Young Ok’s still insistent on not cracking in front of Joon Young. Eun Soo continues to terrify us with just how much she knows and all she’s keeping hidden. Jung Eun’s close to the tipping point. Hyun Joon still misses Young Ok and Joon Young comes clean with his feelings (here’s hoping Eul believes him, although I doubt she will).
The Episode in 10 Moments:
- Joon Young makes a promise to himself and Eul chooses Joon Young over Ji Tae
We open with Joon Young up on the bridge as he flashes back to the halmoni’s house where he’d told a sleeping Eul that he’d brought her to the all the way to the area so he can take her to the island. He decides though that he would go alone so he wouldn’t be tempted to hide her at the island, away from everyone else. And so, Eul shouldn’t appear before him again as the next time she does so, he’s going to take her away. It’s these words that are roiling in his head when Eul joins him at that very same island. He’s stunned as she goes on a rant about all she’s been through to get to him and he does a mental countdown. When he reaches ‘three’, he tells her to get out of his sight. Eul though believes she must hae done something even more stupid to him whilst she was drunk and tries to appease him by offering him a fruit drink. He’s not interested as he just keeps doing his mental countdown. He also doesn’t respond when Eul tells him that she tends to have no memory of things she’s done when she’s drunk, and Eul’s explanation is interrupted by a phone call from Ji Tae who’s been trying to reach her to no avail. He asks her if she’s still with Joon Young and although she denies it at first, she eventually confirms it. But her conversation is cut short when Joon Young, having spotted a ferry and his ticket off the island, walks away. Joon Young hangs up on Ji Tae and runs after Joon Young.
2. Ji Tae hears some not so pleasant news and Joon Young’s not interested in hearing anything Eul has to say
Ji Tae’s day turns even worse when his assistant shows him the pictures of himself with Eul at the concert. His assistant tells him that Jung Eun’s seen them, and to make matters worse, she’s started investigating Eul. Meanwhile, Eul keeps trying to grovel and beg Joon Young, whilst they’re on the ferry, but he isn’t having it and merely ignores her. He gets off the ferry and Eul runs after him as she tells him that her father had told her that people who hold grudges against drunk people are pretty petty. That gets no response and when she asks Joon Young to hit her if that would make things better, he taps her on the forehead and walks away without saying a word. She stomps over to his car with him, where they see Kook Young asleep in the backseat. The sight doesn’t stop Joon Young from getting into the car anyway, but when Eul refuses to get out of the car, and instead goes on about him holding grudges, he gets out of the car to hail a taxi. As he does so, he continues to do his countdown and Eul starts listing out the things she can remember. Just as she gets to admitting that she heard his confession, he gets into a cab and is driven off, leaving Eul to go back to the car to wake up Kook Young who like her, is stumped about what is is that Eul could have done to so royally piss off Joon Young.
3. Joon Young and Young Ok can only have heart to heart conversations over the phone
In the cab, Joon Young tries looking for his phone and remembers that he’d tossed it into the ocean during Eul’s drunken tirade. He then asks the cab driver for his phone and uses that to call Young Ok who’s been devouring a huge bowl of food. Jeong Sik shows up and tries to stop her but Young Ok wouldn’t give up. When Joon Young’s call comes in and he says that he knows she must have been worried about him, Young Ok denies having been worried and hangs up (argh! Woman, just say what you actually feel. This whole bottling things up has me thinking you’re a child or something). Thankfully, Jeong Sik calls back to tell Joon Young that his mother’s been worried sick about him (good. Someone has to tell him cuz Young Ok is certainly not going to share that information). Unfortunately, he also wonders what Joon Young’s doing with a gold digger and reminds Kook Young’s involvement with the gold digger that had left him so penniless that Joon Young had given Kook Young the upfront money Joon Young had been given when he’d signed up with the talent agency. Young Ok joins at this point to also ask him how a big hallyu star like him can be with a gold digger and Joon Young looking both happy and sad tells his mother that he likes Eul. He admits that he didn’t know before but now he knows he loves her a lot (awwww. I’m as stunned and shocked as Young Ok is at this moment), which is why he’s running away from Eul. Meanwhile, Kook Young and Eul are still on their way to Seoul and Kook Young stresses that Joon Young really had been serious about his confession. He even locked out Pororo the minute he learned that Eul is allergic to dogs. Eul’s shocked and Kook Young also adds that he thinks something’s wrong with Joon Young. His reason being that Joon Young had been hit on the head during filming and he thinks something might be wrong with him. Eul however, doesn’t believe his words.
4. Eun Soo learns about Joon Young’s condition and there’s a crack in Hyun Joon and Congressman Yoon’s partnership.
Joon Young makes it back to his apartment, but the barrage of reporters waiting outside the front door has him taking the back door where after he makes a promise to Pororo to feed him, he suffers yet another episode. At the same time, Eun Soo’s being informed about Joon Young’s condition and his insistence to not be operated on. She states that it’s sad news for Joon Young and Young Ok, although the look in her eyes as she paints a smile on Hyun Joon’s portrait is anything but sorry (sheesh. The woman creeps me out). Meanwhile, Hyun Joon’s in a meeting with some party leaders; including Congressman Yoon and the talk is about electing a corrupt official as their candidate. Hyun Joon is against it, stating that such dirty politics is one that is filled with regrets but Congressman Yoon chuckles as he wonders where Hyun Joon has the free time to be filled with regrets. Whilst trying to catch his breath in the bathroom, Hyun Joon who it turns out is filled with regret, calls Congressman Yoon scum (that I agree with you about). Over at Hyun Joon’s house, Ha Ru’s soaking in a bath, complete with a ton of perfumes. With one breath she wails about the horrible people writing nasty things about Joon Young, the man she wants to marry but who has been incognito for a while, and with another breath, she curses Jik as she declares that she will get him back.
5. Ji Tae really can’t maintain the ruse for as long as he wants and Jik makes an oblivious request
Jik, unaware of Ha Ru’s declaration is at the moment at the hostel Ji Tae had claimed to live in. He’s there to meet Ji Tae and is surprised when the super in charge of the hostel states that Ji Tae doesn’t live there. At that exact moment, Ji Tae calls Jik and when Jik mentions that he’s at Ji Tae’s apartment block, Ji Tae lies that he’s moved away from the place. Jik wants to meet him at his new place but Ji Tae saves himself by stating that he’s out of Seoul at the moment and so would rather meet up with Jik at his workplace instead. By the time he does meet Jik, he’s changed into his preppy clothes and glasses. Jik buys him a drink and then tells him that Eul used to have a crush on Joon Young, but got out of the crush when she learned that Na Ri also liked Joon Young. But he knows that it would be easy for Eul to go back to liking Joon Young. Ji Tae forces himself to smile as he points out that Joon Young liking Eul should be a good thing, with him being a superstar and all. But Jik doesn’t believe that it’s a good idea because Joon Young and Eul are now on different planes. Eul at the moment, needs someone grounded like herself; someone real; someone like Ji Tae (damn. Forget Eul. Jik would be so devastated by the time the truth comes tumbling out. And by that, I mean all the truth).
6. CEO Namgoong makes things so much worse
Joon Young wakes up, sweaty and dizzy. After he’s washed up and taken his meds, he heads downstairs where he sees Eul looking all domesticated as she attempts to cook him a meal. Except, she burns herself and Joon Young helps her run her hands underneath the tap. Whilst she stands there, looking adorable with flour on her cheeks as she goes on about Kook Young helping her in through the backdoor and her wanting to help him, Jon Young’s still on his countdown and says nothing to her. She grumbles about him ignoring her, especially after she’s put in so much effort to make the steak she’s made for him. Except, the steak’s too salty and even as Eul’s grumbling about that, Joon Young comes back out to close the blinds. Turns out he’s done so because of the reporters outside his house and one of them, as sure as rain, calls CEO Namgoong to talk about Joon Young being at home. CEO Namgoong insists that Joon Young’s not at home, then claims that he’s at home, but with Kook Young. He tells the man that Joon Young feels very remorseful about what he’s done and declares that Joon Young has no interest in Eul. Matter of fact, Joon Young already has a girlfriend: his costar, Yoo Na (fuck! Seriously dude. If you have such a diarrhea of the mouth, why not just shut the fuck up). He even goes as far as stating that Joon Young and Yoo Na have been dating for a year already and the only reason why Joon Young had pulled the stunt with Eul was so as to throw off reporters (what a dickward). Man Ok and Kook Young get the dude, you’ve fucked up expression on their faces but CEO Namgoong just keeps spinning his lies.
7. Ji Tae’s a man who’s got nothing to lose and Joon Young’s resolve breaks
Jung Eun takes a moment in the restroom, to freshen up her makeup and to as calm as you please, rip up the picture of Ji Tae and Eul (scary, scary woman. I repeat, she and her mother-in-law will get along great). She heads out of the restroom to join Ji Tae at dinner. Ji Tae’s come bearing gifts in the form of flowers and as he attends to her, he remembers his assistant telling him that Jung Eun’s seen the picture and has started investigating Eul. He tries to offer Jung Eun some wine, but what she wants instead is a kiss. As she moves around to get her lips closer to his, Ji Tae brings up the fact that he knows she saw the picture of him, Eul and Joon Young and then proceeds to give Eul’s information as he tells Jung Eun that she doesn’t need to investigate Eul. Jung Eun wants to know what Ji Tae’s relationship with Eul is but Ji Tae doesn’t divulge that information, stating that if he were to answer that question, he wouldn’t be able to keep his promise to Jung Eun. Jung Eun insists on knowing the truth and screams as she asks him if he likes Eul. Ji Tae replies that he likes Eul and a furious Jung Eun tosses the glass of wine in his face. She makes to storm away, then brings up the Christmas roses he keeps bringing her, stating that she heard that it’s the flowers you give when you have nothing else to give. She asks him if that’s what the roses actually mean to him and Ji Tae admits that that’s what they are. Jung Eun snarls that he would regret the moment and storms off whilst Ji Tae shrugs and pours himself some more wine. Except, he gets lost in thought and doesn’t stop even when his glass’s full. Meanwhile, Joon Young fills Eun on the reason why he’d drawn the blinds and turned off the lights: the reporters can easily figure out that he’s home. He asks her to wait for a couple more hours until the reporters leave. Eul, not one to waste the moment decides to tell Joon Young a horror story, stating that she wanted to make fun of him because she learned from his fans that he’s terrified of ghost stories. She turns out to be more terrified as Joon Young calls out that she has a ghost behind her. The ghost turns out to be a mannequin, but Eul has no idea and instead ducks for cover as she screams. Joon Young then turns on all the lights and admits that the blinds are able to keep the lights in the house from being seen. When Eul asks why he hadn’t told her that from the onset, he deadpans that he wanted to make fun of her (hahahaha. Serves you right Eul. Hehehehe). She straddles him as she threatens to kill him and Joon Young who’s been counting down finally reaches the number ten and declares that he’d tried his best to run away but she’s the one who insists on staying. She’s confused as to what he’s saying and Joon Young declares that he’s hungry, insisting that he never said he didn’t want to eat. Except, he’s served Eul’s salty steak. Joon Young though doesn’t complain about it and is so pleasant that when he leaves to get a first aid box to treat Eul, she wonders if maybe he’s a twin. Joon Young though is in the bathroom, retching as he tries to throw up. But he changes his mind and forces himself to continue eating the too salty food. He’s all smiles when he comes back out to treat Eul’s injury and when Eul gasps and declares after touching his cheek that he’s not a ghost, he smiles some more. His smile dims a bit though when Eul points out that people who have such sudden mood changes are usually about to die (girl, you have no idea how close to the truth you are).
8. Father and son deal with their heartbreak in different ways
Ji Tae comes looking for Eul at home and his smile slips as Na Ri admits that Eul’s at Joon Young. To make matters worse, her number’s not going through because her phone battery’s dead. Even as Ji Tae’s dealing with this information, Hyun Joon calls him to ask that he join him for a drink. Ji Tae apologizes for not being able to meet that request and Hyun Joon looks down at Madam Song’s card. He makes the drive to the woman’s place and as his, his usual business, refuses to act untoward towards her as all he wants is to just sit there and stare at her. Madam Song wonders if he’s scared of his wife, and Hyun Joon replies that he is (understandable. Eun Soo’s terrifying). She then asks him if Young Ok’s his ex-girlfriend and Hyun Joon admits that she is, stating that he’d loved her, but had greatly wronged her as well. When Madam Song asks if she can be allowed to like him, he tells her not to, as he wouldn’t have any other woman in his life. On the other hand, the woman presently in his life: Eun Soo, gets a call from the secretary informing her about Hyun Joon’s present location. The news isn’t one she’s happy to receive.
9. Ji Tae and Joon Young have an indirect confrontation
Whilst Joon Young glares at Ji Tae who’s at the other end of the security cam, Eul, who is unaware of her visitor has a conversation with Pororo as she tries bribing him with some sausage, to apologize for him having been locked outside. Pororo’s sulky though and not willing to give her the time of day (hahahaha. So cute). We then cut back to Joon Young and Ji Tae where Ji Tae’s demanding that Joon Young let Eul go because the reporters have all left. Joon Young though isn’t interested in doing so and he turns off the security camera and then plays rock, paper, scissors to get Eul to do the dishes. Whilst Eul washes the dishes, Na Ri calls her to ask her if she’s turned on the news. Meanwhile, Joon Young goes to meet Ji Tae who’s on the other side of the wall. He tells him that he intends to keep Eul and Ji Tae points out that Eul’s not a thing (thank you. Could you please share that memo with everyone in other dramas? Some of them seem to have missed it). Joon Young though isn’t concerned about the semantics as he tells Ji Tae that Ji Tae shouldn’t have let go of Eul’s hand. Ji Tae derides Joon Young’s feelings for Eul, stating that he knows he isn’t worthy of Eul’s love but Joon Young’s even worse than him because Joon Young shouldn’t even be considering being with Eul because of what he’s done to her.
10. Everything escalates very quickly
Joon Young’s hurt by the words and just as he’s about to speak, Eul shows up, talking about the news that Joon Young’s dating Yoo Na. Joon Young’s shocked at the news but Eul isn’t done as she also states that the rumor is that Joon Young had used Eul as a tool to avoid that scandal. Joon Young tries to explain that it’s all lies but Eul’s not buying it as she tells Joon Young that CEO Namgoong carried out the interview himself. She states that she should have known that Joon Young can’t like her and tells him that she intends to sue for the psychological trauma. She makes to leave but Joon Young holds her back and begs her to listen to him and only him, rather than listening to other people. Eul doesn’t respond and makes to leave again and Joon Young grabs her hand and tells her that he loves her. Ji Tae who’s on the other side of the wall is stunned and Joon Young softly repeats the words. Eul doesn’t believe him though as she calls him a good actor and wails that Jik had warned her that she and Joon Young are not on the same level. As she cries that she should have listened to Jik, Joon Young leans forward and kisses her.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a Honeyed Cherry Daiquiri. It’s sweet and tart all at once with Joon Young mentally doing the countdown and half-hoping and dreading that Eul would remain at the end of it all. It’s sweet because just like the prayer he’d made when Eul was going through the surgery, he left being with her to chance and when Eul was still there at the end of it all, he was relieved that he could follow through on his feelings. And now that he’s decided to go along with it, I do hope he doesn’t give up on Eul. If nothing, because he seems to really want to be with her. The tartness on the other hand has more to do with the blatant way Ji Tae’s lying to the siblings and how he thinks that because he’s not Joon Young who’d caused Eul’s accident, he’s not as terrible as Joon Young. Sure both men did terrible things but the thing is Joon Young’s already a jerk. He’s not attempting to hide it and is instead wooing Eul with as much openness as he can. Ji Tae on the other hand, is manipulating the truth and lying to the siblings and unlike Joon Young who’s only done his dastardly act once, Ji Tae’s still actively deceiving them and doesn’t seem to show any sign of stopping. And to make it all the more worse, he believes he’s in the position of authority to determine which one of them have sinned the most against Eul. Let me give you an advice pal. Let her be the one to determine who’s inflicted the most pain and who should stay as far away from her as possible.