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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Love Catcher S2 E2: The love triangles begin to form

Pop quiz: one of these guests worked at Hong Suk Chun’s cafe before the show.

So it’s day 2 (literally) for these contestants and today’s date involves a wedding photo shoot. I mean, I know the producers want to break the ice for them early on but I feel like some of the girls seem uncomfortable getting this close too soon. Nevertheless, it does the job!

If you haven’t watched episode two, I warned you – you should stop here!
Or go read about Episode 1 to get you up to speed!

The show begins on a zoom-in on Chan Woo’s back muscles as he’s swimming in the infinity pool when everyone is sleeping. To recap from the voting night before, he did not get any votes from the girls. It almost seems like this scene symbolizes a swim of rage?!

After he finishes swimming, he goes upstairs to get ready for his breakfast-making date with Ga Bin, but lo and behold In Ook is already in the dressing room – fiercely staring Chan Woo down and making it known with the almost-palpable tension that he has his eyes as well on Ga Bin.

Chan Woo wears a suit to his breakfast date (which I will get to later), gives an apron to Ga Bin to make sure nothing spills on her clothes while they are cooking, and literally cooks the whole damn breakfast. This guy doesn’t regularly eat breakfast and also said previously that he doesn’t know how to cook, and yet cooks a fancy egg scramble on toast? What?!

Next we go into the dates that we have been looking forward to: the photo shoot. The girls choose a wedding dress they want to wear and the guys choose a tux they like. The contestants don’t know their “match” until they walk into the place where the shoot is going to take place.

  • The first couple revealed is, you guessed it – Chan Woo and Ga Bin. I got the chills when Chan Woo first looked at Ga Bin. I mean, this guy has googly heart eyes for this girl and this girl only. He’s all about complimenting Ga Bin and how beautiful she looks throughout the entire shoot. If only this whole episode revealed around this couple. Towards the end, he musters up the courage to hold hands with her and you can tell, this man has now had the best day of his life.
  • The second couple is revealed at an amazing church. Min Seok and Chae Rang, who actually voted for each other the night before. This guy is not playing around though. At first glance, he was all shy and ‘oh I could never pose for a photo’ demeanor but once the flash goes off, he does the most physical touch (or skinship in Korean) out of all the guys. He quickly pulls her in tightly in a grasp and almost goes in for a kiss. I don’t know if this guy is a sleaze or just a go-getter.
  • The third concept is Yeon Woo and So Young in their sleek suits. He initially asks her, “Am I above or below your expectations?” And she hesitates with her words – which unfortunately is the answer. But truth be told, their picture I thought was the winner.
  • The fourth concept will blow you away: In Ook and Young Seo in a sexy concept. Given the fact that he literally says, “Oh it’s you?” when he sees her, they have zero chemistry. But you can tell, they are trying for that first place. This girl gets absolutely no screen time for the past two episodes but then all of a sudden she shines in her revealing, deep V wedding dress. C’mon Mnet, I’m sure there’s more to her than that.
  • Last but not least it’s Jung Jin and Sae Ra. I think she fits this dress and the flower head piece very well. And believe it or not, she’s also become my girl crush fairly quickly. She tells Jung Jin right away that she likes how he’s the person she’s shooting the shoot with. She’s very genuine and I – along with Jung Jin – find this very attractive.

Dinner comes around and with this new bond that he’s formed with Sae Ra, Jung Jin is more confused than ever. He picked Chae Rang the night before but during dinner preparation, you can tell he’s more interested in Sae Ra. For example, he looks through the fridge. finds some leftover fruit and gives it to Sae Ra all the while ignoring Chae Rang who said she wanted fruit too. When Chae Rang is ignored, her bitch face is real.

In Ook is at it again with his cooking skills (although unsure why he needed a wine glass to break the eggs for the rabokki, 라볶이). Chan Woo makes sure Ga Bin who just happens to be sitting conveniently next to him has a dish of the food but doesn’t eat it himself (take that In Ook!)

The guys and the girls chat separately, of course the gossips of who could be love catchers and money catchers. Yeon Woo, who is the youngest of the group, is so not helpful as he literally twirls around in the bed thinking about how cute So Young was in the shoot.


Eventually the winner of the shoot is announced and it is Min Seok and Chae Rang. Their prize is to go into this secret room to listen in on ONE the interview sessions the contestants had before coming onto the show. This season, they are also adding what their close friends say about them, and what the contestants like to do outside of what they see in the show.

Min Seok picks Chae Rang and it seems like the direction that the producers are trying to hint at is money because it seems like if she does win the show, she will go on this extravagant trip. Her close friend also mentioned she has too high of expectations and is unsure if she has time for a relationship.

Chae Rang actually picks In Ook. He states that surprisingly, eight days is not too short to find someone and his friends believe that because he was so busy with working out, he couldn’t find someone. And we don’t blame him.

Knowing this information, Chae Rang (to no one’s shock) tells the other girls that she thinks In Ook is a money catcher. My bet is that she’s doing this so she can push everybody away and go for him herself (aka she’s in it for $$$)

I’ll leave the final votes from this episode off but if I could spoil one more event, it would be that today, Ga Bin and Chan Woo chose each other, and that is all that matters. My bets are still the same as last week’s – you can read about it here!

Next week’s preview does not look good for the WooBin couple (Chan Woo and Ka Bin) again. Looks like Ga Bin and In Ook go swimming together and Chan Woo overlooks the pool and sees them.

Truly, my bias is for Chan Woo. I think he is a sweetie and a love catcher. He wore a freaking suit to breakfast possibly to impress the girl, which I found adorable. (He cooked toast with a suit on, I mean…. can we get a holla?) He also has no problems expressing his current feelings, which I find really admirable. I think he is my one pick right now!

And there you have it. The second episode! Let me know what you think in the comments below, and stay tuned next weekend for the review of the next!

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

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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