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Welcome friends and future friends. What are your thoughts on the series before? I know I always seem a little bit biased on the dramas I'm reviewing (I like to think that I just pick good ones to review), but how can you not love Cheer Up! It's turning Kdrama tropes upside down and this episode even shows us a surprise second male lead (potentially). Sorry that some of the images are blurry this week. I was dealing with remote internet service.
So let's recall where we left off. The kids of the cheerleading team found a strange tasting "juice" in the fridge and helped themselves to copious amount of it, well aware that it was in fact alcohol. However, they have a great time bonding together as they're all completely hammered. The cheerleading coach, Coach Nam, comes in and is annoyed that instead of bonding they all go drunk. The kids are laying around the room in various stages of drunken stupor. There's so much going on in the scene that's hilarious, I wish we could have half an episode devoted to all the members, but alas there's a story to tell and so we only get a little glimpse. Coach Nam calls the Homeroom teacher, Teacher Yang and together they find a van to bring the kids back to school.
On the way back to school they have to stop briefly due to minor car trouble. When they stop even though they're told to stay put, all the kids get out of the van. Once the van is fixed the kids are back in the van and are heading back down the road. Yeon Doo is sitting between Ha Joon and Yeol and when she falls asleep her head bounces back and forth between their shoulders. Ha Joon seems annoyed for the briefest of seconds before he and Yeol are laughing. It would seem as though Ha Joon has warmed up to Yeon Doo. He's the type to push someone's head off his shoulder, so it's kind of cute to see him laughing instead. Dong Jae looks back at the sight and laughs as well, but then realizes that Soo Ah is not in the van.
They turn the van around and go back to look for Soo Ah, but they can't find her. While the members of Real King, Ha Joon, and Yeol go looking for her, Soo Ah's supposed "friends" from Baek Ho stay put. They're worried about making it back to school on time so that they don't get in trouble. Let's take a moment here to reflect on the fact that the ones that Soo Ah has hurt the most are the ones that are worried about her and trying to find her. The ones that she's never harmed and has only helped are the ones who are more concerned about getting to school on time.
Yeol and Yeon Doo are searching for Soo Ah together and Yeol questions why Yeon Doo is searching for Soo Ah when she hates her, but smiles at the fact that she is. It's cute that Yeol likes Yeon Doo's big heart. As they're walking, Yeon Doo twists her ankle and starts limping. Yeol insists that she get on his back and gives her a piggyback ride as they continue to look for Soo Ah. Ha Joon finds Soo Ah standing at the edge of lake. She shares her desire to end it. He says he understands what she's feeling so she can stop now. She starts to walk into the lake and he watches her, but she eventually stops.
Teacher Yang offers to bring them back to school while everyone else looks and the selfish awful "friends" of Soo Ah debate whether they should actually go back or not when Ha Joon and Soo Ah show up with Soo Ah wearing Ha Joon's jacket. Then shortly behind them Yeols hows up with Yeon Doo still on his back.Teacher Yang and Coach Nam know that they are cutting it close and rush back to school. The principal and wormy teacher are out front as the students come in for the day, but if they see the cheer team, they'll know they spent the night out and everyone will get into trouble.
So thinking on her feet, Coach Nam, runs up to the two and says she needs to show them the choreography for their routine. She distracts the two as the students sneak into school behind them. I must say her choreography is hilarious and wormy and the principal are kind of just stunned speechless. As Yeon Doo is walking behind them, she falls on her bum ankle. Yeol comes back for her and they make it into school without being spotted.
After the students make it into school successfully, Coach Nam and Teacher Yang take a moment to collapse and celebrate their victory. Unfortunately, as they're talking, the reporter for 60 minutes comes up and gets them on tape saying the kids spent the night out. Meanwhile, Wormy Teacher and the principal find out that the one that tipped off the education office about "building specs" with the cheer team was someone who works at the school and they make it their mission to find out who it was.
Yeon Doo finds herself distressed because she can't remember whether or not she and Yeol actually kissed and he delights in teasing her when she asks, not giving her a straight answer. Instead, he teases her about her wanting to kiss him. During cheer club, Coach Nam, announces that they are going to decide on a new President since two clubs have combined to form one and to decide one representative from each club will compete for the position. Soo Ah and Yeon Doo get selected, but the twist is that Soo Ah has to choreograph a routine with Real King and Yeon Doo with Baek Ho. Should get interesting.
Yeol continues to smile at and tease Yeon Doo. We see from a flashback that when he went in to kiss her the night before he leaned in to kiss her and she passed out onto his shoulder. So they didn't actually kiss. Which was a bummer because they teased us with the kiss, but also a relief because it'd be kind of sad if she didn't remember he first kiss with Yeol.
Coach Nam and Teacher Yang are determined to get the footage back from the reporter they encountered either to protect both their careers and the kids' future at Sevit High. So they take the reporter out drinking, then Coach Nam starts sobbing and saying it will ruin a woman's reputation if the tape gets out. The patrons of the bar, obviously believe this to be a different type of tape and a group of gangster patrons persuade the reporter to turn over the tape. He does, but then Coach Nam and Teacher Yang realize he has the original version on his computer at home already. And all their act did was provide him some entertainment.
Teacher Yang tries to make a deal, saying he'll give an interview about the school. But the reporter wants all the details and believes Teacher Yang has them and insinuates that he's the whistleblower. Teacher Yang brushes him off, but the reporter tells him to contact him again if he's ready to make the offer. Back at school, Real King is determined to not help Soo Ah as it would be betraying Yeon Doo. But then Soo Ah shows up with the national cheerleading team who impress Real King with their incredible cheer moves. You can see their resolve dissolve as they imagine themselves performing the incredible cheer stunts. Soo Ah pulls Dong Jae aside and tells him to either get over his phobia of touching people or quit the cheer team.
Ha Joon and Yeol can tell that Yeon Doo seems unmoved by the principal's threat. They take her aside once they leave the office to explain that she's not going to be able to do anything and that she needs to worry about herself sometimes instead of always putting others first. But Yeon Doo can't stop worrying about her favorite teacher. So she goes to find him and tells him what she heard. He reassures her and thanks her for telling him.
Teacher Yang, realizing he's going to be fired anyway, goes to the reporter and gives him all the details and paperwork proving the building of specs at Sevit High in exchange for the footage saying the students stayed out all night. He asks the reporter not to interview the students, but the reporter says he needs interviews to make it complete. The principal anticipates this and coaches all the students to not give any interviews or their future at Sevit will be in jeopardy. The principal knows enough of Yeon Doo's character to be suspicious that she's planning to do something so she tells Wormy Teacher to dig through Yeon Doo's past at Sevit High and find something to expel her on.
Yeon Doo decides that she needs to give an interview and approaches the reporter. Just as she's about to give the interview, Yeol comes in and drags her away. He calls her crazy and she asks how she's supposed to watch this injustice and do nothing. Yeol reiterates that it's not going to do anything; that she always makes these bold moves but doesn't follow through and that she's just going to get hurt. Yeon Doo makes the argument that doing nothing is worse than getting hurt.
But Yeol does manage to shake her, so she calls her mom to float the idea of giving an interview. Her mom begs her not to do it, if only for her mom's sake. Her mom is sitting with Yeol's dad at her cafe. After she gets of the phone, he asks why she's been ignoring his proposal. She explains that she's Yeon Doo's entire world and she doesn't want to hurt her in anyway. He expresses regret that he didn't realize he was that for his son and that he left him alone. If I had to guess, I would guess that Yeol's mom died and Yeol's dad wasn't there for him the way he should have been at the time.
Back at Sevit High, Ha Joon's father has come to visit the principal. While he's at school, he finds out that for some reason it looks like Ha Joon might not be able to get into the college that his dad wants him. I'm not sure what Ha Joon could have done wrong. I mean he's one of the top 6 in his class. Anyway, his dad takes out his anger in a most unfortunate way, by repeatedly hitting Ha Joon in the parking lot. Yeon Doo walks upon this and is horrified. She hides behind the corner and calls out for Ha Joon, as if she's a friend looking for him. This works and Ha Joon's dad leaves. After his dad's out of sight, Yeon Doo comes out and looks sympathetically at Ha Joon. Ha Joon sees her and walks away. Here again Yeon Doo cares deeply for someone that really isn't even her friend. This girl seriously has the biggest heart and is unbelievably and incredibly loyal.
Yeon Doo goes inside the school and finds Ha Joon sitting at a table. She expresses sympathy for him and he's about to leave again when she grabs his arm to stop him. She digs in her bag and pulls out antibacterial cream and bandages and gives them to him. He's shocked by her kind gesture. She tells him she's not going to tell anyone and then leaves. He looks between the bandages and her and an almost indistinguishable smiles appears on his face. Are you catching what's happening here, friends? I could be wrong, but I believe Ha Joon just revealed himself to be the true hidden Second Male lead in this drama. Did my wish just come true? Now it's a little early to say for sure, but I've learned to look for the signs after all the Kdramas I've watched. This drama breaks some of the rules, for sure, but I'm willing to stick my neck out and say I think Ha Joon is going to be the second male lead.
The next day Yeon Doo is about ready to give up on her attempt to get Baek Ho to cooperate in the cheerleading routine when Ha Joon stands up, takes off his jacket, and asks what he needs to do to help. Later that night, Yeon Doo comes across Teacher Yang and she expresses how sorry she is she can't help. He tells her that rather than trying to fight the school, try to find friends that she can trust and adults who are always on her side.
It's raining outside as Yeon Doo is inside practice cheerleading moves on her own. Ha Joon leaves his umbrella outside the door for her and walks back to his dorm in the rain smiling as he gets soaked. Whoa, what do we have here? Further evidence to support my Ha Joon second male lead theory. I think it's pretty certain at this point that it's happening. This is an especially interesting second male lead to me, because he already know that Yeol likes Yeon Doo. Not to mention it's his best friend. I can't wait to see where they go with this.
Now unfortunately Ha Joon's chivalry doesn't get noticed as Yeon Doo doesn't see the umbrella as she goes out the door. When she gets outside and realizes it's raining, she sits under the awning against the wall. Yeol appears and immediately says he didn't bring the umbrella just for her. Which really makes it seem like he did.
She shares with him how exhausted she feel. That everyone at the school tries to make her feel small. He tells her not to worry about what she's supposed to do and to just continue to do what she wants to do. The next day after class, the principal and wormy teacher lead Teacher Yang out. As he's walking away, Yeon Doo remembers what he said about finding an adult that's always on his side and she remembers all that he's done for her. She realizes that he was the adult that was always on her side. After that she immediately runs to the reporter and tells them that she's ready to do an interview. And that's where our episode ends.
Can't say enough how much I'm loving this drama. Looking forward to watching the next episode tonight? What are you opinions friends? Don't be afraid to share them with me and if you haven't been following along with the conversation here so far you can catch up with all my posts by clicking on the Cheer Up! main page below. Until next time friends!