I have to confess that I have never watched a long weekend drama before this, long dramas in general exhaust me and I rarely see them through thoroughly, I'm hoping that this one will be one of the exceptions alongside Golden Bride (2007).
The premise of the story before it aired was a contradicting: one site said that it would be about two young deaf people falling in love (which made feel meh about it ), another one said that it was a about a girl pretending to be slow and a guy pretending he can hear. This last description is what convinced me to give it a try.
As for the cast, honestly I didn't know much about those playing the main characters. I could only recognize the child counterpart to Woo Ri who is the Ajusshi co-star Kim Sae Ron. The supporting cast however I know more of, mainly those in the village because I don't remember those in the uppity family much - only mom (BOF evil mom). (Maybe because I don't watch family dramas, or really weepy makjang dramas most of the time. I'm more of a mania drama maniac…hehehe)
So why am I watching this? Besides the sort of interesting quirkiness to the characters suggested by the sinopsis? Nothing other than, I don't have anything else besides 49 Days to watch. Not that 49 Days isn't a good drama, because it is, I'm loving it. But I need more K-drama in my life, I need more to obsess about other than Super Junior… because yes I admit I'm a fangirl - E.L.F. <3 … anyways… So that's kind of the reason why I now find myself watching this these days.
So What Happens:
We start out in the past- It's 1995 (wow I was 8 years old at the time myself!) We meet the Bong family that consists of: Grandma, Bong Young Kyu, and Bong Ma Roo. Bong Young Kyu is a grown up with the IQ of 70, meaning that he is slow in learning and sometimes doesn't get the nuances in speech between people. His son, who we soon learn is his adopted son, is incredibly ashamed of his handicapped father, and of his family status. Their family lives their lives based on the money that the grandmother makes selling vegetables and the money Young Kyu makes carrying sacks of stuff in the market. Bong Ma Roo wants out of this village and is therefore a very good student that has earned a scholarship from a family of chaebols.
There's also another family that is important and that's the Go Family that consists of mother Mi Sook and Little Mi Sook- she doesn't have a real name yet but she hopes to get one when Mi Sook and Young Kyu get married- she's really excited to have him as a father since they get along real well.
The scholarship that Bong Ma Roo earns is from Oh Kyung Group. The members of the family in charge of OKG are Grandpa, Mother, Father and Dong Joo. Grandpa is sick with cancer and can barely be moved out of bed, so he has his son-in-law takeover his duties. They seem like a united family when they are in their homes but once outside you notice their difference in personalities and attitudes. Mother and son are very sensitive people and take a liking to the apparently hardworking Ma Roo and defend him when the factory worker that presented him treated him like dung. The Father takes an instant dislike to Ma Roo presumably because he is poor and will 'stick' to them. The Father also is known to be the step-father not Dongjoo's biological father. That will probably play a big factor later on, especially since from the get-go we are privy to a meeting between him and a lawyer making big backstabby plans.
As it happens Dong Joo likes to wander off from his parents a lot and any moment that they don't have their attention on him he uses to escape from the boredom of the business transactions. Soon Dong Joo
Meets little Mi Sook in a school that's out for the weekend- she's not supposed to be there since she's not even a student but she goes there to play the piano. She wishes to play the piano so she could wear beautiful dresses like those pianists on TV. Dong Joo is intrigued by her and after helping her escape from the school guard by using his piano skill he tells her to come see him and gives her his address.
Ma Roo meanwhile has been helping Dongjoo's parents look for him and is surprised to find him with the little girl who will soon be his family (he hates the idea A LOT). He looks on with a distant look at the interactions between Dongjoo and Little Mi Sook.
Due to several circumstances -they both end up going out to the Cha family's home (separately) where they all see the beautiful home, and while Ma Roo is envious, Little Mi Sook is merely in awe that her friend has all these cool things! And poor Young Kyu is left in the doorway to wait… (I hated the guards, really they couldn't find any more obnoxious and rude)
There's a moment in which we all think that things will explode since Ma Roo's mother who is supposed to be dead is identified by Young Kyu and Ma Roo goes in to find out but gets only rebuffed by the woman. We know that it's her because Young Kyu can't lie at all and he'd also recognized Dong Joo's stepfather so we can be pretty sure that he's Ma Roo's real father since Shin Ae is Youn Kyu's sister. The only thing for certain right now is that the three of them really are too money conscious and will practically do anything for more. But the tension falls apart and the all end up going back home, Mi Sook with the promise of meeting Dong Joo by their tree on Sunday.
Everybody returns to their daily life. After a short scuffle with loan sharks, Mi Sook and Young Kyu marry and they all take a family picture. It's something that's supposed to show the unity in a family, but you can sense the strained family dynamics from it- Even though MiSook, Young Kyu and Little Mi Sook really look like they're happy. Mi Sook runs out because she'd forgotten that it was the meeting day with Dong Joo.
Before he leaves he tells her to practice what he's taught her on the little blow piano that he's brought her and she's overjoyed and thankful to him for giving it to her. He tries to get her to call him oppa (I know that korean guys generally are overjoyed when their girlfriend calls them that and it makes them crumple at the girl's feet- I wonder is it the same kind of kryptonite for even the little boys?)
Anyways, they're cute! He's really surprised when it turns out that she doesn't have a name, but nonetheless gives her his and then runs… she watches on quite amused. She's pretty smart and she's quick so it'll be something to watch her pretend to be slow for her father later on.
Of course all is not well in Dong Joo's family, and the Evil begins to show more and more…
Previously the grandpa had found out about his son-in-law's betrayal and had fallen in even worse health and had been sent to the hospital and told that to get out he needed PERMISSION from his son-in-law. He somehow manages to leave with the help of his servants, but he's found out by his son-in-law through a traitor.
He tries to make amendments to his will but as it happens EVIL finds him before he can hide it and rips it up. They have a struggle in which they both shout their anger at each other. However there's a witness to it: Dong Joo, he'd been trying to go to his room using his ladder that hung from the rooftop to the ground.
It's like his world crumpled in front of his very face, and the father he'd had fun with no longer existed and instead a scary villain had taken his place. Truthfully I think that that scary man had actually cared for DongJoo who trusted him without reservation and accepted him as a father (different from the grandfather whom he accuses of never trusting him, well he's just proved him to be in the right). So he's definitely not pleased with Dongjoo finding out his true nature. However the first thing he tries to do is not reason with him about what he's seen but instead he tries to get him off that dangerous ladder and to come inside, but Dong Joo's seen too much and has become scared. His foot slips and he's now falling down.
I don't know you, but such a face would haunt me for the rest of my life. Evil Guy rushes out when he fails to catch Dong Joo and calls an ambulance right away… I think that he's genuinely sorry that this has happened to Dong Joo but most of all he's hoping that if Dong Joo does wake up, he doesn't remember anything that's happened.
As it turns out Dong Joo's not dead, he's in a coma and everybody is unsure of what he'll be like when he wakes up. While he's in a coma, his family is also holding the funeral ceremony for his grandfather. While his mother goes out of the ceremony room and while she roams the hallway she catches a glimpse of her husband and Shin Ae talking about a son…and she starts putting two and two together and realizes that perhaps her husband isn't as good as she thought he was and Shin Ae wasn’t really her friend and that somehow the bad things that had happened to her family had been brought about by them two. However she's more sly than she lets on, she doesn't mention what she witnessed but slowly she starts observing them and the situation and she seems to be thinking about what to do next… but mostly she doesn't want to think about anything other than her son, who she can't live without especially now that she's finding out about the backstabbing that has occurred without her noticing.
In the village Little MiSook waits for DongJoo but doesn't lose faith in him even when he doesn't show up. Little does she know that he's fighting for his life and could end up never coming back to see her. When her mother asks her if he's good, she says that he is because he's a dummy, he's good. And because he's a dummy and good, he'll be back to see her. Hahaha, Dong Joo would have a fit if he heard her describe him as a dummy "pabo".
I know I haven't mentioned Ma Roo much, but it's because I really do dislike him. He's got no gratitude for the people who have raised him and he's so disdainful of MiSook because of her deafness that I can't find it within myself to be simpathetic to his anguish.
The only moment I found cute was when he showed signs of cracking under the sheer pressure of little MiSook's chatterbox personality. He found himself smiling without noticing, and even calling himself her oppa, even though he'd previously banned her from calling him that- He WOULD NEVER BE HER OPPA! RAWR~! Meanwhile the rest of the family is so surprised at what appears to be a more cheerful Ma Roo than they've seen in a very long while.
However it's not to last long and because of a little accident where his 'special' watch breaks he throws a hissy fit worthy of a diva queen, disregards the fact that his now stepmom gets hurt picking up the glass of the vase that also broke and just storms out all "WHY ME, WHY DO I HAVE TO SUFFER SO?" which get's him no points in my books but does get him to be a annoying little whiner with little self respect and too much of an inferiority complex to appreciate the sweet and special people that surround him.
Meanwhile EVIL man is watching from afar, feeling perhaps the first stirring of regret about leaving his son behind so that he could progress in the world alone- but I hate him it's not something I can simpathize with. I want him dead… am I too harsh? Probably… Will I change my mind? Probably NOT!
My Favourite Scenes:
These two pics are the scenes that I most liked the first one sets up the future romance and the second just shows why this father/daughter combo is just so adorable!