Just Bananas About: Week of 8/15/16

It was one of the best episodes of Fantastic Duo ever that probably did not make you want to go outside.  Not that anyone would want to go outside.  I mean, seriously.  I made a big mistake in thinking I could handle going outdoors.

This episode started with a special collaboration stage between Kim Gun Mo and Gummy.  They decided to do a cover of “Somethin’ Stupid” by Robbie Williams and Nicole Kidman but changed all the lyrics into Korean.  The new title of the song is called “입맞춤 (Kiss)” and it was super sweet.  I will say that in Korean the title is more descriptive in that it literally translates as “Lips Meet” unlike 뽀뽀 (Ppo-ppo) or 키스 (Kiss) and in that way it gives off more of an innocent impression.

Afterwards, we finally get the result of Yoon Mi Rae’s selection.  I was a bit sad that she didn’t go with Hongdae Lynx but her decision to go with Rooftop Speaker was not a bad one either.  Really, she could have gone with any of the 3 contestants and have been fine but it wasn’t until I heard the lyrics in the final round that made me feel for Rooftop Speaker.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Gummy goes on her search for the perfect partner and her audition number was “어린아이 (Young Kid)”.  Hilariously, her friend Jin Goo (yes, that Jin Goo from Descendants from the Sun.) auditions for her and says that he’s not very good at singing but can keep the beat.  But then proceeds to miss the beat.  Lol.  I’m a little surprised that her boyfriend, Jo Jung Suk, doesn’t make an appearance in the video.

Also, surprising is that a lot of the contestants are actually men and the top 3 contestants are all men: Bucheon Descendants of the Sun, Ahnsan Single Daddy and Mister Gongjindan (gongjindan = herbal medicinal ball).  Ultimately, the final track that Gummy had planned to sing was “You Are My Everything” from the Descendants of the Sun OST and she chooses Bucheon Descendants of the Sun, not just because he’s a soldier but because he’s young and can express the innocence of young love that’s reflected in the song.

The two get a really high score of 283 out of 300.  However, Bada and Prince of the Seas pulls out all stops with “꿈을 모아서 (Gathering Our Dreams)”.  They ended up with even higher score.

Then, Yoon Mi Rae and Rooftop Speaker come out and slay with “검은 행복 (Black Happiness)”.  I think what made this performance truly special is that the song is personal to Yoon Mi Rae’s experience as a mixed race child.  However, Rooftop Speaker also added her own lyrics about her experience with growing up without a mom.  She also relays later how her dad, who is sitting in the audience, fell in love with her mom because he heard her sing.  He also happens to be dealing with Parkinson’s. It’s hard not to get emotional as you’re watching it.

They get the highest score ever recorded on the show, 293.  And now the deck seems to be stacked against Kim Gun Mo and Masan Sulli.  Their performance of “사랑이 떠나가네 (Love Leaves)” had a beautiful, Parisian vibe and it was incredibly emotional.

They would have easily won but because Yoon Mi Rae and Rooftop Speaker’s performance was so personal, nothing would be able to beat their performance.

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The other thing I’ve been fangirling about lately is The Good Wife.  So the cat is out of the bag as Kim Hye Kyung (Jeon Do Yeon) discovers that Kim Dan (Nana) had an affair with her husband, Lee Tae Joon (Yoo Ji Tae). Sure, it was a long time ago and it never happened again but there is no denying that betrayal of trust, especially since Dan had befriended Hye Kyung.

However, I love that Hye Kyung takes things into her own hands.  Tae Joon may finally be out of jail but this betrayal is what put Hye Kyung over the edge because Tae Joon had lied and said that the call-girl was the only affair that he had.  If he’s lying about that, what else could he be lying about?  So she packs up his things and immediately finds a studio apartment where he could live and then tells him to meet her there.  Tae Joon arrives thinking that she wants to reconcile but is dismayed not only to find all his stuff there but that she’s finally taken off her wedding ring.

As for work, Hye Kyung gets put on a new case in which she goes up against a sly lawyer, Son Dong Wook (Yoo Jae Myung).  She’s gone up against people who have challenged her before but Son Dong Wook is entirely a new brand of sneaky and underhanded.  He has a condition which causes erratic body movements and uses it to his advantage in court in order to endear himself and win sympathy from the judge and jury.  If you’ve watched the American version, it’s the Louis Canning character brilliantly played by Michael J. Fox.

He does get the one up on Hye Kyung as she ends up showing late to court after trying to help him out.  Throughout the trial, Hye Kyung plays her cards carefully in order to help her client and she wins the case for her client.  Except that, Son Dong Wook’s ultimate goal was not to win this case as the company has a bigger payday coming and this trial was merely a pawn.  It was just meant to be used so that he could observe Hye Kyung’s skills as a lawyer looking forward to the day that they would be in court once again.  Aaah, so sneaky but that’s also what I loved and hated about Louis Canning.  Yoo Jae Myung does a great job in playing up his characters disability similar to the way Michael J. Fox did.

Back at home, it looks like Tae Joon’s mom, Oh Jung Im (Park Jung Soo), is making the kids choose sides in regards to their parents’ separation.  I have to admit that I agree with Jung Im in that there is scary side to Hye Kyung as she keeps everything under the surface.  However, there is a great deal of satisfaction when Hye Kyung gives Tae Joon his just desserts.  And I love that Hye Kyung puts her mother-in-law in her place.  Really, there should only be two people in a marriage but reality never works out that way.  And there is no way that Jung Im is ever going to see things from a logical perspective when it comes to her son.

As for Dan, it doesn’t look like her relationship with Hye Kyung can ever be repaired.  So she decides that she is going to leave M&J.  It’s not something that Hye Kyung wants but Hye Kyung is hurt and she cannot be the same way again with Dan ever again.  However, as Dan tries to look for a new job, her friend puts her up for a new job with Tae Joon.  I’m glad that Dan doesn’t think twice about and walks away from it.

While the drama seems to focus mostly on the legal drama and the drama between Hye Kyung and Tae Joon, I’m glad that we got some lighter, romantic fare this weekend.  Seo Myung Hee (Kim Seo Hyung) got a new romantic interest in the form of the guy who served her with a subpoena.

He’s unusual in that he’s so matter-of-fact with her.  And that’s the kind of guy that she needs as she’s the head of a top law firm and used to bossing people around.  He’s not the type of person that will be pushed around and yet, he loves that witty banter.  I can’t wait to see more from these two as it is somewhat of a relief from the drama.

As for Hye Kyung and Seo Joong Won (Yoon Kye Sang), they’ve been skirting around the issue of their feelings far too long and they finally have a moment of honesty in which Joong Won tells her about the message she never heard.  And it’s quite an amusing but electric moment as the two take their relationship to the next level.

The scene is an exact repeat of the 2nd season finale from the American series.  What I like about the Korean version is the music.  I believe the song from the American series was by Mika called “Any Other World” which was more reflective than celebratory.  However, for the Korean version they used Katy Perry’s “This Moment” and it seems to accurately reflect that fiiinally feeling when it comes to these two characters.

Katy Perry – This Moment

Katy Perry – This Moment

Now, the Korean series seems to be closely following the path of the American series which makes me a bit concerned.  However, we also only have two weeks (four episodes) left which makes me feel a bit optimistic that this drama will go their own way in regards to how they wrap up the series.  Pleeeease, pretty please.  Because I was quite emotional when I saw the episode titled, “Dramatics, Your Honor” and I don’t think I’d be able to watch that all over again.

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