As our daydream continues we find Romeo and Juliet dancing. (Just a short note for those who may not know…Bong Soon’s Juliet dress is patterned after the original 1968 Franco Zeffirelli film of the Shakespeare play. Olivia Hussey wore a red dress while dancing with the masked Leonard Whiting for Romeo and Juliet’s first meeting. It is an iconic moment and an iconic costume.) Of course, it is Bong Soon and Min Hyuk dressed as the star-crossed lovers. They dance and the romance of the moment builds until we are certain that a kiss in eminent. The moment approaches and just as we are about to get the payoff, Bong Soon steps on Min Hyuk’s foot, sending him running from the grand hall in agony…..
Bong Soon jerks awake as her beautiful Romeo and Juliet dream is shattered. She finds the water glass next to her bed empty and takes a groggy walk to the kitchen to refill it. Suddenly, she is attacked from behind but her reflexes are quick and she blocks the frying pan that was headed for the back of her skull. Her fist stretches the metal of the pan in the middle, forming a small dome. In Min Hyuk’s bedroom, a knife is held to his throat. A sharp cry from the kitchen distracts Min Hyuk’s attacker long enough for him to disarm the thug but before he knows it, the masked intruder is on top of him with his hands at Min Hyuk’s throat. A clanging noise is heard and the attacker slumps over, burying Min Hyuk in black-clad burglar and bad breath. Bong Soon stands next to the bed with the frying pan held aloft. She smiles sheepishly at Min Hyuk. Before we know it, both thugs are tied up and knocked out. Bong Soon is concerned that if they lay on the cold floor too long they will have a stroke. She grabs the sleeping quilt that her mother gave her and arranges the bumbling bad boys comfortably on top of it. What she doesn’t know is that her mother had a special talisman applied to the quilt in an effort to bring Min Hyuk and Bong Soon together. The thugs cuddle closer to one another as the magical charm begins to take effect.
The next morning Gook Du calls Bong Soon to check on her. She practically answers the phone in her sleep and tells him that she is fine before hanging up and going back to sleep. Just as she finishes her call, a table full of phones begins to ring. It is the phones that belong to the thugs. The boss is calling from the golf course to find out if they were able to pull off the kidnapping. The lead gangster is surprised to hear Min Hyuk’s voice on the other end of the line.
Bong Soon looks after the cuddling criminals, even going so far as to feed the happy pair. Min Hyuk makes a late arrival at the stockholders meeting. He tells them what has been happening to him. He promises that he will bring the culprit to the next meeting and only then should any decisions be made about his appointment to the board. A bit later we see the gangster boss as he receives a USB stick. He brings it to Min Hyuk and tells him that he has no interest in harming him. He also inquires about Bong Soon. It seems that he very much would like to recruit her into his gang.
Min Hyuk plugs the USB into his laptop and listens as a recorded phone call pours from its speakers. It is his middle brother, the one he trusted the most, who has been making the threats. Min Hyuk is deeply wounded to find out about this betrayal.
Min Hyuk leaves his office and hides in the company library. Bong Soon finds him there and when he asks her to guess who it might be that threatened him, even she would not have guessed that it would be the unassuming middle brother. Bong Soon drags Min Hyuk to an amusement park to distract him from his troubles. Bumper cars are bumped and cat ears are worn. A good time is had by all.
Bong Soon’s mother and grandmother are playing a game of Go-Stop with a few friends and talking about family relations. When grandmother throws a Go-Stop card the entire house shakes and the friends are convinced there has been an earthquake. Meanwhile, at the abandoned jail, our creepy kidnapper prepares his 3rd victim as she struggles. He tells her that he will have 7 brides and that she is the 3rd one. He compliments her legs and then immediately insults her by saying they are a bit too thick. When he leaves his hidden collection of women, they begin to talk among themselves and agree that they must work together if they are to be free. At the police station, a woman arrives and tells the detectives that her daughter is missing.
Min Hyuk takes Bong Soon home and has the pleasure of meeting her grandmother. She immediately calls him handsome and “son-in-law”. Min Hyuk doesn’t quite know how to respond so he smiles and accepts the conversation exactly as it is in all its comforting adorableness. Later, when Min Hyuk arrives to speak with his brother he is consumed by memories of his childhood and how his brother had always been kind to him. When the two men finally talk, Min Hyuk’s brother admits that he was the one threatening him. His tactics were only meant to frighten Min Hyuk and he never intended to harm him. He remembered how easily frightened Min Hyuk was as a child and had hoped that only scaring him would stop him from moving forward with his appointment to his father’s company. Min Hyuk suggests that the brothers keep the incident just between themselves.
The next day Min Hyuk begins training Bong Soon. The engage in a sparring match that ends in a swoon-worthy mini wrestling match. Some time with the punching bag results in two broken bags and a game of stone flicking results in a hole in the cabinet and a broken television.
Once at home, Bong Soon’s mother confronts her about extorting money from a group of local school kids. A neighbor had seen Bong Soon in front of a group of high school kids, each of them giving her a 90-degree bow. Her mother can only assume that she is using her strength to take lunch money from the group. Bong Soon points out that no one saw her take any money and the way her mother has treated her all of her life is very hurtful. Her mother is silent and offers no explanation for the way that she has treated Bong Soon.
Gook Du and his fellow police officer are at a shoe store following up on a lead. They find that the shoe store has records for the purchase of a certain kind of shoe. There are three possible suspects. They will follow each lead to see where it goes.
Bong Ki is at the hospital where Gook Du’s ex-girlfriend sits across the table from him and confesses her interest in him. He reminds her that he and Gook Du are childhood friends. She acknowledges that her interest puts him in a potentially awkward position but she does not care because your “heart cannot help who it chooses to love.” Bong Soon overhears the conversation and quietly makes her presence known. She lectures both of them about how their actions may possibly hurt others.
Gook Du and another detective follow a lead to a local theater that is currently producing a play called “The Blue Mustache and the Seven Brides”. Its theme appears strangely like our masked kidnapper’s bride dungeon scenario. Little do they know that the kidnapper is watching with rapt attention as the show goes on, making his fantasy a temporary but false reality.
At the hospital, a garbage can catches fire just outside of Bong Soon’s best friends room. A doctor enters and attempts to give her an injection but Bong Soon arrives at just the right time and questions the “doctor” about what he is giving her. The man bolts from the room and a foot chase begins. It doesn’t last long, as the bad guy is able to disappear into the crowd. Our bad guy has escaped again with the clever use of a surgical mask.
Min Hyuk stops by the walnut shop and briefly speaks with Bong Soon’s father. Both men express their concern for Bong Soon and both men promise in their own way to look after her. Meanwhile, Bong Soon is being confronted by the thug with hardly any front teeth. He is seeking some kind of revenge for what happened to him. He threatens Bong Soo but is quickly and surprisingly tackled to the ground by Gook Du. Mr. Front Teeth takes yet another beating before Bong Soon pushes Gook Du off of the hapless thug. Min Hyuk witnesses the entire incident from a distance.
OK, I’ll be honest. The kidnapper/killer story line is dragging. I need a few more clues as to the how’s and why’s that this guy is even a part of this world. I need to know how he is connected to our main characters and it really needs to be a bit more than just “oh it’s a case that Gook Du is working on.” Speaking of our freshman police detective…. I know that he’s second lead but he’s really not getting too much screen time and therefore not creating too much of the expected love triangle that we were baited with in the beginning episodes. At least we finally know who has been threatening Min Hyuk, although that payoff didn’t feel very earthshattering either. I guess I’m feeling that some elements of the story are spread a bit too thin to make too much of a blip on our story’s radar.
I am anxiously waiting for the real love story to take off. We get a bit of a beginning in this episode with the “wrestling” match turned almost kiss but it is ruined by the all too common “deer in the headlights” look from the girl. Just once I want to see a K-Drama girl take the lead and kiss the guy first. AND… I want both of them to close their freaking eyes and enjoy the kiss instead of freezing like a petrified statue with always open eyes. It makes me crazy that a K-Drama girl will chase a guy for twelve episodes and when he finally gives her the kiss she’s been dreaming of she reacts as if he’s got Mono or had onions for lunch. I know, I know…I’ve whined about this before and I’m sure there are reasons why the wide-eyed kiss is so popular in K-Drama but even with that knowledge, it makes it no less annoying. Ok, mini-rant over.
I love seeing Min Hyuk and Bong Soon together as they learn one another’s personality quirks. I am sure at some point Min Hyuk will come out of his little selfish shell and do something really grand for Bong Soon. Stopping by the walnut shop and having a brief chat with her father is a step in the right direction. I’m also really glad he stood up to his own father, along with all of the shareholders and let them know the rumors they hear about him are simply not true. If there’s one thing Queen Mab really hates, it’s gossip and those who spread it.