[RECAP: Gentleman’s Dignity] Episodes 5 & 6: “A boy does not mature; he just gets older.”
A lot of damage was done on Week 3 of SBS’ A Gentleman’s Dignity. More so literally rather than emotionally—which is a good thing—because it means that a lot of heartbreak was avoided this week.
Out of the four gentlemen, three of them were caught physically wrecking something, one out of concern and two out of pure selfishness and immaturity. But as more electronics are destroyed, the story gets juicier as confessions are made, confrontations are set, and secrets are revealed.
Kim Do Jin (Jang Dong Gun)
Kim Do Jin must have heard about our Week 2 Douche of the Week mention, because he appears to be stepping up his manners, even if it is at a snail’s pace.
There were some intimate moments between Kim Do Jin and Seo Yi Soo, as Kim Do Jin becomes more and more sincere about his crush on the high school teacher.
He begins to lower himself (and his pride) to meet her rules instead of stubbornly sticking with his.
After she previously rejected his expensive gift, Kim Do Jin buys her another pair of 1,400,000 won shoes, but this time he decides to pay for the shoes in 14 installments or 100,000 won a month.
He says, “This is my value of shoes but with your rules. Wear these shoes when you’re coming to me.”
The confident egoist was also extra cute this week when he became jealous that Seo Yi Soo was chatting with another man, causing him to ram his beloved vehicle into the man’s car, which ironically turned out to be Choi Yoon’s.
Jealousy also pushed him to give Seo Yi Soo a kiss as petals of cherry blossoms danced around in the beautifully-decorated night.
And who else found it absolutely adorable that he keeps a cut-out yearbook photo of Seo Yi Soo in his wallet?
But more importantly, we find out that Kim Do Jin isn’t really a complete narcissist and actually cares about the people around him.
When one of his employees is hurt because a client threw a cup at him, Kim Do Jin immediately charges into the client’s office and throws a cup back, canceling the contract in the process, saying he doesn’t do business with a**holes.
He then tells his employees, “Do you know why your pay is less than mine? It means you can tattle about things like this then hide behind me. I get paid more to solve these problems. Whatever the penalty fee is, you’re worth 500 won more than that.” Is he an awesome boss or what?
So there is hope for Kim Do Jin after all. We’re totally excited to see Kim Do Jin’s gradual transformation. Maybe, just maybe, he’ll mature along the way too.
Im Tae San (Kim Soo Ro)
Not much has changed since the previous week. Im Tae San is still the sweet boyfriend, but one who can come off a little brash and clueless from time to time.
After Hong Sera (Yoon Se Ah) questions his faithfulness, Im Tae San replies, “Do you not know me? If there was the perfect woman walking down the street, of course I would kick you to the curb.”
When Hong Sera expresses her disgust at his answer, he adds, “What I’m saying is, I would never cheat on you.” We’re not sure if that was the best response, but we guess that’s the Im Tae San way.
And to prevent Hong Sera from reading a nasty article written about her as a pro golfer, Im Tae San breaks her cell phone.
There was a short falling out between the Im Tae San and Hong Sera couple, when Im Tae San worries about kicking Seo Yi Soo out of the house so that the couple could chill inside.
When he continues to stick by Seo Yi Soo instead of Hong Sera, who is exhausted from training, she yells, “You care more about Yi Soo than about me.”
Hong Sera does have a point, since she’s the one who’s more stressed out than she shows. Not only is she receiving bad publicity from the press, she also found out that her roommate has a major crush on her boyfriend. But Im Tae San is too blind to see that and only sees Hong Sera as a spoiled brat.
Now that he knows about Seo Yi Soo′s crush on him, we sit back to watch his reactions.
Choi Yoon (Kim Min Jong)
The episodes weren’t really about Choi Yoon this week, although there were moments that made his character loveable.
On episode five, 40-year-old Choi Yoon turns into a complete fan boy when Girls’ Generation’s Sooyoung makes a cameo appearance, pulling out all the stops, from performing Gee to Hoot, and making his friends want to barf. But it was such a nice change from his stern, logical lawyer face and served to be a reminder that Choi Yoon is still a boy at heart.
Still, he can’t seem to let his guard down when it comes to love.
He clearly has feelings for Im Mae Ari (Yoon Jin Yi), Im Tae San’s little sister. When she tells Choi Yoon to close his eyes, he reluctantly does so, but keeps them closed extra long, expecting something.
When nothing happens, however, he shows disappointment Later, when he sees Im Mae Ari talking with Collin (Lee Jong Hyun), sparks of jealousy are visible in Choi Yoon’s face, but still in denial about his feelings, Choi Yoo doesn’t act as Kim Do Jin did with his car.
The sweetest act of kindness from Choi Yoon came in episode four, when he silently goes into Im Mae Ari’s house and restacks the dishes in a lower cabinet, so she wouldn’t have to reach and cause an accident as she almost did in a previous episode. This kind of sincere, behind-the-scenes behavior sums up Choi Yoon very well.
However, it also proves to be one of his major flaws, since he seems only to be confusing Im Mae Ari further.
Even his friends have picked up on it, as Kim Do Jin tells Choi Yoon in episode five that he is leaving Im Mae Ari exactly where she is—he’s neither pulling nor pushing.
Fed up with exactly that, 24-year-old Im Mae Ari, who has been crushing on her older brother’s friend since childhood, tells him how it is, saying, “You’re still treating me like a seven-year-old. If you don’t like me, at least dump me as a 24-year-old woman.”
Perhaps that statement will be the catalyst that causes Choi Yoon to become more honest with his obvious feelings.
Lee Jung Rok (Lee Jong Hyuk)
Lee Jung Rok is probably the most immature member of the entire group. Not only is he unfaithful to his rich wife, he also doesn’t learn from his mistakes and continues to get caught.
But we have somewhat of a heart to heart moment between Lee Jung Rok and his wife when she finds out that he bought a ton of products from a female college colleague and blows up, saying, “The hardest man to seduce is you, my own husband.”
He tells her clearly, “I am not cheating on you with her. She’s just a divorced single mom and I wanted to help her out. If I was cheating with her, I would have bought her bags and diamonds, and even studio apartment, but I didn’t.”
Too bad his sincerity only lasts a short while before he’s caught with a text message from another woman. And insert scene when he starts stomping on the phone to break it, just like how he broke his laptop to hide his pornography.
Even his friends are giving up on him, telling him he needs to swallow his wedding ring one more time to wake up.
We don’t know about you, but we think Lee Jung Rok is a lost case.
Gentleman of the Week: Kim Do Jin
From Douche of the Week to Gentleman of the Week, Kim Do Jin really captured our hearts in episode five and six (although this may also be because the episodes focused more on him than the other boys). His efforts are shining and his sincerity is showing. Even Seo Yi Soo is starting to fall for him. We can’t even begin to imagine what kind of gentleman he’ll become at the end of the series, but we’re not going to bet on it, just in case Kim Do Jin decides to disappoint us. After all, he’s still a boy who goes goo-goo-ga-ga over a pretty girl in a bathing suit.
Douche of the Week: Lee Jung Rok
No surprise there. You saw it coming. It’s still too soon to tell, but this may just be Lee Jung Rok’s permanent title as we find out more and more about him. It’s bad when a guy cheats on his wife, but it’s more awful when he feels no regret or remorse for his actions. Don’t get us wrong. He’s a great comical addition to the drama—just not gentleman material.
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