I want to dedicate this song “Marry the Night” to In Joo. Those who understand the meaning behind the song would know why. She’s the star of this episode. From her desperation to the disintegration of her spirit, I want her to be happy for who she is and stop letting others distort her value as a person. The name Ha In Joo turns out to be a curse more than a blessing, after all.
Arirang’s Next Master:
In Joo – 1 Vote (Doo Hee)
Joon Young – 1 Vote (Grandma)
Funny enough, if according to Grandma, neither one of the girls are qualified for the position since both of them haven’t finished their apprenticeship yet.
Moving on, away from the nosy reporters, Arirang has a meeting with the board members. Grandma accepts Doo Hee’s resignation letter and voices her preference for choosing Joon Young as the next master because she has recovered the golden sauce as well as having other fitting capabilities. Doo Hee argues that although In Joo doesn’t have the talent, she has learned the skills and has fully absorbed Arirang for what it is. When Baek Sul interjects saying that Doo Hee is merely reacting this way because she’s afraid of what others might say. Doo Hee shuts her up with “Mind your language, I’m still Arirang’s Master Chef.” Feisty.
Doo Hee implores Grandma to grant this request but Grandma is in over her head, “No. You don’t have the right to choose. We’re done talking.” Not backing down, Doo Hee puts Grandma in her place, “The one who doesn’t have the right to choose is you, Teacher.” Grandma’s jaw, along with other seniors’ sitting at the table, drops to the floor. Baek Sul, as usual, gives her best amused expression. Is it weird that I look forward to her face?
Pacing nervously back and forth outside the meeting room is Joon Young. In Joo comes up to her, her face calm, and mutters, “In the end, you came…the real Ha In Joo.” She praises Joon Young for the flawless strategy, publicizing the truth to the media is something that can’t be undone. “There’s nothing I can do now,” she says sarcastically. In Joo continues, “The moment I saw your childhood pictures, I recognized you. Just when I almost forgot you, you’d come into my room and bother me.” I think she’s referring to the nightmares she had with the real In Joo. Without further ado, the two girls are called into the meeting.
Cut to Jae Ha and his assistant. Turns out that the corrupted judge, Kim Min Sung, has turned against his word to testify against Baek Sul. Oh Jae Ha, you think your pea-sized position can outdo Baek Sul when it comes to threat? Well, at least you know that power and money play its role in the business. He scans through today’s news and chances upon the news of Doo Hee’s article so he hurries off to Arirang.
Back to the meeting room where Joon Young looks up in surprise, “A Competition?” Bloody hell, another one?! Wait, wait. It’s not just cooking alone. The cooking will take place a month from now but there are other factors that will be taken into consideration during the one-month period. Customer Service, Sanitation Control, Employee Coordination will factor into the final score. The girls’ faces show their unwillingness and Doo Hee quietly holds In Joo’s hand to assure her. This motherly gesture is noticed by Joon Young and she looks down, sad.
Afterwards, In Joo meets with Doo Hee in a separate room and kneels on the floor upon entering. She apologizes for deceiving Mom all these years about her real identity. She gets choked up trying to explain, “I…I was scared that the time I spent as your daughter would become meaningless. If she didn’t appear, I could become your daughter, Ha In Joo.”
Doo Hee gets on the floor with her, tears welling up in her own eyes, and speaks softly, “How much pain are you suffering? How did you live suffering this much?” She strokes In Joo’s face and tells her daughter to hold her head high because “Nothing will change. You, as well as Joon Young, are both my daughters. So as my daughter and Arirang’s successor, show them confidently.” She has made up her mind to support In Joo, and in return, In Joo nods that she will never misuse food again. They embrace each other in tears. That’s a touching speech. I pray for thee In Joo. Play fair! Please!
Meanwhile, unaware of the published article by his mom, Do Yoon is busy…errr….doing arts. Apparently, Haemil’s favorite pastime hobby is making Joon Young play doh figures. Whether she’s sad, happy, grumpy, or surprised, he has them all memorized. Tweety and Alex, there’s the H bracelet you guys want to see – on his right wrist. I didn’t think it is, but then I compared it to the photo, both the metal latch and 2-bands design is there.
Jane walks up to his desk and chimes, “Oh My God. Your hands are worth how much per hour? And you’re only making dolls now? While someone have to spend all night rescheduling events because of her doll-making boss.” She wants him to make her a doll too and he responds by placing a mole on her face. haha! He’s shy Jane, indirectly telling you that you’re already a doll. Slightly upset, she sits down on the bed and gasps when she stumbles upon the scandalous article.
Do Yoon is furious, it’s the first time he asked for a favor and even used his hyung in the process. Jane tells him to calm down, there are ways to counter back without playing dirty. “Rationalize before making a move”, she advises.
The meeting is over and Joon Young follows Baek Sul outside, and the latter wonders why, “Shouldn’t you be hugging and crying with a mom you haven’t seen for 22 years?” Joon Young knows her place because technically she’s still affiliated with President Baek. Baek Sul cuts the tie then and there, firing Joon Young. She doesn’t care about the unemployment and says, “I once felt that you show me sincerity. But I was deluding myself, you’re a really scary person.” Baek Sul wheels around to face Joon Young, “I still value your talent. If you hadn’t been Doo Hee’s daughter, if you hadn’t been using my son, perhaps I would’ve treasured you until the end.” Joon Young: “Kim Do Yoon is a pitiful person.” Baek Sul warns her to keep her son’s name off of her lips and that’s when our slowpoke enters the scene…
Do Yoon: “The son you speak of, is it me?” He wants to have a private talk with Mama Bear but Joon Young says she wants to speak to him first. Out of nowhere, Jae Ha joins them and grabs Joon Young’s wrist, meaning to take her away, but she gives Do Yoon a quick glance before allowing herself to be pulled from the scene.
Baek Sul mutters “Like an idiot.” ha! Still like a mother, but I like you better when you’re Cupid Baek. Do Yoon looks at his mother, “You really did it, ignoring your son’s words.” She explains that it’s because she knows him well, he’s all talk and no action. He bites down his lip and declares her the winner, “Listen carefully, from this moment on, I won’t hate mother anymore. Because there isn’t even hate for you, we now truly have nothing to do with each other.” She plasters a small smile on her face, but after he steps away, her face spells hurt and sadness.
At the same time, Jae Ha and Joon Young sit down on plain grass as she mumbles away how everything ended up being like this, even though she has prepped herself many times before. She thinks that’s why Doo Hee hasn’t treated her any different, she was wicked during the time she was a co-director at Arirang. Although she knows In Joo plays an important role too, she couldn’t help but wanting to be embraced by her mother. Jae Ha comforts her, “That’s not bad. If I were you, I would be throwing tantrums, demanding to have everything I couldn’t have all these years.” He begins whistling the song he sang to her when they were little, the Korean version of “When You and I were Young, Maggie.” Joon Young flashbacks to the carefree days of her childhood just as Do Yoon watches her from a distance.
He comes home and Jane gave him a packet of information. We don’t know what it is yet, but judging from their stern faces, this duo has put on their battle gears against someone.
Baek Sul sits in the car ride home, recalling Do Yoon’s words, “Since there’s not even hate, we are now truly nothing to each other.” Upset, she goes for the weakest link again, no! Don’t pick up the phone In Joo! I want to pound you right now. Baek Sul words her sentences to stir up the girl’s vulnerability, “How does it feel to be chosen and not kicked out? You’re at ease thinking that you’ll become Master Chef, huh?” Still clear-headed, In Joo replies, “The biggest mistake I have made was getting involved with you!” Good, good. But Baek Sul fuses her own failed experience with In Joo’s effectively, “There were times I dreamed of those empty dreams. But the impossible is impossible no matter what you do. Just like how you couldn’t become Ha In Joo despite trying for 22 years. I’m tell you this to help you avoid having your dreams crushed.” In Joo hangs up like a pro but it’s clear her wall is cracked once again.
She heads home and bumps into In Woo, who is obviously frustrated that his real sister isn’t living with them. In Joo asks, “Do you feel good?” He answers sarcastically, of course, he doesn’t have to look at her nervous expression from now on. She agrees, it feels great to not be scared of her own oppa any longer. He wonders, “Are you leaving then? Since the truth has been revealed?” No, she’s not and will never leave because she’s still mom’s daughter and his sister. In Woo snipes back, saying that it’s good that she feels like his sister, unlike before when she can’t utter a word when he bullied her.
His tone is unconcerned and tired, “Don’t leave then. You, too, can be my sister.” He hesitates before giving her a pat on the shoulder. That motion doesn’t bode well because she takes it as pity, “It’s too late! No matter how scary and disgusting I was, you shouldn’t have looked at me that way!! I was only 5! Once! Just once you should’ve considered me pitiful!” She shakes in angry tears, and In Woo leaves with a heavy heart. You should apologize jerk brother!
Meanwhile, Joon Young walks past the storage room and sees Doo Hee stirring tofu water. She heads inside, hoping that her mother would look at her just once. Doo Hee is aloof, opting to express herself through cooking. Basically, she requests for more time to adjust and Joon Young complies by helping mom make tofu. “Patient is key,” she says quietly. A little later, while they wait for tofu to form, Doo Hee holds Joon Young’s hands and calls out, “In Joo-ah. To meet this foolish mother, you’ve endured for a long time. I’m sorry. I’m…sorry. I’m sorry, my daughter.” They hug each other, tears flowing out.
Ah! The packet that Jane gave to Do Yoon earlier must contain information about Sanarae’s international branches because Baek Sul is surprised that Haemil posted critiques about her restaurants on his personal blog. Really? A blog? Address please? She grumbles, “What’s the reason?” Haemil is exposing the secret that Sanarae’s Foie gras dish is made from animals that have been abused, it’s an animal cruelty argument. Baek Sul looks at Assistant, “Didn’t I tell you to change our supplier earlier this year?!” Well, she told them to solve it among themselves so they took her meaning differently. She explodes in madness because people in other countries have been canceling their reservations, although the effect hasn’t come to Korea yet. She screams, “Of course! It’s Haemil we’re talking about! Who would go to a restaurant if an international star chef says has problems?!!” She orders to meet Haemil immediately.
I’m visualizing Baek Sul’s face when she knows the truth. hahaha This is great! The Haemil’s Effect.
Cut to Jane talking to Baek Sul on the phone. I like how she cryptically adds, “If you threaten him, he might fight you for the rest of his life…” She promises to persuade Haemil once she gets in contact with him and hangs up, whispering, “Goddess of Wrath!” He tells Jane to hand it in before she attacks. What what? Jane suggests they hand it in anonymously because this information would definitely reveal his real identity. He doesn’t care, he has a plan in mind. Jane looks satisfied, “Haemil’s Comeback.” That’s what I’m saying! Bring back my masked man! I love the loon in love but I need the confident man who can make Joon Young all nervous and uneasy in his commanding presence. 😀
In Joo heads to the broadcasting station to do another episode of young star chef but her friend’s response is cold. He’s upset that she lied to him about being Doo Hee’s real daughter since his concept is mother-daughter relationship. The company’s message board has been filled with negative replies, but In Joo didn’t look into the problem that way, since she’s not a celebrity or anything. He says lying on air is unacceptable and has found a replacement already, so she should go home.
During Arirang’s break time, the kitchen gang gather around to break down the situation between the real In Joo and the fake In Joo. One of them goes as far as calling In Joo a deceptive thief, criticizing her lying on the tv show about eating the treat Doo Hee made when she was young. Unfortunate for them, In Joo hears it and answers, “I did eat it.” Only Boo Joo and Soo Jin express concern before In Joo.
In the kitchen, Do Shik lifts up a heavy bag and Joon Young intervenes, trying to mend their relationship. He fakes being angry at her, “You lied to me. You couldn’t trust me? We are one family. It would’ve been better if you told me and we planned it out together. I’m disappointed Go Joon Young!” He welcomes her back with a handshake.
An employee informs Doo Hee of an unexpected visit, all the master cooks from each region are coming to Arirang unannounced. They’re invited by Master Sun (Grandma) to try out the foods In Joo and Joon Young make. Doo Hee sighs. What a troublemaker, Grandma. Isn’t that the purpose of the competition? Why now? Are you trying to prove your point beforehand that your decision is right and has always been right?
Before the elders, In Joo cuts Joon Young’s greeting off midway, and Grandma cheers Joon Young with a small smile. Hm! Off the girls go cooking in the practice room. As she cooks, Joon Young unconsciously hums to “When You and I were Young, Maggie,” causing In Joo to look up. Doo Hee checks on the girls and In Joo’s jealous eyes widen when Joon Young calls out “Mom”. Doo Hee checks on In Joo’s side first and Joon Young looks at them, envious of their closeness. When she looks away, Doo Hee looks over to her side, meaning to correct something but is stopped by In Joo, asking about her dish.
The dishes are presented and tasted. Both girls receive criticisms but it’s Joon Young’s shining moment as she’s more thoughtful about the elders wearing dentures. Grandma makes sure she compliments Joon Young and makes it seem like the girl can’t make a mistake. SIGH. Before Doo Hee steps out, she bellows, “Are you still going to stick with your decision?” Doo Hee bows politely, “Enjoy your delicious meal.” Can’t stand this old woman.
Outside, In Joo muses, “Had the winner for the competition been decided? Those people, no matter what you cooked, would only say the strong points.” She’s hinting at Grandma’s possible influence on the women’s choice of words. Joon Young has no energy to argue today, “They’re our elders. Stop wasting your time on meaningless pursuits.” In Joo insists to explore the issue further, claiming, “Those people are experts in the field. Do you think they have ignored the basics? They all have known Master Sung for more than 20 years.” Coupled with her condescending tone, In Joo seems to suggest the basic rules of power, that they wouldn’t go against Doo Hee, the Master chef?
Young Bum drops by Doo Hee’s office to announce his resignation at the hospital, hoping that they could go on a vacation together after the 5th Master Chef is decided. His second topic involves moving Joon Young back into their household, and Doo Hee refuses with her explanation, “For 22 years, In Joo has lived in Joon Young’s place. Nothing is going to change right away. I think she should keep her name.” But Young Bum thinks it’s time to let the fake In Joo go and masks his words in a nice little bow by saying that she has her own fate to carry out.
Doo Hee can’t agree with him, “For 22 years, she was my real daughter. After Joon Young came back, do I just throw her away?” He tries to make things better by stating that In Joo has been well-fed and lived in a nice place, it’s time for Joon Young to experience the happiness of a proper family. The words sound so nice but the underlining meaning is not. Thankfully, Doo Hee is unyielding in her decison which causes Young Bum to say bitterly, “Fine. Your words are always reasonable. Then and now. You’ve put always put your duty as a chef before your heart as a mother. Then I’ll do what I like.”
Now that Joon Young is fired, she’s cleaning up all her stuff when Jae Ha drops by and offers to help. While he’s busy packing her stuff, she walks over to Do Yoon’s desk, and her fingers traces his name plate. She’s preoccupied with Do Yoon to the point that Jae Ha mumbles, “His stuff…tell him to get it himself,” which is when she replies regretfully, “I don’t think he’ll come. I told him to get lost.” Rather than waiting for the answer to come, Jae Ha asks directly, “Perhaps…have you allowed Kim Do Yoon into your heart?” She looks down, “It’s because I feel sorry for him…just sorry.”
On their way back to Joon Young’s house, Jae Ha wonders where Haemil is since he hasn’t gone to any of his cooking events this year. Joon Young smiles knowingly, “He found someone he loves. For the time being, he wanted to stay by her side. Isn’t he cool? I’m jealous of his courage.” Jae Ha tskks at the word “cool” and changes the subject to Joon Young’s housing instead, “When are you going to move back to your parents’ house?” She doesn’t think it’s possible.
Jae Ha turns around to leave and that’s when Do Yoon emerges from the shadows. I knew this kid is hiding somewhere. His phone alerts a message from Joon Young. She’s keeping his stuff, so he should contact her to get them. Aww, an excuse! The last line of the message, she inserts, “Is everything alright?”
At home, Jae Ha broods about Joon Young’s response regarding her feelings towards Do Yoon. He clamps his eyes closed, realizing his love rival has already entered his lady love’s heart. The question now: Is he still in her heart to fight this battle?
And Haemil strikes again, this time he’s personally published an article criticizing Sanarae for using money to settle an allergic reaction case, without issuing a public apology or modifying their system. Fireballs shoot out of Baek Sul’s ears, “I thought we settled it quietly! Why is he doing this to me? Is Haemil crazy?”
As for Do Yoon, he’s scrolling through his article, just as Jane intrudes his room and uses nuclear terms to describe the fight with Baek Sul, “The bomb has dropped. She’s going to try and detonate it now.” 😀 She then picks up a phone call from Joon Young and Do Yoon immediately jerks up his head to listen. She adds oil to the the growing guilt, “Oh…what to do? I haven’t seen Do Yoon around that much either. He’s probably really upset and went into hiding. His stuff? Do you want to come and give them to him? ‘Kay.”
Do Yoon leaves the room to run away, “I told you didn’t I? The thing I’m most afraid of is Joon Young’s distrust in me. But I was the one who broke…that promise.” Jane tries to diffuse his guilt, “It’s not your fault. We didn’t know that President Baek would go that far.” Still, he insists to run away.
Luckily, our Jane is a mischievous cookie. She calls Joon Young with an earnest request, “Because he’s afraid to see you, he ran away. Go Joon Young, just this once, go find Do Yoon.”
The sun sets and it’s night time when we see Joon Young takes careful steps in the forest cemetery. The song “Sad Love” by Lee Jung plays in the background. “My eyes search only for you. My two hands are still reaching for you…” I like how the lyrics depicts Joon Young’s emotions this time around, it’s a role reversal as she’s yearning for him.
She greets Ji Yoon with a smile before explaining how shameless she is; she only comes when there’s trouble, and how she only cares about her own pain when Do Yoon is hurting a lot in the process too. Joon Young: “I’m sorry.”
We then see Do Yoon walking to Ji Yoon’s tree as well, but Joon Young is not there. The important thing is not that he’s late but how she knew where he would be even before he’s there. Do Yoon sees a sticky note left by Joon Young. She promises to come back to surprise Ji Yoon in the future and teasingly asks, “Do you share my opinion that your brother is a dummy? Even now, I trust Kim Do Yoon.” We can literally see the relief in his eyes. Do Yoon: “Thank-you Hyung!”
Thinking of a new plan, Young Bum has a short talk with In Woo, telling him to get a job, but In Woo marks the problem clearly, “You shouldn’t have time to worry about me. What about Joon Young? When are you going to stop worrying like this?” He urges his father to do what his heart desires from now on.
Later, In Joo is working in the practice room, her mind lingering on Baek Sul’s words about her worthless ambitions. She snaps back to reality when Young Bum comes armed with a mission that she could sense as far from beneficial, as least not to her. And that’s exactly it, he has bought a few popular dresses for her, and she stammers, “You..have never once bought me anything. Why now? You wanted to buy them for her… Are you feeling sorry for me?” Young Bum gulps down the lump in his throat before he slowly kneels down before her. She stares in shock.
Cut to Joon Young outside the practice room. She happily answers Do Yoon’s call and he tells her to wait right there for him.
In Joo kneels down beside him, pleading him to stand up, but Young Bum stays in that position to speak, “I’m sorry In Joo-ah, I can’t continue this lie anymore.” In Joo can sense it, she can feel the yearning look in his eyes every time he looks at her while thinking of the real In Joo, but she chooses to overlook it for her own sanity. She really cracks when Young Bum provides nothing supportive and only a mere, “I was wrong.” She pushes him away and this is how Joon Young finds them as she hides herself behind the pillar. In Joo: “It would’ve been better if you say ‘Thank-you for protecting my daughter’s position’. Do you want me to leave now? Look at me in the eye and say it!”
He looks at her, explaining that he doesn’t mean that, he just feels sorry to her…and to In Joo as well. Her second wall breaks hearing him referring to Joon Young as In Joo. She calls him a liar, “You said I was Ha In Joo! If you were going to be like this, you shouldn’t have done so in the beginning…I don’t want to! I’m Ha In Joo! Not the 5-year old Song Yeon Woo but the four-year old Ha In Joo! Take responsibility! Accept responsibility!” She can no longer control her emotions and repeats the same line over and over, which is when Joon Young feels overwhelmed and leaves the scene quietly.
She bumps into Jae Ha outside. Seeing her crying and hurting again, he has made up his mind, “I won’t let you go!” He grabs her wrist and turns around. And there he is, our slowpoke. Jae Ha: “Move aside!” Do Yoon: “Let go of that hand!” The episode ends with Joon Young’s eyes concentrating on Do Yoon’s face.
Alice: Really? Really editor? I have to wait a few days to know which man she chooses to run away with? Every fiber in my body hopes it’s our slowpoke, but knowing the writer’s irritating snail-paced romance, Joon Young is probably going to hurt my boy again. What did I say last episode? If this happens again, it’s an unpleasant habit that she has adopted since she knows the dummy would always run back to her. PLEASE DON’T DO THIS! And Jae Ha, why oh why is he even there? It’s night time! Go home and sleep!
For those who are wondering, I think Joon Young does feel pity for Do Yoon. A normal being would if they know what he’s been through because of his mother. However, that IS NOT the only feeling she has for him. She might think so because she’s dense. But we know otherwise…what’s that phrase they call? Actions speak louder than words. Those yearning eyes and giddy smiles that she has been giving Do yoon was what she did when she loved Jae Ha. You just can’t deny her growing attraction and change of heart. Plus, she’s not the type to store two men in one heart. Thankfully, she doesn’t have the skill to be a player. 😛
I must be one of the few who couldn’t fully join the hate bandwagon for In Joo. Yes, I want to knock this girl until she gives up her obsession and desperate measures when pushed into a corner, but I still can’t hate her. Can you guys imagine In Joo’s life when she’s shipped to the states to live with a brother who can’t even look at her like a human? That’s too much. Any kid would turn out insecure and scarred. She’s a broken product from an unhealthy environment. She would’ve turned out great, if raised by a normal family. In the Ha’s family, she has to learn cooking and satisfies Mom’s high expectations, always cautious not to anger Mother. With Dad, he’s rarely around and when he is, he sets up this wall, and inside that wall he worships his dead daughter and ignores what his son does to the kid he brought home. Then there’s the brother who bullied her in the middle of the night. She cried but no one could hear her muffled voice. Jae Ha is probably the best person she has encountered but then it’s all because she plays the role of his In Joo. The crybaby.
I didn’t really like this episode because everyone spent so much time and energy pounding on a mirror which has already broken. Now it’s shattered. As a child, you hope that your parents want you, that your presence in their lives is a bless. Yet, everyone took turn telling her she was a mistake, a bad twist of fate, a thief, that she’s unwanted and should move on with her life. Life? Whose life? For whom? How? If you have never taught her to be herself in the first place.
Of course, the evil things that she did, she should be punished for, but I’m asking for leniency. The girl needs help, she doesn’t have the courage to move on now that she’s far too deep into this mud hole. The question: Who will be lending that hand? And I mean action, no wishy-washy words.