Episode 7 of Hometown Cha Cha Cha begins sends us back to Gongjin with Seong-Hyeon meeting Du-Sik and Hye-Jin. It also turns out that woman Du-Sik has been hanging around with is called Ji-Won, and she’s a writer. Now, Song-Hyeon and Hye-Jin have known each other for around 10 years, given they went to college together.
As the trio all sit at the town meeting, Nam-Sook teases Hye-Jin, claiming there’s a spark between her and Seong-Hyeon. As things start to grow uncomfortable, the trio takes their leave and head back to Du-Sik’s place. Of course, Seong-Hyeon’s lack of direction continues to be a big sticking point, as Du-Sik teases him about this.
Anyway, the gang eventually start drinking as Seong-Hyeon gushes over Hye-Jin’s caring nature. After all, opening up a clinic in the countryside is such a caring thing to do…right? Du-Sik is pretty incredulous and asks amusingly whether this is the same Hye-Jin, receiving a swift kick to the leg for his troubles.
As the drinks continue flowing, Du-Sik and Seong-Hyeon continue to play games until they’re in a drunken stupor together. They clearly want to try and outdo the other, but it eventually leads to all three of them asleep together on the floor.
In the morning Hye-Jin looks to leave but Seong-Hyeon follows after, asking for Hye-Jin’s number. Only, it turns out Nam-Sook is listening in from around the corner. As Du-Sik heads out too, her mind is in the gutter, suspecting that there’s some sort of threesome going on here. Well, she certainly puts it more eloquently than me, calling it a love triangle and claiming that it’s spreading around town.
Of course, the other triangle here comes from Yeong-Guk. For him, it was love at first sight when he first laid eyes on Cho-Hui. Or, as Nam-Soo calls it, the Bermuda Love Triangle given Hwa-Jeong’s inclusion in this. And in the present, the trio all agree to go for dinner together.
Anyway, while Hye-Jin heads to work it leaves Du-Sik and Seong-Hyeon to spend the day together. Ji-Won shows up too, along with a whole bunch of other visitors. Chief Hong is a guide for the day and begins showing people around Gongjin.
As the day draws on, it turns out Ji-Won looks up to Seong-Hyeon. Hye-Jin is also unusually nice to him, setting off pangs of jealousy with Du-Sik. Seong-Hyeon is quite the charmer too, heading over to Gam-Ri’s place and helping her out with chores and sweetening her up with a new hat he found at the market.
Meanwhile, Mi-Seon learns what the third mystery around Gongjin actually is. It turns out 3 years back someone won the lottery there. However, their identity is a secret. Still, it doesn’t stop Mi-Seon from buying 2 lottery tickets, one for herself and the other for Eun-Cheol.
Du-Sik and Hye-Jin head over to Gam-Ri’s place, helping her out with chores. As they both stand in the tub, washing her clothes, the pair end up splashing each other. They hang her washing after and everything looks good… until Seong-Hyeon shows up with cake.
He’s bought it from a famous bakery, eventually bringing JUNE in to see them too, given how good friends the pair are. Anyway, it inevitably doesn’t take long for little Ju-Ri to show up too, but she ends up getting a bad case of the hiccups thanks to her nervousness.
While they get along well, Yeong-Suk slips in the bath before his big date. As he struggles to move, having clearly sprained his back, Cho-Hui and Hwa-Jeong show up and see him sprawled out on the floor. Together, they move him to the bed. However, Yeong-Suk is still paranoid over I-Jun’s comments earlier in the episode about his house smelling funny. When the girls leave, Cho-Hui admits that she wants them to go back to how they were before, hanging out just like old times.
In the morning, Hye-Jin receives a basket from Seong-Hyeon, treating her. In fact, Eun-Seol gets Mi-Seon a present too, claiming he won the lottery and handing over some food. Only, the price of this is 7000 but the winnings were 5000 so he clearly put some of his own money into this, which Mi-seon really appreciates.
Now, it’s clear that Seong-Hyeon has more on his mind than friendship. As he speaks to Du-Sik, he asks whether Hye-Jin is seeing anyone. When he learns that she’s not, a big grin crosses his face. Du-Sik though finds it hard to hide his disappointment.
Episode 8 of Hometown Cha Cha Cha begins with chief gossiper Nam-Sook spreading rumours that Hye-Jin has been hooking up with both Du-Sik and Seong-Hyeon. Mi-Seon arrives to break this party up though, calling her out for gossiping and forcing them all to leave.
Mi-Soen feeds this back to Hye-Jin though but she’s not exactly bothered. She just chalks it up to Nam-Sook being her usual self.
In the wake of all this drama, Du-Sik and Seong-Hyeon eventually end up heading out for food with Hye-Jin. Only, she chooses to sit next to Du-Sik, setting up this love triangle. The two guys continue to bicker, with spilt water, stolen dumplings and traded verbal sparring all on their lunch menu.
Away from the restaurant, Seong-Hyeon continues to help out around town, including buying cakes for the old ladies. Du-Sik has been the top dog for such a long time that seeing Seong-Hyeon in this position certainly puts him on edge. However, it does make him look at Hye-Jin in a different light too, smitten when she takes off her neck brace in the shop later on.
Yeong-Suk meets up with Hwa-Jeong after seeing the orthopaedic. He speaks openly about his feelings, telling her that he still feels things for Cho-Hui and intends to tell her this later on. Hwa-Jeong refuses to hear him out, telling the man that she’s off-limits.
Cho-Hui heads over to see Hwa-Jeong later that day and hands over a gift. She’s got some anti-wrinkle cream for her but Hwa-Jeong is not having this. She openly admits she doesn’t want to be friends and certainly not use the same cosmetics. She tells Cho-hui not to come by unannounced again, stamping down her authority.
Down on her luck and feeling sorry for herself, she ends up drunk – and it falls to Hwa-Jeong to take her to the hospital. When she leaves, Yeong-Suk hurries in and begins fussing over her, making sure the girl is okay.
Nam-Sook decides to skip out on treatment midway through, deciding to take up a cheaper dentist to finish her inlays. Well, she’s not the first to refuse it though, and it sends Hye-Jin out to confront Nam-Sook. She’s been recommending a dental technician that’s cheaper. Hye-Jin tries to encourage her to see reason but the woman is stubborn, to say the least. She even refuses to apologize for the rumour spreading too.
Well, as fate would have it Seong-Hyeon and Hye-Jin end up walking together, thanks in part to Mi-Seon pushing them to spend time together. While they do, Du-Sik goes on patrol with Eun-Cheol. While rain hammers down, he ends up seeing the pair together.
Du-Sik tentatively hands over a bag for Hye-Jin, claiming he meant to just throw it away, but it’s actually something to help her herniated disks. Given how long he was out in the rain without an umbrella, in the morning Du-Sik ends up with a pretty nasty cough.
Meanwhile, Hye-Jin notices Nam-Sook out with a whole envelope full of cash meeting a shady fellow. Apparently, her consultant is Kim Mi-Yeong and this guy is a bank employee. As Hye-Jin pokes holes in this story, the man suddenly snatches up the money and runs.
Only, Seong-Hyeon and Du-Sik both notice and see it as an opportunity to gain brownie points with Hye-Jin. Well, eventually the pair bring the money back but Seong-Hyeon does the noble thing and claims it was all Du-Sik. Well, Du-Sik is not in a good way and eventually calls it quits, heading home and deciding to lay low for the time being.
It doesn’t take long for Hye-Jin to head over and help out. She patches up his cut arm and encourages Chief Hong to open up over what he’s craving. He wants tangerines. Hye-Jin eventually heads out to find them, but not before making him some porridge and deliberating about kissing him. She also leaves a massive mess in his kitchen too.
Hye-Jin though ends up talking to Hwa-Jeong about Nam-Sook later that day. She admits that the woman used to have a daughter that’s around Ju-Ri’s age called A-Ram. She was sick and after losing A-Ram, wasn’t herself for a year until she started making donations. As Hwa-Jeong puts it, Nam-Sook being a gossip and a pain is better than wallowing in grief.
Hearing this is enough for Hye-Jin to make amends, telling Nam-Sook to come by the clinic so she can check out her inlays.
As day turns to night, Hye-Jin leaves the dental clinic and begins heading home. Only, as she does she ends up down a street with the lights out. Her phone is dead as well. As she begins panicking, Hye-Jin rushes forward and throws her arms around Du-Sik, who shows up to check on her. As we soon learn, it turns out Du-Sik was actually awake when Hye-Jin tried to kiss him before!
Thanks For Reading!!