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Nail Shop Paris Episode 5 Summary May 26, 2013

Filed under: Nail Shop Paris — sighilovekdramas @ 7:12 pm
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The fifth episode starts with Yeo-Joo meeting Jin locking up and she tells him that the doctor said Alex will still in the hospital for a couple of days. Kei goes to the restaurant and talks with the owner and wonders if Kei has a girlfriend. Yeo-Joo is out with Jin and Ji-Soo at a restaurant when a man is yelling at a lady for money and disrupts the whole restaurant.
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The next day the boss gives Yeo-Joo a card and tells her that Alex requested nail classes for her and that it is set up for her. Kei comes in and they tell him that his new haircut looks good and he ignores Yeo-Joo. Yeo-Joo goes to her nail class and the girl from the restaurant sits next to her. They do each others nails and Yeo-Joo notices some red lines onJeon Mi Ae (from the restaurant) nails.

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Yeo-Joo goes to visit Alex in the hospital and she tells him that the girl in her class has red lines on her nails but she doesn’t seem like a person who is depressed because she is smiling all the time. He tells her that maybe because she has to smile everyday for their job it becomes a habit and even if they want to cry or be angry they just smile like a robot. He compliments Yeo-Joo and tells her to help the lady if she can. At home Yeo-Joo is studyiing and Ji-Soo asks if she is not writing anymore and tells her that her fans are waiting for her. Yeo-Joo then starts writing she is with Alex and he files her nails and compliments her. He puts some nail art on her finger and one on his finger and calls it couple nail art.

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Ji-Soo asks her if she love that man and that he can make her become human but he might be the hunter and tells her that it could put other gumihos at risk. They decide to leave and she leaves him a note saying I’m sorry and goodbye.

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At the shop Kei yells at her for being clumsy and creates a scene with customers around. Jin tries to cheer her up and Kei wonders what is wrong with him. At nail class she sees the man taking money from Mi-Ae and later Yeo-Joo asks if the man extorted money from her and she acknowledges it. Yeo-Joo scolds her for smiling over something bad and tells her that she will help her to stop him. The two of them meet the man in a restaurant and Yeo-Joo tells him not to meet Mi-Ae anymore and throws threats at her. The man tries to grab Yeo-Joo and a staff stops him she tells him that if he bothers Mi-Ae one more time she will not let it go and she walks out with Mi-Ae. Later Jin is over and she tells him what she did and he tells her about the fanfic about the shop and that they wrote that she and Jin are dating and that Kei has a crush on her. She tells him that it is not possible because Kei always bullies her and Ji-Soo says that if somebody likes you they want to bully you so they can get your attention.

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Kei is at the shop and is angry after reading the shops fanfics and Kei asks Jin if the  way he treated Yeo-Joo was weird and Jin agrees and says it was like he had feelings for Yeo-Joo. Kei asks where Yeo-Joo is and Jin says at the hospital and Kei huffs and walks away. Jin wonders what is wrong with him and then wonders if Kei really does have feelings for Yeo-Joo.

Yeo-Joo goes to the hospital and the boss is taking Alex for a check up so Yeo-Joo waits in the room. She opens the bosses wallet and finds a picture of her and Alex. Back at the shop she asks Jin what the relationship is between Alex and the Boss. Jin tells her that when Alex quit his job and was wandering the Boss led him to become a nail artist and so she was kinda like his saviour. Jin leaves and meets Kei outside Kei lies and says he left something there and the man that extorted the money from Mi-Ae asks for Yeo-Joo and Kei waits in the shop while she talks to the man. Kei looks for them but they are gone and he calls her cell but she left it at the shop. The man has dragged Yeo-Joo out to get into a fight with her because of what she said to him before. Other guys surround her she hits him and runs away and she hides in a garbage can. She thinks they are gone and he comes behind and grabs her. Kei has gone to visit Alex and he asks to check his hand to see if he is crazy. Kei gets a call from Jin asking if he knows where Yeo-Joo is because he can’t get ahold of him on the phone and they asks if he knew where he was going and realized that he was with that man. Kei finds a young guy and asks if he knows where the guy with a scar on his face is.

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 The men have her surrounded and they think Yeo-Joo looks like a girl so they think they should check. Kei comes and hits his shoe at them and acts all tough. They try to beat him up but he knocks them all down and the scar face man cuts his arm with a knife. Yeo-Joo leaves with him and she scolds her for not thinking and following him without knowing how to fight and not even bringing her phone. She starts crying and saying she didn’t have time for that. Alex, Ji-Soo and Jin come running out the shop and Alex hugs her and Kei tells her that if it happens one more time he isn’t going to worry about it. Kei goes inside and sits down and sees the blood on his hand and is angry because she made him so worried.

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Alex finds Mi-Ae and he tells her what happened and she has no reaction and she has some pain in her head. Alex asks Kei if he could find Hyung-Shik the scarface man again because he might know what problem she has.  Alex says that he thinks she has alexithymia where you can’t feel or express your emotions and that is could lead to premature dementia at the worst but he thinks it is from a traumatic event that caused her to block her old emotions.

Alex and Kei go to see Hyung-Shik and he tells them that when they were in high school together she was always depressed and bullied because of this. He figured out that she was raped by her stepfather and she was going to kill herself but he saved her and since then she has never been the same and acts like a robot. Alex figures out that he has been watching her because he has feelings for her. He tells them that he followed her to get money from her because she owed him her life. As they leave Hyung-Shik asks them to help her because if they let her go she might try to kill herself again.

The staff are gathered at the restaurant and the boss decides that Yeo-Joo should be the one to help Mi-Ae.  As they leave Yeo-Joo catches up with Kei and she tells him thank you for that day and asks if his arm is okay and he acts rough. She asks him if he thinks that she can help Mi-Ae and he tells her that there is no right answer in the world but to pick anything and make that your answer and it then becomes the answer.

Yeo-Joo goes to nail class and she asks Mi-Ae on a date. They go on a date as they are walking Yeo-Joo grabs Mi-Ae’s purse and throws it in the bushes to make her angry. Mi-Ae goes to get it and is not mad. Yeo-Joo apologizes and says that she wanted to see the real Mi-Ae and she explains that Alex thinks she is sick because she can’t feel any emotions.Picture 10

Yeo-Joo takes Mi-Ae after hours to the Shop and they are going to practice glue-on nails. Alex, Jin, and Kei are in the back watching her. Yeo-Joo takes Mi-Ae’s hand and gives her a rub and explains that the shop is Nail Shop Paris because of the myth of Paris and it is the goal to comfort and cure customer’s wounds. She says that Mi-Ae is her customer and she is going to give it a shot. She tells her that she has no mother and lived in the countryside so people bullied her and as she got older she never left home and got a job she could do alone and had only 1 friend her roommate. She thought she was happy but she wasn’t and that because of other people she felt all kinds of emotions and without these emotions she wasn’t living. She decided not to let Mi-Ae’s life to be her old life.

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She tells her that she has heard her past and that she understands why she closed her mind but she want to teach how it is to have those emotions and that like now she is never going to let her go. Mi-Ae is crying and is surprised and asks what is wrong with her. Alex and the others come in and Alex tells her that her body and heart can feel even if her brain doesn’t. Mi-Ae asks Yeo-Joo for help and what she should do next and they all smile.
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Jin, Kei, Yeo-Joo, and Alex are at the restaurant and she tells them that Mi-Ae went to see a doctor with her and got her admitted for treatment and the doctor said it won’t be easy to cure but since she has the will she will be fine. Alex gets a call and leaves right away, they tease him about it being a girlfriend. Yeo-Joo is sad after he leaves and Kei can tell and he then leaves too. Jin then makes Yeo-Joo go a club together with Ji-Soo. Yeo-Joo is bored and she leaves she sees Alex stop his car and help the boss out of the car and they walk together into a building.

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This was an interesting episode we were able to learn more about Yeo-Joo and who she was in her past. Ji-Soo told us that Yeo-Joo was a lot more selfish and in this episode we learn why. It is very clear that Kei has romantic feelings for Yeo-Joo but I am surprised he is not questioning or even showed as to be thinking about why Yeo-Joo had been kissing Alex. Jin and Ji-Soo are a cute couple and I think that they go well together and it is cute to see Yeo-Joo get exasperated over them. I found funny was when the Hyung-Shik was talking about Mi-Ae and he was bullying her because he was worried about her and how that was the exact situation that Kei was in with Yeo-Joo. I wanted Alex to read Kei’s fingernails to see if he could tell something!! Yeo-Joo likes Alex but he doesn’t seem to be the main focus in the story Kei gets more scenes! and Alex’s personality is not very dynamic. So I wonder if Yeo-Joo is supposed to end up with Kei?? I am not sure?

Some things that bothered me was Mi-Ae didn’t really act like a robot to me? she smiled a bit, but it did not seem like it was excessive. It just seemed like she was a little depressed maybe and smiled to cover it up? The whole story of Mi-Ae just seemed a little bizarre to me?

My guess that with Alex and the boss is that the boss is sick and since Alex has some medical knowledge he personally helps her with it.

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Nail Shop Paris Episode 4 Summary May 21, 2013

Filed under: Nail Shop Paris — sighilovekdramas @ 9:46 pm
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Jin is at Yeo-Joo and Ji-Soo’s apartment and she has told him that she followed Alex to write her internet novel and disguised herself as a man to work at Paris. Ji-Soo attempts to convince Jin that Yeo-Joo had needed a model for her novel and he happily agrees to it because he likes Ji-Soo.

The next day a woman comes in complaining that her manicure was coming and made a big scene and leaves and she is not even one of their customers

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Alex gives Yeo-Joo some books to study to pass a test to become a nail manicurist.
Alex gets a visitor Mrs. Lee and she asks him to talk to her son for him because he quit university and wants to get married to a “bad” girl.

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Yeo-Joo continues her novel her friend Ji-Soo gets hurt because the hunter attacked her home and she brings her to Alex. Alex is going to help them and she tells him that she couldn’t take her to the hospital. Alex than requests that she date him because it will take a couple of days for her friend to heal. Ji-Soo interrupts as she just came from dinner with Jin and is texting him. She tells Yeo-Joo that she told JIn that Kei is doubting her and that she likes Alex and that he is going to help her. Yeo-Joo is angry and embarrassed by what she told Jin.

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Alex meets Mrs. Lee’s son Hyeon-Woo at a restaurant and Alex tries to convince to go back to school. Hyeon-Woo tells him that Hee-Young is not a bad girl and that she works day to night and is preparing her GED to get into college and that she lives life to the fullest. Heyon-Woo wants to introduce Hee-Young to him.

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Yeo-Joo and Jin go out to get food and she tells him that Ji-Soo lied to him about her liking Alex and Jin teases her. They see a new nail salon open and the girl that complained in the shop advertising for it. Yeo-Joo confronts her and goes to grab her and knocks her bag down Jin notices she has copies of Alex and Kei’s nail designs. Kei comes and interrupts them. Back in the salon he criticizes Yeo-Joo for making a scene in her uniform. Alex comes in and they explain that a new salon opened and the owner had sent the girl here to make a scene. They had forgot about lunch and Kei tells he to get fried tofu because the boss likes it. Yeo-Joo remember the owner of the restaurant telling her that gumiho’s love tofu.Picture 5

Yeo-Joo is called by the boss and is told that Kei is going to be participating in the International Nail Competition as a rep for their salon and she wants her to help Kei. The boss takes off her necklace and is going to leave for the day and that she wants Yeo-Joo is clean up her desk and tell the others she is gone. Yeo-Joo gets the necklace and sees a made in china sticker on the back.

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At their apartment Ji-Soo is laughing at a gumiho who would wear made in china necklace. Yeo-Joo is studying the books and Ji-Soo asks if she is going to get certified and she says it wouldn’t be bad. Yeo-Joo sees a band-aid at the front of the book.

Kei comes in and Yeo-Joo asks if he stayed up all night and he says yes. She asks if he needs help and he says he need a nail model and she says her friend Ji-Soo could do it. Yeo-Joo goes back to work and whistles, Kei imagines the lips touching and tells her to stop whistling.

Yeo-Joo asks where the boss is and Alex tells her that she is at a seminar for 4-5 days. Hyeon-Woo comes in dragging Hee-Young and she won’t take off her helmet. She takes it off and it is the girl that made a scene earlier in the shop. She apologizes and says she didn’t want to do it but her boss forced her. Hyeon-Woo says that she quit the salon because of it and now works at a restaurant and the nail designs were only for reference and she wasn’t going to copy. She tells them that her dream is to own a nail salon but to do that she need a hairdresser license. Alex asks if she wants to work here until she gets another job for about a month but he will have to ask his boss.

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Yeo-Joo, Ji-Soo and Jin are at the apartment and Ji-Soo tells her that she is changed and care about others more and that she was selfish and not nice before. She gets mad and Jin pretends to protect her.

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At work Hee-Young asks Yeo-Jee is she can leave early tomorrow and that it is a secret from Hyeon-Woo and she agrees. Kei comes in and Hee-Young asks is she can talk to him and she shows him her nail design and he says it is good and that she should show it to him when she is completed. Hyeon-Woo’s mom comes in again and she slaps Hee-Young and asks her where her son is and she tells he to stay away from her son before she gets humiliated and knocks over a tray on her way out. Hyeon-Woo comes and he realizes that his mom came and slapped her and he takes her out.
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As Yeo-Joo and Jin are leaving Kei asks her to get all the colors on his list for his nail design and Jin agrees to help. Yeo-Joo gets mad at Jin because she thinks he will make it seem like she is a girl.

Kei, Alex, and Yeo-Joo go shopping together and Alex tells her that he goes with Kei because Kei has no sense of direction. Yeo-Joo goes to the washroom and tells them she will catch up. They have to remind her to go the men’s washroom. Alex grabs his chest a bit and Kei asks if he is alright and he says yes. Kei tells him to call for him if he needs help and to not make others worry.

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Hyeon-Woo picks up Hee-Young and walks her home she tells him that he should go back home and go back to school because she doesn’t want his  mom to hate her anymore. Hyeon-Woo gets mad and tells her to go home alone.

Yeo-Joo is falling asleep while Kei works on his design. He tells her to go home because she snores and she says she doesn’t and decides to stay because tomorrow is the competition.

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Ji-Soo comes in the next day and can’t be the model because she burnt her hands making coffee that morning. Jin suggests Yeo-Joo become the model and she is wary because she might be found out. In the end she comes a s a girl and gets her nails done by Kei in the competition.
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Mrs. Lee gets handed an envelope at a cafe and smiles after seeing the pictures.

Hyeon-Woo is working Alex calls him and goes to Alex and is told that Hee-Young hit someone with her scooter and the victim’s family is making her pay lots of money or she will go to jail. Alex convinces Hyeon-Woo to go back home to his mother. Hee-Young comes out and tells him that he promised, and Hyeon-Woo realizes he had been tricked and storms off.

The staff is at the restaurant and Jin is telling Alex that Yeo-Joo was so pretty as a girl. Kei takes away Yeo-Joo beer because he doesn’t want her to get drunk again. Yeo-Jee sneaks Jin’s drink and they fight over it, Kei says he is tired and leaves. As Kei leaves he remember back to earlier today and he won first place in the competition. Kei walks back to the salon and he sees Hyeon-Woo sitting there and asks him if he has come to punch Alex. Hyeon-Woo whines and Kei slaps him and tells him to grow up and to become mature before he talks about marriage

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The next morning they call Mrs. Lee in and Hyeon-Woo begs for forgiveness and tells her that he will go back home and go back to school. His mom shows him pictures of Hee-Young with her boss. Hyeon-Woo walks out with his mom when Yeo-Jee comes in and says Alex was right and that Hee-Young was hanging with the boss because of dried powder pig pancreas and that it was hard to find and her boss showed her where to get it. It is good for people with diabetes and Mrs. Lee has diabetes. Alex tells Mrs. Lee that Hee-Young was the one who convinced Hyeon-Woo to come home and she apologizes to Hee-Young. She says she doesn’t approve the relationship yet that he needs to go back to school and she needs to get her GED. Hee-Young pulls Mrs. Lee in and gives her the Queen manicure she showed to Kei.

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The staff are outside talking when Alex falls to the ground clutching his stomach. At the hospital the doctor tells Kei and Jin that Alex has acute gastritis and asks if he has been hurt lately. They tell him of the incident with glue and he tells them with rest for a few days he will get better. Jin goes to close the salon. Yeo-Joo is sitting in the room with Alex and she wonders why even though he is sick it is her heart that hurts. Yeo-Joo then goes and kisses Alex, Kei opens the door and sees, he goes to turn and look back.Picture 20

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The fourth episode again seems to follow the pattern of helping someone in need which is not bad because there are always fresh faces and story lines. Things progress quite a bit in the story and I have enjoyed that part. First of all Jin was sure able to let go of Yeo-Joo being a girl pretty fast!! but I guess because of his love for Ji-Soo I guess it it believable that he would let it go. I totally think that the boss put a fake sticker on her necklace or that was the decoy necklace and left it their for bait for Yeo-Joo. When Kei sends Yeo-Joo to go shopping and Jin volunteers but in the end Kei and Alex go with her? that was kinda weird because Kei and Jin made it seem like she was going to go by herself? What I found really ridiculous was Ji-Soo burning all her hands by lifting up her cup of coffee?? I do not think she could get burns that severe from holding a cup. Another thing that was weird was that Alex made Yeo-Joo investigate Hee-Young and why she was with her boss? How did Alex even know anything about that? and why did he think it was a concern? It only became a problem because the mother investigated Hee-Young and it did not seem to look like Alex even knew that. One thing that was shocking was at the end when Yeo-Joo kissed Alex? WHAT? that was crazy!! and then Kei saw, I mean he has got to be wondering if she is a girl by now!! I mean she has fallen on him a couple of times and you think he would realize?? the way the clothes fit her, she just looks like a girl!!  I wished they would have shown more of Kei at the competition!! Anyway this was an alright episode but I found that there were a lot of distracting problems in this episode this time.

 

Nail Shop Paris Episode 3 May 15, 2013

Filed under: Nail Shop Paris — sighilovekdramas @ 5:47 pm
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I did not do a full summary of episode 3 because I found that the content was something that I did not agree with and do not want to even write about. I skipped over the parts because I did not full watch them and instead just did a summary of the storyline of the main cast without the side story.

Yeo-Joo writing her story and she has flashbacks to where the boss asked her why she was at the shop so late and that Jin didn’t see her when he locked up. She tells the boss that she forgot to get her phone at home. The boss accepts this and tells her not to stay late at the salon anymore. Ji-Soo comes in and Yeo-Joo tells her that her boss could be the gumiho that she met when she was six.

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At the shop Yeo-Joo gives the boss some Sundae (liver) and everyone thinks she is weird for bringing it for breakfast. The boss says that she doesn’t like liver. Yeo-Joo wonders if gumiho’s only like liver when it is fresh. Ji-Soo comes to give Yeo-Joo the key for the apartment and she is holding a kitten. Yeo-Joo shoos her away because she doesn’t want her cover blown. Jin asks Yeo-Joo is she is dating Ji-Soo and she tells him that they are friends. Jin wants to be introduced because Ggong-Chi the kitten doesn’t like anybody else except him and that the kitten liked Ji-Soo. He tells her that the girls he dates have to be 1. cute, 2. like cats, 3. a cute girls that likes a cat.

 

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Yeo-Joo is writing her story and she meets up with Alex and he hides her again from Kei the bad guy. He talks about how it is fate and not a coincidence that they met again. He apologizes for kissing her without her approval and she goes up to him and kisses and says that they are even now. She walks away affected by the kiss. Alex steps out and Kei sees him and they just stare at each other. Ji-Soo interrupts exclaiming that they are on the same side. Yeo-Joo is annoyed and Ji-Soo looks for the remote and Yeo-Joo hands it to her. She decides then that she won’t introduce her to Jin because she is too forgetful and might blow her cover.

 

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The next day Yeo-Joo gives her boss dried squid because the man from the restaurant told her that if a gumiho would eat one there true form would come out. She watches from outside trying to see if the boss will eat one and Kei comes up behind her and notices she is spying and asks if he will get a turn.

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He gets her to dust a high shelf while he hold the ladder for her and they argue for a while. Jin talks to Alex and he tells him that Kei is bullying Yeo-Joo and that he doesn’t usually show an interest in people.

Yeo-Joo notices that Jin has eaten all of the squid.
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Yeo-Joo is sitting on the nail bench and Alex asks what is wrong and she tells him that she doesn’t know how to help when she hears all of the guys hurts and almost wishes she hadn’t heard it. Alex tells her that the best way to comfort someone is to be beside them even if they show you the ugly part of themselves. He then tells her that she has become a part of the Paris family. He takes her hand and starts working on her nails and that to be a nail artist she has to start by taking care of her own nails. While he is working Yeo-Joo gets uncomfortable and pulls away and she gets cut and is bleeding. Alex puts a band aid on her finger for her.
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At home Ji-Soo notices that Yeo-Joo is wearing a dirty band aid and won’t throw it away and she asks if Alex gave it to her. Yeo-Joo says she doesn’t have a crush on him and Ji-Soo freaks out because Alex thinks she is a guy.

At work Yeo-Joo remembers Alex putting on the band aid and she takes it off and sticks it on her locker door while smiling. She goes to speak to Jin but he is giving her a cold shoulder. She tells him that she will always be next to him and he says that she is acting weird and wonders if she has a crush on him, she argues that isn’t true. Kei interrupts them and tells them to go wash the brushes. While washing the brushes she wonders why Kei doesn’t just say he doesn’t like her. Jin suggests drinking and then hitting it out.

Yeo-Joo goes to an outdoor tent vendor and has alcohol and phones Kei to come because she wants to talk to him and she is already drunk.  He comes and she stands up on a cement pillar so that he can hit her. He comes really close to her face with his fist and stops. She then falls into him and they almost share a kiss.
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She wakes up the next morning at the shop because he doesn’t know where she lives. He becomes more aware of her lips and he apologizes for stressing her out. Picture 13

Ji-Soo is eating the last can of tuna and Yeo-Joo is upset so Ji-Soo goes out to get more tuna. Jin finds their place and comes in, Yeo-Joo is in the shower and Ji-Soo comes back and finds Jin and he figures out they live together. Yeo-Joo comes out of the shower and is so surprised she drops her towel.
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I found that the content of this episode was disturbing and surprising that it was taken in such a route because this is a show I am assuming for teens and probably younger audiences.  I do not feel comfortable with the portrayal of ghosts and to mean just seems demonic. I do not like that they had put that in this series. This series almost is starting to be predictable with a person coming in and needing help and only the Nail Shop Paris staff is able to help them which can seem a little silly. They become so involved in these peoples lives it seems unrealistic. It is obvious that Yeo-Joo is in love with Alex and that it will pain her when he will find out that she is a girl but they probably will most likely end up together. I think Kei will most likely find himself liking her but will be mad at himself because he considers her a boy. The time when Kei caught Yeo-Joo and he acted like their lips touched which I definitely did not really see as she fell. I think that it will be very funny in the next episode when Jin will discover she is a girl and all those problems that will go with it. I have to say I did not expect Jin to find out Yeo-Joo was a girl first!!

 

Nail Shop Paris Episode 2 Summary May 9, 2013

Filed under: Nail Shop Paris — sighilovekdramas @ 12:08 am
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The second episode of Nail Shop Paris starts off with the staff all in the hospital with Alex. Alex is going to be fine and he flashes back to when she came in with the treats for the staff and right before everyone came she tried to give Alex a watch and she confessed her love for him. He refused and told her that she shouldn’t come in for a while. Jin tries to phone her and she doesn’t answer. Yeo-Joo suggests going to the police and Alex says that he doesn’t want that.

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Yeo-Joo is at home and Ji-Soo asks if she likes Alex because she defends him and then she asks how her story is going. Yeo-Joo imagines her story and she is running away from Kei who is chasing her with a gun. She runs away and finds Alex he hides her out of sight from Kei and Kei leaves, as the two of them are about to kiss Ji-Soo asks if that is going too fast. Yeo-Joo gets mad.

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Yeo-Joo is working and finds Alex’s wallet and snoops through it and Jin almost catches her. Alex comes back and Yeo-Joo and her talk about how it wasn’t her fault, Alex ruffles her hair and her heart starts beating fast.

Kei is waiting outside Tae-Hee’s house and she comes out with her son. She asks how Alex is doing and thinks he will be mad and Kei says no that he thinks he is an angel. Tae-Hee’s husband pulls up and sees her walking with Kei.

Tae-Hee goes to the Nail Salon with Kei and she apologizes to Alex that he told her not to come she got upset and only wanted to scare him. Alex tells her that because of the lines on her nails she feels unsettled so she should tell her husband to get it checked out.

Yeo-Joo is with Tae-Hee’s son at the park and he doesn’t talk to her because when adults are upset he isn’t supposed to talk and looks a little anxious. Yeo-Joo tells him the story of how she met a gumiho. She got lost in the woods, fell and a lady was there and gave her a marble of a fox and that he saw it on the tv. He tells her that she acts like a girl and then touches her chest and she tells him not to say anything. He tells her that his name is Dong-Ah and she promises anything he wants for him not to say anything.

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Yeo-Joo goes with Alex to the hospital to get checked and on the way out they see Tae-Hee on a stretcher going into the hospital. They follow her in and she tells them that her husband saw her leaving with Kei and that she told him the whole story. She tells them it was her fault because she fell down the steps and was too upset. Her husband comes and he gets mad at them because he thinks he seduced his wife and Tae-Hee tell them to leave. Yeo-Joo and Alex go out of sight but listen to the fight. She yells at her husband for having other women and that he never shows her any interest and asks why he ever married her and left her lonely.

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The staff are together and discuss Tae-Hee and how she is going to get better if her husband doesn’t change. Yeo-Joo asks if there is anything that they could do to help and Kei gets mad and says that the husband and the woman are the same because she wanted to have an affair and asks what about the kid. Kei leaves the room upset and flashbacks to him as a teen coming home to finding his mom in bed with another man. The fighting between his parents over the affair the two of them had.

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Yeo-Joo comes in and finds Kei and she asks if he is alright and he corners her and tells her that he is still suspicious of her and that she almost looks like a girl, she pushes him away. Jin and Alex come in and they talk about going to the sauna after work and she agrees. She secretly changes in the bathroom and leaves her clothes in the stall. They are altogether and they mention Tae-Hee, Kei storms off and Jin follows. Alex asks Yeo-Joo to be understanding of him and that the 3 of them are not working at Paris just because they like nail art and everyone has their reasons. Everyone goes to wash up but she says she is tired. She goes to find her clothes but the cleaning lady found them and took them away. She has to run home in the sauna clothes in the cold.

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Yeo-Joo is cleaning the floors the next day and is coughing and sneezing and Kei questions her whether she really left because she was tired. Yeo-Joo picks up the phone and Dong-Ah tells her that his mom is missing. Alex and Yeo-Joo go over to their house and talk to him and his dad. The dad says he has phoned all friends and family and she isn’t there Alex suggests that he goes and looks in the places that he knows of. Yeo-Joo takes Dong-Ah to Paris and Jin and her get Kei to look after him. Alex and the husband go looking in all kinds of places and it seems like he knows them. Kei is at the park with Dong-Ah and he gives him advice that he shouldn’t hate his parents but he should spend his time being his own man and take responsibility for himself and he tells him that he wasted his time doing that. Yeo-Joo goes to see them and leaves as she sees them getting along.

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Jin sends Yeo-Joo to get something from the manager’s office and she sees a necklace that she feels like she has seen somewhere before. Alex and the husband are in a church and the husband tells him to stop. Alex explains that these places are special places for the two of them and that they are cherished. The husband flashbacks to when he proposed to Tae-Hee in the church that they are in right now.

The husband is with Dong-Ah and he cooked him supper and Dong-Ah wants his carrot shaped like a bear like the way his mom did. His dad goes to cut more carrots and he cuts himself. He flashes back to Tae-Hee in the hospital and she is telling him that he never makes time for her or Dong-Ah. He starts to tear up over his wife.

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Yeo-Joo stays late so she can snoop through the manager’s office for the necklace. She can’t find anything and hears a noise and finds Tae-Hee. Tae-Hee explains that this was Alex’s and the managers idea for her to leave home so they could work on him and if he doesn’t have any change by tomorrow she will end it.

The husband comes into the shop and he asks what is urgent and they take him to the back. They want to give him a treatment so he can understand his wife. Kei paints a heart on his nail. Tae-Hee is in the back watching it being recorded from the camera. She decides that if he remember the heart from when she used to paint a heart on his pinky finger because he used to bite his nails she will go back to him.  When the husband sees the nail he gets upset and tries to leave Kei eggs him on saying that he is jealous and other things and then he punches Kei. Jin also attacks him verbally and he tries to swing at Jin but Kei stops him. Tae-Hee comes rushing in and she defends her husband and says that it was also her fault. Alex says that the only one on your side is your family and they tell her that they planned this to get him upset so she would defend him.

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Kei, Jin, Yeo-Jee and Alex go out to their regular restaurant and they are friends with the owner. The owner tells them that he is excited because his favorite fantasy author online is writing again. Yeo-Jee gets nervous because she realizes that he may be talking about her and she asks him who it is and he says her name. The name she changed it to is close to hers so Jin asks her if she is related somehow and she says no nervously. The owner tells them he saw a light on at Paris still so Yeo-Jee says she will go turn it off.

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Yeo-Jee turns off a light and the manager appears and tells her that they need to talk about why Yeo-Jee was there late last night.

There is quite a bit that happened in this one episode! I enjoyed the story line there is a lot that happens which keeps it going and entertaining. It seems like this shop is a place to help people. I wonder if each episode is going to be about someone that they will help? it keeps it fresh if it does and in that sense it reminds me of Biblia which is a Japanese Drama where they would solve mysteries surrounding people and books but with this it surrounds nail care and people. It seems like all the boys have some past that has drawn them to this shop. Yeo-Jee seems to think that the owner could possibly be a gumiho maybe she has picked these people on purpose for some reason? I can’t say that the husband really redeemed himself? he just punched Kei and showed his jealous side? and because they were picking on him Tae-Hee felt protective and therefore still loved him? He really didn’t change much in my eyes. I must say all these boys are very good looking not sure which one I would pick? Which one would you pick??

 

Nail Shop Paris Episode 1 Brief Summary May 7, 2013

In the first episode of the Korean Drama Nail Shop Paris we are introduced to a writer Yeo-Joo who lives with her roommate Ji-Soo. She almost gets a contract for a online story about a gumiho but they withdraw because people online think that she plagiarized. She tries writing again but she feels like everything she writes is similar to a movie.Picture 1

She goes into the world to get a inspiration and there she sees a woman getting attacked by a crazy man, a young man Alex steps in and disables the man carrying the knife and save the day.  Ji-Soo decides to follow him because she thinks he would be perfect for a protagonist in her novel. She follows him and winds up at a nail salon called Nail Shop Paris and goes in and sees that there is only young men who are the nail manicurist. She sees Alex giving a treatment to a lady and listens in and then leaves. As she leaves she sees that there is a sign that says that they need interns.

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Yeo-Joo goes home and explains the salon to Ji-Soo and Ji-Soo tells her that it is a famous salon and that they only hire men. Yeo-Joo tells her that she wants to work there and that since Ji-Soo is a makeup artist at a tv station she has to help her. Ji-Soo then cuts her hair short and helps her dress like a boy.

Yeo-Joo goes into Nail Shop Paris and says that she is here for an interview and Jin a blond energetic man takes her to the back to the boss who is a woman. She tells him that it is very important that there only be men in the shop to be manicurists because the women clients come to have their hearts taken care of not just the nails and that they are there to hold the woman’s hand and listen to her. Yeo-Joo gets hired.

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A regular comes into the shop and gets Alex to look at her hands. An out of place man comes in asking about the picture of some nail art on the wall and how much it would cost to get it done and Alex tells him and then he leaves. Yeo-Joo comes home to Ji-Soo being asked on a date and turns him down for Ji-Soo and they go into their building together. Yeo-Joo then is inspired and starts writing at night.

Yeo-Joo goes into the nail shop and is introduced to the staff Jin, Kei, Alex and Jin decides that her name doesn’t suit her and that she will be called bunny and it sticks.Picture 4

Kei seems suspicious of Yeo-Joo and seems to wonder why she has come. Yeo-Joo goes to change and she opens Alex’s locker to see what it looks like and Kei finds her doing this and she pretends she didn’t know which was her locker. The regular customer comes in and Yeo-Joo asks who it is and Jin tells her that she is a regular, almost like family, and comes in everyday.

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  Tae-Hee the regular brought in dessert for the whole staff but everyone is busy and Yeo-Joo is the only left to eat with her. Tae-Hee tells her that the manicurists here are more popular than some idol celebrities and that they have fans. Jin is known as Smiley Angel, Kei is the Ice Prince and Alex’s fans are all the women over 30 that come to the salon and that he used to study traditional medicine but because of an accident he left and became a manicurist.
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The same man comes in and has brought his wife and makes her sit down, she gives Jin her hands and she has marks or burn scars on her hands and pulls away. Alex takes the husband aside and talks to him and the husband tells him that he was saving up for a wedding ring and because of an accident he caused he is unable and wants to get her nails done instead of a ring. As the couple leave Alex lies and tells them that they won the 100th customer prize and that they should come back tomorrow evening for the treatment. They all gather and discuss with the boss that Alex wants to do a special service for the couple so Alex and Kei come up with the ideas and stay late at night. Yeo-Joo and Jin walk home and he tells her more about Alex and how he used to be in traditional medicine.

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The couple come back the next day and Kei puts some fancy decorations on her nails that looks like a wedding ring. After that all the men go to the restaurant that they always go to and get tipsy from the beer. Jin suggests that they stay at Alex’s house and Yeo-Joo is in favor of this.

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They all go to Alex’s place and when she thinks everyone is sleeping she goes around taking notes into her recorder about his place. Kei catches her doing this and pulls her aside asking what she is doing and he thinks that she could be gay and Yeo-Joo of course argues this and goes back inside and Kei seems to think it could be a possibility that she is a girl.

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Yeo-Joo goes into the nail shop the next day thinking if Kei is still suspicious of her that she would quit. She picks up a coffee she finds outside the shop and bring it in, Alex sees this and takes it from her because he wants it. Kei pulls her aside and is going to make her do some heavy lifting when they hear someone yell Alex.Picture 10

Kei and her go running and Alex is on the floor. The boss picks up the cup and says that she thinks glue is in the cup and Kei wants to punch Yeo-Joo. The boss and Jin take Alex to the hospital and tells Kei and Yeo-Joo to check the tape and they see Tae-Hee leaving the cup on the tape.

 

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The first episodes of a new drama are the most exciting and filled with so many possibilities to how the direction of the drama will go and I am looking forward to the rest of the episodes. I was a little worried because they have Yeo-Joo played by  Park Gyulee a singer from Kara and Thunder a singer from MBLAQ. The acting seemed to be fine, although Thunder acting all cute was a bit weird. This drama seems like it a mix of Ouran High School Host Club because the boys are getting paid to not only do a nail service but to also give them special attention and Haruhi like Yeo-Joo go undercover as a man. It also seems to a bit of To The Beautiful You mixed in too because the men in the salon do not know that she is a girl and if they did she would be kicked out. It is not bad because I really enjoyed the 2 different story lines but it really seems like a mix between them.

One thing that I did not particularly like was the way Yeo-Joo was trying to research Alex. She was being way to obvious and it was like no one would act that way and Alex would be a lot more creeped out. I guess that is why Kei is suspicious of her instead and maybe he will keep her secret but I really think he is going to figure it out soon unless he will keep her around to see what she wants. I enjoyed this more light hearted korean drama and I am looking forward to the drama in the next episode.