Some cans of worms aren’t opened with a can opener but with a picture. Seok Gyun and Jung Ah are hit with the truth. Nan Hee, Sung Jae and Choong Nam are caught in a triangle and everyone else steps around their dating landmine. Soon Young gets some peace and Wan has started to heal.
Top 10 Moments:
1. Nan Hee almost catches Wan and Dong Jin kissing
Well aware of their friend’s aversion to cheating husbands and their mistresses, Young Won and Choong Nam turn her around just in time to prevent her from catching her daughter kissing her married sunbae in the rain. Thankfully, drunk Nan Hee is easily distracted and Young Won and Choong Nam are able to usher her into a cab.
2. The girls have a sleepover
And it’s an amazing one too. After taking a drunk Nan Hee home, Choong Nam and Nan Hee settle down with snacks and alcohol, with Nan Hee talking about the handsome musician who poured her a drink after years of her not dating, whilst Young Won looks positively delighted to be back in Nan Hee’s home. She gives little cute smiles at the knickknacks in the house then settles in with her girls to laugh and drink. Cute.
3. Hee Ja, Choong Nam and Sung Jae are in a love triangle
Choong Nam who’s never been married and has not been in a relationship in years has a crush on Sung Jae. The very emotion in itself has Young Won happy for her friend, except, as Jung Ah called to warn her, Sung Jae seems to have a crush on Hee Ja (sometimes he shows by doing everything for her during their church’s community service afternoon) and Hee Ja is someone who capitulates if you’re persistent enough. Jung Ah doesn’t want a man to come between the friends and urges everyone to say nothing and not to choose any sides. Although something tells me when it comes down to it, Jung Ah will always be on Hee Ja’s side.
4. Jung Ah learns the truth
After Young Won took Soon Young to the doctors for a scan and for pictures to be taken of her injuries, the doctor mentions to her that she’s had multiple fractures, indicative of consistent abuse. This pushes Young Won into telling Jung Ah the truth, complete with pictures of Soon Young’s injuries. Seeing her baby girl so bruised and broken has Jung Ah breaking down in tears. Sitting in Young Won’s car, Jung Ah watches Soon Young at a nearby coffeeshop and remembers with guilt when newlywed Soon Young had said she was scared of her husband’s temper and Jung Ah had shut her up with an ‘all men are like that’ speech.
5. Seok Gyun learns the truth
Upon getting home after an evening spent with his son-in-law (Soo Young’s husband), Seok Gyun is shocked to hear Jung Ah say that Soon Young will be getting a divorce. His tirade about her getting only good things and not being grateful for what she gets is stopped by Jung Ah tossing the pictures of Soo Young’s bruises in his face and going into her room to cry. Seek Gyun picks up the pictures and looks shocked to see the Soon Young’s injuries.
6. Seok Gyun loses it
Keeping his cool after Jung Ah’s revelation the night before, Seok Gyun doesn’t head to work. Instead, he heads straight to the university Soon Young’s husband teaches at and proceeds to beat him silly. Soon Young’s husband doesn’t show any remorse though. Rather, he says Seok Gyun should have trained his daughter better and basically calls her a slut, saying it started when she was in primary school. This leads Seok Gyun to a flashback when Soon Young had complained about his boss’s son molesting her and he hadn’t defended her then. Seok Gyun feeling the guilt and Soon Young’s pain heads to his son-in-law’s car and proceeds to smash it till the police come to pick him up. Thankfully though, he’d recorded his conversation with his son-in-law.
7. Soon Young clears the air
After Jung Ah finally finds her at the apartment she’s staying, she and Soon Young sit down for a heart to heart where she tells her daughter that she’s well aware that when her biological daughters came around, she didn’t love Soon Young as much. Soon Young doesn’t see it that way though. She’s just upset that she’s brought undue stress to her mother who had been bragging at her wedding that all her troubles were now over. Jung Ah sees that as the moment when her daughter started to pull away from her.
8. Jung Ah tells Hee Ja the truth
After Hee Ja spends the evening asking her questions about Seok Gyun and what Jung Ah would like to eat and if she’s okay, Jung Ah finally breaks down in tears as she tells her best friend that Soon Young was hit by her husband. When Hee Ja asked if it was a one time thing or if she was hit a lot, Jung Ah starts to cry in earnest and Hee Ja leans over to give her friend comfort.
9. Seok Gyun keeps his feelings hidden
After the cops get Seok Gyun, Soon Young’s husband calls to mock her and ask her if she wants him to press charges against him. Soon Young had used all her life’s savings to get her husband out of jail and Seok Gyun had remained his stoic self; so stoic that Soon Young still doesn’t know all her father’s done for her and how much he loves her: from beating up her abusive husband, to beating his boss’s son that had molested her in primary school. Till the end, he kept it all in, because he belonged to an age that had not learnt to apologize to their children. He does however call Sung Jae who is still a lawyer for legal advice on what to do about Soon Young’s husband.
10. Jung Ah’s mother passes by the sea
After months of postponing visiting her mother, Jung Ah finally does so, and with her are Hee Ja, Nan Hee and Wan, the designated driver. She can sense within her that that was going to be her mother’s last day, so had Wan take them to a nearby beach. Before the afternoon’s done, Jung Ah’s mother dies, by the sea, whilst looking at the birds flying free. Just as she’s always wanted.
Character I wanted to bitch slap:
Because bullies that beat up women deserve just that. So much slaps that their faces never look the same again. I want to rearrange the bones in his face so that idiotic smirk he had on as he told Seok Gyun that Soon Young deserved it will never appear again. Urgh, fucking ass!!!
Headache inducing moment:
I was screaming at Seok Gyun to stop, turn around and talk to Soon Young. Tell her her honour’s been defended. Let her know you’ve been defending her honor since she was in primary school. Silence creates distance. I shouted so long and hoarse but Seok Gyun didn’t turn around.
This episode’s a margarita. It’s simple but filled with so much goodness, and that salt… it might be the tears you’ve been crying through all the scenes of Soon Young and her parents or it might just be the salt on the margarita itself. Either way, Dear My Friends has margarita’d things up.