These spoilerfests are getting addicting. They’re so much faster and easier than full-on recaps, I’m starting to question my ability to go back to those extraterrestrial things that suck words out of my brain and keep getting longer and looooonger. We’ll see…
On to Episode 36, which was a WHOPPER of an episode. Talk about oh my gollies. I was planning to just skim through it to get a few screencaps, but I ended up watching a good chunk of it. And cried, to boot. Sigh. The sure signs of a Kdrama addict. I console myself with the fact that 42.3% of the nation thought today’s episode was worth watching – so, I’m not alone. Btdubs, 42.3% (AGB; TNms gave it a 45%) is an all-time best for Seo-young and officially makes the show a “national drama” (40% is the number to beat if you want national status). It has even beat out 2012 KBS hit weekend show You Who Rolled in Unexpectedly, which took 42 episodes to break 40%. But these are all just superficial things that make dramaholics like me tickle. Now, for the stuff that actually pertains to the content of the show.
Episode 36: In Brief
The stress finally does Woo-jae in, and he suffers through a fever. Seo-young, though, takes care of him throughout the night. (Side note: Apparently, when I wasn’t looking [har har], Seo-young and Woo-jae took separate rooms.)
Mama Kang and Secretary Yoon add to their growing list of showdowns. Secretary Yoon refuses to disappear from Sung-jae’s life and, in fact, wants to live with him. Mama Kang holds back tears and concedes that she won’t stop Sung-jae from living with his biological mother if he so wishes. T_T
Ho-jung gets a tummy ache but doesn’t wanna use the potty in front of Sang-woo, so she ends up goin’ quite a far ways to soothe her tummy. A clueless Sang-woo finds her, though, much to Ho-jung’s utter mortification. Heeee!
Seo-young is stickin’ to her guns with the revert back to prickly days, and she has a big argument with Woo-jae. He’s softening towards her, especially after remembering bits and pieces of her caring for him during the night, but Seo-young raises his hackles with her argumentative words. He sees her crying her heart out, though, and starts to soften again…
…enough to the point that he tells his buddy (who seems existent in Seo-young-land solely for Woo-jae to let the viewers know his thoughts) that he’s gonna stay married to Seo-young. It’s a pretty sweet little speech about him remembering why he married her in the first place: to make her relax, eat well, and sleep comfortably. Awwwww.
Seo-young, meanwhile, is readying to tell the Kang’s all of her secrets before getting divorced. She tells Yeon-hee that she’s happy for the opportunity to at least tell Woo-jae the truth herself; what would really be horrible is if her husband found out the truth before she got a chance to tell him. And I say: Ignorance is bliss.
Unfortunately, things can never be too happy for long in Seo-young-land. Mama Kang calls out Sun-woo and gives the harpy a piece of her mind for making her daughter-in-law’s life miserable. Yay Mama Kang(!!), but OH NOOOOES: the berating sends Sun-woo over the edge.
Seo-young and Woo-jae get called home for major showdown time: President Kang asks Seo-young if it’s true that her father is alive and her brother is living in Korea. *covers eyes* Seo-young and Woo-jae both go into shock mode, and Woo-jae quickly tries to defuse the situation by telling Seo-young to hurry and apologize to his parents. It’s his way of defending her and trying to shoulder the blame, acting as though he knew all along. He grabs her and heads upstairs, but uuunfortunately, Seo-young is rocked to the core to know that Woo-jae knew her secret. It doesn’t take long for her to connect the dots (him suddenly turning cold and nasty), and she lashes out while he frantically tries to just get over this together.
She marches back down and reveals all to a horrified Mama Kang and pissed President Kang: her father’s alive, her brother is living in Korea, Woo-jae didn’t know at all (she lied to him as well), and they were in the middle of filing for divorce. *cricket cricket* She goes back upstairs and gets her stuff, which was already all packed, and the fact that she was ready to bounce (when he was just turning his heart around) sends a whole ’nother ripple of shock through Woo-jae. He stops her in her tracks and asks:
Woo-jae: You even had your stuff packed?
Seo-young: We were going to get a divorce.
Woo-jae: Were you really never going to tell me the truth?
Woo-jae: Yah, Lee Seo-young!
Woo-jae (choking up): I… I… I! I couldn’t tell you… I waited for you to tell me… No, in fact, none of that mattered anymore. For you… Was I really nothing to you? Was I nothing?!
Seo-young (cool as a cucumber): Yeah, you were nothing. Nothing. You were nothing!
*covers eyes* This is the end, right? The end of our journey to the bottom of the nasty-land pit of despair and makjang and tears and lies and bitterness? We better be starting on the road to redemption. Or else. Btdubs: AMAZING performances by Lee Bo-young and Lee Sang-yoon today. LOVED it.
What did you think? Please share your thoughts with us!
EDIT: As per request by Patch Friend LBY, I’ve translated the scene where Seo-young and Woo-jae confront each other (the night before the huge blowout). For those who are wondering where about it is in the episode, the scene starts at ~42:00. (It’s the argument they have right before Seo-young goes out and cries — and Woo-jae sees her crying.)
Woo-jae: You changed rooms.
Seo-young: Let’s meet tomorrow evening. We… have to settle things. (The literal term is “organize” or “clean up” – it’s a roundabout term for breaking up.)
Woo-jae: … (silence)
Seo-young: If you can’t in the evening, let’s meet at lunch.
Woo-jae: Let’s settle things?
Seo-young: Since things with Sung-jae have been resolved. That’s what we agreed on.
Seo-young: Let’s talk tomorrow.
Woo-jae: Why did you do it? Why did you avoid a child for three years? You didn’t have to do that.
Seo-young: Get rest.
Seo-young: Why did I take the Pill? Why are you asking such a simple question? Because I didn’t want a child. It was a good thing I did (take the Pill). Things were gonna end up this way anyway – what would we have done if we had a child?
Woo-jae: Are you saying you avoided a child because you knew we would end up like this? You think that makes sense?!
Seo-young: If you’re thinking that I’ll be grateful if you come now and say “I didn’t mean it when I said my feelings changed,” or “Let’s forget about the divorce,” think again. Because now I no longer have any feelings left for you.
Woo-jae: Is that what you truly feel?
Seo-young: What, did you think that I would forever be under Kang Woo-jae’s thumb? Is this because I was good to Sung-jae and Mother (Mama Kang)? There are many facets to a person’s sincerity: sympathy, pity, loyalty. It has nothing to do with you.
NOTE: If anyone has any questions or requests, please don’t hesitate to ask away!! I’m more than happy to answer them! 😀
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