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TV Review: Something About One Percent Episode 7

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Episodes: episode 7/16 of English subbed KDrama series
Something About 1 Percent Online: MyDramaList, DramaFeverIMDBAsianWiki
Genre: Romantic Comedy

(Update: Sorry about the error with the title and subsequent link for this post. I should have double-checked both before the post went live.)

In lieu of internet speed issues causing problems loading data of any sort for the past day, my review/overview of this week’s episode of Something About 1 Percent was delayed. Sorry about that, but it was beyond my control. In any case, here goes.

Yes, there will be spoilers. Thank-you for asking. ROFL

In a continuation of their belated dinner date from last week, Kim Da-Hyun (Jeon So-Min) gives Lee Jae-In (Ha Seok-Jin) a concerned talk about getting more sleep out of concern for work affecting his health. After Lee gives a new direction to his team regarding work information connected to their phones, Deputy Han gossips about the possibilities of some reason behind it other than security concerns.
The following day, Lee’s new mother Lee Kan Hee (Kang Sa Hee) gives Lee the heads-up that his uncle Min Hyuk-Ju (Kim Min-Sang) is up to something and they both agree that he is a problem before sharing a bonding moment over Lee’s present for her. As Lee looks over the document that she gave as proof of business interference, Deputy Han becomes even more suspicious when he encourages her and the team to leave early in order to enjoy the weekend. Before they all start leaving, his ex-fiancee Han Joo-Hee (Seo Eun-Chae) arrives to discuss getting back together for the sake of business rather than love. He leaves abruptly and spends some quality time with Kim Da-Hyun. Hyun Yin (Im Do Yoon) gets a visit from her brother Jung Sun Woo (Choi Sung Jae) at the boutique where he asks her about Lee.
Back to Lee and Kim’s park-date-thingy, Lee is asked what he thinks is the most important thing in the world, to which he replies, “money.” He explains that wants to earn his own money instead of relying upon an inheritance. Moments later, Lee rescues an oblivious kid from being hit by a pushbike and he is amused when Kim playfully rewards him with a Good Work stamp. Lee’s new mother treasures the mecha toy that Lee built and gave to her, even talking to a picture of his younger self about his younger brother. Lee and Kim enjoy some rollerblading in the park, and discuss activities that Kim does with her students, and she further encourages him to try it out given that work advisors usually tell him not to do something that can lead to injury. (Where the heck did they get the rollerblades and protective gear from?)
Lee’s cousin Min Tae-Ha (Kim Hyung Min) and aunt whats-her-face (seriously, I have no idea what her name is) talk about family stuff, dropping some info about what happened in the past. Aunt whats-her-face seems mildly saddened by not having brothers anymore. She also encourages her son to continues doing his best because he deserves some credit as well even though he might not share the Lee family name. (She doesn’t seem like a terrible person, unlike her dodgy husband.) Back at the park, Kim messes with Lee about possibly wanting to marry her after he shows an interest in meeting her parents. He seems depressed. That night, Lee spends time drinking as he miserably thinks about Kim’s talk about marriage being off the table.
Kim is happy about Ji Su being signed with a new, better company. She tries to get advice from Hyun Yin about a present as thanks to Lee for his help. Min Tae-Ha (Kim Hyung Min) tries to start crap with Lee who suggests that Tae-Ha might be jealous of him. He also tells him that if he wants to win against Lee, Tae-Ha must break away from his parents’ influence first. The two part company and Tae-Ha is informed on the phone that Kim is there as well. After Kim leaves a jewellery store during her great gift search, Kim meets Tae-Ha for the first time. Upon delivering a lost child to her mother, Tae-Ha is shut down politely after trying to get Kim’s number. However, Kim is amused at getting the offer in the first place. Lee and Kim later meet at the Hyun Jin’s boutique under the pretence of Kim losing something again. Kim provides a mini-birthday party in the shop and shows concern yet again over Lee’s health as well as the importance of giving thanks to the people that have supported and loved you during your lifetime. Queue flashback of a previous birthday for Lee as a kid. Some cute moments for Lee and Kim as they fight over cake and take photos before Lee opens her gift of Jenga. Upon receipt of her second gift, the two discuss what a tie means and Lee adorably declares his intention to be her man. (He really wants her to give him a tie, apparently.) As Lee is dropping Kim off at her place, the two discuss the parameters of future dates. In spite of being concerned at Kim’s initial weird reaction at his declaration, Kim kisses him unprompted for the first time in the three months since they started dating. At his apartment, Lee phones Kang Sa Hee (Lee Kan Hee) and thanks her for taking care of him.
The following day, Lee and the team are briefed on future expansions to the hotel business by Deputy Han. Lee later gets upset when Kim abruptly cancels by SMS the after-work date that she insisted on the night before. Fade to black…

So, a bit more happened in this episode as well. We saw further character development, the further growth of Kim and Lee’s relationship, and some more foreshadowing as Min Tae-Ha becomes and his parents are given further importance within the story itself. There were a few odd moments, but the episode did a lot to move the story forward. It also had a few cute moments. The sound effects that were prevalent in the first few episodes seem all but gone now, further moving from the silliness of those early parts of the series to something a lot more serious.

Things that we learnt from this episode:

  • It is confirmed that Lee’s ex-fiancee was actually in love with him and will likely put in effort to get him back even after three years –  not a big surprise
  • Lee’s uncle, Min Hyuk-Ju is doing something dodgy business-wise
  • There is a lot more to Aunt Whats-her-face, but she is still a somewhat unlikeable character
  • Kim sucks at rollerblading. Rollerblading is also a great excuse for falling on top of your date
  • Lee had a little brother that died on Lee’s birthday 23 years prior, and Lee hasn’t had a birthday celebration since
  • Lee doesn’t respect Tae-Ha (aka. Min-Tae) very much because Tae-Ha isn’t his own man
  •  Kang Sa Hee is an aunt by marriage that adopted Lee after his real mother left for Canada
  • It isn’t so much new, but I never noticed that Lee owns and runs a Holiday Inn. Perhaps it is just that Holiday Inn hotels that I have seen in Australia are typically nowhere near the size of the one in this show

Obviously, this series has a lot of potential and obvious antagonists in play already, but how these characters will affect the growing relationship between Lee and Kim’s character over the next episodes is a guess at best. However, where the heck was my fix of Attorney Park? I missed him this past episode. The actor that plays him usually gets such amusing lines. Oh, the humanity. Anyhoo, that is all for this week. Have a good one, folks!



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