Finally a new drama to watch!! Sorry about the slow uploads but will be on it like sonic since I’m trying to get a post out every 2 days now. Hopefully it sticks!
I’m surprised that I haven’t actually seen any of this cast’s acting before I saw this drama. But the cast’s portrayals of the characters were on point so I have high hopes for this drama. Especially Kim Seul Gi! Speaking frankly my initial comments are that if not for her character it would be a pretty mediocre drama. Kim Seul Gi’s character (and acting) breathes life into this episode and definitely left me wanting more at the end. I can tell she takes a prominence but it will be interesting to see if Park Bo Young manages to carry it on.
Soon Ae played by Kim Seul Gi is the first character you learn of. She’s a virgin ghost (yes you heard me right) who basically died a virgin (the grudge) and is roaming around because of that very fact. You get the sense that she strives for companionship and understanding when she tries talking to men (especially) but since she is a ghost no one responds to her.
The episode moves on to show the other main protagonists Bong Sun (played by Park Bo Young), and Sun Woo (played by Cho Jung Seok). But before I carry on did anyone else laugh when the Sous Chef smacked on of the employee’s arse like 10 times? I was cracking up! Sort of reminded me of BTS… or to be more exact JHope! #Army4Lyfe
The scene reveals Bong Sun’s character as a shy, unconfident employee whilst Sun Woo is the VERY cocky, confident, and good looking ;), restaurant owner. It seems that Sun Woo and Bong Sun’s relationship is pretty much non-existent. He completely ignores her and treats her like a child. When she burns the sauce due to lack of sleep Sun Woo ends up screwing the Sous Chef rather than her. It is also revealed that her sleepiness is caused by her ability to see ghosts that she inherited from her shaman grandmother.
Sun Woo also seems to be tough on two women in particular (Bong Sun and his mother), as was blatantly pointed out by his sister and exemplified by his mothers entrance. It transpires that Sun Woo takes extremely good care of his sister who is in a wheelchair and has a really friendly policeman as her husband. Sun Woo’s mother looks really young but thats probably because of she had children at a young age; even Sun Woo tells her that people around him think she’s his lover. It seems I’m going to like his mother because her response was spot on; she tells him she don’t give two flying f****. Sun Woo’s mother foreshadows, I believe the whole drama, when she mentions that a ghost will become attached to him so she gives him a charm to protect him. He of course dismisses her superstitions but oh how he is SO wrong.
It turns out that Soon Ae never got any sacrificial rites and she gets into an argument with another ghost friend who demeans her over that fact. I didn’t really get this part but basically the friend states that she has a memory problem and it is linked to her sacrificial ceremony and being a virgin ghost. There seems to be a hierarchy of ghosts as Soon Ae gets into trouble for possessing so many women in order to relieve her grudge. However given her nature, she keeps giving men hypothermia instead. This grandmother who can see ghosts (possible link to Bong Sun?) chases after her and fails at first because Soon Ae possesses another woman to hide. HOWEVER it just so happens that Sun Woo walks past and since he has that charm on him it forces her outside of her host.
Sun Woo noticing the talisman throws it away and returns to his friend So Hyeong (played by Park Jung Ah) who wants him to participate in her cooking show but he refuses her. From the conversation it seems as if there is something more than friendship here but it’s not entirely clear.
Soon Ae gets caught by the ahjumma and locks her inside her houses. She tries faking that the talismans hurt but ahjumma dismisses her like nothing. Here you also get a little context on why she’s still roaming around and how she needs to find the man with two arms (Sun Woo) in order to relieve her grudge otherwise she will turn into an evil spirit.
What I found hilarious is how the ahjumma begins sympathising with her and consoles her. Originally it was heartwarming that ahjumma cared, until I realised she purposely did so in order to put a bell collar around Soon Ae in order to track her. I was shocked- she reminded me of my mother >_<. #MyBad Soon Ae tries to get revenge by annoying ahjumma by shaking her bells constantly, unfortunately she gets a tough blow to her head. However Bong Sun feels this blow also highlighting the link to what ahjumma said earlier to Soon Ae. Basically, she can become trapped if she possesses someone who is on the same frequency as her.
HOLD UP. Can we all appreciate this?
I can tell Seo Joon (played by Kwak Si Joon) is going to constantly shatter me mentally in this drama. Its ok, now that I’ve seen the chocolate I can prepare myself. Plus the added bonus of his courteous personality seen by his consideration for Bong Sun.
Things get heated when a rude food blogger tells Bong Sun to warm up the noodles despite it ruining the dish. She patronises her by shoving her superiority as a renowned blogger in Bong Sun’s face. Unfortunately the stupid woman doesn’t know how to look after her kid who ends up running into Bong Sun and causing her to burn her hand. The lady starts screwing Bong Sun and Sun Woo steps in and sets the lady straight for not looking after her kid. But my god when she came back at his sister who tries to calm the situation, it was such a low blow, so it was only natural for Sun Woo to switch into supersaiyan mode.
It’s weird because although Sun Woo seems tough on women, whenever something happens to Bong Sun, to me he sort of defends her, just not to her face. Sadly Bong Sun gets told off by Sun Woo for apologising and acting like the victim, which is annoying rather than being nice. I sort of get where Sun Woo’s coming from but I guess Bong Sun clearly has self esteem issues and possibly depression (?). Sun Woo seems to get this mindset from his childhood where he was pushed around and not always having his mother home, which you see from the flashback. His advice gets to her because she shows a scrapbook of her dishes in which she has inserts of his interviews and even has her own food blog. She clearly idolises him and would like to follow in his footsteps to become a top chef. Clips are next shown of her and Sun Woo when he’s helped her, scolded her etc. making her tear up. #BongSunFeels
Sun Woo goes to some sort of school reunion in a restaurant recently opened by his junior. An heiress of a massive company also attends and you can tell he gets tense around her though there seems to be no indication that they previously knew each other. He tells his junior that he finds her suspicious; probably the reason why he turns her catering offer down. I wonder if we see this girl again. Either way I burst out laughing at the end of the scene when his junior gets the bro feels for Sun Woo.
The ending of the episode exemplifies his love for cooking when he wanders the food markets before heading to the restaurant. He ends up catching Bong Sun who so happens to be there to leave her letter of resignation. It’s interesting because after this interaction he comes across Bong Sun’s blog and mentions that he admires it for being sincere. And he said she should give up on her dream…
You know I just had to put the ending in this part. To me it was the best part of the episode because apart from Soon Ae’s parts I wasn’t really that interested. But the ending shows the role reversal and foreshadows Bong Sun becoming more alive because of Soon Ae. Soon Ae manages to escape the grandmother by legging it when she talks to the deliveryman. Coincidentally finding Bong Sun whilst hunting for a new place she enters her. Luckily for her, Seo Joon finds her thinking she is Bong Sun and whisks her back to the restaurant because Bong Sun still has the storage key. A confused Soon Ae arrives at the restaurant to angry faces but what comes next is hilarious! I think I will let the pictures do the talking here:
From reading other people’s opinions i definitely agree that there is a Masters Sun vibe to this drama but it isn’t all that bad. I’m glad that Soon Ae switches into Bong Sun because Bong Sun’s character is pretty dormant, boring as well as cliched. There is also a finding oneself vibe in this drama which differs it from Masters Sun as Kim Seul Gi thankfully doesn’t turn Soon Ae’s character into just a comedic addition but actually someone with a yearning for understanding. But Oh My Buddha Seo Joon (can’t take my eyes off him). #ThatChocolate