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Woohoo Waikiki: Episode 11

Finally, our Waikiki crew is back! I gotta tell ya, I didn’t handle the last two weeks off from their silly antics and heartbreaking crushes very well. It’s amazing that these bizarre people and their insane shenanigans have gotten under my skin so badly, when generally this kind of over-the-top humor would be annoying me by now. But somehow the show just keeps getting better and better, and I’m so glad to see our Waikiki oddballs again.

 
EPISODE 11: “Night of the Living Dead/I really like you”

Dong-gu marches home excitedly and finds Yoon-ah outside, and he tells her, “I like you. I really like you. Do you want to date me?” Yoon-ah stares, then pushes away his hands and declines. Dong-gu assures her that he’s prepared to take responsibility for her and Sol, but she says that she never asked him to do that.

She gets a little offended, asking if a single mother like her is obligated to go out with him just because he asks. She says they should pretend this never happened. Chef Hyun-joon brings Yoon-ah her phone, which she left in his car, and Dong-gu looks humiliated that Hyun-joon saw the whole thing.

Soo-ah arrives and asks if Dong-gu is okay. He asks if he just got dumped, and she says gently, “Yep, and it only took five seconds.” Awww.

Inside, Seo-jin complains that as a trainee at her new job, she has to review all the dramas and reality shows (hey, it’s a great gig!). Joon-ki asks her to clean his ears and flops his head down in her lap. Seo-jin turns bright red (it’s something couples usually do for each other) and shoves Joon-ki to the floor.

Dong-gu runs inside after Yoon-ah, and right in front of everyone, he demands a reason for her dumping him. She says coldly that she just doesn’t want to date him, and that she doesn’t want to talk about it.

She leaves, and Doo-shik asks incredulously if Dong-gu likes Yoon-ah. Soo-ah says that he got dumped in five seconds, shocking everyone further. Yoon-ah sits in her room while Dong-gu stalks off to brood in the park, both of them looking miserable.

Dong-gu ends up at a convenience store drinking beer, and Soo-ah joins him. He asks her if he’s that bad, protesting, “I’m handsome! And tall!” Soo-ah asks if he wants the truth or a sugar-coated lie, so he tells her to forget it. LOL.

He heads to the bathroom, and Soo-ah gets a call from her brother Soo-bong (cameo by Shin Seung-hwan), who thinks she’s in the U.S. As they chat, Soo-bong exits the store where he’s shopping and runs right into Soo-ah… whoops!

Soo-ah searches for an explanation, just as Dong-gu returns, mumbling that they should go home. Soo-bong asks what he means by “go home,” so Soo-ah blurts out that they got back together. She adds that they’re living together since they’re planning to get married soon, and Dong-gu can barely hide his alarm.

Soo-bong is thrilled and insists on following them home to catch up. Soo-ah begs Dong-gu to go along with it, scared that Soo-bong will find out she was conned, but he asks, “Hey, isn’t Joon-ki home??”

Joon-ki and Doo-shik make fun of Dong-gu’s crush and dub him “Five Secs,” ha. But everyone panics when Dong-gu calls to warn them that Soo-bong is on the way. Joon-ki tries to run away, but when Soo-bong walks in, he has to dive into a cabinet.

Soo-bong seems unsuspecting, until he spies a picture of Dong-gu, Doo-shik, and Joon-ki together. He asks why they keep a picture of a dead person, forcing Dong-gu and Doo-shik to turn on the waterworks and wail for their “dead” friend. What the heck?

Soo-bong seems to think that Joon-ki was killed by lightning, PFFT. He calls it punishment for stealing his girlfriend, adding that Joon-ki got off easy because he would have put him into a coma if he’d caught him.

Yoon-ah walks in and obliviously calls out to Joon-ki. Doo-shik thinks fast and tells Yoon-ah that she forgot again that Joon-ki died, snapping at her for forgetting her meds and bundling her off to her room. LOL, she’s so confused.

Once they’re alone, Doo-shik explains to Yoon-ah that Joon-ki stole Soo-bong’s girlfriend, so they had to pretend Joon-ki died (Sidenote: I love the running gag where characters repeat entire unheard conversations in really obvious exposition to explain backstories). Of course, it was Joon-ki’s idea, because he was terrified of Soo-bong, who’s an undefeated UFC fighter.

Poor Joon-ki is stuck in the cabinet all evening. Soo-bong’s about to head back to his dorm, but he gets a call informing him that the boiler broke, so he invites himself to stay at Waikiki guesthouse until he leaves for a match in two days. Seo-jin says there are no empty rooms, but he insists on sleeping on the couch.

Their attempts to get him out of the room so Joon-ki can escape all fail. Soo-bong decides to catch up on his dramas, so Joon-ki is trapped in the cabinet until late, eventually nature calls.

He texts Seo-jin for help, and although she wonders why she’s even worried about Joon-ki, she ends up wandering out to the living room with an empty water bottle. She manages to slip him the bottle when Soo-bong isn’t looking.

Unfortunately, Soo-bong hears the sound of liquid splashing into the bottle, so Seo-jin turns the TV way up to mask the noise. She gets another text saying that Joon-ki needs another bottle, but all she has is her thermos. GROSS.

In the morning, Doo-shik wakes to find Dong-gu at the desk, frantically scribbling in a book over and over, “Why? No. I refuse.” Okay, the boy is losing it. Doo-shik emphatically swears that Dong-gu is awesome, and he asks Dong-gu how he confessed. He’s not surprised that Yoon-ah would refuse a confession given on the street without even a flower.

Poor Joon-ki is still in the cabinet, wondering if Soo-bong is still there. He is, and he’s watching the same drama that captivated Joon-ki, Doo-shik, and Sol before. He’s so engrossed that he refuses to have breakfast, keeping Joon-ki trapped.

Soo-ah decides to tag along to Doo-shik’s job again, determined to catch her ex, Yoon-seok, who stole her money. Seo-jin leaves for work, leaving Dong-gu with little Sol. He asks Sol what kinds of things her mommy likes, trying to make sense of her adorable babbles.

At the store, Doo-shik continues to work on his web novel. He decides to use a finger jab during one scene and performs one for Soo-ah, pretending to poke someone’s eyes. Unimpressed, she invites him to try it on her then easily grabs his wrist, making him whine like a weenie.

Yoon-ah had gone to school early to study. Hyun-joon finds her and asks her about Dong-gu’s confession, but she quickly cuts him off and says she doesn’t want to talk about it.

Doo-shik briefly leaves Soo-ah to watch the store, and while he’s gone, Yoon-seok comes in looking for the Thai ramyun again. Soo-ah recognizes his voice and confronts him, and he makes a run for it. She chases him outside, where Doo-shik sees them wrestling.

Breaking free, Yoon-seok heads in Doo-shik’s direction. Doo-shik bounces back and forth to block his escape, but Yoon-seok threatens him with a hand cart. The only thing Doo-shik can think of is the finger jab, and although he looks ridiculous, it actually works.

Back at the house, Soo-bong finally finishes his drama. He decides to go for a run after sitting all day watching TV, and Joon-ki finally tumbles out of the cabinet, his legs fast asleep. Soo-bong is chased back inside by the cold, and he comes face-to-face with Joon-ki. Oh no.

Thinking fast, Joon-ki pretends to be his own twin brother, Joon-gu. When Dong-gu wanders in, Joon-ki makes faces at him to play along. Soo-bong is a tough sell, but Joon-ki puts on a dramatic performance of a forgotten younger twin and convinces him.

Soo-bong wants to know where Joon-ki is buried, so Joon-ki says that they scattered his ashes. Soo-bong insists on saying farewell, so Joon-ki leads him to a random lake. Soo-bong kneels and wails Joon-ki’s name, sobbing that he and Joon-ki were close and that he forgave him long before Joon-ki “died.”

Seeing Soo-bong’s extreme reaction to his supposed death, Joon-ki grows emotional. He screams for Soo-bong and confesses that it’s him, and that he only lied out of fear. He throws out his arms to embrace Soo-bong, and Soo-bong runs to him… and beats the crap out of him. LOL.

Even though they caught Yoon-seok, Soo-ah is distraught to learn that she’ll probably not get her money back. Doo-shik says she can start over, but she snaps that she has no education or skills other than modeling, which doesn’t pay well. She asks accusingly if Doo-shik happy being a bad writer.

He says that he doesn’t care what others think, because he’s happy doing what he likes. He tells Soo-ah that everyone has different standards of happiness, so it’s not too late for her to find something she wants to do with her life that makes her happy.

She snaps that she’s already twenty-nine, but he says that she’s only in the third inning of her life. He asks if she’s going to quit so soon, when she may get a double or a triple later, or even a home run. Looking stunned, Soo-ah asks, “Doo-shik — how many innings are in a baseball game?” Sigh.

The house is quiet when Yoon-ah arrives home. Dong-gu calls to ask her to come to the media room to help him clean. When she arrives, she finds the room full of flowers and balloons, with Dong-gu standing in a heart made of flower petals. He’s so sweet, but he really doesn’t get it.

His confession is a lot more romantic this time, but Yoon-ah doesn’t even let him finish. She says that she’s already turned him down, and the poor guy looks so confused. He follows Yoon-ah downstairs and promises to get her a ring, but she says that her answer is the same no matter what he does — she won’t date him.

He asks her to go on one date with him and then decide, but Yoon-ah says she has no time for dating. He offers to wait, but she tells him not to. Dong-gu raises his voice, asking if she’s unwilling to even consider him, but Yoon-ah just stands there silently. So he backs down and says that he’ll just stop liking her.

Soo-bong walks in carrying a limp Joon-ki and asks what Dong-gu means about liking Yoon-ah. Uh-oh. When Soo-ah comes home later, Soo-bong knows the truth about everything, including her being scammed and the real reason she’s living at the guesthouse. He tells her to go home to their parents’ house, but she says she wants to start over.

She argues that she’s only twenty-nine, and she uses the UFC main event to explain that she’s only in the second round of her life, with three rounds left to live. She convinces him, and he gives her a comforting hug.

Yoon-ah goes to Hyun-joon’s bakery where he finds her practicing late at night. He asks if she looks so sad because of Dong-gu, and he asks why she refused him when he seems like a good guy. She says, “I know better than anyone that he’s a good man. But I don’t want to trust anyone again. I don’t want to be hurt again.”

Dong-gu stays in the media room for a long time, moping over Yoon-ah’s rejection. He’s still grouchy in the morning, and when Yoon-ah leaves to practice at Hyun-joon’s bakery again and Joon-ki wonders if she likes him, Dong-gu says calmly that he doesn’t care because he’s not interested in her anymore.

Doo-shik asks where he’s going today, and Dong-gu snaps, screaming that he already told them he’s going to work on Director Kim’s movie. But sure, he doesn’t care.

Joon-ki starts posting selfies of himself online, claiming that it’s to communicate with his fans. He asks Seo-jin to take a picture with him, and she gets all hot and bothered again when he throws an arm around her. She retreats to her room to despair over her reaction to Joon-ki while he leaves to film another episode of his children’s drama, the one where he and Mutant Man play an octopus and a crab.

During a break, Mutant Man tells Joon-ki about an audition for a drama with a famous director, but unfortunately the audition is over. Joon-ki visits Jae-woo, an assistant PD who’s an old friend of his (cameo by Tae In-ho). He’s startled when Jae-woo bellows at him at top volume, and Jae-woo explains that he recently filmed a bombing scene, which temporarily damaged his ears.

Joon-ki has to bellow back, asking if Jae-woo can get him an audition for the drama, but Jae-woo says it’s too late. Seo-jin comes by on her way to an interview, and she blushes and stammers when Joon-ki ruffles her hair. Jae-woo thinks she’s cute and offers to get Joon-ki an audition in return for a favor.

Dong-gu is distracted during his movie planning meeting, so that when he’s asked for idea, he just yells out, “Hyun-joon!” The director thinks he’s talking about actor Shin Hyun-joon, but luckily he likes the idea of casting the actor and praises Dong-gu.

Yoon-ah pays for ddukbokki to thank Hyun-joon for letting her use his bakery, though she wishes he’d let her buy him something nicer. As they’re leaving, a young boy crashes his remote-control car into Hyun-joon’s leg, tripping him and badly injuring his back.

Joon-ki calls Seo-jin and offers to buy her a meal, so she primps and dresses up while complaining that this is sooo annoying. But when she arrives at the restaurant, she’s surprised when they’re joined by Jae-woo, who shouts a greeting at her.

Joon-ki explains that this is a blind date, and when Seo-jin tries to leave, he appeals to her to stay so he can audition for the drama. She takes pity on him, but she quickly regrets it when she has to yell for Jae-woo to understand her and the whole restaurant laughs at them.

Dong-gu comes home from his meeting with a stinky box full of old socks, which his director asked him to wash since he’s so busy. He’s pretty upset when he learns that Yoon-ah still hasn’t come home, and he listens with interest when Yoon-ah calls Doo-shik.

She says that she’s still at Hyun-joon’s house because he got hurt and needs help. Fully aware that Dong-gu is lying about being over Yoon-ah, Soo-ah fans the flames by slyly noting that she’s alone with Hyun-joon late at night. Dong-gu says he’s not at all worried, then fakes a call from his director and claims that he wants his socks back right away.

He heads to the cooking school, but it’s closed. He tricks a teacher into giving him Hyun-joon’s address by pretending that the box of smelly socks is an urgent delivery, and when he gets to Hyun-joon’s (very nice) apartment, he feigns surprise to see Yoon-ah there.

He lies that he thought this was his director’s house, then decides that it would be very rude to leave without having a cup of tea. But Doo-shik calls Yoon-ah to tell her that Sol won’t stop crying, so she heads home, asking Dong-gu to take care of Hyun-joon. Heh, the guys look at each other with identical expressions of, “Well, that didn’t turn out like I’d hoped.”

At the guesthouse, the whole place rattles when Jae-woo brings Seo-jin home and they bellow their goodbyes to each other. Seo-jin comes in looking exhausted, and she shoots Joon-ki the Eye-daggers of Certain Doom on her way to her room. He follows her to ask how it went, and when she says she’s not going to see Jae-woo again, Joon-ki asks her to please just keep seeing him until after his audition.

She refuses, but Joon-ki acts so pitiful about missing out on the audition of a lifetime that she relents. He leaves, happy and bouncy again, not even noticing how miserable she looks.

While Dong-gu wonders if he has to spend the night with Hyun-joon, Hyun-joon gets stuck in the bathroom. He calls for help, and when Dong-gu gets to the bathroom, he shrieks at the sight of Hyun-joon with his pants down. Hyun-joon sheepishly asks for help getting to his feet, but once he’s standing, he realizes that he can’t bend over to pull up his underwear or pants.

Dong-gu tries hard not to look as he kneels in front of Hyun-joon, but he accidentally gets an eyeful and screams with maidenly horror. Hyun-joon tries to reach a magazine to cover himself with, but instead he falls, giving Dong-gu another unwanted look at his goodies. Dong-gu arrives home later looking like a man who’s seen things, ha.

A few days later, Seo-jin comes back from another date with Jae-woo, looking furious. Joon-ki goes to her room, and she says that Jae-woo asked her to date him. She asks what Joon-ki wants her to do, and he says it’s her choice.

Seo-jin asks Joon-ki if he sees her as a woman, because she sees him as a man (in other words, someone she’d consider dating). She tells him that she likes him, and his smile drops as he realizes that she’s serious.

COMMENTS

If Joon-ki cracks a joke and doesn’t take Seo-jin’s confession seriously, I swear I will personally go over there and whack him upside his stupid head. We know he can be serious and that he considers himself a ladies’ man, so he’d better not dismiss Seo-jin with a joke and a pat on the head. I fully expect him to start noticing her in return now that she’s told him how she feels about him, and the flailing should be highly entertaining, but I just don’t want to see him hurt her even more in the process, not even by accident. I’m already angry enough at Joon-ki for basically pimping out Seo-jin in return for an audition, not even asking first, and with a guy who has to scream just to have a conversation (although, how cute was Tae In-ho – he looked like he was cracking up the entire time). But Seo-jin’s been through enough humiliations and disappointments already without Joon-ki making her embarrassment over her crush on him even worse.

I really think it’s great that Soo-ah has become Dong-gu’s confidant in his pursuit of Yoon-ah. She’s got a pretty decent understanding of relationships, she knows Dong-gu’s softer, romantic side better than any of the housemates. She has no stake in whether Dong-gu and Yoon-ah get together, she’s just helping him because she genuinely wants to see him happy, and she’s not afraid to tell him the painful truth. It’s sweet to watch Dong-gu and Soo-ah establish a friendship while she helps him with his broken heart, and I really love the trust he gives her by telling her how hurt and heartbroken he is. In fact, maybe that could be the answer to her question of what to do with her life… She took Doo-shik’s advice and used it to appeal to her stubborn brother, even tailoring it so he could understand, and she was passionate about what she was saying. She would probably make a great life coach, with a little practice.

Even though I’m disappointed that Yoon-ah rejected Dong-gu’s confession, I’m really proud to see her standing up for herself and firmly establishing boundaries. She’s still gentle and sweet, but she’s not a pushover anymore, and she’s prioritizing the things she needs to do to make a better life for herself and her child. Plus, we still don’t know for sure what happened between her and Sol’s father, and she still speaks about it vaguely whenever anyone asks. I think she was badly hurt, which is no doubt affecting her willingness to get into a relationship again. But Yoon-ah had every right to keep her reason for refusing Dong-gu to herself, and he had no right to keep hounding her about it. She said No — that should be the end of it. Of course this is a drama, so that won’t be the end of it, but I hope Dong-gu shows Yoon-ah a bit more respect in the future.

I do think Yoon-ah has feelings for Dong-gu, even if they’re still very small and new right now. But I also think that she’s smart not to risk her heart, much less her and Sol’s futures, for a guy who has shown himself to be impulsive and dismissive, quick to anger, willing to lie to avoid responsibility, and has treated her pretty badly in the not-so-distant past. I don’t think Yoon-ah rejected Dong-gu in the hopes that he’ll change — she really meant it — but if Dong-gu is smart he’ll realize that it’s not enough to just say he’s ready to take care of her and Sol. He’s going to have to prove it, and it’s going to take a long time and a lot of work. He’s got a lot of work to do to convince Yoon-ah that he’s worth the risk, but I believe in him.

 
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Donggu's conversation with Sol was the CUTEST. Dooshik's kung fu, I couldn't stop laughing.

Thanks for the recap, LollyPip! You're busy this week!

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And I love the screen grab used in the recap- Dong Gu is sooooo into his all-important conversation with Sol😂

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Thanks for the recap @lollypip!

I'm loving Doo-shik more and more with each passing episode. Bruce Lee finger jab!!! 😂😲

Soo-bong as a drama fan is me. Sad but true.

I’m already angry enough at Joon-ki for basically pimping out Seo-jin in return for an audition, not even asking first...

Completely agree! That really irked me.

She would probably make a great life coach, with a little practice.

Didn't think about that but it makes a lot of sense.

But Yoon-ah had every right to keep her reason for refusing Dong-gu to herself, and he had no right to keep hounding her about it. She said No — that should be the end of it.

I both agree and disagree with this. It really pissed me off how Yoon-ah rebuffed Dong-gu. If he were a stranger or someone she wasn't remotely close with, sure, she doesn't need to give any explanations. However, the way they've framed Yoon-ah and her situation thus far made the way she rejected him so stark and out of character. I'm not saying that she's not allowed to act out of character. It's just that this is someone you're living with. More like someone who helped you when you were down. You don't owe them love for their kindness, but you she could have had the decency to say something along the lines of, Sorry Dong-gu. I'm in no place for a relationship right now and that's not going to change anytime soon. That's so much better than being seriously offended by the confession and having the poor kid rack his brain on what he did wrong. Any attempts after that would be on him. Yes, I know real life isn't as pretty and easy as I would like it to be here, but come on drama!

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I thought so too, about Yooh-ah's reaction. On one hand she doesn't owe him an explanation, and I understand why she doesn't want to be in a relationship, but they are friends so her rejection came off as a bit harsh.

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It might be... embarrassing for her to admit all that. She seems to like him and she probably doesn't want to say «I'm not ready, I've been hurt before, » which he'll probably answer «I'm not like those guys», but she knows him well, and she probably still sees him as a nice good-willing guy who is not ready for commitment yet.

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same. I loved that she set boundaries, but hated that she didn't seem to care (as a friend, or as someone who knows Dong-gu) and was so brusque with her rejection.

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That Wife's Desire drama...if anyone from jtvc ever happens upon Doo-shik's President is Bruce Lee novel a drama adaptation can't be far behind.

I'm so glad this show is back, I really missed the weekly dose of hilarious antics and heartwarming moments :D Thanks for the recap LollyPip!

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Junki's "death" is so typical Junki! 😂

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I love to see fake outrageous dramas within dramas, I find it hilarious everytime! And I agree with you that the show is getting funnier, so thank you JTBC (and the actors who are giving it their all!).

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That drama with the guy who married his daughter and turned into a conehead... I would totally watch that drama.

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I've seen a lot of WTF endings in my life.... that fake alien drama tops them all XD

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Well, I am slightly anxious at the finale of Misty tonight and if this kind of ending enables Hye Ran and Tae Wook to have their happy ending, I might condone it! :D

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Just when I thought Wife's Desire was already ridiculous enough, the whole alien/conehead twist made my jaw drop. My favorite part was Soo Bong's reaction "Daebak! The drama is called 'Wife's Desire', but the dad was an alien!". Like wuuuhh O_O

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Let us all take a second to appreciate the drama Soo-ah's brother was watching. I had to rewind it a few times HAHAHAAHHA. So the husband was married to daughter who was his..??? and he turned out the be an alien???

I also completely understand Yoon-Ah's rejection and am slightly disappointed Dong-Gu is not understanding she's not ready. I reallllllly want to know who the father was and how he hurt her.

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At first, the husband's daughter-in-law was really his daughter. And then it turned out that his wife was also his daughter. But by the end of the drama, neither turned out to be his real daughters!

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Oh dear. If this show is successful enough to get an extension, how many badly-done imitations will show up in the next year or so? With poop jokes.

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Uncontrollable bowels in kdramas will never go away.

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Too bad they didn't still have that port-a-potty in the living room for Jun-ki to hide out in.

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She takes pity on him, but she quickly regrets it when she has to yell for Jae-woo to understand her and the whole restaurant laughs at them.

Guess spending diner texting each other wouldn't be embarrassing enough.

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I missed you Waikiki! Thanks for making me laugh so much this week!

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I died almost 10 times while watching this episode. Too many hilarious scenes. Especially the show within the show, I think I can watch that show, just so I can laugh my brain out.
Best episode ever!!
I also felt bad for Seo jin, she practically had her heart in her sleeves. It takes courage to confess like that.

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I was really proud of her! She's so not like her brother in that department lol, she just owned up to it right away and went for it.

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Been waiting for this! Really looving all the cast and I find myself unexpectedly asking more Soo-ah and Doo-shik moments ❤ Yoon-ah's rejection did turn out a little bit harsh, but I think it's still on point even for a timid girl like her especially if the baby daddy caused some serious pain. Still loving jealous and persistent Mr. Grumpy pants Dong-gu though ❤💔

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And have to add that Sol's reaction shots are so cuuute and cheeky! ❤❤❤

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I was worried with the extension we'd see a wane in quality, but 11 and 12 were both top notch.

I'm with LP--My heart hurt for Dong Gu when she said no in such a harsh way, but if he'd been tuned into her he'd have realized there was more going on under the surface. It's so like him to think it's about him and to just plow forward regardless, but he should have tried to understand and respect her feelings. She's someone who so easily puts on a pleasant face that she really needs someone who is able to read her on a deeper level. I believe in him, too, though!

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Dong Gu is also a little too much of a dummy to see what's under the surface. Sol's under a year old, so Yoon-ah's hurt is likely still very fresh.

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Awww... Seo-jin~ah...
She looked so vulnerable in that last scene, I'm dreading the inevitable awkward tension between them afterwards. My girl is so brave, confessing first like that to a very dense Jun-ki. It must take a lot of courage to cross that friendship line when she knew full well they wouldn't be able to go back to their previous relationship if he didn't return her feeling. I hope Jun-ki get his butt-kicking realization soon that he does care for Seo-jin more than just as a good friend.

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I really do love how this drama approaches real life issues both in and out of comedy. Confessing to a friend is often relationship changing.

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And awkward when things go wrong. You struggle to act fine but you know you're not and when you try to act hurt you get the eye like move, which doesn't happen in a snap. Then you decide to stay away which just puts a strain on the friendship.
Oh drat, now i feel bad for her all over again.

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With four additional episodes to make we all knew that things could not go smoothly for Dong-gu and Yoon-ah, but I was actually shocked at the sheer coldness of Yoon-ah’s rejection of Dong-gu. Until now there had been an organic naturalness to the way that they were coming together. Seeing Dong-gu slam into an emotional brick wall was a shock, in no small part because this is not a case where our “OTP” is weird- we can all see that Dong-gu and Joon-ah are in fact right for each other. At least the writers gave us a realistic explanation for Joon-ah’s behavior before the episode was over: Joon-ah has been badly hurt and she doesn’t want to be hurt again. It is the one and only reason which truly makes sense.
Joon-ki trapped in the closet and Seo-jin’s date were classic comedy moments. And I like that we are seeing Joon-ki make some carreer progress- Octopus Man may be a role in a children’s show BUT it is a regular speaking role which pays real money. It is actually a step forward.
But I think that I liked Woo-Shik’s story the best- He literally fights for justice for Soo-Ah- and wins: Yeon-seok is headed towards prison as a result. And then he gives Soo-Ah some truly great counsel, getting her to move forward and not just give up on her life. Woo-Shik may be ridiculous much of the time but he is not a wimp. It turns out that he is very much a man- and so it is only a matter of time before Soo-Ah sees him that way.

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I think I've finally figured out part of why I'm so in love with this show. It kind of reminds me of Friends where you litterally just have a group of friends in one location and the charm is really just based on the humor, individual story lines and CAST CHEMISTRY! I die. I've been looking for a Friends replacement for so long (HIMYM never did it for me, Ted just made his own life miserable half the time). I have so many things I want to comment on but I'll just choose the moment/scene that left me thinking after the episode was done.

Yoon-ah's rejection of Donggu

I was a little bit bummed but not surprised. It makes sense that she hasn't given much time or thought to love given her situation. I do think there is a fondness and affection for Donggu there, more so in a way she doesn't feel for any of the other males at the house which is a great indication of what could be. Donggu has a lot of growth ahead of him and I do think the fact that he cares so much about her (and Sol by extension) will be a great catalyst for that growth. We've already seen it a bit. That being said, I was not a fan of the way Yoon-ah rejected him---specifically the initial rejection. Rejecting him is fine. But even if she genuinely isn't interested in him--this is still a man that she knows personally, who is a part of her life, who I think she looks to as a friend. A man that even after she's rejected him--she still feels comfortable enough with him to leave Sol in his care. Outside of any romantic feelings there is a pre-existing positive relationship between these two. If someone who holds this space in your life earnestly opens his heart to you, I do think the least you can do is to have an open conversation and show a little bit of compassion instead of just staring him dead in the eye and treating him like he's some random guy who went all "yo ma, can I get yo number?" on the street with you. Just because you're afraid of getting hurt, doesn't mean it's okay to hurt someone who is showing you their heart. And she did hurt him. I really want to stress here that I am not saying Yoon-ah doesn't have a right to reject him or set boundaries. She absolutely does. I'm really just speaking to her initial rejection in the street cuz at the second one even though that was just as bad, i mean. Take a hint, you know? But that was warranted. The first one wasn't and she never showed any guilt, instead chose to avoid him by hiding out at the cafe (while being okay leaving Sol to be taken care of by him). Not very adult of her.

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Thank you!

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You are actually right about that. She should have at a least made him understand from her own point of view. He might be a little self absorbed but he is not that dense to understand her own POV.
She didn't have enough faith in him or there is more to her baby daddy story.

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I'm a bit disappointed for Dong-gu's sake, but Yoon-ah's rejection reminded me of the now-famous line from episode 14 of 'Misty'. “Women aren’t born to be liked by men.” Guys out there, don't fall for your housekeeper. It's soooo cliche and more than a little creepy.

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honestly my main thing with the rejection (which i think she has every right to reject him if she wants) was based on the fact that they were friends, you know? like i would hope that most people wouldn't just shut down someone who is such a huge part of their life like that! i do get that she was probably reacting like this to protect herself though.

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I share your enthusiasm dear @lollypip. I'm not sure how I'm gonna handle the farewell that I have to bid the show after 4 more weeks. Infact I think I can see 10 seasons of Waikiki just like friends. Can we expect a season 2, writer-nim? Pretty please? Huhuhu. And have to say, Dong Gu's antics are so cute and funny at the same time lol, Sol is pretty much winning the run in cuteness, but Dong Gu is a strong contender in this category lol. :D

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Best episode so far! I chuckled the whole time waiting for my plane. My mom kept giving me the side-eyes wondering what I was watching. :D

I loved everything but the scene that touched me the most was Doo-shik's speech. I am myself in the middle of a job transition and I am constantly questioning my choices thinking I am wasting time when really, as Doo-shik said, it's just the beginning and I am lots of time to figure it out and try new things.

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I'm a few years older than Soo-ah and I'm also in the middle of a job transition too, so Doo-shik's line also resonated with me and cheered me up a bit. I loved how Soo-ah took Doo-shik's line to heart.

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omg me tooo. they are actually my favorite right now even though they arent getting as much screen time. i love how doo-shik gets with soo-ah! I know she's totally the sneaky more alpha one but the thing is I think dooshik has a quiet confidence (maybe not when it comes to the ladies but just about himself and life) that's so the opposite of the guys she's probably always been attracted to. add that to the scenes in the next episode (that i won't mention because you might not have watched yet)---well, i'm all types of smug and can't wait to see the tension build between these two.

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I totally agree with you about Doo-shik. He is very confident. He knows what he wants and he just quietly goes for it.

I also love that he doesn't define success by the number of viewers but by his happiness. It's ok that nobody reads his writing as long as he is happy. I wish I had that confidence.

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Soo-ah as a bratty little sister makes so much sense now. I got a kick out of her speech to her brother, because it implies that she knows the UFC way better than even basic baseball rules, which is funny, plus that she likely has watched her brother's fights a lot to go into that much detail. Plus, it's both clever to turn around the analogy into something her oppa can relate to better, plus it speaks to her internalizing what Doo-shik said to her, even if she didn't get the details.

I find it ironic that Yoon-ah's speech about it being okay to fail and be hurt is what gave Dong-gu the push he needed to confess to her, which she then turned down, and it's partly because she's afraid to be hurt. I'm sure she has her reasons, but she of all them is the hardest to read, because we only know as much as the rest of them know about her, which is nothing. On one hand it's certainly keeping the mystery intact, but on the other hand it makes her arguably the least relatable, almost like she belongs in another drama when she's serious. I'm hoping they don't take too much longer in giving her some more backstory. Though judging from this week and next week's previews, we may not have enough time for Dong-gu to mature enough for that to happen, heh.

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Thank you, Lollypip! I am so glad to have you (and the show) back after the week away!

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Dong Gu is such a baby lol, and i agree that i also think Yoon-ah have feelings for him, but she have so many things to consider and she is a lonely person who had her heart badly broken before, so i hope Dong Gu realize that.

Gosh, i love Joon-ki but he was so dense in this episode (even though he's usually very considering towards his friends), poor Seo Jin for having to get through that awful date, but i hope that now that she confessed her feelings, Joon-ki will properly consider their relationship?

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Sigh, Tae Inho. The fangirl in me wishes they had made him a real romantic rival for Junki, but I gotta give it to him for going all in for this cameo. (Not as all-in as the actress with the mucus/egg whites coming out of her nose, tho...)

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Ah... I think I was the only 1 who have a crush on the guy despite his character in JBL. hehehe

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Dong gu "screams with maidenly horror" 😂😂😂
I died 😂😂😂
Idk if this drama is funny or the recappers are adding to the humor but I'm enjoying this so much anyway 😁
Thank you for the recap, been waiting for this for a long time 😀
And I'm still rolling with laughter.....almost fell off my bed 😂😂😂

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The recaps gloss over some of the funniest details for the sake of length, in fact. Like how Soo-bong threatens everyone with his hand grip equipment, or Doo-shik's Bruce Lee impression with him constantly saying "Finger Jab!". Soo-ah's detailed UFC version of the baseball analogy, involving inside kicks and leg chokes. How ridiculous Soo-bong's crack drama he was watching actually is. Seo-jin awkwardly singing the Wanna One version of "Pick Me" to cover giving Joon-ki his pee bottle. Poor Seo-jin's blind date where she has to shout her food and drink order to Jae-woo. (Jae-woo: "Over here! We're ready to order!!!" Bartender: "We heard everything! The chef has already started cooking!!!")

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omg, that drama though. it was THE BEST. the perfect sort of absurdity for this world.

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Then I must see this drama.
I didn't have the time to see this so I followed the recaps only, but now I think I'll have to make time to see this later on, especially since you mentioned so many funny parts XD :-D

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Jumping in here... the recap would be twice as long if I described all the funny side-gags, but you HAVE to watch the show. It's a thousand times funnier than I could ever describe! It's worth watching just for Kim Jung-hyun and Lee Yi-kyung's facial expressions!

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Now I will DEFINITELY watch it since @lollypip is recommending ! ^^
Your recaps already make me roll on the floor with laughter, I'll probably be wiping tears from my eyes after watching the actual show XD

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About DG there's something else. SA left him after a 4 year relationship and his heart was crushed. Confessing to YN required a ridiculous amount of effort and courage because HE had to overcome his own fear of getting hurt. He was wearing his heart on his sleeve when he told YN how he felt, and her rejection was full of anger. YN treated DG as if he were the one who had broken her heart. That anger YN showed confused him. He wasn't being self-centered, he just thought YN was angry AT HIM because she acted offended when all he had done was tell her how he felt. Who gets angry when being confessed to? That's not an expected emotion. What would you think if you confessed your feelings to someone and the person got mad at you? Your initial thought would be "what did I do wrong? WHY is this person so offended by my confession?" I believe YN owed him an explanation after such a cold refusal. DG repeated twice that he was okay with the rejection. All he asked for was a reason for YN's cold rejection and he deserved that much.

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I never felt that Jun-ki was pimping out Seo-jin. He only asked for one dinner with his friend, who is actually not a bad prospect. After all, he sacrificed his role as gangster before so she could be on time for her interview. He also got in troubles to get her the picture of the singer. I would have gone to that date for a friend, for sure.

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I really need the drama that they watch in this show to be turned into a real one. Not only is his son's wife his daughter, his new wife is also his daughter, and he's also an Alien LMFAO

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I love this drama... But can anyone tell me... What song do jun ki and du shik sang.. That "5 secs " song????????? Sounded like "paase"??

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