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Backstreet Rookie Ep 5 Recap (and Daehyun keeps lying)

We start out with Daehyun’s huge uh-oh moment.

Daehyun stammers that of course she’s not interrupting anything and yells at Saetbyul to get off, literally tossing her on the floor again. But Saetbyul gets the urgency of the situation and isn’t too pissed about it.

He tells Yeonjoo that this looks bad of course, but that’s not what she thinks. Yeonjoo sweetly says that she trusts Daehyun and guesses that he was congratulating her. Saetbyul rapidly agrees that they were just joking around. Both look really nervous. I almost feel bad for Yeonjoo. Daehyun tells her to get back to work and makes to leave on a date with Yeonjoo but Yeonjoo invites Saetbyul for dinner. Daehyun’s really worried about this and tries to say that she has work but Dalshik chooses right then to come in and, of course, he gets relegated to taking care of the store. And thus begins episode 5! Continue reading “Backstreet Rookie Ep 5 Recap (and Daehyun keeps lying)”

Backstreet Rookie · Convenience Store Saetbyul · Recaps

Backstreet Rookie Ep 4 Recap (and Daehyun wises up)

We start off with the aftermath of Yeonjoo calling Daehyun, and Daehyun not noticing Saetbyul and shoving her to the ground. Upon realizing it’s her, he does the worst thing imaginable by accusing her of attacking Yeonjoo. Saetbyul asks Yeonjoo to correct his misunderstanding but Yeonjoo pretends to be suuuppper hurt (oh boy, now that’s unnecessarily vindictive)

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Backstreet Rookie Ep 3 Recap (and I’m getting disappointed)

We start off with what has to be a dream. I mean WHAT IS THAT HAIR?

Saetbyul and Daehyun face off in a dance-off. She marvels at how good he is at dancing and he tells her that that’s how he became manager of the store (Pfftt). One the dancing comes to an end, he grabs her in a classic seductive ending pose, and she promptly plants a kiss on him. Continue reading “Backstreet Rookie Ep 3 Recap (and I’m getting disappointed)”

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Backstreet Rookie Ep 2 Recap (and dancing shenanigans)

We cut back to Daehyun hearing about Saetbyul and her friends raiding the store. He tells Yeonjoo he has to get going because of “the part-timer girl”. She pouts saying they barely got started exercising and he mutters that he’s sweated enough for today. As he leaves, Yeonjoo’s face falls. She mutters that of course the part-timer has to be a girl.

Daehyun runs back to the store to see Saetbyul and her friends having a really good time. 

He confronts her, and she tries to play cute asking why he’s here so early. He says he here to fire her and she conveniently passe out drunk at that point and thus begins episode 2! Continue reading “Backstreet Rookie Ep 2 Recap (and dancing shenanigans)”

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Backstreet Rookie Ep 1 Recap (and what a wild beginning)

We start off with our hero CHOI DAEHYUN, merrily walking on his way with a bouquet of flower when he stars at a street sewer. His eyes grow wide in shock and he pulls off the grate immediately. Turns out there’s a cat trapped in there. He sticks himself down the grate to save the little  kitten as car honk around him and bewildered school girls look on. He’s covered in sewer filth and stinks but panics when he looks at the time and runs off, almost forgetting his bouquet.

At the same time, our heroin JUNG SAETBYUL runs past him. Their elbows slightly bump into each other and they stare at each other in slow motion, but go on their respective ways.

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The very cuddly Healer (and EPISODE 15)

Healer, Healer, Healer. I am so in love with you, it isn’t even right. Firstly, you don’t exist. Secondly, even if you did, I’m a boring second year university student, not some adorable sassy reporter with brains and brawn. Thirdly, I can’t invite you to sleep over at my place either (though you technically did invite yourself to YS’s place in Ep 4). Let’s not go into the fourthlies and fifthlies. Suffice it to say that the things I want to do to Seo Jung Hoo are likely illegal in all 51 states of America and all 10 provices of Canada. And this is coming from someone who unfortunately still owns her W (minus one V) card. I just sort of adore the man. I’ve been following the show faithfully. Every Monday and Tuesday, sees me glued to the screen, taking two-three hours to watch an hour-long episode, rewinding, sighing, drooling, shrieking with laughter like a madwoman, fuming with rage that I’m still single, you get the drift. ESPECIALLY EPISODE 15. Can we please talk about that? Like, every single bit? Like that kiss? Actually no, about what followed. I’ve never been so invested in the lives of two characters. OMG, I squealed so hard at the sight of that bed, I’m pretty sure my entire floor thinks I’m certified. Yup, just ship me to the loony bin. Just let me bring the laptop. Oh and you’d better have Wi-fi. But Healer…the his and hers cups…but ugh. I’m honestly hyperventilating as I type this. Hello repressed teen. That look in his eyes though, so very smitten and happy and damn toe-curling. Let’s not even get started with that business with the arm. And the fun times under that blanket.
Dear heaven, I need a life.
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If you were expecting my usual detailed analysis on characters, events and their motivations, here’s to disappointment! Because my brain has long ceased rational function, and coherence went out of the window the moment I saw him cuddling her. I am dead, you hear me? This is my ghost presently typing these words, cackling like a madwoman (mentally, my family won’t take any more of the real stuff). I love these two. I love them together. They’re pure gold as a couple and feed off each other in the best of ways. I loved it when he tried to dry her hair and got…distracted. Jung Hoo, you’re obsessed. Who the hell knew he was so damn touchy feely, and cuddly. Big, bad Jung Hoo makes the world’s most adorable teddy bear. I want one. Okay? Hear that fate? What do I do to get me one of these? If it involves being the long-lost daughter of a woman whose husband was killed by her present husband, and means that I need to get my stuff stolen  and dumped into a public bathroom sink by said sexy Healer, then I’m game. Not that I would lose my present family for the world…of course….not. Continue reading “The very cuddly Healer (and EPISODE 15)”


Healer Ep 6 (and when Healer gets confessed to!)

Whew, we certainly get a great deal of development in this episode, particularly involving KMH and KMS. I’ll go by character this time to keep this review uncluttered.
Kim Moon Ho has to be the most enigmatic of our three leads. It’s as if there’s a curtain in front of him, preventing us from seeing his character fully. We only catch bits and pieces now and then, and even those aren’t much to go on. Though he brings on the cuteness and cajoles Director Kang Min Jae every now and then, the smile rarely reaches his eyes, which have a layer of steel in them that’s strongly reminiscent of his brother. It helps that an established actor like Yoo Ji Tae is playing this role seeing how good he is at playing peekaboo with his character’s emotions. This episode, peels back another layer surrounding him, yet we still don’t have the full picture. Moon Ho is surprisingly manipulative. I honestly pinned the way he could slide into and out of  situation, while remaining so fully in command, on his intelligence, yet there’s more to it than that. The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree and Moon Ho’s just as good at playing the game as his brother is. That strange smile and steel in KMH’s eyes when asking YS how far she wished to go with the story, and why she wasn’t washing her hands of it, was the equivalent of a poking a sleeping animal, waiting for a reaction. We all knew what he was trying to do, verify how earnest she was about the case. And he was definitely pleased and proud of the answer he got, but it’s hard not to raise your eyebrows a little at the method.
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Healer Ep 5 Review (and whaddaya mean “replace the Healer?”)

Oh Healer, I love you. It may seem a bit rushed that he’s so affected by CYS, but looking at things from his point of view, it’s actually rather believable. He’s someone who’s seen nothing but the nasty side of the world and to find someone as genuine as her, regardless of whether or no she may be bait, is no doubt a brand new experience. The Clark Kent/Superman comparison is quite apt with these two, seeing how he swoops in like her own personal superhero, even when he should rightfully be running for his life. From holding her gently to asking her how many pills she needs, ugh can thing man get any more perfect? Not that he wasn’t mindful of his own safety, seeing how he prevented her from seeing his face. Though, I really think he should’ve been more careful during the fight. Things are getting dangerous for Healer as Hacker Ahjumma notes. Not only is SS Guard now aware that Healer appears to have a special interest in CYS’s welfare, but they’ve an easy access route to him.
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And here he is worrying about Yeong Shin’s safety instead. Honey, you sound a bit naïve, of course they’ll kill her. Not every night-courier has as many clear-cut rules as you do, as seeing what little rules you have, that’s saying something. Though it’s not like he’s solely motivated by his budding feelings. Boy hasn’t thrown out his brain, even if he’s gaining a heart. He needs to find out who set him up and just what connection Jae-Il Newspaper and CYS have to his parents. I do like that our characters don’t suddenly lose parts of themselves, or do a full 180 due to a love interest. Their intentions won’t be completely altruistic, there will always be some self-interest there. But that’s a good thing, it makes them much more relatable, and much, much more human and the sacrificial lambs we currently have running around Pinocchio. She draws him for some reason, and he’s curious and  even a little fascinated by her. He’s never known what it’s like to jump into a fight you can’t win, and to see her go there so bravely is something he can’t help but respect, something that touches him deeply. Just like that leopard. Continue reading “Healer Ep 5 Review (and whaddaya mean “replace the Healer?”)”


Healer Ep 4 Review (and can I please hug his arm too?)

This episode was largely set-up for episode 5 and those that’ll follow KMH’s political involvement, the JYS case, Healer’s role in CYS life and introduction to her family and the increasingly low levels that Evil Brother is stooping to. But that doesn’t mean that we weren’t hit with some surprises.

First off, dear Ahjumma, how about you let poor Healer eat his breakfast, the poor fellow’s developed some seriously paranoia thanks to you.
I love the dirty look he shot the screen the instant she hacked in though. I wonder why he’s wearing a heart monitor though. Is there something you should be telling us, show?
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vlcsnap-2014-12-23-12h04m20s177Why do I feel like this is the last thing he’s going to do? Not because he has a penchant for disobeying authority (*coughcoughKMH) or because he enjoys the thrill of the chase but simply because he’s Healer and therefore doesn’t give a hoot as to what anyone thinks. Continue reading “Healer Ep 4 Review (and can I please hug his arm too?)”