Falling in love is easy, admitting it is difficult, which is why we sometimes hold our breath and close our eyes as we hope the object of our affection returns the feelings. Gong Shim continues to fall in love and then works up the courage to tell Dan Tae. Dan Tae who has figured it out before she tells him the news sets out on a path of noble idiocy. Joon Soo tries to break away from his family but his secrets has Dan Tae doubting him. Dae Chul on the other hand is still managing to keep his secrets.
Top 10 Moments:
- Gong Shim loses her bald spot… or not
Gong Shim wakes up early in the morning to cook a full breakfast that she takes up to Dan Tae’s room, blushing as she watches him eat (oh girl, you’re a goner in love). When Dan Tae expresses how pleased he is with the food, Gong Shim makes a crack about her willing to cook him breakfast like that for the next 100 years. Dan Tae’s lovestruck expression at her words has her fanning herself and stating that she feels hot. Dan Tae, ever willing to be helpful suggests Gong Shim take off her wig if the weather’s too hot. Even as Gong Shim furiously shakes her head at the suggestion, Dan Tae reaches over and plucks off the wig, leaving Gong Shim wailing about the fact that she’d doesn’t want to show him her bald spot. Except, when she touches the spot, she discovers that her hair has grown back in (Hmmmmm. I’m wondering if the person who has you less stressed and happy has a name that starts with Ahn and ends with Tae, Gong Shim). Soon enough, the two of them are jumping about, delighted at the news and then Gong Shim blurts out that she loves Dan Tae (oopsie. I did not see that coming). The words shock both of them and move Dan Tae who leans in for a kiss, only for the rice timer to snap Gong Shim out of her daydream (drats). She then carries the food to knock on Dan Tae’s door like she’d done in her daydream except, Dan Tae has already headed in to work where he’s attempting to figure out who is behind his father’s attack by having one of the messenger boys he’s offered free legal aid to, deliver the pin along with a note stating that it had been found at the Arboretum. Dan Tae then tells the messenger boy deliver the letter in an hour. And so, an hour later, whilst Dan Tae is happily cleaning the grounds, the information desk brings the letter up to Joon So’s father, who is standing together with Dae Chul and grandmother. Grandmother is shocked to see that one of her executives is missing a badge and sends Dae Chul into a mini panic when she declares that she will find the owner of the badge. To help her investigate? She calls on Dan Tae and assigns him to the case.
- Dan Tae’s unorthodox Badge finding ways
With Grandmother’s urging him to find out whose badge is missing, Dan Tae throws himself into the work to find the person he’s looking for, starting with the toilets where he trolls the executives present to confirm that they have their badges on. He makes to leave when he confirms that they have their badges but makes sure to tell them that they would get into trouble if they loaned their badges to anyone and then sticks out his tongue at them, saying that they’re grandmother’s orders (hahahaha. Too funny). Next he goes to Joon Soo’s father’s office and his face falls when he notices that Joon Soo’s father doesn’t have his badge. When the man exclaims at the missing badge and tries to joggle Dan Tae’s memory into confirming that Dan Tae had seen his badge that particular morning, Dan Tae denies having seen the badge that morning. When he offers to help Joon Soo’s father look for the badge, the latter informs him that he knows where the badge is at. Except, when Joon Soo’s father retraces his steps, trying to figure out where he’d dropped the badge, he doesn’t find his badge. Fortunately for him though, one of the dogs he’s fond of playing with found his badge and kept it in his food bowl, and Joon Soo’s father kisses him in gratitude. The only two left for Dan Tae are then Joon Soo and a director who is in China. A flashback shows that Dae Chul had borrowed the China bound director’s badge by lying that he had a meeting with the chairman but now he’s worked himself into a panic because the director whose badge he’d borrowed would be returning the next morning. When Dan Tae asks him about what’s wrong, Dae Chul snaps at him, something Dan Tae notes even as he bows his way out of the office.
- Gong Shim almost gets kissed… Again
Home alone, with her parents out for a burial and Gong Mi at Busan, Gong Shim uses the opportunity to try out her drawings for a Nakji character contest. She is in the middle of drawing when the lights go off, and because her father had been warning her about ghosts before her parents’ had left for the trip, Gong Shim assumes that it’s a ghost and terrifies herself so badly that she goes bumping into things at night, and the weird sounds her house makes don’t help matters either. She rushes to the door to get out, but in her haste locks herself in and begins to panic. Meanwhile, Dan Tae who is on his way back from the office hears her cries and starts to panic when he can’t get her out. Gong Shim is finally able to get out of the house and she runs into Dan Tae’s arms. When he asks what’s wrong, Gong Shim explains to him that the power went off and drags him inside the dark house to come help fix the electricity. Except, Dan Tae doesn’t even know where the fuse box is and is just as terrified of the dark. Whilst bumping and screaming, he finds his arms around Gong Shim and soon they’re both leaning in for a kiss, only for them to hear Gong Shim’s parents’ who had been heading to the funeral heading back into the house because the supposedly dead old man is still alive and kicking (Gah! Writer, why do you do this to me? Allow them to kiss already! Like seriously, the girl has even been daydreaming about it).
4. Dan Tae discovers that Gong Shim likes him
Gong Shim ends up pushing Dan Tae into her room turned closet (oh, this will be good. Just one more strike against Gong Mi that Dan Tae will be sure to take note of) just before her parents enter the house and her father restores the electricity. She runs back into the room to convince Dan Tae that he should wait just a bit more till her parents head to bed. Except, Gong Shim’s parents are more interested in grilling pork and eating it as a late night snack and soon Gong Shim is ferrying meat wrapped in lettuce to a very hungry Dan Tae hiding in her room (hahahahaha. That’s so hilarious). When her parents tell her to go bring Dan Tae over so he can partake in the feast, Dan Tae who’s had enough tries to leave the room and confess everything to Gong Shim’s parents, but Gong Shim wrestles with him until the sudden entrance of her mother has both of them standing awfully close to each other as they hide behind the door. Luckily for them, Gong Shim’s father calls her mother over to inform her that the old man is well and truly dead. Gong Shim then heads out, shortly after her mother, so as not to arouse her parent’s suspicion, leaving Dan Tae to explore her living quarters. He ends up coming across her sketchpad where she’s detailed her interactions with Dan Tae and comes across a page with yet another drawing of the both of them and Gong Shim asking if she should tell Dan Tae that she likes him. When Dan Tae’s finally able to head home, he walks over to the Sunflower and stares sadly at it as he remembers Gong Shim’s anger when he’d told her to go to Jeju. Gong Shim on the other hand is happily blushing downstairs as she remembers their almost kiss (I would be happier if there had actually been a kiss. Like Yeesh, kiss her already).
5. The onset of noble idiocy
Now aware of Gong Shim’s feelings for him, Dan Tae sees her actions in new light as he observes her waiting for him from his top view apartment. By the time he gets down to the convenience store, Gong Shim happily follows him around, but Dan Tae remains cold even though Gong Shim doesn’t notice. When she offers to have dinner waiting for him when he gets back home, Dan Tae tells her that he would be working late that day. When Gong Shim waves him off, telling him to give her a heads up should he be coming home early after all, Dan Tae doesn’t respond and instead just walks away (seriously Dan Tae. What’s the problem now? Are you pushing her away because you know you’re Joon Pyo or because you stupidly believe that because Joon So likes her, then you should be the ‘bigger’ man and step away. Because any of these reasons are stupid if that’s why you’re going to cause Gong Shim pain, Dan Tae).
6. Dae Chul steals Joon Soo’s badge
Joon Soo finally returns to the office only to have to leave again. Whilst his mother expresses disappointment that he won’t be able to have lunch with herself and Gong Mi, Dae Chul takes note of Joon So’s badge which is on his jacket. After he confirms that Joon So is taking his personal car to the seminar, Dae Chul calls Joon So just as the latter is dropping his jacket and briefcase in the car and gives him some bogus excuse about looking for some document that he thinks Joon Soo has in his office, thus getting Joon Soo to leave his still opened car and available for the taking badge, and head upstairs to find the document. But Dae Chul ends up calling him right back to tell him the document has been found and Joon Soo heads back to the car. Dan Tae meanwhile, is meeting with the Director who went to China and the man informs him that Dae Chul had borrowed his badge two days prior before he’d had to go on his trip. Dae Chul though shows up right at that exact moment to return the Director’s badge, all the while pointing to Joon Soo’s stolen badge as his, claiming that he’d left his badge at home on the day of the meeting. We see in flashback though that not only had Dae Chul stolen Joon Soo’s bag and jacket with the badge, but he’d also disabled the security cameras just before he’d committed the act. He had then wound down Joon Soo’s car window so when Joon Soo notices his missing bag and jacket, he assumes that it had been stolen.
7. Joon Soo wants to break away
Just as Gong Shim is preparing the envelope so she can submit her Nakji drawing for the contest, she gets a call from Joon Soo who tells her that he’s been robbed and has lost all his important documents. Gong Shim drops her drawing (you have to come back and submit it anyway. You hear me Gong Shim? You must submit it) and runs to meet Joon Soo at a cafe where he’s hard at work. When Gong Shim asks him if he’s informed his colleagues about the theft so they can help him out, Joon Soo confesses to her that he plans to break away from Star Group as he’s gotten sick and tired of being told that he got everything from his family (good for you Joon Soo. Good for you. It’s time you learned to stand on your own two feet and prove to them that you don’t need their money). So, he’d been setting up his own business and is scheduled to do a presentation to potential investors. Unfortunately, his bag along with the documents was stolen (um… don’t you have your documents backed up or something?). When Gong Shim asks what she can do to help, Joon Soo asks for her help in putting the presentation together, since thankfully, he had stored his source file in the cloud (I still think it would have been so much better if you’d stored the actual presentation in the cloud as well. You know, to make for easy download. You need backups dude. Backups). Soon, they both get to work and make good time, giving Joon Soo just the edge he needs to get the files ready and takeoff to his presentation. Gong Shim thankfully, is able to get her drawing to the shop before the contest ends, although she’s bummed that about 100 people applied, with some of them, arts and design students.
8. Gong Mi comes to the rescue and gets a boyfriend as a reward
Gong Mi and Joon Soo’s mother’s lunch date ends on a good note with Joon Soo’s mother basically telling Gong Mi that she feels so close to her that she even regards Gong Mi as a friend. On their way back, Joon Soo’s mother’s car accidentally brushes against a man who is obviously faking being in pain as he clutches his hand and yells that his back is also in a lot of pain. When he demands 5000 dollars from Joon Soo’s mother to get treated at the hospital, Gong Mi stops Joon Soo’s mother from giving the man a dime, pointing out that the car’s blackbox captured him jumping in front of the car. When the man insists on calling the police, Gong Mi hands him her business card, introducing herself as a lawyer and tells the man to go right ahead and make the call, since after all, they’d been driving at low speed when the man had jumped in, and according to the law, the man would either be jailed for 10 years or would have to pay a fine of 20,000 dollars. The threat is enough to get the man to scram and soon Gong Mi is having tea with Joon Soo’s mother and Joon Soo’s grandmother where the latter is thanking her for coming to the rescue (hmmmph! I won’t put it past Gong Mi to have been the one to plan the whole thing). Joon Soo’s mother is so pleased that she gives her blessing and suggests that Gong Mi date her son (Wonder if you will still be so pleased by the time you find out she’s Gong Shim’s sister Joon Soo’s mother. Plus your son isn’t interested in Gong Mi one bit). Gong Mi is of course pleased at the suggestion and tells Joon Soo’s mother that she’s all up for it as long as Joon Soo is interested (sweetie, he’s not. He will take one Gong Shim over a million Gong Mi any day and any time).
9. Dan Tae and Gong Shim’s King Lunchbox date & Dan Tae’s suspicious of Joon Soo
Whilst Joon Soo is calling Gong Shim to tell her the good news that the investors agreed to invest in his idea, Dan Tae and his aunt are looking at his still comatose father and wondering when exactly the old man would wake up. When Dan Tae gets home, he heads to the convenience store where he gets into an argument with Gong Shim’s friend: Goo Nam who had not kept any of his signature King Lunchboxes for Dan Tae to eat. Dan Tae slinks off and heads up to his apartment only to draw up short when he sees Gong Shim waiting for him with two King Lunchboxes in front of her. Soon they both start digging into the food with Gong Shim asking Dan Tae since when he’d liked King Lunchboxes. Dan Tae had replied that since they’d released it, to which Gong Shim asks him what else he likes. Dan Tae starts to answer and then stops to ask Gong Shim why she’s asking him that. Gong Shim though doesn’t give him a straight answer and instead diverts the question to asking him why he isn’t wearing his signature flip-flops and why he’s wearing a white dress shirt. When she asks him if he’s wearing it because he heard that girls like it a lot and he tells her that’s not the case, Gong Shim smiles and asks after his father and his aunt. When she mentions that Dan Tae must take after his pretty mother, the words get to him and he rises from his seat. Claiming that he’s tired, he heads inside where he remembers Gong Shim’s drawing and her question as to whether she should admit that she likes him. Next he remembers his discovery and his father in the hospital and his question to his aunt and his father as to why he’s not Dan Tae and who he is. At the thoughts, Dan Tae looks very sad. The next morning, Dan Tae reports to grandmother that only Joon Soo is left, and Joon Soo comes in at the exact moment to report that his bag and his jacket had been stolen at a seminar he attended the previous day, and along with them, his badge. Dan Tae remembering the hotel Joon So had claimed the seminar had been held at calls up the hotel and is surprised when he learns that not only was there no Star Group seminar at the hotel but Joon Soo had never even booked a seminar hall either. At the information, Dan Tae wonders exactly what is going on.
10. Gong Shim’s artwork wins, but she gets her heart broken anyway
Gong Shim anxiously goes to the store to find out our well her artwork did and is delighted to learn that she won first place (Yay for Gong Shim! And might I add that your art piece is stunning). She twirls around with a happy smile on her face to the applause of the other competitors who had come to see if they’d won. She immediately calls Dan Tae to ask him when he would be home that night, but Dan Tae who had gone fishing for information with Joon Soo but had left the meeting knowing fully well that Joon Soo is lying to him isn’t in the mood and tells Gong Shim that he’s busy and won’t be coming home early that night. When he makes to hang up, Gong Shim gets him to promise to call her when he gets home, no matter how late he is and Dan Tae agrees. When Dan Tae comes home that night, Gong Shim hears his footsteps and comes running to meet him with her first place banner in hand. Dan Tae is happy for her that she won and asks her why she hadn’t told him anything about it before. Gong Shim explains that she’d been scared to fail and so had decided she would tell him when she succeeds. She tears up as she tells him that she’s never gotten first place in a contest before and this is a first for her. When Dan Tae notices her tears and asks why she’s crying, Gong Shim admits to him that it was because he had cheered her on and encouraged her that she’d had the courage to participate. She continues that he’s always the one who cheers her up; he’s the one who called her pretty; the one who had liked her drawing and told her that he’s her number one fan and the one who keeps her company whenever she’s going through a hard time. She tells Dan Tae that she wants to be that kind of person for him as well. Neither of them are aware though that Joon Soo is listening to this conversation with his heart breaking, and Gong Shim reminds Dan Tae of when he’d told her that he’s happy that he can see her anywhere and at any time. She smiles as she tells him that that’s how she feels at the moment and that she’s always thinking of him and even dreams about him as well. She looks shy as she tells Dan Tae that she likes him, but Dan Tae tells her he’s sorry and that he can’t accept her heart and so she shouldn’t like him anymore (dude! That’s not how emotions work. It’s not a faucet you can turn off and on). When Gong Shim brings up what he’d told her just before she had left on her trip, Dan Tae tells her that that was then, but things have changed now. Gong Shim with tears in her eyes walks away (awwww Gong Shim. I’m sorry), leaving a distraught Dan Tae upstairs and a heartbroken Joon Soo downstairs. Joon Soo however changes his mind and comes right back up to meet Dan Tae.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
I never thought Dan Tae would make it on this list but here he is. Not only does he break Gong Shim’s heart for some stupid reason, but he also has the audacity to tell her that she should get over her feelings for him. That hurt; that pain that he’s caused her is not something I can find myself forgiving any time soon. Like seriously Dan Tae. WTF?!!!! Here, receive this bitchslap. You’ve earned it buster. And trust me, you shall come begging her soon. Hope she kicks your ass to the curb when you do so.
Headache inducing moment:
Because nothing gets to me as much as the onset of noble idiocy. And it’s even more painful when you realize that it stems from Dan Tae’s belief that he can’t love Gong Shim anymore because the Ahn Dan Tae that she loves is someone with a stolen identity. So to him, he’s doing the right thing. But he’s not right and he should talk to Gong Shim first, except he can’t tell her because he doesn’t know all the facts, which just makes this a headache inducing moment.
This episode’s a Strawberry Basil Bourbon Lemonade, sweet with all the cute moments of Gong Shim falling in love and blossoming right before our very eyes. But it has just that hint of a sour at the heartbreak she faces and our realization that Dan Tae is hurting her for the ‘good’ of it all. Like seriously, Noble idiocy is like the hangover from hell. Yeesh!