Last week’s episode with Shoo and twin girls Ra Hee and Ra Yul had the highest ratings of season two with 7% viewership. What do I know. However, I like that the first generation girls’ idol group S.E.S. (of which Shoo was a member) still holds a special place in the hearts of Korean k-pop music lovers. Sunny secretly invited Shoo’s husband and former pro basketball player, Im Hyo Sung, to join them for dinner at the Roommate household. Hyo Sung and Shoo shared their sweet love story. Hyo Sung brought bags of macaroons and cookies for Sunny as her long time fan. S.E.S. met Girls’ Generation as Shoo and Sunny danced to Gee, for the appreciative male audience. Can I just say my heart hurt for Ryohei who was in the kitchen by himself preparing the twins’ favorite black bean noodles, as he once again gave his silent, behind-the-scenes attention to the girls who are scared of him. Good thing they chowed it down like mad. Ra Hee and Ra Yul eat very well. Thank you for the meal, Uncle Ryohei!
Free Throw Battle
Se Ho suggested a free throw battle between Jackson and Hyo Sung. Bets were made. If Jackson won, the guests would do the dishes – no small feat with counters stacked high. If Hyo Sung won, then the Roommates would give the couple a date coupon for a day of babysitting. I rooted for Hyo Sung to win a date day for Shoo. It was close with a score of 4-5, but who could be a match for a pro b-ball player? Date! Date! Date!
Much vagueness. Gook Ju, Sunny, and Nana sat around not mentioning celebrity names they dated in the past. It is clear that privacy is a trade-off in the idol world and dates amount to car rides, visits at home (but whose living situation allows that in dormitory quarters), and a rare movie in a town far away. Break ups, make ups – they were all discussed in girl code with no specifics. Except for Nana’s favorite gift she received from a boyfriend – a photo book of memories. She said it was better than a diamond or a luxury brand name purse. Um, not always. Sunny received a handmade puzzle for her birthday that almost but not quite resulted in a make up after a break up.
Dong Wook came prepared with a Korean lesson for Ryohei and Joon-hyung. The assignment was dictation – he would read a proverb and they were to write it. “A rolling stone gathers no moss.” Since Joon-hyung got it right, he offered an unconventional explanation to Ryohei, who then did a hilarious fake interview with the press to explain the proverb’s meaning in his life. More proverb dictation and writing practice ensued with a promise that the lessons would continue. Girl talk and guy time – wow, so different.
Thank goodness the guys joined the gals whose conversation about boyfriends had gone south and depressing. Joon-hyung offered to be the counselor with an invitation to “ask me anything.” Dong-wook was the funniest when he said [about Joon-hyung], “He’s only been dating for 30 years now.” The guys offered meaningless advice and worthless comments that amounted to clichés along the lines of “women, you can’t live with them and you can’t live without them,” and “don’t try to figure them out.” Or such un-clever comments like, “Just agree with everything they say. Don’t ask. Don’t give an honest opinion.” They proceeded to act out a scenario with the guy making no-win responses to the gal’s contradictory demands. No wonder they are all single.
Yep, that’s plural – d-o-g-s. If for no other reason, I loved this segment with Min-woo! To Cucumber’s surprise, more dogs showed up in her house. Nana brought her Boston terrier, Rubber, to visit. Young-ji brought her two sheep, as Min-woo called them, Leon (short for Napoleon) and Fruit. Actually, they are Bedllington Terriers and, in true terrier fashion, were fast, frisky and boing-y. How could there not be chaos and trouble with four barely trained dogs and a half-dozen people all running around the living room? Nana got Rubber to do a couple of tricks, and Young-ji’s dogs did their terrier version of obeying commands (as in it barely counts). It was time to go outside, but not before somebody peed and Joon-hyung stepped in it. Oh, and mature adult that he is, he chased Jackson upstairs with the pee-soaked tissue and flung it at him. I just – no words. I loved how Min-woo worked with Cucumber to jump through a hoop. They set up an obstacle course outside for the dogs, but after a few half-hearted rounds, the dogs and owners gave up.
Bath time! It was a communal dog wash as four dogs and three people crowded in for a soaping and a rinse after outdoor playtime. So cute!