I Live in Cheongdamdong Episode 106

Once again, a slightly (or completely) Hyunwoo centered recap.

Sangyeob is walking around with a friend’s sister when he spots Hyunwoo on the other side of the street.

“Aish, this guy,” he laments. “He always appears in front of me.”

His friend turns to see who he’s talking about and her expression is much less disappointed than Sangyeob’s.

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“Don’t tell me you’re impressed,” Sangyeob says.

Well, we can all guess the answer to that one. She asks Sangyeob to introduce her to him and, although Sangyeob is resistant at first, he cottons on to the idea quickly.

Indeed… Sangyeob puts on his little thinking cap. If Hyunwoo likes his friend, he’d stop being competition for Jieun.

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Here he is, trying diligently to sell his friend’s sister in the name of love.

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“Why, why can’t you meet her? Is it because you like someone?” Sangyeob finally asks.

Hyunwoo is straightforward, as usual. “I think that would be you, who likes someone. Which is why you’re trying to push her onto me.”

The boys then go through some swaggering, with Sangyeob saying that he could easily go on 1500 dates and Hyunwoo, unexpectedly, going for a show of bravado as well, saying he could do 2000.

“Great! Then one date is no problem,” Sangyeob says.

One date it is. Let’s watch the suffering.

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Yup, that looks like a man enjoying himself right there. Sangyeob’s friend starts talking right away and I’m relieved that she doesn’t adopt a high, mincing baby voice, which seems to be trending in Korea right now. It’s hard for me to criticize that since my voice is unnaturally high as well, but I never said I liked my own voice. She rambles on that she saw Hyunwoo on the street and knew immediately that he was her “style,” which is why she begged for an introduction from Sangyeob. Aish… well, okay, that’s one way of being upfront. I can’t pinpoint exactly what’s wrong with what she’s saying. Perhaps it’s that she makes it seem like a given that Hyunwoo would like her back. That she’s so self-assured that, once she gives Hyunwoo her stamp of approval, everything should be smooth-sailing from then on.

Sangyeob finds Hyunwoo afterwards and it’s clear Hyunwoo’s got retaliation on the mind. “I’ve done mine, now it’s your turn.” (Lmao, these poor girls, being made equivalent to punishment.) “Didn’t you say you could do 1500? Meet her at the same place, same time, tomorrow.”

Another happy face in the land of dating.

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In a sad side story, we find Jieun’s boss facing physical discrimination wherever she goes. Jungmin is heavier set and not gorgeous, but she is an extremely talented chef and very wealthy. When the valet brings over her luxury car and she reaches for the door handle, he admonishes her, saying, “Lady, don’t randomly touch other people’s cars.” She explains that it’s hers and tips him. She doesn’t seem affected, but Jieun is mad on her behalf. Then, during lunch, the waiter brings her the wrong meal. It’s called something dreadful, like Two Pigs on a Plate, and is essentially a huge bowl of noodles. Another, overweight man pops out and says, “That’s my order!” Jungmin isn’t fazed, and just says, “The name isn’t so pretty, but it looked delicious!”

Later they go to a store where Jungmin offers to buy Jieun something she likes. Jieun gets excited but then stops herself. “Let me buy you something today,” she offers. But then she gets a glimpse of the price tags and her eyes pop out. She adds, “Perhaps something not on this rack, though.”

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Predictably, the two storekeepers laugh about Jungmin as she tries on a jacket and Jieun decides to confront them, telling them that if they want to do a job, then they should do it well, got it? Jungmin leaves, upset, and when Jieun follows, Jungmin says, “I also have eyes and ears. I know what people say about me behind my back. But I don’t have the strength or time to go confront each and every one of them.”

Jieun starts crying, saying that Jungmin always helps her out, but Jieun has nothing, no money or background, to ever help Jungmin back, which is why she just hoped to be there for Jungmin in times of need. Jungmin softens, looking at her in that way older people do sometimes when younger people cry about something they won’t a few years down the road.

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Back to the fluff.

Sangyeob goes to meet his blind date and finds that Hyunwoo ain’t playing games here.

Screen Shot 2013-08-04 at 1.08.42 AM Screen Shot 2013-08-04 at 1.08.18 AMHe’s found someone twice, if not more, as old as Sangyeob. I’m a bit confused at the storyline here, but the woman is under the impression that she’s meeting Woohyun, not Sangyeob, and she says Sangyeob sure does carry his age well (rofl).

Sangyeob returns to the manhwa house and says he’s going to get Hyunwoo back for this, to which Hyunwoo asks, “What, are you going to haul out a grandmother from somewhere?”

It’s Hyunwoo’s turn at the coffeehouse the next day (and I’m wondering how many times the boys are willing to do this.) He looks up, ready to see a grandma, and his face drops to see his old flame.

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Screen Shot 2013-08-04 at 1.36.14 AMI’m thinking Sangyeob’s really stepped it up if he’s gone to the trouble of finding Hyunwoo’s ex, but Sangyeob appears three steps behind, towing a man in drag (rofl).

Screen Shot 2013-08-04 at 1.36.57 AMSeeing that something even more intriguing is already stirring without his help, Sangyeob sends the man home.

Ending Thoughts

Aw, man. Show, I don’t even want to know. I can do without the old girlfriend conflict, just keep troweling on The Cute! Is that too much to ask for?

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