And it’s begun! KBS‘ new romantic comedy, “Big” has finally started airing this week and the first episode was pretty epic. With ups, downs, lolz, excitement, even a spiritual magic-filled moment, this drama is definitely getting off to a good start. [Warning: Spoilers are ahead if your eyes can't resist the temptation to read on.]
A plot refresh before we begin: “18-year-old Kang Kyung Joon’s (Shin Won Ho) spirit suddenly becomes transplanted in the body of 30-year-old Seo Yoon Jae (Gong Yoo). Seo Yoon Jae is a successful doctor and engaged to high school teacher Gil Da Ran (Lee Min Jung). Gil Da-Ran just so happens to be the teacher of 18-year old Kang Kyung Joon. More problems ensue when 30-year-old Seo Yoon Jae falls in love with another woman (Bae Suzy).”
And with a few more details, but in a pretty chart form for you visual learners:
The episode started off pretty interestingly, with Gil Da Ran rushing to deliver a bouquet to someone’s wedding…that actually ends up being her old friend though she “apologetically” forgot to invite Da Ran. But it’s not too much of a bother to Da Ran who at least takes advantage of things to nom on a yummy meal. Only to find out that the delivered bouquet is a more expensive one than the bride actually paid for…so she sneakily joins in again with the group to try and catch the bouquet from the bride.
She…fails. And ends up taking a deep fall backwards off the stairs. And I applaud the dramatic slow camera for this scene - which really made it more hilarious. Especially when a hand that reaches out to help/catch her (which ends up being Seo Yoon Jae/Gong Yoo)…though he misses too.
Things end up happy though, since Da Ran ends up dating Yoon Jae who also ends up being a doctor and shortly after he even proposes to her! So they’re engaged and life seem quite peachy for Da Ran. At least until she gets too wrapped up into the radio (that is reading her love story and gifts her with a rice cooker) to notice that she has mistakenly taken someone else’s umbrella off the bus.
Though with luck, it ends up belonging to the younger guy that she saw on the bus (and mistakenly thought was checking her out). Kang Kyung Joon (aka Shin Won Ho! Who really gave me baby Lee Minho vibes with this first appearance). But despite the le swoon in-the-rain encounter (which also seems like a tribute to “Love Rain,” since it took over its time slot), he’s only there to get back him umbrella. Haha - though they don’t have far to go since it seems like they are both heading to the same destination - the high school straight ahead.
So Da Ran ends up being a new teacher and Kyung Joon is the new transfer student from the US. With the childlike impressive she gave off, it’s no wonder Kyung Joon doesn’t take her seriously and ends up leaving out the window on the tour around she’s suppose to give him. LOL moment with Engrish (”Stupid” and the High Kick and f(x)’s Krystal reference) and the “bully” Choong Shik, who ends up being Da Ran’s younger brother and gets appropriately beat up by her before his fail attempt at bullying Kyung Joon.
Then in comes moment of melancholy as we see a peek into the backstory/life of Kyung Joon, who apparently is loaded from his mom’s inheritance though lives alone in a huge and empty house. And apparently living in America has nurtured his picky tastes to a freezer of frozen pizzas. (Though realistically, he woulldn’t live long, since he didn’t even take the wrapper off (!) before casually throwing it in the oven! But he’s cute and lonely here…so I forgive.)
Flashing over to Da Ran, we finally get to see her interaction with the hunky Dr. Seo Yoon Jae, though they are…awkward. So much so, that it’s hard to believe that they are suppose to get married in a month. Sketchy feels arise after learning that he hasn’t even sent out his half of their wedding invitations…though she’s obviously smitten with him. He seems to be hiding a secret…
The next couple scenes aren’t too vital, just Da Ran trying to make plans with Yoon Jae to buy a bed for their new house/life together, but he flakes out so she goes alone. And of course, ends up meeting Kyung Joon, who is also looking for a bed to replace his current (and adorable) car-shaped kid one. Being thorough, he tells the salesperson that if he can fall asleep in this specific bed, he’ll buy it right away (a super expensive and last-in-stock one). Just a moment of appreciation for how darn precious he looks sleeping (and thank goodness, legal in this drama (18)…and in real life (21!) haha). So after an accident on Da Ran’s clumsy self, she tries to tempt him to buy the bed from her to no avail.
A bit more of a reveal on Yoon Jae’s ugh behavior shows us that he’s planning on leaving to somewhere far away, stashing a plane ticket in a story book titled “Miracle” that is adorned with two angels reaching for one another (remember the picture for later). Cut to Da Ran and being so slightly juvenile in personality, is living a pretty hard life, with her students finding out about her unbelievable engagement (since it seems like it’s a pity proposal from the big shot doctor for letting her fall).
Because of the teasing, it gets to Da Ran, who tries to find comfort that hopefully Yoon Jae will be able to make their house hunting plans later. He (unsurprisingly) calls to cancel and being in a sensitive state, Da Ran ends up tearily asking him straight up if he really loves her, because if he doesn’t he doesn’t have to marry her to just “take responsibility” for her injury. And then a prompt hang up.
Kyung Joon, who was watching from a distance, comes in to applaud her confrontation and stops her from trying to call Yoon Jae back and regretting everything she said. To distract her, they take a trip on his motorbike to a park where she teaches him a bit of pop culture with the “bbuing bbuing” phenomena. Though then she gets a “I’m sorry” call from Yoon Jae and asks to meet her right away so he can tell her in person his “do you love me?” answer. Kyung Joon picks up on her perked up mood and takes it as his timing to leave. As he goes, he reveals his wallet again that holds a card that has the same “Miracle” picture as Yoon Jae (a significant sign it seems for this drama) and then rides off.
Being not so thrown from the impact, Yoon Jae is still conscious enough to do a good citizen duty and swim to save Kyung Joon. A moment appears that they similarly recreate the “Miracle” picture underwater and…voodoo magic happens.
Waking up in the hospital, Yoon Jae’s body has been proclaimed dead and he’s lying in the mortuary. But it’s actually not Yoon Jae at all…it’s Kyung Joon! At least in spirit and mind and mmm, he is really wearing Yoon Jae’s (muscular) body well.
Da Ran finally hears of the accident and makes it to the hospital, breaking down before she gets to see the body of the supposedly dead “Yoon Jae.” Only Kyung Joon (in Yoon Jae’s body) ends up confusingly strolling down the hallway looking very much alive and like some godly half-naked hunk. Some misunderstandings happen with Kyung Joon trying to explain that he’s not Yoon Jae and that he’s stuck in a body that isn’t his. Though Da Ran being Da Ran (and finding out that her Yoon Jae is not dead) doesn’t seem to accept it until almost the end when this scene happened. So much laughter:
And that’s pretty much where it ends for this super-filled episode.
The next episode should be fun as well:
It seems like every K-Drama this season is playing that older noona, younger guy couple pairing. Though for Big, I like that their not-so-dramatic age difference makes for a better match. And so far it’s definitely keeping my attention and the appreciated Hong Sister humor in this is an A+. With 16 episode in the series, it seems that it’s going to be a really entertaining journey.
How many of you guys are watching “Big”? Thoughts so far?
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