Hi My Sweetheart Episode 9 Recap

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I realized that the 4-8 part II recap had a bit of episode 9 in it as well, so I’ll start where that leaves off: Hseui Hai has challenged Xue Zhang to a drinking contest. BCJ doesn’t want him to, so HH starts picking apart the holes in their relationship. This gets BCJ all riled up and the four of them (including the idiotic Cristina) begin the game.

Instead of getting Ho Yen Feng ridiculously drunk as planned, the drinking game causes BCJ and HH to get ridiculously drunk. Cristina manages to get an annoyed HH to their hotel room, but when she wants to sleep with him he tells her he wants to sleep with BCJ. She is also kinda tipsy and doesn’t get what he’s saying. He gently shoves her into a closet, shuts the door, and stumbles out of the room. I think she must’ve fallen asleep in there because she doesn’t come running after him.

Meanwhile, XZ has got BCJ in bed and is back in his room. He feels troubled, so he calls her. In her state, she mumbles that he’s the one who understands her best and she feels really lucky to have him around. He asks if she never wants him to leave her side, because he never wants to. (Of course, she says her piece and falls asleep, so his confession falls on deaf ears). After he hangs up, she falls back asleep, only to be woken by a loud banging on her door. She stumbles over and asks “Who is it?” HH answers, “It’s Da Lung!” bum bum bum BUM!

Unfazed, she replies, “Did you forget your key again, you idiot?”

“You said if I forgot it I could sleep at your house.” BCJ smiles slightly.

“Fine! Hurry up and get in! Wait, where’s your Ugly Mushroom Head?”

“I don’t know. One day it just disappeared.”

This is a cute way of giving a bit of OMG to the audience. The two finally get more or less everything out into the open. Da Lung asks why she left and she says she never left, he just didn’t wait for her. They both admit they were looking for the other for the past three years. The exchange is very well directed, with little flashbacks to remind us of what had happened. The two promise not to leave one-another again.

Of course, come the next day, they wake completely puzzled as to why HH is in BCJ’s bed and why BCJ is hugging him. They can’t remember anything. (I knew it! But really, this doesn’t make very much sense, Writers. Don’t make me wag a finger!) Xue Zhang is outside the door, so BCJ shoves HH into the bathtub and starts running cold water. When XZ comes in, he insist she take a shower, saying she reeks of alcohol. BCJ orders HH to face a wall and if he turns around he’s dead. He answers her threats in a very Da Lung fashion: a meek yes and a nod as he does her bidding. He’s still a bit drunk, or perhaps oxygen deprived from staying at the bottom of the suds-filled tub while Xue Zhang enters the bathroom to talk to BCJ. So when he hiccups and a bubble comes out, he follows it with his eyes with the most dopey expression. This is how he accidently sees BCJ naked.

The four head back home, where HH discusses the seeming futility of the “jealousy” experiment with Er Jie. She laughs, saying BCJ wouldn’t be jealous openly. There are three ways you know a girl is jealous:

1) was she randomly intimate with the other guy? (Here HH remembers how he teased BCJ and XZ for never having kissed, so she kisses XZ)

2) did she ever get mad at him for no reason? (he remembers how upset she was before the drinking game.—I don’t think that counts though. I feel like she was angry because he was poking the same holes that bothered her about her and XZ’s relationship)

3) was she ever unconsciously intimate with HH? (*cough*bedscene*cough*)

This leads to a discussion of the bed scene, and both Er Jie and HH are curious as to what happened. Er Jie tells him to clear it up with BCJ since he can’t remember.

Back at work, HH asks to talk to BCJ. She’s going on air in a minute, though, so he watches the show as he waits.

First, there’s a call from a seemingly psycho taxi-driver fan who apparently had called in before. He insists he meet Miss Sweetheart because he has so much he wants to tell her, but the tech person doesn’t put the call through to BCJ. HH hears the conversation and is surprised at the intense freakiness of this guy’s fan-ness.

BCJ talks about XZ giving her that watch. She says that it had a special meaning for her because with that one watch, it erased a horrible memory. When she was younger, her best friend stole a watch and put it in BCJ’s bag. Though people accused her or stealing the watch, she said nothing, and her friend never ‘fessed up. That experience had made school very difficult for her, but when XZ gave her that same watch, it was as though he had healed the wound. She asks if any of her listeners have ever had such an experience. The first caller asks a shocking question:

“Miss Sweetheart, are you Bai Chu?”

It’s her best friend that caused the watch problem in the first place! She apologizes for the incident, crying and saying that she knows it made life very difficult for BCJ. If it weren’t for the fact that it’s totally true, I would have found this over-dramatic. She adds that the memory of the incident has haunted her for a while. BCJ begins to cry when she finds out who it is, but she manages to say that it was 10 years ago. If she were not to forgive her, it would prolong the pain for both of them.

At first the scene seems random and useless, but then, when HH is alone in his office, he thinks to himself: “So BCJ was misunderstood that time. Maybe I’m misunderstanding her this time, too?” He quickly snaps himself out of it, but the doubt, I’m sure, is partially due to the lingering memory of last night. Writers, you are beginning to redeem yourselves.

At the end of the day we see a very shifty guy in a cab outside the office. Hmm…the creepy cab driver? His eye starts twitching as BCJ walks towards him. How does he know she’s Miss Sweetheart? *turns to frown at writers*

Just before she gets in his cab, HH stops her, saying he needs to ask her about the night they spent together, so he obviously can’t do that here, right? She agrees to get into his car, and the creepy cab guy follows them. This guy is great at acting psychotic. The eye-twitching is creepy.

It is now magically night time and the two are standing by some water. (I never understood this: why can’t you just talk in the car? Why must you always relocate somewhere else for your deep meaningful talks? And dude, as all avid drama fans know, nothing good is revealed by the water. NOTHING).

Neither of them can remember anything because they were drunk, but determine BCJ must have opened the door in her drunkenness, since the door would have had to have been locked. BCJ scoffs, saying a third of you is awake when you’re drunk so if they think together they may remember something. HH says he remembers her crying but he doesn’t know why. BCJ thinks hard then remembers her talking to Da Lung, telling him how much she missed him. She closes up, saying she doesn’t want to talk about it and turns to leave. As she does so, she thinks “Why do I keep thinking of him as Da Lung?” Okay, Writers. Since the memories are influencing them subconsciously, you have redeemed yourselves for making them forget in the first place.

She gets into the taxi cab. The previews for the next episode show us the same taxi cab crashing and burning, as well as HH and BCJ kissing, and XZ reaching his wits end and yelling that he’s afraid she’ll never forget Da Lung.

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Comments:

The realism behind the characters and the overall thoroughness of the writing is great and refreshing. There aren’t even many Korean dramas who attempt/succeed at this sort of thing. There is still a level of goofiness that appeared in the first few episodes. For instance, when HH is thinking/reflecting on what’s going on around him, he’ll pause, move his head away and look directly at the camera with a very Da Lung expression on his face while he thinks. Everything behind him is dotted the way comics are at the millimeter level. It’s not too goofy, and it fits Da Lung’s character well, so I don’t mind.

Of course, I can still complain about a few of the plot devices. For instance: I hate drama-time. I honest to goodness hate it. Don’t even try to tell me that you can get into a car in the morning and have it be pitch black before you get to the water where you have your Deep and Meaningful Conversation, okay? It can’t be impossible to make your shooting schedule fit at least the basic day vs. night pattern. That’s just plain sloppy.

Another thing I didn’t like is this taxi guy. They should have had him come up a couple times in different episodes, just so that his random appearance doesn’t seem forced. Also, how did he know she was the girl he was looking for? He should have at least had a printout from a website or something in his hand.

In addition, I love the realism behind the characters. Xue Zhang in particular is one of the best, most realistic second male leads I’ve ever some across. He’s mature enough to understand that you can’t force love, and he understands Bai Chu Jie to a T. And best of all, he’s aggressive in pursuing her. He always was. If it made her uncomfortable he would hide it, but now that he has a real chance, he doesn’t just melt into the background. *cough*Shinwoo*cough* Watching it after such a long hiatus, however, I’ve found Xue Zhang’s one flaw: he’s just not very buff.

The one character I want to throw off a bridge, though, is Da Jie. She just needs to go on a permanent vacation to a hot-spring in rural Japan. Then an avalanche can block all roads to her and she can live in peace. She is consistently a pain in the butt. I think what I hate most about her, though, is that her character is consistent. Therefore, all the actions that make me wants to punch her head in are justified. I can’t blame the writers for them. However, I can hate her for being a pathetic old hag who threw away her life for her younger brother and now wants him to stay by her side forever. I’m worried her attitude will do a complete 180 for no apparent reason or she’ll disappear (just like in PS Man where the relatives refused to let the couple get together to the point of throwing the guy out of town, but then at the end, they aren’t even consulted when the couple inevitably gets together). However, I was also worried BCJ would lose her tough-girl attitude when she fell in love. She didn’t, obviously, so I’m trusting the writers. Which is not something I’ve ever done consciously. Writers, take a bow.

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