I’ve seen this episode referred to as Roommate Season 2 episode 1 and Roommate episode 21. The new cast showed up and I have to say they are a likable bunch if only for the fact that they are rather wild – which I am sure had something to do with why they were chosen. Actually, the degrees of wildness are a wide range with Park Joon-hyung, Jackson and Guk Joo clearly on the wilder side than Otani Ryohei and Bae Jang Ok. Sunny and Heo Young-ji fall somewhere in between. I am already worried that Min-woo will get lost in the shuffle, but he certainly is looking dapper these days. Somehow he holds his own so let’s hope my worries are unfounded.
Nana was calmly cooking in the kitchen and greeted the guests in an apron like it was her castle. She has been a welcome surprise as one of the more stable roommates in terms of availability and consistency. Nana goes with the flow and gets 100 points for that. Of the remaining cast from season 1, Nana might be the most capable in the kitchen. Oops,maybe not, she just burned the egg roll.
Cucumber the Beagle roamed around freely; it didn’t appear that anyone in particular was caring for her (him?) until Kang-joon showed up and took responsibility. I hope the chaos isn’t too much for our resident puppy.
Gook Ju volunteered that she is blood type B but not bipolar. Oooookay. She came equipped with a personal barbeque for grilling any time and any place. I am still laughing at Park Joon-hyung calling her Gook Juice. Joon-hyung is a no-script man-child and proud of it. As Mr. Yo (his standard greeting), Joon-hyung is as hyper as a 46 year-old could possibly be. He described himself as first generation idol to hit 40s, but never mind that, he can easily relate to baby Jackson. Who, by the way, is Mr. Yo’s equal in hyper-ness. I lost count of Jackson’s martial arts jump flip greeting which he insisted on doing even when everyone said don’t bother to again. Loose cannon Jackson is all over the place and must have said he was bored a half dozen times already. Someone is going to have to keep this dude entertained 24/7. (But not by assigning him to wash dishes, Seho. Minus 100 points for that.) By the way, I don’t believe for a minute that Jackson is scared of Nana as he claims.
Suk Goo Jackson
Actor Otani Ryohei is rooming with Joon-hyung. Good luck with that. Otani Ryohei packed two Japanese swords – cool. Used to living on his own, Otani Ryohei could be overwhelmed with things like Guk Soo dancing to the sound of barbeque (she claimed that all on her own), four flower boys, three female idols, and just the general chaos of 11 roommates.
Sunny from Girl’s Generation seems sunshine-y enough. Sunny is a senior in the world of idols and shows that confidence. Heo Young-ji (KARA) arrived last. She said she gets flak for her laugh, but I like it on her. Poor maknae Young-ji was nervous when she had to get Sunny to come and eat. The idol hierarchy is serious and intimidating I guess. I am glad they’re not roomies because it would be awkward. Veteran actress Bae Jong Ok is the eldest member of the household. She is charming but not stuffy at all and insisted right off the bat that everyone call her Noona. Everyone cheered.
The roommate situation-who’s sleeping with who-got sorted out. Dong-wook, Min-woo, and Seho are together. I’m not sure if their styles will match. Bae Jong Ok and Sunny -I think they’ll have fun together. Nana, Young-ji and Guk Soo will probably care for one another well. Jackson and Kang-joon – Jackson might be a handful for polite Kang-joon. The pressure’s on to up the ratings with the new mix of celebs. Does anyone think it can happen? Roommates, let’s go!