We all have to hit rockbottom before we can climb right back up again. All the secrets come tumbling out. Jung Ah makes a decision and Hee Ja gets her reaffirmation. Nan Hee learns the entire truth and Wan rips the bandaid and lays it all bare.
Top 10 Moments:
- Nan Hee confronts Dong Jin
After having spent the night, thinking of the embrace and the forehead kiss Dong Jin had laid on Wan, Nan Hee isn’t able to concentrate the next morning and instead heads straight to the publishing house. She gets there when the place is filled with all the members of staff, all of whom are preparing for an important meeting. She asks Dong Jin for a cup of coffee, and when he hands her the cup, she pours the coffee right back in his face. She starts to rail and hit him, asking how he dared to touch her daughter and claiming that he’s doing so because Wan’s a widow’s daughter (Usually, I would applaud this, but it isn’t what she thinks it is and plus she didn’t just soil Dong Jin’s name, she’s dragged Wan through the mud as well *wince*). Dong Jin eventually has to be taken to the hospital whilst Nan Hee pats herself on the back for doing a good job. None of her colleagues can get through to Wan however who is busy at a bookstore.
2. Seong Jae asks Choong Nam to play matchmaker
Seong Jae invites Choong Nam to a meal and explains his plans to travel and his desire to take Hee Ja along with him. He expresses that he’s aware of Hee Ja’s reticence and so wants Choong Nam to help them make the trip a reality. When Choong Nam asks if he would rather go on the trip with Hee Ja than with her, Seong Jae asks why he would want to take Choong Nam? (Ouch!). Choong Nam refuses to help out, claiming that she’s busy with exams. When Seong Jae presses on about what on earth Choong Nam’s exams got to do with the trip, she admits that she likes him. Seong Jae laughs at the words, remembering that he’d known her since she ran around without her underwear and so he can’t like her. When she asks if he thinks she’s stupid like the professor-artists who join their table with an apology and more art piece for her to buy, think. The conversation between Choong Nam and the professor-artists escalate with one of them storming off after carrying his sculpture. Choong Nam isn’t focused on them. Instead, she asks Seong Jae to tell her exactly why he can’t like her. Seong Jae breaks the bad news: he likes Hee Ja but sees Choong Nam only as a little sister.
3. Wan finds out what happened
It’s nighttime and Wan just finished washing her hair when she gets a call from her colleague. She’s barely has enough time to explain why she couldn’t answer the call when her colleague drops the bomb of the office spectacle on her. Wan thanks her colleague and hangs up. Left alone with her thoughts, she remembers the various times she’s screamed at her mother to let her live her own life, even as her mother wonders why she’s changed so much. She also remembers that period when as a kid, her mother had dragged her away from home and forced a milk drink in her hand, even though she’d told her mother then that she didn’t want the drink. Even as she’s having all these thoughts, her mother calls her to ask that they should meet. Wan simply replies that she’s working and would call her mother later. That done, she hangs up the call. Doing so takes her back to the flashback where we see that the milk drink was poisoned and we have Wan’s father backing her as he cries and runs to get her to the hospital on time. Wan narrates that she’s not sure if she should bring up her mother going to her workplace, or she should do as she’d done all those years ago as a kid, never bother to ask her mother. Wan decides though that enough is enough, and the time has come for her to take her mother on and get her to stop butting into her (Wan) life so she can start to live it on her own terms.
4. Seok Gyun’s a proud papa
Turns out he ended up sending the money in time enough for Soon Young to get it, so he spends the entirety of the morning having Jung Ah read and re-read the text Soon Young had sent him, thanking him for the money as she called him ‘Dad’ and called herself ‘Eldest Daughter’. He keeps hammering the fact that even after asshole son-in-law (I refuse to say his name) punched him, he kept his head in that situation and made the recording and then he let go of his pride to meet Seong Jae and that was what led to them being able to get the 500,000 dollars for Soon Young. He’s said it so many times, you can see that it grates on Jung Ah’s nerves, but all Seok Gyun is focused on is that his daughter, for the very first time in her life, told him thank you.
5. Wan’s numb to the world
Having made up her mind not to hold back anymore and to start on this journey of reclaiming her life, Wan is willing to meet Nan Hee, when Nan Hee calls to inform her that since she’s spoken with Dong Jin, they should talk. The next morning, Nan Hee heads to Wan’s place and meets the first step Wan has taken towards taking control of her life: She changed her passcode. Next step: she tells Nan Hee in no uncertain terms that she wants a cigarette. Nan Hee’s shocked but she heads to the store and gets Wan a pack and a lighter. When Wan smokes, with no concern that Nan Hee’s present and watching her, Nan Hee snaps and wails about how she’s raised her and how dare she do that in front of her mother. Wan says nothing, just lies there, until Nan Hee leaves. Nan Hee heads up to drink away her sorrows with Young Won present to comfort her.
6. Jung Ah wants a divorce
When she keeps talking to Choong Nam about selling the house, even though Seok Gyun had already sent Soon Young all the money she could need, Jung Ah finally tells Hee Ja, Choong Nam and Young Won that she needs the money because she’s planning on getting a divorce. When Hee Ja wonders why Jung Ah wants a divorce even though Seok Gyun got the money sent to Soon Young, Jung Ah speaks to the root of the matter: it was to make up for his years of being a terrible father but that can’t make up for him being a terrible husband. Out of all the girls gathered, Choong Nam is the one most in support of the decision, although hers is because she believes that should Jung Ah get divorced, then she would fall into the same manless phase that they’re all in, i.e. divorced (Young Won), Widowed (Nan Hee) and unmarried (Choong Nam). When the others (minus Choong Nam) try to get her to stick with things till the very end, Jung Ah points out that she wants to live free now, and not like her mother who always wanted to be free but didn’t get that chance till she was dead. When Hee Ja comes to meet her with the offer to stay with her after she gets her divorce from Seok Gyun, Jung Ah turns down the offer, not wanting to exchange one headache for another. Hee Ja, pissed snaps back that Jung Ah wasn’t that much of a wife either, and that she’s just a two-faced person who others think is nice.
7. Hee Ja agrees to go on the trip
After Jung Ah left her house earlier in the day, with the talk that she doesn’t want to live with her, Hee Ja calls Jung Ah later that night to press her as to why exactly. When Jung Ah’s only excuse is that they wouldn’t be able to get along because Hee Ja sleeps with the television and lights on, and moves around with a tape recorder, Hee Ja accuses Jung Ah of not being loyal and cuts the call. Her mind made up, she calls Seong Jae to tell him that she would go on the trip with him. Seong Jae is of course delighted. Thinking that Choong Nam was the one that helped to convince Hee Ja, Seong Jae sends her a message thanking her for the help. Except, he shouldn’t have done so because Choong Nam immediately calls Hee Ja to tell her that she likes Seong Jae and so Hee Ja shouldn’t go on the trip with him. Hee Ja, agrees not to and tells a confused Seong Jae that she’s changed her mind.
8. Nan Hee learns a lesson
Whilst preparing to go to sleep, Nan Hee once again wonders why Wan would have an affair with a married man, wondering if she didn’t teach her right. Young Won simply tells her that a parent can’t make that decision, after all, Young Won didn’t date a married man because her mother had asked her to do so, neither did Nan Hee become a widow because her mother told her so. She adds that life is something no one has control over, no matter what a parent might have taught his/her child.
9. Hee Ja hears the reaffirmation she needed to hear
After spending all day talking about Jung Ah’s treatment of her to any and everyone who is willing to listen, nighttime falls with Hee Ja still obsessing over Jung Ah’s words, but nobody is available to hear her talk. She finally tries Jung Ah who picks up the phone and who answers her question of why her phone is on with the answer that she left it on just in case Hee Ja calls. She mentions that Hee Ja is all alone every night and so she leaves her phone on just in case anything happens and Hee Ja has to reach her. She adds that even if they don’t live together it doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t see each other often or that she wouldn’t be there should Hee Ja need her. That is all Hee Ja needed to hear and she takes back her “two-faced” insult and bids Jung Ah a good night.
10. Wan hits Nan Hee with a double whammy
After days of being in a slump, Wan snaps back to life and begins by tidying up her house, emptying all the empty bottles of alcohol and cleaning up her space. With that done, she begins to write her mother’s friends stories and starting with her mother who she individualizes by typing: Nan Hee’s story. With that on the way, she crosses yet another bridge by coming to visit her mother. When her mother presses her again by asking why she’s not dating Yeon Ha anymore but is instead seeing Dong Jin, Wan informs her mother that she’s there to interview her. When Nan Hee continues to press as to why she’s not dating Yeon Ha anymore, Wan comes straight out to tell her that she’s not dating Yeon Ha anymore because he became handicapped, and like a dutiful daughter who remembered that her mother said she must never marry an handicapped person, she broke up with him. The news has barely had time to sink in for Nan Hee when Wan hits her with yet another, she wants to start Nan Hee’s interview from when Wan was six and Nan Hee had tried to kill her.
Character I wanted to bitch slap:
No one thankfully. Sure I was horrified at some of the things some of the characters did, but it doesn’t warrant a bitch slap. So, everyone’s safe.
Headache inducing moment:
Because I could just feel the humiliation on the part of Wan. Like seriously, I was screaming at Nan Hee to not do this; not let her hatred for anything that smells like an affair lead her to painting her daughter as the other woman in her place of work. How on earth does she expect Wan to be able to face her colleagues or her boss after this? Especially considering that Wan and Dong Jin had decided to end it? Sad.
This episode’s a glass of Bloodhound Cocktail. Because trust me, with all the revelations and all the drinking in this episode, you’ll need that alcoholic bite with just a taste of sweet to make it all go down.