Beanie level: Loan shark with a heart of gold

@egads I finally read Dreyer’s English. I loved it! I also recommend to my fellow Beanies a book called Property of the Rebel Librarian. Its a childrens book and amazing!

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Ok. Ok. Ok. Can Joon, Kim So Bin and Soo Hyun just be a thropple? Can that be the way this drama ends?

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JaSung and his never had a girlfriend before super earnest behind is KILLING ME. He is SO CUTE. When he showed up at her house because she cancelled their date and he wanted to make sure she still liked him and hadnt changed her mind? STOP SO CUTE.
Im glad he figured out how to date and stop insulting her because he would have been DUMPED FOR SURE BY ME.
And how much is my heart hurting for SamSoong? I want to punch cutie pie in her dang face. But it makes room for my sleeper ship UiJoo/SamSoong. Something about the way she went for his pants when he fainted makes me think she thought about those pants before.

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I had forgotten what a horrible woman Baek Tae Mins mom is. I seriously dont get why shes trying so hard to destroy Han SeJoo.
Her husband told her repeatedly that Han SeJoo is not his son. They even had a blood test to prove it to her.
If Han SeJoo died tomorrow its not going to make her son a better writer. People arent going to like his books more and buy them more.
So what exactly is her point? What is she trying to accomplish?
I forgot how much I hate her.
I do feel badly for Taek Min every time, though. He literally has no one on his side.
Hia father has a clear preference for SeJoo.
His mom hates SeJoo but clearly thinks the other man is better than him and is obsessed with him.
His publisher doesnt believe in him–neither does the staff at the publishing house
The woman hes chosen (for whayever reason) prefers SeJoo to him
And he has no friends. He practically had no choice but to become a monster.

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I feel like this drama wants me to feel some kind of way towards Joons mother as shes quivering and shaking and screaming in front of him. But I see her bruises and her fear and all I see and hear is her shoving Joobmns head and snarling, “this is why I hate you.”
I cant feel pity or disgust or anything else for her. Shes just as much a monster as the father. Im glad that Joon said that he doesnt think he can forgive her. I hope the show doesnt go down a path where he thinks he HAS to forgive her. Her being abused herself doesnt negate the fact that she chose to abuse and torture her son. No one made her do it.

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    I know, that episode killed me. I’m yelling run at the screen like an idiot knowing that his fear of his dad made that impossible, and yeah not one iota of sympathy for that harpy. I want her to get away from her husband but to stay faaaar away from her children after abetting that monster in abusing those kids all their lives

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    I feel nothing for her too , little ju wan is more mature and responsible than both their parents.
    What a pair of horrible parents do that to their kids
    Little Joon broke my heart , he’s so cute.
    Little ju wan had to grow up fast and shield his baby brother , he needs so many hugs

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      He DOES. Joon has found his people and I hope that whatever happens with the romance (breakup, get married and make some babies, live together forever, breakup and remain besties, whatever) I hope that the 3 of them remain best friends.
      I hope somewhere alone the way Ju Wan finds and creates a family of his own and that he and Joon can find a way to have a good relationship—even if they cant be in each others found family.

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        I think they’ll manage since Joon have Soo Hyun who will deliver Truths and Facts as it is and Soo Bin to provide new Perspectives and Point Views since she’s an overthinker and a very considerate person.

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    Yeah, I have no sympathy for the mother on that issue either. Abusers can – and often are – victims of abuse themselves, but that still never justifies their horrific behaviour. The husband is an unrelenting piece of shit, for sure. However, her own actions had equally traumatized both her sons. They have no reason to forgive her.

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Yooooo what the heck is up with all these dang bots?

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Ok…UO
Season 2 of HP is not as good as season 1. Ep 5, Im 35 mins into and it feels like an hour. Its just draaaaaaaaging. And I legit never care if we see Winter Garden again. They are boring af. Ok. Ill sit quietly here in my corner. Defiant!

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    Gyeo-Ul is boring and now we’re getting storylines about her parents? Drama. WTF. WHERE IS UJU AND HIS GIRLFRIEND?

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    Sooo….Ikjuns story of how he was taking steps to protect his patient is being filtered through Winter Garden. Awesome. Thats just great. Hes now a prop in other peoples stories instead of being allowed to tell his own story. Ok. Awesome. Thats great. Hey! Maybe they can distill the breakup and his sisters illness as well!

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    Yes, I think the couple’s screen time has been too heavy-handed this season. The result is that I felt like the show lost its magic this ss. Still yet to watch ep5.

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    I thought it was just me!

    I haven’t made it past ep 3 yet (have started it like 5 times and given up within 5 mins) and am only telling myself I will watch it at some stage, because I loved season 1 so much

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      Episode 4 was like 5 hours long. I don’t like where the stories are going, I don’t care about the romance lines, and maybe I fast forwarded more of season one than I thought I did? Maybe I’m just not as inclined to forgive this much filler material or to see these actors not being used to their best potential.

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        Season 1 had at its centre the friendship between a group of doctors (and a band reuniting!) with a bit of romance here and there, and I loved it
        Season 2 is all in with the romance – and I don’t really like the pairings – and I’m finding it boring.

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    The thing which frustrates me most is their babyish voices for each other. He’s 40 for goodness’ sake!! x_x If they acted like adults, maybe I wouldn’t mind so much…

    More Uju for real.

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    Gyro-Ul is sooooo dull and together they are a snoozefest. Get a spine, get some confidence, girl! I also thought 5 felt like it was hours long.

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      She always seems so angry—she has resting bitch face which doesnt help—I get that shes working hard and focused on the important work shes doing and you cant expect her to be as comfortable or as confident as the profs but it does make it hard to see what Jeon Wun sees in her that made him fall for her to begin with. I swear I liked her last season. Something has chaaaaaanged

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        I agree, she had more spark in Season 1 when all the senior doctors could do was talk about how great she is. Now she looks like a forlorn child who doesn’t understand what’s going on a lot of the time. I’d prefer to think that love makes a woman stronger in her identity but … maybe not?

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    WG are boring. There’s a few of us in this corner.

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    I was legit gonna send out a search party for Uju but he showed up at the last minute, with a soap PPL to boot 😆 i dont mind WG but i don’t understand why they focus so much on them, did the shippers send out a petition or something??

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    I need more of the patients and U-Ju. One of the main reasons why i love the show is that it shows patients who seem so real that you can see yourself in how they react

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      Its the friend group, for me. And seeing the different ways that these doctors love their patients, the patients families, their interns and residents. Its THEM. I love THEM. Ikjun is my favorite character. I love his kindness and his optimism and his sunny personaily and his willingness to do absolutely anything if it will make someone else laugh or cheer them up. I love him as Ujus dad. Whatever I love all of them.
      Which is why its so easy to see why Gyeul and Minha —and ALL of Song Hwas dudes from last season—had crushes on them. They dont show as much why they would reciprocate these feels. But enough of that! Ive gone on at length already!

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I feel like the audition process for the man playing Joon in Spring is Green was watching him run as fast as he could for a while.
Also. WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH THAT GUY?!

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The google wanted me to share this pic with you fine friends. Ty the google for the image. The glasses are strictly MANDATORY. All hail the wig. May it live forever.

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Ok. I was pacing and daydream—one of my favorite activities–when Lucky be Jason Mraz came on which obviously made me think of Jung Yong Hwa singing Lucky in Heartstrings so I immediately went to watch that ep (ep 9) and was struck by how very young they were! PSH and JYH were 21 and 22 when they did this drama and they both have such baby faces! Park Shin Hye is SO FLIPPING CUTE! No wonder my first like 5 dramas (after coffee prince) were her dramas.

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    Watching this ep I feel like Im seeing some tropes that I havent seen recently (knock on wood, no one misses you)
    —Standing under a shelter and holding your hand out (in wonder? Confusion?) at the rain
    —flashbacks to scenes from 2 minutes ago
    Oh whatever with these tropes 22 year old JYH was hot like the surface of the sun. I need to just focus on that. Woooo child.

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    Heartstrings is by no means a good drama,but it was also one of my early dramas and will always hold a special place in my heart. The drama itself may not be good and filled to the brim with predictable tropes and clichés but it also really got the tone just right with the characters. It really does have a very youthful and sweet vibe. And I always have a soft spot for babyfaced PSH.

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      Baby faced PSH is a thing of sheer joy. She makes the most ridiculous faces and shes just so so so cute. Her last two dramas I havent wanted to watch at all. I think the last drama by her that I enjoyed was Doctors and most people didnt like that one! I miss her!
      I dont think Heartstrings was a GOOD drama (that ending? Come on) but it wasnt a bad one either. I think even though JYH was just absolutely not very good (he has grown SO MUCH as an actor) when he sings Because I Miss You (especially during….oh ep 2 or 3 or 4 when hes singing as his father is dying or something) that was a great moment for him. Even if hes never a GREAT actor he can convey so much with his voice. This drama is what put him on my ult bias list, actually.
      This drama and this cast really did something lovely here. This was a case of sheer likeability and charisma and charm and chemistry rising above what the drama itself actually is.
      Also. Jae from Day 6 totally looks like he was using Minhyuk in this drama as his style icon during his chicken little days. He looks SO MUCH LIKE HIM its adorable

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        I liked Heartstring, it wasn’t a perfect drama, but the cast was looking like college students and their chemistry worked. The plot with the ballet dancer wasn’t so good. But they really used the theme of the music until the end, it wasn’t just for the 2 first episodes then they gave it up. The OST was pretty good. Jung Yonghwa wasn’t perfect but for the music scenes he was really good and I liked the ones with his father and his overall his family. Moon Ga young was super cute as his little sister.

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So now that Im a Hamfam I have to say Han Sejoo from CT totally reminds me of Hamilton–specifically during Hurricane when Ham is writing himself out and Han SeJoo is having writers/ghost block

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So. Im rewatching Chicago Typewriter. This is one that I dont rewatch thwt often and dont overanalyze like I do with some other dramas.
But.
I have questions. Why does a ghost know how to work a fax machine? Fax machines as we know them today werent invented until 1964. I guess you can assume that he was watching tech go by from the confines of his typewriter–but then why wouldnt he just use the laptop? But, maybe he just wanted to use the machine that belonged to his friend? That makes sense, I guess.
Next! Not a question though. Our little exposition fairy is great for exposition but is a terrible friend. She really tells our girls information to anyone who will listen at the absolute drop of a hat, this girl. Sure, it was a ploy to get closer to Han Se-Joo but she told him that she wouldnt tell him why she doesnt shoot anymore as its personal and shell wait until they grow closer. Meanwhile, exposition fairy is spilling her guts all over the place.
Also, this remains one of my favorite OSTs ever.

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One last thing about pretty noona (I accidentally watched the first ep again. Ive now moved on to Chicago Typewriter). jina asks JunHui if hes met any girls he likes and he says shes still his #1. I wonder if hes liled her all along? A childhood crush like in Whats Up Fox?

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My prettt noona rewatch is over and I had….thoughts. Here we go.

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    Well. My Pretty Noona rewatch is over. I watched until the end of ep 8 and then watched the finale. I normally stop at Jinas I love you. Im glad I watched all of ep 8, I found a cute scene that I probably havent seen since I was watching live: a drunk Jina is hanging out at Jun-Huis office and she starea at him for a second and then says, “You are SO HOT”. He comes closer and she shoos him away saying she wants to watch him work. It’s so funny.
    Also. Girl. SAME.
    I wonder how things would have changed if they had confessed instead of being caught?
    Moving on to the finale. I wonder why they chose a 5 year time skip? Because thats how long it would have taken for the brother to be done with college? Thats how many years it would have taken Jina to return to the broken, sad, husk of a person JunHui brought back to life?
    Im halfway tempted to rewatch the build up to the breakup and the breakup scene. JunHui is SO ANGRY. They are both just so mad at each other, and hurt, and so painfully in love with each other still. It seems more like they broke up 5 days ago instead of 5 years.
    Mom and sister can miss me with their, “they are adults. [We] didnt have anything to do with the breakup”. They are both such great actors. This fight is brutal. The way Jinas chin is trembling as she tries to not SCREAM at JunHui the way both of their voices break and quake as they are having this fight. The fact that five years after they broke up they are still so moved by each other that they are literally driving back and forth across the city to scream at each other?
    I think it would have been interesting—and they totally set it up before coping out with this crappy ending–if they had done a season 2. JinA tried to see Junhui several times after they broke up and he refused to see her. What did that look like? Did she fly to the states? What did she want to say? During this fight its revealed that they both felt alone and abandoned by the other because she refused to go and he refused to stay. They both felt cut off from family and friends and the person that they are doing this whole thing for—this person who is supposed to always be on their side who is supposed to love them–is nowhere to be found. But they still love that person so they cant just give up the fight. What does it say about them and their relationship if they give up?
    This ending is just stupid.
    Junhui is packing his stuff and is still just vibrating with fury and heartbreak hes still so painfully in love with Jina when her first i love you comes on and something comes over him. Shes RIGHT THERE. So….go get her. He tracks her down to Jeju, begs forgiveness and then they make out. Next and final scene they are walking down the beach as the credits roll.
    Are they back together?
    Where are they going to live?
    Did they talk about ANY of the shiz that made them breakup? Its easy to say that her awful mom and his hideous sister broke them up but there were cracks in their foundation.

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      He wanted to make unilateral decisions for them. Jina gets so upset that he wants to make all of her decisions for her. Except that Jina wants to do the same thing. She wants to stand in front of him. They both equate protectiveness and even over protectiveness with love but they’ve both forgotten how (or maybe never learned) how to be partners. So whats changed? Anything? If they do get back together-with or without their stupid families permission/blessing–whats going to prevent them from breaking up next week or next year? They are going to have troubles and problems. Life isnt going to be a walk on the beach. So….what? Oh Pretty Noona. Why cant I quit you?

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        5 years…I think it took him that long to grow up a little more. I think it took him that long to realize his fault in this whole thing. It took him that long to maybe be in another relationship and realize he missed her and what they had.

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          Except that for the whole 5 years he never dated anyone longer than 3 months so may e he grew up and matured but I dont know if going into every relationship with a deadline shows that he knows what he did to cause their breakup. I feel like he still blames their familiies and JinA herself for not loving him enough (according to him) to run away to America. And honestly Im not sure she knows what she did wrong. She made her peace with family but I dont think she knows what she did wrong other than not going with him. They needed to have conversations not giggle on the beach! Stupid drama!

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            I don’t remember (or maybe I didn’t watch) what happened when he went to the US. But otherwise, I was okay with the ending—as long as they were together. They may always have that issue (where marriage and couples counseling would help emery kdrama relationship and IRL relationship too) that will crop up every now and then…but they will figure it out, I’m confident of that. Lots of relationships stay together with worse.

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            @ally-le they don’t show us what happened in the US. Its just a couple of throw away conversations between Junhui and his friend and sister.

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      I just finished rewatching this on 7/10, so having many of the same thoughts you are! I thought they time skip was only for 3 years, though. 2015-2018? Jina from 35-38 years old. I could be wrong. I actually bit the bullet and watched pretty much all of it again, since I’ve avoided the episodes after ep.8 like the plague. I was surprised at how many things I missed b/c of rage fast forwarding the first time or just didn’t remember. I used the FF button a lot, but watched more than I thought I would.
      It has always really bothered me that JunHui’s sister was able to drop the friendship so harshly, or there was a scene in ep. 15 (?) that made me think Jina had avoided her instead. Anyway, the fact that they are barely friends anymore seems like such a tragedy to me.
      I love your description of them “driving back and forth across the city to scream at each other”! That is just it. They are still so raw and angry and in love but hurting. I also want them to sit down and talk about what went wrong and how it will be different this time. I just don’t see how kissing in the rain and walking on the pier solve their differences. Now Jina’s going to have to be sister in laws with her former best friend? That seems even weirder than it was the first go around. Ugh.

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Oh….oh no. He thinks hes doing a good job? CEO Yoo is so much more sensitive than he thinks he is.

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Ok. Poor person speaking here. 10 dollars a day seems like a lot of money to me. I give myself 60 in emergency money every 2 weeks, so much into savings and then the rest of my paycheck goes to bills.
I could not survive on his 50% of your paycheck to seed money, 20% to your bills and 30% to yourself. Id get approximately 0% of my bills paid in this set up. Am I doing life backward? Im always struggling do I need to adopt this savings model?

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Maybe its because I read My Dark Vanessa last week (the week before? Who remembers?) But watching Ik-Jun actively teach Gyeu-wool–even if it was something simple–squicked me out about her dating Jeong-Won.Hes a professor and shes still a student. Maybe its because Im already not really digging them together and maybe things are different at that level of education? I dunno. But, yeah Winter Garden is officially dead for me. Also, whether Ik-Jun was kidding or not it really annoyed me when she took his eggs to give her boyfriend!
And I dont really understand what happened with Jun Won and Ik-Sun. Ik-Jun knows now and said all of that to his sister–assuming shed be a better girlfriend? So did she break up with him because she really is in to someone else? To give him one less thing to stress over? Because she knew she was sick? Why? And didn\’t she send that couple ring back last season because she didnt want that level of commitment? Or am I misremembering? I think about that every time they show his ring. I found I really didnt like that relationship so much today. And I think Jun-Wan and Ik-Sun have kept their relationship a secret from Ik-Jun for too long. I guess i can see keeping it a secret when they first got together why go through the drama of telling your brother youre dating one of his closest friends when you dont know where its going? Why tell one of your best friends youre dating his sister that hes protective of and close to if its not going to last? But when they realized it was serious they should have spilled the beans. Not doing it feels disrespectful. Like neither of them care as much about him as you\’d assume?
The pinky promise with the little girl and her random giggle fest right after and Jun Wan using social media to find visitors and Jun Wan singing (he should do that more) were my favorite bits this week.

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Another oculus quest 2 commercial:
OH. MY. GOSH. I have now discovered watching kdramas in the oculus. Its like sitting in front a theater sized screen. At times it was too big. I was watching Magazine and had to move my head from side to side to see everything. Not sure if I want to watch dramas like that all of the time but it certainly beats trying to watch on my tiny phone. Ok we have the discord group. Im ready for the oculus group and we can watch and chat in the rec room together.

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So I was up until 4 in the morning basically watching a 96 second clip of OG Broadway cast of Hamilton singing Wait for it acapella in the oculus 360 video. I would go from cast member to cast member staring and watching them. The most fascinating people to watch: Leslie, Ariana (I think thats her name) and Lin Manuel.
Tonight I said leta watch some kpop on the oculus. Friends. BEANIES. I. WAS. NOT READY. The whole point of oculus is that its vr and you feel like youre there. Inwatched a vr hd got7 dance practice for love loop. They felt so close you could touch them. I was examining freckles and moles and necklaces. Mark comes up and ruffles the dang camera like hes mussing someones hair and I dang near had a heartattack. At one point Mark, Jay Be and Jinyoung each seemed to be sitting on my lap staring deeply into my eyes and I was like…WOAH TOO REAL.Like when you go to imax and watch something and they say if something feels too real look down at your feet to combat the nausea. Im going back in but daaaaaang. I need this device in the library. My kpop loving little girls will LOSE THIER DANG MINDS. I certainly flipping did!

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Cup full of nutella and pretzels, 2pm on, several hundred pages of early literacy practices from across the country to delve into. Happy Thursday, chums! LETS GO! WOOT!

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