Why do I feel like the show made me waste energy with Hye-ji when all along I could have been a die-hard anti fan of the emotional manipulative, gold-digger Madam? I can’t believe she is using Ha-won as a scapegoat for what she did. Putting all the blame on her for what happened with grandpa. And, if we are being accurate, Gramps is in this state because he needs a freaking TRANSPLANT. I’m so pissed right now.
AND WHAT UP WITH SECRETARY LEE GOING ALONG WITH THE EVIL WOMAN’S PLAN??? She is a snake and her words are poison, damn it. How come he seems to actually be okay with all that’s happening. Okay, they have a sad story but does that make it fine for them to play with people’s feelings? And then he acts worried about the Chairman’s health? I feel like I am getting played here. Anyone else with me?
And who is this person that’s helping Hye-ji, show? With a readily job offer and a place to stay too! Where was this eleventh hour friend when Hye-ji was going through hell with Hyun-min and smooching on Ji-woon? If she had other friends to rely on, why did she choose to hang out with Ji-woon? Because of the proximity to Hyun-min? That’s seriously messed up and it pisses me off so much. Also, with a scholarship in the mix of her storyline, are we getting a time-jump? That’s usually what happens in dramaland. Either that or she’ll have a tearful but promising goodbye at the airport.
I spent the first 20 minutes of the episode like this:
Ji-woon’s refusal about breaking up with someone was telling, but his storyline today was more about family than romance.
The entire scene at the café was heartbreaking for two reasons: the notes and the fact he is living through the same thing with Ha-won. I felt like crying along with him reading all those love letters and the reasons behind why his mother decided to give up for good on Ji-woon’s father… GAH! (T_____T)
I absolutely understand where he was coming from when he decided to leave Sky House for good too, going along with his mother’s wish for him and standing up against Grandpa’s views. Especially now that he knows his father didn’t abandon him and it was Grandpa’s doing what came between his parents and him having a loving family.
But I agree with Ha-won on this one. Ji-woon complains but never once had a proper conversation with his Grandfather about why he was left out of the family all this time or if he knew the reasons his mother and father weren’t together. I knew he would come back eventually but I was glad it was on this episode and on his own terms. He is not all that happy to be here but is ready to step up into his place inside the Kang family. Also, the man can’t say no to Ha-won.
Question: one of the Chairman’s sons committed suicide, which one was it? I know two of them died together in a car accident, but I can’t remember the story of each of them.
I was disappointed that the show didn’t explain to me why Ha-won left Sky House and Ji-woon. We know she would never take the money but then why not fight for Ji-woon? I had to infer that she felt guilty for breaking the rules and about what the woman said. This is were I’m confused, show, because the Ha-won I know and love would have throw a shoe at someone (again) and call them on their BS. This would have been the perfect moment for that girl to show up. And why didn’t she even express how insulting what Grandpa said to her was? Why did she just go along with it? I mean, what??
What a good friend Ja-young is to Ha-won and Seo-woo (Yes, I’m considering that she went from fangirl to friend). Ja-young not only called Ha-won on her BS but also took care of Seo-woo on his time of need. Also, 95% compatibility? You go, girl!
I was also happy to see that Seo-woo pointed out that the three cousins don’t really know each other that well. This is good because it means they care about each other enough to try to find out where they go, what they do and what they like.
It makes sense to me that Hyun-min is the one finding out about the woman and Secretary Lee. After all, he is supposedly the heir of the company but also has the ways and personality to deal with them. I’m hoping for badass, charming Hyun-min making a comeback next week. ABOUT DAMN TIME TOO.
What am I expecting for next week?
An united front from the Kang Cousins. We need it, they need it and is a long time coming.
Ji-woon and Ha-won fighting for their relationship.
THE ROMANTIC AND FUNNY DRIVE DATES. I want them back, show. I want them back now. Even the ones between Hye-ji and Hyun-min because, let’s face it, we all loved that scene. It was hilarious. But I am angling more into HA-WON and JI-WOON’S DATES, SHOW. DON’T DISAPPOINT ME.
“A long, long time ago, there was a kind and beautiful girl named Cinderella. Cinderella was always abused by her stepmother and stepsisters. But on one fateful day, she met a wonderful prince and thus, she lived happily ever after… Yeah, as if! Cinderellas nowadays don't have time to meet princes because of their damned part-time jobs. And on top of that, “princes" nowadays are just huge assholes. They all have Casanova complexes, and are all so damn haughty!”
Get to know Madeleine “Maddy” Flores, a writer on Bee and PuppyCat and she also works as a storyboard revisionist on other series. On top of that, she writes and draws an adorably strange web comic called Help Us! Great Warrior. You can also follow Maddy on Twitter. Read on to learn about the series’ collaborative writing process and why Maddy thinks Bee is a such a relatable leading lady. (Note: The drawing above is by Maddy - it is her working on Bee and PuppyCat)
Did you always want to work in animation?
Yes! I think I realized it was a job when I got The Lion King on VHS and they had behind the scenes footage of artists sketching lions for reference.
So, how’d you make your way to work on Bee and PuppyCat?
Natasha saw my comics online and emailed me one day asking if I wanted to work on a project. I was like “Oh yeah!” thinking it was going to be a comic, but then it turned out to be more Bee and PuppyCat!!! I was so excited!
How does writing work on a storyboard-driven series?
We come up with major plot points that have to be shown to make the story move forward—Natasha was very honest about what she wanted and I think we kept it pretty true to her basic outline.
Is it easier or harder writing for a female versus a male protagonist?
There’s not a big difference. It’s all about the character themselves, what their goals are, and what kind of world they inhabit!
I think many people relate to Bee because she lives paycheck to paycheck and that’s a common situation, for all genders!
How do you get yourself ready to start writing?
I like to have a nice shower before I sit down and work for the day.
Personally, I write down a lot of initial ideas and gags, then I pair them up with whatever story theme we were working on and share them with my writing partners, and through the awesome process of collaboration we come up with a more developed and funnier and interesting structure. (Note: Maddy, Natasha and Frank hard at work above).
Are there any specific comic books or animated series/characters influence your work?
So you and Natasha both love Sailor Moon. Did you talk about anime a lot as writing got underway?
Yes! I think one of the first things she said was, “Make it anime.”
What about Sailor Moon do you think so fascinates Natasha - and why did it lead to the creation of Bee and PuppyCat?
I think she mentioned that she really missed having a magical girl show and wanted to create her own! Which is awesome!
How does Sailor Moon influence your work?
I think the humor and flowy poses and sparkles are big influences that I pull from Sailor Moon.
The story is about a teenage girl who isn’t very good at a lot of things, she’s lazy, likes to read comics, play video games and eat but is also this savior of the universe and I think that kind of character, being flawed but wanting to do the right thing, is something else that’s mirrored in what I like to do.
What’s been the biggest difference working on Bee and PuppyCat compared to other shows you’ve worked on?
I think mainly the size of the crew. We all went out for dinner and fit at a table, versus the crew I’m on at a studio, we’d need a whole restaurant haha!
Is working for Frederator unique?
Frederator is really good about Natasha having say in what she wants it to be, which I think is great since she has so many fans!
In addition to writing you also draw – is that helpful in writing for Bee and PuppyCat?
When writing for Bee and PuppyCat I would draw out gags or ideas and show them to Natasha and she’d pick what she liked, but in meetings we would sketch out things too.
Drawing and writing are both very important to me; they’ve allowed me to start a career in my dream job! It’s preeeeettttyyy cool!
How did you learn to draw?
Just like any other kid - started off doodling when I was young, but then when I got a hold of my first comic books I became more conscious of all the different things that could be drawn.
Make your way to Cartoon Hangover to hang out with Cade, Nicky, Natasha and an array of special guests during the Bee and PuppyCat 24-hour Livestream countdown to launch event, which begins on Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. EST.
And, of course, don’t miss out on the series debut of Bee and PuppyCat on Thursday, November 6 at 8 p.m. EST.
- Gwen, Joe and Lisa