They were really fighting like a couple of sissies here tho...
So while Young Bin is off stuck in his "I'm too embarrassed after getting rejected by Sohee to be a professional" phase, Cha Jun (Lee Kwang Soo) says yes to a low-budget, independent film. Here I was unclear on two things: is this drama trying to push a gay romance between Cha Jun and Turtle (Lee Dong Hwi), and does Cha Jun have an ongoing issue with acting we didn't know about? Okay, so the first one. I know I didn't mention it at all the last episode when they got stuck camping together, but it was kinda very slightly there too, you know? And then in this episode, there was the scene where the gay guy told them, "We hope you two stay happy," or something like that. But then it veered off as the episode progressed, so I couldn't really be sure if it was just a momentary little scene, or if this is going to continue. Later on in the episode, Cha Jun and Turtle had some more 'best buds' moments, so we'll have to keep an eye out for any more gay hints in future episodes. As for whether or not Cha Jun has an acting issue or not? It's just a little hard to judge at this point if Cha Jun's lack of confidence during the independent film was specifically because of the child actor, or if it's an ongoing, personal issue. But his clear relief after being laid off the film may be a clue that he's hiding something behind his overconfident facade.
Kwang Soo would love to say his line if this kid would just stop. strangling. him!
Now we have to talk about the little war between Eun Gap and that child actor, because OMG, Eun Gap scrapbooks his daughter's notes to him! What a sweetheart! (Although he never got her that pencil case she asked for, did he?) Joy Jung (f(x)'s Amber) played a key role during this little side story, because we can tell that she's one of the few employees in the company aside from Young Bin and Lee Ho Jin (Park Jung Min) who really sees Eun Gap's warm, humanly side past all of his yelling and bossing. If the theme of the episode really was "acting like a kid," then Eun Gap really shined here, getting all up in his daughter's SNS, trying to steal her phone, threatening the boyfriend while his daughter isn't looking, and all that. For some reason, I thought he was going to recruit the kid into his label for a little bit during the episode, but that didn't happen. In the end, being the good(?) father that he is, he pulls on some strings, makes them break up, and abandons his work at the office to go "comfort" his crying daughter. I also enjoyed the small moment when Eun Gap advised Ho Jin on the importance of family. It was another hint that Eun Gap has intentions to raise Ho Jin into a big player in the industry much like him.
Okay, plz tell me I wasn't the only one just going "WTF?!?!" here. Like, what... tf..?
Meanwhile, after inconveniencing everyone with his stubborn kid act, Young Bin pulls his head out of the clouds just like that and decides that he has to start going to his schedules with So Hee, because... well they're the two leads in the big new movie and they need to start filming for that. Young Bin and So Hee manage to find some alone time in the hot tub at the end of the episode, and whatdoyaknow? Ho Jin walks in on them hooking up!
Exactly Ho Jin, why didn't you just GO with Ji Ahn, you dumbhead?
It's very important to note here what several clues tell us: the romance between Young Bin and So Hee is NOT the focus of this plot. The plot is more interested in the consequences that their relationship will create, not just for the two of them, but for other main characters like Ho Jin, Eun Gap, and so on. One big clue is that the drama doesn't show us how Young Bin and So Hee go from talking to kissing. Instead, the camera shows us Ho Jin getting a call from Eun Gap, who warns Ho Jin that if Young Bin and So Hee become an item, then it's all Ho Jin's fault. Right after that, Ho Jin walks into the hot tub room and sees what's happening between Young Bin and So Hee from afar. The previews for next week's episode also tell us that everyone is in a fit because Young Bin and So Hee start dating and that (apparently) means bad, bad, and bad for their movie, for constant threats by the press, etc. The life of an actor/actress is a tough one, folks.
The pacing of this drama was well-done from the start, but now, I'm starting to get chummy with the camera work, details in the plot, transitions, all of those little elements that help me along as I watch. What consequences will Young Bin and So Hee's blossoming relationship have for everyone? Until next week!