Woohoo Waikiki: Episode 2
It is a great source of sorrow to me that screenshots just don’t do this show justice. You really just have to watch to get the full impact of the hilarious expressions, silly physical humor, and downright dangerous levels of cute we’re subjected to in the space of an hour. As the Waikiki boys start to accept Yoon-ah and little Sol as a part of their lives, things start to get a little crazy, and you really just have to see it to believe it.
EPISODE 2: “Anyone can become a wolverine/You know what? It’s a secret”
In the morning, Yoon-ah is startled to see Joon-ki with his face slathered in stage makeup. Seo-jin sighs and says he does that every morning, and he tells Yoon-ah that it’s because he’s an actor.
She’s impressed, but Doo-shik scoffs that he just stands in the background of scenes. He proudly informs Yoon-ah that he writes an online novel but his goal is to write scripts, only for Joon-ki to reveal that all he ever writes is other people’s resumes, ha.
Dong-gu wanders in and shushes their bickering, but Joon-ki snaps that at least they’ve never lit a movie set on fire trying to roast sweet potatoes. LOL. Dong-gu counters that it was potatoes, not sweet potatoes, and they get into a load fight over whether there’s a difference.
Eventually Seo-jin screams at them all to shut up, and she apologizes to Yoon-ah for the weird men who live in this house. Joon-ki says that she’s weirder than all of them, calling her “Chewbacca.” He starts to explain the nickname to Yoon-ah, but Seo-jin tackles him, sparking a four-way wrestle fight.
Watching the housemates yell at each other and smack each other with pillows, Yoon-ah wonders if it’s a good idea to stay here.
Baby Sol starts to fuss so Yoon-ah sits down to nurse. That ends the fighting in seconds, as they turn away and whisper to each other that Yoon-ah is weirder than any of them.
Later Seo-jin sets the guys to cleaning the house, and they lay around like slugs instead. Keen to get out of the chores, Joon-ki bets Dong-gu and Doo-shik that he can’t put his pants on without using his hands. They think it’s impossible, so they’re shocked when he wiggles them up his legs in seconds without touching them. That’s worth at least two more replays.
Seo-jin breaks up the fun and they all run off to clean, even Joon-ki. Doo-shik mops the laundry room while Seo-jin puts in a load, and he asks how her job hunt is going. She says it’s not easy, but the thought of ending up like Doo-shik keeps her motivated, HA.
She runs off and finds Dong-gu vacuuming the same spot over and over again, lost in thought. He sighs that he and his girlfriend Soo-ah broke up, but she already knows all about it from Joon-ki. She advises her big brother to either give up, or try harder. He asks if she thinks he’s unreliable and has no future, and Seo-jin is all, Oh gee, look at the time.
She heads to the library as the guys wander to the kitchen where Yoon-ah’s doing the dishes. Joon-ki tells them that he’s shooting a movie today, a story similar to X-men, starring Jo In-sung.
He leaves, and as she’s saying goodbye, Yoon-ah drops a plate. Dong-gu gripes at her for being careless and reminds her that he hasn’t given her his permission to stay at the house yet. Yoon-ah promises to try harder, but when Sol wakes from her nap and cries, Dong-gu says he’ll clean the mess and sends her to tend to her baby.
Her gloves get stuck as she’s trying to take them off, then one comes free suddenly and smacks Dong-gu across the face, lol. Horrified, Yoon-ah tries to wipe off the soap but only succeeds in smearing more on him, and he sends her away. When Doo-shik says he’s just grouchy because of Soo-ah, Dong-gu blows up at him.
Joon-ki is made up in his character makeup, and PWAHAHA, he looks like a low-rent Wolverine. Unfortunately, Jo In-sung was in an accident, so they have to push back filming until tomorrow. The director tells Joon-ki to keep his makeup on overnight because it’s too expensive to redo it, warning that his role will be scrapped from the movie if he messes it up.
Poor Joon-ki is forced to ride the bus home looking like a wild animal. Because he’s also wearing long fake claws, he can’t even hold onto the strap, so he ends up striking a series of dramatic Wolverine poses as the bus makes sharp turns. At one stop, a man bumps into him, but he manages not to mess up his face.
At the guesthouse, Dong-gu comes on Joon-ki unexpectedly, and when he sees the monstrous makeup he reflexively snaps his towel in Joon-ki’s face. Doo-shik explains what happened and that Joon-ki has to save his makeup until tomorrow. Joon-ki’s phone rings, but he can’t answer it with his claws, so Doo-shik has to answer and hold the phone for him.
It’s the police, who inform him that the guy who bumped into his on the bus was a pickpocket, but they caught him and they have Joon-ki’s wallet. He heads off to the police station, still in his monster makeup.
Dong-gu finds the kitchen in a shambles, with all of their food out on the table. Yoon-ah explains that she was cleaning out the fridge when Sol started crying. He tells her to take care of Sol then clean up, asking her to be sure to dispose of one particularly nasty container of moldy mushrooms.
He stalks off growling at Doo-shik that this is all his and Joon-ki’s fault. Doo-shik offers to watch the baby while Yoon-ah finishes cleaning, and he lifts Sol over his head to coo at her. She projectile-vomits right into his mouth, but he handles it gracefully.
At the police station, Joon-ki’s makeup startles the cops so badly that they all jump, and one actually pulls a gun on him, LOL. Joon-ki explains about the monster makeup, but the detective is reluctant to hand over his wallet because he can’t recognize him from his ID photo.
They can’t do a fingerprint either, because of all the fake hair on his hands, and the detective tells Joon-ki that a DNA test isn’t exactly practical. Joon-ki has to go home without his wallet, and when Seo-jin comes into the kitchen and sees him, she shrieks and whacks him on the head with her book. Annoyed, he thanks for her at least not hitting him with the book’s spine.
Yoon-ah serves a delicious-looking mushroom stew for lunch, but poor Joon-ki can’t even hold a spoon with his clawed hands. He pleads to Yoon-ah for help, and a few minutes later he’s happily sipping his soup through a straw while wearing one of Sol’s bibs. PFFT, even baby Sol is shooting him some wicked side-eye.
Nobody notices the old, moldy mushrooms on the counter, now missing a few from the container.
Later, in the middle of another phone call begging Soo-ah to talk to him, Dong-gu feels an ominous rumble in his tummy. He rushes to the bathroom, only to find Doo-shik and Joon-ki there already, clutching their bellies and yelling at Seo-jin to hurry up. Dong-gu suddenly remembers the moldy mushrooms and Yoon-ah’s mushroom stew and connects the dots.
Yoon-ah didn’t eat the stew, so she’s horrified when Dong-gu yells at her that everyone is sick from the bad mushrooms. His stomach rolls again, and he tells Yoon-ah to pack her things and leave immediately. He runs from the house in search of a bathroom.
He goosesteps down the street to a public bathroom, but it’s out of order. Running off in a different direction, he nearly bowls over Soo-ah before he realizes who she is. Forgetting his emergency, he begs Soo-ah to stay and listen, so she gives him one minute.
Dong-gu fights to control his increasingly insistent bowels as he apologizes to Soo-ah. She wants to know what he’s sorry for, in detail, and she’s offended when he lets loose a loud fart right in the middle of his list of offenses. He falls while trying to keep her from walking away, and he’s helpless as she leaves him for good.
Fortunately, he soon sees some portable toilets and uses the first one to relieve his painful stomach. Unfortunately, they’re for sale and not hooked up, and the salesman pitches a fit when he realizes the mess Dong-gu made.
Once he can come out, Dong-gu humbly apologizes to the salesman. Yoon-ah wanders by, having gone out for medicine for everyone who ate her stew, and she’s adorably amused when she hears what happened. Dong-gu is obliged to buy the toilet and take it home, where he lies that he bought it so they’d have another bathroom.
While cleaning, Yoon-ah accidentally knocks over and breaks Dong-gu’s only writing award. Everyone braces themselves for the inevitable explosion, but Dong-gu shocks them all by sweetly telling Yoon-ah that it was just an accident, and to forget that he told her to leave the house. Only she knows that he’s allowing her to stay in exchange for her silence.
Joon-ki shocks passengers on the bus again on his way back to the movie set. Then he spots someone else from his movie, a guy in blue makeup and a mutant headpiece, and they salute each other in dignified solidarity.
In the middle of the night, Yoon-ah gets up to use the restroom. She catches Seo-jin at the mirror, shaving… her face. Later Seo-jin explains tearfully that when she was little, she copied her dad and brother’s shaving. It caused the hair on her face to grow in thick and dark, and now she has to shave twice a day (that explains the “Chewbacca” nickname).
Seo-jin cheers up when a friend calls to tell her that her longtime crush is on his way to the school library, and she bounces off to see him. Dong-gu fusses at Yoon-ah for running out of bread and eggs for the guests, and he reluctantly goes along when she admits that she doesn’t know how to get to the store.
Yoon-ah is distracted by a sale on toys, telling Dong-gu that she’s never bought Sol a toy. He takes pity on her and says that he’ll buy one for her, and he wanders off wondering if she’s just that shameless, or just that innocent.
He runs right into Soo-ah, who’s shopping with her new boyfriend, and Soo-ah says nervously that Dong-gu is just a friend. The boyfriend hands over his business card, introducing himself as YOON-SEOK and telling Dong-gu that he runs a Thai restaurant nearby.
Yoon-ah runs over, excited to show Dong-gu the toy she chose. Dong-gu grabs Yoon-ah, yanks her close, and informs Soo-ah that she’s his girlfriend (and HAHA, the look on Yoon-ah’s face). Soo-ah has the nerve to look offended that he’s dating already, so Dong-gu runs with it, saying that Yoon-ah is a doctor.
Yoon-seok seems like a nice fellow, and he invites Dong-gu and Yoon-ah to dinner at his restaurant tonight. Dong-gu says that his doctor girlfriend is much too busy and hustles Yoon-ah out of there. She’s figured out what’s going on, and she grins when Dong-gu says he’ll buy the toy for Sol if she keeps quiet.
They head back to the guesthouse and tell the guys what happened, and how Dong-gu lied that Yoon-ah is his girlfriend. Doo-shik sighs that it’s really over with Soo-ah, but Joon-ki thinks this is a fabulous chance for Dong-gu. Soo-ah sends Dong-gu a text just then, which Joon-ki sees as proof that she’s angry and jealous.
He’s positive that seeing Dong-gu with a pretty young doctor is making Soo-ah rethink her decision to break up with him. Dong-gu gets excited at the idea of a reconciliation, and he practically begs Yoon-ah to go along with Joon-ki’s plan — to take his so-called doctor girlfriend to dinner at Yoon-seok’s restaurant. She’s reluctant, but she caves when Dong-gu promises to forget every one of her mistakes.
Dong-gu cleans up pretty well, but he’s stunned speechless at the sight of Yoon-ah with her hair and makeup done. Doo-shik and Joon-ki dreamily tell her that she looks pretty, and when they prod Dong-gu to say something, he just stammers that she’s not too bad. She leaves Sol in their care, and Sol gives a loud celebratory toot when they cheer for her mommy (Joon-ki: “She’s a good daughter…”)
At the library, Seo-jin feverishly applies makeup on her chin and upper lip when she hears that her crush, Tae-hyun, is on the way. But he’s running late, so when he arrives, he finds her snoring in a puddle of drool, hee. He pretends he didn’t notice and says he’s glad to see her, and she offers to show him the new archive room.
He manages to find the first article Seo-jin ever wrote, and he says she should come work for his paper, but she tells him that she already applied and was rejected. He comforts her, saying that he didn’t get the job until his third try, and pats her encouragingly on the head. They start to leave, but naturally they’ve been locked in.
Dong-gu and Yoon-ah coordinate their stories and head into the Thai restaurant with determination. Soo-ah frowns at them as they cuddle at the table, and they’re startled when Yoon-seok orders in perfectly accented Thai. He offers them a drink, and Yoon-ah nearly ruins everything when she starts to say she can’t drink because she’s breastfeeding.
Thinking fast, Dong-gu says that she meant to say she has a surgery in the morning (the words sound similar). He brags proudly that she’s proficient in many specialties, and Soo-ah asks why she would fall for someone like him. Dong-gu can’t think of anything to say, but Yoon-ah comes to his rescue.
She tells them that she can see Dong-gu’s bright future as the best film director in the world. She gets a bit carried away and adds sadly that he hasn’t been able to open up to her yet, but he goes along with it and they pout at each other and hug.
Seo-jin and Tae-hyun are stuck in the archive room with everyone gone home for the night, but Tae-hyun says that he doesn’t mind it so much. He starts to say something that sounds like a confession, But he stops when she looks at him. Oh no, she has a five o’clock shadow.
Tae-hyun thinks there’s just something on her face, but a check in the mirror alerts Seo-jin that she needs to shave. Tae-hyun tries to confess again, but Seo-jin keeps one hand over her mouth and warns him to stay back, then tries desperately to escape the room.
After dinner, Dong-gu says loftily that the food wasn’t bad, though not as good as the authentic Thai food that they had in Bangkok, lol. He and Yoon-ah leave, congratulating each other on a successful operation.
Doo-shik, Joon-ki, and baby Sol are at home, riveted by a makjang drama on TV (and ha, Joon-ki parrots all the dramatic lines). Dong-gu and Yoon-ah arrive home and Dong-gu praises Yoon-ah’s acting skills, and Joon-ki assures him that Soo-ah is probably thinking about getting back together with him.
The guys hand off Sol to her mother and leave, and Dong-gu actually smiles as he watches Yoon-ah baby-talk to her daughter. But a voice calls out, “Did you just say ‘mommy?’” They turn to see Soo-ah standing in the room, having brought Yoon-ah’s purse that she left at the restaurant.
Soo-ah assumes that Dong-gu had a baby with Yoon-ah while he was dating her, but Dong-gu says that’s not the case. Soo-ah recognizes Sol and, backed into a corner, Dong-gu points at Joon-ki as he innocently walks back into the room and says she’s Joon-ki’s baby.
Joon-ki looks like he could rip Dong-gu’s head off, but he goes along with the story. Oblivious, Yoon-seok asks for a tour of the house, so Yoon-ah gives Sol to Daddy Joon-ki and takes Yoon-seok and Soo-ah upstairs. Dong-gu apologizes to Joon-ki, and Joon-ki relaxes and says it’s fine.
Over at the library, Tae-hyun falls asleep on a table as Seo-jin wonders what to do about her growing mustache. She fights sleep, but when Tae-hyun wakes, he finds that she’s nodded off with her hair in her face. He goes over to sweetly cover her with his coat, but she jerks awake and shoves him away hard enough to bash his head on a table and knock him out cold.
Forgetting her facial hair, she leans over him and tries to wake him up. He rouses and sits up, but he finally gets a good look at her mustache, so she hits him with a heavy book and knocks him out again. Well, that’s romantic.
Over beers, Dong-gu continues praising Yoon-ah to Soo-ah and Yoon-seok, while Soo-ah barely tries to hide her eye-rolling. Yoon-ah goes downstairs at an urgent text from Joon-ki, and Soo-ah gets up to get more beers. She hears a strange noise, and she opens Yoon-ah’s bedroom door to find her breastfeeding Sol.
Joon-ki joins them, and when Soo-ah asks why Yoon-ah is breastfeeding his baby, he claims that she’s just “donating” her milk, ha. But Soo-ah wonders how an unmarried woman can produce milk, and she demands an explanation from Yoon-ah, so Yoon-ah confesses that Sol is her daughter.
Desperate, Joon-ki channels the psychotic villain from the drama he was watching, and he says dramatically that he and Yoon-ah had Sol together and that Dong-gu doesn’t know. He goes back into makjang mode when Yoon-ah hesitates, telling Soo-ah that Yoon-ah is an evil liar and that only Soo-ah can save Dong-gu by taking him back.
But Soo-ah isn’t stupid, and she immediately knows this is a big fat lie. She attacks Joon-ki, then goes upstairs and slaps Dong-gu upside the head. She and Yoon-seok leave, and when Dong-gu follows her, saying that he only did this because he loves her so much, she snaps that she has no feelings for him at all now.
A little while later, the others find Dong-gu trying to kill himself by drinking all the alcohol in the house. He sobs loudly, and when another crying voice joins him, they all look up to see Seo-jin sitting on the balcony, wailing for Tae-hyun. The siblings scream the names of their lost loves, completely inconsolable.
I’m so happy that I liked this second episode every bit as much as the first, if not more. The humor is pretty solid, if a bit lowbrow, but it’s exactly the kind of mindless, stupid, yet still hilarious kind of show I need right now. The baby somehow manages to keep Woohoo Waikiki from being just a silly show about not-too-bright people, because she gives them something to rally around and I can see how her presence will give the story a chance to go places that a straight rom-com wouldn’t be able to go. As funny as I think the housemates are, I can already tell that they’re going to pull my heartstrings pretty hard if their little girl’s well-being is threatened.
After the first episode, I was a little worried that it was going to be difficult to like Dong-gu, because he’s just so grouchy and mean to his friends. I get that he’s disappointed with life, and that he’s having a hard time realizing his dreams, but he takes it out on everyone to a bit of an extreme. So I was glad to see him softening towards Yoon-ah in this episode, because while I can understand that Dong-gu is frustrated and annoyed by her presence and her uncanny ability to screw things up, I also needed to see him being nice to someone for once, even if reluctantly. Happily, there’s something about Yoon-ah that gets to Dong-gu’s squishy marshmallow center, and I liked what I saw once they started working towards a common goal. Even though Dong-gu is still annoyed and frustrated by Yoon-ah, he’s also starting to see her as a person and feel a bit of a connection to her. It’s not much, but it’s enough for now.
We got to see more of Yoon-ah’s personality in this episode, and I’m tickled pink at her cheeky sense of humor and that mischievous glint she gets in her eye at times. She’s a disaster at housework, but she seems smart and compassionate. I think that, the more she gets to know the Waikiki crew and starts to feel comfortable around them, she’ll turn out to be quite the spitfire. Which is good, because if she and Dong-gu are going to have a love line, she’s going to have to be tough yet soft, if that makes sense… his prickly personality will require someone who won’t take the things he says when he’s upset personally, but who can also stand up to him when he goes too far. Basically, she’ll have to land somewhere in between Joon-ki, who constantly pushes back until Dong-gu blows up, and Doo-shik, who just wilts and retreats. I think Yoon-ah will be just perfect for him.
For now, it’s really sweet how Joon-ki and Doo-shik stick up for Yoon-ah whenever Dong-gu starts ranting about her. They’ve wanted her to stay from the very beginning, and Doo-shik is even starting to bond with little Sol, although Joon-ki still seems a bit afraid of the baby. Dong-gu is pretty harsh with Yoon-ah, which feels like it has more to do with his cranky personality than Yoon-ah herself, since most of her accidents seem to happen because Dong-gu makes her nervous. So I’m glad that the other guys are in her corner, being kind to her and keeping Dong-gu from being too mean.
While I think that what Dong-gu did to Soo-ah was pretty awful — trying to make her jealous by claiming to have a new girlfriend — and I can see why she was angry, I don’t agree that Soo-ah had any moral high ground to stand on. It’s not really fair of her to be upset with him for having a new girlfriend, when she had a new boyfriend within a day or so of breaking up with him. The two aren’t the same thing, but there’s no way Soo-ah wasn’t cheating on Dong-gu with the new guy, so they were both being dishonest. That doesn’t make Dong-gu’s lie okay, but with the way Soo-ah was acting all huffy about his “relationship,” it made me dislike her for her double standard. But she’s actually pretty smart, so I think she’ll be an interesting rival once Dong-gu and Yoon-ah start to have some real feelings for each other.