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Woohoo Waikiki: Episode 16

This episode feels like a contest to see which housemate can be the most stubborn, and believe me, there’s more than one strong contender for the title. Emotions run high after the events of their ill-fated vacation, with nobody willing to back down or admit they were wrong. But not all of the emotions flying around the house are negative, as spring fever starts to hit some of the housemates and turn their thoughts to romance.

 
EPISODE 16: “Their wretched love/A simple confession 2”

Everyone arrives home with silent, heavy hearts after their weekend away. Dong-gu asks Joon-ki and Seo-jin how long they’ve been lying to him about dating. Joon-ki explains that they were afraid he’d be angry, but Dong-gu says that in that case, they should never have started anything.

He says he’ll never accept their relationship, but Seo-jin demands to know his reason and refuses to break up just because he says so, and Joon-ki backs her up. Dong-gu declares that Seo-jin is no longer his sister, and that Joon-ki doesn’t exist to him at all. When the others say he’s going too far, he yells that he’ll cut them all out of his life.

Later, Seo-jin and Joon-ki are still moping despite the pottery scene from Ghost that’s playing on TV. Soo-ah sighs happily at the romance onscreen, and Doo-shik wonders dreamily when he’ll experience such a love. Meanwhile, he seems to be having an affair with a pair of shoes that his first love, Mal-geum, sent to him, cherishing them so much that he doesn’t even wear them.

Joon-ki takes a call from a friend in his gaming guild, turning down his offer to come play today. Doo-shik explains to Soo-ah that in the gaming world, Joon-ki’s character is so important that they can’t play without him. Soo-ah thinks he could get a lot of money selling it, but Joon-ki snaps that he’ll never sell.

Seo-jin gets fed up with Dong-gu pouting in bed, so she stomps into his room, and demands that he talk to her. He pretends she’s not even there, so she decides that until he approves of her and Joon-ki, she’s going on a shaving strike. Joon-ki and Dong-gu both look horrified, but Dong-gu holds firm in his resolve not to speak to Seo-jin.

Joon-ki and Seo-jin argue in the living room over her refusing to shave, and Seo-jin insists that she has to protest against Dong-gu’s behavior. He hates when she doesn’t shave, so she considers it a visual weapon. She even decides to take time off work, determined to win this stand-off.

To further their online shopping mall, Doo-shik hires a famous shopping mall model named Philip (cameo by Shin Hyun-soo). When Soo-ah gets a look at Philip’s handsome face, she goes all girly and silly, earning weird looks from Doo-shik. She passes Philip a cup of coffee and giggles at how nice it smells, but Philip says that he’s got allergies and can’t smell anything.

Soo-ah politely alerts Philip to the fact that he’s got something stuck between his front teeth, and she and Doo-shik are shocked when Philip gets angry and offended. He says that he won’t model for them and starts to walk out, but Doo-shik apologizes profusely and convinces him to change his mind.

They head back home for the shoot, and Philip takes off his shoes and goes into the house. Doo-shik and Soo-ah reel as they’re assaulted by a horrible stench, which Soo-ah tracks back to Philip’s shoes. Since he can’t smell anything, they figure that he’s unaware of how awful his feet stink, but they’re afraid to say anything for fear of upsetting him.

Dong-gu grumbles his resolve not to speak to either Joon-ki or Seo-jin while he’s in the bathroom, but he nearly forgets and calls out for Joon-ki when he realizes he’s out of toilet paper. He catches himself, but it leaves him with the dilemma of having nothing to wipe with. A few minutes later, he exits the bathroom in only his undershirt. Oh gross, he didn’t.

When Philip enters the room ready to model their clothing, Doo-shik and Soo-ah can barely breathe around the smell of his feet. Doo-shik notices that the jeans Philip is wearing aren’t rolled up properly, so Soo-ah has to roll them for him. The brown miasma rising from his feet wafts right into her face, and she nearly passes out, hee.

Downstairs, Dong-gu constructs a ball pit for Sol in her playpen, and he sits in it with her to pout (and with his nose stuffed with tissue to block the mysterious stank, ha). He complains to Sol about Seo-jin and Joon-ki’s relationship, and when he smacks the playpen wall in frustration, he knocks over the barrier holding in the toy balls.

He sticks his head out through the playpen bars to reach the balls and ends up getting his head stuck. Joon-ki wanders by and offers to help, but Dong-gu stubbornly refuses to acknowledge him. They’re both startled by Seo-jin, who pops up with several days’ worth of stubble just to taunt Dong-gu.

Dong-gu has to go to work, so he wears the playpen wall as he walks to the office, lol. He has a meeting with the actors for their movie, so he finds some construction workers and asks them to saw the bars off and free him.

The director is having a private meeting with an actor, Seo Jin-woo (cameo by Lee Ha-yul), telling him that they wrote the script with him in mind. Dong-gu comes in just as Jin-woo ducks under the table to pick up his dropped keys.

He overhears Dong-gu complaining that they have to cast him because every single actor they’ve offered the part to has turned it down, even though he’s not handsome and has a nasty personality. Jin-woo stands up and storms out, and the director tells Dong-gu not to come back until he’s gotten Jin-woo to agree to star in the movie.

Unable to handle the stink anymore, Doo-shik gives Philip a break so that he and Soo-ah can breathe. Soo-ah concocts a plan to make Philip wash his feet, and when he comes back, she spills juice all over his socks.

Unfortunately, Philip has another shoot after this one, so he just takes off his socks and hand them to Soo-ah, making the situation a hundred times worse. Not to mention traumatizing Soo-ah from touching the manky socks.

Dong-gu waits at Jin-woo’s house, and he’s surprised to see Joon-ki come home with him. It turns out that Jin-woo is in Joon-ki’s gaming guild, and when he asks if Joon-ki knows Dong-gu, Joon-ki says that he doesn’t anymore. Ouch.

Hyun-joon finds Yoon-ah in his bakery just as she’s leaving to cook for Dong-gu, who hasn’t eaten since they came home. Hyun-joon says that Dong-gu isn’t a child, but Yoon-ah says fondly that he’s like one sometimes.

Hyun-joon reminds Yoon-ah that she said she’s scared to trust anyone and get hurt, and he asks what she would do if she found someone she could trust, who would never hurt her. She says that would be nice, but she hasn’t found anyone like that yet. She leaves, and Hyun-joon pulls out a diamond necklace he’s planning to give to her.

During another break, Soo-ah begs Doo-shik to stop the shoot because she can’t bear Philip’s smelly feet anymore. He reminds her angrily that she promised to take this seriously. He says that doing business involves hardships, so if she can’t handle stinky feet, then she may as well give up now.

He says he’s disappointed in her and goes to finish the shoot alone, leaving her feeling terrible.

But when he gets back upstairs, he sees Philip wearing the precious shoes that Mal-geum sent him, the ones that he’s never even worn himself. Doo-shik sees red, and he unleashes a string of profanities so foul that Philip’s hair blows back, telling Philip in vivid detail exactly how horrid his feet smell.

Dong-gu talks to his director, who tells him that he’d better apologize to Jin-woo as soon as possible. Joon-ki comes in, and Dong-gu thinks that he might help, but he can’t quite bring himself to break his vow of silence. Instead, he texts Joon-ki from only a few feet away to ask him to help him with Jin-woo.

Joon-ki offers to help in exchange for Dong-gu’s acceptance of his relationship with Seo-jin. They glare at each other, then Dong-gu texts Forget it. I’ll curse you until the day I die! and storms out.

Soo-ah yells at Doo-shik for running off their model, angry with him for making her feel bad then ruining their chances with Philip. Doo-shik meekly apologizes, but the damage is done, and they still have several products that they need pictures of for uploading. Yoon-ah suggests Doo-shik model the clothing, thinking him handsome, but Soo-ah squishes his face and wails that Yoon-ah has bad taste in men.

But they don’t have any other choice, so Doo-shik dresses in jeans and a leather jacket and nervously presents himself to Soo-ah. Hot damn, the boy cleans up gooood. Soo-ah is shocked into speaking jondae to this new, gorgeous Doo-shik, unable to do anything but stare helplessly at the pretty.

Dong-gu gives up and presents himself to his director to admit defeat. He’s surprised to find Jin-woo in the office, having decided to star in their film after all. He tells Dong-gu to thank Joon-ki for changing his mind, saying that Joon-ki even traded him his precious game character.

Back home, Dong-gu finds Joon-ki and texts him, asking why he talked to Jin-woo and saying that he’s still not going to acknowledge him and Seo-jin. Joon-ki is disappointed, but he says that he only did it because Dong-gu was having a hard time, not to gain anything. Dong-gu finally breaks and says they need to talk.

He asks Joon-ki if he really wants to date Seo-jin that badly, and Joon-ki says that he won’t give up on her, even if it means losing Dong-gu. He says that his feelings are sincere, and asks if he’s honestly not good enough for Dong-gu.

Dong-gu says that that’s not why he objects, because of course it’s a good thing for his sister and his best friend to be together. “But what if you two break up? What would I do? I won’t be able to see you again.” Oh, you giant marshmallow, you.

Joon-ki breaks into a huge grin and crows that he’s never going to break up with Seo-jin or make her cry — in fact, he’s more likely to be the one to end up crying. Dong-gu darkly observes that Joon-ki should be speaking to him more respectfully, and he snaps that he was going to approve, but now…

Joon-ki leaps up with a joyful, “Hyung-nim!!” and grabs Dong-gu in a bouncy hug. He runs downstairs to tell Seo-jin the good news, but he screams when he gets a look at her beard, quite bushy after several days without shaving. He tells her that they have Dong-gu’s approval, and Seo-jin is thrilled that now they can go on dates and she can call him her boyfriend.

She jumps up to go shave, but Joon-ki stops her. He says he’s always wanted to shave her himself, and they share a romantic shaving moment to the love theme from Ghost. I can’t breathe, this is the funniest thing ever.

Dong-gu tells Yoon-ah that he knows he was being stubborn, but he could see the sincerity in Joon-ki’s eyes and knew he could trust him. A second later, they’re running through the house, fighting because Joon-ki cut Seo-jin while shaving her face.

They bicker and insult each other until Seo-jin screeches that she’s breaking up with Joon-ki, and Joon-ki angrily informs Dong-gu that it’s over. Dong-gu just calmly whips his cane at them until they plaster on happy grins and swear they were only kidding.

Seo-jin’s boss threatens to fire her if she doesn’t get a scoop, so she asks Joon-ki if he’s heard anything at the broadcasting station. He tells her about a top star who’s rumored to have a secret baby with the chairman of a conglomerate, which he heard about from a security guard. Seo-jin begs him to tell her where to find the guy.

Dong-gu shows up at the bakery to find Hyun-joon and Yoon-ah on their way out. Hyun-joon tells Dong-gu that he and Yoon-ah are going out for drinks to celebrate the fact that a store wants to sell Yoon-ah’s muffins, so Dong-gu invites himself along.

Hyun-joon says it’s not a good day, since he has something to tell Yoon-ah. But Dong-gu insists, so they all end up at a fancy restaurant together. Yoon-ah steps away to take a call, and when Hyun-joon offers to pour a glass of wine for Dong-gu, he haughtily says that he doesn’t want to drink anything Hyun-joon is paying for.

He calls for the wine menu, but all he can afford is one glass of the cheapest wine. He’s short a few won, so he instructs the waitress to pour a bit less than a full glass, ha. Hyun-joon is hilariously eye-rolly as Dong-gu acts all pretentious about the wine, and when Yoon-ah asks what Hyun-joon wanted to say, he decides that he’ll tell her another time.

Before they leave, Dong-gu gulps down the remainder of his glass of wine, and Hyun-joon tells him that he already paid. Dong-gu insists on giving him cash for his wine, determined not to owe him anything.

He runs into the guesthouse to get money to pay for his and Yoon-ah’s portion of the taxi, and when the meter runs up a few more won as they stand talking, he even pays half of that. He tells Hyun-joon to stop interfering with his business by taking his employee out, but Hyun-joon grumbles that Dong-gu was the one interfering today.

Seo-jin meets with the security guard to ask about the secret baby rumor, promising not to reveal his identity. The guard says that he heard the rumor from the top star’s hairstylist’s assistant, so Seo-jin goes to question her next. The assistant tells Seo-jin that she heard about the secret baby from the star’s agency’s cafeteria chef’s favorite jjampong place’s delivery boy. LOL, this is beyond ridiculous.

The delivery boy says that he heard about the star’s secret baby from a student who audits a certain celebrity model’s classroom lectures. He tells Seo-jin that the modeling student was swindled by her boyfriend and now lives off her ex… wait, this sounds familiar.

At first Soo-ah claims that she never passed on any such rumor, but eventually Seo-jin cracks her, and she swears that she heard it from a reliable witness. Seo-jin whines that everyone’s heard it from someone else but nobody’s actually seen anything. Soo-ah says that she heard it from the very nurse that delivered the baby, and Seo-jin gets excited again.

Yoon-ah borrows Rebecca to deliver her muffins to the new store. On the way, she accidentally hits a pedestrian, who ends up with a badly broken leg. The doctor says he’ll need surgery and may be permanently crippled, and the man demands that Yoon-ah take responsibility.

She’s dazed and worried when she gets back to the guesthouse, but she tells Dong-gu that she’s just tired. She sits in her room, wondering dejectedly how on earth she’s going to pay for the man’s surgery.

Seo-jin visits the hospital to ask Soo-ah’s nurse friend about the star’s secret baby. The nurse says that she did, in fact, deliver the star’s baby… in a dream. Seo-jin confronts Soo-ah, who admits that she was drunk when she heard the story and must have misunderstood. ARGH.

Dong-gu answers Yoon-ah’s phone when he finds it ringing. It’s the man she hit with the car, and Dong-gu goes to see him in the hospital. He’s demanding a huge sum of money as settlement, claiming that he’s doing Yoon-ah a favor by not involving the police, so Dong-gu offers to pay it.

He rushes home to talk to her about the accident, and she apologizes for not telling him, because she didn’t want him to worry. They hold a house meeting, and everyone promises to get together what money they can to help raise the full amount. Dong-gu sweetly tells Yoon-ah not to worry.

He calls everyone he knows, and even goes to his director, but nobody can lend him any money, and the other housemates don’t have any luck, either. With only one option left, Dong-gu goes to talk to the last person in the world he wants to ask for help — Hyun-joon.

It looks like it kills Dong-gu to ask Hyun-joon for such a large loan, and Hyun-joon naturally wants to know what it’s for. When Dong-gu reveals that Yoon-ah had an accident and needs money for a settlement, Hyun-joon doesn’t even hesitate to offer the entire amount.

Meanwhile, Yoon-ah asks the man for some time to pay him, but he gets upset and threatens to call the police. Interestingly, the police walk in right on cue, but they’re not here for Yoon-ah — they’re arresting the man for insurance fraud. It turns out that he and the doctor stage car accidents and con people out of settlement money.

Hyun-joon and Dong-gu run in, frantic with worry, but Yoon-ah explains that the guy was a scam artist and she doesn’t have to pay anything. Hyun-joon offers to pay for a lawyer to go with her to the police station to give her statement, while Dong-gu hangs back looking ashamed.

Yoon-ah tells the whole story to the housemates when they get home, but Dong-gu slinks away, uncharacteristically quiet. Soo-ah goes to his room to ask why he’s upset, and he says that he feels pathetic because he couldn’t raise the money for Yoon-ah as he promised, while Hyun-joon had it within seconds.

Soo-ah says that it’s only natural since Hyun-joon is older, and a famous chef. Dong-gu sighs that something so normal doesn’t feel normal at all.

Hyun-joon treats Yoon-ah to lunch, where he plans to give her the diamond necklace and confess his feelings for her. After lunch, Hyun-joon is ready to confess, but Yoon-ah interrupts when she realizes that she’s lost the hairpin Dong-gu gave her (which she’s worn every day since their vacation).

She’s very upset, rushing around looking for it on the verge of tears. Hyun-joon offers to buy her a new one, but she wails that it’s the first gift Dong-gu ever bought for her. Oof, Hyun-joon looks like he was just punched in the gut.

They eventually leave without finding the hairpin, but as they walk, Hyun-joon spots the hairpin in Yoon-ah’s hoodie. She’s relieved to have it back, and Hyun-joon smiles to see her so happy, then he stops her and says he has something to say.

He brings up her statement again, that she’s scared to trust anyone. He says that he doesn’t want her to be scared of love for fear of being hurt, so she shouldn’t let go of the person she likes. Yoon-ah is confused, so Hyun-joon clarifies: “I’m talking about Dong-gu. You like Dong-gu.”

Yoon-ah looks stunned as Hyun-joon continues that she’s pushing Dong-gu away because she’s afraid, but that by pushing him away, she’s risking losing him. He points out that she’ll get hurt that way, too, and that it will probably hurt even more.

Before he goes, Hyun-joon tells Yoon-ah that Dong-gu refused to borrow even a few won for his taxi, but that when Yoon-ah needed help, he asked Hyun-joon for a huge loan. He says that Dong-gu would rather die than ask for his help, which proves how much he cares for her. He turns to go, only stopping for a moment to look at the necklace he bought for Yoon-ah one last time.

Yoon-ah stands alone for a long time, as memories of all the times Dong-gu was there for her, the times he worried about her, and the times he sacrificed for her flood her mind. She remembers his little smiles, and the way he looks at her when he forgets to be on his guard. She comes to a decision, lifts her head, and marches home.

She finds Dong-gu in the guesthouse media room, watching If Only for the zillionth time. She sits with him, and he wilts when she says she was out with Hyun-joon. Yoon-ah starts to say something, but Dong-gu blurts out that Hyun-joon is actually a pretty good guy, and that he treats her well.

Yoon-ah asks why he’s saying those things, getting annoyed. She calls Dong-gu an oblivious fool, then claims to be tired and stomps off downstairs. A few seconds later, Dong-gu’s phone chimes that he has a text, and he opens it to find that it’s a video of Yoon-ah, aegyoing over and over, “I like you, Dong-gu. I like you. I really like you!”

He turns around to find Yoon-ah still in the room, smiling at him expectantly. He tentatively asks what the video means, and Yoon-ah walks over to take him by the wrists. She says again, “I like you. I really like you, Dong-gu. Do you want to start a relationship with me?”

Dong-gu blinks at her, afraid to believe what she’s saying. Then a hopeful smile breaks over his face, and they stand there happily grinning at each other.

 
COMMENTS

Hooray, finally! But GAH, no kiss? Not even a hug? Imma need at least a hug in the first few seconds of the next episode or there’s going to be a reckoning, I tell you what. I just hope that Dong-gu doesn’t try to argue that he’s not worthy of Yoon-ah, because while he may not be rich and successful like Hyun-joon, he couldn’t possibly be more caring of Yoon-ah, which makes him completely worthy, in my book.

But before I get into that — can we talk about Hot Doo-shik for a second?! I was totally blindsided when he came out looking all sleek and handsome, because I’ve gotten so used to seeing him as the baby of the house, everyone’s pet cinnamon roll. I think I was as stunned as Soo-ah, who I fully believe already half-crushes on Doo-shik with the way she’s always dragging him around with her and worrying about him when he’s not around. She’s seen him being strong and forceful before, but he’s so squishy that I don’t think it ever occurred to her that he’s actually an attractive man. I don’t think that’s going to be a problem anymore… if anything, Soo-ah is going to have a difficult time getting Doo-shik to see her as more than his friend’s ex-girlfriend. I can’t wait to watch her grovel for his attention, and because he’s never even kissed a girl, he’s going to be hilariously oblivious.

As for Seo-jin and Joon-ki, I’m so happy that Joon-ki’s sincerity finally got through to Dong-gu. It was sweet that Dong-gu admitted that his objection was never that Joon-ki isn’t good enough for his baby sister, but because he was scared of losing his best friend if they ever broke up. I’m glad that Joon-ki’s response wasn’t, “If we break up, you and I will still be friends,” because I loved that his knee-jerk reaction was, “Don’t worry, we’re never breaking up!” And it was so cute how Joon-ki immediately started calling Dong-gu “hyung-nim.” No matter what happens, I have no fear of those two ever losing their friendship, especially not with Dong-gu making sure that Joon-ki and Seo-jin are never allowed to break up.

I’m so impressed with how much Dong-gu has grown up, at least where Yoon-ah is concerned. By letting go of his pride and going to Hyun-joon for help, the last person he would ever want to have to humble himself in front of, he’s proven that he truly cares for Yoon-ah more than himself. Dong-gu spends so much energy trying to look better than Hyun-joon in front of Yoon-ah, but when it really mattered, he was willing to let Hyun-joon be her hero because she’s more important to him than himself. He may still be petty and jealous and act like a child a lot of the time, but when it came down to it, he did what needed to be done. If that doesn’t show that he’s ready for the responsibility of an instant family, then I don’t know what does.

For that reason, I love the timing of Yoon-ah’s confession, coming right when Dong-gu feels like he wasn’t able to take care of her. He was so confident before that he could handle it, but he had no idea what he was promising. Now he knows, and he feels insecure because he understands what a huge responsibility it is. But what he doesn’t understand is that it’s not about whether he can pay for things — it’s about putting the other person’s needs before your own, and stepping up and doing whatever is necessary when it’s needed. Dong-gu’s inexpensive hair pin versus Hyun-joon’s diamond necklace just illustrates that it’s not the cost, but the sentiment that counts. Maybe Dong-gu couldn’t pay Yoon-ah’s (thankfully invalid) debt, but he showed that if anything serious happens in the future, that he’ll be there to make sure she’s safe and secure. And the best part is that he’s always been that guy — he takes care of his friends and loved ones, even when it’s not even his responsibility to do so. He’s a much better person than he gives himself credit for.

I do feel bad for Hyun-joon though, because he’s a genuinely great guy who would have been the perfect match for Yoon-ah if she hadn’t met Dong-gu first. He’s handsome, successful, shares her love of baking, and understands the struggles of being a single parent (though, whatever happened to his adorable son?). Hyun-joon has done so much for Yoon-ah, but he’s not there for the day-to-day things like Dong-gu is. Dong-gu and Yoon-ah live in the same house, have a lot of history together as enemies-turned-friends, and Dong-gu even loves and takes care of Sol like she’s his own child. I was proud of Hyun-joon for seeing Yoon-ah’s true feelings and for bowing out gracefully. He’ll find a good woman of his own — can we get Chef Handsome Dad his own show next?

 
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Daebak, Lollypip! I just finished watching the episode, and here's the recap. Thanks so much!!! Can't wait to get into the discussions!!!

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Beanies, I am only a little bit embarrassed to admit that after seeing the bbq in the previous episode, I watched this one with samgyeopsal (bought from the local East Asian store and made in my boring home grill), and - because I did not have soju - some gin&tonic :P. Off to read, with my g&t :)

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I haven't seen this episode yet so I came for a quick read & well things are super funny again it seems...
And do-shik's makeover.....wow he went from 0 to 9999 real quick O.O

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From hot Doo-shik to that aegyo video confession, this episode had me squealing the whole time. Oh and how is Hyun-joon so perfect? I hope he gets his own little happy ending

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I started crying during Yoonah's aegyo video. Anybody else? Just me?

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I also had tears at the end of this episode. I am a sucker for selfless acts of love.

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I did!

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I have to admit it; Dong-gu and Sol in the ball pit was the cutest thing ever!

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another adorable moment was when Dong-gu successfully finished making his props, the moment he was able to fit that air gun into that long piece of bread and lets out a "yay", Sol squealed like she was cheering him on. lool.

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I really do hope Hyun-joon gets his own happy ending. But my oh my. I hope he doesn’t reject her, as the feels like a replica of his confession. The reason I feel like he would is because of his lack of answer, just like hers when he confessed. OH MAN! I’m so confused!

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I have a feeling that he might take a step back because he feels he isn't stable and capable enough as Hyun Joon, I hope we're wrong though because I am all ready for the date cuteness overload and I don't mind stretching it one bit. lol

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Loved the conversation between DG and JK. When he said that he doesn't approve of the relationship bcos he was scared to lose JK if they broke up- I just melted! This show doesn't show the bromance between DG and the other two boys much but when they do...I've said before I need more bromance SHOWN between the three not just implied.
The makeover of Du shik was one of the best parts. But isn't it too late to develop their loveline? I hope if they decide to go ahead, they utilise these 4 eps properly. That guy is such a sweetheart!
And the award for the most dignified second lead should definitely go to Hyun Joon. Not only did he step back, but also egged YA in the right direction. This might be the end of his cameo but if it isn't, I would love to see some genuine bromance between him and DG; although I do love seeing DG being all petty..maybe Hyun Joon can be a grumpy big brother to DG. But DG needs to grow up now that YA's accepted him. He still has a long way to go if he wants to take responsibility.
But I won't deny that her confession was too cute! If only she knew that's the best weapon against him- hopefully we'll see more shenanigans between these two now and all she needs to do to have an upper hand is attack him with aegyo and he'll be dead.

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I absolutely love Dong-gu's interactions with Sol. He just chatters away at her, treating her like she is fully capable of holding an adult conversation with him. It makes me imagine a future where even if he is her 'dad,' she will be someone he talks to (and in return, she will know she has someone she can lean on). It is totally a fantasy based on fiction, but it makes my heart feel happy.

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We all know Sol holds her own in these conversations. Wouldn't it be fun if they did a sequel with a preteen Sol and Dong-gu still having these 'talks' and she would still be the mature one?

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I just imagine them at breakfast when she’s in elementary school, and the two just chattering away ~ and then the two gossiping at breakfast when she’s a teenager and Yoon ah rolling her eyes because Dong gu has to know everything and tell Sol all his own stories too

I like this head canon 😊

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When Sol goes off to college he will be a blithering mess. Actually the whole gang will be.

Oh, and then she'll meet Hyun-joon's son and they'll fall in love. Quick someone write this drama.

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Now I really want this drama, or at least a decent epilogue scene. It isn't impossible, right? I mean, there was a 4 episode extension, so there is possible room for 'extras'!

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Oh, he’s going to call her everyday when she’s in college, and then try to one up Hyun Joon constantly as to who is the best dad haha

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How did Soo-ah, a cheating ex-girlfriend in the first episodes, become one of my favorites? Her character progression has been stunning, and the writers have managed to make her both sympathetic and funny as the show progressed. Though I'm not usually a fan of makeovers because they are usually unnecessary, Hot Doo-shik was a revelation, and Soo-ah's gobsmacked face was priceless.

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I love dramas where they take an unlikable character in the beginning and totally turn them around. My most recent favorite was Yoon So-Hee's character in Ruler Master of the Mask. Hopefully Soo-ah lives in this drama and finds love with Doo-shik :-)

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Erm, I don't think she cheated on Dong Gu. She did go out with the scammer in thehope of better prospects. But, it was after they had broken up, I think. It's Dong Gu who was unwilling to accept the break-up.

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I stand corrected then.

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And, you like Soo-ah even more now :)

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Yes. :)

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Can I just say how pleased I was that Hyun-joon graciously stepped aside. I literally talked back to the screen saying "now that's a real man!" Hahaha. He knew she wasn't into him and so did not push himself on her like we so often see in dramas. He wants what's best for her and realized that she liked someone else.

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I have liked how respectful generally the three have been towards each other in this love triangle. The boys, mostly Dong Gu, have been all kinds of petty. But, never slipped into the terrible-human realm.

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I love that Doo-Shik’s makeover was basically his Seong-won look in Age of Youth season 1.

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OK, this comment might make me finally watch Age of Youth.

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WHAT, YOU HAVEN'T?!?!?!?!

What blasphemy! Tsk tsk tsk.

Age of Youth 1
Age of Youth 2

And I'm fervently wishing for Age of Youth 3 later this year. I need more SsongSungMin! Santa, I'm a good kid.

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I WANT to watch Age of Youth 2 but no one has it :-( Any suggestions for how to watch this one (legally)?

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It’s on Netflix now! Finally!

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I'm still depressed about the death date they gave in AoY2 for Song Ji Won which kinda spoiled any wish for a AoY3. Some things you just don't want to know.

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Yes! Please, please give us season 3.

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Age of Youth 3 better be a thing!! I needed much more Eun and Jang-Hoon interaction.

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Yes! It’s one of my all time favorites! You’ll have to wait for season 2 for real Seong-won involvement.

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Omo! THIS - apparently - will make me finally get on the AoY ship!

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Thanks for the recap LollyPip! I always enjoy hearing your thoughts ~

One question, anyone else feel that Yoon Ah was purposefully putting off Hyun Joon at the restaurant? What with the spilling wine and bathroom trips right when he started to say something. I felt like she sort of knew and was subtly trying to blow him off ~

Loved this episode, Seo Jin and Joon Ki are so great together, Doo Shik is both squishy and super attractive. Dong Gu and Yoon Ah stole the show for me, because I just love them together. 😊

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Edit: Not blow him off in a bad way, because she values him as a mentor, but let him know that she doesn’t see him that way. Except then she lost her hairpin and unintentionally showcased her feelings for Dong Gu 😜

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for me, i think it was actually a legit situation? yoon ah is kinda clumsy and quite blur and mildly oblivious of her surroundings so i doubt it was a situation she purposely “created”. rather, i feel that the writers made the situation like that in order to give hyun-joon more time to realise that he and yoon ah were not meant to be.

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Ah, that makes sense. They wanted to show that Hyun Joon and her just aren’t on the same wavelength (except in charades, then they are perfectly in tune)

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@HotCocoaGirl I was thinking the same thing. What I think it was, is that subconsciously she had an idea of what direction the conversation was going towards even though she never even acknowledge that he liked her consciously. Hopefully that makes sense? I've seen things like this happened in real life so I was just laughing internally because it made so much sense that this would happen to her of all the characters. She was repressing her emotions for Dong-gu, so it would also make sense that she was avoiding coming to a conscious realization that hey, maybe Hyun Joon has been this sweet and involved in her life because he's interested in her, not just because he's a good friend. It's kind of that "ooo if i don't touch this thought in my mind then i don't really like dong gu" and then "oooh if i don't think to much into hyun joon's action then he can just be a good friend" --- but in this scene, as things are wont to do, everything was coming to a head and I think her sensors were up leading to the wine spill and hairpin loss. Way too in depth of an analysis probably!

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Yes! this is exactly what I was thinking too! Not that she meant to be passive aggressively communicating, but that she subconsciously was ~ I’ve seen it in real life often enough, where someone is trying to be friends with no romantic potential with someone of the opposite sex.

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which is what I LOVE about this drama.

despite the constant laughter on EVERY episode, there’s always some life lessons that are being subtly showcased.

like when DongGu had everyone @ the table, in order to come up with a solution about the accident. Everyone didn’t even think twice about helping - talk about “friendship goals.” And Yoona being worried about a little hairpin that cost a few dollars, but has significant meaning because of who gaved it to her. If you think about it, HyunJoon’s necklace (though likely expensive) might not hold a strong value to Yoonah, as supposed to DongGu’s hairpin. At face value, the smallest gesture often brings unexpected reward; be it appreciation for one’s action or a person’s sincere feelings.

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As always, fantastic recaps, Lollypip! I loved everything; the shaving scene (o...m...g! too many belly laughs), the stinky feet, the playpen fandango, but mostly I looooved❤❤❤❤❤ that Dong-gu put Yoon-ah first and asked Hyun-joon for the loan.

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I bet Lee Yikyung was happy that he wasn't the one who had to get his head stuck in bars this time, haha.

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Yay, Go Back Spouses!!

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I know - it reminded me of that scene in GBS too!!! Loved it then and loved it this time.

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I started watching WooHoo Waikiki right after GBC because I found Lee Yikyung really hilarious in it. This scene exactly pops out of my mind when I saw Dong Gu stuck in those bars but Lee Yikyung had it worse in GBC because he has to be in it almost a day. LOL.

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It's would've been so much easier for Dong Gu if he'd just let Joon Ki help him out of the bars, seeing as Joon Ki's had plenty of experience from a previous life. 😅 I kinda wonder if the idea for that scene was originally writer-nim's or Lee Yi Kyung's, lol.

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I teared up at that confession, it was perfect.

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This was one of the best episodes yet! The scene with Dong-gu and Joon-ki (I cried), the shaving scene (I had to replay because I lost it the second Unchained Melody started haha), Dong-gu with the wine ("pour about 200 won less" ha), and Yoon-ah's adorable confession. So good

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This show does an awesome job of spoofing movies since I could not stop laughing at the shaving ala Ghost and the Titanic spoof in Episode 15. The music alone for these parts makes it priceless.

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omg I KNOW! I was literally snort-laughing out loud when the shaving scene came on. I can't imagine how much fun they had for this show!

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I started watching this drama for the comedy and laughter but have been surprised by how lovable I've found all of the characters and how heartwarming the storylines (including the cringe-worthy laugh out loud escapades).

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Boo! Hyun Joon would have been the MUCH better choice for Yoon Ah and baby Sol than childish, broke, mediocre Dong Gu.

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The rational part of me knows you’re right, but the fangirl part of me disagrees, haha.

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Now that we have Sooah on board, how do we drag Dooshik onto this ship? He's still attached to Malgeum and there was not a trace of jealousy over Sooah hearteyes-ing the male model when they first met him at the coffee shop. Oh it's going to be so much fun watching Sooah chase our puppy!

As for Dooshik's transformation (which my heart was Not ready for!), must have been because of the leather jacket, I thought of Sandy in Grease.

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I got chills, they're multiplying...

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I hope the next episode gives them more screen time!! I wanted to see them interact post photoshoot to see Sooah all awkward and looking at him like "wait. you're the guy i'm into? what fresh hell is this? -- but also, don't move because I want you right next to me at all times" oh my god i'm dying.

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i really like how throughout donggu’s journey with hyunjoon, it was mainly a contest to win yoonah’s heart but ended up largely a petty contest (at least to us the viewers). even so, it was really nice to see hyunjoon always being the more mature one and never really holding a grudge against donggu whenever they meet even if their last meeting had ended with max pettiness. whether it was baking long ass loaves of bread or helping yoonah, whenever donggu approached hyunjoon, he never turned him away or tried to sabotage donggus efforts or anything of that sort. if not for the love triangle hyunjoon and donggu would have reminded me of the relationship between uncle and nephew.

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Seo-jin and Jun-ki is, hands down, a relationship goal. I was both laughing till my stomach hurt, and swooning at his romantic gesture. The way he held Seo-jin's head is super sweet, though his reason for it made me howl with laughter.

But what made me giddy this hour was the return of Soo-ah and Doo-shik's crazy adventures, this time with AOY reunion bonus and smelly feet galore. I think this is also the only time I totally love the mandatory makeover scene. Soo-ah's slack-jawed reaction is basically all of us viewer. He does clean up nicely.

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Thank you for the quick recap! As I said somewhere else, i'd LOVE to see Hyun-joon have a cameo in the last episode showing he is still Donggu rival (in petty trivial matters), and he has since then moved on to an equally suitable gal for himself. Fingers crossed!

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I really disliked how the drama decided to make hyunjoo to be the one to open yoona eyes for what she feels. like.... you really took this moment away from me. I wanted her to have the eureka moment by herself, not because a man tipped her about it. I'm so annoyed at how this drama developed her character. I would just give up if I wasn't so invested in the other characters stories.

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Joon Ki shaving Seo Jin was one of the best moments in this episode, actually the whole drama (i feel like i say this about a scene in every episode lol).

Also Doo-shik's anger outbursts getting everyone by surprise is too funny, he's such an angel that you don't expect him to make a 180° and start spewing profanities lol.

I can't wait to see Dong-gu and Yoon Ah finally being a couple, yay! (i'm totally hoping he doesn't go all noble idiot on us in the next episode).

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JTBC clips from the iconic couple moments from this episode, since the recap can't capture all the feels:

Joon-ki shaves Seo-jin: https://youtu.be/HuLGy9j1dyY?t=47s

Hot Doo-shik makes Soo-ah's heart race: https://youtu.be/tCgj7O799D0?t=1m10s

Yoon-ah's aegyo confession: https://youtu.be/4UvrTASL61o?t=1m5s

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I feel like seeing Seung-min in Doo-shik 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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Me too. But then he opened his mouth, and we could clearly hear the adorably shy Doo-shik speaking.

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Kyaahh!!! This episode was the best! Dong-gu and Jun-ki's bromance, JK and SJ's Ghost-shaving scene,Hot Doo-shik, Hyun-joon bowing out, the montage of Dong-gu's sweet moments, that aegyo confession and that in real life confession. I loved everything! I laughed way too hard and was touched in many moments. Keep at it Waikiki!

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I know before lee yikyung was hard carrying the comedy but these last few weeks Kim Jung Hyun has taken it over and I love it! Its going to be so hard to let these characters girl at the end of the show.

Doo sik is handsome indeed, omg. I found out super late that he was in Age of Youth 1 and 2 and because of that I finally dragged myself to watch season 2. It was so funny to see him as Doosik vs sung min. The guy has such a cute adorable face and at the same time very masculine!

Man, Waikiki has become such a normal part of my weekly schedule that I cant believe it will end in 2 weeks. I remember when I first started watching, I was going through some rough time and this show made me laugh out loud and made me so happy 😭

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I hope the next few episodes will focus on doo sik and soo ahs relationship just as the other couples have had their relationship focused on

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I legit had tears in my eyes when Dong Gu watched Yoon Ah's video and when she confessed. That's how happy it made me.

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Joon ki is actually HOT (when he's not grinning "It's fine, it's fine" ear to ear. During the shaving "Ghost pottery scene", he handled that so well, I melted when he said "I love you" as he gently shaved her sideburns. lol

And the funniest scenes again belong to Joon ki as he first sees Seo jin's full beard and then the scratchy hug. Priceless!

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Thank you for the recap! This show can be a little over the top, but it’s my favorite thing on right now. It’s very heartfelt, well-acted, and can be surprisingly poignant.

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Doo-shik and Soo-ah need more air time ❤️❤️

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Wow. This episode had low humor- foot odor no less- and embarrassing moments- and ended with the most wonderful and touching love confession. It had role reversals- like Joonki helping Dong-gu at great personal sacrifice even though Dong-gu was giving him a major stiff arm. But then, in some ways Joonki has always been the most serious of the housemates- at least in his dedication to his career (Which is why he is now further along in his career than his friends are). For all his goofy clowning and often thoughtless behavior Joonki does know how to distinguish the important things from the unimportant- and he knows how to be very serious indeed about those important things like his career, his friends and Seo-jin. And how funny but romantic was his reprise of the pottery scene from Ghost- as he proceeds to shave Seo-jin- it was hilarious and touching at the same time. And how about the moment when Soo-ah gets to see Doo-shik dressed up and without his glasses? She is rendered nearly speechless at the realization that her business partner is a major flower boy in disguise. But to me the best was saved for the end- Dong-gu decides to grow up and accept Joon-ki and his sister. And then he swallows his pride and asks Hyun-joon to help Yoon-ah. Then- another reversal- Hyun-joon decides to turn back into the decent nice guy that he really is and shows Yoon-ah how much Dong-gu actually loves her. Which in turn leads to the wonderful final scene where Yoon-ah sends Dong-u the video text telling him that she likes him- using more Aegyo in a short time than one would have ever thought possible. I thought that Jung In Sun’s expressions as she came back to stand in front of Dong-gu could not have been more perfect: A woman who had lost hope has hope again. A woman who could not risk loving has chosen to love after all. If that scene did not bring tears to your eyes then your heart must be made of stone. I know that Lollypip would have liked a kiss but I thought the end scene where Dong-gu and Joon-ah were simply facing each other holding hands- and grinning at each other- could not have been more perfect because it communicated their mutual understanding and happiness in the realization that they truly love each other. Of course, this just sets up for the final trial of their new love- it is time for the ticking time bomb which is Joon-ah’s past to blow up.

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As much I want to know YA's past with Sol's dad, I actually really don't want this to be a major plot point.... I just want YA to tell the others about what happen with Sol's dad and how he left the to showcase how she finally trusted them as her new family without Sol's dad to shows up and stir up drama for our couple... Possibly near the end but I don't think it's gonna happen... Well, a girl can dream...

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The drag of the last episode had me concerned that the extension would be a turn for the worst for this gem of a show but this episode saved it! Haven’t felt second lead syndrome for a while until Hyun Joon! Somebody in here exclaimed “now that’s a man!” To their screens right? SAME GURL SAME!

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Lee Hayul's cameo here was funny and redeemed him a bit from his role in 2017's Person who gives happiness. That drama was a mess of tears and i'd only started because Lee YoonJi was starring in it as Son Seung Won's noona love interest <3

on another note, I can't understand how this drama continues to bring tears and laughter in the same episode every episode. I am completely in love with it. :)

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I'm completely smitten with this drama. Every character in it is very strong, even the cameos. On this episode, the smelly feet stint killed me, I couldn't stop laughing for hours.

"Rumour is, there's this woman who's still laughing hard since ep.1." - anonymous.

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