My least favorite episode. I think I snored through this episode so I won’t blame you guys if you all fall asleep at some point during this dull recap. Things we have seen, stuff we have heard, all recycled once more, with them just wearing a different set of clothes. They better bring Jane back because all the female characters (minus Cupid Baek) are grating on my last nerves!
Facing the beautiful night life, Jae Ha doesn’t spare a thought to enjoy the view, instead he asks for the truth from In Joo, the whole truth: “I saw Joon Young’s childhood photo. So tell me, who did I spend the last 10 years with? What happened to our memories?” Tears filled those desperate eyes and In Joo begins listing off the characteristics of Ha In Joo like she’s reading from a profile page. She catches her breath and mutters the last important line, “I’m Ha In Joo and the feelings that I have for you have never been a lie. So what you saw is meaningless. That child is simply Go Joon Young.” Bravo, In Joo. I agree with you. Did Jae Ha simply love the name In Joo? Or is he a better person than that and loved you for who you are/were?
We cut to the beanie couple where Joon Young is acting like a babo, trying to dissect what Do Yoon is telling her, is it true or not? She can’t believe that Baek Sul is trying to use her to destroy Arirang. Why? Do Yoon offers no explanation either. She then lectures him for not calling Baek Sul ‘mother’ – something she wishes she could do every day.
I think this is the most annoying lecture ever. Just because you don’t have something, it doesn’t mean that others are treating what they have for granted. Do Yoon has his reasons for not liking his mother. Everyone has their own reason for choosing the path they walk.
She calls out his story as a joke, which upsets him and he angrily retorts, “A joke? A man running around for the sake of defiance? Fine. I also don’t like a person like you who sensationalizes everything and doesn’t care about others.” Ohhh. Harsh words. But wise words too. This girl really hangs her heart in her sleeve. Too emotional at that.
He stands up and walks away but she stops him with an informal “Yah!” He turns around, stunned, and she just gotta be the one to say the last words: “You’re acting like a kid, running around mad because no one listens to you.” She walks past him, he whirls her around, enough to see those teary eyes. He softens. Oh boy, she has you wrapped around her pinky. One tears and you go limp. Poo.
This WAS not how I envision this scene to be after last week. Disappointed.
Back to In Joo as Jae Ha’s eyes widen in disbelief, “Just because she lost her memory, how could your father simply switch kids?” In Joo is much calmer now and takes her dad’s side, “Don’t say it like that. That was the best he could do.” She tells him that she liked it. Before she met dad, she didn’t have her own room. Her nights were spent in cheap motels, in the back of night clubs, where the smell of heavy perfume suffocated her. So when Dad offered the bed, the dolls, and the pretty clothes, she accepted everything. Jae Ha listens attentively and speaks in a neutral tone, “But you’re now a grown up. It’s time to give back her place. How could you act like you don’t know when the owner is right there?”
Her face darkens, “Then, should I just die?”
Okay. Someone give her a chill pill. She breathes out a sigh of relief when Jae Ha nods that Joon Young doesn’t know yet. She begs him to let this secret remains hidden. He looks at pitiful self, and asks, “Are you happy? Because the unhappiest person right now is not Joon Young or Doo Hee, but you.” He’s about to leave before In Joo mutters out, “I’m happy…. You won’t tell her right…?” He doesn’t give her a direct answer.
That night, we have another brooding session. Joon Young looks at the sand timer Jae Ha gave her and reaches for her cell. Jae Ha stands in front of her house, now confident about his feelings being right and true, he thinks, “So it was you. That’s why I felt that way the first time we met.” I swear, 4, 5, 6, it’s lunchtime for childhood sweethearts.
Next morning in Sanarae’s cooking studio, Joon Young stares at a bowl of flour. Her selective paralysis is at work and she feels nervous holding the knife. Thankfully, Grandma calls, she wants to meet Joon Young to see how she’s doing after the accident.
Grandma gives Joon Young some tonic drink, hoping it would regenerate her health. Curious, Joon Young asks how In Joo was as a child. Grandma laughs, as a child she was playful, smiled easily, and would follow Jae Ha around because he was the second kid around Arirang (first is her brother, is HE ever going to make an appearance?). Grandma asks Joon Young to understand In Joo a bit, maybe the period that she was living abroad made her turn greedy after being deprived of parental love and care. Their conversation is interrupted with a call from Jae Ha.
Meanwhile, Baek Sul meets with Manager Cha at the Ministry of Food. Turns out that Baek Sul wants to invest in the “deteriorating” Arirang by buying bonds from the government. The man is hesitating but Baek Sul knows the right place to hit.
Joon Young walks along the wall of Arirang and slowly remembers the song that Jae Ha used to sing when they were little…as in 4 and 5. Okay Writers.
The song in her head becomes loud and clear as Jae Ha sings in from behind. She turns around, tears falling, and whispers, “I remember. That song you used to sing to me when I was younger.” He’s glad and takes a step forward to wipe the tear from her eyes. Jae Ha: “Still the same. Crying as always. Everything is the same, why couldn’t I recognize you?” *rolls eyes*
They continue to joke and laugh, which is how Doo Hee sees them and chides Jae Ha for his display of affection, “There are still others who think you’re engaged to In Joo. Please consider that (watch your behavior).” Somehow Joon Young thinks this is the right time to tell Doo Hee the truth but stutters in between each word. Doo Hee doesn’t want to hear her excuses any longer and steps away. Jae Ha shakes his head, “It’s no use. She doesn’t remember.”
In Jae Ha’s car, Joon Young thinks aloud, “What I would do if I were to meet my mother. Should I cry? Then she’d feel sorry. Maybe I should smile brightly? I have to practice in front of the mirror.” Jae Ha places his hand over hers, asking, “You have an older brother too. Do you remember?” She hakes her head lightly. Jae Ha: “Should we contact him?” Joon Young: “Later. In Joo and I both need more time.” Er, translate time into the # of episodes please.
Manager Cha comes to meet with Doo Hee to discuss about another company investing in Arirang. Doo Hee doesn’t like the idea of shared management but Manager Cha warns her to think otherwise because the government has decided to stop investing money into Arirang. She could hardly cover the losses afterwards. Just then an undesirable idea crosses Doo Hee’s mind, “Perhaps, is the investor someone I know?” Who else Doo Hee? Who else?
Baek Sul calls Joon Young into her office and the latter quietly stares, with Do Yoon’s words playing in her head, “The reason why she hired you is because she wants you to destroy Arirang.”
Baek Sul hands Joon Young a package: Co-Investment Management Plan. In the first few moments, Joon Young rejects the idea, she can’t possibly carry out such a task but Baek Sul knows how to sway her heart, “You’re saving Arirang for the sake of Cho Hee, Doo Hee, and myself. What other reasons do you need?”
After Joon Young leaves, Assistant Kim informs Baek Sul with some good news. The Co-Investment Plan has been accepted. She smiles, there isn’t a second option to save Arirang anyway.
At Arirang, the kitchen staff worries about their future when the new representative takes charge. What if he/she fires them all? Do Shik enters and warns them to keep their lips shut. The next person who speaks of the silly rumor will be cleaning the kitchen for a whole month. Suddenly, Mi So bursts in, exclaiming loudly about the new owner/director. heh. Bad timing, dude.
News of the co-investment finally arrives to In Joo’s ears and she rushes to Doo Hee’s office. Doo Hee asks for a quiet moment to deal with the decision.
In Joo then flies to Sanarae to criticize Baek Sul. She’s not the right person to lecture others in the name of saving Arirang.
Baek Sul reveals her superb plan to In Joo: Joon Young will be her representative at Arirang. Naturally, she will come into conflicts with Doo Hee. They will claw at each other until one person breaks. I laugh at this part, how this woman thinks her plan is flawless. In Joo thinks the same way, “Are you trying to save Arirang or kill it? What’s your goal?” Baek Sul: “I have answered that question before. I want Doo Hee to kneel before me in defeat and disappear from my eyes!”
Now we see Joon Young, standing outside the door in shock. She makes a move but Do Yoon stops her with a pat on the shoulder. They walk away. Do Yoon: “Now you believe what I said?” Joon Young: “What kind of person is your mother?” Do Yoon: “The kind that says my dream comes first when her son called for help.” Well Joon Young, now you know NOT to place your pitiful no-mother story on others and expect them to react how you’d like them to.
After her talk with Baek Sul, In Joo heads to the cooking studio, when she sees that no one is around, she searches Joon Young’s bag…for the locket? It’s not there. Luckily, Joon Young comes back and offers tea. In Joo: “Since you have been abused to that extent, why won’t you you back down?” Joon Young: “Why do you hate me so much?….Wait, there’s no tea. Water will do.” She moves to pour water but pauses momentarily, so In Joo pours herself a glass and brings it to her mouth. However, Joon Young snatches the glass away and splashes the water into In Joo’s face, “The water going into you is a waste.”
In Joo stares in disbelief, “What the hell, you know how to pull these kind of pranks?!!” Joon Young’s face hardens, “With the way I’m feeling right now, I could throw you outside this window with no mercy.” Haha, Joon Young, you’ve bluffed me before, I don’t believe you now.
The moment In Joo leaves, Joon Young breathes a sigh of relief, having to act all hardcore drains her. Do Yoon stands outside the door and shrugs nonchalantly when In Joo threatens to reveal his Haemil identity.
Manager Cha tells Jae Ha of the co-investment plan and he heads to Arirang. Grandma is talking with Doo Hee about the same matter. Doo Hee thinks the table has turned, she will surely lose this time if the investment is not made in time. Jae Ha enters then but Grandma is still angry at his defiant decision, and yells, “I don’t have a worthless grandson like you!”
Joon Young makes some dishes for Baek Sul to taste. She has also made her decision regarding the co-investment plan, “I’m going to do it. Because I want to beat Ha In Joo. A person who uses food to harm others has no right to be a chef.”
Jae Ha exits Doo Hee’s office. This makes In Joo nervous as she repeatedly asks why he was in there? Did he say something? Jae Ha tells her to calm down, what could he say to someone who has no memory of the said event? He’s curious, though, shouldn’t In Joo be more worried about the fate of Arirang? In Joo says no, “Maybe President Baek is right. We need a change.”
He urges her to reveal the truth but she flips it on him, “When the truth is revealed, the one being hit the hardest is you. Isn’t that the reason why your lips are sealed? Because you can’t love two In Joo?” Oh! Oh….I like that she isn’t going down alone, gotta take Mr. Wiwa with her. heh.
Joon Young is at Da Eun’s workplace. Jae Ha calls and they decide to meet tomorrow.
Next we have a nice scene between In Joo and Young Bum as he thanks her for being beside mom during this tough transition period.
At work, Jae Ha is informed of Joon Young being Sanarae’s representative through his assistant. He hurries off to meet her.
At the same time, Do Yoon is cooking a dish in the in cooking studio…Wait, don’t tell me it’s the same dish that Joon Young wanted to eat last time? Ah! It is! I have a foreboding feeling that she won’t get to eat it again. He calls to make sure she’s on her way there.
Unfortunately, Jae ha arrives there first. He grabs Do Yoon’s shirt, “You knew she was going to Arirang to fight her mother?!” Do Yoon: “I sent her there. Not to fight but to protect her mother from President Baek’s scheme.” Jae Ha: “You crazy bastard! You knew everything but you still push her to fight?” Are you deaf Jae Ha? He says ‘protect‘!
Jae Ha continues his rage: “I warned you didn’t I? Don’t put her in between you and your mom!”
Joon Young sees them in a quarrel and breaks off the tension by calling Jae Ha’s name. Do Yoon shoves Jae Ha’s claws off of him. Jae Ha grabs Joon Young’s wrist: “Let’s go.” She doesn’t want to go and prefers that they talk it out. Nope, he can’t agree, he wants the truth to be out now. Joon Young: “Then should I just say it out? To bring up those painful memories and bother her? A person who doesn’t remember what happened?” Which is when Do Yoon grabs Jae Ha’s wrist to stop him.
Ha, this scene would be perfect if Do Yoon and Joon Young hold hands behind their back. Naughty naughty. 😛
With the rising tension radiating from both men, Joon Young agrees to go with Jae Ha. Do Yoon lets go of his grip and returns to the cooking studio where a perfect dinner is laid out on the table. He mumbles two lines that makes me giggle and then breaks my heart: “There are people who are waiting in line to taste these foods. Why is it so hard for me to feed you?”
Oh his pride as Haemil and his hurt as Do Yoon. Perfect mix eh? The only thing I can say to console our slowpoke is this: Third time the charm!
This is funnier – Baek Sul arrives, notices his dejected spirits, scrunches up her nose (cute!), and spits out: “You lose her to Jae Ha again?” hahaha XD He wonders, “Why do you push us together?” Without thinking, she answers, “You wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Go Joon Young.” Aw.
When she moves in to taste the food, he hastily pushes them out of reach, making up the excuse that they’re cold. Next, he announces to her that he’ll be going to Arirang with Go Joon Young. Baek Sul: “As what? The maknae chef again?” Do Yoon: “No, this time as President Baek’s son.” No, she doesn’t like the idea of being embarrassed because of his lack in whatever. Baek Sul: “Do you like to follow Go Joon Young around that much?” Yes. She challenges him to call her mother then and he replies “Mother” so quick that she is caught off guard.
Oh Do Yoon, are you really aware of the effect of that word on her?
And here I thought Jae Ha has some profound plan to help Joon Young out. His plan? Run away to Udo Island. “I will solve everything! Whether it be President Baek or In Joo. I’ll make it like nothing had happened.” Okay. Mr. BigTalkNoAction. Your new year’s resolution should be: Do more, talk less. Have a plan.
Joon Young: “I have to take care of it. I can’t hear whatever you’re saying right now.” While she’s searching for ways to reunite with her parents, she doesn’t have room to think about him.
Hurt by her words, he slowly approaches a nearby tree and starts punching it. His knuckles bleed and Joon Young begs him to stop.
He turns around, “You think about your parents. And I’ll just think about myself. I don’t care if you think I’m selfish. Let’s get married.” Joon Young stares him spitting out ridiculous words. He continues his foolish ways of calling Grandma and announcing to her about their marriage. What else do they need? Witnesses? That’s simple. He could just call his co-worker and her friend.
His next step? He drags Joon Young to the church, “It took 22 years for me to meet you again. I won’t let go of this hand.” Standing before Jesus, he promises to pray and go to church often from now on, “So help me marry this girl. Help me stay by her side.”
He turns Joon Young so that she faces him. He proposes. He reaches out his hand and waits for her answer. She slowly lifts her hand and whispers, “I really want to hold this hand right now…” Jae Ha: “Then just grab it!” But Joon Young knows better. The moment she holds onto his hand, she will never regain her rightful place as Ha In Joo because they would go back to Udo Island and she would continue to live as Go Joon Young. Two line of tears escape from Jae Ha’s eyes as he mutters, “You’re so cruel.”
This scene would have a greater impact if I feel for them. I’m watching with a dull expression on because it’s just ridiculous how far the writer is squeezing the underdeveloped storyline out of these two.
We cut to see a few seconds of Do Yoon running his heart out, thinking about his confrontation with Jae Ha from earlier.
Jae Ha sits idly on a bench. Joon Young comes back and applies medicine on his wounded hand. She wonders aloud, “I must not have eyes when I was little. Why would I follow this good for nothing man?” Oh. Okay. Since you know it yourself. I won’t waste my calories then.
As she applies the medicine, Jae Ha takes this chance to repeat how hurt he is in the same words that Joon Young used in episode 6. He then lists off the things he wants to do with her: holding hands, watching movies, cooking and then complaining, traveling…etc. She cries….
Later, when he returns after washing off his bloody wound, Joon Young has left, leaving the burdensome ring behind on the bench. More tears from Jae Ha.
Alice: Hmmm I don’t really have much to say about Jae Ha anymore. Except I wonder why Joo Sang Wook picked this spineless role after his excellent character in cable drama TEN. If he wanted something light, this is definitely not it. Unlikable. Wishy-washy. Boring.
This episode feels like an overdose of Jae Ha and Joon Young. The return of the ring, is this the end to their chapter? Beginning of the next? Cause I’m ready.
As much as I anticipate Joon Young to find out about Haemil, I’m also eagerly waiting for Baek Sul’s reaction to the news. Since she has always looked down on her own son for being nothing but a troublemaker. It would be interesting to see her jaw drop. heh.
Regarding Joon Young and Doo Hee, I think the element of surprise is no longer there (was it ever?). As long as the truth is out, we can see a future of them together. I’m more intrigued in the plans the writer has for Do Yoon and his mother. They’re less averse to each other now, so a happy ending isn’t impossible. What I would like to see? Do Yoon cooking a few dishes for Baek Sul. That would be his way of accepting her again, subtle and sweet, and done in his flavors. If the writer is dramatic, hurt Do Yoon, and have Baek Sul choose HIM over Arirang this time. Who knows, maybe Baek Sul wouldn’t be the only person running to his bedside. *hint hint*
Questions to ponder:
1. Would Joon Young turn out better/worst had she not been switched?
2. Jae Ha & Joon Young – does their nonexistent childhood love story justified their actions/feelings as adults? Did you buy it?