This show is determined to make me bawl, for we finally turn to Mama Kang and Sung-jae’s story. Sung-jae is cast in Mom Who Rolled in Unexpectedly, and Mama Kang goes to see him on his first day of shooting. Secretary Yoon, however, beats her to the punch, and Sung-jae sees Mama Kang get back into her car and drive away from the filming set. Secretary Yoon tells Sung-jae that she has always lived as his mom (though the various duties were ‘officially’ as the PA of Winners Group) and begs him to meet with her at least once a month.
Mama Kang is taken by her drums instructor to attend the Mysterious Gentleman’s magic show, and his words about relationships and letting go touch a chord. She goes home and yells at Sung-jae for speaking in jondae (formal) speech to her. Hahahaa awwww. She sits him down and asks if he wants to live with his biological mother. He protests that he’s Mama Kang’s son, but she tells him to do whatever he wants to do.
Above all, you’re my son. You’re so much so my son, that you can’t not be my son. You’re my son. But you… It’s okay for you to have 2 moms. Our soft-hearted maknae (youngest child), I don’t want you to have to tread carefully around me. It hurts my heart so much. I want you to be fearless like you used to be and live life without a care in the world. You know Mom tells tiny white lies but never lies, right?
He answers, “Of course I do. Even your tiny white lies are so obvious.” Gah, stop doing this to me. *laughing and crying all at the same time* Mama Kang wipes away the tear trickling down Sung-jae’s face, and the mother-son pair fiercely hold onto each other as pinkblossom bawls her eyes out. I hate you, Show.
Sang-woo comes home and asks Ho-jung, who’s frantically scrubbing a squeaky clean table, if she wants to eat out today. Our hilarious Ho-jung freaks out and says she already ate dinner because she was suuuper hungry, and when he says he had something important to tell her, she hears in her head, “Let’s… break up.” Hahahaaa. She races to the bedroom, complaining of a headache.
Woo-jae contacts Seo-young, asking if she has time – he has the (divorce) papers ready. Nooooo! Seo-young finally replies, and it breaks my heart that Woo-jae still has her as “My Seo-young-ie” in his phone. *bawl* Full conversation, as requested by LBY.
Seo-young: You came early.
Woo-jae: How have you been? (Have you been okay? – is the more literal translation)
Seo-young just nods and orders a café mocha when the waitress appears.
Woo-jae: Didn’t you like Americanos?
Seo-young: I want something sweet every once in a while. Hurry and order – she’s waiting.
Woo-jae: Ah, I’m sorry. I’d like an Americano, please.
The waitress leaves.
Seo-young: I came to take care of the divorce papers.
Woo-jae: Is it okay to talk while the coffee is coming? [She doesn’t protest.] We really didn’t know very much about one another. I knew you would leave if you were found out, but I didn’t know it would be in this manner. I thought, at the least, that you would insist on telling me everything before leaving.
Seo-young: I didn’t come out to talk about that…
Woo-jae: You don’t have to explain anything. Do you want to start over again? *gaaaaaah. keels over* I’ll smooth things over with my parents, and I won’t ask anything.
Seo-young: Please don’t. No matter the reason or circumstances, what I did was very wrong. It’s the truth that I hurt you and the family. But to me as well, the past 3 years are not ones I want to revisit. I no longer have feelings left for you. People are so self-centered: bad memories cover up the good. So please let it go now.
Woo-jae: Is that what you truly want?
Seo-young: I’m sorry.
Woo-jae: Then… let’s do that. Let’s break up. Let’s…break up.
Woo-jae tells his family – and a particularly annoying President Kang – over breakfast that he and Seo-young agreed to go to the court today. Seo-young heads out as well and meets Woo-jae in front of the courthouse….
NO NO NO NO NOOOOOOOOOOO~!!!!! Okay, I’m done. I’m just plain ol’ exhausted after all the bawling and laughing and wailing and screaming at the nutsos on the screen. They need medical attention. Immediately. I volunteer myself: I’m quite good at bonking heads together and knocking some sense into those supposedly intelligent minds. Tells ya that a JD and MBA don’t mean jack. They’re driving me crazy!
But it seems like the good citizens of Korea love themselves some crazies, because Episode 40 hit an all-time high with a whopping 45.6% (AGB Nielsen), which bests KBS’s other 2012 mega-hit You Who Rolled in Unexpectedly (which bowed out with a series-best 45.3%). Some sources say Seo-young hit a peak rating of 52.5% (the average per minute, rather than the average per entire episode). In any case, talk about a doozy. The actors and staff took a photo on set in celebration of their all-time best ratings, and it’s adorable how happy everyone seems. Happy people on set = happy drama = happy pinkblossom. Weeell, the drama is in crazyland right now, but anyhoo.
One more thing, since I do love to ramble. The translated conversations sound… awkward at best, let’s be honest. I never realized just how different the English and Korean languages were — I’m continually amazed each and every day. That being said, I try to retain as much of the spoken dialogues as possible, but it just sounds weird because the phrases and sentiments expressed in Korean aren’t used in English. There truly is quite a big cultural difference. Anyhoo, in a nutshell: Please forgive the awkward English! 🙂
Thank you all so very much for your well wishes. And thank you for continuing to share in this madness with us here at the Patch. As a reminder, we have a new Discussion Board for your – or quite honestly, my! – pleasure. Please share and chat away to your heart’s desire!