Is it that simple?
A fellow I Do watcher commented on ockoala’s blog that watching I Do I Do is like reading a novel. And I agree. That’s exactly how I feel when I watch this drama. But wait! Of course it feels like a novel. It was a novel to begin with.
Watching episode 2 live was very tiring for me because mom is beside me and have turned me into her personal simultaneous translator!!! It was already difficult for me to understand it, and I have to translate it real-time for her! I gave up halfway through the episode and suggested that we just watch it peacefully. After my live viewing, I felt that the episode was nice, but I was too tired, I slept right away. I had to rewatch it in order for me to appreciate it more.
First, I’m glad that Hwang Ji Ahn didn’t throw her shoes to catch Tae Kang. 1.) she’ve done that oh so many times on her previous dramas and 2.) it’ll be inconsistent with her shoe-loving character.
I love how Ji Ahn knows her stuff so well, enough to catch Tae Kang lying. And her knowledge about shoes reminds me so much of Kim Sam Soon’s love and passion for cakes. So yes, I’m sold with all these passion over shoes.
I also like the fact that she showed a teeny-bit of concern towards this kid whom she had spent one depressing day with. She’s even brave enough to brought up his father. If we are on a different drama realm, she would probably think twice before mentioning anything that connects to the day when she had a one night stand with the kid sitting in front of her and will try to pretend that that unfateful day never existed. But she didn’t bat an eyelid when she mentioned his father. So is Tae Kang. He also didn’t budge when he mentioned her issues with her parents as his defense against Ji Ahn. Because without her knowing it, she has touched something sensitive . Tae Kang is, in fact, doing this for his father. Anyway, I love how mature they both handle their one-night stand.
Another memorable scene for me was the the first face to face encounter of Na Ri and Ji Ahn. It was epic! I knew the moment Na Ri sweet-talked her way into getting Ji Ahn’s ultra-cool office that we’ll be dealing with a biatche here (Urgh, drama! Can’t you wait like a couple more episodes first before ousting Ji Ahn on the nice office? I haven’t had enough of the fabulous sight of Ji Ahn on that office yet! ㅠㅠ). I started getting a bit sad knowing that the person meant to anihilate Ji Ahn has arrived. I forgot one thing. Will there be anyone more biatche then our Ji Ahn? Ha! I love how honest Ji Ahn was. Saying how horrible she feels being ousted from her ‘throne’. It’s not very usual, especially in Korean culture to say something like that to someone you’ve just met and whose position is higher than yours. I guess Ji Ahn doesn’t need us anymore. She can very well take care of herself. Oh very-Samsoonish! Ji Ahn-ah, we’ll just cheer for you then! Go Ji Ahn!
Nonetheless I hate the biatche! Na Ri, that is. Seems like she’s someone who doesn’t give up easily. I suddenly want to wear heels and step on her foot. Biatche! Who cares whether she studied MBA in the states, she’s still a 낙하산! Biatche!
Oh, I love Kim Sun Ah’s acting! I can almost see smoke coming out of her nostrils – her anger is seeping out of my laptop screen. I’m wondering though if it was the scene that a staff from I Do I Do once mentioned when the extras got scared of Kim Sun Ah after the take. Darn! The way she threw that stupid menopause prevention pamphlet – woah! No wonder our Kim Sun Ah was dubbed as the ‘queen of nuance’.
And woah woah woah! I’m loving where this 맞선 is going. If only… if only our Ji Ahn is not carrying Tae Kang’s child I would really love for this two to end up together. Well, on second thought, although they seem compatible and it looks like they’re going to understand each other, I guess it will be difficult for them to be together. How will they find time to see each other? Do they have to book an appointment for their dates? And kids.
If they’ll have some. If they’ll have time to have some. What are they going to do with them? Maybe compatibility doesn’t equate perfect match. Nonetheless, I am loving these two. More than Ji Ahn and Tae Kang. In this episode at least.
Aww, I was a bit disappointed that Tae Kang sold Beyonce. 1.) a motorbike with the name Beyonce is just epic 2.) I want to see more of Kim Sun Ah riding a motorbike 3.) I was wishing Tae Kang would sacrifice Beyonce for Ji Ahn. Apparently he did sacrifice Beyonce, but not for Ji Ahn, rather for his dad. Which is equally, if not more sweet. Anyhow, I think it is also good because noona + a virgin dongsaeng + a drunken one night stand + a motorbike is so What’s Up Fox?-ish
I so can relate on their office situation. Though I don’t have a husband, I have a mother and I have friends and I’ve used “How am I supposed to know when will we finish?” a number of times. In the working world – at least in Ji Ahn’s and mine, there’s only a start time, but there will never be an end time. I feel for Team Leader Ma. I also remember a similar scene… either from Dalja’s Spring or On Air… or was it Worlds Within?
And although the way they all cancelled the dinner with Ji Ahn is very funny with the EA (I’m assuming she’s an executive assistant or simply an assistant) taking down notes and all, I can totally relate to this scene as well. God knows how many times me and my former co-workers have done this to escape from work or from overtime or to avoid dinner or luncheon with a boss that we hate/fear – and we all end up just saying, tell him/her/them I died. Now I feel for my previous bosses. Did they feel the same way as Ji Ahn when we made alibis just to avoid being with them?
Oh! There’s such a thing as Korean Time too? I’m wondering what is Korean Time? I thought Koreans are almost always on time. (edit: found THIS 코리안 타임은 약속시간에 일부러 늦게 도착하는 행동이나 그 버릇을 이르는 말이다.)
And I love the entire “alone” moment of Ji Ahn. Our poor Ji Ahn. No one to call. No one to have a meal with. It’s so depressing to see such a powerful, capable and strong Director like this. Just like what Tae Kang would say later one, “I can’t even look at you because you are too pitiful”. My only consolation is that I/we know that literally she is not alone anymore for at that time her baby is with her already. Now, I’m just not sure if that’s something Ji Ahn would be happy about.
I also like that in the midst of Ji Ahn’s quest for company, her feet brought her to Chae Boong’s 식당. Probably because it was the first and, maybe, the only place where she was able to open her heart out and, maybe, for the first time someone was with her, sharing her pains and frustrations, even caring for her.
And I love how consistent the writer is to Ji Ahn’s character. Despite her being on yet another vulnerable moment here, she is still on her fierce no-one-can-mess-up-with-me-even-if-i’m-depressed attitude. I so love her reaction when Tae Kang banged her table. I was thinking she’d scoof or something like any other typical kdrama girls out there. But she didn’t budge and simply stared back at Tae Kang, must to his amusement thus he ended up scoofing instead.
And when Ji Ahn picked up the bottle of soju, I wanted to warn her not to! But thankfully, as if on cue, Tae Kang started pissing her off once more, and she ended not drinking any. Is Tae Kang already protecting their baby as early as now?
And I so love the entire sequence when we all entered Ji Ahn’s house accompanied by the song I Do. The entire sequence was very powerful. Without any dialogues, but we were all introduced to Ji Ahn’s personal world. And it’s just so heartbreaking! The sight of Ji Ahn’s awards with flowers that have wilted already. A high class, yet very messy house with packages, boxes, bags, magazines, empty beer cans, undisposed instant ramen bowls and chopsticks, an almost empty fridge with rotten fruits, two bottles of water and a bowl of kimchi with molds, unwashed dishes on her back. Aww, tears are running down my cheeks just by typing this. I want to hug Ji Ahn now. I’m just not sure if she’ll allow anyone to do that.
It’s just sad. Too sad. Especially the spoilt kimchi. It only doesn’t mean she’s always been away from her apartment. It also shows she hasn’t visited her hometown for a long time. Because if she did, her mom would’ve definitely packed not just kimchi but a whole bunch of side dishes for her to take home and store on her fridge. But doesn’t mom even visit her? Or maybe she doesn’t allow her to.
So, with no one to eat with and with nothing to eat, she just ran into her sanctuary – her amazing shoe closet. That’s probably where she feels most safe and secured at – being surrounded with shoes – exactly just like what Tae Kang told her. But it’s still sad because again, just like what Tae Kang said, shoes are just shoes no matter how many they are.
The entire sequence was too powerful though that I barely noticed Tae Kang and dad moments which are also good too.
And the song I Do is really a good one. Forget the engrish, I just so love it – both lyrics and melody. It’s has a slight trace of pain, but is trying to be strong and hopeful. I’d say very Ji Ahn. And the mixture of that whiff of pain and the warmth of a strong hope is enough to make me cry whenever I hear that song – as much as I cry with Kim Sam Soon‘s Inside My Heart.
Now I’m really really curious as to how OSTs are made. I’m assuming the song writers discuss the story and the characters with the writer or director (or both). OSTs, especially the character “themes” are almost always a perfect match to the characters. OST song writers are very lucky then to know the drama stories in advanced. 🙂
Now every moment Biatche appears, I’m always on the edge of my seat. Somehow I’m thankful she’s there and she doesn’t give up. Giving Ji Ahn more reasons to smash her down.
I also love how this short scene in an aesthetic spa revealed so much about Ji Ahn. Based from their conversations, she doesn’t flaunt with her money even if she has plenty (and doesn’t act like a chaebol). And even if she hated the Biatche who gave her the gift certificate, she used it and didn’t throw it away. She also don’t accept free treats from her rich friend because she said she can take care of herself. Did I say I’m loving Ji Ahn more and more?
As for the friend… I’m not yet sold. Yes, thanks for being with Ji Ahn. Thanks for giving her company. Thanks for being someone she can talk/chat with. But girl, how much do you really know your friend? How she really feels, how much she’s hurting and how she is just putting on a strong mask all this time. You were not even there when she needed you the most. On the other hand, maybe we can’t really blame her for Ji Ahn’s the type who doesn’t easily open her heart out to anyone.
And another hilarious moment! Our Ji Ahn is starting to get a little bit nicer to Dr. Jo, because he persistently sends her text messages thrice a day at exactly 8 in the morning, 12 noon and 11pm. Without fail. Right on the dot. The Ji-Seong (or Sun-Hyeong in real life) shipper in me is starting to get my hopes up until friend burst her bubble telling her there’s a smartphone application for that that even her little daughter Min Joo knows. Isn’t it fun to see our Ji Ahn is also a bit naive? And Dr. Jo, you’re busted!
And who could Min Joo be? I’m also a sucker for Korean child stars, but my favorites have all started growing up. I hope Min Joo is someone who’s very smart and cute and I wish there will be a few Min Joo Ji Ahn moments in the future – something like Kim Hyang Ki and Shim Eun Kyung in Bad Couple.
And hooray for the first signs of pregnancy! My weakness has always been pregnant characters and here is Kim Sun Ah getting ready to be one! Can’t wait for the next episodes! Maybe not the next yet… maybe it’ll be revealed towards the end of Episode 4? Unnie, how can you act being nauseous so naturally?
Ji Ahn’s parent’s visit to Dr. Jo is one heck of an epic sequence! The elders are THAT curious to know who the lucky (?) and equally strange guy who their daughter finally “likes” and who oddly “likes” their daughter back. At last! Their only daughter who ditches all the 맞선s finally found a match. They must meet this guy, even if it means pretending to be patients – much to Dr. Jo’s amusement!
Now we get to learn more about Ji Ahn’s dad. An old-school Korean patriarch I must say. Not that strange in Korea (I guess), especially if you are not a Seoulite. And the clash of successful career woman Ji Ahn and old-school traditional father is just too scary for me. It’s obvious that Ji Ahn loves his Dad. If not she won’t give a damn when he threatened to remove her from the family registry. And it’s obvious too that Dad loves his only daughter very much and is just concerned about her. But they are extremes of each other. It’s scary and sad.
And I love the scene (sorry if I have to start every other paragraph with “I love”, would you be able to put up with me until the next 14 episodes?) when they were choosing the winners for the Shoe Reform Contest for many reasons. 1.) We again see how consistently honest and straight forward our Director Hwang is, 2.) it shows how Biatche has very little knowledge about their products (darn, stop acting all-knowing! even if you are the vice-president, you are just new, and obviously you don’t share the same love and passion towards shoes as Ji Ahn. learn how to humble yourself biatche!)! Ha! Ha ha ha! 3.) it makes me grin to the fact that Ji Ahn is actually unknowingly praising and defending the last person she wants to praise and defend. I wonder how she’ll react when she finds out that she actually made Tae Kang the winner and even made him “closer” to her. I know she (and him) is casual about their one-night stand and, quoting Shin Mi Rae, is not a 20-something who hopes there’s more to a one-night stand. But I’m sure she also doesn’t want to spend everyday of her life with Tae Kang (at least at this point). But I do hope that Tae Kang knows Ji Ahn is all praises to his work.
And the last sequence was epic as well! First our Ji Ahn is soooooooo sexy! Darn! Suna Unnie and her legs!!! And for all we know Ji Ahn is already what, maybe 3 weeks or a month pregnant? Then Tae Kang, smiling like that? Tae Kang good job in making me forget Dr. Jo for a bit. 🙂
I love the episode! I love episode 1 and I love this episode more. I wonder if there’s still place in my heart to love the next 14 episodes more!
I also love and laughed so hard at the preview. Especially during the photo opt session of Ji Ahn and Tae Kang. Those faces. Epic!
Some may think that she’ll find out that she’s pregnant on the next episode. But I think otherwise. Too early, I think. Maybe it will be revealed by the 4th episode? Hopefully a cliffhanger of episode 4 to kill all of us while waiting for episode 5! o.o
Episode 2 has loads stuff and has a very subtle balance of comic and sad scenes it’s giving me a My Name Is Kim Sam Soon feel. And was it because they are both novels originally? I’m simply enjoying this show so much!
Tae Kang – the male Shin Mi Rae?
While watching this episode, I can’t help but see Kim Sun Ah’s character in City Hall, Shin Mi Rae, in Tae Kang. And to my surprise, when I was re-watching it with my mom (with subtitles this time), my mom said the same thing that he is very-Shin Mi Rae. As I’ve said last time, Ji Ahn was more of a kdrama hero while Tae Kang is more of a kdrama heroine. Just like Mi Rae he has practically nothing to be proud of – he doesn’t have money, he only have a high school diploma. Yet he is full of determination. It seems Mi Rae and Tae Kang are trying to beat each other out with the numbers and kinds of part time jobs they’ve had in their lifetime. And when challenged by Jo Guk, Mi Rae dashed forward giving her 200%, so did Tae Kang after being challenged by Ji Ahn. And both of them succeeded with flying colors.
Ji Ahn’s Miranda Moments
I watched The Devil Wears Prada all because it was said that Kim Sun Ah’s character in this drama is somehow patterned/pegged after Meryl Streep‘s Miranda Priestly. Kim Sun Ah was even called Korea’s Meryl Streep on some news articles. And to my surprised, more than loving the movie, I fell in love with Miranda Priestly (and I eventually became a Streeper). I can’t explain because there’s practically almost nothing nice about Miranda, but I was simply in love with her. Quoting Andrea on the movie, “If Miranda were a man, people wouldn’t care about her sadistic ways, only what a great job she does”. Maybe it’s seeing a woman being so in-charge that makes me love Miranda. Or maybe me imagining Kim Sun Ah doing the same things makes me love her.
Miranda and Ji Ahn are quite similar. Successful women. Feared and respected in the industry they are in. Shows passion. Execute excellent outputs. But they are very different too. Ji Ahn is actually nice. Just don’t mess up with her. Strict, yes. Sarcastic, yes. Blunt, yes. But you can see she has a good heart. Miranda is… well… a devil. Unreasonable, sadistic, black-hearted. Though I must say, deep down inside I believe Miranda has a heart. I think women with such talent and passion can’t possibly be devils. There were very few moments in the film when we were able to glimpse at Miranda’s private life and smell a faint whiff of pain. It’s just that it was not tackled that much on the movie. Ji Ahn, being a drama character has plenty of room (about 14 hours longer) to reveal her true self.
Nonetheless, I’m thrilled every time Ji Ahn has these “Miranda Moments”. I have two favorites from this episode. When she asked her store employee to explain to her, IN 30 SECONDS, why the gold labeled shoes were up for sale. And when Dr. Jo called her but she was pissed because she found out that she almost fell for the automatic text messaging function of his smartphone – instead of ignoring his call, or rejecting the call, she picked up, let him say “Hello”, then hangs up. Awesome! I wouldn’t be surprised if later on it’ll be revealed that Ji Ahn is Miranda Priestly’s long lost younger sister. 😀
Father and Son
And I particularly love the father and son relationship of Tae Kang and his dad. He is harsh. No, they are both harsh towards each other. But they deeply love each other! It gives me a feeling similar to Yeon Jae and her mom’s relationship in Scent Of A Woman – bickering all the time, can’t stand each other, yet at the end of the day loves each other deeply. Gee, I told you, Tae Kang is playing this drama’s heroine!
I also love how dad seems to treat shoes as if human, calling them innocent shoe(s). I can’t wait for Ji Ahn to meet him. It would be really complicated. 1.) He imitates her shoes (and that’s something she hates to her heart’s content) but 2.) he shares the same passion and love towards shoes the way Ji Ahn does and 3.) he is an excellent shoe maker. 4.) and he’s going to be her father-in-law. Chaos!
And right, right, right kdramas. Enough of the girl and guy spending the first few episdoes continuously bickering over little silly things. Let’s just try rubbing each others wounds with salt instead for a change, shall we? Again, I love the “maturity” of this drama, despite the fact that we have our 15 year old looking (and acting) Tae Kang here. It’s refreshing to see these two adults who doesn’t bicker like elementary school kids, but rather poke each other exactly where it hurts most.
It seems they have revealed too much of themselves during that one night that it seems like no one in this world know them better than each other. And for this I’m willing to forget Dr. Jo whose admiration for Ji Ahn may only be superficial. He may be the “perfect” guy, yes. I would love him for Ji Ahn, yes. But he was not there on Ji Ahn’s weakest day/s. He may be able to understand career woman Director Hwang and will be someone who will not throw a tantrum over overtime works and cancelled dates. But, unfortunately (for Dr. Jo and me who root for him), if was not him, but Tae Kang who knows the woman Ji Ahn, the daughter Ji Ahn. Dr. Jo will not be able to help Ji Ahn heal her wounds because he have no idea what she’s going through. She was only able to reveal her whole self to Tae Kang on that night. Tae Kang, you lucky little rascal!
Episode 2 also made me more and more curious about Ji Ahn’s motivation and reason behind her passion over shoes. And her relationship with her dad when she was younger. When will it be revealed, I wonder?
I also can’t wait for Ji Ahn to find out she’s pregnant. I can’t wait for Tae Kang to find out he impregnated her. I can’t wait for Ji Ahn’s dad to find out she is pregrant and who the father of her baby is. And I can’t wait for Tae Kang’s dad to find out his son impregnated someone and who that someone is. I also can’t wait for Dr. Jo Eun Seong to find our she’s pregnant. Sigh. Dr. Jo, what should we do? I can feel that in the end you’ll just be Ji Ahn’s good friend (*cough* Dr. Chae Eun Seok *cough*). Then… can I just have you? ㅎㅎ
I really can’t wait for episodes 3! Thank god it’s Wednesday tomorrow. But god knows I’ve been having bad withdrawal syndromes since Friday (I didn’t even know it was possible to have withdrawal syndromes even if a drama hasn’t ended yet).
(not too many because I think I was more into watching it this time)
지적 재산권 – intellectual property rights
빡빡하다 – to be tight, to be intense
야근을 하다 – work overtime (at night)
*I love love love this song to death and I also love the lyrics. Attempted to translate again, but this is extremely difficult than 꽃보다 그녀 so I may have dozens of mistakes here… don’t trust my translations!
Park Ji Yoon 박지윤
I Do I Do OST part 2
Like a lie, they said it’ll hurt.
얼마못가서 두 손 든대
They said soon I will give up.
이상하지 더 힘이 나
But strangely, it gave me strength.
같은 꿈을 꾸는 너만 보면
When I see you who’s dreaming the same dreams.
때되면 나을 감기같은걸
Just like a common cold, it will get better soon.
뒤돌아 한숨 쉬진마
So don’t turn back and sigh.
내 눈물 봐도 모른척해
Even if you see my tears, pretend you didn’t.
널 믿고 약해지지않게
Without hesitations, I believe in you.
그래 I do 나답게 I do
Yes, I do. I’d say I do.
내 가슴이 아직 뛰잖아
My heart is still racing.
세상 보란 듯이 넌 날 옳다 말해줘
Letting the world see, please tell me I’m right.
날 믿어줘 Say me I do
Believe in me, tell me “I Do”
Even if I reach a blind alley.
I will not turn back.
슬픈 기억도 언젠간 끝날
Sad memories will end too.
훗날 함께 웃게될테니
Someday, together we will smile.
그래 I do 나답게 I do
Yes, I do. I’d say I do.
내 가슴이 아직 뛰잖아
My heart is still racing.
세상 보란 듯이 넌 날 옳다 말해줘
Letting the world see, please tell me I’m right.
날 믿어줘 Say me I do
Believe in me, tell me “I Do”
Please don’t waver.
잡은 꿈을 놓지마
Don’t let go of your dreams.
값진 삶이니까 괜찮아
Because life is precious. It’s okay.
널 위해 영원히 I do
For you, forever I do.
아파도 후회는 없어
Even if it’s painful I have no regrets.
다시 I do 매일 I do
Again, I do. Everyday I do.
어제보다 가까이 왔어
I am a step closer today than yesterday.
우리 한 곳만을 보다 이뤄지는 날
A day will come when we’ll both be together.
꼭 안아줘 Say me I do
Please hold me tightly, tell me I do
I’ve been thinking what kind of book shall I get when I go to Korea. Books are relatively less expensive in Korea (we can’t get hardbound novels here as cheap as the hardbound novels in Korea). Maybe I’ll get Momo and probably Anne of Green Gables (all were references for my Suna Unnie’s drama)… but it doesn’t excite me much.
And now here! I Do I Do novel!
Can someone enlighten me on this one though. I know my My Name Is Kim Sam Soon was originally a novel written by Ji Soo Hyeon (지수현) and was first published in 2004. It was later adapted for television by Kim Do Wo and aired on television last 2005.
I’ve read on the news that I Do I Do won first place last 2010 on some competition of Korea Creative Content Agency.
‘아이두아이두’는 2010년 한국콘텐츠진흥원 신화창조 프로젝트 수상작
But I was not sure if it was a fiction writing contest, a novel writing contest, a scenario (for television) writing contest. I tried to search if a book or a comics (as what some news said – which I doubt very much since they must have confused it with a comics with the same title but of a totally different story) exist but I didn’t find any information.
And now we were surprised with this novel!
What is this novel anyway? Was it like My Name Is Kim Sam Soon where the drama was adapted from and they just published it in time for the drama? Or was it vice versa and was written after the drama?
Anyway, I’m just so happy to have a new book. And to you eggmoonrice thank you! You surprised me so much last night! Barely 10 minutes since I posted this book on my Facebook timeline saying I want this, I received a message from a dear friend that she already purchased the book for me. Awww~ ❤
Yey! More reasons to keep studying Korean!
To purchase the book CLICK HERE.
Oh, and they have a “book event”
The book will be released on June 8th (and will be shipped in 1-2 days domestically), but they are accepting orders now. And there’s an special ‘event’ or perks for those ordering in advance (May 25 ~ June 8th).
1. Limited edition copies with Kim Sun Ah and Lee Jang Woo’s signatures (printed, not personally handwritten)
2. I Do I Do Anti-Radiation Sticker (Korea’s crazy over these, right? I received one too during the speech contest – ooop! I haven’t blogged about it yet!)
3. 300,000 worth of gift certificate to Jinny Kim (drama sponsor/the shoe company where Ji Ahn works). One winner will be drawn and will be notified personally.
ANNOUNCEMENT! I DO I DO Special Event!
This is the first time I’m gonna do this for a drama. Not a recap. Not a review either. Just my thoughts transferred into a virtual paper. It’s just that I have so many random thoughts whenever I watch a drama, especially a Kim Sun Ah drama, that I feel the need to put it into words (else I’ll go crazy talking to myself). I regret that I didn’t do it on Scent Of A Woman (as if I have time to do so then!) because I’m curious to know what were my thoughts when that drama was airing. I usually post in soompi but it’s difficult to track all the stuff I wrote there. So might as well try doing it here on my blog. I hope I’ll have enough time to do this until the last episode.
Enough said, off to Episode 1.
Just like any other Kim Sun Ah dramas since 2007 I watched I Do I Do live. Now, if I had written and published this post right after watching the first episode live I would’ve just simply said I think it’s fun but I didn’t like it that much. Yes, my still limited Korean is a big factor. But still, I didn’t feel anything special on the first episode yet. I felt like something was lacking and I was only able to pinpoint it after re-watching the first episode – twice.
I needed time to get acquainted with the characters.
I was still on Rooftop Prince withdrawal when I watched episode 1. My heart still cries for 저하 and 박하 and I forced Ji Ahn and Tae Kang in. I don’t know them well yet and the drama showed me loads of happening between the two of them – two total strangers in my eyes. Yes, they are funny. But since I am not attached yet to the characters, I couldn’t connect with them yet.
But after re-watching the episode (and watching episode 2 live), I finally get more comfortable with the characters, so when I re-watched episode 1 again (for the third time) my heart changed and I find the first episode really awesome – full of fun and heart warming moments.
I’ve read many positive news and comments about my Sun Ah Unnie’s new image in this drama. I’m glad that many people liked her “new” image. But it was nothing new to me since I know she is indeed cool and chic. She is always gorgeous and fashionable on her CFs, endorsements, pictorials, public appearances, even on fan meetings. It’s just that she always play the typical average girl since My Name Is Kim Sam Soon. Nonetheless, it’s refreshing to see her like this ON A DRAMA (And please news articles, stop saying it’s the first time she cut her hair this short! She did so in 2006/2007!).
I must say Lee Jang Woo is awesome and insanely cute!!!! This kid! How old is he again? 15? 17? Hahaha. So adorable I want to reach out inside my computer screen so that I could touch that cheek! I was actually surprised with Lee Jang Woo because I only managed to watch one of his previous project, a one episode drama Human Casino. He was good then, but it was quite typical and serious. I was surprised, at the same time happy, that he was able to pull off the Tae Kang character I’ve imagined – a young man cutely acting like a baby… happy go lucky yet full of determination… and with a warm heart… trying to be a mature man, but still a 15 year old kid – without being annoying. My hats off to Lee Jang Woo!
I think they are both perfect for their roles. I can’t imagine a different Tae Kang, nor can I imagine a different Ji Ahn! I’m a very very happy girl! I love how solid their characters were right from the start. Well, we’re still 15 episodes away, so I’m just gonna keep my fingers crossed.
And I just found myself crying 20 minutes after – the confrontation scene of Ji Ahn and dad. Honestly I was not moved when I was watching it live. I was even a little bit annoyed with Dad making a big deal out of his daughter running out of his birthday party. I mean, it’s just a birthday party. And your daughter just had to face and solve a big problem at work. Anyway your daughter prepared your party really well, Dad. But after re-watching, I finally caught the word 장례식 (funeral) and it hit me big time.
I remember saying I’m afraid I might not be able to connect to Hwang Ji Ahn as much as I was able to connect to Kim Sam Soon, Shin Mi Rae (City Hall) and Lee Yeon Jae (Scent Of A Woman). I was not expecting to find a connection this early. I may not be as rich as her, I might not love shoes the way she does, nor am I a director at a big company. But I work. I’ve worked in many companies. I study while I work. And many times, just like Ji Ahn, I disregard personal or family matters (like birthdays or some special occasions) because I am ‘needed’ at work (or school). I could relate 100% to Ji Ahn that very moment. She felt like she doesn’t have a choice. Her work called her. No one else can fix the problem aside from her. If she didn’t come to the fashion show their company will be screwed. And she can’t let it happen, more so be blamed for it. But here’s Dad, who barely see his daughter, and on a special occasion, they are finally spending time together, she run away for work. Ji Ahn, I feel for you! Come, let me hug you!
And one thing I truly love about the show is how it was able to transition from drama to comedy in a smooth way, all thanks to our cute Tae Kang. Just like Ji Ahn, I was caught off guard with his unpredictable action. Seriously, you give a crying girl a piece tissue not for her to wipe her tears away but to show her the list of things she needs to pay for. Come on boy! Ever since Scent Of A Woman I started doubting all shows that were labeled rom-com, but it seems I Do I Do is living up to its genre. I hope they will be consistent towards the end.
I also love the entire drinking sequence. I can rewind it over and over and never get tired of it. It started funny, then it became a bit sad, then it became funny again, then it became heart-wrenching sad, then it became heart-warming, then it became happy. Wonderful!
And man! Finally we have a 30-something lead girl who is not crazy over getting a boyfriend, having a relationship, getting married and having kids! I sooo love her answer to Tae Kang. I just don’t get it why a lot of our Korean drama characters believe that their happiness depends on finding the right guy. Even my dear Kim Sam Soon whom I truly adore is crazy over finding her Mr. Right. Alright, so Ji Ahn may not be happy. But she doesn’t think that her happiness depends on a guy. And I find it really ‘epic’ how she criticize men in general while swishing a green chili pepper! Chili peppers symbolizes a man’s genitalia, right? Show, you are quite brave (but really, what’s the matter, it’s just a drunk lady who loves spicy stuff that’s why she’s holding a green pepper!)!
To many Kim Sun Ah fans, the drunks-on-the-street scene is quite reminiscent of My Name Is Kim Sam Soon – the guy assist the girl who can barely walk straight, girl started talking to the guy thinking of him as a different person (Sam Soon talked to Jin Hun as if he was her ex-boyfriend, Ji Ahn talking to Tae Kang as if he’s one of her employees), guy can no longer stand drunk girl and leaves her alone. But I must say it is a better version. Again, finally, no piggy-back rides (thank you very much).
However, why does Ji Ahn have to live in Gongju… not… uhm.. Gwanju. 😦 I already know from the news and behind the scene photos many weeks ago that Ji Ahn is not a Seoullite and her hometown is somewhere outside Seoul. I was hoping against all hopes that it’s gonna be Gwanju… but… it’s Gongju. That was close (not distance wise)!
Anyway, I am really REALLY REALLY glad how they executed the entire sequence from the moment it started to rain, to Tae Kang leaving Ji Ahn alone in the rain, to Ji Ahn’s heartbreaking monologue, to Tae Kang heartwarming return with his big umbrella and all, until our delinquent son and daughter decided to stick together. Aww, I have repeated this scene almost a hundred times already!
I just so love their drunken moments… too bad it looks like it’s never gonna happen again since Ji Ahn will be preggers soon…
And yes, another well executed scene – the ‘morning after’. Kudos to the writer and the director. I love their treatment towards the ‘morning after’. First it was very sexy (역시 우리 김슷하이다!). Second, it was very ‘mature’ I must say. Yeah drama, enough of the blame game. They are two adults (although one looks and sometimes acts like 15) who got drunk, checked in a motel, and did the deed. It maybe a mistake but I’m glad no one blamed the other for taking advantage of her and no one blamed the other for seducing him/her. I also love that they spent a great deal of time on this scene, from self-introduction, to pleasantries, to I-can’t-remember-a-thing (which I bet are all lies!), to who gets up first, to
handing throwing over an underwear, to dressing up. I love LOVE LOVE this scene!!!
And say what? It was Tae Kang’s first time? Oh ho! I’d say What’s Up Fox? anyone? I was a bit worried too that it might be too close to What’s Up Fox? but while watching Episode 1, I never see any What’s Up Fox? here. I’d say I only saw I Do I Do. Similarities? It can’t be helped especially if your premise is quite similar I’d say. Anyhow, I’m excited to see Ji Ahn’s reaction when she finds out that Tae Kang lost his virginity to her. I’m just so glad he already finished military service sparing Ji Ahn the embarrassing moment of having to send the father of her baby to the army (that would be too much for her).
And here goes my Miranda Priestly (Devil Wears Prada). And although Hwang Ji Ahn was, somehow, pegged after Miranda Priestly, and even though I loooove Miranda Priestly I think I’ll love Hwang Ji Ahn more. She seems like a Miranda with a slightly bigger heart. She is not as scary, as cold and as unreasonable as Miranda (I’d say asking your employees to come in 2 hrs earlier despite having to render overtime is still more reasonable than asking an employee to book you a flight on a
drizzling stormy day and also asking your employee to get the unpublished manuscript of Harry Potter book 7). But she is respected, feared – yes, smart and very passionate towards her work. She’s actually nice, but she’ll easily snap once provoked. And if Miranda has her trademark “That’s all”, our Korean Miranda snaps her finger every now and then (aww, I love how Kim Sun Ah does it *snaps fingers*).
I’m not really into shoes and i only have a pair of sneakers but I must say the shoe closet is AWESOME (but, is it just me or can we really see the same shoe that Tae Kang submitted to the contest on Episode 2 there on her shoe closet? Near the 15 mark? Mr. Production Designer and Mr. Art Director, please tell me I’m just seeing things)!
Now I don’t know if the scene on the clinic was intentionally meant to be a what… parody (?) of Scent Of A Woman mashed-up with What’s Up Fox? but I swear I cringed when Ji Ahn asked 많이 심각해? (Is it very serious?) and almost expected to see Dr. Chae Eun Seok’s face instead telling her her stomach is full of stools. Seriously, I was afraid it’s gonna be another What’s Up Fox? wherein she’ll have some sort of tumor on her ovaries and it needs to be removed. Or worse, cancer ala Scent of a Woman. I’m glad it’s an early menopause, but I just don’t get why does the doctor needs to be overly dramatic?
I like how the scene revealed how busy a woman Ji Ahn is (ouch!). And I also like her very casual reaction towards it. Yet it was also revealed, that somehow, she is a bit (just a teeny bit) concerned/worried about it too.
And another ‘epic’ and unpredictable scene – the blind date scene. At first, just like everyone I guess, I was disturbed with the “my mommy” banter of Dr. Eun Seong, but it turned out to be quite a cool blind date for both of them.
And here I am with my second-lead syndrome. The cute Tae Kang or Dr. Jo Eun Seok who is capable, a seemingly perfect match to Ji Ahn, and not to mention handsome? God help me! This is just Episode 1 and my heart is torn between these 2 guys. Actually I am more biased to Eun Seong after this scene. Him and Ji Ahn clicked right away. And it would actually be perfect for Ji Ahn. Her parents approve of her. He’s a doctor. They are of the same age, same social status. I mean, just imagine how complicated things will be with Tae Kang? A high school graduate Tae Kang. A shoe imitator Tae Kang. An immature Tae Kang. A young Tae Kang. Lead guys, why are you so complicated? And why do you keep making the lead girls cry? Why the second leads are always perfect? I can sense a heartbreak for me in the future… because I know that Ji Ahn and Eun Seong will never EVER end up together… Kdramaland doesn’t permit that. 😥 But the thing is, this looks like the drama’s going to be more and more interesting. It’s not a matter of who will Ji Ahn choose, the father of your child that you love (I bet she’ll love him in the future) or a perfect match guy that you don’t love that much? because we all know who’ll end up with her anyway. But it’s the fact that it’s going to be difficult for Ji Ahn to chose between the two guys. Sigh. One minute I was spazzing over Tae Kang and his cuteness overload. And the next I want to hit him for impregnating Ji Ahn because that would make Ji Ahn and Eun Seong impossible.
Overall it was not just a fun and hilarious episode, but it’s also very touching. I also like how the plot moved and how “full” the first episode was.
I love the parallelism of Tae Kang’s love for his Beyonce and how Ji Ahn loves her shoes, treating them as human… talking to them as if they were little kids. Is this an indication how they will be towards their child in the future? I was worried that they’ll be the craziest parents in the world, but seeing how they are capable of loving a motorbike and a high heels this way, then I’m feeling a bit more at ease in their parenting abilities. I’m also thinking, will there come a time in the future when they would have to sacrifice those things that they truly treasure for each other… or for their future baby?
And I specially love our Ji Ahn and it’s not just because I am a Kim Sun Ah fan. I love how she resembles a typical Kdrama guy more than the typical Kdrama girl. She is rich and successful. She is ditching blind dates. And she fatefully met a guy very different from her world. I love how smart and witty and strong she is. Reminds me so much of Kim Sam Soon’s don’t-you-dare-mess-with-me attitude which is, somehow, quite rare in Kdramaland. I love how Ji Ahn is in control and is not some damsel in distress (that’s overpopulation Kdramaland) that needs to be saved. And even if the way she ran out of her father’s 70th birthday party is a ‘Cinderella moment’, I don’t see a typical Cinderella here.
I also love how we are all aware already of what’s gonna happen to Ji Ahn making us engaged on the show. It makes me want to warn the characters in advance, especially Ji Ahn, “Hey your life will change drastically. Get ready.”
This is the 4th drama of Kim Sun Ah that I am watching live. Still, I can’t understand the entire drama yet while watching it live, but I can say I’ve improved especially if I compare it when I was watching When It’s At Night or City Hall. I can somehow understand what’s happening and what they were saying now, but there are still a lot of new words that I don’t know, and when missed, could entirely change my understanding of the drama. Sigh, I realized I still have to study a lot… hopefully on Sun Ah Unnie’s next drama, I would understand it better. For the meantime, I’ll learn as much as I can as I watch I Do I Do.
New words I learned from this episode:
호적 family registry
수리비 repair cost
칠순 잔치 70th birthday party
지방 province, district (outside seoul)
야 너 걸렸다! (너 딱 걸렸어!)
필름이 끊겼다 – to be blacked out
베개 – pillow
외박 – sleep out
계부 – step father
폐경 – menopause
생리통 – menstrual cramps
입양 – adoption
산부인과 의사 – gynecologist