Sometimes we come so close to the truth and yet are blinded by our preconceptions and the secrets we keep. Joon Soo shares his secrets with Dan Tae but Dan Tae holds back. Gong Shim breaks out into her own person and refuses to give up on her love. Joon Soo makes a heartbreaking discovery and Dan Tae feels the sting of betrayal.
Top 10 Moments:
- Life goes on
Dan Tae is surprised to see Joon Soo, but then he remembers their promised drinksand tells Joon Soo that he would have to move their plans because he doesn’t feel so good. Joon Soo though doesn’t say anything about having eavesdropped Dan Tae and Gong Shim’s conversation and agrees to leave. Both Dan Tae and Gong Shim spend the night moping but when morning comes, Gong Shim gets off her ass and heads to the market to shop for food items with the produce seller who all have a cordial relationship with her. She runs into Dan Tae on her way back and when Dan Tae makes to collect her bag of groceries from her, Gong Shim brushes him off and continues on her way without saying a word to him. Dan Tae sadly watches her go and Gong Shim keeps her head high till she gets to the convenience store and takes a seat, sighing deeply at the pain of it all. Dan Tae and Joon Soo on the other hand are in the office, thinking of her confession, but Dan Tae’s thoughts are interrupted by the cleaners who invite him out for their team party. Dan Tae reverts to his playful self as he tells them that he can’t make it, but sings a little song to whet their appetite for how well he will sing when he does have the time to come with them for their meeting. Joon Soo sees the sight and is hurt on Gong Shim’s behalf as it seems like Dan Tae is cheerful even though he caused Gong Shim pain. Joon Soo though doesn’t confront Dan Tae about it, although he does snap at Dan Tae when Dan Tae asks him about his stolen bag and badge, wondering why Dan Tae is so focused on the badge.
2. Gong Shim starts to take charge of her life
After cooking way more food than her family needs, and ignoring Dan Tae’s calls when he attempts to reach her, Gong Shim heads to her room next and starts taking down all of Gong Mi’s clothes to move them to Gong Mi’s room (you go Gong Shim. Take charge. Take back your life!). Her father expresses surprise at the act, especially because he’s aware that Gong Shim hasn’t discussed the act with Gong Mi first. Gong Shim though doesn’t think there’s any need to have informed Gong Mi about it, considering that the room is Gong Shim’s in the first place. When her father worries that Gong Mi will throw a fit, Gong Shim tells him that she doesn’t care if Gong Mi does as she has decided to live her life like a human being now (Awww Gong Shim. I’m so proud of you). She begins to move Gong Mi’s clothes and things to Gong Mi’s room and tells her father that he would be putting together for her, the bed she intends to buy the very next day. As she walks through her uncluttered room, her school chatroom starts to buzz with news of a reunion happening the next day. And so when Joon Soo calls her to invite her to dinner the next day, Gong Shim suggests they move it to another day as she has a reunion to attend. Her classmates are surprised to see her at the reunion as she’s never attended one before. Gong Shim though pays them no mind as she just keeps downing her mugs of beer. When one of her classmates proposes to another classmate and they’re about to do a love shot, Gong Shim intrudes on the romantic moment to click her mug with theirs (hahahaha. Their expressions are so hilarious) and then proceeds to down her beer.
3. Things I hate about you… or Not!
Back from work, Dan Tae spots a little boy searching for something. When he asks the boy what he’s looking for so he can help search for it alongside the boy, the boy describes Gong Shim and tells him that he’s looking for her (hahahaha. She’s back to her playing hide and seek whilst she’s drunk ways. How cute). Dan Tae sends the boy off, volunteering to look for Gong Shim in his stead. And sure enough, he finds her easy peasy, except, Gong Shim dozed off whilst hiding and Dan Tae has to wake her up. When she wakes and sees him, she exclaims at him finding her, then frowns as she reminds him that he was the one who dumped her. Sitting away from her previous hiding spot, Dan Tae asks Gong Shim if she drank a lot. Gong Shim though is not concerned about that as her focus is on reading out the list she’d made after Dan Tae had dumped her: a list detailing the things about him that she hates. Namely, the fact that he’s broke, the fact that he’s messy and the fact that he’s cheesy. At the cheesy part, Gong Shim begins to double wink like Dan Tae and tells him that the move is cheesy. When Dan Tae still tries to take her home, she holds him back and asks him why he doesn’t like her. When Dan Tae doesn’t reply, she asks if it’s because she’s suffering from hair loss or that she’s too dumb, or that she’s jobless. When Dan Tae says it’s not any of those things, Gong Shim asks him if it’s because she’d almost killed him with a potted plant at their first meeting. She even offers him a 20 dollar discount off his rent if it’s because his rent is too expensive. She continues on the extra long list of reasons why Dan Tae might not like her and then concludes with the reason probably being because she’s not pretty enough. At the thought, she apologizes to Dan Tae, saying it’s something she can’t change. When Dan Tae makes to take her home, Gong Shim demands to know why he dumped her. When he makes to tell her, she leans forward and kisses him (you go girl! Good for you for taking the initiative. No need to dillydally when there’s a man there, waiting for the taking). After she pulls away, she tells Dan Tae to never tell her the reason why he dumped her and then runs off, leaving Dan Tae stunned and touching his lips whilst Gong Shim has a mini freakout session beneath her bedcovers (hahahaha. But think about it, aren’t you relieved now that you’ve kissed him, huh Gong Shim? Plus, why do I feel you’re not as drunk as you claim. Hahahaha).
4. Gong Mi continues to dig a hole for herself
At work the next morning, Dan Tae runs into Gong Mi at the elevator. When she signals with a shake of her head that she doesn’t want Dan Tae talking to her, Dan Tae nods and accepts it. Except, when the elevator doors open, they come face to face with Joon Soo. Sure the air between the two friends is definitely colder, but Joon Soo, ever the gentleman states that Gong Mi and Dan Tae have never met before. Gong Mi nods enthusiastically (girl, I’m so looking forward to when your house of cards comes tumbling down) and Joon Soo makes the introductions. Dan Tae pauses for a long moment (probably to give Gong Mi the chance to get herself out of the hole she’s digging and acknowledge that they know each other), and then extends his greetings to Gong Mi, like they’ve never met. Gong Mi is thrilled to see that Dan Tae is keeping her cover and then she visibly relaxes when he gets off at his floor, leaving herself and Joon Soo in the elevator. When Joon Soo takes the opportunity to thank her for the help she’d rendered to his mother, she acts like it’s no big deal and brings up the fact that Joon Soo’s mother and grandmother had asked her to visit often. She tells him that although she likes hanging out with the elderly (yeah right) she doesn’t want to overstep her bounds. Joon Soo gives her the go ahead to visit any time she wants to, and Gong Shim is dazed and thankful (girl, if you want that Star Group money, you’re kissing up to the wrong grandmother because I’m sure Chairwoman-Grandmother will see right through your fakeness).
5. The search for the attempted murderer continues
Next up on Dan Tae’s plan to fish out the Star Group person responsible for all the trouble he and his family have been going through is to send out a spam text to all the directors, inviting them to watch an exciting video, recorded at Yangpyeon Arboretum. Dae Chul is able to get Joon Soo’s father to dismiss the text outright, but when they get to the meeting room, all the other directors are talking about it. Soon enough, Dae Chul also gets the message and it visibly startles him. Although he dismisses the text like the other executives have done, Joon Soo takes note of the strange reaction. The conversation about the Arboretum comes to an end though when Grandmother steps in and starts the meeting. Dan Tae however is at the kitchen getting himself a glass of water. When he gets a call from Hong Joo: the same boy who he’d had deliver the note, informing him that he’s sent the spam text, Dan Tae asks him to send him a text as well. When Dan Tae clicks the link, it leads to a clip of Soo Yong at the Arboretum with a blackmail message requesting 300,000 dollars for the original file. As Dan Tae stares at the clip, he thinks to himself that the murderer will be the one to show up with the money in tow. A flashback shows that Dan Tae had requested for the dry-cleaned clothes his father had worn on the day of the accident, although he hadn’t divulged to his aunt what he’d planned on using them for. We see what he’d used them for though: he’d dressed Hong Joo’s uncle, who has the same physical stature as his father, in his father’s clothes and taken pictures and videos of the man in the exact same pose Dan Tae had figured his father would have been in, before the attack. He had then worked with Hong Joo on composing the text, complete with the blackmail note across the video. And sure enough, when Dae Chul clicks on the link when he’s alone at the office, he immediately concludes that someone had been videotaping his entire meeting with Soo Yong and had probably also captured their fight and the subsequent push. He immediately shows the video to Joon Soo’s mother who asks him if he’s sure that it’s not Dan Tae that’s sending the file (you know, you might be vapid and annoying, but sometimes you actually speak with sense). Dae Chul though is convinced that it can’t be Dan Tae because if it had been Dan Tae, Dan Tae would have reported him to the Police already, who would in the course of their investigations discover that he had been the one to kidnap Joon Pyo. He therefore tells Joon Soo’s mother to put together the 300,000 dollars so he can deliver it to the blackmailer so as not to ruin all they’ve worked for (so basically, she is also aware of the fact that you might have killed a man. Wow. You two siblings are a piece of work).
6. 21 Questions
After receiving yet another cold reception from Joon Soo, Dan Tae calls him out so they can talk in private. When he brings up the shift in their relationship, Joon Soo replies that he too has felt the rift and he’s figured that the reason is because their relationship is no longer one of a trust, but rather filled with secrets that they’re keeping from each other, thus breeding misunderstanding and suspicions. Dan Tae then suggests that they ask each other questions and give each other honest answers. Joon Soo though points out that it will still be up to themselves to determine whether or not their answers are actually truthful; something Dan Tae agrees with. However, they still agree to continue with the questions with Dan Tae going first and asking Joon Soo if he actually ever attended a seminar at the Shindeahan Hotel like he’s claimed. Joon Soo admits to never having attended a seminar there. When Dan Tae asks if he really lost his badge and did not loan it to another executive instead, Joon Soo tells him that he had parked at the side of the road when someone had stolen his bag and his badge. With Dan Tae out of the questions he wanted to ask, it’s Joon Soo’s turn to question him and Joon Soo asks him if there’s another reason why Dan Tae is looking for the owner of the badge. Dan Tae answers that he’s doing it to find Joon Pyo (hmmm. Partial truths are not really the truth Dan Tae. But I see why you don’t want to admit to Joon Soo just yet that you’re Joon Pyo. Of course, things won’t be pretty when the whole truth comes tumbling out). When Joon Soo doesn’t get the connection, Dan Tae explains that the person who had sent the note to the company, along with the Star Group Badge had stated in the note that badge owner is the one that has taken Joon Pyo (well, not exactly what the note said but we both know that it’s all basically the same thing). Joon Soo is as expected, shocked, as he tries to wrap his head around the whole situation. Dan Tae then asks his follow up question: where had Joon Soo been on the day of the seminar. Joon Soo tells him the truth that he’s planning on leaving the company and had been meeting potential investors on that day. He tells Dan Tae that even Gong Shim is aware as she’d been the one to help him that day. When Dan Tae parrots the words that Gong Shim had been with Joon Soo, Joon Soo comes out and tells him that he likes Gong Shim (you go Joon Soo. Let him know that the girl is hot and wanted by others as well. Of course it doesn’t mean that she will end up with you, but… getting Dan Tae to see that other men find Gong Shim attractive is a huge bonus). Joon Soo adds that he wants to make things work with Gong Shim and he wants to make her happy. Dan Tae replies that he feels the exact same way (so you like Gong Shim, you want to make things work with Gong Shim and you also want to make her happy huh Dan Tae? Well get to work because you’re failing horribly on most counts from where I’m standing). Joon Soo concludes that they might have cleared the air, but it still doesn’t look like they will be comfortable around each other, to which Dan Tae replies that they would find out in due time.
7. Gong Shim is in hot demand
Remembering her promise to eat with Joon Soo after her school reunion, Gong Shim and Joon Soo share a meal together at the restaurant where Gong Shim had submitted her Nakji drawing. Whilst teasing Joon Soo about his fairly easy life, due to the fact that he can’t handle spicy food, the owner of the restaurant comes to meet Gong Shim and explain that her character drawing is so popular that another customer wants her to draw a character for him as well. Joon Soo is shocked at the news as Gong Shim had kept him in the dark all along. The restaurant owner then fills him in on Gong Shim submitting her drawing for the Nakji contest and winning. Joon Soo is happy for her and when the restaurant owner shows him Gong Shim’s Nakji and Joon Soo immediately demands for a copy which he holds out to Gong Shim, so she can sign her autograph on it (awwwww. How sweet). When she does and smiles at the act, Joon Soo tells her that he’s thrilled that she’s smiling and then invites her to the cinema, or if she would rather prefer, they could go shopping. Gong Shim can’t go though because her promised bed is coming that very same day (please volunteer to come along with her Joon Soo. I really want you to see Gong Mi for her sneaky, lying self).
8. The most awkward dinner ever
Taking the rest of the Nakji (the food this time around, not the art) home, Gong Shim serves her parents the food. They’re thrilled at the bounty and when Gong Shim heads into her room, her mother reminds her father about assembling Gong Shim’s bed (wow mother dearest. You really have had a personality shift and are all the better for it). Gong Shim’s mother after taking a good look at all the food they have to eat has her father invite Dan Tae over to come and join them in the meal. This thus makes for a very uncomfortable meal with Gong Shim remembering the kiss she’d given Dan Tae and Dan Tae well aware of how uncomfortable she is. Her parents though are blissfully oblivious, proudly showing Dan Tae, Gong Shim’s Nakji drawing and explaining to him that as a kid, Gong Shim had wanted to go to art school. But they hadn’t been able to send her there because it had been too expensive and had instead scolded her and told her that she lacked the talent for it. Now her mother apologizes to Gong Shim for what she’d done whilst Gong Shim’s father cries that it’s because his business failed that he wasn’t able to provide for the family. Dan Tae, wanting out of the uncomfortable meal, quickly gobbles it down. But, Gong Shim’s father, considering how quickly Dan Tae had rushed his food suggests Dan Tae help Gong Shim assemble her bed as that would help Dan Tae with his incoming indigestion (hahahaha. Gong Shim’s father: the unknowing matchmaker).
9. Gong Shim tells Dan Tae she will do things her own way
With Gong Shim’s parents’ urging, Dan Tae finds himself in Gong Shim’s room, helping her assemble her bed. Gong Shim though is distracted by the memory of the kiss and brings up the previous night and its happenings. She tells Dan Tae that Dan Tae should think of the kiss as a car accident that should never have happened. Dan Tae pauses for a minuscule of a second and then shrugs and tells Gong Shim that they would consider it an accident then, one in which no one is to blame. When that only gets Gong Shim to give him a long look, Dan Tae asks Gong Shim if she’s staring at him and if she wants a repeat of the ‘accident’ (Oh yes, please she does. We’re waiting for more accidents. Especially the kind where the man actually acts like he’s being kissed instead of standing there like a stock character from a comic book). At the words, Gong Shim takes back her previous statement and tells Dan Tae that the kiss wasn’t an accident and she did it because she wanted to. She tells Dan Tae that starting from that moment, she will stop caring about what Dan Tae thinks, nor would she care anymore about whether or not Dan Tae accepts her. Rather, she would cook for him whenever she feels like it, draw his face whenever she wants to, and talk to him whenever she wants to. She tells Dan Tae that he can keep doing things the way he wants to but she intends to go all the way. With that said, she collects the drill from him and sets to work putting her bed together whilst Dan Tae watches.
10. Joon Soo makes a startling discovery
Joon Soo is in a fairly better mood when he agrees to lunch and a movie date with his mother who is delighted with her good fortune that she goes to hug him. The act makes Joon Soo’s grandmother jealous as she tries out the same move with her son. Except, Joon Soo’s father is not having any of it and Joon Soo’s grandmother grumbles at the injustice of it all. At the office, Joon Soo is heading to his car, key in hand as he unlocks his car, when he gets a phone call from his dad asking for some documents. Leaving the door unlocked, Joon Soo heads up to grab the document only for his father to call him soon afterwards to tell him that the document has been located. The conversation has Joon Suk connecting the dots as he wonders if maybe Dae Chul is not only the criminal that stole his bag, but the criminal who kidnapped Joon Pyo as well. However, when Joon Soo runs into Dan Tae who asks him if he’s remembered anything new with regards to his missing badge, Joon Soo denies having made any new discovery. Instead, he rushes off to Grandmother’s desk and finds the note, along with the badge. This has him investigating the arboretum as he figures that if he shows up there, then he will be able to confirm who Joon Pyo’s kidnapper is (I don’t know if I should worry about it going wrong, or worried about Joon Soo if it all goes right and he sees Dae Chul the criminal coming to make the exchange). Joon Soo, needing to confirm his suspicions briefly looks at the badge Dae Chul is wearing before inviting Dae Chul out to coffee. Dae Chul begs off however, claiming that he has a previous appointment and dashes off. Dan Tae who figures that the kidnapper would soon be on his way also heads out and Joon Soo who wants to find out who the kidnapper is as well, also heads out. Soon, all three of them head to the arboretum, although Joon Soo gets there first and is able to see that the person waiting to make the exchange with the blackmailer is his mother. As he deals with the betrayal and everything he knows comes crashing down around him, he hurries out. But, as he walks away, he steps on a dead branch giving him away to Dan Tae, who had arrived just moments before and who looks at him with accusatory eyes.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Still Dan Tae because of the look he’s giving Joon Soo. Like seriously Dan Tae, there is no way baby Joon Soo could have kidnapped you. We all know this, so what the hell are you thinking? But of course, Dan Tae would think Joon Soo is the one responsible which is the reason why I’m hoping a bitchslap would send some sense into his otherwise intelligent head.
Headache inducing moment:
Because this here is when I realized that this drama will continue to stretch out the secret. Like seriously. Dan Tae will now assume Joon Soo is the guilty one and before they’re all able to resolve the issue, Joon Soo’s mother would have disappeared. And because Joon Soo wouldn’t want to give up his mother, he wouldn’t share what he’d seen with Dan Tae either. Like seriously, I can feel the migraine coming on strong.
This episode’s a Pineapple Tequila Cooler. It is sweet with the victory of Gong Shim coming into her own and being all the more radiant for it, and yet kicks us so bad that we get a migraine because we can see the confusion and misunderstanding coming and we just can’t stop it. Like seriously Dan Tae, just think about it, baby Joon Soo couldn’t have been Joon Pyo’s kidnapper. That’s all you have to remember. Argh! And now we all need a drink. Another glass Pineapple Tequila Cooler to be exact.