Once in a while, you need to let all the venom out before healing can commence. Wan lets all the poison out and shocks Nan Hee to the core. Seong Jae finally goes on that date and Choong Nam becomes the bigger person. Jung Ah’s still planning on leaving Seok Gyun whilst Wan runs towards Yeon Ha.
Top 10 Moments:
- Nan Hee is a master at spinning things around
When Wan brings up her mother’s attempt to murder her in the fields when she was six after they’d gone to visit her grandmother, Nan Hee feigns ignorance as she calls Wan crazy, wondering what nonsense she’s talking about. She spins the conversation around to Dong Jin, asking how Wan can say they didn’t date when he hugged and kissed her. And then she scoffs at Wan’s proclaimed obedience considering that it didn’t stop her from being the other woman in the relationship. Wan just takes it all in stride and tells her mother that she would wait. (As will we because Nan Hee has to get those blinders off. Stat!). Nan Hee heads to her restaurant where she spends the day attending to customers and grumbling about where Wan got the guts to look at her like that (playing the avoidance game are we Nan Hee?) She carries the grumbling outside the restaurant to the supermarket where a text message from Dong Jin apologizing for the misunderstanding has her thinking of different ways to maim him.
2. Hee Ja’s a master at passive-aggressive behavior
Across town, Hee Ja tags along with Jung Ah on her house hunting expedition as a realtor shows her places. Except, Hee Ja has a complaint for all the places they’re shown, from the fact that she suspects that one of them is too shabby and would contain ghosts, plus it’s uphill and too far from her house, to her complaint that Jung Ah’s 50,000 dollars should be able to get her a better looking house that the second one they are shown. The realtor finally gives up and stalks away when Hee Ja complains yet again that although the basement apartment looks nice and reminds her of the apartment she’d lived in before she’d gotten married, Jung Ah needs sunlight otherwise she would get osteoporosis and depression (Hahahaha). Fortunately for Hee Ja, Jung Ah agrees with her on that point. Their moment is broken when Seok Gyun calls for Jung Ah to make him pollack soup and hangs abruptly after giving the command (how rude). The calls puts Jung Ah in a bind as she’d planned on going back to look at the first house. So Hee Ja offers to get her some Pollack whilst Jung Ah goes to look at the house. Except Hee Ja gets distracted by flowers and a puppy (and she’s utterly cute whilst being distracted) and forgets all about Jung Ah and her Pollack.
3. Wan is the queen of waiting
Having made up her mind before she’d shown up that that was the day she was going to have ‘the talk’ with her mother, Wan continues to wait so when Nan Hee gets back from the supermarket, it’s to spot Wan during laundry, having obviously not gone back to her house. Remembering vividly the night she’d attempted to kill her daughter, Nan Hee starts calling her friends, hoping to hang out with one of them instead of entering her house and facing said daughter. Wan though, just keeps right on waiting and doing house chores even after calling Nan Hee and hearing Nan Hee snap at her about why she’s waiting and why Nan Hee has to see her on Wan’s time (you can’t avoid the talk forever Nan Hee). Wan says nothing though, just keeps waiting.
4. Nan Hee gains some clarity, thanks to her brother
Still intent on avoiding Wan, Nan Hee heads to her parents house. Her mother is not home though (she’s at the film set visiting Young Won), but her father and brother are. When her meddling has her brother stomping off in anger, Nan Hee follows him out to explain that her concern is for him seeing that he’d been bedridden for seven years and had only in the last two years began to walk again. When she starts meddling again, suggesting that the girl he likes is only with him so she can take the 20,000 dollars debt he will pay on her behalf and run away, he brother hits her with the true reason why she’s so against his relationship: Nan Hee doesn’t think a disabled man can fall in love. As her brother walks away, Wan’s words to her about why she broke up with Yeon Ha pops into Nan Hee’s head. And in the next moment, she realizes she’s standing in the exact same fields she’d lead young Wan to, and she sees the scene play out right in front of her, her leading her baby girl down the field even as Wan looks up at her, and then leading her to sit in the field. She brushes the image away, but looks stricken at the remembered memory.
5. Choong Nam redeems herself
After getting to Hee Ja’s house where she finds that Hee Ja got her fish but didn’t buy the Pollack, Jung Ah notices that Hee Ja seems to like Seong Jae right back but is holding back because of her promise to Choong Nam. At home that night, whilst being extra nice to an unsuspecting Seok Gyun who has no idea Jung Ah is buttering him up for a divorce, Jung Ah calls Choong Name to ask her to let Hee Ja hang out with Seong Jae seeing that all of them have things that they do and people that they see regularly, except for Hee Ja who spends her days at home watching television and making rosary beads. Choong Nam at first refuses to agree to that and hangs up. But later that night, when bidding a goodnight to her professor acquaintance, the latter calls her a good friend for buying his pottery. Choong Nam clarifies though that a friend is someone she will give her lover too, even though said friend is older than her. With her mind does made up, Choong Nam pays a visit to Hee Ja who is delighted to have Choong Nam visit that she cooks up a feast. Whilst there, Choong Nam calls Seong Jae to come and take Hee Ja out and tells Hee Ja that she’s okay with her and Seong Jae being together. Even better, she convinces Hee Ja to give the dating thing a shot and when Hee Ja is hesitant because she knows Choong Nam likes Seong Jae, Choong Nam replies that she doesn’t anymore, especially since she knows that Seong Jae likes Hee Ja. (Awww. You’re a good friend)
6. Wan lets the ugliness out
After getting back from her parents house, Nan Hee is surprised to see that Wan is still in her apartment. Unfortunately for her, Wan spots her at the exact same moment and so Nan Hee can’t backtrack. Instead she walks into her apartment and comments on its cleanliness, all the whilst snarking about the fact that Wan’s own apartment is never clean. When she asks what’s the occasion (quit trying to stall Nan Hee), Wan reminds her that she’s always cleaned and done the dishes since she was six. And she also got her mother flowers to. But when Nan Hee replies that she misses that time, Wan says she doesn’t because she was always so nervous that Nan Hee would give her drugs again. When Nan Hee tries to divert the conversation again, Wan tells her to stop interfering in her life. Nan Hee replies by hitting her and asking what if she does and wondering why Wan is glaring at her like that just because she’s telling her to not to see Dong Jin again. Wan replies by saying that she started seeing Dong Jin because she wanted to be reckless. Next she tells her mother that she broke up with Yeon Ha, a man she’d been living with because he became disabled, just like she’d always commanded her to do, and had even used Nan Hee’s stroke as a reason to come back to Korea. She continues by telling Nan Hee that it was when she was six, after her mother had fed her poison that she’d realized that she belonged to her mother, meaning she has to drink everything her mother hands her, and do anything her mother commands her to do, including leaving a disabled Yeon Ha. She blames Nan Hee for having to leave the one man she loves more than anything and tells her that it was after she’d made that decision that a voice inside her had called her an evil witch, told her to live however way she wanted to, told her to live without a conscience and to waste her life away. She ends it all by screaming at her mother to apologize, to tell her why she owns Wan, why she tried to kill her. That’s the final straw that breaks Nan Hee who begins to cry as she hugs her struggling daughter to tell her that she wanted to die and didn’t want to leave her daughter behind (of all the? What kind of selfish excuse is that? You almost killed her!) As she says that, we flash back to Nan Hee finding her husband in bed with another woman, then Nan Hee finding her father beating her mother, when she came to her parents house for refuge. The sight further deadens her, so she takes Wan with her to the field where she feeds Wan the poisoned drink. Except, by the time Nan Hee changes her mind and knocks the drink out of Wan’s hands, Wan had already drank part of it so her father rushed her to the hospital. Nan Hee on the other hand collapses alone on the field. As we see all these, Nan Hee keeps holding onto her daughter as she apologizes whilst Wan continues to cry and scream at her mother. Except Wan’s voiceover tells us that she knows her mother is not to blame for her having left Yeon Ha. She had left Yeon Ha for her own selfishness and just needed someone else to shoulder the blame, in this case, Nan Hee.
7. Choong Nam and Hee Ja make it a night of prepping for her travel date
After Choong Nam finally manages to convince her to go on the travel date, complete with a pack of face masks for Hee Ja to put on in order to help moisturize for the trip, Choong Nam takes it one step further by helping Hee Ja pack for her trip. When she notices the pack of adult diapers Hee Ja was planning on taking on her trip, Choong Nam has her leave it at home and tells her to instead request for a stop every hour so she can relieve herself. When Hee Ja tries to argue otherwise, Choong Nam who has studied Seong Jae well enough to know tells her that Seong Jae is too curious and would most likely not be able to stop himself from digging through Hee Ja’s suitcase and because he would also find the sight of the diapers funny, he won’t be able to stop himself from laughing at the sight. This new complication has Hee Ja grumbling about how stressful traveling is and Choong Nam simply tells her to be happy that she can still walk (Hehehe). They spend the night paying each other compliments and smiling and the next morning, whilst Seong Jae preps to come and pick up Hee Ja, Choong Nam primps up Hee Ja till she’s at her prettiest and most radiant (awww).
8. Hee Ja and Seong Jae go on their date
With the top of the car down and the sun and the breeze, Seong Jae is in a jolly mood as they start their date, Hee Ja, not so much as she keeps complaining to Seong Jae to put the top back up. Finally tired of Seong Jae not listening to her, she snaps at him that his hair growth powder is wafting all over her and then grumbles that he should have just answered her the first time instead of ignoring her and now she had to bring up the issue. Seong Jae is apologetic for not realizing on time and puts the car roof back up. Trying to make her relax, he switches on his GPS, which he’s named Ms. Park and starts to talk to GPS Park. The sight has Hee Ja relaxing and then breaking out into a smile (awww) and when Seong Jae starts to sing, she laughs (That’s so adorable). The GPS though seemingly directs them to the middle of nowhere, till Seong Jae spots a landmark and leads Hee Ja to the spot where they’d had their first kiss. It’s a romantic thought, except Hee Ja is concerned about how late it would be when she gets home. Heading back home is temporary forgotten when they get to their kissing spot and Seong Jae has them taking selcas. After the fun and games though, Hee Ja is ready to go back home, but Seong Jae who has already booked an apartment for them to spend the night has no interest in spending five more hours driving at night. And even Hee Ja pressing Young Won to come and get her, can’t convince Young Won to do that as Young Won simply suggests that she spend the night with Seong Jae and then hangs up the call to gaze some more at her first love dining alone at a restaurant across from where her car is parked.
9. The healing begins
After finishing working through her issues with her mother, Wan sets to working on her issues with Yeon Ha next, asking him why he didn’t call her out when three years after she’d left him with the claim that her mother had suffered a stroke and needed her, she still hadn’t returned to him. Yeon Ha’s eyes are filled with love as he tells her that he’d always known that she’d left. Wan clarifies that what she did was abandon him and that now she’s worked up the courage to apologize to him. As she tearfully tells Yeon Ha that she’s sorry, Yeon Ha tearfully smiles as he tells her not to be. He ends the call and his smile drops as he looks sad whilst touching his paralyzed legs. Wan though breaks out in full sobs as she cries that she misses him, to her empty apartment. Long after the waterworks have stopped, Nan Hee who is outside Wan’s apartment works up the courage to see her daughter. When she enters Wan’s apartment, she’s surprised at how clean everything looks, but any conversation she tries to start with Wan is met with silence. When even her offer for tea is met with silence, Nan Hee makes to leave, until Wan’s voice telling her that tea would be nice as Nan Hee breaking out into a big smile. She makes them both a cup of tea and when she states that she’s happy that the issue with Dong Jin was just a misunderstanding, Wan asks her to just say she’s sorry. When Nan Hee tries to bring up Yeon Ha, Wan admits that the fault is not with Nan Hee but with her, as she’d seen what her mother and her grandparents had gone through with her uncle and she’d been scared of going through the same. But she smiles when Nan Hee tells her about In Bong wanting to get married. She reiterates that what happened with Yeon Ha isn’t Nan Hee’s fault and apologizes that she had kept it from Nan Hee. Nan Hee makes to leave but Wan pulls her back to apply a bandaid on the injury Nan Hee had received during their argument, and Nan Hee can barely keep the tears back.
10. Wan decides to return to Yeon Ha
Alone in her apartment again, Wan smiles at a picture of herself with Yeon Ha and her mind wanders off to happier times. But when she comes back to the present, her eyes are drawn to the promise ring Yeon Ha had given her. She pulls it off from its hook and slides it onto her finger, telling herself that if she misses him, then she should just go see him. She immediately calls the office to ask when her deadline is, and when she’s told that there’s been a little delay in the cover design, she takes the opportunity to ask for a five-day extension and then hurries out of the house with a night bag in hand as she hails for a cab and asks to be taken to the airport (Go.Go.Go Wan! I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you and Yeon Ha get back together so hurry before the hurts settles even deeper and he doesn’t want you back. Whoops. I take that back. He does want you back. So hurry!)
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Everyone redeemed themselves this episode so there shall be no bitchslapping. I would have liked to bitchslap Seok Gyun but Jung Ah asking for a divorce would come straight out of left field for him anyway. So, I can wait.
Headache inducing moment:
This episode had a lot of truths coming out and our characters willing to keep pushing through till they got to the bottom of it all. No one was stupid. I’m good.
This episode’s a pineapple coconut champagne cocktail. It’s sweet and bubbly, just the way I like it. Plus, only the bubbly can fully measure up to the amount of celebration a duo combo of Wan working through her issues with her mother and deciding to go get Yeon Ha back deserves. Here’s a glass to you Wan! Make us all proud.