Jung-woo and Second Lead sing! Ah, it's so beautiful ... I could listen to it all day. Ae-ra gets more and more morose as she remembers herself singing with nerdy Jung-woo (oh happy times ...) and starts downing glass after glass of beer. This is not disappointment that she didn't manage to humiliate him - this is genuine sadness over times gone by.
Trouble at the rice-soup restaurant! There's a lot of people wanting to eat there since the place has become part of Jung-woo's company's network. One costumer overhears her mother chastise her father for pulling out a plug to the refrigerator (he wanted to blowdry his hair, the useless nincompoop) - and whoops! There he is, the sleazy costumer, in the hospital, with a stomach ache and a rash all over his body. And he is demanding to see the CEO. Also going to the hospital ... the useless Na family, the less useless Na Ae-ra, and Jung-woo. Who heard from her team-leader.
In front of the hospital room, Jung-woo witnesses an ugly fight between Ae-ra and her mother. Ae-ra has begged her family to stay away, and has told them that she constantly worries what her brother and father will do next. If they don't go, she's ready to break ties with them. Her mother slaps her for this insult and is beside herself over it. Ae-ra's team-leader also comes and insults her. Jung-woo doesn't look happy at all over this.
Back inside the patient's room, Ae-ra is kneeling and apologizing again. The patient is only interested in the CEO though. If he doesn't come, he'll tell the press about this incident. Ae-ra grabs his arm and begs him to reconsider. The patient rips himself free and ... throws the full glass of water he had in his hand into Jung-woo's face. How can someone look so extremely sexy with water pouring down his face?! O___o
Sincerity? he asks back. She was insulted and she is miserable? Does she even know how hard it was for him, how much she hurt him? Now they're both crying and ... well. It's really touching. She nods her head and says yes, it must have really hurt. She is sorry. She walks away and he just stands there, crying, but she comes back ... with the soup. She deposits it next to his wonderful shoes, saying she has a crazy mother who does something like this for her divorced son-in-law and waltzes off again. Heart-break.
The camera moves back, and there stands Second Lead ... she has heard it all.
Hurting each other has lost its appeal - the truth has come out. At least in part. I am very glad we're at that point - though I will miss the petty shenanigans. They were fun. Both said what needed to be said, voicing their grievances. She has not yet got an acknowledgment of what she did for him, at lest not directly - but he got his "I am sorry I hurt you". And he is realizing that he was wrong about the part where he convinced himself she never loved him. That would have made it easier to cope, somehow, because it would justify hating her. Her reasons for breaking up make perfect sense - and he will have to admit it to himself.
And I want to apologize to this drama for thinking it was going all cliché on us with the Second Lead; I was wrong. She is a highly vulnerable, quite upright person, despite her terrible father. A part of me actually ships her with Jung-woo. They are perfect for each other - if only he wasn't caught in the past. I love that this show manages to show us his insecurity so often. He drops his guard with his Secretary, sometimes a little bit with Luscious Lips - and during that scene with Second Lead in her room. He is just an adorable dork underneath his perfect CEO-exterior. I want to say that's the real Joo Sang-wook - the eternal chatterbox with great humor.
I must say, I'm quite curious to see where we are going now. Second Lead knows about their past now, and thus, she also understands why she cannot win this man over. Will she turn into a bitch now? We know she has a bitchy side. Luscious Lips is already deeply fallen in love, but not necessarily with Ae-ra (the way he looks at her! *swoooooon*), but more with what she represents. Her (terrible) family seems like paradise to him, a rich kid who experienced how his mother was driven away by his strict and overbearing father. Drama, this guy is really well cast. Thank you for making me discover him through you!