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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Laughter in Waikiki" Episode 6

2018/02/20 | Permalink

So Yoon-ah ends up having a really good time at cooking class. So good in fact that...men hit on her? I mean sure Yoon-ah is cute and all, but she's also totally open about being a single mother. You'd think that would be a bit of an alarm bell. Which is not to say that single mothers are inherently unattractive or anything, but what kind of guy charges ahead in a situation like that while knowing so little else about her?

Now, the principal joke for that storyline is that Dong-goo's suspicions about the guy who keeps inviting himself to the guest house are obviously completely reasonable, and everyone else is way too forgiving. I mean sure, Dong-goo is probably jealous. But really, the guest house inhabitants in general suffer from a pretty serious excess of unwarranted optimism. How many financial crises do they have to endure to realize that balancing a checkbook is hard?

That's why the sole storyline of the second half is so off-kilter. The guest house occupants are running a ludicrously elaborate scam with potentially disastrous consequences in the event of failure. Although really, once the landlady shows up and starts planning to auction away all their stuff, I can't help but think back to all those times we've seen these people frivolously lose money due to their own stupidity. Are they really this bad at planning?

The storyline does achieve its intended purpose, in working to set up a possible romance between Dong-goo and Joon-ah. Although really, the calamitous implications of the guest house's financial situation are such that I find it hard to place much importance on Dong-goo's love life. I'm hoping that future storylines will involve the lead characters trying to find necessary money in a hurry. Hey, what about that construction foreman? He paid good, and even asked Joon-ki and Doo-sik to come back.

...Yeah, I'm not expecting much continuity at this point. At least the jokes are of average to above average quality again. It was obvious from the beginning that Joon-ki was making a really stupid assumption about the job he was hired for. But at least in this instance, as opposed to the swimming scene, what ruins Joon-ki is something that at least sounds plausible from the perspective of the production company. Also, is it just me, or does it seem like Doo-sik's new work contact is coming on to him?

Review by William Schwartz

"Laughter in Waikiki" is directed by Lee Chang-min-I, written by Kim Ki-ho, and features Kim Jung-hyunLee Yi-kyungSon Seung-won, and Jung In-sun.

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