Before I get started, I would like to apologize for not adding the awesome moment when Baek Hee got back at the convenient store ahjumma for accusing her daughter falsely. Unfortunately, I didn’t see the epilogue and that scene, although classic didn’t make it to yesterday’s top 10. Never fear though, because if today’s epilogue scene is amazing as well, you can bet it would be going into the top 10 moments. Now, onto today’s episode.
Sometimes you find validation in the most unexpected places. Baek Hee starts to slowly but surely show her real self. Ok Hee realizes that her potential fathers are actually a pretty decent lot. Who knew? Ki Joon’s still being shitty but we all came here for the amazingness that is Baek Hee, her daughter and the men who have all loved her at one point or the other.
Top 10 Moments:
- Jong Myung is a sore loser
Picking up from where we left off in yesterday’s episode, it’s the past and Jong Myung is pissed that Baek Hee chose Bum Ryong over him. Determined to ruin it all since he won’t get the girl anyway he pays some boys to make a tape of Baek Hee and sure enough, the next day’s news report is about a girl in red socks who is a known delinquent, smokes a lot and is engaged in a lot of fights. She was also caught dancing at a club and now everyone wants to know who the delinquent is. Whilst Doo Shik grumbles about buying love with power and leaving the scene, Bum Ryong notices the camcorder trained on Baek Hee and goes to investigate. Jong Myung uses the opportunity to chance in on Baek Hee’s dance to inform her that he loves her and wouldn’t let her ride into the sunset with Bum Ryong. She waves him off and Jong Myung corners Bum Ryong in the restroom to threaten him. He’s just about to give Bum Ryong a pulled ligament when Baek Hee breaks her way into the room, fire extinguisher in hand, ready to kick some ass. Bum Ryong is able to get her to calm down, and they’re both about to leave when Jong Myung insults Baek Hee by calling her used goods. Then, the fight is on and the two of them proceed to beat the crap out of Jong Myung and his cronies.
2. Doo Shik adds himself to the baby daddy pool & Bum Ryong gets godfather duty
Turns out the former leader of the Becky clique (the dimwitted ones Ok Hee thrashed in the last episode) is Doo Shik’s and Jang Mi’s daughter. When they’re called in by the principal to witness the video evidence, Doo Shik is more interested in whether or not Ok Hee’s dominant foot is her left. (First time I’m hearing this but I’m guessing it’s the same way one is asked whether one is right-handed or left-handed) The principal, his wife and his daughter are shocked at this weird and totally not related to the tongue lashing they were expecting him to give question while Ok Hee is delighted that Bum Ryong showed up for the principal meeting and introduces him as her godfather (Hahaha). Bum Ryong is shocked into silence and even Jang Mi knows that Baek Hee has no idea that her daughter called Bum Ryong in as her godfather. Even better, Ok Hee has no idea that her mother is Baek Hee, so although she knows that Baek Hee is the founder of Becky’s clique and the one Bum Ryong broke Doo Shik’s front teeth over, she’s still in the dark about Baek Hee’s true identity (this is going to be soo good).
3. Baek Hee’s not helping her daughter’s self esteem.
Okay with helping her out on the first day, Bum Ryong categorically tells Ok Hee that she shouldn’t expect him to help her out again: she has to tell her mother so her mum can start picking her up from school, as per the the rules of her punishment. It’s then that Ok Hee admits that in former school, she always got into trouble, and whenever the teachers called for her mother, Baek Hee never showed up. Even after school had closed for the day and both the parents and teachers have left, she would be the only one left, till the janitor would come to get her so he can lock up for the day, hence the nickname (Wow. That’s sad. Baek Hee, is there any particular reason why you’re staying away? It’s because you don’t want to behave badly and embarrass your daughter isn’t it?). Things end up getting so bad that even her friends’ parents claim that their children are nice and give pointed looks in Ok Hee’s direction as being the root cause of all the trouble, and through it all, Baek Hee wouldn’t defend her ugly duckling daughter. And that is why Ok Hee keeps getting into trouble (awww. It’s her SOS signal to her mother, not like Baek Hee is aware of that).
4. Bum Ryong steps up to the plate
After listening to her sob story, Bum Ryong takes Ok Hee out to eat (and just like we concluded in the first episode, this girl loves her food). As she digs into her food, he explains that from now on, should she be called in by the school and her mother can’t come, or should she be accused falsely, she can call him and just like the self proclaimed godfather that he is, he will show up in five minutes tops (Awww). Ok Hee beams to hear him say that and then laughs as she tells him that quite a lot of the men in the town are nosy (you don’t say, and you have no idea), but she likes the attention, especially because it doesn’t stem from hatred.
5. Jong Myong and Ok Hee share some crazy in common
Jong Myong meets with Ki Joon to ask him if he would still have been fertile years before the prognosis that had proclaimed him infertile was made five years prior. Ki Joon says sure no problem and gives him a knowing smile as he asks him if he’s recently discovered that he’s a father. To resolve the issue, Ki Joon offers to conduct a DNA test and says he would even do it just because it’s Jong Myong who doesn’t recognize him (okay, firstly, can a urologist conduct DNA test? Also, how much of an outcast must Ki Joon have been for nobody to recognize him. And is that why he’s acting like this? To get payback for the shitty way he was treated as a child?) Whilst Jong Myong is probably plotting how best to get a DNA sample from Ok Hee, Ok Hee’s on the ferry with Doo Shik, Jang Mi and their daughter. He so obviously considers Ok Hee his favorite and makes no attempt to hide it. Ok Hee on the other hand, shares her plan with her new friend to get out of the town, head to Seol and become a star. Why does that dream sound familiar? Oh yes. That was what her mother too wanted to be when she grew up. Wow Baek Hee, you really spat this one out didn’t you. She’s you to the core from the multicolored hair to the big dreams.
6. Ki Joon’s a shitty father. Ok Hee’s not that much different
Or step-father, considering we don’t know yet if he’s Ok Hee’s biological father. When Ok Hee gets back home, she demands lunch money from Baek Hee. Baek Hee who is angry that Ok Hee has been demanding money of late (she has no idea Ok Hee has to raise 500 dollars for her audition money), snaps at her and accuses of trying to use the money to cause some trouble. When Ok Hee tries to bring up her dreams of becoming a singer, not only does Ok Hee say that she won’t allow her to be a singer, she adds insult to injury by claiming that everyone thinks they can become a singer when that’s not the case. It’s especially hurtful for Ok Hee who tells Baek Hee that she can’t say that seeing that Baek Hee has never heard her sing. She compares her moving out of the house to the ugly duckling having to move out of the life she knows so she can blossom when she’s away from all that negativity. Her stomping off leads to Ki Joon coming out of the room, and Ok Hee practically freezes as Ki Joon basically says her voice is scratchy and annoying, and then hands her money to keep her mouth shut and get her out of the way (yeah. Make it more obvious that you know she’s not yours Ki Joon! Ass). Baek Hee who has made it a habit of defending her daughter when Ok Hee’s not there to see it, tosses the pile of clothes she’s carrying in Ki Joon’s smug face and tells him to do his laundry from that day on. She adds that she didn’t ask Ki Joon to be a great father just a decent one and he can’t even pull that off even though Ok Hee hasn’t had a dad in the first fourteen years of her life and so was happy to accept him as her father (A-ha. Stepfather! Although, Ki Joon is an insult to all the amazing stepfathers out there). Ki Joon says he can’t accept her because she reminds him of someone and she’s becoming more like him (the person she reminds him of) every single day. So it’s one of the three then.
7. Camping with the family?
Even if her home situation is a mess, Ok Hee thankfully has others willing to take her underneath their fold, which is why Bum Ryong’s dementia suffering mother, who keeps hitting Baek Hee and calling her a witch every time she sees her, comes over to the house to invite Ok Hee to the camping site where they’re all gathered (they being Bum Ryong, his mother and Doo Shik?) to eat the sea squirt that Bum Ryong’s mother caught as they gaze at the night sky. Bum Ryong’s mother seems particularly taken with Ok Hee who she feeds sea squirt. When Ok Hee ends up liking to the food, she says sagely that nobody in her family hates sea squirt. Before Ok Hee can connect the dots to what grandma is saying Doo Shik changes the topic. Soon grandmother is having Ok Hee pour her a drink as she wants her to do so when she’s of clear mind and because it’s on her bucket list (Awww) and Bum Ryong can only watch the two women talk. Doo Shik interrupts the moment to attempt to feed Ok Hee and Jong Myung shows up with mudfish for her to eat. Ok Hee is touched at that moment (and why wouldn’t she? When she’s not had love at home, and yet here are three uncles who obviously love her and don’t see her as a screwup) and puts the pieces together that it’s about time she finds out who her father is, as she stares at the three men.
8. Ok Hee does an evaluation of her potential fathers
Starting with Bum Ryong who Ok Hee calls to come with her to a pawn shop where she intends to sell the gold ring her mother gave her when she was in middle school, to raise money for her audition. Bum Ryong recognizes the ring (I’m betting he gave it to Baek Hee) and asks Ok Hee exactly why her mother gave the ring. When she answers that it was because it was the only piece of gold jewelry her mother had then, plus she said it was tacky, Bum Ryong, slighted, hands it back to her with a scowl (Hahaha). When she asks if he knows anything about the ring, he immediately denies it and tries to backtrack. Except, he gets so involved when the pawn shop owner tries to rip her off that he starts naming the specs of the ring (dude, not helping your whole I know nothing act). Ok Hee adds him to her list as candidate 1 and sums him up as easy to fool (that’s about right). He ends up lending her the money instead of allowing her to sell the ring which… Awww. Next up is Jong Myung who stands up for her when one of her customers (the store owner’s stealing son) is mean to her, and shouts at those smoking outside the window to cut it out, all so the smoke won’t bother her. He apparently comes to the arcade (where she works) everyday and even brought her a big white fluffy teddy, claiming that someone gifted it to him (idiot! Hahaha) and then proceeds to do the work she’s meant to be doing (i.e. unclogging the toilet and cleaning the floors. Chai dude, the Japanese have a word for you: Baka! Baka! Hahaha). She sums him up as the candidate who wants her to learn from his mistakes, in other words: a nag. Of course, stupid Jong Myung who has just as stupid accomplices gets caught trying to nab her hair for a DNA test. Smart Ok Hee catches him in the act and then sells strands of her hair to him for cash. (Bwahahaha. This girl is a hoot. I luff her; luff her!) And finally we have Doo Shik who spots Ok Hee doing the school’s gardening as punishment, and takes the job away from her, to do it himself (Wow. All of them are suckers. Rofl. That little girl is just using you all). He presses to learn her blood type but is disappointed when he learns her blood type is ‘B’ unlike his ‘A’. He does perk up when he learns that Baek Hee’s blood type is ‘B’, meaning he’s not out of the running and then interprets Ok Hee’s request for a job at his place as a need to connect with him, instead of what it really is: he pays more money by the hour. Ok Hee summarizes that Doo Shik is the candidate who treats all girls like they’re his own. And the crowning piece, he pays her 10 times the hourly rate (Wowza! 60 dollars an hour? That’s a whole lot of cheddar). All these leads to her concluding that her for these to be her potential fathers, her mother is definitely more attractive and interesting than she would have imagined. Duck for cover Baek Hee. Your truth will soon come pouring out.
9. Baek Hee loses her cool on national TV
Whilst trying to sell her famous jeotgal on a home shopping channel, the negative comments that Baek Hee receives throw her off her game, but she manages to forge through and her co-presenter helps as well. Until a comment someone makes about finding a fly in their jar has Baek Hee losing it as she starts to respond to all the comments, starting from the fact that because of what she sells, she doesn’t need to speak perfect English, nor is a good educational background needed. However, being accused of selling food products with a fly is not something she can take and she asks the man to take a picture of the product with the fly and call her, she would give him a 100 times his money back as a refund (something tells me that’s not a good idea and she would be paying a whole lot of people. Mostly because people are mean and can always stick a fly in the jar to prove a point anyway). She tells the person in the awesome Baek Hee manner that he’d better call her, otherwise she would track him down. She tries to carry on, but a message from a Red Socks Boston that calls her out as the red socks girl has her freezing on set. So of course she is not in the best of moods when she gets to the ferry and Bum Ryong, Jong Myung and Doo Shik are waiting for her. Jung Myung approaches her first to bring up Ok Hee and show her the note Baek Hee had given him that day on the ferry 18 years prior. A flashback shows that in their fight on the ferry, Baek Hee had jumped into the water to retrieve her bracelet and Jong Myung has gone in to rescue her. Except, he couldn’t swim so she ended up rescuing him instead. She’d applied CPR then and when Jong Myung regained consciousness, it was to him naked on a boat, with his clothes hanging out to dry and a note from Baek Hee asking him to forget the previous night just as she’s already done (wait! That’s why you think you’re Ok Hee’s father? You can’t even remember a thing!). Baek Hee scoffs and tosses the note into the sea saying that she wishes she can just forget her past. Next, Doo Shik creeps closer to Baek Hee and asks her about the bracelet and ‘that night’. Baek Hee says she likes him as he’s a nice family man and she wants him to remain that nice family man so she can live rather than have to relieve her incredibly painful past. Bum Ryong though is the only one not to approach her
10. Ok Hee lays it bare and Bum Ryong lays the law
When Baek Hee gets home, the first thing she does is to tell Ok Hee to stay away from the men in the town. Ok Hee however makes her realize that she’s already too late. One of the men is her godfather (Bum Ryong), the second is her best friend (Jong Myung) and the third is her employer (Doo Shik). At Baek Hee’s horrified expression, she comes out to ask her mother which of the men is her father, and demands the truth. Whilst she’s having this talk with Baek Hee, the very same men are having a stroll by the beach and discussing why they’re the ones most likely to be Ok Hee’s father. The conversation is halted though by Bum Ryong who has kept quiet all this while and who tells them that should any of them talk about Baek Hee or Ok Hee, he would shut their mouths permanently. (Awww. Even if by some strange chance he’s not your biological father, Ok Hee, you should keep him. He’s a keeper) When Ok Hee, Jong Myung and Doo Shik still insist on knowing the truth, we’re left with the cliff hanger of Baek Hee and Bum Ryong starting to tell the other party who Ok Hee’s father is. Gah! Why leave it there? Let us know!!!!!!
Character I wanted to bitch slap:
Because dude, no matter how much you hate the guts of whoever you think her father is, you have no right to talk to a child like that. None at all you broke ass, weak ass, sneaky ass, lying ass, smirking ass, manipulative ass punk!
Headache inducing moment:
None. I actually thought the Home shopping channel scene would make it, but nah! It didn’t. No unnecessary headaches in this episode. And thank goodness for that. Too many dramas have been giving me headaches of late.
This episode’s a very pink raspberry Cosmopolitan. It’s light. It’s fluffy. It’s sweet and filled with so many cute moments that make you go: Awwww. Baek Hee chose her crushes & friend well. Very well. Now if only someone can get rid of that ass of an husband for her!