Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha Episode 8

Director Ji Sung Hyun (Lee Sang Yi) asks Hong Du Sik (Kim Sun Ho) if Hye Jin is dating anyone. Du Sik is forced to say no. That puts a smile on Sun Hyun’s face.

Best friend of Hye Jin, Mi Seon catches Ms. Jo gossiping that Hye Jin slept with Du Sik and Sun Hyun. She doesn’t like it one bit. When she returns to their apartment she tells Yoon Hye Jin (Shin Min Ah)  what Ms. Jo said. She doesn’t like it one bit.


Du Sik teaches Sung Hyun how to surf. After many failed attempts, Sung Hyun has a break through. Du Sik is surprised to learn Sung Hyun doesn’t know how to swim. Sung Hyun’s assistant and teammate watch Du Sik act as a drill sergeant would and wonder if Du Sik is miffed at Sung Hyun.

Mr. Chang tells his ex-wife, Ms. Yeo, that he wants to date Yu Cho Hu, his first love. Ms. Yeo won’t have that. Mr. Chang barks they married because she decreed it and divorced because they decreed it. Ms. Yeo refuses to approve.

Du Sik and Sung Hyun encounter Hye Jin and Mi Seon on their way to lunch. Hye Jin thanks Sung Hyun for the basket of food yesterday. Mi Seon claims she’s going on a diet, leaving Hye Jin to fend with two men that want to hang with her.


They end up at an eatery. Sung Hyun notices Hye Jin automatically sit next to Du Sik and share his menu. Du Sik notices Hye Jin share her meal with Sung Hyun and snatches a dumpling from her plate. Both men notice the other noticing Hye Jin. During the meal, Hye Jin and Sung Hyun recall their first meeting in college when Sung Hyun swapped his food stash with Hye Jin’s single sausage after a joint class. After the meal, Du Sik pays his share and won’t allow Sung Hyun to brush off his cash.

Ms. Jo allows Hye Jin to treat her dental issue to the point where an implant is next. She refuses further treatment. Hye Jin and Mi Seon wonder what Ms. Jo will do next. They assume she’ll go to a cheaper dentist for the implant. Hye Jin sighs. Mi Seon reveals Ms. Jo filches their free coffee packets. Hye Jin sighs.

Ms. Jo asks her bank teller to inform her when a higher interest rate savings account is available.

Ms. Yu brings a gift for Ms. Yeo and requests they become the fun trio they once were. Ms. Yeo points out that isn’t possible because she and Mr. Chang are divorced and no longer friends in that way. Ms. Yu is upset, apologizes and leaves. Ms. Yeo sighs at the harsh rebuff to felt she had to give.

Du Sik is taken aback to find Sung Hyun performing the same services for village residents before he can. Du Sik grumbles he’s Chief Hong not Sung Hyun.

Mrs. Kim moves out of her house for the next month so Sung Hyun can film there per their contract. She assumes her best friends are fighting to have her stay with them when it is just the opposite.


Hye Jin stops by the store for snacks and finds Du Sik manning the register. He notices her neck brace. She notes she has a herniated disk in her neck due to her consistent bending over patients. Embarrassed to have worn the neck brace in public, Hye Jin removes it. Du Sik is momentarily gobsmacked by her beauty. She chides him into processing her purchase.

Upset by Ms. Yeo’s abrupt dismissal, Ms. Yu drinks at a local eatery. Ms. Yeo spots her as she walks home from the grocery.

Du Sik is miffed to learn others have availed themselves of Sung Hyun’s willingness to help for free instead of asking him and paying.

A drunk Ms. Yu staggers towards her home. A man intercepts her and starts to guide her to his home. Ms. Yeo appears and yells at the man for taking advantage of the situation. The man flees. He returns to his apartment strewn with women’s clothing upset that his prey was taken from his grasp. Ms. Yu collapses. Ms. Yeo calls for an ambulance.


The next morning Hye Jin and Mi Seon hear about Ms. Yu’s near abduction.  Ms. Yu wakes in the hospital and finds Ms. Yeo there. She explains what happened to the startled Ms. Yu. Mr. Chang bursts into the room all concerned for Ms. Yu. Ms. Yeo quickly leaves.

Another one of Hye Jin’s patients refuses further treatment. Hye Jin presses her for details.


Hye Jin encounters Ms. Jo and chews her out for sending her patients to an unlicensed dental technician with cheaper prices and subpar skills. Hye Jin demands an apology. Ms. Jo refuses. Du Sik sees them and intervenes. Ms. Jo snaps that of course Du Sik would take Hye Jin’s side and leaves upset.

Du Sik and police Officer Choi decide to patrol the town in their spare time not wanting another woman assaulted.

Mi Seon teases Hye Jin about having 2 men vie for her attention. Hye Jin demurs that Sung Hyun is a kind individual and Du Sik is nosy. Mi Seon asks if Du Sik is a good kissers. Hye Jin flames red in embarrassment.

Concerned for Hye Jin’s safety Sung Hyun gives her a baton, alarm and lucky charm to keep her safe.


During the evening patrol, it begins to rain and Du Sik gets wet. He wonders if Hye Jin has made it home yet. As he drops off a holistic remedy for Hye Jin’s herniated disk, Sung Hyun escorts Hye Jin home. Du Sik hands over the remedy, assures them a little rain won’t hurt him and quickly leaves.

When Du Sik returns home he catches a chill. Hye Jin brews a tea with the holistic remedy. She calls Du Sik to thanks him but he’s unable to hear the phone.

The next day Sung Hyun and his team begin shooting at Mrs. Kim’s house. Du Sik is obviously under the weather.

Ms. Jo gets a call that the high interest savings account must be started ASAP. Ms. Jo hurries down the street with a envelope of money . Hye Jin passes her as she returns from a jog. The two women ignore each other. Ms. Jo meets with the bank official and hands over the money . Hye Jin appears and begins to question the man and correctly guesses he is stealing the money from Ms. Jo. The man takes off. Hye Jin pursues the man.

As Hye Jin chases the man she passes Du Sik and Sung Hyun. They take over chasing the man. Du Sik ends up tackling the man and Sung Hyun retrieves Ms. Jo’s money. When Sung Hyun returns the money Ms. Jo is thrilled. The police officer asks Ms. Jo how she could be so gullible. Hye Jin snaps the scammer deserves the ire not the victim. Ms. Yeo rides in the back of the police car and gives the scammer the back of her hand during the drive to the police station.

Hye Jin thanks Sung Hyun for helping. She thanks Du Sik for helping. She notice a scrap on his forearm from tackling the scammer. Du Sik brushes it off and says he needs to rest. He heads home.


Du Sik wakes to find Hye Jin at his door. She takes his temperature. She cleans up the scrape. She makes him porridge. Du Sik winches to hear Hye Jin in his kitchen. He falls back asleep. Hye Jin sets the porridge on the coffee table and writes a note to Du Sik. She looks at this man, who interests her. She wonders what it would be like to kiss him sober. She leans down and almost presses her lips to his, but pulls away and quickly leaves. When Du Sik wakes he finds the porridge and notes from Hye Jin. He eats the porridge. He grimaces at the taste. He eats more. He grimaces at the mess Hye Jin left in his kitchen. He finishes the porridge and smiles.

The next morning Du Sik feels much better. He finds tangerines that Hye Jin purchased and left for him. Du Sik is all smiles.

Ms. Yeo takes Hye Jin aside and gives her Ms. Jo’s backstory. Her young daughter died from a disease leaving Ms. Jo a shell of a woman for over a year. Donating funds in her daughter’s name to the children’s hospital is a driving force in Ms. Jo’s life and helped bring her back to the land of the living.


Hye Jin walks back from her discussion with Ms. Yeo. She spies Ms. Jo. Deciding to be the first one to bridge the gap, Hye Jin tells Ms. Jo to stop by the dental clinic to confirm the dental work she had done outside her practice was sufficient. She warns Ms. Jo not to send her patients to the unlicensed technician again. Ms. Jo thanks her and declares Hye Jin is looking lovely. Hye Jin smiles. Ms. Jo smiles.

Boy band DOS star June and another member arrive at Mrs. Kim as part of Sung Hyun’s show. They film the pair trying to start a outside cooker. The villagers including Mr. Oh and his daughter, Joo Ri, watch.


It’s late a night as Hye Jin wraps up her work at the clinic. As she walks home, a street light is out. She notices her phone doesn’t have enough charge for the flashlight app. Hye Jin senses she’s being followed. She starts to run. She finds Du Sik on patrol. She rushes into his arms and buries her face against his chest. Du Sik puts his arm around her.

Epilogue:

Hye Jin bends over Du Sik to kiss him, then pulls away and leaves. Du Sik opens his eyes and grabs his chest, his heart pounding over the near kiss.

My Thoughts

Du Sik had a taste of jealousy over Sung Hyun’s easy incorporation into the village and interactions with Hye Jin.  Writer Shin Ha Eun’s seaside village was the perfect setting for the love triangle, Ms. Jo’s story, and the presence of evil in the sleepy village. Du Sik didn’t like Hye Jin’s easy interactions with Sung Hyun. Conversely Sung Hyun didn’t like Hye Jin’s easy interactions with Du Sik. Both men are fine individuals and refreshingly this isn’t an overly dramatic love triangle. Ms. Jo’s story softened the edges of this gossipy character. The near abduction of Ms. Yu was a sobering moment in this normally light and lovely series. Hye Jin sensed the evil presence too. Thank goodness Du Sik was there. Hye Jin’s relief was palpable. My relief was similar.

Yoon Hye Jin (Shin Min Ah) almost kissed Du Sik. Hye Jin wanted to know what it would be like to kiss Du Sik sober. Of course, kissing him while he’s sick and asleep isn’t optimal. But Hye Jin made her move only to draw back at the last minute. I enjoyed Hye Jin’s concern for Du Sik when he was wet, then injured and sick. Hye Jin was gracious in holding the olive branch to Ms. Jo in a scene where each woman was true to herself but bent enough.

Hong Du Sik (Kim Sun Ho) realized he had a rival in Sung Hyun in the village and for Hye Jin. Du Sik has been king of the village forever. Sung Hyun’s natural niceness almost equals Du Sik’s. I loved the eatery scene when Hye Jin chose to sit next to Du Sik and share his menu. Du Sik loved it too. Sung Hyun didn’t. Du Sik’s timing to save Hye Jin was a relief.

The third song of the OST is the sweet “My Romance” sung by Cheeze. The video includes lyrics.

 

I rank this episode as terrific, 9 on a 10-point scale.

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2 comments on “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha Episode 8
  1. Jane Tilly says:

    I 💗 the way Hye Jin🦔🦷 was consistent in her fair treatment of Ms Jo Nam Sook 🥡, despite Nam Sook 🥡 unscrupulessly sending business to the dental technician. Hye Jin’s 🦔🦷 olive branch and ethics ended up winning. I concur that getting Nam Sook’s 🥡 backstory makes her gossipy ways a bit more tolerable.

    I’m not sure which was more surprising … Hye Jin🦔🦷 attempting to kiss 💋 Du Sik🧰🎣 or Du Sik🧰🎣 being aware of the attempt. It seemed to me there was obvious mutual attraction.

    Du Sik 🧰🎣 had a rude awakening of realizing Sung Hyun 📷 was not only a rival for Hye Jin 🦔🦷, but also for the hearts and minds of the villagers. It seems this is Du Sik’s 🧰🎣 first competition and he’s not quite sure how to handle it; he will prevail, at least with the villagers as he will likely be in the village for a longer term. I like both of these men, but I’m a little more partial to Du Sik 🧰🎣 over Sung Hyun 📷.

    The creepy stalker has moved on from taking ladies undergarments to taking women.
    Good thing Du Sik 🧰🎣 was there for Hye Jin 🦔🦷 when she was followed by the creepy stalker. I think Hye Jin’s fear of the stalker and relief were both palpable.

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    • I 💗 the way Hye Jin🦔🦷 was consistent in her fair treatment of Ms Jo Nam Sook 🥡, despite Nam Sook 🥡
      Hye Jin was gracious.

      I’m not sure which was more surprising … Hye Jin🦔🦷 attempting to kiss 💋 Du Sik🧰🎣 or Du Sik🧰🎣 being aware of the attempt. It seemed to me there was obvious mutual attraction.
      I’m all for mutual.

      It seems this is Du Sik’s 🧰🎣 first competition and he’s not quite sure how to handle it; he will prevail, at least with the villagers as he will likely be in the village for a longer term. I like both of these men, but I’m a little more partial to Du Sik 🧰🎣 over Sung Hyun 📷.
      Du Sik’s boyish charm yet straight forward ways is hard to resist. Sung Hyun is a good guy.

      Good thing Du Sik 🧰🎣 was there for Hye Jin 🦔🦷 when she was followed by the creepy stalker. I think Hye Jin’s fear of the stalker and relief were both palpable.
      I’ll admit to being nervous for Hye Jin.

      Liked by 1 person

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