With the above confession in mind, I watched through episode 2 waiting for inspiration to come. Ottoke, What to write? Then it hit me. I was pretty much watching an American variety show in Korean form. What we really have here is the Korean version of "The Bachelor Pad".
The Forced/Secret Alliance
s. So in order to not be out any money, she convinces a drunk Joon Mo (who just happens to be a lifetime friend) to let her live at his place. I totally died laughing at her hutzpa in getting him to sign a contract while being totally plastered.
The flashback of the two coming home from school was also adorable. I love that Joon Mo walked Ye Jin home only to ride the elevator in her building. I can relate since I have fond memories of visiting the local bank (the only building that had an elevator in my tiny town) and riding up and down for twenty minutes while my mom completed her banking.
The Odd Man OutBaek Seung Chan.... how you are so adorkable and awkward. He definitely takes the spot of that weird guy in the Bachelor Pad who you are not sure if he is hot or just kind of special. The guy that just dances to the beat of his own drum... and in Seung Chan's instance, a very slow drumbeat. I can't count the number of times I screamed at the TV for him to just "spit out your words".
The one downfall when it comes to Seung Chan's character, is his one sided love with this girl.
But it is Seung Chan's love for this girl and the resulting jealousy over her relationship with Joon Mo that brings out the real humor in his character.
Let's UpgradeJust like in the Bachelor Pad, the KBS variety department is all about breaking up and then hooking up with the newer, bigger, and better. If a certain variety program (cough....cough... 1n2d) is not doing well in the ratings, they "break up" with their current variety stars and start from scratch. Something which is particularly awkward when the cast consists of 4 older actresses. Actress egos + Seniority + a PD who hates to be the bad guy is a recipe for disaster. For those of you not aware, seniority means a lot in Korea and the last thing you want to do is have an elderly person mad at you.
Seung Chan is nominated to inform the oldest member of the cast. Unfortunately for him, she jumps to conclusions before he can actually get a full sentence out (seriously..... talk faster). Which results in her going to the finale cast dinner, unaware that she had just been fired. Chaos ensues and poor Seung Chan is blamed for it all.
The Likable Guy
The "It" GirlIn the Bachelor Pad there is always that one girl that is considered a pick above the rest. The girl other girls are jealous of and guys want to date. She alone has the power to make things happen when it comes to romance and alliances. In this drama that girl is, idol singer, Cindy.
The key to Cindy's power is in not acknowledging that she does have power. Unless it is necessary to take down an opponent in one fell swoop (example - the see through shirt debacle of Ep. 1). The "it" girl must go through life accepting everything as her due and making other grovel beneath her leather boots.
It's WarLines are drawn and Ye Jin and Joon Mo declare that Seung Chan is the enemy. Unaware to Seung Chan's presence behind them (they all live at the same apartment complex), they declare their intention to get him fired ASAP. Hahaha poor guy is left baffled as he watches the duo go upstairs........to the same apartment. Ooops, the secret is out. I also wonder how Seung Chan is going to take this situation since I am sure he will jump to all sorts of conclusions.
And Love??We are still unsure on who our OTPs (One True Pairing) are supposed to be. I have to admit that I am kind of OK with that since the story is entertaining enough without the addition of love. However, I have heard rumors that with a new PD taking charge of the drama, we will be switching over to focusing on the couples. Mixed feelings came with this news, I am hoping that the quirky quality continues but I also love a good romance. Either way, I will continue to enjoy these characters and their attempts to create healthy lasting relationships in all aspect of their lives.
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