Love Catcher S2 E7: Love lines strengthen

Before you get into episode 3, remember to read about episode 1 here and episode 2 here and episode 3 here and episode 4 here and episode 5 here and episode 6 here!

Everyone looks like they’ve had a rough night. Just to recap, they had to send two roommates home the night before. But can someone tell me why Chan Woo has to wear a suit to breakfast?

Today’s mission has given an upper hand to the girls: they have to pick two guys they want to go on a date with. The flipside is that the guys pick one person from their list. It seems like Sae Ra is pretty set. She only has her eyes on Jung Jin (and vice versa).

The girls choose as follows (along with who the guys picked):

  • Sae Ra: Jung Jin and Chan Woo
  • So Young: In Ook and Yeon Woo
  • Yeon Seo: In Ook and Yeon Woo
  • Ga Bin: In Ook and Chan Woo

This episode gives you the feels by starting off with Jung Jin and Sae Ra first. They’re definitely googly eyes for each other. They both reveal that the first couples challenge was a big push for them to get closer to each other, which they both like and are appreciative of. Jung Jin reveals that he has fallen for Sae Ra, and of course Sae Ra is worried. He’s told her before that he falls in love easily and stammers to let her know that she’s different.

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Yeon Woo and So Young’s date gives you the feels too. A romantic date in a hot air balloon? Heck, I’m afraid of heights but I could totally fall for a stranger there.

When they start to eat dinner at the seafood restaurant, Yeon Woo directly tells So Young that she is his type.

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I totally didn’t give In Ook the credit but the way he treats and respects Ga Bin is commendable. He’s sweet with her and starts to open up to her more about his feelings.

What caught my attention is how he said he was happy in that moment with Ga Bin – and trust me, you definitely looked it! They go over their dating styles and how they are like when they are in a relationship. And to be honest, they have a lot in common. Things looked really good between those two

…until Chan Woo shows up for part two. On a side note, Ga Bin’s red handbag was too cute so I found some similar ones here: one and two.

If In Ook’s date was a classy cute restaurant one, Chan Woo’s was casual and chill at the pub. They drink, smirk at each other, smile. Chan Woo confesses some more that his heart is all for Ga Bin, and asks her out for a second date when the show is over.

At this point, I know I was preferring Chan Woo over In Ook but I really think it’s personal preference on what vibe you want. They are just two different people with two different vibes.

When they get home, well that is a different vibe in the house. The two guys (In Ook and Chan Woo) meet after their awkward meeting before. They sit around this marble coffee table (which I have at home!) and talk about their dates – which I don’t know if this is the smartest thing in the world. The guys go at it with snarky questions and comments. Chan Woo says “I heard the food at the restaurant was good.”

The shocking twist comes at the end of the episode like always. The members voted on whose identity are the most curious to see. It ended up being In Ook – who happened to be Love Catcher!

If Ga Bin had a headache before, she definitely has a 10/10 migraine at this point. She thought In Ook was Money all along. Who will she pick?

The epilogue for this episode grabs at the heartstrings a lot. In Ook asks Ga Bin to talk and she lets him know it’s hard. He’s nothing but sweet and gives her her time and space.

Read the next episode’s review!

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Love Catcher S2 E6: The most suspicious get eliminated

Before you get into episode 3, remember to read about episode 1 here and episode 2 here and episode 3 here and episode 4 here and episode 5 here!

It’s been a long time coming and definitely overdue but here are the recaps and my thoughts of the last three episodes of this nail-biting reality show!

We ended the last episode with Chan Woo trying to secretly ask Ga Bin on a date in front of everyone but she didn’t buy it. And we start this episode with Yeon Woo doing Min Suk’s hair as they get ready for the last couple’s challenge: doll making.

So Young is finally coupled with In Ook. She has been eyeing him since the first meeting and is definitely excited about the date!

Young Seo and Chan Woo have a heart-to-heart on the car ride to their date. Yeong Seo worries that she didn’t express herself enough and Chan Woo worries that the person he likes is slowly pushing themselves away.

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When everyone arrives at the cafe, the first scene is finger curling. So Young acts super cute in front of In Ook – her voice changes, her tone is super high and her skinship is too the extreme. Ok girl, let’s tone this down a notch.

But I give it to her. She knows time is running low and she wants to let In Ook know that she is interested. She is also very straightforward: she asks which date he liked the most so far, and even points out Ga Bin out. This may have backfired a bit though.

Overall, Chan Woo has an upper hand in this challenge as he is tailor in real life (spoiler alert: he wins). He goes to work on this doll’s clothes and I’m over here like, the button on my coat is falling off, I’ll fix it next winter. We get a little bit of a backstory with how he became a tailor. He was actually a model for the company he is working for now first before becoming a tailor for the same company.

When So Young and In Ook get back in the car to go back home, they have another serious discussion about where their hearts are going. So Young said she has been focused on one person (yes, you In Ook) but that person has been focused on another person (Ga Bin got pulled into this unwillingly). In Ook’s answer isn’t great – he says “You never know,” which if I had a crush on someone would make me more anxious.

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Side note: I know So Young was on the verge of tears listening to In Ook but that angle has her highlight on point!

As Young Seo and Chan Woo won the challenge, they both choose to see who voted for them the night before. Sadly for Yeong Seo, no one voted for her, but for Chan Woo, do I need to say more?

The mode gets dark real fast because the time has come to vote for who everyone thinks is the Money Catcher in the house. The one girl and one guy who get the most votes will leave the house. In the end, it ends up being Chae Rang and Min Suk. THE TWO LOVE CATCHERS!

I think how their identities are revealed to the other members are so dramatic. C’mon Mnet, let them have a proper goodbye! But at the end of the reveal, all the other members are in full regret mode and are even more confused then ever. Cue the tears.

On to the next episode!

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Love Catcher S2 E5: Knocking on the wrong door

Before you get into episode 3, remember to read about episode 1 here and episode 2 here and episode 3 here and episode 4 here!

So to recap from last episode, the love triangle is now a love square with Ga Bin in the middle, Chae Rang is being oddly sneaky, and Jung Jin and Sae Ra are still hinting at their interest in each other.

The episode starts off with tension between Yeon Woo and In Ook. Now if you remember Yeon Woo went on a date with Ga Bin the day before. But if I’m going to be honest here, the celebrity cast was only focused on how Yeon Woo was shirtless (again).

Then it quickly jumps to the kitchen where there are hearts flying around Jung Jin and Sae Ra. As the only ones awake, they cook breakfast together – feeding each other, staring at each other. These two are a definite couple, whether money or love.

There’s another palpable tension in the girls’ room. Chae Rang, going into the secret room the day before, now knows that In Ook (the guy she is interested in) picked Ga Bin. Site note, as much as Chae Rang isn’t my favorite, I think her fashion and makeup style is very cute. I saw her using an eye shadow palette similar to these: here and here2!

Ga Bin then goes into the kitchen, only to find Chan Woo sitting on the couch not looking the best – he’s actually sick. He says “hi” when she comes in, and she smirks in his direction – unsure if he saw this. But what I am sure he saw is how Yeon Woo and Ga Bin start talking, go into the dining room together, and sit next to each other. C’mon guys, give him a break!

So if I could highlight a moment from this episode, not only is this guy super sick but when he goes to the dining table and sees another love connection forming, he proclaims to the whole group that he will be a good partner/team with someone if that other person is willing to be too. When he says this, the WHOLE TABLE looks at Ga Bin. The way that Chan Woo looked at her here is the most real. And if you don’t know this guy likes Ga Bin, you live under a rock.


The date for this episode is a garden party. First, I would hire Yeon Woo as my hairdresser. This guy looks great and goes to do Min Seok’s hair too- why doesn’t he do this hairstyle more often? When you zoom in closely, you can see he uses the Unix hairdryer.

In the cars on the way to their date, Jung Jin reveals that all the guys think that Chae Rang is a Money Catcher. Hm, foreshadowing?

Their date and challenge is a cooking class led by a famous chef, Kim So Bong. Inside their surprise box is a live squid. If you have a fear of tentacles or hate the killing of seafood, do NOT watch this part. And as the only ones who have cooked live squid before, the day quickly becomes In Ook versus Chan Woo.

A couple things to note in this cooking challenge:

  1. In Ook is sweet to Chae Rang and dare I say, even flirts with her. I know he showed his interest in Ga Bin before but her sneaky ways must have gotten through to him. She takes his watch off for him and cleans it with her apron. And rest assured, he is now opening up to this girl.
  2. These squids are grossly gigantic. I love seafood but how they kill these creatures is absolutely brutal to watch that. And for once, I was not focused on the couples.
  3. Chan Woo can’t stop staring at Ga Bin. Dude, are you cooking or not?
  4. All those final dishes made me so hungry! Why does no restaurant deliver seafood paella?!
  5. How does the couple who made fried rice with three ingredients win this challenge?

After the winner is announced, all the couples eat each other’s dishes. Except Chan Woo, who revealed he cannot eat seafood … until he eats it? He felt left out because everyone was eating Ga Bin’s dish and complimenting it. So this guy – this guy eats it! Everyone is floored.

Is he going to have an allergic reaction? Is he going to choke and die? These are literally the thoughts of everyone at that table.

And just when we think something bad is going to happen, he gets up to most likely spit it out. And then comes back and compliments the dish. Yes, you saw that right. He spits out the dish he probably chewed four bites, and just to make Ga Bin happy, he says how good the dish is.


To conclude, Ga Bin shows no affection towards Chan Woo. Yes, she was previously interested in him and she would probably be going after him in real life but hello, they are on a money versus love reality TV show. Of course she’s going to have suspicions! I think in some parts, she is over-analyzing each person (which may not be a bad thing at times) but it leads her to be closed off. And Chan Woo is left knocking on a potential door in which Ga Bin won’t open. I’m still rooting for them, as well as the Jung Jin-Sae Ra couple and hopefully things go in a good direction next week!

Here is next week’s episode:

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Love Catcher S2 E4: The love triangle becomes a love square

Spoiler alert: never underestimate the youngest of the group.

Before you get into episode 3, remember to read about episode 1 here and episode 2 here and episode 3 here!

Chae Rang and In Ook scheduled a breakfast-making date the day before, making this the first time these two are alone together. Chae Rang gets ready at 8:30 am, and I mean this girl is full makeup ready with some fancy dangle earrings. The thing is, In Ook forgets and goes jogging with two other guys.

Disappointed, she comes back to the girls’ side of the house and then Sae Ra with the cute save “How can people go running this early?” Again, my new girl crush. To our surprise (or not), when In Ook comes back he doesn’t even remember he made such plans. Lol.

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Leave it to the sweet guys Jung Jin and Chan Woo to the rescue with helping Chae Rang for breakfast. Is there a theme that people follow every day? I mean, these guys are head to toe identical in their outfits. But hey, we ain’t complaining! (And neither is sneaky Chae Rang…)

In Ook comes down to the kitchen and she gives the cold shoulder to him at least 4 times. As much as I am not the biggest fan of this girl, I feel for her. Who likes a guy who doesn’t keep a simple promise?

But then later, she uses this to her advantage and starts flirting with In Ook at the dining table. Go figure.

A zoom of the table and we note that there are a couple people missing – Chan Woo is clearly stalling in the kitchen and making tomato caprese (what?!) but clearly, he’s waiting for someone, you know the girl he literally confessed his heart out to last night at the pool.

And here’s the highlight of this episode: Chan Woo pulls out a chair for Ga Bin without her knowing. What a guy.

Chan Woo follows her to the kitchen and asks if she wants to eat breakfast – and then cooks an entire meal just for her. Again what a guy.

Before you get too smitten with Chan Woo, their main TV turns on and lets everyone know of their dates for the day: Jung Jin-So Young, Min Seok-Yeong Seo, Chan Woo-Chae Rang, In Ook-Sae Ra, Yeon Woo-Ga Bin.

These couples are actually surprising, considering no one saw any romantic feelings with any of them.

In the car, Chan Woo confesses to Chae Rang that he has his eyes only on one person. We all know who that is, dude. You are the king of expressing yourself. Ironically, In Ook confesses to Sae Ra that he is not great at expressing himself. You sure about that man?

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They arrive at the site and the couples challenge is “girlfriend makeup” (or “여친메이크업” in Korean). I don’t know what’s surprising for the girls – they the guys are doing their makeup or they have to take their makeup off. But to be real, these girls look fab with no makeup on.

Yeon Woo stands out from the other guys. He’s a hairstylist but has done makeup before. Evidence A: he did swatches on his hand! Evidence B: he has a powder puff pad on his pinky finger so he can rest his hand on her face!

Min Seok is no joke either though. He pulls So Young in between his knees (literally) to get up close and personal for her makeup session and they start feeling each other out in a good way (until things go south later when he calls her the wrong name). Jung Jun tries to go in bold with the glitter liquid eye shadow, and although the judges say this is way too overboard, I have to admit I wore this to work today. All the guys start using the eye curler (which that reminds me I need one), and let’s just say they get closer with the curler!

Chan Woo is funny because as much as he was focused on Chae Rang in the beginning, his focus drifts to his one and only Ga Bin. Chae Rang hits her arm on something, Chan Woo completely doesn’t notice (or cares), and then whispers something (probably a big f you) under his breath when he sees Yeon Woo and Ga Bin together. Unfortunately, this was all caught on camera.

But you can feel the tension as Yeon Woo calls him pretty, and Chan Woo goes to Ga Bin’s table to get a Kleenex. When he sees Ga Bin, he can’t help but smile his ‘I like you’ smile, and when he overhears Ga Bin ask Yeon Woo cutely if she can get her makeup done by him every morning, Chan Woo’s face goes cold.

This date really turned things around for Yeon Woo as multiple times throughout the date, you can hear him say how pretty Ga Bin is and this makes her blush.

I know I shouldn’t be, but I could ship Yeon Woo-Ga Bin too. Something about their walk – they just seem comfortable and like a young Romeo and Juliet.

Now for the dinner date:

Chan Woo can’t eat seafood so he is going to cook beef. But not just this, he is actually a little sick (possible fever the day before with chills). Ga Bin hesitates at first but gives Chan Woo medicine from her closet. Chan Woo can’t help but smile his classic smile – and all of a sudden, he is magically healed.

People know Chan Woo likes Ga Bin. He makes two dishes of the Spam on rice dish and the food literally travels across the table to Ga Bin.

And damn, Chae Rang with the punch afterwards: “Did it taste good?” Girl is not about hiding feelings!

As the winners of the couples challenge, Chae Rang and Chan Woo get to go into the secret room. This time, they get to reveal who one person picked as their interest the night before. Chae Rang picks In Ook but completely regrets this decision as she now knows he picked Ga Bin.

Chan Woo with his fancy trench coat can now be at peace knowing that Ga Bin chose him.

Next week’s preview gets a little messayyy. The love triangle has now gone into a love square with three guys (Chan Woo, In Ook, and Yeon Woo) all having interests in Ga Bin.

Who do you think she will pick? And do you think she is Money Catcher or Love Catcher? Comment below!

And see next week’s preview here:

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Love Catcher S2 E3: The pool of jealousy

Spoiler alert: Min Seok’s identity will be revealed in this review!

Before you get into episode 3, remember to read about episode 1 here and episode 2 here!

Tensions start to rise as love lines start to form.

But before we get into that, can we get an amen to the men who took off their shirts in this episode? The first one is Yeon Woo. Let’s just say, never underestimate the youngest of the bunch!

So Young expresses to Ga Bin that she has an interest in In Ook, and Ga Bin reveals that she feels the same but also is confused because she also is interested in Chan Woo. But zoom out, and you’ll see that while they’re talking, Chae Rang is in front of them “looking in the mirror” but actually secretly snitching on the other two girls. Goodness, I called it from the beginning that this girl is all about being a Money Catcher.

Side note, as much as I am not a huge fan of Chae Rang,
her earrings are so cute – I found a similar version here!

The couple’s challenge is revealed and I think it’s pretty adorable that it’s fishing. But (to all the disappointment of the Ga Bin – Chan Woo fans), Ga Bin and In Ook are a couple today, and their reactions to the matching are priceless. In Ook is smiling ear to ear and seeing this, Chan Woo gives him a stern warning to ‘be careful.’

Being unbiased though, it seems like In Ook is already falling for this girl. I mean in a five minute time frame, I don’t think I have ever seen a guy smile so much in anticipation for a date.

The car rides are full of sweet moments for all the couple but if I could pick out two of the my favorites:

  1. Chan Woo’s ‘manner hand’ or 매너손 in Korean while driving
  2. And the highlight: Ga Bin and In Ook confess the person that grabbed their attention the most was each other. This made me smile from ear to ear. As much as I hate to say it, they are so cute.

Now the fun begins: the boat date.

The producers are actual genius in having all the couples on one boat. One, they save money by renting out only one boat, but two, the couples can look onto other dates (which makes the day that much more fun).

In Ook gets his flirt on by saying how Ga Bin’s shampoo smells good. Chan Woo sees this move and makes his own move – literally. He runs and sits next to Ga Bin, while unfortunately leaving Sae Ra alone. I wouldn’t say this is the best move by him but I can feel for him – he sees another guy with the girl he likes and he wants to show her that yes, he is there on the boat too.

Sae Ra revealed that she gets motion sickness easily, and before they even get fishing, she goes inside the boat because she doesn’t want to cause a scene. Jung Jin sees this, gets worried, and comes inside to makes sure she’s okay. You go, Glen Coco!

The competition is on, as the couples finally start fishing! Ga Bin and In Ook are literally grabbing the same fishing rod (for a reason the fishing instructor is not sure about). And Chan Woo makes a move on Sae Ra! I literally screamed out of my seat with this back hug. Ga Bin sees this. Jung Jin sees this. Whether it be intentional or not, this move definitely got the pot stirring.

In Ook ends up catching the most fishies. Not only does he win the challenge, he comes home and brags about his date in front of Chan Woo. This guy is S.A.V.A.G.E. But hey, can we just rewind to this glory scene of Chan Woo? I’m going to say, I know this guy is a tailor but I have a gut feeling after this show, he’s going to get a lot of calls from modeling agencies. He has the best sunnies! (Here are some similar ones the other members wore: 1, 2, 3)


The couples come home and while all the other members are getting giddy about going to a 5 feet deep pool, Jung Jin pulls out his guitar and officially becomes the Guitar boy. He goes out onto the terrace and confesses he wants to sing his original song to someone. Timing fits in perfectly as Sae Ra is the only one who doesn’t go to the pool and joins Jung Jin. This is one of my favorite romantic scenes, as they are just real with each other – they get to know each other more in this intimate setting.

Which leads to the pool party. Ladies, I told you so.

In Ook is not shy about his physique as he comes into the pool first. (I mean if I had that body, I would be shirtless 24/7.) It’s unfortunate that he had to cover up all his tattoos though (in Korea, tattoos are seen in a negative light). His pool outfit is bomb.com though! I found a similar red cap and swim trunks here!

Then the girls join. Looks like Ga Bin may be the only one swimming in this pool as Chae Rang didn’t even put on a swimsuit and So Young … well let’s just say she had different intentions in mind.

In Ook makes yet again another move by “teaching” Ga Bin how to swim. Honestly, this is code for “let me just hold your hand.” Chan Woo sees this upstairs, and next thing you know, here comes Chan Woo with the superman dive. He literally doesn’t acknowledge anyone, dives, and butterflies to the end of the pool like it was a walk in the park. Smooth, Chan Woo, smooth.

But I think in all honesty, Chan Woo does have the upper hand here. He is a good swimmer and people know that. Well, Ga Bin does and that’s all that matters. In Ook is irked (to say the least) and leaves – because for Chan Woo, it’s not just the hands that are held (wink wink).

Some things to note about this episode:

  • Yeon Seo literally gets ZERO screen time. Is she even relevant?
  • Chan Woo’s style is spot on. Anyone notice how he wears matching silk pajamas to bed?
  • Maybe it’s the editing, but Chan Woo just seems like a sweet guy (no matter if he’s money or love). He has no interest in Sae Ra but later goes to bring her some medicine because she was so boat sick. I mean, can we get any sweeter than this man?!

The episode ends by revealing Min Seok’s identity. And it was a huge surprise that he was indeed a Love Catcher all along. Now the bigger question is, who really is the Money Catchers? Leave a comment with your guesses below!

Here is next week’s preview:

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X1 Flash Part 2: TMI news and the debut stage

The boys have officially made their debut! But before we get to that, the members did something called ‘TMI News’ where they revealed some of the behind the scenes moments from their pre-debut days. Here are the 11 moments you missed:

1. The members were first afraid of Han Gyul. The jean jacket and the up do hair (when he initially arrived for Produce X 101) might have given the bad boy vibe initially but the other boys quickly learned that in fact, he was the sweetest of them all!

2. The cuteness battle between Dong Pyo and Hyunh Jun begins. They are deemed as ‘rivals’ for the member with the most aegyo. In the Korean culture, aegyo or 애교 refers to a cute display of affection. Who do you think is the winner?

3. He may cute but is he clean? The other members reveal some news that may be surprising to ONE ITs – Dong Pyo does not like to shower! He tells Yo Han that he washes after him and that’s why Yo Han can never catch him – but is this true…? Only Dong Pyo will know!

4. We knew Jun Ho was meticulous but the other members think he may be borderline obsessed with cleanliness. It takes him at least an hour to shower and as he puts on a face mask to demonstrate how his skin routine, it took so long the screen had to be cut into three columns. Beauty doesn’t come easy, am I right!

5. Eun Sang is sensitive to smell, and there’s nothing wrong with that. He even has a favorite perfume called ‘Cotton’ (found here) that he sprays all over his clothes first thing in the morning, during practice, at home, everywhere. He admits that people might think he’s spraying it because he’s worried about how he smells but this is not true – he sprays it because the smell actually gives him a sense of comfort.

6. The center of the group has his own sense of comfort, and no it’s not from perfume. It’s from his teddy bear pajamas. If any of you know, Kakao friends is very popular in Korea and Yo Han is no exception. He loves Ryan and you can see him sleeping in it almost every night! Also, secret has it that along with this pair of pajamas, he wears socks to bed every night!

7. Song Hyung Jun has a nickname around the house; it is “song alarm.” Word has it, no matter if he’s tired or if it’s too early for the birds to be awake in the morning, he goes around the house to wake up the members every morning with his cute voice. I mean, who wouldn’t wanted to be woken to that face and voice?!

8. He may be the youngest but he does not back down in front of food. Nicknamed the ‘eating machine’ the members admit that Do Hyun LOVES to eat. And he eats anything – sandwiches, cookies, late night food, anything. He doesn’t talk while he eats and focuses solely on the food. We don’t blame you Do Hyun, you’re still a growing boy!

9. Chicken feet is a huge late night snack in Korea (believe it or not). And Wook Seok’s obsession has led Min Hee to eat it for the first time ever. Min Hee goes to say that he now likes it!

10. The debut concert was on August 27th and it was rumored that whole Gocheok Sky Dome was full. Korean and international fans flew from all across the world to be a part of their big day and it did not disappoint. As worried as the members were in the morning, as soon as the concert started, all their nervousness started to disappear as they saw all their fans in front of them.

I even had chills with their stage presence. It’s like they were idols all along. Fans were crying left and right and as they went about the first song, “Move,” you just can’t help but be proud of them. They have gone through a lot to get to where they are right now and instead of all the heat and the hate, they deserve the utmost love.

11. The concert ended with the song I’m here for you and this is by far my favorite. I ended up tearing up when Seung Woo cried on stage. I could really feel for him. He is the leader, and I know his role is to be a strong leader and mentor for the other members, but he is also human and I’m sure he’s affected by the recent controversy surrounding all the Mnet groups.

ONE ITs, stay strong and X1, 꽃길만 걷자!

The new album can be found here! And all their gear can be found here: calendar, shirts, and banners! Get yours today!

And check out their debut stage on M Countdown:

And check out how cute Seung Woo can be:

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X1 Flash Part 1: Sweat and tears make a debut?

The saga continues for the eleven members who made the final line-up of Produce X 101. A two-part reality series called X1 Flash (to promote their upcoming release of the title song, ‘Flash’) aired this week. It highlights some of the events leading up to their debut showcase on August 27 in Gocheok Sky Dome, the same place Wanna One debuted two years ago.

Here are some of my 11 highlights (ha, get it) from this first episode!

1. Why do you have to take the members to a dark, scary deserted building with no walls for their interviews? Not only does this creepy place have zero security whatsoever but the members get interviewed through an old TV screen. Creepy much?

2. The intro is very solemn. To refresh your memory, immediately after the final episode of Produce X 101, news outlets reported that the voting system was rigged. There were actually concerns and lots of doubt that this group would get to debut because of what the Mnet producers might have caused. It is incredibly sad to watch the members say in their interviews how they didn’t think that they would be able to debut.

3. The choreography for the title track is no joke. Not only did every single member question whether they could even master the dance moves when they initially saw it, but everyone is getting hurt left and right. If that’s not difficult enough, they are also throwing in some major acrobatics for their photo shoots! And yes, that’s Han Gyul’s same foot that just did that major turn above!

4. But the pain brings all the members are closer than ever. Han Seun Woo is the leader and although he was initially closed off, he revealed that over the past couple of months, each one of them was able to open up to one another (and I guess it helps that they all live in the same apartment).

5. Two words for Seung Yeon: glass skin. Even with the close-up, I couldn’t find one pore on this guy. WHAT IS YOUR SKIN ROUTINE?!

6. Seung Woo made his grand v-neck appearance in today’s episode. If you have no idea why I’m making this reference, click here. You’re welcome.

7. Eun Sang reveals that instead of having this greed to be the top, he feels like he is lacking in many ways. This is concerning especially to the X1 fans as he expressed similar concerns in his journey through Produce X 101. Eventually, we were able to see how he overcame some of those fears towards the end of the competition. We’re all hoping that his insecurities and worries don’t hinder his performances because we all know that you are already doing great!

8. Although the intro started out pretty solemn, the episode ends with fireworks with the clips from the members’ interview of how they are going to be hopeful about their debut showcase. There were a lot of downs and pitfalls that these guys had to go through in just a span of a month or two but the episode ending like this instills hopes in us fans that things from now will look up!

9. The highlight medley for their mini album. Speaking of which, this album (not even released yet) has already made Billboard charts by going from No 6. to No. 2 on the Social 50 tally (updated 8/25/19).

10. I know, I know. We’re not supposed to have our favorites. But I can’t help when Seung Yeon comes in with his jokes. This guy is definitely the comic relief of the group and at the end of the episode, there was an epilogue of how he thought his room was the best.

11. And in the preview for next week’s episode, it looks like we’ll see what he’s talking about!

*All photo, video, and content credit to Mnet and the show X1 Flash.

Love Catcher S2 E1: Would you choose: love or money?

This week, the Korean TV show, Love Catcher, came back for season 2! If you are a fan of reality shows like me, you know that season 1 was an all-time nail biter and it looks like season 2 will not be let us down!

To summarize the show: 10 participants divvy up into “love catchers” who are out to find true love, and “money catchers” who join with the goal of winning the 50 million won (or $45,000) prize. Love catchers should avoid money catchers when finding their partners. On the other hand, those going after the money can only win the prize by partnering with love catchers. If they end up with another money catcher, they are dropped from the game and do not win any money. And all in the span of 8 days!


Spoiler alert: cooking is a way to a girl’s heart.


The first episode started off with 5 women and 5 men walking into this big-ass picture-perfect pension. (In Korea, a pension is a type of guest house.) A couple things to note before we even delve into their awkward first appearances:

  • Where does one even find such a pension in Korea and how does Mnet finance this elevator-incorporated infinity-pool pension?
  • Two words: interior design. I mean, did you see that dining and living areas? I was just eyeing for a new coffee table!
  • Anyone catch the cars they got out of? Red BMW convertible for the win.
  • What is up with white pants and fancy watches on these guys?

Now let’s start off with my first impressions of each guest (in the order of their arrival to the house):

Kim Min Seok (김민석) is the first to arrive and we get it – you’re the first to arrive and are incredibly nervous. But c’mon, you are 30 years old and still having trouble saying hi to the other guests here???

Jung Chan Woo (정찬우) is my favorite thus far – a 190 cm tailor who packed probably half a year’s worth of clothes for eight days. My bet is he is here for love – I mean look at the way he looks at Ga Bin already!

Kim Ga Bin (김가빈) is definitely going to be my girl favorite. Contrary to my initial belief, she is not a fitting model or an inspiring actress but a 23-year-old college student whose online bio states that her main purpose is to find the meaning of love (or so we are led to believe).

Song Sae Ra (송세라) has some dominant unnie vibe going on. Plus she’s a banker and comes on a show to win money (coincidence?)

Park Jung Jin (박정진) seems like a sweet guy who likes to play guitar in his spare time. Also this guy never got the credit where it’s due – a lot of attention was on In Ook in the dinner preparing scenes when you can tell Jung Jin was also cooking in the kitchen with him!

Kim So Young (김소영) gives me Park Bo Young vibes. Cute but girl, we know you wanted to make a statement with that spaghetti-strapped dress. Side note: she said she doesn’t like to swim but goes to the pool just to wear bikinis??

Kim In Ook (김인욱) is the millionaire body builder cafe/franchise owner. Everyone has an eye for him (whether it be from his physique or his $).

Lee Young Seo (이영서) I think is the boring one of the group. Her fun fact online is that she’s best friends with Robin (the winner from Season 1)……

Jang Yeon Woo (장연우) is all about that I-don’t-give-a-crap-attitude. The black pants, country accent hairdresser is surprisingly the youngest of the group!

And then Kim Chae Rang (김채랑) is the last to arrive and in my opinion, although not my favorite, will be the drama queen of the group. My girl senses are just tingling that this girl is all about winning the money.


After everyone changes and settles into their respective rooms, we get into the dinner scene. In Ook clearly has an interest in Ga Bin, while all the ladies have googly eyes for his fancy snap when he cooks the veggies.

And then Chae Rang comes in full swing. She likes what she sees and literally swoops the prongs out of Ga Bin’s hand to cook the beef herself just to be next to In Ook. (Did anyone catch how she told In Ook, “I always seem to cook the beef in situations like this” like she didn’t want to?! Girl, who you trying to play!!). This makes Ga Bin speechless and uncomfortable, but here comes Chan Woo who walks to where Ga Bin is to makes sure she’s okay. Sweet moment #49217.

My favorite is when all of sudden as everyone is finishing dinner, Chan Woo asks the group who wants to cook breakfast with him the following day. To note he states that he clearly does not eat breakfast. It’s pretty clear he’s making his move on Ga Bin who stated that morning that she doesn’t go about her day without eating breakfast. And let’s just say, In Ook is not happy with where things are going.

My current bets are as follows:
Love Catchers: Chan Woo, Jung Jin, Yeon Woo, Ka Bin, Sae Ra, So Young
Money Catchers: Chae Rang, Young Seo, Min Seok, In Ook

Next week’s preview does not look good for the WooBin couple (Chan Woo and Ka Bin). Looks like Chan Woo may have forgotten about his breakfast date? And the girls get in on a wedding photo shoot! But let’s see how that goes.

And there you have it. The first impression episode! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

All pictures, GIFs, and content is credited to Mnet and Love Catcher.
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