Episode 4 Review: The Lover (2015)
“The expiration date of love is from 18 to 36 months the most. Of course, it’s from a scientific standpoint because the body doesn’t produce the hormones that made you fall in love in the first place, the feeling of love gets weaker. If two people are in a relationship in which they don’t have any responsibilities, why are they living together under such circumstances?”
The Lover has left behind the entirely comical vibes of the first 2 episodes. It’s comical and it’s serious, it’s serious when it’s not comical, but it can get serious while still remaining comical and it can get comical while it is serious without neglecting the message it wants to deliver through its more serious layers. Amidst immense laughter-evoking scenes it traverses various circumstances that may occur within a couple’s life from unexpected guests to jealousy, from misunderstanding to internal disappointment and from explosions of bliss to simply whatever!
Apartment 709 – Joon Jae (in his early 20s) & Takuya (21)
The episode opens up its curtain from Takuya and Joon Jae’s kabedon sequence and it’s Joon Jae’s turn to get closer to Takuya; face to face. It’s a truth or dare or playing around and Joon Jae points out that there are more nails on the wall! That was close and Takuya embraces the floor while Joon Jae inside his room does the same lost in thoughts, that strange electricity was only the beginning.
Joon Jae tries to break walnuts with bare hands and from the pressure a fart pops up in the atmosphere like a nuclear cloud! Joon Jae keeps trying and he keeps farting while Takuya’s laughing at the TV show he’s watching whereas Joon Jae pretends to be laughing for the same reason and keeps farting! Once Takuya turns off the TV he witnesses Joon Jae with his legs in the air trying to send a hyper fart over him! Takuya keeps up from where Joon Jae stopped and prepares a grandiose weapon of mass destruction!
Chrysanthemums in bloom.
He encloses his fart inside the palm of his hand and unleashes it in Joon Jae’s surprised face; he passes out! He tries to wake him up, but nothing happens! Takuya tries to deliver all the required information for an ambulance to appear, but he doesn’t succeed. In the meantime Joon Jae wakes up, but another fart places the veil of sleep above him all over again! Takuya tries to help Joon Jae, but… was it his bad breath or the fart he inhaled and exhaled it for Takuya to inhale it anew!? Joon Jae wants an ambulance to appear immediately so as to inspect the fart-fainting conditions and bring Takuya back to reality! Now that was a fart symphony with a pompous instrumentation!
Apartment 609 – Do Si (35) & Du Ri (31)
“There’s something i hate more than awful smells; a kind of person who acts in any way he or she wants to is selfish and mean, but he or she is not scolded by other people.”
And there he is, Du Ri’s nephew, Sang Go, and he’s one of these deeply annoying kiddos that stretch your nerves to the moon and back! Do Si is watching wrestling on TV, but neither Du Ri nor Sang Go approve, in addition, Sang Go wonders how could his aunt date someone like Do Si and to every answer he receives there’s always a question referring to the previous answer! What is love? What is chemistry? Why aren’t you married? What is this? What is that? Aish! Sang Go wants to watch Robo Couple and his wish is being fulfilled! After finishing his meal Du Ri goes out to buy some ice-cream for her nephew.
Do Si and Sang Go are left all alone and it looks like Do Si can get the situation in his own hands, back to wrestling! Sang Go reacts by spilling Do Si’s water all over his T-shirt and then questions start popping up one after the other! Sang Go fills him with water anew and Do Si gets enraged and tries to set some rules inside the house, everything was flowing well until Du Ri returned. Sang Go had recorded a specific part of Do Si’s uproar which reflects the martyrdom he had to go through during his aunt’s absence. Do Si gets punished in the renowned South Korean way and embraces anew his school years, if he dares to lower his hands Sang Go automatically denounces him! Of course, questions start once again, what is this? What is that? Why is the earth round? Why do camels walk in the desert? Poor Do Si.
“There is something that must get thrown away because it’s old and worn out. “
Do Si intends to sell his car, a car filled with so many memories! In there lies the glove from the time when both of them were learning how to drive and… he still keeps the pack of the condom from a historical night they spent in the car! Now that’s a keepsake! It’s time for Do Si to leave, but he feels overburdened by all these memories; in a good manner of speaking. Du Ri is in a like-minded nostalgic mood as well. Once Do Si asks her to go on a ride together instead of selling the car she definitely agrees with utter enjoyment! It has its problems and needs a bit of pushing, but memories keep it roaming!
“We spent so many nights together in that car. You could see her real personality when she was driving, she pressed the excel and her two hands went outside the window. Even though we must throw it out, we that cannot even throw away our car, there are things that you want to keep, even if they are old and worn out.”
“A point in which women are disappointed by men is very petty.”
Do Si wants to do the woof woof dance with Du Ri, but she’s reading a book! This doesn’t prevent him from trying harder and he’s willing to do just anything to make the horse start nickering with might! After the woof woof dance is over Du Ri asks Do Si to bring her some water, not this time! He has so many things to do instead of bringing her some water, like reading the lines for tomorrow’s dubbing and he suddenly metamorphoses himself into a Joseon scholar!
A state that often occurs in men; after intercourse their level of excitement significantly decreases.
Apartment 610 – Young Joon (21) & Man Goo (33)
Man Goo was sleeping and when she woke up she found a message on her cell phone, Young Joon and his friends from the band will be arriving soon, she’s got only 5 minutes to get ready! She’s trying to wash the hair, get dressed and put on some makeup, everything in a rush on a quest to look younger, until one eyebrow looks purple, more purple than a lavender! Young Joon and his friends arrive and there she is with her hair hiding half her face. Acting all cute is a privilege, but as soon as Young Joon, amidst horrid screams, opens up the window the wind reveals her purple eyebrow! His friends wonder whether Young Joon hits women or not and Man Goo agrees! They start beating him up and right after they leave Man Goo takes care of poor Young Joon! She intends to buy him anything he wants to in order to ease his burden; an action figure it is since boys will be boys!
“There is also something i cannot throw away without regrets, that the person who was always by my side might disappear one day.”
Man Goo gets ready to go see her mother and Young Joon will be home alone! Young Joon calls a girl and asks her to pass by the house after the school academy, of course she shouldn’t skip wearing stockings! He has prepared a romantic ambiance with rose petals and lights the candles by placing the lighter on his thing pretending to be the Prometheus of love after a new cosmogony delivering the flame of passion! Young Joon is a real satyr, one of Pan’s real peasants! What frightens me the most is that i can see a part of my silly self in him sometimes!
The student arrives and her shy self turns into a maelstrom of love, until Man Goo breaks into the house! And the student is an ahjumma (Kim Boo Sun)! A cat fight erupts between the noona and the ahjumma and Young Joon tries to separate them, but it’s inevitable! He has to decide, who’s the most appropriate for him? The noona or the ahjumma?! “Why are such young girls fighting?!” This caused Man Goo’s greatest explosion who managed to take care of both Young Joon and the ahjumma student (could it be an Angry Mom satire?) in one blow! Hallelujah! Man Goo wakes up and it was just a bad nightmare! She gets nervous over Young Joon’s comments on girls he sees on the magazine! The decision has been taken, she won’t visit her mother.
Man Goo’s best friend (Kim Poong) arrives, but it will be continued later on! Man Goo and Young Joon start talking about their favorite celebrities and they try to imagine them under various circumstances and conditions and if they would choose them among others even if they were homeless, cheaters, 1.50cm tall, etc like Won Bin in Man Goo and Young Joon’s thoughts! Eventually she chooses the faithful Okdongja! It’s Young Joon’s turn to choose between Kim Tae Hee and Oh Na Mi and Kim Tae Hee always wins even though she always finds herself in hypothetical disadvantages! Kim Tae Hee or Man Goo? Kim Tae Hee! What?! Okay, okay, it’s Man Goo!
Apartment 510 – Hwan Jong (32) & Seol Eun (28)
Hwan Jong’s parents will be arriving in an hour’s time and along with Seol Eun they have started the preparations. The vibes aren’t positive and right before a couple quarrel begins Hwan Jong’s parents arrive way earlier than expected! The father-in-law doesn’t care about anything, he just sits on the sofa along with his son, as for the mother-in-law, as expected, she inspects everything, but her tone is disorienting! Everything she says sounds negative in the beginning, but the outcome is positive! Seol Eun went through many possible heart attacks!
Is it too obvious that i find her way too cute?
Father and son don’t know what’s going on, but once the fridge becomes the subject of the conversation Hwan Jong doesn’t skip his chance and informs his mother, despite the fact that Seol Eun wouldn’t like this to happen! What a mama’s boy! Seol Eun goes through many possible heart-attacks anew once the mother-in-law finds out that all these vegetables in the absence of meat have made her son thinner, but mama’s boy will survive! The father has fallen asleep while the mother is watching a show on the TV, it’s one of these awkward moments when they try to force their presence inside the house by spending the night over there, but a rain of condoms prevents them!
You’re so effed after they leave, yeobo.
“Sometimes, just sometimes we need a new stimulus, even if that starts from misunderstandings.”
Hwan Jong arrives at Jae Joon and Takuya’s apartment, their delivery arrived there by mistake! He sees opened packs that look like condom packs and he imagines erotic lamentations all over the place, these multiple ah-ah haunt his mind and his ears! Jae Joon and Takuya appear all sweaty and the ah-ah factor is louder every time he stares at them!
He should take their gracious offering, one from Takuya and one from Jae Joon, it tastes good and girls like it! Of course they do, they are vitamins, everyone likes them, everyone needs them, especially when they need to try different positions… while they are moving the furniture! Hwan Jong helps them and Seol Eun comes to find out what happened to her husband! Hwan Jong, Jae Joon and Takuya appear all sweaty! Seol Eun can’t believe her eyes and Hwan Jong isn’t helpful either, “those friends are really attractive, next time we should do it together at our place!” Wait, what?! They’re good at what?!
“Everything depends on how you think; what kind of thoughts exist inside my head? Sometimes you see a new side of a person you thought you utterly knew. “