Desperation sometimes leads you to making the worst mistakes possible, as does being purposefully vague. Everyone tries to get something from Da Hae this episode, although she’s slowly learning to peel back the layers. Tae Ha might be getting drawn to the dark side and Gil Do still plays mind tricks. Congressman So Tae Sub takes a gamble and Da Hae discovers a secret.
Top 10 Moments:
- Tae Ha and Dae Chun save Moo Myeong
Summoning the last of his strength, Tae Ha pushes against the door and finally manages to break it open. Moo Myeong barely has enough time to hide behind the door when Gil Do comes running in with his minions and meets Tae Ha seemingly alone in the room. When he asks Tae Ha if he broke the door, Tae Ha admits to doing so, claiming that he’d been worried that Gil Do had been stuck in the room when the alarm sounded (Tae Ha, I’ve got to hand it to you, you think fast on your feet). When Gil Do looks around and asks if there was any intruder, Tae Ha denies seeing anyone. Gil Do doesn’t buy it though as he knows that the button under his table has to be pressed for the alarm to have been activated. Just as Gil Do’s about to start searching, Gang Sook comes running in with the news: Dae Chun is dead and even though Gil Do looks like he clearly wants to continue searching, he instead follows Gang Sook out. When Moo Myeong walks over to Tae Ha, the latter warns him not to get any sudden ideas as he didn’t do it to save Moo Myeong but to prevent himself from getting into trouble should Gil Do have found out that Moo Myeong managed to sneak in without Tae Ha noticing. (Keep telling yourself that Tae Ha. But we all know that the fear in your eyes when you were trying to break the door down wasn’t for yourself but for Moo Myeong). He warns Moo Myeong to not attempt entering the room again, as the next time he does so, he won’t turn him loose. Gil Do on the other hand makes his way to Dae Chun’s deathbed where Da Hee thanks him for letting her know now about the prayer beads (more in a, you knew all this while but you didn’t tell me way, than in a thank you for pointing me to my mother’s murderer way).
2. Da Hae draws strength from Tae Ha and tells Dokku the truth
After leaving Dae Chun’s bedside, Da Hae runs into Tae Ha on her way back to the main house and walks to him like a homing pigeon, crying that she’s not fine when he asks her if she’s alright. He draws her into the most awkward yet adorable hug ever as she continues to cry. Back in her room, Dokku comes to pay Tae Ha a visit, concerned about how listless she looks. It’s then that she confesses to him that Dae Chun is her mother’s murderer. When she asks if Dokku had been aware, he denies knowing anything about it. Da Hae continues that she’d always dreamt of cursing and hitting her mother’s murderer when she met the person, instead, she had begged Dae Chun not to die and had begged others to save his life. She cries that that she has no reason to stay on at Goognakwon anymore and outside the door, Tae Ha hears it all. He heads straight to Gil Do’s office from there and runs with Gil Do’s question of whether it was Da Hae that had snuck into his office, by replying that Gil Do had told him to protect her, and therefore, he had done so. Gil Do simply replies that he’d told him to watch her, not protect her and there’s a big difference. (Of course he knows there’s a big difference. You asked him to watch her, Dokku asked him to protect her, but he is focused on protecting his friends and the girl he’s come to like. I do wonder what you will do Tae Ha, when Gil Do figures out that Da Hee was the one that sounded the alarm about Dae Chun flatlining meaning she couldn’t be in two places at once?) Gil Do though buys the story for now and tells Tae Ha that Da Hae is going through a hard time right now, meaning he should protect her rather than just watch her (Wow Gil Do. Are you finally acting like a father for once? Plus, how long will this good fortune last?)
3. Let it not be said that Gil Do can’t profit from a man’s death
Whilst Gang Sook is at the mourning room with Seol Mi Ja, wondering how her husband who is meant to be the chief mourner hasn’t even shown his face once during the proceeding and Seol Mi Ja is telling her to just hold it all in till the end of the funeral, Gil Do’s men are willing in boxes of cash he’s trying to launder, all under the guise of them being goods for the funeral whilst Moo Myeong takes note of it all. Moo Myeong is then called into Gil Do’s office where the latter is primping before he has to head out. Gil Do’s instructions are twofold: tell the kitchen staff Goongnakwon would be closed for three days, and go in his stead to the already booked TV appearance that Gil Do was meant to attend. Moo Myeong is grateful for the opportunity and says as much, but Gil Do isn’t done talking as he continues about the fact that Dae Chun had been in a coma for six years only to come out of it and die ten days later. He chuckles as he says the same thing happened with a friend of his who fell off a cliff and then his son played with fire and that led to his death (Gil Do is so suspicious of you Moo Myeong, give nothing away!). He finishes by telling Moo Myeong that life is futile and then tells Moo Myeong not to feel so bad, seeing that everyone dies eventually (Moo Myeong, I think you just kind of confirmed just a little bit of his suspicions).
4. The reading of the will
Weeks after Dae Chun’s burial, his lawyer calls for all those stipulated in the will to be present for the reading. Seol Mi Ja asks him to proceed seeing that her, Gang Sook and Gil Do are present, but Gang Sook’s face falls when the lawyer has them call Da Hae as well (Aha! I knew it). Once Da Hae is seated, the lawyer begins to read the contents of the will, starting with Dae Chun handing over all his savings and the land on which his Chimyeon restaurant in Masan had been built to Gang Sook. He leaves the generational title of noodle master to Gil Do (who is of course named Ha Jung Tae in the will. Here’s hoping Moo Myeong’s father can get that title posthumously after balance has been restored and he is revealed as the true Ha Jung Tae and the originator of the royal pheasant buckwheat noodles). And finally, he leaves his twenty percent shares in Goongnakwon to Da Hae to the shock of everyone present, Da Hae inclusive. Gang Sook of course speaks first and cries foul accusing everyone of being in cahoots, especially Gil Do and Da Hae with the former poisoning and messing with her father and the other coaxing him to leave her his fortune. When everyone tries to get her to stop and Da Hae makes to leave, Gang Sook screams at her not to do so, especially after she’s toyed with them all. Da Hae puts her in her place though that it is her and her ilk that think money can wipe away the pain and make up for their deeds that are toying with others and who chill her to her very bones. With that said, Da Hae storms off, ignoring Gang Sook’s screams at her to not walk away. Back in her room, having been drained by her outburst, Gang Sook confesses to Seol Mi Ja that Da Hae is Gil Do’s daughter. Seol Mi Ja is astonished but in the same breath promises to teach Da Hae a lesson. (Woman, you’d better not hurt Tae Ha’s girlfriend is all I’m saying. If I have to choose between Tae Ha’s happiness and you, I would choose Tae Ha over and over again. Without question too).
5. Seol Mi Ja tries to lay a trap and Gil Do gets jealous
After her meeting with Gang Sook. Seol Mi Ja goes to meet Da Hae next, acting sympathetic about her plight of being seen as a thief even though she never asked for the shares or any favors in particular. When Da Hae replies that she doesn’t even want the shares, Seol Mi Ja’s eyes light up at the words as she offers to ‘help’ Da Hee (Girl, you better not be buying her crap). Her offer? She would help Da Hae achieve her dream in entering Goognakwon so Da Hae doesn’t have to worry about anything like shares. Except, Da Hae breaks her flow by informing her that even she herself doesn’t know her dream anymore, so how can Seol Mi Ja? She also adds that all Seol Mi Ja has taught her is to distrust people, and it feels strange now hearing Seol Mi Ja asking her for her trust (you go girl! Tell her). She adds though that she still doesn’t think the shares belong to her, and so she would think about it. And with those words, she leaves, leaving Seol Mi Ja stunned at the audacity. Inside his office though, Gil Do is dealing with something just as unexpected when he watches the recorded broadcast of Moo Myeong appearing on the show he’d cancelled on. Moo Myeong is talented and charming and it carries well enough across the screen that it stings, even more so when Gil Do’s mistress comes to inform him that the ratings for the show doubled when Moo Myeong came on. His mistress attributes it to Moo Myeong smiling which is something Gil Do doesn’t do and offers to teach him how to smile in all situations. Gil Do though would rather learn how to cry as tears have never fallen from his eyes before (clear signs you’re a psychopath Gil Do).
6. Tae Ha is adorably in love
Night time has Tae Ha wandering into the kitchen with Da Hae on his tail. His mission: to cook noodles for Da Hae. He pushes through in kneading the dough even though it clearly sounds like it’s tougher than he’d imagined it would be (if they way he pants and keeps changing hands are an indication that is) but does manage to present Da Hae with noodles that she smiles at seeing. He’s immediately proud that she finally smiled for the first time after three days and when Da Hae calls him out on watching out for her, he cutely doesn’t deny it (Awww. This two slay me every time. Hope you get your happy ending my little puppies). When Da Hae tastes his noodles and is impressed, he beams. And when she cutely asks him why he doesn’t speak freely with her and if women have ever told him that he’s uptight, he blushes as he admits to never having had a girlfriend. An admission that has Da Hae smiling (Gah! You two are too cute. Too cute I tell you) and earns Tae Ha the nickname of a sweet potato, although he has no idea what it means (I don’t either. But Wan of I need romance 3 was a sweet potato too, and adorable as hell as well, so I’m going with that. He is noodles Wan).
7. Everyone makes their play for the 20% shares
Following Moo Myeong’s successful show-in on the television show, Goongnakwon is packed when the restaurant is re-opened and the customers keep flocking in. Everyone is thrilled except for the assistant head of side dishes who misses Da Hae. The head of side dishes snaps at her about why on earth Da Hae would want to come to work when she now has 20% of Goongnakwon shares. The news hits everyone with shock, including Moo Myeong who meets with Seol Mi Ja, who shares the rest of her news. Moo Myeong feigns ignorance about not knowing that Gil Do is Da Hae’s father, although remembering how Da Hae had been curt when he’d brought up her parents, he tells Seol Mi Ja that he doesn’t think Da Hae would be handing over her shares to Gil Do. Seol Mi Ja though doesn’t believe Moo Myeong especially because she couldn’t get through to Da Hae during their chat, so Moo Myeong offers to talk to Da Hae himself. Taking her to the place she would feel most safe at, Moo Myeong leads Da Hae to his fish noodle restaurant and serves her noodles where he asks Da Hae if she would really quit working at Goongnakwon now that she has 20% of its shares. When Da Hae tells him that she has no idea what to do with the shares nor does she care, Moo Myeong points out that Gil Do, Gang Sook and Seol Mi Ja all want the shares, so Da Hae should just pick one of them and transfer her shares to that person. With that said, he speaks as her boss and tells her to work through it all, and then come back to the kitchen where she is needed. He does add though that she can stay in his restaurant for as long as she needs to work things out and she has free reign over his fridge. With that said he walks away with a smile that turns cold when he’s out of sight (damn every time you do that Moo Myeong, you remind me of Gil Do and not in a good way). Gil Do on the other hand, heads to Da Hae’s mother’s memorial site to lay down flowers and explain that he finally told Da Hae the truth about her murderer because he couldn’t see her mourning her mother’s murderer. He adds that he knows he should stay away but keeps getting drawn to Da Hae and raises his head as a single tear falls and even Tae Ha buys it (see the reason why you and Da Hae fit so perfectly Tae Ha? You’re both too damn gullible). Everything is of course an act that Gil Do did just to get Da Hae’s sympathy (all of this is connected to those shares isn’t it Gil Do?) Next up to work on Da Hae is Gang Sook who apologizes for her behavior and blames it on her having gone mad with grief because of her father’ passing and what she assumed was a planned teamwork between Da Hae and her father, Gil Do. Da Hae doesn’t respond though, just continues to look into the distance. Gang Sook then reminds her of the promise between the two of them about them being on the same side, but Da Hae isn’s so sure about that anymore. Da Hae is about to leave when Gang Sook grabs her by the arm and returns to her screeching ways, saying that she won’t let Da Hae get away with this. When Da Hae says she shouldn’t have assumed that people can change, Gang Sook retorts that Da Hae is just like her father. Da Hae, simply tells Gang Sook that she has no right to say that, especially considering the fact that Gang Sook has no idea the exact person who killed her mother. Da Hae walks away leaving Gang Sook stunned as she tries to piece the puzzle pieces together. Not like I have high hopes the woman would pull it off on her on. She’s not very smart that one.
8. The nets start to close in
Starting with Tae Ha who has lunch with Gil Do where the latter takes the opportunity to tell him that the way he got successful in life was by cutting out friendships as friends can’t be expected to stick with you through thick and thin. The words seem to get to Tae Ha (nononono Tae Ha! Don’t do this. Besides, it’s not like you want money anyway. You started all this for the sake of your friends remember?) who pulls out the picture of his friends when they were all kids in the orphanage (wait a minute! Why are you carrying that? If Gil Do sees it, he will recognize Moo Myeong as Ha Jung Tae’s child. Keep that picture as far away from Goongnakwon as you can!). Next up is Yeo Kyung and Moo Myeong who meet at Moo Myeong’s fish restaurant where Yeo Kyung brings out all the evidence they’ve collected so far and names Kim Gil Do and Ha Jung Tae as the same person. She believes Gil Do stole someone’s identity and then he resurfaced at Moo Myeong’s hometown, and now they just have to find out all the details, starting with Moo Myeong finding his way into that safe. And then finally we have congressman So Tae Sub, asking Yeo Kyung how the digging into Goongnakwon is going and offering to keep pushing Gil Do till the man makes a slip and they can attack based on that mistake. Yeo Kyung is grateful for the help. To get started on the plan, the congressman invites Gil Do to his office, and the lightening, plus congressman So Tae Sub’s expression reminds him so much of his very first meeting with the man that Gil Do pauses at first, but then continues inside the office. Once sitted, the congressman presses for feedback on his money laundering request and Gil Do just smiles that he needs some time to think about it. When the congressman asks if Gil Do is worried he would eat him alive, the question clearly strikes a nerve even though the congressman laughs it off as a joke but warns that if Gil Do continues to delay, he won’t be joking anymore. The next trap though is for Gil Do to appear on a new TV segment where he and Moo Myeong would create a father-son impression for the rest of the world to see. Although Gil Do is against the idea, his mistress thinks it’s a brilliant way to change the public perception of Gil Do from a CEO to father, plus the image change would help with the upcoming elections which will bring the program to an organic close once they start. When Gil Do still seems reluctant, his mistress guesses correctly that he’s worried he would be upstaged by Moo Myeong, although Gil Do spins it to mean that the continued appearance of Moo Myeong on television would just boost Goongnakwon sales meaning the management rights to the restaurant won’t revert back to him. He does want to keep an eye on the Chimyeon restaurant spot which now houses a hotel though, just in case he needs something to fall back on.
9. Gil Do receives a very public humiliation and makes Moo Myeong an offer
Even though he was first hesitant on going on the show whilst Seol Mi Ja, Gang Sook and Moo Myeong wonder if he would agree, Gil Do agrees to do the TV program and their first challenge is to make individual noodles and have the other person taste and rate said noodles. They both give each other a pass and whilst Gil Do is happy to leave it at a tie, Moo Myeong is not and brings out a bowl of Yi Gen Mian, Chinese noodles that are made from one strand, without breaking said strand, and asks that the noodle dish be a tie breaker. Gil Do is obvious uncomfortable with taking this route but the PD is all in support, and even though Gil Do tries to sneak his way out of the competition, Moo Myeong calls him out on it with a jibe that is so obvious, even Gil Do’s presenter-mistress notices it and calls it out even more publicly. The double blow gets Gil Do to agree and sure enough, he begins to mess up and even though he asks the PD to film it all again and the PD agrees to do so, the PD instead gives his crew the silent command to keep rolling. And even though Gil Do tries to make it a graceful defeat, what is shown on TV is humiliating enough to get Seol Mi Ja and Gang Sook laughing at his disgrace. To make it all worse, Gil Do goes on the internet where he reads the most scathing remarks about him and his noodles ‘breaking’ ways whilst Moo Myeong gets all the praises. All hope is not lost however as his mistress walks in right in time to suggest that rather than for him to keep competing with Moo Myeong, using him is better as Moo Myeong can be the wheels to lead him to an electoral victory (wow. The congressman is really spinning the wheels and setting everything in place to bring you crashing down Gil Do). With his mind made up, Gil Do invites Moo Myeong to a new restaurant he wants to opens and offers it to Moo Myeong to manage. Moo Myeong hides a smile when Gil Do suggests that the profits will be split between Moo Myeong and Goongnak Foundation, but instead makes a play that he would handle this restaurant three times a week and spend the remaining time in Goongnakwon. In addition to that though, he wants to be publicly named as Gil Do’s successor. Gil Do’s answer to the request is simple: Moo Myeong should resign from being the head of noodles at Goongnakwon. That’s the only way he would gain Gil Do’s trust and become his successor.
10. Everyone drops a bomb
Starting from Da Hae who calls Gil Do out to apologize for thinking he’d been to one to murder her mother, even though she doesn’t forgive him for abandoning her, and then drops the bomb that she’s only interested in making noodles and has no interest in owning shares. Then Gil Do drops his own bomb as he shows Seol Mi Ja and Gang Sook the power of attorney document he has claiming Da Hae’s shares as his, adding up to a 50% vote with which he decides to have Moo Myeong moved to the new restaurant. Except of course, Seol Mi Ja, Gang Sook and the Moon family shares also total 50% and so a tie is reached. A tie that is broken by Moo Myeong volunteering to resign to the astonishment of both Gang Sook and Seol Mi Ja (I’m guessing he didn’t give them the heads-up then). Apparently, Moo Myeong is being exceptionally vague as he won’t even tell Seol Mi Ja what his reasons are for going to work for Gil Do. When he tries to placate her with a promise to ensure that Goongnakwon falls into her hands all the same, she slaps him hard and tells him that he’s on her list of people she’s going to destroy. When it’s just us and his thoughts though, the idiot Moo Myeong tells his father that he’s willing to work for Gil Do if that would lead to him gaining his trust and gaining his father’s name back (seriously? You really think Gil Do will hand over his secrets that easily? You really are an idiot Moo Myeong). Nighttime at Goongnakwon has congressman So Tae Sub paying a visit to Gil Do to ask him if he’s considered his offer. Gil Do replies that three months is simply not enough time to which the congressman asks how Gil Do can stomach politics if he’s so indecisive. Gil Do though replies that he’s not interested in politics (wait, you’re not?) and says that it would seem the congressman has rushed to his own conclusions. With that congressman So Tae Sub picks up a bottle and pushes it at Gil Do asking that the monster who killed a woman with an ashtray should pour him a drink. On the other side of town, Da Hae is furious to discover amongst the pages of Moo Myeong’s books, the result for her DNA testing (Seriously? You left the results in the house? Has everyone in this show suddenly lost their marbles).
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Like girl, you just told Gang Sook a couple of minutes prior that you don’t believe people can change and here you are buying the crap your father who by the way abandoned you is feeding you. Like seriously? if not for Dokku, there won’t be any 20% shares to work with. Plus, why on earth are you suddenly forgetting all the times you’ve figured out that Gil Do was poisoning Dae Chun? What happened to your findings from the secret room? What happened to learning that Gil Do is your father’s true name and he’s a murderer? So as long as it wasn’t your mother he killed you’re fine? You are nuts and you deserve to be slapped hard. You don’t know what to do with the shares? Share it among the kitchen staff! Give them all a chance to own shares in Goongnakwon. Instead you pass it along to your father? I can’t even…
Headache inducing Moment:
Seriously? Why the hell have all the smart people in this show suddenly become so desperate and stupid. I kept screaming at the congressman to freaking keep playing his cards because Gil Do might have his suspicions but he definitely doesn’t know all the truth yet, and yet here goes the congressman, spilling the cat out of the bag. Dude, you’d better have a backup plan because to me it looks like you’re at the end of the road. Damn, I need some painkillers.
This episode’s a Chipotle Grapefruit Margarita. It’s sweet. And why wouldn’t it be sweet when Tae Ha is so adorably in love, it’s cute. At the same time though, everyone acting all haywire is a kick in the teeth and the extra kick is finding out that even the man that has been bidding his time for the past 37 years can suddenly lose his cool and blow his cover. Talk about a pain in the behind.