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Noonas Over Flowers: Episode 1

EPISODE 1. Broadcast on November 29, 2013.

javabeans: After much ado, we finally have the premiere of Noonas Over Flowers, which I hope lives up to its hype. This show hasn’t exactly been on top of its advance planning, with the last-minute scheduling and the uncertainty over how many episodes we’re getting, but at least I trust the crew to give us an entertaining trip.

girlfriday: Yeah I’m hoping that with Grandpas under their belts, this is just a matter of finding Noonas’ own flavor. And that flavor is likely Seung-gi’s tears. After a preview montage of what’s to come, we go back to the cast’s first meeting at the Answer Me 1994 writer’s studio, since writer Lee Woo-jung is just insane enough to be going on this trip with Na PD WHILE her show is still airing.


javabeans: This is the location we’ve seen in the previews, with the cast gathered around the table discussing initial travel preparations. The noonas come in one by one, scenes of them getting acquainted with each other mixed in with their confessional comments shot later, and we can see little bits of their personality already. Yoon Yeo-jung, the eldest, is the straight talkin’ sunbae, Kim Hee-ae is second youngest and appears to be somewhat demure and soft-spoken (though we know she’s a big eater), and Lee Mi-yeon just sits right down on the floor and talks about how having short hair is great on a trip because you don’t have to do anything with it.

girlfriday: And Kim Ja-ok seems exactly as you’d imagine, with that characteristic sweet delivery no matter what she’s saying. Finally we have Luggage Boy Lee Seung-gi, and talk turns to what to pack for the trip. Already Seung-gi and Na PD stick out with their strange comments. Na PD: “CC cream? Is there a DD and EE too?” Seung-gi: “Can’t we just take one hairdryer?” Yoon Yeo-jung sighs that he does well in school but uses his brain for useless things. Ha.

javabeans: Na PD announces their location as Croatia, and says that there are no direct flights there, which has everyone’s jaws dropping. I dunno about you, but I wouldn’t want a direct flight that long! Instead, they’ll stop first in Istanbul, and Na PD says it’s up to them to make their own travel reservations. Mi-yeon says in confessional that her mother opposed her going on the trip because she’d be seen in her less-than-best moments, and Yeo-jung says that her family opposed it too, laughing that she didn’t expect a family opposition for anything less than a remarriage, lol.

girlfriday: I love that she ends her confessional with a cheeky, “Never trust an actress.” Heh. Back at the meeting, the doorbell rings, and the cast is shocked at the arrival of the halbaes. Awww, I missed them.

javabeans: They all settle down at the table with wine, and then Il-sub halbae looks around for food. Ha, so now it’s the new maknaes Mi-yeon and Hee-ae scrambling to find food in daughter-in-law mode, while Seung-gi heads out for takeout.

girlfriday: Omg, pressure.

javabeans: It is adorable when Ja-ok, who missed the halbaes’ entrance, gets brought into the mix and she scurries back out, gasping, “Omo omo omo.” The others joke that it’s like she’s meeting an ex-boyfriend.

girlfriday: She is SO CUTE. Even after she sits down, she squeals, “Oppaaaa~!”

javabeans: She directs that at Il-sub halbae while the others get called teacher, so Yeo-jung quips, “I bet they have something in their past.” Ha, can you imagine her aegyo-calling him Oppa the whole time they were playing spouses?

girlfriday: Gah, how adorable. Now I really want a season where all of them go on a trip together. Seung-gi and Seo-jin can commiserate in the rear. After wine turns to soju, Gu & Sub get increasingly drunk and start yammering about stuff that has nothing to do with anything, and you can actually see Yeo-jung getting progressively annoyed, until she just yells, “Why did you even come?” I love her sass.

javabeans: Finally Soon-jae halbae is first to leave, and as he does he shoves an envelope in Yeo-jung’s hand. Aww, is the mat-hyung giving allowance money to the mat-unni? She gives it to Seung-gi, saying that she’d just spend it, haha. Back at the table, Il-sub halbae hears that Soon-jae halbae gave 300 dollars and offers 200 more.

girlfriday: It’s time to start planning for the trip and making reservations, and Mi-yeon is especially inquisitive about every little aspect, having never done this before. She also just seems like an over-planner.

javabeans: They must’ve each been sent home with a camera to record their planning, and I’m dying when it’s Seung-gi’s turn because he spends for-ev-er just making himself look pretty in the frame. I freaking love that Na PD kept that all in.

girlfriday: I know. I’m cracking up. Mi-yeon is all about the searches and travel details, and Seung-gi’s like, Does this lighting make me look fat?

javabeans: Haha, he reads that one hotel provides a hair dryer and gets all smirky. The caption scoffs, “And you say I don’t know women?” Oh Seung-gi-ya, way to fixate on what’s important. Hee-ae, meanwhile, starts cooking up a bunch of Korean food she can take with her on the trip. I know this is such a Korean thing to do since I’ve lived with it my whole life, but it still strikes me as so weird that Koreans can’t go on a trip and just trust that they will eat the stuff there—you need your kimchi and your ramyun and your pickled beef and your ready-packs of rice…

girlfriday: It’s simultaneously practical and impractical, but that’s just the way we roll. In the days leading up to the trip, we watch the ladies pack and then Seung-gi reads some of the group’s chat on his phone. Mi-yeon asks if he’s okay staying in a room with them and he points out he’s probably the one who should be asking if they’re okay with it.

javabeans: It cracks me up, especially the parts where they’re talking about Seung-gi as if he’s not there. Yeo-jung: “Let’s not order Seung-gi around too much, his mom will call us.” Then it’s time to zip up suitcases and head out for D-day. Hee-ae is the first to arrive, and gets greeted by a line of fans carrying Noonas banners (and Seung-gi ones in particular). She’s so cute, wondering if she’s dressed all right—she opted for plane comfort with these huge wide-legged pants, but also wants to look pretty for her airport fashion moment.

girlfriday: Did Mi-yeon pack coffee for the group to drink at the airport?

javabeans: I love her already, she’s so boisterous and positive. And up for anything. It’s fun seeing her and Hee-ae together because they’re similar in age but so opposite—Mi-yeon’s all tomboyish and loud, and Hee-ae is very elegant and proper. Of course, then Hee-ae says she’s really careful about what she eats for dinner (for diet purposes), only to be contradicted by tons of footage showing her chowing down with the best of them.

girlfriday: Hee. To the tune of “It’s a lie, it’s a lie, it’s a lie~” no less.

javabeans: Haha, so the ladies chat about the ground nuts they eat for their health, and Na PD asks blankly why, all amazed at the explanation (you know, for your health). Ha, I think it’s Na PD who doesn’t know women—he and Seung-gi are going to be so hilarious together.

girlfriday: I know, I can’t wait. Mi-yeon made the first night’s hotel reservation on her own, so Na PD asks if she planned how to get there from the airport and she looks at him all aghast, “That’s Seung-gi’s job!” When Na PD pushes to have her do it, she suddenly gets all aegyo-y with her voice, “Why are you doing this… to m…e…?”

javabeans: Ja-ok arrives to a crowd of excited fangirls, and it’s her reaction is so cute. I wonder if the noonas will go through the same thing as the halbaes did, of not really expecting this level of attention at this stage in their careers.

girlfriday: Yeo-jung is especially taken aback: “Fans? No really, who are they?” Then she realizes they’re Seung-gi’s fans because they have signs with requests to take care of their Seung-gi, and Yeo-jung quips, “What, are we gonna hit him?”

javabeans: Finally it’s Seung-gi’s turn to arrive… and right from the get-go Na PD is harassing him, teasing about his Everest-climbing gear and his last-place arrival and warning that his ten-day hell is beginning. The noonas point out that he’s 15 minutes late, and he admits that he was a half-hour early but got the last-minute jitters over doing variety after a long break. He meets a wall of puzzled faces, ’cause they’ve never done any and are like, “What are you talking about? What does that mean for us?” Seung-gi’s caption: “….why did I say that…?”

girlfriday: Na PD asks Yeo-jung about having to skip the Grand Bell awards for the trip, but she’s like, “I figured I wasn’t going to win so it’s fine.” They discuss the hotel reservations they’ve made in advance, and Na PD simply subtracts that cost and hands them the travel money that remains. It’s that collective moment of horror when you realize how little you have on Day 1.

javabeans: Man, I wish the noonas would have gotten that tip from the halbaes of refusing to give up any money to Na PD, but they’re so shocked that they sort of just let him run through the calculations. The brief teaser of future scenes shows us that they’re gonna feel the pinch later down the line, but for now they’re happy to hear that the production will at least cover transportation costs.

girlfriday: Even just getting to the gate is stressful with so many fans milling about, and Seung-gi loses Yeo-jung in the crowd for a brief moment. Hee-ae has this outburst when a staffer notices she doesn’t know their itinerary and jokes that she’s just here to play. She turns to the others expecting them to back her up that they’re not here to work, but gets back blank stares. Obviously Seung-gi’s here to work, and even Yeo-jung tells her it’s a little murky. Welcome to variety.

javabeans: They stop by to make sure their phones are all set for internet and roaming services, and it’s so funny to hear Ja-ok because it’s like my mother trying to talk about the internet. She gets all her terms mixed up and doesn’t quite grasp the difference between internet and chat and roaming, which is cute.

girlfriday: They finally get past the gate and the doors close behind them, but then ten minutes later Seung-gi comes running back out. It turns out Yeo-jung’s carry-on had lotions that were too large to pass through security, so now he has to figure out how to fix it. He heads to the drugstore, and they have empty bottles of the right size he can transfer them to, which is a relief.

javabeans: LOL, I love how Seung-gi can only laugh to himself as he’s squeezing toiletries into smaller bottles, because it’s just so ridiculous.

girlfriday: There’s something about the pump that makes it extra silly. We get a preview montage of all the Yeo-jung-related troubles in Seung-gi’s future, and then he gets asked in a later interview what he would’ve done if those lotions were his mom’s. Seung-gi: “I would’ve thrown them away instantly!”

javabeans: You see them make the first leg of their trip, and I feel like Seung-gi’s brain is starting to unravel, little by little. It’s not any one thing that is stressing him out, but the whole experience that’s disorienting. He sorta leads, but isn’t really sure he’s going to the right place.

girlfriday: As soon as they get off the plane he’s tripping on moving walkways and Yeo-jung worries they’ll have to protect him.

javabeans: He’s one step behind them, which is funny since the ladies are handling their baggage and he comes running up, too late to do his job. But he tries, god love him, and I swear it’s like when you see a toddler following around a parent, totally wanting to help by getting in their way. There’s this feeling that’s both really entertaining and uncomfortable where Seung-gi (and Seo-jin before him) has to project an air of calm control, even as it’s clear he doesn’t know what the heck he’s doing. Seung-gi is less good at this than Seo-jin was, so you can actually hear a thread of panic in his voice as he’s guiding them along, all, If we just find a coffee shop, you can rest and I’ll check all that for you…

girlfriday: And it’s worse because the noonas are in no way trusting like the halbaes were. Women generally have less patience for inefficiency, so he’s got less time to figure things out before Yeo-jung starts getting antsy about how capable he is. It only takes two minutes before she’s saying, “I think we’ll just have to do this on our own…”

javabeans: Upon exiting the terminal, there’s a wall of Turkish Seung-gi fans with signs and flowers, aw. Seung-gi is so distracted with his need to find Starbucks that he can’t really appreciate it, but Hee-ae has sort of taken up the role of his manager, which cracks me up, and takes the gifts saying, “I’ll pass them on to him.”

girlfriday: It’s stressing me out that Seung-gi is so fixated on coffee right now, when that’s not really his objective. It’s supposed to be a distraction while he figures out how to get to the subway, but it turns into this whole thing.

javabeans: Isn’t that totally one of his black holes? He fixates on the small thing as a way to get a grip on the bigger thing, and then the bigger thing gets away from him? Like Yeo-jung fusses with clipping a mic on her shirt and he gets all hover-y, trying to help with that.

girlfriday: It SO is. But it’s so much worse when the fate of an entire group rests on his ability to just let that thing go. I’m scared. It’s times like this I don’t think I could be Na PD, because I’d just be like, “Seung-gi! Get it together!”

javabeans: Or like in those nature documentaries where you see danger and can’t just let it happen? Yes. Seung-gi is the unsuspecting prey, and you just want to do it FOR him at a certain point.

girlfriday: Omg it cracks me up when Mi-yeon comes up behind him at the coffee counter and he freaks out that she’s hovering, which is the EXACT same look that Seo-jinnie used to get every time he asked the halbaes to wait while he did a thing, only to have them follow and stress him out more. I guess the reaction is involuntary. What is it? What do you need? At least he finally realizes that he can leave Mi-yeon to the coffee and goes searching for a way out of this place. Baby steps. Meanwhile Ja-ok is like, “Why can’t we just take a taxi?”

javabeans: He finally gets the relevant info, so that’s good news, but the bad news is that it’s only 4:30 am and most services don’t start running till 6. They decide to take the bus to their lodgings, but that will require one transfer, and Seung-gi heads out saying, “I’ll just find out where we board.” And then the show replays that in ominous slow-motion… oh no.

girlfriday: He begins this endless quest for the bus stop and it actually takes him a full half hour just to find it.

javabeans: Back at the cafe, the noonas are getting impatient, and they admit that Seung-gi’s a nice kid, but man is he slow. Yeo-jung says, “It’s not that he’s slow, but he doesn’t know anything.” Mi-yeon half-jokes that she’s on the verge of complaining, “Are we gonna just sleep here?” In a later interview, Yeo-jung says, “I found out that Mi-yeon is the most impatient of all of us.” Haha. But we do see a flash-forward of Mi-yeon and Seung-gi bonding over their trip, which looks really cute.

girlfriday: But right now she has no idea what she’s in for, as she jokes, “He couldn’t have gotten lost, could he?” Um…

javabeans: “Did he go all the way to the bus depot?” “No, he went to the depot, and rode it there and back.”

girlfriday: Yeo-jung: “We should’ve followed Seo-jinnie. I think Seung-gi’s going to get fired at the airport.”

javabeans: Omo, and then Mi-yeon strikes up a conversation with two travelers ONE TABLE OVER, who happen to be Korean, who happen to be regular business travelers here. This cracks me up.

girlfriday: I’m dying. She’s so gonna figure this out in two seconds, while he’s still trying to figure out how to get back inside.

javabeans: Then Yeo-jung decides to do some asking herself, and gets into a fluent English conversation with an airport employee about how to get to the shuttle buses. In like two minutes.

girlfriday: Pwahaha. It has the double effect of being impressive and squashing Seung-gi to shame in one blow.

javabeans: And THEN, Hee-ae goes looking too, and looks into direct shuttles with pretty good English herself. Lol. They really would’ve been fine to travel without him—Seung-gi really is here just for entertainment value. I like Ja-ok’s style, sitting calmly writing in her diary, saying, “Why is everyone so panicked? It’ll all work out in the end.” I hear ya. I’m the one wondering why they didn’t all just sit sipping coffee till 6 so they could take the metro, instead of spending an hour running around frantically for alternate options.

girlfriday: It’s hilarious how different they are. Ja-ok is the type to just lie down for a nap, while Mi-yeon and Yeo-jung are so control-freaky that it stresses them out just not knowing every detail. Yeo-jung determines that Seung-gi can’t be trusted, realizing that he’s probably never even taken the bus in Seoul. Ha.

javabeans: Every time Seung-gi says, “I’ll just ask and be right back,” it’s like a collective Nooooooo from the group. He goes off to ask about taxis, and for some reason stops a traveler to ask how much a taxi would charge. Hee-ae and the writer just stand by watching, feeling sorry for him, and then Hee-ae leads him to the booth she inquired at earlier. Ha, she’s basically spoon-feeding the solution to him, rather than stepping in with the solution that she already knows will work. She must be a mom.

girlfriday: Hahaha. She totally pretends to hear the information for the first time when he comes back and explains it to her, even though she already knew exactly what he’d say.

javabeans: It’s so the encouraging noona/mom thing to do. She’s all, Oh, really? That sounds like a good idea, Seung-gi. Good job.

girlfriday: And when Mi-yeon shows up to nag about how long this all took, Hee-ae shushes her so as not to bruise the boy’s fragile ego.

javabeans: Hee-ae reports to the others, and when Yeo-jung approves and asks whose idea this was, Hee-ae is all, “We went together.” It’s cute how Yeo-jung might grumble when he’s gone, but to his face she heaps on the encouragement.

girlfriday: And you can actually see the immediate effect on his face, because he really does just light up like a puppy when he’s praised.

javabeans: Even if he admits later how several times he wanted to take off his mic and cry in the corner to himself. Aw. But it looks like this is only the beginning, because next episode begins the “curse.” Uh-oh.

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LOL I thought I was the only one wondering why they didn't just sit at the coffee shop for 1 1/2 hours chilling out and sipping coffee while waiting for the bus or the train to start. The alternative is entertaining though, even though I so feel his stress of not knowing where to go in a foreign place. Thanks for the recap! ^^

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ive been stalking this blog since 29th. how can i thank you guys for the recap. though i watched it raw i only understood 5% of it.

the show is better that i expected, seungi is so damn hot now and the noona's are all awesome i love them already (which does not happen in reality shows for me apart from 1n2d and running man)

and about waiting and chilling for half and hour , i wish they did that for my baby seungi's sake. but will you realy? women are not gonna wait 1 n 1/2 hours if there is a way out.

10.5% rating for the first ep itself is all kind of awesom and with na pd im sure the monster ratinga are just starting to come.

and im all in for gof nof colob trip. doesnt have to be far, that will be the best thing ever knowing how close seungi and seojin are.

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I am so ridiculously happy at the return of the Heo Dang. When he tripped on the moving walkway and Yeo Jung asked if she needed to carry him, I nearly spit out my drink. I actually watched this with my mom over the holidays and I was saying that Seo Jin's English is so much better than Seung Gi's and my mom got ALL defensive saying, "Seo Jin went to school in the States! He even graduated from NYU. Seung Gi is just a nice Korean boy!!" Hahaha. Forever the umchinah. I can't wait to see more of his misadventures.

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That is so cute! I knew he was the nation's umchinah but didn't really witness any accounts of it being true.. and yours really made me smile! John Park reminds me of LSG tbh. both Heo-Dang wheeee

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Haha that's just so freakin cute! I can totally imagine that situation. Seung gi is really naive and innocent, even when he's already 26. He doesn't make that up so I guess the sincerity shows. Can't wait for more as well. He's going to get lost again - cz the ones we saw in the preview was a different 'getting lost' than the first one. Poor puppy; I'm sure he'll mature more as the show progresses.

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lol I love your mom. So cute.

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Thanks so much for the recaps. I watched and read as i watched. Hilarious. Poor guy sweating buckets!!

Wouldnt have been able to appreciate without your recaps. :)

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thanks for d recap~ its fun to read dis while waitin for d sub to be out~ its very funny too~ lookin forward for d next recap~ hehehhe~ :D

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Thank you for the recap,girls.I just realized how much i missed Seung-gi on variety shows.I hope there will be English subs.

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"They really would’ve been fine to travel without him—Seung-gi really is here just for entertainment value."

I cannot agree with you more, Javabeans!

Lee Seung-gi is overrated for sure!

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hahah that's not what she even said tho...

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Its not? Then we can agree to disagree?

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I suppose yes. :D

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Just to clarify my comment :

I agreed with Javabeans' comment below :

"They really would’ve been fine to travel without him—Seung-gi really is here just for entertainment value."

But, the last line of my comment is my personal opinion :

"Lee Seung-gi is overrated for sure!"

I did not mean to say that Javabeans meant to say THAT in her comment, if that is how you understood what I said as.

I KNOW that Javabeans DID NOT say Lee Seung-gi is overrated.

I just expressed how I felt about the tendency of the entertainment industry anywhere in the world to milk every cent out of the most popular entertainers to attract viewers to the programs.

I neither like nor dislike Lee Seung-gi personally and have nothing against him. ;)

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Good variety show = great entertainment value.
He is extremely good at variety in that case. I think you meant overpopular, not overrated.

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Yes, topper. He is overpopular, evidenced from the hordes of fans at the airport who were there just to see him, when I think the focus of this programme should be more on the Noonas.

But I also think that he is overrated by some quarters in the entertainment industry PRECISELY BECAUSE he is overpopular. He is so popular that people tend to rate his appeal a bit too high such that from this first episode alone, he stood out like a sore thumb because to me he came across as trying too hard to do SOMETHING about nothing really.

The Noonas came across as cool and calm (for the most part) while Lee Seung-gi seemed not too sure of what he should be doing, and as a result, it makes me wonder if his appeal is simply in BEING THERE being his heodang-self for the entertainment value (aka attract his hordes of fans) or will he ADD value to the program? Surely he is not in the program JUST for the Noonas to MOTHER him or pander to his ego?

I guess we will have to wait and see.

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i guess your wondering whether na pd hired seungi in the show because he's over popular. well he is in that show because he's seung gi. who is clumsy , direction impaired but hardworking capable and entertaining. not because he's popular, there are tons of idols who are more popular than seung gi, why not cast some one like that for the pretty ?

whats the point of having another seojin going on a trip with noona's where everything will be like clock work? just keep watching im sure you will love nof

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I did not watch the Grandpa Over Flowers program so I have nothing to say about how Seojin was in it, and frankly, I do not care to know.

However, having read about how Lee Seung-gi has been in this first epi, and having seen how he was in 1N2D, I knew that Na PD probably asked Seung-gi to join him on this program because they bonded so well in 1N2D.

I also know that Na PD thinks very highly of Seung-gi because Na PD said that Seung-gi was the hardest working member in 1N2D.

But, amidala, think about it honestly. Do you REALLY think that Na PD would have asked Seung-gi to join this program if he is JUST hardworking but NOT POPULAR? The fact is, if Na PD himself did not say anything about how hardworking Seung-gi was on 1N2D, what do we REALLY know about Seung-gi? His heodangness and cluelessness and because he is already a popular singer, right?

It is BECAUSE of his POPULARITY that 1N2D was so popular but once he left and Na PD left, did you notice what happened to 1N2D?

So, you cannot deny the fact that his popularity DOES play a HUGE part in Na PD deciding WHO to ask to join the program.

But considering he is already 26 years old, I am waiting to see how Seung-gi can show how he can add value to a variety program apart from JUST being cute, clumsy and clueless. He is a smart guy, so I am hoping he shows more intelligence than cluelessness, because it is getting real old. There is only so much cluelessness we can take from a 26-year-old man before we become utterly exasperated because it is no longer so cute to be so clueless at 26, as witnessed by the Noonas' reactions in this first episode alone.

Entertainment programs should not cause viewers to check our brains at the door before watching them. We should not just feel entertained but also intellectually-challenged to a certain extent. Which was why I enjoyed watching 1N2D when Na PD was in it because he managed to achieve that to a certain extent, for the most part.

So, I hope with Na PD at the helm of this program, he can guide Seung-gi to become an entertainer worthy of mention, not someone to be ridiculed.

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Simply love SG in the first episode, please more of him in future episodes! I miss him badly and have been rewatching old 1N2D S1. SG fighting !!

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I don't think he's overrated in this case. He's a well-known variety star and public love him in variety shows, he's actually get very popular because of variety show. And idols are more popular and have more fans than him, but he got public likeability on his side. You should see the horde of fans that idols attract, more scary.

Na PD chose him because after working 5 years with Lee Seung Gi, he knows well his inability to understand women yet. His heodang-ness, clumsiness, and direction impaired-ness are just adding to the entertainment values.

And seeing him not trying hard is worse than the opposite, despite the result, trying hard means he took his job seriously and wanted the best.

Na PD said in his interview that this show will show his growth as a porter. Like you said, let's just wait and see.

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Thank you for your comment. Kindly read my comment to amidala above because it is also my reply to your comment. ;)

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What a silly comment. Entertainment is subjective. What is entertaining and hilarious to one person is different for another. The premise of the show IS suppose to show the guide/porter floundering and panicking because they're thrown into a situation they haven't been before. He's the lead in this situation like it or not. If that's not your cup of tea, you can simply change channels.

Saying that SG should be smarter in this situation is just unfair and silly. Firstly, you're watching everything in hindsight. It all looks so easy watching and judging a person's action from afar. When you're thrown into the same situation, it's a different story.

Secondly, why would I want to watch a competent person who does everything right by the book? Variety is suppose to make us laugh and feel better about ourselves at the end of the day. SG as a celebrity who's seemingly perfect is actually full of flaws and doesn't do everything right, that humbles him and makes him relatable to viewers.

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I was so not gonna comment at all, because I find that the whole argument of Seung-gi needing to 'add value' in NoF is seriously very silly. But you pretty much said what I wanted to, so just to add a bit.

If one doesn't find Seung-gi's hoedang self entertaining then they're completely free to find something more entertaining to watch. But the 'value' of Seung-gi in this show is his hilarious self. He is hardworking and dedicated even as he fumbles while trying not to. He doesn't work hard on being funny, its his real self - something he actually keeps mentioning that he wants to change - and thankfully never managed to.

I understand that some people might not find him cute or funny, and thats okay. Not *everyone* has to love him, because he already - as pointed out - is overpopular. But I don't think he owes it to anyone to change himself because he's 26 and is exasperating a very selected few. As far as I can see, 90-95% of the commenters like that side of him, and just about the same percentage loves him in Korea.

As for popularity - the reason NoF premiered with a 10.5% (unheard of in cable tv - variety or drama) has a lot to do with that said popularity. He is who mostly everyone wants to watch, so even if we go with the idea that Na PD roped him in for popularity's sake, then its still the best strategy from a business point of view. In that case, his value is just being Lee Seung Gi.

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Yes, I know popularity plays a part in casting too, but I don't think popularity will last that long if he's not loved in what he does. Our opinion is like backing each other up.

Popular -> get cast -> apparently loved -> get more popular -> get more casting chance.

And about him being clueless, he did realize it.

He may be clueless and made some people annoyed, but he still did his best and somehow didn't get the result he was expecting. He himself felt the pressure and stressed over it the most. He already said he actually felt very stupid and wanted to cry.

He knew he didn't did good. It's not like he like to be clueless all the time. He knew he did wrong somewhere and still try his best to fix and clear the problem. IMO I don't think it's right to complain and dismiss his hard work especially when he knows it's not right to be clueless and wants to do better.

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I have said all that I needed to say. If you wish to see my comment as a complaint, so be it. I have no more comment on this matter. Its taken up so much of my time already. To each his own and we are all entitled to our own opinion, no? So I hope you will respect others' opinions and not jump to conclusions.

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Can we stop here? I don't think this is a right place to discuss about Seung Gi's popularity. I don't know if I should say this but I remember this person from a certain blog, she has some issues with Seung Gi because he's not perfect as she thinks he is. If it is so, let it be, he can't please everyone. As long as he's happy with what he's doing, I'm happy too, even if he's not in top or best at what he's doing, sometimes makes mistakes but one thing for sure, he'll learn from that and improve himself to a better him, that's what I saw from all those years being his fan and one of reasons I admire and want to be his fan for life.
I want to say something about casting Seung Gi here. Some might not know but he is one of reasons Na PD decided to make GOF, he shared in an interview that he wanted to quit KBS to make something different but couldn't because some strike, he kind of gave up the idea. One day Seung Gi called him and they went out, Seung Gi asked him what he wanted to do at that time, he shared and they happily discussed about the new idea, that when he's inspired again and decided make some moves. They're good friends and he wanted to cast Seung Gi in GOF but can't because GFB. Watching 1N2D all 5 years, they didn't invite a single idol on the show, do you think he casts someone just because pure popularity?
Lastly, my view about his useless self in this episode. If that side of him wasn't show, we didn't know YYJ can speak English that good, can't see real side of LMY or calm and understanding KHA,... they will just took a cab and go to hotel, nothing happen. It's is his real self or he wants to create situation to make people shine, we'll never know but we can't deny because of him, the noonas were highlighted, that's the interesting part of the variety.

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hey guys, you know where we can watch this subbed? I so miss Seung-gi T_T I tried watching the raw, and it really breaks my heart that I can't understand a thing, but i imagine it would have been an awesome episode. :(

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Thank you JB & GF for the recap.. I feel bad for Seunggi yet you're recap really is helping us a lot to understand what was happening on the show... I really love your recap!

Thank you-:)

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Watched it live and liked it. Watched it again with Chinese subs and LOVED it! Wow! The production team is really at their game. And all the characters are so vividly portrayed at the very first episode. Near the end Seung Gi swimming and enjoying the sea and the sun, with the words of the privileges of youth, to make mistakes and to learn and grow...Just wonderful.

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This will be a good one. I think Seung Gi will be so entertaining in this one. Na PD I can't figure out if he truly adores Seung Gi or hates him. Been waiting for this one.

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i watched it first time live and my heart felt heavy and dark. watched it again after reading the recap and couldn't even grasp the full potential of the show , the portrayal of of each character is so vivid and fantastic, i felt like i have known the noona's for a long time.

the show is going to be epic. im not saying this because i love seungi but because the show is made by mastermind na pd and the trip looks fresh and really relatable.

and im sure na p.d adores seung gi. cannot wait for the subs. why is it taking so long?

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I can see how it can be frustrating watching SG going around in circles. But at the same time, it's so satisfying in a sadistic sort of way. I guess I've stepped over to the dark side and falling for Na PD's evil master-plans.

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Hulu should be on Santa's Naughty List. Dont they know how much we need subs! But even without them, NoF is so funny. Thank u so much jb & gf. At least i understood a little more thanks to ur recap!

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Kim Ja-Ok is just too adorable! Probably the most beloved mom ever in kdramaland being Kim Sam Soon and Choi Han Gyul's mom and all.

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Thanks for the recap. I just saw the teaser on commercial during watching AM1994. It looks funny. All these ommas and halmoni without their makeup made me hard to identify them.

Hope I can watch this with En sub next time. Forever love Seung gi.

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he is 26 !!yet his heodang-ness stand still
(i'm not complaining) XD
thxs javabeans girlfriday ..

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What about ep 2?? please make a recap too

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I have an immunology exam in two hours...I should not be doing this right now...*Continuous reading* Thanks, Ladies!!

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Poor SG.. I'll give it to him for putting up a big smile even with all the stress. The editing - having the noonas getting then answers in less than 2 minutes while he sweats it out - is rofl..

I like Hee-Ae so much!! What a sweet lady! I love how Na PD is drawing such a beautiful arc for everyone already.

Thanks for the recap! JB & GF!!

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Thanks for the recap of Noona's Over Flowers. The 1st episode was definitely entertaining and I look forward to watching their upcoming adventures in Turkey and Croatia.

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Watching for the first time the trip to Turkey, stressed me out. The first blunder is ex-changing money at the airport - I am not sure about Korean, I do not know about their money changing system - they must have money changer in the country. I suppose the production team is lack experience. In Turkey it is better to use Turkish Lira, not American $, Euro is good. 5 of them, should take the small van going downtown, cheaper. map reading is very important. The way they did it is for people traveling without budget, but the truth was they traveled on budget.

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Part 2. Should not go anywhere blindly with budget traveling. Fun to watch their clueless venture, but is so stressful - one spend/wasting time at getting lost. Eastern Europe is wonderful, I have been to Praha. Rep Czec myself, but not Croatia, wanted to watch this, but it became so stressful, it is easy in Istanbul as I have been there myself & even at the airport they were so clueless, I am wondering how tiring their traveled was. Will try to watch more aha... watching variety show shouldn't be so stressful

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