So I took some folk’s suggestion and jumped back into Gu Family Book starting with episode 13. Don’t lie and argue that I needed to go back and fill in the last 8 episodes, ain’t nothing happened that needed to be watched and couldn’t be deduced swiftly upon diving into 13. If I want some Lee Seung Gi half man-beast angsting from earlier episodes, I’m sure a best-of MV compilation would hit the spot. Back to episode 13, it wasn’t nearly as annoying narratively as I remembered, but that was mostly because it felt like a filler episode to set up the return of now-100%-evil demon daddy Wol Ryung. I thought the OTP finally had a narrative presence around their friendship and understanding of each other, though is it my imagination or has Suzy actually gotten worse than when she first popped up. She literally sounds like a robot reading cue cards, like a SNL skit where the worst actress on the planet attempts Lady Macbeth while surrounded by people who can act. Lee Yoo Bi, on the other hand, wow I did not know she had it in her but she’s rocking and rolling here. Seung Gi seems to be doing fine, but there isn’t the same fire and passion I glimpsed in his performance from The King 2 Hearts, and I’m not talking about the character portrayal inasmuch as I could see underneath the surface as he played the role that he connected viscerally with the character of Lee Jae Ha. That doesn’t seem to be evidenced here, though he is too cute for words and I could pack him up and take him home. I confess the story is still pretty dull for me and I actually yawned quite a few times, but episode 14 was a lot more interesting so that’s an upward trajectory. It’s good to know its stabilized and appears to have grounded down to a confident narrative cadence even if it is overly simplistic. I think Yeol Wool and Kang Chi are just too cute and sweet together and that makes it very easy for this drama to sustain its audience. The main cast attended a mid-point drama press conference this week that further confirmed Seung Gi and Suzy look absolutely marvelous together so check out the cute pics.