Our future is decided by the choices we make, a lesson Do Kyung puts into practice in this episode and reaps its beautiful reward. Do Kyung wants back with Hae Young but she’s not interested. Soo Kyung has a decision to make and Jin Sang is an idiot who isn’t helping. Hae Young wants to sink back into her self-destruction but Do Kyung keeps coming closer even after she’s told him to stay away. And finally, she caves.
Top 10 Moments:
- Hae Young and Hee Ran have a day out
Mama Oh opens the door to find Hee Ran dressed to the nines and requesting for Hae Young. Just as Mama Oh makes to turn around to call out Hae Young, Hae Young comes out, wearing the most downy pair of jeans and t-shirt you can ever find and even Mama Oh suggesting that Hae Young go change into something pretty ins’t enough to get Hae Young to change her clothes (Awww. Your clothes speak to how dead you feel inside right? I feel You Hae You. I feel you). Hee Ran though keeps being the awesome friend that she is and doesn’t complain. Instead, the two friends hug-walk each other all the way to Hee Ran’s car where Hee Ran tells Hae Young that she doesn’t need to talk if she doesn’t want to, and then plays some background music to get Hae Young’s mind off it all. The song however, speaks so much to Hae Young that it instead fills her head with all the happy times she had with Do Kyung from them laughing together in Do Kyung’s car, to them kissing, to their date by the beach. Whilst walking, Hae Young tells Hee Ran that she had always thought she would have a better life by the time she turned thirty. She’d thought she would be living in her own studio apartment, earning more and traveling at least once or twice a year (So do I Hae Young. So do I). She’d also thought she would be fabulously in love, instead of this whole stumbling over love like an idiot thing that she’s doing. Hee Ran though tells Hae Young that she’s envious of that: the stumbling over love bit because she has never done the same. She asks Hae Young if she’s truly ending it with Do Kyung, to which Hae Young replies in the affirmative, saying that she was dumped because Do Kyung didn’t love her enough. Hee Ran corrects her though, saying that Do Kyung dumped her because he doesn’t know how to love, calling it a failing amongst men who don’t know exactly what it is that women want to hear. She tells Hae Young to make it a point of duty to dump whomever she dates next and the two friends laugh about how coolly Hae Young would go about dumping her next boyfriend. Whilst laughing, a strong wind blows Hee Ran’s hat into the fountain. When Hae Young runs to get it for her, the sprinklers come on in full force, dousing Hae Young and causing her to laugh (Ha. The beautiful sound of Hae Young’s laughter. Keep laughing our Hae Young. We don’t want you sad anymore). Soon enough, Hee Ran joins her and the two friends have fun laughing and playing in the fountain (Hee Ran’s a keeper Hae Young. She’s a keeper).
2. Papa Oh is the best father-in-law a man can ask for
The dousing Hae Young receives means she’s caught a cold by the time she gets home. Mama Oh serves her a cup of hot tea then tells her that she and Papa Oh intend to move to the countryside. She tells Hae Young to resign and come join them but Hae Young insists on not running away, saying that she would stay right there and survive. They’re still talking when the doorbell rings and Papa Oh jumps to block the intercom screen from view. When his wife asks who it is, he clears his throat and walks out, not answering her question. Except, Mama Oh spots Do Kyung’s face on the intercom anyway. So when Papa Oh comes out to meet Do Kyung and tell him that Hae Young would call him and he should leave for now, Mama Oh comes out running. The minute he spots his wife, Papa Oh grabs Do Kyung’s hand and runs with him, trying to save him from his irate wife (Hahahaha. I can’t even. Hahaha). They do a merry-go-round around the neighborhood, being chased by Mama Oh until they run into her, just as they think they’re safe. When Do Kyung says his signature “I’m sorry” (like seriously though, dude, do you say anything else but ‘I’m sorry’?), Mama Oh tells him that she’d always thought that people’s eyes don’t lie but she got fooled by his eyes. She adds that she and her daughter must have been idiots, with her daughter unknowingly chasing after the man who had ruined her, and her feeding that very same man. Do Kyung repeats his “I’m sorry” line with his head bowed and Mama Oh tells him that she hasn’t bothered coming to see him and make a fuss because she intends to cut him off from their lives. She does tell him though that nothing in life is free, and for making miserable the bright future of a couple in love, for breaking Hae Young’s heart, Do Kyung will be punished for his wrongdoings (No Mama Oh, don’t say that. We’re all keeping our fingers crossed that the accident in his future can be changed. Don’t jinx it!). Thankfully though, Mama Oh tells the heavens that she wants to cancel what she’s said, just as she tells Do Kyung that she’s sorry for wishing him ill (Ha! Thank heavens. You hear that? Good karma. Good karma. Let’s all send out good karma for Do Kyung). She does tell him that she wants to punch him once though (Hahaha. You go you Mama Oh, and I think I saw Do Kyung smile just a little as he ducked his head), and when Hae Young comes out to push her back into the house, she tells Do Kyung to keep his eyes down as she can’t curse at him with those big sad eyes of his (Awwwww. Mama Oh, we love you).
3. Do Kyung’s a delusional idiot
With her parents now indoors, Do Kyung steps towards Hae Young with his his hands outstretched to give her a hug (wait what? You idiot! Just because you’ve gotten your head out of your ass doesn’t mean everything is all resolved. You have to earn her back you nitwit! Drop those hands and go on your knees and beg). Hae Young though steps back, not allowing him to touch her (Good for you girl. Show him who’s boss). When she asks him what he’s doing there, he answers without hesitation that he misses her (good start, good start) and that he’s sorry for coming late. Hae Young scoffs at his words though, reminding him that he hadn’t even budged when she had begged him in her most pathetic state and yet now that he feels better, here he is again. He resorts back to his default “I’m sorry” and she tells him that they really aren’t meant to be together because their timing’s really off. She tells them that they’re really over now, and so he shouldn’t be coming over to her house anymore, and seeing that she has received her deposit, she won’t say anything to the owner of the house, so he should make sure to always pay the rent on time as she doesn’t want the house owner calling her. She’s just about to head into the house when Do Kyung stops her by saying that he knows he has made mistakes and he’s aware that he is wrong. He promises to never again act like a loser in front of her and says that he won’t go back and forth again (like he’s always done) and that no matter what happens, he won’t ever let her go again. Hae Young replies that she too would no longer go back and forth as she’s decided to let him go. Matter of fact, she’s let him go already. Do Kyung reaches for her hand (really dude? Not the time. You still have to earn it), saying that he knows she’s mad at him, but Hae Young pulls her hand away and cuts him off, asking if he thinks she’s playing hard to get because she’s not. When she likes someone, she doesn’t play games. She smiles as she asks if maybe Do Kyung thinks she is so easy that she would fall for him anytime he chases her. Do Kyung admits that that’s not it, and the she knows that he pushed her away unwillingly even though he liked her back. Hae Young replies him that he doesn’t need to do things like that anymore as she won’t ever go back to him. She adds that when they meet on the street, they shouldn’t greet each other, but should rather just pass by each other with saying a word as she’s not good at acting all cool and happy. She sniffs as she says the words and tells Do Kyung that she’s not crying, she just has a runny nose; she’s not sad, she just has a cold. She walks away, but turns to thank him for giving the chance to dump him and end things. Nighttime falls and Do Kyung is still outside Hae Young’s parents house. Hae Young comes out to drop the bag in which she’d placed the lamp and music box he’d given her by his feet, telling him that she just doesn’t need the lamp anymore. With that settled, she walks back into her parents’ house.
4. Do Kyung’s Doc speaks sense
After the dismal failure of his first attempt (please tell me it’s not going to be your last Do Kyung. You have to keep pushing) to get Hae Young back, Do Kyung goes back to his psychologist to confirm with the man that the doctor had been right: he’s seeing all the regrettable moments in his life at the point of his death. Do Kyung though wonders what’s the use of seeing the moments when they can’t be changed, thus rendering his visions useless. His psychologist replies by telling him a phrase that he’s always used to bring himself comfort: “We’re just looking back on our lives that has ended already”. He asks Do Kyung what if their lives are already ended and the moment that they think of as the present is all part of what they’re reminiscing? Would Do Kyung feel like he can live however he wants because it’s all futile anyway? The psychologist though says it should be the opposite. Once one accepts that fact of their life being at an end, one would feel at peace and start to imagine what it is that their heart wants the most. He tells Do Kyung to think of life as a scenario and rather than try and change it all, he should just take the time to check his own heart once in a while and ask exactly what it is that his heart wants to do. As Do Kyung heads home, he considers what the psychologist said, realizing that he’s never really shown his heart for fear of being hurt, and so he’s always done the barest minimum. He’s always given less than the kindness he’s received from the other person, and given out more hostility than what he’d received and his standards were always set against the other person’s reactions. Remembering that he’s never really unravelled what it is that his heart desires, and that like his father said, life is in itself transient, Do Kyung concludes that he is no longer afraid of dying; what bothers him is the fact that there is a woman out there, suffering because he did not give her as much love as he was capable of giving and had instead been cautious with her (so does that mean you will be less cautious with our Hae Young? Because goody!)
5. Hae Young’s back in the office
And she does so with a bounce to her step, a bouquet of roses in her arms and a big smile on her face. She’s so uncharacteristically cheerful that she worries her colleagues who get on the elevator with her especially when she starts telling them that she would have taken more time off but she’s already used up her vacation days but her face is slimmer as is her waistline with the 2KG she’s lost. She laughs as she says she should cause even more trouble so she can lose even more weight and tells them to speak freely as she’s fine (Hahaha. They’re as terrified of you as we are Hae Young. Right now, you’re terrifying all of us). They all confirm that she’s fine, until one of her colleagues asks about the flowers to which Hae Young said she bought them herself so she won’t look pitiful (Hahaha. Oh Hae Young, we love you but you seem just a tad bit bipolar) and then she tells them to laugh freely because she’s completely fine. When Hae Young gets to Soo Kyung’s office, Soo Kyung apologizes, saying she had no idea her brother had been involved in her situation. Hae Young smiles as she tells her that although everyone has been telling her sorry, the words don’t feel so great. Instead, they make her feel like she’s a loser. Soo Kyung starts to say a string of “I’m sorry’s” again (If we didn’t know before, you just confirmed it to us that you and Do Kyung are related Soo Kyung. You use those words as frequently as your brother uses them), then cuts herself off saying she doesn’t feel sorry because Do Kyung is in a lot of pain. Hae Young cuts her off by saying that she should tell Do Kyung not to be in pain as it’s all over. Hae Young then tells Soo Kyung that she wants to live like Soo Kyung now, a cool, chic and independent person who doesn’t care about love (oh Hae Young, if only you knew the half of it. Hahaha). Hae Young smiles as she says this, then mentions the fact that for the first time, Soo Kyung is not wearing shoes with heels, to which Soo Kyung replies that her feet are just a but swollen (you don’t say…). She also points out the mole on Soo Kyung’s face and makes to touch it, only for the mole to come off on her finger and turn out to be a crumb (Hahahah. Soo Kyung’s eating for two. You can’t blame her snacking habits). Next up, Hae Young meets with other Hae Young who tells her that she’s sorry (oh, now you’re sorry. Last time you weren’t sorry, but now you are? Sheesh). Hae Young tells her not to be as she feels so much better now that it’s all out in the open: like she’s running cross-country naked, with nothing to hide or be cautious about. She tells other Hae Young that she considered resigning, but she knows that should she do so, she wouldn’t be able to make a comeback. She looks at other Hae Young as she tells her that she is pretty Hae Young whilst our Hae Young is ordinary Hae Young and she felt like it would stay that way forever. She’d thought she was a sore loser when they kept being compared as teens and it’s how she feels now as well but she would like to overcome that feeling (good for you Hae Young!). Other Hae Young tells her that Hae Young’s still the same: resilient in easily getting up and being back on her feet. Hae Young’s surprised but other Hae Young says Hae Young used to do that in school as well: sobbing one moment and smiling the next. She invites Hae Young for drinks and Hae Young passes on it, telling her that maybe another time. Hae Young leaves but stops to wish other Hae Young good luck with Do Kyung seeing as she and Do Kyung are now over (wait what? Hae Young! Use your sense. Even if you don’t get back with Do Kyung, what makes you think he would want to consider going back to other Hae Young?). Other Hae Young though is aware that Do Kyung and Hae Young didn’t break up because they got sick of each other, or because they don’t like each other. Instead, they broke up whilst they were still very much in love and that’s what makes her sad (Huh?) because she is no longer Do Kyung’s painful love (Gosh! This girl is delusional). Because that would have been consoling, that even if she and Do Kyung can’t resume their love, she would at least be Do Kyung’s painful love (Of all the. How do you make this situation about you? Girl, you have skills…)
6. Hoon’s an idiot
Back together with Anna, in blissful domesticity, Hoon gets a call from Hee Ran who agrees to work with him on making his screenplay better. He is as expected excited about the good turn and runs off to meet with her. Except when he gets there, he spends the time instead, checking out Hee Ran’s décolletage. Hee Ran though doesn’t notice and tells him that his characterization is quite good, and so they should work on it for just a bit, and then send it off to interested actors as she feels like if they get good actors, then investors would be drawn to the movie. Hee Ran starts listing out famous actors that they should consider for the roles and Hoon is silently thrilled at her suggestions. But when she leans forward to point out something she wants adjusted in his screenplay, Hoon, the idiot’s eyes are drawn right back to her décolletage. He tells her that he would make the adjustment and that she should give him two days to pull it off. Except, two days later, he is still stuck on the changes to be made, so Hee Ran suggests they work on it together and they head over to her house to work on the screenplay. Except, now Hoon can’t take his eyes off her legs. When she brings him a drink, Hoon who has gotten it into his head that she’s trying to seduce him (the idiot) scrambles away, and then tumbles down the stairs in his haste to get away from her. Hee Ran figures out what he’s thinking and she’s so outraged that she tosses his things out after him, with a huff (Hahaha. Stupid Hoon).
7. Ji Sang is trash. Complete trash
The neighborhood Ahjummas are surprised to see a sober Soo Kyung get off the bus. Whilst they wonder what’s wrong with her, Soo Kyung turns back around to ask them very nicely to please escort her home. They are at first uninterested in doing so, until Soo Kyung tells them her news: she’s pregnant. Soon they’re having drinks (non-alcoholic) as they confirm that it’s Ji Sang, even though Soo Kyung tells them that he has no idea yet that he’s the father of the baby. They’re surprised that Soo Kyung wants to have the baby, but Soo Kyung says that’s the least of her problems as she is more upset about the lowlifes Ji Sang would defend for money. She calls him utter trash that she just happens to like, even though she’s known him since he was 14 years old, and has seen him walking around naked way too many times. As if aware that he’s being discussed, the trash calls her in the next moment to tell her that he’s asked six other men if they would marry a one night stand who comes to tell them that she’s pregnant and all of them have said they won’t marry the woman, and would even tell her not to have the baby (seriously Jin Sang? Even if the baby wasn’t yours, that’s what you’re saying? To someone who is almost your big sister? You piece of shit). When Soo Kyung asks him what he would do, he says he would flee the country (what an ass!), change his name and stay in the foreign country. When Soo Kyung asks him if she should have the baby by herself but tell the father, or she shouldn’t tell her baby’s father anything, moronic Jin Sang throws the question to the wider house (really? She’s telling you all this and you’re sharing her life story at a bar with your drinking buddies? Despicable). The votes are in favor of Soo Kyung telling the baby’s father and Jin Sang is in agreement as he says not knowing would be like there being a bomb in the house and he is the only one who is unaware of it (seriously? That’s the analogy you want to use? How is this guy a high paying lawyer? Idiot).
8. Different choices change Do Kyung’s visions
A call from the house owner has Do Kyung rushing to his house were he sees the house owner with Hae Young. Turns out the old man had noticed that Hae Young’s apartment was empty and had called Hae Young. Accusing Do Kyung of having driven Hae Young out and telling Hae Young that whatever agreement she had with Do Kyung, even with the deposit she’d received from him, is invalid, the man insists that Hae Young return in a year to sort it all out. When Hae Young insists that she doesn’t want to come back in a year, Do Kyung sees a vision of himself telling the old man that he would give the old man whatever amount he asks for as there’s no point in trying to stop Hae Young from moving out. But, Do Kyung consciously asks Hae Young if she can’t move back in as he would like it if she moved back in. The words clearly get to Hae Young who walks away, even as she rejects the offer for a ride from Do Kyung. As she walks away, her phone starts to ring. Do Kyung has a vision that she picks the call and it’s Tae Jin on the other end, who she tells that she would meet soon. He turns around and walks away, and so doesn’t notice that Hae Young never picks up the call. Nor does he know that when Hae Young meets with Tae Jin, she asks that they should break up, although Tae Jin asks that they should just hang out some more and if it doesn’t work out then, then they can break up (Tae Jin sweetie, stop forcing it. Like Hae Young told Do Kyung, your ship has sailed long ago. Let it go). After an afternoon at the movies, where instead of seeing the film he and his crew had worked on, he sees instead all his moments with Hae Young, Do Kyung is walking down the busy intersection when he sees Hae Young walking towards him. When he asks her where she’s going, she answers that she’s told him to act like he doesn’t know her when they meet on the street. At the moment, Do Kyung has a vision where he sees himself apologizing to Hae Young for acting like he knew her, but Do Kyung instead tells her to change her shoes as they sound uncomfortable. The words get to Hae Young, but she keeps right on walking. And Do Kyung gets another vision where ahead Hae Young meets Tae Jin, and after the balloons beside her pops, she laughs, and takes Tae Jin’s hands in hers. And sure enough, Hae Young runs into Tae Jin just ahead. A balloon pops and Do Kyung turns around too quickly to see that Hae Young doesn’t accept Tae Jin’s outstretched hand.
9. Tae Jin meets Do Kyung at his office
Do Kyung is entering his office when one of his sound crew informs him that there’s someone in to see him. He points out the person to Do Kyung, and it turns out to be Tae Jin, wondering why he had to be the one to come and see Do Kyung first when Do Kyung should have come to see him instead. He looks at the office and touches Do Kyung’s sign as he sighs that he once was a CEO of a company once, till a certain someone set out to ruin it for him (dude, I know you don’t know what we know yet, but you’re blaming the wrong person!). As he starts to say that he can always get revenge, Do Kyung interrupts him by telling him that he can do whatever he wants. Tae Jin gives Do Kyung a good look as he tells him that he remembers the day Do Kyung had crashed his car into his, telling him that ruining his company had been an accident but the car bashing wasn’t. Tae Jin guesses correctly that Do Kyung had started to fall for Hae Young then and had probably started to feel bad that the woman he likes was hurt by what Tae Jin had said to her. Tae Jin then asks why Do Kyung didn’t stop then? Why he had to take things so far that now the entire city knows and if word gets out that Do Kyung stole his girlfriend, Tae Jin wouldn’t be able to survive in the country anymore (again with the stealing. Sheesh! She’s a person you idiot. And also, why is it about you? You and other Hae Young have so much in common). He tells Do Kyung to decide carefully as his decision will determine whether or not Tae Jin would ruin him or let it all slide. He reminds Do Kyung that Do Kyung had a girlfriend he once liked and who he started this whole issue because of and tells Do Kyung that he would assume Do Kyung would do what he says because it might have taken them longer, but somehow they’ve ended up with who they should end up with (Tae Jin, your passive aggressive stunt pisses me off).
10. Hospitals; the ultimate matchmaker
Hae Young gets home, walking with a limp after the pretty shoes she’d worn out that day had given her terrible blisters. When her mother expresses concern for her ever present cold and asks if she’s really taking her medications, Hae Young says she is and asks to be be allowed to sleep all day without being disturbed. Back in her room, Hae Young thinks that the reason why she walks all day in her small and uncomfortable shoes is because the pain prevents her from thinking about Do Kyung (back with the self destructive tendencies are we Hae Young?). Instead, she spends the time thinking about her sore feet and then being briefly happy when she takes them off when she gets home. It’s why she causes herself pain, because she knows that her mind keeps wanting to crawl back to Do Kyung. It’s also why she’s okay with feeling ill, because she’s happier when she’s sick. The next morning, Mama Oh finds the medication Hae Young has been lying about taking, right in the trashcan. She rushes into Hae Young’s room and when she can’t rouse Hae Young, she and Papa Oh, rush Hae Young to the hospital (girl, your self destruction has got to stop!). As they wheel her in, a semi conscious Hae Young spots Do Kyung in the hospital as well and figures that she’s imagining him. The minute she wakes up, she thinks about him and then wonders why she thinks of him the minute she got a little bit better. Do Kyung though is receiving his treatment on the other side of the curtain, and is not a figment of her imagination and when the nurse pulls the curtain back, Hae Young sees him. Seeing Do Kyung shocks her and Hae Young immediately closes her curtain whilst Do Kyung makes to leave. He stops though and turns and has a vision of himself telling her not to get sick. Instead of saying that however, Do Kyung tells her that he’s glad to see her as he had considered it unfair that he was the only one who was sick, but he’s glad to see that she is sick as well. He also adds that even if he could turn back time, he would still ruin her wedding in the exact same way so she would move in next door to him and he would meet her in the exact same way. He shouts that he’s really sorry, but he is not sorry he ruined her wedding. But then, calmer, he tells her he’s sorry, but that’s how he feels and he got sick because he couldn’t hug her anymore. With those words said, he leaves (ball’s in your court now Hae Young). But as he walks away from the hospital, Hae Young comes running and throws her arms around him in a hug (awwww. Finally! Finally!). They pull away from each other with big relieved grins and then Hae Young reaches forward and kisses Do Kyung in the most sweetest, amazing, heartfelt kiss of them all (swoon).
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Because even with the pain Do Kyung and Hae Young are going through, pain that other Hae Young acknowledged, she is still making it about her. How can you make someone else’s painful breakup be about you? That you wished you were Do Kyung’s one painful love? Are you fucking kidding me? Girl, I ought to slap that narcissism out of your head. What’s so special about you that you would be his painful love? Why does it have to be about your ass?
Headache inducing moment:
None. Although I came really close with the whole Hae Young’s self destructive tendencies. But thankfully, it didn’t last long and now, we shall have cookies and cream moments, with me keeping my fingers and toes crossed that nothing bad happens to Do Kyung.
This episode’s a frozen grape Sangria. Citrusy and sweet. And although we get quite the kick with our characters being mopey and self destructive (stop scaring me Hae Young), it ends with the sweet note of satisfaction and relief that whatever happens, these two would be together. Happy times people, happy times.