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Woohoo Waikiki: Episode 18

One of the fun things about this show is that although the Waikiki housemates are constantly learning life lessons, they never run out of ways to get themselves into strange situations. Between their careers and their love lives, there’s no shortage of opportunities for embarrassment.

 
EPISODE 18: “Stalker/Dancing with Elizabeth”

At the end of the day’s drama shooting, Joon-ki is nearly flattened by a screaming mob of his costar’s fans. At the house, Seo-jin notices that Joon-ki is a bit down, and he admits that he thought he’d start to amass some fans when he got this drama role. Awww.

Dong-gu, Yoon-ah, and Sol return from grocery shopping. Seo-jin remarks that they look like newlyweds, and Joon-ki asks if Dong-gu is Sol’s daddy now. They say that’s not true, but all three of them (Dong-gu, Yoon-ah, and Sol) break into huge grins.

Joon-ki gets a package from an unknown sender, which is full of photos of him, with Oppa I love you! and FOREVER written on them in what looks like blood. He gets a call from an unknown woman who asks if he got her gift.

She says that her name is Jin-joo and gets very upset when he doesn’t know her, sobbing that she watches him on TV and thinks about him constantly. She hangs up, leaving Joon-ki wondering what just happened. Seo-jin worries that Joon-ki has a stalker, but he just chirps happily, “I have a fan!”

While playing video games, Soo-ah gets angry with Doo-shik for beating her, then uses his apology as an opening to win. HA, she’s so devious. She sends him to make ramyun and tells Seo-jin that she doesn’t know why she’s always making fun of Doo-shik, but that it’s fun.

Joon-ki calls Seo-jin from the police station — they caught his stalker. Jin-joo (cameo by Ryu Hye-rin) moans that she’s very sorry, but he’s so handsome and she likes him so much that she couldn’t help herself. She bursts into tears, sobbing that she didn’t have any bad intentions, so Joon-ki takes pity on her and doesn’t press charges.

On their way out, he asks Jin-joo if she really likes him that much. She says that she really does, listing every one of his drama roles. Joon-ki is so excited to have a true fan that he invites Jin-joo to call him or even come visit sometimes, but it’s worrying that she already knows his address and even knows which bedroom is his. Joon-ki doesn’t see the red flag and invites her to have ddukbokki.

Doo-shik takes photos of a new model, Ah-young, for Soo-ah’s online shopping mall. By the besotted expression on Doo-shik’s face, I’d say he’s fallen in love again. Soo-ah can hear his heart pounding and when Ah-young comes back from a break, she asks Ah-young out to a movie on Doo-shik’s behalf.

The next morning, Joon-ki wakes up to find Jin-joo sitting beside his bed, watching him sleep. She says that he invited her to come over, so she’s been there since midnight. Okay, that’s a big fat NOPE.

Joon-ki realizes that she’s cropped herself into all of the photos on his nightstand, covering up whoever is really in the pictures. Jin-joo says that she hates seeing him with anyone but her, and her face goes scarily blank as she asks if he doesn’t like what she did, so he says nervously that it’s fine.

Dong-gu wakes, wondering who the stranger is. Jin-joo gives him that same eery expression and asks why it’s his business, so he wisely pretends to go back to sleep. She runs downstairs to make breakfast, and Dong-gu and Doo-shik both pop up out of bed, freaking out over the scary lady. They’re even more alarmed when Joon-ki says that Jin-joo is the same person who sent the bloody photos, but he insists that she’s just a fan who likes him a lot.

Ah-young shows up for her date with Doo-shik in a pretty dress and notes that he sure likes sweatpants. She’s in a bad mood after the movie, but all she says is that she’s disappointed in Doo-shik before storming off.

Back at home, Dong-gu tries to teach Sol to say “daddy,” without much luck. Doo-shik arrives depressed and tells Dong-gu about Ah-young’s strange behavior after the movie, but he can’t figure out what he did wrong. He also tells Soo-ah, who immediately knows why Ah-young got angry — he wore sweatpants on their first date.

Doo-shik pouts that he wore his very prettiest sweatpants, and Dong-gu agrees that he looks spiffy. Soo-ah sighs that they don’t understand girls, and she advises Doo-shik to be careful because Ah-young is sensitive.

Doo-shik is dressed a lot more nicely when he goes to apologize to Ah-young for not putting enough care into their date. He preens for her, making her giggle, then takes her for some cake. She tells him that she’s been stressed at work because a sunbae makes her do all of his projects, and he vents to her about his annoyance with demanding online mall customers.

She suddenly stands to leave, upset again. She doesn’t tell him why this time, either, she just leaves angry. But later Soo-ah explains that it’s because Doo-shik talked about his own problem instead of sympathizing with Ah-young about hers.

Joon-ki is happy to see Jin-joo again at the end of his shooting day, until he notices that she’s actually there for her favorite idol group’s concert. He gets a little jealous, though she assures him that he’s her very favorite actor — then she actually shoves him aside when her idol oppas show up, lol.

He goes home to set up some snacks for Jin-joo, who promised to come to the house to watch tonight’s episode of his drama after the concert. Soo-ah is horrified that he’s doing all this for his stalker, but he snaps that she’s his fan, okay? He calls her when she doesn’t shown up, and he gets upset that she’s avoiding his calls. Is he about to become his stalker’s stalker?

LOL, yep. Jin-joo is startled to find Joon-ki waiting outside her house the next morning, acting just as creepy as she did when she asks how he knew her address. She explains that the concert ended late and she hasn’t watched last night’s drama episode yet, and she nervously accepts Joon-ki’s offer to watch it with him at the guesthouse later.

Doo-shik apologizes to Ah-young for being insensitive and talking about himself, and she softens up when she realizes that he knows what he did wrong. He asks if she wants to do something, and she immediately calls him terrible because he didn’t have anything already planned.

Thinking fast, Doo-shik says he’s sorry and invites her to walk in the park to see the cherry blossoms. Again Ah-young snaps at him, this time for not noticing she’s wearing heels and that a walk in the park would hurt her feet. Okay, she’s being a bit too sensitive.

Joon-ki texts Jin-joo while she’s waiting to see her idol oppas, asking why she hasn’t come to watch his drama then getting more upset that she’s not answering. She grumbles that he’s too persistent and turns off her phone when he calls again, only to have him creep up right behind her. Geez, don’t do that!

He’s annoyed that she’s here to see her idols, so she stammers that she was just about to head to his place. He drags her off, and at the house he gives her a gift — matching t- t-shirts with his picture on them and a ginormous Joon-ki lightstick. Jin-joo pretends she likes it just to avoid his wrath.

During the show, Joon-ki catches Jin-joo nodding off and growls at her for not waving the lightstick. She awkwardly waves it while yawning, which also gets his attention, so she fibs that she was just sooo impressed by his acting.

Soo-ah sees Doo-shik and Ah-young playing video games, and she wilts a little to see another woman in her place. Ah-young pitches a fit when Doo-shik wins, forcing Doo-shik to profusely apologize for the millionth time.

Doo-shik sees Soo-ah standing there holding a new game, and he says he’ll play it with her later. She decides she can play alone, but she quickly realizes that it’s no fun without Doo-shik. He comes back to get her advice on confessing to Ah-young, and at first she refuses to help him, but then she gets an awful idea.

Later, Doo-shik shows up at Ah-young’s workplace, wearing a bowler hat, suspenders, and tap shoes. He does an adorable little dance for her, drawing a crowd of her coworkers. Then a clown on stilts (is that Dong-gu?) shows up to throw confetti on them as Doo-shik kneels and asks Ah-young to be his girlfriend.

She takes a bouquet of flowers from him… and smacks him upside the face with them. So much for that confession, and also, Soo-ah is an evil genius.

Jin-joo has another mountain of texts from Joon-ki when she checks her phone, asking if she’s been with her idol oppas. She mutters that he’s a total stalker, then finds him sitting in her living room waiting for her. He says ominously that he’s here because she’s not answering his calls and he’s worried.

Next thing you know, they’re at the police station, but this time it’s Joon-ki protesting that he’s not a stalker. Jin-joo looks terrified, and she tells the detective that she wants him punished. He ends up with a restraining order against him, but he’s mostly upset that he lost his first and only fan.

Doo-shik and Dong-gu arrive home looking depressed (and HA, the clown was Dong-gu). After hearing the story, Seo-jin and Yoon-ah tell Doo-shik that any girl would hate a confession like he performed today, and Doo-shik lights into Soo-ah for saying that girls love that sort of thing. She gives him the most insincere apology ever, then heads to bed looking smug.

Dong-gu meets Yoon-ah for another date, and he uses the excuse that he just wants to warm her up to hold her hand. Yoon-ah sees right through him, but she indulges him.

Doo-shik is still angry with Soo-ah for advising him to put on an embarrassing public confession, but she says oh-so-innocently that she just loooves tap dancing. Joon-ki arrives home, and Seo-jin complains that they haven’t been on a date in ages. He invites her to see a movie with him tomorrow, since he’ll be finished shooting early.

In their room, Joon-ki tells Doo-shik that he’s exhausted, but he feels lucky to be pursuing his acting career. Dong-gu bursts in, in a great mood after his romantic date, and the guys assume that he’s getting some kissing action. Dong-gu says that they kissed at the wedding, but Joon-ki decides it doesn’t count, which means they haven’t had their first kiss yet.

He asks if they’ve even held hands, making Dong-gu yell that of course they have (“We hold hands every day. We hold them really hard!” LOL). He gets teased, so he argues that you can’t measure love with skinship. He deflects by asking Joon-ki if he’s been kissing his sister, and Joon-ki flops helplessly while Dong-gu throttles him.

Later, Dong-gu gets ideas when he wipes something off Yoon-ah’s face and feels how soft her lips are. His mind goes blank except for the repeating thought, “I want to kiss her… I want to kiss her…”

He snaps out of it and heads to work, but he’s so distracted that when the director asks him for an idea of a secret signal for the movie characters, he blurts out, “Kiss!!” The director loves it, and the guy who’s been jealous of Dong-gu’s accidental brilliance quits on the spot.

Joon-ki has coffee with his drama costar, Sung-bin (cameo by Kwon Soo-hyun), who learns that Joon-ki doesn’t have a management team, and does his own scheduling and styling. He offers to arrange a meeting for Joon-ki at his management company, one of the heavy-hitters in the business.

He leaves, and Joon-ki is brought a copy of the revised script, which contains a new scene where his character cries while staring at someone named Elizabeth. Elizabeth turns out to be his character’s new pet, a turtle, her shell meant to symbolize his struggles.

Back on the set, Joon-ki has a hard time figuring out how to relate to this change in the script. He does his best, but he can’t manage to emotionally connect with the turtle. LOL, he’s so befuddled, it’s hilarious.

On their date last night, Dong-gu keeps staring at Yoon-ah’s lips and thinking about kissing her, until she notices that something is bothering him. He sits her on a bench and tells her that he’s having a hard time between his movie and the guesthouse’s low income, so he needs something to keep him going.

She tells him to cheer up, but he says that’s not enough and mumbles a request for a kiss. He insists that it’s not that he really wants to kiss her, it’sonly to cheer him up. Yoon-ah laughs at his puppydog pout, but she agrees and closes her eyes. Dong-gu slowly slides his hand to the back of her neck and leans in… and Yoon-ah busts out laughing.

She explains apologetically that she’s incredibly ticklish, so Dong-gu tries again, this time putting a hand on her waist. That’s no better, so for his third try, he lightly places his hands on her shoulders. Unfortunately, she’s even ticklish there, and Dong-gu watches his chances at a kiss go flying away.

Soo-ah is still looking smugly satisfied as Doo-shik whines that Ah-young won’t answer his messages. Seo-jin gets dressed up for her date with Joon-ki, but he comes home carrying Elizabeth’s tank and tells Seo-jin that he can’t go to a movie because he has to connect with the turtle. He promises to take Seo-jin to a fancy dinner and a movie tomorrow.

He spends the evening trying to create a bond with Elizabeth, asking her questions about herself like her favorite book and where she was born, ha. Dong-gu wants his advice, but he frames it as if there’s a character in his movie whose girlfriend is so ticklish that he can’t kiss her. Joon-ki knows he’s talking about Yoon-ah, and his advice is to just not use his hands.

His suggestion to hold Yoon-ah’s hair instead sounds ridiculous to Dong-gu, but he’s desperate enough to try it. He ends up grabbing double handfuls of her hair, which looks silly, but he says it’s the only way. She lets him try, but just as he’s about to finally do the deed, she starts laughing again – his breath is ticking her face. But holding his breath just results in Dong-gu running out of oxygen and blowing air in her face.

In the morning, Joon-ki is so frustrated that he’s just yelling at the turtle, unable to make an emotional connection with a creature that’s not giving him anything back. He tells the others that he has to do a dancing scene with Elizabeth, but Seo-jin is more concerned that he doesn’t stand her up for their date again.

When it’s time to film Joon-ki and Elizabeth’s dancing scene, he tells the director nervously that he’s done his best to connect with the turtle. He turns on the music and starts to dance, but Elizabeth ignores him and almost crawls off the bed. The director blames it on his lack of connection and tells Joon-ki to try again.

Joon-ki gets nose-to-nose with Elizabeth and asks her what’s wrong. He begs her to help him out, then starts the scene again, but she keeps running away every time he dances. Eventually she just hides in her shell, and the director gets fed up. He yells at Joon-ki and orders a break until Elizabeth reemerges.

Meanwhile, Seo-jin’s mean sunbae gives her a huge pile of work to finish before she can leave for the day. Seo-jin works like a fiend until it’s all finished, so Sunbae lets her go. She arrives at the restaurant on time, wondering why Joon-ki hasn’t called her yet.

He’s still on the drama set, begging Elizabeth to come out of her shell. He answers a call from Seo-jin and has to tell her that he’s running late, but she says she’ll wait. When he hangs up, Joon-ki whines to Elizabeth that Seo-jin is waiting for him. He threatens (in poetry form) to eat her if she doesn’t come out, and miraculously, it works.

Joon-ki wonders if Elizabeth actually understood his words, and she seems to answer him. He realizes that they finally made a connection, and when they resume shooting the dance scene, Elizabeth actually dances with him and the director pronounces it awesome.

Doo-shik is giddy with happiness, having convinced Ah-young to see him again, but when he calls to ask her on a date, she turns off her phone. Soo-ah crows that Ah-young must be avoiding him, and when Doo-shik insists that she said she’s not upset, Soo-ah informs him that when a girl says she’s not angry, it means she’s furious.

Dong-gu runs upstairs to find Yoon-ah, excited that he’s solved their kissing problem. But she’s not keen on his solution to wear a diving mask so he won’t breathe on her. He feels bad that he can’t solve the issue, but Yoon-ah points out that he’s not ticklish, so there’s no problem.

She grabs him and pulls him down, kissing him soundly. When she eventually lets him go, she says that when he wants a kiss, he can just ask, and she’ll kiss him. It takes him a few seconds to regain his wits and follow her downstairs yelping, “One more. One more!”

As Joon-ki is getting ready to meet Seo-jin, Sung-bin tells him that he talked to his agency, and the CEO wants to meet with him. Unfortunately, he’s only available tonight. Sung-bin tells Joon-ki that this is a rare opportunity, and he warns him not to throw away a chance at a contract with a major agency for a woman.

Joon-ki calls Seo-jin, and he tells her that he can’t make their date tonight because an agency CEO wants to see him. He asks her to be understanding, and she agrees, saying that she’s not upset. But after they hang up, she tells herself that she’s really okay, obviously not okay at all.

 
COMMENTS

I’ll just get this out of the way first – I’m really unhappy about the whole Joon-ki-as-stalker story in today’s episode. It didn’t sit well with me, because his turning stalker on his stalker didn’t play as funny, but just creepy and disturbing. It’s the first time I’ve been unhappy with any of the vignettes since the show started. Maybe it’s because Joon-ki didn’t really learn anything from violating a young woman’s safety, and even if we know he wouldn’t harm a fly, she didn’t know that. Or maybe it’s because I’ve seen Lee Yi-kyung play several actually dangerous/disturbing characters and he’s just really good at it. And yes, he was only doing the same things she did to him, but it’s a lot more menacing coming from a man than from a tiny little woman. Joon-ki cornered Jin-joo alone in her apartment, while she watched him sleep with two other men in the room, so Joon-ki was never in real danger (neither was Jin-joo, but again, she didn’t know that).

But it also felt wrong because it doesn’t jive with what we know of Joon-ki as a bumbling but ultimately sweet and insightful guy. He was acting like a dangerously jealous boyfriend over a virtual stranger, which I can’t reconcile with the man who so recently stood up to his best friend and offered himself up for a beating because he loves his sister so much. He’s not the same guy who helped Seo-jin get her interview and saved her job. Why is he out there breaking into a fan’s home instead of spending time with the woman he loves? But given that this is the one (and hopefully, only) time the show has let me down, and because Joon-ki turned his focus back to Seo-jin and his career in the second half, I’m going to try to forget the stalker thing never happened.

I just can’t get over how cute Soo-ah and Doo-shik are together – or will be, if they can ever figure out that they would make a great couple. They already match well personality-wise, and now Soo-ah is subconsciously grooming him into the perfect boyfriend through his dates with other women. She’s got him dressing nicer, fixing his hair better, and learning how women think and what they want in a guy (I still think she’s missing her calling and should be a life coach, or at least a dating coach!). Soo-ah has already noticed that Doo-shik is a very handsome man under the glasses and sweatpants, and he’s a really great friend to her despite their constant bickering. She’s even picking up some of his hobbies like gaming, which I can’t imagine her doing before, and she actively sabotaged his confession to Ah-young. Now she just needs to realize that she has feelings for him and let him know that they’re meant to be a couple – because you know that once she’s worked it out, she’s just going to inform him and that will be that, hee.

Now I see why Dong-gu and Yoon-ah haven’t kissed yet – so that we could enjoy today’s adorable smoochy dilemma. I confess to being confused at how a woman who’s that ticklish could get pregnant, but I loved Yoon-ah’s solution of just being the kisser and letting Dong-gu be the kissee. Aside from elevating their preciousness even further, I like how much Yoon-ah takes the reins in their relationship… she kissed Dong-gu first and now every time, and she was the one who decided that they would date. I think it’s awesome that in fact, all three ladies in the Waikiki house are the unspoken bosses of their relationships, and that it’s such a non-issue for the guys that they don’t even notice. And it’s good for them, because goodness knows the Waikiki boys need these ladies to bring some common sense and stability into their lives. Plus, there’s just something wonderfully sweet about the image of Dong-gu having to ask for his kisses from now on.

As curious as I am about Yoon-ah’s past and how she ended up a single mother so desperate that she would leave her baby with strangers, I’m starting to think that we may not get those answers. On the one hand, I have so many questions about her life before the Waikiki guesthouse, especially about where Sol’s father is and how Yoon-ah decided to abandon her baby. On the other hand, we have been given answers, even if they aren’t very fleshed-out (she’s an orphan with no trustworthy family, and the father doesn’t know because she wants to raise Sol herself). But if you think about it, we don’t know a lot about the other housemates’ pasts either, other than basic information such as Joon-ki’s father being a famous actor, and Dong-gu and Seo-jin’s parents being deceased. And I don’t recall anything at all about Doo-shik’s childhood. So maybe it’s not important to know any more about Yoon-ah and Sol other than that they’re here now, and they belong and are loved.

 
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I really like what the writers have done with Dong-gu's character over the course of the show. He's gone from gruff to adorable and it came on gradually and naturally. That's so different from what is usually on K-dramas.

The same goes for all the characters. I think I really like this show because the show let's ride along with these characters as they grow up.

I said it before, that I call this show 'Korean Freinds'. I could really watch a whole other season of our lovable fools get into embarrassing situations, roll with it and just move on with their lives and be better people for it.

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Poor Doo-shik got rejected again! Soo-ah needs to ask him out! :)

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This time I didn't mind, though. That girl was beyond annoying, with her 'why can't you read my mind' schtick. Also, it led to an extremely entertaining confession. When I realized he was about to TAP DANCE, I bust out laughing, but then when 10-foot tall Donggu clown showed up, I was a goner.

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The writer of Jun-ki's drama must be really anti-mainstream. 😆😂 Of all the animals she could pick, she just has to choose a turtle and write a scene where Jun-ki dances with it on top of that. But dedicated actor Lee Jun-ki is dedicated, indeed. Haha...

I really love the conclusion of Dong-gu and Yoo-ah's kiss. It just suits them for Yoon-ah to be the one who initiated their kiss. And just look at Dong-gu getting mind-blown over it.

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I really wish there was something like online bonus content with mini-episodes of Joon-ki's drama. It sounds like it would definitely be interesting. And if Joon-ki is a fleshed-out side character with a metaphor-turtle, the writing seems like it would be... artistic?

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The whole turtle storyline - lol!! I couldn't believe how frustrated the director was that Junki couldn't connect witih the turtle! You're asking him to connect with a freakin' turtle.

I feel like the writer (of Woohoo Waikiki) loves messing with Junki!

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I dunno....not sure if I agree with your view on the stalker on stalker thing. I think it was brilliant that the show is showing how stalking celebrities can be crazy, especially with all the saesangs obsessed with idols and actors. And i dont think that your assessment that since she's a tiny girl her stalking behavior was less threatening than when Joonki did it. I think as an audience we had more assurance that he would not hurt a fly than the girl who wrote in blood. Its threatening either way, whether its a man or a woman.

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Definitely, stalking is stalking no matter who does it. I didn't express that very well. What I meant was, he wasn't scared of her and saw her behavior as just the actions of an enthusiastic fan and invited her even further into his life, and at that point she stopped doing those things. But as soon as he started acting the same way, she began to be frightened of him, which made him escalate and get even scarier. That bothered me a lot, that he didn't see how his behavior was terrifying her and causing her to pull away.

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I think the whole bit was meant to call out the hypocrisy of saesang culture. The point was that Jun Ki encouraged her behavior but what she was doing was not acceptable as all the other characters pointed out. But she didn't see it as wrong until Jun Ki started acting like a stalker. Then suddenly it wasn't acceptable at all.

I think the show was trying to call out the double standard but also critique the weird celebrity/saesang culture where the celebrities are caught having to sort of encourage (intentionally or not) the behavior because they rely on/need their fans. But if you remove the celebrity aspect from the mix, you see it for what it is: just creepy.

For me, where the comedy bit fell flat was when at the police station the girl just decides to punish Jun Ki. I get why they chose to end the bit like that (as per my "analysis" above) but I think that's where the joke doesn't land.
I still found it kind of funny. A good use of Hitchcock's Psycho soundtrack is always hilarious.

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I agree. I wasn't bothered by her stalking him and vice versa only because I thought it would end with a lesson that saesang fans are crazy and need to stop instead of just being another comedy bit. I thought Jun-ki would just be like "see, you didn't like it when the roles were reversed" and she learns her lesson but nope, Jun-ki is just "comically" oblivious and the saesang just directs her crazy at some other idol.

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I think that might be the point: crazy fans don't learn. At best they move on to some other idol. At worst they become an anti-fan and trash their previously beloved celebrity at every turn.

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I completely agree. Said better than I could. I honestly thought that whole bit was funny and was pretty brilliant. The story line from the episode before with the foreigner bothered me A LOT more than the stalker story line. I honestly think this drama suffered from the extension. I think it messed with the characterization and flow of the story. For example I feel like it took longer for Yoona and Donggu to get together which to me made it look like Yoona was stringing him along. Even though I know that was not the writer's intention. Still sad to see this show go next week.

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@chocoroon I agree with your view that the foreigner arc was unnecessary. We already know they 3 guys have a teasing relationship but when they put that there it felt a little off because both Dong Gu and Junk Ki have their own gfs. The writer should have used the time for developing Yoon Ah or maybe Junk Ki and So jIns relationship. I think the extension was fine but they didn't use it the best they could. Instead of inserting the comedy within the story line they branched out into seemingly unrelated story arcs that distracted from the group of 6. Yoon Ah has been really lacking from these past few eps- she's gone bacj to being 2D

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Thanks @lollypip
You’re so good at these next day recaps ~ I’m always impressed! 🤗

I agree with you on Jun Ki, I’m upset with the first half, in no small way because Seo Jin and him didn’t seem to spend any quality time together this week, and she obviously missed him and needed support while he was off on his more crazy than usual antics (though Soo Ah stepping in yesterday to help with revenge was wonderful). They both have challenging careers with difficult sunbaes and directors (seriously, Jun Ki needs a manager to stick up for him to the director, since no one can be expected to bond with a turtle at the drop of a hat (unless you’re Steve Irwin of course)).

Dong Gu is so precious with Yoon Ah and Sol, and I love Soo Ah’s slow realization of Doo Shik’s wonderfulness.

PS: it’s interesting that Doo Shik kept taking off his glasses for Ah Young, as a glasses wearer I noticed, because I also put in contacts when I want to be seen as professional/attractive, and am slightly jealous of people who don’t feel that need ~ any girl worth our Doo Shik shouldn’t make him feel like he can’t wear his glasses

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Shout out to Jealousy Incarnate which had this scenario in reverse 😁

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That’s true! I had forgotten about that!

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I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as hard as I did when Elizabeth started flaying on the bed along with Joon-ki.

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Me too. Imagine if you had that job of being the hand under the blanket to make Elizabeth 'dance'. Best job ever, or worst job ever?

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I was thinking the same thing! I really want to see the bts of that scene. (Also, to answer your question, best job ever!)

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Agree - BEST job ever. and I too want to see the outtakes of that whole dance scene!

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I know - that might have been the best 'cameo' of all. Elizabeth is everything!
(and of course, it helps that was my mom's name and so it's special to me)
Seeing that turtle 'dance' was just wonderful and I had to replay it a few times to properly enjoy it. I'm laughing now just thinking about it.
*so glad no one can see me laughing at my desk right now*

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On Jun ki and Seo jin's situation, I think that there will definitely be consequences in the next episode. I understand him choosing the rare opportunity of meeting with the CEO over dinner with Seo Jin, and I think she would also genuinely understand if it wasn't for all of the other times she was forced to understand as he prioritized his career over her. I can see from Seo Jin's perspective that she doesn't want to make Jun ki to choose, but she can't help but be disappointed. There's only so much of that she can take before she confronts him about it, and I'm sure next episode he'll have to make another hard decision.

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I think that it is going to start with Jun Ki coming to the restaurant because he decides she is more important. I can't believe he would really blow her off. At least that is what I'm hoping.......................

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Part of me thinks she won’t force him to make a decision, and instead will just break up with him without fanfare, because right now they both have too much stress in their careers to be a support to the other. I think that might be healthy? It would be best for them to sit down and work it out, but I’m not sure how...

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Thank you for the recap!

Dancing with Elizabeth was the best part! :-D

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Thank you for the recap as always, @LollyPip!

I absolutely loved Dong-Gu's little "one more! one more!" And I'm still reluctant to ship Du-Shik with anybody, but maaaan, his friendship with Soo-Ah gives me life. :)

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Things I want in the finale: All couples together. Junki and Seo-jin actually talking together and sorting things out. More Yoonah and DongGu cute scenes. (maybe them getting married and Sol all grown up with her new dad and uncles?). Soah asking Dushik out (because we all know it won't be the other way around). AND I want them all to be successful in their dreams. NOW, i know this is too much to ask for, so please WRITER-NIM: PLEASE let the three couples be together. Do NOT let Dushik and Soah's relationship to be open-ended. And PLEASE do not make Seo-jin and Junki break up and come back together. please, please, please

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I am looking at my wish-list for this drama and realizing that there is probably not enough time left for everything to happen. So, for now, I am just hoping that the drama ends well. I would, however, be all for a second season. I think that the premise of this show leaves room for it to keep going in the hands of a good writer.

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Thank you again, Lollypip, for the fabulous, and fabulously swift, recaps!!

I felt differently about the stalking segment; I thought it was a brilliant piece of comedic writing and acting, and really highlighted the duality in the fan/idol relationship. If anything, they were equal in how they crossed boundaries.

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Well, one of the cast finally got a chance to burst out laughing in the middle of the scene, like most of them have probably been wanting to do all along.

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his character’s new pet, a turtle, her shell meant to symbolize his struggles

The woods are full of people whose troubles could well be symbolized by a turtle shell. But most of us them would still rather have a less symbolic pet, like a dog or cat. And we they have kdramas and Dramabeans to console/entertain us them while we they hide in our their shells.

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Soo-ah can be terrible, but in the most awesome way haha. That confession scene was one of the funniest things in the show, especially getting Dong-gu to come along as the clown what the heck. And Young-ah doesn't know what's up because that Kermit the Frog hoodie was adorable.

I'd love to watch the dramas and movies in this show. From the alien father makjang to the dancing turtle to the movie where a spy is packing heat in an obscenely large loaf of bread, they sound like a lot of fun.

And noooo at the ending, I felt so bad for Seo-jin. That's a tough decision but I hope we get lots of happy cuteness for her and Joon-ki and all our couples as the show wraps up.

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I can’t believe I forgot about the alien father makjang! Not only that, but even the coffee commercials in this universe are great.

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Haha yes! The coffee commercial was amazing

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If this show pulls an Age of Youth 2 on me and leaves Du-Shik and Soo-ah’s relationship open-ended I will seriously break things.

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I hope not.

Although I do keep hoping that Ji Won would make an appearance as a potential date for Du Shik, then mistakes him for Sung Min and freaks Du Shik out. Then the doppelgangers meet and bromance blossoms.

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I second this wish! C'mon, we have two more episodes to make it happen!

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Yessssss Ji Won should cameo at the end and be into Doo Shik, only for Soo Ah to protect him by claiming him as hers. There, that’s how the final couple gets together.

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These guys are so EXTRA!

Dong-gu trying to teach Sol to say daddy/dressed as a clown.
Doo-shik tap dancing
Joon-ki dancing with Elizabeth

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All I can say for this episode is:
Elizabeth dancing
Clown dancing
Doo shik tap dancing!
Sol learning to say oppa (well one can dream right?)
But Elizabeth is everything.....
Writer Nim you are da bomb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I just need all three couples to be official, go on a triple couple date with cute baby Sol. All of them to succeed in their dreams and FINALLY make that movie of theirs.

Can we also get a JTBC crossover and have a time skip forward where Seo Jin somehow ends up meeting Ji Won at a publishing company and Ji Won wants to do a news article on the boy's now famous movie and ends up meeting the Waikiki gang at the guesthouse. Has a freak out over Du Shik, thinking he is Sung Min then after some misunderstanding, Sung Min comes along to resolve the issue and the two doppelgangers meet and Ji Won does a double take.

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*begins petition for this ending*

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I'll sign!

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Thank you so much for the recap! I look forward to it every week!
If I hadn't already died from Yoon Ah and Dong Gu relationship cuteness, I certainly did this week <3

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Lollypip was right about the Joon-ki-stalker story- it was an out of character digression which did nothing to move Joon-ki’s story forward, either in his professional life or, more importantly- his relationship with Seo-jin. The story of Joon-ki and Elizabeth The Turtle was both funnier and back in character. It also actually fit the story line. And the storyline where Yoon-ah is so ticklish that Dong-gu cannot kiss her was simply not believable. Yoon-ah’s behavior was simply off- it wasn’t Yoonah at all because Jung In-Sun, whose acting has been superb until now, simply could not pull off such an unnatural stunt. It was not her fault- no actress could have done that. When Yoon-ah finally ‘solves’ their kissing dilemma Jung In-Sun’s acting was back to where it had been- great- and we got another one of those wonderful moments that make this show special.
It seemed like much of this episode was quickly written filler caused by the 4 episode extension. I did not feel this way about how Soo-ah “helped” Doo-shik pursue her friend Ah-young- including setting him up for his kamikaze confession- which worked out exactly the way she wanted it to. She may not be willing to admit her feelings yet but they are definitely there and pushing her to do all sorts of wickedness- which she is actually good at. I felt like their story actually moved forward in this episode.
But the final scene- with Seo-jin sitting alone in the restaurant telling herself she is OK- was the one that hit me the hardest. It was so sad. It also seemed like the moment when she finally grows up. She is confronting a fundamental truth about any relationship- you have to accept that the person you are with will disappoint you from time to time- and you will disappoint them as well. How you and your loved one deal with that- and what changes you and your loved one are willing to make to be together- will determine whether this love will last or not. Which makes Seo-jin’s heartbreak at this moment a sort of cliff hanger setting up the final 2 episodes.

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Thanks for the recaps!
The glare dong-gu gave soo-ah at the end of episode was pretty funny.. If looks could kill..
Btw does anyone know the name of the song doo-shik tap danced to?

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It's TVXQ's Hug. Their debut song actually. I was singing along like a crazy woman when it was played.

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ooo cool, i just watched them on I Can See Your Voice season 5.
thanks for the new earworm! =D

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I lost my marbles over the tap dancing scene and even thinking about it now I can't stop laughing. As soon as I saw that, I was like OH GOODNESS...NO. And then Dong Gu showing up as the clown, LMAO

I also didn't like that Joon ki became kind of creepy...even though this is a drama i was thinking how it would look bad down joonki's career if someone dug up his past and found out that he was branded a stalker before becoming famous

Waah, I'm going to miss Dong Gu the most i think, lmao

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I hope they don’t pull an AOY 2 open ending else I’m flipping the table off Doo Shik/ Soo Ah’s relationship.

The foreigner arc was honestly disappointing, getting Joong Ki and Dong Gu jealous for that was a total waste of time. They should have explored their respective relationships more. A lot less time should have been focused on the fan arc too (it was an important topic but was dealt with a little sloppily) because it wasn’t entirely funny either. There were a lot of times where the plot dragged eg. Yoon Ah was pushed to the curb when the 2 guys fighting over her were central. I didn’t mind it because it was funny but now that the finish line is approaching I hope they focus on the central story and progression without diverting.

I hope Woohoo Waikiki doesn't crush my hopes for a solid ending!

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The poem Joon-ki is reciting to the tutle, is one of the oldest korean songs/poems of which we still have the text. It is part of the legend of King Suro, the first King of Gaya and it was written down later by monk Ilyeon who collected old stories and legends in the samguk yusa.
The people and their nine gans (clan eldest/clan leaders) of what later became Gaya one day heard a voice from heaven, that told them to go to Gwiji (the highest peak of their northest mountain which resembled the back of a turtle; - in other translations it resembles ten bowing men...) and to dance there while chanting the following song:
"Geobuk-ah! Geobuk-ah! (Geobuk=Turtle) If you don't bring your head out, we will roast and eat you!"
After the people and the gans did as told, a rope fell down from heaven. On it's end there was a chest and 6 golden eggs were lying in it. The people prayed to the eggs and then brought eggs and chest to the chief gans's house. On the next day 6 boys had hatched from the eggs. The first boy that had hatched was named Suro. He and his brothers later became the first kings of the 6 Gaya nations.

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I personally loved the stalking plot. At first I thought it'd be the predictable pattern where the girl would find out her oppa was dating someone other than her and go bats*t crazy. I was really surprised when the roles got reversed because whether it's a girl or boyat the end of the day stalking is still stalking.

Could have done without the turtle plot though.

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