[Recap: The Romantic & Idol] 4th Date - “Boys’ hearts change from moment to moment”
Last week’s episode ended with a major cliffhanger, and although, at the time, we didn’t think we could make it through a whole week, we made it—although our hearts are still hurting from the turn of events on this week’s episode.
Read on for all of the juicy details in our latest recap!
Before the big reveal of the remaining idol stars’ secret camera picks, we’re taken back to Jun.K and Hyejeong’s seaside date, where the AOA member notices a piano perched ever so conveniently on the rooftop (where else?) and asks Jun.K if he knows how to play.
Of course he does, and before we know it, it’s Jun.K to the rescue as he wraps his coat around Hyejeong’s legs to prevent any potential wardrobe malfunctions on her climb up.
Jun.K struggles a little to figure out the best way to complete the task at hand, but he’s definitely determined to get it right.
They finally make it to the rooftop, where Jun.K serenades Hyejeong with Yoo Jae Ha’s Because I Love You (*Adds song to ‘Potential Wedding Songs’ playlist*) as she captures it all on camera and roll the lovey dovey scenes from the couple’s date up to this point.
Then we skip to the couple in the car as Jun.K attempts to bring to life every girl’s dream scene of seeing her boyfriend…park in reverse (We’re so easy to please, aren’t we, ladies?).
Meanwhile, Jun.K, well aware of what this scene means to women everywhere, says to Hyejeong, who is recording all of this, “Filming isn’t important right now. You have to watch.”
Although we’d rather he let his actions speak for itself in this moment, the romantic dream lives on as Jun.K backs the car up effortlessly…into the wrong parking spot. Aaaand, we’re back to reality.
Before we can be too disappointed by the fail, however, we cut to 4minute’s Nam Ji Hyun and ZE:A’s Hyung Sik in the car, where she reveals the song she had hoped to hear during the music shuffle, Yurisangja’s A Blue Night on Jeju Island.
Cue the song and scenes of the other couples smiling and enjoying themselves on their respective dates.
Then we cut to scenes of the idol stars filming their secret camera picks, and we’re reminded that there is still unfinished business, aka the halftime selections, to attend to.
Back in the girls’ room on the night of the halftime selection, Jei and Hyejeong, who have both been on dates with Jun.K open up to each other about their feelings…for the same guy. Such situations may be awkward in real life, maybe, but on reality TV, anything flies.
Jei says, “I really can’t tell with Jun.K oppa,” to which Hyejeong responds, “Nice…Everyone is so nice, and I don’t like that.”
Jei says, “That’s why JB worries me too.”
“I really like him,” continues Hyejeong, presumably referring to Jun.K. “Because oppa does so much. Like he knows all of these romantic things.”
“That’s why [his feelings for me] don’t seem sincere,” says Jei.
It, of course, doesn’t help when Hyejeong says, “But he’s really romantic, and it was really nice. I felt like I was on a date with my boyfriend. I think in that way I think Jun.K oppa is really good.”
That’s the way to go, Hyejeong, confuse the competition even more.
She adds salt to the wound by adding, “He’s great at leading, he knows the mood, but the problem is that because he knows my heart is leaning that way, he’s a little too fast and too much.”
Jei then says, “That’s why there’s also something about feeling rushed and feeling like we’re going to get close really quickly.”
“I’m really curious about the boys,” says Jei.
Aren’t we all, Jei, aren’t we all.
But, of course, the boys are in la la land, literally, sleeping like babies without a care in the world in the next room.
Since the boys won’t make for much conversation, we return to the girls’ room, where Nam Ji Hyun has joined the others and says, “I’m really curious about JB,” while Jei says, “I’m also curious about Mir.”
Hyejeong then jumps in and says, “They asked me who I thought Mir would pick, and I said I thought it’d be Ji Hyun unnie.”
Then Jei adds, “He would be cute as a younger brother…or would he be a headache?” As the word “destiny” rings in our ears, we’re going to have to go with the latter in this moment.
Hyejeong seems to agree as she says, “Yes, my head hurts.”
Nam Ji Hyun is also on the same wavelength, saying “If it’s not a deep relationship, it’s a good relationship. I think if it were a deep relationship, my head would hurt.” Ouch (no pun intended).
The 4minute member then turns the topic back to JB and says she thinks he picked Jei because they had a fun date to which Jei says they did enjoy a “date-like date” (…whatever that means) before adding “After all of this, if everything gets tangled up, it’s going to be a headache.”
We’re bracing ourselves too, Jei.
Over in the boys’ room, one-by-one, the boys begin to wake up from their beauty sleep. After we say a quick hello to JB’s crazy bed head, Hyung Sik’s stylist comes in to get the idol star camera ready and asks who Hyung Sik was paired with on his latest date.
The stylist is surprised to learn that Hyung Sik’s partner was, once again, Nam Ji Hyun, and Hyung Sik says, “It’s destiny.”
Great, now Hyung Sik is hung up on this whole ‘destiny’ thing, but hey, at least, his reasons are more legitimate.
As the halftime selection looms ahead, the idol stars gather around the dinner table to eat ramen (The Last Supper?), and Jun.K is the ever caring oppa and hyung to everyone, making sure all of the idols are well fed.
The idols share a few laughs, but the conversation quickly turns to the impending halftime selection, and they agree to not be scornful of one another no matter the outcome.
Seung Ah’s and JB’s respective picks, JB and Jei, which were revealed last week, are played back, once again reminding us that the couple from the first episode is no more.
However, in this episode, we learn why JB didn’t choose Seung Ah, as Mir says in his private interview that JB told him, “Seung Ah was a great nuna, but before I could see her as a woman, she met you and showed too much of her real self, cementing her as just a ‘good nuna’”
JB echoes the sentiment in his own private interview as well, saying, “To be honest, “After being coupled with Mir hyung, I began to see the real [Seung Ah], and Mir hyung poured cement on the sides that could’ve made her appealing as a woman, forever cementing her as a ‘nice nuna. ’”
But on to the moment we’ve waited an entire week for: Jei’s pick.
“Up until daytime, it was half and half…I made my decision at night,” says Jei.
When asked during his interview who he thought Jei picked, JB, Jei’s most recent partner, said “If not me, probably Jun.K hyung?”
The others say who they think Jei picked, but we’re tired of speculating this point and just want to know!
Jun.K throws in a courtesy, “I don’t think it’s me” comment as we prepare our hearts for the reveal.
We’re taken back to beach scene, where Jei filmed her secret camera pick and where we left off last week, as Jei’s camera zooms in on the boys who have gone for a swim in the ocean.
Jei zooms in on Jun.K then pans over to JB (what a tease!), and the world kicks into dramatic slow mo as Jei says, “Although I enjoyed my time with both [JB and Jun.K], I chose the person I had a little more fun with.”
Cue Jei’s secret camera footage, once again, and it freezes on…Jun.K!
While the other idols are showering Jun.K with applause, Jun.K jumps out of his seat, and shouts, “What do I do about this!”
Not quite the response we were hoping for, Jun.K.
Cut to a heartbroken JB, who has a bit of a drama queen moment, saying, “Me…Right now, I’m just…I’ve been hit with a hammer. It feels like my brain has been smashed. It’s such a shock. I’m dizzy.”
But we guess it comes as much more of a shock when you were confident you’d be picked, as JB reveals in the interview.
Jei then explains why she picked Jun.K saying, “I don’t know if it’s because I talked more with Jun.K oppa, but I think there was more communication between us, whereas with JB, although we did get closer, we weren’t able to talk as much.”
She continues, “From basic things, like what JB likes, I realized I didn’t know as much about him as I thought.”
Now, on to Jun.K’s selection.
But before his big reveal, scenes of Jun.K’s previous dates roll across the screen, and we realize, Dang, he’s already been on dates with three out of the four girls!
But back to his secret camera…
Jun.K apparently filmed his pick right before the selection, around the time all of the idols had dinner, and we zoom in on the ladies at the dinner table…except Jei is nowhere to be seen in the shot. This is not looking good.
The camera continues to zoom in on Seung Ah, Hyejeong and Ji Hyun (this is bad, really bad), until we’re face to face with…Hyejeong.
The cameras quickly pan to Jei, as we hear the other idols blurt out, “Really?” and her face says it all: She can’t believe what she just saw either.
Jun.K, meanwhile, hangs his head.
Even Hyejeong appears to be shocked by the turn of events, as she says during her interview, “Why?! I thought for sure he’d pick Jei unnie. What do I do?”
She continues, “Was today fun?” referring to her date with Jun.K, before adding, “Today’s date was really nice. [But] I don’t know why he chose me. I’m curious! I want to ask him!”
“Hyejeong is really cute [She’s] innocent and honest. She’s also really charming. I think I really liked those images.”
In his personal interview, Jun.K says, “Jei looked pissed,” before adding, “But in that moment, images of her with JB suddenly came to me, and I thought, ‘Why did she pick me then?’ She looked so happy with JB.” He added, “They looked like they were past 100 days,” causing the staff to laugh.
Jei revealed, “I’m having a mental breakdown. And I suddenly understand that feeling when I picked ‘Change,’ that feeling.”
She continued, “The girls picked the person they had their first date with, but it seems the boys’ hearts change from moment to moment.”
Conclusion: Boys stink.
Oh, but then, of course, Jun.K has to go and make things worse by leaning over and grabbing Jei’s hand. Talk about sending mixed signals! What is he thinking?!
Not now, Jun.K! Not. Now.
But when a staff member asks who Jun.K would pick if he could do it all over again, Jun.K sticks by his guns and chooses Hyejeong — although we’re not completely convinced he means it.
Now it’s Hyejeong’s turn to reveal her pick, and she says, “It was hard.”
And after being interrupted by Jun.K and Mir, both whom she’s coincidentally gone on dates with thus far, during her interview, we cut to her secret camera footage, where the camera focuses on JB for a moment, but we know better than to fall for that. The camera moves on to Jun.K, and we cut back to Hyejeong’s interview, where she gushes about their recent date.
But will she choose Jun.K?
Cue the secret camera footage of Jun.K’s back again, but in the blink of an eye, Mir’s face appears on the screen…and pause.
Hyejeong has picked Mir.
As everyone back on the lawn expresses shock, we can’t help but notice JB, in particular, who has a huge grin on his face, perhaps basking in the unexpected turn of events?
Like the other idols, Mir is also shocked by her choice, and says in his interview, albeit with a huge smile on his face, “She picked me, this kid…Jadu. Why did she pick me? It’s weird…But, to be honest, I was really worried. My dad watches a lot of TV with my grandmother, and I was thinking, what kind of excuse should I give if I don’t get picked. Do I have to say it was edited? But because I was picked, I was touched.”
He continues, “I was more touched than when we won number one.”
And when one of the staff members tells Mir that Hyejeong’s ideal type is someone humorous, Mir says, “She’s totally fallen head over heels for me,” as the staff members burst into laughter.
On why she didn’t pick Jun.K, Hyejeong says, “Maybe it’s because I’m only 20 years old, but being romantic is, shall I say, a little awkward for me? So, I think I felt a little burdened.”
With only three more idols left to reveal their picks, we’re provided with a helpful diagram illustrating who’s picked who so far, but unfortunately, no couples have come of the halftime selection.
We still have hope, however, as we turn our attention now to Mir.
All eyes are on Mir as he shouts, “Don’t look! Don’t look!” We’re afraid of what we’ll see at this point too.
Alas, the show must go on and footage from Mir’s secret camera begins to play.
Hyung Sik, who catches Mir filming him from afar, tells him to stop and the camera quickly pans to Nam Ji Hyun before the camera zooms in on...Jei? But before our minds even begin processing this potential twist, the camera zooms back out...and finally back in...to Nam Ji Hyun.
So, why Nam Ji Hyun? Let’s all say it in unison, now: Destiny.
“He keeps saying it’s destiny, but I don’t feel it. But he keeps saying that, and although it was cute and funny at first, i didn’t know [he was being] sincere.” says Nam Ji Hyun.
In what has essentially turned into a game of tag, Mir’s pick Nam Ji Hyun is up next to reveal who she chose.
She hands her camera off to a staff member and the footage rolls. Nam Ji Hyun talks into the camera before panning to the ocean, when suddenly Jun.K pops into the shot.
The tension builds, because the way things have been going, anything can happen. But only for a moment, as Nam Ji Hyun says, “[Jun.K] oppa suddenly jumped in.” Ouch.
Jun.K smiles uncomfortably, while Hyung Sik jumps for joy and breaks into a standing ovation.
And we’re back on the boat where Nam Ji Hyun is filming, but before she captures her choice on camera, we cut to Hyung Sik saying, “I think she spent the most time with me throughout today. So, I can’t help but hope that our moments together would remain in her memory.”
On his prospects, Mir says, “Nam Ji Hyun would make comments to me here and there like ‘You seem manly, although you don’t seem like you’d be,’ so I wonder if maybe she was interested in me.”
However, Mir is. once again, left heartbroken as we soon find out Nam Ji Hyun’s choice is Hyung Sik.
After revealing her pick, Nam Ji Hyun says she never imagined she’d choose someone who was two years younger than her, but we’re more interested in Hyung Sik’s reaction.
And the ZE:A member doesn’t disappoint as the cameras catch Hyung Sik doing a double fist pump.
During his interview, Hyung Sik says with a huge smile on his face, “Did you know I did this [fist pump] without knowing? Hahahaha. I’m in big trouble. I shouldn’t have been so obvious, but I was so happy, my hands shot up.”
Not that she really needs to explain, but Nam Ji Hyun says, “I went to so many pretty places with Hyung Sik. Because we kept going to such picturesque places, I began having these feelings I didn’t have before. I don’t usually like younger men.”
Hyung Sik is the last one up. Based on his reaction to Nam Ji Hyun, however, we can pretty much guess who his pick is going to be, and, for once, we’re able to watch with some peace of mind.
And so can Nam Ji Hyun, apparently, as scenes from her interview reveal her saying with a smile, “He probably picked me. He can’t pick another girl after taking all of those picturesque shots. Then that would make him a bad boy.”
When the staff member says, “But you never know,” Nam Ji Hyun responds, “I don’t know. I’m not nervous at all. I think Hyung Sik definitely picked me.”
And we can’t hate Nam Ji Hyun for her confidence, because well, we’re thinking what she’s thinking.
Still, we need confirmation from Hyung Sik, but not before we cut to a commercial break.
We’re back on Jeju Island, and Hyung Sik does indeed pick Nam Ji Hyun, and the one and only couple of the night is born (or remains intact, shall we say).
The other idols then shout for the two to leave as Jun.K still can’t wrap his brain around what happened earlier.
“I told you I knew it would be me,” reiterates Nam Ji Hyun in her post-reveal interview. “I knew he’d like me. I shouldn’t be like this, and I don’t like myself like this, but what am I supposed to do when I can tell. Hyung Sik said he wasn’t sure about me, but I was sure about him.”
“Shall I say, I saw another side to [Ji Hyun nuna]? I thought she’d be standoffish and calm, but I totally lost it at this,” said Hyung Sik, referring to Nam Ji Hyun’s unexpected dance moves. “I think I saw another fun side to her.”
So, only one couple makes it out of the halftime selection round.
We’re then shown a few candid scenes of the idol stars in between their post-reveal interviews, and we think it’s safe to say they’re all in a state of shock.
When a staff member says the idol stars can head back to their rooms, they all ask for more time to process what just happened.
Meanwhile, Nam Ji Hyun says, “My heart is comfortable...with Hyung Sik...”
The three un-coupled boys and girls then decide to go for a walk separately, leaving the lone happy couple on the lawn. Soon after Nam Ji Hyun and Hyung Sik celebrate their successful coupling with...a handshake...we cut to the six idol stars who failed find their match.
Jun.K attempts to do some damage control by calling after Jei and asking her if she’s hungry, while Mir pats Hyejeong on the head, calling her his “cute Jadu.”
Oh, how they come crawling back.
The girls finally ditch the boys, and Jei says, “My heart feels bitter,” while Seung Ah adds, “Dating is hard.”
Meanwhile, the Mir and Jun.K take turns saying they never imagined Hye Jeong and Jei would pick them.
Jun.K then goes on and on about how he thought it was over between him and Jei, saying to JB, “I thought, ‘Jei has left my side.’ It was crazy earlier...[Seeing them] linking arms and the skinskip was the end.”
Mir reveals that Jun.K completely lost it when he saw Jei hopping around in front of JB.
“The girls all said they thought I’d for sure pick Jei,” said Jun.K. “But when I saw Jei earlier, she looked so happy. I didn’t think she could look any happier. Standing next to JB, hopping around, [she was] loving it and smiling brightly.”
Take notes, ladies, if you ever want to make Jun.K’s heart melt, a few hops and you′re in.
“He keeps saying that he knows my heart now, but I don’t know” says Jei of Jun.K, following the halftime selection debacle.
But when asked who she would pick if she could send another message to someone, Jei said, “Still, I think I’d say Jun.K? Sigh, this is why girls are so pitiful. JB...sorry.”
And we still have hope for this couple!
“From what I hear, a man has to meet someone he likes,” says JB. “But I think knowing the person I like picked someone else is the greatest shock of all.”
“That person is Jun.K,” says a staff member.
“I told you Jun.K hyung is dangerous. That hyung is dangerous,” says JB. “All of the male guests were talking, and Jun.K hyung keeps trying to go back to Jei.”
Uh oh, will Jei break up the JYP brotherhood?
After a long and exhausting night revealing the tangled mess that is the idol stars’ feelings for one another, a new day has come, and it’s time to start fresh.
Next up is the clothing shuffle in which the boys will each choose a shirt that the girls each personally picked and be paired accordingly.
There are four shirts: two denim button-ups, one hoodie and one striped T-shirt.
Seung Ah reveals that she picked out the hoodie, and says, “I’ve decided to empty my heart and leave it to fate. I think it’s hard now because even if it’s JB [who picks my shirt], I know who he likes.”
Jei says she’d like either Jun.K or JB to pick her shirt because throwing another boy into the mix will only confuse her more.
Meanwhile, although Hyejeong picked Mir in the half time selection, she says she thinks Hyung Sik would look good in the shirt she picked out.
Nam Ji Hyun says, “Leaving it up to fate, in the end, it’d probably be Hyung Sik.”
After examining their options, the boys count to three and point to the shirt of their choice. And, miraculously, they each pick a different shirt. High fives all around.
However, Jun.K and JB each pick one of the two denim button-ups, once again pointing to the fact that they have similar tastes. Mir picks the hoodie, and Hyung Sik opts for the striped T-shirt.
After the boys give their best guesses at whose shirt they could be wearing, the first male idol star heads out to face the girls.
Before we get to see who the first boy is, the camera captures Jei, sitting with her mouth gaping, and Nam Ji Hyun saying, “Lies,” as he makes his grand entrance.
We find out the first boy is Hyung Sik, and the girls say, “This is so weird” and “It’s destiny” as Nam Ji Hyun gets up to claim her partner.
Nam Ji Hyun asks, “Did you know?” to which Hyung Sik responds, “No, I really like this brand, I have a lot of clothes by this brand.”
“Just get married,” says Hyejeong.
“I didn’t think you’d ever pick this,” says Nam Ji Hyun. “I thought Mir would pick this.”
“There’s nothing we can do,” says Hyung Sik as he grabs Nam Ji Hyun’s hand and walks off.
We are reminded yet again through this episode that a boy’s heart can change in an instant, while first impressions seem to make all the difference for the girls.
They say never put all of your eggs in one basket, but we’re not sure that the same rules apply when it comes to love.
Jun.K has spread himself way too thin, and it’s shooting him in the butt. When you make every girl feel special, at a certain point, it’s not so special anymore.
But it seems the Jun.K-Jei couple isn’t completely lost, although it doesn’t look like JB is going to back down without a fight.
All this talk about destiny these last few episodes, and now we’re finally beginning to believe it as Hyung Sik and Nam Ji Hyun continue to find their way back to each other (although they never really left).
The remaining idols don’t seem to be all that interested in one another, so it’ll be interesting to see if their hearts change over the course of the next date.
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