Ratings rose according to AGB Neilsen from 9.0% to 9.7% for Episode 8. I bet it has to do with the OTP finally getting some screen time together and showing a bit of chemistry..
This is the episode where Young-gul and Ga-young's romance could've started. But a few monkey wrenches get thrown in. I'm sure we will have a whole mess of misunderstandings caused by secrets and lack of communication starting next episode. As for this one, I should hate Jae-hyuk. I really should. And I should think Young-gul's jealousy is stupid because he doesn't say anything to Ga-young. Should. But these boys are too cute. An-na is pathetic. Ga-young needs to step up and affect change herself instead of riding the tide.
"Fashion King" features Yoo Ah-in, Sin Se-kyeong and Lee Je-hoon.
Episode 9 recap
Michael has called "Young Girl" and their conversation wakes Ga-young who excitedly listens to Young-gul's side. The sketchy designer wonders if Young-gul can be in New York the next Monday. Although Young-gul's calendar is full, he agrees.
Yoo Ah-in's English is so adorable. He can even acted when speaking stilted English. American actors in Fashion King, take note. A Korean man who has trouble speaking English out-acted you. Shame.
Anyway, Young-gul is so happy he's on the verge of tears and so is Ga-young. They feel like this is their big break. And it would finally be something not tied to Jae-hyuk. High on emotion, Young-gul hurries into the workshop and shines the light of a pendant lamp on their new fashion creations.
Oh, fashion creations. What do you think of THAT for the name of a brand? Okay, it sucks, I know. But when you say it out loud it's kinda delicious on the tongue.
Young-gul, overcome with emotion, grabs Ga-young's face in his hands and promises that the first thing he'll do when he's rich is to buy an apartment for her.
He is looking so tenderly at her, my heart lurched. We all hope that it's the moment he admits his feelings and kisses her, right?
Nope. It's our meek little Ga-young who throws her arms around his neck and plants one on him - and he responds!
They pull away awkwardly but his hand is still on her arm. He tells her this can't happen between a president and an employee, pats her arms and stiffly walks away. Alone, both of them reel from the impact of the kiss. They press their hands to their chests, hearts pounding and shocked by the chemistry.
I love how much of a shock his reaction is to him! She is super embarassed and jumps on her bed to hug her blanket to her. Come on, Ga-young. Do it. You know you wanna. We all do it enough. You know you wanna... *squeeeeeeeee*
She does, but not aloud. She needs squeeing lessons.
Also, there's a dandy little cello solo in the song. Yay cello! Represent, my sexy instrument!
Speaking of kisses, Jae-hyuk is sitting in his personal theatre (how ridiculous does that sound?) watching...dun, dun, dun....the Titanic kiss scene with Celine Dion crooning in the background. He's remembering kissing Ga-young and all of their cute moments. And then he remembers his promise to protect An-na.
How cheesy is this? We get it. He's in kiss-y mode. Also, did he get a hair cut? Nom, nom nom.
An aside: During this part, my brother, who was watching the Heat game (which we won over the Jersey Nets, BOO YAH!), paused the game to call out, "Is that Titanic? WHY the hell are you watching Titanic?" And I cackled and answered that it was in one of my dramas. "oh".
(Check out Jae-hyuk's duds. Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice...)
Back to Fashion King. Jae-hyuk, possessed of a decision, finds An-na at the company's mall and they head to the fancy restaurant for an awkwardly stifling meal. She asks after his health; he asks if they should get married.
Say wha'?! She looks as shocked as I feel. But then again, this IS Jae-hyuk, king of randomness. He has a real emotion and counters it with an idiot, irrational move. His modus operandi thus far. This boy needs to learn to deal with emotions in a big boy way.
They debate marriage as though it were a business transaction. Do you want to? If you want to? Then, let's do it. Then let's. When shall we set the date?
Sure, marriage ain't no big deal... Weren't they passionately in love or something? If he's her goal, then she's not going about it the right way. Even if he's unenthusiastic, she should be. it sounded like they were trading cattleor sheep. Maybe that's how he got those sheep
(I will comment on Kim's outfit later...)
Before they can set a date, Daddy Jae-hyuk and white-haired Design Director Kim show up and they have tea together.
Dad heard through the grapevine that Jae-hyuk was ill.
And now I understand why Jae-hyuk is so messed up. The grapevine? Seriously, daddy? You need daddy school as much as Jae-hyuk needs big boy school.
Moving on. Kim asks Jae-hyuk if he's solved his "problem" and Jae-hyuk shares a panicked glance with An-na. This is news to dad who is immediately curious. Jae-hyuk tries to play it off, but Kim has an agenda and pushes the subject. He ends up explaining that a girl stole An-na's designs and sold them in Dongdaemoon. Where did he hear it? From Attorney Kim.
Daddy is shocked and looks as though he's going to beat Jae-hyuk raw later
Raine's issue. This show really deals with legalities inappropriately and takes ridiculous liberties with them. Lawyers by definition are two things: slimy and required to keep attorney/client confidentiality. What about that strange serving of the Notice of Intent to subpeona to Ga-young...
(Striking similarity, no?)
In his office, Jae-hyuk, still dressed as Beetlejuice, is brooding when Director Kim comes in dressed as...a PANDA! NOOOOO! Pandas belong in Rooftop Prince!
Kim's Panda costume makes his hair look like teeth stained yellow...
So Beetlejuice sits down for a heart-to-heart with fake Panda. Panda finds out the girl stealing the fabrics is the designer and thinks she's a genius. He wants her brought to the company to boost his career. He needs people like that genius girl working for him. Although it may be uncomfortable for An-na, it can't be helped. When CEO Daddy Jae-hyuk retires, Kim will have a hard time taking care of himself.
This fake Panda may be nasty, but his agenda is quite clever. He's trying to forge an alliance with Jae-hyuk to kick An-na out and bring real talent in. Cover his own ass. This caters to Jae-hyuk's plans. Hrm...
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