Woohoo Waikiki: Episode 5
Good news! There is not one scene in this episode that will make you want to throw up. What we do have is a lot more laughs, a lot more secondhand embarrassment, and a few more sweet, meaningful moments between our housemates. One of them in particular is about to get a wake-up call of a very serious sort, the kind that could change their lives forever.
EPISODE 5: “There’s nothing wrong with you!/A perfect room to recover”
The Waikiki housemates try to cheer up Seo-jin, who’s been hiding in bed since her disastrous job interview. Even though Doo-shik reminds him that the interviewer sexually harassed Seo-jin, Joon-ki yells at her for whacking the guy with raw meat until she screams at him to shut up.
She starts crying that she really wanted to work for that company, and that he’s making her feel even worse. Chastened, Joon-ki apologizes, but Seo-jin wails that nobody will ever hire her with her temper. She decides to give up on trying to find a job, making big brother Dong-gu snap that Kangs don’t give up. Seo-jin shrieks, and the guys beat up Dong-gu for being insensitive.
Dong-gu and Yoon-ah go for a walk, and Yoon-ah says that Seo-jin just needs emotional support. She gets distracted by the treats displayed in a bakery window and wonders out loud if she could really become a pastry chef. Dong-gu teases her, and they bicker over whether Yoon-ah is upset.
Joon-ki pulls up in a little red beater car he’s named Rebecca, having decided to buy a car to prepare for his daily drama role as a driver. He offers Dong-gu and Yoon-ah a ride home, alarming them when they realize that the car is practically falling apart around them. The seat belt tears loose in Dong-gu’s hands and the door doesn’t even open from the inside, but Joon-ki keeps telling them “It’s okay, it’s okay!” HAHA.
When they get back home (awww, Dong-gu whines that he missed Sol), they find Doo-shik repeatedly refreshing the website of his online novel to bump up the hit number. Joon-ki says it’s because his novel — which is about Bruce Lee being reincarnated into the President of the United States then getting kidnapped by aliens — is just bad, so Doo-shik vows angrily that he’ll never let Joon-ki act in anything he writes.
Joon-ki nearly walks right into Seo-jin, who’s moping around the house, having not shaved in days. Dong-gu is worried about her, so she asks Yoon-ah to get Seo-jin out of the house for some fresh air and that emotional support she mentioned.
Doo-shik get busted by Boss Kim at the convenience store boss for writing while at work, and he gives Doo-shik his apartment passcode and some laundry to throw in the washer. He introduces the new part-timer, who just happens to be his very pretty daughter, Sun-woo. Doo-shik falls instantly in love, and Sun-woo seems impressed by his dream to be a writer.
While watching Sol, Dong-gu and Joon-ki are driven nearly catatonic by endless repeats of Baby Shark. But any attempts to change the channel cause Sol to burst into tears, so they resign themselves to the torture.
Suddenly, they hear a loud, pounding noise, which turns out to be Doo-shik’s heart. He dramatically informs them that he’s in love, which is evidently a regular occurrence judging by their reaction of, “Who is it this time?” Hee. Doo-shik squees at them about Sun-woo, but Joon-ki bursts his bubble by saying that the cuter the girl is, the less chance Doo-shik has with her.
Doo-shik is distracted from his love trance by a call from a film company, but when he goes to their office, he finds himself in a dingy room surrounded by posters of half-naked women. Director Tak says that he read Doo-shik’s online novel, which he describes as trash. But apparently he liked the bedroom scene and calls Doo-shik an “erotic genius.” What.
He asks Doo-shik to write a scenario for the fifth in a series of erotic movies, and Doo-shik refuses, full of righteous indignation. But Director Tak reminds him that many very famous and respected writers have made erotic movies, so Doo-shik tentatively nods his head and agrees.
Yoon-ah takes Seo-jin to the park, but it’s so cold and windy that there’s only one kid there. Seo-jin miserably asks to go back home, but Yoon-ah takes her face in her hands and quotes something she saw on the cover of one of Doo-shik’s books: “Failure is not falling down, but staying down.”
She points dramatically to the kid, who’s been dragging a kite around the park, occasionally tripping and falling. Yoon-ah shows Seo-jin that even though it was difficult, the kid never gave up and now his kite is finally in the air. She tells Seo-jin to keep trying and she’ll fly just like that kite, but when Seo-jin looks up, the kite swoops down to smack her in the face.
She locks herself in her room again, leaving Yoon-ah to call apologies through the door. Dong-gu gripes at her for screwing up and making Seo-jin feel worse, and he says he’ll take care of it himself. The next morning, he wakes Seo-jin and, in a gentle voice, says he wants to take her somewhere.
They end up on a mountain overlooking the city, where Dong-gu tells Seo-jin that “failure is not falling down, but staying down.” He points to the sun and says that it rises and sets every day, so if she keeps trying, she’ll shine like the sun someday.
Seo-jin just blinks at him incredulously, and he grows alarmingly cheerful as he challenges her to a race down the mountain. But he only takes a few steps before tripping and falling, hurting his knee. He sits there screaming like a whiny little baby, then makes Seo-jin piggyback him down the mountain as she complains that someone didn’t take their own advice about getting back up again.
This time it’s Dong-gu apologizing through Seo-jin’s door, while Yoon-ah sneers that he gave her such a hard time. Joon-ki joins them and says with utter confidence that he can make Seo-jin feel better. Seo-jin understandably objects and begs them all to just leave her alone, so Joon-ki literally drags her, kicking and screaming, out of bed.
Meanwhile, Doo-shik is watching erotic videos for inspiration, when he gets a text from Sun-woo. He invites her to lunch sometime and she accepts, making Doo-shik squeal with happiness. Another text comes in, this time from Director Tak saying that his first scenario is too boring.
Doo-shik chooses some erotic scenes and sends them to Director Tak, only he accidentally sends them to Sun-woo. OH NOOO. He realizes with horror what he’s done and rushes out of the house, only to run right into Sun-woo… and Boss Kim. Yikes.
Joon-ki takes Seo-jin for a ride in Rebecca, ending up in an empty field. He tells her that “failure isn’t falling down…” but she finishes the quote, snapping that everyone keeps saying that to her. Undaunted, Joon-ki points to the reeds blowing in the wind, and tells Seo-jin that if she bends with the wind, someday she’ll bloom like a beautiful flower. LOL, that is so cheesy.
On the way home, a piece of paper smacks into Rebecca’s windshield, so Joon-ki tells Seo-jin to roll her window down and get it off. The window only rolls down a few inches, but Seo-jin manages to squeeze her hand through. The broken window rolls back up on its own, trapping Seo-jin’s arm hanging halfway out of the car.
Before they can pull over safely, they approach a couple standing by the side of the road, arguing over the man’s cheating on his girlfriend. The man is completely unrepentant, and he turns his cheek to his girlfriend, yelling at her to just slap him. Joon-ki’s car drives past, and Seo-jin’s trapped hand smacks the guy hard enough to knock him to the ground. HAHA.
Luckily for Doo-shik, Sun-woo left her phone at home and hasn’t seen his dirty text, so he speeds to their apartment and lets himself in. He finds Sun-woo’s room and grabs her phone from her bed, but before he can delete his texts, he hears Sun-woo and Boss Kim arriving home.
He hides in Sun-woo’s closet, so he hears their reaction when she checks her messages and sees the naughty pictures e accidentally sent. Boss Kim freaks out, but Sun-woo defends Doo-shik, saying that it was probably an accident. Doo-shik grins to himself when she admits to her father that she kind of likes him.
She decides to call him to ask if it was a mistake, and they hear Doo-shik’s phone ring from inside the closet. Oops. They find him crouched in there like a creeper, and Doo-shik swears that this is a huge misunderstanding. He tries to come out and accidentally grabs a pink bra, which doesn’t help his case.
Joon-ki and Seo-jin end up at the police station, Joon-ki trying to explain how they slapped someone from a moving car while Seo-jin retreats into a semi-catatonic state. Dong-gu and Yoon-ah arrive just moments before Doo-shik is dragged in by a pair of cops, protesting that he’s not a pervert, and when he sees Dong-gu he runs and leaps into his arms.
Eventually everyone is released, and Seo-jin levels them all with an angry glare and tells them to please leave her alone. Joon-ki tries to apologize, but she’s not having it, so he offers to do anything she asks, even a strip tease, to earn her forgiveness.
Seo-jin tells him to do the strip show, and when Joon-ki protests that it’s freezing cold right now, she orders him never to speak to her again. Desperate to prove himself, Joon-ki whips off his jacket, roars Seo-jin’s name, and starts to shimmy. OMG this is really happening right now.
As he unbuttons his shirt, Joon-ki calls to Dong-gu and Doo-shik to join him. They take off their shirts and dance while telling Seo-jin that she was right to fight back, as Yoon-ah backs away from the crazy people and hides Sol’s eyes, hee.
The guys end with a dramatic booty-shake and pose with adorable come-hither glances over their shoulders at Seo-jin. She finally cracks up and they celebrate, only to get chased away by the cops.
The next day, Doo-shik follows Sun-woo from his restraining order’s distance of 100 meters. He calls to her that he’s sorry and that it was a mistake, but she can’t hear him.
The housemates clean in up advance of a large group of lodgers. Doo-shik complains over having to give up their own rooms, but they need the money, having been told to get out again by the landlord. Seo-jin gripes at Joon-ki, who’s busy doing nothing, but he argues that it’s his first day of shooting his drama so he’s practicing “mind control.”
Seo-jin notices that Yoon-ah is awfully quiet and asks if she’s sick (and whoa, look at how fast Dong-gu’s head whips around, hee). Yoon-ah is running a high fever so they take her to the doctor, who announces that it’s swine flu. Joon-ki flees the room, afraid to catch something.
Dong-gu worries that she’ll get their guests sick, so they decide Yoon-ah needs to be separated. They’ve given all their rooms to the guests, and Joon-ki (who’s wearing a gas mask, LOL) objects to making her stay alone in a motel.
Dong-gu gets the bright idea to set up a tent on the roof, but at least he gives her a heater and an electric blanket. He says it’s partly Yoon-ah’s fault for not taking care of herself, and Joon-ki pokes his head out (still wearing the mask) to bark that he’s being insensitive. For a bathroom, Dong-gu gives Yoon-ah a toddler’s potty chair, though the others protest.
He helpfully points out that the chair plays a little song so she’ll be less embarrassed, but Yoon-ah says it’s okay as long as they look after Sol. They all head down to greet the guests, leaving Yoon-ah alone on the roof.
The guests arrive, but Joon-ki notices that Dong-gu has a runny nose. Uh-oh. Dong-gu ends up on the roof, sniffling balefully as Joon-ki uses a mop handle to poke him into the tent. Joon-ki zips them inside, and Dong-gu grumbles at Yoon-ah for making him sick.
On the way to his first shooting, Joon-ki gets rear-ended, and he jumps out of his car to yell at the mousy little woman who hit him. He calls her a bad driver and potential murderer, almost making her cry.
Once he gets to the set, Joon-ki apologizes to the director for being late and promises his accident won’t affect his acting. The director wants to introduce Joon-ki to the drama’s writer, but when Joon-ki sees that it’s the woman who hit him, and who he verbally abused, he leaps away to hide from her.
That night, as they lay in their sleeping bags, Yoon-ah apologizes to Dong-gu for making him sick. He tells her that she’s a nuisance to others, even though she doesn’t mean to be, acting as if he’s just giving her friendly advice. He says that the thing he hates most is causing trouble to others, so he doesn’t understand her.
In an attempt to make peace, Joon-ki treats writer Hye-jin to a fancy dinner to apologize. He fibs that he wasn’t himself because his friend Dong-gu died this morning, and Hye-jin easily accepts his apology.
Joon-ki is solicitous and thoughtful all during dinner, which makes Hye-jin misunderstand his attentions. She asks if he has a girlfriend, and before Joon-ki realizes it, they’re dating. Whoops.
Doo-shik takes a couple of dinner trays to the roof, leaving them outside so that Dong-gu has to brave the cold. Dong-gu trips over a tent strap and falls, badly injuring his back. All he can do is lie in the tent, staring at his dinner but unable to feed himself.
He asks Yoon-ah for help, but she shoots him some side-eye and reminds him snarkily that he doesn’t like to be indebted to people. Dong-gu gives her permission to help him if she really wants to, and Yoon-ah takes pity and feeds him while he reminds her that he doesn’t like to ask favors. She says she’s got it, only to have him demand something different than rice for his next bite. LOL.
After Yoon-ah falls asleep, Dong-gu realizes that he needs the little boys’ room. He tries to get up himself, but his yelps of pain wake Yoon-ah. He has to admit (in the most pitiful voice ever) that he needs to pee, so Yoon-ah helps him up and over to the potty chair.
Dong-gu insists that he can unzip his own pants because he doesn’t like to bother others, so Yoon-ah rolls her eyes and heads back to the tent. She grins to herself when she hears the familiar do-do-do-do-do of “Baby Shark” coming from the potty chair, hee.
Joon-ki spends the whole night talking on the phone to Hye-jin, looking like he’s wishing for death. He whines to Seo-jin that she wouldn’t stop talking, and that he has another date with her tonight.
He gets a call from the director asking him to meet for drinks. The director says that his girlfriend recently broke things off, and that he thinks she’s fallen for another man. Oh no, I know where this is going. Joon-ki nearly spits out his soup when the director confesses that his ex is Hye-jin, vowing to beat up the guy when he finds out who it is.
Up on the roof, Dong-gu has fully submitted to Yoon-ah, who tells him to shut his mouth when he tries to say once again that he doesn’t like to bother people. She makes him blow his nose and washes his face for him, complaining that her real baby is gone and now she’s stuck taking care of a big baby.
After his date with Hye-jin, Joon-ki walks her home, nervously looking around for the director. She drags him inside for tea against his will, and when Hye-jin’s doorbell rings, Joon-ki freaks out to sees that it’s the director on the door monitor.
When the director threatens to let himself in and confront the man that’s with Hye-jin, Joon-ki hides in the bathroom. The director forces his way into the bathroom, but Joon-ki manages to scoot around him and run out of the building, hiding his face under a towel.
The director catches him outside , ripping at the towel until he reveals Joon-ki’s face. Joon-ki tries to explain that he’s not dating Hye-jin on purpose, swearing that he doesn’t like her that way, only to realize that she followed them and heard every word.
Joon-ki tells Seo-jin and Doo-shik about what happened later, worried that he’ll lose his drama role over this. Doo-shik doesn’t think so, saying that a professional writer wouldn’t be so petty.
Dong-gu’s fever grows worse, so Yoon-ah lets him rest while she stays up reading a cookbook. Dong-gu asks if she still wants to be a pastry chef, and Yoon-ah says she does, and that she won’t give up, for Sol’s sake.
She holds his phone for him when it rings, and she sees that his wallpaper is of a woman and a young child. Dong-gu croaks that the woman is his mother, and that she died. Yoon-ah asks what she was like, and Dong-gu says she was stubborn, had a temper, and nagged a lot. LOL, sounds familiar.
He adds that she used to beat him a lot, but that she had a soft heart, and admits that he misses her all the time. His cough gets worse, so Yoon-ah tucks him in, looking worried as she watches over him.
Dong-gu wakes first in the morning, but he pretends to still be sleeping when Yoon-ah stirs. She checks his forehead and she’s relieved that his fever has broken. Her tummy rumbles, and when Dong-gu snores a bit for effect, Yoon-ah lets out a cute little fart. Dong-gu smiles to himself as she tries to waft away the smell.
They’re allowed back downstairs since they’re well, and Doo-shik and Seo-jin perk up when the first episode of Joon-ki’s drama comes on. Joon-ki begs them not to watch, and he cringes when his scene arrives. The lead character hands him a piece of candy, which he eats, and promptly slumps over dead. PFFT.
Doo-shik and Yoon-ah are dismayed, though Seo-jin looks like she’s trying not to laugh that the writer wrote him out of the show. Dong-gu comes in to make fun of Joon-ki, having seen it on his phone, making Joon-ki scream at him and flounce upstairs.
Dong-gu hands Yoon-ah a flyer and tells her that if she wants to be a pastry chef, she needs to go to school. She pouts that she can’t afford school, so Dong-gu says that he did some research and found a program that supports single mothers going to school. He offers to help her apply and take her to look at schools, and Yoon-ah dissolves into tears.
He yells at her for crying again, bit Yoon-ah just launches herself at him and hugs his neck tightly. Dong-gu goes beet red and his heart pounds, and Seo-jin notices that he’s blushing and stammering. Doo-shik asks if Dong-gu is growing fond of Yoon-ah, but Dong-gu snaps that it’s nothing like that.
He storms up to his room, grumbling to himself that he’s not growing fond of Yoon-ah. But he wonders why he blushed when she hugged him, and at the memory, his heart starts thumping and his cheeks go pink again.
Dong-gu is done for, and I think he just realized it. He’s crushing hard on Yoon-ah despite himself. Now begins my favorite part of any drama — when the guy starts to flail over his own unwanted feelings. Being already naturally flaily, I’m anticipating that Dong-gu’s reaction to this realization will be quite entertaining, with a lot of denial and contradicting behavior on his part, and a boatload of confusion on Yoon-ah’s part. In that sense, it was fun to see their little stint in the tent together forcing them to rely on each other, and to start forging a more personal connection that has nothing to do with their guesthouse arrangement.
Aside from the short-term cohabitation and the usual intimacy that it generates, it’s good that Dong-gu got hurt and was forced to lean on Yoon-ah a bit. It would have been a good lesson for him to learn to trust others, even if it had been anyone else. But the fact that it was Yoon-ah who was there when he needed help, I thought, was particularly meaningful. Dong-gu has spent weeks looking down on her, considering her a burden and a bother, and even going so far as to call her out on it and make her feel bad. It’s not fair of him, because Yoon-ah does plenty to earn her keep (and more than most of the others, let’s be honest). She may be unintentionally needy at times, but that’s no excuse for the way Dong-gu treats her. He’s softening up, but he’s still much too hard on her.
So, being in a position where he had no choice but to rely on her should be educational for Dong-gu. Not only will he be compelled to see her as someone who is useful and pulls her weight, but hopefully it will humble him a bit. And it gave Yoon-ah a chance to assert herself with Dong-gu, letting him know that he may look down on her for relying on others, but that he’ll regret it when he’s in their position. Of course she took care of him, because she’s a natural-born caretaker, but this time she got to do it because she was the one in control, not because she owes him something.
I enjoy the way the episodes are set up as half hour vignettes, which really works with this style of over-the-top silly storytelling. It allows the more ridiculous scenarios to have a quick resolution so they don’t drag on for too long, while letting the over-arcing story line take its time without feeling too slow. It also allows for lots of funny little stories that aren’t enough for a full plot arc, but that are still entertaining and fun to watch (not to mention all the awesome cameos!). And I especially love that each person gets to live their own little stories, allowing them to be the main characters in their own lives rather than just backup for the main characters in the drama.
I’ve seen some theories that Yoon-ah may not have been entirely truthful about her past, and/or may intentionally be scamming the Waikiki housemates, and I’m not sure what to think about that. On the one hand it would be a very interesting twist if she’s lied about her reasons for being at the Waikiki house, but on the other hand she’s just so sweet and innocent that I hate to think she’s deliberately taking advantage of the others. They’ve been so genuinely caring of her (even Dong-gu, though he doesn’t like to admit it) and have been so openly accepting of her and Sol, it would just hurt them so badly to discover that she’s been lying to them. But it’s true that she’s only told her story in very broad strokes, nor has she given a specific reason why she doesn’t want Sol’s father to know he has a daughter. So I suppose it’s possible that Yoon-ah isn’t what she claims to be, but I hope that if that’s true, that the truth at least isn’t something that could break up the sweet little family that’s forming around her.