Gonna be honest. This week was not the same as last week. I would say episodes 13 and 14 were really the climax in the drama for me. But we all know we are glad the Tae-woong ordeal is over with. I’m forsure that Yoon-jae is the baby daddy now. No doubt at all.
Actually I do want to analyze that episode 16 preview. I think it will be largely fan service, since the main conflicts have been resolved (i.e. Yoon-jae/Shi-won/Tae-woong wannabe-love-triangle). However, I will be thankful for the fanservice. It will be so hard to say goodbye to this drama! I do agree with YCHASE007’s comment though. I think the scenes with Shi-won beating Yoon-jae up is because she’s was not prepared for the next step in the relationship aka S-E-X. I think we got a little prelude to this when Shi-won rejects Yoon-jae’s request for “coffee” in episode 15. It’s obvious Yoon-jae ready for more advanced business. But I’m glad Shi-won is taking things slow, I think . Although, if it were me, I would invite Yoon-jae up to my room myself (if you know what I’m saying). Of course, I’m sure we will witness that special moment when she’s finally ready (the kiss scene in episode 16 preview). Yes, I know it’s all conjecture, but this is the most logical scenario to me.
Ok, now please allow me to fangirl for a moment. I LOVE THAT YOON-JAE WAS THE ONE WHO CAME TO SHI-WON’S WORK RESCUE! Sorry, caps were totally necessary. I love how PDA he is with her, even in front of her work friends. He’s actually always been physical with Shi-won all through high school but seeing them in adult life and he being a judge, it is just too precious. I’m just swooning at having a boyfriend like Yoon-jae.
Anyway, I do love how the plot pulled the two parallel stories of brotherhood. I think this is what 1997 does so well. They show that familial conflicts happen in any decade. Shi-won’s grandpa and granduncle’s was really touching. Oh, but I kind of missed Sung-jae in this episode. Need more funny moments!!!
But one last thought, right at the very end when Tae-woong sent that sorry text, I was really touched. But I don’t know if it was the timing of the background music, Yoon-jae’s heaving sobs totally cracked me up. This makes me sound heartless, huh? I do appreciate that Yoon-jae was finally able to tell Tae-woong his true feelings about Shi-won over the phone. His crying was probably his release at having bottled so much in for so long. It says a lot that his reaction was even more extreme than his those from his confession to Shi-won. But somehow the hysterical sobs just didn’t do it for me. I also wished Shi-won would go comfort him a little, even though she was shocked as well…
Either way, 6 more days. The countdown begins!
Close friends no longer trust my sad-meter. I cry. A lot. Over everything. So they don’t even bother asking me anymore if a movie or show is a tear-jerker, since they already know the answer (or at least my answer). But Episode 15 really was a tear-jerker of an episode. Really! My sad-meter’s not being biased! Well, perhaps it is, but for seriously, Episode 15 – or at least the last portion of it – was truly worthy of the precious and prized ‘Pinkblossom Tears Award’. I said before that this show hits every one of my sweet spots, but the biggest asset of 1997 is neither nostalgia nor friendship nor even romance. (Horrors – I actually value something over romance!) What truly endears 1997 to me is family – whether it is defined by blood or by love. The Sung family always brings a smile to my face. Papa and Mama Sung + Tae-woong and Yoon-jae always warm my heart. Tae-woong and Yoon-jae made me cry this week. Or, Tae-woong did.
I love me my Yoon Yoon-jae quite a lotsa lots – just in case you didn’t notice. But my heart could never quite push out Tae-woong to let Yoon-jae have full reign. Part of it miiight have something to do with my tragic attachment to second male leads who are never to experience the sweet joy of requited love. But aside from this malady that causes me much heartbreak and pain, I loved Tae-woong because of his sweetness and his love for his younger brother. I always got the feeling that he loved Yoon-jae more than Yoon-jae did Tae-woong. After the ‘rescue’ scene in Episode 11, I mentioned in our Episodes 11-12 Thoughts that I felt Yoon-jae’s first priority was Shi-won, but Tae-woong’s was Yoon-jae (and may always be). That truth was unequivocally demonstrated this week. I said in the recap and I’ll say it again: I give major props to Tae-woong for his little speech to Yoon-jae about fighting for Shi-won. His desire for a proper face-off was in no ways selfish or unjustified. He is just as entitled to a chance to win a woman’s heart as is Yoon-jae. Even if events hadn’t unfolded as they did, I would not have held a grudge against Tae-woong, because he was honest and upfront about his intentions and desires. Yes, some may find it ‘selfish’ since Yoon-jae immediately yielded to his brother. Shouldn’t Tae-woong do the same? No, he doesn’t have to. Yoon-jae didn’t have to either. In fact, though Yoon-jae ‘gave up’, he confessed to Shi-won (as he should have earlier) and that was the catalyst for their eventual meeting of hearts.
But back to Tae-woong. Since this was really his episode. Tae-woong made a fair statement and I was on board. But when push came to shove, his love for Yoon-jae eclipsed his love for Shi-won. I don’t know how much Shi-won’s apparent feelings factored into Tae-woong’s final decision, but the ultimate and underlying reason for giving up his love for Shi-won was his greater love for Yoon-jae. And that’s what will forever make Tae-woong the owner of a piece of my heart. Bros before hoes. Seriously. But this is even sweeter because it’s not loyalty but love that moves Tae-woong.
Even before the phone conversation between the brothers, even before his awesome speech, Tae-woong had made his decision and set everything up. He told Shi-won (the night before) where to meet ‘him’ and he gave the blind date address to Yoon-jae. Why, then, did he give that speech about not giving up Shi-won? As my consultant whitestone said (yes, I have a consultant wannabe ^^ hee!), it’s because those were Tae-woong’s honest feelings. As a man, as a person, he cannot give her up. But as a hyung, he freely yielded that which he held most dear. What he could not do as a man, he was able to do as a hyung. He gave up Seoul National University to stay in Busan and teach high school – so he could raise Yoon-jae. He gave up a lucrative career and donated all his wealth – so Yoon-jae wouldn’t be affected by any possible scandals involving his (Tae-woong’s) business. (There are often scandals where business is involved, whether it be about bribery, lobbying, money laundering, etc. If someone is involved in such a scandal, even if it’s a false accusation, the whole family is implicated/dragged through the mud – it’s just an aspect of Korean culture. A federal judge being dragged through scandal is pretty much tantamount to the end of his career.) He gave up his love – so Yoon-jae could be happy. Aaugh, I just can’t say enough about it, so I’ll just say no more. ’Cuz that makes lots of logical sense.
As for our OTP, they were absolutely adorable. Seriously for seriously. Eeee! I love that Yoon-jae is starting to take possession of the relationship – he’s the one eager to tell the world that he’s Shi-won’s boyfriend, he’s the one asking her for a smooch. He’s even spouting the “M” word bachelors avoid like the plague. But Shi-won still holds the reins – or wears the pants, whichever idiom you prefer – and that’s what makes their relationship so cute. He really is quite powerless where she’s concerned, and I love that the Iceman (aah, memories of Top Gun) is reduced to a puddle of goo in front of Shi-won. But at the same time, Shi-won, too, is becoming increasingly feminine with Yoon-jae, even shy at times. They’re both changing one another in ways they probably don’t even know, and I absolutely love it! Most importantly, these two will treasure each other even more in the days to come, because they know at what cost their love came to be.
As for the others: Hak-chan is really stepping it up big time with each passing day, and I couldn’t be happier for this couple. Yoo-jung deserves all this and more, and I can’t wait to see more of their happy times together. Joon-hee, oh Joon-hee. I don’t even know what to say, other than that he truly is a precious friend to everyone, but especially to Yoon-jae and Shi-won. And I love that they treasure him just as much. As for Sung-jae, I totes forgot about him ’til jports mentioned him! Oops! But he had a really good episode last week, so he can take a break. Heheheheee. I’m looking forward to hearing his incessant chatter next week, though!
Speaking of next week, it’s so hard to believe we’ve only got an episode left before we have to say goodbye to this precious gem of a show… I hate this part of watching dramas! It’s defs gonna be bittersweet to let these characters go, but I’m so happy to have had them find their way into my life this year. And, of course, I’m so happy all of you have joined us here at Carrotblossom Patch to make this an unforgettable experience. It wouldn’t have been the same without you all. 😀
- Answer Me 1997: Episode 15
- Answer Me 1997: Ep 16 Preview
- Answer Me 1997: Thoughts on Episodes 13-14
- M Countdown – Jung Eun Ji and Seo In Guk
- Answer Me 1997: Episode 14
- Answer Me 1997: Episode 13
- Answer Me 1997 – Ep 15 Preview
- Answer Me 1997 OST Part 2
- Answer Me 1997 Gets an Extension
- Answer Me 1997: The Case for Baby Daddy Yoon Yoon-jae
- Answer Me 1997: Thoughts on Episodes 11-12
- Answer Me 1997: Episode 12
- Answer Me 1997: Episode 11
- Answer Me 1997 Official OST Love Story
- Answer Me 1997 – Preview 13, 14
- Who is the Baby Daddy? Answer Me 1997
- Answer Me 1997 – Ep 10
- Answer Me 1997 – Ep 9
- Answer Me 1997 – Preview 11, 12
- Answer Me 1997 – Episode 7, 8
- Answer Me 1997 – Heart Attack
- Answer Me 1997 – Episode 5, 6
- Answer Me 1997 – Heart Palpitations