyung Joon disagrees, trying to distance himself from the girl. I guess he really wants to be considered a grown up now. A little boy wearing a bear t-shirt appears- more puns. Kyung Joon is a punning machine.
Se Young catches Kyung Joon in the children’s ward, and they go outside to talk. Kyung Joon informs her he’s back with Da Ran, and that he won’t be accepting any keys from her in the future. As he tries to leave Se Young calls the name Kang Kyung Joon, momentarily frightening KJ, but she only brings up she knows about the accident and that he saved Kyung Joon.
Da Ran is in the teachers’ office and receives a message from Kyung Joon demanding she bring him bread. She sends a message back reprimanding him for being so informal “Am I your friend?” [‘friend’ also has the double meaning of someone you can speak casually with. It’s why you’ll notice in some dramas people who have just met will declare ‘let’s be friends’, as in let’s speak in banmal]. He continues to be rude and ask for bread, but the whole exchange just causes Da Ran to be all girly and giggly, which gets Aegyung’s attention, commenting it seems like Da Ran is dating.
Da Ran escapes outside so she isn’t interrogated, where Mari finds her and gives her a talisman she got from the fortune teller, informing her it will help Da Ran get Yoon Jae back. Da Ran smiles that Mari isn’t sticking to Kyung Joon, and Mari divulges she’s been instructed to stay away because he’s Da Ran’s. Da Ran repeats “mine?”, which annoys Mari enough to definitively stake her claim on Kyung Joon, thanking Da Ran for looking after him, but from now on she’ll do it.
Choong Shik is with his friends talking about how now the pizza debt is repaid, he can date her now, while mangling the English language. Mari runs towards Choong Shik in slow motion, who lifts a suave hand hello… but then Mari just flies past him, not even acknowledging him.
Kyung Joon’s aunt and uncle are at the dumpling restaurant, trying to guess what is in the dumpling soup, when KJ’s uncle recognises Da Ran’s mother. *Flashback* Clearly DR’s mother was his first love or something. Frankly, I don’t really care. Moving on.
Kyung Joon and Mari are sitting the living room eating icy poles (or as I grew up calling them in Korean, jjoo jjoo bars), and Mari confesses she’s worried she’s going to have to go back to America if her father speaks to her teacher, and begs Kyung Joon to pretend to be her uncle and speak to her teacher instead. Then, it suddenly occurs to her if he pretends to be her uncle, she can move in with him. Her pleas become more enthusiastic and Kyung Joon ends up chasing her around the house.
Da Ran comes in laden with grocery bags, and notices the angel picture in Kyung Joon’s wallet, and wonders if it’s something Mari gave him. Kyung Joon and Mari bicker their way back into the living room, causing Da Ran to smile at their antics. Kyung Joon annoyed, chides Mari to go home and study. Mari: “I’m pretty, why should I study?” Heh. Kyung Joon forces her to bow hello to Da Ran, pushing her head forward. I really like watching Mari and Kyung Joon together, all their cute bickering is so adorable.
Choong Shik is at home brooding, when he gets a bright idea. He finds his mother and starts to massage her shoulders, trying to get her to agree to let him study in America. Uh, yeah good luck with that kid. His “corrects” his mother’s pronunciation of ‘mart’ as if that will prove his proficiency with English.
Da Ran is unpacking the shopping and Kyung Joon complains she didn’t buy any bread. Da Ran insists if he wants to get his mother off his back, he has to show he’s doing well and eating healthy food. Kyung Joon points out he doesn’t know how to cook any of the food she bought, is she going to come and cook for him everyday?
Cue cute shopping sequence. They’re at the supermarket basically buying junk food and being adorable: they fight over which snack to get (she wants onion rings he won’t let her), she suggests he learn some simple dishes to make for himself, and he brags he can cook difficult things too, and if she tries some of his cooking, she’ll be over everyday. He buys a chicken to cook for her (white meat is okay) and Da Ran is pleased. More cute shopping: she eats a corn snack off his finger, they’re both squeezed into a tight corner, etc.
It all gets cut short however, when Da Ran spies her mother with Choong Shik, also shopping (Choong Shik still trying to convince his mother about studying in the States, speaking bad English: “Mummy! America!”). Kyung Joon realises Da Ran was only willing to help him with YJ’s mother, but wasn’t going to otherwise commit to the pretend relationship. He suggests it will be easier just to face everything now, and he’s willing to take the beating. Aw, kid, I love you.
Da Ran remains wishy washy, and shoos Kyung Joon away. Da Ran follows her mother to the checkout counter, but when her mother starts talking about making Samgetang (a chicken soup), she’s reminded Kyung Joon promised to cook for her. She runs off looking for Kyung Joon, who it turns out, has sweetly waited for her at the exit. No seriously kid, I love you.
They bicker about who is going to carry the shopping home, but Kyung Joon capitulates and carries the groceries, leaving Da Ran with just one watermelon to carry. Yes, I’m just awwwwing my way through this sequence.
Na Teacher and Aekyung are at a cafe, talking about how he’s ready to throw his first pitch at Da Ran. If Na Teacher interrupts all the adorbs action between Da Ran and Kyung Joon, we’re going to have words.
Kyung Joon prepares a roast chicken, leading the conversation to become distinctly… flirty with innuendo. “Right Gil Da Ran, watch over it carefully, when it’s ready there’ll come a time when you can catch and eat it.” Coming out of Gong Yoo’s mouth (complete with him stroking his hair) it sounds sexy, and Da Ran is not immune: “Catch and eat what?” Kyung Joon innocently points at the chicken in response.
Aekyung calls Da Ran to come at meet them at the cafe, and Da Ran gratefully uses it as an excuse to leave, but promises she’ll be back in time for dinner. Kyung Joon threatens if she’s even one minute late she won’t be able to ‘meet’ the chicken.
Kyung Joon is watching the timer on the oven count down when he hears the door. He’s adorably excited, but it turns out to be Mari, returning for something she left behind.
At the cafe, Aekyung leaves to give Na Teacher a chance to confess his feelings, and accidentally takes Da Ran’s phone in the process. She answers Kyung Joon trying to call Da Ran (he’s stored as ‘Big’ haha), and recognises Yoon Jae’s voice and vice versa. She lets him know Da Ran is meeting with Na Teacher right now, and the way it ends will depend on him, but she uses a bunch of baseball metaphors, leaving Kyung Joon to disinterestedly reply he’s not into baseball. As Kyung Joon starts to hang up on her, she blurts that Da Ran hasn’t been able to forget Yoon Jae. Oh no. Aekyung continues Da Ran has been shaken by Yoon Jae’s return.
Kyung Joon is all sad faces and Mari, with some crappy timing, comes running up with a ring she guesses Yoon Jae must have gotten for Da Ran. Kyung Joon instructs her to leave, but Mari asks with a puppy dog face if she can stay and eat the chicken with him. When Kyung Joon refuses, Mari says any piece of the chicken is fine, she doesn’t need breast or leg, she’ll happily eat the neck. He appeases her with the promise when he returns to his own body, he’ll make it for her then. Mari is all smiles again, and my heart is breaking all over the place. Why are these kids so sweet, but so sad?
Da Ran is trying to end her awkward meeting with Na Teacher, but as she leaves, Na Teacher bolts up and declares himself, confessing he’s liked her for a long time (there’s also a red rose tucked into the back of his pants, but he forgets to give it to her). Da Ran gently rejects him, and his face falls, but Aekyung comes running in taking credit for the confession. “Did he tell you? Na Teacher said he likes me! So we’ve decided to date.” Oh girl, that is some game you’ve got there. I give Aekyung props for her cleverness.
Da Ran embarrassed, profusely apologises and congratulates them at the same time, while I yell at my laptop for her to stop wasting time and get home to the chicken. Da Ran finally seems to notice she doesn’t have much time and begins to run- thank goodness. Da Ran’s running is inter-cut with Kyung Joon brooding to sad music and staring at the ring. Run faster woman! Da Ran uses her brain and calls Kyung Joon letting him know she’s’ almost there but she’ll be a couple of minutes late.
Kyung Joon tells her not to bother, to buy a chicken on her way home and eat that instead. Nooooo! He asks her, “is your heart fluttering? As you ran here, did your heart flutter a lot?” Da Ran finds she can’t answer, so Kyung Joon repeats not to come: “I promised I wouldn’t sway you, so I’m just going to let this chicken go.” Let me repeat: noooooo!
Da Ran trudges home and she wonders aloud, “Has my heart been fluttering lately?” The answer to that is yes, yes it has.
The next day at school Choong Shik ambushes Mari, lying that he forgot he still has approximately 30 pizzas left to pay off. Mari is impressed by his honesty and nonchalantly takes one off. Choong Shik alarmed, tells her not to take them off so easily, so Mari instructs Choong Shik not to be against Da Ran and Yoon Jae’s relationship.
At the hospital Kyung Joon gets Se Young to try on the ring, and she asks if it’s hers. Kyung Joon doesn’t reply, watching to see if the ring will fit, and it doesn’t. I get the feeling he’s not even sure if he’s relieved that it doesn’t fit Se Young. Se Young guesses it must have been for Da Ran then, and wants to know, if he can’t even remember things like buying the ring, why is he holding onto Da Ran so hard? “How can you only remember Da Ran?” Kyung Joon asks outright, how far did Se Young go with a man who bought another woman a ring? Kid, you are as awesome as you are smart and cute.
Se Young answers that she knew he had doubts about the wedding, but now she’s not sure if that’s because Yoon Jae had feelings for her, or if his feelings for Da Ran had dissipated. She asks him to return to himself and let her know.
At the dumpling restaurant, Yoon Jae’s mother turns up. Crap. Nothing good happens when she appears. Later Da Ran arrives home and her parents are steaming, they’re aware she’s gone as far as meeting Yoon Jae’s mother and want to know what she’s going to do. Da Ran’s father argues if they’re merely dating again with no commitment in sight, it’s better just to break it off now. I can see his point, from his perspective, they’ve already broken one engagement, if they’re not positive they want to stay together forever, they’re just wasting time.
YJ’s mother also mentions she met Da Ran’s parents to Kyung Joon, surprised they didn’t even know he was back in the country. She suspects he hasn’t been truthful about his relationship with Da Ran in order to get her to stop badgering him. She instructs him to stop it, as Da Ran’s family was in chaos.
Kyung Joon and Da Ran meet up to discuss the aftermath, and Kyung Joon suggests they just get married. Kyung Joon tries to impress upon her they can’t see each other anymore if she doesn’t agree. Once again he tries to get Da Ran to make a decision, counting to three, but Da Ran still doesn’t answer. Finally he produces the ring, sliding it onto her finger. It fits. “This is Gil Da Ran’s. Seo Yoon Jae bought this for you.” Kyung Joon asserts she can give in to her feelings for Yoon Jae now, because “I, Kang Kyung Joon, will never” he pauses, “love you.”
Kyung Joon played by Gong Yoo is so loveable, I want to give him everything he wants. I think it’s because Gong Yoo perfectly conveys that balance between the adult and the adolescent. He’s clearly a man, and has proven as much with his mature behaviour, but I find myself unable to forget that underneath the manly exterior, is still someone who needs to be looked after, but instead finds himself looking after others (both Mari in his own way, and Da Ran). I have a bunch of nieces, and when I see the oldest ones looking after their younger sisters, my heart is all fit to burst- there’s just something about a child behaving like an adult that just gets you. That really is Kyung Joon, still a boy in a lot of ways, trying to find ways to grow into manhood, even more so now that he’s in a fully matured man’s body. That scene with the children at the hospital brought that home for me, because it’s very much an adolescent instinct, to want to separate yourself from childish things, wanting to be recognised as an adult before you’ve fully gotten there (I’ve never gotten there).
On the opposite side, Kyung Joon, as I mentioned before, is already behaving like an adult. He’s making difficult decisions, and putting the feelings of others before himself. It’s because he’s becoming an adult that he fully, properly comes face to face with the fact that Da Ran’s feelings for Yoon Jae can’t be dismissed, he realises what it means for Da Ran to have her heart swayed, and he attempts to take away that pain at his own expense. It’s so misguided and so sweet it kills me.
Meanwhile, poor Da Ran is surely struggling with a multitude of feelings she doesn’t know who to ascribe to. Here she is at the end of the episode, wearing the ring Yoon Jae apparently bought (but didn’t give) her pre-accident, but she’s been spending time with Kyung Joon in Yoon Jae’s body, who has been sweet and considerate and fun- as far as we can tell, giving her much more of his heart than Yoon Jae ever tried. Kyung Joon tells her to freely allow her heart to be swayed by Yoon Jae, but there is no way she isn’t saddened by the thought of having Kyung Joon’s affections taken away. Yoon Jae was an image upon which she projected her fantasies, but Kyung Joon has been the one who has actually fulfilled them. While Yoon Jae only tentatively tried kissing her while she was asleep, Kyung Joon has already kissed her twice, one of those times recorded in a photo for posterity. Kyung Joon keeps proving himself more of a man than the heightened, idealised memory of Yoon Jae.
Finally, I wonder what the show is going to do with Gong Yoo. I originally thought Da Ran had to end up with Yoon Jae because I assumed they would definitely swap back into their respective bodies, and well, Gong Yoo is our hero (as much as Shin briefly proved his acting chops at the start, he can’t out hero Gong Yoo). I wonder how the writers are going to handle that hurdle. I don’t have any suggestions or predictions, I’m just wildly curious.
Also, I feel like I’m adding more and more screencaps every post. Tell me if it’s getting out of hand.