[RECAP: Big] Episodes 11 & 12: “Just empty your brain and look me in the eyes.”
Gil Daran and Kang Kyung Joon love each other and they sealed it up with a kiss that the media is raving about.
While the interaction between Gil Daran and Kang Kyung Joon are adorable and wonderful to look at, we just can’t shake off the nagging feeling that he’s barely 20-years old and the age of Gil Daran’s younger brother.
We also wonder how this relationship will work out when Kang Kyung Joon and Seo Yoon Jae’s bodies are switched and who Gil Daran will choose.
Will she choose Kang Kyung Joon, who really looks like he’s a baby, or the real Seo Yoon Jae, who will be super confused after waking up from a coma and finding himself married?
Do the Hong Sisters have something already planned out, or is this just a disaster waiting to happen? We’re dying to know over here and not sure if we’re patient enough to wait four episodes to find out (not that we really have a choice).
Kang Kyung Joon (Gong Yoo)
This week, Kang Kyung Joon had the perfect amount of being a whiny child and a mature adult. When he does act like an adult, we completely forget that he is still a high school student, then are quickly reminded that he is still an immature teenager, although sometimes we’re pushed to believe that he could be a lot younger than he really is.
There were a lot of interactions with Seo Yoon Jae’s parents, who pretty much treat Gil Daran like dirty ****, and Kang Kyung Joon can’t see that happening to his beloved teacher.
When Seo Yoon Jae’s mom suggest that Gil Daran go buy some new clothes and even a new car before she shows up to a volunteer event with the wives of prestigious doctors, Gil Daran quietly sulks and apologizes for her lack of fashion and sense.
Kang Kyung Joon pipes up and lectures Gil Daran, “At times like this, you don’t say ‘Sorry,’ but instead you lift your head up and say, ‘Thank you.’”
Then he turns to Seo Yoon Jae’s parents and say, “Now, give us your credit card.”
And amazingly enough, Kang Kyung Joon gets their credit card and actually goes buy Gil Daran some nice clothes. With each outfit she tries on, Kang Kyung Joon repeats, “Not bad. Buy it,” and when he sees an outfit he doesn’t like, he says, “That looks bad! Buy it.”
How we wish we had someone like that in our lives.
But even the massive shopping spree doesn’t cheer Gil Daran up, and upon seeing that, Kang Kyung Joon does his best impression of Seo Yoo Jae, who plays a frying pan guitar and sings the theme song to Pororo, which he learned from Bunny and Teddy Bear from the pediatric ward.
The results are successful as she laughs and sings along.
Later in a Chinese restaurant, Gil Daran shares that she’s hot (because Kang Kyung Joon hand-fed her a wrap) and Kang Kyung Joon adorably turns into a human fan while repeatedly saying, “Kang-poong and now Seo-poong~” (Kang-poong means strong wind and also use Kang Kyung Joon’s name. Seo-poong is something Kang Kyung Joon made up to refer to Seo Yoon Jae)
But Kang Kyung Joon’s immaturity doesn’t shine until after they have a huge fight and Kang Kyung Joon refuses to go camping with Gil Daran and her family.
Instead, he stays home and pouts about how he was supposed to pick out a rock with Gil Daran’s dad, eat kimbap with Gil Daran’s mom, and watch porn with Gil Choong Shik but he can’t because of Gil Daran.
He then decides to start throwing away all of Gil Daran’s things because she has done the same with his stuff in her attempts to forget him. But soon he realizes that she actually retrieved his things from the trash and kept them in her room.
Immediately, he happily returns the items into its rightful place and finds out where the family is camping.
When they realize her family ditched the couple, Kang Kyung Joon spends the day photobombing in all of Gil Daran’s pictures, making Gil Daran jealous by helping pretty girls build their tents, and bickering at her for going off to meet her male colleague from college.
But aside from Kang Kyung Joon’s playful and immature actions, we see that he’s actually a very lonely kid trapped inside a 30-year old’s body, just longing for someone to love and take care of him.
As he glances over a sleeping Gil Daran, he whispers:
Gil Daran (Lee Min Jung)
Gil Daran goes back and forth from being a baby to an adult, and we don’t necessarily blame her because she’s completely conflicted about who she wants, just like how we are conflicted about Gil Daran and Kang Kyung Joon’s more than just teacher/student relationship.
In episodes 11 and 12 Gil Daran acted as the kid in the relationship, pushing Kang Kyung Joon to become the adult.
When Gil Daran is struggling and crying about her feelings for Kang Kyung Joon, Kang Kyung Joon misunderstands that she’s burdened by him and ties her shoes for her saying, “Tie them tightly so that when you run away, you won’t turn around and see Kang Kyung Joon. You go where you need to go.”
Then he later says, “You make the kid worry about the adult sometimes.”
Noticing that she’s slowly losing her mind, she decides to pick up an activity to help her not think of anything. She turns to sewing and ironing, as she thinks of herself as a Joseon era wife who is waiting for her dear husband to return.
But even in her fantasy, a mysterious man indirectly seduces her with the wind (connotation for cheating) and the Pororo theme song.
Probably in the worst possible state of mind, she meets with Seo Yoon Jae’s mom and ends up promising to end things with Seo Yoon Jae when he returns back to himself.
Kang Kyung Joon witnesses Gil Daran crying on her way out and demands that they storm back to Seo Yoon Jae’s mom and say something.
Gil Daran stops him, telling him to just look past it. He asks if holding back like an idiot is what it means to be an adult. Gil Daran replies, “Enduring something that can’t be is being an adult. When something is bad, an adult doesn’t do it. If you do something knowing that it’s wrong just because that’s what your heart says, that’s just being a child!”
Kang Kyung Joon then replies, “Well, I am a kid so I’m doing do whatever I want!” and he tells her that if she cries one more time, he’ll pick her up and run away.
He then reminds her that he won’t come close to her as long as she has Seo Yoon Jae’s ring on her finger.
Gil Daran begins making a conscious effort to keep her ring on her finger, not wanting to think about her honest feelings towards Kang Kyung Joon. Her close friend even tells her that in order not be seduced by the man next door, you have to put up a strong guard or even not see him anymore.
So Gil Daran chooses to start erasing traces of Kang Kyung Joon and puts everything that reminds her of Kang Kyung Joon into a trash bag, which angers Kang Kyung Joon.
When Kang Kyung Joon tries to do the same, he realizes that he has nothing to throw away because Gil Daran has given her nothing, while Kang Kyung Joon has given her so much.
As she continues to struggle with what she wants, she has a deep conversation with her father, who tried so hard to ignore his mother, who was 16 years younger than he was, but the more he did, the more he thought of her.
Luckily, she came to him and he was able to grasp her because at that one important moment, he was able to throw away his mental strings into the ocean and cherish what really made him happy.
On Kang Kyung Joon’s 20th birthday, Gil Daran buys him a watch as a present, and while looking at the watch, she takes off her ring. Lee Se Young (Jang Hee Jin) witnesses this and hurries to tell Kang Kyung Joon, who becomes ecstatic at the news.
He runs to find her and tells her, “The wind has already blown. The boat has sailed the ocean that cannot be crossed. What are you going to do now?”
At that moment, the ring slips off of Gil Daran’s finger and she closes her eyes for a kiss.
Jang Mari (Suzy)
Jang Mari continues to do what she does best: stalk.
But this time, she decided to spare Kang Kyung Joon and move on to her next bait, which happened to be Kang Kyung Joon’s potential dad.
Her logic: the faster they find Kang Kyung Joon’s dad, the faster the distance will grow between Kang Kyung Joon and Gil Daran.
Her crazy antics are shown through her shock and anger when she finds out Gil Daran and Kang Kyung Joon went camping together, and her continuous attempts to dress like Gil Daran with hopes to make Kang Kyung Joon fall in love with her.
But like Kang Kyung Joon, Jang Mari is just another lonely kid who wants someone by her, specifically Kang Kyung Joon. When Jang Mari has a nightmare where Kang Kyung Joon disappears into thin air, she cries out for him and when he arrives, she tells him with tears in her eyes, “I’m fine with the way things are right now, or even if you switch back. But you can’t disappear.”
Kang Kyung Joon promises that won’t happen.
Gil Choong Sik (Baek Sung Hyun)
We desperately wish there was more screen time for Gil Choong Sik and Jang Mari. They are just adorable and hilarious together, but like last week, Gil Choong Sik was used as a comic relief while Gil Daran got her thoughts together.
His faithfulness in Jang Mari was momentarily questioned when he asks about Jang Mari’s logi. “So you’re going to dress up as my sister, go stalk an artist, chase after Seo Yoon Jae, and somehow this is all for Kang Kyung Joon?”
Jang Mari then points to head and tells him, “Just empty your brain and look me in the eyes.” Gil Choong Sik obeys and you can see the moment of hesitation and confusion just melt away.
“Now that I’ve emptied my brain and am looking at you, it’s nice and not complicated.”
And Jang Mari has her obedient puppy again.
When the family ditches Gil Daran and Kang Kyung Joon at the camping ground, Gil Choong Sik is so proud that it was his idea to leave the couple behind, although Jang Mari didn’t quite agree.
But the best moment of Gil Choong Sik this week was when he finds out that Jang Mari plans on returning back to American and he goes off on an Engrish tangent, rolling his tongue to make an obnoxious English accent as he chases her down saying, “America~ me too!”
Biggest Baby of the Week: Gil Daran
While it was Kang Kyung Joon who was the whiniest baby of all, we felt that the biggest baby was Gil Daran this week. The reason is because we wouldn’t have gotten the conclusion of episode 12 if Gil Daran didn’t become a baby.
When Gil Daran and Kang Kyung Joon argued, Gil Daran says that holding back on something that can’t or shouldn’t happen is what it means to be an adult.
In Gil Daran’s position, she held back on her feelings for Kang Kyung Joon because she was an adult who knew better than to date a younger student, especially when she had a fiancé. That’s why she’s been so confused and feeling conflicted, despite thoroughly enjoying his presence.
But once she talks to her father and receives advice on building up the courage to take that moment of chance and grabbing the thing she wants the most, she lets her mental guard down and becomes a child to finally be true to herself and express her feelings for Kang Kyung Joon.
While we’re also very conflicted about this relationship she’s now building with Kang Kyung Joon, it was nice to see the always careful and timid Gil Daran taking a giant leap and doing what she very much wants for a change.
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