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Woohoo Waikiki: Episode 7

I will never understand how one show can simultaneously be utterly ridiculous, and one of the most endearing dramas I’ve ever seen, all at the same time. It’s just a perfect storm of funny, sweet, and heart-meltingly wonderful, and even though I can’t put my finger on exactly why, I’m just happy to watch and enjoy. This episode is all about love, and how you know when you’re in it, which is something I think a few of the Waikiki crew are going to be figuring out very soon.

 
EPISODE 7: “The girl we loved/When a man falls in love”

Before they even get home after their disastrous fake wedding, Dong-gu and Yoon-ah run into his ex-girlfriend Soo-ah, sobbing on a bench next to her suitcase. Soo-ah jumps up and hugs Dong-gu, wailing, “What am I going to do?”

At Waikiki guesthouse, the other housemates wonder where they’ll go when they get evicted for being unable to repay the landlady for the wedding. Seo-jin squarely blames Joon-ki for everything, but Doo-shik thinks that Joon-ki’s more immediate concern is the fact that Dong-gu’s about to come home and kick his ass.

Joon-ki shrieks in fear when Dong-gu walks in, but Dong-gu just calls to Soo-ah, who shuffles into the room looking like a kicked puppy. Dong-gu readies a room for Soo-ah to sleep in, insisting that she stay just for tonight.

He goes back downstairs to explain to the others that Soo-ah’s supposed boyfriend is really a professional swindler who stole all of her money and left her homeless. Seo-jin snarls that she deserves it for cheating on her brother, and she asks if Dong-gu still has feelings for Soo-ah.

He vehemently denies it, shooting a nervous glance at Yoon-ah. He turns his anger on Joon-ki, throttling him and barking that he expects Joon-ki to pay back the landlady.

The next morning, Dong-gu tells Yoon-ah that he had nightmares all night, and pours himself a glass of milk. Yoon-ah applies some lip balm, and Dong-gu is transfixed by the sight of her lips, remembering how she kissed him at their wedding. He ends up pouring milk all over the table, hee.

Yoon-ah offers everyone some tiny tarts, but as soon as Joon-ki takes a bite, he freaks out and asks if there are walnuts in them. He’s allergic to walnuts, and as he runs off to get medicine, Seo-jin explains that they give him rashes and make him sick for a week.

Soo-ah gets ready to leave with all her stuff, telling Dong-gu that she’s going to sell her designer bags to earn money and get her own place. Dong-gu seems sad to see her go, sighing that he bought her one of those bags.

She meets up with a woman at the park, who tries on all three bags at once then declares that she wants all of them. While Soo-ah calculates how much she owes, the woman ties her shoelaces, asking if Soo-ah can run fast. Uh-oh.

She says she used to be a national athlete in running, and strikes the starting position. She gets Soo-ah to count to three and yell “Go!,” then takes off at a dead sprint, taking Soo-ah’s bags with her. Soo-ah tries to chase her but she just falls and skins up her knee.

Doo-shik has a meeting with Director Tak, and on the way, he runs into an old friend from school, Mal-geum (cameo by Han Bo-bae). Doo-shik goes all shy and says that she’s still pretty, then heads into the cafe to find Director Tak. Director Tak announces that he’s cast the female lead for their erotic movie, and gestures over towards… Mal-geum. Awk-ward.

After their meeting, Mal-geum (whose stage name is “Cherry”) remembers that Doo-shik always loved to write, so she’s not surprised he’s a writer. He replies that she was always very mature as a kid, and now she’s… never mind.

At the house, Joon-ki calls everyone he knows to ask to borrow money, with no luck. Doo-shik comes home and pulls out his elementary school yearbook and finds Mal-geum’s picture, which has hearts drawn around it. He tells Joon-ki sadly that she was his first love, and that he ran into her today. He can’t bring himself to say that she’s a porn star now and just bursts into tears, sobbing on Joon-ki’s shoulder.

Soo-ah ends up outside the Waikiki guesthouse that night, shivering in the cold but too proud to ask to stay another night. Dong-gu finds her there and she pretends that she had no idea where she was because of her night blindness. He guesses that she has nowhere to go, so he invites her to spend the night. Soo-ah agrees, but only because Dong-gu is obviously so worried about her, ha.

Joon-ki and Seo-jin aren’t happy to see Soo-ah again, and Joon-ki accuses Dong-gu of still having feelings for her. He yells that he doesn’t, looking at Yoon-ah to make sure she heard him (the whole neighborhood heard him, heh). He changes the subject and asks if Joon-ki has the money yet, forbidding Yoon-ah to let Joon-ki eat until he’s paid back every penny.

Dong-gu wanders into the living room to find Yoon-ah napping on the couch. He grumbles that she doesn’t have a blanket, then wonders why he even cares. He covers her up, calling it the same as charity work, then reels back in horror when she lets loose a stinky fart in her sleep.

Soo-ah comes down with her things again, saying that a friend is going to let her crash with them. She promises not to trouble Dong-gu anymore, then leaves. Yoon-ah releases another loud toot, causing Dong-gu to wonder what on earth she’s been eating.

A friend calls Joon-ki to tell him about an opportunity to make some money, and Joon-ki despairs that he’s desperate enough to be considering it. Doo-shik is also distraught over the coincidence that his first love is the star of his erotic movie, wondering how he’ll face her.

Joon-ki snaps at Dong-gu for not caring how much he’s suffering to raise the money for the landlady, but Dong-gu just wants that money paid back. Joon-ki refuses to say what he’s doing to earn the cash, and Dong-gu jokes that he’ll call Joon-ki “Father” if he really does it. Joon-ki snarls that instead, he wants Dong-gu to crawl through his legs on his hands and knees when he pays back the money.

Director Tak, Doo-shik, and Mal-geum hold auditions to select the male star of their film. Doo-shik and Mal-geum can barely look at each other, but Director Tak wants Mal-geum to help choose her costar. They cringe through an embarrassing succession of half-naked actors strutting their stuff, and Doo-shik disqualifies them one by one, unable to stomach the thought of them getting intimate with his first love.

And then Joon-ki walks in, wearing a ridiculous amount of makeup. LOL, is this what he’s planning to do to earn the money? He and Doo-shik are startled to see each other, neither aware that the other was planning to work on an erotic film. They agree to keep this a secret between them.

But when auditions are over, Director Tak and Mal-geum agree that they liked Joon-ki the best. They steamroll Doo-shik’s objections and decide to cast Joon-ki opposite Mal-geum.

Joon-ki has gotten the news by the time Doo-shik runs home, and he’s already working out frantically to buff up for the role. Doo-shik tries to talk him out of it (Doo-shik: “What if your parents see it?” Joon-ki: “It’s fine, they like erotic movies!”), but Joon-ki says that erotic movies are a kind of art, and not even Doo-shik climbing him like a tree can get him to stop pumping iron.

Soo-ah ends up staying at a sauna for several days, but her wallet gets stolen so she can’t pay the fees, and gets the police called on her. Dong-gu is worried since he hasn’t been able to reach her, and Seo-jin asks again if he’s still hung up on Soo-ah, right in front of Yoon-ah.

He follows Yoon-ah into the kitchen to tell her that he definitely doesn’t feel anything for Soo-ah but pity. Yoon-ah just says that she has no reason to misunderstand and tells him to take good care of Soo-ah. She heads to the store to buy groceries, leaving him grumbling that he didn’t have any particular reason for telling her that. Suuure.

He rushes to the station when the police call him to pick up Soo-ah. He gives her his coat and leads her back to Waikiki guesthouse, but she insists that she feels too guilty over how she treated him to let him keep taking care of her. Dong-gu snaps that yes, she should have lived better after dumping him, but then he deflates and tells her to just come inside.

He leads Soo-ah inside by the wrist, as Yoon-ah watches them from the street, looking conflicted. She goes to the kitchen and sits there for a long time, just staring into space.

That night, Doo-shik sneaks into Joon-ki’s room while he sleeps to stand over him. He says ominously that Joon-ki brought this on himself, then slips a chunk of walnut into Joon-ki’s mouth.

Joon-ki wakes the next morning with his face covered in hives. Doo-shik plays innocent, saying that Joon-ki won’t be able to film the movie in his condition. Ha, he’s a little too happy as he offers to explain to the director that Joon-ki won’t be able to be in the film.

Dong-gu gets a look at Joon-ki and accuses him of playing sick to get out of earning the money he owes. His taunts renew Joon-ki’s determination to make this movie and get that money, to Doo-shik’s dismay. Joon-ki starts piling on makeup to cover the hives, screaming war cries the whole time.

He ends up wearing so much foundation that he looks like a clown, ha. Doo-shik keeps trying to convince him not to be in his movie, until finally Joon-ki asks why he wants him to quit so badly. Doo-shik wails at the top of his lungs, “Because it’s my first love!!”

Hilariously, Joon-ki thinks that Doo-shik means him, but Doo-shik explains that he’s talking about Mal-geum. Joon-ki suddenly makes the connection that Doo-shik’s first love is “Cherry” from the movie, but he vows to do the movie anyway, earn the money, and make Dong-gu crawl under his crotch. Doo-shik gets another idea, and he tells Director Tak that Joon-ki was unexpectedly drafted by the army.

At home alone, Dong-gu works himself into a snit over Yoon-ah, snapping that if she doesn’t care about him after they kissed in front of everyone, then he doesn’t care, either. Joon-ki swaggers into the kitchen and tosses the entire amount they owe to the landlady to Dong-gu (which Doo-shik gave him from his advance pay), and triumphantly orders him to call him “Father” and get on his knees.

Dong-gu does, reluctantly, then starts crawling through Joon-ki’s legs. Joon-ki squeezes Dong-gu with his legs a few good times for good measure, ha. Everyone is happy to have the debt taken care of, even though Joon-ki makes Dong-gu continue calling him “Father,” ha.

Soo-ah comes down to breakfast wearing a contraption that supposedly keeps her cheeks from sagging, saying that all models use one. Seo-jin mutters that she’s never even been on a runway, so Soo-ah asks if Seo-jin still has a mustache in a mock-concerned tone. She complains about breakfast, saying that she prefers Eggs Benedict, making the entire table glare at her.

Joon-ki and Doo-shik are afraid they’ll never get rid of Soo-ah, since Dong-gu signed a contract with her that she can pay them for her expenses later. Seo-jin calls him a fool, but Dong-gu defends that Soo-ah is a nice person, making Joon-ki joke that he doesn’t want a daughter-in-law like Soo-ah.

Dong-gu tells Yoon-ah that it’s not like that, and everyone else head-tilts at him for saying it to Yoon-ah specifically. Joon-ki asks if Dong-gu is interested in Yoon-ah, which just results in Dong-gu blowing up and stomping to his room like a child.

Doo-shik receives a text from Mal-geum and gets caught grinning at his phone. Joon-ki accidentally calls her by her stage name, Cherry, so Doo-shik fibs to Dong-gu that Cherry is his first love’s American name. He admits that he’s thinking about Mal-geum a lot, but he’s not sure if he likes her, or if it’s just because they’re old friends.

Joon-ki says that it’s easy to tell — when you like someone, your heart races, your hands and feet tingle, and you feel dazed. He says there’s a scientific method developed by NASA scientists that can tell him for sure. Ha, Dong-gu listens to all this, looking pretty interested while trying not to look interested.

Joon-ki shows them how to calculate the chances of Doo-shik liking Mal-geum using the characters in their name. He determines an eighty percent chance that Doo-shik likes her, then teaches them another method to determine if they’ll end up together using a mechanical pencil. Doo-shik stops him, saying that this is stupid.

As soon as they’re gone, Dong-gu takes the test and calculates a seventy-six percent chance that he likes Yoon-ah. At first he rejects the results, and uses a random name off a delivery menu to prove that the test is wrong, only to turn around and talk himself right back into liking Yoon-ah. LOL, the boy is toast.

Meanwhile, Seo-jin catches Soo-ah using all the milk in the house to wash her face. Soo-ah lies that she was going to drink it, so Seo-jin orders her to drink the entire thing right now or she’ll kick her out.

Soo-ah snaps and admits the truth, saying that all models do it. Their screeching draws the other housemates, so Soo-ah tells Dong-gu haughtily to put it on her bill. Everyone has to eat their cereal without milk, and they argue about Soo-ah over the breakfast table.

Doo-shik is still sighing over his insecurity about his feelings for Mal-geum. Seo-jin says that when she likes a guy, she’s so interested in everything about him that she can even recognize his footsteps.

As usual, she and Joon-ki end up fighting over which method is better for determining whether you like a person, the NASA test or knowing their footsteps. A woman walks past Joon-ki, and he’s struck by a feeling so strong that he falls to his knees, clutching his chest.

He gasps that he felt his heart pound and his fingers go numb when he saw the woman, and calls it the first symptoms of love. He decides to find out her name and do the test to prove that the NASA calculation works, and he follows her all the way to an office building, where he loses her at the elevator.

Soo-ah scares Dong-gu witless by popping up from the floor wearing a mask made of sliced cucumbers. She says she’s hiding from Seo-jin, and relaxes to hear that she’s out. They hear someone coming in the front door, and Soo-ah is afraid it’s Seo-jin, but Dong-gu says calmly, “No, it’s Yoon-ah.”

He freaks out when he realizes that he knew Yoon-ah by her footsteps, just like Seo-jin said. He tries to convince himself that it doesn’t mean he likes her, it just means he has sensitive ears. He correctly predicts that the next person walking in is a delivery person, then flips over the couch and hugs the poor guy in his excitement, laughing maniacally.

Doo-shik takes Mal-geum out for dinner, and she tells him that today is her birthday. He asks why she’s not celebrating with her parents or friends, and she admits that things are awkward with everyone since she started making movies. Doo-shik excuses himself, looking sheepish.

Dong-gu offers to go to go grocery shopping with Yoon-ah, and he invites Soo-ah along. She declines, saying that the rough weather is bad for her skin, which he finds odd considering that she just killed a huge bowl of ramyun. Soo-ah drops the bowl, shattering it and cutting her foot pretty badly. Dong-gu decides to stay home to patch up her foot, looking genuinely sorry to send Yoon-ah to the store alone.

Still clutching his chest, Joon-ki staggers up the stairs of the office building to find his “destiny woman’s” photo and name on the wall. His calculation reveals that they’re ninety-nine percent meant to be, which he takes as certain proof that the NASA theory works. He stumbles off to meet her, leaving Seo-jin wondering why this is bothering her so much.

Since she’s a cardiac specialist, Joon-ki’s destiny woman assumes he’s there for a checkup, especially when he says that his heart keeps pounding ever since he met a beautiful woman. She listens to his heart and decides to run some tests, scaring Joon-ki.

Doo-shik returns to Mal-geum with a cake for her birthday. A man at a nearby table recognizes Mal-geum, embarrassing her when he and his friends loudly announce that she’s a porn star. The drunk jerk wants to shake her hand, and he gets offended when she declines.

Mal-geum snaps that she’s not obligated to shake rude people’s hands just because she acts in adult films. The jerk jokes to his friends that it’s that attitude that makes her bold enough to take off her clothes for the camera, and Mal-geum nearly attacks him before Doo-shik pulls her away.

After all the tests, Joon-ki looks shell-shocked as he tells Seo-jin that the reason his heart races and his hands and feet go numb is because he has a heart condition. Luckily, it can be controlled with medication, and Seo-jin gently teases him for thinking it meant love at first sight.

As Dong-gu doctors Soo-ah’s foot, she watches a news report about a fire at a grocery store involving several casualties. Dong-gu realizes that it’s the same store where Yoon-ah was heading, and he runs out of the house.

He races towards the store, as we hear Seo-jin’s voice saying that when you like someone, you think about them all day and worry when you’re not with them. You hurt when that person has a hard time, and even if it means you get injured, you would do anything for them.

Once they’re out of the restaurant, Mal-geum collapses, sobbing. Doo-shik marches back inside, picks up the cake, and hurls it into the drunk jerk’s face. YES!

Dong-gu arrives at the fire, calling frantically for Yoon-ah. He hears his name and turns to see her behind him, perfectly fine. She asks if he’s okay, and Seo-jin’s voice tells us, “Just seeing the person you like alive and well makes you feel happy and grateful. Isn’t that love?”

Without a single word, Dong-gu pulls Yoon-ah into a relieved hug.

 
COMMENTS

I thought it was great, the way this episode started and ended with a hug. Both hugs had entirely different meanings for Dong-gu, who isn’t very in touch with his emotions unless they’re smacking him in the face, but which seem pretty obvious to onlookers. The first hug was initiated by Soo-ah, who cheated on Dong-gu then treated him pretty badly when she left him. You could see that her hug was more confusing for Dong-gu than anything, when not so long ago he would have taken it as a sign that she wanted to reconcile. But that hug at the end is the one that matters — it’s the first time Dong-gu has initiated physical contact with Yoon-ah, even including the kiss at their wedding, which says to me that this is where his heart truly lies. Hopefully he’ll stop denying his feelings soon, because I think that the only thing more fun than confused-in-love Dong-gu will be openly-smitten Dong-gu. I can’t even imagine how adorable that’s going to be.

You know, Joon-ki may be a hot mess who gets constantly himself into impossible scrapes, but I have to admire his dedication and willingness to do literally anything to get back out of them. He always follows through with the consequences whenever he gets in trouble, and he never tries to blame anyone else for his mistakes. He rightly took responsibility for the money that Dong-gu promised the landlady, then he was prepared to compromise his personal moral code and possibly even risk his professional career just to fulfill that promise. I mean, okay, so he was also motivated by the opportunity to shove Dong-gu’s superior attitude in his face, but Dong-gu sort of deserved it, and it’s still consistent with Joon-ki’s determination to do whatever it takes to make things right. He’s got a strange way of pursuing his dreams, but he never gives up or backs down, and that’s my favorite thing about him.

We still haven’t seen as much of Doo-shik, and we know the least about him of all the Waikiki tenants, but I really like what we do know about him. He’s so sweet and pure, a total cinnamon roll that you just want to protect from the harsh realities of life, but that doesn’t make him weak or immature. He’s every bit as ambitious about his dream of being a writer as joon-ki is about being an actor or Dong-gu about being a filmmaker, and although his career may not be where he wants it right now, Doo-shik just keeps doing what he can and searching for his big break. I also love that Doo-shik is almost always the one taking care of little Sol when Yoon-ah isn’t around, and how he tries so hard to act as the voice of reason when Dong-gu and Joon-ki are flying off the rails (not that anyone listens to him).

And as far as Soo-ah goes, I wasn’t sure how I would react to her being in the house with everyone, but I found that I don’t dislike her as much as I feared I would. She’s pretty clueless and has an entitled streak a mile wide, but I believe that she’s ultimately a harmless, if self-centered, person. It was sweet to see everyone else taking Dong-gu’s side, worried that he’d fall prey to her charms again, even when Dong-gu was the one letting her back into their lives. And Dong-gu doesn’t seem to be as conflicted about his feelings as I feared — he seems to be genuinely over Soo-ah and well on his way to being smitten by Yoon-ah. His treatment of Soo-ah does appear to be motivated more by compassion than any lingering feelings, which makes me feel a lot more relaxed about Soo-ah being in the house. I’d rather her presence serve the purpose of highlighting Yoon-ah’s growing feelings for Dong-gu, than to confuse Dong-gu even more about who he really likes.

 
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For a meeting that started off very hilariously, by the end of the eps, Doo-shik and Mal-geum's story unexpectedly become... heart-tugging. And it's such a nice surprise to see another School 2017 alumnus in this drama, even if only as a special appeareance.

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It's not strongly implied but I like how the writer pointed out that just because a woman's job is "unconventional", she shouldn't be considered to protray her job title in real life.

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Almost everything about this drama makes me cringe, but I can NOT stop watching! I'm serious. I have to look away for a second then come back after I have prepared myself for the humiliation about to happen. Then I crack up. And Ooooo, how cute is Dong-gu?

I swear, Dong-gu is pretty right on the money with how most real guys are. Never show their real emotions to the girl they like, then run off and dork out by themselves about thinking how cute their crush is.

The writing on this show is great. Not just the comedy aspect, but every single one these characters are fleshed out. They have little things that are just totally unique to them and it seems as though you know at least one of these types of people in real life.

Cringe inducing or not, this show has become my guilty pleasure. No show has ever made me so animated just watching it. I laugh out loud, shudder in embarrassment, and I swear I think I actually talk to the screen. :)

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I finally remembered what this drama reminds me of : Modern Farmer.
From the big but sometimes gross humor. To the (only) one character who always gets in the most incredible situations.
To the single mother, and the hero who cares about her child.
To the ex who is sort of evil, but serves so the hero can figure out his feelings.
To the innocent guy who falls for the inconvenient choice.

And let us now forget the synopsys :
MF - 4 guys have a plan to get money to produce an album by raising cabbages.
WW - 3 guys have a plan to get money to make a movie by managing a guesthouse.

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It’s actually by the same writer as Modern Farmer!

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I've had that show in the back of my head to watch now i definitely have to check it out if it's anything like this 😂

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I just read where the camera crew and a lot of the staff for Go Back Couple are the ones filming this too!

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Really?? That’s awesome! I wonder if Lee Yi-kyung is making some lifelong friends, haha.

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Ah so that's why the cinematography had a warm, fuzzy feeling to it.

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not only that, there are 3 actors from Modern Farmer too! Two of them are Boss Kim, the convenience store boss of Doo-shik, and his daughter, Sun-woo. The two were siblings in Modern Farmer.

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When in Ep. 5 (and also Ep. 6) Joon-ki keeps saying Kenchana (It's OK!), like when they notice the car is falling apart. It's a throw back to Modern Farmer when the EXO singer keeps saying Kenchana to convince the other band members in the show.

This show kept reminding me of Modern Farmer too, so I started to wonder if it wasn't the same writer and he is, as mindy said.

I love Modern Farmer, I think it's one of the funniest kdrama!

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Come to think it, Joonki's personality does remind me of Hongki's character because they brought up a crazy idea to fund their goal.

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I watched Modern Farmer but I prefer the writing for Woohoo Waikiki because the relationships of the characters are more well-written and the characters manage to deal with their tricky situations.

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In Modern Farmer I loved the whole village full of crazy people though : ) and how it gradually grows into one big family. Plus it had an AOA member ♥

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Modern farmers made me laugh almost all the time, but some sketches became repetitive and some other were gross, as you well know. But it is an easy funny watch and it is really funny at times, like funny you would laugh for long time. My only complain: it was too long, I think 20 episodes. Unnecessary.

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Now Waikiki is 20 episodes too...

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😱 ohhh well... I will keep up with the recaps, and maybe just watch the joon ki line, because he is my favorite actor in the serie.

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Well, surprise, this has turned out to be the show that I'm obsessed with this season. I love it! I wish I could get all the clever references to other shows/movies, I know there are probably 4 or 5 per episode but I didn't know any of them except for the Sassy Girl one.

Dooshik trying to talk Junki out of doing the erotic movie was hilarious. What if your parents/wife/kids see it? No problem, haha. And the cake-throwing was awesome. And Donggu going around hugging everyone at the fire. It was all good!

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what part was the sassy girl reference??

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It was a couple episodes ago, where Dooshik had the restraining order against him and was yelling 'sorry' to Sunwoo. Here's the original from the movie:

https://youtu.be/uU02KEA7fZo?t=3m27s

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What if your parents see it? it's okay they're open minded
What is your future wife sees it? I'll marry a woman who likes to watch erotic films.
What is your future kids see it? [Me: I can't imagine what kind of answer you'd give...] I'll watch it with them. Early sex ed is very important. [Me: true...but...]

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This show is a riot! I laugh way too much at the ridiculousness of it. I’m glad that for the most part they all have a positive attitudes even when they are faced with hard times, Jun-ki more than the rest. How he is always involved in the most outrageous things does not get old!
I think that Yoon-ah is starting to feel something for Dong-gu, but since she is kind of indebted to all of them and he is her employer so she might not want to act on it. Especially, since she said she gave up on dreaming on a wedding when she had her daughter and then, whoops, she gets roped into having a fake wedding with him. I really wish we could see how she is feeling because Dong-gu isn’t being as secret as he thinks he is with his feelings, thus the hug at the end of the episode.
Also, that cake Doo-shik threw at the guy…whoa. Even I flinched a little, but laughed way too loud after. Jerks. Can we have more of his story soon, please!

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first it was the beef slap. Now the cake throw. I'm curious to find out what other food they'll weaponize!

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Now I understand the character descriptions that said that Soo ah was a fox that's like a bear, and Doo shik is a bear that's like a fox.

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Thanks for the recap, @Lollypip!

I haven't actually watched the episode yet. I generally prefer reading Lollypip's recap first because it helps to inform my viewing of the episode. I find I appreciate the subtleties a lot more because of Lollypip's perceptive analysis.

I do like the characters, and each episode has several hilarious misadventures for our housemates, but I have to wonder when they will actually get together to make a movie together. I guess they need to earn money first, right? It just seems like such a waste that their lives create such fun stories, yet they can't catch a break so that Doo-Shik can write a script about it that Dong-gu can direct and JunKi can act in.

Also, whatever happened to little Sol? I know she isn't forgotten, but she seems to play less of a role at the moment....or is my impression just because I haven't watched the episode yet?

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No you're right I'm always wondering who is taking care of her when they're all eating together and she isn't there.

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I just assume she’s taking a nap and they check on her once in awhile.

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Pfff Dong-gu taking the "how to tell if you like someone" advice so seriously and then denying the results was so funny. So many hilarious moments, but I'm really impressed with how well this drama does the more heartfelt moments like at the end of this episode. Endearing is a great word for the show ❤ Thank you for the recap, LollyPip!

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OK IM DYING AT THE NASA part and the «back to the future» music that went along with it. The same kinda games I used to play in grade school.

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Same girl sameeee. This drama was never on my radar, didn't even know it was going to air until I started seeing recaps. Decided to give it a go because I needed something light and all of a sudden Show brings me happiness and joy? What is this madness? Also--I'm currently rewatching Healer, minding my own business and I was like --I have to find out who this actor is who is playing a younger Kim Moon-sik because his portrayal of the quietly held in pain of being in love with his friends girl--ughh it killed me. Also, he looked super hot --a detail not to be ignored. You can imagine my surprise when I realized it was Son Seung-Won. I seriously did a double take. How is he not more popular?? He's SOOOO good.

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He was also a lead in the makjang-ish drama Person Who Gives Happiness with my girlcrush Lee Yoon Ji and seriously them two together with their adoptive son was life. otherwise I wouldn't have watched the drama at all.

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omg I MISS LEE YOON JI! I adore herrrrrr. 😭I normally avoid anything makjang related like the plague but I'm going to have to give it a go just to see them together.

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The only thing I ever saw him in before was in I Remember You. He was very, very different from this. His character would probably have beat up Dooshik with a computer keyboard, ha.

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Soo-ah was annoying as hell here. Now I get how her description in the earlier articles is one who looks like a fox but is actually a bear. She looks like the urbane sophisticated woman who knows her way around, but seriously, she needs other people to navigate the world. Doo-shik is particularly endearing here and yes, more of Doo-shik please. Joon-ki is still hilariously flailing as always, but I love how he's up in arms with Soo-ah's arrival. Pretty sure, I've done those name-based matching thingies way back in primary school. Heh. I realised that Joon-ki's path to earning money will eventually cross with Doo-shik's erotic film, and it did. Ha! Dong-gu's constant denial is hilarious as well—trying to confirm and contradict himself at the same time. Overall, this series is proving to be a revelation, it can be gross as hell at times, but endearing at the same time? Where else would you get that combination?! XD

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I can sort of see why Dong-Gu and Soo-Ah got together. They feel similar to me - both dim and too prideful for their own good. But I think that's also why they shouldn't get together.

I love Dooshik. He's so innocent when it comes to love. But I love how he has a devious streak as well. Look at how he gave Junki that walnut allergic reaction!

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Joonki makes me cringe so much. Seriously. As in he's on for a second and I'm already gritting my teeth, squinting my eyes and waiting for humiliation to happen. BUT it's all good, because Joonki is a champ at taking the humiliation and running away with it in glory. So even if he makes me cringe he makes me want to be more like him.
Lol and I love that his "dad" is the wonderful ahjussi Lee Deok Hwa, just imagining that veteran actor having such a silly son makes my day. And it was funny when he said that his dad likes erotic movies so it's all okay. X'D

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ughhh . . . i love this show sm!! i’m so happy doo-shik has his own plotline now w mal-geum, and it’s so startlingly tragic and sweet somehow? doo-shik is so endearingly confused and fond of her, while mal-geum has the best personality (what a blend of sugar-spice)!! i’m a bit confused though . . . i thought the couples were doo-shik+soo-ah, dong-gu+yoon-ah, and joon-ki+seo-jin but . . . huh. and i want yoon-ah to begin to feel a little something (little, just very little!) for dong-gu, bc then the story reallyyy gets going. and dong-gu is so compassionate and cute . . . he acts like such a grump, but he’s such a softie, it’s the absolute best. AND joon-ki is my favorite character. that’s all. so driven and funny and adorable! bestest.

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i kinda low key don't like the pairing of Soo Ah and Doo Shik... I think she's way too entitled and has to learn a lot about being a considerate person to ever be a good partner for our cinnamon roll.

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have u seen this week’s episodes? i think she has really stepped up in the best way possible. i love my sweet, prissy girls! hopefully their relationship evens out a little when it finally happens though x

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Waikiki is love. I always seems to be dying of laughter at each episode but like Lollypip said the earnest moments gets to me! I dont know why but in this episode I thought they were hinting at JG and SJ but time will only tell! JG is so hilarious that Im in love with him! Hes so confident but sweet that it makes you root for him and I cannot wait for DG to admit his feelings to YA its going to be hilarious! Waikiki is awesome and I know itll stay awesome as well!

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Lol I was dead when he dramatically said "Because it's my first love!" and they put My name is Kim sam-soon OST. That perfectly fit the cliché of the line 😂

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I loved the moment when Joonah watched Dongu hauling Soo Ah back into the guesthouse- she still is not as far along as Dong-gu is, but she is definitely starting to notice. And the hug at the end of the episode- did you notice Joonah’s expression? It was as if no one had ever cared about her like that- ever before. Great acting.
I like that we are seeing more of Doo Shik. He is obviously a real romantic- and maybe that is a good thing in a writer.
As for Soo Ah being in the house- That was to be expected. Have you noticed that she really is not as attractive as she seemed in the first episode. Her utter selfishness is literally ugly. Again, what great acting.

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What's most hilarious about this drama is that Dong-gu and Doo-Shik are still trusting Jun-ki no matter what had happened :))))))))))))))

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Completely agree! I'm still trying to understand why they continue to trust his schemes!

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I find it humorous having watched Strongest Deliveryman that the actress playing Seo-jin is playing the tough girl that is fed up with the flighty girl, after playing the flighty girl exasperating the tough girl.

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Please does anyone know or at least have an idea of the song that was playing when Dong gu was running to the grocery store. That song hit me in the feels. I have to know the name. Pleassssse.

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Choi Sang Yeob - I'm doing well Welcome to Waikiki OST Part.3

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I always find Joonki's nonsensical answers and cool reactions really hilarious. For example, he actually saw the actions of Yoonah's brief admirer as normal and how he was quite pleased when he assumed he's Dooshik's first love lol.
I liked how we get to see more of a cunning side to Dooshik. So far, he was portrayed as a total softie but he could be ruthless too when it's required.
In the site of Woohoo Waikiki, Dooshik is described as a fox in bear's clothing and Sooah is a bear in fox clothing, and it was cleverly showed in this episode, bit in another sense, I guess the show is vying for them as a couple, but I'm okay otherwise.

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And the cameos are really gold. Malgeum felt sad because it showed how women get slut-shamed for their jobs and how Han Bo-be hasn't transitioned to an adult actress yet, like some of her peers. On the other hand, we have actors with their personalities overreacted like Park Sungwoo but he does accept kisses like a pro in real life 😂

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With soo-ah in the house, yoon- ah might start feeling jealous seein dong-gu and so-ah together... that will bring them together... can’t wait to see their love story starting and I feel seo-jin and joon-ki might start a love story.

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I honestly love Joon Ki,lol. Where would the show be without his ridiculous shenanigans?!

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The day I watched this episode I went downstairs to greet dad and he was like I knew it was you because of your footsteps. It gave me flashbacks of this episode and making me happy like awww dad loves me. Not that I needed confirmation but it was still nice.

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This is so cute!

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If you've had a 'workplace crush' you can sympathize with Dong-gu. The conflicting emotions, the feelings of 'This feeling is really inappropriate' with 'It'll be okay as long as she never finds out'. Plus the confusion of 'Why does she have to be so cute and nice to me?' just as you've reined-in your feelings. 75% of the time pursuing a workplace crush is a disastrous idea. Then again, there's that happy 25%.

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