Antoine is shaping up into a good rom-com, and our male lead is finally starting to fall into the trap he sets himself…
Back at the restaurant, Hye-rim confronts Soo-hyun on what he is up to. He manages to bluff his way out by insisting he likes her — really. However, Hye-rim has doubts, cos her sixth sense feels he is keeping something from her. But she lets him be, for now.
Meanwhile, it’s time to introduce a few other new lovelines and characters into the narrative. Hye-rim’s younger sis, Yoo-rim (Hwang Seung-eom) is a reporter, and in exchange for helping clueless Ji-ho (who is Guy B) woo Hye-rim, he has to do an exclusive interview with her. (after all, he is THE renowned Maths wizard) However, like all helpers in a rom-com, they end up falling for their helpees. Same case for Yoo-rim. Ji-ho, who I already said has zero EQ, test drives his BGR approaches on Yoo-rim causing her heart to flutter instead.
Another new character is Prof Bae (Jang Mi-hee), an ahjumma in her late 50s, who is suffering from last stage cancer (which she hides from everyone, and refuses treatment)…she has a crush on young Seung-chan. She agrees to Soo-hyun’s request to act as co-consultant in his Madame Antoine clinic, in order to be near to Seung-chan. However, when Prof Bae sees Seung-chan cozying up with Hye-rim, she gets jealous…but helplessly so. Cos she knows Seung-chan doesn’t view her in any romantic light at all.
Case-of-the-day for eps3-4 has to do with a Kpop star (Joo-hee) who suddenly faints and loses her voice when trying to perform a John Denver song on air. Well…besides the unexplained fainting, Joo-hee has another bigger problem. She is rather histronical and very much the Drama Queen. Soo-hyun diagnoses her as having very low self esteem and needing affirmation from people (especially men) around her in order to function. During their co-investigation, Soo-hyun and Hye-rim discover that Joo-hee belongs to a family where her mum is a full time career woman, and her dad is a stay-home dad. Joo-hee’s father brought her and 2 other siblings up on his own, and being the youngest, Soo-hyun thinks this may cause her to fall back on coquettish behaviour in order to get what she wants.
However, the duo are unable to figure out why Joo-hee has phobia of November, and John Denver. That is until Joo-hee and Hye-rim get into a fight, and Hye-rim got reaaaallly pissed off with Joo-hee’s princessy attitude. She tells Joo-hee off and calls her callous for playing down her previous manager’s death. Joo-hee wails and finally admits that it isn’t cos she doesn’t care. It’s cos she was in love with him, and he died in a car accident in November years back…while John Denver song was playing on the radio. Joo-hee is angry with herself for not telling him she loved him, and instead ruined her relationship with him by mixing around with other men.
With the resolution of Joo-hee’s case, Soo-hyun turns his attention back to Madame Antoine project (as he termed the experiment involving Hye-rim et.al.) He requests she goes for a fMRI scan, to reveal how much she likes each of the guys. Seung-chan scored 43%, Ji-ho 18%…and a smug Soo-hyun, a 6%. (to the latter’s utter shock and dismay) He convinces himself that he needs to up the score rate with Hye-rim, and decides to lavish expensive bags and restaurant trips on her. However, this sudden change in behaviour only arouses Hye-rim’s suspicions. (as for why Soo-hyun’s score was that low, Hye-rim instinctively shut her eyes when she saw his pic flashed by in the MRI machine…knowing somehow she couldn’t let him “win”)
Hye-rim decides to snoop around the clinic to see if she can find any clues to Soo-hyun’s experiments — and also cos Grandpa (or Chairman) Kim promises her an advanced loan of 50k won if she manages to get info for him. She almost manages to open up the folder on Seung-chan’s computer, but is stopped in time by Seung-chan…but a glance at the folder’s name confirms that Soo-hyun and the guys are hiding something from her.
It’s refreshing to have a heroine who isn’t sappy and innocent…despite being a hopeless romantic. Cos it doubles the fun to see Soo-hyun squirm under his own skin each time Hye-rim gets toooo close to the purpose of his “survey” for comfort. And despite him not admitting it at this point, it is quite obvious Soo-hyun is unable to distance himself from the experiment. His behaviour at realising how low his score is has crossed beyond being a matter of pride to something else…
Plus, he probably doesn’t reckon his two other experimentees falling in love with Hye-rim for real too. At least for Seung-chan. At this moment, I’m not too sure of Seung-chan’s relationship with Soo-hyun. Is he that little baby which his stepmom brought home? Cos they call each other as “brothers” (but this term can be loosely applied between friends as well). Anyway, Seung-chan’s character is very much unlike Soo-hyun’s. He is straightforward, and dislikes trickery juz as much as Hye-rim does. Although he joined the experiment for fun (and the fringe benefits it paid — like a new scooter), once he figured out he really likes Hye-rim as a woman, he will be a loose cannon in the “experiment” Soo-hyun sets.