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Woohoo Waikiki: Episode 8

Okay, I know I said that some of the Waikiki housemates were going to be falling in love soon, but this is not exactly what I meant! But seriously, things are getting rather intense for one housemate, whose crush is getting to the point that they won’t be able to hide their feelings for much longer. Not that it was that much of a secret in the first place.

 
EPISODE 8: “Cute woman/For love”

Finding Yoon-ah safe, and not hurt in the fire, Dong-gu grabs her in a tight hug. She asks if he was worried about her, but he fibs that he was worried about all their neighbors. To prove that he didn’t come running just for Yoon-ah, he goes around hugging everyone, even the firefighters.

Soo-ah tells Seo-jin and Joon-ki about the fire at the store, and how Dong-gu raced out when he realized Yoon-ah was there. Yoon-ah and Dong-gu arrive home, and Seo-jin teases Dong-gu about his behavior, but he just makes big innocent eyes at her and insists he was worried about a neighbor.

He wanders to his room and jumps in bed to chastise for running to Yoon-ah. She comes to get him for dinner, but he fights her when she pulls on his arm, grumping that he’s not hungry.

Downstairs, Sol starts crying, and Soo-ah uses the distraction to try to snag a second chicken drumstick. Seo-jin calls her out, so Soo-ah slams the drumstick down and sails out of the room, palming it again on her way out, ha.

Joon-ki notices Seo-jin watching a mokbang on her phone (an online broadcast where people eat large quantities of food), and she tells him that the mokbang BJs can make a lot of money. He likes the idea of making money just for eating, and he runs to the guys’ room to borrow Doo-shik’s laptop.

Doo-shik comes in with his face covered in cuts and bruises, and he tells Joon-ki about his fight with the guys who insulted Mal-geum (his first love, who’s now starring in his erotic movie). He says he doesn’t know why he did it, but Joon-ki tells him that it’s because he likes Mal-geum.

He urges Doo-shik to confess to her, acting it out as he tells Doo-shik to just walk up to Mal-geum, grab her arm, push her against the wall, then confess. He shoves Doo-shik back onto the bed and lands on top of him, which is when they realize that Dong-gu is still in the room. Dong-gu tells them dryly to just date and get married, PFFT.

He heads to the kitchen, watching Yoon-ah as she heats up some chicken for him, wondering why he likes her when she’s not good at anything, or pretty, or even cute. But then she turns to look at him, and he goes starry-eyed and thinks to himself, “She’s cute. Has she always been this cute?”

She catches him staring, and when he snaps at her, she asks if he’s angry with her for getting a stain on his camera bag and breaking his lens cover. She grabs his hand and gives him an adorable pout, asking him to forgive her, but he just yells that he’s not angry and runs away.

He makes it to the hallway before collapsing against the wall, cooing over how cute Yoon-ah is. Soo-ah comes out of her room and catches Dong-gu lurking nearby, trying not to look like his brain just melted.

Joon-ki prepares to air a mokbang episode, but there are no viewers when he’s ready to start. Seo-jin bursts into his room to borrow his razor for her five o’clock shadow, and she stays to watch as his show begins.

He gets one viewer, who orders him to start eating. Joon-ki starts on a plate of fried chicken, but his viewer complains that he’s boring. He starts again, moaning as he eats and making Seo-jin cringe.

Dong-gu keeps avoiding Yoon-ah, so she tells Seo-jin that he must still be mad at her. Seo-jin confides that Dong-gu is weak for aegyo, which explains his extreme reaction to Yoon-ah’s cute apology.

In fact, he’s obsessing over Yoon-ah’s cuteness at that exact moment. She surprises him with an unexpected aegyo attack, pulling out all the stops with the big eyes, pouty lips, and shoulder-wiggles. Unfortunately, she caught Dong-gu with a mouthful of water, which he spits in her face before fleeing.

Seo-jin informs Yoon-ah that she sucks at aegyo, but Dong-gu is about to die of happiness from the adorable display she just put on. Soo-ah finds him outside her room again and asks if there’s something he wants to say, but he just wipes the goofy smile off his face and goes to his room.

Doo-shik and Mal-geum go for a walk together, and Doo-shik decides it’s time to confess. But when he follows Joon-ki’s directions and grabs Mal-geum’s wrist, she reflexively grabs him back, flips him over, and shoves a knee into his ribs. She lets go immediately, explaining that her Krav Maga training instinctively kicked in, lol.

She has to leave for a fan meeting, and Doo-shik asks if he can come because he has something to tell her. He’s unnerved by the crowd of men who chant “Cherry, Cherry!” (Mal-geum’s stage name) when she enters the auditorium.

Joon-ki does another show, chowing down on chicken for his one viewer. He invites them to send him star candies, an online currency that can be converted to real money. He sets aside the plate of chicken bones, but his viewer offers to send one hundred star candies (about ten U.S. dollars) if he eats the bones.

Seo-jin yanks Joon-ki off-camera to beg him not to do this, but Joon-ki says he’s willing to do anything to pay off his credit card bills. He goes back and settles in to eat the chicken bones, and suddenly gains a ton of new viewers.

We see his first viewer, a young teenage kid at a PC cafe, ha. He shows his buddies the man eating chicken bones, and they decide to study hard so they don’t end up like that crazy dude.

While Dong-gu eats some ramyun, Yoon-ah sends him a video of herself doing aegyo. He freezes, hands shaking at the sight of her with kitten whiskers, cutely begging for forgiveness. Yoon-ah and Seo-jin watch from a distance as Dong-gu snatches up Joon-ki’s heart medicine and runs upstairs, and they conclude that she’s just bad at aegyo.

Of course, the exact opposite is true. Dong-gu takes some of Joon-ki’s medicine, growling that Yoon-ah is so cute she’s giving him a heart attack. Soo-ah runs into him again, but again he just runs off. She decides that his strange behavior lately might mean that he still likes her.

At Mal-geum’s fan meeting, there’s a prize drawing to win the bikini she wore in her most famous movie. To her and Doo-shik’s dismay, Doo-shik wins the bikini, and they pose for the most awkward picture ever.

Back at the guesthouse, Dong-gu runs across Yoon-ah while she’s doing chores, and he grabs a trash bag and takes it outside for her. He acts annoyed, so she grabs his arm, making his heart pound. He snaps that he’s not mad, and she relaxes. She sneezes right in Dong-gu’s face, making him complain that she’s getting sick because her coat is too thin.

Joon-ki continues to eat bones for his growing number of fans, branching out into pork ribs and fish bones. They all send him star candies, so he prepares to eat the most difficult bone — a pig foot. But he gets a sudden stomach cramp, which sends him crashing to the floor in pain.

After the fan meeting, Mal-geum meets with Doo-shik for coffee. She apologizes for today, saying that this is her life these days. She tells Doo-shik that she started out in regular dramas and movies, but that she ended up doing erotic movies because she needed the money.

Doo-shik says there’s nothing wrong with her job, but she says sadly that this isn’t her dream. But now she’s stuck, and she can’t get any regular roles because of typecasting, and because of her contract. She cries a little and says she doesn’t know what to do.

She asks what Doo-shik wanted, but he just says sweetly that he’ll tell her later.

The guys’ room is empty when Dong-gu comes in with a package, and he wonders out loud how to give it. He tries and rejects several strategies, then stops and asks himself what he’ll do if she finds out he likes her.

Downstairs, Yoon-ah and Soo-ah bring Joon-ki home from a trip to the emergency room after eating rockfish bones, which contain venomous spines. Yoon-ah goes up to their room to clean up, and finds Dong-gu standing there with his package. He holds it out to her, but everyone walks in right then, and he panics and gives the gift to Soo-ah instead.

Joon-ki hobbles over to the bed and realizes that he never turned off his webcam. His site is going nuts, with tons of viewers sending in so many star candies that he’s amassed over twenty-three thousand star candies (over $2300 USD).

Joon-ki backs up the video to his collapse, and they see Seo-jin wander in to use his razor in front of the camera, raising Joon-ki’s viewer count exponentially, hee. Seo-jin freaks out that the country saw her shaving her face (Joon-ki: “Thank you, Chewbacca!”).

The video continues, and the housemates watch Dong-gu practice giving a gift to someone and talking about liking them. Dong-gu launches himself at the laptop and snaps it closed, but it’s too late. Everyone thinks that he still has feelings for Soo-ah, since she’s the one he gave the gift to.

Annoyed, Soo-ah pulls Dong-gu aside to remind him that they’re really over. Dong-gu can’t tell the truth, but he does assure Soo-ah that he can get over her very quickly, quoting Yoon-ah’s “get over Soo-ah” rap and zipping away.

Soo-ah tries on the coat, noting that it’s much too small for her. Seo-jin comes in to order Soo-ah to do whatever it takes to make Dong-gu move on. Soo-ah decides that he needs a new girl, so she sets up a surprise blind date for him with her friend Ye-rin.

He comes home early from the blind date, claiming that Ye-rin isn’t smart enough or funny enough for him, only for Soo-ah to inform him that Ye-rin is a MENSA member and a professional comedienne. LOL. He says that he just doesn’t feel anything for her, only for Seo-jin to snap that he’s still hung up on Soo-ah, forcing him to agree to another date.

The next day, Seo-jin and Yoon-ah find Soo-ah’s room in a shambles, clothes everywhere. Seo-jin tries on the coat from Dong-gu, but it’s too short for her, and it just coincidentally fits Yoon-ah perfectly. Seo-jin realizes that the clothing Soo-ah is throwing out are all a particular luxury brand, and Soo-ah generously lets her take whatever she wants.

Doo-shik arrives on his movie set to find Mal-geum fighting with the director, who wants her to do a scene that’s not in the original script. Director Tak tells her to either do the scene or pay the penalty fees to get out of her contract, and Doo-shik follows her out to the hallway. He tells her to quit instead of doing things she doesn’t like, and that he’ll take care of things.

He goes back to tell the director that Mal-geum quits. He says he’ll pay the penalty fee, but he’s horrified to learn that it’s the equivalent of about forty thousand dollars.

Seo-jin dresses herself head-to-toe in Soo-ah’s luxury castoffs, which Joon-ki describes as a “beggar in warm clothes” look, lol. Doo-shik arrives home and says the exact same thing, particularly curious why she’s carrying around an onion net as a purse. Seo-jin swans out of the house, despairing that they know nothing about fashion.

Doo-shik asks Joon-ki how he’s supposed to pay off Mal-geum’s penalty fee, and Joon-ki gets an idea — gambling. Why are people still asking this guy for advice?! He takes Doo-shik to a place where they can gamble on bike races and points out someone he calls the Bicycle Ghost, a man who can predict the winner of any race.

He pushes Doo-shik into Bicycle Ghost, making him drop his betting ticket, then takes a peek at it as he picks it up from the ground. He writes down the numbers of the two bikers to bet on and sends Doo-shik to place the bet.

At the house, Dong-gu tries to get out of the second date with Ye-rin, but it just makes Soo-ah worry that he still likes her. He argues that he just can’t afford to date, but Ye-jin shows up offering to cook for him at home to save money.

When Joon-ki sees Doo-shik’s betting ticket, he freaks out to see that Doo-shik was holding his note upside-down and bet on the wrong bikers. But in a surprise upset, Doo-shik’s picks win the race, and they collect enough money to make a significant dent in Mal-geum’s contract penalty. But Joon-ki, that fountain of good ideas, talks Doo-shik into betting all of the money again so they can afford to pay the fee and make their movie.

After Ye-jin makes lunch, she tries to feed Dong-gu a bite of kimbap, but he declines since Yoon-ah is sitting right there. Soo-ah yanks Dong-gu to the hallway, thinking that Dong-gu is refusing to let Ye-jin feed him because of his feelings for her, so he submits to being hand-fed to prove it’s not true.

Seo-jin saunters down the street looking like a hobo, assuming that all the looks she’s getting are admiration for her designer clothes. A street cart vendor makes her pay up front for ddukbokki, then an onion seller almost uses her bag for a customer’s purchases.

A friend calls her, needing a replacement for a blind date setup, enticing her by describing the guy as looking like Kang Daniel from Wanna One. She shows up, only for her friend and the man (who looks more like Seong-woo if you ask me) to give her strange looks for her clothing and the fact that she smells like onions. Later, her date skips out while she’s in the restroom, leaving her to get herself home after having had quite a lot to drink.

Predictably, Doo-shik and Joon-ki lose all their winnings. On their way home, the Bicycle Ghost walks past and warns them against being greedy, then gives Doo-shik some money for bus fare on his promise that they never gamble again. But Joon-ki convinces him to take the money back and place one more bet.

Once they lose that money, they shuffle back to the bus stop again. Joon-ki finds a 500 won coin on the ground, and back they go to bet again. Of course, they lose that too, and this time around, Doo-shik refuses to turn in a beer bottle for a few won to bet yet again.

Seo-jin really does look like a bum, dressed in those clothes and staggering drunkenly down the street. She stops at a product launch event to spin a wheel for a prize, winning a bucket of lollipops, hee. She ends up passing out at the bus stop, where passersby think she’s homeless and drop money into her bucket.

Doo-shik and Joon-ki find her, and Joon-ki wants to take the money to gamble it. Doo-shik refuses, but when Joon-ki says he can just live the rest of his life in one-sided loves, he changes his mind and they run back to the gambling hall.

Under Soo-ah’s sharp glares, Dong-gu is forced to let Ye-jin feed him a piece of gum and give him a foot massage. Before she leaves, she asks him to date her, and he says sweetly that she’s a great girl, but he’s not good enough for her. She guesses that he already likes someone else, and when he starts to deny that he has feelings for Soo-ah, Ye-jin says, “I’m talking about Yoon-ah.”

Dong-gu is too shocked to deny it, and he asks Ye-jin to keep his secret. She’s not even out of the house before she calls Soo-ah to tattle that Dong-gu likes Yoon-ah, and Soo-ah realizes that all of the times she thought he liked her, he was really hiding a crush on Yoon-ah.

He walks into the room, and she points an accusing finger at him. She wails, “The person you like isn’t me, but Yoon-ah?” Dong-gu tries to deny it, but Soo-ah says that Ye-jin told her everything.

As Dong-go stammers, Yoon-ah walks into the room. Dong-gu makes faces at Soo-ah, begging her not to say anything, but she starts to squawk, “So, it wasn’t me that Dong-gu likes, it’s actually…” Dong-gu screams, grabs her by the face, and yanks her away from Yoon-ah.

 
COMMENTS

ACK, that was close! I think Dong-gu got away with it, but I’ll admit that a part of me was hoping that Yoon-ah would find out about Dong-gu’s feelings. I think she’s feeling flashes of something for him in return, but the flashes aren’t strong enough or clear enough that she’s figured them out yet. And it makes sense, since she’s given up on romance after becoming a single mother, and her whole life is focused on her daughter and her cooking classes. It’s hilarious that Seo-jin totally knows what’s happening more than either of the people involved, and I love how she asks Dong-gu if he’s crushing on Yoon-ah every chance she gets. She really should write a gossip column, because she’s excellent at spotting the one thing people don’t want to admit about themselves.

But okay, how much do we love that Mr. Grumpypants Dong-gu’s weakness turns out to be aegyo, of all things? He’s just so grouchy all the time that it’s hilarious to see him completely disarmed by a pair of big eyes and a pout. And goodness knows that no matter what Seo-jin says, Yoon-ah has some weapons-grade aegyo locked and loaded, even when she’s not really trying. Once she learns that her aegyo makes Dong-gu’s brain completely short out, she’ll be able to get away with anything. The poor guy won’t have a chance.

I actually feel kind of bad for Dong-gu right now, who’s stuck in that awkward place where he’s aware that he likes Yoon-ah, but he’s not ready to admit it because he’s still trying to come to terms with it himself. He can’t let on that he has feelings for her, but at the same time, he doesn’t want her to think he likes anyone else just in case she might like him back. Yoon-ah was right there every time someone accused Dong-gu of liking Soo-ah, so there was really nothing Dong-gu could do but let them think that.

I’m so happy that Doo-shik is getting more screen time and a loveline, even if it seems doomed from the start. True to the rest of the show, it’s a ridiculous yet heart-rending situation, where his first love just happens to be a famous porn star that’s starring in a movie he wrote. But I love that Doo-shik doesn’t let that affect his feelings for her, and actually, the fact that Mal-geum has sex on camera for money never even seems to bother him at all. What’s getting in the way of them being together isn’t Mal-geum’s career, but the fact that they’re both so unhappy to be where they are in life that they’re just not in a good headspace to be in a relationship. I think it’s wonderful that Doo-shik is trying to help Mal-geum get out of the business, especially since he’s not doing it because he feels that what she’s doing is wrong, but just because she wants out and he wants her to be happy. I have a feeling that if Mal-geum loved her job and wanted to keep doing it, Doo-shik would support that, too, because he’s totally that guy. When he does finally find the right girl, she’s going to be one very lucky lady.

I think that one of the main things keeping this show grounded is the way everything always circles back to following your dream. It never gets preachy or heavy-handed, and I love watching the Waikiki crew chasing their dreams, whether it be making a movie, being a star, becoming a journalist, or even just learning what your dream is in the first place. I think that’s something everyone can relate to, even those of us who are a tad older than the characters (cough) but are still trying to fulfill our dreams. Wanting more is just such a human condition, and it’s something we can all understand, so when we see these people doing ridiculous things in the name of a dream, it doesn’t seem so farfetched.

 
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Thank you, Lollypip! Your recaps (and this show) are the highlights iif my kdrama week!

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I love this drama to death. How can it be so much fun every time ? The repeated humour somehow never gets old. Every character is bat crazy but also totally makes sense (how is it possible ?).
I find really interesting how the writer managed to make an expected and logical rule in the Waikiki universe that every action is going to turn out ridiculous. It's like I'm watching a fantasy show where people's special power is to turn every situation into a walking disaster and still get away with it.

I however don't know how this guys are still able to eat with the mountains of money they owe everywhere - or keep losing haha.

I'm in love with you show !

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Oh, Waikiki... where have you been all my drama-drought?
Dong Gu and Yoon Ah are the cutest thing in this stratosphere, I swear.
And I was really scared the whole Cherry plot was going to go to a very cringey, sexist place... when am I going to learn to trust the writer?
That being said... can DG and YA just get together already? I am impatient.

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Seo-jin is, hands down, the MVP of this eps. I felt bad for laughing at her broadcasting and fashion disaster (though seriously, what's with those supposedly branded clothes? And that onion-net-like bag?).

As for Doo-shik, can't we get Mal-geum to stay till the last eps and let those two become the endgame? I like them together too much to say goodbye to her. And Han Bo-bae is doing great as always.

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High fashion can be so ridiculous sometimes. The Warm Beggar look isn't even the worst that I've seen.

I like Malgeum also, her story brings some real pathos to the drama. I wonder how many actresses get stuck doing stuff they don't want to the way she did. I hope she stays and they resolve her storyline.

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Hm, maybe on their own the clothes would've been fine but definitely not all worn as one outfit haha.

I really hope she stays too! I already liked her and her storyline, but then after the wrist-grab-flip I love her even more.

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Sadly, I don't think Doo-shik will end up with Mal-Geum. It'll probably be Dong Gu 's exgirlfriend (sorry I forget her name, she's still slightly one dimensional to me), and for now, I'm not too looking forward to it because Doo-Shik is an absolute sweetheart.

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Seems like that's the endgame that the writer intended (at least from what we saw in the group poster). But I haven't felt any chemistry between Doo-shik and Soo-ah yet. And they didn't have that many scenes together anyway. Hopefully the writer will be able to convince me to root for those two soon. Because for now, I think Mal-geum's maturity suits Doo-shik's pure and kindhearted soul more than Soo-ah's self-centeredness.

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am i the only one finding dong gu annoying??? i think he obviously knows he already likes yoon ah but since he doesn’t know what to do about the feelings, he instead becomes even more ‘’mean” to yoon ah??? but i really liked the part where the whole waikiki drama was live-streamed and so well liked by everyone, because that’s literally us watching them do their ridiculously funny life and sending love in the form of discussion comments :) also doo shik!!!!! i really hope that for once his loveline won’t flop but since it was only a cameo of han bo bae, i doubt this can be continued :(((( the preview also showed a budding loveline between seojin & joonki which i think will be the most hilarious plot ever, since it’s essentially putting the 2 most hilarious people together (to me)

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I'm seriously excited for the SeoJin and JoonKi pairing next week! I didn't see the compatibility in the first episodes, but as it went on, I totally ship it. (especially the episode about how to know whether you like someone and Seojin unconsciously worrying whether JoonKi found his «true love» XD).

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To be honest, I am fast forwarding the whole Dong-gu storyline. He is being jerk to Yoon-ah and she is being so oblivious and one dimensional (is she anything OTHER than cute? It feels like writer didn't even bother with her characterizes) that I don't find anything new or interesting about their loveline.

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Dong Gu is simply following in the footsteps of many a drama dude who have come before him, haha. Poor fools never evolve, but I guess they don't have to since it always seems to work for some reason. -___-

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Ok, flail-y Dong-gu is the cutest thing ever. And his actions towards Yoon-ah are so elementary school-ish. If Yoon-ah had pigtails, Dong-gu would totally be pulling them right now.

I also enjoyed seeing Seo-jin become thoughtful about Joon-ki. Maybe as their relationship matures and changes she can ground him a little more. He is just so out there. It is funny watching it a couple of times a week, but could you imagine having to put up with his silliness every day in real life?

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Du shik and Mal geum, can't we get this pairing instead? Haha

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I only have one thing to say:
'LET'S DO IT!!! LET'S DO THIS!!!!!'
I honestly died laughing at this bit! Waikiki is hilarious and I'm in love!

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Every time they beat a gag to death like this, it gets funnier and funnier to me.

This gambling thing actually happened to me, I brought $20 to a casino and played the quarter slots and won $100 right away. I was so excited, and hooked. I kept on going and of course lost the whole $120 eventually (in quarter increments!). That's how they get you, Junki!

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Thank you LollyPip for the recap! I always look forward to them. Maybe it was just me but the second half of the episode had me zoning out a lot. It usually has my undivided attention but when Soo-Ah appears, I’m gone.

Anyway I can’t wait for the next 2 episode! Now, time to get excited for Children of a Lesser God and My Husband Oh Jak Doo!!

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Someone please tell me WHY people keep taking advice from Joon Ki?! He's the worst advice giver! Soo Ah! Every time she was on the screen, I rolled my eyes. Thank God, the friend told Soo Ah because I could not take another episode of her thinking Dong Gu still had feelings for her. Sorry, sweetie. He's past you. 😒
Which brings me to Dong Gu. He's currently acting like a middle schooler. That's cute for about 2 seconds. Then, it gets old. Just tell her. This episode was more frustrating than funny for me.

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I wonder if Joon-ki plays a role in why they're so poor. Ahhhh Joon-ki! Stop having ideas!!

It's good to know that Soo-ah is definitely over Dong-gu and never going to try to get with Dong-gu. I liked how she tried to help him move on. And now that she knows he likes Yoon-ah....I feel like there should be some funny hijinx coming our way.

I do feel like they spent a lot of time on Dong-gu struggling with his feelings for Yoon-ah, since each episode is like 2 smaller episodes.

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That is true. So I guess it's good that Soo Ah is around.

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Joon-ki notices Seo-jin watching a mokbang on her phone (an online broadcast where people eat large quantities of food)

My mind is blown that mokbang is a thing. A real thing. It's like something out of a Terry Gilliam movie.

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I can't believe it's STILL a thing. I learned about mukbang about maybe 4 years ago, and I thought people would have given up on it by now. But it seems to be going strong.

The mukbang scenes were so hilarious but so hard to watch. I felt phantom pain in my tummy just thinking about eating the bones.... I don't know how Joon-ki is able to pay for all those hospital visits.

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What if every kdrama leading lady just executed that krav maga move on leading men who thought they had to grab the wrist to get them to listen?

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Dramaland would be a better place.

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It happened once in 'Oh My Ghost' too. The guy had SUCH a surprised look on his face!

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So you know Wanna One?

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I LOVE that Du Shik's storyline is handled the way it is. Thank goodness. In any other kdrama I can only imagine how much they'd mangle the treatment of this Ero star storyline (and slander Du Shik's nature & the poor girl)

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i just realised how cute junki and seo jin paring is in this week ep. haven't realise the chemistry since i was too busy laughing all the time. XD at the point that im more interested in this ship than dongguXyoonah. looking forward for next week eps. for the ship to sail and for the laugh!

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Dong-gu is one of my favorites of this drama, in this one episode he was just hilarious... and pitiful haha, poor guy had to go through a date that he's not interested in with his ex girl and new love interest watching him closely, only in Waikiki.

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Thank you Lollypip! I find myself anxiously waiting for your recaps on this show and always look forward to reading everyone's thoughts on the show. This is one of the few dramas I've watched while it's currently airing because I can't get enough of it. The laughs! The feels!
With every episode Seo-jin is becoming one of my favorite characters. She's hilarious and her facial expressions are pretty much the same ones I'd give if I were in her situation. Her "makeover" had me rolling and providing some cringe-worthy memories of when I have thought I looked like a-million-bucks only to find out it was quite the opposite!

I was at first apprehensive about Soo-ah's integration into the Waikiki guesthouse, but have been pleasantly surprised thus far. While she may be an entitled brat, she is honest and seemed to really want to help Dong-gu's "apparent" unresolved feelings for her. So far, I'm okay with her at the guesthouse, but hope not to be regretting my words later...

I'm rooting for Dong-gu and Yoon-ah and can't wait for Yoon-ah to start experiencing some feelings for Dong-gu! I also want to see some of the strong Yoon-ah I saw a few episodes back when she and Dong-gu were literally butting heads. Because although aegyo can apparently melt at Dong-gu's barriers, he also needs someone who can dish back some scoldings and criticisms. Can't wait for the next couple of episodes!

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To think that I almost dropped this drama after ep 1! So glad that I took @seralovestteobokki suggestion to give ep 2 a try and I've never looked back.

This kind of comedy depends a lot on the actors to pull it off and Waikiki has amazing comedic talents. The 3 boys are perfect foil for one another. I can never tire of Joon Ki's crazy antics and escapades each week and Dong Gu's hilarious faces. The girls are funny too. I don't hate Soo Ah as much as I should because the show is making fun of her.

I am also amazed that amidst all these nonsense, the show tackles some social issues or phenomena and takes digs at others. I laughed so hard at the potshot at blindly following fashion and the one about gambling. The latter might be side splitting funny but it's really spot on with regards to how gamblers bet to the very last cent and never gets out of the cycle.

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You said everything I wanted to say for this show. This is why I trust jTBC, their drama isn't just some crap show. This drama for eg, at the first impression, it might look like a WTF drama (especially epi 1 LOL). But glad that it got better each epi. The increase in the rating for the latest epi and finally reached 2% might be a good sign. Age of Youth season 1 wasn't really well-received at first too (their rating was below 2% for several epi) but they showly won the hearts of many viewers later.

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Poor Doo-shik- I love that we see more of him and I have become very fond of him. But he needs to learn to have more confidence in his own judgment and not listen to Joon-Ki. Mal-geum’s debt would have been paid off by special divine intervention- but then Joon-ki talks him into being greedy. Joon-ki still disappoints- he is still talented and dedicated, but mindless. Doo-shik is probably about to see another romance crash and burn (is Mal Geum playing him?) but the more we see of him the better he looks- and maybe he is learning. I agree with Lollypip- somewhere out here is a very lucky lady who we have not yet seen- and who will end up with Woo-shik, and forever after bless the day that she met him.
My favorite part of this episode was Yoon-ah laying serious aegyo on Dong-gu. It was absolutely textbook aegyo. Talk about the final nail in the coffin- if she did not completely have Dong-gu’s heart already she surely has it now. And, it occurred to me that the writers may have a very simple solution to the debt which they owe their nice landlady for their wedding. What if landlady finds out that they love each other and realizes that the wedding was not so much fake as simply ahead of schedule? I can picture a scene where she shows up with that note in hand and gives them an offer they cannot refuse: Register your marriage and I will tear up this note. I think it would be a nice way to end their story- a scene at the registry office, with landlady standing behind them as the clerk is handing them their new ID cards. Yoon-ah, the girl who was never going to have the wedding she dreamed of not only had a faux wedding but then it became real. And it would be consistent with the show- because part of what has us hooked is that we get so many cringe-worthy, but comedic, moments and then, out of the blue, we get these sucker punches to our hearts.

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Heh, the "warm branded beggar" look is something I'd love to see Kdrama's poor female candy heroines wear ;)

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Heh, the "warm branded beggar" look is something I'd love to see Kdrama's poor female candy heroines wear ;)

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The thing I find amazing about this drama in comparison to others is that Yoon-ah is written as a strong-willed single parent who isn't looked down upon the other characters. Not only that, but Cherry, a adult movie actress, isn't judged by Dushik. And, when we do see them going through a hard time the others are always there to help ~ The others always help Yoon-ah take care of her baby, Du-shik fought those drunkards harassing Cherry and Dong-gu helped his ex who was scammed and became poor.

I love how this drama tackles these somewhat 'taboo' topics and is able to create such beautiful and quirky characters in such a comedic environment!!!

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i love this show :)) reminds me so much of AOY2 aegyo episode :)))

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These guys have already found their calling: Reality TV. Ha! Forget film, forget acting, forget writing. Their daily disasters would amass heaps of followers. And oh God, that gambling advice. They should have stopped when they won!!! The stats person in me is freaking out, NOOOOOO!!! In an odd way though the drama finds a way to bring up situations that people normally fall into but are not quite discussed in the open, like struggling newbies in the film industry forced by circumstances to do things they do not want to do, and by extension, people in general who get waylaid en route to their dreams and finding their way back is proving to be a challenge; young people being heavily in debt and resorting to means that are more likely to cause more harm than good; the predilection for designer labels even if by our own admission they look horrendous; etc. It has a weird way of showing issues, real issues that exist, without being preachy. I've said this before, the material shown in the drama can very well be the same material for a melo, but it has a way of bringing about issues and struggles of people that strikes both the heart and the funny bone.

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Annerl, You sure do make the drama sound like hammer house of horror but you do ginger me perfect to watch it.

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This was the first episode i did not like. Too repetitive, it tested my patience.

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Am yet to watch it. You say Too repetitive?
Am discourage to watch it

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I think Joon Ki is such a great character. On the more obvious front, he presents the absolute most ridiculous situations for our laughs. But at the same time, he's also good for giving our heartstrings a tug with how earnestly he lives his life (even with the terrible ideas) and how things still never go his way. Going back to the terrible ideas, I think it's ironic that while he and Seo Jin are both wacko in their own ways, they somehow manage to pull each other back down to Earth. I'm really looking forward to seeing them develop. ^_^

On a different note, did the humor start feeling stale to anyone else? I genuinely laughed so much during the first couple weeks because jokes were original/unexpected. Now, I feel like their main strategy for laughs is repetition (as someone said, beating a gag to death), and as much as I want to enjoy it, it's been more exhausting than anything.

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