I Live in Cheongdamdong Episode 54

(Once again, Hyun-woo centered)

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Jieun is still thinking over the events of Episode 52, when she made an elaborate lunch for Sangyeob but then was directly turned away by him in front of his employees. In the privacy of her bedroom, she writhes in humiliation. It’s realistic that a girl would still be thinking that over two episodes later, but I understand that this is a luxury only daily dramas can afford on their story lines

Desperate to stop thinking about it, Jieun goes up to the rooftop, hoping to use Hyunwoo as a distraction. As usual, she announces herself in unconventional methods. She hums loudly, and then, when that doesn’t work, starts kicking the side of his bunk forcefully. When he pokes his head out, she says, “There were some nails sticking out.”

He tries to go back in and she slams her foot into the crack, preventing the door from closing.

“Are you really bored?” Hyunwoo asks.

“Bored? Me? Oh… I guess. But anyways, even if I were, I wouldn’t want to play with you. No! I… just… wanted to take your laundry down,” she says.

Jieun is literally the 28 year-old pigtail puller. And Hyunwoo certainly does have a lush head of hair. 

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In a funny side story, Hyeja is disgusted with Bohee for using her manager Kwanwoo like a servant. When she finds him in the bathroom washing the family’s laundry by hand, she marches over to make him stop, but then he pulls out a pair of pants and they simply sparkle from cleanliness. Hyeja is bewitched, and thus the servantry continues.

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In the morning, Jieun runs into Sangyeob on the streets. They both freeze and Jieun tells herself, “Pretend everything’s normal. Pretend everything’s normal.” So when Sangyeob does a 180 to run away, it’s Jieun that rushes forward and greets him like everything’s normal, yeah!

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She tells him that he should definitely come by the restaurant tonight since they’ve just imported a batch of ingredients from Italy. He says that he’s already got an appointment and she says, “Ah, then another time.” Once again, Jieun, I so do appreciate your effort, but that may have been one step too far in the “I will act casual” campaign.

And then she walks away, face in hands.

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Hahaha. It looks like they’ve pulled out every dish and appliance possible for Kwanwoo to wield his cleaning magic on. He stops when Bohee offers him some fruit and says gratefully, “It looks like you’re the only one who would think of me.” Oh, Kwanwoo… you give passing salesmen your money, don’t you.

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Behind them, a door opens and Hyeja calls out, “Manager Kwanwoo, eat the nectarines AFTERWARDS. There’s still a lot to clean.”

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She closes the door and Bohee furtively drops a nectarine into his bowl like he’s a prisoner.

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Later, Hyeja tricks him into going into the bathroom and then locks the door. “Don’t come out till you’ve fixed the toilet.” When he asks for her to at least give him some tools, she gives him a broom. He finally fixes the toilet somehow and then attempts to sit down, only to be stopped by Hyeja, “Don’t rest too much. You’ll get used to it.”

The Three Stooges have taken a trip up to the mountains and happen to meet a random girl, whom they allow into their cabin. She’s pretty and nice and it strikes them as unnatural.

“It’s too strange,” Moosung says. “What is a young, pretty girl like that doing hiking in the mountains at this time of night? And she keeps calling us Oppa this and Oppa that… she must be a ghost. Ghosts are naturally pretty.”

She calls out to them once again and they freak, huddling together for safety.

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Jieun visits Hyunwoo with a bag of beer and he says tetchily,”I don’t drink.”

“Ah, then I’ll teach you. Chapter One: Iced beer makes you drunk more quickly.”

By Chapter Five, Jieun isn’t looking so hot.

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She falls asleep sitting up and then wakes up with a curse. “Ah,” she says. “Did you see that? Did you see? Anyways, let’s go.”

“Where? To Lee Sangyeob?”

“What? Am I crazy?”

She brings him to a park that overlooks Gangnam River and then starts shouting expletive-laced diatribe through a make-shift loudspeaker. Hyunwoo’s face freezes comically at her curses, but then he starts to look amused.

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Jieun has a grand time caterwauling into the night and, as a finishing touch, shouts “LEE SANG YEOB. THIS IS THE LAST PRESENT I WILL GIVE YOU. SO WATCH AND LISTEN CLOSELY.” And then she thrusts a dirty gesture at the general public.


The internet tells me this is called the bras d’honneur, or the “arm of honor… [a] macho combination of a gigantic erect penis and a threatening fist says, ‘Fuck off!’, or ‘Up yours!’ very vehemently. As a special bonus, the slapping of the hand against the opposing arm makes it seem as if the super-penis has gone so far up the recipient’s receiving canal, it can’t go any further.” For a list of more offensive foreign gestures, visit this website.

She urges Hyunwoo to try it out, so he shouts, “Everyone! Sorry about that! This woman has just been rejected by a man. Please understand. And she made him a HUGE bento box. Not just any bento box.” Haha. Jieun starts slapping him down.

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Up in the mountains, the Three Stooges are still dealing with the creepy lady they picked up, who is looking decidedly more creepy. She asks them if she could get a phone number, so they can all get together for a meal once they’re back in the city. Moosung jabs Woohyun in the side, “Just give her any number,” he hisses.

“Ah.. AH. 010-123-1234.” Woohyun stutters, which makes me laugh at his originality.

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Moosung digs into his duffel bag and brings out a pair of boxers with two yellow rectangles on the back. I think, at first, that he’s trying to scare her off with really, really dirty underwear, but then it turns out that the yellow rectangles are some type of religious proverb printed on the back. In any case, she’s sufficiently scared by him waving his underwear at her and they grab their chance to run away.

The next day, Jieun bumps into Sangyeob again, but she’s much more normal and simply greets him and leaves. When her friend asks who that was, she says, “Oh, just a man I used to like.”

Behind her back, Sangyeob watches her leave.

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Ending Thoughts: I’m pretty sure Episode 54 marks a turning point in the direction of Jieun’s affection. She may not know it just yet, but she turns to Hyunwoo for comfort and is constantly finding ways to be in the same space as him, whether it’s by bothering him like a 5-year-old or otherwise. I know, not the most sophisticated of methods, but Jieun has already ingratiated herself with me by being exuberant. If we were looking for mature, we’d go with Hyunwoo’s bland ex, who takes up some screen space in the early 100s. I can’t sense much liking on Hyunwoo’s part yet, but I dropped in randomly at Ep 52, so my feelings may not be that accurate. After all, he did get really angry at the bento box incident on Jieun’s behalf in Ep 53.

Sangyeob’s story line prickles at me, because it is just so predictable (and yet realistic) that he would start feeling something for Jieun the moment she decides to move on. Urgh.


One thought on “I Live in Cheongdamdong Episode 54

  1. thanks! i wish you can recap the rest of the episodes, especially ep 93-95 there were lot of cute scenes between Ji Eun and Hyun Woo! THANK YOU!!!!!

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