Can We Love? - Episode 5 (Recap)
Heart, be still! Or thank goodness for Korean cable TV. These are adults and their feelings are adult and the skinship is adult and ... I AM IN LOVE! I must admit, I have been in a KDrama crisis (aka Kdrama slump) ever since Heartless City ended last year. Nothing grabbed my attention for long or truly warmed my heart, all the countless and ever-same issues with KDrama (mediocre idol acting! unsatisfactory scripts! sudden makjang!) even made me turn away from them completely over the Holiday Season. This drama on the other hand makes me remember why I loved them in the first place: So. Friggin. Good!
We are back at Han Joon-Mo's nice apartment, where our two ex-spouses pick up clothes for their son, when super-jealous brat makes a sudden appearance at the door. (Her name is Kyung-joo, by the way. Since she doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon, we probably need to learn it?) A short moment of utter panic is the result, but when she enters the apartment, all happy and gleaming to be surprising her beloved oppa, there is no sign of Jung-wan: "Oppa" has hidden her in the study!
But the very eager soon-to-be-wife wants to go put their wedding picture, which she framed as a present for him, into his office. Omo! He cannot hold her back, but when she bursts in, Jung-wan has already hidden under the desk. She is almost caught (you need better shoes, woman, shoes that stay on your feet!) and then, suddenly overcome with great tenderness for her oppa, the spoilt brat starts seriously kissing ex-husband, right there in front of Jung-wan. Han Joon-Mo is of course mortally embarrassed (cause he's a nice guy). He steers her out of the apartment as quickly as possible. Once they're gone, Jung-wan pulls a face ... not so much fun seeing your ex kissing another woman, huh?
Sera "flees" to her grandmother again, partly out of spite for her mother, partly because she needs money for the abortion. She gets the money easily pretending that it is for entertaining a friend and goes to the clinic immediately. But when she is lying on the table as the nurse preps for the operation, she cannot get the sound of her baby's heart beat out of her head, the heart beat she heard during the ultrasound earlier. She jumps up and runs outside, ending up retching and crying her eyes out in an alley away from the main crowd.
When Ahn drives away, he crosses paths with Ji-hyun, who just arrives in her car. They don't see each other. But when she steps into her family's restaurant, she overhears her father and brother talk about Ahn's visit just now ... and she hears all about the money. She cries and wails, but what does that help her? Anyway, I am glad the truth is out, because we can now move on to the next chapter!
Sun-mi has a meeting with her gang, about props and costumes. When she steps out for a phone call, she overhears some other employees (PD Park among them, that's Director Oh's right-hand man) discussing the need to work on a contract instead of going location hunting. Obviously, a crazy idea pops into her head, because she goes outside and kicks in one of her own side mirrors. Yes... It's always a good idea to destroy one's property when you want to get close to someone else! Jeez, woman ... She gets what she wanted: a ride with Oh-boy alone, while her two employees bring her car to the repair shop and order some stuff she claims she has "forgotten".
aegyo. Flirt mode... activated!!! He quotes lines from the movie they are going to shoot, she thinks for a moment he just told her he loves her. Silly girl ... doesn't get it ... They also have a friendly and once again flirty conversation on their way back, in which she "agrees" to buy him a meal for the photos he took (after telling him she did that for another guy, hint-hint). He is incredibly charming (he probably isn't aware of his affect on women?!) and she seems to be falling more in love by the minute.
She rushes out, loses one of her shoes (again?) and gets drenched in a sudden downpour. The emergency umbrella that she buys doesn't live long either. The poor woman has an appointment at the court, about the issue with the house: I think she is applying for a loan? Quickly drying her hair under the dryer in the toilet (I hoped for a moment that the perm would disappear, but alas ...) she gets there just in time. She is lucky, the clerk is the funny security guard from Master's Sun! But ... not so lucky after all. She has to answer a lot of questions about her financial situation; the clerk doubts that she can make the monthly payments she needs to (cause being a writer means not having a steady income) and warns her that she will default if she cannot pay three of them. She claims to have "confidence" but the look on her face says otherwise.
Oh. My. Gawwwwwd.
Hell yeah. Of course, he doesn't have to say that twice (though he probably wasn't completely serious when he said it). She DOES use them by initiating a rather passionate (but also short) kiss. Hmmm, I love everything about that kiss, his surprise when their lips meet, him closing his eyes almost immediately, even his slight passiveness - maybe due to the surprise of being kissed by her or maybe because he is such a gentleman, leaving the initiative to her.
She goes into the meeting room, where Oh-boy is his usual snarky-collected self ... She is furious he told everybody, but he presses her against the wall and leans in (*gulp*), but ... instead of kissing her again, Director Oh starts barking at her. Huh?!
Jung-wan open her eyes in surprise and realizes she is still on the couch in Sun-mi's apartment. Hahaha, it was just a dream!
Oh man! What an episode!!! It feels SO GOOD to be falling in love with a drama. Who am I kidding, I AM in love! Finally, after so long, a romance (even rom-com, cause there is plenty of funny in this one) comes along that doesn't do anything else than just deliver the warm fuzziness somewhere in the area of the heart/stomach, stemming from watching two people fall in love. Sure, there's heartbreak ... but hey, there also is cuteness, cuteness, cuteness! And ahjussis!!!And Uhm Tae-woong!
I can fully relate to Jung-wan's character. Her life has been so difficult, IS so difficult, and she lives in a society in which divorced women still face major difficulties. It is unfathomable for her that a man as desirable as Oh Kyung-soo could want someone like her. That said, he got it right: they BOTH have feelings for each other. But while she is still in denial, he is not. What will he do to get her to open up?! I still don't like Eugene's hair, but I must say, I am pleasantly surprised by her acting. It was a bit choppy in the beginning, but by this episode, she has fully grown into her character and is both believable and adorable. It will be wonderful to see her (futile) struggle against her attraction for him, and at the same time see her grow more confident of herself and her status.
The Ji-hyun - Ahn Do-young arc is a bit ... well, too well-worn. It's like every melo trope ever and then some. A child? Puleeease! Was that really necessary? Anyway, from here on out, the question is how she will deal with the truth, that has been revealed now. The man she hated for breaking her heart into tiny pieces and stomping on it is completely innocent. And what will he do? He is such a nice person - of course, he will not want to butt in. She is married with children, and seemingly happy. While I am not overly interested in that part of the story, I still stay mildly curious about how their relationship will be handled.
As for Sun-mi ... she only has eyes for Oh Kyung-soo, who has no eyes for her. I feel pity for her (that pity could soon turn into dislike!), but I also hope she will be punished for mistreating Choi Yoon-Seok, who just wants to make her happy. I hope that punishment comes in the form of heartache ... because Yoon-seok will no longer simply be used by her and she will realize at the same time that she genuinely likes him.