Sometimes, we’re blindsided by news we never saw coming. Seok Gyun takes the time to reflect and realizes that he’s not been that much of a husband. Seong Jae learns of Hee Ja’s mental slip up’s even though others have no idea yet. Choong Nam proves that she’s one of the best friends ever. Young Won says goodbye to her first love whilst Nan Hee is still falling in love only to be rocked by a potentially devastating news.
Top 10 Moments:
- Jung Ah is still defensive of Seok Gyun & hangs out with her friends
Whilst Seok Gyun is still living at Seong Jae and in the process pissing off Seong Jae with his unclean habits, Jung Ah is hard at work cleaning up after her daughters (well, she has to sustain herself in some way so I get that). Soo Young is still being a brat and insisting that Jung Ah return home back to Seok Gyun. Jung Ah’s other daughter (the divorcee) is however all up for Jung Ah feeling like a woman and getting a divorce if that’s what she wants. When Soo Young resumes the talk, calling Jung Ah’s life a failure should she go through with it, the other daughter snaps at her, telling Soo Young that the failure would be their father who at his age has never learned to live independently from his wife. Jung Ah though rises to his defense and tells her daughters to stop disrespecting Seok Gyun who had worked extra hard to provide for them all when her daughters had been children. She reminds them that Seok Gyun is already 70, and still works because he doesn’t want to be a liability to anyone, and then she tells them that if they don’t want to cook for their father, then they shouldn’t do so. She also warns Soo Young to stop nagging at her and refuses when her daughters try to pay her extra. She leaves their house and heads to Hee Ja who invites her to a sleepover. Wanting to turn it into an all girls thing, Jung Ah calls Nan Hee and soon Hee Ja, Jung Ah, Young Won and Nan Hee are sitting at a bar, listening to the convenience store man that Nan Hee has a crush on, sing and strum his guitar. Being young girls at heart, they discus Nan Hee’s crush and tease Nan Hee on her crush. When Young Won shifts the conversation to Seong Jae and Hee Ja’s supposed claim that they’re not dating, Hee Ja spins things around and suggests Nan Hee grope her crush: Il Woo (hahahahaha. Mischievous Hee Ja’s the best). Choong Nam calls Nan Hee in the midst of the fun, because she had decided to stay at home and asks Nan Hee if the girls have seen her crush. She then reminds Nan Hee and the girls not to stay out too late and she makes sure to call Jung Ah and remind her about the trial run of living together that the girls had planned. Although Young Won teases her about nobody wanting to live with her, the others chime in that they want to live with her, and thus Choong Nam spends the time after they hang up, making a list of living expenses and who would clean on particular days of the week (awwww. You’re so cute Choong Nam).
2. Seok Gyun begins to try but not enough and Hee Ja’s heath continues to deteriorate
Whilst Nan Hee has to leave the gathering early because In Bong calls to inform her about grandmother Ssang Bong vomiting, thus causing Wan to be the one to drive her mother to the hospital, where both of them get into yet another argument about being polar opposites, Seong Jae on the other hand is telling Seok Gyun all the things he had done that qualified him as being a good husband: namely, always appraising his wife with his day, giving her all the money he’d earned and pampering her when she had to take care of her parents. Seok Gyun fixates on the calling part, asking if it’s possibly that should he call to tell Jung Ah about his day, maybe she might just come back to him. With that thought in mind, Seok Gyun calls Jung Ah whilst she and Hee Ja are walking home and tells her to sleep well. Jung Ah simply says alright, and hangs up the phone, and she does it so many times that Seok Gyun finally snaps at her that she should have extended the greeting to him as well. Jung Ah is having none of it though and ends the call, then switches off her phone. When Hee Ja asks exactly what it is that Jung Ah wants from Seok Gyun considering that she said she doesn’t want his phone calls, Jung Ah answers that she doesn’t really know, especially considering the fact the she does pity Seok Gyun and she wouldn’t mind cooking for him. But she tells Hee Ja that she just hates everything and doesn’t know why (oh boy. It means you have your work cut out for you Seok Gyun. She’s not going to be forgiving you any time soon). She stumbles whilst they’re talking and Hee Ja suggests they take a break. Whilst they take their break, Jung Ah mentions that in all her years married to Seok Gyun, he would never have suggested she take a break when she got injured. Instead, he would have been more likely to shout at her to get a move on. Hee Ja considers it, then tells Jung Ah that she doesn’t really need a husband or a man; what she needs is a best friend by her side. They walk hand in hand together and head to Hee Ja’s house, except Hee Ja again wanders off at night and when she gets back to the house, she’s surprised to see Jung Ah there and asks her what she’s doing at her place instead of being with Seok Gyun. Jung Ah sleeps through it all though and Hee Ja continues to watch her sleep (please Hee Ja. Tell me nothing will happen to you ehn? I want you happy and well).
3. Young Won meets her first husband and all is well with Choong Nam and her professor-artists friends
Young Won’s first husband sends yet another bouquet of flowers with a note telling her that he has to travel back and would like to see her before he leaves. Whilst Nan Hee is with her mother, yelling and trying to get her to go see the doctor, Young Won is with Choong Nam who’s helping her get ready, complete with bra inserts to give her the impression of her having breasts. When Young Won expresses her fear that the man would be married, Choong Nam being her awesome self tells Young Won to just tell the man to divorce his wife because it’s not right staying for that long with one woman (hahaha. I don’t think she actually means it. She’s just basically telling Young Won that she’s a catch and that’s one more thing I love about her). When Young Won expresses her anxiety about him probably not being as excited to see her as she is to see him, Choong Nam immediately answers that she should forget him then and not attempt to hold onto him. As Young Won drives off, Choong Nam calls Young Won’s first husband a jerk and wonders how he could have left a beautiful woman like Young Won. Her thoughts are interrupted by her professor-artists friends who show up all solicitous and excited to tell her about the person from America who had discovered their art pieces, courtesy of Choong Nam selling some via Young Won, and who is now interested in seeing more of their works. They ask her if it’s possible for them to ‘borrow’ some of the art pieces they’d sold to her (borrow my foot. Is the guy going to look at the pieces or is he going to try to buy it? How much are you going to offer Choong Nam as commission huh?). Choong Nam tells them no, and when they try to press, she brings up the fact that she liked them when they’d been young lecturers filled with a love for their art pieces, unlike now that they’re only concerned about wealth and success. She then calls them losers and fools and when they both get angry that she bought their art pieces for cheap and wants to sell it for so much more, she tells them that the worse thing they did wasn’t the mocking her or leaving her out of things part, but that they don’t know their own value and the value of their art. She tells them not to sell their art short and as she walks away states that she would hold an exhibition for them (I swear Choong Nam, you’re just an old softie with a crusty shell). And just like that, they all return to playful, joyful banter. Young Won meanwhile meets with her first love and as they sit across each other for the first time in 30 years, Young Won’s overcome with emotions as she studies his face and she cries. When she asks him how his wife is, he diverts the question to her health and Young Won sadly smiles. When her first love tries to get her to stay for dinner or drinks, she isn’t interested, and leaves instead, and so she isn’t there to see shakily wipe sweat off his face and call his younger brother to come pick him up. Alone with Wan, Young Won explains that she’d always thought that only people’s bodies got old but now she nows that a person’s heart even ages up. She tells Wan that she knows her heart has aged up because when he’d asked her out to dinner and for a drink she’d hadn’t been interested. Wan explains to us though that before Young Won travels to the State, sometime in the future, Young Won tells her that she’s added the fact that she hadn’t grabbed a bite with her returned first love amongst the things she regrets.
4. The first night together
Back at Choong Nam’s house, Young Won tries to pretend that everything was all fine and dandy with her meeting but Choong Nam’s not buying as she tells Wan that she’d seen Young Won’s face before she’d headed into the bathroom to wash it and her makeup had been a mess, meaning, she’d been crying. Nan Hee, Hee Ja and Jung Ah however are watching a drama and giving commentary on it when Choong Nam suddenly rises and switches the television off, against their protests, only for her to settle down with her list on the breaking down of chores and the expenses they will all split equally amongst themselves because they’re all equals under her roof (hahaha. I love the tolerant look on Wan’s face and that smile. It’s like she’s thinking, ‘Oh, this will be good’). Everyone protests about Grandma Ssang Boon having to do chores and Choong Nam states that she’s the exception. When Jung Ah asks why she’s paying a 100 dollars less than everyone, Choong Nam tells her that the wealthy pay more (hahaha. It’s like her taxation scheme or something). Wan’s already recording as so she catches their disagreements, like Nan Hee telling Choong Nam that with the way Choong Nam switched off the television whilst they were watching their dramas, it proves that they won’t get along together. And Jung Ah wondering why Choong Nam wants them to sleep when they came to just sleep and chat. Even as Choong Nam insists that they should all wash up because older people go to bed earlier, the others are muttering about whether she thinks they’re in the army (hahaha. This is just too hilarious). But they can’t not listen to their drill instructor and soon they’re all cleaning whilst Wan, claiming to be there just to observe makes video recordings of them all without lifting a finger to help (hahahaha). Then they’re all settling into bed, washing up and taking their medicines (so cute how coordinated they all are). Except, Hee Ja wakes up in the middle of the night and her memory acts up again as she wonders why all of them are spending the night together. Nobody has figured out that her dementia is slowly creeping up and so they just tell her to go to bed.
5. Choong Nam wants to get along with her friends
The next morning has the aunties waking up early to perform exercise in the front yard, led by Wan who shows them the moves (awww. So cute). After they’re done, everyone piles into separate cars, ready to head home after the living together test run. Choong Nam and her nephews then take multiple trips handing everyone everything they’ve forgotten, from Hee Ja’s diaper bags (and the way Hee Ja smiled at receiving it is just too cute), to Jung Ah’s phone, to Hee Ja’s misplaced slippers and even Young Won’s drugs. After they’re all gone, Choong Nam takes to cleaning the place and setting it to rights. Wan in voiceover explains that when she’d asked Choong Nam why she was so insistent on all the aunties living together, Choong Nam had replied that the one thing she’d regretted the most had been that she hadn’t had anyone she got along with, and now she plans on getting along with her friends, no matter the amount of effort it took (awwww Choong Nam). As Choong Nam talks happily to Hee Ja, asking her where she’d wanted to go the previous night, Wan’s voiceover states that Choong Nam had told her that she felt that other than taking care of all her relatives, taking care of her friends feels like the next best thing to do. Wan agrees because her voiceover tells us that she’d hugged Choong Nam after she’d heard the words.
6. Seong Jae learns about Hee Ja’s night walks and Seok Gyun loses it
Seong Jae’s in church, praying, when the young priest comes to meet him and leads him to the viewing room where he shows Seong Jae the video image the church’s cameras had captured, backed with a testimony from one of the guards who had seen the sight: Hee Ja at the church, praying, late at night (so she keeps wandering off to pray?). Seong Jae asks for another tape, this one showing Hee Ja praying to one of the statues of the angels in the garden. When Seok Gyun tries to call, Seong Jae rejects the call and asks for other tapes the guards said showed Hee Ja’s wanderings. Seok Gyun meanwhile is at work, wondering whether Seong Jae is busy with with work which is why he can’t pick up his calls. While he still deals with that, one of the women living in the apartment building calls him to help her carry something from her trunk: an executive chair. When Seok Gyun has to drag the chair along because it’s too heavy, the woman snaps at him to carry it. Seok Gyun explains that the chair’s too heavy and so asks the woman to hand him her puppy whilst she carries the chair (huh what? I know it’s rude and all that but why does the woman have to carry the chair when it’s too heavy for you Seok Gyun. Not everybody’s as strong as Jung Ah you know). When he makes to touch the puppy, the woman snaps at him and Seok Gyun, frustrated with it all, shouts that he quit. With that said, he turns on the woman and reminds her that he’s a security guard, not her servant and he’s old enough to be her father, so she should watch her manners. When the woman holds her puppy closer and frightfully walks away, even dragging her chair alongside her, Seok Gyun growls as he wonders what’s wrong with all women, including his wife.
7. Seok Gyun’s beset by memories
Pissed from his work debacle, Seok Gyun gets on the bus and grumbles about people being disrespectful to the elderly when the bus driver tells him to quickly grab a seat. He sees a schoolgirl sitting on the bus and pressing her phone and brusquely tells her to get up. When she looks at him, he asks what she’s looking at. At that point, the girl gets up and gets off the bus and Seok Gyun suddenly feels the censure in the eyes of everyone on the bus. By the time he finally looks at the schoolgirl who had gotten down from the bus, he notices that she has only one arm. As she looks sadly at him, Seok Gyun flashes to when he was a boy and one of his friends hadn’t wanted to enter the river. He’d pushed the boy in, telling the boy to man up, only for the boy to come out of the river holding one eye as a stick had pushed into it and blood gushed out of it. The sight weakened child Seok Gyun and he’d sunk to the floor. Back in the present, Seok Gyun gets back home to meet a packed lunchbox with a note from Soo Yong saying that Jung Ah had made extras and told her to pass it along to Seok Gyun. Soo Young also states that she’d cleaned the house but couldn’t stay because she’s busy. She does add though that she respects him even if she’s not that nice to him. Seok Gyun looking lonely reaches for an album that has pictures of himself and Jung Ah as well as snapshots of different tourist spots. Looking at the album, he reaches for his phone and places a call to Jung Ah, asking her to travel with him. Jung Ah tells him she’s not interested and he should go alone. Then she hangs up the phone. When he tries calling again, she switches it off. Seok Gyun gets into his car, grumbling that she’s acting up because he’s allowing her to (seriously Seok Gyun. You haven’t learnt anything have you?). When he starts to scream that he doesn’t need her, a speeding car brushes by his car and he screams his frustrations at Jung Ah at the speeding car. Another car comes along and once he starts to scream, the young people in the car drive away. Seok Gyun later finds himself at the deserted house he and Jung Ah had lived in as newlyweds as he hears Jung Ah’s voice in his head saying that even if Jeju Islands had been too far, they could have at least gone to the hot springs. Looking around, he sees them as newlyweds, cleaning the floors and the promise he’d made to Jung Ah that once he had enough money, he would take her on a world trip. They’d agreed on 20 years which would be enough time for Seok Gyun to see all his brothers married and for them both to have taken proper care of their parents. Seok Gyun looks tired and sad as he sits in the empty deserted house that newly married Jung Ah had been so happy to have.
8. Seong Jae quietly sets to looking out for Hee Ja
Seong Jae pays Hee Ja a visit and while she cooks and prepares a meal to serve him, Seong Jae studies her, wondering why she had to go pray at 2AM. And with only her slippers, pajamas, and a cardigan at that. As he looked at her, Seong Jae remembers the young priest telling him to keep an eye on her and inform her kids of the development. Seong Jae walks over to Hee Ja’s list about the nursing home being her second home and heading there with a smile if she has to go there. Just as he gets to her note about dementia, she brings him some soup for him to taste which he says is very good. Half joking and half serious, Seong Jae asks if Hee Ja would like to live with him (don’t worry Seong Jae. Choong Nam already wants her friends living with her. Nothing would work as much as all of them being by her side). Hee Ja is as expected, shocked and tells Seong Jae that her children would hate the idea. Seong Jae can’t get the reason why her children would hate it and Hee Ja explains that unless she’s sick, she thinks her children would prefer her to live alone. Seong Jae fishes to know if Hee Ja would be okay with living together as long as her children are not against it. Hee Ja okays the idea, stating that she would be okay with it as it would give her someone to talk to, as long as Seong Jae doesn’t spend the time hitting on her (hahaha. Hee Ja, you’re too cute. I don’t think Seong Jae would be able to keep himself from hitting on you). Seong laughs and then asks for the instruction manuals to the cameras installed in her house. When he has it with him, he starts configuring the settings onto his phone so he too will be able to view what’s happening to her (awww Seong Jae. I love how careful you are with trying to maintain her independence whilst you look out for her).
9. Seok Gyun remembers how much of a horrible husband he’s been
Still at their newlywed house, Seok Gyun opens his eyes and flashes back to the past when Soon Young (the daughter now in the States) had been a teenager and had come to tell him that his boss’ son that had molested her. He hadn’t said anything to her that day and had instead sent her off crying. Shortly afterwards, Jung Ah had come to meet him, carrying a lot of groceries as she’d begged Seok Gyun to help her take them home as she feel’s there’s something wrong with the baby and she wants to go to the hospital. Seok Gyun had barked at her to leave when Jung Ah had fainted and experienced a miscarriage. Next Seok Gyun flashes to when his mother had yanked at a crying Jung Ah’s head shouting at her for losing her favorite shirt. Seok Gyun had seen the sight then but had walked away without coming to Jung Ah’s defense. Present Seok Gyun then gets into his car and drives away from the house. On the way, he remembers when he’d not even been grateful to Soon Young when she’d used all her savings to bail him out of jail, and the day he’d mocked Jung Ah about Soon Young calling when all she’d had had been a cold (that was on the day her husband had bitten her up). As he drives, he keeps remembering the other things, like when he kept accusing Jung Ah of being wasteful and claiming that she ate too much food, and when he kept pushing away her questions about the promise he’d made that they would go on a trip. He remembers her mother dying and Jung Ah saying that she wants to live as free as a bird. As he gets to the tracks, he stops and looks to the right at the phantom of newlywed him and Jung Ah having a great time. He looks to the left and sees himself, old and alone. By the time he looks back to the right again, he sees younger Jung Ah looking at him with sad eyes as she turns and walks away from him. In the morning, he calls Wan to tell her that he wants to talk to her. Wan is at first hesitant but Nan Hee convinces her to spare an hour for Seok Gyun, that way she can get something from Seok Gyun to put in her book. As Wan gets ready to head out, she grumbles at how thoughtless Seok Gyun is and how he acts like he’s special just because he’s old. She concludes that by the time she’s done with her book, she would really hate talking to old people because they all think they can act how they like because they will soon be dead anyway. Even as Nan Hee grumbles as to whether she’s the one Wan is referring to, Wan walks away.
10. Wan interviews Seok Gyun and Nan Hee and Ssang Boon visit the hospital
Wan has left when Yeon Ha starts his video call to her. He’s not bothered though, seeing Nan Hee instead of Wan and asks how she’s doing. She tells him that she’s well and doing fine, and adds the titbit that In Bong can now walk. She then brings the question to Yeon Ha to ask if he too can now walk. When Yeon Ha smiles as he says his was a very terrible accident, Nan Hee simply tells him to keep exercising and date other women. After she leaves, Yeon Ha spends a while with his thoughts (please tell me Nan Hee didn’t get to you Yeong Ha. Just stay strong eh? Wan will come to you soon enough. Just wait). Wan meanwhile, is having an interview session with Seok Gyun who is explaining how he’d been mad when Jung Ah had told him her stomach felt strange whilst she had carried groceries on her head. And even though he’d felt bad about her miscarriage, instead of keeping quiet when she got back home, after two days in the hospital, he’d just snapped at her to get up and cook for him. He continues that after that, neither of them had brought up the incident again. Seok Gyun looks at the picture of him and Jung Ah and tells Wan sadly that they were together and now he’s all alone. He tells Wan that others, Soon Young inclusive called him mean and arrogant even though he knew he was wrong, but he admits now to Wan that he’d had no idea but had instead been so focused on earning a living. He tells Wan that the biggest sin one can commit is to be unaware of the mistakes one is making, and so much so because you can’t count mistakes that you don’t even know you’ve made. He tells Wan that that’s why he’s decided to let Jung Ah go, rather than to bring her back to care for him and work her fingers to the bone. And with that he tells Wan to leave, even when she offers to cook for him, and walks into his room, looking sad and lonely as he has his back turned to Wan and repeats that she should leave. As he looks sad, and we cut to Nan Hee with her mother, waiting on Ssang Boon’s test results, Wan’s voiceover states that someone once said that we do more bad than good during our whole lives and that’s why we have much more to gain than to lose. And so, instead of having regrets, we should be grateful that we’re alive. We now see Wan driving as her voiceover wonders if life is truly a blessing a person should be grateful for, even for her mother and her grandmother. She states that she hopes that it will be the ending of the book. That she will leave her mother and live with Yeon Ha. As Wan smiles, the doctor turns and calls out to Jang Nan Hee. He’s surprised when Nan Hee identifies herself and turns back to the chart whose results do not look anything good for Nan Hee (no.no.no.no.no. Argh!)
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Because Soo Young is still being a brat and talking so rudely to her mother that I want to reach into the screen, give her body a hard shake and then reach out and give her an unforgettable bitch slap. Like seriously, the girl is horrid. Urgh!
Headache inducing moment:
Because that chart doesn’t look good and from what I’ve learnt, it looks like Nan Hee has drunk herself into liver damage. It’s heartbreaking because I don’t want Wan to lose her mother (when Wan doesn’t even look prepared to lose hr grandmother) and I also don’t want her to give up on Yeon Ha, which is a choice she will have to make because there is no way Wan will live her mother to deal with the final stages of liver damage and go be happy with Yeon Ha in Slovenia. I don’t even think Yeon Ha will want her to.
This episode’s a tall glass of Stout. It’s hearty and feeling but you just can’t get rid of that bitter aftertaste as you realize that Nan Hee is most likely dying and there might not be happiness for Wan for a very long time.