Well, friends, Random, er, I mean Roommate Season 2 has come to an end. I am not sure what to think, I guess the hype for a season 3 went pfft and that’s all she wrote. It was the group discussions and comments, even more so than the show itself, that made this post fun for me. Our favorite moments, biases, rants, and diversions made the comments section a great go-to place for a break in the daily routine. So, here is the last hurrah with the group of roommates who brought us lots of laughs and memories and good times together.
What is with Korean reality shows lately that the producers think air time at the doctor’s office is entertaining? First, it was 1N2D, then The Human Condition, and now Roommate. I wonder if it is a public service push on health via the celebrities? If so, they might want to think about anti-smoking campaigns and moderate alcohol consumption, as South Korea is way up there in both categories for very high rates. Anyhoot, I cringed several times over tmi and plenty of poop talk, but what can I say? Jong Ok, Se Ho, Dong Wook, and Ryohei took part in physicals that included an endoscopy and colonoscopy (if they chose). I had to laugh when Jong Ok told her blood gushing horror story experience at her last endoscopy and Ryohei was sweating bullets.
The guys’ sick humor in their sad patient pajamas was pretty pathetic, but it helped pass the time until they were called. Se Ho was non-stop talkative in the procedure room and asked for a blow-by-blow, bad news or good. Ryohei was just plain terrified, I don’t think he likes needles or hospitals in general, for that matter.
Poor Dong Wook was a whiter shade of pale when the doc told him he had some irritated spots and he removed a polyp. (Dong Wook said he felt when the doctor removed it, ha. No way, said the doc.) The guys were such mega babies about the whole thing, and Jong Ok took it like a pro. Overall, they received good health checkups with no major worries.
I’ll start out by saying that I am pretty sure Joon Hyung wished he had gone with the colonoscopy crowd. The yoga instructor prepared a session of flying yoga for Sunny, Youngji, Nana, and Joon Hyung (one of these things is not like the others…). She gave a lovely presentation of graceful yoga positions with the hammock. Nana and Sunny were naturals and produced lovely lines with their lithesome limbs. Youngji easily picked up the moves and stretches as well. Just watching them was relaxing. Except for the thud that Joon made when his fists hit the ground as he hung helplessly from the hammock. Once, if not twice, the instructor and Nana had to untangle him from his precarious positions. He made it painfully clear that the family jewels were not made for such an apparatus. The vampire position was especially appropriate in light of the fact that several of us are watching Blood. Sunny and Nana were folded nicely into their best vampire position, and received the shoulder stretching benefit of the pose. Count Joonacula, not so much. (I am a Pilates aficionado and know what I am talking about when I say that Joon Hyung does not have a strong core.) Poor guy was tangled and twisted and miserable the whole time. There was a round of applause in appreciation of the graceful flying yoga instructor and the effort by today’s students.
Namsan Walking Event
Gook Ju signed up Se Ho, Ryohei, Min Woo, Youngji and herself along with 3,000 other participants for the 5.2 meter walk along the Namsan Trail. The cherry blossom lined trail is a couple’s destination, and Youngji suggested that Se Ho consider it an opportunity for meeting his destiny. That gave him the needed encouragement to suit up and sprint along the trail in search of a soul-mate. When they announced that Min Shin Ah would join the walkers today, Se Ho rushed to the stage to get a glimpse of the goddess. It was too far-fetched, even for Se Ho, to approach her as his destiny.
The next stop was a music group playing outdoors. Se Ho teamed up with the singer for a Samba number. She politely joined in, but sent him on his way with wishes that he meet someone good today (meaning, not her). There were several shots of Min Woo, but not much action and even fewer words. Still, I was glad he made an appearance on the final episode. Always on your side, Min Woo, fighting!
I’m not exactly sure why they did tae bae bo and the winner had to carry Gook Ju on his back, but Min Woo went flat as a pancake when he tried to lift her, Se Ho struggled miserably, and Ryohei toppled over head first. In the end, Gook Ju carried Ryohei which made her just as happy. The sun and glorious cherry blossoms made for a successful afternoon for our outdroors-y roommate group.
After eight months at the Roommate Household, it was time to say goodbye. They decided to bring a prized possession to give as a gift and drew numbers.
Actually, several members were absent (Kang Joon, Dong Wook, Min Woo, and Youngji). Sunny was so excited to get first pick, but ended up with Youngji’s silly large pumpkin zonk gift. Gook Ju received g.o.d. paraphernalia from Joon Hyung, including well-worn idol socks. Nana scored big with matching chipmunk pajamas from Sunny. Joon Hyung received the most useful gift from Jong Ok. It was an herbal relaxation rock and incense. He placed on his stomach the rest of the show. What could be more fitting than for Jackson to receive Nana’s costumes – the very ones she wore on stage- as a gift. Of course he had to model them and looked charmingly manly in her dress. One last shot of Cucumber, whose fate we can only hope and pray will be one of care and proper attention, and Roommate Season 2 will no longer be there for us on Tuesday nights. It’s been swell.
안녕히 가세요. [an-nyeong-hi ga-se-yo]
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