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[2003] Con mèo dưới mái nhà - Attic Cat - Kim Rae Won, Jung Da-Bin

Attic Cat

Korean Title: Oktabbang Koyangi ("koyangi" means cat in Korean, "oktabbang" means something like rooftop house) Amusing title if you've watched this series or know the story.
Also known as: Rooftop Room Cat, Cats On the Roof
Korean Network: MBC
Year: 2003
Chinese Title: "Kok Lau Mao Mai" (Mandarin: "Ge Liu Mao Mi", translates to something like Cats in the Corner Flat)
# of episodes: 16

Scriptwriters: Min Hyo-jung and Goo Sun-kyung
Producer: Kim Sa-hyun

Cast:
Kim Rae Won as Lee Kyung-min
Jung Da-Bin as Nam Jung-eun
Choi Jung Yoon as Na Hye-ryun
Lee Hyun Woo as Yoo Dong-joon
Supporting Cast
Jang Yong as Nam Sang-sik (father to Jung-eun)
Kim Ja Ok as Kim Soon-duk (mother to Jung-eun)
Kim Mu Saeng as Lee Pil-deuk (grandfather to Kyung-min)
Bong Tae Kyu as Nam Jung-woo (brother to Jung-eun)
* Thanks to www.koreanwiz.org for the supporting cast information.

Foreword
Based on a story adapted from an internet novel-comic written by Kim Yu-ri, Attic Cat gained audience acclaim virtually region-wide as one of the first unconventional romantic comedy series. Why unconventional? Because the two main leads live together but they're not married (gasp!). And also because they engaged in sex before marriage (gasp!). And traditional Korean society does not look kindly upon either of these, which made this series such a pop culture hit. Male lead Kim Rae Won's popularity has also soared after Attic Cat was broadcasted, and deservedly so (although not because of this particular series).

Plotline

Seoul, modern times. Kyung-min is a smart but appallingly lazy student studying law whose only goal in life is...no, not to become a "prosecutor of the Republic of Korea" (as he claims early on in the series), but to woo pretty but stuck-up law student Hye-ryun who apparently smiles just like his dead mother. Despite being repetitively fooled by the snobby Hye-ryun, Kyung-min remains hung up on her. Hye-ryun, on the other hand, has eyes only for oppa Dong-joon (oppa is what Korean girls call their older brothers, older male friends, or boyfriends), a filthy rich but good-hearted young man who is the CEO of Plus Ad Advertising.

Our female lead comes in the form of high school graduate Jung-eun, a simple-minded, spirited and loud girl who is poor but independent. She isn't pretty or smart, but is hard working, disciplined and determined to achieve her ambition...although neither she nor the audience knows what that ambition is. After moving out, she rents a tiny apartment with financial help from nemesis Kyung-min (the grandson of a wealthy elderly man), but when Kyung-min ends up getting chased after by loan sharks he ends up moving into Jung-eun's apartment as part of a deal for Jung-eun to pay him back for her debt.

Two questions arise. 1) Why did Kyung-min lend Jung-eun money if they don't get along? A: Because he initially thought that she was Hye-run's friend, while nothing could be farther from the truth, since they share a catty relationship a la Songee-Eun Hee from My Love Patzzi. 2) Why didn't Kyung-min's rich grandfather repay his debt for him? A: Because Kyung-min borrowed money from gangsters to gamble, and his grandfather wants his lazy grandson to learn a lesson. Moving on.

As mentioned in the foreword, Korean society frowns upon young men and women living together if they're not married. But Jung-eun and Kyung-min don't only live together, they end up sleeping together early on in the series when both were semi-drunk. They throw traditional management out the window and leave their relationship platonic, while their attempt at concealing their secret provides some situational comedy as each tries to hide their non-traditional living arrangement from their relatives. Jung-eun and Kyung-min also share their own problems, as the honest and hardworking girl is constantly annoyed by the lazy and lying guy, while the carnivorous guy is constantly irritated at the scrimping girl who refuses to buy meat. But a bickering kind of friendship begins to form whil they hide feelings for each other. Jung-eun is a little more obvious about it, and although Kyung-min loves her also, he doesn't know it (or is unwilling to admit it) and is blinded by his surface infatuation with Hye-ryun.

Hye-ryun, for her part, spends her days making a fool out of Kyung-min while chasing after Dong-joon who becomes interested in (you got it) Jung-eun who begins to work at his company. Meanwhile, Jung-eun's materialistic mother sets her up on blind dates, which are hilariously semi-accompanied by the jealous Kyung-min. She also goes out frequently with Dong-joon (who thinks Kyung-min is her cousin), and when he asks her why she needs to bring home bread from a restaurant, she replies "It's to feed my cat". There is the reason behind the series title.

Time and time again, Kyung-min disappoints Jung-eun and treats her badly. But Jung-eun cannot bring herself to leave him (despite vehement insistence from parents and Dong-joon's patient waiting) and allows him to move back into the oktabbang every time. Eventually Kyung-min realizes that Jung-eun is the girl he loves, and through her support he passes the bar exam. Kyung-min proposes to her, but by this time Jung-eun is truly fed up with this excuse of a man. She rejects his proposal and leaves with Dong-joon to England for some career training.

Flash forward 3 years. Kyung-min is now a successful prosecutor living in the oktabbang. Jung-eun returns (in the form of a virtually unrecognizable Jung Da Bin), and she decides to make a visit to the rooftop. And yay, the two end up hugging. Cue happy ending.

Deja Vu?

I watched My Love Patzzi right before watching Attic Cat and see many (too many?) similarities between the characters and the plot. General similarities I noticed:

1) Jung-eun and Songee (Jang Nara in MLP): Both are spirited, loud, poor, hardworking, independent, tomboyish, skinny, petite, plain. Both also win the hearts of the two male leads in their respective series. Jung Da Bin's Jung-eun was likeable and appropriately strong-headed, whereas Jang Nara's Songee was petulant and irritating.
2) Dong-joon and Seung-joon (Kim Jae Won in MLP): Both are too-nice softspoken rich guys who bring the heroine to the airport in classic Asian-TV-finale-style and end up losing the girl in the end. Kim Jae Won did a passable job as Seung-Joon, whereas Lee Hyun-woo has the facial expressions of a brick.
3) Hye-ryun and Eun-hee (Hong Eun Hee in MLP): The respective nemesises of Jung-eun and Songee; conniving, stuck-up, fake and plastic-pretty. The actresses even share a physical resemblance.

The list seems to imply that Attic Cat isn't very original, but that would be a wrong thing to say. Why? Because the male protagonists in the two series, although both played by Kim Rae Won, are entirely different people. Attic Cat also daringly takes a rather taboo subject (an unmarried male and female living together in Korean society is traditionally unheard of or frowned upon) and presents it in comic manner. At the same time, the audience is allowed to witness tidbits of how Korea is dealing with the changes of a youth growing up modern times. While Jung-eun's parents seem to be more traditional (most likely because Jung-eun is the female), Kyung-min's grandfather is more willing to accept his grandson's unconventional living circumstances since he is happy there. Jung-eun's father, however, is furious when he discovers their secret and tries to beat Jung-eun up. Likewise, her mother slaps her across the face and tries to force Kyung-min to marry her.

Evaluation of Cast and Characters

Kim Rae Won/Kyung-min
Let's face it, Kyung-min is a jerk. Kyung-min is a pathelogical liar and a coward, not to mention a thief. He constantly lies to Jung-eun and steals her money, all this while being unwilling to admit his feelings for her. He treats her like dirt, gambles, pines after a snobbish gold-digging witch, and whines. So why did Kim Rae Won do such a good job? He made this jerk actually likeable. You can't help but feel sorry for him every time Kyung-min gets duped by Hye-ryun...yes, his character deserved it but Kim Rae Won does a competent job in trying to hide his character's disappointment. He displays a benign comedic charisma opposite Jung Da Bin, although their romantic/physical chemistry is sorely lacking. I don't really see the two as a couple, I see the two more as a pair of bickering friends. Kim Rae Won also makes great use of body language to show a lot about Kyung-min's personality and mannerisms; he walks a little sloppily and drags around. It's these little things where Kim Rae Won gives his best acting.

Jung Da Bin/Jung-eun
Possibly the least beautiful actress to grace recent Korean TV, Jung Da Bin's lack of good looks is precisely why her Jung-eun is so convincing. Round of applause to the writers for once again giving us a heroine reminiscent of Song Yun Ah's character from Hotelier. Jung-eun is unbrainy, unpretty, dresses like a guy, and drools while she sleeps but still wins the heart of not one, but two men. Why? Because she's got such character, such spine, such personality, and Jung Da Bin hit the nail with her portrayal of this fiery female lead! Very good job. She doesn't seem to be an excellent dramatic actress (she won't excel in the more melodramatic series for example), but she is a terrific character actress. Like Kim Rae Won, the way she walks and the way she talks are all definitive of our overtly tomboyish female protagonist. Like I mentioned above, she has almost no romantic chemistry with Kim Rae Won, although their platonic chemistry was amusing to watch.

Choi Jung Yoon is physically perfect for the role of Hye-ryun plus her voice is appropriately irritating too. Not much overacting but she is not leading actress material. Lee Hyun-Woo is laughably wooden in this series. In all my years of watching TV this has got to be the most emotionally detached actor I've seen. He'd be a great ventriloquist - his facial muscles barely move when he talks! Unfortunately, his lack of facial expressions would make him a perfect ventriloquist, but an awful actor. Worst performance of the series.

The reason I like Attic Cat more than most other Korean series I've watched is that I actually liked the older actors who portrayed the authority figures in the family. Wuri and Tae-Sil's mothers were irritating in Wuri's Family, as was Yoo Jin's mother in All About Eve. But the veteran actors in Attic Cat did a very nice job. Kudos especially to Kim Mu Saeng who played Kyung-min's grandfather.

But here is the big question. Is Attic Cat really that good? Personally, I thought it was a bit overrated and doesn't really merit its success. But then again, I'm not Korean, and neither have I lived in Korea, so perhaps I don't understand the significance of this series' plot premise (unmarried couple living together). And there is too much screeching from Jung Da Bin and Choi Yung Joon. Can't Korean actresses play a tomboyish girl without shouting and jerking their heads? Plus, towards the end of the series I got fed up with how Jung-eun went back time and time again. Kyung-min moves in, and then he moves out. In, out, in, out, in, out, in. I found myself wishing for the series to end right after Jung-eun left. But then probably the entire country would have revolted since in that case, Jung-eun and Kyung-min wouldn't have gotten together.

From the Grapevine

Kim Rae Won won MBC's Best Actor award for his work in this series, and has since soared to super-stardom. He was temporarily condemned for apparently making a comment about Jung Da Bin not being pretty enough and her lack of looks made his job more difficult. One of the funniest rumours I've heard.

Consensus

A recommended series, definitely funny with its touching moments.

Attic Cat (2003)














Attic Cat
옥탑방 고양이  / Rooftop Room Cat
(Jun – Jul 2003)


who’s in it
Kim RaeWon (The Grand Chef, Socrates - film)
Jung DaBin (Smile You)
Choi JungYoon
Lee HyunWoo

what’s it about
Two collegiate-aged young adults share a rooftop apartment…is this a romantic comedy, you ask? Yes, what gave it away? The sharing of a rooftop apartment being the central plot perhaps? Anyway, this was a big deal because of the co-ed housing situation (as non-married co-habitation is not exactly the norm nor encouraged behavior in the Korean culture). Kim RaeWon spends most of the drama being a lovable and noncommittal horndog jerk (that sort of sounds like a negative description, but isn’t meant to be), and Jung DaBin is the waif that feeds and falls in love with him. 

commitment 
16 episodes

network
MBC

wildcard factor
It felt a little long considering the really lean plot premise of lazy law student crashing at hard-working female friend’s rooftop pad while pining for the prettier classmate. Thaaat was about it. BUT Kim RaeWon was full of long-limbed goodness and all kinds of puppy dog adorable that somehow a viewer is tricked into watching...and watching...and watching...well, I was anyway. Hmmm, and I guess technically, he was supposed to be a stray cat...but truly, he felt more like mongrel.

after the first episode
Quick and light-hearted. This one felt like it would go by fast (and it did).

gave up

snoozer moments
Any scene with Lee HyunWoo (for me).

soju-guzzling
Yeah, yeah, and that was followed by some hookin’ up too. But I suppose alcohol and rooftop rooms are a sexy combo, especially when one is freezing one’s butt off in winter.

Random thought: one thing kdramas have got me curious about are these rooftop pads that are so often featured in shows and notorious for promoting misery. They seem fascinating. Is it a strange desire that as a future tourist, I want to stay at one for a night?

what didn’t work
Lee HyunWoo DID NOT look age appropriate for Jung DaBin. Not only did he look too old for her, it also kind of felt like someone’s father hitting on his son’s underage girlfriend. It definitely had that kind of an icky feel. Part of the issue was also that he wore suits and she wore casual clothing. The gap of personality was far too wide and made little sense why either would like the other.

what did
The easy, seemingly natural development between Kim RaeWon and Jung DaBin

what made me want to gouge my eyes out
n/a

what kept me going

Waiting for the happy ending…
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Other factors:
predictability Yes
engrish No
originality A bit
eye-candy A bit
hair and fashion Kim RaeWon was tall, tanned, and lean. He looked great in yellow. He looked like a local boy from Hawaii in this one...half expected him to dig out a surfboard from somewhere and throw a shaka sign.
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is it worth trying to find?
Yeah, I’d say so. It was fun.

total enjoyment factor 
9/10

total disdain factor

why this review is completely biased
Kim RaeWon is just my type of chunky hunky monkey. I’m a big fan.

could a non-kdrama fan like this
Highly unlikely

verdict
Jung DaBin committed suicide in 2007 and now when I think of this drama, it kinda bums me out. I thought she did a really good job and while I am not familiar with her other work, she did impress me in this one with her ability to make a character so commonplace so likable. The character she played wasn’t one of my favorites as far as kdrama heroines go but the drama a whole was one I most enjoyed because despite its tendency to be circular with its plot devices, it was a really fun and well-acted show. Come to think of it, I think this may have been my first Kim RaeWon drama, too. Ah, the first meeting is always the sweetest…

Attic Cat Episode 1 Recap

**post by nichan**

I bought my pop a new iMac for Christmas, which means that (muwahahaha) I finally have a computer that runs the internet correctly. In honor of this, our fearless site leader sent me a gift subscription to Drama Fever, and this morning I finally got around to activating it and blew five hours of sleeping time watching this and that and the other thing. Well… Mostly I was digging through “Music Core”, but… Whatever! The point is that I’ve got access to Drama Fever now, and assuming I can reign in my pathetic attention span, I might actually start watching some shows!

Today I started with “Attic Cat”. Stop me now if this was already reviewed on this site. (I couldn’t find it, so here’s hoping I’m not being repetitive…)

Jung Da Bin, Lee Hyun Woo, Kim Rae Won“Attic Cat” is the somewhat badly subtitled tale of Kyung Min, a wealthy, smart, everything-is-going-awesome-for-me sort who’s a student at some law school or something. He spends his days getting by on his good looks, wearing somewhat obnoxiously loud shirts, hanging out with his two best guy pals, and just being the sort of confident rich guy you expect to see in random TV shows. Anyway, one day he’s running late for a date with his girlfriend, but he manages to make up for it by proposing to her. Just as she’s forgiven him for being incapable of getting to lunch on time, he gets a text message that his all-time crush, Hye Ryun, has returned from being away for months (or years – I couldn’t quite get that part straight). Feeling his heart (or possibly an organ slightly lower) suddenly lurch, he actually rips the ring off of his fiancee’s finger, breaks the engagement, and takes off on the run to go hunt down the girl of his dreams.

Hye Ryun is one of those girls who’s hot, and she knows it, so she’s totally off in her own world just because she can be. She tromps around campus commanding attention because of her smile. Let’s skip to the chase here and say that she’s relatively unaware that Kyung Min even exists. His heads are in the clouds (Was it a Freudian slip that I made “head” plural?) when he so much as thinks of her, but to her, he’s just a guy with good study notes she can borrow.

Anyway, Kyung Min doesn’t find Hye Ryun when he goes running for her after abruptly proposing to, then blowing off, his girlfriend. He instead finds a girl passed out on one of his textbooks in the library, drooling away like mad. Already frustrated that he hasn’t yet located the elusive Hye Ryun, he’s now got mystery-girl drool all over his stuff. He gets in her face, and she gets in his, and the next thing you know, he’s dumped her stuff all over the floor, and she’s bitten his hand and kicked him in the shin. (Also, she runs into the bathroom and grabs a huge wad of toilet paper. Does anybody know what that was all about? ‘Cause I sure couldn’t figure it out.)

Later on, much to his surprise, he discovers that drool-girl (who is somewhat homely and has a terrible haircut) is friends with Hye Ryun. Kyung Min assumes they’re super close friends because Hye Ryun is actually talking to drool-girl, whereas her typical reaction to him is just to stare blankly. He hears drool-girl talking bad about him and this gives him an idea: if he can make good with drool-girl, maybe she’ll be so impressed that she’ll sing his praises to Hye Ryun, and then Hye Ryun will realize what a catch he is and stop ignoring him.

Kyung Min starts watching for drool-girl, and every time he sees her, he tries to be friendly towards her with mixed results. Things don’t take a turn in his favor until one day when he stumbles over her in the midst of yelling “Thief!” and chasing after a boy. Figuring that helping her might get him on her good side, Kyung Min gets involved in the chase, knocks the boy down, and helps her drag him to the police station, where the policeman on duty suddenly starts pummeling the thief and yelling at him.

After things calm down a bit, Kyung Min figures that drool-girl will come over and thank him, but instead it turns out that the thief is actually her brother, and that the policeman is her father. The three of them head home together, leaving Kyung Min behind. …It’s not until the next day when he stumbles over drool-girl yet again that he manages to tease her into being friends with him.

Come to find out, her name is Jung Eun, and she’s a not-so-smart, slightly homely young woman who just wants her independence. She lives with her authoritarian father (the cop), her kinda cranky stay-at-home mom, and her three brothers (one of whom is a total loser the likes of which you’d expect to find in mass quantity in the city I live in, actually…). Her family is about to move far away within another day or two, but she’s determined to stay in Seoul and live on her own. The only problem is, her brother just absconded with all of her savings and subsequently blew her money on shoes and clothes and a cell phone. Her parents are less than sympathetic about her situation and tell her to suck it up, move away with them, and land a nice “blind husband” (her mom’s so bloody supportive) to settle down with.

But things aren’t that simple for Jung Eun: she’d been planning on using her savings to pay for a cute rooftop apartment with a garden. She’s already put her deposit down, and if she doesn’t cough up a gazillion dollars in rent right away, she’s screwed. Kyung Min listens to her tale, all the while trying to figure out a way to impress her so much that she’ll tell Hye Ryun how awesome he is. …And that’s when it hits him: he can pay her rent.

Jung Eun is so desperate to gain her independence that she eventually accepts Kyung Min’s money. After basically running away from home at the last minute, she watches from a hiding spot as her parents leave Seoul, and then moves into her new home. Kyung Min all but attaches himself to her hip, and helps her move in and spruce the place up.

Don’t forget: Kyung Min is handsome, rich, and easy-going. It takes little time before Jung Eun, who doesn’t seem the sort who’s ever gotten a lot of positive attention, to start falling for him. She starts to come looking for him when she knows he’s not in class, and even makes him lunch. But while her crush is becoming progressively more obvious, so too is Kyung Min’s determination to win over Hye Ryun. It becomes such a lopsided arrangement that one of his friends takes pity on Jung Eun and tells her what’s really going on.

Kyung Min, meanwhile, bluntly tells Hye Ryun over lunch that they ought to start going out, but Hye Ryun blows him off, then speeds away in her Sebring. (I have no idea why I noticed what sort of car she was driving… I just did.) He looks crushed, but tries to pull himself together, and goes to pay the bill, only to realize all of his credit cards have been turned off. That’s when it’s revealed that all of his money comes from his grandfather, and his grandfather’s just cut him off for some mystery reason. Perfect timing: some goons suddenly show up and demand money from him, so he starts to run. …It’s kind of a sloppy, out-of-place plot point, but whatever, I guess. Maybe it’ll make more sense later.

While this is going on, Jung Eun is wandering around, trying like heck to lie to herself that she doesn’t have a huge crush on Kyung Min, that she didn’t spend her free time lovingly making him a lunch he’s not present to eat, that she isn’t pathetically carrying it around with her right then and there, and that the news that he was just using her to get to Hye Ryun hasn’t totally crushed her. She finally flops down on a park bench to eat her own lunch and notices a man sitting at the next bench over. (This man, unbeknownst to her, is the guy Hye Ryun has her eye on, by the way.) Still trying to rationalize things, she decides to force the lunch on the man, demanding he eat it. He finally gives in after seeing she’s ready to start bawling.

After that, Jung Eun goes back to her apartment and gets ready to go to bed, when suddenly there’s a late night knock at the door. She opens it to discover it’s Kyung Min, and he’s got a bouquet of flowers for her.

End of episode! What happens next? Well! I guess I’ll find out when I watch episode 2, and then you’ll find out when I get around to typing about it. Oh boy!

Attic Cat Episode 2 Recap

“Attic Cat”, episode 2, titled: “In which nichan screams, ‘This guy is a total jerk!'” for an hour.

In the previous episode, Kyung Min had gone to Jung Eun’s house late at night after being chased around by a bad plot point; Jung Eun, meanwhile, had just discovered that Kyung Min had been blatantly using her to get to Hye Ryun. This episode picks up right where that episode left off, with Kyung Min begging his way through the door, then thinking up a hundred excuses to stay, none of which involve explaining the actual reason behind his visit. (It’s later explained, by the way: He’s a compulsive gambler and owes some thugs a lot of money.) Jung Eun tries valiantly to kick him out, but he finally throws it in her face that since he paid the rent, it’s sort’ve his house. She ends up having to give in, and he winds up sleeping on the floor. (Which, by the way, leads to an hysterical scene about the bathroom…)

Anyway, this episode is filled with instance after instance of Kyung Min being an absolute jerk. He’s a bad house guest, he spends Jung Eun’s money to buy an expensive necklace for Hye Ryun (who doesn’t want it, and subsequently gives it to Jung Eun), he makes fun of Jung Eun’s attempts to earn a living, and then… Then there’s the biggie:

On Jung Eun’s birthday, Kyung Min promises to make her birthday soup, to help with the chores, and to be ready and waiting for her return home from a promising job interview. So Jung Eun sets out, inexplicably assuming Kyung Min will keep his word for once, and goes to her interview at an advertising company.

Well, meanwhile, Hye Ryun had just the night before been at that very advertising company, because the guy she has her eye on works there. His name is Dong Joon, and he’s pretty serious and career-oriented. But Hye Ryun’s really, really interested in him, and it’s starting to appear like she’s stalking him as much as Kyung Min is stalking her. She asks him to attend a party her parents are throwing the next night, and he sort’ve blows her off with only a half-hearted commitment.

Back to Jung Eun’s birthday, though. She’s started her interview and is trying to make herself look good, when suddenly Dong Joon enters the room, recognizes her, and begins to talk to her in English, which she’d insisted she knows how to speak. Problem is, she only knows a few words, and she totally blows her end of the conversation. In an embarrassed huff, she tells Dong Joon off and storms out of the building.

Kyung Min’s task this whole time is to simply do the chores around the house and make birthday soup. A few minutes in, though, he gets a call from Hye Ryun, asking him to come to the party with her. Being the jerk he is, he immediately, immediately, forgets all about Jung Eun, and he trashes the living room while ripping through his luggage to get to his best suit. The problem is, he also needs new shoes, so he tears the cupboards apart until he finds Jung Eun’s secret stash of money, and he proceeds to steal everything but the change. …When Jung Eun comes back from failing miserably at her interview, it’s to a destroyed house and no savings.

Kyung Min runs all the way to the party, where he meets up with Hye Ryun. It seems a little odd to him that she won’t introduce him to anyone, but he follows her around like a puppy dog, anyway. All of a sudden she sends him out of the room to go get something to drink. …Come to find out, Dong Joon has just shown up, and she throws herself at him, timing it so that when Kyung Min returns, she’ll be draped all over Dong Joon. This leads to Kyung Min finally, finally, having it jammed into his thick skull that she doesn’t want him. It also gives Hye Ryun an excuse to try a sob story on Dong Joon that this creepy guy is stalking her, and his playing along is the only way she’ll be able to get rid of him.

Broken hearted, Kyung Min starts the long walk home, only slowly remembering that Jung Eun exists and that he’d not only stolen her money, but that he was supposed to make her soup. He stops at a bakery on the way back and buys a super cheap cake, then tries to play everything off like it’d been his plan the whole time.

Jung Eun calls him out on it, though, and demands to know why he took her money (he needed some), what he spent it on (shoes), where he went (to a party to stalk a girl), and why he gets so blasted stupid over Hye Ryun so much (because she looks like his mom). (Yes. You read that right: Hye Ryun looks like his mom. …So now he’s a total jerkface and really creepy!!!) Jung Eun tells him to stop being an idiot and tries to point out how completely non-spectacular Hye Ryun really is.

Kyung Min listens to her, and then, I dunno, feels bad for her or something; maybe he feels bad that he took the money, or maybe (probably) he feels bad for himself, or maybe he’s just a jerk… Whatever his motivations are, he leans over and kisses her. Like, oh my god, you steal her money to go chase after her friend, and then when her friend doesn’t hook up with you, you try to blow it off and you kiss her? What the [expletive] is wrong with you?!?

So the end of the episode comes with… (*sigh*) …Jung Eun and Kyung Min waking up in bed together after a night of fooling around.

Somebody in this series needs to have some sense smacked into ’em!!!

Attic Cat Episode 3 Recap

**post by nichan**When last we left them, Jung Eun and Kyung Min had woken up next to each other in bed, somewhat appalled that they'd given in to their liquor-fueled passions.Well, Jung Eun is mortified, but also rather pleased: Kyung Min, the rich, attractive, adorable catch had slept with her!…

In "Recap"

Attic Cat Episode 3 Recap

**post by nichan**

When last we left them, Jung Eun and Kyung Min had woken up next to each other in bed, somewhat appalled that they’d given in to their liquor-fueled passions.

Well, Jung Eun is mortified, but also rather pleased: Kyung Min, the rich, attractive, adorable catch had slept with her! And Kyung Min? Well… He was maybe a little less thrilled: as soon as Jung Eun’s out of the house, he grabs all of his stuff and runs. …And me, as the viewer? What did I think? Well… Every episode makes me loathe the very existence of Kyung Min. He’s self-centered, and immature, and annoying, and lazy, and sloppy, and just a total, thoughtless jerk. What Jung Eun sees in him is beyond me. …But I know what Kyung Min sees in her: a place to live, somebody to feed him and do his laundry, and the bill-payer of the house he keeps staying at. He’s why reasonable women hate men, but he’d be very popular in the city I live in: girls love idiot, lowlife jerks around here. He’d probably have five baby mommas by now.

So while Jung Eun’s out of the house, Kyung Min takes off on the run to get away from her with every intention of never looking back. He gets as far as the campus of his college (he spends the night in a super raggedy dorm room decorated in anime posters), but then the thugs he owes money to spot him and go running after him. Jung Eun spies them on the way by (she’s come looking for him) and (inexplicably) defends Kyung Min and takes him back home. (Thankfully, Jung Eun starts to stand up for herself a bit, and every time he whines about food, she tells him to eat his shoes since he’d spent all of her money on them.)

One day, Jung Eun gets a call from Dong Joon’s company that she’s been hired. In an excited flurry, she celebrates by telling everyone she knows, and she gets totally hyped: she’s finally got a proper job! …Kyung Min decides they ought to go to the mall and buy her a new wardrobe, and yet again proves he’s a total prat. He makes her try on dress after dress, and finally gets her settled on an asymmetrical heather purple number. Problem is, it costs a boatload of cash. This isn’t an issue for Kyung Min, who has no concept of money, but it’s a huge issue for Jung Eun who’s been trying to feed two people (and one particularly greedy) on the small pittance of her random side jobs. After she drags him out of the store, he sits her down on a bench and tells her he’ll be right back. After awhile, he returns with the dress. In his obscure sort of logic that makes you think about how so many Americans are straddled with huge amounts of credit card debt, he announces he’s traded in his prized designer watch for the dress. Instead of pawning it in for money to help pay his debt, or buy food, or anything else, he’s blown it on a single dress. Jung Eun promptly takes the thing back and returns his watch. (And I, as the viewer, wanted her to throw him out on the street… But, alas, I’m not the one calling the shots, so he gets to stay.)

The next morning, Jung Eun goes to work and tries to make friends with the other snobby new employees. Alas, she’s only been hired as a contractor of sorts to do small jobs to help with projects. It’s terribly unglamorous, and she can barely keep herself from crying in her abject disappointment. Also, the snobs laugh at her. The whole theme of this episode is that Jung Eun is from a different class than everyone else in this entire show, and how no one’s really invested in helping her – she’s got to do it all herself with no real support of any sort. She goes home in a slump, only to get a “pep talk” from Kyung Min that she probably should have known better, because who’s gonna hire somebody so low as her? …But seeing how this makes her feel, and probably calculating that if he keeps angering her, she might actually grow a backbone and chuck his sorry butt back out on the street, he starts to “compliment” her: she’s good at laundry and stuff. Then he shoves some liquor in her and, um… Guess what? Kyung Min’s a total lightweight: after two shots, he tries to kiss Jung Eun. Thank the television gods she actually has her head on straight and clobbers him in the face with a book!

After thinking it through, Jung Eun makes Kyung Min a deal: if he focuses on school, she’ll pay his debt. (He’s lied to her that his debt is totally of well-meaning reasons and not because he’s a gambling addict with bad luck.) He eventually agrees, and they head back to his college campus to find the thugs.

Then comes the end of the episode: Kyung Min goes to class, and afterwards, Hye Ryun starts to talk to him. Jung Eun is impatient, though, and tries to rush things along. Hye Ryun pushes Jung Eun into the camera.

Roll credits!

Attic Cat Episode 4 Recap

This episode is, like, Jung Eun almost getting her way for a change, yet thwarted at every move by how much of a douchebag Kyung Min is…

Jung Eun tells Kyung Min that he can stay in the house, and she’ll pay off his debt, just as long as he focuses on studying. But Kyung Min’s attention span is a little weak, and his passion for Hye Ryun is just as strong as his passion for law. When she (Hye Ryun, that is) starts showing interest in him for his school notes, he jumps on the chance and goes out on a date with her. She explains that she’s totally caught up on Dong Joon, but that she’ll settle for him. And he takes it. He takes it all the way to pawning his watch for money (after trying to steal some from Jung Eun), and then spending the entire wad on tickets for a show.

Well, Hye Ryun blows him off at the last minute when she finds out Dong Joon is going to her house for a dinner hosted by her parents, and a confused (and progressively broken-hearted) Kyung Min finds himself standing around and waiting for her. He waits so long that he gets drunk off of convenience store beer, and then passes out in front of the house.

Jung Eun had been at her parents’ home for the night, but when she returns, it’s to find her roommate sick with a cold and hung over. She brings him inside and tries to take care of him, but all he can mutter in his feverish state is how much he wants Hye Ryun.

Seeing how miserable he is – enough to make himself ill – she inexplicably takes pity on him and hunts Hye Ryun down, and drags her back to the house, screaming that she needs to apologize. Hye Ryun stubbornly refuses, Kyung Min flips out and lies about why he’s at Jung Eun’s house (and is generally a sleazebag), and then the two girls get in a hair pulling fight. Kyung Min takes Hye Ryun’s side and runs after her as she darts for a taxi. And Jung Eun… The poor girl was shoved, fell over, and cut her hand on a flower pot… But Kyung Min doesn’t care, and proceeds to give her the silent treatment, going so far as to turn away from her every time she tries to talk to him.

Why she likes this guy is beyond me. I would’ve shoved him off of the roof by now.

Meanwhile, Kyung Min’s grandfather has disowned him, but his grandmother is still determined to baby him. Through Hye Ryun she finds out where he lives, and then just barges in and starts snooping around. In a mad rush to conceal the truth, Jung Eun is jammed into a tiny plastic closet, where she overhears his grandma discussing the real reason he needs to hide out: he’s borrowed a ton of money from gangsters because he has a gambling addiction.

Even though Jung Eun now knows the truth, and has every right to be acting superior to her loser roommate, he’s still behaving like a bratty jerk. It’s only when he sees how icky her hand is that he starts to talk to her again (by chastising her for not taking care of it), and then he proceeds to teach her how to dance (he’s trying to give her tips on how to gain a boyfriend). She, in turn, apologizes to him (oh my god, why?!?) and things start to get back to normal.

As far as Jung Eun’s job goes: In the previous episode, she’d reamed Dong Joon out for seemingly making fun of her by only hiring her as a part-time consultant of sorts. In this episode, she goes back and apologizes because she needs the money. He not only takes her back, he throws a new assignment in her lap: to give a presentation to a client. The problem is, he doesn’t tell her this until she’s already in the office of the client, and the only reason she’s there is because he’d told her to deliver something. So she bumbles her way through the afternoon, only to come back and chew Dong Joon out again for making fun of her. Dong Joon gives her a calm lecture about how he thinks she’s got potential, and he hands her a book to read so that she’ll know what to do next time. …Things are kinda lookin’ up on the career front! (If you don’t mind how sadistic Dong Joon has the potential of being.)

Oh! And the subtitles are kind of bad by this point. Not terrible. I’ve certainly seen worse… But they’re still pretty pathetic.

And that’s that for episode 4!

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