This episode jumps right away to the finer more important points of the plot- Dae-young teaching Soo-ji how to act like an attractive woman. I'm not sure which part's funnier actually. There's the apparently sexless Dae-young being a complete master of romantic interaction. And then there's Soo-ji not having the slightest clue about what he's talking about. She completely whiffs Dae-young's softball attempt to try and get her alone in the same general area as Sang-woo.
By the way, I've figured out why Sang-woo doesn't appear to have any personality. It's because he quite literally does not have a personality. Sang-woo really is just a guy who comes to his lonely, clean apartment, observes his robot, and leaves. It would come off as sad and pathetic except that Sang-woo really doesn't register any kind of reaction. The man barely even seems to have emotions, which begs the question of why Soo-ji is so enraptured by him.
Well, because love is irrational that way. I also like how Dae-young can barely hide his thinly veiled disgust at how apparently shallow Soo-ji is. Part of this is just that the guy's very observant. Dae-young quite literally seems to be the only person capable of noticing that Hye-rim (played by Hwang Seong-eon) has the power to manipulate men into doing her bidding. And I can't help but laugh at the way he flippantly and inevitably brushes off Hye-rim's attempt to use that power on him.
Now this is the Dae-young I know and love from the first season of "Let's Eat". Yoon Doo-joon is quite excellent at comedic interplay to the incredulous expense of chemistry. I have no idea whether he's actually going to get together with Soo-ji- there's the same deliberately ambiguous dynamic that was present with Soo-kyeong in the first season. And here as well, this does wonders for long-term speculation, giving us a story that's nearly impossible to predict.
Certain mysteries, though, appear poised to have answers shortly, so the dramatic tension shouldn't overtsay its welcome. Beyond that though "Let's Eat - Season 2" is currently excelling where it most matters- the jokes. I love how Dae-young is totally nonplussed by women yet Taek-soo (played by Kim Hee-won) is a chronic weakness. A woman Dae-young can get rid of just by ignoring her. A guy, unfortunately, doesn't know how to take obvious disinterest as an insult. That makes for a surprisingly fresh joke that i most certainly want to see of.
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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