20th Century Boy and Girl Title: 20세기 소년소녀 / 20th Century Boy and Girl Also known as: Twentieth Century Boy and Girl / Boy and Girl From the 20th Century Formerly known as: No Sex in the City Chinese Title: 20世紀少男少女 Genre: Romance, Comedy Episodes: 32 (35 minutes/episode) Broadcast network: MBC Broadcast period: 2017-Sep-25 to 2017-Nov-14 Air time: Mondays & …Read More »
20th Century Boy and Girl Episode 2 Recap
EPISODE 2 RECAP
Jin-jin’s team watches as she begins her interview with the host (cameo by critic and TV personality Heo Ji-woong). In another part of Hong Kong, businessman Ji-won meets with a Chinese CEO about acquiring his company. The CEO isn’t happy with the way National Chemical is forcing his hand, but agrees to consider it.
When it’s time for Ah-reum’s surgery, she grows nervous and scared, but the anesthesiologist reassures her that everything will be fine as he sedates her. She’s unconscious when her doctor goes into labor early and is unable to perform her procedure.
At the same time, Young-shim slumps out of another job interview, having been rejected yet again. She runs into a law school classmate who guesses she just took an interview, and Young-shim is too embarrassed to admit that she was already turned down.
During her interview, Jin-jin talks about her two best friends, and she tells the host that she doesn’t have any celebrity buddies. He sets up a video chat as a surprise, saying that there’s one celebrity who wants to be Jin-jin’s friend, and she’s not happy to see that it’s the spoiled brat, Da-young.
Jin-jin says that they only met once, but Da-young gushes that she feels like they’re best friends, calling Jin-jin “my Cassiopeia.” She pointedly asks how old Jin-jin is, and when Jin-jin says that she’s 35, she makes an exaggerated gasp that Jin-jin is more like a teacher than a friend. Oh, you little snot.
Da-young says she needs Jin-jin’s advice on how to handle tabloid media. But it becomes clear she’s really here to take jabs at Jin-jin on camera, and brings up Jin-jin’s dating scandals, including one about her dating an older married politician. Da-young starts to mention plastic surgery before the show’s host cuts her off, and Da-young pretends that that was all just a big oopsie. Yeah, right.
Maintaining her professional demeanor, Jin-jin offers to tell Da-young the way to deal with gossip, as the whole crew looks on nervously. We don’t hear what she says, but after the filming is over, CEO Jang yells at her for looking like she was bragging and risking her reputation.
Ah-reum wakes from her surgery to find a male doctor standing over her bed, giving her mother instructions on her care. She’s too groggy to see his face clearly, so her mother tells her that her doctor went into labor and that man performed her surgery.
Mi-dal knows Jin-jin well enough to see that her encounters with Da-young have rattled her. The ladies decide to stay an extra day and send the guys home, Jin-jin threatening to run away if CEO Jang doesn’t let her do this.
Jin-jin and Mi-dal go out on the town that evening, taking selfies all over Hong Kong and generally acting like carefree tourists. When they decide to have dinner at an outdoor cafe, the place is so crowded that they don’t notice Ji-won there, too, across the room.
Later, they stock up on gifts for Mi-dal’s friends and family, and she decides to go back for more. Jin-jin stays behind, sitting on some steps to enjoy a street busker playing the guitar.
And once again, Ji-won is also nearby, sitting in a bar with his assistant only a few feet away. He sees Jin-jin, and his expression grows soft as he remembers her as a young girl. Flashing back, he remembers her on a date, nervously peeking glances at the boy next to her, then smiling in the sun, sleeping on a bus, and staring at someone intently under the moonlight. As he watches her now, Ji-won looks for all the world like a man in love.
Mi-dal returns and whisks Jin-jin away, and a startled Ji-won rushes out to catch her. But by the time he gets outside, they’ve hopped into a taxi, and she’s gone. Sighing in disappointment, he stands at the spot where she was sitting and sees that she left her purse behind in her hurry.
In the morning, Mi-dal goes to the front desk to check out, and the receptionist hands her Jin-jin’s purse, saying that someone left it for Jin-jin last night. Mi-dal gratefully looks through the purse and finds all of Jin-jin’s documentation still there, plus something extra—a note saying “I’ll be back,” with a drawing of a basketball.
She runs up to Jin-jin, who’s waiting for her on the balcony overlooking the lobby, looking preoccupied. Mi-dal is so excited that she startles Jin-jin, who drops her phone, and they watch in horror as it crashes to the lobby floor.
Ah-reum is making a healthy recovery in the hospital, and her mother tells her that her doctor was very handsome, though Ah-reum scoffs that it’s not important. Her phone alerts her to a message, and whatever it is has her staring in surprise.
Jin-jin’s road manager, Hong-hee, runs into CEO Jang’s office in a wild panic, while at the same time, CEO Jang’s phone starts blowing up with calls. Hong-hee tries to call Jin-jin about whatever is happening, but her phone is broken from its fall, and since Mi-dal lost hers at the airport, neither of them can be reached.
We finally see what all the drama is about as CEO Jang watches a video that someone sent to him. It clearly shows a half-naked man in a hotel room, and although it’s shadowy and hard to see, the woman with him looks a lot like Jin-jin. Oh nooooo.
Ji-won is at the airport in Hong Kong, preparing to head home to Korea. His flight is slightly delayed so he settles in to wait. Someone texts him the bedroom video, and he’s horrified to see the salacious comments from men about Jin-jin’s “assets.”
CEO Jang tries to convince the reporters calling him that it couldn’t possibly be Jin-jin in the video, but he orders Hong-hee to find out who the man is so they can look into it. Jin-jin’s brother Min-ho hears about the video while working at his convenience store job, and he rushes home to warn his parents.
Ah-reum tries to reach Young-shim to tell her about the scandalous video, but Young-shim is in another job interview. The man interviewing her just sits there reading her resumé in silence, making Young-shim feel awkward and uncomfortable.
When her doctor comes to check on her, Ah-reum finally gets a good look at him. She stares at him, mouth hanging open in stunned surprise, but when he turns to go she suddenly calls out to him. He turns back, his mouth quirking into a knowing smile, and Ah-reum realizes from the name on his lab coat that he’s Jung Woo-sung, the same boy she knew in high school.
Only, he’s changed. A lot. HAHA, he’s not the model-handsome guy that Ah-reum remembers, though that arrogant smirk still looks the same. Woo-sung asks Ah-reum how the “Four Bongos” are doing these days, mentioning Young-shim and Jin-jin, but he can’t remember the name of the last person in their little friendship foursome.
By the time Jin-jin’s plane lands in Korea, the shocking scandal is all over the country. She still knows nothing about it, so it’s a shock when she arrives to an ambush of reporters, and as they crowd in on her, she and Mi-dal get separated.
At first Jin-jin tries to ignore the reporters and make her way through the lobby. But they surround her so that she can’t move, firing questions at her about the sex tape—and finally, the words start to sink in and Jin-jin realizes what this is all about.
She stands there stunned and frozen, but suddenly someone takes her by the hand and stands protectively between her and the reporters.
Jin-jin looks up, and when her protector turns to look at her, everything around her fades away. She asks, “Gong Ji-won?”
We hear Woo-sung’s voice as he remembers that the fourth friend was Gong Ji-won, and we go back to the boy standing in front of Jin-jin’s picture back in high school, the one wearing the blue-striped sneakers. We finally see young Ji-won’s face, and we’re shown that he’s the fourth person in the photograph on Jin-jin’s dresser. Woo-sung continues:
“He was the only guy, and your food—no, your light. The boy you all liked back then.”
I expected 20th Century Boy and Girl to be adorable, in large part because both Han Ye-seul and Kim Ji-suk can’t help but be cute as buttons, so it’s no stretch to expect the two of them together to be as precious as a basket of kittens. And so far I’m not disappointed: The show is living up to its promise to be a sweet, quirky love story between two people who knew each other as kids. I wasn’t expecting to learn that Jin-jin and her friends were actually a foursome instead of a threesome, and that Ji-won was part of their tight little circle. I like that twist, because it adds another layer of interest to the fact that something happened, and he wasn’t able to remain friends with them.
I found myself completely charmed by Jin-jin and her quirky little world, but I was surprised by how moved I was when things got serious. Being a celebrity, Jin-jin presents a professional, impervious image to the world, but she’s not cold or unfeeling. She admits, at least to herself, that she’s not untouched when people judge her for still being single at her age. So I’m worried that this sex scandal (which I have no doubt is a fake) will devastate Jin-jin, and I know it will be painful to watch her try to hold her head up and pretend that she’s just fine.
Which brings us to Ji-won, who I’m glad to see is coming back into Jin-jin’s life right when she needs him the most. We don’t know as much about him at this point, but there’s no doubt in my mind that he’s still carrying a massive torch for Jin-jin. The way he looked at her when he saw her in Hong Kong spoke of something much more than a simple boyhood crush, and then the way he swooped in and wordlessly put himself between Jin-jin and the reporters—well, from that moment on I was totally Team Ji-won. If there was any doubt in my mind that Kim Ji-suk could pull off a romantic leading role (hint: there wasn’t), that moment would have dispelled all of my misgivings.
I wonder what happened back in school to cause Ji-won to break off from the group, while the girls continued to stick together like glue. I have a feeling that it involves the things he remembered about Jin-jin. I’m guessing that Ji-won is the boy she was looking at so nervously in his memories, and I’m assuming that they had feelings for each other, but it didn’t work out and they lost touch.
Obviously, there’s still something there between them, and a part of me hopes that Ji-won is the reason that Jin-jin hasn’t really dated even though she’s in her mid-thirties. Oh sure, there’s her crush on Anthony, but what could be “safer” than a crush on an out-of-reach celebrity?
Speaking of Jin-jin, I’ve decided that she’s officially my new favorite thing. I love how utterly professional she is when she needs to be, but she can be a complete whackadoodle when she’s with her friends. She has a wonderful way of letting go of things that bother her, but she’s not flighty or simple. She just understands that as a celebrity, there’s not much she can do about what people think of her. And it’s awesome that Jin-jin is equally as smart as she is beautiful—her putting Da-young in her place by comparing her to Cassiopeia, managing to insult Da-young’s attitude and ignorance in one fell swoop, was simply brilliant. As much as I’m looking forward to the love story between Jin-jin and Ji-won, I think I could just as happily watch a whole drama about Jin-jin just being her awesome self.