DRAMA CLUB: Roommate Episode 37 Recap
Theroommates have a surprise guest, a one shot contest, a dog play date, and some girl talk in this week's episode. Joon Hyung chases Jackson around with a paper towel with dog pee on it, and we learn that Nana and Sunny have dated celebrities in the past. In other words, it is just another day in the roommate house. Time for a recap!
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Lore: The roomies start the episode off in the kitchen — busy preparing black bean noodles for Shoo and her twins. The doorbell rings and it is a surprise guest. The guest turns out to be Shoo’s husband, former pro basketball player Hyo Sung. Shoo is shocked to see her husband at the share house and the two indulge in some cavity inducing cuteness as they greet each other.
While Ryohei continues making dinner (aww, is he trying to win the twins over with food) the rest of the roomies relocate to the living room for a chat with their new guest. It is revealed that Hyo Sung is a huge fan of Sunny (he shyly gifts the house with Macaroons, because..well…Sunny), so she puts on an impromptu performance of Gee.
Shoo joins in, and once the performance is over Se Ho makes sure to question Hyo Sung on which lady had his heart feeling like it would explode (Hyo Sung’s own words when he was asked how he felt). He playfully scolds Se Ho for his trolling and then the talk turns towards how Shoo and Hyo Sung met and fell in love.
We learn that Hyo Sung had a picture of Shoo in his locker when he was young — in fact, he credits his promise to marry his favorite idol as one of the reasons he got into professional basketball. Hyo Sung finally found a chance to meet Shoo when his teammate was dating Shoo’s sister. Apparently it was not love at first sight for Shoo, since she admits she rejected the basketball player’s first confession. His persistence won out, however, and after a couple of years of friendship they started a romantic relationship.
Hyo Sung seems like a really nice guy, kind of shy, but very much in love with his wife. It was adorable how these two kept looking at each other and I really liked hearing the story of how they met and fell in love. You can tell this guy does not give up, and judging by how happy the two seem it is a good thing he doesn’t.
Dinner is ready and everyone sits down to eat, with the twins at the head of the table. The two girls get kind of whiny again (there is a fight over a water bottle) and I end up muting it for a few seconds so I don’t have to hear the baby tantrums. Hyo Sung helps wipe some sauce off of Shoo when she gets it on her collarbone, leading to Se Ho smearing sauce on his face and trying the same with Nana (spoiler- it doesn’t work).
As the dinner winds down Se Ho suggests a basketball challenge. If Hyo Sung wins the roomies will watch the twins one evening so Shoo and he can have a date. If Hyo Sung loses then Shoo and he have to do dishes before they leave. I don’t know about you, but my money is on the former pro basketball player winning the challenge.
Rosie: That was a safe bet, Lore, and unfortunately for Jackson’s dishwashing duty, a correct one!
Jackson tries his best, he seriously does but for all the effort and concentration and sweat he puts into the match, Hyo Sung barely bats an eye. The married couple of three leave the house with their coupon date, and poor Jackson doesn’t get to take off the apron.
It’s finally time to say goodbye to the twins, and no one is as ready to go home as they are.
Bright, and sleepy, is the word.
With the visitors gone though, it’s time to get back to what Roommate teased us about weeks ago! That super secret celebrity dating discussion between Sunny, Nana and Gook Ju. It turns that yeah… surprise surprise, no big time names are revealed. And other than the confirmation that both Nana and Sunny have secretly dated other celebrities, the biggest theme of the night is just how sad by necessity their dating lives are.
They don’t get to go out publicly very often, and for celebrities (let’s be real here, idols) who live in dorms they don’t even get to see each other at home. That leaves the car and out-of-the-way movie theaters, and otherwise it’s a form of ‘messenger dating’ so there’s no real time for love to blossom.
The girls talk about what kinds of things they like in a relationship. Sunny does the skinship, Gook Ju likes kisses on the mouth, and Nana… well she likes it all. Hah.
The funniest part was Sunny demonstrating how she’s caught other celebrity couples sneaking about, but you know both she and the other two have probably been there as well.
If there’s anything beautiful about Roommate, it’s that this show really does create a place where celebrities can sort of talk about their lives. I always imagine they must cringe when the public makes biased assumptions about their lives, and yet if they ever try to call out these situations directly they are bashed for it. Sunny and Nana are particularly at a point in their careers where you can desperately see them yearning for just a little bit of freedom. Here’s hoping they get it!
Meanwhile in the men’s suite, Joon Hyung is done!
Se Ho jumps in to give him a very relaxing(?) massage while Ryohei and Dong Wook look on, and nothing but the prospect of more work! gets them all back to life. Dong Wook has prepared a special segment to help the non-Korean speakers Joon Hyung and Ryohei work on their language skills. It’s Korean proverbs dictation time!
“A rolling stone gathers no moss.” Hey, I got this one - in English at least. Joon Hyung too actually gets it in Korean, but Ryohei is still having problems.
Joon Hyung translates which word exactly Ryohei got wrong, and oh boy, here we go again. All this segment does is make me remember just how hard Korean must be. Dong Wook is a good and patient teacher, showing them exactly how certain consonants roll into different words, and yep - it’s pretty hard but it’s cute they’re making the effort.
Now, do you know what it means when somebody doesn’t know B from battledore? I think this is one of those things that really doesn’t translate well, even with subtitles. Something about sickles though the Korean letter ‘g’ and Joon Hyung wins again.
Looks like math to me, and I actually read Hangul. Eek.
Everything goes great until Se Ho tries to adlib proverbs. Joon Hyung and Ryohei both are supposed to be writing “set the back.” Both completely fail and start writing about other male body parts standing to attention, and…
… Yeah, that doesn’t work out so well.
Qisti: Not going to lie, some of those proverbs were hard to understand and to write (and I took Korean in college as an elective).
After the Korean lesson, we go back to the girls and their boy talk. They talk about the best presents they’ve received from their boyfriends. Nana received a book of memories and commented that this gift meant a lot more to her than any designer bag or diamond rings. Sunny also said something similar and said that she even considered trying to get back with the dude who gave her the precious gift.
The guys come in a little later and they all have a lovely talk. Joon Hyung comes in and boasts about his 30 years of dating experience. He begins to talk about his experience and starts of with men are simple but complicated, like what? That’s what the girls’ reaction was too. Then they begin their situation acting and Joon Hyung points out that you should always agree with the girl even if she thinks kimchi is ice cream. Se Ho and Dong Wook play devil’s advocate and keep questioning him while the girls laugh and point out that no girl is actually like that. Joon Hyung concludes with girls are smarter than boys.
Cute dogs, cute dogs, and more cute dogs. Oh, and hello Min Woo, long time no see. Min Woo and Jackson are in the living with Cucumber waiting for Cucumber’s playdate mates. Young Ji brings her two dogs Leon and Fruit, while Nana brings her dog Rubber. Once the dogs enter the home, all hell breaks lose. There’s just dogs running around everywhere. Cucumber is especially excited and just won’t stop moving. There’s this one part where she just runs back and forth on the couch to the point where it looked like the PDs fast forwarded it. Anyways, the more dogs, the more trouble and unfortunately for Joon Hyung he steps in some pee.
It’s show tell time. The adorable dogs show off their stuff with Rubber impressing everyone with how well he listens to Nana, which includes peeing on command. Young Ji barely passes with Leon, only being able to make him stay still for 10 seconds. And well Cucumber is a whole different story. She’s a smart one, but she is a girl haha! Instead of going for the treat in Young Ji’s hands, she bolts for the motherload in the plastic bag next to her. They proceed to go outside and try to train their dogs to jump through hoops and bars. Rubber simply just doesn’t want to do it and Nana ends up giving him treats anyways. Young Ji kind of forces her dogs to try and they literally back up away from the hoop. The most successful is Cucumber (surprisingly) with Min Woo reassuring her that it’s not scary. Adorable! The playdate ends with a nice (?) bath together.
Ladies and gentleman, Jackson on the babies:
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