It’s Roommate 2015!
Intertwined throughout this episode about the roommates delivering coal briquettes to the elderly were snippets of random conversations. Se Ho met up with a friend, Jang Yae Won, after her late night shift as DJ on “A Night Like This” radio program. Back in season 1 there was an episode with Yae Won’s colleague, Jung Shik, who aggressively questioned Se Ho about his past crush on her. But in today’s episode, Yae Won and Se Ho agreed it was more like a brother and sister friendship where they had a meal together and also run into each other occasionally since they share a stylist.
Yae Won joined the roommates for an evening of sharing DJ stories. Digging into the past revealed that Dong Wook was the lunchtime DJ at his high school with the call sign, “Freedom of the press and the sound of faith.” Everyone cracked up. At the time, I suppose it sounded grand and idealistic to our high schooler, Dong Wook. Sunny’s morning talk show call sign, “I’ll be waiting here again for you tomorrow,” brought groans of “cheesy,” and Yae Won’s call sign, “Thanks for sharing these past two hours with me. Shall we go to bed now?” made hearts flutter. I was surprised that she is only 24. Even Jong Ok had a talk show back in the day with an opening song titled, “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” Who knows, the mention of the song that no one else had heard of might have a comeback because of Roommate.
There was brief footage of the SBS Entertainment Awards 2014, but for pictures and comments, check out the SBS Entertainment Awards 2014 post on my blog below for Roommate highlights. (I’ve added a few bonus pictures at the end here just because.)
Cold, Icy, Brutal Winds, and Snow
The episode centered around the roommates and friends helping elderly residents who live the the shantytown known as Bukjeong Village by delivering coal briquettes to their homes for the cold winter ahead. Without their help, I don’t know what these 70+ to 90 year-olds, many who live alone, would have done. Se Ho and Dong Wook got the ball rolling by ordering the briquettes, and met the delivery truck in Bukjeong at 7:55 a.m. in the blowing snow and unforgiving wind. They even delivered the first couple hundred briquettes themselves before reinforcement arrived. They are the heroes of this episode for their gallant efforts. Nearly all the roommates bundled up and joined in the community project to deliver 1400 briquettes to 7 homes. The conditions were perilous, the roads were narrow, and the 12 steps of torture at the end of the uphill trek with briquettes on their backs made for hard work. Friends of friends pitched in to help. GOT7, 5urprise (Kang Joon’s group), Se Ho’s friends (who stuck it out wearing the suits they showed up in since they’d been told to come to a party with Girls’ Generation – yeah, right – I did feel kinda bad for them), Young-ji’s fans, and Yae Won – 23 in all – worked for 9 straight hours to get the job done. Gold stars for all the helpers – you rock *n roll!
GOT7 Bam Bam’s spindly legs looked like they would snap with the load on his back. Here is Young-ji helping him maneuver through the narrow street for a successful delivery at the home of an elderly auntie.
Sunny and Bam Bam are at the end of the human assembly line they formed to pass the coal briquette by briquette from wheelbarrow to storage room in the house.
It was heartwarming when the grateful ahjumma invited them into her home for a warm meal and at least 16 of them crowded around the table she set in her modest kitchen with a simple but precious kimchi and two bean paste stew meal. I nearly cried at the effort she made to feed them. Cute, bashful Bam Bam rapped in Thai to Jackson’s beat box for entertainment. It was a long, hard day but it must have brought great satisfaction to workers and recipients alike.
Public Bathhouse Time
Four weary men, Se Ho, Dong Wook, Jackson, and Kang Joon headed to the town’s 30 year-old public bathhouse. Of course they had a holding your breath underwater contest – Jackson surprised me by being the first one up. He and Dong Wook lost the bet (there’s no competition without a bet, in this case, food). Se Ho and Jackson told father and son bathhouse stories. Se Ho recalled how he and his father would always eat at a Chinese restaurant afterwards. For Jackson, it was sharing a Jacuzzi with his father after fencing training and getting special pointers on lethal moves.
Our fit twenty-something-year-olds.
Late That Night
I expected to hear Auld Lang Syne in the background as Ryohei, Joon-hyung, and Dong Wook roasted potatoes on a snowy night in the back yard and reflected. Dong Wook resolved to be more empathetic and a better listener, and Ryohei and Joon-hyung promised to learn Korean. Huh, Joon-hyung? You are Korean. But, according to him, his struggles are with the tricky written Korean nuances. Ryohei was dubbed the best listener, but as Dong Wook pointed out, since he is on a reality show, he might want to speak up a little more. They were so cute ribbing each other – nyuk nyuk!
*Bonus pictures from SBS Entertainment Awards 2014 (for more pictures, see Roommate SBS Entertainment Awards post below). Not many could look as dapper in a blue and black checked suit as our Park Min-woo. Young-ji seems to be a sweet as her picture.
p.s. I expected this episode to feature Jackson and his mother on their “date” as seen in the preview, but I am not disappointed as the roommates did a good thing to help the community of elderly people and came through thanks to good friends who joined them. I look forward to that next week.