We have two confrontations in this episode, the guys and the girls. The guys weren’t that impressive, except I know where my loyalty lies, but the ladies bring the heat to town. Woo~
I’m loving these car scenes with our beanie couple. You know, it’s like their own little love train where they take turns jabbing at each other. o(^^o)
And yay, I caught up, ready to dive in with tomorrow’s episode.
As a chess piece in the hands of fate, In Joo witnesses how Joon Young charms away the last important person in her life – her father. Young Bum usually doesn’t even part his lips, but is now seen laughing out loud at Joon Young’s imitation of her exaggerated fake father. I find this scene overdone, in particular the laughing part.
She’s crushed and brings up his smiling moment during lunch, and dad just says, “Joon is an interesting kid.” He senses the worry in her voice and assures her, “It has been 22 years, so even if your mother’s memories come back, you would still be our daughter. So relax.” In her mind, In Joo calls him a liar.
Joon Young drags her dad to the operation room, and fake dad complains how she should treat him better since he saved her, clothed her, fed her, blah blah blah. Standing just a few feet behind them, In Joo overhears. Dad rushes to the bathroom and Joon Young turns around to see In Joo.
In Joo comes up and quietly tells her about the clean break-up with Jae Ha, but grandma doesn’t know yet, so she asks for more time. Joon Young feels bad – being the third party, and can only mumble ‘In Joo’ before she is cut from saying another word. In Joo: “At this point, ‘sorry’ is not what I want to hear.”
Baek Sul calls Joon Young and reminds her of their dinner date tonight.
Doo Hee watches over the fields of golden sauce pots and sighs about her multiple failed attempts to make it. Grandma joins her and suggests that she takes In Joo out to a party tonight, where top Korean chefs enjoy a night of delicious food and social gatherings. She agrees, this will be a great chance to boost In Joo’s confidence. She turns to the field again and laments how she has wronged Joon Young. Grandma reveals that Baek Sul is taking care of her but it feels like a storm is coming if Baek Sul is playing nice. Concern crosses Doo Hee’s forehead, maybe they should take her back? Grandma is defensive: “You said it with your own mouth that you’re a mother above all else! So stay anchored with that decision.”
In Joo is excited when Doo Hee ask her to come to the party tonight. What should she wear? In Joo: “I want to wear a dress similar to yours.” Now I know why you dress like a grandma. Peh.
Fake dad lies in bed after the small surgery and grunts like a baby, worried that his only daughter would leave him to die. Joon Young tells him not to worry and hurries off to the party, while fake dad complains that she should at least call son-in-law Choi!
Baek Sul dresses Joon Young like a doll. Love the dress and the bun hairstyle. Who else had a naughty thought? I thought evil mother was going to call Do Yoon and put them on a date. hehe.
At the party. Two ladies greet and praise Doo Hee for raising a beautiful, well-mannered-daughter. In Joo lights up in happiness but that smile is quickly replaced with a stern face once Baek Sul and Joon Young arrive at the party.
The same two ladies throw friendly remarks at Joon Young and slowly recognize her as the girl who made the golden sauce. Baek Sul doesn’t let the chance of putting down Doo Hee slide and cheerily confirms: “It’s true. But she’s out of Arirang and under my wing now.” Doo Hee agrees and Joon Young looks up, half-surprised, half-sad.
Cut to Do Yoon. He’s carrying out some trash bags and stretches in between. How come no one invited my prince to the party? He’s Haemillllllll! My anger quickly dissipates because he pulls out the bracelet and looks at it lovingly. Aw. You mean to tell me he keeps it safe by his side, ALL THE TIME? Weee!
He dials a phone number and Jane perkily answers from the other end: “Why? Did you miss me?” He wants to know Joon Young’s email address, and she teases: “Why? So you can use it to communicate with her? heehee!” Can your forward me the email too? I have urgent matters to speak with Joon Young. I’m serious!
Back to the party, all of our main players gather around to have dinner in the same table. Grandma’s birthday is coming up and Baek Sul wonders whether she could take care of it but Doo Hee is quick to turn her down: “Everything has been prepared.” They all stand up to greet another senior chef and she makes a terrible (but precise) mistake of calling Joon Young as Doo Hee’s daughter. Upon being corrected, she utters out the same praises to In Joo. Everyone’s faces are distorted underneath the fake smiles and nods. How can they eat when the air can be sliced by a knife?
In the ladies’ room, Joon Young meets Doo Hee and muses wistfully about the future: “Maybe then I can come back? Is that too big of a dream?” Doo Hee relents: “No matter where you are, you’re still my disciple. Know that. Become a confident chef and come back to me.” Unbeknownst to them, In Joo listens at the door, her spirits crushed twice in one night.
Having obtained Joon Young’s email, Do Yoon nervously writes her an email but finds himself at a loss of words – he keeps deleting, typing, deleting, and never makes it past the first line. Baek Sul calls, he doesn’t pick up, so she utilizes the modern way of talking – through a text message: “Come now. I have things to discuss about Go Joon Young.”
I’m not surprised but Baek Sul is, mostly at the speed of his response in regards to Joon Young. Sitting across from her, he asks her to let Joon Young go. She takes note of his frivolous way of requesting a favor and asks for a redo. He does and she’s pleased at his change of tone. She brings up an offer: “Go back to England with Joon Young. It can help her grow as a chef.” Do Yoon considers the idea for a hot moment and agrees: “If Joon Young decides to go, I’ll go with her.” Baek Sul is speechless at his lightning agreement and fights back tears. On his way out, Do Yoon bows respectfully. The power of a girl. Tsk tsk.
To Jae Ha’s disappointment, Joon Young has gone home already. He’s about to leave when Do Yoon’s exit out of Sanarae catches his attention. He guesses that they’re here for the same reason but Do Yoon evades the question by walking away. Jae Ha: “Do you drink?”
At the bar. Do Yoon is his quiet self and Jae Ha prods for some response: “You know I’m dating Joon Young right? Do Yoon looks up: “I don’t care.” Jae Ha: “Well, from now on, hold some interest. We’re dating.” Do Yoon wonders, how come he’s not doing anything to take her out of Sanarae when she’s clearly unhappy there? Jae Ha downs a cup and says annoyingly that he shouldn’t poke his nose in someone else’s business. Then his tone magically becomes lighter: “I’m waiting for the right time. Since it’s Joon Young’s decision, I can only just wait.”
Do Yoon throws in his own analogy, “So instead of giving her an umbrella, you’re sitting here and waiting? When she catches a cold, it’s too late.” RUHHHHHH ROH.
Offended, Jae Ha’s voice turns menacing, “If things continue like this, I don’t think I can hold it in any longer.”
To be fair to Jae Ha, I can see where he’s coming from – he’s respecting Joon Young’s decision, while not knowing full well that Baek Sul is a snake with a pile of schemes up her sleeves. Do Yoon is also right, he knows his mother well enough to deduce that nothing comes out unharmed in her plan. His urgency to take Joon Young away is understandable.
Drunk, Jae ha stumbles into Grandma’s room and confesses that he had a drink with some guy he doesn’t like because he appears close with Joon Young. Grandma’s like ‘Huh?‘
In Joo practices in her kitchen but keeps getting distracted at the possibility of Joon Young being the real…real… She instantly pushes the thought away.
Jae Ha wakes up and sees Grandma by his side, holding a stick in her hand. She’s going to spank him! Why? Grandma: “How dare you made In Joo cry? You rotten fool! I’m hurt thinking of what you did to her.” She hits him twice and he escapes out of the room, claiming that today is not the right day to talk.
With Haemil’s affirmation of Arirang’s food, the kitchen staff chirps and cheers that everything is back to being normal, until the serving girl chimes that Joon Young’s bibimbap dish is highly requested by the customers. The keen ones, Boo Joo and Do Shik, notice In Joo’s change of expression.
But what could they do? Do Shik invites Joon Young back for a one-day demonstration. Half the staff welcomes her, while the other half, which includes the obnoxious Boo Joo, is suspicious of having a ‘spy’ in their kitchen.
After the presentation, In Joo leads Joon Young out and tells her calmly that she can stop looking at her with those ‘I’m guilty‘ eyes. Couples break up all the time. She then casually mentions how envious she is of Joon Young’s relationship with her dad, and Joon Young clarifies that she was rescued by him at a young age. This fact stuns In Joo and she throws out more questions but stops herself when she realizes they are too personal.
Joon Young heads out and sees Do Yoon, who approaches his car and opens the door for her. Aw, you have been waiting for this huh? She rejects the offer but he says it’s head chef’s order. I like it better when it’s yours boo.
She is quiet during the drive so he grates on her nerves, “I’m disappointed. I was waiting for a huge fight to break out between you and Ha In Joo!” She pshhhs at him, which makes him smile. Then she asks, “You don’t like me being at Arirang?” No. “Why?” Just because.
She contemplates the reason for a good second before spurting out, “Do you like me?” He does his best to put on a poker face and she muses to herself ‘He’s not getting mad?‘ Clearly, she’s worried and tries to explain something but the lights change to red and he stops the car. He leans over to her side, closer and closer until he breaks it off by flipping the passenger’s mirror and asks, “Check yourself. Is this a face someone would like?” haha so mean..
Well, if romance isn’t the reason, then why is he so concerned? Joon Young deduces the reason to be Baek Sul, what’s going on between these two? Do Yoon dismisses the suspicion, “Have you seen anyone in Arirang being close to President Baek?”
Joon Young returns to Saranae and Baek Sul calls her in for an interview with a magazine writer regarding her experience working with a renowned chef like Haemil. It was an honor of course! Baek Sul compliments her speaking skills and Joon Young makes it clear that she’s only working at Sanarae for the time being, she would like to come back to Arirang. This clearly upsets Baek Sul but she keeps up that good image and agrees.
Back at home, Doo Hee is preparing some ingredients for Grandma’s birthday cake and In Joo mentions how much she loved the cake made by Mom the day she returned to Korea. Doo Hee explains it’s because In Joo loved the same cake as a child. Gah! It breaks my heart that Doo Hee still remembers what little In Joo likes and dislikes and unintentionally places those memories on In Joo.
In Joo returns to her room and stares wistfully at her desk, seeing her younger self reading over In Joo’s likes and dislikes and trying her best to remember them. Tears naturally fall down her cheeks. This is heart-breaking. T__T
Jae Ha is at work and has been avoiding Grandma for days already. She’s a step ahead of him and waits for her grandson at a local cafe. He wipes off sweats before entering and begins appeasing her by saying how young she looks in a modern setting. Well, except for the hanbok. She lays down her decision, “You can’t date Joon Young. If you don’t like In Joo, pick some other woman. It can’t be Joon Young.” Jae Ha confesses, “Since the beginning, I chose Joon Young. When I met Joon Young, I don’t think about In Joo anymore.” Er, stop right there, stop right there. Let me flex my muscle. ‘Since the beginning‘ What?
Grandma explains her reasoning, “Joon Young has great potential. If she’s my grandson’s wife, who will acknowledge her? For Joon Young’s sake, let her go.” Neither of them are making sense to me.
Joon Young sends Jae Ha a text, saying that she’s busy today. Lo and behold, she sees him trying to win brownie points by buying Fake dad’s fried chicken and solving his boredom with an ipad(?). She’s happy that they’re getting along.
They walk home together and Joon Young takes the initiative to hold his hand. She’s grateful that he’s nice to her father despite his bad behavior. Jae Ha disagrees, he’s a nice person who saved a girl who is not of his blood.
Tomorrow is Grandma’s birthday and Joon Young asks what she likes. Jae Ha teasingly adds, “Arirang, rice cake….drinks…and me!” He asks for her birth date and she replies it’s the day her adopted parents saved her. Jae Ha smooths it over, birthdays aren’t that important anyway. Her birthday is on December 24th, and he’s speechless at the coincidence – it’s the same day as In Joo…
He offers her a piggyback ride and she confesses, “I started to like you when I was on your back. It was relaxing.” They tease each other the whole ride home.
In Joo has another nightmare – this time it’s Joon Young who wants to claim back her room.
The real Joon Young is thinking of gift idea and notes how grandma has similar taste to hers. Next day, she spends the whole morning making a cake, which I think is the same one that Doo Hee made. I smell trouble.
Everyone gathers around a big dining room to celebrate Grandma’s birthday. Mi So introduces the first cake, made by Doo Hee, called the five-colored rice cake. Joon Young’s surprised, it’s the same as hers.
While everyone is celebrating, Assistant Kim hands an envelop to Soo Jin, the mole. Money. What’s it this time trouble maker?
One by one, the kitchen staff places their gifts on the table and Grandma humbly says it’s too big. When she sees Baek Sul’s small gift, she grumbles playfully, “Why is it so small? To think you have a lot of money.” haha XD
Joon Young places her gift on the table, surprising everyone that it’s the same themed-cake as Doo Hee. When both cakes are served, everyone marvels at Joon Young, how the cakes taste the same. They even used the same ingredient, replacing honey with yellow orchids to lighten the sweetness.
Joon Young takes a phone call from dad and steps outside for a moment. Soo Jin approaches her, despair written all over her face, “I have something to tell you.”
Cut to Do Yoon washing the dishes. In Joo places the cakes on the table and asks for his opinion, “Do they taste…the same?” He nods and she breaks down. Fate is cruel.
Next, we see Joon Young waiting for In Joo in the kitchen, having a question to ask her. In Joo’s also wondering about something, “How were you when you were younger? How was your face?” Joon Young hands over her locket and tells In Joo to look at it..
Slowly, she opens the locket, revealing the face she has been seeing in her nightmare, the young In Joo.
Now, Joon Young takes charge with her question, all in a solemn face, “Why did you do that to me?… I asked why did you do that to me?”
Alice: OH MANNNNNNNN! Did you guys notice the change in expression and tone of Joon Young’s voice? That twitch of anger she did with her left eyebrow? Awesome! If this marks a new beginning for a fierce Joon Young, I’m all for it. It’s about time the meek, Island girl struts some of her hot sauce.
Frea brought up an interesting question in the comment for episode 12: Could In Joo be Joon Young’s step sister? I don’t know… Kdramas like to insert this plot device in their dramas so I won’t be surprised. But if they chose to follow through with it, I sincerely hope it’s after their reunion with Joon Young and before the blood test with In Joo. It’s more moving and heartfelt if they love her for who she is rather than through the facts of a blood test.