It’s another quirky, death-filled week in the world of Andante. We’ve got death experiences, sudden weddings, plenty of sibling bickering, and more! Join me, OhSoEnthusiastic, as well as Wendilyn and C.C. as we talk about these bizarre, but somehow appropriate, events.

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Starring Kim Jong In (Kai) and Lee Ye Hyun

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Wendilynn: This episode was both funny and sad. So funny that he acquired the nickname of Bernard, which is my dad’s name. But also sad because he was forced to face a hard truth about life. A hard truth that teens don’t think about. And he hasn’t yet come to grips with it either.

OhSoEnthusiastic: I really appreciate this drama’s focus on death and what it means to be alive and how deftly they seem to be handling both subjects while still being humorous with them. They aren’t letting the story get dragged down by the subject matter but rather are lifting the subject matter up so that the audience can understand it without being really depressed each episode.

C.C. Farmer: Who in the blazes is the target audience for this drama? Because my teen days are far gone, and I am struggling to catch all the hidden symbolism in this drama. What is up with his grandmother favoring him so much?

Wendilynn: Well, it is an odd drama theme having teens dealing with death. I get that the Hospice hospital is the main employer in town, but I think doing the death experiment is just freaking creepy. Lol. As for Grandma….She’s doing something that was very common during older times in Asia where the son is treated like a king and any other children, especially a girl, is treated like a waste of time. You still get that attitude to some degree with first sons in current dramas, but they are also expected to lead the family, get a job, sacrifice everything for the needs of the next generation and taking care of the elderly in the family. So they get treated like royalty before marriage.

OhSoEnthusiastic: I’m pretty sure it’s not because of tradition but rather because of how much she loved her son, and he reminds her of him. That and she clearly has some sort of beef with the mom. She did also mention something about Shi Young being like the mom, so I think it’s all about similarity, not tradition. Shi Kyung reminds her of her son, and Shi Young reminds her of their mom. And yeah, the death experience was just weird, and while on the one hand, I think it’s an interesting idea, on the other hand, I think it’s messed up, lol. I’m not struggling to see how this is meant to be aimed at teens though. The overuse of panning shots and close-ups, to the point that I was like ‘Oh dear God please stop,’ definitely gave me a ‘If I were a teen, this is how dramatic I would be about everything too’ feel, lol.

C.C. Farmer: If I had to side with anyone other than Grandma, I would be treating the sister as royalty. She doesn't take bull from anyone. Reminds me of someone else. Oh yeah, Grandma.

Wendilynn: Well, Grandma isn’t her mother, so she doesn’t have to be subservient to her. She could go back to her parents if she gets kicked out. Which begs the question, why isn’t Mom heading to her parents' house instead of her dead husband’s mother?

OhSoEnthusiastic: I love Shi Young too, if only because she’s so feisty. She’s most definitely spoiled and selfish, but I can see that changing now that she’s met this adorable guy from the school who clearly has a very good heart. He’ll be a good influence on her, I’m sure. I am confused as to why mom didn’t just go to /her/ parents, especially since grandma hates her so much. I assume the drama is going to explain her reasons to us at some point.

C.C. Farmer: I never thought about that. I am still stuck on, ‘What happened to Dad?’ and ‘Is corpse girl nice or a bully?’ Wait, what if the parents kicked Mom out because of an unplanned pregnancy and she is dead to them so that she only has Grandma? Or we are going to get a scene where all the kids pop out of their coffins and start singing jazz songs? I have no idea where this drama is taking us! Although, sadly, it is not going to be a computer geek musical, that I know. Only singing that has been done was by the poor boy on the bus when he got hit by the record.

Wendilynn: Lol, yeah, that would have hurt. The opening credits show the kids doing some sort of class play so something will be happening, I think. Just not on the scale you want. I like Bom, a.k.a. Corpse girl. Clearly, she is still dealing with whatever aftermath she’s got after her Dad died. I felt sorry for her after hearing her own mother just sent her stuff to her after sending her to live somewhere else. ‘Why don’t you come visit?” vs. “I’m not allowed around the family” doesn’t bode well for family harmony there.

OhSoEnthusiastic: Bom has already won me over ten-fold. She’s such a quirky, yet clearly lonely and sad, character. And her mom made me want to put a fist through a wall. It doesn’t appear to be a case of she had no way of taking care of Bom so she had to give her up. No, she gave her away because she just didn’t want her, and that I cannot abide. Children abandoners of that kind are some of the worst people, and I have no tolerance for them. Have you a child and the means to care for them? Then you do your damn job and take care of them.

C.C. Farmer: The only people that send Corpse girl happy birthday messages are in sales. “Happy Birthday, you get a coupon.” Ah, it warms the cockles of my heart. Not. I really am wanting to hear her talk more than the coffin scene.

I also really like the guy who befriended the brother and sister. Or was at least willing to be nice to them. And that moment when Sister wrapped her arms around him on the bike. ROFL. And then he pulls into school and she is sleeping on his back. Loved it.

Wendilynn: I have to admit, I liked sister much better this episode. She had some seriously valid reasons for being upset with her family. Grandma is totally unfair to her and her ways of getting back at her brother even though it’s not his fault, are rather funny. Calling him Bernard just kept me laughing so much. I have brothers, and I totally felt for her this time.

OhSoEnthusiastic: Those two are going to be an adorable couple, and I Can. Not. Wait! But I’ve also liked Shi Young the whole time, because yeah, she’s pretty selfish. But so is Shi Kyung. They’re honestly very similar to each other, and the two of them bickering has been really fun to watch. I do really love their new friend as well. He just seems like good people, and they need some friends like that around them to help them grow up a little bit. He’s going to be a good influence on them.


What did you guys think about this episode? Do you like the drama’s focus on death? Which sibling do you like better? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll see you next episode!


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