This show is HOT, HOT, HOT!!! I just don’t know how better to describe what transpired this week. The writer didn’t let the fake breakup stand in the way of our couple showing how hard they’ve fallen for each other. Both of our leads had to stop being afraid of what might happen if they reveal their true feelings, and when they finally did, dang we were given some of the most sizzling scenes in dramaland.
Bubbles, Boys, and Hand Holding
Drama Geek: Their past connection is probably the final hurdle our couple will have to overcome. It was pointed out last week in the comments there were three boys and one girl in the bubble memory. I’m betting on Si An, Ryan, and Eun Gi as the boys. We know Ryan was abandoned and they’ve hinted that Eun Gi’s mom might have ditched him for a while, too. It would be hilarious if Si An was actually her long lost brother or something (I know this won’t be true, but it’s still fun to imagine.)
Clkytta: I think Ryan and Si An are brothers. I’m not 100% sure why, but I feel like they have some kind of familial connection. The only other thing I can think of is maybe they all were at the same orphanage or school or something? I’m still thinking there may have been a brother who died though.
Kmuse: I am not a fan of this whole bubble back story mystery. It feels way too similar to Secretary Kim (The last drama by Park Min Young) and is boring side filler. It lacks the narrative punch that I personally like.
MiataMama: Let’s reveal the mysterious back story already – 빨리해!!! (Hurry!!) Personally, I’m rooting for Ryan and Si An to be brothers. This way she can marry Ryan and have Si An as her brother-in-law. Or maybe that might be a little weird and awkward. Either way, brothers.
Karie the Maknae: I’m rooting for the brothers angle too. I have my speculations, but at this point, I’m willing to just sit back and see what the story reveals — there isn’t the suspense to the background this time like there was with Secretary Kim.
Kdrama Jen: I can’t unsee the Secretary Kim parallels, and that is not just because it is the same actress. I am not a huge fan of the tragic backstory/destined-lovers-since-birth storyline. Like, seriously, can’t two people just meet for the first time as adults and fall in love?
Lunch for Two, Please.
Drama Geek: The problem with their fake breakup is that there were real emotions and they are now flying around all over the place. Ryan is confused and she’s just upset. I LOVE how her friend jumps in and comforts her right away, and covered for her while she hid behind the counter. The poor office workers don’t know what to do with them anymore.
Clkytta: A good bestie will look the man who hurt you straight in the eye and offer him something he’s allergic to so he will go away. The confusion between both of our leads is palpable and I’m really hating the second lead girl for causing this chaos.
Kmuse: I like that even when they are hurt and confused they don’t lash out at each other. Awkwardness abounds but no cruelty. I also enjoy our OTP try to figure out how to deal with a break up that wasn’t a real breakup.
MiataMama: This office romance is giving the bystanders some crazy whiplash. Our intrepid museum staff stepped up to help smooth over the awkwardness between our OTP. Too bad it backfired and left everyone twisting their lunch napkins uncomfortably.
Karie the Maknae: Someday I want a best friend like Seon Joo. She is AMAZING and fierce and I love her. And I don’t blame Deok Mi and Ryan for being confused about the breakup — I would be too!
Kdrama Jen: I kind of feel like you might already have some besties like Seon Joon, Karie! Ahem… Pretty sure your fellow fangirls would gladly offer anyone who crossed you a cup of something nasty.
I Want that Lion!
Drama Geek: I love his relationship with her parents and the crocheted lion was so adorable. At this point, I really have no idea how she doesn’t know he likes her. This man is not burdened by you at all.
Clkytta: He genuinely likes her family. This guy is the whole package. He doesn’t care about her “hobby” and he isn’t inconvenienced by her family and their quirks. He’s so obvious that he’s interested, I agree with Drama Geek, how does SHE not know?
Kmuse: This was the sweetest picnic. The parents love him so much and his enjoyment of their presence just gives me warm fuzzies.
MiataMama: This was seriously my most favorite moment of the week. As someone who dabbles in amigurumi crochet, I totally squeed when she gave him the little stuffed lion. LOVED IT!!! Can I please adopt her as my 엄마 (Mom)?!
Karie the Maknae: Mom’s lion for the win!! So adorable. I can see where Deok Mi doesn’t quite trust Ryan’s interest in her parents’ passions and hers (eventually), since she’s been surrounded by nay-sayers all her life (i.e. her mom with her dad’s rock collection).
Kdrama Jen: So, I am furiously Googling ” amigurumi crochet” because: A.) I had no idea what it was and B.) I had no idea Miata Mama “dabbled” in this craft. I am thinking we are all getting some amigurumi lions for our birthdays!
Drama Geek: When Si An sweetly calls out “Curator Noona”, I picture Suga from BTS doing that to me, and it makes me giggle. Hey, this show is all about the fangirl’s dream, why can’t I have a little make-believe?
Clkytta: Si An brings out all the hidden (or not so hidden) fangirl in all of us. I love how he appreciates his “Curator Noona” and has no clue that she’s his biggest fan. I can’t wait until that is revealed and the mutual lovefest that will follow. He really appreciates all that she does in his fan cafe.
Kmuse: This is every fangirl, at least a healthy fangirl’s, dream come true. I think we all wish that our biases appreciate our devotion in this way.
MiataMama: Okay Si An, I concede. You’re slowly, but surely, winning me over. Please give Curator Noona ALL the love, once you find out who she really is. . . .
Karie the Maknae: This is NOT the part where I point out that I knew he would be adorable from the beginning. *ahem* I’m glad he’s living up to my expectations!
Kdrama Jen: Si An is really sweet. I am glad he appreciates Curator Noona AND the photographer who captures his energy and posts in the fan cafe. I love how this drama not only shows the life of a mature fangirl, but also lets us all indulge our fangirl fantasies just a bit. I mean, wouldn’t it be AWESOME to have a real reason to meet up with your favorite star or idol?
Real Kisses, and Beyond
Drama Geek: I really appreciated that their real kiss was initiated without Ryan reading her message to Latte. They both had to step out of their comfort zone and be brave. And WOWZA, did it pay off. Then when they snuck back to the other area and continued their kissing, I just about died. But what solidified my love for this scene was after the kiss. In dramaland that space between them showing that burst of emotion and what happens right after is almost always left to our imagination. They felt like such a real couple, and they were both awkward and comfortable with each other. It was delicious.
Clkytta: Forget the fan, I needed an air conditioner when that kiss happened! They
Kmuse: I was totally expecting this to be because of the text so I agree that the natural way it developed was better. Their kissing also felt very natural and them wanting to make out for a bit made the moment even more swoonworthy.
MiataMama: I don’t think I appreciated the kiss as much as I could/should have. Why? Because I was just waiting for another fake-out. Yes, our OTP has undeniably great chemistry. And yes, it was a very swoon-worthy kiss scene. But, too many prior teases spoiled the real deal for me. Blah.
Karie the Maknae: This scene was really well done, even with the cliche stars on the ceiling from the lightstick. Also, CHEMISTRY. These two rock!
Kdrama Jen: I was a bit disgruntled last week with all the fake kisses, but I am completely satisfied with the way they made up for it! These two have oodles of chemistry and I just love how they are together. I may have some minor complaints about plot, but the OTP is hitting all the right notes for me.
Drama Geek: Can we please take a moment and talk about how after their kiss she went home and wanted a video of it so she could replay it then make a GIF out of it. The exact thing those talented enough did the moment the episode was over. Go on Tumblr and I bet you’ll find plenty of the woodshop moments out there.
Clkytta: Anyone else
Kmuse: Once a fangirl always a fangirl.
MiataMama: I so very much appreciate these fangirl moments – her thoughts are my thoughts.
Karie the Maknae: I have to second Clkytta’s observation — Ryan is starting to take over her Si An displays, and I absolutely love it.
Kdrama Jen: This is what sets this drama apart in my mind. The central plot and backstory may seem humdrum and overdone, but the way the fangirl life of an adult woman is shown from so many angles, and the way we see the evolution of Deok Mi’s feelings for Ryan through the lens of a fangirl is really unique. And as an adult fangirl, I can completely relate!
OTP MOMENT SQUEALS
Drama Geek: What is better than two people in love who are openly attracted to each other, and want nothing more than to spend every waking hour together? On top of being super adorable with one another, I loved that they finally addressed the second lead issues. Ryan gently tried to open her eyes to Eun Gi’s affections (something I think her BFF maybe should have done) and then she pushed right back on his questionable relationship.
Clkytta: Honesty and being up front with each other and each other’s flaws is sexy. The second lead issues are real issues and will continue to be a problem. I don’t trust second lead girl one bit, and Not the Brother is clumsy in his way of dealing with his messy emotions which can only lead to a major heartache. Talking about what’s happening is not only smart, but I love when there isn’t all the stupid confusion because people don’t talk about what they are worrying about.
Kmuse: Ugh. I wish that we could just pretend the 2nd lead problem didn’t exist. We need more kisses and less stupid characters.
MiataMama: I agree with Kmuse. The second leads need to go away already! AND I’m annoyed with her bestie. Why didn’t she say something when she realized Not the Brother was going to cause trouble?! I need happy times with my OTP. 지금!! (NOW!)
Karie the Maknae: As annoying as the second leads are, I can see why our main leads have to deal with them — they have to make a clean break so they can start with this new relationship.
Kdrama Jen: I know there are flaws in the plot, but I am too blinded by the sizzling kisses and heated glances to care about second leads. It is more than the kisses, though. I love that Ryan has continued to care about Deok Mi and look out for her. So, about those kisses… Is anyone else hoping they will re-enact the blindfold scene for realsies?
Oh No, He Didn’t
Drama Geek: Okay, am I the only one who didn’t exactly understand what Seon Joo’s husband’s piece was about? I think he made fun of fangirls, but maybe the version I watched didn’t translate what the headline was, and then they blurred out the picture. Either way, the husband sold her out to further his career and it made me sad.
Clkytta: That rat was doing a story on rabid fangirls and he totally sold Seon Joo out. No high dollar purse is going to make it so I’d forgive him. She’s been so supportive of him too. He knew what was going to go down and I’m not so sure they are going to recover from this.
Kmuse: He is by far the least developed character of the drama. And you know it is bad if he is more annoying than the stupid art girl and 2nd place boy.
MiataMama: Stabbing your significant other in the back? Nope, that’s not gonna end well. At this point, I don’t want their marriage to fall apart, but I am also not that invested in this side plot either. . . so, *shrugs*
Karie the Maknae: I just don’t even know what to do with the husband. He’s gonna grovel for sure . . . .
Kdrama Jen: I am trying to see this as a plot device. We have multiple perspectives of fangirling and the ways other view them. We have the views from the different Mom perspectives. It appears having an obsessive hobby is kind of a genetic thing for Deok Mi. We have Cindy’s mom who thinks it is completely unhealthy. Then, we have the men. Eu Gi seems to use the fact that he knows about Deok Mi’s fangirling as leverage. He seems to think others would ridicule Deok Mi if they knew about it, and he seems almost amused by it. We have bestie’s hubby and the way he used his wife’s fangirling to further his career (totally not cool). I thought he sort of appreciated where his wife was coming from, but I can see now he never really understood. Then, we have Ryan. He not only accepts Deok Mi’s fangirling, he has openly supported it (without her knowing–yet). I love that we get to see all of these different reactions to the fangirl life because they all represent what so many of us have experienced in reality. I certainly have people who hear I traveled across the country to see a Kpop group and they kind of smile indulgently (Eun Gi). I have some people who openly disapprove (Cindy’s mom) and I have a husband who offers to watch the kids, mans several computers the day tickets go on sale, and encourages me to go be with my Kbesties (Ryan). Well, Ryan hasn’t done all that, but I can imagine him doing that. So, as annoyed as I was with some of the side stories, I can put them in perspective as being in service to the goal of letting us really see how others react to Deok Mi as a fangirl. And, WOW, I can relate!
Actually, I Do Know Her
Drama Geek: We knew Deok Mi’s secret would come out sooner or later and I’m glad it’s out now. I was a little sad that she couldn’t trust him with her secret identity, and hid behind Eun Gi, but I honestly can completely relate. She had no idea how he’d react and they just started dating. People make fun of women for even being a regular fan, and her role in the fandom is a lot bigger than that.
Clkytta: When she hid, my heart sank. I got it though. This is an important part of her life and she’s afraid he won’t understand. She’s had to work so hard to separate this part of her from the professional part of her. Especially after his exposure to Cindy, she would worry about if he would compare the two of them and misunderstand her. When he called her out, I cheered out loud. The look of hope on her face as she looked around Not the Brother made me happy. I was so worried he’d think something about Eun Gi staying at her house all night and we’d be back in the land of hurt and confusion.
MiataMama: WE know what Ryan knows. And how he’s been supportive of her in various ways thus far. But she has no clue. So it’s totally understandable that she would panic and use Eun Gi as a shield. I’m confident that Ryan will clear things up quickly and encourage her to keep on keeping on with her ultra-fangirl self! (I can’t wait for him to actually see the inside of her apartment though – I don’t know if even he is prepared for that scene!)
Karie the Maknae: I really can’t wait to see where this goes. I love the revelation when the main leads finally know everything we know, and I feel like *this* is where the true test of the story lies — in the aftermath. Is it Tuesday yet??
Kdrama Jen: I was so worried he was going to turn and walk away. THAT would have been a typical Kdrama plot point, so I was pleasantly surprised when he straight up revealed that he knew Deok Mi’s secret. It could have been another two episodes of misunderstandings and missed opportunities, but instead we get some major development. I am very happy with where we are right now!
Drama Geek: Even with episode eight’s breakup, the writer has kept the feel of the show and continued to show why each of them make the decisions they do. So even though last week I was upset at Deok Mi, I still understand and appreciate her. As long as they can continue to resolve conflict without getting too angsty, I will be a happy fangirl. And, oh my lord, the previews make it seem like the holy hotness will continue.
Clkytta: This drama keeps me on my toes. I love that I can relate to Deok Mi as someone who keeps her fangirling on the down low because she needs to be “professional” in real life. I can’t say I agree with all her actions, but I understand her and that’s why I enjoy this drama so much. That and the chemistry of our leads is so freaking hot.
Kmuse: I think I am one of the few people that isn’t feeling the show. Don’t get me wrong, the OTP has chemistry out the wazoo and I love the fangirling scenes. But the narrative all around isn’t that strong and I am feeling the lack of plot now that we are getting towards the last few weeks. I will finish but as it is now this won’t be one I will watch again outside of YouTube fan videos of our OTP.
MiataMama: I absolutely love how this show portrays the fangirl life. There are so many moments I connect with. And the OTP is fantastic. I already loved Park Min Young and now I’m wholeheartedly a Kim Jae Wook fan as well. However. . . all the side plots seem weak and lacking, and it’s affecting my enjoyment of the drama as a whole. We’ll see how things unfold next week. . . .
Karie the Maknae: I’m still intrigued by this show. Right now, it’s the narrative of the audience knowing more than the characters that has me hooked, but the ultimate test will be where the story goes from here. Hopefully, it’ll be spectacular.
Kdrama Jen: I openly admit that I will watch dramas even if the plot is convoluted, weak, or confusing if I can see some pretty on my screen (looking at you, Kill It). This is what I do to unwind and relax; don’t judge me. Having said that, though, I am watching for many reasons. I love the OTP. They have amazing chemistry. Park Min Young has been my ultimate girl-crush bias and this show continues to keep her there. Kim Jae Wook has been on my radar since Coffee Prince, so I am also watching for him. Then, we mix these two up together, throw in some woodshop antics and a blindfold and I am ALL IN! But, it is more than the chemistry. I have mentioned it several times, but the way the fangirl life of a mature woman is deeply explored and not belittled is something I really appreciate. There are very few dramas that have done this, so I am thoroughly enjoying this aspect. There are also times when I THINK we are heading down well-worn Kdrama trope pathways, but I am pleasantly surprised. So, while the tragic backstory plot is not doing it for me, so many of the other pieces of this are really keeping me fully engaged and ready for more! I can’t wait to see Lion become Deok Mi’s number one fanboy!
Until the Next GIF Worthy Moment,
Dramas With a Side of Kimchi