Thursday, February 20, 2014

HALLYU ZOMBIE DRAMA REVIEW: Emergency Couple Episode 7 (4/4)

Emotions are running high as Zombie Mamma, Tanya, and Karen chat about the latest episode of Emergency Couple.

Zombie: Alright, so we only had one episode this week but man, what a week it was! Were either of you expecting Jin Ae to have a husband and baby or were you as caught off guard by that as I was?

Karen: I was definitely caught off guard. Jin Ae is very immature, but I would have expected motherhood to change that!

Tanya: I knew there was going to be something huge, but I was NOT expecting a baby, much less a husband to go with it. I know that seems backwards, but she is a little irresponsible...

Zombie: A little? We’re talking about the girl who broke into her mother’s house, stole her sister’s wedding ring and SOLD IT to buy a guitar! A guitar! Knowing what we know now (as in, that she has a family to support) if she were that desperate for money, wouldn’t she need to use the money from Jin Hee’s ring to buy diapers or formula or something a bit more important than a guitar?

Tanya: We have established that she sucks at life, but when you’ve run away from your immediate family, as well as a your husband and baby, something tells me that this chick just doesn’t care. She’s decided to go off on her own and doesn’t want anything to do with the kid so we can’t expect her to be responsible with money either.

Karen: Or maybe the guitar allows her to earn baby food money, though I still doubt that she cares about baby Gook because she basically ditched him for something obviously better.

Zombie: I have absolutely zero positive feelings for Jin Ae, she’s a punk on every level and she only exists to make her sister’s life miserable and let’s face it, up to this point, Jin Hee’s life has been miserable enough on it’s own! At least I can see things starting to pick up a bit for Jin Hee, now that Dr. Gook is warming up to her, if only her sister would back off...

Tanya: As much as I love her tenacity, they seriously made her the butt of a fart joke. Pun intended. Go ahead and hate if you need to. That entire scene, while I’m not a fan of potty humor, the actresses totally sold it. The faces and the Jin Hee’s dance in the bathroom was actually pretty hilarious. Even her not-so-gracious exit from the room.

Zombie: Oh, that coat over her head was so funny! I’m not really sure how she managed to get out of that room intact but somehow, she pulled it off.

Karen: I agree with Tanya in that the fart was so unnecessary and hard to believe in real life. I’m surprised that her ex-mother-in-law, Yoon Sung Sook, didn’t make an official complaint.

Tanya: All they had to say at the end was, “She really did become a doctor.” That’s what sold it. Otherwise it could have been so bad. I think the shock of the situation kept Sung Sook from reporting it, but we did only get one episode this week, so there is a chance it will still happen.

Zombie: I wonder if the only person really against Chang Min and Jin Hee’s marriage, from the beginning, was Sung Sook. The aunts in that scene didn’t really seem to be all that shocked to run into Jin Hee and were mostly impressed that she became a doctor. Oh Tae Suk obviously has no problem with Jin Hee because he’s been helping her the past six years make her dream of becoming a doctor a reality and Chang Min’s uncle, Yoon Sung Gil, almost seemed interested in the possibility of Chang Min and Jin Hee getting back together. So, if all of those family members seem cool with Jin Hee then that only leaves Sung Sook as the opposition to their marriage, of course. Isn’t it always the mother-in-law?

Karen: That is an excellent thought, Zombie. Did Sung Sook cause all the problems between our main couple in this drama? Did you both see how the chauffeur was secretly smirking while Sung Sook was dragged out of the hospital by her sisters? I thought that scene was so hilarious.

Zombie: How could you not laugh at the absurdity of Sung Sook in that scene? Once again, she’s being absolutely ridiculous! Seriously! Someone needs to knock some sense into that woman! Grow up already! You’re not two!

Karen: That may be the only scene in this drama where Sung Sook made me smile.

Zombie: I couldn’t even laugh in that scene because she totally reminds me of my two-year-old when she’s throwing a tantrum and honestly, that’s never funny. Every time Sung Sook is on-screen, I just want to slap her.

Tanya: I concur with that. On the scale of obnoxious, I think she’s broken the meter.

Zombie: At least Chang Min is finally starting to show some promise in his punk-ish ways. For the first time ever, he’s finally standing up to his mother when it comes to her behavior toward Jin Hee (and there was much rejoicing) and he even called her, albeit in a drunken state, and apologized for everything. I know a drunken apology isn’t very good but at least it’s a start, right?

Karen: Yes, Tanya made a good point about that in her post this week. I do agree that it’s a start. Maybe Jin Hee will start to make Chang Min breakfast, what do you think?

Zombie: I think I can see her bringing breakfast to Dr. Gook before she brings any for Chang Min. You’ve got to have something raise the jealousy bar a little before Jin Hee and Chang Min get back together. Nothing is more classic in a K-Drama rom-com than a good bit of jealousy between the male leads. (Which I love, by the way; it makes me grin!)

Tanya: Well at least we don’t have a lack of jealousy on the female side. It’s a dogfight out there and drama is going to fly! Ah Reum is jealous of Jin Hee, Dr. Shim doesn’t like that Dr. Gook has a soft spot for Jin Hee… The only person who isn’t jealous and female is the girl-end of the not-so-lovey-dovey couple, Young Ae.

Karen: I think it’s only a matter of time before Young Ae gets jealous of someone. I guess resident Kim Min Ki has become a person who either suddenly got jealous or lovestruck. What do you think about him suddenly helping Im Young Kyu out with Young Kyu’s love letter by tying a yellow ribbon around Young Kyu’s plant, which is a gift meant for Ah Reum?

Zombie: Oh Yong Kyu! He was so absolutely adorable this week, in all of his happy-sappy love-sickness! His smiles made him just the cutest thing ever and then Dr. Kim had to come along and tie that stupid ribbon around that plant and ruin everything! I know that at this point, things aren’t “ruined” but as soon as Ah Reum finds out what that ribbon means, you know she’s going to crush all of Yong Kyu’s hopes and dreams. I feel so bad for him and nothing’s even happened yet!  

Tanya: Way to kill someone’s dreams, Min Ki. I hope that this incident will actually give Yong Kyu the courage he needs to go after Ah Reum even if it wasn’t her who tied the ribbon. He just has to think it was her… until after he gets her attention.

Zombie: Still, until Yong Kyu has all his hopes and dreams dashed, I’m going to revel in his smiles. They’re just too cute to ignore! (Who knew the villain from Monstar was such an adorable guy?)

Karen: No matter what happens, Chang Min has to officially reject Ah Reum first for any sparks to happen between Young Kyu and Ah Reum.

Tanya: That is probably true. I think it will happen sooner than we think. Chang Min doesn’t seem to get the “Let’s drag this out” type of guy, so I’m optimistic. Although, we do have to deal with his mama’s boy tendencies.

Zombie: Yes, he has those tendencies but let’s not forget, he did show some promise in that area this week. If he can continue to rebuff his mom when she attacks Jin Hee and stop her from doing any more harm to their relationship, I can see things working out between Chang Min and Jin Hee sooner than I can see Chang Min starting any sort of relationship with Ah Reum. I just don’t think he has room in his heart for anyone other than his mom and Jin Hee.

Karen: I think Oh Tae Suk needs to distract Sung Sook so that Sung Sook wouldn’t be on Chang Min’s back all the time. I’m still waiting for Tae Suk to come to the hospital.

Zombie: I think we’re all waiting for that miraculous appearance! I keep hoping Tae Suk will magically appear at the hospital and save the day but I guess things haven’t gotten desperate enough for Jin Hee and Chang Min to warrant such a rescue… YET.

Tanya: It’s going to happen. It has to happen. I think the uncle is going to call him and it’s all going to work out in the end. Otherwise, he’s a pointless character… Honestly, no one likes a pointless character.

Zombie: Which is why he has to be the hero who steps in and saves the day when things are at their worst. He has to. It’s the law. Well, I would make it the law if I could...

Karen: I guess we’ll have to watch the story progress to see what will happen.

Tanya: So, this may be backtracking a bit, but was anyone else seriously disappointed in Jin Hee’s mom? How long has she been making Jin Hee deal with things because she “just can’t handle it?” Really?

Zombie: I can’t say that I’m a fan of Jin Hee’s mom at all. She seems pretty flakey to me and I just can’t applaud that quality in a mother. A mom should be there for her kids, not be a burden to her kids. I’m pretty sure she’s a big reason why Jin Ae left home two years ago, because really, who wants to live with a mom who only makes life worse?

Karen: I cannot forgive Jo Yang Ja for not smiling at all upon seeing her first grandchild, the super-cute baby Gook! I would have been so happy even if I didn’t like my son-in-law. Yang Ja was so upset, she never even touched baby Gook. This was definitely not the response I was expecting from Yang Ja.

Zombie: That bugged me like crazy! Even if you were upset about your daughter having a husband and baby without telling you about them, there’s no reason to take your frustration out on baby Gook and treat him like some sort of parasite. He’s a baby for goodness sake! He’s the most sweet and innocent person in this entire drama. Pick the poor baby up and give him a hug!

Tanya: Well, if she’s lacking as mother, we can’t really expect her to bear the grandmother torch willingly. I was just super sad at seeing how she acted at all. Even if you are shocked, you don’t dump that stress on others.

Zombie: So really, what all of this boils down to is this: Jin Hee’s family life sucks. Her mom sucks. Her sister sucks. Her brother-in-law mostly sucks (seeing as how he didn’t even bother to go out and look for his wife, I think that qualifies as sucking) and the only person in her family life who doesn’t suck is baby Gook and her ex-father-in-law. Wow, it’s no wonder Jin Hee appears to be a stressed out ahjumma all the time! Poor girl!

Karen: I am wondering, however, if Chang Min knows about Jin Hee’s family. He didn’t seem to know that Jin Hee has a sister or seems to recognize Jin Ae. When Jin Hee lied about the reason why she was pursuing Jin Ae, Chang Min didn’t seem to react to it at all.

Zombie: I’m thinking Jin Hee has kept her family life a secret for years, not even letting Chang Min know what kind of family she’s really come from. It wouldn’t surprise me any, seeing as how she’s completely at ease lying to everyone she knows, about her relationship with Jin Ae. Maybe that’s another reason why Chang Min and Jin Hee’s marriage failed. A lack of communication is lethal when it comes to relationships; maybe this was just part of it.

Karen: When are we going to get some flashbacks? I can’t wait!

Zombie: Once again, it all comes back to our need for more back-story. We need details people! Lots and lots of details!

So now that we’ve shared our thoughts on this week’s episode, we’d love to hear yours so be sure to join our conversation by adding your comments below!

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Miss something? You can catch up on all of our past discussions of Emergency Couple here:

Episodes 1-2: [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4]
Episodes 3-4: [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4]
Episodes 5-6: [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4]
Episodes 7: [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4]

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