We get more of an understanding of our characters, what they’ve been through and why they’ve arrived at where they’re now at. No Eul’s still abrasive, Joon Young’s still dying, his mother still continues to ignore that he’s her son and we’re all bracing ourselves for the rollercoaster that this melodrama will surely be.
The Episode in 10 Moments:
- Joon Young tries and fails to get No Eul out of his head
No Eul wakes up at a hospital to find Kook Young glaring down at her. Turns out that Joon Young had dropped her off then threatened Kook Young so the latter would show up at the hospital. No Eul wonders where Joon Young’s gone and we cut to a birthday party where the birthday girl, Yoo Na, receives a huge bouquet of roses, that’s seemingly from Joon Young. Yoo Na’s upset as she demands that Joon Young show up himself to hand her the roses. Even as CEO Namgoong explains that Joon Young’s not given to going to clubs, the man himself appears. Joon Young even concedes and plays a birthday song for Yoo Na when she asks for it. Except, as he plays and sings, he flashes back to his interactions with No Eul from her high school days to when she’d shown up in front of his house. When he gets to the part where she fainted, he slams his hand on the piano keys and even as everyone’s muttering what happened, he walks out of the party. Yoo Na follows him out and as he apologizes, she offers to leave with him. Joon Young cuts her off, pointing out that they don’t have that kind of a relationship and she’s just his colleague. When she asks why he came then, he replies that he’d wanted to get his mind off of a girl but Yoo Na’s party wasn’t enough of a distraction (damn. Poor Yoo Na).
2. The loan sharks are breathing down No Eul’s neck and Young Ok’s still stuck in the past
No Eul attempts to walk out of the hospital and Kook Young, convinced that she’s planning on slandering Joon Young offers her hush money after stating that he knows she likes money due to her losing her last job because she’d been taking bribes. No Eun immediately sets out to counting the money and she does it so openly that Kook Young’s embarrassed. He’s even more embarrassed when No Eul tells him that the money is short fifty dollars and as he drives her home, he grumbles at her impudence in not just collecting money but insisting he drive her home as well (hahaha). When they get to No Eul’s house, she runs out of the car the minute she spots the loan sharks confiscating her property. She hands over the one thousand dollars Kook Young gave her moments prior and grabs her computer. Except the loan shark drops the news that they’ve collected her deposit from her landlord. When No Eul shouts that what does the loan shark expect her to do, he grabs her face and warns her that next time he would be coming with the document that gives him control over her body (ewwwww). The guy with him spots Kook Young but Kook Young denies knowing No Eul and runs away. Meanwhile, Young Ok finds Joon Young on the steps leading to her apartment. She tries to walk past but Joon Young asks how she can just ignore her son. She claims that he’s not her son because her son died five years prior (ouch. Woman, that is the very definition of foreshadowing. You would so not feel in the best of ways when your son actually ends up dying). Joon Young asks that she play with him and she asks him if he’s sick. He says yes but she doesn’t take him seriously and instead calls Jeong Sik to come and get the fool off her doorstep. With that she storms into her house and then looks sad as she wanders into the room he’d used when he was younger; a room that looks eerily untouched, like Young Ok’s waiting for her missing son to return. She walks up to the law text on which a much younger Joon Young had written that he can pass the bar whilst he’s in school. She calls him a fool as her eyes tear up.
3. No Eul used to be cool, awesome and proud
Kook Young comes to pick up Joon Young and wonders why he’d gone to see his mother and Joon Young replies that he had a lot on his mind and because his mother’s the one who makes him think the most, he’d used her as a distraction. Kook Young then brings up No Eul and the miserable life she’s living, especially with all the loan sharks on her tail. Joon Young’s not interested in listening to the story but Kook Young keeps pressing and wonders if Joon Young can’t just agree to making the documentary in order to help out No Eul. Joon Young finally loses it and kicks Kook Young out of the car (poor Kook Young) and drives off, making plans to see someone else. But he can’t get Kook Young’s words that No Eul’s probably contemplating jumping off the Han Bridge out of his mind, and so he reverses and takes the route, checking along the bridge. He first spots a woman looking like she’s about to jump and comes out screaming at her. Except, the woman’s a fangirl and he has to run away (hahahaha). He ends up coming across No Eul and although he sees her, he doesn’t stop. No Eul looks like she’s about to jump and changes her mind at the last moment and calls Jik, her younger brother asking if he’s taking care of himself and eating properly. He tells her that he’s eating meat but she doesn’t believe him and demands for a video call so she can see what he’s eating. Turns out that Jik really is eating meat and it had been bought for him by Ji Tae who offers to keep Jik fed so she can concentrate on eating herself. No Eul pushes for Ji Tae to buy Jik more servings of food but Jik snaps at her to have some pride especially because Ji Tae doesn’t owe them anything. He calls her embarrassing and ends the call, then tells Ji Tae that No Eul hadn’t always been like that as she’d once been cool, awesome and had had her pride. Ji Tae replies that No Eul’s still cool, awesome and also pretty. Jik pushes to see if Ji Tae thinks No Eul’s really pretty and the minute Ji Tae agrees that she is really pretty, he finagles two more servings of food as the potential brother-in-law (hahahaha). Meanwhile, over at No Eul, she hangs over the bridge and is just about to tip over when someone grabs her and spins her around.
4. Meeting in 2011 and the start of their relationship
We flashback to 2011 where Joon Young catches No Eul in the very act of defacing Hyun Joon’s poster with curses and a promise that she’ll reveal his true face to the rest of the world. She tries to make her escape and trips over her own foot (hahaha). Joon Young then asks if she’d eaten because he hasn’t and then we see them at a pojangmacha grabbing dinner together. Joon Young wonders what brought her to Seoul because it’s been four years since they’d last seen each other and No Eul notices the law textbooks beside him. He smiles as he tells her that he got into law school and passed the preliminary bar exam. He blames it all on her, saying that because she wasn’t around, there was nothing to keep him from studying and now should he become a prosecutor, it will be her fault (hahaha). No Eul excuses herself that she has to use the bathroom and tries to sneak away. But she’s caught by Joon Young who also digs into her bag so as to grab her ID , claiming that she committed a crime and could just as easily run away like she’s always done (hahaha. I think he just wants to get her number and address). No Eul calls the cops to report him but when Joon Young mentions that she did commit a crime and he’s a witness to said crime, a crime that is punishable by two years in jail or a four thousand dollars fine, she ends the call. She screams as she asks Joon Young what he wants her to do then and he replies that he would forget all about it if she agrees to date him. No Eul’s answer is to head to the police station to turn herself in (hahaha). But she can’t work up the courage to follow through and tries to confirm that Joon Young doesn’t want an actual girlfriend but just a pretend girlfriend to help him get rid of all the girls bugging him (girl, he wants an actual girlfriend: you. There shall be no pretending on his part. He’s just saying that so you won’t run away. Hahahaha).
5. Joon Young the knight in shining armor
Na Ri (No Eul’s friend from high school; the one who was mopey about dying should Joon Young not take her back) has an argument with a guy who informs her that he’s not interested in dating her anymore, claiming that the reason why he’d dated her in the first place had been because that had been the condition for the loan she’d given him. He gives her a look and points out that they don’t even match (dude, you’re not that good-looking). Na Ri tells him that she’s dated really hot looking boys before and she used to be very pretty herself. The guy scoffs and Joon Young shows up to reply that he had dated her once, and they’d dated pretty passionately too and if he’d known she would turn out so glamorous, he wouldn’t have let her go. The guy is stunned and Na Ri laughs about it when she’s doing her sit-ups with Joon Young holding down her feet. Joon Young though isn’t there to talk about Na Ri and pumps her for information about No Eul. She replies that No Eul now takes any odd job in order to make money and she can’t afford to go to school because she has to take care of herself and her brother. Na Ri wonders why Joon Young’s so curious about No Eul and warns him not to bug No Eul like he’d done back when they were in high school because No Eul has enough people on her back already.
6. Ji Tae’s always known who No Eul is
Joon Young happens upon a campaign endorsement where Congressman Yoon speaks for Hyun Joon as being righteous, honest and a man of integrity. He’s also romantic and a devoted husband who offered one of his kidneys to his wife. Congressman Yoon concludes that all these qualities make Hyun Joon the man to vote for. Joon Young is so distracted by the happenings that he runs into Ji Tae and Ha Ru. Ha Ru’s immediately smitten with his handsome looks and the minute he rides away, declares to Ji Tae that she wants to marry Joon Young (so that’s been confirmed. Ji Tae’s Hyun Joon’s son. Ha Ru sweetie, I don’t think society will allow you marry your brother). Jeong Eun then joins them (Hey! I know you! You’re the chick who killed No Eul’s father!) and asks when Ji Tae’s going to propose as it would seem that their parents are looking forward to it. Ji Tae’s very uncomfortable and then he flashes back (wow. Talk about a flashback within a flashback) to when he’d overheard Hyun Joon and Congressman Yoon talking and Hyun Joon had informed the Congressman that No Eul remembers the plate number of the person who’d hit her father. Congressman Yoon isn’t having it though and reminds Hyun Joon of the help he’s rendered him in the past. He informs Hyun Joon that he’s now ready to collect his debt. Ji Tae had then visited the courthouse where he sees No Eul in the rain, calling out to Hyun Joo to find the real culprit of her father’s case. Ji Tae had noticed that day that Hyun Joon had passed by No Eul without even giving her a second glance.
7. No Eul meets her father’s killer (although she doesn’t know it) and the faux relationship begins
Whilst handing out a flier for people to vote for the candidate running against Hyun Joon, No Eul sees Jeong Eun who’s handing out fliers for people to vote for Hyun Joon. No Eul stares at her and when Jeong Eun asks if she’s looking at her, No Eul confirms it. She walks up to Jeong Eun and then helps her take off her fake eyelash that had fallen on her face. She leans in to tell Jeong Eun that Hyun Joon’s a bad guy, but then she gets a call from Joon Young that has her running to meet him. Joon Young is at the moment meeting a girl who insists that he tell her what’s wrong with her that he can’t date her. He answers that everything’s wrong and she agrees to change everything as long as they date. He answers that he already has a girlfriend and when the girl doesn’t believe him, No Eul shows up just in time to introduce herself as his girlfriend. She then proceeds to pull hard at his cheeks and coo at him (hahahaha). Joon Young finally frees his cheeks and forces No Eul into a hug and then it’s his turn to state that he’s missed her a lot more even as No Eul tries to break out of the hold (hahaha). She finally breaks free and he proceeds to pull on every feature on her face and calls her perfect. No Eul breaks free with a shout and then turns on the girl to warn her to back off Joon Young. After the farce, No Eul sits on the steps and berates herself for being crazy. Joon Young joins her, hands her a drink then begs off to nap with his head on her lap, stating that he hadn’t been able to get enough sleep what with him studying for finals and all. She agrees when she learns it will count as points towards the end of her servitude as his girlfriend and he’s soon asleep. When the time’s up, Joon Young’s fast asleep and she draws fake whiskers and colors his nose. Looking at him after he’s awake has her laughing, but her laughter soon turns to tears and Joon Young tells himself that he won’t be able to keep his promise to Na Ri because he will continue being mean to No Eul, he will continue to bother her all so he can get the chance to see her.
8. Jeong Sik likes Young Ok and Joon Young comes clean to Young Ok
Hyun Joon’s campaign successfully concludes and he invites all the workers on his campaign trail to Young Ok’s restaurant for her specialty soup. He doesn’t know she’s the one who owns it however and Jeong Sik looks particularly uncomfortable to his being there. Joon Young walks into the restaurant, taking care not to look at Hyun Joon as he walks to the back where Young Ok’s hiding out. She explains that she has a stomach ache and just came out back to wait it out and Joon Young insists on taking her to the hospital. Meanwhile, out in the main restaurant, Jeong Sik pulls out his sister Jeong Ja by the ear as she’s the one who’d invited Hyun Joon to the restaurant. She insists that she’s done it because Joon Young turned out so well and she felt it was about time Hyun Joon met his son. Jeong Sik doesn’t think it’s her call though and besides, she has to consider how Young Ok would feel. He warns her that should anything happen to Young Ok, he will hold her responsible. She wonders if he will really choose Young Ok over her and why he can’t just tell Young Ok to forget about Hyun Joon and live with him instead. The two of them fight about it whilst inside the restaurant, Joon Young piggybacks Young Ok outside. He almost gets stopped by Hyun Joon on his way out but he’s able to brush off Hyun Joon’s offer for help. Soon enough, they’re safe and Joon Young tells Young Ok to lift up her head as they’re safe from Hyun Joon. He tells her that he’d gone to see Hyun Joon once and had promised him that he would come back to see him after he’s passed the bar. He tells Young Ok that he intends to let her boast about him and tell Hyun Joon that she raised Hyun Joon’s son well, without any help from Hyun Joon. He tells her that next time, in her next life, she shouldn’t run away in such a situation again as there are no barriers to love.
9. No Eul takes Hyun Joon on and Joon Young makes a grave mistake
No Eul shows Na Ri a video recording she has of a drunk Hyun Joon being extra friendly with a bar hostess as he’s lead into his car. She tells Na Ri that she’d heard that Hyun Joon was crazy about the bar hostess and had hid with a camera to get the footage. She promises to use the camera to show the world the true face of Hyun Joon. Na Ri expresses worry as Hyun Joon is not the kind of person No Eul can take on in a fight. But No Eul refuses to back away from it and even rejects a call from Joon Young who leaves her a message stating that he would take two points off their agreement if she shows up because he really needs her there. When he notices that she’s not picking up his calls, he checks her ID that he still has and heads to the address on the card. No Eul on the other hand places a call to Hyun Joon and introduces herself but he pretends like he doesn’t remember her. She then lists out all the dates he’d visited the hostess he likes and even adds that he’d visited the hostess bar on the day after his wife had her surgery. She scoffs at the thought of him being a devoted husband and tells him to drop out of the election as someone like him becoming a congressman would ruin the country. She tells him that if he admits to his faults with covering up her father’s murder and apologizes, she’ll stop. Hyun Joon doesn’t bite and tells her to do her worse and No Eul puts the flash drive with the video into her bag and calls a news station. She is unaware that Joon Young has overheard everything she said and he takes note of where the USB is hidden. Whilst she’s waiting to catch a cab, he snatches her bag whilst on a motorcycle and No Eul who can’t see his face because of the helmet chases after him. She gets distracted though and gets knocked down by a car, bringing Joon Young to a screeching halt as he looks back in horror at the blood that’s already pooling beneath her.
10. Making a vow to God and a promise to a documentary
Joon Young rushes No Eul to the hospital where he can hear Jik screaming for his sister not to die. As he sits and waits whilst the surgery is ongoing, he tells us that his mother had taken him to church when he was young and had prayed hundreds of prayers to God. She’d asked him to pray as well and he’d replied then that he doesn’t believe in such things and refused to pray. Now, he apologizes and tells God that he’s sorry for disbelieving him. He promises that should he let No Eul live, he will give up all his happiness. Ji Tae also shows up at the hospital and in the OR, No Eul’s starts to crash. As the doctors try to resuscitate her, he promises to give up his entire life if God lets No Eul live. We then come back to the present and see that it’s Joon Young who pulls No Eul from the edge. He pants as he asks her if life is nonsense to her and screams as he asks if it’s so easy for her to die. Finally, he agrees to do the documentary.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode
This episode’s a warm mug of Irish Coffee. It’s sweet and mellow and oh so satisfying. Uncontrollably Fond has finally found its voice for me and it’s a beautiful voice indeed. Soft and smooth and melo, filling me with an achy feeling and partaking in the beauty of the drama. Taking us back to college days definitely helped and now we know even more about our characters. All that’s left is for me to strap in for the ride and get my heart ready because should anything happen to Joon Young, it shall be breaking into a million little pieces.