Hyena: Episodes 9-10 Open Thread
If I ran SBS, both Kim Hye-soo and Joo Ji-hoon would already be buried in trophies for their acting in this drama. It’s hard to find a single performance — never mind two — that is so consistently strong, interesting, and nuanced. Both actors are fantastic at not only telling this story, but bringing it to life with these great little moments, be it a naughty crinkle of the nose, or a question given loads of dimension just through a changing facial expression. My hat is off to these two.
EPISODES 9-10 WEECAP
This week, our sparring pair of attorneys get a new task from the newly arrived (and suspicious) Attorney Kim. The firm AP EON wants Song & Kim to handle an M&A deal — specifically, they want to acquire a company known as Gnosis. But Gnosis doesn’t want to be acquired. So, who better for this task than our awesome duo?
After the success with D&T, Hee-jae, Geum-ja, and their respective team members, have become something of a team. Their briefings and meetings are pretty great, with Hee-jae and Geum-ja continually trying to out-do or boss the other around… but when it comes down to it, the whole team knows what to do, and boy do they do it.
This week Geum-ja was busy “getting to know” AP EON head Kevin Jung. As a top Wall Street broker new to South Korea, he needs an escort, and Geum-ja is it. This would be amusing in its own right, because Geum-ja is just that entertaining sashaying around like a bazillionaire with Kevin’s son holding her hand and trailing behind her — but it gets even better because it’s driving Hee-jae mad with jealousy.
As I expected, we’re not really given much to go on with what happened between our pair after the end of last week’s episodes. Well, unless you count Geum-ja’s trying to explain it away, and Hee-jae’s hilarious brushing it off. But it’s pretty obvious that if he wasn’t head over heels before, he is a total goner now. He revisits their office kiss in his head more than a few times during this week’s episodes. It’s also fun how his genuine care and love for her comes out in such petty ways. Like steamrolling her octopus date with Kevin, and snarling at the mere mention of the man’s name.
Geum-ja is way more wily than Hee-jae, and he still hasn’t learned. After he ruins her “meeting” with Kevin, the two head to Namsan for a cable car ride — especially at night, a very romantic thing to do indeed. Geum-ja says she’s cold, and Hee-jae takes off his [gorgeous, mahogany-colored] coat to cover her. She pays him a compliment, says he’s easy to use, touches his chest… and you can see his brain totally stop working, poor man. Then she ditches him and tells him to cool off, leaving herself Hee-jae free for a good rest of the night.
There’s a wonderful theme developing this week too, around the metaphor of being “like a little kid.” First, Geum-ja says it to Hee-jae when she tells him he’s easy to use (or is that abuse lol). Then, Attorney Song says the same thing about Hee-jae’s father, explaining it to mean that he’s “pure at heart.” So much to dig into here!
Not only do I love this similarity between father and son (and we saw it at their luncheon a few episodes back), but putting a phrase like “pure at heart” to match Hee-jae’s guileless, heart-on-his-sleeve nature is exactly how I feel about his character — so touché there. Finally, I love how quickly Hee-jae stitches together “like a kid” and “easy to use” and then replaces Geum-ja with Attorney Song… and uh oh. We’re already getting major hints that things are up with Song’s business dealings (not to mention his wife’s condition), so we’ll see how this develops.
I usually wind up focusing on our main storyline in these weecaps, but Hyena is great because it’s got several plot arcs going at a time, and each of them interesting — and quickly developing. There’s the start of some division in the ranks at Song & Kim, now that both representative lawyers are secretly at each other’s throats. There’s been some turf picking and shoulder tapping already, and I think that’s only going to continue.
There’s also some development with Geum-ja’s backstory. Her creepy adoptive father actually knows all about her cop accomplice PARK JOO-HO (who I mistakenly thought was her little brother), and surely the incident that had her father imprisoned is going to circle back before we reach the end of our tale. We also get a proper intro between Hee-jae and Joo-ho this week (after twice brushing shoulders). And now that Hee-jae is brought into their tragic childhood history, it’s gonna get real! In short, there’s no shortage of good story here, and each week the episodes go by too fast.
For my closing thoughts this week: how cute is Ji-eun as the “GPS” who keeps telling Hee-jae of Geum-ja’s whereabouts? And her defense? “I’m overwhelmed by how passionately he looks at you!” I’m also getting a kick out of Yu-mi and Attorney Ga’s lovey dovey dating. A little annoyed by not one but two creepy “religious” people in this week’s episodes — would it kill dramaland to show people of faith that are not nutjobs? And finally, who would actually take a drug named Octoperson?!
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