Yesh! Did I say I love the way they filmed this? Dark and dull colors really brings out the serious tone. The colors here look a bit different because they have gone through a quick brightening/coloring in Photoshop.
They did it! Our males and females made it into Hanuel Culture and Arts University. Each person spreads the news to their family.
Tae Hee goes back to her farm and everybody cheers. Byung Hoon awkwardly announces the news to the nonchalant stares of his folks…lying that he’s been accepted as a computer science student. Jae Hyun breaks the news to his mother in the most passive way possible. She cries tears of happiness when he’s gone. Do Sung calls his mother happily but she remains distant, tending to the needs of her other children. Aw.
Do Sung is ready for college life while his uncle worries that his identity might be exposed living with other students. He cutely threatens his uncle, “If I’m not home, mom won’t send you money!” That settles everything. heehee.
Inside her room, Tae Hee lays out her belongings. Her father’s spirit tells her to clean up the mess before she chases away the roommate. Why do I find this creepy? He’s like the Scheduler right now, isn’t it? The eye make-up on him is a bit extreme.
Experienced actress Chae Young rooms with an overly excited fan.
Byung Hoon looks at his room with nervous anticipation, as if this is all just a dream. A young male interrupts, he’s the last lead in our story, Lee Soo Bin (Lee Soo Hyuk). Soo Bin is a second year student. He teases Byung Hoon saying that the owner of the room has a nasty personality. Byung Hoon enters and sees a dirty-looking space. He begins to criticizes the owner…until Soo Bin marches in and announces his sleeping hours. I see hilarity from this odd pair.
In the meanwhile, Doo Ri is assigned to Tae Hee’s room. The dorm leader, Lee Da Jung, introduces herself and hands over a list of rules and penalties. There’s also a meeting at 5 for freshmen! Doo Ri asks for a scissor and cuts her hair. Fresh and chic, she smiles heading to the musical department.
Jae Hyun dreams. He’s in the car with his friends. They’re stuck in traffic but the flashes of that accident keep haunting him. Irritated, he hops out of the car and runs. He wakes up and scrambles to the meeting.
The freshmen all gather in a gym. As Jae Hyun enters, all the doors are locked, blinds are pulled, lights are off, leaving them confused in the darkness. A focus light shines over them. The guy is standing at the top with his gang. He must be the leader of our Musical department, highest ranking among other senior students. Basically, he tells the newbies it’s not going to be an easy journey. Everyone obeys his order and sits but Jae Hyun is rebelling again. Well, the leader punishes the whole class to do push-ups while chanting “Love your country! Love your classmates!”
Jae Hyun continues to challenge the leader, saying that he isn’t a morning person. And that he doesn’t want to obey to just anyone in this school, especially someone who isn’t in charge of his tuition refund. tskk tskk. He walks out.
The leader demands him to stop and Jae Hyun literally explodes, throwing basketballs and breaking chairs.
Next morning, we see an agitated Soo Bin smacking pillow into Byung Hoon’s face, trying to wake him up. He points to Byung Hoon’s annoying alarm. Byung Hoon complains that he could just turn it off for him…which is when Soo Bin flings another pillow, scaring the living daylights out of Byung Hoon.
All the freshmen are required to wear the same track outfit everyday until further notices. Their job in the morning is to clean and exercise. Doo Ri is fed up with the schedule and glares at the leader. He approaches her which is when she runs out of the room, hands covering her mouth.
Jae Hyun is still sleeping in his room. He remembers what happened yesterday after he’s exploded in the auditorium. He has told the leader that he graduated high school with difficulty and then finished military service too. He emphasizes that talking about seniority might be upsetting for both.
Next morning, Jae Hyun is late to class again. This time it’s Professor Yang’s class. She calls out for his roommate and Do Sung has no choice but to come out. She screams at him for not caring about his roommate and orders both to get out.
It’s lunch time and no one wants to sit with Jae Hyun. He sees Do Sung in a corner and cheerily joins him, to the latter’s dismay. Tae Hee also sits down with her tray. She looks depressed and whispers, “I want to die.” Dang, she’s suicidal too?! The crowd cheers when Chae Young enters the cafeteria and Tae Hee quickly snaps out of her mode. Jae Hyun asks curiously, “Who is Eun Chae Young?” Boy has a lot to learn.
Chae Young heads straight to her new fan, Byung Hoon, and he’s too far gone to reject her offer of sitting together. However, the other girls quickly gather at his table and squeeze him out. Dejected, he sits down at Soo Bin’s table and boyishly brags about his new bond with the charming actress. Apparently, Soo Bin doesn’t give a bat about it, he knows the girl! Chae Young agrees to have a dinner date with him and Byung Hoon learns that this Soo Bin is the talented Guitarist Lee Soo Bin!
At the school entrance, a truck drops off a homeless man. He enters the door with a cart of instruments. Clearly, he’s a known figure because the older guard (the one with a spunk) lets him pass smoothly.
In her office, Professor Yang is assuring a person on the phone, “That person won’t come!”
Alice: I enjoyed the awkwardness of this episode. It’s something I missed out in my freshmen year because I chose to commute. Looks like we’re going to have a badass teacher who goes against school principles and knocks the breath and talent out of these weird students (ESPECIALLY, Jae Hyun!). You gotta agree, we have a range of dynamics in these kids.
I see a lot of hair-falling days for Professor Yang in the future. Or they might form a strong, quirky bond this year. Finally?