Bad Couple: Episode 11
Bad Couple is funny again! Let’s all rejoice. The show’s at its best when Dang Ja’s being her most outrageous, audacious self, and today we saw plenty of the ridiculous to laugh at.
(Random) SONG OF THE DAY
Lee Minwoo – “La Noche Bonita.” I don’t have a strong opinion on Shinhwa, only that of the various members’ solo material, I prefer Lee Minwoo’s. With Kim Dong Wan also recently releasing his first solo album, it could be seen as a face-off between him and Minwoo’s newest, but to me it’s no contest (I wasn’t impressed with KDW’s). [ zShare download ]
EPISODE 11 SUMMARY
Gi Chan arrives to Dang Ja’s birthday dinner with fiancee Jung Sook in tow, frustrating Dang Ja’s attempt to rekindle her romance with him. Despite being quiet and ladylike, Dol Soon and Dang Ja can both tell that Jung Sook’s actually pretty wily. For instance, Gi Chan offers Dang Ja a bottle of wine as a birthday gift, and Dol Soon immediately knows that his fiancee picked it out. Gi Chan’s surprised at her perceptiveness, but Dang Ja knows Jung Sook deliberately picked out something that wouldn’t last, so Dang Ja wouldn’t be able to keep it.
Furthermore, Jung Sook takes them to a tearoom she knows, and uses the opportunity to show off her classical instrument-playing skills (a gayageum). She’s impressive, and Gi Chan seems to enjoy the performance. Dol Soon and Dang Ja get the message loud and clear — despite appearing meek, Jung Sook won’t allow herself to be walked over.
Yoon Seok, on the other hand, is more than willing to let go of his marital claim — he finds the hidden cell phone in his car that was used to track him, and confronts Young about it. Young is honest and tells him that Joon Soo was playing the fake boyfriend to help her out, and that it was all show. Yoon Seok purposely scares her by saying her actions were illegal.
Joon Soo asks why Young has so much fear, saying that it’s what prevents her from having self-confidence, or standing up for herself. He suggests driving as a useful tool — people tend to feel more independent when they know how to drive — and he takes her out to practice.
Jung Sook confronts Dang Ja to tell her she feels uncomfortable with Dang Ja being around Gi Chan. Dang Ja says she can still be friends with him, but Jung Sook doesn’t like that idea — “He loves you, and that makes me uneasy” — and tells Dang Ja to stop meeting him.
Dang Ja asks if Jung Sook believes in destiny, and what she would do if she came face to face with an unavoidable fate. Jung Sook answers if it’s unavoidable, she’d have to accept it. With that answer, Dang Ja bids her goodbye.
And despite the fact that we aren’t meant to like Jung Sook (and I don’t, not really, plus doesn’t she look remarkably old to be calling Gi Chan her oppa?), I still like the way she stood up for her relationship here. If some woman were messing around with my fiance, I sure wouldn’t like it either. Jung Sook is firm but not hostile — not friendly either, but you can’t expect that.
But this is Dang Ja’s story, so she’s not to be deterred. Yong Gu (Dol Soon’s husband) suggests that men like it when women do little gestures of affection, and although it’s not Dang Ja’s style, she gives it a try. She visits Gi Chan at work with the pretext of thanking him for coming to her birthday dinner, and he’s genuinely happy to see her. (Her pregnancy is starting to show, and he comments on how he’s glad to see her looking healthier now that she’s gained some weight. Dang Ja also keeps her hands self-consciously covering her stomach.)
Gi Chan mentions that he had a dream about her recently, and she prods him into telling her that it was about Dang Ja having a daughter. Dang Ja asks hopefully if there was someone else in the dream — him, perhaps — but he gives the safe answer that it must have been her husband.
She’s there to offer some embroidered handiworks which she’s spent lots of time making, only to see Jung Sook has beaten her to it. (I think Dang Ja’s people are drunk. HA!)
Not so easily beaten, Dang Ja takes the opportunity when Gi Chan is distracted with work to swap out Jung Sook’s needlepoint with her own. Hehe.
Still, her plan wasn’t quite successful, and Dol Soon tells her to be herself — assertive, direct. Dang Ja thinks Gi Chan will remember his feelings for her if he saw the rolls of film he’d written and sent with the Christmas tree. She needs a plan to bring him naturally to her apartment…
So of course, she hires a guy to pretend to harass her by flashing her in the street. What, isn’t that what you’d do? (OMFG.)
While driving home, Gi Chan sees Dang Ja being accosted by the flasher on the sidewalk and rushes out to help her. Dang Ja feigns fright and clings to him.
He drives her home, and it’s nice to see them obviously feeling affection for each other. Dang Ja can sense that she’s close to rekindling his feelings, and when he drops her off, she reminisces on their happier moments together. They laugh together, and when Dang Ja says she thinks of him every time she walks along her front walkway (when he planted the roses, waited on the bench, and carried her on his back), Gi Chan asks with hopeful uncertainty, “You… think about me?”
But when Dang Ja tries to invite him in, Gi Chan maintains a careful distance. She pretends she’s afraid to be alone (because of the flasher) to keep him with her, so he calls Dol Soon to come keep her company, allowing Gi Chan to leave. Thus Dang Ja’s plan is foiled.
Now that Yoon Seok knows Young’s relationship was fake, he suggests they go ahead and divorce. Her fake boyfriend must really be in love with her to help her along like that, and he really does want her to be happy. Although Young doesn’t believe Joon Soo loves her, Yoon Seok tells her there’s no other reason to go along with her plan. She’s surprised to hear Joon Soo’s a diplomat’s son, who went to medical school abroad and even made it to his internship before quitting. He also owns the sports club where she goes to swim.
Young asks Joon Soo if it’s true, upset because she feels he lied by not mentioning it. He’s surprised she knows, but he never lied; she never asked, either, but if she had, he would have told her the truth. Now that there’s not reason to pretend anymore, Young calls an end to their fake dating. Joon Soo’s obviously disappointed, but doesn�t protest, and she gives him back the couple ring he’d bought her.
Joon Soo spends some time brooding over the end of their relationship, and when she won’t answer his calls, sends her a text message: “You haven’t forgotten about promising to answer whatever wish I had, have you? Tomorrow’s the 100th day anniversary of our first meeting. Please call me. I have some final words to tell you.”
His wish is to have dinner with her, and he gets up to serenade her with a love song (lyrics go, “You’ve taken my heart… Is it okay if I love you?”) as she watches, both touched and uncomfortable. After he finishes his song, Joon Soo puts the couple ring back on her finger and admits to Young that he’s fallen for her, and wants to stop fake-dating and start their relationship for real. “I love you… please accept me.”
Young doesn’t know how to react, and runs off. Thinking over his words, she’s obviously moved but unable to bring herself to make any sort of decision. She ignores his calls, and he drowns his sorrows.
(I have to profess an unpopular opinion, one that I’d been holding back because I didn’t actually want to think this… You may all disagree — in fact, I kind of rather you did disagree — but I have to mention that I don’t quite buy this relationship between Han Young and Joon Soo. And unfortunately, I think it has to do with Yoo Gun.
I was thinking earlier that Joon Soo says some very romantic lines, but I don�t really believe them — whereas Gi Chan says some unbelievably romantic lines (borderline cheesy) and yet it sounds so earnest coming from Ryu Soo Young. Yoo Gun’s not a bad actor, but I think he’s got a long way to go, and he hasn�t yet been able to get into his character to make us believe his emotions. It’s a kdrama, so of course our heroes aren’t exactly realistic — but they have to be believable within the context of the drama. While Ryu Soo Young has done a wonderful job inhabiting Gi Chan’s character (honestly, it’s not easy to pull off some of the downright corny lines he has sometimes, and yet they sound so sweet coming from him), Yoo Gun’s delivery of Joon Soo’s lines still feel practiced and recited. But it’s okay. He’s still a young actor.)
Lucky for Dang Ja, Yeon Doo’s class is scheduled to visit the arboretum on a field trip, and Dol Soon is asked to go as a chaperone. Seeing an opportunity, they agree that Dang Ja will go in her place in the hopes of seeing Gi Chan there.
Yeon Doo, following in Dang Ja’s footsteps, is drawn to eating the fruit labeled as poisonous. The teacher stops her, but Dang Ja says the note isn’t real, and tells Yeon Doo it’s safe. Yeon Doo eats it, but unfortunately, she collapses from a bad reaction.
Dang Ja and Gi Chan rush her to the hospital, where they’re assured it’s just an allergy. The doctor assumes they’re Yeon Doo’s parents and comments on how the pretty child takes after her good-looking parents, and Dang Ja and Gi Chan joke over how Yeon Doo resembles them.
After Dol Soon arrives, Dang Ja’s stomach pains come back, and she collapses suddenly, to Gi Chan’s concern. Alarmed that he’ll find out about her condition, Dol Soon helps her cover the issue up.
As Gi Chan drives them back to the arboretum, he asks her if she really only came to the arboretum because of Yeon Doo. Dang Ja answers, with meaning, that she sometimes feels the wish to visit, particularly when she’s going through a hard time.
As they walk along the bridge where they first met, Dang Ja asks Gi Chan, vulnerably: “Do you maybe… aside from work reasons… ever feel like coming here?” He looks at her, but before he answers, he looks up to see: