Another thing I love is how real the problems our characters face are. They are people we know in situations we have been in. She stands up, declares that she did indeed pay a fine for being a stalker, and gulps down the rest of her wine before walking out. And this episode in particular was absolutely hilarious. Up in his office, Mom calls Ki-tae out on his ruse.
She screams for him not to say a word. When she asks what kind of person he is, he answers with the vague non-answer that he likes to be mysterious. I really love this stage of the contact relationship and that the writing is letting things develop naturally without rushing while still managing to keep up the pace and keep things interesting. We already have a mindset of what to expect from a character but when they act opposite, or when the plot takes an unexpected direction, we get disappointed and slam the character for not being portrayed properly. He catches himself and shakes the smile away, and then checks the tracking app to see where Jang-mi is. The most entertaining aspect of this drama for me is the ambiguity of feelings for most of the characters.
Also I appreciate this drama having all the characters being multi layered. It's great that his character doesn't really need much work with. The only thing good is that there is no 2nd lead syndrome bout wanting him with jang mi. But Ki-tae arrives to yank her away to dinner before she can even protest. Laica said it well when she talks about how relatable the characters are.
Thank you Girlfriday for the great recap. All I know is that he belongs chained in my kitchen smiling that smile. She accuses him of giving Jang-mi ammunition against her, but Ki-tae lies that he told her for his own benefit—so that he could breathe and talk to someone openly. I love the scenes of jang mi and ki tai together. Yeo-reum apologizes for putting her in a sticky situation and offers to buy her dinner. He's just a regular guy who flirted with Jang Mi and Jang Mi fell for his moves and started chasing him.
Instead of having ridiculous or overly dramatic problems like birth secrets, murder and fauxcest, we have insecurity, bad breakups, abandonment issues, quietly dysfunctional families and what I suspect in Jang-mi may be borderline alcoholism. Yeo Reum is starting to annoy me more as he becomes a viable romantic rival but I know that he's a necessary catalyst to rile up KiTae's growing feelings of jealousy. I agree with you, I dislike Yeo-reum more and more with each episode. And the fact that they're both cool and accept that this is just a normal human problem afterwards is so lovely. I started watching the first two episodes last weekend and ended up watching all six and still want moar. The room starts to spin as her stomach grumbles more fiercely than before, and she breaks into a sweat just trying to keep it together long enough to drink a glass of wine. Thanks so much for catching up so quickly! Jang-mi bangs her head against a wall at work the next day, calling herself crazy.
I'm glad I'm reading these recaps to know what I missed in those minutes, though! Many times as viewers, we are disappointed when the characters do not perform as we expect them to. A typical second lead is a straight up guy, who is always there for the lead female when things go wrong, he's basically her knight in shiny armor, or even a door mat, sometimes he's so good, he doesn't confess to the lead girl his feelings until it's too late for anything to be done about it. Both he and Jang-mi are so alone in important ways - Ki-tae just keeps his relationships very closed off and impersonal and never lets anyone in, while Jang-mi is perpetually lonely even though she surrounds herself with people. I think the character is portrayed perfectly. I am loving this drama and you have voiced my take on it like you where in my head lol.
Thank you girlfriday and LollyPip for the recaps! I think that all families are dysfunctional, they just vary in degrees. Jangmi's like a walking disaster a lot of the time--- I was covering my eyes in secondhand mortification a lot of the time and yet peeking through my fingers in helpless fascination. This show and King of High School are my drama crack! It's adorable how much KiTae is warming up to her and hilarious that he doesn't even realize it yet. Also I found it hilarious how the fake date started with them being cold towards each other until the end when you couldn't tell it was fake at all! At the same time, Ki-tae lies in bed flipping through their photos, smiling at the cute ones. It's effervescent and bubbly and it makes me smile and giddy.
I laughed like mad when I realized that dramatic opening sequence was about poop in the pants. Two hours before the typhoon strikes. This blows every bathroom-walk-in and crazy-drunks incidents out of the water, pun intended! Most families have some form of dysfunction or repression that is only visible from an outside perspective. Given how this has gone so far, I am expecting a wild ride in the next 2 episodes, and will be really disappointed if it loses it's way. In Witch's Romance, that happened when the photographer ex returned. I'm glad that Jang mi isn't a meek girl. I love your comments about Jang-mi challenging Mom's ideas about her own choices and priorities.
Yeo-reum confuses me, which I guess is the point of him. We have all seen so many dramas start to lose their oomph and have a lot of filler, especially after the first few episodes. I really like the use of this tool. While he's nice and all, he constantly all smiley while getting his business done. I loved how we got to see even more sides to them! And in the age of lightning-fast subs.
Are you going to tell him that too? He is friendly and understanding of the people around him but he doesn't give into pressure from either his ex or his mother. Part of the process of finding a life partner involves dating and experimentation. Hoon-dong gets drunk and calls Hyun-hee out to meet him, slurring that he thought he could tell her everything. Thank goodness for Ki-tae who is consistent and doesn't blow hot and cold. Sometimes, he even chases the lead girl but for one reason or another misses out because she has fallen for the lead guy. But Ki-tae is dead-set on getting justification to live the rest of his life as a bachelor.