Finally able to recap this drama!! Kim Ki Bum is back with Park Ye Jin!! I’m really curious to see how this drama’s gonna pan out because Ki Bum plays a 14 year old who magically transforms into a 25 year old and his love interest is Park Ye Jin who is way older than his 14 year old teenage self. Unless he remains as an adult, I don’t know how that pairing is gonna work out.
The episode opens with our three friends walking down the streets of Seoul staring at the endless numbers of university girls. One of them starts having second thoughts and the other two pulls him along nevertheless. And of course, along the way, their vision automatically zooms to the prettiest girls out of the bunch.
The boys make their way to a university where the boy Oh Daek is going to confess to his crush – “love actually” style! The other boys disapprove that he’s calling his crush ‘noona’ because then she might not see him as a M-A-N but a little brother. And so the cardboard flipping starts:
“I’m looking for a student teacher called Im Bora.
From today onwards, I won’t call you teacher anymore,
Bora sshi (with the words noona crossed out).
I hate any school without you in it.
However I can’t transfer here
because this is a women’s university.
I’m asking you for a date!!
If you accept, make a heart above your head!!”
At the end of it, out jumps Oh Daek’s friends, and they form a heart together. Aww. This whole event has caused quite a commotion in the class. Even the lecturer has joined in the fun. The girl readily accepts, smiling all the way. Meanwhile, our boy Eun Dong (Baek Seung Hwan) thinks about his own crush in a thought bubble.
The boys happily run down the streets while Eundong stops short when he spots his crush on a poster. But a woman in black who is sitting by the café’s window has caught his attention. His thoughts are interrupted when his friends rejoin him but the mysterious lady has disappeared. His friends accused him of looking at the ‘Apple Heads’ again so Oh Daek volunteers to buy an ‘Apple Heads’ CD.
The scene then cuts to the 2012 National Freestyle Finals for boys, where Eundong is one of the finalists. No surprise there but he wins the race and breaks a record at the same time. Eundong and his coach, Hwang Min Goon (Jang Seo Won) start doing their celebratory signature moves (that kinda looks like dragonball?) and Eundong gets his gold medal, which he bites. Haha.
The boys return to their school where there is a huge banner at the entrance in Eundong’s honor. In the locker room, the other boy (not Oh Daek or Eundong) holds up a pack of extreme long lasting waterproof condoms which he gifts to Oh Daek as a ‘symbol of their friendship’. He then turns to Eundong, bragging that he’s going to turn Eundong into a player. Eundong says he should turn himself into a player first. Hah.
Eundong has molded his medal into a ring but he’s wondering why the ring seems so thin. The lady complained that Eundong only gave them a medal the size of a 500won coin which wasn’t enough at all. There goes his fantasy of a huge ring with a diamond on top. On top of that, the lady commented on how small and childish the ring was. Ouch. However, Eundong’s not disheartened and says how the ring is made of his history and whoever received the ring will be really touched. Aww. But his misfortunes aren’t over yet. As he walks out of the shop, he meets a couple of gangsta kids who wants the ring. Left with no choice, Eundong swallows the ring. Gulp!
We are then introduced to Eundong’s parents who’s always bickering but in a cute way. The dad is full of aegyo but doesn’t do anything while the mom is a traditional Korean housewife who has to do everything. Mom is upset that Eundong needs to go through an arranged marriage (they still do that!?) and feel like they’re selling their son. Eundong appears, asking for greasy food but his dad asks about the medal. So he lies about donating it to the school.
Back in his room, Eundong stares at his pack of condom while sitting on a potty. His mom makes her unannounced entrance and wonders why her son is in such a state. Toilet humor aside, she asks whether he really likes his bride-to-be who’s seven years older and has cracked feet and a deadly eye smile. Eundong shoos his mom out as his tummy starts grumbling. Time to get his ring back!
The Apple Heads are practicing in their studio when an old lady in hanbok barges in. She’s the grandma of Eundong’s crush – Ha Soon Shim (Jub), who is the leader of Apple Heads. Grandma is furious as to why Soonshim didn’t show up while Soonshim insists that she has something important. Grandma doesn’t forget to criticize her skimpy outfit and Soonshim ends up getting dragged away.
Dun-dun-dun-dun!! It’s wedding time! The weather emoticons beside Eundong and Sooshim are so cute. It’s obvious that Soonshim is reluctant and she finally resorts to faking a tummyache. She gets Eundong alone and bribes him with a kiss on the lips if he helps her out.
The next thing we see is Eundong and Soonshim riding to her destination where they passed by some TVs showing news about the successor of CLS group President Lee Jung Soo. It happens to be his granddaughter Lee Taeri (Park Ye Jin) who has recently returned from Milan, Italy. She is also the woman whom Eundong saw in the café. Taeri has brought a sundial, which has been at the Milan Museum for 200 years, to Korea for restorations.
Eundong and Soonshim arrive at the museum, where the Apple Heads are performing. Her manager, Moon Sil Jang (Kim Yong Hoon) was going crazy, trying to reach her. When asked about the hanbok, Soonshim simply said that it’s fashion. As she walks away, Eundong asks her not to forget their promise and blows her a kiss. Sigh. You’re destined for a heart break.
On his way back, Eundong comes across tons of fan girls who swarm like bees towards the arriving car, expecting Soonshim, only to be disappointed when they find Taeri instead. As the crowd makes their way into the museum, Eundong finds Taeri’s necklace on the floor.
Taeri is preparing for her opening speech and is not pleased to find out that someone has done it for her. She orders to see him and is furious to see her ex, Choi Seung Jae (Yang Jin Woo), who is working for the museum now. She calls him a “fly”. Her explanation: he makes his living by going everywhere and eating anything and doing nothing except making noise. She asks to cancel the opening speech but he insists that she should not let her personal feelings get in the way. She retaliates by asking him why he should be worried about her since he left her. “Is it different because I’m an heiress now?” she asks. With that, she rips his paper and says that her top priority is to get rid of him. She orders him to buzz off to CLS group where there’s more for him to eat.
Taeri makes her way to the sundial exhibition and reminisces about her past with Seungjae. She then realizes that she has lost her necklace. At the same time, Seungjae goes to the Apple Head’s backstage room and asks them to be the opening performance since the speech has been canceled. Soonshim finds fault with this sudden change of order and asks to discuss with Seungjae in private.
Aww. Eundong is anticipating his first kiss in the toilet, even checking his breath and trying to brush his teeth. Alas, he stains his pants with toothpaste and while he’s trying to clean it, he realizes he still has the necklace. He was gonna leave it on the counter top but on second thought, he takes it back. Following his toothpaste incident, someone splashes water on him on his way out. Aiyaya. But none of that matters as he spots Soonshim nearby, followed by Seungjae.
Soonshim and Seungjae are lovers!? Tsk Tsk. And our poor Eundong witnesses their kiss. Seungjae doesn’t seem pleased with Soonshim’s sudden kiss and pushes her away. Soonshim starts expressing her feelings for him; about how she’s going to retire to spend her life with him. Hearing all these, Eundong is tearing up. But Seungjae remains indifferent and suggests a breakup. “I don’t want a serious relationship with you,” he says. Soonshim even starts threatening him but he just walks away. Shoot, that’s cold.
Despite his own heartbreak, Eundong runs after Soonshim and enters the sundial exhibition room. With his teary eyes/blurry vision, he spots a woman up ahead and rushes forward to give her a back hug. Eeeps. Of course, the woman’s none other than Taeri. But Eundong doesn’t realize that and starts telling her not to cry as he will protect her because she is his girl. These would sound really sweet, but to a complete stranger, probably awkward especially when Taeri turned and Eundong finally sees her.
Taeri sounds disappointed to find a kid. Haha. Eundong apologizes and explains that he just had his heart broken when Taeri asked him why he cried. She is surprised and asks for his age which turned out to be fourteen. “Mama mia! You’re too mature for your age,” she exclaims. She says that he should not be thinking of these feelings yet but about school. “Although I’m fourteen, I can still feel my heart racing and be sad, hurt and angry!” Eundong replies. As Eundong walks away, Taeri asks him to just be happy because having regrets is the hardest thing in life.
The Apple Heads are performing soon but Soonshim is still nowhere to be found. At this moment, the eclipse symbol on the sundial starts to light up as an eclipse passes through Seoul. Somehow all the lights at the museum switch off at the same time. Seungjae is searching frantically for Taeri due to the shutdown. Now trapped in the sundial room, Taeri is afraid of the dark so she brings Eundong close and hugs him. The whole sundial starts to light up brightly as the eclipse passes. On the other hand, the concert finally starts as Soonshim appears. Do it do it do it again~~ This is quite a catchy song. Hehe.
The museum lights come back on. Taeri releases Eundong and says it’s OK now. Eundong spots his toothpaste on Taeri’s skirt and tries to remove it, only to have Taeri scream ‘Mama mia!’ again. Seungjae stumbles across this scene as he walks in and demands to know why Eundong is in a restricted zone. He is furious that Eundong was all alone with Taeri and starts to drag him out. Taeri stops him but Seungjae says that he doesn’t want Eundong to damage the sundial. So Taeri tells him that Eundong was merely protecting her and asks Seungjae to back off. Taeri hands a business card to Eundong and asks him to come find her if he’s ever in trouble.
Back at home, Eundong barely dodges his mom’s broom. Even his grandpa jumps in to help. She’s upset that Eundong helped Soonshim escape the ceremony. She feels that her son is wasted on that manipulative girl. I suppose all moms feel the same but in Soonshim’s case, I can’t help but agree. Even then, Eundong still defends Soonshim.
Later that night, Eundong’s dad tells him that he shouldn’t have defied his mom and hands him a tub of kimchi to give to his coach. We then see Eundong’s coach eating ramen and watching the Apple Heads on TV. Ahjussi fan!! When Eundong arrives, he quickly switches off his TV. Hehe, embarrassed? When Eundong hands him his fees, I think he was more thrilled to see the kimchi as Eundong’s mom is famous for her kimchi.
The scene jumps to both of them drinking by the swimming pool. The kissing scene keeps replaying in his head and he asks his coach for advice. “Kill them both,” he replies. Lol. Eundong feels so useless because he couldn’t do anything when they were kissing. So the coach tells him about his own heartbreak story. Eundong still feels sad and does a handstand so that his tears can go back in. *Sniff* His coach asks him to just cry it out and hands him an app which can grant wishes!? So Eundong wishes to “protect his love”.
The moon and sun have accepted. It will come true.
If you make another wish that you want to come true,
You will lose that which is most precious to you in your life.
Ok. This makes no sense at all. We’ll just have to see whether this app is actually going to be of any importance in the future events. With that, the sundial turns again. Hmm….
In the meantime, Taeri is saying her goodbyes to her grandpa. She wasn’t able to properly send him at his funeral so she went to eat ice cream to relive their memories together. She asks him to grant her a wish. She would like a real friend who will hold her hand warmly. She thinks of Eundong and wonders why he has to be a kid. Yes indeed, he is too young for you!
The next day, Eundong wakes up early to leave for his Australia competition. He makes a pit stop at Soonshim’s, who thinks he’s there to collect his kiss. Eundong demands to know why she agreed to the marriage if she was going to disregard him. Soonshim doesn’t bother to answer and promises to buy him a game console and sneakers when he comes back. Eundong asks her to hold on to him as he’s going to become the next Park Taehwan. Soonshim is in no mood for his nonsense and asks him to get lost. Eundong begs her to wake up and see that he’s the right guy for her. But Soonshim just hands him some money and walks away.
Eundong goes back to his school and goes swimming to release his frustration. At that exact moment, the moon on the sundial has turned back to its original position. And the moment we’ve all been waiting for…adult Eundong (Kim Ki Bum) complete with choco abs!! His coach thinks he’s seen a ghost and faints. Eundong sees his own reflection on the mirror and screams as well. Eundong tries explaining but his coach thinks that he’s kidnapped the real Eundong. During all this chaos, Eundong’s towel falls and the next thing you know, his coach is staring him right in his *cough* *cough*. Aiyaya.
Yogi: The ending was definitely the highlight when our long anticipated Kim Kibum makes his appearance. He’s really been working out during this long hiatus. I’m still really confused about how the sundial works but then again fantasy dramas are never logical. The love-hatred relationships between our four main characters are easy enough to understand except for Choi Seung Jae. Is he still in love with Taeri or does he just want power? I really don’t get his ulterior motive.