These two episodes were just too good. Shi-won and Yoon-jae. This couple is just undeniably perfect in every way. As pinkblossom puts it, Shi-won is truly Yoon-jae’s master. She just hits that spot in his heart every time. These scenes just speed up my heart beat and make me go 120% fangirl moment! I just LOVE Yoon-jae’s reaction each time.
1. Shi-won calls him out on his fake girlfriend, when they meet for the 1st time in 6 years. His face is priceless when she calls Joon-hee. And later, he goes nuts and gets mad at Joon-hee. Did you see the fit he threw after he realized he outed himself? LOL
2. Shi-won asking him if he likes her. Then confessing to him. He looks like he can’t breathe. Pulling over to the side. And the voice-over just puts me over the edge. His frustration at his own hesitation.
3. The Kiss. No explanation necessary. Perfect in every way.
But most of all, I think we forget how good the other characters are because we get drawn in by the main couple so much. It hasn’t been often where I watched a drama that have such a strong ensemble of secondary actors/actresses and plot line/character growth for each of them. I mean remember that drama called Big? And how NONE of the secondary characters matured or even did anything useful? Yah. Answer Me 1997 is so good in this aspect. See examples below. (Yes I love numbered lists. It’s easier for me to read.)
1. Yoo-jung. You really blew me away with your acting. When father passes away, Yoo-jung tells her friends to value their time with their parents. That crying was so genuine, so touching. I felt a little guilty I’m not nicer to my parents.
2. Hak-chan. When you climbed onto that bus, I felt like the story was complete. You were a MAN. Then Yoo-jung bursting into tears. Another unforgettable moment. You were there for her.
3. Sung-jae. Often in this drama, I forget you’re there. I don’t like talkative guys. But like pinkblossom said, you’ve got a heart of gold. I respect you. You really helped that halmoni out. I was touched.
4. Joon-hee. You have the biggest heart of anyone ever in drama land. Your strength and maturity is much needed in this drama! My heart can’t break anymore for you than it already has. I hope you will find someone who is completely and totally as amazing as you are.
But one gripe I do have is Tae-woong. I just can’t get that such a successful mature man will wait around for Shi-won, the high-schooler then college-girl for SIX YEARS. It makes sense for Yoon-jae cause they grew up together, and that he obsessed about her for a good long time before that. But Tae-woong, you’re the oppa (not the lover oppa) but the guy/teacher that watched Shi-won grow up. Like you probably helped change her diapers, dude. This is kind of weird don’t you think? I mean you are seriously the nicest guy ever, and I don’t dislike you. But are you a straight hot-blooded male? Tons of hot girls be throwing themselves at you, and you like Shi-won? The girl who straight-up rejected you? I don’t know how to explain my disbelief in this part of the story. But I guess this is a drama…and there must be some unrealistic parts…
Anyway, these 2 episodes really made me uber-happy. I am looking forward to more Yoon-jae and Shi-won couple moments. Particularly them telling Shi-won’s parents that they are together. I wonder how that conversation will go! Please episode 15, 16 be good to me. I don’t want to cry in a corner because of a bad ending. Thank you! Omg I’ve talked too much. Will shut up now…
Wow. *pinch myself* Wow. *pinch myself again* Whitecarrot, I think you need to come over here and pinch me. Preferably where I didn’t just pinch myself twice – it kinda hurts. Come again, whitecarrot? You don’t know what I’m saying ’cause no sound is coming out of my mouth? Oh. Maybe all that screaming at the computer screen did in my voice. And the additional screaming as I hit ‘rewind’ twenty bajillion times at the end of Episode 14. Can’t forget the ‘rewatch’ on the Youtube clips you so kindly provided. Yeah, maybe my voice will come back in a week or so. Just in time for another spazz session for Episode 15.
Since I can’t scream and shout at – or perhaps with? – y’all, I’ll just stick to words on paper. Or a computer screen. Same difference. Aaanyway, Episodes 13 and 14. I’ve said this already, but this show is driving me CRAZY. ABSOLUTELY CRAZY. Answer Me 1997 was originally introduced/promoted as a sitcom, which kinda corrrnfused me. Sitcoms don’t usually follow the path this show has taken. But the more I watch this show, the more I see why it may indeed be a sitcom. It’s definitely muuuch more than the usual sitcom – American or Korean – but at its core, Answer Me 1997 is a situation comedy portraying the lives of a group of friends. This show has ‘drama’ in spades: you can’t get any more dramatic than every single character pining for their first love, than star-crossed lovers doomed (well, hoping for not doomed!!) by the ties of family, than enduring the pains of separation and maturation. But this show also has ‘comedy’ down to an art, and it was so beautifully done this week. We had quite a bit of tears and heartbreak in these two episodes, enough to rival the agony of separations last week. But each time, there was a touch of whimsy or a well-turned phrase to lighten the sadness pervading the Answer Me 1997 world. And for that, I elevate this show to more than mere entertainment. It’s more than fluff used to pass my time.
Many were worried about the time jump, for a variety of reasons, and nearly all were supremely satisfied with how that six-year jump was handled and executed. Yes, the characters have the same hairstyles. Yes, they don’t look a day older than when they went off to college. But the writers and directors used accents, attire, and, most importantly, attitudes to clearly differentiate these adults from the teens we came to love the first 12 episodes. You could palpably feel the changes time had wrought on the group of friends. And perhaps those changes were what made it all the sweeter when Yoon-jae was so easily “reset” to his ’90s self. Seriously? I just died watching this man-child. He is SO whipped, it’s not even funny.
As I mentioned after Episode 12, the separation and 6 years finally gave Shi-won the opportunity, if you will, to come to terms with her feelings and pursue Yoon-jae. He is still so desperately in love with Shi-won, but he made a conscious and determined effort to rebuff her overtures, which was refreshing and, even, needed. Shi-won can’t just passively ‘fall into’ a relationship with Yoon-jae as she did with Tae-woong. Tae-woong declared his feelings, Shi-won liked him well enough as an older brother figure, and so she went along for the ride. It wasn’t until the rude(?) awakening, courtesy of Yoon-jae, that Shi-won realized what was going on. So this time, if she chooses to love Yoon-jae, she needs to be sure of it – and I think Yoon-jae both needs and deserves actions/words clearly declaring her unequivocal desire to be in a relationship with him.
As for Tae-woong, I was a bit surprised that he was still waiting for Shi-won to come back to him. He did tell Yoon-jae that he was serious about Shi-won, but I didn’t think the feelings ran deep enough for him to wait six years. Six years is a long time to further develop feelings, and if they were repressed (which they were), they’re probably even stronger than before. It does set us up for a nice conflict next week, when both brothers go head-to-head, and for once I’m not too worried about this brothers/relatives-fighting-over-the-same-girl ploy. It’s kinda outdated – sooo early 2000s with Lovers in Paris and Goong being popular examples – but this whole show is about earlier times, so *shrug* I say we continue with the theme. 🙂 I still think Joo-yeon is gonna end up as Tae-woong’s wife, but you just never know with dramas, especially sitcoms. Ugh, Highkick 2 still gives me rashes.
All in all, I couldn’t be happier with Episodes 13-14. Yoon-jae + Shi-won made me swooooon like the airheaded trio before Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, but I console myself with reassurances that Yoon-jae is much more worthy of swooning than Gaston ever was or will be. And though all the love lines were spazz-worthy, I think my 2 favorite moments were (1) Papa Sung lighting into Shi-won and Yoon-jae after discovering the cigs; and (2) Sung-jae and the Granny. So. Sweet.
Answer Me 1997, you are more than welcome to my voice. I just need it back next Tuesday, please.
- M Countdown – Jung Eun Ji and Seo In Guk
- Answer Me 1997: Episode 14
- Answer Me 1997: Episode 13
- Answer Me 1997 – Ep 15 Preview
- Answer Me 1997 OST Part 2
- Answer Me 1997 Gets an Extension
- Answer Me 1997: The Case for Baby Daddy Yoon Yoon-jae
- Answer Me 1997: Thoughts on Episodes 11-12
- Answer Me 1997: Episode 12
- Answer Me 1997: Episode 11
- Answer Me 1997 Official OST Love Story
- Answer Me 1997 – Preview 13, 14
- Who is the Baby Daddy? Answer Me 1997
- Answer Me 1997 – Ep 10
- Answer Me 1997 – Ep 9
- Answer Me 1997 – Preview 11, 12
- Answer Me 1997 – Episode 7, 8
- Answer Me 1997 – Heart Attack
- Answer Me 1997 – Episode 5, 6
- Answer Me 1997 – Heart Palpitations