I’ve lost all hope that Cucumber will ever be under control. She is the most untrained show dog around. The Roommates are reactive and not proactive in her care. The yard looks fenced in, why not let her run around freely outside? Clearly, it is what it is.
Gook Ju’s Guests
Comedians Kim Min Kyung and Hong Yoon Hwa hung out at the Roommates’ house for an afternoon. The plus sized queens of comedy, as they are dubbed, hauled in an impressive amount of meat for a meat party (which kind of has a gross ring to it). Nevertheless, the sound of sizzling meat on the grill made all three very happy, and with steamed red bean buns, Min Kyung enviously said that Gook Ju was lucky with, “hot buns, men, everything.” Sizzle. Young-ji joined them, and it was fascinating to watch them eat huge meat wraps deliciously without restraint.
“Yo. Bam! What’s up, man? Bam!” Joon-hyung arrived. The poor guy was overwhelmed and frustrated by the all-out attention he got from da goils. He escaped to his room as soon as he could, but not before being put on the spot to rate their sizes from skinniest (Gook Ju because she was taller) to not skinniest. It was an awkward request, even in jest, as there is no good outcome. The guests were disappointed that the guys, especially Kang Joon, were not at home and toured their empty rooms, lingering at what they imagined to be handsome manly scents.
(side note) Visitors in general often comment on the luxurious, spacious Roommate house. It made me think that Kang-joon and Nana knew what they were doing when they stayed on for season 2 and avoided returning to their crowded idol dorm quarters.
Am I the only one who found this segment rather gloomy? Ryohei, Joon-hyung, and Dong Wook huddled over a small grill fire in the snowy backyard discussing phobias, plans to quit smoking, year-end reflections, and goals for 2015. Somehow it didn’t make for great variety show material. When Dong Wook said 2014 wasn’t what he expected and he “wanted to return to the confident person I was,” I felt burdened for him. He looked so gray and dejected. Joon-hyung passed along his grandmother’s advice as encouragement, “If you live your life without greed you will be happy.” What happened to the bright and handsome Heart to Heart host from just a few years ago? I want to say, “Snap out of it, Wookie, look on the sunny side of life and maybe even meet a nice girlfriend.” Eating sweet potatoes over the fire in their heavy coats just made them seem all the more like old men chawing the fat. Then Dong Wook lost at kai-bai-boh and got snow dumped on him in just a tee-shirt. Brrr. Sad.
Thank goodness for the carefree maknaes Jackson and Young-ji plus Gook Ju who formed Wejang, a new-at-this-very-minute group that made their fake debut. Wearing cheap, cheesy animal print and gold lamé costumes they performed a semi-sexy food song and dance. The impromptu MV-style show upstairs with special appearance by Cucumber was a sharp contrast to the morose ahjussis outside who glanced up at the noise coming from the house and commented, “The kids sure do know how to have fun.” At that moment, they seemed like grandpas living vicariously through their grandchildren’s wild antics as if transported back to the olden golden days of their youths.
After staying up and talking all night, Ryohie and Joon-hyung decided to take a trip to Gangwon-do. Friendly Joon-hyung asked a local resident if there was a coffee shop around like Starbucks…I don’t think so. She did, however, point them in the direction of a tea house where they enjoyed black herbal tea with egg drop and nuts and two-two-two coffee. The tea house has been around for over 50 years and the owner tried to provide them with some history. But you could see the words fly over the heads of our not very good with the Korean language boys. Yet, they were intrigued by the something-something story of an exiled king and went to Young Wol to investigate. There they found an open-roofed museum and the house of exiled King Danjong.* Thankfully, they spoke with a docent who helped fill in the gaps of Joon-hyung’s dumbing down version of the historical event with accurate details. Upon observing a 700 year-old pine tree – a national treasure – Joon-hyung sighed, “This whole island is sad.” That is, perhaps, the most philosophical thing our 47-year-old revived g.o.d.member has ever said. ♥
The island had another place to visit, the Youngwol Radio Star Museum, where the movie Radio Star was filmed. Visitors can simulate a live broadcast from the studio, which is exactly what they did, wishing their virtual viewers a happy new year! The two of them were cute together on their little jaunt.
As if teasing the viewers, the faceless narrator promised, “Next week we’ll reveal girls’ talk.” This refers to Sunny, Nana, and Gook Ju’s girl talk about boyfriends and relationships. When asked if she was in a relationship, Sunny replied that there are serious relationships and not-so-serious relationships. She also caught herself and laughed that this was being broadcast. Okay, here’s the thing, if we go on previews, then get ready for yet another Roommate disappointment. For example, at the end of the Christmas party where Jackson’s parents surprised him, the preview showed him on a date with his mom. Last week, the preview showed Jackson at the training gym with Ga-yeon. Preview clips are even circulating. Show, there are some things you just don’t fool with and that’s viewers’ love for the things that make Roommates what it is. If you keep teasing us, we are going to cry “foul” and lose interest. The least you can do is come through with the big things that are previewed. My opinion and my point.
* I liked this blog’s information on King Danjong, Youngwol, and other Joseon era kingships. This is offered as background to The Princess’ Man – a bonus connection.