This week’s premise is simple: If these two ended up in the same drama universe, who would get the girl?
A-ko: This is a tough one but I’m going to have to go with Ji-hoo sunbae—
B-ko: Oh, thank God! For a moment, I thought I was going to have to fight you for Geol-oh sahyung.
A-ko: Can I continue? The reason why he’s going to get the girl is simple: he’s Yoon Ji-hoo, HELLO! Your Geol Oh virus is just a little sneeze compared to the Ji-hoo/Hanazawa Rui/Hua Ze Lei epidemic that broke out not once but three times courtesy of the Taiwanese, Japanese and Korean versions of Hanadan. Put it this way, Yoon Ji-hoo is to Second Leads what Elvis is to rock and roll.
And let’s have a look at the stats, shall we? He’s rich, intelligent, sensitive and he has more sense than to go on suicide missions playing Robin Hood. Why go through all that trouble when you can just bankrupt your enemies? And besides, if you’re planning on getting the girl, it makes sense that you should be alive to do it, no?
Bonus: Ji-hoo sunbae bathes and changes his clothes on a regular basis. That’s enough to seal the deal for any girl. You think your Geol-oh sahyung is hot now but that’s only because you can’t smell him through your computer screen.
B-ko: Whatever. You can make fun of his daily ablutions all you want but we all know that had Sungkyunkwan Scandal been a regular K-drama, which I’m assuming this is going to be, he would have gotten the girl. Do you even have to ask why? Because Geol-oh sahyung has all the traits of a classic male lead. He isn’t some weedy little pretty boy who plucks his eyebrows, waxes his chest and reeks of cologne. Geol-oh sahyung is *all* man.
A-ko: Do you want a bucket for your drool?
B-ko: *clears throat* Anyway, I second your point about Ji-hoo being the Elvis of second leads because that’s what he is – a second lead.
And what’s ultimately going to tip the scale in favour of Geol-oh sahyung is the fact that Ji-hoo only gets his shit together when he doesn’t have a chance in hell with the girl.
Exhibit A: Seo-hyun. Spent years pining for someone who regarded him as her little brother.
Exhibit B: Jan-di. Starts pining for her only after she has fallen for Jun-pyo.
Maybe he’ll fall in love with the girl after she falls for Geol Oh sahyung.
A-ko: I love that you’re trying so hard but you’re forgetting that the person who gets the girl in any K-drama is the one who can lay his feelings on the table. Ji-hoo has no problems doing this. What does your Geol Oh sahyung do? He hiccups. And he moons (pun fully intended) after her from afar.
And just in case you’ve forgotten, Ji-hoo has friends to help him win the girl. See how F4 banded together to help Jun-pyo win Jan-di’s heart? The moment they hear Ji-hoo sunbae has girl trouble, they’ll be burning rubber and hightailing it to his house. And where girls are concerned, F4 has two of the best experts in that field—So Yi Jung and Song Woo Bin. What’s Jun Pyo going to do, you ask? Why he’ll be there to make sure that his men bury the bodies of Ji-hoo’s rivals properly, of course!
As for Geol Oh, ha! Good luck with getting help from the Jalgeum Quartet. Might I remind you that Yong-ha singlehandedly sabotaged his chances with Yoon-hee? First by marooning Sun-joon and said girl on the island and then by arranging for them to meet at the creek. Sorry, but unless you’re talking about bringing their bromance to the next level, Yong-ha is not to be trusted with helping Jae-shin get the girl. And Sun-joon? Ha ha ha. You’re talking about someone who spent 15 episodes not knowing that his roomie was a girl. Good luck, Geol Oh! You’re going to need it.
B-ko: Tell me, have you ever considered writing K-dramas? Your argument has more holes than the plot of Marry Me Mary. How on earth did Yi Jung and Woo Bin help Jun-pyo in BOF? All potter boy did was tell JP that a guy should never call a girl first if he didn’t want to be her slave. What the hell kind of advice is that?
And please, was pretending that Yi Jung and Ga Eul were dating really the best those two could do to get Jan-di and Jun-pyo back together again? I rest my case. If Ji-hoo knows what’s best for him, he’ll keep his relationship woes to himself.
And you’ve conveniently forgotten one tiny little detail. The Jalgeum Quartet has Yoon-hee. Why the hell should Geol Oh ask Yong-ha or Sun-joon for help with girls when he can get it from a woman? Moon Jae-shin will get the girl but look on the bright side, Ji-hoo’s reputation as the most perfect Second Lead in all of K-dramadom will be unrivalled after this.
A note to the fan girls: You’re welcome to comment but please, no bashing. This isn’t really the place to declare your undying love for Kim Hyun-joong or Yoo Ah-in. For starters, “XXX IS THE BEST. I LOVE XXX etc” doesn’t really make for fun reading. Also, in case it wasn’t clear enough, we’re talking about the characters, not the actors.