Joon Young’s pain and desperation is just started and we have to brace ourselves for it. Because in one moment, he’s cleaning house and in the next, he’s crippled with pain. Ji Tae’s keeping a double life and a ton of secrets. Joon Young finally agrees to do the documentary and it’s ironically more real to him than anyone could ever imagine.
The Episode in 10 Moments:
- Eul hadn’t been thinking of committing suicide. She was just investigating
We pick up with Joon Young remembering Kook Young’s fears that Eul was going to commit suicide. He tries waving his worries off, even after seeing Eul on the bridge and looking down at the water below. But, his worry has him turning the car back around. We then cut to Eul and realize that she’d spotted two celebrities how had acted in a drama before being all lovey dovey. Thinking of the scoop, she leaned over the bridge railing to get a great picture (hahahaha) and it’s at this moment that Joon Young shows up, convinced that she’d been about to jump to her death. He agrees to do the documentary and we flash back to the past, to Eul successfully making it through surgery , Hyun Joon winning the election, and Joon Young keeping his promise as he heads to school and drops out of law school. He tells his course advisor the same thing Eul had told him: if someone like him were to become a prosecutor then the country really would be without hope. We then return once again to the present where Na Ri tries prettying up Eul for her meeting with Joon Young. Eul doesn’t know why Na Ri’s going through the trouble especially when Na Ri points out that there are a ton of beautiful women and celebrities waiting in line for the chance to date Joon Young, who is now completely out of Eul’s level. But when Na Ri, despondent, states that there was once a time when Joon Young was on their level and asks if Eul doesn’t feel bad for them, the words and Na Ri’s sad face have Eul telling her bestie to go all out and slather all the makeup she wants on Eul.
2. Joon Young learns that it wasn’t a suicide attempt
We get a long and gratifying look at Joon Young coming out of the shower all slicked up and bulging muscles as he checks himself out in the mirror (What? :D. I appreciate a great narcissistic moment, as long as the guy’s got muscles like Kim Woo Bin. Or is as cute as Lee Jong Suk. Or as sexy as…. ;). You get the point. If I go on, we will never be done with this. Hehehehe). Kook Young comes running in just as Joon Young’s deciding on what to wear, and pulls him over to the security cam where Eul looks pretty all dressed up. He chuckles that Eul has no idea that the pretty wouldn’t do her any favors with Joon Young, and Joon Young scowls at him to go feed Pororo. Alone in front of the camera screen however, Joon Young has enough time to admire Eul checking herself out with her phone camera and consoling herself for having to keep her beauty hidden all this while. Joon Young gives a small smile at the act. Na Ri then joins her, having driven her scooter over so she can hand Eul a designer bag and earrings (hehehe. It’s like she’s sending her daughter off to her husband’s house or something). Eul doesn’t understand why Na Ri’s going through all this, especially considering that Joon Young would just mock and belittle her anyway. What with his now nasty temper and all (ha! She doesn’t know Joon Young can hear and see all this does she?). Na Ri’s at first distracted by the big house but then she snaps to herself and tells Eul that she shouldn’t be intimidated seeing that Eul has just as nasty a temper as Joon Young. And so, she should just ignore him as she would a barking dog, especially because she’d put in so much effort to get the gig, what with the whole faking a suicide attempt and all (uh-oh. Busted). Eul replies that she can’t consider leaving her brother. Besides, it wasn’t that she faked a suicide, she just didn’t attempt to correct Joon Young’s misassumption (hahahaha. She’s just making this worse). Meanwhile, Joon Young who is on the other side of the camera and who can hear everything clearly, scowls.
3. Pororo to the defense. Although he gets punished for it (poor Pororo)
Ten minutes later, Eul calls Kook Young to let him know that she’s been ringing the doorbell but Joon Young’s not answering the door for her. Kook Young guesses that Joon Young’s once again gone into a snit although he doesn’t tell her that and Eul keeps banging on Joon Young’s door until he finally shows up. She tells him that his doorbell must be broken and he delivers the news that he isn’t doing the documentary anymore, what with her lying and all. Eul demands he pay her for the scoop she’d lost then and when he tells her to text her account number to Kook Young as he would double the amount she needs, she gets angry and tells him to pay her a hundred thousand dollars. Joon Young scoffs that he’s loaded and can give her a million dollars, a car and even a house if that’s what she wants. Eul gets pissed and tells him that he must be pleased because he’s rich and so can disregard people and easily break his promises. She kicks him in the shin out of frustration and Pororo who’s been sitting and waiting for his walk with Joon Young immediately barks and jumps on her. Next thing we see, Joon Young’s carrying an unconscious Eul over his shoulder and he drops her on the couch, explaining to Kook Young that she fainted after Pororo barked and jumped on her. He figures that she’s faking it and tells Kook Young to send her home when she gets up as he’s taking Pororo for a walk. But Kook Young calls him back because Eul really is sick and she’s gone blotchy. They call Joon Young’s doctor: Doctor Kang who explains that Eul is most likely allergic to dogs which explains why her body had gone into a shock and she had difficulty breathing. He tells Joon Young that Eul should be all better by the next day and Joon Young thanks him for the help. Doctor Kang asks for an autograph for his daughter as compensation and then brings up Joon Young’s illness, asking how Joon Young’s feeling. Joon Young replies that he feels better than ever and tells Doctor Kang that he’s intending to sue for misdiagnosis. He smiles although Doctor Kang doesn’t return it. Next he goes to the rooftop where he ties up Pororo (no!!!! Poor Pororo) and explains that although he’s grateful Pororo had come to his rescue, he’s made Eul sick and so up the rooftop he would stay. He then heads back downstairs to his bedroom where Eul’s at. Her phone rings and he notices that the caller ID reads: husband.
4. Ji Tae’s living a double life and Ha Ru’s instincts are spot on
Husband turns out to be Ji Tae calling. The call isn’t answered and he turns to Jik who’s checking out the house Ji Tae’s brought him to. Ji Tae explains that the place’s for him and Eul and when Jik tries to bring up the fact that they wouldn’t be able to afford the place, Ji Tae explains that the apartment belongs to a friend who’s emigrating and his friend doesn’t want money; he just wants them to keep the place clean. Jik though knows his sister very well and after having figured out that taking Ji Tae up on his offer would just make Eul even more of a believer in the fact that all she needs is luck to catch a windfall rather than working hard at it, he turns down the offer for the apartment. He explains that he and Eul live well enough and then hands Ji Tae his bonus from tutoring as he tells Ji Tae to get himself a new jacket because although Jik likes him, Eul prefers rich people and so wouldn’t give him a second look. So he wants Ji Tae to get a new jacket so he can look good and would be able to impress Eul. Ji Tae looks uncomfortable (yay, cuz he knows exactly how rich he is and who his father is) but at that point, Ji Tae gets a phone call that has him promising the other person on the line that he would be there soon. Next thing we see, Ji Tae’s back in his Chaebol clothes, being driven about in his Chaebol car as he walks into his Chaebol house (in other words, I’m pissed as fuck that he’s lying to the Nos’. It’s not cool at all). Meanwhile, inside the house: Jung Eun’s prepared a lavish memorial dinner for the family, all on her own and whilst the housekeeper and and Eun Soo are impressed, Ha Ru isn’t and states that she hates Jung Eun’s guts. Jung Eun tries to smile and be pleasant about it, but the words clearly get to her. Ha Ru though storms over to Hyun Joon to complain about how seemingly perfect Jung Eun is; from her family to her grades, to her looks, to her niceness, to her sex appeal and now that she’s added cooking skills to the mix, Ha Ru’s convinced that nobody can be that perfect and so Jung Eun must be an alien or a vampire (hahahaha. I love this girl so much). Ji Tae joins them at that point and Hyun Joon suggests that he go in and praise Jung Eun for doing a great job. After he leaves, Ha Ru continues her diatribe saying that Jung Eun being so sweet and nice might have a secret that she’s hiding (girl, you have no idea) and Ha Ru points that Jung Eun might be a psychopath or a sociopath.
5. Ji Tae’s getting married to Jung Eun and Joon Young’s doing the documentary after all
Ji Tae heads to the bathroom to wash up and whilst there, he flashes back to when he’d asked his parents to break his engagement to Jung Eun because he didn’t love or like her. Eun Soo had tried explaining that a lot of other families would jump at the chance to marry Jung Eun but Ji Tae had pointed out that he wants to marry for love like Hyun Joon and Eun Soo had. He’d apologized to Hyun Joon because his action would be getting in the way of Hyun Joon’s dream but Hyun Joon had responded by promising to cancel the engagement because Ji Tae’s more important than his dream. He reiterates that nothing could be as valuable as Ji Tae except something must have been, because when we return to the present and Ji Tae runs into Jung Eun, not only does he give her a massage but she feels alright with asking him for a kiss (so the engagement was never broken huh?). Ji Tae doesn’t immediately indulge her and she sighs as she tells him that he’s warm and not passionate (hard to be with a remorseless murderer sweetie) and he only treats her well because of their parents. She states that he doesn’t love her and when he doesn’t deny it, tells him that she’s hurt. Ji Tae then tells her that they should get married straight away; forget all about the engagement and just move straight to the wedding. Jung Eun brings up the fact that Ji Tae doesn’t love her and Ji Tae replies that he wouldn’t leave her unless she gives him the excuse he needs to walk away. The words are enough for Jung Eun who tells Ji Tae that she would love him enough for the both of them. She then pulls him in for a kiss (which Ji Tae looks utterly unenthusiastic about receiving). Meanwhile, over at Joon Young’s, he wakes up, after having dozed off whilst at Eul’s bedside, and finds that Eul isn’t asleep on the bed. She’s downstairs eating ramyeon and offers to give him money for it. When Joon Young brings up her habit of fainting, Eul replies that her body’s been out of whack since she got into a car accident and had to have three major surgeries done. Joon Young looks guilty (wait, so she still doesn’t know you were the purse snatch. Oh boy, that revelation will be catastrophic) although Eul doesn’t notice. What she’s concerned about is if his offer to give her anything is still open. She scoffs when he doesn’t immediately respond and concludes that he was just messing with her. But when he has her go ahead and tell him whatever it is that she wants, Eul immediately asks for a hundred thousand dollars, saying that that’s the maximum amount she can think to ask. When Joon Young doesn’t respond, she brings the money down to thirty thousand dollars. When Joon Young still doesn’t indicate that he’s okay with it, she asks him to loan her the money. Joon Young finally asks her why she can’t just earn the money and Eul replies that she lost her only source of income because of him. Joon Young then suggests they do the documentary and when Eul’s disbelieving, he calls CEO Namgoong who is just as disbelieving but when Joon Young suggests that a clause be added in to fine him with a thousand times the cancellation fee should he back out, everyone sits up as they realize that he really is serious this time around.
6. Ji Tae clearly knows something about Joon Young
With the confirmation in place, Eul immediately sends Ji Tae a picture of a pair of sneakers and calls him to tell him that the shoes are a celebratory gift from her to him on her new job. It’s also to thank him for all the time she and her brother have leeched off of him, so much so that he hasn’t been able to afford a new pair of shoes (oh boy, it’s going to hurt when all the secrets come tumbling out. Poor Eul). Ji Tae’s happy for her as he’d thought her backlisted in the industry, until Eul finishes the news by telling him that she will be making Joon Young’s documentary. She can’t see Ji Tae’s shocked face (dude, what’s with that face?) and just goes on about how this would be her way of redeeming herself. When he doesn’t respond, she assumes he’s asleep, tells him goodnight and blows him a kiss (so she does like Ji Tae). The next morning, Joon Young apologizes to a clearly upset Pororo as he builds a shed on the rooftop that Pororo would be staying in for the next three months. It clearly gets to him especially because he has to choose between Pororo and Eul’s health concerns. He goes with Eul’s health concerns and after his housekeeper’s done cleaning the house, he personally cleans up the house again, making sure to get rid of all the dog hair (awwww. Soo cute). Meanwhile, Eul meets with her old boss who kisses up to her, pretending like he hadn’t fired her and all he’d suggested she do was take a break. She immediately wizens up to him having heard about her doing Joon Young’s documentary and the minute she speaks, he admits to it as well as his interest in the project, telling Eul that should she come back to work with him he would double her salary, plus all the benefits. Eul can barely contain her delight and when her former boss heads out to take a call, the person calling turns out to be Ji Tae who’d agreed to invest in the company only if they get Eul back on board with them (seriously though Ji Tae. What’s up with you huh? I like the look in your eyes even less).
7. Joon Young’s illness is deteriorating and Eul’s finally learning that some things are more important than money
CEO Namgoong and Kook Young get to Joon Young and are surprised with how clean and decorated his apartment. They take it as a sign of Joon Young taking the documentary seriously and then wonder where he is. Joon Young it turns out, is in the bathroom, hit with the pain of his illness. As he lays silently screaming on the ground, he silently tells us that he wanted to ask why? Why his illness would choose that day to show itself. After he’d been eating well and sleeping well and had even beaten his previous record climbing the Cheonggye Mountain. So why was it today when he’s been looking forward to Eul showing up? But as he’d asked the question, he tells us that he’d remembered his promise to give up all the happiness allotted to him should Eul survive (awwww. Joon Young). Meanwhile, Eul who is unaware of what’s going on, informs her former boss that although his offer’s very tempting she wouldn’t be taking him up on it because she can’t betray Joon Young that way (wow. A round of applause for Eul. Choosing Joon Young over money? Well that’s a first). The move surprises her former boss as well who relays the message to Ji Tae and Ji Tae doesn’t look remotely pleased about that development (dude, what’s your problem?).
8. Ji Tae knows that Joon Young’s Hyun Joon’s son
We flashback to Eul’s conversation with Hyun Joon where she’d threatened to expose him. Turns out that it wasn’t just one of Hyun Joon’s sons that had overhead the conversation, but two, as Ji Tae had also been there. He’d therefore been a witness to the theft gone wrong and Eul’s accident. When he’d run into Joon Young in the hospital restroom, he’d stolen Joon Young’s phone and had his assistant look into him as he couldn’t understand why the guy would almost kill his girlfriend in order to save Hyun Joon. The assistant had then gotten back to him that Joon Young was most likely Hyun Joon’s son. Back to the present, Ji Tae brings out a picture of Hyun Joon hugging Young Ok (so he’s always known huh? I still don’t get what’s with the whole, Eul mustn’t do the Joon Young’s documentary though. Is he scared that Joon Young would reveal to the world, through Eul that Joon Young’s his son?).
9. Joon Young has way less time than he’d thought and Young Ok is a well-known anti-fan of his
Joon Young visits Doctor Kang who tells him that his cancer’s rapidly advancing and he doesn’t have as much time as he thinks he does. When Joon Young asks for how much time he has: six months? Three?, Doctor Kang avoids answering and suggests he be hospitalized. But Joon Young doesn’t want to be and simply asks for painkillers, smiling as he tells Doctor Kang that he would give him a hundred autographs if Doctor Kang can keep him pain-free till he dies. Leaving the hospital Joon Young’s focused on leaving without being recognized, although Eun Soo notices him anyway and wonders what Joon Young’s doing at the hospital. Joon Young though doesn’t even notice as he tries to call Young Ok whose number doesn’t go through. What he gets instead is a message that she’s at a meeting. As he scoffs at what possible meeting she’s holding at her restaurant, we cut to Young Ok’s restaurant where she really is holding a meeting. The meeting though, turns out to be a meeting of herself, a worker at the restaurant and Man Ok, and she trains them in the art of leaving anti-fan messages of Joon Young (Seriously though woman. What’s your problem?). Jeong Sik catches them in the act and sends them off, then tells Young Ok that nasty comments wouldn’t get Joon Young to change his mind about acting, besides, Hyun Joon wouldn’t leave his wife and kids just because she shows up with a prosecutor son. Young Ok snaps back that she knows that Joon Young didn’t voluntarily become a star. He’d done so because Kook Young had gotten into an accident and he’d needed the money. She storms off and meets Man Ok who admits that Joon Young is well aware that she’s always leaving mean comments about him online. And that’s why he doesn’t sue for slander; because he doesn’t want to someday visit a police station and find his mother there. Young Ok looks minutely chastened as she calls him an idiot. Someone who isn’t an idiot though is Ha Ru who holds her Joon Young fan club meeting and spots Young Ok’s constantly negative comments, even though she changes her username and IP address often. She also receives the notification about Joon Young’s documentary being done by Eul and immediately sets her minion on the task of finding out everything about Eul. Except, Jik’s working at that very same restaurant (gotta love Kdrama coincidences) and he overhears the conversation. He offers to get the information Ha Ru needs in exchange for her number and although Ha Ru initially thinks he’s just playing her, she falls for his schemes and hands over her number (using your sis to pick up chicks? Not bad at all Jik. Shouldn’t you be studying though? Hehehe).
10. Starting the documentary
Eul gives a Powerpoint Presentation to Joon Young and his team about her concept for the documentary. Except, her delivery is so stilted that everyone’s bored (hell even I’m bored. Plus I still have no idea what she’s talking about). Joon Young, after not being able to take it anymore, has her stop and tells her point blank that he has no idea what she’s talking about (same here boo). He tells her to make it simple and when Eul tells him that that’s the simple version (girl, you’ve gotta be kidding me), he tells her that he’s a little dumb (if that’s what it’s going to take for her to break it down, then sure, I’m dumb too). Eul sighs and then tells him that some young people want to die because life’s too tough. Joon Young’s message to them should be that they shouldn’t. And by carrying out his bucket list, he sends them the message that they should choose to live instead. Everyone’s impressed and Eul continues that Joon Young should tell them that life is beautiful and worth living. She gets carried away with her speech but stops when Joon Young suddenly gets up and whirls around to accuse CEO Namgoong of not telling him that that’s the concept for the documentary. Except, Kook Young had placed the document detailing the concept on Joon Young’s desk. Joon Young just hadn’t read it. Joon Young then storms off to the bathroom where he stays, looking miserable and sad (awwww Joon Young). Outside, everyone’s already making comments on Joon Young cancelling yet again and just as Eul declares that she’ll go convince Joon Young again, Joon Young comes out smiling and states that they should do the documentary. They kick things off and Eul asks him to imagine what the first thing on his bucket list would be should he be told that he has only one year to live. Joon Young is at first silent but then he speaks up and tells Eul that they should make it three months; if he had only three months left to live, he would slander everyone who badmouths him and kill everyone he hates. No Eul replies that that the answer doesn’t go with the purpose for the documentary which is meant to be about valuing life. Joon Young doesn’t stop though as he continues that he would flirt at clubs, have a lot of sex. CEO Namgoong tries to stop the interview but Joon Young insists that the camera should keep rolling. Eul points out that the interview is meant to be serious and Joon Young replies that he is serious. Frustrated, Eul wonders why he wouldn’t do drugs, or drink then and Joon Young cuts in as he asks her if she would passionately date him; for those three months that he’s alive.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s an East Indian Negroni, layered and complex and beautifully bittersweet because Joon Young has always been okay and seeing him breakdown today actually has the truth sinking in for me. Joon Young is dying. He’s really going to die and my heart will shatter into little pieces. But he would go having experienced a passionate love and having done all the things on his bucket list and even as I would cry, I would be listening to Beyonce’s “I was Here” and I would know that he indeed was. He lived, he loved and he left something behind and oh God, I’m tearing up because I can’t wail when it happens because the writer already gave me a heads-up. Talk about painful. I also loved how complex the characters are. Joon Young with his abrupt behavior and that vulnerability throbbing underneath. It’s the same trait Eul has and I can see why they’re drawn to each other. And then there’s Ji Tae with his good side helping Eul and Jik, and his manipulative side where he tried to get her not to do the documentary. And let’s not forget his purposefully keeping his identity part. And finally, there’s Jung Eun who we just can’t write off as the cold-blooded killer of Eul’s dad what with her just wanting the acceptance of her in-laws and the love of the man she wants to spend the rest of her life with. But the person that still steals the show for me is Joon Young. Because he’s dying and in that moment where he was writhing in pain on the floor, I shattered.