When Joon Young’s on a roll, he’s on a roll. From a public confession to stepping up his game, he knows he doesn’t have much time left and is willing to throw caution to the wind. Ji Tae probably needs a ticking clock to act as well, but I still doubt if he would be able to act should he have that chance. Young Ok’s still stewing in bitterness and pissing me the fuck off and Ji Tae makes a devastating choice.
The Episode in 10 Moments:
- Eul proposes to Ji Tae
After Joon Young makes his offer that they should date like there’s no tomorrow, CEO Namgoong tries to salvage the situation by stating that Joon Young is joking. Joon Young cuts him off as he insists that he wasn’t joking and poses his question again to Eul. Eul, who’s been watching at him all along, suddenly switches and agrees to date him. Everyone tries to caution her, but she’s all smiles as she asks if Joon Young would make the announcement publicly, or if she’s allowed to put it up on her social media account. The words have Joon Young smiling, and the next thing we see, Eul’s back to her face plant on a bowl of water mode (hahaha. She’s literarily trying to drown herself in a small bowl of water. Good luck with that sweetie). She’s like this when Ji Tae shows up and she finally lifts her head to tell him that she thinks she might get fired from the documentary crew because Joon Young had said something serious and she’d taken him seriously and had thus reacted in a serious way. She calls herself stupid but Ji Tae’s relieved because it means she can go back to her exploratory documentaries rather than doing a documentary on Joon Young (dude, shut the fuck up. Your ass is just jealous at this point). He offers to help Eul look around for a job and when Eul points out that he doesn’t have the money to pull that off, he recovers by offering to get a job himself. Eul sighs that she will marry him when he gets employed. Ji Tae’s stunned so Eul repeats her question, asking him if he would be willing to give her a job as his wife.
2. Joon Young defends Eul’s job and Eul gets dumped
Kook Young comes to meet Joon Young to inform him that the decision’s been made and CEO Namgoong has put his foot down and insisted on a new PD. Trying to get Joon Young to feel guilty, Kook Young continues that even the production company has decided that they would be firing Eul as well, and at the words, Joon Young stops and tells Kook Young to inform CEO Namgoong that without Eul as the PD, he won’t be filming a second of the documentary. Unaware that Joon Young’s fighting to get her her job back, Eul on the other hand is staring at Ji Tae who never gave her a response and is instead downing shots of alcohol. She finally takes back her proposal and tries to give Ji Tae a way out by stating what he should say: “It’s not like that Eul. Why would I turn down a lovely girl like you. I just can’t believe how great this is.” She smiles brightly as she speaks, but her smile dims as she realizes that Ji Tae’s not saying anything. She tells him that she guesses that’s not how he feels, and when he still remains quiet, she concludes that he doesn’t like her, tells him that she doesn’t like him either and storms off. Except, she stops when she gets outside and is stunned to see that Ji Tae’s still not coming after her. She slinks away, depressed that she lost her job and got dumped on the same day. Inside the restaurant, the restaurant owner: Bong Sook tells Ji Tae that Eul doesn’t know her place and explains that she thinks that Ji Tae’s too good for Eul. She starts to offer herself as a replacement but Ji Tae cuts her short as he states that he hadn’t responded to Eul’s proposal because he didn’t think he was good enough for her (okay. I get that. My question though is why do you want to come in-between her and Joon Young then. Especially when you’ve decided that you don’t want to be with her because you’re not worthy. I don’t get it).
3. Ji Tae’s still meddling in Eul’s love life and Eul clears the air
Eul’s phone begins to ring and Ji Tae realizes that she’d left it behind. The only problem is that Eul’s nowhere in sight so Ji Tae having no choice picks it up. Except, the person on the other end of the line is Joon Young and he’s surprised to hear a man pick up Eul’s phone. He tries fishing for information about Ji Tae’s identity without giving Ji Tae his name but Ji Tae correctly guesses that it’s Joon Young and states that if it is Joon Young, then he shouldn’t call Eul anymore (dude, not cool. Picking up her call is one thing, making such statements just makes it so much worse). Joon Young wonders who Ji Tae is to give him such instructions and demands to know if Ji Tae is Eul’s husband. Ji Tae’s surprised and before he can reply, Eul, who’s come back for her phone snatches it from him and answers. Joon Young hearing her voice when moments before, he’d heard her ‘husband’ hangs up. Ji Tae then grabs Eul’s phone and calls her using his own phone. When he sees that she really had stored his name as husband, he smiles and asks her if he’s her husband. Eul grumbles that he always takes the other person’s side, just like Korean husbands do (hehehehe. Sweetie, they act the same in Nigeria as well). She makes to leave but Ji Tae stops her to tell her that someday soon, she will meet someone worthy of her love. Realizing that he doesn’t know when to quit, Eul points out that his being nice isn’t making matters any better and tells him that she never wants to see him again and she doesn’t want him calling her either. With that, she heads home. But then, she remembers Joon Young calling her, wonders what it is that he wants and if he wants to see her angry. She starts to send him an angry text, deletes it, tries to send him a text pleading with him to help her get her job back, but changes her mind as she decides that she will survive just fine without him. Except, Joon Young’s waiting for her when she gets to Na Ri’s, and he wonders why she’s living with Na Ri when she has a husband. When he starts asking her twenty-one questions about her marriage, Eul admits that she’s not married, nor does she have kids. And she lives with her friend because she has no home, money or pride and now, because of psychotic Joon Young, she doesn’t have a job either. She finishes her rant and notices that Joon Young’s smiling. Concluding that he’s lost his mind (hehehe. He’s just delighted that you’re still single is all), she walks away and gets a call from the production company who tell her that she would be needed to see the documentary to its end. She’s confused as she’d thought they were hiring a new PD but she’s informed that Joon Young’s insistent on not filming a second of the documentary if she’s not the PD on the project (yup. You just got your job back, thanks to the same guy you just called a psycho. You’re welcome).
4. Jik issues Eul a warning
The cameras are set up all over Joon Young’s house, videotaping every moment of his day (am I pervy for being bummed that there’s none in his bathroom? Really pervy huh? Got it) and Joon Young’s especially a good sport about it although he doesn’t do much but wake up, play with Pororo and head out. Over at Na Ri’s house, Eul’s stuffing Jik with a ton of food to prep him for the ‘starvation’ he’ll be sure to experience because of her soon to be hectic schedule. Jik’s used to her exaggerations however and merely suggests that she watch out for Joon Young’s fan clubs who are known to be the worst of all celebrity fans. He warns her that they’re at the moment running a background check on her and just as he speaks, Ha Ru texts him about him not giving her anything on Eul and her coming after him should she find out that anything he told her is a lie. He has every right to be worried to because Joon Young fans, led by Ha Ru of course, are at the moment, making packed lunches with his face on it (Well would you look at that, Young Ok was way ahead of her time. She’d been stuffing his face on food long before she’d known he would be a star). Ha Ru’s not paying attention to what’s going on around her, but is furious at Jik asking her if her parents know what she’s doing. Jik turns out to be Eul texting her and when Ha Ru calls Jik, Eul makes to answer but Jik ends the call and refuses to hand the phone over. Eul follows him out of the house talking about insane Ha Ru, but Jik corrects her that Ha Ru’s actually pretty sane, and it’s just the power of Joon Young to turn everyone who’s remotely drawn to him insane with their feelings for him. He warns Eul against falling for Joon Young, stating that they’re not in the same level anymore and she could get hurt. Eul tries to shake off his worry and Jik tells her that he’d rather she dated Ji Tae who’s nice. He heads to school and as Eul watches him leave, she mutters that he doesn’t know anything because Ji Tae broke up with her already (is it a break up when you guys aren’t dating though?).
5. Ha Ru’s amazing at reading signals and Young Ok continues to push her son away
Over at the Choi household, Ji Tae remembers Eul’s proposal to him, and her calling him her husband and he has to suppress a smile. He’s called to play a game with his father and their moment’s interrupted by Ha Ru who comes bearing gifts, namely Joon Young’s face on a t-shirt which she hands over to Hyun Joon along with an invite to attend Joon Young’s concert. Ji Tae, who’s very well aware of who Joon Young is tells Ha Ru that Hyun Joon’s too busy for such. And besides, she has to concentrate on her college exams otherwise she will fail them yet again. Ha Ru ignores him and continues to press Hyun Joon to come along with her, stating that it would be cool if he’s a witness to Joon Young’s documentary as well. That’s the last straw for Joon Young who snaps at her to stop and be like the other kids who are concentrating on getting into college. He tells her to quit the fan club and Ha Ru shoots right back that she wouldn’t because Joon Young’s more important to her than getting into college. In fact, he’s more important than her life itself and so he shouldn’t be telling her what to do. Hyun Joon tries to caution her but Ha Ru points to how weird and scary Ji Tae is being. She stomps off angry and Ji Tae apologizes to Hyun Joon for shouting at Ha Ru (uhhh, shouldn’t you be apologizing to Ha Ru as well. You know her right. The teenager you just shouted at). Hyun Joon doesn’t think anything of it as he instead tells Ji Tae that he’s finding himself liking Joon Young just a bit (uh-oh. Not the words Ji Tae wants to be hearing from you daddy dearest). His reason being that he’d been worried about Ji Tae’s inability to get angry even though he has every reason to be. And now, Joon Young’s shown him that Ji Tae’s alright (nah. He just showed you that your son’s a loose keg, ready to blow up at a little prodding. Prodding that involves your other son and something you think Ji Tae’s justified to be angry about). Meanwhile, over at Young Ok’s, Joon Young’s been waiting for her so he can give her tickets to his concert. She isn’t interested and even though he warns her that it would be the only time she would be able to see him, she tears up the tickets to prove just how uninterested she is. She tries walking away and when he calls her mum, she tells him she isn’t his mother because he’d dropped out of his school and pursued a career in acting, all without telling her. When he mentions that he’s way more successful as a celebrity than he would have a prosecutor, Young Ok scoffs as she reminds him that his dream had once been to help poor and needy people like himself. She wonders now if he doesn’t feel ashamed of himself and Joon Young replies that should a person like him become a prosecutor there would no hope for the poor and needy. He walks away calling out to Young Ok that he will keep the seat free for her. Young Ok replies that he would probably die before she goes there (woman, you just might get your wish. I hope this drama gives us a long time of Young Ok making it up to him. Because I don’t want any realization in the last five minutes of the drama and then an apology. I want her to realize the gravity of what years filled with hate and a need to prove herself to an unworthy man have brought her: a non-existent relationship with a dying son).
6. All roads lead to the concert
It’s the day of the concert and Eul walks the grounds with her camera in hand, documenting everything that’s happening. She is unaware though that Ji Tae’s following behind her with a baseball cap covering his face. Ji Tae on the other hand is unaware that Hyun Joon had snuck into the concert hall to cheer up Ha Ru (she’s still all huffy about Ji Tae reprimanding her) and to also see Joon Young in action. He’d even agreed to take a selfie with Ha Ru and the housekeeper when it’s demanded. The concert then kicks off to the cheering of the crowd and Joon Young’s amazing voice which has everyone enthralled, from Eul, to Hyun Joon and even Ji Tae who’d also snuck into the concert. As Eul watches Joon Young perform to the screaming crowd, she hears Jik’s advice, telling her not to fall for Joon Young especially because he’s on a completely different level for them all. Overwhelmed, she ducks out of sight and both Ji Tae and Joon Young notice. But soon she pops right back home and continues filming and Joon Young smiles to see her (awwww). Having kept his promise, Hyun Joon heads out of the concert hall where he sees a banner of Joon Young. The sight takes him back to their first meeting and when Joon Young had promised to come back for the book Hyun Joon had offered him. He chuckles as he admits that Joon Young would not be coming for the book after all, and he walks away. Someone who’s not smiling at the moment is Eun Soo who’s briefed on Hyun Joon’s whereabouts. The minute she hears that he’s at Joon Young’s concert, her entire face crumbles as she loses her temper and sends the glass vase flying (well now we know where Ji Tae picked up his zero to ninety in seconds behavior from. Plus, she definitely knows something about him).
7. The debt’s been repaid
Young Ok comes upon Young Deuk (one of Young Ok’s trained anti-fans) watching Joon Young’s concert on his phone. As expected, she’s not thrilled and hits him as she sends him off to the kitchen to work. Jeong Sik shows up at that moment with an envelope in hand. He hands her the envelope and in it, she finds money in it and Jeong Sik tells her that it’s the money that Joon Young offered to Kook Young after his accident which Kook Young should have given Joon Young three years prior but the guy had kept it. He then goes on to say that now, they’re on equal grounds and clarifies that Joon Young had dropped out of school first. Then Kook Young had his accident and then Joon Young signed up with a talent agency. He tells Young Ok to remember the order and walks away.
8. A very public confession
Joon Young gets a break in his concert and whilst CEO Namgoong is trying to psych him up about his final performance for the night, and Man Ok’s fixing up his makeup, Eul shows up, with her camera in hand as she asks him how he feels about his first concert in a long while. Joon Young’s not interested in the questioning however and just goes straight to ask Eul who Ji Tae is. He grills her, wondering how he looks and how old he is. When he mentions that her boyfriend Ji Tae sounds ugly, Eul snaps and tells him that Ji Tae isn’t her boyfriend. At the words, he smiles. We then cut to him doing his final song at the concert. Eul’s still videotaping and Ji Tae’s still watching. And all of a sudden, Joon Young puts up a message that there’s someone he loves who’s there with them and he wants to confess. Delusional Ha Ru wonders if it’s her, and when the lights come on, we see Joon Young, on stage, holding onto the white teddy bear. He then pulls Eul up on stage with him and hands her the teddy bear as he sings to her. Ji Tae who sees this, walks away, whilst Ha Ru’s co fans show her something that has her making a face.
9. Facing the backlash
Next thing we see, Joon Young’s covering his face out of the embarrassment of being rejected and Kook Young’s showing the news report with high school Joon Young and Eul. CEO Namgoong is in a snit about Eul being ex-girlfriend and even as Joon Young reads it all, looking stunned, Man Ok reads the headline about Eul having snatched her friend’s boyfriend and states that there are a lot of mean comments about Eul online. She starts to read them, comments ranging from them wanting to leave Joon Young’s fan club, to comments about Eul being a gold digger. Joon Young’s angry and asks for a screenshot to be taken because he’s going to sue but Man Ok’s of the opinion that if all these comments are being uploaded, then Eul must be in serious trouble. Turns out Man Ok’s right because not only does spoiled and entitled Ha Ru toss water in Eul’s face and tell her that she hates her, but the rest of Joon Young’s fans, who are also in the bathroom glare at her. And then when she gets outside, it’s to find a reporter waiting for her and asking her a ton of questions whilst the camera’s trained on her. Thankfully, Ji Tae’s there to put an end to the blatant violation of human rights and grabs her hand to lead her away.
10. The defining moment of first lead and second lead status
But, he doesn’t get very far because Joon Young’s waiting at the entrance to the concert hall. He walks up to them and asks if Ji Tae’s the husband. He smiles as he says he doesn’t care any way and makes to reach for Eul’s hand but Ji Tae blocks the potential contact and states that they’re being filmed at the moment. He asks if Joon Young’s comfortable with that, because from that moment on, people would think that his feelings are real. Joon Young smiles as he replies that he doesn’t care. Besides, would Ji Tae himself be alright? Joon Young’s already a celebrity and everyone knows who he is but the moment they get a hold of Ji Tae, then everyone would know who Ji Tae is as well. At the words, there’s an influx of reporters who arrive with their cameras trained on them. And then the fans join in as well. Seeing all this has Ji Tae making a decision and he drops Eul’s hand and pulls away, making sure to keep his face hidden underneath his cap. The action has Joon Young reaching for No Eul’s hand and he pulls her away.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
Because nothing’s as upsetting as having a camera shoved in your face and this bitch ass reporter just wouldn’t move, has a stupid smirk on her face and keeps asking her questions. Urgh!
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a Sour Cherry Gin Smash. Sweet in some parts and tart in others. Sweet in that, Joon Young might be a jerk most of the time, but he is sweetly considerate of Eul, always putting her first and trying to learn how to care for her. Sure he’s not had as much practice as Ji Tae, her knight in misbelieved poor armor but he’s doing the best he can and it shows. Like seriously, this is a guy who’s never sued for slander for fear his mother getting caught in the net but at that moment of Eul’s exposure, he’s immediately interested in pursuing that option. And I find it sweet. Way sweeter than the hand grab actually (the me Tarzan, you Jane moment had me rolling my eyes). But the tart comes with Young Ok’s fixation of what she thinks she’s lost, especially because we know she will be losing the real deal in a matter of months and Joon Young wouldn’t have had enough time with the mother who’s never seen him as his own person but rather as a tool to be used to make a point to Hyun Joon.