Our Romeo and Juliet decide to be together despite everyone being against them. That bedpost won’t be the only obstacle keeping them apart. Can their bond withstand the stress and violence to come?
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Byung-hee arrives and tells Chul-su they should follow their hearts – just as he had written in the letter in the stuffed fox.
Chul-su’s dream comes true, and Byung-hee falls into his arms.
He cuddles with her outside the van camper. She is plumb tuckered out.
He smiles and apologizes saying it will never happen again.
Byung-hee describes she’s feeling a strange déjà-vu sitting there in his arms, like it all happened before. Chul-su suggests maybe they are an echo of another couple somewhere out there in the world. They feel the same feelings. That makes Byung-hee smile.
“Who told you that?”
“Park Chul-su,” he replies.
At the office, Boss lifts weights while Sung-ran struggles to write her version of a sexy story.
Boss complains and tells her to hurry up. Without Miss Go, he finally says, it won’t work. But he can’t write them either.
Jun-hee wants to sign up for expensive cosmetology classes, and has just enough money to cover the costs, but that leaves her pretty much broke.
Bulldog is at a meeting NOT listening to the poor sales results.
Byung-hee sits at a café waiting for Bae, who comes in wearing one of my mother’s jackets from 1989. They speak politely and too distantly for a couple about to get married.
He asks if she had been happy with him, if he moved her. Her “Yes’s” lead him to then ask, “Why?”
Byung-hee lists all his good qualities and why the go well together, but it doesn’t sound quite as impressive to him.
He suggests she take more time. That Chul-su’s passion may have stirred her, and he understands, but…
Byung-hee contradicts him saying it was Bae who stirred her. That he was a good partner to be in love with and to marry. She says she doesn’t want to be stirred anymore.
Bae smiles sadly throughout, heartbroken.
As he walks away, Byung-hee describes her feelings for Chul-su this way:
“Whenever I think of that kid, I can’t stop longing for him. It’s like there’s a piece of thorn in my heart. No matter what, I just can’t pull it out. What can I do? On my own, I just can’t pull it out.”
She sits feeling how much she loves that kid.
Chul-su is over the moon eating lunch with his boss and Kang-tae. He stands up and announces, “Attention pulease,” (so funny) buys lunch for everyone because Park Chul-s is in love and he will prevail!
Throwing his head back and laughing he cries out. “What a really beautiful time this is!”
Byung-hee walks along the street smiling at the brilliance of the light in the leaves. She gets a cell call from Chul-su that makes her giggle and smile bashfully.
He asks her if she likes him and she says yes. And he tells her he likes her, too.
She doesn’t like that but Chul-su doesn’t want to call her “Noonah” anymore.
(I can’t blame him. Whenever he calls her Byung-hee, my heart melts. It just feels right that he is asserting himself as her equal. I think it makes him appear manly.) She wants him to come up with another name, and he drives his bike across the street to pick her up.
He tries out, “Ahjumma” “Miss Go” “Noonah.”
He repeats he doesn’t like “Noonah” but they are at a standstill since she doesn’t like “Byung-hee.”
He notices she can’t look at him. She is embarrassed since she has spent so many years looking at him like a dongsang. He laughs it off, embarrassed “to take me as a man?” He messes with her hair telling her she is adorable.
Which makes her mad therefore has no problem looking him in the eye then. LOL
Chul-su has prepared a present for her on their very first date.
He opens his jacket to reveal a red bow tied at his neck. “It’s ME!”
She looks disgusted.
“I am a present for YOU!”
She’s all “Get outta town!” People are looking at them enough. Chul-su doesn’t care (which is why I love him) and confidently points to the space behind him on the seat and commands “Hop on!” (Ta!”) making her laugh.
He calls her Byung-hee again, and she calls him “Chul-su-shi.”
“Like Me” the perfect soundtrack for them plays as they ride along smiling cuddling on the motorbike,
The amusement part is his choice for date. They ride the rides. Take some cute cell phone pics.
She’s complaining about him using her name as they got on the Pirate. He picks “Aggy” which I LOVE. “Little Cutie” gets rejected. He reminds her not to worry what other people say, and calls her Byung-hee again. He may as well not call her anything.
(We have the part in the show where one of them pretends to be afraid of this stupid ride, while the other makes fun of him. Problem is The Pirate is NOT a scary ride. It may make people puke, but it is certainly not at all scary. By the way, I have worked in carnivals and amusement parks. There is always a bucket of water or sawdust around to cover the throw up. LOL)
They get off the ride and he feels sick to his stomach. (OK, Show, I’ll buy that.)
More cuteness as they ride a merry-go-round and look lovingly at each other. Byung-hee feels that déjà vu feeling again.
“It is because true love cannot start without a fantasy?”
He hits her in the head with the blow-up hammer to stop her reverie.
Up high above the park, they ride the ski lift. She wows and whoas while he stares awkwardly at her.
Nothing is wrong, he says, but he looks scared…of heights?
She catches him staring again and thinks he may be may be mad because she won’t let him call her “Aggy.”
Right in the middle of her “What’s wrong?” he kisses her.
The atmosphere in the tiny space instantly changes.
She says, “Stupid! If want to do it, then do it big! Weren’t you good at attacking?”
So was she, wasn’t she?
They agree for official one, that was the first.
They lock eyes, she swallows, he cups her face and they kiss for real. Smiling, almost giggling, she puts her arms around her and they make-out.
Seung-hye is cleaning up and finds a piece of paper that lists out best first kiss places. She thinks it’s cute.
She screams at Byung-hee who is on the other line, but Byung-hee tells her Mom wants to see her. All three women show up in the living room when they realize they have been tricked.
Byung-hee comes in, and asks them to sit down. She tells her mother to take her “calming medicine” first, but Mom’s too worried to do that and holds her hand to her heart.
Byung-hee takes a deep breath, “Mom, I’m sorry. Seung-hye, I’m sorry, but it couldn’t be helped.”
She calls in Chul-sue and they lock arms. She may as well have let a
Next scene, Seung-hye prepares her outfit for battle, tucking in and tying up.
This time, when she moves to hurt Byung-hee, she gets stopped. Byung-hee won’t be bullied anymore. (Good for her!) She tells her she doesn’t want to lose her as a friend, but also doesn’t want to lose Chul-su either. They wrestle for control, Byung-hee asking for understanding.
Chul-su replays Mom’s scolding of him as he walks out from the green door.
At the video store, Seung-hye warns him. “Continue this and I will take action.” He offers to get her medicine for her bloody nose, but she tells him to get lost.
Byung-hee gets beaten with a small duster from her mother. She struggles with her as well, begging for understanding, but loses the battle as mom thwacks her repeatedly.
Jun-hee listens and cringes in another room, expecting to get hers later. “Oh, so painful!”
As Byung-hee moans little moans of pain in her bed, she hears a tapping at the window.
She guesses that it’s Chul-su and opens the window. He smiles seeing her, and we hear Romeo and Juliet theme music in the background. Ahh, he missed her so he climbed over the wall. He reminds her to eat well, and to prepare for a long battle with Mom. They smile and he pats her face, which she tells him she likes.
He promises to do it for the rest of their lives, which makes her worry, again, about his baby face and her looking old. No problem. He’ll just have to age faster by smoking and drinking a lot every day.
He tells her to trust him and not to be uneasy.
“What if your heart changes?” It’s expected, after all and it scares her.
He says, “Byung-hee,” which she still hates, “even if you change your heart, I won’t change mine.” Thing is, he is soooo confident.
She looks at him and smiles. “Because you’re young, you don’t know hearts can change.
He wisely says, “Maybe just the hair will change,” and his sincerity touches her, again. He gives her a sweet smile and they hug, somehow, nicely even with that damned bedpost between them.
We hear her thoughts:
“Now he’s only 24. He’s at the age where he doesn’t realize hearts can change. If I could, I would return to when I was 24, too. Then I can accept fully the heart of this child. But I’m 33. Living for 33 years, I’ve collected 33 years of worldly views. Not like this child, so pure. But even if it’s just this one moment, I’d still choose to believe in the lie.”
Mom bitches to Worker about Chul-su and her daughter, pretending it is someone else.
She even agrees he’s a good guy. But not for her daughter. Worker almost convinces Mom that if they are fated, they will end up together. Why not just let them be?
Mom decides to pour salt in Bae’s wounds have lunch with Bae and talk about him courting Byung-hee still.
Bulldog and Jun-hee watch a film and she snuggles with him. They fight.
People around them bet bothered by their conversation. He maintains they aren’t like that, again. Then suggest she go to NY to study cosmetology and he’ll pay. She asks if he will go with, but he tells her has to make money. This upsets her and she walks out, and he chases after him.
She snatches his cane and plays keep-away in the lobby. As much as it is unfair that she is taller and can get away with it, it is funny.
She wants to go see the fortuneteller to check their compatibility.
Chul-su is at work planning his next date with Byung-hee. Kang-tae says, no plan is needed, just drink wine.
He waits outside her office and Byung-hee startles him from behind. She rides on his motorcycle, and he won’t say where they are going.
They sit silent at a coffee shop. He’s acting strange.
He puts his arm around her and tells him to follow her. They see the fortuneteller tent, but he tells her they are too busy. She really wants to find out if they should get married, or not.
Chul-su says, “Why bother asking someone else. Shouldn’t we decide?” LOL.
It’s just so they can be prepared, Byung-hee insists, maybe come up with a strategy.
He maintains that there isn’t time, but she drags him inside.
It’s the same guy from Oido that she fought with,
He likes Chul-su’s face. The advice he gives is to let him do what he wants to do, he will get what he wants and not to force him. Chul-su is not impressed.
“But what’s going to happen in the future?” Byung-hee asks.
Money problems? Woman problems?
He tells her this guy is someone who can and will do anything.
She asks if they will get married, and his says, “I’m not god, how would I know?” They fight again, when, suddenly Jun-hee and Bulldog barge in,
Byung-hee bugs and threatens her sister about dating Bulldog.
Jun-hee and she fight over who is weirder. Even when Jun-hee offers to support her sister, Byung-hee refuses to accept them.
Chul-su and Bulldog shoot the breeze, and Chul-su announces he will marry Byung-hee. Is Bulldog going to marry Jun-hee? He had better not set his sights on her.
We get a fantasy sequence of Bulldog and Chul-su wearing aprons preparing dinner. Bulldog calls him “Hyung-nim” since Chul-su will be the husband of the older sibling.
Chul-su compliments his dongsang’s cooking skills, then gives him a big “To Do” list.
Chul-su continues to be secretive about what his designs with Byung-hee are. FINALLY, he tells her, “I want to sleep with you.” She agrees to and they head over to a hotel.
He grins and they go into a room. (How expensive are these rooms?)
Chul-su does push-ups to get rid of his tension.
Byung-hee goes into the bathroom. Seung-hye is calling her on the cell, so she takes out the battery, apologizing to her friend.
Chu-su gets the same call, but also takes out the battery. This makes his sister angry and she says “Fine. Let’s see how this ends,” and punches in a phone number in an attempt to separate them.
Byung-hee finishes her shower, and then puts all of her clothes back on. Sexy! Chul-su continues his calisthenics.
When she creeps out of the bathroom, they sit next to each other on the bed, both nervous.
He asks, “Do you really not remember that night?”
She tells him she doesn’t, but does want to know why he got so mad at her the next day.
He admits he really thought it was cancer so he didn’t sleep well. When he found out she lied he got angrier.
He throws her softly onto the bed and caresses her face.
“This is the POLICE!” OMG did his sister call them?
What is sweeter than brand new love acknowledged by both sides? I forgive them their tendency to mushiness because it is so hard to resist when the hormones are buzzing like bees making honey.
What is nice about them as a couple is how equal things seem to be between them. Chul-su matches up well with Byung-hee personality wise so l am glad she stopped worrying too much about their age discrepancy. The physical attraction is strong, too, and will only get stronger, I think. I love how comfortable they are seeing each clearly. She certainly didn’t dress up for their first (memorable) night together, and while they were nervous, neither of them drank to calm themselves down.
Chul-su’s sister scares me; I am pretty sure she called the cops on them. I don’t know how that is the best thing for her little bro, but, I guess she thinks it is. We will see what she is capable of.
Korean couple’s fascination with amusement parks has always confused me. Maybe it is because I didn’t grow up near a park, that they were the stuff of (family) vacations. However, for Byung Hee and Chul Soo it seems like the perfect date. You can release the limits of age and just enjoy like a child-like glee in spinning until you are dizzy, eating fried junk food and sugary sweets, and just wandering about and taking the day as it comes. And just like a teenager, Chul Soo is sweating the perfect spot for the first kiss. Those giddy feelings of a new relationship are echoed nicely by rollercoasters and other rides.
How will this excitement of their new union play out? How long can they see each other against their family’s wishes? And what challenge do the police banging on their door pose?