We return to the moment Cha Jung-woo exits the dream house and returns to his car. He is much more shaken than he made us believe last week ... while she cries in the house, he (almost) cries in the car. Is he feeling sorry for what he just did? Or feeling sorry for what they could have had, but didn't?
He wants to know why she came to the company - what does she want? More money? Their argument quickly turns ugly. What she wants? To stay in his life and bother him forever!! Ha! He replies, he will just fire her! One word is enough! Ah, but didn't she just save his life aka his company? she retorts. He gets a nervous laughing attack (cause it's true) at that and has to leave the table.
She refuses to see him the next day and his attempts to talk to her more, uhm, forcefully, fail. He threatens to fire her. Or tries to get her to leave by herself. Not gonna happen, though ... Second Lead is very much trying to do something good for the two heroes... like giving them full-time positions.
A series of events has it that Ae-ra's family restaurant becomes part of Jung-woo's company's lunch-discount mobile-shopping scheme. It's a huge success! They decide to celebrate at an office dinner. Of course, there's karaoke! Joining them a bit later ... Jung-woo and Second Lead. Ae-ra, who just sang a song, sniffs a chance for another humiliation and calls on the CEO to please sing for them. She remembers how badly he sings from a karaoke-session they had together. He cannot refuse in front of all the enthusiastically clapping employees and takes the mic ... Second Lead steps up to help him.
And ... OMO. Joo Sang-wook can sing?! O__o (here's a link to the song (original version by Kim Dong ryul, called Miracle - 기적). It turns into a beautiful duet. Ae-ra grows totally quiet and tears start to well up in her eyes ...
Luscious likes her! He makes sure The Lady Boss doesn't see her resignation that she had put on the table after the House-incident.
We finally get to see the accident that traumatizes Second Lead: Just married, she and her Western husband drive fast somewhere in America's vast West. Her father's men try to stop her, her husband doesn't see an oncoming truck on time (that's quite difficult out in the desert, but never mind) - the husband dies. This time, she tells her father, she will protect the one she loves. The one she loves is our beautiful Jung-woo, with whom she gets to ride the subway (field research, he seems to do it often) and have very sweet-looking drinks in a restaurant/bar. He says she should work less and find a good husband. He learns she has been married before and the situation turns even more awkward than before. He is very uncomfortable around her. I'm glad she isn't just portrayed as totally bitchy. In fact, she seems nice. Sometimes.
For the life of me, I cannot understand why people don't love this show! Alright, wrong ... I can understand: It's too slow, it's full of cliches, it's too shallow, etc. etc. etc. But ... it has Joo Sang-wook! A Joo Sang-wook who isn't arrogant and aloof, but a Joo Sang-wook who is being tormented by a woman I would immediately befriend in real life. Maybe. A bit. We fast nearing the half-point of this drama, but before we go into Angst-territory, we will need to see how much these two people still care for each other.
Second Lead's quiet love for Jung-woo has something really sad - she looked so happy when she was able to stand so near him in the subway. We have had a few instances before where he looked at her strangely when she made (soft) advances, but in this episode, he is not catching on at all. Of course, he is far too preoccupied with thinking about his Ex-Wife. I don't hate Second Lead anymore ... at least not at this moment. That will most likely change, when she turns into a REAL Second Lead.