Tuesday, January 17, 2012

You’ve Fallen For Me: Episode 12

Just to note, You’ve Fallen For Me is officially going to end at 15 episodes. That means, we’re only 3 episodes to the end on August 18, as originally planned (and therefore it won’t conflict with the premiere of Can’t Lose). Boohoo. I don’t like that it’s ending so early, but it simply forces the production team to make a tighter, faster paced story as they have 1 hour less to tell everything they want to tell.

As for this episode – can I just have a boyfriend like Shin?! I mean really, can he be any more perfect? Also he can punish me any time.

That came out wrong. But you (will) know what I mean.

Seok-hyun quits. Shin gives Kyu-won an ultimatum. He pulls her into a hug, and Kyu-won agrees not to go. It doesn’t stop her from worrying though.

Word spreads throughout the performance team that Seok-hyun left, which makes everyone worried. Even the Three Angry Girls no longer believe that Seok-hyun and Kyu-won had an affair, since Shin took Kyu-won away, and hotels have a bunch of other things besides rooms. All this talk about Seok-hyun leaving just stresses Jun-hee out even more – so much so that he’s no longer eating. He knows it’s his fault, but isn’t exactly sure how it is.

Judging from Shin’s blase attitude, Kyu-won thinks that Shin doesn’t care about the performance. But he’s merely realized there are more important things than a performance – like Kyu-won’s happiness for example. He doesn’t want to be left out of the loop anymore, so if she has to meet anyone else – even if the text says to keep it a secret – she has to tell him where she’s going.

Hee-joo is back at home trying to nurse her cold, thinking that her strained throat is because of a simple cold. She flips a lid when she finds out that Seok-hyun left; she needs Seok-hyun Broadway reputation to succeed! Mom doesn’t care – she’s so tired from all this performance business and wants it over with already. Pfft – like she’s doing any of the performing.

Kyu-won and Shin go shopping at a small accessories store and she quickly spots a cute teddy bear charm holding a gayageum. She hints at getting a couple set for both their phones, but Shin is adamantly against couple-anything. Minutes later, he comes up to her and whips out his phone – he’s got a teddy bear with a guitar! Now they can be a pair without being too obvious (although really, how much more obvious can it be?!). He notes the similarity between Kyu-won and the bear, and calls her “Bear-poo.” No – sorry, that nickname’s not going to catch on like “Pig-Rabbit.”

She warns Shin at the end of the night to make sure Jung-hyun won’t get her hands on it. (Heh – and true to Kyu-won’s predictions, Jung-hyun later sees it and wants it. However, when Shin won’t give it to his sister, she wails that her brother is too mushy now. She wants the cool Shin back!)

Shin heads over to Catharsis to return Seok-hyun’s car keys, and he finds Yoon-su trying to wake Seok-hyun up. He’s been in Catharsis all day, drinking himself to oblivion.

Seok-hyun stays over at Yoon-su’s for the night. The next morning, she tries to persuade him to go back to the school but he refuses because he’s a stubborn butt. He chooses to spend the day fishing by the lake instead.

As for Shin, he waits for a long time outside Kyu-won’s door, but her grandfather comes out instead. Grandpa thinks Shin wants to listen to his life story again, but Shin quickly makes his escape to head for school.

Kyu-won already left a lot earlier because she’s looking for Seok-hyun. He’s not in his office, and she bumps into Yoon-su instead. She apologizes for the misunderstanding about the hotel, and though Yoon-su knows it’s no one’s fault, she lets slip that Seok-hyun quit for her. Kyu-won doesn’t want to continue in the performance, but Yoon-su tells her to go. Otherwise, Seok-hyun’s faith in her will be all for naught.

Shin finds her in school and they head over to practice together. However Tae-joon stops them. Now that he’s the new director for the musical, he’s going to change the script a bit and won’t need an understudy. Kyu-won can just leave now. Shin is furious and wants to skip too, but Kyu-won convinces him to stay. It’s not worth throwing away the performance over this, especially since she expected it to happen anyways.

Tae-joon’s script changes are massive, and riddled with mistakes. The performance team are reluctant to go along with this plan but have no choice. Since Tae-joon doesn’t need the band for practice, Shin makes his leave. He goes around the campus grounds looking for Kyu-won, but she won’t pick up her phone.

It’s because Kyu-won is up on a secluded rooftop, crying her heart out.

Shin heads over to a broadcasting studio, and over the school’s loudspeakers, he sings her a song:


Smile, don’t be sad.

It’s okay, don’t waste your tears.

I hope the song I sing for you cheers you up.

Smile, don’t be hurt. I wish that this song could help you a little.

It’s okay, even when the world is against you.

As soon as this moment passes, everyone will understand you.

It won’t change. You can lean on my shoulder.

Just rest for a little while. And smile…

I trust you. I’m here.

The Windflowers and Yoon-su hear the song separately, and they both are happy to hear Shin working so hard to cheer up the girl he loves. Thankfully the other Windflower girls have more sense than Bo-woon, and stop her from once again interrupting the love birds. The song also does bring a smile to Kyu-won’s face. See? Perfect boyfriend.

When he finally does find her, he makes her promise to never go off on her own without telling him, and to also never cry without him around. He’s pretty controlling, but all for her sake. He hugs her, and then tries to cheer her up with a music practice – their two bands can play his edited final song together! (And their final song is truly awesome, putting a smile on everyone’s faces.)

Kyu-won’s father has brought some of his luggage back home, and immediately Grandpa sets up some ground rules. He does not want Sun-ki encouraging Kyu-won to take up western instruments. After all, how would it look if the great traditional singer Lee Dong Jin didn’t have any descendants playing traditional instruments? Sun-ki is reluctant to promise that, especially since it’s Kyu-won’s choice to make.

Wrong answer.

Ji-young tsk-tsks Sun-ki for getting kicked out so soon. However she would support Kyu-won if she wants to continue in musicals and is willing to mentor her. In exchange, she hopes that Sun-ki can mentor her son, as there are some things that men should talk about with men.

But I think someone needs to control that Jung-hyun. She goes up to Grandpa and tattles on the recent rumors about Kyu-won, and how his granddaughter is cheating on her brother with the director. Even though he was contemplating either man as his grandson-in-law, he’s irate with his granddaughter and immediately calls her in.

Kyu-won gets the call after music practice, and so everyone finds out that Grandpa just found out about her scandal. As this could potentially prevent Kyu-won from coming to school, Jun-hee finally breaks. He kneels before Kyu-won and begs for forgiveness. Hee-joo had told him to lie about not being with her during the day of the sponsor performance, and he had followed along because he thought he’d never see Hee-joo again. However, he never expected it to reach this level of melodrama.

Shin yells at him for listening to someone like Hee-joo, but Bo-woon sympathizes with Jun-hee, worried that he hasn’t been eating. ARGH – can’t Jun-hee realize that Bo-woon > Hee-joo by ten million times?!

Shin goes with Kyu-won back home to help explain it to Grandpa. Grandpa thinks that Shin only wants to listen to his life story, but Shin explains that Kyu-won did nothing wrong. He thinks his granddaughter just smeared his name, not just by cheating on two men, but by failing the audition too. Shin takes out the music sheets for the final song, trying to prove that Kyu-won has actually been really productive and really good in helping him.

Grandpa scoffs; the song has no depth. What could Shin possibly learn from a novice like Kyu-won? He orders Shin to come after school for an hour every day to listen to his life story. Only then will Shin be able to learn some more depth about traditional music.

HAHAHAH – how is this grandfather the most amusing self-centered person in this entire drama? Though Shin grimaces as he accepts the terms, he knows exactly who to bring along for some revenge – Jun-hee, for lying and causing the scandal to erupt in the first place.

Yoon-su finds Seok-hyun later that day by the lake. She knows full well that he hasn’t caught anything, but instead of trying to convince him to be more productive and come back to school, she chooses to support him no matter what. Unfortunately, back at school all the sponsors are backing out after they heard Seok-hyun quit. Tae-joon promises the Chancellor that he’ll convince the sponsors, since he has too much pride to go to Seok-hyun and beg the guy to come back.

Hee-joo is another one who’s pissed at the new developments. She wants her mom to get Seok-hyun back. Even if Kyu-won comes back to the performance, does her mother have so little faith in her? After all, Kyu-won is an understudy, not the main actress. She also has her voice back – or so she says…

That evening, Seok-hyun apologizes to Yoon-su, firstly because proposals are something men should do. Aiee! He sounds like he’s about to propose to Yoon-su when they’re interrupted by a well-timed phone call; the Chancellor wants Yoon-su to bring Seok-hyun to school the next day. Though Seok-hyun stubbornly says he won’t go back, Yoon-su knows he’s itching to.

Turns out, the Chancellor has brought Seok-hyun and Hee-joo’s mother together for a meeting. Hee-joo’s mother asks him to just forget all his hatred towards her and concentrate on the performance. She will even acquiesce to having Kyu-won back as an understudy.

Not knowing all this is Tae-joon and the rest of the performance team. They’re all still moody about having a new director, and Sa-rang just wishes Hee-joo could quit. When Tae-joon orders them all to get ready for practice, Hee-joo surprisingly refuses to move. She doesn’t acknowledge Tae-joon as a director – and BAM! The rehearsal room doors open and Seok-hyun makes his way in.

The entire performance team rushes towards him and smother him with hugs. Heh – in your face Tae-joon. Hee-joo doesn’t hug Seok-hyun, but she doesn’t hide her smile. Now that the performance is once again in good hands, everyone eagerly gets up to practice.

Tae-joon is furious and he goes to Hee-joo’s mother, demanding an explanation. She basically calls him an incompetent ass; if only he were any good the sponsors wouldn’t have pulled out from the performance. He tries to blackmail her by saying he’ll leak information about the two of them framing Seok-hyun and Kyu-won, but Hee-joo’s mother calls him out on his petty jealousies.

Lucky for him, he manages to discover that Hee-joo is having trouble with her voice. He follows her all the way to the hospital, where she’s getting a check-up. Hee-joo has a vocal chord infection, and because it’s so bad she’s going to need surgery. The doctor advises her to not strain her voice any further. Oh well… princess is falling far from her high podium.

Practice isn’t going very well though, as the team is out of sync. Seok-hyun orders everyone to pack their bags – they’re all going to have to stay over the weekend at the school and practice nonstop.

When Shin goes home, he remembers the photos that he took in Jeju. He looks at them again, and realizes that they mysterious girl he saw near the lighthouse was in fact Kyu-won. So when Kyu-won goes to the bus stop dragging her broken pink luggage, he picks it up for her as they board the bus, and then stands next to her indifferently.

It’s all so deja-vu-ish, and Kyu-won finally realizes that’s how the two of them met at the airport in Jeju. They smile fondly at finally remembering each other, and when Kyu-won sees the pictures, she says that he pursued her first.

Too right you are. From the first moment you two met at the airport, you both became the OTP.

Shin leans in towards her – so he pursued her first huh? Kyu-won looks nervous, but he tells her to relax. Bo-woon will be there any minute. He snaps his fingers.

“Kyu-won! Kyu-won!” HAHA – I love this girl. Bo-woon comes upon them and suddenly worries that she intruded again. Shin tells her that he expects her at moments like these now, so Bo-woon simply fulfilled her role. She makes him promise not to exact revenge on her again!

Tae-joon comes in during practice, wanting to watch in particular the duet between Ki-young and Hee-joo. Realizing that she can’t strain her voice, Hee-joo fibs bout not having memorized the lyrics. Hah – yeah right, but that’s enough for Tae-joon to work with. He later meets with Hee-joo’s mother, even though she doesn’t want anything to do with him.

Tae-joon advises the mother to ask Hee-joo if she’s really well – because you know, it’ll be disastrous if Hee-joo lost her voice and can’t sing…

Hee-joo’s mother orders her to come home and confronts her. She finally breaks down in tears and admits that she can’t really sing. Completely frustrated and angry, her mother makes a drastic move. She wants the Chancellor to cancel the performance.

Back at the school, everyone’s relishing the sleepover on campus, and they get Sa-rang to tell one of her ghost stories. Apparently, there’s a ghost that roams the college halls, but anyone who sees it will succeed in whatever they want to do. The girls want to go hunt for the ghost – maybe then, the 100th Anniversary performance can be a big hit! Kyu-won is scared though, but is pressured to go along with them.

Soo-myung overhears the girls’ plans and quickly rounds up the boys. What’s better than searching for the ghost with the girls? To be the ghost themselves! He rounds up all the boys’ cellphones – none of them are allowed to call any of the girls on the team and let them know what’s happening. Shin refuses to relinquish his phone, but Soo-myung already saw his teddy bear charm peeking out of his pocket. Gotta hand it over, boy.

The girls huddle together in the dark halls, calling out for the ghost to appear. Kyu-won lags behind, and when she pauses to answer a text from her Grandpa, she loses the rest of the girls.

Meanwhile the boys are all dressed in various costumes and masks, excited to scare the girls out of their wits. Shin isn’t in a disguise though, and he knows that Kyu-won is easily frightened.

Kyu-won tiptoes through the halls fearfully, when suddenly someone covers her mouth and grabs her from behind. When she’s released, Kyu-won is ready to scream – but it’s only Shin! He’s mad at her for actually going along with the girls on this little group activity without telling him first. (Um – may I remind you that you don’t have your phone, so you wouldn’t have known either way?)

He needs to punish her for not listening to him – by pecking her on the cheek! That’s punishment?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME? Dude – for this crime, you should be kissing her on the lips!

The girls creep through the halls as the boys reach the same corner from the opposite direction. Of all things – the two groups end up frightening each other to death! The girls scream in horror at the boys’ costumes, and the boys scream like little girls when they see the girls lit by a flashlight. They all run in various directions, but one of the boys gets caught by Sa-rang and her crew. They beat the poor “ghost” until they get a good look at his face – it’s Soo-myung! HAH!

Meanwhile, Kyu-won and Shin are sharing a quiet moment out on the terrace, looking up in the night sky. Kyu-won wonders if they could see a shooting star. She wants to wish that the performance will go well, and Shin says he’ll wish for that too. He then hugs her from behind. UGHHH – I am so jealous. Insanely jealous.

The next morning, Seok-hyun wakes up the tired students with a few morning exercises out on the field, like jumping jacks! Heh. After exercises he tells them all to assemble in the halls by 9am, which freaks out the Three Angry Girls because, well, they won’t have time to put on make-up!

Suddenly Soo-myung runs up to them. Bad news: the show has been canceled.


OK – let me just say that Shin is one of the awesomest boyfriends I’ve seen so far in K-dramas. (There’s Lee Min Ki in Dalja’s Spring and Lee Jung Jin in 9 End 2 Outs on the list too.) So I just want to give some space to do this:


Sorry – needed to spazz about how freaking awesome he was.

Back to the drama. Everything was pretty predictable, but I have to say that Tae-joon’s jealousy knows no bounds – and it’s annoying. At first I had thought he was going to be a difficult but complicated character; he didn’t like Seok-hyun, but he had acknowledged Seok-hyun’s talents. I thought he was going to be a difficult boss, but not unreasonable. Now he’s turned into a one-dimensionally evil, unreasonable, pain-in-the-ass department head. What’s even worse is that he keeps at it, even though everyone around him can see that he’s just jealous. Why are people bothering to listen to him?! I wish more of the characters were like Yoon-su and weren’t so insecure in their beliefs of Seok-hyun or Hee-joo, because insecurity is what Tae-joon thrives on.

Which brings me to Hee-joo’s mother. She’s the worst mother one could have because she’s the least supportive parent out there. She forces her daughter on one road, but she clears the obstacles on that path so that Hee-joo doesn’t have to do any work. At least with Grandpa, even though he is forcing Kyu-won down a certain path, he’s making her work her way through, and achieve everything by herself. Nevertheless, it’s because of this woman’s idiotic, one-sided brain that we have any conflict in this series, so I’ll grumble quietly about her.

As for Jun-hee, I’m really glad he finally stepped up and told the truth. It’s gratifying to see him choose friendship over love. Though he is still hung up over Hee-joo, he clearly respects and likes Kyu-won more, and that’s why he told the truth. Thank goodness for friends. They’re there whenever you need them, even when you don’t need them (cough*Bo-woon*cough).

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