Saturday, January 07, 2012

You’ve Fallen for Me: Episode 9

ACK! Um. I think I should just get on with the episode, yeah?

P.S. Favorite man of the hour? Grandpa. He’s the cutest, most annoying, most meddlesome, and sweetest Grandpa there is.

So Shin confessed – eeeee! But Kyu-won takes it the wrong way; when he can’t answer her about whether he likes her or not, Kyu-won thinks he’s just stringing her along. Just because he’s popular doesn’t mean he can tell a girl to not like him, and then tell her to like him. He tries to tell her she’s misunderstood, but Kyu-won will have none of it. Bo-woon calls just in time, and Kyu-won asks to be taken back to the hospital.

Shin rides back home, confused. Good thing his sister comes barging into his room asking for some more autographs so that she can sell it to her classmates. He asks how she would react if a guy told her to continue liking him. Jung-hyun: “My butt! Who says I like you?” Heh. She tsk-tsks her brother for having bad moves.

Meanwhile, Kyu-won talks to herself in her room, convincing herself not to be shaken by Shin. She is interrupted by a visitor: Seok-hyun. He’s here to present her the lines and lyrics for the starring role, because he wants her to be Hee-joo’s understudy. (Ah – so that’s how he’s keeping her in…) Kyu-won is all, “I don’t want it!” and sounds like a petulant child. Seok-hyun sounds like the patient father, asking if she really means that. Heh – of course not. He also informs her of a team retreat so that everyone can bond. He suggests that she just stay at home and rest, but of course that makes Kyu-won want to go even more, even with her injuries.

The next day, the school Chancellor tells Seok-hyun to play nice. Now that he’s appeased Tae-joon by having Hee-joo as the lead, perhaps they won’t split off and create a new performance team. Seok-hyun grudgingly accepts, and then asks for permission for the trip. Since Tae-joon turned down the offer to chaperone (because he doesn’t want to breathe the same air as Seok-hyun) and Professor Hong is too busy, the Chancellor suggests Yoon-su, which Seok-hyun is only too happy to agree with.

Meanwhile, Tae-joon is stressed thanks to Hee-joo’s mom. His cohort, Kim Young-min, plays devil’s advocate: what could the mother be complaining about if her daughter’s already the lead? And the reason why Kyu-won gets more attention is because she was better! That doesn’t help Tae-joon, and he’s more determined than ever to bring Seok-hyun down. He wants the dirty secrets, and he wants Young-min to get them.

Seok-hyun supervises the practice, and provides some constructive critiques. He tells them to make sure they tap into their deep emotions while singing, rather than trying to appeal to the audience. And then, he gives a demonstration.

*CLAP CLAP!* (The following song is a rip from the episode.) [download]

It’s a moving song that makes Bo-woon gush: if Kyu-won were here, she’d have fallen in love with Seok-hyun. Shin overhears, and he can’t help but think of Kyu-won while Seok-hyun sings.

Seok-hyun wants to make sure that everyone has understood about the emotion part – especially Hee-joo. The Three Angry Girls know that Hee-joo is being targeted for her soulless singing, and make fun of her after practice.

Hee-joo mopes at the playground, angry at their comments but also worrying about it. She gets a call from Seok-hyun, and lies that she’s in a cafe instead of out in the sun. But Seok-hyun catches her there anyways. He wonders why she’s sulking if she got the part, since she’s so good anyways. But he tells her that she’s quite emotionless in her performance because she hasn’t experienced love – the feelings of falling in love, of yearning for a person, of pain, of break-up. She is all technique, but no depth. Hee-joo snipes back – has Kyu-won loved? Is that why she’s so great?

Seok-hyun just says that Kyu-won will be her understudy, whether she likes it or not. He challenges her to break his prejudice towards doll-like actresses – prove to him that she’s better than he thinks she is.

So Hee-joo does a surprising move. She seeks out Ki-young and asks him if he thinks she’s an emotionless doll. He’s amused by her query, not knowing she cared so much, but he’s even more surprised when she asks for his help! She wants him to teach her how to love. (HA! Is this the triangle we’re going for?) Though Ki-young hasn’t really experienced love much, he’s acknowledged as a talented actor, so she wants Ki-young’s help. In secret, of course. Her pride can’t handle more than that. Ki-young simply marvels at the change in her.

Meanwhile Shin goes to visit Kyu-won in the hospital. She’s not pleased to see him, but he reminds her that he still needs tutoring. As Kyu-won goes over the notes in an angry tone, she eventually gets on his nerves – why is she so mad at him? Kyu-won: “Do you still have to ask? Are you slow?” Annoyed, Shin stands up – he’ll go and find someone else to tutor him instead.

He rides back to school, looking hurt. (Yes – I read that emotion on his face!) He announces to his bandmates that they’re no longer practicing with the Wind Flowers, which bums them out, ’cause, yunno, they liked those girls. Too bad though – they’re forced to follow Shin’s whims. I love that everyone always assumes that if he or Kyu-won change their plans suddenly, it’s always because they fought, and not because of any excuse/reason they may give.

Kyu-won’s father and Grandpa bring her home from the hospital, and they bump into Shin outside. Shin greets them politely, and Kyu-won quickly whispers to her father that he’s the “Arrogant Prince” she always talks about. The father says hi, not having met his ex-girlfriend’s son ever, but then has to rush off to teach. Grandpa wants to have a word with Shin, since he heard about the boy mixing traditional and western music for the performance. Kyu-won tries to get Shin to leave, but he thinks Grandpa will be a better tutor than her.

And what is Grandpa’s idea of tutoring? He goes into his whole spiel about his own history of how he became a famous singer – exactly what he told Seok-hyun! Heehee! Kyu-won and I enjoy watching Shin grimace in pain, having sat on his crossed legs for too long listening to a boooooring history of this Grandpa’s life.

Kyu-won gets a call from Bo-woon, and confirms that she’ll go to the team camping trip. Now they can arrange something to do for the talent show together! Just before Grandpa is about to tell his story (from 14 to his twenties), Kyu-won decides to interrupt. You have no idea how relieved Shin looks to see her. She reminds Grandpa that Shin needs to study, so he can tell his story another day. Now who’s the better tutor, huh Lee Shin?

As for Grandpa, he muses over who is the better candidate for his granddaughter, since both men have endured his test of listening and endurance: Shin is good, but he’s in a band. Seok-hyun isn’t in a band, but he’s too old… HEE!!

The next day, Kyu-won basically leaves the house all packed up and ready to go for the camping trip. Though Grandpa tries to stop her, she pouts and begs, and promises not to do anything to hurt herself. Grandpa finally lets her go, but then he quickly makes a phone call to Seok-hyun. He drops hints about how folk songs are best heard at beaches and/or the woods, but Seok-hyun doesn’t get it. Grandpa hangs up, furious; how could Seok-hyun not realize that he wanted to go on this trip too?! Seok-hyun is out of the running!

When Kyu-won leaves her house, she bumps into Shin. They’re the first ones at the meeting spot for the bus, but don’t talk to each other at all. As for Jun-hee, he’s waiting to catch Hee-joo to make sure that she joins in on the trip as well. They all laugh as Sa-rang (the main leader of the Three Angry Girls) struggles with her two heavy luggages, wondering what on earth she could be bringing.

Soo-myung is going on this trip too, and he marvels at how punctual the students are when it comes to having fun. They all board the bus, and Sa-rang eyes a seat next to Soo-myung. He places his bag on the empty seat and says it’s already reserved. Heh.

Shin tries to find people to sit with too, but no one wants to share a row with him. He finds a seat next to Kyu-won, and before she can protest, he sits down: “There’s no room. I have no choice.” And then he closes his eyes and “falls asleep.”

Yoon-su boards the bus as well, and is met with great whoops from all the boys (minus Shin). Soo-myung lets her sit next to him, which makes Sa-rang pout with envy.

Young-min has gotten the dirt on Seok-hyun. Back in Broadway, Seok-hyun had gotten into a scandal with a lead actress. He kicked out the original lead actress for a play and replaced her with a nobody. However, that ‘nobody’ was actually really talented, and it ended up being good for the performance. But then people spread nasty rumors, so the ‘nobody’ and Seok-hyun ended up quitting. Young-min thinks that the rumors got to Seok-hyun in the end, but Tae-joon disagrees. However, this is useful enough for them to go to the media with.

The team arrives at camp, and girls and boys are split into two houses. While Sa-Rang asks for Soo-myung’s help in carrying her luggages, he flatly rejects her and offers to help carry Yoon-su’s small bag. (Heehee. This is such a random love triangle the drama is throwing at us…) But it turns out Sa-rang was carrying a lot of supplies – toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, you name it. And since Hee-joo hadn’t packed anything, she purchases the necessities from them, even if they’re ripping her off.

Seok-hyun arrives with all the food, pans, and supplies, but he forgot to bring fruit because Yoon-su didn’t write it down on the list. (Men…) He gathers the entire cast into a small performance room and has them yell out their dreams.

Hee-joo: “I’m going to be the best actress in Korea!”

Ki-young: “I’ll be on Broadway one day!”

Kyu-won: “I’ll do my best at the 100th Anniversary performance!”

Sa-rang: “I’m going to be Soo-myung’s girlfriend!”

Soo-myung: “NO WAY!”

Shin takes a stroll outside the compound and sees Yoon-su. He’s about to pass her silently when she stops him to say that she’s looking forward to hearing his ending song. She’s reaching out to him this time (as a teacher) instead of the other way around, which is good for both sides. She notes that he’s happier now, and he apologizes for having been annoying to her before. (Besides, he’s got a new “someone” to annoy.)

Kyu-won escapes in a large room to rest and sit down. And who shall come to antagonize her but Shin. He’s checking up on her, but since she insists she’s fine, he wants her to scooch over so that he can sit at her spot. Grudgingly, she moves over for the big baby. On the other end of the spectrum, Jun-hee comes bounding in with Hee-joo and he lays down a mat for her to sit on. Now that’s someone you should learn from, Lee Shin.

However, Soo-myung interrupts the four of them. He needs two people to cook, and another two to get the watermelon. Jun-hee the Food Lover volunteers himself and Hee-joo on kitchen staff, and Shin gets the keys from Soo-myung to go to the market. Though Kyu-won is tired, she has no choice but to go under the watchful eyes of Soo-myung.

Shin and Kyu-won bump into Yoon-su and Seok-hyun. They bid them a safe trip, and Yoon-su notes that Shin must like Kyu-won. Seok-hyun can’t believe that, and a cloud covers his expression. HMMMMM – more tension?

In the kitchen, Hee-joo can’t cook for her life, and she accidentally cuts her finger. Jun-hee immediately sucks her finger to stop the bleeding, much to her chagrin. He dashes to get a Doraemon band-aid from his bag, and applies it, singing “Heal quickly~!” to her finger. Hee-joo is touched, and she finds out that Jun-hee usually sings that song to his sickly mother nowadays. Since Hee-joo can’t slice, Jun-hee has her wash the rice.

In the marketplace, Kyu-won goes from seller to seller, wanting to get the best deal for the watermelons. Shin gets impatient, and he starts walking ahead of her. That’s when Kyu-won starts to feel the pain on her waist. She tries to call Shin to wait, but since he ignores her, she just goes into a nearby pharmacy and purchases a pain relieving patch.

Shin turns around and realizes she’s no longer behind him. Immediately, he grows worried, and starts retracing their steps. He completely misses her in the pharmacy, and so when she steps out, she no longer sees him ahead of her anymore. Kyu-won also didn’t bring her phone. Great. Meanwhile, Shin desperately searches for her through the streets, worried that she might be hurt somewhere.

Back at the camp, Jun-hee painfully bites into a small rock in his rice. The other students all find their rice dirty, and still having some rocks in them. Hee-joo glares at them – she totally did a good job of washing that rice! – that is, until she bites into it herself and finds a rock. Everyone complains about the stew Jun-hee made; no one ever puts cucumbers in the recipe, and not everyone likes what Jun-hee likes in his stew. Jun-hee and Hee-joo glare at all their critics, and pretend everything tastes good to them. Hehe.

It’s already late at night when Shin finally finds Kyu-won at a stall, purchasing a watermelon for $15. She’s happy at having finally gotten a deal, whereas Shin is furious. Does she not know how long he’s been searching for her?! He grabs the watermelon and they head back to the car. Kyu-won asks if he regrets looking for her, but he tells her he was worried sick. She’s already hurt, and he was afraid she might have gotten even more hurt.

He tells her to sit back on the chair so that she can rest her back.

When they finally get back, Shin moodily drops off the watermelon and leaves. Seok-hyun wonders if they fought (again), but Kyu-won sheepishly admits that Shin’s mad he lost her at the market. When they both leave, Yoon-su notes that Shin didn’t look mad, but looked worried. Again, Seok-hyun has that weird conflicted expression on his face.

After dinner, it’s talent show time! Of course, someone performs a lip-sync of “I’m a Loner” (외톨이야) as a nod to C.N. Blue. When it’s time for the Wind Flowers to go on for their dance, Shin grabs her wrist and stops her backstage. He doesn’t want her to go on; she’s too injured. Shin calls from across the stage that Kyu-won will not perform. And with that, the two of them slowly sit at the back of the audience and watch as everyone claps and dances along with the Wind Flowers.

Shin: Don’t be hurt. I’m worried.

And with those words, suddenly the two of them are lost in their own thoughts. The world melts away into silence as the two of them sit next to each other, sneaking glances, painfully aware of the other and yet unable to say aloud what they’re feeling or thinking.

Seok-hyun and Yoon-su go for an evening walk, a momentary escape to “date” while on this trip. Yoon-su thanks him for wanting to start over with her. She’s happy he gave her another chance, and he notes that she’s changed a lot in the six years they were apart. But I wonder – perhaps Seok-hyun has changed too…

Back inside, Soo-myung hands Shin a guitar to play a song for everyone. With a glance at Kyu-won, he breaks into song: “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. (I’m sad he only sings the chorus) [download]

He keeps looking at Kyu-won as he sings, and clearly, the “best friend he’s fallen in love with” is her.

Kyu-won then volunteers to get the watermelon, and Shin immediately follows her. She takes a misstep and sprains her ankle, and Shin is immediately by her side, checking on her injury. Their faces are so close to each other…and Shin starts saying her name. He seems like he’ll say more when both are interrupted by Bo-woon.

That evening, neither of them can fall asleep, and so both of them end up going outside to look at the night sky. He asks after her foot, and she says she’s much better. “Are you really ok, or are you just pretending?” he asks, and she insists she’s telling the truth.

Kyu-won sighs that she was hoping to make a wish on a shooting star. Shin wants to know what her wish is, but she won’t say, keeping it a secret. She asks what wish he’d make; “It’s a secret,” he replies. Heh.

He then holds out his hand to her. Kyu-won looks at it confused, so he takes her hand and holds it.

Shin: Do you want to know what my wish is? It’s for you to like me again.



So. Two episodes. Ending with two confessions. From Shin. WHOAAAAAA! My head could burst! I’ll give him credit for this one though – his second confession came out way better than his first. Instead of giving permission for her to like him, he’s now hoping that she can start liking him, because clearly he likes her. Any confusion she may have had before is getting dispelled by the simple fact that he’s watching out for her.

This entire episode he’s been hovering over her and constantly worried about her and her injuries. In some ways, I can’t stop thinking that parts of the real Jung Yong Hwa is coming out, and he’s just being worried about his friend Park Shin Hye. (Maybe that’s why his acting is getting better…) Though Jung-hyun may think her brother is pathetic with girls, at least Shin isn’t trying to win her heart with stupid antics and little mind games. Instead, his sincerity is what’s pulling him through. I appreciate that about him, because even though he came off as a “cold, arrogant guy” in the beginning, we always knew he was capable of kindness and sincerity through his interactions with Yoon-su and his sister. Therefore, I like this type of growth for him; he is merely revealing another side to Kyu-won, a side he’s always had.

The Hee-joo and Ki-young loveline seems to be interesting, as this episode sets in place future interactions. I’m actually hoping we see more of them next time. This week we’ve built up a lot on Kyu-won and Shin’s relationship; now we should focus on the upcoming play and the conflicts that will play out.

I notice that some people are wondering about the parents’ relationship, and how it will affect our main couple. I’m actually not too worried about that, for the simple fact that I don’t think the parents will get together. While the parents may love each other, I think they’ve moved past the point of getting back together. The Grandpa may prove to be a bigger obstacle to Shin and Kyu-won than the parents because he will need to change his deep-seated prejudices towards western music. Shin and Kyu-won also aren’t siblings, so it’s OK.

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