Joon Young’s missing and Eul shows that under pressure, she totally forgets her skills as an investigative reporter and just rides with the waves. Everyone’s keeping secrets, looking at you there Eun Soo and Jung Eun and everyone’s searching for Joon Young. Eul finally finds him, but Joon Young’s done waiting for her.
The Episode in 10 Moments:
- The aftermath of the hurried escape
We open on Joon Young and Eul in Joon Young’s car with Eul asking where they’re headed. Joon Young has no idea and just keeps driving. Ji Tae on the other hand, has gotten home and decides to use the home treadmill. Hyun Joon’s already there however, getting his workout on, and Ji Tae joins him, telling him about a friend whose younger brother likes the same girl as his friend. Except their father had wronged the girl’s family and so his friend had let the girl go. His brother however had had no qualms about taking the girl’s hand and leading her away. Hyun Joon points out that that’s too much drama (I agree) and Ji Tae suggests they head out to get a drink. We cut to Joon Young and Eul who’ve literarily reached the end of the road, until Eul suggests that they keep going because she wants to die. Joon Young looks at her for a moment and Eul calls him a coward for not following through. The words have him revving the engine and Eul switches it off (girl, you were the one who said you wanted to die. Remember?), tells him to die alone if he wants to die, and then storms off. Joon Young ignores Kook Young’s call, switches off his phone and follows her around, till she ends up by the beach with several bottles of beer which she starts chugging down. She has no idea that she’s left her phone in Joon Young’s car and Jik and Na Ri have been trying to reach her to no avail. Na Ri expresses her concern that Joon Young’s fans would kill Eul and Jik calls Ha Ru and warns her off of Eul, saying that if any harm comes to Eul, then he’s willing to take on all the fans. Ha Ru wonders how he dares talk to her like that and threatens him with her father. Jik though has nothing left to lose and tells her to go right ahead. He even tells her his house address for added measure and Ha Ru calls Hyun Joon to report him. But it’s not Jik that answers the call however but Ji Tae and Ha Ru, recollecting his sudden dislike for everything Joon Young, doesn’t say anything about it. She hangs up after making excuses and Joon Young turns to Hyun Joon who it turns out, is a total lightweight and is drunk off his ass and Ji Tae has to carry him off.
2. Another tearful proposal
After going through several bottles of beer, Eul finally thinks of her phone and starts looking for it. It’s nowhere around so Joon Young offers his phone and Eul places the call. She interrupts Ji Tae just as he’s tucking his father in and asks him if he knows how hard it’s been for her to pretend not to like him all these while. She asks him why he’s been so nice to her, offering her and Jik money even though he’s broke as well. She wonders what gives him the right to reject her when it’s not as if he’s as rich or popular as Joon Young who has three cars, and a big house. Joon Young, who’s had enough of her blubbering over his phone tries to put an end to it but Eul wouldn’t be budged and tells Ji Tae that she’s a catch who would treat him really well should he consider it. She then tearfully asks him to date her and Ji Tae looks distraught to be on the receiving end of the words. Joon Young reaches for and finally gets ahold of the phone shouting that it’s enough because Eul’s humiliated herself enough already. Eul doesn’t think so however and keeps reaching for the phone and Joon Young, frustrated, tosses his phone into the ocean. The call immediately drops on Ji Tae’s end, and Ji Tae looks miserable about it, although he’s all concerned for Hyun Joon when Hyun Joon stirs. Hyun Joon doesn’t wake up however and Ji Tae tells his sleeping form that everything is Hyun Joon’s fault because he can’t be with Eul due to what Hyun Joon had done. Meanwhile, over at the beach, Eul’s throwing a tantrum that she wants her phone back and when Joon Young refuses to go into the ocean to retrieve it, Eul heads towards it to get it herself. He calls her a psycho and carries her back out and she continues to cry. Frustrated, Joon Young asks if she doesn’t see him and what he’s done for her but when she can only blubber about Ji Tae, he gets even more frustrated and kicks her over (hahaha. Dude, talk about being juvenile). But when even on the sand, all she can do is cry for Ji Tae, Joon Young looks half frustrated and half sad.
3. Eul’s the talk of the country
Eul wakes up with a hangover, in a place she doesn’t recognize and in clothes that are clearly not hers. She steps out of the building and runs into a halmoni who tsks about her drinking five bottles of Soju the previous night. Eul can’t remember the previous night, nor does she have any idea why her clothes are hanging on a line. The halmoni tells her that she’d gotten drenched the previous night and thrown up on herself as well and so her and Eul’s husband had to change her into the clothes she’s wearing at the moment. Eul’s shocked at this ‘husband’ changing her but halmoni doesn’t see what’s the big deal considering her husband should have seen her naked several times over already (hahaha. True). Eul heads to Joon Young’s car which he’d abandoned on the bridge and gets her phone. Remembering Halmoni’s words about her husband having trouble changing her into new clothes, Eul hangs her head in embarrassment as she mutters that she can’t remember anything. Her phone’s dead though so she goes to a cafe to get it charged. Whilst there, she notices that the headlines are screaming about her and Joon Young, with a picture that’s just barely blurred out but which is definitely recognizable. And sure enough, everyone recognizes her: from the man that hands her back her fully charged phone, to the passengers on the bus she takes to head back into the city. Eul calls her on the ride back and she’s relieved to hear that he hasn’t heard the news and is merely curious as to where she’s at. She lies that she went out of the city for work and is on her way back in now, and tells him to have a great day at school. Jik though isn’t at school and Na Ri, who’s beside him, wonders why Jik just hadn’t said the truth: he hadn’t been able to sleep a wink or attend school because he’d been worried about Eul. Jik admits that he didn’t want to worry Eul and vows to give Joon Young a piece of his mind when he sees him next. Back on the transit bus, Eul grumbles that Ji Tae hadn’t bothered calling her and a bit of remembered memory comes back to her, of her calling for Ji Tae and then barfing all over Joon Young when he’d piggybacked her (gross). She bows her head in shame, although that doesn’t stop her from calling Ji Tae who ignores all her calls and instead chooses to bust the balls of the executive making a presentation to him. He’s cold and harsh and cuts through the man’s bullshit, even as he keeps rejecting Eul’s calls. Eul’s frustrated and it’s at that point that Kook Young calls asking her for Joon Young’s whereabouts. Eul can hear a frustrated CEO Namgoong in the background wondering how Eul can say she has no idea where Joon Young is at when she’d lured him away from the concert and ran away with him. Eul screams that she too is a victim, and when she notices that she’s caught the attention of everyone in the bus, she drops her voice and repeats that she’s the victim and Joon Young is an inconsiderate jerk… she trails off when she has another remembered memory. This one of Joon Young cleaning the vomit off her face (ewww) and shyly asking the halmoni to please help change Eul into clean clothes. The halmoni had huffed that Joon Young’s Eul’s husband and should change Eul himself and had stomped off and even as Joon Young was working up the courage to change Eul, she’d still muttered for Ji Tae in her sleep.
4. The confrontation between CEO Namgoong and Young Ok and Eun Soo knows something
Over at Young Ok’s restaurant, Young Deuk and Man Ok are busy little bees putting up mean comments about Joon Young and although Young Ok doesn’t respond to their need for her to praise them on a job well done, she rises to their defense when Kook Young comes in to accuse them of slandering Joon Young. Young Ok’s of the opinion that if anyone should be sued, then it should be her, and CEO Namgoong, having had enough, snaps at her about her being a horrible mother who doesn’t realize that she’s meant to worry and protect her son. Kook Young tries to calm down CEO Namgoong and get him to leave but CEO Namgoong’s not having it as he claims that he’s merely saying what he should have said from the very start. Young Ok, bolstered by her anger, points out that CEO Namgoong had turned her smart son into a clown; an accusation that has the CEO pissed because several mothers would worship him for turning their son into a Hallyu star. Young Ok isn’t most mothers however, as she tells him that he should have gone to look for another mother who would want to be worshipped then. CEO Namgoong replies that now he realizes now why Joon Young had turned out the way he had: he’s a selfish brat because his mother’s a mental case (apt. Very apt). Jeong Sik doesn’t take kindly to the words however and grabs CEO Namgoong, demanding that he apologize. Young Ok screams at him to let the man go and screams at everyone to let go of Joon Young, only to storm out of the restaurant and stoop down, outside it, as she wonders where Joon Young’s at (oh, so you’re concerned about him now huh? After all that time of not giving a fuck?) and wonders who Eul is. She gets a picture message stating that Hyun Joon attended Joon Young’s concert, along with photographic proof. And across the road, Eun Soo’s in her car, looking at Young Ok and asking her assistant if she knows exactly why Joon Young was at the hospital.
5. Hyun Joon’s still in love with Young Ok and Eul sucks at this whole keeping her business private thing
Hyun Joon leaves a meeting with Chinese dignitaries but is distracted when a woman passes by; a woman who looks remarkably like Young Ok. He follows after, looking dazed and with his eyes filled with longing as he calls her Young Ok. The woman however is Madam Song and she’s disappointed that even after all these years, Hyun Joon still confuses her for another woman. She’s just as sad that he hasn’t been by to see her since he won the election but offers him her card and tells him to drop by as she’s opened up her own place in the area. As she boards the elevators and waves goodbye at him with a smile on her face, Hyun Joon remains rooted to the spot (so he was frequenting Madam Song’s place because he’s still in love with Young Ok and Madam Song’s her spitting image. Interesting. Very interesting). Meanwhile, Na Ri’s trying to disguise Eul who although she works in the business of tripping people up in order to find out their secrets, has no idea what to do now that the shoe’s on the other foot. She’s horrified when Na Ri tells her about all her personal information being leaked on the internet and then gets carried away in a conversation with Kook Young where she openly blurts out, in the middle of a store that she has no idea where Joon Young is. She calls him a kidnapper and suggests that Kook Young call the police and Na Ri, who’s been trying to get Eul to shut the fuck up finally covers her mouth and gestures for her to notice the many eyes on her in the store. Eul freezes at the sight and tries to cover her face with her hair (Girl, for someone who’s an investigative journalist, you sure do suck at this).
6. Putting trash where it belongs
Jik is taking out the garbage when Ha Ru shows up, telling him that he’d told her his address and so she’d felt like she had to come. She asks him if he’s scared to see her and he corrects her that he was just surprised being suddenly close to something so ugly (hehehehehe). Ha Ru wonders exactly what his relationship with Eul is, that he would go to such lengths like threatening Ha Ru in order to protect Eul. Jik is vague about his relationship with Eul, but admits that he would continue to do everything he can to protect her, including threatening anyone who threatens her. So Ha Ru shouldn’t let him cross that line. He makes to leave, but Ha Ru stops him to plead with him to tell her where Eul is, stating that no one has seen Joon Young since he left with her. She looks sad and Jik wavers, until she finishes the thought that she’d heard that Eul’s strapped for cash and wonders if maybe Eul had sold Joon Young for a quick buck. The words are so not what Jik wants to hear so he picks up Ha Ru and drops her into the dumpster (hahahaha), stating that she should leave her trashy thoughts in there. She’s outraged, especially because every time she wants to get out, he keeps forcing her back into the dumpster (hehehehe). She begins her spiel about her father being a chief prosecutor and Jik wonders why he would be sued for putting trash where it belongs (succinctly said Jik. Succinctly said).
7. Eul sucks at hiding and Jung Eun’s too good at hiding what she knows
Eul walks back to Na Ri’s place, wearing the most ridiculous disguise ever (seriously though. How was this girl ever an investigative reporter) that gathers more attention than driving them away from her. On her way, Kook Young calls yet again and she mutters to herself that Kook Young wants a fight. At that moment though, another memory flashes, this one of when she’d woken up to throw up and had seen Joon Young washing her clothes (awwww). She finally picks up the call and Kook Young asks for Joon Young’s whereabouts. Eul admits to Joon Young having left by the time she woke up. She also tells him that she would send him the address where they’d stayed at because Joon Young had left his car by the bridge and she’s sure that he would have gone to pick it up already. Except, we pan to the bridge and see that Joon Young’s car is still there and totally untouched. By the time she gets to Na Ri’s house, reporters are camped in front of it and she ducks out of sight. Ji Tae shows up behind her to tap her on the shoulder and get her to come along with him, and he leads her to Bong Sook’s restaurant, where Bong Sook’s all interested in finding out where Joon Young is and in getting Eul’s autograph. Ji Tae sends her off and teases Eul about her disguise. He pulls off the glasses and ridiculous hat she’s wearing and places his own baseball cap over her head. Eul calls him a coward and a despicable man for running away and Ji Tae agrees to it all. When she asks him why he came to see her then, he tells her that he has no idea and is just as confused. He then offers to get her hangover soup and Eul wonders how he knew that she was drunk. Ji Tae admits to her drunk calling him on Joon Young’s phone but when Eul asks him what she’d told him, he denies remembering and leaves to pick up a call from Jung Eun. Whilst Eul’s holding onto her head and wondering what other mess she’s made yet again, Ji Tae’s talking with Jung Eun who asks him if he’d gone to Joon Young’s concert. He denies it and Jung Eun who’s at the moment, looking at pictures of him holding onto Eul’s hand while facing of Joon Young, accepts the lie (damn. Girl learned how to lie from mother in-law Eun Soo. No wonder the two of them like each other so much).
8. Even more memories resurface
Eul finally remembers her drunk call to Ji Tae whilst Joon Young was nearby and the next thing we see, she’s back to trying to drown herself in a plate of water (hehehe). She then flashes back to yet another memory of the night at the halmoni’s place when Joon Young, thinking she was asleep had called her a weird girl who turned her back on him and instead wants the guy who abandoned her. He’d called himself Shin Joon Young and wondered if he should comfort her or threaten to kick her to get her to stop. Or maybe he’s too late and should just let her go so she can go back to the guy she likes. By the time Ji Tae returns to the table, Eul’s gone.
9. The search for Joon Young continues
Eul on the other hand, takes a very expensive cab ride all the way to the town where the halmoni’s house is located and when she gets there, it’s to find Joon Young’s car still there and Kook Young who’s arrived at the island to search for Joon Young as well. He shoots down the idea of calling the police or the press because he thinks it would make the situation worse, and then is horrified when he considers that maybe Joon Young walked into the sea. He immediately starts shouting into the sea, asking for Joon Young (what an idiot) and then turns on Eul, wondering if she’d killed Joon Young in order to abscond with his belongings. Eul frustrated, shouts that she did kill Joon Young and wonders if she should kill Kook Young too. Kook Young stumbles back, muttering about his loans and Eul makes to walk away. But Kook Young calls out after her that she’d publicly rejected Joon Young who is nothing without his pride and ego. He warns her that should Joon Young have done anything drastic, he would hold her responsible for it. Eul then returns to the house she’d stayed at with Joon Young and meets halmoni who states that people had come over asking about Joon Young. She admits that she has no idea where Joon Young went as Joon Young had merely given her a ton of money to give Eul some of her clothes and to make Eul some hangover soup. Eul sighs then wanders inside the house, searching for a clue that would lead her to Joon Young and hoping that she hadn’t said something mean to Joon Young, like wishing him dead.
10. Finding Joon Young who’s finally done with all the bullshit
Another memory pops up, this one of Joon Young sitting in a corner and staring at something in the distance. Eul traces the line of sight and spots a painting. She takes it out to the halmoni who tells her that it’s the painting of an island not far from where they’re at, but it’s only accessible by boat. Eul waits all night and finally finds a boat and makes her way to the gorgeous island. The only problem is, she can’t find Joon Young anywhere. Kook Young calls, panicking that he thinks something really bad has happened to Joon Young. He tells her that they intend to report him missing to the police should they not find him by the end of the day and suddenly, Eul spots Joon Young in the distance. She immediately stomps over to where he’s at, wondering why he would have created a radio silence that had everyone worried about him. Joon Young doesn’t bother answering and just stares into the distance and Eul goes on about all the things she’d suffered, from taking a very expensive cab ride, to her having to wait all night in the cold for a boat. She’d even been bitten by a seagull too. She exclaims about the money she’d spent, money she could have used to feed herself and Jik for a long while, and Joon Young merely gets up and makes to walk away. Eul hurries after him, thinking that he thinks she’s a figment of his imagination. She tries to pinch him so he can know that she’s real but Joon Young stops her hand and tells her to leave and get out of his sight. With those words, he walks away.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode.
Headache inducing moment:
Because this girl over here is meant to be an investigative reporter. This is someone who’d almost broken a scoop about celebrities dating. You would think that she would know to keep her bloody mouth shut in a public place, or at least reduce her voice so not everyone knows her business. But no. Eul is mad and she can only talk at high decibels when she’s mad. Even though she works in the business and should know exactly how these things work. Argh!
This episode’s a Minted Sake Pineapple Cooler. It’s sweet in a lot of parts because although we might not have gotten a lot of Joon Young, but those glimpses we saw of him just showed how sweetly caring he can be, when in the background of things. It reminds me of teenage Joon Young helping Eul with her father’s burial and re-taping her posters even though she’d been gone for years. It’s a sweetness that sometimes shows from beneath his gruff exterior and speaks to just how much his jerk-like persona is just that: a persona he wears to keep himself safe. It’s that same persona he has on when Eul comes to see him at the island, and is quite apt when we consider how hurt he is at the moment. But there’s still some parts of the drama that don’t go down well for me. Primarily, Eul acting so far from her investigative journalistic self that I think the writer just wrote that part in so we can have an hour of Eul screeching and having to be told how to do what should have come naturally to her, by other people. It’s a really sad case when it’s Na Ri coming up with her disguise when Eul is the same girl who’s been staking out people since she was way younger. Also, the fact that Joon Young actually has no one in his corner, no one he can talk to just gets to me. Because that image of Eul spotting Joon Young from afar; a Joon Young who is alone on an abandoned island, is pretty metaphorical of his internal state at the moment.