I guess we’re still not quite there yet. Looks like we still have some ways to go down before we can start up the road to redemption.
Seo-young leaves the Kang residence and Woo-jae goes chasing after her. She ignores his repeated requests to pull over or answer her phone, so he finally cuts in front of her and screeches to a stop. The lengths our Kdrama men go to for love. Where can I find one? Woo-jae demands an explanation (though it’s more his way of holding onto her than a real desire to know the truth), and Seo-young refuses to back down, spouting lie after lie. The real world, apparently, ain’t so appreciative of such a dramatic gesture: the angry drivers stuck in the traffic jam Woo-jae created give Seo-young the opportunity to race away again.
Mama Kang is still shell-shocked, and it cuts especially deep because she had just started opening her heart to Seo-young. President Kang, once Seo-young’s staunchest ally, tells Woo-jae to divorce immediately. Woo-jae protests, stating that Seo-young must have had a reason for lying. “Do you know what that reason is?” President Kang demands. Uh, yeah, nothing to say there. Poor Woo-jae.
Ho-jung is hard at work on her own budding romance and life as a newlywed. She’s so cute with Papa Lee – I know he needed the wake-up call from Seo-young, but I’m glad he has Ho-jung to fill in as a daughter figure. The sweetheart decides to throw a party for the newly – and happily! – employed Papa Lee (working with wood was what he always wanted to do). Sang-woo, recalling that one of her wishes was to go grocery shopping together, tags along. Awwwwwww. He tells her they’ve already crossed off two items on her wish list since he came shopping with her, and she apologizes for making him come with her. Sang-woo asks her to get him a bunch of food samples (to take her mind off his joke about being tired, which she took seriously), and she busily runs around getting sample after sample. Seriously, it’s so cute that he feels comfortable enough to tease her. Unfortunately, people think he’s a jerk-o-butt who forces his wife to bust her tail, so he returns with a sample of his own – only to find her staring wistfully at a happy couple taking a picture together. Sang-woo hauls her to his side for a picture, and Ho-jung tears up at the unexpected gesture. Hahahahhaa and awwwww. You two are so cute.
Sung-jae goes to audition for the new KBC drama The Mother Who Rolled in Unexpectedly. Hahahahaa. The line he’s given reads “Mom… I’m sorry… I’m really sorry,” and tears roll down Sung-jae’s face as he thinks of Mama Kang. Those tears, though, prompt the judges to exclaim that he must be a genius actor. LOLOL. Our baby Sung-jae is starting to grow up, realizing that he used to be quite a spoiled meanie. His misdirected remorse for being born, however, is quickly corrected by Papa Choi. Things are still difficult for him, though, and he uses the jondae (honorific) form of speech for the first time with Mama Kang. Gah, my heart is breaking.
Seo-young (who’s residing in a hotel for the time being) allows herself one day of wallowing in misery, then sets out the next day firmly resolved to close this particular chapter of her life. She slips off her ring, then submits her resignation to Lawyer Go. Woo-jae goes looking for her at the law firm, but Yeon-hee (Seo-young’s new bestie) tells him his wife isn’t in. The harpy Sun-woo, though, is, and Woo-jae demands to know how she found out and why she told his mother. He ain’t dumb, and he’s pissed that she fished around for info when they had dinner together, not to mention that she dropped the bomb on Mama Kang.
Seo-young meets up with Yeon-hee and asks if she’d like to work with her – she’s going to open her own practice. Yeon-hee tells her Woo-jae came looking for her earlier and asks what went down. Like a true bestie, she calls down all curses on Sun-woo’s head when she learns what the harpy did, and she tells Seo-young she should have at least begged (for forgiveness). The hard-headed Seo-young replies,
I can’t. If I do, it’ll just get harder for Woo-jae-sshi. To beg is to ask for forgiveness, and if he forgives, I’m saying I’ll remain in that place. But since I’m not going to remain, I shouldn’t beg. … I’m going to live alone now. I’m not going to trust anyone. I learned how dangerous it is to trust in someone else and rely on them.
Woo-jae is still desperately trying to contact Seo-young, and he learns from Yeon-hee (when he calls the firm) that Seo-young resigned as of today. It breaks my heart that he still has her as “My Seo-young-ie” in his phone. Woo-jae, recalling Sung-jae’s worry that Seo-young has nowhere to go, goes looking for Papa Lee. When it becomes apparent that Papa Lee has no idea Seo-young left her in-laws, much less came to him, Woo-jae leaves dejectedly.
The harpy goes to Mi-kyung and tells her that she told Mama Kang the truth about Seo-young. Mi-kyung flips out, but that’s nothing compared to when she learns the harpy ‘promised’ to keep silent if Seo-young left. The harpy, though, says everyone is acting selfishly – why can’t she? Mi-kyung kept her secrets (about finding out Sang-woo is Seo-young’s twin) so she could remain as the ‘wonderful’ girlfriend in Sang-woo’s memories. Seo-young deceived everyone so she could be happy with Woo-jae. Sang-woo broke up with Mi-kyung to protect his sister. From her perspective, Lee Seo-young is the woman who stole the man she had loved for six years. Uh, you’ve got a point there, butI still hate your guts.
Seo-young finally contacts Woo-jae, and he races out to meet her. She coldly refuses to answer his questions about where she stayed last night and says her piece: she’s sorry for deceiving him and will go apologize to his parents. “I lied to you because I wanted to marry you, and if no one had found out, I wasn’t ever going to tell the truth. I wanted you to never find out, and I planned to break up if you ever did.” She spits out lie after lie, and Woo-jae asks if she can’t just let go of herself for once and speak the truth. “I couldn’t tell you because I was afraid you’d leave me if I told you first (that I knew the truth). Like now.” Sob.
They get into an argument about who failed to trust whom, and Woo-jae explains that though he believed she had a reason for lying, he couldn’t understand how she could sever ties with a father who tried so hard to protect her, a father who so greatly feared his identity might be revealed. That’s news to Seo-young, and she dazedly asks what he’s talking about. “Mr. Yoo Man-ho was your father.” Dun dun duuuuun.
I totes forgot that Seo-young didn’t know Papa Lee was ‘watching over’ her this entire time. Once she realizes that he was the one who got hurt instead of Woo-jae aaaaall those episodes ago, she’s gonna be bawlin’ her eyes out. I know Papa Lee was a pretty poor example of fatherhood, but I still can’t say Seo-young was right to sever all ties with him and go so far as to say he was dead. It’s what makes it so hard for me to see Seo-young as the ultimate victim – she brought a lot of this on herself, though I understand how things kinda snowballed into the huge mess that she’s finding on her hands. And yes, Woo-jae was a jerk-o-butt of the first order, but I didn’t see it, so it didn’t happen. Hahahaha juuust keeding. But in all seriousness, I don’t feel quite as much antipathy because I didn’t see all his nasty meanie days. Even if I had, I still would have seen it for what it was: a wounded man lashing out because he loved so deeply. The way he’s desperately trying to hold onto Seo-young just breaks my heart.
Which brings me to my main issue: Can we pleeeaaase get over the whole “I’m hurting him to protect him” tack? Because it’s just plain ol’ dumb and I’m bored. It better end nooooow so we can see Seo-young and Woo-jae rebuilding their relationship.
Note to Sang-woo: You’re such a cutie. Stay on that path, for it leads to happiness. Note to Ho-jung: Don’t devalue yourself. Demand mooooaaaaaar from your hubby.
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Just a few spoilers for now. A mini-recap coming later tonight.
Let’s just say President Kang is pretty darned pissed. And poor Woo-jae doesn’t have much to hold onto in terms of hope after Seo-young gives him her “I don’t have a single regret” spiel.
Cuties Sang-woo and Ho-jung are slowly growing closer…
Seo-young has a new bestie in Yeon-hee (well, they’ve been besties for some time now), and the new BFF sympathizes with our heroine(?) who has decided to live on her own.
Mini-recap coming soon!
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