Yeon Joo just can’t seem to avoid getting sucked into W, and this time around, she’s all up for using unorthodox means to return home. Seong Moo helps us understand how things start to unravel for him. Chul puts his genius mind to the test and Yeon Joo confirms that her position’s moved from supporting to main character.
The Episode in 10 Moments:
- Soo Bong finally gets it
Yeon Joo comes rushing into the house where Soo Bong informs her that Seong Moo has not only left the house, but he’s taken his equipment along with him as well. Soo Bong though is more concerned about the fact that he can somewhat see the validity of Yeon Joo’s claim that she’d entered the webtoon. What with him telling her about Chul’s death and comic Yeon Joo coincidentally showing up to save him. Even as he tries denying the possibility of it, he notices the dress she’s wearing, which is the exact same dress that Chul had gotten her. And when Yeon Joo gets him to see that the only friend of hers who can afford to buy her a three thousand dollars dress, without blinking an eye is Chul, the truth finally hits Soo Bong (hahaha. Him attempting to scramble away from Yeon Joo is utterly hilarious. Hehehe). They then head to Seong Moo’s office where Soo Bong is all questions about how Yeon Joo enters the webtoon and how he can go in to. Yeon Joo has no idea. What she does know is that the webtoon centers around Chul. Which means that Yeon Joo’s pulled into the webtoon only when it relates to Chul, time moves faster there and also, things can’t be resolved until something’s changed with Chul. It’s at this point that she stutters over her words and brings up the kiss. Soo Bong’s convinced she did it on purpose, with how big a fan of Chul she is. He also wonders how the kiss went (hehehe. How much do I love that Chul has both fangirls and fanboys. Boy wants to get his chance at kissing Chul too. Hehehehe). Yeon Joo claims that she didn’t have enough time to dwell on it. Soo Bong doesn’t buy it (neither do I), but he moves on to ask if Chul’s handsome. Yeon Joo admits that he is and Soo Bong’s asking about So Hee when he stops to blurt out that none of the characters are real, so why is he talking like they are. Yeon Joo insists that they are real and states that he will see why she tried to save Chul: Chul’s human, just like any of them (define ‘will see’, because you’re making me wonder if you plan on dragging So Bong along with you on your next adventure).
2. Going back to the origin of Chul starting to write his own story
Soo Bong then informs Yeon Joo about Seong Moo’s plan to once again kill Chul and even as she’s exclaiming as to his determination to kill Chul off, she remembers his words that he should have killed Chul on the Han River bridge. After confirming the year of the publication: 2009, Yeon Joo skips through her father’s 2009 reference material and notes that just above the clippings about suicide, Seong Moo had written that Yeon Joo had finally left him and he’s all alone. We see a flashback to Soo Sun putting their luggage into a cab and pulling Yeon Joo in with her. Alone in the house, Seong Moo becomes a shadow of himself as he states that he doesn’t have the will to do anything and can’t even draw anymore. One day, looking like he’s at the end of his rope, he switches on his Wacom and gets to sketching. As he works, we see Chul hanging onto the bridge, about to leap off and at the notation at the end of the page, Seong Moo had written that he has to end things there. Yeon Joo wonders if that was where Chul was meant to have originally died but Soo Bong has no idea what she’s talking about. Yeon joo and Soo Bong then fade away as we see what happened. Seong Moo had indeed drawn out the scene of Chul jumping into the water but by the time he wakes up, it’s to find that scene erased and in its place, a scene of Chul hanging onto the railing with one hand. Seong Moo’s stunned as he wonders if Chul had been hanging on with one hand, all through the night. He asks if he might have been drunk when he’d drawn the new scene, but then takes it in stride, and draws strength from the scene itself. And thus, Chul was saved that night. Yeon Joo then pulls out the material for 2010 and we hear the announcement about the uproar that Chul with his prior conviction just got picked to be one of the directors of a global company. And then next thing we see, Chul is meeting with a man and shares with him his vision of owning a broadcast station into which he would pour his resources, all so he can hire the best professionals out there, plop them on a murder-mystery TV show, and use them to find out the Who and Why to his parent’s murder. Chul calls the show “W”. We then pick up with Seong Moo telling us that it was like he was possessed. As he speaks, we see the ton of fans coming to see him as “W” becomes a success. It’s even such a big success that Seong Moo’s invited for an interview and as he talks, he thinks to himself that Soo Sun must be regretting leaving him. Soo Sung at the moment is also watching the news, and although she looks sad, regret is not necessarily the word that comes to mind. We then cut to Seong Moo who as he draws a scene of Chul, his stylus stops working and not only do the words he’d previously written disappear, but Chul smiles at him from within the comic (Okay. That’s creepy). Seong Moo’s startled as he realizes that it would seem that Chul is actively rejecting the story Seong Moo’s writing. To make matters worse, he wakes up one morning and sees yet another scene he didn’t draw and that starts off his phobia as he begins to panic at the thought that Chul really is alive. By the time Yeon Joo gets to the 2015 reference material, Seong Moo’s started calling Chul a monster and stating that he will destroy him before Chul turns around and kills him, especially because Chul was meant to have drowned in the Han River.
3. There is just no escaping the kiss or the world of “W”
The next morning, Yeon Joo wakes up with a headache. Things get even worse for her when she gets to the elevators and see a very angry Professor Park screaming at the scene when Yeon Joo kisses Chul (hahahaha). She’s able to duck into another elevator, but is instead met with everyone on it, reading the latest “W” chapter (hahahaha). And when she gets to the bus-stop, even the students there are agape that Chul kissed her (hahahahaha. She isn’t going to be able to escape that kiss). Even as she’s moaning that everyone in the country is reading the webtoon, Soo Bong calls, still trying to work his head around everything that’s happening. He can understand Chul pulling her in the first time, but how was she teleported the second time? Are there rules to it or will she be yanked in at will. And more importantly why is she the one that gets to go in (hahaha. I think this is part concern, part jealousy that he doesn’t get to go in as well). Yeon Joo though doesn’t reply and by the time we pan back to the bus-stop, it’s to find that she’s disappeared (oh boy). A passerby picks up her phone to inform Soo Bong that the phone’s at a bus-stop, together with a bag, but the owner isn’t there. Soo Bong wails about his mouth and then rushes over to go get Yeon Joo’s things. We then cut to Chul’s world where So Hee is questioning the store owner about the happenings to Chul. The woman gives her the deets about the slap and the kiss, but she embellishes the story a little by stating that Chul was with Yeon Joo in the changing room for a long while, but by the time he came out, he came out alone because Yeon Joo had disappeared. So Hee asks to be taken to this changing room and the woman obliges her, except, by the time they get there, they find an unconscious Yeon Joo in the changing room (so whoever’s controlling this world doesn’t want other people to know that Yeon Joo disappears from the world? Very interesting).
4. Chul’s glad to have the key to his life back. Although this key knows an awful lot about him.
So Hee immediately calls Chul who is at first still trying to work through the mystery of the accident and what happened after it. But the minute he hears that Yeon Joo’s back, he immediately reverses his car and heads to the store where he sees an unconscious Yeon Joo whilst So Hee tries to ask him a million and one questions about what’s happening. Chul has no idea what is going on but what he does know is that Yeon Joo can’t go to the hospital (smart man). And so, he tells So Hee to bring Doctor Yoon to the hotel and takes Yeon Joo with him. As he buckles her into her seat, she regains temporary consciousness and wonders why she’s back. Chul smiles as he asks the same question. But when Yeon Joo replies that she doesn’t know why, his smile slips. He takes her to the hotel where they run into a detective who’s there with questions about Yeon Joo and how she keeps escaping the law. Chul is of the opinion that they don’t have to find her seeing that she’s just a witness and not a suspect but the detective’s insistent. He finally takes note of the woman in Chul’s arms, whose face Chul tries to keep hidden. Chul merely tells him that something happened and then walks away, but the detective looks back suspiciously. After he leaves, Do Joon joins an excited Chul who’s delighted that he has her back: the key to his life. He eyes Yeon Joo critically though as he wonders why everyone else thinks she’s beautiful. Later that night, Yeon Joo wakes up and isn’t startled because she’s still woozy from all the drugs. She wonders where she is and when Chul tells her that she’s in his place, she mumbles that she’s at the penthouse then. Chul replies that she really knows everything about him and Yeon Joo confirms it by stating that he lives on the thirty-third floor of the hotel; his parents deaths traumatized him and so he only lives in hotels and he sleeps with a gun underneath his bed. She also blurts out that the Han River scene was the saddest and she’d cried along with Chul (wait what? Girl, what was in the drugs they fed you. You shouldn’t be saying all this you know).
5. Things get a lot creepier
Still later that night or early the next morning, Chul sees himself under water. Except, he jerks awake and it turns out to be a dream (wait, so is his subconscious remembering that Seong Moo drowned him? Then how did he get back up that ledge?). He gets up to get himself some more wine when the doors open and he comes face to face (or face to clothed face) with a masked assassin who tries to shoot him. Chul blocks the man’s hand and the man pulls him away from Yeon Joo’s room.The minute Yeon Joo’s sleeping form is behind closed doors, Chul tries to defend himself. But no matter how well he fights, the assassin is better. But then, the assassin runs away and Chul chases after the man, managing to stop the elevator doors from closing just in time. He gives a triumphant smile and pulls the door open, only to find the elevator empty (what the fuck?). Meanwhile, in Yeon Joo’s world, Seong Moo has a tantrum as he declares that Chul should just die. He slams his tool against his Wacom screen till the thing breaks and then takes off, leaving the equipment behind (why do I have the feeling that that’s a bad idea? A very bad idea). Back at Chul’s world, Chul picks up the gun the killer left behind. A gun that’s very real but with the safety still on. His guards come running in and when he snarls that they should have been guarding the door, his guards reply that they’d gotten a text from Do Yoon to meet him downstairs. But when they’d gotten there, Do Yoon had told them that he’d never sent them such a message (curiouser and curiouser). Meanwhile, Yeon Joo’s managed to sleep through it all and Chul glares up at the sky as he thinks to himself that he will find him soon. The man up there should just wait. And over at Chul’s closet, Yeon Joon’s bag has been teleported as well (very interesting).
6. Making things a lot worse, the Yeon Joo way (hahahaha)
Yeon Joo wakes up the next morning in full blown panic mode as she looks around and realizes that she’s once again been teleported into Chul’s world. She has no idea why she’s there and begins to panic (oh boy. So she doesn’t remember their conversation the previous night? This is going to be interesting). Do Yoon joins her and informs her that she’d collapsed from being overworked. Yeon Joo flashes back to when she’d had the two months time jump and figures that that’s what happened. Do Joon then suggests she get dressed as Chul would soon be in to join her for lunch. He leaves her alone and Yeon Joo panics some more as she walks around and spots the see-through underwear that had been gotten for her (hahahaha). She then remembers Soo Bong’s warning about her being suddenly dragged into the webtoon and groans. The next thing we see, she’s holding up the bra and Chul’s gun which she’d gotten from underneath his pillow and wonders which option she should go with. By the time Chul rushes into the room, after berating Do Yoon for leaving her alone, he and Do Yoon stumble to a halt as they see Yeon Joo, bathrobe open in only the lacy underwear (hahahaha. I can’t even. Hahahahaha). Do Yoon’s scandalized and leaves her alone with Chul, and when So Hee shows up, wanting to see Yeon Joo, Do Yoon turns her around and tells her that Yeon Joo’s having an ‘honest’ talk with Chul (well, that’s an euphemistic way of putting it. Hahahaha).
7. Getting his answers, the hard way
Chul is unfazed by it all and wonders exactly what it is that Yeon Joo wants to do now. Yeon Joo then pulls out the gun and Chul’s hands go up in the air. He finds it strange that she’d shown up in his world, slapped him, kissed him, disappeared, showed up again, taken off her clothes and has now pulled a gun on him. Yeon Joo wails that she wouldn’t understand her either if she was in his position and warns him not to come close to her. But she’s shaking and Chul easily reaches for the gun and she aims it at the ceiling. Except, there’s no gunshot sound because there’s no bullet in the gun. Chul tells her that he was curious as to what she would do when she finds the gun underneath his pillow. With that said, he then loads his gun with bullets and trains it on her, causing Yeon Joo’s hands to go straight up in the air as she tries to appease him. Chul though believes that it’s the only way they can talk and tells her that although he has a hundred questions for her, he will only ask one: how did she disappear that day. She can either answer him or he will turn her over to the cops. Yeon Joo’s upset as she points out that she’d saved Chul. Chul agrees, which is why he had let her go the first time. But Yeon Joo had broken her promise to him and hadn’t answered his questions, whilst he’d waited for two months, like the gentleman that he is. He repeats the question of how she disappeared and when she doesn’t answer that, he moves on to his next question: why had she kissed him. Yeon Joo finally whispers that she’d done it so she can disappear. He finds it hilarious that she kissed him to disappear and then walks over and kisses her (Damn. Two kisses in three episodes already? Man, I love this show). Yeon Joo’s the one that’s stunned this time around and when Chul pulls away, he points out that she hasn’t disappeared yet. Yeon Joo replies that kissing her wouldn’t make her just disappear (hahahaha. This is getting complicated) as there has to be a change in emotions. Chul has no idea what she’s talking about, considering he didn’t like the last kiss that much. Yeon Joo points out though that he was surprised, to which Chul states that she is surprised, what with her blushing and all. Frustrated, Yeon Joo tells him that her emotions don’t count but his does. Chul’s even more confused, so Yeon Joo blurts out that his emotions count because he’s the main character (oh boy. I can just imagine being the reader of the webtoon right now and having an out of body experience the likes of which will have me asking: why are you telling my main character that he’s the main character? Hahahaha. This is so good).
8. Chul’s willing to do anything to save his life
Chul’s curious as to what he’s a main character of and Yeon Joo tries to divert his attention by claiming that his kiss can be constituted as sexual assault and she intends to sue him. He reminds her that she’d sexually assaulted him first. And to make matters worse, had slapped him as well. Besides, his kiss had been for scientific purposes. To figure out the logic behind her statement (hahaha. He just told her he kissed her for the sake of science. Yeah right). She wails that she’s really telling the truth but Chul’s of the opinion that just because she isn’t lying doesn’t mean that she’s not leaving something out. He then trains the gun right back at her as he demands to know the context within which she can pull off her disappearing act. He tells her that he will give her to the count of ten to tell him the truth, otherwise he will pull the trigger. He starts to countdown and Yeon Joo blurts out that he’s scaring her. But, she’s convinced that he wouldn’t pull the trigger and Chul shoots a vase in response to her statement (damn). The shot, coupled with Yeon Joo’s scream has So Hee and Do Yoon running into the room and Chul tells them to get out because he’s decided to investigate rather than the police, since he’s of the opinion that So Hee talks too much and Yeon Joo’s lying. So Hee tries to tell him that Yeon Joo’s a patient but Chul’s not having it and shouts at her to get out. Do Yoon, seeing that Chul’s not going to budge, pulls So Hee so they can leave. Alone, Chul tells Yeon Joo that she shouldn’t underestimate what he can do in order to save his life and continues his countdown. He’s surprised that Yeon Joo’s still holding onto her secret even though she’s being held at gunpoint and Yeon Joo tells him that she knows he wouldn’t shoot her. Chul keeps counting, his voice cold as he tells her that he’d thought Yeon Joo knows everything about him, but she’s wrong about one thing. He can do it. She shakes her head, looking terrified and Chul asks her if she really wouldn’t tell him. When she says nothing, he gets to ten and pulls the trigger (what the fuck?! He actually shot her?!!!!).
9. Chul continues to prove that he’s a genius
The bullet goes straight through Yeon Joo’s shoulder and hits the glass pane behind her. Yeon Joo with shaking hands checks her shoulder and is shocked to see that she’s not bleeding. Chul tells her that she seems not to have any understanding about her true power and Yeon Joo, overwhelmed by it all, faints. She’s caught by Chul just before she hits the ground and So Hee and Do Yoon come running in with So Hee asking if Chul had shot Yeon Joo. Chul replies that she’d merely fainted from the shock of it all. So Hee calls him crazy as Do Yoon carries Yeon Joo out and Chul’s face hardens as he rubs the barrel of the gun against his head and then goes to inspect the mirror to confirm that the bullet really had shattered it (dude. I really do think you’ve lost it). So Hee and Do Yoon take Yeon Joo into the room and So Hee calls Doctor Yoon. After she’s done, she repeats that Chul’s lost it but Do Yoon’s convinced that Chul and Yeon Joo are odd together (hahaha. Well Yeon Joo’s odd. Chul’s a little crazy). So Hee then comes back out to lambast Chul for his crazy act and declares that they should just report things to the police rather than try investigating it like Chul wants to do. Chul stops her from making the phone call and states that the mystery wouldn’t be solved should she call the cops. Instead, she should book him a flight to Busan. With that, he heads in to see Yeon Joo who’s miffed that he shot her. Chul though thinks she shouldn’t be, considering that he knows she can’t be killed by a gunshot. Matter of fact, he wonders why exactly she doesn’t know that she’s invincible. He then tells her that he will answer her question about how he knows that if she answers his question. When Yeon Joo continues to look stunned, Chul tells her of his suspicions: she’s not an ordinary person and is from another world where she has an actual job as a cardiothoracic resident. He asks her where her world is and what it’s like. And when Yeon Joo still can’t answer him, he wonders if it’s hard for her to do so. She admits that it is hard and Chul tells her that she can stay in his world for as long as it takes for her to tell him the truth. After all, she can’t leave until his emotions change and the only thing that can surprise him at this point is for her to tell him everything about her world and what she knows. Do Yoon shows up and Chul tells Yeon Joo that he wanted to have lunch with her but has to leave now because he has a trip planned for Busan. He hands over the phone he’d given her before and tells her to call should she have need to. He also sincerely apologizes for having frightened her (awwww. I still think you’re a tad crazy. But that was sweet).
10. Yeon Joo’s become the main lead of the story
Chul makes to leave and Yeon Joo suddenly pops up and declares that she loves him. He’s shocked until it sinks in and he laughs as he figures that she’d thought that the declaration would be enough to surprise him. Yeon Joo’s embarrassed and when Chul chuckles as he calls her unbelievable, she mutters that she knows she is (hahahahaha). Chul and Do Yoon head out and Do Yoon wonders what’s up with Chul acting like he’s in love when he claims that Yeon Joo is not beautiful. He lists out all the events that have happened from the kiss to the slap, to Chul seeing Yeon Joo naked and states that it’s like they’ve been in a love fight. Chul only smiles and when Do Yoon’s amazed at how cool he’s being at the thought of living with Yeon Joo, he tells Do Yoon that it’s not really what Do Yoon thinks as everything’s just complicated. They get on the elevator and are about to head down when Yeon Joo comes running to ask where Chul’s going. Chul admits that he’s going to Busan and then from there, New York and a very worried looking Yeon Joo tells him to be careful. Chul wonders if he’s going to die on his way and Yeon Joo admits that she has no idea because whilst she’s there, she has no idea what would happen. The words have Chul being even more curious and he wonders why Yeon Joo’s so focused on him not dying. Yeon Joo replies that she’s one of those people who wants him to have a happy ending. In other words, she’s a fan. She smiles and Chul smiles right back at her (gah! That’s so cute). He then asks her if something bad would happen to him should he learn the truth and Yeon Joo answers that it might be the case and that’s why she can’t answer his questions. She tells him that he’s the first patient she’s saved on her own, and Chul smiles as he tells her that he’s honored. She tells him that he’s also her second patient, and he’s even more honored. And so, she wants him to be careful. The concern in her eyes as him agreeing to be, and then he asks her how old she is. Yeon Joo tells him that she’s thirty and he smiles as he replies that so is he. Next, he asks her if she’s married and when she tells him that she’s not, he smiles as he tells her that that’s good. With that he gets on the elevator, and throws her a wink just as the doors close (now that’s hot). Yeon Joo, thinks to herself that she’s finally figured out the reason why she keeps getting dragged into the world. It’s because Chul called her the key to his life and so the heroine of the webtoon’s changed from So Hee to Yeon Joo.
Character I wanted to bitchslap:
No one in this episode.
Headache inducing moment:
None in this episode.
This episode’s a Fresh Grapefruit Greyhound. Delicious and perfect and it gets even more delicious with every sip. Chul’s not your typical hero. He’s charming and sweet but dangerous and with a will to live that’s so strong that he sees nothing wrong with endangering others in order to survive. It’s the survival instinct at his finest. Add his genius mind and his focus on unravelling the mystery of his existence to the equation and you have a drama that just keeps making things interesting. And then there’s Yeon Joo who is not your typical candy character. She’s not the long-suffering heroine but is strong and real. Because honestly, if someone were to shoot at me, I don’t care if I’m invincible, I shall be fainting. But she’s a fan and someone also determined to ensure that Chul has his happy ending and I’m thrilled at the beginning of a friendship between these two characters because when your creator’s determined to kill you, you need every help you can get. And when the help comes in the form of a fangirl intent on you getting your happy ending, then things can start changing positively for you and with the disappearing assassin and the higher power that seems to be working behind the shadows, things really have to start going in Chul’s way. A man that smart needs to have all the cards so he can know how to play this game and I’m thrilled that Yeon Joo will eventually give him the cards.