Geez, I thought I was done crying after Episode 39. Looks like I was wrong. Big time.
Episode 40: Part 1
The recaps have been getting longer with the inclusion of translated conversations, making it a bit difficult to maneuver through posts and comments. Soooo, I’ve decided to break up the episode into more manageable chunks. We’ll see if this works~
Also!! There is now an official Discussion Board for My Daughter Seo-young *yippeeee!* so please share your thoughts with us there. For requests, please continue to post them in the episode-specific posts. This Discussion Board is still an experiment for us at this stage, and we’re trying to figure out whether it’s something worth keeping. Your participation would thus be greatly appreciated. And, of course, any suggestions/comments are always welcome.
Okay, now onto what actually matters.
Papa Lee and Woo-jae finally sit down to talk. Full conversation, as requested by LBY.
Papa Lee: Vice President Kang.
Woo-jae: Please speak comfortably (don’t use the honorific).
Papa Lee: Why should I do that?
Woo-jae: Because… I’m sorry I didn’t introduce myself (as your son-in-law) earlier.
Papa Lee: Have you ever thought of dying before?
Woo-jae: No, I have not.
Papa Lee: Then, have you ever asked someone to save your life? Before, right here, you said you wanted to hear my life story. Do you remember?
Papa Lee: I took my children’s tuition and gambled it away and made their mother die in surgery. And that was all the way in Jeju Island, where I ran away to because of debts. I even had debts in Jeju… I believe I paid them off with the $10,000 my daughter scraped together.
Woo-jae: Right now… is that about… Seo-young– (Papa Lee cuts him off)
Papa Lee: I came to talk about my story, so no questions. I’m only going to tell my story. I forced my high school senior daughter, who was at the top of her class, to drop out of school. I’m a father who put a metal Chinese food delivery box in her hands. [Flashback to Woo-jae asking how Seo-young came to ride the motorcycle so well.] With the money she made carrying that metal box, she sent her younger sibling to medical school. (As though musing to himself:) What was it like before that? After the IMF, up to three years ago, I was swindled by business partners… bankrupted several businesses I tried… even turned to loan sharks… One summer three years ago, I even worked as a waiter taking care of the women at an adult nightclub… even dancing for them because I enjoyed making tips. While I lived like that, my daughter lived in a jjimjilbang (wi spa, or sauna)… got kicked out of school for not being able to pay tuition… couldn’t go on her school trip… In spite of that, she earned money and attended college. Isn’t she a tough one? When I got into trouble, that foolish girl would take out her tuition and take a leave of absence from college. *scoffs* She would pay off her mom’s and my debts again. Any other children would have left already. But one winter… no, I don’t even remember anymore. In any case, one winter day, that tough child brought the $4,200 she had saved and gave it to me to pay off the loan sharks. And she said to me, “Father, save me.”
Woo-jae: Save… me?
Papa Lee: “I can’t endure this any longer. Please save me. Please come back to your senses.” [A tear trickles down Woo-jae’s face] But I went down to Jeju and even gambled – that’s who I am. If she hadn’t run away from me, she would already have been sucked of all life and been living as an empty shell of a body.
Papa Lee pours Woo-jae a drink.
Papa Lee: Do you see me as a courteous, good man just because I somehow rescued you? Well, you were raised in affluence, so I suppose you see the world with those standards. I’ve said all I have to say, so I’m going on my way now.
He gets up to leave.
Woo-jae: Just a second!
Papa Lee: I didn’t come here to ask you a favor. I don’t have the right to say such words. But I… I’m just asking that you don’t act under a misconception because of me. When she was young, she would drink soda and be my drinking buddy. She had a lot of aegyo… my Seo-young-ie. (“Aegyo” is such a hard work to translate… people who have aegyo are super cute and charming(?)… I give up.) By the way, do you know? Your personality… you have something irresistible about you. (You make it hard to say no.)
Papa Lee leaves, and Woo-jae watches him slowly walk away.
Woo-jae drives home, memories and recollections filling his mind… Unable to stand it, he goes to the hotspot of all Kdrama hotspots: the Han River. As he recalls his actions, as he remembers all of Seo-young’s cryptic words to him, he can’t hold back his tears. Baaaawwwl. I can’t dooooo thiiiiiis.
Sweetheart Ho-jung eagerly prepares a yummy yums dinner for Papa Lee, whom she knows must be hurting, but Mrs. Bang tells her that Papa Lee’s working late today. (He’s sitting alone in the darkened carpentry shop.) Waiting all alone, Ho-jung thinks of poor Papa Lee… and poor Oppa… and then realizes that Sang-woo must have broken up with Mi-kyung to protect his sister’s marriage. But since his sister’s marriage is now in shambles… *gasp* Commence wild imaginings of Sang-woo and Mi-kyung getting back together. LOLOL. This girl. Hahahaahaa. It doesn’t help that Sang-woo calls and says he’s gonna be late so she should go ahead and eat. L. O. L.
Sang-woo is not off with his no-longer-ex-girlfriend but rather with Papa Lee, and he tells his father that Seo-young already found her own place. They agree to just let Seo-young do what she wants for now – she’ll contact them when she’s ready.
Part 2 coming soon!