Sometimes we do the most selfless things for those we love, and they have no idea what it is we’ve done for them. The truth finally comes out as to who’s Ok Hee’s father; although she remains in the dark. Jong Myung tells Ki Joon exactly what he thinks of him. Baek Hee realizes everything she’s thought about Bum Ryong is wrong. And Bum Ryong shows that love can have you not thinking about the future or yourself, but protecting the one most precious to you.
Top 10 Moments:
- Baek Hee and Bum Ryong are true soulmates
With Ok Hee waiting for the answer to the riddle of who are father is from Baek Hee, and Doo Shik and Jong Myung waiting on Bum Ryong, Baek Hee and Bum Ryong give their listeners the very same answer; Ok Hee’s father is Baek Hee (and yes, I hissed right along with them at that answer. Seriously show? You’re going to wait till tomorrow to answer our questions?). Baek Hee explains that she’s been the one to raise Ok Hee for the past 18 years and so deserves to be called the best mother and father. Ok Hee, is like us and is not buying the whole I’m your mother and father crap. As far as she knows, her father is on the island and she would find him herself. When Baek Hee expresses concern about her doing so because of what the island people are capable of, Ok Hee wonders what has her elegant mother so spooked that she’s hiding (and we’re right with you, wondering what the big secret is all about too Ok Hee. Find it for all of us). Meanwhile, at the docks, Bum Ryong is explaining to Doo Shik and Jong Myung that since they never gave Ok Hee pocket money whilst she was growing up, or changed her diapers, they have no right to start calling themselves her father now. And instead of humiliating Baek Hee in front of her daughter, they should all band together to protect her (See why I said these two are soulmates. So in sync even when they’re miles away from each other).
2. Ki Joon’s slimy. Slimy and deserving of that knock on the head
Ki Joon and Baek Hee leave the house together, so they can take the ferry to go to work. On their way, they’re greeted by Jang Mi who gossips with the other women in town that Ki Joon and Baek Hee’s marriage mustn’t be a happy one considering the fact that Ki Joon went to the same school with Baek Hee and so must know her past. According to Jang Mi’s thinking, if Ki Joon’s not affected by the fact that Baek Hee has dated half the men in town, then he is not in love with her. But the couple are well aware that there’s no love lost between them as Baek Hee snaps at Ki Joon, the gambling addict who had gambled away his job and their house, which was the reason why they’d moved back to the countryside. When the creditors start to call for the loan payment, Baek Hee who has been fired from the home shopping network because of the debacle in the previous episode asks Ki Joon for the salary he’d been paid the day before, only to be shocked when Ki Joon claims to have gambled it away (why do I have a feeling that he’s lying? He’s probably keeping the money somewhere just so he can make her miserable). When Baek Hee asks if he married her to torture her, he replies that she was more attractive when she was out of his reach (Asshole!). When he continues that her past is embarrassing and unsettling to him, Bum Ryong’s mother reaches through the window and gives him the knock we all were hoping we could reach into the screen to give him ourselves (Hahahaha. You go grandma!). And to make it even better, she fakes it as her using his head to crack open her boiled egg (Hahahaha. Hilarious), saying that even an evil witch deserves better than a delinquent (Awwww). Bum Ryong turns back to his steering with a proud smile for his kick ass mum.
3. The cat’s out of the bag
With creditors breathing down her neck, and her basically having no job, Baek Hee thinks fast and sells herself to a struggling restaurateur, explaining to the woman that her restaurant is in a prime location and instead of trying to sell the place or hire a new cook, what she needs is a consultant to get the place booming again (and we all know who she is recommending for the job. Hehehe). Meanwhile, at home, Ok Hee is going through the storage room where she finds Baek Hee’s year book, with her name on it, and the attendant sheet showing that she had perfect attendance whilst in school. She puts the pieces together to not only figure out that her mother’s actual name is Yang Baek Hee, but that she is also Becky of Becky’s Clique, the well known delinquent (Uh-ho, Baek Hee. Looks like the cat’s out of the bag). It is with this new knowledge that Ok Hee pays particular attention to her mother, and starts to notice the little thing, like the leg move Baek Hee uses to switch off the lights, how she pounds the board whilst chopping garlic and how she actively follows fights on television. She is horrified that her mother has been hiding her true colors all along, whilst pretending to be the submissive wife selling Jeotgal. Breakfast the next morning comes with vegetables and no meat. And When Ok Hee tries to bring up the absence of a yearbook that would confirm whether or not Baek Hee actually got her high school diploma, Baek Hee tries to shut down the conversation. Ok Hee though is like a dog with a bone and wouldn’t let go, and so Baek Hee explains that she dropped out of high school. When Ok Hee calls her out on pretending to be sophisticated and yet she didn’t finish high school, Baek Hee is hurt. But when Ok Hee presses to know why her mother didn’t at least try to get the most basic of education, something that Ok Hee herself wants to get at least, Baek Hee admits that she dropped out of High School because she’d been pregnant with Ok Hee. The words strike at Ok Hee as she realizes that she’s the one blot her mother couldn’t get rid off. It’s why she’s distracted on the ferry and nothing her three potential fathers do cheer her up. When she finally meets with them in a secluded place, she tells them that she doesn’t want them around her anymore, as she’s no longer interested in locating her father, because locating him would just make her hate the person more, for abandoning her and her mother and leaving Baek Hee pregnant and unable to go after her dreams (Awww Ok Hee…)
4. Bum Ryong and Baek Hee have the talk
Turns out the woman who hired Baek Hee for her ‘consultation’ skills is one of Bum Ryong’s customers who he delivers vegetables to. He’s dropping off a batch of vegetables for her when he spies Baek Hee who tries to hide but can’t completely pull it off. Outside the restaurant, he asks Baek Hee why she’s cooking in a restaurant and she tells him that no one wanted to sign up for her cooking classes anymore and her Jeotgal business crumbled after a fly was found in one of her jars. When Bum Ryong asks about her husband, she admits that he’s a gambler and then laughs at her pathetic life. She asks Bum Ryong why he’s delivering vegetables when he was meant to win an Olympic medal and then go to college. He lies that he had to work for his uncle and so he dropped out. Baek Hee cuts through the bullshit to tell him that she knows he gave up on college because he didn’t want to be associated with her, the Red Socks girl. When he tries to deny it, she cuts him off saying that she would take his present life as a punishment from the universe for the way he treated her. When Bum Ryong mentions the fact that she didn’t wait for him, she tells him that she worked 14 hour days, waiting for him after she’d been stranded in the middle of Seoul (yikes), and when he didn’t show up, she became more determined. In ruining her life, he made her a more determined person. When Bum Ryong apologizes, Baek Hee tells him to stay away from her and her daughter if he’s truly sorry and walks away.
5. Baek Hee begins the search for her poison pen writer
Baek Hee pays a visit to the post office to try to locate the person who keeps sending her packages and addressing it as from the Boston Red Socks. When she’s told that they can’t locate the person because all the information given by the person who mailed the parcel were bogus, Baek Hee figures that Jong Myung is the culprit simply because he makes baseball analogies (hahaha. Poor Jong Myung). She pays him a visit at his office and then invites him out for coffee. Whilst there, she apologizes for any possible slight that she might have committed against him which would have led to him putting up such mean comments about her online and then sending strange packages to her house. Jong Myung though is offended as he’s not that mean, and tells her that just because he was a delinquent in the past doesn’t mean that he’s one now. Baek Hee scoffs at the words, and Jong Myung tells her that she was his past, but not so painful a past that he would still feel like getting back at her. The person she should be worried about is Bum Ryong who ruined his life because of her. But, when Baek Hee tries to brush up the issue with Bum Ryong, he doesn’t admit to anything and his mother losing control of her bladder whilst on the ferry has Baek Hee and Ok Hee coming together to help clean her up. As Ok Hee cleans up Bum Ryong’s mother alongside her, she tells Baek Hee not to worry, that she would do it for her mother as well when she’s that old and even though Baek Hee scoffs at the idea of her getting dementia, she is pleased. Bum Ryong on the other hand, silently tells Baek Hee that she raised her daughter well (awwwwww).
6. Jong Myung is not the father. But we’re ever grateful to him.
Jong Myung on the other hand gets his DNA test results, except Ki Joon the slime has already opened it before him (asshole) and tells him he has a vested interest in the results because he is the one that’s married to Baek Hee. When he hands Jong Myung the result to check out, Jong Myung tells him he’s not interested in seeing the result (you go Jong Myung. Tell him!) as he will not be the delinquent who doesn’t trust anyone, and most importantly, Ok Hee is Ki Joon’s kid. Ki Joon is of course shocked that it’s not playing out the way he wants it to, but Jong Myung isn’t done as he calls Ki Joon a delinquent and tells him that he, Jong Myung might not be able to be a father because he’s physically incapable of fathering a child, but Ki Joon on the other hand can’t be a father because he’s worse than animals (ouch and bravo Jong Myung. Tell him! You don’t know half the crap he tells Ok Hee). He ends it all by telling Ki Joon that he pities him, and then walks away (go Jong Myung go Jong Myung go. And hahaha. Ki Joon suddenly looks five inches small. Hahahaha).
7. Baek Hee finds out who her poison pen writer is
Fully aware that Bum Ryong won’t share with her the details of what happened, and why exactly he might be holding a grudge against her, Baek Hee goes to meet the town gossip: Jang Mi to give her the deets. After a standoff between Jang Mi and Doo Shik who Baek Hee realizes gets beaten by his wife (poor Doo Shik. Hahaha), although it’s more like they beat each other up, Baek Hee settles down with Jang Mi to talk. Except Doo Shik isn’t going anywhere as he first pretends to be chipping firewood (Pfft. Even though their fireplace doesn’t use wood anymore) and when he’s done with that, he just hangs around. Jang Mi finally notices and snaps at him to leave, telling Baek Hee that Doo Shik’s always thought of her as innocent Mary, in other words, Baek Hee is his femme fatale, his ‘matari’. When Baek Hee questions Jang Mi on who matari is, Jang Mi explains that matari is a spy, which gets Baek Hee to realize that she means “Mata Hari”. The realization though also comes with Baek Hee remembering that the mean online poster had claimed that Baek Hee hides her identity like ‘matari’ and Jang Mi also notices her slip up at the same time. Busted, Jang Mi tries to run away, but Baek Hee’s too fast for her and stops her. When Jang Mi admits to not having found a fly in the jeotgal, Baek Hee demands to know exactly what Jang Mi had against her. Jang Mi admits to not liking the fact that Baek Hee was on television and also not liking that she came back to town. When Baek Hee asks if her being on television caused Jang Mi any pain, Jang Mi admits to not liking the fact that Doo Shik watches Baek Hee’s show and calls her name, and all because of the bracelet.
8. Two down, one to go
We flash back to the past when Baek Hee had chosen Jang Mi as the new leader of Becky’s clique and had given her a bracelet as a keepsake to pass on to every new leader of Becky’s clique. Jang Mi had been happy about her good fortune and had shared the news with Doo Shik who had been drunk from all the punch he’d been taking whilst being jealous of Baek Hee and Bum Ryong dancing together. Jang Mi had told him that others might say Bum Ryong is the one but Doo Shik’s her now and forever. He’s barely dealt with the news when he falls asleep, at which point the police had come in. Jang Mi had managed to drag Doo Shik to the bay area where him, still drunk off his ass, saw her wearing Baek Hee’s bracelet and had thought her Baek Hee. He’d dragged her and even though she’d asked him if he was sure he wasn’t drunk, they’d done the deed (so technically, he raped her? Or she raped him? Or it was partially consensual?). Except during that night, Doo Shik had kept on calling Baek Hee’s name and that’s what still has her pissed. Baek Hee apologizes for her part in the matter (you’re a bigger woman than me Baek Hee cuz I won’t be apologizing had I been you). Baek Hee though tells Jang Mi to confess that it was her and not Baek Hee who was with him that night. Jang Mi though is willing to let her husband keep his belief that he had one magical night with Baek Hee.
9. The damage of the Red Socks video
After Jang Mi drives her back home, Baek Hee is surprised to see Bum Ryong’s mother waiting for her. She takes the old woman in and while washing her feet, Bum Ryong’s mother apologizes to Baek Hee and tells her that it’s all her fault. She hands Baek Hee a pager and we get a flashback where we see Baek Hee and Bum Ryong sneaking into a pool house from where they’d spied what was going on across the street at the Police raid. Being alone with Baek Hee in the dark room has Bum Ryong getting ideas, so he tries to distract himself with the television. Except, everything he’s seeing on the TV just aggravates his situation even further (Hahaha. Poor Bum Ryong). They’re finally able to get some ‘sleep’ and the next morning, they head out to get something to eat. Except, when they get to the restaurant, people keep staring at Baek Hee and the owner of the restaurant tells Baek Hee not to come over anymore as she’s driving away her customers. Baek Hee doesn’t get what’s happening at first until the local news start and she sees a video of herself on the news, decrying her as the Red Socks girl, a delinquent who fights and dances in the club. With Baek Hee needing to get out of town, Bum Ryong had given her some cash and his pager number and told her to page him the minute she gets to Seoul and he would be with her in a day or two (Oh… I see where this is going now). He also promised to make sure that not only will she be protected but she will be able to return home. Except, Bum Ryong never shows and the messages she left are never returned, even as she runs out of money. Bum Ryong on the other hand had attacked the television producer who had wanted to use the Red Socks video as his ticket to the national stage by airing it all over the country. The result, Bum Ryong was tossed in jail and never got any of her messages, or her letters. And the only letter Baek Hee had gotten from him, telling her to get an abortion had come from his mother.
10. 18 years of hurt and misunderstanding. What can be done?
Done with her talk with Bum Ryong’s mother, Baek Hee steps out to meet Bum Ryong who had figured that since his mother wasn’t in his house, she’d probably come to Baek Hee’s. He apologizes for intruding so late, and tells her that he can’t do anything about these unfortunate situations, all the while not looking her in the eye. (Awww Bum Ryong) When he finally raises his head, he spots Baek Hee’s tears and moved with concern, comes closer to her, asking why she’s crying. The minute he asks her if someone bothered her, Baek Hee scoffs as she asks if he would beat the person up like old times. Bum Ryong just asks what’s wrong and Baek Hee tells him that he’s the reason why she’s upset, wondering why he won’t just leave her alone. Taking her literarily, Bum Ryong tells her that he would find a way to relocate and that he’s sorry for everything, to which Baek Hee asks him exactly what he’s sorry for. Bum Ryong sees his mother and tells Baek Hee that she doesn’t need to cry. What she should focus on instead is moving forward. She should look forward only and not think of the past. Baek Hee though tells him that they grew up together for 18 years, and then she spent 18 years hating him, and she doesn’t know what to do. When Bum Ryong just keeps looking at her, she starts to cry and shout as she asks him exactly what she’s meant to do now.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
I had thought that after Bum Ryong’s mother hit him on the head with her boiled egg, I would be satisfied with not slapping him in the face. Turns out I was wrong. Him mocking Jong Myung who anxiously wanted to know whether or not Ok Hee was his has me wanting to bitchslap his ass so hard he would find himself on another planet.
Headache inducing moment:
Because even as I was screaming at Bum Ryong not to do that and to find another way instead, I knew he was going to do it and I could see the chain effect it would create, starting from him him being tossed into jail and having to say goodbye to going for the Olympic games, to him not being able to get to Baek Hee, to her thinking that she’s been abandoned and then to him not being in his daughter’s life for the first 18 years of her life. And I felt pain on his behalf. Poor poor Bum Ryong.
This episode’s a Sour Cherry Gin Smash. It’s simple as every episode of Baek Hee Has Returned has been, and yet it packed so much action, so much history, so much of giving us a taste of everyone’s story, what makes them tick, what makes them colorful, and uniting it all into this subtle but yet so impactful episode. The comedy is there, but there’s also so much heart and also so much pain. It’s a beautiful drama this one. Very beautiful.