So upon further consideration I really don't like Ri-el. Granted, Ri-iel doesn't have much more screentime here than she did last time, but I see now that this is more a factor of her personality than it is the screenwriting. Ri-el is just a very curt, unsentimental person by nature. After what happened last time she saw Min-gyoo, I'm a little dumbfounded that the first words out of her mouth here weren't hey, are you OK, because last time we met you looked like you were about to die.
Incidentally, I am extremely suspicious of Doctor Oh (played by Uhm Hyo-sup). He surely must know that Min-gyoo's illness is psychosomatic. Where does a small child even find a doctor for an exotic disease like that when he doesn't have a legal guardian? Even assuming Doctor Oh just wasn't smart enough to figure this out on his own, Min-gyoo's brief reprieve from symptoms hints at an obvious cure that should have been attempted years ago.
Once the meeting with Ri-el is over, by the way, that's all episode nine is about, is just Min-gyoo dancing around being happy. It's moments like this that it's hard to hate him. Observe how in his gleeful state, Min-gyoo is no longer a skinflint about money. There are still practical problems to his being a good boyfriend, the most obvious being that Min-gyoo believes Ji-ah is a robot when other people just think she's a cute girl in weird clothes, but the previously easily rattled Min-gyoo is now cool and confident.
Baek-gyoon, not so much. Episode ten is all about his meltdown. I like how, technical genius notwithstanding, Baek-gyoon is still an idiot when it comes to financial matters. In his emotional fury Baek-gyoon appears to have forgotten that the entire reason why his team is running an elaborate con job on Min-gyoo is because they have no other options for potential investors. And besides that, if AZ3's purpose is not to provide companionship, why did he design her to look like a cute girl?
Lost in the shuffle here is how Ji-ah feels about ongoing events. Which appropriately enough is also reflected in Ji-ah's solo scenes. Baek-gyoon apparently blames Ji-ah for encouraging Min-gyoo, and predictably failed to realize the potential negative consequences of abandoning her in public in AZ3's outfit. I like how stupid behavior on the part of the male leads here is prompted by hubris. They're not so different after all.
Review by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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