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Woohoo Waikiki: Episode 12

We all know that Joon-ki is impulsive, though usually he only hurts himself with his crazy antics. But this time, an ill-considered decision may put someone else’s heart in danger. There are a lot of emotions flying around as someone else starts to see one of the Waikiki boys in a new light, and a competition for a lady’s hand starts to get… well, out of hand.

 
EPISODE 12: “I’m a woman, too//Life and death situation”

Seo-jin tells Joon-ki that she likes him, and at first he thinks it’s a joke, then he starts to realize that she means it. Still hoping it’s a prank, he says that she can’t be a woman to him because he’s known her since they were kids and they even share razors. Seo-jin says she gets it and kicks him out of her room.

Joon-ki pounds on the door, trying to get her to talk to him, but the noise draws Dong-gu instead. Dong-gu yells at Joon-ki for going near his sister and forcefully drags him off for a beating. Seo-jin tries to convince herself that Joon-ki isn’t worth crying over, but she cries anyway.

A few days later, Soo-ah is excited to tell Doo-shik that she’s found something she wants to do with her life — become an idol. LOL. Joon-ki says that’s a dumb idea at her age, so Doo-shik asks her if there was anything she liked doing as a child.

She confesses that she always wanted to go to college for fashion design, but sighs that she’s too old for the college entrance exam. Doo-shik says that lots of older people are going to college, and he even offers to help Soo-ah study.

They head to the bookstore for a study guide, and first Doo-shik asks Soo-ah some questions to determine what she knows. She turns out not to be that bright (she confuses Crown Prince Sado with Yoo Ah-in, who played him in the movie Sado), but Doo-shik says optimistically that they can just start from scratch.

Dong-gu hasn’t been home in a few days, busy working on the movie he’s helping make. He hasn’t seen Yoon-ah in a while, so he consoles himself with pictures from their fake wedding. The director says they’ll be working overnight again and gives Dong-gu an hour to get cleaned up at a sauna.

Back at the guesthouse, Doo-shik tests Soo-ah’s English skills, but she gets a lot of words mixed up. Doo-shik stays positive, but he’s starting to look worried.

Dong-gu runs in screaming Yoon-ah’s name, using his hour to try to see her instead of showering, ha. Out of time, he leaves again, barely missing her.

It’s the day of Joon-ki’s audition, the one he got from his friend in return for a date with Seo-jin. He checks his social media account, hoping that a message from his one fan will calm his nerves, but there are no new comments. Aww. He gives his usual passionate audition, and when he’s finished, the director just blandly thanks him.

Jae-woo (Joon-ki’s friend), looks apologetic, but Joon-ki still thanks the director for letting him audition. The director suddenly asks if Joon-ki likes bean sprout soup. Confused, Joon-ki says he does, and the director suggests they discuss his role over dinner. OMG, he got the part!!

That night, Joon-ki reads over his script at home. His face crumples and he starts to cry, overcome that he’s finally getting his big break. I’m crying right along with him.

He tries to hide his tears when Doo-shik, Yoon-ah, and Soo-ah creep into his room. They brought a cake, and Joon-ki starts crying all over again. Even Dong-gu calls to shriek a congratulations at him over the phone. They all jump around chanting his name, then Joon-ki gets the cake to the face.

The director sends Joon-ki to the house of a famous announcer, to interview him as research for his drama role. Oddly, Announcer Park’s wife seems sluggish, and the housekeeper literally staggers out of his office with huge dark circles under her eyes. The wife sends Joon-ki in, begging him not to tell Announcer Park that she’s home.

Announcer Park’s desk is piled high with books and papers, and when he pops up to introduce himself, he seems friendly and willing to help (cameo by Kim Byung-se). He tells Joon-ki that he’s writing an autobiography, which he expects to top out at twenty volumes.

Joon-ki quickly realizes why Announcer Park’s household are so exhausted — he asks one question, and Announcer Park launches into a long, excruciatingly detailed answer. He remembers the tiniest details of his life, including dates, the layouts of houses, and even the names of the dogs, ha.

Joon-ki nods off while he’s talking about his second sister’s childhood hobbies. Luckily, Announcer Park isn’t offended, but he gets sidetracked onto the topic of the nature of sleep and Freud, sending Joon-ki off into lala land again.

Dong-gu surprises Yoon-ah by showing up at her school, claiming that he was in the neighborhood. She notices his red eyes, but he says he’s fine, so she asks what he wanted to talk to her about. He pretends to want to talk politics, but Yoon-ah’s stomach growls, giving Dong-gu an opening to take her to lunch.

The poor guy obviously hasn’t slept in days, and he just grins vapidly at Yoon-ah as they wait for their food. He insists he’s not tired and asks how he classes are going, but he falls asleep while she’s telling him about learning to bake a cake.

He says he was just thinking, but he crashes again when the waitress brings their food, and this time he says he was praying. The third time he falls asleep (while still chewing, hee), Yoon-ah doesn’t wake him.

By the time Announcer Park is expounding on Catholicism, Joon-ki is hiding behind his question sheet so that he won’t get caught napping. But when he wakes, Joon-ki realizes that the man’s been talking for over twenty hours and still hasn’t even answered his first question.

The housekeeper returns to ask Announcer Park about lunch, nervously begging him to make a quick choice. But even Joon-ki’s simple request for pork triggers a lecture on which body types should eat which foods. The housekeeper escapes, trapping Joon-ki under a landslide of information.

When Doo-shik tries to direct Soo-ah’s attention from food to studying, she snaps that she can’t concentrate if she’s hungry. Joon-ki comes home, having finally broken free of Announcer Park, just before Yoon-ah returns and mentions having eaten lunch with Dong-gu. As she checks on Sol, Doo-shik remembers that Dong-gu is supposed to be location scouting in Sokcho.

Awww, Dong-gu came all that way just to see Yoon-ah. The director calls him while he’s on the bus back, angry that he’s been gone so long. But even though he’s barely conscious, Dong-gu smiles as he thinks that it was worth it to see Yoon-ah.

Soo-ah goes to Yoon-ah’s room, where she slyly asks if Dong-gu went back to Sokcho. Yoon-ah didn’t know he was out of town, and Soo-ah says that he must have come back to see her. She says Dong-gu is clueless with uncertain future, but he’s a good person who’s very affectionate and warm. She also informs Yoon-ah that the coat she gave her was actually from Dong-gu, asking her to keep it a secret. Ha, she’s a great wingman.

Joon-ki has worried that his one social media fan hasn’t posted anything in days. He sends them a message asking if they’re okay, and he hears a phone alert nearby. He finds Seo-jin’s phone under a cushion, and when he turns it on, he sees his own message. Awww, she’s his one fan.

He takes her phone to her and asks why she sent the messages. She just asks, “Why do you think?” and asks him to leave. He gives her her privacy, but he doesn’t look at all happy.

Doo-shik convinces a grumpy Soo-ah to stop watching TV and study, but she doesn’t even know how to do the most basic math. She pushes back and argues with him until he finally snaps. He throws down his pencil, whips off his glasses, and gives Soo-ah the tongue-lashing of a lifetime.

Even as his director is praising his preparations for his drama role, Joon-ki can’t stop thinking about Seo-jin. He goes back and reads her comments on his photos, and they take on more significance now that he knows who they’re from.

Jae-woo yells a congratulations to Joon-ki on landing the part, and thanks him for introducing him to Seo-jin. He says that he confessed to her, and that she asked to see him today, so they have a date later.

Joon-ki remembers Seo-jin saying that she likes him, and how he made light of her confession. He tells Jae-woo that he’ll probably regret this, but he can’t see Seo-jin today, because, “If I lose Seo-jin now, I think I’ll regret it for the rest of my life.”

He runs out of the building as fast as he can, and he catches up to Seo-jin as she’s getting off work. She’s not interested in talking to him, but he stops her and says that he’ll try to look at her as a woman from now on.

He asks her to date him, date as man and woman, and for a long moment, Seo-jin just stares. Joon-ki assumes she’s turning him down and wilts. But then she breaks into a huge smile and throws her arms around his neck, thrilled. Joon-ki warns that they have to keep this a secret from Dong-gu or he’s dead meat, but she just hugs him harder, and he hugs her right back.

Chef Hyun-joon and a pair of friends come to Waikiki guesthouse, needing somewhere to stay since there’s a problem at his place. Today is also Joon-ki and Seo-jin’s first date, but Joon-ki is still terrified that Dong-gu will discover them.

He flings Seo-jin across the room when Dong-gu arrives home, but Dong-gu saw them standing together and warns Joon-ki again that he’s dead if he goes near his sister.

Unhappy to hear that Hyun-joon is staying for a few days, Dong-gu rushes upstairs to “greet” him. He shares some of the dried squid he brought from Sokcho, and the men somehow manage to make chewing look like a competition.

Joon-ki gets ready for his date with Seo-jin, but he’s feeling really uncomfortable about it. He spots a photo of himself an Seo-jin when she was a little girl, and he guesses that he’s feeling weird because he’s always thought of her as a little sister, but he’s determined to give it a try.

In the kitchen, Hyun-joon says that he met his friends while studying in New York, while Dong-gu glowers at him over his coffee mug. Dong-gu is embarrassed when he can’t open a jar for Yoon-ah and Hyun-joon easily pops it open.

Hyun-joon invites Yoon-ah to have a drink with him and his friends, but Dong-gu protests that she’s breastfeeding. She informs him that Sol just switched to formula, so he claims it’s too late at night. Doo-shik pipes up that it’s only 9 p.m. and Sol is sleeping, so Dong-gu invites himself along.

As Joon-ki waits at the movie theater for Seo-jin, he gets a call from Announcer Park. He gets to hear the entire history of the telephone, and when Seo-jin arrives, he lies that he has a shoot and hangs up. HA, his poor ear is bright red.

He’s unnerved by all the kissing scenes in the movie, and he feels even more awkward when Seo-jin holds his hand. But he reminds himself that she’s an adult, not a kid anymore. Then he turns to look at her and sees the little girl from the photo, and he freaks out.

The little girl (LOL, she even has a tiny mustache!) asks him in Seo-jin’s voice if he’s staring at her because she’s so pretty, which yeah, is pretty freaky. She snuggles up on him while he looks like he’s trying not to scream.

He’s pretty wigged out by the time they get home, but Seo-jin trots off to bed happily, not noticing anything strange. Doo-shik drags a very drunk, very loud Dong-gu downstairs after the drinking party, and Hyun-joon looks like he feels terrible for getting Dong-gu into this condition.

Dong-gu cheerfully tells Hyun-joon to call him “Dong-gu-yah” (instead of the more formal “Dong-gu-sshi”) and reminds him at top volume that he promised to make him sausage bread. Joon-ki slaps him before he can embarrass himself further and he and Doo-shik drag him off to bed.

In the morning, Dong-gu wakes up to find Joon-ki and Doo-shik cleaning the floor. He belatedly realizes that he’s naked, and his friends inform him that he wet the bed last night, but before that he hugged and kissed Hyun-joon and declared them hyung and dongsaeng. Joon-ki guesses that Dong-gu is jealous, but Dong-gu insists he doesn’t like Yoon-ah anymore, only to yelp when Joon-ki threatens to tell Yoon-ah he wet himself.

Dong-gu angrily admits that he still likes Yoon-ah, and that he can’t stand how much Hyun-joon is hanging around her. Doo-shik and Joon-ki don’t think anything is going on there, but Dong-gu isn’t convinced.

After he’s up, Soo-ah asks Dong-gu if he’s going to apologize to Yoon-ah for lifting her with his feet last night. LOL, what? Apparently he hoisted her in the air with his feet and pretended to fly her to foreign countries.

Dong-gu is downstairs when Yoon-ah comes in with Hyun-joon. Dong-gu takes extra pains to be formal with Hyun-joon, who reminds him that they’re hyung/dongsaeng now, but Dong-gu snaps that he doesn’t remember that. He sends Hyun-joon upstairs with a steely glare, then apologizes profusely to Yoon-ah as soon as they’re alone, but she quips that she enjoyed the flight.

Later Dong-gu lurks nearby as Hyun-joon teaches Yoon-ah and her friends to play gonggi, a game sort of like jacks but played with special stones. Dong-gu says he’s doing it all wrong, and a quick demonstration shows that he’s actually pretty good.

He challenges Hyun-joon, who looks flustered, to a competition, and Hyun-joon tentatively accepts. But when talk turns to the loser’s penalty, something tricksy glints in Hyun-joon’s eyes as they agree on the loser taking ten finger-flicks to the forehead.

He immediately wins the first round, and Dong-gu, his pride stung, bets twenty forehead flicks on the next round. But a call from his director means he has to postpone, though Hyun-joon makes him take his penalty first.

After work, Dong-gu looks up a sunbae from his college days (cameo by Yoon Sae-ah). He finds her in a large traditional house, wearing hanbok, and she remembers him from their old film club. Dong-gu reminds her that she once represented their club in a gonggi competition, winning in record time with a record score.

He begs Sunbae to teach him to be a better gonggi player, even getting on his knees. She’s a true guru, giving him tips on everything from the weight of the perfect stones to how high to throw them. They’re both utterly serious as Sunbae teaches Dong-gu everything she knows.

Joon-ki has been blocking Announcer Park’s calls, so instead he sends him miles of text messages, ha. Seo-jin wants to to go a noraebang for their next date, and as she slinks around to a sexy song, Joon-ki again sees her as a little girl. He turns off the music, yells that she’s way too young to be singing an erotic song, and cues up the Pororo theme song.

When they arrive home, Seo-jin (still a little girl) says that if they were married, they wouldn’t have to separate. She asks where they should go for their honeymoon, and Joon-ki can’t take it anymore. As gently as he can, he says that he tried, but he can’t stop seeing her as a child.

She stops him as he turns to go inside, and he begs her to understand. But Seo-jin yanks him back and plants a kiss on him, then asks if he still doesn’t see her as a woman. Joon-ki stammers, “I do… I do see you as a woman.”

But she says she still hears uncertainty in his voice, and she kisses him again. Suddenly, a screaming Dong-gu gallops past them, breaking up the kiss. He doesn’t even see them, though he gives them a pretty good scare.

Dong-gu marches up to Hyun-joon and challenges him to a second round of gonggi. Everyone convenes upstairs, where they decide that the winner is the first to reach one hundred points, and the penalty is twenty forehead flicks. By the way Dong-gu and Hyun-joon are acting, you’d think the game was life or death.

Hyun-joon wins the right to go first, but he breaks the rule of not throwing his stone too high. He stays just ahead throughout most of the game, but Dong-gu isn’t far behind. Eventually the score is ninety-six to eighty-three in Hyun-joon’s favor, so Dong-gu thinks back on Sunbae’s teachings.

He recalls a special skill she taught him for these situations called “Arirang,” where he catches the stones off the back of his hand from both above and below. If successful, the move earns five times the normal score. Dong-gu risks everything on the Arirang skill, and he performs it perfectly, winning the game.

Hyun-joon suddenly claims that his back pain has returned, and tries to escape. But Dong-gu makes him take his penalty first, so he has a bright red raspberry on his forehead when he goes into the bathroom. He slams a palm onto the mirror, growling Dong-gu’s name in fury.

His forehead still looks sore the next morning when he and his buddies head home. Dong-gu stops him to ask why he lent Yoon-ah his bakery, finding it strange that out of all his students, she’s the only one he lets use his kitchen.

Hyun-joon says that he feels they have something in common, since both of them are raising a child alone. Dong-gu seems relieved, but Hyun-joon continues, “But now, I find her interesting. No — I like her.”

COMMENTS

I have a feeling I’m going to enjoy this rivalry very, very much. Both men are intensely competitive, and they both have genuine feelings for Yoon-ah. I think they’re going to take this battle for Yoon-ah’s affections quite seriously, which should be endlessly entertaining to watch. Dong-gu is just so ridiculous, and so far Hyun-joon has kept it classy, but I have a feeling he can get down and dirty when something he really wants is at stake. But the best part will be when Yoon-ah gives them both a beatdown for thinking of her as a prize to be won, as if her feelings have nothing to do with it. I won’t be at all surprised if she kicks them both out on their asses.

I can’t even express how happy I am for Joon-ki that he finally got a real role in a real drama. I just hope that he doesn’t somehow screw it up, but this time feels different, somehow. Joon-ki is a total goofball, and he makes terrible decisions and always ends up making bad situations worse, but he’s got the right attitude of commitment when it comes to succeeding as an actor. He always works his hardest, is willing to do anything for a role, and he never gives up. Other directors and actors have acknowledged that Joon-ki has real talent, he just needs the right role. I was genuinely crying when he broke down, hugging his script, because I understand that feeling of not only having proved to yourself that you can do something, but that someone else sees something worthwhile in you. He really deserves for things to work out this time.

As for Joon-ki and Seo-jin, I’m still worried that Joon-ki will hurt Seo-jin by not being ready for a relationship with her. I’m not at all surprised that he almost immediately balked when faced with actually dating her, because he’s known her since she was a child and always thought of her as a little sister. I believe that his instinct was pointing him in the right direction when it told him to go after her, because there’s obviously something there based on his reaction to her kisses, but Joon-ki needs more time to let himself shift from seeing Seo-jin as a little girl, to a grown, attractive woman.

I think that Soo-ah is about to develop a serious crush on Doo-shik, based on the way she was blown away when he yelled at her. It’s hilarious because they’re just so different, but it also doesn’t surprise me that her interest was triggered by his angry outburst. She’s such a strong personality that she’s used to getting her own way and calling the shots, and Doo-shik is usually so meek and mild that she didn’t respect him. That is, until he showed her that he can roar with the best of the alpha males, and now she sees him in a new light. She knows he can be strong and forceful, and call her on her nonsense if she needs it. Not that I think that strong women want to be dominated, but having strong personality and always being in charge can be exhausting, so it’s nice to have someone else around who’s willing to make decisions and be in charge sometimes.

I was wrong about Yoon-ah after the previous episode, when I said that she wasn’t obligated to give Dong-gu a reason for turning him down. I still think that she shouldn’t have to tell him of her fears if she doesn’t want to, but she was very curt with him right from the beginning. We know that she’s got a way of understanding Dong-gu’s deepest fears, so she must have known that her harsh rejection would be painful to him. She could have been softer with her rejection, at least the first time (because after that, yes, she had every right to say “I already gave you an answer, you need to respect it and back off.”). But I also can’t help but wonder if maybe that was her intention — to hurt him just enough to make him give up on her. If so, I think it would be better if she did tell him the honest truth, because sometimes not knowing can be worse than knowing. If she really intends not to give him a chance, then for the sake of their friendship she should tell him something so that he isn’t stuck wondering if there’s anything he can do to change her mind.

 
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To understand the appeal of this show we must first understand the history of entertainment. In the Golden Age of Television which occurred in the 1950s.... Shakespeare said... But in Roman times... however the Greek comic playwright Aristophanes...

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You make absolute sense, just like the drama ;)

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Daebak! 😂

I don't know if I could keep myself from saying something I shouldn't to someone like Announcer Park after a while. Is it that he likes the sound of his own voice that much? Nah...he does essentially the same thing via text.

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A 20 volume autobiography sounds unbelievable, but after hearing him I'm surprised he was able to cut it that short.

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He did say he had to boil it down and that's how he got to 20 volumes! I can't believe he just talked at Junki for 20 hours straight! hahaha!

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Haha! I love how they played with our expectations, cause when you first see the housekeeper and wife you think he's some jerk, and it turns out he just talks A LOT. So good.

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I used to know a long talker like this. It was agony for me to call her on my cell phone because I was poor and had a cheap plan that cost me 10 cents a minute. Once I HAD to call her and she talked to me for 90 minutes. About what? I have no idea.

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I don’t think I’ve come across a drama that has utilized every single cameo SO WELL. I was wondering how they even got all these prominent, experienced actors to agree to appearing in the first place. Usually when kdrama characters name drop actors’ name you don’t expect them to actually SHOW up later haha.

I don’t want to assume it was just money or that at all. I want to believe it’s mainly because these actors loved the scripts they received. This drama must be a breath of fresh air for not just the viewers but also the actors involved!

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I know! Combined with the allure of a quirky cameo, I think the PD and writer must be very well-liked and respected I was checking the filmography of the cameos.

Silient Park Sun Woong, Junki's dad, Soo-Ah's brother, hard-of-hearing dude, talkative annoucer, top actress with the snot, Dooshik's first love, and Dong-gu's Gonggi expert sunbae have previously worked with the PD before. Baby store clerk and panty-stealer worked with the writer before.

I think having such a large cast of cameos and giving them un-cameo-like roles allowed the drama to feel fresh.

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Ooooh here it is! Thanks Lollypip :)

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I liked how they addressed Junki's dating problem by showing the little Seojin... it was funny and yet serious / heart breaking...

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It really was quite clever.

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I really can't wait for the upcoming episodes. Everyone and every relationship is developing so nicely. I just want them all to succeed and be happy in their lovely guesthouse, playing with Sol.

I love this drama so much that when we had that week of specials, I got my mum and brother to start watching the show and now they are hooked too.

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I don't think anything has made me shriek with laughter lately as much as Dong-gu bolting past a terrified Jun-ki and Seo-jin screaming and waving his bag of game pieces above his head. This show just has perfect comedic timing and this cast really commits to the comedy.

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I LOVED that scene. The situational comedy in this show is so funny that I find myself giggling while just reading the recaps.

I find it hard to screencap this show in a way that really relays the hilarity of it because it’s usually not the individual lines or moments that are funny, but how it all comes together. That scene with Dong-gu screeching and running through Seo-jin and Joon-ki is still funny without context, but you have to know about Dong-gu’s competitive nature and how he is so adamantly against a potential relationship developing between his sister and best friend in order to find it so incredibly hilarious.

The show is funny while still staying true to who the characters are. Nothing is done just for a joke, if that makes any sense. The characters are clearly drawn and the comedy stems from their characterizations. I just love how this show has these completely ridiculous characters in completely ridiculous situations, and yet everything makes sense in a weird way. The writer has done such a good job of convincing me that this world and these characters could actually exist.

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I agree - it's not like watching caricatures of people, but rather watching caricatures of certain traits that people have. And the characters themselves are so well drawn that the reactions make sense in the context of the show which is a sort of reality that exists just barely out of step with the real world.

This also serves to make their victories really wonderful too -- like Lollypip, I also was genuinely overjoyed when Jun-ki finally got his big break, just as I was when Seo-jin got hers. And I love that even though Su-ah started out kind of vapid and predictable, she's been filled out to be such a fantastic and complex character.

I think it's because the show often started with presenting the characters in line with the tropes they went on to undermine that makes this work so well -- Yoon-ah was supposed to me meek, but we have seen that's not the case. Doo-shik is quiet and contemplative, but he has a hidden streak of acting on his emotions. Jun-ki is impulsive, but he comes through where it counts. Seo-jin has a tough exterior, but she's a gooey marshmallow inside. Dong-gu seems like a totally immature brat, but even he shows hidden depths. I love that they undermine these characteristics while also maintaining them, if that makes sense?

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I started watching this show out of boredom and after the first two episodes was still undecided because the the humor was so over-the-top and cartoonish, and then they, as you say, began undermining the very tropes they set up in such a smart and almost sneaky way. What could have become merely a whirlwind of caricatures instead became something so much better.

Even as the actors are going ALL in on the physical comedy, they also deliver the subtle emotional cues which make the audiences connection even deeper, more personal even. We get these people, we know them, and are them. This is why we both laugh at Jun-ki's many many crazy stunts, but also cry along with him when he finally gets his break.

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I also loved the bit where Dong-gu shouted his 2-sec congratulations to Jun-ki over the phone. It's like it HAS to be done, but there is NO time!

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Same. It really shows the depth of this friendship. I really love everything about this show.

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“Trifecta Couple Trope" - 3 OTPs for the price of one!
This drama has 8 episodes remaining [i.e. 4 episode extension], which I believe will provide plenty of time for all three relationships to fully develop.

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Dong-gu & Yoon-ah & Sol
Almost all of Dong-gu's character growth in this drama can be attributed to Yoon-ah & Sol entering his life. Dong-gu is a kind hearted, but self-centered and immature person. Because he now wants to always be in Yoon-ah and Sol’s lives. He has begun working hard to become a responsible adult. He wants to be worthy of both Yoon-ah & Sol's trust. I would be very disappointed if Dong-gu, Yoon-ah and Sol did not end up together.

Please do not misunderstand, Dong-gu will never completely grow up. He is destined to be a loving, man child to Yoon-ah and constant source of embarrassment to a teenage Sol. It makes me chuckle to think of a beautiful, dating age Sol being “protected” from men by knucklehead, middle-aged Dong-gu, Joon-ki, and Doo-sik. Can you imagine Dong-gu dealing with Sol’s new boyfriend, who just happens to be a carbon copy of his younger self? The actors and writers have painted a vivid enough picture for me to imagine the couples future together. They pass the OTP test.

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Joon-ki & Seo-jin
Joon-ki is a handsome, knucklehead, subconsciously insecure man child. His father is a famous actor who seems to be more concerned with his image than supporting Joon-ki. He is talented, but just can not get the one break that he needs to be recognized. Seo-jin is the smart, beautiful, hard working, kid sister of Dong-gu. Joon-ki has always gone out of his way to tease Seo-jin. It is obvious his teasing masks his deep subconscious affection for her. May be at first as just a kid sister, but a kiss can be a powerful game changer. Dating your best friend’s kid sister can also be a bit of an issue, especially if she is Dong-gu’s kid sister. It is obvious that Joon-ki has never allowed himself to think of Seo-jin as a woman because he respects her too much. Respect is a key element to all lasting, healthy relationships.

What Joon-ki needed most was a fan club or may be just one uber fan [i.e. Seo-jin]. Unconditional support can also be a major game changer. It can help an insecure actor land his first real role. Dong-gu and Doo-sik have always provided him support of sorts, but to an actor a fan is at a whole different level. Joon-ki is no rocket scientist, but he is certainly smart enough to realize that Seo-jin is the real deal. She has seen him at his worst and is still his uber fan. Seo-jin is in the same boat, she has seen Joon-ki at his worst and is still able to be his uber fan. The only real issue that remains is to convince Dong-gu before he kills them. The actors and writers have painted a vivid enough picture for me to imagine the couples future together. They pass the OTP test.

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Excellent write-up, except for the bit about his father. From the little we know from an early episode, he did try to help Joon-Ki on the sly. But when Joon-ki called him out on this, he understood and was also quite proud of his son.

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Doo-sik & Soo-ah
Doo-sik is a smart, introverted, dreamer who lacks direction. He has chosen to focus all of his energy into writing. Unfortunately, he has no talent for it. Soo-ah is a confident, no nonsense, beauty who is not the sharpest crayon in the box. She has a strong sense of justice, jumping in to help others in need. Ironically, she has no trouble taking advantage of the people she helps.

They are a perfect example of a couple that demonstrates "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. Individually, they are a mess. Soo-ah was easy prey for a conman who robbed her blind. Doo-sik is working part-time at a convenience store writing the second volume of a web novel that no one will ever read. The viewers have already seen a glimpse of what they can accomplish together. Via operations “meat restaurant owner” and “conman capture”.

I expect the comedic hijinks to continue as this couple stumbles to discover that they have romantic feelings for each other. I also expect that the phrase "Behind every great woman there's a great man” will apply to their eventual partnership. Soo-ah will be out front taking the world by storm and Doo-sik will be in the background helping to make it happen and supporting her 110%. The actors and writers have painted a vivid enough picture for me to imagine the couples future together. They pass the OTP test.

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Love your breakdown of all three couples.....they really passed the OTP test.....

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This was one of the funniest episodes so far! Out of all the ridiculous drunken antics I've seen I don't think anything can top the airplane ride haha.

Seo-jin in love is too cute (that hug ❤️) and perhaps a bit much, but heck she suffered a lot in the last episode and a half so why not. I love Seo-Jin and Joon-ki and they're my fav couple but I'm glad that they addressed the awkwardness, in their usual comical way (I was cracking up every time that kid spoke and the pre-k music when she appeared), that would happen in that situation. There's definitely something there but Joon-ki just jumped right into that relationship upgrade so fast without having the time to process that she's not Dong-gu's kid sister anymore.

I didn't think I'd come to love Soo-ah or that her and Doo-shik would become my other favorite couple, but here we are haha. I really felt a connection with her this week, between her hesitation to start over at her age and then doodling, eating, and watching dramas instead of studying lol.

That gonggi game at the end was amazing haha. The way they even had explanations of the moves written on-screen, it was like an over-dramatic sports anime. I don't think I really like Chef as a love-rival though.

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I feel like the music and the way it was filmed was referencing something, but I just don't know what.

I guffawed during the moment when we got those dramatic black and white snapshots of everyone's expressions during the rock-paper-scissors to see who would start first.

All of this over what is really a children's game...

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I think so too, especially with Dong-gu's lines before he went for the Arirang Catch.

Haha that was too funny!

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Thanks for the recap @lollypip. I see you’ve provided the link for the Pororo them song!

I felt badly for Joon-ki this episode. They did such a brilliant job of using humour to illustrate a valid point. Sometimes you confuse romantic and platonic feelings. Sometimes you can’t wish yourself into loving someone or return those romantic feelings they have for you. @lollypip said, sometimes you need space to sort things through and make that transition. Now I’m really curious if all those kisses really did trigger something. Wait, is Seo-jin that much younger than Joon-ki? Is this gonna be an ajusshi romance!? 🤔

I really love how hard Dong-gu is trying. Sure, it can be viewed as stupid, but the poor guy is in love.

Move over Dong-gu. Soo-shik is quickly becoming my favourite.

Ah, the perils of getting drunk off one’s a$$. Those are some seriously good friends to have taken care of him though.

I don’t know if I like Hyun-joon or not. Sometimes I like him and sometimes I just wish he’d disappear. Seriously though, do we really need a love triangle!? At the very least it’s an interesting reversal of the whole single mother who has trouble dating trope. But, @lollypip said, when Yoon-ah finds out, she’s going to be pissed at them both and I wouldn’t put it past her to reject that both.

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There I go with my many mistakes again.
*Doo-shik's becoming by favourite
*Pororo theme
*Whatever else I missed. lol.

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I feel like Seo-jin must only be like 5 or 6 years younger. Soo-ah is 29, so I'm guessing Dong-gu and Jun-ki must be around that age or a year or two older. And Seo-jin must have just graduated from university and was on the job hunt. So 24? In that picture, she must be like 11 or 12 and he must be in 16 or 17 since Dong-gu's in a high school uniform. I really want to know if he really did feel anything from that kiss. Damn you, Dong-gu for interrupting!

I really have to draw attention to the Uhm Jung Hwa song that Seo-jin was singing.
https://youtu.be/sqA0bWs3LTU?t=25s
The song has this clapping/tapping sound/move and Junki's two spit takes were timed perfectly with the claps.

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Nice catch with the school uniform. So oppa romance then? lol

Thanks for the source reference. The only reference I got so far was the Misty ref. Sigh.

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Seojin (23) and Junki (31) are 9 years apart. Donggu and Sooah are both 29. I'm not sure about Dooshik and Yoona.

But in real life, Junghyun, Seungwon and Joowoo are the same age. (Born in 1990), Yikyung is the oldest (89). Insun was born in (91) while Wonhee is the youngest (94)

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I also cried when Joon-ki cried over his script! I don't cry a ton during shows, but this is the second time with this show. And it's a comedy! Just goes to show the strength of it!

Chef got real scary there at the end! I've actually liked that he's remained relatively calm and reasonable compared to Dong Gu. I kinda hope they don't go down the jealousy route again, cause we already did the jealousy thing with the hair sniffer. Though, I guess it would be really fun to see a normally respectable man brought down to the lowest levels of pettiness by Dong Gu. Okay, maybe I do want to see it.

I love how this show has strong romance elements but it never overpowers the story. It's always weaved into the overall storyline and theme of the week. While I like the romance, I feel like the show could be just as good without it, which again just shows how strong it is.

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The reason why I enjoy so much this drama is because makes comedy with a very serious subjects. I always feel surprise how they can be so ridiculous and funny while crushed my heart with warmly's actions; each one character is broken in someway, everyone have weakness and fierness for equal and it is easy feel them like humans.

Personally, I don't like comedy dramas. But I still watch Wohoo Waikiki because its characters (and their relationships) are so well made that is imposible not loved them and not want to stay beside them. They are a group of losers trying to endure their complicated and unsuccesfull lives. Watch how they grow up chapter by chapter is awsome

Nothing in this drama feel forced and that is a great feat, specially when we speak about romance. Although my favorite couple is Joon-ki & Seo-jin (literally, I laughted for hours with Joon-ki's trauma), I enjoy very much when Doo-sik and Soo-ah interact questioning the worst of their personalities or Dong-gu tries to include himself in Yoon-ah and Sol's life. I adore every sharing's moment.

To me, the maturity prize (in the last two chapters) goes to Yoo-ah. She is putting distance between her and Don-gu for her own sake, and that speaks about how hurt she is. Plus, she needs to think in her daughter; after almost leave Sol, Yoo-ah tries very hard to be a succefull mother. I hope that Don-gu will read between lines and support her for well; love is respect other's wish, even if it have not explanation.

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I love how everyone, tells Dong-gu all of the dumb things he did while drunk, and then we get flashbacks like Dong-gu giving Yoon-ah a plane ride because she has ever been abroad.

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Please name one other drama where a man would give a plane ride to a woman he is trying to impress and it would actually be an excellent plot device? The writer is a comic genius...

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Someone please make a gif of Dooshik biting his lower lip in the library!

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I just love Jun-ki so much.
That scene when he was overwhelmed with emotion after getting his first important role, I was tearing up and kept saying "You did well, you did well." I'm just so proud of him. And yet, I love how he still met the strangest people in the known universe right after that. I hope it'll be a recurring gag even when he already become a famous actor. Haha...

Actually, I was surprised at how well the drama addressed that I'm-dating-my-friend's-little-sister-or-brother problem, even if in6f7 a very hilarious way. Many dramas choose to gloss it over and just chalk it up to them being adult so they see each other differently now. Yet here, we can see clearly how conflicted Jun-ki was. Seo-jin is still that little girl he take care of and tease in brotherly way, and it would take some leaps for him to finally see her as a grown-up he could feel attracted to. And I'll be here, enjoying each bumbling and hilarious steps they're going to take as a potential couple.

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Joon-ki has been pulling Seo-jin's pigtails for years now! I can not wait until she has him completely wrapped around her finger and she makes him dance.

DANCE OCTOPUS-BOY DANCE!

NOTE: By "dance", I mean he puts her needs and comfort above his own.

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That little girl though. Cute but so creepy with Seo-jin's voice.

I *really* want to see a BTS of them shooting that drunk airplane ride flashback.

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I want to hear the uncensored version of Dooshik's rant. Was he really cursing, or did they just insert random bleeps?

I was pretty surprised in the BTS they showed last week, there wasn't really a lot of breaking down laughing. I would think they would have to shoot every scene 20 times because someone started laughing.

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aww too bad Joon-ki and Seo-jin are not working out...at least for now anyway, but i see (hope) that Joon-ki have a change of feelings after the kiss.

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The Gonggi scene, the scene where Doo-Shik blew up at Soo-Ah (I knew he would go postal but I was still screaming at the execution) and the tie in of Soo-Ah at the window mimicking the scene from the movie showed earlier in the episode were just brilliant to me! Goodness this drama...

Honestly if this keeps up this level of humor till the last episode, it will become legendary for me. I love it so much!!!

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Lee Joon-ki's story kinda like the real life story of Lee Yi-kyung (son of former LG's CEO), a cheabol who don't talk about his rich & successful family. Started from minor characters and now he's blooming.

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This show kills me every time. Since I had a cold, It has been so helpful to relieve my cold with all the snorting...lol. Junki suggesting the pororo theme for karaoke, dong gu running past terrified junk and seo jin...the writer is just amazing. Can this just become a regular sitcom in SK already? Love this show and all the characters. My favourite is still Junki - if they were to do a spinoff show of his journey to becoming a successful actor , I would be in heaven. Lee yi kyung is just all kinds of amazing as jun ki.

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I came away with a different view of nice single dad Hyun-joon- He isn’t nice at all. One suspects that his divorce was not entirely his wife’s fault. Joon-ah has confided in him her reason for not wanting to be in any kind of relationship, but he just blew that off now that he wants to beat Dong-gu- because that, and not his attraction to Yoon-ah- is what is motivating him. Dong-gu is competing because he genuinely wants Joon-ah herself. It will be hard at first for Joon-ah to see the difference, but she has to know that Dong-gu genuinely cares about her thanks to Soo-ah’s having told her about the coat- which was one of the big surprises of the episode: Soo-ah doing something so unselfish and helpful with nothing to gain for herself. I was shocked. Maybe there is real hope for her. But we certainly saw the other side to Soo-ah as she demonstrates her laziness when confronted with studies. Soo-ah has always gotten by on her looks alone- but that will not work anymore. Which is why one of the best moments of this episode was watching Woo-shik ream her out. It was priceless. But give her real credit for stepping up to tell Joon-ah about the coat- you could actually see its impact on Joon-ah: A crack has suddenly appeared in her wall.

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With two cameos from "Just Between Lovers", is it too much to ask Gang-doo and Moon-soo to appear in this drama? :)

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So glad the Waikiki crew is back. They are so good with executing the writer’s work. I try and watch it late on low volume but I laugh out loud so much, it still wakes hubby up. They are a riot.

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I'm confused about Yoon-ah's reaction to going on the 'airplane ride'. She was surpringly forgiving... or maybe she did actually like it... or maybe she's the type who cuts a person a lot of slack for acting stupid while drunk.

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