Yep! Here’s the recap/review for Episode 8!
After remembering all the good times that Ha Ni and Seung Jo had together, she was very emoish. She had moved into the room upstairs of the shop that her dad was working in. When Ha Ni met up with her friends, she told them that she had the resolution of forgetting Baek Seung Jo. In the meanwhile, the scene cuts to Seung Jo’s home where the mum was wallowing in sadness. [ One thing I don’t understand though, is why are they so sad?! I know, Ha Ni left their house, so that cut down on the times they would have together, but she didn’t emigrate or anything! If you really want to see her so much, you can just go and find her any moment, she’s in the same uni as your son!]
Ha Ni didn’t want to eat at the cafeteria because she’s scared that she would waver the moment she saw Baek Seung Jo, but Min Ah said that, " If you really want to forget him, then all the more you should see him often. It would build up your tolerance." As such, Ha Ni decided yes, she would go there! But on the way there, the three friends realise that everyone was looking at them. It was only when they reached the cafeteria then they saw the banner that Boon Joon Gu had hung up " Oh Ha Ni got tired of Baek Seung Jo and dumped him". Ha Ni felt very embarrassed and questioned Joon Gu what would happen if Seung Jo saw that. Joon Gu replied by saying that Seung Jo had already seen it, and that he’s right there [behind them]. At this point in time, I would like to trust my intepretation skills and think that Kim Hyun Joong was trying to act hurt and sad by the banner! [that’s what I saw anyway, the attempt to have some introspective acting]
Ha Ni went for tennis practice where she was still picking up balls. When she returned to the prac room, she was shocked to see that Seung Jo was inside. The vice capt came in to challenge Seung Jo to a match — If he lost, Seung Jo could do whatever he wanted, if he won, then Seung Jo had to attend the training camp for tennis.
Seung Jo agreed with a smug look and the vice leader said they should do doubles. This guy, I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry when he revealed the pairings — Seung Jo and Ha Ni, him and He Ra. It got to a point where it was funny when Seung Jo told Ha Ni to run opposite from the ball. Despite all that, they still lost. Seung Jo was irritated as this was the first match he had ever lost. The guy came over to rub salt in his wounds, and challenged Seung Jo to another match after the training camp. However, the pairings would remain the same. Seung Jo accepted
and henceforth ensued a training period for Ha Ni. It was very sweet for me, when later on he revealed to He Ra, that Ha Ni gave him the joy of teaching because she always gave her best. [ Lol is he going to be a teacher?]
Ha Ni realised that it would be so hard to forget Seung Jo. Her heart fluttered whenever she thought that she would spend 3D2N with him at the training camp.
She left for it while Joon Gu came out and gave her a lunch box then told her " I am your home… the place that you can return to whenever you want because it remains the same". Ha Ni was relatively touched and thanked him. Joon Gu was working hard to earn Ha Ni’s respect and not trying to chase her around [based on Ha Ni’s dad’s advice. When they reached the training camp, the guy told Ha Ni that she didn’t have to train — she was in charge of cooking. Seung Jo exposed that his motives were because he was scared that he would lose. After the guy and Seung Jo left, He Ra told Ha Ni that she would confess to Seung Jo. Ha Ni told her to go ahead even though she felt sad inside.
Ha Ni couldn’t cook as we all know, and asked Seung Jo for help, who very expertly cooked up dozens of dishes by himself. Here’s the really sweet part — after he did that, he came up behind others and pretended as if Ha Ni was the one who cooked that feast by herself. His smile was just… cute:D
Someone asked Seung Jo why he didn’t compliment Ha Ni, but he couldn’t bring himself to do since he would be like complimenting himself, so he asked Ha Ni to go out for practice. Ha Ni persevered through out the tough practice even though she ached and was very tired. In the end, she could finally serve and hit a ball. She smiled but didn’t know that Seung Jo who was watching her,
was smiling to himself too!:D
She could not do anything but to confess. The club leader guessed that it was Seung Jo and everyone looked at him incredulously while he looked cutely awkward. After that, the club started getting drunk on beer or something and the only sober ones were Seung Jo, He Ra and Ha Ni. Ha Ni looked on anxiously as Seung Jo and He Ra left one after another.
Ha Ni rationalised with herself that she just wanted to get fresh air and she’s not following them at all. hahaha. She appeared behind the bushes while He Ra prepared to confess. Then, this popped up behind the bushes!
The vice leader was following them too it appeared. Ha Ni saw him and whispered furiously to him, asking if he liked He Ra too. They whispered so loudly that He Ra and Seung Jo could hear something was going on behind the bushes. Seung Jo got up to investigate and found them naturally. He grabbed Ha Ni and hauled her off to practice and didn’t give He Ra an answer. I guess this is his subtle way of rejecting?
The next day, Seung Jo watched Ha Ni practising. He just kept smiling and it was really heartwarming. He was so happy for Ha Ni when she could finally serve properly
when she fell. He went over and told her good job, while Ha Ni thought to herself " To see his smiling face, and to hear him say Good Job, I’m so happy". They realised though, that she was hurt and Seung Jo proceeded to piggy back her [ ahhhh refer to post on What you can find in a Korean Drama and you probably would]. THE THING IS, HE WAS SMILING SO HAPPILY. This is in a big contrast with how he carried her in episode 2, as if it symbolises that he was slowly, but steadily falling in love with her too.
The thing I like about this show, is that the evil persona, is not that evil. Thus referring to He Ra. She might like Seung Jo, but up till now, she hasn’t done anything that would harm Ha Ni. In fact, I would say that she’s one of the nicest love rivals I’ve ever seen!:O
He Ra invited Seung Jo out for a movie and he accepted. Ha Ni who over heard their convo decided to tag along, and found her Sunbae [a.k.a that guy] spying on them too. They went into the cinema to try and stop them from doing anything together. So when He Ra tried to lie on Seung Jo’s shoulder, Ha Ni quickly stuffed a pamphlet like thing in between. Yet, when they left the cinema, Ha Ni couldn’t bring herself to follow them any longer. She didn’t want to see how well they were doing with each other, so after she explained to sunbae, she turned around, but accidentally hit somone who was holding an ice cream.
That someone, happened to be somewhat like a gang leader. Though the disparity in image of a macho bully holding an ice cream is somewhat hilarious, the bully was very mean. He wanted them to pay $1000 for the dry washing of his suit and threatened to beat up sunbae. Ha Ni who tried to stop him, was pushed to the ground. Guess what? Seung Jo came and helped her up. He asked her if there was anything wrong and she said no, though she was slightly stunned. Sunbae told the gang leader that Seung Jo might have $1000 since he came from a rich family, and while everyone was looking at him, Seung Jo said " Sun bae, if I were you…." then he jerked his head to his right.
Sunbae understood, and counted one, two, three and they ran. Seung Jo took Ha Ni’s hands and ran, while sunbae and He Ra ran in the opposite direction.
I’m really sorry for the quality for this recap! I have no idea what’s the sunbae called can anyone enlighten me? I just keep calling him sunabe/that guy/vice leader.
Okay this episode:D
From the fangirl point of view, it’s good news because Seung Jo smiled a lot in this episode. Which means that we get to see lots of Kim Hyun Joong’s smile! While I was watching I could totally empathise with Ha Ni because I’m a magnet for balls. Seriously. I’ve been hit by all different kinds of balls and tennis is the worst. Gah, I’ve ever been standing there and got hit by SEVEN BALLS in TWO MINUTES! That aside, I really like how the love rival isn’t turning out like how I thought she would be. Maybe she would turn meaner, but right now she’s just trying her best, and not doing anything to harm Ha Ni.
At first I didn’t like Joon Gu either, but the way he loved Ha Ni is so touching, that I find myself liking him a lot. The effort he put in because of his love for Ha Ni…
Hmm lastly, I would just like to say that for me, increase in episode ratings is good news no matter what! Some people read some sites [ i’m sure you guys know what sites] and kept telling me that oh it’s a hollow victory. Come on, don’t let that screw your thinking! I’m very sure if you hadn’t read those sites, you would have been rejoicing. It’s much better than oh the competition channels showing specials and the episode ratings didn’t pick up at all right? Even though I can tell and understand where they’re coming from, I just feel sad for Playful Kiss. It’s okay though, since it’s so famous online and overseas!
I guess what makes Playful Kiss work for me is its high relevance to daily life. It doesn’t have climaxes in their relationship nor evil personas trying to break them apart with underhanded means, but this makes it even more realistic than ever. I can relate so much to it, which is why I love this drama so much!
Of course, that’s not saying that this would happen in real life.. though I’m sure many viewers out there sincerely hope so.. I admit, I’m one of them:P
Have I ever said this before? I used to think that Playful Kiss would be like Boys Over Flowers — based on a manga, remade after both Taiwan and Japanese versions have been out, but I realise that it’s now like You’re Beautiful — lousy ratings in Korea but a huge mega sucess overseas.
Let’s continue giving them our support yeah!
Give it a chance, and you will be surprised at what you find