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Friday, July 20, 2012

K-Town Episode 2: Quit Trying to Make "Cha" Happen

Posted By on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 10:36 AM

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Episode 2 begins with a quick Korean language and partying lesson from Prince Jowe. The K-Town crew divides their nights into four rounds: "Il-cha" (Round 1, Happy Hour), "Ee-cha" (Round 2, Food and Drinks), "Sam- cha" (Round 3, Pre-Gaming), and "Sa-cha" (Round 4, Main Partying). I'm very grateful for this lesson because -- with my rudimentary Korean skills -- I couldn't understand why Joe kept saying "Ee cha!" "Ee cha!" in Episode 1. To me, it translated as either "This car!" "This tea!" or "This Cha!" (since his last name is Cha) and I thought that perhaps Joe had some kind of uncontrollable tic. The K-Town crew is really trying to make "Cha" happen, similar to the catchphrasing of "G(ym)T(anning)L(aundry)" over at Jersey Shore.

We follow the group as they kick off Round 2 at The Palmtree, a restaurant/bar/club/karaoke emporium, awash in blue lights. The group gathers in a booth and immediately notices that Violet and Prince Jowe are missing. The group calls out Joe for bringing Violet's ex into the mix, but Joe defends his actions by explaining that he needs Prince Jowe to help him with his big clubbing event. We will have to wait and see what kind of expertise Prince Jowe can bring to the plebeian tasks of event planning. Joe doesn't want to discuss his business-over-friendship choices any further because the server has arrived with a deluxe platter of pig's feet (or jokbal) and really, nothing else matters at this point.

Us Bay Area folk can hit up Playground in Japantown to get our own pig's feet/karaoke/booze/blue lightbulb fix, though I can't guarantee that you'll get your self-esteem shattered into oblivion there like you would with the K-Town crew at The Palmtree. Steve introduces a drinking game in which you simply point your finger at your friend and malign them and/or make discomforting comments about their sexuality. Young asks "Who here looks like the best sexing person?" and gets clowned on by his pals for basically having once been an English Language Learner. It reinforces a subtle form of bizarre prejudice among Asian-Americans toward their peers who seem to be less assimilated to mainstream America even though they all exist exclusively within a specific ethnic/racial enclave. I don't even really understand what I typed right there, that's how confounding it is. Their ribbing of Young is also baseless, particularly when the supposedly more fluent speakers of English barely have a grasp on fundamental grammar themselves [Jasmine: "Hey, Jowe and Violet's not here."] Also during the game, Scarlet got personal and revealed that she loves anal sex, but with a kind of wistful expression that bore a hint of sadness. You could tell there was more she wanted to discuss about the topic but probably decided to just finish her pig feet and drop it.

The group ends Ee-cha and begins Sam-cha (Is it catching on with you yet?) at a bar manned by Steve's good friend Cammy who pours an elaborate soju shot/Hite beer domino-like "Seoul Train" as well as the "Apollo 13" booze tower that involves drink-racing with a competitor. She challenges Steve who adamantly refuses to be out-drunk by a female, which apparently is the ultimate form of emasculation. He wins and gloats like it was really that arduous to drink more than a 90-pound female. I half-expected him to spike the beer glass in her face afterwards and shout "What?!"

The group migrates to the larger bar area for Sa-cha where Jasmine and Scarlet rip a poor man's heart out for even deigning to sit next to them and say hello. He wears a dark striped blazer which the ladies (erroneously) associate with Colonel Sanders and begin an ongoing joke in which Jasmine pretends to order fried chicken from him. He tries to be a good sport and play along until Jasmine grabs a drink menu and props it up as a wall between them on the bar top which Scarlet hides behind, probably so she can get a quiet moment to wax nostalgic about anal sex. In her interview, Scarlet says she's a 10 and this man is a "fucking zero" who has no right to talk to her. Though I genuinely felt bad for this fellow naively trying to navigate this particular singles scene, I was also happy for his misfortune because it means we are all totally justified in our weekly mockery of the K-Town cast. [Clink soju glasses] Gonbae!

Meanwhile, Violet and Prince Jowe cozy up, holding hands as he babbles about how certain songs remind him of the times they spent together and they eventually share a kiss in the hallway. What seems like milliseconds later, Prince Jowe then wanders his domain hitting on a gaggle of ladies while Violet, Scarlet, and Jasmine keep vigil from a nearby booth. When he approaches one woman who's lighting up a cigarette at the bar (with the pickup line: "You're too pretty to smoke"), Violet gets up from her seat to put him and his new lady friend on blast. In her interview, she says the girl needs a nose job and wonders why she's not wearing real pants (I'll let that latter one slide). Some tense words are exchanged before Violet chucks her drink at the woman's head and the woman, rightfully, freaks out. In my last recap, I mistakenly thought Violet threw the drink at Prince Jowe, and after the end of Episode 2, I still believe he should have been the recipient. But since the teaser for the next episode features quite a few pugilistic females, I suppose this scenario makes more sense. Among the match-ups coming up next time are Violet and Lady Smoker, Cammy and Steve, and Scarlet and her dignity. And Sa-cha isn't even over yet.

K-Town airs every Wednesday on YouTube's LOUD channel.

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