Oh my, Episode 5 of Bad Couple is so redonkulously cute. It’s a hazard to the health of fun-loving romantic souls everywhere. I haven’t recapped the entire episode, but highlighted some of the absurdly sweet moments between our favorite pair, Dang Ja and Gi Chan. And really, that’s all you need from this episode anyway! This show is so great in its ability to melt hearts into gooeyness, yet manages not to be too corny by undercutting all that romanticism with a lot of humor.
All I can say is, beware, married men! There’s no they’ll be able to measure up to Gi Chan after this.
(Random) SONG OF THE DAY
Gavy NJ – “Beautiful Day” [ zShare download ]
TOUCHING and PERCEPTIVE
In an effort to cut things off with Gi Chan, Dang Ja tries to convince him that she’s a difficult woman and repel him with her extravagance. When he offers to buy her a gift, she takes him on a shopping spree, batting her eyes prettily and asking for ludicrously expensive clothing, jewelry, accessories. (I estimate the excursion cost Gi Chan approximately $10,000.)
But despite it, he buys them without complaint. Afterward, sitting in a restaurant, Gi Chan asks her why she’s doing this. Startled, Dang Ja tries to explain this is how she always is, but Gi Chan knows better — he knows she’s purposely spending too much money to push him away. He asks why — is she testing him? With her plan revealed, Dang Ja is honest and says no, there’s just one reason for her behavior: “I won’t ever marry. I’ve never once in my life even considered it.” Gi Chan tells her, “Then you can start thinking about it now. I’ll be your guardian.”
She turns him down again, assuring him she’ll return her purchases for refunds, and walks away. But Dol Soon practically melts (as do we all) over hearing his lovely words. She pushes Dang Ja to actually consider marriage — this guy’s special.
Gi Chan’s super-ultra-conservative father arrives to tell him he’s setting him up with a prospective bride. Gi Chan resists, but his father tells him it’s way beyond time for him to settle down and marry. He’d better get hitched this year at the latest.
That night, Gi Chan has a dream that night that he’s at the altar, wearing his most unhappy face as he faces his strange bride. Dang Ja interrupts, and Gi Chan attempts to chase her, but falls down in the aisle calling out her name. He wakes up in bed in a cold sweat yelling Dang Ja’s name.
So, Gi Chan requests one final date with Dang Ja, but while driving there, she accidentally cuts off a truck driver, who chases her to yell at her. Gi Chan, ever the chivalrous gentleman, tries to intervene… well, it’s the thought that counts, right?
While Gi Chan is, um, distracted by his attempt to defend her honor, Dang Ja finds the ring that falls out of his pocket. Meanwhile, Gi Chan keeps asking Dang Ja — who’s unhurt and untouched — if she’s okay, while he gets pounded. As long as she’s fine, he’s fine.
She hands back the ring that fell out of his pocket, and Gi Chan is disappointed to mess up his planned proposal. He had everything set up elaborately, too. Dang Ja tells him she doesn’t want to see his elaborate event: “I know you’re a good man. If I had any intention of marrying, I’d be the one grabbing hold of you. I mean it.” She gives him the clothing refund, and leaves him with: “It was only a short while, but I made a lot of memories. I won’t ever be able to forget them. I’m not just saying that, I really mean it. That’s why, if you keep contacting me, it’ll just become harder on me.”
CHRISTMAS TREE IN SUMMER
Dang Ja arrives home to find a Christmas tree has been delivered — his big event. She opens the boxes tied to the tree to find rolls of film with writing on them. Brace yourselves —
“You’re not somebody I think I could love, you’re someone I can’t NOT love.”
“At the salsa club, I felt jealousy for the first time. I want to learn that dance and dance it with you.”
“All the flowers and plants I raise from now on, I raise for your sake. I never knew it could be so satisfying living for someone’s sake.”
“You’re like a thorn stuck in my palm. Every time I see you, you dig deeper into my skin. So, my heart aches.”
“I want to know everything about you. Whether you draw well, whether you settle agreements well, whether you can cook the kimchee stew I like, what makes you cry. I want to know it all.”
“You have a hidden pain, don’t you? Don’t hide it. I’ll hold you warmly and turn them into pearls. I’ll make you happy.”
“Do you know when you took root in my heart? At the island, when you fought with the boar and collapsed, I thought, I’d have to protect you forever.”
“The words I hate hearing the most: ‘I won’t marry.’ The words I want to say most: ‘I want to see you.’”
Dol Soon and her husband have a grand ol’ time reading the messages, giddy over how wonderful Gi Chan is, telling Dang Ja she can’t let him go. Dol Soon finds an unraveled message and reads it for her: “Don’t be afraid of marriage. I’ll clear away all the stones that lay in your path.”
Dang Ja admits she felt uneasy after breaking up with him. Reading the messages, she had the thought that there are no other men in the world like him, and wonders if she can continue dating him.
Dol Soon is so incredibly curious over meeting Gi Chan that she threatens Dang Ja that she’ll go looking for himself if Dang Ja doesn’t introduce them. So they go out for drinks together, where Dol Soon asks Gi Chan what he likes about Dang Ja. He answers that she has a lot of thorns, which suggest there’s something there underneath them. At first not impressed with the answer, Dang Ja warms up as he explains that there are plants with lots of thorns, but the flesh underneath them is very tender. He can tell that she’s a tender person. He’ll take care of her from now on.
After Gi Chan is thorougly tipsy, Dol Soon notices him tending to the tree in the bar (while the song “Lemon Tree” plays overhead). She tells Dang Ja, “Hey, that guy’s talking to the tree over there, and it’s all about you. He must really have fallen for you.”
And finally, THE ROSES
When approached by a flower girl, Gi Chan buys the entire bunch of long-stemmed red roses, so naturally when he sees her home, Dang Ja assumes they’re for her. But he just drunkenly says his polite goodnight, and keeps his roses.
Dang Ja notices him stooping down in front of the grass in front of her apartment, where he sticks the roses into the soil, one by one. She watches as he talks to the roses, telling them: “I’ve never fallen from a test in my life. But what do I do if Dang Ja lets me fall? Rose, help me. I’m lacking a lot of things to her, I know that. I’ll try harder.” A thorn pricks his finger, and he says, “Do you know that Dang Ja has thorns too? Everything as beautiful as you has thorns.”
Overwhelmed, Dang Ja approaches him, and envelops him in a hug, as he promises her, “Dang Ja, I’ll do better. A lot better.”Bad Couple, Ryu Soo-young, Shin Eun-kyung