This scene is swoon-worthier than the shoe scene.
Don’t get me wrong. It was sweet of him to give her a pair of plum blossom shoes. He even staged an “event” which is a hallmark of all kdramas.
Frankly speaking, there’s something about “events” that I find theatrical and overblown. However, I’ve come to accept that it’s one of those cultural oddities of courtship in kdramas. The guy is always expected to organize a special occasion, not only for those big days like anniversaries and Valentine’s Day, but also for those ordinary days and non-events.
Like, buying her new throw pillows? Well, the guy should plan a candlelit dinner at a five-star hotel and present her the pillows for dessert.
She stubbed her toe? The guy could her comfort food and arrange the pickled radish in a heart on the plate. Then he he could bring her out to the patio for a firework display.
Bought her new shampoo? He should surprise her with a bubble bath, complete with those annoying rose petals that stick to the butt.
She’s crying again? Well then he could solve her problems by buying her a special window seat in a cafe for her personal use. Side-eyeing the hero MaSung in “Devilish Joy.”
And that’s the point I’m going to make here: why WonDeuk’s action was swoon-worthy and MaSung’s action was not. Both these shows had a scene where the guy had to step in when the heroine was crying.
In “Devilish Joy,” the girl GgiBbeum was upset because of jealousy. She thought he went out to see his first love so she was grouchy.
When he silently appeared at her side, he covered her ears with a headset. He then proceeded to rile her in order to get her out of her bad humor. He remained standing beside her, observing her return to normal spirits. Now and then, he smiled at her at her cuteness.
Finally, he hunched over her and wrapped his hands around her neck to get her full attention. He pretended to make a medical assessment. He deadpanned, “Wait. Let me get a proper look at you. Your face is back to its natural color and your eyes are responsive. But is your heart rate going crazy?”
Irritated, she slapped his hands away. She was annoyed that he was again messing with her.
This scene demonstrated that MaSung was evading the issue which caused her unhappiness. He ignored her feelings. Perhaps deliberately, perhaps unintentionally. He was distracted by the pretty picture she made with her aegyo.
His body language was quite telling. Throughout this encounter, he remained standing, hovering over her. He didn’t sit down on the chair across from her. He showed showed tender amusement at her sulky face. But what exasperated here was that he didn’t bother address the REASON for her sulky face.
In contrast, let’s look at WonDeuk.
He quietly observed HongShim’s tearful outburst. She ripped into her dear friends for their prank.
She said, “What do you think you’re doing? How could you fool us like that? Do you think this is funny? Do you think startling people is funny? I thought MaChil really died. I though WonDeuk was really going to get in big trouble for it. How could you joke around something like that? His can you laugh after what you’ve done to me?”
Side note: I previously thought the actress playing HongShim looked exceedingly ordinary and her face was moon-shaped. But I can see her prettiness now. Plus, she’s the only actress I’ve seen who can retain watery, tearful eyes like that for a long time.
After reproaching them, HongShim left. WonDeuk asked to be untied then followed her to the kitchen.
She was sitting on her haunches in a corner, and he immediately squatted down beside her.
WD: Were you that startled? Why? Were you afraid to become a widow if something bad happened to me?
HS: Can you joke at a time like this?
WD: Are you getting mad at me? It’s my birthday today. I’ll stay by your side forever, so don’t worry. I won’t go anywhere without you. Because I’m your husband.
Standing up, he offered his hand and told her, “Let’s go. Let’s go out and eat noodles.”
Do you see what I mean that this is a swoon-worthy moment? He did it right. He stopped her tears in the right way.
First, he went down to her level, and waiting for her to look at him.
Although he was teasing her too, he controlled his smile and looked at her seriously.
And he said in earnest what she needed to hear from him. Do you hear that, MaSung? Why didn’t you tell her that the girl wasn’t your first love?
Then, instead of grabbing her by the neck (hahaha. I know MaSung sounds ridiculous when I describe his action like that), he held out his hand.
Unlike MaSung whose constant babying of GgiBbeum I find maddening, I approve of WonDeuk’s style. He comforted her like a proper husband should.