Sassy Go Go ~ Episode 2 Recap
“How can we live like that when we’re alive?”
Yeon Doo’s intentions to become an insuperable part of the Baek Ho club didn’t blossom even though she appeared dynamic in a hostile environment! She had to face Ha Joon’s omnipresent rage, but he got bitten by her and teacher Im took care of the rest, or at least he thought so since Yeon Doo’s mother appeared and all hell broke loose!
Sun Young supported her daughter to the fullest and demanded the transfer papers immediately. She stood for her daughter’s rights and emphasized on the way students with lower grades are being treated. Criticizing this ongoing discrimination she pointed out that a school environment isn’t only about strictly infusing knowledge in students’ minds since teaching should also implement the values of friendship and solidarity.
However, what she was unaware of was the fact that Yeon Doo didn’t intend to get transferred to another school anymore and she felt ashamed for exploding in front of all the teachers! However, we got to know that she truly loves her daughter and wants her to keep dancing since it’s what Yeon Do sincerely loves. She’s a mother who paces with her child’s dreams and the only thing she would be unable to withstand is to witness her beloved daughter suffering anew.
Since nobody intended to let her become a member of the Baek Ho club she started her own nerve-shaking campaign! At first she was “studying” inside a sleeping bag at the club’s library, but teacher Im dragged her out and then her more massive approach started taking place during lunch! She wasn’t alone though, the Real King members started supporting her one after the other and embraced punishment altogether! They enjoy the simple joys of high school life far away from the pressure and the concerns adults infuse upon their children and started playing with the hose throwing water all over the place shaking Ha Joon’s nerves and eventually teacher Im’s!
Escaping wasn’t as easy as it appeared to be since she fell on Kim Yeol and found themselves in one more of their renowned tête-à-têtes. Once Kim Yeol started counting anew Dong Jae appeared right on time with his milk and took her away! It’s something that intrigued Kim Yeol who bought the same milk, the more he interacts with Yeon Doo the more he wants to know her even if the detail he explores is ridiculously simple!
Dong Jae showed his affection towards her for one more time by trying to dry her hair and he believes that she will be able to emerge victorious in this Sevit high school struggle. Yeon Doo intends to reclaim the Real King club, but her basket skills had a different opinion. However, Dong Jae shot a basket for her delivering the message the importance of a friend during one’s attempts to surpass any obstacle in order to achieve her goal.
So, Soo Ah qualifies in about 40 different professional fields, is she really an adolescent or a corporation on her own?! She didn’t pass the interview simply because she’s mechanically learning everything without pouring heart and soul into it. She doesn’t only lack the impact, but also the meaning on everything she does and the soulful testimony a task may require. Even though it’s something for which one has to work on a personal level, Soo Ah wants her tutor to infuse in her all the necessary impact that would help her pass future interviews.
Things remain tense between Yeon Doo and Soo Ah who thinks that she should keep her head low since she crawled back in instead of getting transferred. Yeon Doo’s combative spirit informed Soo Ah that she’s willing to see it to the very end until she fails in front of her very eyes. Apologizing and cleaning the room would never be an option and Soo Ah left to meet her tutor who had already given her card to Kim Yeol. Apparently, she’s interested in his skills since she’s a person dwelling in faceless professionalism’s corridors, but it could also be a part of her plan to send Soo Ah to Harvard at all costs. Now that the school’s in turmoil the tutor found the right moment to progress her own plans concerning Soo Ah and she wants the headmistress to stack on her more specs.
Yeon Doo found herself in trouble the moment she urged Soo Ah and her friend to stop disturbing the most important things and while Soo Ah’s friends were bullying her the Real King members barged in and took care of them! Even though the revival of Real King is Yeon Doo’s current dream, Joon Soo decided to depart since he considers the club a lost case, especially now that the college isn’t that far away. Yeon Doo emphasized on the fact that high school years are the most vibrant years of their lives and if they won’t live the way they want to at the present there won’t be other chances in the future. She wanted to dance and she wanted to do it right now, at the present, along with her 18 years old friends by her side so that all of them would be happy. It’s the moment when reality opposes dreams and prevents them from blossoming, but it’s also the moment one can turned all these dreams into reality.
The headmistress progresses the tutor’s plans and she arranged a meeting where both members of Real King and Baek Ho clubs would be present. She wants the Baek Ho and Real King members to cooperate so that they will emerge victorious in an upcoming cheerleading competition with Yeon Doo and Kim Yeol being responsible for the creation of the winning team. If they win she intends to revive the Real King club, but Kim Yeol read through the lines and found in front of everyone that it was Soo Ah’s tutor’s order to partake in the competition so that Soo Ah would be able to stack on more specs. Even though Yeon Doo intended to pace with the headmistress’ flow, the moment the whole truth got revealed she declared that she’s not willing to become Soo Ah’s puppet no matter how hard the circumstances may get. It was one of these cases when someone’s asphyxiating dreams are being used for another one’s ambitions to turn to life and Yeon Doo would never pace with that flow no matter how much she wanted to revive the Real King club.
Yeon Doo wanted Soo Ah to apologize for her overall attitude, but she was too proud to do so because of the class she belongs to. All this attitude of superiority over others and the fact that she tried to prevent her tears from flowing were reflecting her inferiority complex while she was living in her own crystal castle waiting for others to create the roads she would walk upon. All these great mood swings from being hysterical towards the tutor and seconds later obedient to her own mother prove how shattered her internal world is as she’s leading a life without a purpose and it’s always related to her mother’s orders.
The opinions vary inside the Real King fellowship concerning the revival of the club, some of them would like to pace with the headmistress’ flow while others would never support Soo Ah’s ambitions, especially after everything Yeon Doo went through because of her. The dance festival felt like a ray of light through the clouds and they could only head towards that direction!
Kim Yeol’s father and Yeon Doo’s mother are pacing really well together, but we became aware that Kim Yeol went to Sevit high school in order not to live with his father anymore, there must be a sad story behind this decision and something tells me that it could be related to Ha Joon’s condition. Dong Jae found him bleeding on the bathroom floor, but he was unable to help him since he was losing the world underneath his feet. All this heavy breathing in dire situations or moments that require physical force reflect a possible psychosomatic condition that has its own impact upon him. We have yet to find out what’s going on with his health issues and the reasons behind them.
As for Kim Yeol, he was the one to take Ha Joon to the hospital and he’s devastated at his friend’s sight who tried to take his own life for one more time. Ha Joon had been there before and there he is anew at the present under his own burden. The bromance is truly strong and Kim Yeol who appears like a person who would never cry unleashed his own tears for his friend’s condition.
Real King made their grandiose entrance at the dancing competition and the drama shyly started progressing its dancing vibes! Yeon Doo sprained her ankle, but she didn’t give and kept dancing for the sake of the whole team. They may not have won the competition, but they congratulated themselves in their own cheerful way for the popularity award they earned! Two more members decided to leave the club while the rest intend to keep hanging in there until the Real King club has been restored.
Yeon Doo went to the hospital where she found Kim Yeol and witnessed Ha Joon’s condition, something that should remain a secret. The quirky teacher Yang was there and the moment Yeon Doo noticed him hid right away and warned Kim Yeol and Ha Joon as well! There’s definitely electricity between them every time Yeon Doo and Kim Yeol are so close together! Yeon Doo feels majorly awkward in a cute way whereas Kim Yeol appears to be enjoying all these close encounters and something tells me he secretly craves for more!
Since Soo Ah had found Ha Joon’s bloodstained towel earlier and the nurse shouted Ha Joon’s name both the headmistress and teacher Yang became aware of Ha Joon’s condition. Ha Joon begged the teacher to keep it a secret from his father, in case his father found out about it he would have probably sent him to a mental institution. All the threnody and fear was carved on Ji Soo’s face who’s self-traumatizing himself in order to get rid of the emotional tension within, but sometimes he goes too far.
The headmistress didn’t call Ha Joon’s father, but in order to keep it a secret and let Kim Yeol and Ha Joon graduate Kim Yeol will have to pace with her flow and form a cheerleading team consisting of 10 members from Baek Ho and Real King in order to win the competition. He progresses the plans of her connection by any means necessary against morals and the very essence of teaching.
The two members that left Real King are under Soo Ah’s influence now in order to help her accomplish her own goal. Profit was stronger than friendship under these circumstances and Yeon Doo was betrayed even though she kept dancing for the team’s well-being during the competition despite being in pain.
Dong Jae and Yeon Doo were staring at the stars even though they can’t see any of them. It’s like their lives, they are reaching for the stars even though they are nowhere to be found as they keep on dreaming against reality’s sharpened contours. In the meantime, Kim Yeol and Ha Joon’s emotional burdens solely and together had been soothed while eating together. It was great seeing them laughing again during a heartfelt scene. Real friendship is the cure to many hardships one may be going through, solitude was hardly ever a wise adviser when things get awry.
Kim Yeol approached Yeon Doo in order to help him with the cheerleading competition. It was the first time he appeared sincere and devastated in front of her and he was delivering all the vibes that he was doing it solely for Ha Joon. Even though he’s an exemplary student there are times he gives you the impression that he couldn’t care any less about his personal status even though he appears strong-willed and arrogant. Yeon Doo couldn’t believe her sudden change of heart and it was her turn to count to three with every sentence she uttered being accompanied by one step forward. She would like him to live up to his words, she would never do anything related to Soo Ah and for that reason she doesn’t intend to help him. The opposition of Yeon Doo’s definitive stare and Kim Yeol’s emptiness were omnipresent.
Thoughts: The ratings got better for all the dramas that started yesterday, Six Flying Dragons raised them by 0.1% and reached 12.4% and Glamorous Temptation appeared stronger with 9.7% whereas Sassy Go Go shyly raised its dynamics 3.2% since yesterday’s 2.2%. Let’s hope this is only the beginning of a better course when it comes to ratings, they are not the ones that make a drama worth watching, but they are essential for the drama’s consistency and everyone directly involved in it.
We had witnessed before the presence of suicide in high school dramas, but Sassy Go Go works on it a bit more and takes it to a wider extent. Ha Joon self-harming himself is his way out from his abusive father’s ambitions and actions, the way which soothes his internal tension. Ji Soo was exceptional in presenting Ha Joon’s shattered world and the fact that he’s neurotic and ready to hit someone anytime isn’t only the outcome of his father’s physical abuse, it’s also the reflection of all the tension without recipient lurking underneath the surface.
The fact that he can sincerely smile when he’s with Kim Yeol proves the importance of friendship in one’s life, not a circumstantial one but a friendship willing to chase the clouds away. It was also an episode in which Lee Won Geun presented more aspects of his acting through Kim Yeol’s devastation and caring attitude far away from his unyielding and sarcastic character. We have yet to find out what causes Dong Jae’s seemingly psychosomatic reactions under certain circumstances.
Chae Soo Bin masterfully reflects Soo Ah’s two-fold world, the one of the relentless student willing to do just anything to achieve her goals, but also the one which unveils how insignificant her own personality feels simply because she’s not really after her own dreams but her mother’s ambitions. Eun Ji was multifaceted in her various interactions since her feelings and reactions vary according to the person and the circumstances. Upstanding, combative, concerned or hopeful, she always managed to deliver Yeon Doo’s brighter or dimming aspects.
Alright, the 2nd episode of Sassy Go Go devoured me even more in this drama’s world and the pilot week was pretty strong, at least for me! During the 2nd episode the humorous factor surrendered a bit more to the serious aspects of the storyline when it comes to the students’ lives. We got to know them and their burdens a bit more while the drama is preparing us for the main story that will start gradually unfolding its wings during the next episodes.