If Secret Garden went insanely overboard with “The Little Mermaid” allusions, then Lie to Me is piling on the “Cinderella” references. But I’ve come to realize that the new writer is aiming to allude to Cinderella and then tell us that Ah Jung would never agree to that proposition. While one of the biggest problems with the writing of Lie to Me is consistency – characters personalities and motivations change quickly, and plot and narrative is all over the place – the only thing consistent, which keeps us all glued to the set, is the love story between Ki Joon and Ah Jung.
I was too harsh in my initial reaction to episode 15. I don’t think Ah Jung’s reaction is nonsensical. I think she’s pretty overwhelmed at this point, and really needs to figure out her life and her future with Ki Joon without other plot motivators such as the China deal or her job on the line. Ah Jung is showing that she’s not going to act before she thinks anymore, and will ponder her future with Ki Joon thoughtfully. She wanted to take the relationship slow, so I find her “hold it right there” response to an entire episode’s worth of pressure to get married actually quite normal and believable. Coupled with the preview for episode 16, I’m pretty cool with how this drama might wrap up. Hey, I’m a glass half full kinda Koala.
Episode 15 Recap:
Ah Jung runs out of the party, losing her shoes and her self-esteem in the process. Poor Jungie. Ki Joon, a half-step too slow if you ask me, chases after her and stops her in the hallway. He asks her what’s wrong, but she lies and says that she’s simply not feeling well. She’s sorry to the Chens for leaving without saying a proper goodbye.
Ki Joon doesn’t buy her lame excuse for one minute, pleading with his Ah Jung-ah to just tell him what the heck happened to her? She took a call and suddenly she was running out, so what was the content of the call? Or was it the reporter? Ah Jung doesn’t share the bad news with him, and he stops pressing her.
Ki Joon kneels down in front of her and tells her to get on since she’s barefoot. Ooooh, aborted piggyback ride from episode 9 about to become a reality. She hesitates and then gets on his back. I’m sorry, I don’t care how many times I’ve seen a piggyback ride in a K-drama, but I LOVELOVELOVE this version. It’s not a drunken or injured one, but one where she emotionally needs the security he provides. And his white suit contrasted with her black strapless dress? Breathtakingly gorgeous.
He asks if this is the first time he’s piggybacked her, and she confirms it is. He asks if she’s happy? Ki Joon teases her that she’s quite heavy. When Ah Jung apologizes for being a burden (literally and likely figuratively as well), he stops teasing her and tells her that she’s not heavy at all. He then smiles and quietly tells her that he wants to carry her like this every day for the rest of their lives. Ah Jung chokes back her tears.
Ki Joon sets Ah Jung down in the car, which is when a lady comes running out bearing Ah Jung’s shoes. She tells Ah Jung to cheer up, no matter what it was that happened. Ki Joon takes the shoes, and then kneels down to put them on Ah Jung’s feet, despite her protest that it’s not necessary. He jokes that it’s not even glass slippers. Ha! He brushes the dirt off her soles first before slipping her feet into the high heels. Ki Joon tells Ah Jung not to cry anymore, he doesn’t want to see her cry. He promises that there he will make sure she smiles every day from now on.
That night, Ah Jung thinks about the reporter’s Cinderella assertion, and her current predicament. She goes to see Jae Bum the next day to consult his legal advice. Jae Bum is upset on her behalf, and suggests that if she can gather the evidence to disprove the reason she was fired (for showing favoritism by giving the convention business to Gold Resort), then she can petition to get re-instated.
Dad finds out Ah Jung got fired from the newspaper. Aunt shows the same newspaper to Ki Joon, who also finds out third hand that his Jungie got wacked specifically for a reason tied to his Gold Resort. Ki Joon is stunned and hurries out, asking Park Hoon to connect him with a higher up in the Ministry.
Ah Jung and Dad discuss her situation over a meal. He tells her that he found out her situation from the papers. Dad trusts in his Ah Jung, who tells Dad that she’ll fight her firing because it wasn’t justified. He reminds her that her name Ah Jung means that she is a righteous and upstanding person.
Ki Joon comes to see Ah Jung that night, and Dad allows him to “borrow” her for the time being. Dad asks if Ki Joon was jealous and Dad spent time with Ah Jung earlier. Ki Joon adorably says that even though he was jealous, he’ll endure it this once. Dad heads out and Ah Jung and Ki Joon sit down to talk.
Ki Joon chooses the most innocuous question again “did you eat yet?” to break the silence. Ah Jung teases that she’s not a pig so how come he keeps asking her the same question. Ki Joon brings up her firing and tells her not to worry, he’ll handle it. Ah Jung replies that it’s her problem. To which Ki Joon reminds her that it’s “their” problem. He tells her that the truth will come out. He suggests that they fight the Powers together. He asks Ah Jung not to try to run away. If she does, he’ll kidnap her back.
Ah Jung goes to file some paperwork, and has her co-worker bring out some files for her. Ah Jung and Jae Bum sort the files to find evidence that she didn’t engage in any misconduct with respect to the Gold Resort. All of Ah Jung’s co-workers support her and agree to help out. Ki Joon finds out from Park Hoon that the evidence points to Ah Jung doing nothing wrong. The only kicker is her admission that she is dating Ki Joon, but that itself is not a violation. Ki Joon tells Park Hoon to assist in any way possible.
Ah Jung is inside the Ministry lobby getting people to sign her petition for re-instatement. She looks outside and see Ki Joon passing out flyers, having erected signs protesting Ah Jung’s firing and her innocence. She’s not happy he’s doing this for her, and he pretends that it’s a lot of fun. Ah Jung is distressed seeing Ki Joon embarrassing himself on her behalf.
Ki Joon reminds Ah Jung that she needn’t do anything if she wanted. If she wants, she can do yoga, flower arranging, shopping, all the Stepford wives stuff all day long. Ah Jung retorts that she doesn’t do any of that stuff. Ki Joon asks why she wants this job so much – wasn’t her original motivation because of impressing Jae Bum?
Ah Jung cuts him off – she concedes she didn’t have a goal or a dream and took the exam for a stupid reason. But she passed, and she’s worked so hard since then at this job. Ki Joon smiles and shows her the flyer he made, asking if the pictures he selected of her are pretty? He was just teasing his Jungie, heh.
Yoon Joo is at home wallowing in her own misery. What’s new? Her mom comes by with food and asks how she’s doing. She sees Yoon Joo reading newspaper articles about Ah Jung and tells her to stop doing this. Yoon Joo hugs her mom for being here for her. Mom tries to comfort Yoon Joo by saying she did nothing wrong.
Yoon Joo comes clean about doing something wrong despite knowing Ki Joon isn’t coming back to her. Yoon Joo wishes she had been able to let go very gracefully. She cries about how she did one final bad thing that she wish she didn’t. Mom tells her to get her ass back to Paris because she keeps getting hurt staying here. Yeah, you do that, Yoon Joo.
Jae Bum is working hard to assist Ah Jung in her re-instatement hearing. So Ran wears a sexy nightie and tries to seduce Jae Bum. She does remind Jae Bum to do his best to help Ah Jung re-hired. Jae Bum chases after So Ran in the end.
Ah Jung practices her speech in front of the mirror, reminding herself to stay strong and not cry. At the meeting, Ah Jung passes out all the prepared evidence to show she did not show favoritism. Ah Jung explains that in everything she’s done at the job, she’s been thorough and vetted everything so that no one can ever accuse her of showing favoritism. She can’t accept this punishment because she did nothing wrong. The panel renders its verdict right there.
Ki Joon is anxiously waiting for Ah Jung in the lobby. She comes out looking exhausted and weepy. Ki Joon immediately starts to comfort her, telling her that it’s okay. Ah Jung cry laughs and tells Ki Joon that she can’t have breakfast with him anymore because she’s headed back to work tomorrow. Ki Joon’s thrilled and enthusiastically hugs his Jungie a little too hard (multiple times). Really Ki Joon, be careful there. You don’t want to break her back. Well, at least you don’t want to do it via a hug on the street.
Ah Jung and Dad celebrate her re-instatement via, what else, daddy daughter drinking time. They do a love shot (cuuuuute). Dad thinks that when Ah Jung gets married to Ki Joon, he won’t see her often anymore. Ah Jung stammers that she and Ki Joon didn’t go so far as to discuss marriage yet. Uh, I think the man has been hinting marriage pretty blatantly for awhile now, girlfriend. Dad’s impressed that Ah Jung was able to solve her own problems without his help. Dad thanks Ah Jung for growing up so well without a mother around.
Aunt heard about Ah Jung getting her job back, and Ki Joon protesting outside the Ministry on her behalf. Aunt asks Ki Joon if he’s planning to marry Ah Jung? Ki Joon says yes, as soon as possible if he can. He tells Aunt that he loves Ah Jung because she’s so normal and forthright. Aunt wonders if there is anything she can do to convince him otherwise? He says nope. Aunt concedes that she’s cool with it then.
Ah Jung hurries out of the house in the morning to head to work. At the Ministry, Ah Jung sees an ice-cream stand set up outside. A Pooh Bear comes and drags her over, where promptly all her co-workers show up with a congrats banner and Ki Joon comes bearing a flower wreath. He pulled yet another grand gesture for his girl getting her job back.
Ah Jung’s co-workers wonder if they are getting married soon, and Ah Jung says “what marriage?” Ki Joon has the Pooh Bear reveal himself (it’s Park Hoon!) and even Hoon bear tells Ah Jung to just get married.
Ki Joon and Ah Jung sit down for some ice-cream, with her protesting that she didn’t like this gesture because it was embarrassing. Ki Joon gets taken aback and asks if she’s really not happy with it? Finally Ah Jung confesses that she liked it. Then Ki Joon asks her to keep being honest – why was she demurring when her co-workers were chanting for them to get married? Ah Jung says she has to go to work and doesn’t answer Ki Joon’s question.
Sang Hee is in his art studio when Yoon Joo arrives to say goodbye. She tells him that she’d leaving for Paris. Sang Hee asks if she’s still hurting, to which she says she’s not. She just want to let go of Ki Joon and heal, meeting a better man and be happy. Sang Hee teases Yoon Joo that he’ll get jealous if she meets a really great guy.
Yoon Joo comes to Ah Jung’s work and asks to meet. She apologizes to Ah Jung, for hating her despite knowing she was a good person who did nothing wrong. Ah Jung replies that she would have hated Yoon Joo if the situation were reversed. Yoon Joo thanks Ah Jung for understanding and reveals she’s headed to Paris tomorrow. Ah Jung asks Yoon Joo not to hate Ki Joon. It’s normal for Yoon Joo to hate Ah Jung. Yoon Joo concedes that she’s lost. Lady, you lost three years ago!
Ki Joon is cooking for Ah Jung in his house (wooo hooo, return of our favorite location in the drama – the house of many former kisses). She’s impressed with his cooking ability and once again Ki Joon matter-of-factly says he can do anything since a business man needs to have many talents.
Ah Jung grumbles that he really is a chaebol. Ki Joon wonders if she really didn’t know that when she purposely approached him. She asks when that happened, and he teases her about how she once called him “honey, I’m here”. She gets embarrassed and he reminds her that pretty soon she’ll be calling him that for real.
Ki Joon drops a piece of noodle in Ah Jung’s mouth (adorably like feeding a baby seal a fish). She eats it and pretends to faint, but pops up and tells him the food is delicious. Why is it when these two do the most mudane of things is what makes my heart feel like bursting. A text comes in from Yoon Joo asking Ki Joon to meet. Ah Jung tells him to go meet her, if for Ah Jung’s sake.
Yoon Joo tries on her engagement ring (again), before putting it away when Ki Joon arrives. He awkwardly sits down and asks what she wants to see him about. Yoon Joo explains that she’s headed to Paris and wanted to let Ki Joon go so she asked to meet. She knows it will be hard, but she’s ready to accept the reality. He thanks her for the memories they shared, he will always treasure it.
Yoon Joo is at the airport when Sang Hee arrives to send her off with a care package of red pepper paste (to remind her of Korea). She thanks him for helping her get her feelings in order again, and promises to call once she gets settled in Paris. Sang Hee notes that it’s good to see Yoon Joo one more time when she’s not crying. They shake hands and she’s gone!
Ah Jung is giving Ae Kyung a makeover, with the latter wondering why this is happening. Ah Jung refuses to tell her where they are going, only explaining that Ae Kyung looks pretty. Ki Joon has dad shopping for a new suit, pretending that they are headed to a party to celebrate Ah Jung getting re-instated. Suk Bong is cooking and crying to Sang Hee, lamenting how hard it is to let someone go.
The lights are turned off at the café and Dad and Ae Kyung are brought in. The lights turn on and everyone pops up to congratulate them on getting married. Sang Hee brings out the cake, with Dad accusing Ah Jung of marrying him off so that she can run off to get married herself. Ae Kyung tells Ki Joon to make it official with Ah Jung and he promises to get right on it. The entire gang gather for a group wedding picture.
Ki Joon and Ah Jung are sitting in a café and he hands her a pen and paper. She asks if he wants her to write a contract? Ki Joon wants Ah Jung to write down the ten things she wants in her ideal man so he can do research on it. He’ll write down ten things he wants in a woman. He realizes they still don’t know that much about each other.
Ah Jung asks if Ki Joon has the confidence to meet all ten requirements if she writes it down? She says sure, there is nothing he can’ do. Doesn’t she remember he’s Hyun Ki Joon 5-item set? She says of course: good looking, manners, responsibility, common sense, and chivalry. She thinks that she’s been brainwashed.
He tells her not to worry about him, she should worry about herself. Ki Joon tries to cover his paper so she doesn’t peek. They sit and write in silence, finishing at the same time. Ki Joon grabs her first to read it. Ah Jung says as long as Ki Joon fulfills five of the ten items, she’ll consider him the perfect guy. Ki Joon replies that if Ah Jung fulfills three of his ten, he’ll still piggyback her every day. You two make me teary with the banter.
Ah Jung reads Ki Joon’s list on the bus ride home. (1) Even if its oatmeal, a woman who makes breakfast for me every morning. (2) Someone who will exercise with me every morning. (3) Even when we fight, she’ll accept my apology. (4) A woman who loudly cries at sad movies. (5) A women with different interests willing to do my hobbies with me. (6) A woman who doesn’t tell a lie even in the smallest instance, always being truthtful. (7) A woman with wrinkles who is still pretty. (8) A woman who knows the real Hyun Ki Joon (9) A woman wanting 1 boy, 2 girls. (10) A woman who can drink like a man. And finally, a P.S. – a woman with pretty hands and feet.
Ah Jung brings some food to Sang Hee at his art studio and finds the portrait he painted of her. He asks if she’s already starting to act like his sister-in-law? He agrees to eat the food. She doesn’t think too much about it, only asking that it should be hung on the wall.
She asks why he drew her, and he makes the excuse that he wanted to draw someone with a personality. Sang Hee asks for a picture of Ah Jung with Ki Joon. He wants to draw them, because they are very suitable for each other. Awwwww, Sang Hee, you is totally grown up now. And so sweet. He promises Ah Jung that he will draw her very pretty even though the real Ah Jung isn’t very pretty.
Back home, Ah Jung looks through Ki Joon’s list. Some of the requirements she can do, others she’s not so sure about. She sasses that Ki Joon wants too much from his ideal woman. She bids goodnight to President Hyun and tells him that he ought to wake up from his daydream.
Ah Jung is called to meet with Aunt, who is actually friendly and tells Ah Jung to relax. Aunt drops a laundry list of things-to-do-to-be-a-chaebol-wife on her lap, including learning golf, learning languages, horseback riding and other activities. Since Ki Joon travels a lot, Ah Jung needs to be prepared to go with him to assist him, the way Ah Jung assisted him with Chairman Chen. That will lessen Ki Joon’s burden.
Ah Jung replies that she has her own job. Aunt’s fine with her working for now since she just got her job back. Ah Jung says that she wants to keep working in the future as well even after she gets married. Aunt looks surprised and says it’s good that Ah Jung likes her job, but Aunt would love it more if Ah Jung helped out Ki Joon. Aunt agrees to let the youngsters decide on what they want to do.
Ah Jung meets with another reporter who wants to find out when the marriage will take place. Ah Jung says there are no plans currently. The reporter wonders if Ah Jung turned down Ki Joon, or maybe Ki Joon hasn’t proposed yet. The reporter asks if Ah Jung is prepared to become the wife of the World Group CEO once they get married? That night, Ah Jung looks at Ki Joon’s list again and crosses out the items that she can’t fulfill. I think she’s X’d out so many more things than she ought to. She thinks back to Aunt’s list of other criteria.
Ki Joon is having coffee with Ah Jung and notices she’s out of it and rather down. He takes her to his house to cheer her up. He covers her eyes and leads her into the living room. He takes his hands away and shows her that all the art work in the house are beautifully lit. He made it with Sang Hee, and now he’ll carve her name on some of the artwork.
Ah Jung teases that this isn’t enough, she’s not cheered up. Ki Joon says there is more. He has a secret room that he’s never shown anymore, but he wants to share it with Ah Jung. He leads her into his workshop with all his model toys. She’s stunned to see it, and he confesses he made everything despite his busy schedule. He reminds Ah Jung that one of his requirements is a woman who will work on his hobbies with him even if the hobbies are different.
He turns on the toy model train and it turns the corner and stops in front of Ah Jung. In the caboose is a diamond raindrop necklace. Ki Joon takes it and puts it around Ah Jung’s neck. He tells her that he’s lived his entire life for other people, so this place is a present for himself where he can be himself. But going forward, he wants to share this with her.
Ki Joon asks Ah Jung: “Will you marry me?” Ah Jung looks stunned and uncertain. She finally replies that she’s put a lot of thought into marriage, but she doesn’t think she’s the right woman for Ki Joon. Ki Joon’s face freezes.
Thoughts of Mine:
I’ve discovered that the cliffhangers for LTM have always been all smoke and mirrors. Each cliffhanger that isn’t lovedovey between the OTP makes us worry for them, yet the very next episode shows that there was nothing to worry about. Each obstacle is quickly dealt with, each time they are always there for each other. The ending to episode 15 is no exception. We see in the preview that Ah Jung isn’t ready to marry Ki Joon, but she tells him how much she loves him. There is nothing wrong with that, other than this is not a 50-episode drama hence LTM fandom dying for a magical happy ending likely won’t get it. Otherwise, she’d be a fool to marry him with so many issues unresolved between them.
I really liked this episode watching it for the recap. It did feel rushed to wrap up all the ancillary storylines (Yoon Joo back to Paris, Sang Hee cool with his life, Dad and Ae Kyung tying the knot), yet Ki Joon and Ah Jung’s relationship really moved forward. Yes, it appears to have grounded to a halt at the end, but that is a feint. The second writer is all about putting Ah Jung and Ki Joon’s relationship into the confines of reality (as opposed to the lush idyllic romanticism of their earlier interactions). So while we’ve dealt with their relationship vis-à-vis their professional futures, we haven’t dealt with their relationship vis-à-vis their personal considerations.
Yes, they love each other, genuinely and without reservation. But we’re finally taking a deep breath from the Chairman Chen deal and Ministry firing issues to finally address how Ki Joon and Ah Jung are going to make it work going forward. Ki Joon loves the Ah Jung who loves her job, but he also really doesn’t understand how much she’s potentially going to have to give up to marry him. Maybe she can keep working for awhile, but eventually he’s just so rich and prominent her life will end up being just his wife. And that is not Gong Ah Jung.
I don’t think Aunt did anything other than tell her the truth about marrying into a family like theirs. This entire scandal started from a lie that Ah Jung told when she didn’t think, didn’t consider the consequences. We have come a full circle in that Ah Jung is really faced with the prospect of getting married (to a man she loves who loves her back), and she is finally stopping to think. She told Ki Joon “I don’t think I am the woman for you.” She’s likely right in the practical sense, and now they both need to stop and consider what they need to do to make it work.
Ah Jung likely needs some time apart to figure out her life, and Ki Joon needs to keep earning his love. There are so many parallel moments in this drama that it’s sad the writer couldn’t really develop it properly. Ki Joon and Sang Hee really screwed Yoon Joo over, if you stop to think about it. One proposed to her but couldn’t fight for their love, the other professed to love her but used guilt to ruin her marriage. Sang Hee’s penance is giving Ki Joon the woman he loves in Ah Jung and letting himself suffer heartbreak the second time. Ki Joon’s penance is fighting for his love this second time around with everything he’s got. Yoon Joo came too easily (one ring and the deal was sealed), so this time Ah Jung marks the first time he’s got to protect, cherish, and understand what love means.
I loved the fact that Ah Jung pretty much got her job back all by herself. Ki Joon was a sweet cheerleader, but she gathered all the evidence and convinced the panel she did nothing wrong all by herself. If anything, the second writer really really understands that an integral part of Gong Ah Jung is her pride in her civil servant position and her motivation for her job. Just like Ki Joon becoming a hotel president because it was what he was supposed to do, yet he doesn’t bemoan it and does the best he can, Ah Jung may have wanted to become a civil servant because of Jae Bum, but she ended up loving her job and doing her best. Our OTP really are kindred spirits.
I think if the first writer could have sped up the set-up part of the story, so that the ending to episode 8 happened by episode 6, then we’d be in great shape for the story to conclude with all the issues properly resolved AND still get our wedding and babies type of ending. C’est la vie, I can hardly mourn a what-could-have-been when really, LTM has been a startling surprise from the beginning.
If I peel away the plot, and just look at the exquisite moments between Ah Jung and Ki Joon, sometimes tears just come to my eyes. Like the first scene, when Ah Jung was really just overcome with emotion (from hearing that she was fired to being accused of being a Cinderella by the reporter), Ki Joon was there for her but he never pushed her. The piggyback ride was just so haltingly sweet, but it was when he put her shoes back on for her (after brushing the dirt off her feet) that made my insides all squishy.
I constantly tease that I want boating, but really I want something ephemeral that a drama love story can deliver with or without big whizbang scenes like the Cola Kiss or weddings or babies and happily ever after. I’ll have to wait until episode 16 to determine what my favorite scene in LTM is, but so far, it’s no-contest – my favorite scene is the airport farewell in episode 13. See, it didn’t even involve tongue. It simply showcased the sensation of love bursting from both of them, wrapped in the longing of a simple separation.
LTM has been a divisive drama from very beginning, and looks to continue the trend even with this episode 15. While I really liked it for how it wants to prepare Ah Jung and Ki Joon’s relationship for the long-term future, it’s surely a disappointment for folks wanting an “I do” and them making out in the bedroom next door afterwards. From the very beginning it was never about the story the writer wanted to tell, what went wrong was how it was all executed. While I can see the forest and others simply see the tree, I think tomorrow we’re going to get a very sweet ending no matter what. We might all crave more, but I wouldn’t trade this OTP for the best written script in the entire world.
The first writer wrote a very romantic and dream-like love story, the second writer wrote a very tender and realistic love story. The happily-ever-after ending we all want (wedding, babies, white picket fence) is probably what the first writer might have done. Episode 15 confirms that, while I have no doubt the ending will be happy for our OTP, as a viewer we might not get the complete catharsis we are looking for. I think I’m okay with that. Upon re-watch, I found this episode was very meaningful and necessary, actually setting it up so I’ll get my soft landing with this story.
There were moments in episode 15 that really connected with me, hit me in the gut where it hurts not with the manufactured angst, but with the reality and the disconnect between love in the now versus together in the forever. While I have really been rolling my eyes with the overall plot of LTM since episode 9, each and every OTP scene has been golden for me. I can dissect and parse their every word and gesture, and episode 15 was no exception. I can feel the actors are running on fumes, yet every scene between Kang Ji Hwan and Yoon Eun Hye you can tell they are helping each other bring it.
Too bad it took 15 episodes for Ah Jung and Ki Joon to face the stark reality of a simple civil servant from a professorial family to marry into a chaebol. I think it’s easy to dismiss this final plot development because we simply want a happy satisfying conclusion, plus it really is coming so late in the game. Argh, that does pain me. But I’ll give the writer the benefit of the doubt on how she’ll end the drama. Ah Jung has really grown from the young woman who didn’t think much before telling a lie, into a young woman who is willing to consider how the precious love between her and Ki Joon can survive and grow for the long term. I’m with my OTP every step of the way.
P.S. The preview for episode 16 looks SUPER CUTE. As in – no real angst to worry about. Ah Jung tells Ki Joon that she loves him, she loves him so much that she can’t imagine living in a world without him. Dad asks Ah Jung is “that guy” is going to go along with what she’s asking? Ah Jung asks Dad how long he’s going to keep referring to Ki Joon as “that guy”. Ki Joon says no way, he won’t agree to it. Ah Jung aegyo’s him with a super duper OWP. Ki Joon sends Ah Jung off at the airport, she promises him it’s just for a short time, until she finds the part of her that is missing. Ki Joon pulls Ah Jung in for a kiss. He asks if he can call her during this time. Ki Joon sits in his office and get his super mischievous look on his face – he think to himself that “it’s battle time.” He’s going to get back his Jungie.