Springtime Spruce up with Roommates
Jackson picked up where he left off and headed to the backyard to check on Regal. (You’ll have to forgive me, but I just can’t call our little donkey friend by his 2-day name, Michael.) I’m surprised Jackson didn’t do his signature flip to perk up Regal’s less than enthusiastic reaction this morning. However, in true Jackson form, he changed into an Eeyore costume thinking that Regal might recognize a fellow Equus asinus. Considering that poor Regal was uprooted from his comfy environment in the countryside, not to mention being separated from daughter Young Dal, perhaps being homesick was not too far-fetched. A delicious sugar cube treat and Young-ji’s soothing presence seemed to help.
Kang Joon arrived home from his busy schedule. He brought a birthday present for Jackson, a box of uhh, personalized underwear for the commercial Jackson said he wanted to shoot. Designs included GOT7 and bromance Seo&Wang brands- too funny. All this prompted a Jackson’s Secret commercial, take 1 & 2. (For the Seho version, I closed my eyes. No thanks.)
In anticipation of the arrival of co-star Kim Hyun Joo, Kang Joon busily prepared spring rolls. Seho and Ryohie, who were delusional about their cooking abilities after one lesson with master chef Choi, dived in to make a pasta dish. Brunette Joon Hyung wanted to make a dish, too (why not?), and created a tomato sauce. It was a spontaneous moment of too many cooks in the kitchen.
Actress Kim Hyun Joo (who co-starred with Kang Joon in the drama What’s With This Family) arrived. She and Joon Hyung warmly greeted each other with back in the day memories of a radio segment they did together as DJs. Kang Joon gave Hyun Joo a house tour that included their messy guy dorm room. Eeyore Jackson traipsed along at their heels. Not one to miss a chance, Jackson covered her eyes and took her outside to meet Regal and asked to borrow 20 million won to buy him. That Jackson is just too much to take seriously, sometimes.
The Roommate chefs, loosely speaking, served Hyun Joo a meal complete with wine. The cooking with seduction moves that were so natural with Chef Choi were completely lost in translation with Seho’s attempts at pouring wine and hand turning the pepper mill. He seems to be his own worst enemy in that area. The entire table of “chefs” waited nervously for Hyun Joo’s taste test. The results: Kang Joon’s spring roll won all around first place, Joon Hyung’s tomato sauce won the taste award, and Ryohei and Seho’s pasta – a salty fail. They were so disappointed. It’s back to the drawing board for you two.
Gook Ju and Young Ji went shopping for things to spruce up the house. They lingered over the seeds selection and got some tips from the owner on planting in their yard. Gook Ju hand-picked a variety of peppers to keep things hot and spicy (wink wink). On to Dongdaemun market for fabrics and home goods. They chose pretty yellow fabrics from the vast and glorious selection to update the household and live brightly. Multi-talented Hyun Joo set up the sewing machine. Roommate random moments are becoming the norm, like Hyun Joo’s sewing machine dance that Seho pulled up on his phone. (The guys were impressed.) She was a whiz on the sewing machine and with an appreciative roommate audience, whipped up bright pillow covers to spruce up the household. She even mended Seho’s pjs.
Eeyore Jackson, Brunette Hyung Joon, and Carrot Young-ji took Regal for a walk around the block, as if he were their pet dog. Regal happily trotted along and Jackson didn’t miss a beat in asking Joon for 20 million won. One way or another, Jackson is going to get the money to buy Regal. Joon Hyung calmed him down and promised Jackson that they could visit Regal once a month.
Kang Joon and Hyun Joo went grocery shopping for dinner. Kang Joon grabbed just the right moment to tell Hyun Joo that when he is older, instead of drama roles as siblings, perhaps they will be lovers. (“When you are older you will still be in your twenties?” laughed Hyun Joo and said she would make an effort not to age.) With the arrival of Kim Jung Nan it truly was a What’s With This Family gathering. Cucumber demonstrated her new sitting and heeling skills for the guests. (Can we hope that they’re really keeping up with her training?) The noonas enjoyed kitchen attention from the Roommate flower boys as they prepared dinner. Jackson took care of guest Jung Nan by giving her a house tour. The dinner menu consisted of steak and mushrooms in wine sauce with rice and wild chives – yummy!
They talked around the dinner table about their six months on the set together and the many bonding experiences. Jung Nan had compliments for Kang Joon as a good young actor, well-mannered, and a pretty smile. Agreed! Not to be outdone, handsome flower boy Jackson went with the moment and gave Jung Nan and Hyun Joo a shoulder massage. Next round, Kang Joon provided after-dinner entertainment on the piano and Jackson followed up with a serenade.
Lovely Hyun Joo, woman of many talents, played the guitar. Jackson impressed the guests with beatbox (works every time), and the evening wrapped up with a lighthearted sing-along. Somehow Joon Hyung slept through the entire evening and missed out on a decent steak dinner.
At the close of the day, it was time to say goodbye to Regal. The owner stopped by to pick him up. I nearly cried when Regal stayed close to Jackson as if reluctant to leave. It was one last ride on Regal, then Jackson bid his little friend a fond farewell.
* A shout out to my ghostwriter who provided inspiration and motivation with ideas for this week’s recap. You know who you are~ \/
Here is the latest news (rumor) about Roommate as posted on the SBS Roommate Facebook site:
March 16th, 2015.
Dear beloved international viewers,
Our hearts ache as we are delivering a sudden announcement to you. “It’s Okay, Roommate” Season 2 is officially coming to an end. However, as the production team is finishing up the last filming session for this season, SBS has decided to take on a new season. Season 3 will include mostly actors who have not been on variety shows and the team is discussing other possible candidates. Most of our current members from Season 2 will leave as new members shall join to take the program on a new direction. The show’s concept will be kept the same, however, please also expect some new changes.
We have been together for more than six months, and now it is time to close this chapter. We sincerely thank you for your love and kind words, as well as feedback and criticisms.
Once again, thank you everyone. We will continue to update you regarding the new season as soon as possible.
Written by Dawon@KoreanRoommate