Strong Woman Do Bong-soon: Episode 6
Man, this show makes me laugh. And sigh. And cheer. And freak out. And great, now I’m exhausted too. Still, I don’t care, I want more!
Bong-soon has decided to use her powers for good, but right now it’s taking all her strength just to manage her eccentric CEO and upright detective. Meanwhile, we get a step closer to identifying our kidnapper, but sometimes more answers just means more questions.
EPISODE 6: “Happy Together”
After making the announcement that he intends to stay at Min-hyuk Mansion, Gook-doo and Min-hyuk have a mini standoff. As the two posture at each other, Bong-soon gazes dreamily at Gook-doo for coming to her “rescue.” Heh, Min-hyuk waves a hand in front of her face, but she doesn’t even notice.
Kyung-shim recuperates in the hospital with Bong-soon’s mom at her side. Two policemen from Gook-doo’s team visit with an assortment of masks, but none come close to Masked Man’s head covering.
Back to the standoff, Gook-doo asks Min-hyuk to let him stay, offering to sleep on the sofa. Bong-soon doesn’t want her crush sleeping on the hard sofa, but Min-hyuk coyly says that he and Gook-doo can just share a bed then. Bong-soon lunges to push her boss away from her crush, grabbing Min-hyuk so hard that he yelps in pain. Panicked, she blurts out, “He’s gay!”
Both boys stare at her (Min-hyuk especially) and she whisper-yells at Min-hyuk that everyone knows already so he might as well say the truth to avoid misunderstandings. Glaring, Min-hyuk agrees: They should tell the truth. Then he announces, “She’s my bodyguard!” Heh, one “outing” deserves another?
Bong-soon and Min-hyuk have a silent glare battle while a completely confused Gook-doo yells that it makes no sense for a weak girl like Bong-soon to be his bodyguard.
Min-hyuk has had just about enough and sputters out, “Weak?! She… she—” Bong-soon pushes him away and instead spins the story to sound like Min-hyuk hired a female bodyguard to avoid scandals with attractive male bodyguards. Min-hyuk stares at her the whole time, at first in shock at her brazenness, then he starts to slowly nod as well.
Gook-doo sort of accepts Bong-soon’s cover story, but still insists on staying the night, suggesting they all sleep in separate rooms. This, however, leads the three to each imagine different scenarios of the other two sneaking off together: Min-hyuk imagines Bong-soon sneaking in to see Gook-doo, Gook-doo pictures Min-hyuk with Bong-soon, and Bong-soon, of course, envisions Min-hyuk putting the moves on Gook-doo. Wow, everyone is so pretty that I’m really okay with any of those scenarios coming true.
Gook-doo jumps up to say that the three of them shouldn’t split up, and the other two are quick to agree. Min-hyuk decides that since they’ll all be staying together, then how about they pull an all-nighter?
Cut to the three of them at a bar. Min-hyuk and Gook-do engage in a round of pool while Bong-soon watches, thoroughly unimpressed with both of them. As the boys play, there are gaming sound effects playing whenever they make a shot, making the pool hall feel like an old school video arcade.
Min-hyuk soundly whips Gook-doo’s butt at pool, making cheeky comments as he cleans the table. However, Gook-do gets his revenge when the boys progress to darts. Min-hyuk is laughably bad while Gook-doo hits the center every time.
The boys move on to their final battle: alcohol. Min-hyuk lines up the beer bombs while Bong-soon futilely tries to get them to stop their pissing contest. They chug glass after glass, glaring at one another as they get increasingly sloshed. The whole time, Bong-soon sits between them, sipping her drink through a straw and looking at the boys like the dummies they are.
At the hospital, Mom and Dad both sit with Kyung-shim. Dad feels that Mom went too far this time in pushing their daughter at her boss when she could have just gone and stayed with her grandmother if she was in danger. Kyung-shim chimes in that she doesn’t think that Min-hyuk is gay after watching him at the club. Dad starts to freak out that Bong-soon might be sleeping alone at a straight man’s house, but Mom yells that this is for the best and adds that she hopes her daughter and future son-in-law had a good first night together. Dad chokes, “Son-in-law!?!”
Said son-in-law is currently very drunk… and cuddling with an equally wasted Gook-doo on a bar pool table. Omo, is he stroking his face? I love it.
Bong-soon tuts at the pair of them. She grabs both guys and walks out with a boy slung over each shoulder like the tiny badass she is. Muttering the whole way, Bong-soon plops her cargo down outside the bar (dropping Min-hyuk rather more harshly), then leaves to get a hangover cure for Gook-doo.
Two men happen upon our unconscious boys and proceed to pick their pockets as the inebriated boys lie there helplessly. Bong-soon comes back to catch them in the act and yells at them to give back what they stole. Neither man is impressed. Instead, one man starts messing with Bong-soon. Bad idea.
Grabbing the man’s arm, she whips him away from her, flinging him twenty feet through the air. Idiot #2 tries to attack the pint-sized Hercules with a two-by-four, but Bong-soon snaps the wood, and soon he’s soaring through the air to join his friend.
Not far away, Boss Tak and Jaws are still tailing Bong-soon and watching everything unfold from their car, gasping to see the tiny girl thrashing the larger men with supernatural ease. Boss Tak asks what the heck this girl is, and Jaws answers, “Vampire?”
Bong-soon drives her boys home and deposits both on the couch, hilariously pushing Min-hyuk to the side as she takes extra care of Gook-doo. She even props the detective’s feet upon her sleeping boss.
In the Do-bong neighborhood, Boss Tak’s men patrol the neighborhood, but they seem to be bullying the young women more than protecting them. A police car also patrols the neighborhood, but trailing right behind it is a silver sedan. Unfortunately the driver doesn’t appear to be a cop, as he slowly follows a young woman as she closes down a pharmacy and walks home.
Min-hyuk awakens in the night to find himself on the floor… while Gook-doo sleeps peacefully on the couch, resting on pillows and covered with a blanket. Pah! Min-hyuk grumps that Bong-soon left him to freeze on the floor, then grabs one of Gook-doo’s pillows and rips off the blanket (“That’s mine!”). He stops by Bong-soon’s room, and her sleeping profile makes him think of his pink-hooded rescuer from years ago, but he scoffs that it’s too impossible a coincidence.
Min-hyuk and Gook-doo wake up to a huge breakfast spread, complete with hangover soup. (Hah! Bong-soon has decorated the chopstick she stabbed into the counter with a tiny Korean flag.) Gook-doo asks how they got home last night, and Bong-soon smoothly lies that they walked home themselves. She then pretends to be unable to open the jam jar, prompting Gook-doo to open it for her, making Min-hyuk scoff at the display.
Min-hyuk wonders who won their drinking contest last night, and both boys swear that they remember seeing the other guy on the floor. Gook-doo asks if Min-hyuk is really gay, but Min-hyuk says that he doesn’t answer questions about his personal life.
Gook-doo decides that, regardless, he can’t leave Min-hyuk alone with Bong-soon. Min-hyuk argues back that he can’t leave her alone with Gook-doo either, but Bong-soon puts a stop to it by saying that she can’t leave the two of them together. When they look at her blankly, she asks if they really don’t remember what happened last night.
Oh my. Rewind to last night: The guys are hammered, and Gook-doo stumbles his way over to Min-hyuk’s side of the table. The detective gives our CEO a sultry look and semi-grinds against him(!!!). Gook-doo moves to the dance floor and starts a sexy dance, complete with a full body roll, lip bite, and beckoning finger towards Min-hyuk. Is he giggling at him?!
Min-hyuk drunkenly stares back, grinning. He staggers forward and the two… dance? They’re both so drunk that it’s more like them hanging onto each other than choreography. Suddenly, Gook-doo tips Min-hyuk back in a swoon-worthy dip, and the two lean in close for a kiss. Okay, I can’t squeal any higher right now.
It’s at the point that Bong-soon, who has been watching all this with mounting horror, leaps off her chair and smacks both boys in the mouth, effectively pushing them away from each other. She’s a little extra pushy with Min-hyuk. Jealous much?
The boys actually push Bong-soon out of the way, and Gook-doo grabs onto Min-hyuk, “Before midnight, I must go home, or my coach will become a pumpkin.” Then our Cinderella Detective gives a tragic goodbye to his Min-hyuk Prince Charming, blowing a kiss at the other man before stumbling off to fall asleep on the pool table. Min-hyuk soon follows, clambering onto the table and snuggling with his princess.
Back in the present, both guys cringe as the memory returns. To cover up the awkwardness, Min-hyuk takes a sip of Bong-soon’s hangover soup, but promptly chokes from the spiciness. Not to be outdone, Gook-doo tries his soup as well and stoically tries not to show any reaction. He doesn’t succeed.
It turns into yet another contest with both men gagging while denying that it’s spicy. Gook-doo: “I’m fine, is it spicy?” Min-hyuk: “Did I say something?” Hee, Min-hyuk looks like he’s going to die.
While the boys are choking from the spicy food, Bong-soon calmly eats chocolate next to them, humming happily at how sweet it is. Min-yuk tries to grab some of her chocolate, but she bats him away and offers the treat to her crush instead, leaving her boss glaring.
Min-hyuk gets a call from his stalker, and Gook-doo and Bong-soon listen as Min-hyuk yells at the voice to say his threats to his face. The stalker wants him to renounce his claim to his father’s company at the board meeting tomorrow, threatening that next time, he’ll use real bullets.
Gook-doo gets called into work. He turns to Min-hyuk and sincerely asks, as one man to another, “Please look after Bong-soon.” Heh, there’s dramatic music as Gook-doo slo-mo walks out, flapping his coat heroically. Even Min-hyuk nods as though admitting, “Yeah, that was cool.”
After Gook-doo leaves, Bong-soon drops the innocent act and the two bicker over who is protecting who. Min-hyuk accuses her of breaking her contract again by trying to kill him with her spicy soup. Bong-soon exasperatedly asks if every injury he gets is her fault, but he points out that since he met her, every injury was caused by her. Touché.
Smiling, Bong-soon sweetly intimidates, “You should stop before you get hurt somewhere else.” The saccharine threat effectively ends the argument, and Min-hyuk meekly returns to his spicy meal.
At the office, Secretary Gong has bad news: Min-hyuk’s father’s company stock has dropped after a tabloid report outed Min-hyuk as being gay.
Min-hyuk quickly makes another call to his reporter friend to get him to remove the libelous articles, and Bong-soon overhears him thank the reporter for removing the “drunk girl videos” from before. She realizes that Min-hyuk was the one responsible for taking down her pole “dancing” video and thanks him sincerely. Ever modest, he grins that of course she should thank him.
Min-hyuk finally gets a lead on the motorcycle belonging to the stalker. It was put up for sale and he’s able to get the stalker’s name, height, weight, and occupation. He works for Baek Tak Development, a company with ties to Min-hyuk’s father, and whose CEO turns out to be none other than our very own Boss Tak. Coincidence?
Bong-soon promises that she will catch the stalker for her boss, and Min-hyuk seems moved by her fervor.
Back in the car, Bong-soon and Min-hyuk come upon a two-car accident in the middle of the road. It looks like the man in the first car stepped on the brakes suddenly and the woman behind him couldn’t stop in time, crashing into his car.
The man turns out to be a real ass, yelling at the woman as she cowers in her car. Bong-soon and Min-hyuk watch with growing indignation as the man bangs on the car door, literally forcing the terrified woman out of the vehicle. Min-hyuk can’t take anymore and starts to get out of the car, only to realize that his pint-sized bodyguard is already out and striding towards the douche.
The man starts to get physical with the woman, but Bong-soon arrives and yanks him off. She tells him off for overdoing things when the woman already apologized, but the man continues his tirade and mocks the two of them, clearly feeling superior to the smaller women.
However, Min-hyuk makes his way over and the schmuck immediately shrinks back, losing his haughty demeanor when confronted with another man. While Min-hyuk thoroughly intimidates the scumbag, Bong-soon quietly sneaks off unnoticed.
When Min-hyuk threatens to call the police, Schmuck starts laughing insanely at all of them, but quickly retreats to his own car and just takes off, yelling curses out his window as he runs away from the accident he caused. Loser.
Min-hyuk returns to his car, but stops to see that Bong-soon is nowhere to be found. Hah! Is she in the jerk’s car?
Schmuck cruises away, laughing to himself that he totally went easy on all of them because he’s such a nice guy. (Ugh.) But lo and behold, there’s a tiny Bong-soon in his backseat, and she pops up to scare the living daylights out of the guy.
Bong-soon calmly tells Schmuck to pull over to someplace quiet since she has something to say to him. Creep that he is, he assumes that she’s looking for some hanky-panky and cheerfully agrees. Bong-soon’s expression just about says it all.
Smarty-pants Min-hyuk has also guessed where his wayward bodyguard disappeared to and follows the other car.
Schmuck stops near an empty field – Min-hyuk parking not far behind — and Bong-soon jumps out of his car. Sighing that she just can’t let this go, Bong-soon strolls up to the front of the car and tells the man to hold on tight. Then she gives a mighty shove sideways and the whole car starts spinning like a top, complete with one screaming Schmuck inside.
As the car spins, Bong-soon delivers a pretty awesome speech, reaming into the guy for picking on a woman weaker than himself. It’s a pity Schmuck can’t hear it over his screeching and increasing nausea.
Throughout this, Min-hyuk watches from a distance in growing alarm and amazement at the revolving car and ranting Bong-soon.
The car finally skids to a stop, and the man can barely crawl ten feet away before being sick. Bong-soon walks back and encounters a shell-shocked Min-hyuk. He hilariously flinches whenever she comes close, agreeing easily to everything she says as she jumps back in the car.
Gook-doo’s team has found the owner of the burner phone that the designated driver used to contact the ballet teacher (the kidnapper’s third victim) immediately before she was taken, but the man swears that he was never able to find the woman at the bar that night. Gook-doo surmises that the kidnapper must have been at the bar near the victim, overheard her calling a driver, and posed as said driver.
They do catch a small break: The CCTV caught the kidnapper as he walked from the bar to the car, and his height and build matches that of the man impersonating the doctor (who stole the second victim), confirming that the two missing cases are related.
Min-hyuk and Bong-soon stop to watch a sunset together. He brings up the movie King Kong, and how he’s starting to feel like the movie’s heroine, which makes Bong-soon snap back, “Are you saying I am King Kong?” Min-hyuk: “A peanut-sized King Kong.” Pfft.
Min-hyuk marvels at how much strength is condensed in her tiny body, and asks if it’s some kind of super power. Bong-soon reveals that she was born this way: the strength runs in her family, passing down through the female line.
Min-hyuk latches on to that asks, “So what you’re saying is, if I got married to you… I’m not saying that I am going to marry you…” Oh sweetie, someone’s thinking ahead. Min-hyuk amends his question, clarifying that if she marries someone and they have a daughter, would that daughter also be super strong?
Bong-soon nods dejectedly, seemingly embarrassed, and Min-hyuk gets adorably protective of her. “What did you do wrong to hang you head like that?” He compares it to how he was born so good-looking: neither of them asked for it. Pah! Well, I suppose his level of prettiness can count as a super power.
Min-hyuk brings up Bong-soon’s comment from the other night about wanting to use her strength for something good. He argues that she needs training — since all the best gaming characters can’t rely on pure strength – and sweetly offers to help her figure out how to use her strength, promising to make her into a “real life Xena.”
Min-hyuk’s sincere pledge makes Bong-soon look at him a bit differently, and they both smile at one another as the sun sets.
Gook-doo gets some bad – but overdue – news from Hee-ji. She apologizes and says that recently she’s been wavering in their relationship, finding herself drawn to another man. Well, at least she told him. That’s something.
Bong-soon calls Gook-doo on her way home, and he makes her promise to lock her door at night since he can’t stay over tonight. Bong-soon assures him that she’s actually stronger that she looks (Min-hyuk nods enthusiastically), but Gook-doo answers, “No matter how strong you are, in my eyes, you’re still a fragile woman.”
Turns out, Min-hyuk and Bong-soon aren’t going straight home, since they stop at his family’s house first. He tells her that since he promised to help her, she should help him too.
It’s another awkward Ahn family dinner when Dad suddenly orders Min-hyuk to get married. He’s decided that they need to tie their family to a respectable one to help negate their gangster image and quell the rumors of Min-hyuk’s sexuality.
Dad already has a girl picked out for his son, but Min-hyuk throws a wrench in his father’s plans when he announces that he already has a girlfriend… and holds up Bong-soon’s hand. Pwahaha! Oh, this is great.
Min-hyuk proudly proclaims that the two of them already live together, and when his father asks if this is true, the stunned Bong-soon ekes out that it’s not exactly untrue. Min-hyuk adds in that Bong-soon’s mother is very conservative, so they haven’t gotten permission from her family yet. Hah! If only.
Min-hyuk declares that he will definitely get married to Bong-soon as he pets her head and calls her pretty. He then promises to give his father grandchildren soon, making Bong-soon choke from what must be a mild heart attack. As she coughs, Min-hyuk cheerfully asks how many kids she wants.
On the drive home, Bong-soon lets Min-hyuk have it, shouting about this being a clear breach of contract. Min-hyuk defensively yells back that it’s not like he wanted this either, but his father was all set to arrange his marriage. Bong-soon warns that her mother would be furious if she knew about this, and at that moment, Mommy Dearest calls for a status update on Operation: Seduce the Boss.
Mother and daughter commence a conversation of opposites, as Bong-soon puts on a show for Min-hyuk, and Mom gives seduction instructions:
Mom: “You’re doing your best, right?”
Bong-soon: “Mom! Don’t worry! Our CEO is not that kind of person.”
Mom: “Knock him out.”
Bong-soon: “Nothing’s happened. Don’t worry.”
Mom: “How could nothing have happened by now? Give him alcohol!”
The next morning dawns, and Min-hyuk strides into the sleeping Bong-soon’s room. He gazes for a moment at her sleeping form, then blows a whistle — loudly. He calls out that today, they’re going to start her training. Bong-soon is less than enthusiastic and grumpily rolls over, prompting Min-hyuk to blow the whistle for so long that he actually runs out of breath.
First stop on their day of training is a giant rock wall, which Bong-soon scales with ridiculous ease, Min-hyuk’s eyebrow rising along with her. Next, Min-hyuk’s jaw literally drops as Bong-soon effortlessly runs with ten tires dragging behind her.
Mom and her ladies go for a hike, and Mom reassures the women that she sowed a talisman from a shaman into the blanket that she sent along with Bong-soon, so she’s sure things will progress quickly.
Gook-doo’s police team is finally able to draw up a sketch of the kidnapper’s unique mask, but they’ve been unable to find a matching material for it.
Bong-soon gives her official interview with Gook-doo. She describes everything from her encounter with the kidnapper, but leaves out the part where she kicked his butt. She does say that she saw the man’s eyes through his mask, and she picked up a strange smell from him: an oily gasoline odor, similar to the scent of new asphalt.
After the interview, Gook-doo walks Bong-soon out. She picks up on his mood, and he admits that Hee-ji has feelings for someone else. The strange thing is that he doesn’t feel anything about it. Bong-soon gently tells him that the hurt will come later, but she reassures him that it will eventually pass, and Hee-ji will come to her senses soon.
Gook-doo stares intently at her and asks, “Why are we friends?” Omo! It’s a simple question, but the intonation makes it sound more like he’s asking why they’re only friends. Bong-soon looks up at him, and they lock eyes for a moment. Gook-doo shakes it off and reminds Bong-soon to lock her door at night, since he doesn’t trust that her boss is really gay.
Bong-soon’s kiddos are out gathering trash for their noonim when they run into Boss Tak’s thugs. One of the thugs spits out his gum, and the kids take issue with it. Soon they’re all lined up posturing at each other, and it’s a bit amusing how they all seem exactly alike, just ten years apart.
The leader of the schoolboys warns the thugs not to mess with them, “If our noonim finds out, you ajusshis will flip over.” Aww. Such a loyal underling puppy.
The ten years do make a difference though, and the kiddos eventually back off. The thugs laugh at the kid’s threats of their noonim, but are quickly distracted to see a young woman alone.
They harass the woman to sign their petition (presumably in support of their boss’ redevelopment), grabbing her arm to try and force her to sign as she cries out for someone to save her.
Suddenly one of the men gets hit with a clothing sack as a voice cries out, “What are you doing?!” We see the back of a white haired figure, and the men all complain at the interrupting grandma… until that grandma proceeds to knock the stuffing out of all of them, sending the grown men through the air. Ah! Is this Bong-soon’s grandma?
At a pharmacy, a young man comes to pick up a prescription sedative to help with his insomnia. Wait, isn’t that the witness from the second victim?
The helpful pharmacist invites the man to come to church with her and her daughter, saying that praying at midnight mass helped ease her mind enough to sleep. The man timidly points out that the neighborhood has become dangerous this late at night, but the pharmacist insists that God has protected her.
Dad closes up the walnut shop while Mom looks around for someone, saying that “she” said she would meet them at the store. Then, along comes the badass grandmother and Mom runs at her, happily yelling “Mom!” Heh, Mom runs up for a hug, but Grandma is so strong that Mom literally bounces right off.
Dad hurries up and gives a respectful bow, but Grandma’s gentle handshake crunches his hand, and she tuts at him for being so weak. I already love her.
We return to the underground bridal prison, and Masked Man glares at the twisted pipe – curtesy of Bong-soon – then visits his second bride: the ballet teacher. As woman cries in terror, he crouches down and strokes her face. He says she must have been acting out because she was lonely, but urges her not to worry, since he’ll bring her some new friends soon. She begs him to let her go home, but he loses his temper and yells that this is her home now.
Then he reaches up and takes off the mask, and we finally see his face: It’s the man from the pharmacy, and the witness who supposedly “saved” the first bride. The woman whimper-screams and the kidnapper leans in, breathing heavily as he draws in close to her. Ack! No! Let’s just keep it at kidnapping. Please don’t add rape, too.
Bong-soon heads to bed that night and, remembering Gook-doo’s words, she locks her bedroom door. Also in the house, Min-hyuk paces as he thinks back to when he saw Boss Tak at the hospital, trying to piece all the clues together.
At the same time, the pharmacist woman walks home alone, not seeing the masked figure following her until it’s too late. The man grabs her from behind he we hear a muffled scream.
As Bong-soon sleeps peacefully, her doorknob starts to jiggle as though someone is trying to force their way in. In Min-hyuk’s room, a black clad figure comes in, and Min-hyuk jerks awake to find someone holding a knife to his throat.
Yeesh. Well, that’s not a great way to wake up. Hopefully Bong-soon is a light sleeper.
I’m so curious about this kidnapper (as long as he stays far, far away from me). Kudos to everyone who guessed that the witness was actually the bad guy, but now I have more questions than ever. Why did he let his second victim be found and brought the hospital, only so he could steal her again? Was that part of the plan? What is his plan? I had thought he was going after random skinny women, but his latest victim, the pharmacist, was someone he has a connection with. Does this mean he knew the other women in some way? And why did he remove the mask? If he was going to take it off, why bother wearing it in the prison to begin with?
So many questions, and sadly, the only answer is “wait and see.” Curse you for pulling me in, Show.
I did want to address a topic that keeps coming up: the way that the show uses the possibility of Min-hyuk being gay as comedic fodder. I recognize that this is a sensitive issue for a lot of people, and there is no “right answer” for how we should react — since an inherent part of the whole subject is a person’s right to choose how they feel. My personal stance is that the show is not trying to mock or belittle homosexuality. The real humor comes from the misunderstandings, not the concept of being gay. During Gook-doo and Min-hyuk’s drunken bar escapades, I laughed my butt off — not because the thought of them being gay was funny, but because of how they would feel the next morning to remember their antics. Also, Bong-soon’s reaction to Min-hyuk’s preferences is very telling: She never once derides or insults Min-hyuk for being gay. She may bicker with him and badmouth him to others, but that is purely based on his personality and not his sexuality.
I am a little disappointed with how easily Bong-soon blabs to everyone that her boss is gay, especially in a society where the majority is still unaccepting of LGBT rights. However, people’s reactions to the news have never been negative towards Min-hyuk as a person. Mom is disappointed only because she might lose out on him as a son-in-law — I imagine that if he preferred blondes or was already dating someone, her reaction would still be the same: seduce no matter the obstacle. Gook-doo also hasn’t changed at all towards Min-hyuk: He still dislikes him (no more, no less). So far, the only bad response came from the scandalous article “outing” Min-hyuk, which I viewed as more of a commentary on society than an attack against homosexuality.
I truly believe that at the heart of gay rights are a group of people fighting for the right to be themselves; to be accepted for who they are and what they feel. I’d argue that that mirrors the struggles of both of our leads, with Bong-soon wanting to be accepted for her strength, and Min-hyuk refusing to define or justify himself to others. If anything, I believe that the show and its characters seem very accepting of a gay lead, and honestly, I’d be perfectly fine with whoever Min-hyuk ends up with: Bong-soon or Gook-doo. Those boys be hawt!