Oh revelers, you know naught what is coming your way! It’s been one non-stop party at Gu Jak’s since the musical got started, and I can hardly wait to watch the changes to come. I find the details of this show incredibly hard to predict, but that’s half the fun! I really liked Episode 7, particularly because of all the Jinny goodness. I love me some internal conflict!
My busy finale to 2011 has begun, so this recap is a little less detailed than usual. I except that next week’s recap will be even less detailed, but I’ll try my best to at least get something posted. Also, I haven’t actually read this over, so I apologize for any typos!
Here is a quick legend of the primary characters and the abbreviations I’ll be using. I haven’t made a thumbnail yet, but Assistant Director Jang Jun Hyeok = Jang.
We’re back where we left off, with Jin asking EB “what if” they couldn’t do the musical. He tells her that nothing happened, so she gives him a hard time for acting that way and tells him not to smile (he seems pretty amused). She tells him that she could die if the musical was cancelled, and to not joke about such things. He asks her if she’ll really die, and she laughs and says that she really might. When EB says that she still can’t believe it and that it’s like a dream, he asks if she means being a lead, but she says it’s just being on stage and working with people to make musicals and improving with them every day. Jin comments that she seems to be enjoying the progression, and she tells him that he’s enjoying it too, and that even if he’s not now, he definitely will in the future.
Gah…I wish those two really were siblings. Their camaraderie is so cute, and I love all the teasing!
The next day everyone is headed home from the workshop, and KH is on the phone with Frank while they drive. She goes through all the formalities, and very politely tells him that his offer is fantastic, but that she has a few things to consider first. Once she’s off the phone she tells the others in the car that someone in Japan wants the musical too, and that Frank said he can’t wait too long for their decision. SW isn’t surprised since the the musical (Monte Cristo) has had such a great reaction, but up front Jin still looks very conflicted.
Jin’s father is feeding the mother, and acting very kind (he suggests a walk and talks about the weather). She thanks him formally, and then calls him Ajushhi while asking where her mom is. Jin’s dad is devastated, and she has no idea why, but she tells him not to cry and offers to share her food (so sad!)
JY is practicing with the band (for the musical’s score and accompaniment I am guessing). EB comes in and sits down to watch. JY stops briefly to give some some instruction, and as he continues to play EB seems to be enjoying herself more and more. This is a pretty minor scene, but I think the significant detail is that JY is borderline ignoring EB, while EB sits with her eyes glued to JY. Usually it’s the complete opposite, and it’s nice to see him playing it cool while she watches in admiration. JY is very much in his element here, and I’m sure that EB can’t help but find that attractive.
At the hospital Jin’s dad is talking to the doctor while EB’s grandma sits with the mother. The doctor basically says that the bad stuff is really going to start now, and that the rate of her deterioration isn’t what’s most important. The mom will have to be watched at all times now, and could even experience paralysis. The doctor thinks it’s time for her to go to a facility, but the father is of course against it. The doctor thinks Jin’s dad is being tol rash and can’t deal with the problem alone, and that he looks worse since he quit drinking and smoking. The father insists that he can do it alone, and the doctor admits that he doesn’t really know what’s best either. He is going to change the mother’s medication, and asks if Jin knows yet. He gives the father a hard time about not telling him, and the dad looks to be more conflicted know than when he discussed it with RK.
Jin talks to his grandpa on the phone and apologizes for not calling since he was at a workshop (their conversations seems very stiff and formal). Jin tells him that he’ll come to meet him soon, and once he’s off the phone he asks his secretary for information on Park Jae Hyeon of the Amour fund (am I supposed to know who that is?).
EB and JY are out on a non-date with a plethora of deliciousness between them. Is it possible to look at that image and not want waffles with ice cream? Incidentally, other “breakfast” foods (such as pancakes and french toast) are equally delicious with ice cream.
Anyways, while they ignore their yummy food, JY is quizzing EB about how musicals make her fee, and whether they make her lose sleep, give her a racing heart and cause her to save up money for good seats. She happily admits to all those things, and he comments on how her face shines like that when she talks about musicals. Of course all those questions were just the lead-up, and he now asks EB if she has ever looked forward to seeing a person as much as a musical. or felt as much concern and expectation for a person (no response!). JY then comments that she can memorize lyrics after seeing them once, but guesses that she can’t remember what people look like. She asks him how he knew that, and he goes on to say that love isn’t always like a musical, and isn’t just full of happiness, so it has more meaning. It can cause a million times more pain, but it’s not just a fantasy and makes you feel alive. EB wonders if it’s worth the pain, and says that other things can make her feel alive, like cleaning dead bodies. JY is a bit frustrated, but he pushes forward and says that though he understands that her most passionate love is for musicals, she needs to know what it’s like to love a person if she wants to be an actress (and feel what it’s like to have someone mean the world, or to feel like she could die because of love). EB just simply agrees with him (which is probably almost as frustrating as if she had argued with him) and they finally start to eat (EB, why??? Why would you eat the waffle with no strawberries or ice cream?).
JY is now with GJ who is printing off music while comparing JY’s approach (of teaching EB to love) to getting a kid to enter an arcade using candy. JY defensively explains that he was just pointing out a potential weakness.
GJ finds JY’s explanation pretty amusing, and says that even though JY may be the greatest musician, he can’t fool GJ when it comes to human affairs. He tells JY not to lie to himself, and says that he has been (lying) ever since he followed EB to Dae Gu (episode 2). JY is completely non-responsive, which just confirms GJ’s suspicions, so GJ asks if it’s really serious, and brings up that ever since KH, JY would just date anyone and not care when they left. GJ asks if it’s really love or if JY is preparing for love, so JY incredulously asks if he means JY and EB. GJ sarcastically asks if he meant himself and B then, so JY laughs (even more incredulous) and again insists that he was just trying to help an actress. GJ knows exactly how to push JY’s buttons, and says supposing that JY wasn’t serious (about EB) then it would be a good thing for her acting if she fell in love with Jin and formed a love triangle with RK. This gets JY’s attention, so GJ explains that at the workshop the two of them were “this way” and “that way” and asks if JY didn’t feel it. He also mentions that B told him how Jin paid special attention to EB.
JY looked worried for most of this conversation, but was is that expression at the end? He looked like he was almost smiling! Does he relish in competition? Does he realize his feelings are genuine? Is he happy for EB? Or is it one of those ironic and bitter smiles? I loved this whole scene, and I think it’s sort of hilarious that JY always intended for his feelings towards EB to be somewhat shallow and sleazy.
Jin meets with investor Park, who is the man he wanted info on earlier. Pak says he hasn’t eaten yet because of “this” which I’m guessing in information on the musical? As he eats (rather disgustingly) he compliments Jin for doing everything well and expresses concerns about a rookie being used. Jin explains that KH is starring too, and that the rookie was required for the musical to go ahead, so Park asks why he’s even doing a Korean show, instead of importing a foreign one as usual. Jin says that a Korean musical has the potential for greater profitability, and Park asks if he is a gambler since he told the investors he would make 300% profit to make up for Amour Fund’s losses (which were JJ’s fault). Park emphasizes that Jin should play it safe, and do things like import musicals and not use rookies. He says that that they’re only trusting Jin, but that people like him (who just have money) are stupid and don’t know who to trust, and that many people in this field are asks for investors these days (sounds like a veiled threat).
Jin’s parents have arrived back home and the mom shoves the dad away when he reaches to help her. EB’s grandma says that it’s alright and that he’s not a bad person, but she still looks scared. Before the dad can even ask the grandma offers to help take the mom inside, and says that she’ll stay by her side until she falls asleep.
KH is doing yoga stretches and SW is standing in the doorway, so she asks him which side he’s on, and which musical he wants to do first. He just says whichever works, so she asks him as the company’s rep, the contact point for Frank, the biggest producer of licensed musicals, and the partner of Representative Yu Jin, what is more important than his decision. He says that none of that matters, and that he could give an answer if he was asked as BKH’s husband (they’re sort of flirty here, and he towels her down). SW says that his standard is always the same when it comes to the stage, and that he just wonders if it makes KH shine or not. He thinks that if they do Cheongdamdong Gumiho first there is a good chance of losing Monte Cristo, but if they do Monte Cristo first they will get to do both. They are both great musicals, but since it’s Monte Cristo’s first non-US performance, he thinks they will regret it if they miss it.
After he changes the music SW walks over to KH and puts an arm around her. He says that they can do Cheongdamdong Gumiho later, and that KH starring on two stages is what he wants. This makes KH smile (genuinely for once) and she kisses him on the cheek and thanks him (there’s hope for you yet SW!).
Everyone practices dancing and singing, while GJ and JY watch from the sidelines. With that scratchy voice and wacky personality I imagine that B must be some sort of comic relief character, but I have no idea how she, KH, and EB all fit together in the story. There also doesn’t seem to be a leading man, but I guess maybe this drama didn’t want an 8-way love triangle.
The grandma is happily reading EB’s blog, and has food wrapped in a furoshiki for EB’s friend to take home to her. She wonders if it’s too much, and he mentions that there’s a pest at home, referring to B (she doesn’t hear or understand him). Once he assures her that it’s not to heavy, he leaves, and she goes back to reading EB’s blog, smiling at how happy she looks and saying that she’s having the best time of her life.
In her practice room KH is practicing the Gumiho song, and doesn’t seem too pleased with her results. She takes out the music for “When the World was Mine” from the Monte Cristo broadway and practices that next. She really does have a gorgeous voice, and I would happily pay to hear her sing. Here is a video of her singing the full song (she really did star in this musical):
Back at the group practice EB is singing the same Gumiho song, and everyone seems to enjoy her rendition, although not as much as JY. Is it just me, or does she sound a little strained here? Perhaps Goo Hye Sun has been pushing her voice a bit too hard while practicing for this drama?
The chorus group gets up to practice and JY makes his way over to EB, teasing her for smiling. She mentions that he told her not to sulk before, and he tells her how she’s doing a good job. He explains that she’s not worried about hitting the high notes or making a mistake, and is instead just enjoying singing. She agrees, and he tells her that it’s enough (as in, that’s all she needs to focus on to do a good job). JY leaves (out of professionalism I assume) and EB watches the practice with a big smile on her face. I think JY is starting to have more of an effect on her!
RK calls Jin’s grandpa for no specific reason, and just asks how he is and says that her mom wants to send him some stuff. She does mention that she herself is always doing the same, which I find a bit depressing. The grandpa seems happy to talk to her, not that I blame him since she’s pretty much a perfect grand-daughter-in-law. I suspect that RK is calling him because she misses Jin and hasn’t heard from him (also depressing!).
RK goes outside and her nosy co-workers appear to discuss RK’s situation. They’ve noticed that she’s seemed worried since the workshop, has been waiting for a call, and that she sighs while she watches workshop videos. They decide to watch the footage, and mention how good-looking he is and that RK is just recording him as if she expects him to look over at him. They ponder over him smiling at the dancing actors, and since he’s not normally the type to smile they wonder which person he’s looking at.
Outside RK is forlornly and prettily pining for Jin (I think). She gets a call from Assistant Director Jang who wants to know if she’s doing okay. She tells him that she’s fine now, and that she didn’t even get a chance to thank him. He tells her that the number (that he’s calling from) is his so she can call him about changes in schedule. He adds that his name is Jang Jun Hyeok and they say goodbye (both seem happy).
GJ gives Jang a hard time about the Ass. Dir making the Director wait, and says that he doesn’t get it, so Jang says that it’s the sorry one who should wait (referring to GJ). B suggests that the sorry person should treat everyone to ddukbokki, so GJ agrees and they all head into the elevator. KH tries to call JY, but he doesn’t answer. Instead she calls Jin.
KH and Jin meet, and KH says how the time they’ve been together (14 months) could be considered too long or too short, since it’s not long enough to know the character, but is long enough to know the style. She asks if it’ll be style or character this time, but he doesn’t get it (or pretends not to) and says he must be stupider than she thinks. She says that he usually doesn’t hesitate about such decisions (Monte Cristo), so he asks her if she’s decided, and says that he’ll consider following her decision. She says that she was going to consider his decision too and he eyes her over his coffee.
We next see them out for drinks, and Jin is suggesting that they convince Frank to wait until Cheongdamdong Gumiho is over. KH starts to mention the Japanese company that’s interested, but Jin reiterates that that’s why they have to convince Frank. He still wants to own the Asian rights to Monte Cristo, and says they can negotiate to show it the following year, and ask Frank what he wants in return. KH comments that Jin normally would’ve given up Cheongdamdong Gumiho, and wonders why his style has changed, but says that she won’t even ask since she won’t get the truth. He asks why she thinks that, and she says that is usually the person himself who is last to realize the truth in his heart, and that even if wanted to be truthful, he couldn’t. She adds that he’s probably confused about why he’s hesitating, and to not bother making excuses since it will make him mad (we’ve seen that before with RK).
KH gets a phone call that she declines (from SW maybe? I couldn’t make it out) and she thanks Jin for his opinion and says that she will decide soon. After she leaves Jin sits and wonders about what the truth (regarding his hesitation) is really about. This conversation leads me to believe that KH wants to do Monte Cristo first since she’s smart enough to know that once Jin questions his own motivations, he is likely to revert to his usual style. Since her current strategy with JY hasn’t worked, maybe she’s hoping that delaying Cheongdamdong Gumiho will at least separate him from EB.
As JY comes home to find KH on his doorstep (or at least next to it) and she talks about how he’s always recognized her scent, but that he doesn’t even answer her calls anymore. She thought that he would just walk into the house while pretending not to see her, and he comments that she’s not talking like KH (she’s acting insecure). She says that JY can make her do things that are unlike herself, and he says that he used to think so too, but that she never loses herself to anyone. She asks if EB isn’t the same, but then instead asks if he isn’t going to hold her hand again (she means this in the figurative sense, like they’ve talked about before). He doesn’t respond, so she says that even though he asked her to stop, she isn’t stopping, but with at least make it comfortable for him. He asks what she means, but she just smirks and leaves. My take is that she plans to do Monte Cristo first, and even though she makes it seem like it’s on his behalf, it’s actually part of her personal agenda (to cut EB out and essentially punish EB for JY choosing the wrong girl).
KH calls the chairman/grandpa and arranges to meet. The grandpa asks JJ what Jin did, and JJ says how investor Park met with Jin, and thought that he had changed.
RK meets up with Jin who is surprising her with a date. He says how she’s always wanted to wake up to his call and go to brunch, and she has also always wanted to spend an entire day together. He says that they’re going to spend all day together, play together, and eat 3 meals together. Her response is adorable (she can hardly believe it) and if someone was watching from outside they would probably think he had just proposed or something. As usual, Jin’s motivations are unclear. Is he sincere, does he feel guilty, or is he trying to prove to himself that he has no feelings for EB?
EB is at the zoo with GJ, drawing the cute foxes while GJ explains that the gumiho is the musical is just a symbol, so he couldn’t just choose one. EB thinks that all of the foxes have a different feel, and wants to know which one Do Hwa (her character) is like. GJ comes up with the idea that thousands of years ago when the gumiho was born (due to it’s desire to become human) all of the foxes were the same, and that God then made different kinds of foxes so that they would no longer desire to be human. They decide to narrate all this through a song before the curtain goes up, and JY arrives just then, asking if they want him to write another song.
JY puts his arm around EB in a greet-y “I like you” sort of way and GJ explains that he phoned him since they had the day off and he had hoped to rest, but that EB made him come to the Zoo. He addresses them as the EB that only thinks about gumihos and the JY that only thinks about EB, and tells them to have fun.
As GJ leaves JY tells him to drink less (since he needs to nap) and GJ says that it’s in his DNA to miss drinking even when he’s drinking. JY says that it’s like the desert fox (not sure if he’s referring to the drawing or the character) and when EB agrees he puts his arm around her to take a look at them. She eyes him suspiciously, so he tells her to look at the foxes and not worry about anything else.
RK is waiting for Jin and remembers back to a phone call she had earlier with Jang (she calls him Jun Hyeok-ssi btw). He had asked if she wanted to go to the zoo since the Director and EB were going to be there, and we see that RK has instead invited Jin to the zoo (awww, poor nervous Jang got rejected! While wearing a cute yellow hoodie!).
Jin arrives with churros and asks RK what she wants to go see. She says the foxes, and he agrees (oh RK, you’re not soo good at being devious. It’s a little transparent if you choose foxes first!).
Of course Jin and RK see JY and EB by the foxes (who are acting like best buds) and Jin starts to suggest that they go a different way, but RK eagerly points out that it’s EB (as if she’s surprised) and flags her down. Jin does not look happy. RK asks why they’re there (her act continues) and JY comments that Jin doesn’t just work, but dates too (EB hits him so he’ll shut-up). RK says that it’s been 500 years, and I think she means that it’s been forever since Jin took her on a date? Jin comments that JY and EB made up, so JY nonchalantly says that yes they did, and makes EB bow while he says that she was a drunkard and that he’s sorry (hahah, I love it). Jin asks if they want to have a drink, and apparently they do!
Jin brings the drinks, and it’s kind of adorable that RK is the only one having ice cream. He asks if she can finish it, so she says that he can help her if she can’t. JY asks somewhat sarcastically if RK and Jin are highschool sweethearts or something, and RK asks him how he knew, which makes him choke on his drink. RK explains that they met at a school club, but Jin tells her that JY isn’t interested in such things. JY asks Jin why, and Jin says it’s because JY would think of such love as infantile. This makes EB laugh, and she points at JY saying that Jin understands him very well. JY asks if Jin was the type in high school to say “I really like you too” and RK says that it was something like that while they all laugh.
Back at EB’s apartment her friend is cleaning out the fridge and complaining that B should freeze stuff that’s not going to get eaten. He says that he never saw food going bad when EB lived alone, and that it’s not working out well since she got a permanent guest. He even adds that this is why it’s important to make good friends, and asks what they’ll do when they get sick from bad food. B is non-responsive, and just sits there reading and stretching her limbs. He asks if she knows when EB is coming back, and finally she sits up and asks what he said. She takes out a pair of ear plugs and says that she always wears them since EB sings at night, and then asks what’s for dinner. Love is in the air!
Back at the zoo the two couples part ways, and Jin and RK get in the car after Jin gets a call from the grandpa (asking them to dinner). RK muses that after today she has a month’s worth of Jin, and that she could go another month without a date. Jin asks her if she regrets not dating anyone else, and she says that the point of dating is to find your other half, so why would she see other people? Jin then asks how she can know without comparing, so she takes his hand at says that if she’s hungry, if she sick, if she likes something, if she hates something, if she’s afraid, or if she’s tired, he knows her better than herself, and takes care of her problems better than she could. Why then would she need to compare? He thinks that she is wavering in her belief, and she asks what he means, so he says (insincerely) that it’s just a coincidence that they went to the zoo at the same time, and that RK wanted to see the foxes just like EB and JY. Jin starts to say something, but Jin asks what the point is in lying or excuses is and says to forget it. Nothing like a love spat right before a group dinner!
KH is telling the grandpa a funny story when RK and Jin arrive (that lady is good at schmoozing!). The grandpa orders the regular, and asks about the rest of KH’s story (it becomes clear that she was telling him about a Monte Cristo scene). The grandpa tells Jin that they need to invite Frank over when he’s next in Korea (eek, poor Jinny-poo!) and KH tells the chairman not to go too far since Jin hasn’t decided yet. The grandpa wants to know what that’s all about, and Jin looks extremely uncomfortable (how could he not be!)
In the back somewhere GJ is handing out official scripts to the cast (the last goes to the “star” EB). GJ suggests that they go celebrate, and everyone leaves except EB and JY (who has been leaning against the wall looking like some sort of alleycat).
EB is hugging her script, and JY holds out a pen for her to write her name with. While she writes JY asks if her heart is about to burst, and she nods with a smile (she really does look overcome with emotion). I think that this scene marks the moment the EB finally feels like a real musical actress, and it’s pretty bittersweet for us viewers because we can see what’s coming…
Back at their dinner the grandpa is asking Jin why he hasn’t made a decision yet. The grandpa thinks it’s a simple issue and that they should just do Monte Cristo first, but Jin tries to explain that their are other issues under the surface. The grandpa thinks that those issue couldn’t possibly be deciding factors, so KH takes the chance to really throw Jin to the wolves and says that for the first time while working on a project, Jin is showing feeling for people. She says that instead of being an ice prince he is opening his heart and working with others. Excuse me a moment while I recover from the horrible heebie jeebies that KH just gave me. She smiles throughout that like she’s doing everyone a favor!
The grandpa is very surprised and tells Jin that he should be receiving affection instead of feeling it (Jin simply agrees, not that he has much of a choice). The grandpa then laughs and says that the cast must really be great, so RK says that they are very passionate and are a good group of people (I love how she always stands up for him). Her words don’t seem to move him at all, and he says that in one moment Jin could undo all his progress with the investors, and that losing the right timing could become his biggest regret. Jin just says “yes” again and glares for a moment at KH (although I’m sure she’s completely immune to such things).
Back at GJ’s the usual revelry is taking place, while EB and JY watch from above (EB’s just asking for his advances when she sits with him alone like that!). GY comments that GJ is really drunk, and we see that GJ misses a call from Jin.
Jin calls JY instead, and JY asks since when they were in a relationship where they saw each other during the day and called each other at night. Jin asks if JY can come out to see him, and JY looks a bit worried (rightly so!).
Jin asks RK if she had dessert (of course she did!) and she asks if he’s okay. He says he is and asks why, so she implies that something might be wrong because of “just a moment ago” (back in meeting with his grandpa). He says it’s fine and that he has to go to the drama office, but as he starts to leave she grabs his arm. She starts to explain about the zoo and he says that he thought they weren’t going to talk about it anymore. RK admits to being childish, and says that she accidentally found out that EB was going to the zoo. She thinks that she wanted to show EB that they are dating, so Jin asks if there is a reason for that. RK explains that he seemed to be hesitating about Monte Cristo because of EB, so Jin says that he was just being cautious (yeah right) and that he has made up his mind. He is about to go pass his decision, and wants to do it asap since KH will cause rumors to spread anyways (he wants them to hear it from his own mouth). He adds that she was seeing things wrong (she meekly nods in agreement) and he leaves. I don’t think she’s really all that convinced!
On the way into the meeting GJ is spraying his mouth like crazy, and he breathes into JY’s face to ask if he smells like alcohol. JY says that alcohol smells better than he does, so GJ asks if he should feel bad, so JY says “of course” but GJ feels happy anyways. Not for long!
At the meeting they have heard the news, and GJ asks what he should say to the investor who wants to throw away his project. Jin reiterates that they’re just postponing it, and SW adds that all the same actors can stay on for Monte Cristo if they want. GJ points out that he is contracted as the producer for Cheongdamdong Gumiho and that someone big like Frank wouldn’t let him produce Monte Cristo. Jin says that he will come up with a method to make it work, but GJ asks what method, and says that they took a happy person off a merry-go-round and told him to go on a rollercoaster after convincing him of its merits, but then kicked him off at the highest point. Jin explains that it’s not that bad, and they Amour Fund just needs to get better settled so they can all benefit. GJ aks if Jin didn’t think that Cheongdamdong Gumiho could help settle the fund, so KH in turn asks GJ if he can honestly say that Cheondamdong Gumiho is better than the Count of Monte Cristo. JY remembers back to when KH told him that she wasn’t stopping but instead making him more comfortable, and probably realizes that she orchestrated this whole thing.
JY gets up to leave so SW asks where he’s going, and JY answers that he has nothing to say. Jin stands up and says “Hong Jay Yi-ssi” but JY tells him that unless Jin is going to refuse Monte Cristo he may as well not talk, and explains that Jin never would have done this if he understood what Cheongdamdong meant to the people involved. SW says that it wasn’t easy for Jin, but JY logically replies that even if it was hard, the result is the same. KH tells him that if he stands back a bit and looks at it realistically he’ll see that Monte Cristo is a great opportunity for everyone, so GJ stands up and says that it looks like they don’t need his understanding, and that they’ve already decided anyways (he leaves). SW comments that GJ may be sad for now, but JY cuts him off and asks if they even care whether others feel sad or not. Jin says that he will do his best to take responsibility, and that he will personally explain it to all the actors. As he’s talking JY walks out and Jin is left standing there.
Outside GJ is sobbing, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone so snotty (in the literal sense). JY tries to lighten the mood and asks what he should do about a man in his thirties crying on the street, so GJ indignantly asks wen he was crying (this makes JY laugh since it’s extremely obvious that GJ is a total mess). GJ asks how JY can laugh and says that he knew this would happen since all they care about is money. JY points out that GJ is going to have a hard time if he acts like this, and GJ asks if he should be rejoicing then. GJ then complains about the money (about 4 million) and JY seems to have a “eureka” moment. He asks if it’s all good if they have the money, and GJ says it is since they have the script, song, cast, and staff.
Meanwhile the revelry at GJ’s continues, and Jin and KH are both deep in thought. The end!
As well all know, the show must go on! I have no idea how rich JY is, but is it possible that he will fund the musical himself, or pull some strings to get investment? He’s obviously well known and respected, and it would be kind of neat if we had two competing musicals!
I also thought it was interesting that all of the Cheongdamdong Gumiho actors would get to work on the Count of Monte Cristo. Does that mean include EB? Surely they wouldn’t let her play a lead? No offense, but I don’t think she could pull off that musical’s songs like KH can. Either way I don’t see how JY would be involved with an already-composed musical, so he would get separated from EB regardless.
At this point I feel like it would be appropriate to just call KH “the Puppeteer.” Is there anyone she hasn’t manipulated? Poor Jin never stood a chance. I think he genuinely thought she was listening to his opinion, but the only thoughts she cares about are JY’s. I do give KH for being quite masterful at what she does. She knows that Jin takes pride in his work ethic and ability to keep emotion separate from work, so pointing out his change in style was the ideal way to make him feel weak and question his own decision-making. This perfectly primed him for the dinner with the grandfather where the added pressure was easily enough to make him cave and go back to his old ways (particularly because KH went ahead and pointed out to the chairman that Jin is getting all lovey-dovey when it comes to work). On top of all that Jin is trying to fill his father’s shoes, and he’s pretty much doing it alone. I found that my heart broke for Jin more than anyone in that final meeting scene, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. He tried to do the right thing, but no one else knows that, and I’m sure he feels like his attempt to be empathetic (for once) was all for naught.
As far as Jin’s parent’s go, I feel like the situation is finally coming to a head. It’s clear that the dad can’t go it alone much longer, and I think that Jin will find out the truth within the next few episodes. It’s incredibly tragic that the phone call back in university was the last time that Jin got to talk to his mom as his mom. I’m hoping that she has a few lucid moments where she remembers him, but even so, years have been lost, and I think his parents definitely made the wrong decision. I understand the decision, but I think it only made the situation easier in the short term. Imagine reconciling with your parents after a massive falling out, only to discover that one of those parents doesn’t even recognize you? I think Park Ki Woong will have some tough stuff to act out in the episodes to come.
I apologize for just talking about Jin, but this really was a Jin episode! I literally get nervous butterflies when I think about the episodes to come, and every Friday comes too slow.
Another BTS vid; prepare for cuteness!:
Video of the day is PTB! Finally, a MV that includes all four characters in all 18 episodes! It’s a collab and most of the video is really good. Credit goes to TransparentDarkness, KawaiiYuume, harajukufx, FancyRomance, charismile, snowcedarplanes, llCatchMe, xarofhearts and UnwrittenNotes.