Woohoo Waikiki: Episode 3
The biggest problem facing the Waikiki housemates has always been money, and this episode is all about the crazy things people do to earn a buck (and impress a girl in the process). Soo-yeon has the most to learn, never having had to worry about money in her life, though she proves to be a willing and creative learner. But a new tenant shows up, threatening to shake up the tentative peace the housemates have gained, and based on their reaction, the addition is not exactly a welcome one.
EPISODE 3: Fantastic Beasts/The World That They Live In
With the sale of Soo-yeon’s rare pet iguana, the housemates pay the landlord and fix the holes caused by the meteorite. Joon-ki and Ki-bong squeal like little girls over the excitement of living with their first love, but Woo-shik says that he feels nothing.
Soo-yeon comes down in her suit, having decided to get a job and pay back her family’s debt. Woo-shik says it’s hard to find a job these days, so Soo-yeon offers a bet — ten forehead-flicks says she finds a job within a week.
One week later, Soo-yeon takes her forehead flicks from a triumphant Woo-shik, ha. Woo-shik asks if she’s ever had a dream, and she says she wants to be a news anchor because they look cool. He asks if there’s anything she’s good at, hee.
They ask Jung-eun if she knows of any part-time jobs. Jung-eun is one hundred percent Not Amused by the spoiled princess, but she says she knows of one job that’s perfect for Soo-yeon, which is how Soo-yeon finds herself in a bear costume peddling cosmetics.
Jung-eun returns home and tells them that she doesn’t think Soo-yeon will be able to do the job she found. Joon-ki teases Woo-shik for worrying about Soo-yeon, and Woo-shik overreacts, grabbing Joon-ki and screaming that it’s not true. He’s still ranting to himself in the shower later about how much he does not care about Soo-yeon. Joon-ki walks in on him, and Woo-shik yells at him to get out while trying to cover his bits, and whacks him in the head with the bar of soap.
Soo-yeon is told to speak up and be more excited while she’s passing out samples. She tries to decide between the embarrassment of this job or the embarrassment of failing and facing Woo-shik, and she gets an idea. She heads to a convenience store, still in her bear costume.
She scares the life out of the cashier, who’s just seen a news article about a bear that escaped from the zoo. But then she ruins the image by chirping, “Where’s the beer?”
Joon-ki tattles to Jung-eun that Woo-shik threw the soap at him, complaining about Woo-shik’s fussiness about being seen undressed (“It’s not like his thing will disappear if people see it!” LOL). Somehow the two get into an argument about whose is bigger, while Jung-eun just ignores them. Once they get it out of their system, they notice that Jung-eun is watching a show about people who have strange quirks.
Joon-ki gets the idea for them to go on the show to promote the guesthouse, and he tries to think of something weird to get them on the show. Joon-ki can make himself cry in ten seconds, but the copious snot he also produces is deemed too gross for TV. Jung-eun can type with her toes better than with her hands, but only for a few seconds before she gets a cramp. Woo-shik shyly says that he has a skill, too, and he plays “My Heart Will Go On” on the recorder… with his nose. (Joon-ki: “Ah, what did I just watch??”)
Ki-bong wanders in wearing shorts and a tank top and drinking an iced coffee, and everyone cringes since it’s freezing outside. He says he gets hot easily, and Joon-ki realizes that he’s the opposite of the woman they saw on the show. Bingo.
He contacts the show, and the PD (cameo by Lee Shi-eon) comes to the house. Joon-ki leads him up to the roof to see Ki-bong, but Woo-shik grumbles that he has a bad feeling about this. That’s because Joon-ki has forced Ki-bong sit sit outside on a freezing cold day, in shorts and short-sleeved shirt with a fan pointed at him.
PD Lee notices that Ki-bong seems cold, but Joon-ki pretends to be offended that he doesn’t believe them and tells Ki-bong to show them how he usually doesn’t even wear a shirt. Poor Ki-bong is already shivering, but he removes his shirt and pretends he’s not planning Joon-ki’s bloody murder.
With some liquid confidence boosting her mood, Soo-yeon gets back to work, dancing and doing gymnastics in her bear costume. It draws a crowd and she passes out tons of samples, then wanders to a nearby restaurant to use their restroom, where the owner (cameo by Lee Jung-eun) is watching the news about the escaped bear.
The bathroom light flickers, making drunk Soo-yeon even dizzier, and she drops her basket of samples in the trashcan. The owner walks in as she’s rummaging through the garbage and thinks she’s the real escaped bear.
Back at the guesthouse, Ki-bong has moves to a tent on the roof that he claims to sleep in all winter, and Joon-ki says that he only eats ice cream. PD Lee looks extremely skeptical, so Joon-ki brings out a cooler full of ice cream. Ki-bong gamely takes a huge bite, while Woo-shik watches and tsks to himself.
Soo-yeon starts to feel nauseated, so she lurches into a stall to throw up. The restaurant owner has called the zoo, who sent their team over, and the horrifying roaring noises coming from the bathroom make them think the bear is very angry.
After emptying her stomach, Soo-yeon leans over the sink for a drink of water, so she doesn’t see the zookeeper creeping in with a dart gun. He darts her as she stands up, and she passes out.
Woo-shik worried how Soo-yeon’s job is going, then tells himself it’s none of his business. Jung-eun calls him over to see that she can eat ramyun with her feet. But she gets another foot cramp, so Woo-shik massages it, yelling that there’s not a single normal person in this house.
They see the story about the escaped bear on TV, and recognize Soo-yeon as the woman being rushed to the hospital. Woo-shik hurries to the ER, and he freaks out and begs her to wake up when he finds her. She’s faking because people are staring at her, and she tells him that’s she’s fine.
Assured that she’s not hurt, Woo-shik flips to anger and snaps that she keeps getting into trouble. She asks why he even cares so much that he’s this upset, but he denies that he cares about her.
Ki-bong’s lips are turning blue by the time Joon-ki tries to get him to go swimming. Ki-bong begs with his eyes not to make him do this, but PD Lee says the viewers won’t believe it otherwise, and suggests they add some ice to the water. Ki-bong and Joon-ki have another eye-contact conversation, and Joon-ki’s eyes tell Ki-bong to just go in the water once and it will be all over.
Poor Ki-bong goes in, nearly screaming in agony, but Joon-ki says he’s just having that much fun. PD Lee asks him to dunk his whole body underwater, and although Ki-bong’s eyes insist that he feels like dying, Joon-ki glares at him to do it. Ki-bong goes face-first into the water, which convinces PD Lee, but Joon-ki grows worried when Ki-bong doesn’t come back up again.
Soo-yeon trails after Woo-shik on the walk home like a chastised puppy. He shows her on his phone that “tranquilized bear girl” is the number one online search right now. Soo-yeon whines about the dumb bear suit, but Woo-shik tells her to grow up. He says she doesn’t want to do things that are tough, embarrassing, or boring, but that people sometimes have to do things they don’t want to do.
He tells Soo-yeon that she needs to learn to live like everyone else, and she’s embarrassed, but she says she can do it. Woo-shik smiles and offers to buy her hotteok.
When they finally get home, KS is being taken out of the house on a stretcher. Joon-ki gets yelled at by the EMT for almost killing his friend, and PD Lee expresses his disappointment that Joon-ki would go this far just to get on TV. He asks to use the bathroom before he leaves, and he accidentally walks into the guys’ bedroom.
Woo-shik is in there changing clothes, and PD Lee sees something that interests him. Woo-shik tried to shield his belly, but PD Lee is fascinated. He begs Woo-shik to come on his show, crowing that the”Goatman of Huam-dong” episode will be a huge hit. Woo-shik flat refuses, until Soo-yeon sneers that he said people have to do things they don’t like sometimes.
Some time later, the housemates sit down to watch Woo-shik’s episode of the show. The guesthouse gets a good plug as Woo-shik shows the world that his nipples aren’t on his chest — they’re down by his bellybutton. OMG that’s hilarious.
Despite Woo-shik’s humiliation, the plan works, and soon customers are flocking to stay at Waikiki Guesthouse. Woo-shik has even passed Soo-yeon as the top internet search, so when guests arrive, he and Soo-yeon dress up in their bear and goat costumes to grudgingly pose for pictures. Joon-ki jokes that they look like a married couple, and they both snap that he’s crazy.
Jung-eun and Soo-yeon take another job bringing in customers to a cell phone store, wearing kitty ears, paws, and tail. When they take a break to huddle around a heater, the owner yells at them and tells them to stop slacking. While they’re talking to him, Soo-yeon’s tail gets too close to the heater, and it takes them a minute to realize she’s on fire.
They return to the guesthouse that night, frozen from being outside in short skirts. Soo-yeon complains the loudest, but Woo-shik looks proud of her for for working so hard. Jung-eun says she feels like she’s getting sick and sneezes right in Joon-ki’s face, so he runs for his gas mask to ward off the germs.
In the morning, he confesses to the guys that he worked Jung-eun’s night shift as a designated driver, awww. But he complains that she’s the bane of his existence, which gets him smacked — she was standing right behind him.
Not only is Jung-eun sick, but Soo-yeon is running a fever now, too. They have another event today, so Joon-ki offers to fill in for Jung-eun again so she can go to the doctor. Woo-shik says he’ll fill in for Soo-yeon, making everyone stare at him for his uncharacteristically generous offer, but he says it’s just so they don’t lose money.
On his way to practice, Ki-bong sees a little boy bouncing a baseball off a tree. He lectures the boy that the tree is a living thing, and when the boy calls him annoying, he raps him gently on the head. The boy bursts into over-dramatic tears, calling for his daddy, which makes Ki-bong run away.
Jung-eun and Soo-yeon’s boss is frustrated that they didn’t call her to say they’re sick, but Joon-ki says they’ll do whatever job the girls were assigned to. They regret it when they end up dressed as a sunflower and an angel to sell sanitary pads in the grocery store, HAHA.
They tell themselves that it’s totally normal for men to sell pads, but Woo-shik wonders how, when they know nothing about them. Luckily, they got an information sheet, but they’re both mystified at the mention of things like wings and charcoal.
When Ki-bong gets to practice, the whole team seems unusually energetic. A player tells him that they’re going to announce who’s getting kicked off the team soon, so everyone is trying to look their best in front of the coach. Ki-bong immediately starts doing sit-ups, and the coach praises his enthusiasm.
Someone tells the coach that his son Dong-hyun is here — to Ki-bong’s horror, Dong-hyun is the little boy he made cry, and he’s still crying as he runs in to tell Daddy that a man hit him. Ki-bong hides his face as coach goes red with rage and demands to know who hit his kid so he can personally kill him.
A while later, Ki-bong yanks Dong-hyun into the laundry room, and begs the boy on his knees not to tell his dad what happened or he’ll get kicked out. Dong-hyun agrees, but he wants to borrow Ki-bong’s phone because his dad won’t let him play games on his.
Joon-ki and Woo-shik are doing terribly — they can barely bring themselves to say the names of the pads they’re trying to sell (Woo-shik: “It has two wings… it’s nice…”). The boss checks on them and says that whoever sells the least, the person they’re subbing for gets replaced, leaving the guys no choice but to try their hardest so their girl doesn’t lose her job.
They throw themselves into sales, getting loud and shooting each other triumphant faces whenever they make a sale. In desperation, they start giving out more and more freebies with each purchase, eventually including random products from around the store.
At lunch, little Dong-hyun sits with Ki-bong and asks him to eat his kimchi and vegetables, which he doesn’t like, because his dad will check to make sure he ate everything. Ki-bong is stuffed by the time lunch is over, and Dong-hyun tosses him a wink and a note to meet him in ten minutes.
Woo-shik and Joon-ki get out of control with the free gifts, until Joon-ki realizes that they’ll have to pay for the free stuff out of their pockets. He asks Woo-shik if he’s doing this because he likes Soo-yeon, but Woo-shik says he just feels sorry for her after all she’s been through. Joon-ki points out that Jung-eun is having a tough time too — she isn’t getting any acting roles, and works several jobs every day.
Dong-hyun sits in the office all smug like a little Godfather as he orders Ki-bong to do his homework. Ki-bong seethes but he agrees to do it, since Dong-hyun promises to forget everything after this — as long as he gets all the answers right, because his dad makes him skip an episode of his favorite show, “Man on a Mission,” for every wrong answer.
Sadly, Ki-bong isn’t known for his brains, and the elementary math isn’t easy for him. While he’s working the homework, Dong-hyun sends him a text demanding a drink, and Ki-bong decides he’d rather get kicked off the team. He plans revenge, and starts answering each math question with the number 4.
Joon-ki ups the ante by claiming that the pads Woo-shik sells cause cancer, and Woo-shik accuses him of disrespecting his brand. They get into an argument over which pad is more absorbent, until Woo-shik shoves Joon-ki, and it’s on. They wrestle while screaming that their pad is the better one, as the lady shoppers cheer them on.
Ki-bong brings Dong-hyun his incorrect homework and a shaken-up soda, grinning evilly that the kid will never watch “Man on a Mission” again. Dong-hyun jumps and hides his baseball when he sees Ki-bong, saying that his dad doesn’t want him playing baseball, but he loves baseball more than anything. Ki-bong says that Dong-hyun reminds him of himself, and he takes back the homework to do it correctly.
He tells the girls the story when he gets home later, proud of himself for being a good hyung to the kid, but Jung-eun and Soo-yeon give him the stinkeye when they hear he did Dong-hyun’s math homework. He says it was just simple addition, but yikes, he still managed to get every answer wrong.
Jung-eun gets a call from her boss about what happened at the store today. They yell at the boys when they get home that they both got fired, which just sparks the whole charcoal vs. wings argument all over again. The girls call them idiots and stomp off.
Woo-shik heads to the kitchen to make ramyun, his argument with Joon-ki forgotten, but vowing not to help Soo-yeon ever again. Soo-yeon comes in and thanks him for trying to help her, then she reaches up to put some medicine on a cut on his forehead. She rises to her tiptoes to blow on it, which puts her lips inches from Woo-shik’s face, and Woo-shik feels his heart start to thump.
When she’s finished, Soo-yeon asks why he’s gawking at her, and he protests too loudly that he was doing no such thing and walks away clutching his chest. A call makes him forget all about Soo-yeon, and he drops the phone in shock when he hears who’s calling.
Startled, Ki-bong asks who was on the phone. In a terrified voice, Woo-shik gasps, “My sister is coming.” Ki-bong and Joon-ki jump up in alarm, and even Jung-eun runs in to ask if it’s true that Yu-ri will be staying in the house.
A well-put-together woman with a suitcase walks up to the guesthouse, her stiletto heels clicking loudly. She stares at the house, then a mischievous grin spreads across her face.
What a great entrance! I’ve been hoping we’d see Woo-shik’s sister soon — Kim Ye-won has been a favorite since my very first kdrama, and her intro into the Waikiki Guesthouse gave me all sorts of happy anticipation. The housemates all seem terrified of her, and I have no doubt they have a good reason based on that naughty smile of hers. Knowing this show, I’m sure that whatever it is that makes the housemates all so scared of her will be interesting and hilarious, and I’m just evil enough to hope that she rains havoc down on them all.
On a more serious note, I think my favorite scene in this episode was Woo-shik telling Soo-yeon to grow up. She’s a sweet girl and a good-hearted person, but she’s been spoiled rotten her whole life, and someone really needed to tell her that that’s all over now and she needs to have realistic expectations. Woo-shik delivered the necessary message in a way that was firm but not so harsh that she shut down on him, and challenged her to prove that she’s more than a rich princess. That couldn’t have been easy for him to do, considering his lingering feelings for her, but he did, and Soo-yeon actually took it quite well. It proves to me that these two might actually make a good couple, and if they can establish a foundation of honesty now, then they can build on that, and end up with something pretty damn amazing.
It seems pretty clear to me that Woo-shik and Soo-yeon are the most likely to end up together, and I’m making the assumption that one or both of the other two boys will end up with someone as well. I noticed a little something between Joon-ki and Jung-eun in this episode — nothing big, but Joon-ki did go quite far out of his way to keep her jobs when she got sick, even though he complained loudly about it. They would certainly make a cute couple, both being so quirky and endearing. But I have to remember that there’s a third girl we have yet to meet… Woo-shik’s sister is finally coming into the house, and I’m looking forward to seeing them all shaken up by a sixth housemate.
I’m really enjoying the little callbacks to the first season of Woohoo Waikiki, which are obvious if you saw it, but that still fit well into the story even if you haven’t. Ki-bong in the tent reminded me of Dong-gu and Yoon-ah getting banished to the tent on the roof when they got sick. Soo-yeon and Woo-shik betting forehead flicks brought back the hilarity of the forehead-flick competition between the old housemates. Joon-ki and Woo-shik selling pads made me remember the time he and Dong-gu went shopping for a breast pump. Joon-ki even showed off his ridiculously long signature! I’m just waiting for someone to have a heartfelt romantic conversation in the media room, and everything will feel like it’s come full-circle.
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