DRAMA CLUB: Roommate Episode 41 Recap
This week on Roommate we learn an important lesson: Jong Ok brings the boys out. Oh, and Joon Hyung is never not confusing. And chickens may pass out if given alcohol. Time for a rundown of Roommate episode 41.
Lore: We start off the episode with Se Ho, Nana, Sunny, Jackson, Jong Ok and Kang Joon gathered around the dining room table discussing a mystery guest. Talk turns to which one of the roomies guests usually want to meet the most. Nana is mentioned, which turns the conversation to her recent dating rumors with Hong Jong Hyun. Nana once again refutes the rumors, explaining that they are just good friends. I was seriously wondering when or if Nana’s recent dating rumors would be brought up – I guess I have my answer now.
With the dating rumors out of the way, Se Ho makes a phone call to the guest - who seems rather hesitant to visit. His reluctance changes drastically when Jong Ok sweet talks him, revealing that the guest is none other than actor Lee Gae In. With Jong Ok’s encouragement the previously hesitant Gae In is suddenly gung-ho about the visit. Yes, Jong Ok brings the boys out.
Sunny and Se Ho leave to pick up Gae In. While they are gone another guest drops by, actor and singer Kim Hong Guk. Hong Guk is there to see Seho, and is rather peeved when he learns he is out. But never fear, Jackson is prepared to entertain the man until Se Ho arrives. Jackson shows Hong Guk the royal treatment, giving the man a massage and a spritz of hair growing spray. Jong Ok joins in on the hospitality, and before long Hong Guk is wishing that Se Ho doesn’t return. Ha!
Se Ho, Sunny, and Gae In arrive back at the share house – and Gae In has not come empty handed. He stopped by a flower shop on his way over with the express purpose of picking up a bouquet of flowers for Jong Ok. Gae In is seriously adorable as he greets his old friend, telling her how much he has missed her (not to mention his constant gushing on the car ride over). Someone’s crush is showing.
Meanwhile, Hong Guk has fallen asleep. Who can blame him, after the expert massage Jackson gave him? Se ho wakes up his friend, ushering him downstairs where Gae In and Jong Ok are gathered. Now begins a game of “Hong Guk versus Gae In: Who will win Jong Ok’s heart?” So, which Ahjussi do you have your money on?
Qisti: Once they mentioned the word chicken, I instantly knew that the other guest is Lee Gae In, but my money would have been on him.
Bae Jong Ok does the political thing and says that there was no way that she could pick and that we should just appreciate both songs equally. We get to know Jong Ok a little more and learn more about her past as an actress, and we get to know how Lee Gae In and Jong Ok met and it’s a cute story. Then Lee Gae In starts to tell his infamous stories. Lee Gae In is the king of Bluffers; he beats Jackson by 5,000 miles. So, he starts telling some stories and Hong Guk supports him by telling a story of his own.
Ryohei comes home and brings back some freakin’, delicious lookin’ king crabs. They start cleaning out the crabs, which includes sticking a chopstick through the the crabs mouth and stuff coming out of it. Not fun. But then they pull out the big cauldron pot and steam the crabs there and it looks absolutely amazing! While they steam it, Hong Guk plays one of his songs and they do a makeshift music video of it. Didn’t understand it, but hey it was cute.
They sit down inside in the living room and eat their dinner. Jackson dotes on Hong Guk a lot and Hong Guk praises him, even mentioning that he would love to adopt him. The mood simmers down, as Hong Guk starts talking about how he’s a long-distance father. It’s a sweet moment for him and it definitely brings out a lot of emotions for the cast (and to us, as we get a flashback of Jackson seeing his parents).
Rosie: I did not appreciate that Christmas flashback, no no no… The tears!
Yet somehow the show moved right along into the next segment without a moment’s warning, and yes, we are back with Korean lessons for Joon Hyung and Ryohei featuring Dong Wook as their support group and a mysterious, sexy teacher:
It was a great intro for TV announcer and comedy host Jun Hyun Moo. Unfortunately for him, his new students are already acquainted with him, and therefore downright familiar too! (“This guy snores as much as I do!” Joon Hyung claims loudly.)
It’s the first of many problems, namely that Joon Hyung is hopelessly confusing, or confused or just the initiator of all things confusion. For every other question Joon Hyung asks, Hyun Moo has no idea what he’s even trying to say.
There’s a lot of hangul spelling and pronunciation explanations, all of which leave me wishing I knew Korean. If Joon Hyung and Ryohei can be classified as ‘beginner’ and ‘intermediate’ learners, I am well into the negatives. Dong Wook tries to assist, but most of time he’s just laughing into his hand.
Eventually Hyun Moo claims they’re speaking more like Russian or German than Korean, although surprisingly Ryohei is the better student. He takes great pride in that, while deflecting Joon Hyung’s playful anger, and the whole lesson ends up taking a turn with Joon Hyung describing the difference between how Americans and Koreans express similar ideas.
Basically, Americans are louder and really amp up the usage of words like sooooo and verrryyyy before adjectives, and also they (and Italians) use their hands, and everybody fights like they’re in a hip hop music video.
So basically, Hyun Moo learns several lessons on this day. And meanwhile there’s Ryohei still sitting there trying and wanting to learn desperately how to pronounce words in Korean.
In another desperately needed educational segment, Cucumber goes to the dog trainers!
It may take some time for all of these lessons to sink in for posterity, but I swear, these guys are miracle workers. All in one visit the destructive, disobedient beagle learns how to walk alongside a person and stop on a dime, run and climb without veering, and even how to drop a treat that’s already in her mouth.
I also have to appreciate how Kang Joon and Nana are basically me (and anyone with a camera phone) because who can resist taking pictures of a cute dog.
Oh, we definitely will, Cucumber. Now though I wonder: is the next visit to the vet to see why she farts all the time?
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