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Woohoo Waikiki: Episode 1

I don’t know if I can handle the levels of cute that Woohoo Waikiki delivers in this premiere episode, all due to the cutest baby that ever existed and the three young men who are thoroughly traumatized by its sudden presence in their lives. The plot may not be complex or full of dramatic secrets and reveals, but I honestly don’t care. It’s sweet, funny, and even a bit silly, and the characters are so endearing that they tugged at my heartstrings from the very start.

 
EPISODE 1: “New world/A family is born”

A sun-and-fun-filled glimpse of the beautiful and exotic Hawaii morphs into a much bleaker reality — a completely trashed guesthouse in Seoul, with two slovenly friends still sleeping wherever they happened to fall after a wild bender the night before.

One of the guys, KANG DONG-GU (Kim Jung-hyun) wakes when something nasty ends up in his mouth, drinks water from a bottle that inexplicably contains several live guppies, then somehow locates his ringing phone among the party detritus. He comes instantly awake, and morosely delivers the news to his sleepy friend, BONG DOO-SHIK (Sohn Seung-won), that their water is being shut off because they haven’t paid the bill.

The shutoff happens right away, causing their third friend, LEE JOON-KI (Lee Yi-kyung) to stagger downstairs covered only by a towel and a thick layer of soap suds. Joon-ki thinks they’re playing a prank, and Doo-shik has to correct his aim when he accidentally points an accusing finger at the wall.

Dong-gu informs him that the water was shut off, and they end up fighting over who’s at fault. Joon-ki blames Dong-gu for not paying the bill, and Dong-gu blames Joon-ki because this whole guesthouse venture was his idea. They intended to make money entertaining guests to finance a film project, but it hasn’t exactly worked out.

Dong-gu is frantic because they’re already deep in debt, and not having water won’t help them bring in guests. Doo-shik tells him to stay positive, and Dong-gu leaps over the couch at him. He grumbles that he was nuts to go into business with a couple of idiots and storms upstairs, while Joon-ki cheers up Doo-shik with a naked sexy dance, hee.

Up in his room, Dong-gu is startled to hear an unfamiliar noise coming from the bed. He creeps over and slooowly pulls back the curtain, quickly shutting it again when he spies a baby staring back at him. HAHA. He opens the curtain again and screams, drawing Doo-shik and Joon-ki upstairs.

They lean in close to get a good look, and sure enough, that’s a real live baby. They guess that the baby somehow showed up when they were drunk last night, and they check the diaper bag to see if there’s a note, but there’s nothing.

They freak out when the baby starts crying, and Dong-gu is nominated to figure out what’s wrong. A quick poke into the baby’s diaper reveals the issue, and the guys freak out again at the sight of a little poop. Okay wait, I have to watch that whole scene again, that’s hilarious.

Once they’re calm, they take the baby downstairs, and again Dong-gu is chosen to lead Operation Diaper Change. He steels himself and pulls the diaper back, only to stammer in shock, “There’s… there’s nothing there. It’s a girl!” He argues that it wouldn’t be proper for him to change a girl’s diaper, and Joon-ki praises his gentlemanly manners before yelling at him to get on with it.

Eventually Dong-gu and Doo-shik get the job done while Joon-ki retches in the corner. Dong-gu claims that it was a breeze and they all laugh in relief, until they hear a loud POOT a few seconds later. BWAHAHA, this is the best.

Poor Dong-gu looks downright shell-shocked by the time the baby is changed and strapped to his chest, because she keeps crying no matter what he does. He wants to take her to the police, but the guys think they should wait a day in case her parents come back.

Dong-gu stands to ease the pain in his back from carrying the baby, and she immediately stops crying. Relieved, he sits back down, but she starts wailing again (and awww, she pouts at him like he just destroyed her tiny world). She stops when Dong-gu stands up again, ha.

He begs Joon-ki and Doo-shik to switch with him, but they both suddenly remember that they have to be anywhere else. Left alone, Dong-gu gets a call from his girlfriend asking him to meet with her right away.

Her name is MIN SOO-AH (Lee Joo-woo), and she’s working as a model to try to pay off some loans. She’s surprised when Dong-gu shows up with a baby, but she just wishes him good luck with that and breaks up with him.

He wants to know why, but she says it will take too long to tell him all the reasons. He insists, so Soo-ah launches into a long, detailed list of every single one of his faults until his head swims (highlights being immaturity, incompetence, and the noise he makes when he eats).

Eventually Dong-gu stops her and asks if she ever loved him. She says she did, but love isn’t enough. She offers his couple ring back, but Dong-gu blusters that he doesn’t want it, and even flings his own ring across the room.

Joon-ki is an aspiring actor, and he arrives at the set of a movie where he’s been cast as an extra. He gets a chance to meet the star (cameo by Park Sung-woong), and he’s mystified when all Park Sung-woong does is point at him.

Joon-ki’s PD friend informs him that it meant he likes Joon-ki’s eyes. He warns him that Park Sung-woong doesn’t speak much, and gets annoyed when people don’t understand him. It happens again while they’re filming their fight scene — Park Sung-woong stops everything and points to Joon-ki standing in the middle of the extras.

Joon-ki has no clue what’s happening, and Park Sung-woong just keeps pointing, growing angrier and angrier until he finally walks off the set. Joon-ki’s friend barks that he was telling Joon-ki to take a step back, and Joon-ki wonders how he was supposed to know that when a few minutes ago, the pointing meant he has nice eyes.

Joon-ki is still in a bad mood that evening when he runs into Doo-shik, on his way home from his part-time job at a convenience store (and eating expired tuna kimbap, hurl). He tells Doo-shik about Park Sung-woong’s odd quirk of not talking, but Doo-shik annoys him by knowing exactly what the pointing means when Joon-ki acts it out, ha.

They find a very depressed Dong-gu at home, bouncing the baby as he tells them that Soo-ah broke up with him. Joon-ki immediately guesses that Soo-ah is ready to get married but Dong-gu obviously has no future, ignoring Doo-shik’s attempts to get him to shut up. Dong-gu tells them how he told Soo-ah he doesn’t need her and dramatically tossed his ring away, and the guys yell at him for throwing away perfectly valuable gold.

They want to keep the baby one more day, but Dong-gu says they can take care of her for a while and turns around so they can unfasten the carrier. Joon-ki and Doo-shik run off instead and lock themselves in a room, Dong-gu hot on their heels. He threatens to get the hammer and break the door down, and they open the door just long enough to brandish the hammer at him and scream (LOL). He’s still there in the morning, guarding the door, but when he opens it, Doo-shik and Joon-ki have escaped out the window.

He gets another call, and this time it’s bad news about the electricity. He asks the baby what he should do, and her gaze fixes on his hand and gives him an idea.

He heads back to the photography studio to search for his ring, scouring the break room with no luck. When Soo-ah shows up for work, Dong-gu pretends that he came to talk to her about politics, lol. He keeps looking around the room as he stalls for time, and he finally spots his ring in a potted plant.

Unfortunately, Soo-ah buys his story, and she launches into a long-winded opinion about nuclear weapons. Dong-gu manages to snatch up the ring when she briefly looks away, and he rushes out, leaving his cell phone behind.

He runs to a jewelry shop and drops the ring (and a handful of dirt) on the counter. Soo-ah catches up and finds him, and she asks if this is really why he came to her studio this morning. Dong-gu guiltily explains that he needs the money to pay bills, and instead of getting angry, Soo-ah gives him her ring to sell, too.

Joon-ki gets to the movie set to find Park Sung-woong apparently telling the whole crew about his misunderstanding, and they all laugh as though his series of points makes perfect sense. Joon-ki approaches him to offer an apology, and Park Sung-woong points at him again. Taking a chance, Joon-ki thanks him for forgiving him, and Park Sung-woong stands and pats his shoulder. Success!

Today the fight scene goes smoothly, and Joon-ki gets another point when he thanks Park Sung-woong. This time he thanks Park Sung-woong for the compliment and earns another shoulder-pat. Park Sung-woong is in such a good mood that he points to Joon-ki’s friend, which obviously means he’s treating everyone to beef.

At dinner, Joon-ki excuses himself to the restroom, and Park Sung-woong comes in right after him. He points to his own cheek, indicating that there’s a grain of rice stuck to Joon-ki’s face, but Joon-ki doesn’t understand this one. Taking a wild guess, Joon-ki leans in and kisses Park Sung-woong on the cheek. Best. Cameo. Ever.

Back at the guesthouse, Joon-ki slams his head on the table repeatedly as Dong-gu explains to Doo-shik that his acting career is over. Joon-ki explains in turn that Dong-gu got caught selling his couple ring, but Dong-gu moans that he couldn’t bring himself to sell the rings.

Joon-ki sighs that they’re pathetic, and they all collapse on the couch in despair. Dong-gu says they should just give up on the guesthouse, but Doo-shik argues that they’re supposed to make money, make a film, and go to Cannes.

Joon-ki agrees that this isn’t working, but he wonders what they should do about the baby. Oh right, that little thing. Dong-gu says that her parents obviously abandoned her, and they should take her to the police now.

Doo-shik thinks they should feed the baby first, but they’re out of her formula, so they head to the store. There’s one can of formula left, and Dong-gu sets it down while they discuss whether they have enough money.

A woman grabs the can of formula while they’re talking, so Dong-gu politely tells her that they were going to buy that. She says it’s hers because she picked it up, but Dong-gu grabs the can, and they both tug on it until a store employee shows up.

The employee tells the guys to give up the formula because they’re younger, and Dong-gu completely loses it. He yells that they’re doing their best but nothing ever works out, and Doo-shik jumps in to list all the improvements they made to the guesthouse.

Even Joon-ki bellows that they can give up on everything else, but not that formula, and he snatches it back with a loud war cry. They walk home triumphantly, raising the formula to the sky in victory.

Joon-ki and Doo-shik cackle dramatically until Dong-gu asks if they’re filming a movie, and they complain that he’s such a moodkiller. They tell the baby not to forget how her oppas got food for her, hee.

The adorable tyke attracts four young women, and Joon-ki spots their suitcases and guesses that they’re foreigners on holiday. He perks up when they say they don’t have anywhere to stay yet. Before long the guesthouse is filled with the girls and their friends, and Dong-gu realizes that they have enough money to pay both the water and electricity bills.

In a great mood, the guys head downstairs where Joon-ki is taking care of the baby. Dong-gu is grossed out by Joon-ki’s baby talk, which of course just makes him do it even more, until Dong-gu pounces on Joon-ki to make him stop.

They leave the baby on the couch for a moment while they go to the kitchen to make her a bottle, and they wonder what they’ll do if her parents don’t come back for her. Joon-ki thinks she’s good luck and wants to keep her, but Dong-gu says that’s nonsense.

When they get back to the living room, the baby is gone, and they catch a glimpse of a black-clad figure running out of the house with the baby. The guys give chase without even thinking, following the kidnapper through a marketplace and up and down alleyways.

At one point they split up, and it’s Joon-ki who finally catches up to the kidnapper. He rips off the kidnapper’s hoodie, only to find himself face-to-face with a pretty young woman. He’s immediately all manners, politely introducing himself.

They take the young woman, HAN YOON-AH (Jung In-sun), back to the guesthouse where they learn that she’s the baby’s mother. She cries and apologizes for leaving her little girl, whose name is SOL. Doo-shik asks why she left her baby there, where the baby’s father is, and where she lives, but Yoon-ah is crying too hard to answer his questions.

Dong-gu snaps at her to answer so they can take her home, and Joon-ki snaps at him to back off. Doo-shik invites Yoon-ah to spend the night, and when Dong-gu argues that the rooms are full, Doo-shik says that she can use Dong-gu’s sister’s room since she’ll be studying at the library all night.

Dong-gu still objects, but Joon-ki tells Yoon-ah that he’s just cranky because he got dumped. Dong-gu snarls that it was mutual and stomps off to the roof, where he stares glumly at the couple rings. Meanwhile, Joon-ki shows Yoon-ah to her room for the night, where she hugs little Sol and bursts into tears.

In the middle of the night, a woman stumbles into the room where the mother and baby are sleeping. She peels off her shirt and climbs into bed, then screams bloody murder when she realizes she’s not alone. She leaps out of bed and grabs a hanger, brandishing it at the intruder.

Summoned by the commotion, all three guys burst into the room, but they relax when they see that it’s just KANG SEO-JIN (Go Won-hee), Dong-gu’s sister, who came home early. Joon-ki introduces Seo-jin to Yoon-ah, but he gets distracted mid-sentence when he realizes that Seo-jin is in her bra, hee.

Everyone relocates to the living room for explanations, and Seo-jin is super polite to Yoon-ah until she’s told that she’ll have to share her bed. She argues that she can’t sleep with someone else in bed with her, but the guys just snap at her to deal with it and go back to bed.

Forced to share Seo-jin’s bed, it’s adorable how Seo-jin and Yoon-ah toss and turn and end up draped all over each other. It’s a bit awkward in the morning, but Yoon-ah politely reassures Seo-jin that she only farted a few times.

At breakfast, Joon-ki and Doo-shik invite Yoon-ah to stay longer since she has nowhere to go, but Dong-gu loudly objects. Yoon-ah insists that she doesn’t want to bother them, but her stomach growls loud enough for everyone to hear, so they convince her to stay for breakfast.

She must not have eaten in a while, because she stuffs her face eagerly. Sol starts crying, but Yoon-ah figures she’s just hungry and yanks up her shirt to breastfeed. PWAHAHA, everyone in the room suddenly finds the ceiling extremely fascinating, though Joon-ki accidentally gets a good look and walks into the wall.

They retreat to the hall, and Yoon-ah announces worriedly that Sol isn’t suckling. She declines Doo-shik’s offer of formula because Sol has a weak immune system and must be breastfed for her first year. She thinks that she could pump some milk, but she doesn’t have a breast pump.

Joon-ki asks what a breast pump is, then leaps into Dong-gu’s arms when Yoon-ah turns to face them with her shirt still hiked up. She tells them that you can buy pumps at baby stores, but they’re expensive. Joon-ki wails that he’ll buy her one if she just turns her back.

Joon-ki is still shocked from the sight of Yoon-ah’s bare breast when he and Dong-gu get to the baby store. Dong-gu stops to play with a sweater on a mannequin, mystified by the weird zippers in the sides. A saleswoman pops up (cameo by Jung Soo-young) to cheerfully inform him that the zippers are to make it easier for a breastfeeding mother to expose her breasts.

A few minutes later, that same saleswoman finds Joon-ki, and she explains in excruciating detail what the breastfeeding pad he’s holding is used for. Poor guy somehow manages to stammer that he’s looking for a breast pump.

At the guesthouse, Seo-jin desperately tries to think of something to say to Yoon-ah, so she decides to compliment the baby and says that he’s a prince. Yoon-ah informs her that Sol is a girl, so Seo-jin chirps that her daddy must adore her, only for Yoon-ah to say they broke up. Whomp whomp.

Trying to recover the situation, Seo-jin says that being a single mother isn’t that bad, because the baby’s grandparents can just love her twice as much. Yoon-ah: “They died in a fire when I was two.” Seo-jin wisely stops talking.

Dong-gu and Joon-ki are subjected to a painfully thorough lesson in how breast pumps work. Dong-gu goes glassy-eyed, and Joon-ki looks like he may throw up, ha. Finally Joon-ki begs the saleswoman to just sell them one and stop explaining.

As they leave, Dong-gu spots Soo-ah walking nearby and teleports several feet to hide behind a pillar. Joon-ki says that if he still has feelings for her then he needs to beg her to take him back. He warns Dong-gu that he’ll regret it if he doesn’t, then heads off home, leaving Dong-gu behind.

Deciding that Joon-ki has a point, Dong-gu follows Soo-ah to a park and approaches her. He gets on his knees to apologize for trying to sell their couple rings, but before she sees him, a man shows up to take her on a date. Cue actual needle-scratch, lol.

Thinking fast, Dong-gu hits the pavement face-down and refuses to get up when Soo-ah’s date worries that he’s sick. The guy tries to get Dong-gu to lift his face, but he just groans and shakes his head.

When Joon-ki gets home, Seo-jin throws herself at him like he’s been gone for years. He gives Yoon-ah the breast pump, then flings himself backwards over the couch when she whips her shirt up again. Unfortunately, Yoon-ah quickly realizes that the pump won’t work because her mammary glands are clogged up from not nursing for a couple of days.

She tells the traumatized Joon-ki and Seo-jin that massage would help, so Joon-ki makes a call, but the therapist is booked for the next week. He tells Seo-jin to do it but she says he’s nuts, and he admits that he’d be happy to do it for a living if he could but Seo-jin is the only option.

Dong-gu is committed to staying hidden from Soo-ah, so he keeps his nose to the ground until her date calls for an ambulance. As soon as he gets a chance, he flings his shirt over his face and makes a run for it. He can’t see where he’s going so he ends up right back where he started, but he keeps running, tripping over benches and food carts until he finally escapes. Smooth.

Seeing how much pain Yoon-ah is in, Seo-jin resigns herself to her fate. She dons a pair of rubber gloves and goes into the bedroom where Yoon-ah waits, and reaches out with shaking hands. Joon-ki paces in the hall until he hears a shriek, and Seo-jin exits the room with wet hair, comparing the experience to striking oil. Gross.

Things are much calmer by the time Dong-gu drags himself home, looking like he literally dragged himself home. Everyone tells him that Yoon-ah and the baby left, but he thinks they’re acting suspicious. They hear a baby cry, and Yoon-ah comes out to announce that she’s clogged up again, so Joon-ki tries to pretend she’s someone else entirely (calling her In-sun, the actress’s real name, heh).

Dong-gu attacks, and Joon-ki appeals to his compassion, but Dong-gu snaps that he doesn’t have any such thing. He struggles to get at Yoon-ah but the others latch onto him, begging him to let her and Sol stay. Joon-ki yells to Yoon-ah to run as they all topple over in a heap.

 
COMMENTS

So much cute, I don’t even know where to start! I already love these weirdos so much. I was smitten the moment the guys found little Sol and fell apart, and I would have been all-in even if that was all we got. But I was surprised to like the ladies just as much once they entered the story. They’re all just so odd and flaily and hapless, it’s amazing they manage to dress and feed themselves every day. But no matter how much having a baby around scares them and makes them uncomfortable, they still do whatever it takes to give her what she needs, whether it’s a diaper change, or an awkward breast massage so she can eat. I can already see them forming a sweet little family centered around that adorable baby, and I’m not sure my poor heart can handle it.

Honestly, the only thing cuter than baby Sol is her mother, Yoon-ah. We know almost nothing about her other than that she’s a single mother with no family or place to live, but she seems very naive for someone who’s been through so much, which is probably why Joon-ki feels so protective of her already. I really hope her story doesn’t turn out to be any more tragic than just a series of bad circumstances, because I don’t feel as though the show needs it. I’ll be perfectly happy if what we see is what we get, and we can just enjoy the cuteness as these six people start to become a family.

In a way, the Waikiki boys remind me of the three bears from the fairy tale, with Yoon-ah — and Sol by extension — as their unexpected Goldilocks. As the “papa bear” of the group (although they mentioned that Joon-ki is actually the oldest), Dong-gu was incredibly grumpy even before his break-up. I’m not sure why he’s so prickly, but the way baby Sol looked at him just melted my heart, and I can’t wait to see her turn him into a responsible adult whether he likes it or not. Joon-ki is definitely the mama bear, always first to feed their hungry guest or get her whatever she needs, even if it makes him uncomfortable. And Doo-shik is undoubtedly the baby bear, a bit innocent and easily startled. In the story, the bears chase Goldilocks away — but here they take her in and care for her, and I’m eager to see where the show goes from here.

I think I officially fell in love when the guys’ breaking point turned out to be the fight for a can of formula — after their horrible day, the formula became a symbol of the unfairness of it all. But they fought and they won, and that formula came to stand for their tenacity in the face of this cruel world, giving them a renewed sense of determination. How can you not love that? Plus, I like the idea that Sol will give them something more concrete and real to work towards than “someday we’ll make a movie and be famous.”

This is probably the funniest premiere I’ve seen in ages, and there were several scenes I had to watch multiple times because they just kept cracking me up. I gotta give the show credit for not letting its humor devolve too far into crudity — with a plot centered around a baby, it would be way too easy to fall back on poop jokes, which can get really old, really fast. But after that one obligatory diaper-changing scene, it kept things a bit more “clean,” so to speak. I thought that the breastfeeding dilemma was handled in a really cute way, and was embarrassingly funny without being too graphic. The guys were playing up their trauma a bit, but it didn’t feel over-the-top to the point that it was uncomfortable to watch, so I just found their understandable upset over being in this situation amusing, but not overblown.

I was expecting Woohoo Waikiki to be fun, fluffy, and a little bit silly, and that’s exactly what we got, but it’s somehow even better than that. It’s all about the characters, who really aren’t all that unique, nor do they seem to have hidden secrets or deep dark pasts. Yet each and every one of them is endearing in their own special way. I think this will be one of those shows that can just rely on its adorable characters and the wonderful actors who bring them to life, without having to add in much drama or conflict, and we’ll still adore every minute.

 
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Thanks for the recap! It had a bit of weird start, but then has had me in splits. Hilarious, in a sitcom-y way (which it is!).

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Reading the recap makes me want to have a "LOL" rubber stamp and just go to town with every paragraph!

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Awww, I thought I was first.

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Sorry, chingu! Your username is awesome, btw.

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Talking about names: Lee Joon Ki, the actor who barely gets some work as an extra? This cannot be just a coincidence.

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Thanks!
yay for "pasta" reference!

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Yes, indeed! Thanks for that tip-of-the-hat to my first K-drama ever (and my ever-lasting crush on Lee Sun Kyun 😍)

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Mahalo for the recap, @Lollypip!

Dust off the ukulele and slide guitar and let the luau commence where everyone is invited!

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I am loving this show so far, it is a bit over-the-top in the comedy department (reminds me of SWBDS with the wacky comedy), but it has heart and charm as well. In addition baby Sol is the cutest most adorable baby with a capital A!! I like all the characters so far, and I hope that Sol's mother will end up with Joon Ki, but I think she might end up with Dong Goo which is fine by me as well.

Anyways this drama feels like a breath of fresh air. I hope that it will be good till the end, and that all these cute characters will find their happy ending!

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The baby is so cute!

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Woooohooooo!!! So excited to see this-thanks for the recap, Lollypip!! It was hysterically, belly aching funny, they are all too precious to survive in this world.

High five to JtBC, this is a perfect followup to JBL.

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Ooh you are recapping Waikiki too @lollypip! 2 shows together?? Must be tiring! Thanks a lot for this!

Ep1 sure was a laugh fest and the baby is adorbs! I dunno how I feel about the show as a whole yet.. Will probably watch the next ep and decide :)

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I thought exactly the same. @Lollypip overworked. But thanks a lot.
Let's see if this show stays in our hearts for a while and if they keep the humor in the right place.

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You're sweet, I've been covering two shows a week for over a year and a half now! I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I didn't have two shows to recap :)

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And you usually choose a good variety!!
Thanks again. I have only watched this episode so far. Silly, fluffly humor is good for me after JBL, and like you said, I also didn't find it overblown. Absurd to a certain extend, but so far so good. Thanks again.

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Thanks @lollypip! I have noticed you usually do two recaps at a time. Thanks for sharing your insights with us. You always seen to capture similar thoughts on dramas.

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Man I already have so many dramas to watch and catch up with but I feel like I have to add this to the list. I mean who needs sleep anyway.

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I really loved so much of this episode. There were so many little jokes that happened as well, and I hope it keeps up its pace. And how am I supposed to not watch when the baby is that adorable?

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@rinny your awesome baby gifs are looping in my mind constantly...I just keep seeing those chubby cheeks being squeezed, with my own mental sound effect going "boing boing!"

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Oh God, I died laughing watching the first eps. (And I'm so glad the humor is right up my alley) I'm still warming up to our trio bumbling boys, but I'm already in love with both Yoon-ah and Seo-jin. Those girls are so awesomely weird and quirky and I love their odd bonding time. Also, the most adorable baby in kdrama world!! Can't wait to watch the next eps.

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Yes to a great ensemble with each and every person standing out on their own. This episode had less of Yoon-ah but the next one makes you warm up to her too.
Moreover @gadis this may sound strange because you are a regular commenter and I am not but I have noticed that we have similar tastes. Almost always the shows you end up watching are liked and watched by me too.

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I just might watch this just for Baby Soo 😘😘😘😘 I was just planning on skimming through the recap, but every time my eyes caught her name written somewhere into the recap, I stopped and took the time to read those parts and to squee at the screenshots of her and her cuteness 😘😘😘😘

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Baby Sol is undoubtedly the female lead in Waikiki! 😍😍😍

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*Sol* 😊😂 autocorrect lol I type “Soo” too much because there’s too many characters with that name

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Ah so happy you're recapping!

I liked the setup and the characters and laughed so darn much, but still had a hard time settling into the absurd nature of this show. They really are all such ridiculous characters. But as LP said, it's got heart and is on the whole good quality, so I'll stick with it.

I love when they do a cutaway to Sol's reaction, and she usually has a "WTF guys" look on her face.

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Hehe how can one not love a judgy baby when she may have more sense than all the hapless samchoons! 🤣

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I died laughing the whole episode, but when Dongu ran with the shirt over his head IN A CIRCLE I thought I would have to be hospitalized. They can’t possibly keep up this pace for the whole drama, I’ll injure myself.

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unless it is one of those dramas that starts hilariously then turns into melo half way. Hope not, tho. Because comedy enables to give us so much awkward and cringy. The pairs are too obvious however. Sister with Jun Ki and Dong Gu with Yoon-ah

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your comment made me think of I'm Not a Robot. It started out pleasantly hilarious then turned into an all out melo in the middle

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I had to look away on that scene, I was SO embarrassed for him!

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I was already dying at that ostrich gravity-defying tactic before... sure, hide your face and all will be well 😂

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I LOLed also like crazy in that scene. Oh my god, not even questioning why he was so silly unintelligent, but believing he would have been, and I just kept on laughing like never in a long long time... silly boy!! So much fun 😂😂😂😂😂

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Wohoo recaps!! YASS! Thanks @lollypip! I was laughing all over again just reading this😂 The story is odd and absurd but it’s just what I need.

The only character I’m not warming up to is Yoon-ah...but I’ll wait to hear her backstory. Just showing up and asking for a breast pump and massage would seem abusive to me, but then again I’m more cold-hearted than the three boys.

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Same feeling toward Yoon-ah....I cannot decide if she is indeed just naive and clueless or really good at manipulating people to get what she wants, i.e. breast pump and mammary gland message.

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I think it would too much of a dark twist to make her into a manipulative person for this kind of drama, but I can’t accept the naive and clueless portrayal yet.

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Oh my gosh! Pulling double duty, Lollypip?! Thanks for the recap!

I don't think I've ever seen a premiere like this before. I legit laughed out loud so many times at the many painfully awkward situations, from Dong-gu running around in a big circle to the saleswoman cameo. The saleswoman is so great - can she come out in a lot of the eps like the teacher from Fated to Love You?

Right now, Seo-jin is my fave. Sometimes it did feel like the show was being too much (at least for me), but I know that there will be more serious moments in upcoming eps to make it feel a bit more grounded. Looking forward to seeing how it all plays out.

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I thought about the hilarious Lamaze teacher and baby saleswoman twin sisters in Fated to Love You too! Jung Soo-Young is such a gem with her deadpan face in many of her supporting roles.

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Oh goodness me. Was trying to read this before a meeting and omg, I cant do it. Made it half way trying hard to keep my laughter in tact. Oh goodness

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You know, this usually is not the type of humor I go for... but this show has me in stitches from start to finish! Color me pleasantly surprised! What is it? Do I just need an absurd escape after JBL and to balance out the heaviness of Mother?

I don’t know what it is about this show that is pulling me in but I am not going to complain. Monday was a cruddy day for me but my bad mood flew out the window as soon as I pressed play. I’ll always appreciate being able to look forward to Mondays. Keep doing what you’re doing, Waikiki!

Also, I’m not usually a baby person, but Sol is SO CUTE. My goodness! Total heart eyes from me whenever she comes on the screen!

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Yeah I’m not a baby person either but this baby is super duper cute and a good actor to boot!

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"Do I just need an absurd escape after JBL and to balance out the heaviness of Mother?", see, @mindi? It is like I have written this question. You and I are connected right now. Let's walk alongside together.

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It takes the right balance for me to like this kind of humor, and I think this show has managed hit that. It can't be too over-the-top or involve too much shouting, lol. Some parts are still ridiculously stupid, but in an endearing way. Maybe because I just love Kim Jung Hyun so much. Either way, a fast-paced and lighthearted show is definitely what I need rn!

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Lol the entire episode I was searching for SSW😂😂
He looks so different in this series!

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Why is no-one talking about the brilliance of the Park Sung-woong cameo??

I died! XD

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Oh yes, Park Sung-woong's finger acting is perhaps the best I have ever seen in Dramaland. The index is directed with such grace in all directions and the poking of the cheek is done with such elegance!

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He got a plum gig this time. Gets paid and doesn’t even have to memorize any lines!

Either the writer is very creative or he/she actually knows an actor like this. I would guess Choi Minsoo.

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@blnmom *laughing* ..... I'm just picturing Choi Min-soo doing the finger-pointing!

*laughing again* 😃

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Like LollyPip said
BEST . CAMEO . EVER! 😂

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Hehehe he totally reminded me of his character in Man to Man. Even the hallway fighting scene seemed familiar.

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YES, it's like Woon Gwang got hired for a gig here. I could totally imagine him refusing to speak while in the middle of a diva tantrum. The only thing that would've made the cameo even better is if he'd been playing Dark Death here too.

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Oh my, LollyPip, you are recapping two shows! Hwaiting! As always, thanks for the recap.

I think I officially fell in love when the guys’ breaking point turned out to be the fight for a can of formula...

Same, I paused at that moment, I was laughing way too much and kept asking do they need to be that proud, it's like they are coming back from a war, lol. I love how they are being fired up towards those ahjummas and basically just so angry at the world, I cracked up and nodded along with their lines.

Sol is the cutest baby ever, I need to do multiple takes, is she a doll, gosh, and her cheeks are so squishy <3 and yes, Yoon-ah is lovely, a bit clumsy and at times brazen, but she's endearing so far.

I swear and I rarely swear but I saw the promo where Ssong left a review about the guesthouse and then I legit had a dream where Ssong and Sungmin having a long distance relationship and when I woke up, I was so disappointed because it's just a dream. The wound is bleeding again T_T.

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Hehehe, the bleeding will not stop until THE announcement is made!

I said this on the Fan Wall, but I am now actually dreaming of a Sung-min cameo since Doo-shik's personality is almost the opposite of Sung-min. In my fantasy Sung-min is Doo-shik's twin brother and their sibling relationship is not the best since Sung-min is the disciplined perfectionist and Doo-shik is the hapless underachiever. They love each other but Doo-shik also finds Hyung the chief editor to be a bit overbearing with his concerns for him about the direction of his life. That's why when Ssong stayed at Waikiki Doo-shik's attitude toward her is a little prickly.

Of course if it is a SsongSungmin joint cameo I will be ecstatic! In this Ji-won and Sung-min are undercover investigating a story for the paper, maybe about why there are these foreigners who follow guys whom they met on the street to their house and pay for the stay even when there is no water.

But I digress. Back to the Ssongsungmin cameo. We can see they are falling hopelessly in love with each other, now the feeling of mutual support and respect for one another is undeniable between them. Although during the stay Ssong stays true to herself and cannot stop herself from flirting with all the boys in the house which provokes lots of huffing, groaning, exasperating, and side-eying from Sung-min.

Have I fantasized much about them? Whatcha talkin' bout Willis?

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I like your description of Doo shik and Sung min as brothers with a strained relationship. I would be okay with just seeing Song sunbae come, and maybe the twist would be that she flirts a bit at first, but spends more time on the phone with Sungmin. And the Waikiki boys all refer to her as Doo-shik's sister in law, which she is oblivious to. When she refers to herself as single when talking to Yoon-ah, Doo-shik finally boils over and tells her to stop playing with his brother like that. Which then leads to an awkward scene of Song having to have Sungmin's feelings explained to her by his twin brother, who is saved by Sungmin calling Song on the phone.

Later Song sunbae tells Sungmin what his brother said, thinking it's a joke, and finally he corrects her and tells her it's not a joke. Song looks confused. Sungmin sighs and begins to explain. End scene.

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Yes! Yes! Yes! I love it. I think I jumped too far in the stage of their relationship. First we do have to have someone like Doo-shik to act as a catalyst to awaken her feelings. The real development needs to actualize for 16 episodes in front of our eyeballs in the 3rd season.

Writer Park, can you smell the stench of desperation from all of your fans (at least from me)? Have mercy on us the devoted, jebal. Announce!

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... I want a third season so bad... We must pray and sacrifice to the drama gods... Maybe do one of those sageuk rituals? ;)

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I'm on board with SsongSungmin joint cameo, guhh, imagine Sungmin stewing with jealousy when Ssong being hyper-happy surrounded by the guys, that would be hilarious XD

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I feel like we owe it to the world to write this fan fiction.

Give it a year, though, since we don't know whether or not they'll make a season 3 yet.

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I liked it, but not as much as many of you seemed to. I guess seeing guys hopelessly unable to cope with baby care or breast pumps is funnier to the ladies than to guys. Stop making fun of me.

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Wow.. reading all these positive comments and the recap is making me really curious about this drama too..😊 BRB. LoL😂

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This is a laughter riot, I would love to see like for 10 seasons maybe, just like friends :D. And that kiss, omg I think I replayed it a couple of times. 😂😂😂 Lol. Lee Yi Kyung deserves an Oscar for his acting, just for this single scene bahahaha. And I really like the grumpy man's sister. When she texted the boys, 'guys please come back first', did anyone else feel any connection? 😂😂 Sometimes I do this in parties where I don't have many people to talk to and then wait for my friends in panic mode to break the ice. 😂 Lol, the details in this show are so on point!

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i love this drama so much. soooo hilarious. i watch every episode twice. their acting is so natural and on point. i really needed a light funny drama. i cant waiting for next week episodes

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I loveeedd the first episode. The second episode was even better. They're all funny but the single mom and Joon-ki are KILLING it.

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This is the first comedy I watched in a while that I've laughed this much at ~ I enjoyed it thoroughly! Waikiki Boys Fighting!

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Tip of the Day: Girls, if you are thinking of breaking up with your boyfriend and are making and memorizing a numbered list of what's wrong with him, maybe you could just go ahead and dump him before you get up to 100 items.

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To be fair, she tried!

I generally stop around Reason #33-34. It's just kinder.

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For me, if you find yourself making a list (pro/con) on wether to stay or not you just need to go. For me it always boiled down to one moment and 'I'm done'. I never needed more than one reason.

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It was so, so, sooooo funny I didn't even care. And funniest is: I still root for him after that. Would be another drama, I would have thought the guy is a real loser, but here I just kind of feel, he hasn't got the chance really and being immature could also be endearing if you are that handsome, lol!!!!

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I think I spent half this episode bent over in stitches from laughing so hard.

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I don't know about the mom.. She was just there, asking for stuff. If it was a real situation I don't think I would help her like that, super weirdo

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I somewhat felt she was taking advantage of them. I don't know if she meant some of her statements to be more just matter-of-fact or actual demands from them (like the massage - she could have just been stating the problem and the guys juat took it as something they need to solve). I warmed up to her a little more in the second episode, but I won't say anymore about that here.

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This episode was hilarious and reminded me of the bolkywood movie Heyy babyy with 3 men taking care of a baby.
Is it only me or did anyone notice that they fed sol formula at first then the mom said she can't feed her formula cos she has a weak immune system. To me it doesn't match. What do you guys think???

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They wouldn't have known and just done it. She wouldn't have yelled at them for giving her formula cause what else would they have done? Too bad the rest of the formula will go to waste! (Or does that have a long shelf life? I have no idea lol)

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This was great! I haven't laughed so much for awhile. Probably because I kept replaying the breast feeding scene. Thanks for the excellent recaps Lollypip!

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I don't know who I love the most among them, but they are hilarious in their own way. LOL. There are times I was so embarassed for them 😆 Exactly komd of show I want now!

Thanks @Lollypip!

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I'm so happy this hilarious drama is being recapped 🎉 Laughed so hard watching this that my parents thought I was dying or something woops.

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Never laughed so much from the get go! 😂 I was in stitches and the rice kiss killed me! I think it was the tippy toes! I was laughing out loud whilst cringing at some scenes and peeping through fingers at some others.

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1. That baby is ridiculously cute. Reminds me of the Gerber baby actually.

2. This show is hilarious despite its rather lowbrow approach. I was laughing so hard I had to press pause I couldn't read the subtitles through my tears 😂 My favorite scenes had to be the finger pointing kiss and the explanatory baby store lady - she was hilarious! "It's like a pocket for your breast" (actually that is a totally cool concept).

3. I love the three men and a baby concept. Can we have them all agree to raise the baby together as a family forever whether their is a love line or not?

This show is a balm for the soul after JBL...

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The saleslady made me laugh so hard too because I was watching Let's Eat then and she was in there too. Hahaha!

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I haven't laughed so much in one episode in a long, long time. Refreshing.

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I already laughed so hard while I watched this episode but reading the recap made me laugh again because I'm being reminded yet again of all those hilarious scenes. Gah, I'm so happy this is being recapped! Thank you so much, @lollypip!

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Loved it😘❤❤❤❤

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LollyPip is recapping many shows! It feels glorious! I am greatly honored to be enjoying the show and spend some more time giggling over the recap. 😍

Solid start. Babysitting, breastfeeding, and poop hijinks, (more poop hijinks in episode 2) were stupidly hilarious. I am even wondering when did I start enjoying this kind of comedy. LOL. I think it’s the cute baby magic.

Trio fought for baby formula like it was WWII and did the backlit strut with baby in tow and formula raised overhead like an olympic trophy. LOL. I wanna see the BTS with that squishy baby! So freaking cute. Her smile is just so adorable. And the mom seems cutely clueless. I wanna see more of her and the quad hosts.

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oh YAY, recap!!!! this show is so silly, i hope they can keep it up... it's so over-the-top refreshing...

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This drama is a fresh air among heavy topics dramas around. I watch this episode and hysterically laugh at the absurdness. I love when JK kiss PSW, totally priceless!!

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The characters are all weird and fun and funny all at once. I can't wait to see what else is in stores (or more accurately, in the guesthouse hurhur) for us. I was laughing so much for this episode, and I hope that the rest of the show will offer just as much laughs too!

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the "kiss scene" actually had me shrieking with laughter, my brother had to tell me to stfu lol.

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Hilarious!!!! This drama reminds me of Three Dads and One Mom.

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Three Men and a Baby?

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What?! That cast is killer, how did I not know about this??

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Three guys and a baby? Hmm..sound familiar to heyy babyy...might read the recaps for now.

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I've been so pumped for this show, and it's turning out to be everything I hoped it would be. ^_^ It's been wonderful to watch Kim Jung Hyun evolve on screen over the last couple of years, from the grouchy little bro in JI to the scene-stealing Mo Ri in Rebel to Tae Swoon in S2017. And now as the secretly fluffy Papa Bear, we get to see a vast range of expressions from him between the comedy and breakup woes, and I love that this shows his talent isn't just limited to playing the bad boy. I also appreciate that we're seeing him in a role closer to his actual age.

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I loved reading your recap and thoughts!! thankyou so much! looking forward to more!! :D

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