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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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!

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