I thought the new show was going to start next week? I turned on the TV at about 6:25 to see the last 5 minutes of The Simpsons. But I passed by channel 28 and saw the new show playing. I didn't get much out if it yet.
I’m a week or so ahead of Chicago on “The Bizarre Bunch” (just watched episode #8 tonight) and it’s proving to be a welcome change from MSMD. The first few episodes, though, seemed a little overwhelming – there were just too many characters to sort out all at once (that’s pretty common, of course, with any new daily drama, but TBB seemed worse than usual).
But, Chicago fans, stick with it. Now that I’ve gotten into the groove of things, I’m liking this show a lot. There’s an overall lighthearted tone here that (after MSMD) I find so refreshing!
My favorite character so far: Jong-nam (played by actress Kim Ah-joong, who also memorably played the female bodyguard in “Emperor of the Sea”). Jong-nam is a good hearted girl, but man, does she have a ferocious temper. Rather like a girlfriend I once knew. Love at first sight!
Post by normabaylis51 on Dec 15, 2005 7:56:48 GMT -5
;DAfter watching the third episode last night I found it kind of funny. The first two was hard to get into but last night kind of tied it together for me somewhat. ;D It is alot more upbeat than MSMD but that is my all-time fav. Thanks
Soft o'er the blue ocean.Late glows the autumn Light.High in the frosty sky,the wild geese honk on wing so cold.With a grieving heart I roll without sleep the whole night.The dying moon shines on my bow and sword."Yi Sun Shin"
From the California Board, we have nchristi with this recap:
I think I got the first family group (Kiwoong's) settled in my mind. Mom and Dad, two children (Kiwoong and his teenage sister), and Granny (MIL). Salaryman type family. Kiwoong is a good-hearted guy who seems to bungle everything. He is described as not being able to tolerate injustice. (Kiwoong once broke his arm trying to capture a pickpocket!)
On his way to an interview for a job (desperately needed), he encounters a man on a bridge, about to leap to his death. The dialogue between the two is actually funny (this is definitely much more a comedy than straight drama). By the time the police come and Kiwoong has grabbed the guy, he remembers his job interview and runs like crazy to get there. He is an hour and ten minutes late and they refuse to interview him. He goes home and, feeling the pressure, tells his mom and grandmother that he did just great, which sets a whole other set of problems into motion.
Then we had the two young women roommates, one of which got kicked out with no notice (Jongnam) by the selfish one, so a guy could move into her bedroom. Jongnam (the ousted girl) works in an upscale bar/restaurant and has offered to cleanup and close the establishment by herself so that she can secretly sleep in the storeroom—since she is now homeless. We see her drinking the leftovers from a wine bottle in the storeroom after she has closed the restaurant, remembering her recently deceased brother (Minwoo?) and planning to have a key made to the restaurant so she can secretly slip in and stay in her new "home," the storeroom.
Mr. MBA (Sukhyun)arrives back from the States, shades and all. At the airport to meet him are his well-to-do parents, the Jangs, and Kiwoong (his cousin).
Then we had the Lee family, with the cold, demanding "perfect" father; the beat down, drab wife; and the daughter, Hae-In, who is, of course, the apple of her father's eye. (Isn't she the actress who played the evil sister in Windflower? Nearly unrecognizable... thank goodness!)
I guess many of the Chicago fans missed episode #1. Though we got some details from the California board, I thought I’d present my own summary of events as well.
*Note that I’m watching the unedited version, so some of the things I mention may not have been shown on the Chicago broadcast.
We meet Ki-woong, all suited up and headed for an important job interview. On his way there, he’s quoting inspirational phrases that he’s apparently memorized about Korea’s greatness (perhaps to impress the interviewers)?
Back at Ki-woong’s home, Ki-woong’s mother (Min-sook) is busy making kimchi, and she getting nagged pretty good by her mother-in-law. Min-sook seems pretty used to the nagging, and she basically just ignores it as she goes about her business. There’s a phone call for Min-sook, from her “Bean Paste Friend.” Her friend asks her a favor, and then begins boasting that her son has been promoted to superintendent position. Min-sook is mildly depressed at the news (apparently, because her own son Ki-woong can’t even find a job) but MIL says not to envy her. She’s sure Ki-woong will get the job.
But . . . Ki-woong is delayed on the way to the interview by a drunken man, who is about to jump from a bridge and end it all. Ki-woong tries to calm him, but the drunken man laments that he just got fired from his job, and that his wife glared at him about it. The drunken man asks Ki-woong to tell his wife to go out and find some rich guy to marry. Ki-woong reminds him that he doesn’t know his wife’s name or address – could he write it down for him? And Ki-woong uses that opportunity to grab the guy and prevent him from jumping. A policeman arrives, and the two of them wrestle the drunken man to safety. The police hail Ki-woong as a hero, but he’s also now way-late for that important job interview.
Next scene switches to the “Well Being Home Shopping” Network, where we meet Hae-in, a very pretty, very together young professional woman. She’s got some kind of supervisory position at the Home Shopping Network, and she’s obviously both competent in her position, and confident of her ability.
Switch now to a hair-pulling struggle between two young women. One of them, named Jong-nam is apparently winning. The girl on the losing end of the struggle is hollering that she’s sorry, but that “Sang-ho” needs a place to stay, and since she can’t share a room with him, Jong-nam has to leave. She tells Jong-nam to find another place to stay, since she has a “rich brother,” which seems only to make Jong-nam even more upset. Jong-nam angrily asks her if she’d really give up a 3-year friendship for some man???
Indeed she would, and Jong-nam packs up her belongings (not much) and storms out (we see, however, that Jong-nam *does* have a rather cute yellow scooter). As she’s leaving, her friend cautions her that she needs to do something about that bad temper of hers!
Ki-woong finally arrives for his interview – one hour late. No interview, and no excuses allowed, they tell him. They can’t make any exceptions. Ki-woong seems less upset about missing out on the job than he was annoyed at their unfairness. His cell phone rings, and it’s Hae-in, from the Home Shopping Network (apparently, the two know each other). She asks how the interview went, and he tells her that he’s got plenty of time to find a job (translation: he didn’t get it). She’s obviously ticked off at him, and she asks him to come by her office at the Home Shopping Network tomorrow, because she has something to give him.
Switch to a café, where Min-sook (Ki-woong’s mom) is meeting up with a serious, no-nonsense looking woman. Her name is Jung Yo-jin, and her husband is the Home Shopping Network’s CEO (Min-sook and Yo-jin talk together about “mother,” suggesting that maybe they’re sisters? They have different family names – “Kang” and “Jung” – though). Min-soon then asks the woman for a favor, saying that she has a friend with a bean paste factory, but that the Home Shopping Network has turned down her request for a show featuring her product. Is there anything she can do?
Yo-jin seems uncomfortable about the request, saying that she’s already told her husband not to accept favors like that (and indicating, perhaps, that the woman is the real power behind the Home Shopping Network) but she reluctantly agrees to talk it over with her husband about it. Then, the woman brightens up and tells Min-sook that Suk-hyun (apparently, her son) is coming back from living overseas tomorrow.
Min-sook, though, is suffering from some serious indigestion, and she asks Yo-jin where the nearest restroom might be. And, while she’s there taking care of matters, she hears the woman in the next stall asking her questions (actually, the woman in the next stall is speaking to someone on her cell phone, but Min-sook doesn’t understand that). Min-sook thinks the woman needs toilet paper, so she tosses a roll up and over into the next stall – and knocks the woman’s cell phone loose from her hand and lands it in the toilet.
The woman turns out to be Yoo-jung, the mother of Hae-in (the Home Shopping Network’s supervisor). Both women, we discover, know Yo-jin, but they don’t know each other (yet). Yoo-jung is furious about ruining her new cell phone, but Min-sook comes off as such a bimbo that Yoo-jung decides she isn’t worth arguing with.
Speaking of the Home Shopping Network, we switch to Hae-in discussing business with the company’s CEO (Yo-jin’s husband). The CEO (Jae-man) is interrupted by a cell phone call, from a “Miss Shin,” to whom he had just sent 500 roses (apparently, Yo-jin’s Dear Husband has a girlfriend on the side). Then, he’s interrupted by a second cell phone call (different ring tone). It’s from wife Yo-jin, reminding him that they have to pick up Suk-hyun at the airport tomorrow (looks like the guy carries two cell phones: one for his girlfriend’s calls, and the other for his wife’s calls). He tells his wife that he “loves her,” as he’s juggling the two cell phones with calls from two different women.
His wife is running the treadmill at the gym as she’s talking to her husband, and around the bend comes Yoo-jung. She’s still ticked off about seeing the new cell phone (a gift from daughter Hae-in) fall in the toilet. She’s also ticked off at hearing Yo-jin’s husband tell her he loves her. Her own husband, she says, would sooner die than ever tell her he loves her.
Back at the Jang household, Min-sook is hanging clothes and grumbling. She says she’s never asked her (Yo-jin) for a favor before. Ki-woong then walks in and fibs, telling everyone that the job interview went great. Mother-in-law calls Ki-woong’s father to give him the good news about the interview. The father (Jae-do) is apparently a jolly, heavyset, midlevel public employee. He informs his co-workers about his son’s good interview, and one of them asks if that’s the same son who broke his arm trying to catch a pickpocket. His dad says that yes, and that his son just can’t stand to see injustice (so, we see that young Ki-woong is apparently a do-gooder by nature).
It’s late now, and a mysterious young woman is about to exit a taxi in front of a nice house. But, she hesitates when a stern, well-dressed man pulls up in a car behind them and then enters the residence. The woman asks the taxi driver to just keep driving (her identity becomes apparent in the next episode). The stern man is Byung-doo and he’s Hae-in’s father. As he enters, he coldly jumps over every little imperfection his wife Yoo-jung has left behind, though when Hae-in walks in the door, he delightedly dotes all over her (in later episodes, however, we’ll see that stern Byung-doo’s bark is a lot worse than his bite).
Back at the Jang home, Ki-woong’s father asks when he’ll find out if he got the job. He says a month or so. Mother-in-law seems to think it’s a sure thing. Min-sook comments that Suk-hyun will be coming home from overseas tomorrow, and the MIL says it’s good that Ki-woong found himself a job before he came back (some not-so-friendly competition between the families for social status seems to be going on here). Dad reminds his mother that it’s NOT a sure thing yet. Ki-woong volunteers to go to the airport to greet Suk-hyun.
We’re introduced now to Da-jung, a high school senior and the youngest daughter of the family. She seems to have a talent for making up trendy clothes items utilizing other people’s worn-out jeans.
Switch to a nightclub. It’s closing time, and we see Jong-nam (the hot-tempered, scooter-riding young woman) has a job there. She volunteers to stay late to help close up, since “Min-woo” isn’t showing up any more. She says she’ll fill in until the manager hires more help. The manager asks her what happened to Min-woo, and she says she doesn’t know (though she really does seem to know).
Actually, the real reason she’s offering to help close up that – having lost her room to her former friend’s boyfriend – she plans to sleep over in the nightclub. And as she settles in to the nightclub’s storage room for the night, she remembers how her former friend suggested that she ask her “rich brother” to help her find a place to stay. “Little freak,” she says to herself, “she knows he’s dead.”
Back at the Jang household, the mother-in-law is also thinking about Min-woo. She says how it hurts her so to think of Jae-ok (Min-woo’s mother?). No husband, and now, no son. She must be so lonely.
And the scene switches to a sad-looking woman, who is sitting there all alone among her dead son’s model airplane collection.
Next day, at the airport, Ki-woong shows up to meet the arriving Suk-Hyun. There, he greets the Home Shopping CEO Jae-man and his wife Yo-jin, whom he addresses as “aunt” and “uncle.” And then Suk-hyun comes down the ramp, all decked out in a black leather coat and dark glasses. He seems to be one heck of a cool, cocky, confident, character.
Good grief, did I ever become long-winded or what??
Whoops, I messed up a bit on the above summary. Though I’ve been watching this show for a week now, I’m really poor at remembering characters names, so I went off a printed list.
Too bad the list didn’t match some of the character’s actual TV names. The wife of the Home Shopping Network CEO was initially listed as “Yo-jin,” but it seems that everyone calls her “Nara.”
Also, for some reason, Suk-hyun (the son of the Home Shopping Network CEO) seems to be called “Chang-man” by his co-workers. I guess that the family name “Jang” can also be Romanized as “Chang,” but I’m not sure about the “man” part. I wonder if that’s just an example of some weird hybrid Korean-English slang?
Also, the subtitler of the KBS World version that I’m watching (which, I assume, is the same version being shown in Chicago) tends to remove the "-" between the character’s personal and generational names. Personally, I don’t care for this, as it makes all those difficult Korean names (well, difficult for some of us Americans ;D) even more difficult. But, I guess that’s just the way they’re coming from Korea these days.
Ahh, still learning!
(edit: also figured out why the two women (Min-sook and Yo-jin/Nara) had different family names: they're sisters-in-law, not sisters.
Post by SSJSubgeta on Dec 20, 2005 19:03:13 GMT -5
The first 2 eps i always take them as an intro to the story, characters and etc. But so far the 3 eps lol this show is hillarious, theres been alot of comedy for this show. I liked it. I reccomend people to watch it.
I'm presuming, in the opening titles, where the two girls and the two guys are flipping blocks over to the catchy music, those blocks say in Korean: "Bizarre" and "Bunch"... or... do they say, "Peculiar Woman" and "Peculiar Man?" It's a bit on the cheesy side, but I like it! Oh, and every once in a while, under the subtitles, some happenin' little Korean subtitles pop up. Does anyone know what those are? I'm guessing it's some sort of "call in now for a give-away item" type thing that's embedded into the show. But that's just a fun guess on my part.
Hey, thank you, Soju -- I probably should have guessed that, since there is a pink block and blue block. I'm still learning all the character's names, but I'm guessing the fiesty homeless girl ends up with the MBA, self-centered fellow and the grouchy Byung-doo's daughter ends up with the irrepressable Kiwoong.
I liked seeing grandma chase her womanizing son around the kitchen island, but it would've been splendid if she landed a punch to his other eye! "My wife gave me this black eye. My mother gave me this black eye."