A bazillion thoughts are running through my head right now as I both dread and eagerly anticipate the finale of our collective spazzmaniasdfhjkl@#$%^&*, aka Answer Me 1997. There are 15 hours and 18 minutes left before the last episode airs. No, I’m not counting down. What gave you that idea?
We got a request last week asking us to translate a clip from an episode of tvN’s talk show Taxi, featuring Seo In-guk as a guest. (The episode, #248, aired on July 19). Things have been a little busy on our end, hence the delay, but I figured it was most fitting to send off this darling of a show with as much madness as possible. So, if you haven’t re-watched the Episode 16 Preview for the 30th time yet, I advise you do so now. Oh, and you may wanna catch Yoon Yoon-jae on SNL.
A brief foreword, if you will: The two hosts are Gong Hyung-jin (the man driving the taxi in the pink-striped shirt) and Lee Young-ja (the lady in the passenger seat in the green-striped shirt). Seo In-guk is the main guest, but they stopped to pick up Eun Ji-won on their way to Seo In-guk’s favorite restaurant/bar.
I’ll use people’s initials instead of writing out their full names each time (e.g., LYJ for Lee Young-ja).
For captions (that are added by the producers, not what the people actually said), I’ll use double square brackets [[xxx]].
Okee dokes, here we goooo!
LYJ: Seo In-guk’s costar is Pink Day?
GHJ: It’s A Pink.
EJW: Oh my gawsh, the atmosphere(!!!) isn’t not even funny. [[Ji-won looks like he has something to say]]
GHJ: What is it this time?
EJW: Ah… these kids… really… [asks SIG] Is it okay if this airs?
*Cuts to the scene in Episode 1 where Yoon-jae asked Shi-won whether he should/n’t date Yoo-jung.
[[In the story Yoon-jae (In-guk) and Shi-won (Eun-ji) are childhood friends. But Yoon-jae has unrequitedly loved Shi-won for 18 years. “Only Tony” Shi-won’s heart also flutters for Yoon-jae. What will happen to the two people’s love line?]]
*Back to the taxi
EJW: In the story, a love line forms between SIG and JEJ.
GHJ: In the story?
EJW: Yeah. But I think it’s forming in reality, too.
SIG: What are you saying?! [[becomes serious/his face changes]]
[[SIG, JEJ’s Love X-File]]
LYJ: Don’t kid around. This is real? For real?
EJW: Yeah, for real. I’ve lived for 35 years [[35-year-old Level 9 Noonchi Master EJW – it means he’s fast on the uptake]]… And the atmosphere is… [[He can understand the mood/atmosphere because he’s Noonchi Level 9]] They work so well together (aka they match together really well aka they have incredible chemistry). We all do Ka-Talk together (short for Kakao Talk, a texting/video-chatting/everything app that everyone uses in Korea). In-guk left a voice message on it.
GHJ: What (did he leave)? Where?
EJW: On the group room. ‘What is this?’ I thought. And so I opened it. “I love you, Eun-ji-yah! I said I love you! I love you, Eun-ji-yah!” I got so annoyed, I left the (Ka-Talk) room.
GHJ: You should send that to the individual! Why’d you put that in the group room?
[[That message… was it an ardent confession to her?]]
EJW: Eun-ji, too, has something for In-guk. For example, “Eun-ji-yah, are you okay?” he’ll (SIG) ask, and he’ll hold her hand like this. Then Eun-ji turns RED, all the way from her neck on up. She can’t even meet his eyes.
GHJ: What are girls normally like? Even if it’s a fellow colleague, do they –
LYJ: I don’t turn red because a person touches me.
GHJ: Hahaaha. Then what? What? What has to touch you to make you turn red?
LYJ: Grilled (charcoaled) beef. (LOLOL Lee Young-ja’s known for loving to eat.)
EJW: Explain it (make excuses) or something. What is this?
[[Explain it or admit it!]]
SIG: No, ah, this is –
LYJ: Don’t try to make a lengthy explanation. What is it? Are you gonna explain yourself or…?
*As SIG ‘beats up’ EJW [[In-guk, who’s been put in an awkward/uncomfortable situation]]
SIG: Ah, the thing is…
GHJ: SIG-sshi, I’ll ask you point-blank. As a man, do you have feelings for her?
SIG: Reaaally, truthfully, I didn’t in the beginning. But right now, there’s a little bit of something. [[In-guk, who was so truthful]]
[[The woman Eun-ji… The man In-guk… Can the love line within the drama really become reality…]]
SIG: But, the thing is, I don’t know how Eun-ji-sshi feels. [[He’s hesitant because he doesn’t know how she feels]]
GHJ: Try calling her.
LYJ: With Eun-ji-sshi. [[It finally leads to a phone call]]
SIG: Me? You want me to really try?
EJW: You know her number?
SIG: Of course I know it. You don’t know it?
EJW: No, I don’t know it.
SIG: What should I say?
GHJ: Tell her you finished (the Taxi) filming early and want to know if she has time to meet up.
SIG: [[flustered]] Things are progressing towards me liking her…
[[What will be the conclusion of this love line?]]
SIG: What’s up? (aka What are you doing?) [[An affectionate, everyday conversation]]
JEJ: Me? Right now? The studio.
SIG: You’re working in the studio?
JEJ: *giggles* Yeah.
SIG: [[The setup begins]] I’m all done filming… I wanted to see you if you’re not busy.
JEJ: Right now?
JEJ: I can’t right now. I can’t because I’m bare-faced (make-up free).
SIG: You can’t because you’re bare-faced?
JEJ: I can’t, I can’t, I can’t. (No, no, no.)
[[SIG: embarrassed // EJW: tell her to come here]]
JEJ: Why are you acting like this? (Out of character, unlike his normal self)
SIG: Okay, then. [[He tries to just hang up]]
LYJ: Just a second! Just a second! Just a second! Just a second! Hahahaha! We’re not done filmiiing~~ [[SIG: dies of embarrassment]] We’re still on the taxi. Ji-won Oppa’s here, too. Just a sec!
EJW: Eun-ji-yah, hi! You don’t wanna see me?
JEJ: Hahaha, I want to see you. I want to see you! (The way she said it, it means I don’t want to see In-guk but I do want to see you.)
SIG & EJW: Yah! (Hey!)
EJW: Why do you want to see me?! Eun-ji is interested (in In-guk), too, right now. She said she doesn’t want to show herself (to In-guk) because she’s bare-faced, but she says she wants to show me. [[Noonchi Level 9 EJW’s sharp analysis.]] It’s because she doesn’t have any feelings for me.
[[Is it perhaps her desire to only show her pretty side?]]
LYJ: Eun-ji-sshi! SIG-sshi said he thinks he has feelings for you beyond that for a colleague. EJW said you have feelings, too. He said that when SIG-sshi talks to you or something, you turn reeed.
JEJ: Ah, no, the thing is In-guk Oppa will suddenly hold my hand or put his hand on my shoulder. What girl wouldn’t turn red?
LYJ: Do you really have absolutely no feelings above or beyond that for a colleague? Any feelings?
JEJ: [[immediately]] Yes.
LYJ: What is your ideal type? It’s not SIG-sshi?
JEJ: [[again immediately]] Yes. (Yes to the question aka No, SIG is not my ideal type.)
LYJ: Then what about the Ka-Talk message? Did you hear the “I love you, Eun-ji-yah”?
JEJ: Yes, I heard it before.
LYJ: How did you feel?
JEJ: It feels totally super burdensome (uncomfortable)! [[It’s completely panic mode inside the taxi]]
LYJ: Are you afraid that there might be a scandal?
SIG: My heart really hurts. [[A hyung’s warm comfort/consolation]]
*JEJ keeps talking to LYJ in the background, saying she’d like SIG to now refrain from saying he loves her
LYJ: Ah, refrain? [[EJW is dying of laughter]] Oh, okay. Eun-ji-sshi, we understand.
GHJ: Anyway, Eun-ji-sshi, thank you so much. We’ll look forward to Answer Me 1997.
JEJ: Thank you!
LYJ: A pink,fighting! 1997 fighting!
SIG: Eun-ji-yah, I love you!
LYJ: She asked that you refrain yourself.
EJW: Just put in a caption saying, “Imaginary Pregnancy.” (LOLOL – his way of saying the whole feelings thing was imaginary on his part)
LYJ: SIG-sshi’s heart is like this tunnel right now. (daaaark LOLOL)
GHJ: SIG-sshi, Eun-ji is so resolute.
SIG: This is so funny. This is really funny.
GHJ: [[you just got dumped/rejected]] What’s so funny?!! But this is real honesty. It’s meo-sshis-suh (cool? This one’s a hard word to translate, though it’s used aaaall the time). You can have a wonderful relationship…
The end! Hope y’all enjoyed the little clip! ^^ SIG used such a sweet tone with Eun-ji when he called her – so different from what they usually use with each other! Hmmm, I wonder woooonder what’s in the Wonder Baaaall~~~ Oh my gawsh, I can’t believe I just sang that song. Way to date myself.
Anyhoo, there are now only 13 hours before the finale begiiiinsss~~~ As whitecarrot said five whopping days ago: The countdown begins!