Wow. It was a day of revelations and tears. Lots of tears from the actors… and from me. Grab that Kleenex box before you start on this one.
Seo-young is rocked to the core to learn that the Mr. Yoo Man-ho she had heard about is none other than Papa Lee. After allowing herself a moment of weakness, she puts her game face back on and proceeds to send Woo-jae off his rocker.
Ho-jung gets a call from Mama Choi, telling her to be careful: once the lovey dovey glow wears off, she may not be so happy anymore. Even Woo-jae Oppa and his wife, the seemingly perfect couple, had a fight that led to his wife leaving him. Papa Lee goes into shock when he overhears the phone conversation, and he calls Sang-woo to roundabout-ly ask if he’d heard anything from Seo-young recently.
Sang-woo, of course, says things seemed fine the last time he spoke to her, but wonders what could have prompted the call. Mi-kyung answers that question when she apologizes and tells him to call his sister: the Kang parents found out and Seo-young left after saying she’d divorce Woo-jae. Gah, the expression on Sang-woo’s face. He frantically calls Seo-young, but she of course doesn’t pick up. Papa Lee, on the other hand, races out of the home, telling Ho-jung he’s going out to meet a friend.
Seo-young is still in shock and unable to believe that Papa Lee knew of her marriage the entire time (but never revealed it, much less confronted her about it). Yeon-hee quickly packs Seo-young’s stuff at the hotel and brings her home with her, telling her to get rest.
Sang-woo comes home and hears that Papa Lee went out to meet a friend. He texts Seo-young (who’s still not picking up): “Seo-young-ah, please give me a call if you get this text message. No matter what it is, you have me… Don’t suffer on your own – call me. Okay?” Ho-jung, while looking for a vest of Papa Lee’s, finds the secret box of newspaper clippings Papa Lee had kept. She shows it to Sang-woo, asking if he knows the Winners Group family – Papa Lee kept asking about them earlier, too. Sang-woo quickly puts two and two together, and he recalls all the times Papa Lee carelessly waived aside any ‘news’ about Seo-young or said Sang-woo didn’t need to invite her to his wedding.
Sung-jae passes the audition for The Mom Who Rolled in Unexpectedly and celebrates with Papa Choi. The older man, however, is soon brought crashing down to earth when Mama Choi sells off his motorcycle. In a fight for ‘independence,’ he leaves home and goes to Kyung-ho’s place… just as Mama Choi expected. Hahahahaa.
Mi-kyung comes home, prepared for the tense atmosphere, but she’s surprised to learn that Woo-jae actually knew about Seo-young’s secret. She quickly figures out that’s the reason he had apologized to her (when she was going through all the heartbreak because of Sang-woo), and she rails at her brother for being so selfish. Her love and heartbreak was deemed worthless because he wanted to protect his own love. Mi-kyung, though, is one who still has a very strong sense of right and wrong, and thus she tells Woo-jae that the harpy promised to keep silent if Seo-young left Woo-jae, but Seo-young said she would tell Woo-jae the truth and divorce him. In other words, Seo-young wasn’t intending to deceive him to the bitter end. What should have been a balm to Woo-jae’s scarred soul, though, only serves to further anger him: Seo-young had still intended to break up with him.
Finally, in the wee hours of the morning, Papa Lee gets up to go home. But as he slowly straightens his legs, stiff from waiting so long in the cold, the pain causes him to stumble, and he quietly sobs for an altogether different reason. T_T
Sang-woo is unable to sleep, and he thinks back on the day he broke up with Mi-kyung (oh noes, don’t do that! Ho-jung is right beside you), on the day he furiously told Seo-young not to kill Papa Lee a second time, that she no longer had a family to come back to. He goes outside, and just then Papa Lee comes in. Sang-woo asks how and when Papa Lee found out about Seo-young, why he never said anything. Papa Lee desperately asks if Seo-young contacted him, and understanding slowly dawns as Sang-woo brokenly asks if he had been searching for Seo-young. Gaaaah, I’m bawling.
Papa Lee passes out from the emotional stress and his battle with the elements throughout the night. He forces himself up later that night (morning? It’s way past midnight) and brokenly tells Sang-woo why he never revealed that he knew Seo-young was married. Seo-young would have been miserable, as would have Sang-woo.
Even I would have wanted to abandon a father like me. … Before she wanted to throw me away, I should have lived as a father she wouldn’t want to throw away. It’s my fault, not your sister’s.
Early the next morning, Seo-young visits her old rooftop home, recalling the day Papa Lee first came to live with her. She gets a call from Mama Kang, who also tells Woo-jae to come home since Seo-young’s coming.
As requested by Patch Friend Yumi, the full conversation between Seo-young and Mama Kang:
Mama Kang: Have a seat.
Seo-young: I’m sorry.
Mama Kang: I didn’t call you today to listen to what you have to say, but rather because I have something to say, so please listen.
Seo-young: Please go ahead.
Mama Kang: I liked you. For a while even after you married, I felt the distance between us, and I didn’t trust in you. But more and more, just naturally, I saw that you were considerate, more mature than I, and upright. I admired your pride. You never tried any tricks. And yes, you were loving. The person I encountered was never a shameless person.
Seo-young: Don’t do this.
Mama Kang: But Seo-young-ah, what you did… is just too big. It’s not something anyone can do. I… It’s all still so vivid in my mind. Your heart, your touch, when you comforted me when I was backstabbed by Yoon So-mi… it’s all so vivid, but that’s why I can’t accept it. I’m a person who was deceived and ridiculed by someone close to me for twenty years. But I was deceived for another three years by the daughter-in-law I trusted even more. I know you’re a good person, but I just don’t know anymore. People scare me now. I’m scared. I can’t trust anyone. A person’s heart can never be honestly or fully conveyed if it started with lies. I’m sorry. I can’t accept you.
Seo-young: I know, Mother. I understand. It’s only natural.
Mama Kang: Don’t say that! Why did you, why did you do it? Why?
Seo-young: Though it was a decision made in the spur of the moment, I committed wrongs against you and Father(-in-law). And to Woo-jae-sshi as well. Woo-jae-sshi and I are divorcing, Mother. Don’t worry.
Mama Kang: *nods as tears stream down her face.* Okay.
When Seo-young walks out the front gate, Woo-jae is waiting for her. They go to a café, and Seo-young just continues to stonewall him, refusing to answer any questions and merely insisting she never wants to return to the life she lived the last three years. The only show of emotion comes when he brings up Papa Lee – she yells at him to not speak about her father.
Seo-young returns to the law firm to pack her stuff. She bumps into the harpy, who apologizes for not being able to keep her promise, but Seo-young just ignores her and continues on her way. Yeon-hee helps Seo-young pack up and suggests she tell Woo-jae the truth – does she feel any better for leaving him behind full of misunderstandings? Seo-young’s reason for being a poopy pooper: she refuses to ‘kill’ her father a second time by airing out all their dirty laundry. Sigh.
After settling everything, Seo-young walks out the building… and Papa Lee rounds the bend just then. (He asked Mrs. Bang if he could use the internet – I’m assuming he looked up where Seo-young worked in a last-ditch attempt to find her and ascertain she’s okay.) She stops in her tracks when she sees him… and Papa Lee’s own sneakered feet come to a halt when he looks up and sees her standing before him. The fleeting expressions that pass over his face… Gah, I’m dyiiiiing.
As requested by new Patch Friend Avid fan from Cebu and long-time Friend LBY, I’ve translated the scenes between Seo-young and Woo-jae. The first is at the opening of the episode, and the second is their confrontation toward the end of the episode (~56:00).
Woo-jae: The person I saw, knew, and trusted would never do something like that, but you notified your father about your marriage and severed ties. That father, who was abandoned like that, trembled in fear that his identity would be revealed. How am I supposed to blindly accept and understand your deception?
Seo-young: What are you talking about? Father? What do you mean Father?
Woo-jae: Mr. Yoo Man-ho was your father.
Seo-young: What do you… Yoo Man-ho is my father… What are you talking about?!
Woo-jae: The person I knew as Mr. Yoo Man-ho was your father. That’s how I came to know (the truth). That was all the more reason why I couldn’t tell you. Because I know you. I knew you wouldn’t be able to endure it if you found out you had been connected/tied to your father in this way. Because I knew you would leave this way. But you say you will never tell me the truth. That you want to take the secret to the grave. [It was what she said at the end of Episode 37.] Were my three years of sincerity so incapable of helping you believe in me? I was unbearably tormented and so very angry at you. That’s why I was so spiteful.
Seo-young: Stop… Hold on… Stop… Stop. I need to use the bathroom…
*She gets up and unsteadily walks over to the bathroom, where she proceeds to cry. When she returns:
Seo-young: Are you done saying your piece? Then let’s finish what we were talking about before. I told you what I was unable to say that day in all the chaos, so let’s deal with the paperwork first. I’ll handle my apology to your parents.
Woo-jae: Lee Seo-young.
Seo-young: I’m done saying everything I have to say.
Woo-jae: You’re done?
Seo-young: I’m done.
Woo-jae: You’re done, even after hearing about your father?
Seo-young: We saw all of each other’s hearts while I clashed with you, who had seen into me. That was the real me; and the person whom I saw? You bored me, and now I dislike you.
Woo-jae: Do you not think of why I mentioned your father?
Seo-young: Don’t contact me if you’re not bringing divorce papers.
*She gets up and he grabs her arm.
Woo-jae: Lee Seo-young!
Seo-young: Kang Woo-jae-sshi. Discard that belief that I’ll be ‘caught’ if you hold on strongly enough. I am no longer the Lee Seo-young from 3 years ago.
Woo-jae: Are you really going to insult me to the end?
Seo-young: Let go. I notified my parent about my marriage; I threw away my family; I lived for 3 years without looking for them: that is who I am. Right? Surely you’re not going to try to be good again to that woman?
*She pulls her arm away and walks away, tears beginning to well up. Woo-jae collapses back into his chair.
[Their 2nd confrontation towards the end of the episode.]
Seo-young: I apologized again to Mother and was told their wishes.
Woo-jae: So you’re saying you want to take the divorce papers and go to court.
Seo-young: That’s why Mother called you, and isn’t that why you came?
Woo-jae: Before then, before we do anything, answer my questions. Until I understand clearly, I won’t divorce.
Seo-young: I’ll apologize again to you, too. I’m sorry I began with a lie.
Woo-jae: Tell me what’s truly in your heart. Just once, let go of your pride and explain to me. Your heart. Why you did it, what situation occurred to make you do it, why you couldn’t tell me for over 3 years, what feelings prevented you from telling me.
Seo-young: Whether I lied because I loved you, or because I was greedy, that isn’t important. I lied, I hid my family and married, and due to that I lived deceiving myself for 3 years. It was difficult, I regretted it, and I never want to return to that life again.
Woo-jae: I’m not talking about whether or not we should get back together again. What was I to you–
Seo-young: (she cuts him off) Why do you keep repeating the same thing? No matter how many times you ask, my answer is the same.
Woo-jae: Why is it so difficult to let go of yourself? What is so valuable about that pride?! I… I even thought of covering up the whole thing.
Seo-young: Says who? You decide by yourself to think about it and forgive? Didn’t you want to break up because I was contemptible, because you came to dislike me?
Woo-jae: I heard you told Sun-woo you would tell me everything and then break up with me.
Seo-young: That’s what I’m doing right now.
Woo-jae: This is what you were planning to do? This is what “telling me everything” was going to be?
Seo-young: Woo-jae-sshi, please. Don’t think you know everything about me. This is the kind of person I am. This is who I was. You can’t understand no matter what I say.
Woo-jae: Still say it. Make me understand you! Isn’t that the least you can do?
Seo-young: I. Don’t. Want to. Make you understand.
Woo-jae: So what you are going to do now? Are you going to return to the father you abandoned?
Seo-young: Don’t say things when you don’t even understand!
Woo-jae: So tell me. Or ask? Why don’t you even ask me? What I learned(? His words are cut off by Seo-young) when I met your father–
Seo-young: Don’t mention my father!! All that’s left for you and me to do is settle things. (Once again, as in Episode 36, the term used is “organize,” but it means “break up” or “settle”.)
Alas, once again, what started off as a mini-recap became… not so mini. LOL.
Though I oftentimes question the tastes of Korean viewers, I’ve gotta say they got it right this time: Chun Ho-jin (Papa Lee) and Kim Hye-ok’s (Mama Kang) performance today TOTES deserved to register in the 40’s. Yesterday’s Episode 37 dropped to a 38.1% (AGB Nielsen), but they jumped back up to national drama standing today with a 42.2% (AGB).
My brain is just swimming in a sea of tears right now (ummm, tears going back into my skull sounds pretty gross, but you get the point ;)) and I can’t think of much to say besides: sob, bawl, *steam coming out of my ears thanks to a poopy pooper head*, and *heart clenching*. Basically, I wanna do this (see picture below) for the time being:
I’m sure all you wonderful Patch Friends have much more coherent and interesting things to say, so please share away. Sorry for the lack of replies to all your wonderful comments – I’ll be getting on that as soon as I recover from today’s episode. ^^ But yes, thank you all for continuing to share your lovely thoughts & for fostering a lovely discussion board. I love love looove it and hope you all do as well! And last but certainly not least: Thanks, Yumi, for your request! Please don’t hesitate to ask away, everyone!! 😀
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The new semi-official schedule: Spoilers for now, mini-recap later tonight.
Papa Lee learns from Ho-jung (who heard the news from her mom) that Seo-young left the Kang residence.
Looks like it’s revelation day: Sang-woo hears the news from Mi-kyung. He begs Seo-young to call him – she’s not alone, she has him.
Sang-woo learns that Papa Lee has known about Seo-young’s marriage… Sob.
Mama Kang calls Seo-young in… I won’t add more right now – a picture’s worth a thousand words, no?
Seo-young refuses to budge in her resolve to make pinkblossom’s life miserable.
And… finally. The face-to-face meeting that has been three long years in the making.
Mini-recap coming in a bit! 😀
- My Daughter Seo-young: Episode 37
- My Daughter Seo-young: Episode 36 Spoilers
- My Daughter Seo-young: Eps 32-35 Spoilers
- My Daughter Seo-young: Episode 31
- My Daughter Seo-young: Episodes 15-16
- My Daughter Seo-young: Episodes 13-14
- My Daughter Seo-young: Episode 12
- My Daughter Seo-young: Episode 11
- My Daughter Seo-young: Episode 10
- My Daughter Seo-young: Episode 9
- My Daughter Seo-young: Episode 8
- Weekend Mash-up: Seo-young Ep 7 & Rascals Ep 5
- My Daughter Seo-young: Episodes 5-6
- Weekend Dilemma: Decision
- My Daughter Seo-young: Episodes 1-4