kakashi: Be strong, unni (I still refuse to watch this stuff subbed. Bleh)
We go back in time to the gallery being set up for the opening. The evil assistant doesn't know what this last, large installation is. That's because Polar Bear arranged it himself, and he didn't tell her because he didn't make up his mind until the last minute. So he has a habit of springing plan changes on women at the last minute, I see (IdontcareIHateThemsoMuch!!!!). She is NOT pleased to see Ji Yeon's face on the wall. Polar Bear seems oblivious to the undercurrent of emotion as he tells her that he figured this was his last chance to confess to his love, and that once the show is over he expects to leave Korea. Last chance? Please tell me, you ridiculously stupid man: when was the first chance that you missed? or the second? or the third?
kakashi: I think I'm thankful to this drama that I hate this Woman much more than I hate Jerkface. I feel sorry for him because something went badly wrong with his Plastic Surgery. That must be hard to bear.
Ji Yeon stands there stunned, looking at herself. The King of Really Terrible Ways to Confess After Having Broken a Heart stops behind her and calls her name quietly. Dong Ha runs in and then stops dead in surprise. The wrong man utters these words: Ji Yeon-ah, let's start again. Thousands of viewers throw things at the television while the key players on screen stare at each other meaningfully and the reporters start taking photos.
kakashi: It's good that I had that idea to ... "change" all the images he is in. It makes watching this easier. I see him and I think: "what could I draw in his face in this frame? And in this?"
kakashi: It's just stupid. I'm sad. I really liked this drama in the beginning.
kakashi: Is that all???! Seriously??! I was expecting something grand! Like: he was eaten by a lion, was able to climb out of his belly even though he lost a leg, then fell into a river and chewed up by some alligators, then had amnesia, and some brain matter came out through his ears, too.
kakashi: I do this with a lot of pleasure:
kakashi: hahahahaha, his leg??! That's .... hahahahaaaa, see? The leg scenario would have been awesome. The lions ate it! And it tasted like chicken!
(why????? What have they been doing? Swimming?), Ji Yeon is helping a limping Polar Bear to the couch in his apartment. The doctor at the hospital told him he'd be fine if he took his medicine and rested, so she shouldn't worry. Good news, Jerkface, thanks for sharing. So now Ji Yeon can go to the home she shares with Puppy, right? Nope, she spends the night there fussing over the wrong man, while Puppy waits anxiously for her to return. Over breakfast the next morning, he FINALLY says something fact-based. He was in Somalia, at the end of his trip, and everything was fine - peaceful even, when suddenly the embassy is warning everyone to stay in their rooms. It was the day he had to leave to return for the wedding, though, so how could he do that? He doesn't say what happened, just that he briefly regained consciousness after his surgery on March 15th - which I think was their wedding day - and then not again for a long time: his wound got infected and he spent two months in a coma. When he woke up, the wedding rings were there. That's all he knew. Ji Yeon is clearly affected. Fine, it's an affecting story. It is. I still don't want you to get the girl. It sucks for you, but I just don't. Life isn't fair.
kakashi: I try, JoAnne. I try. But I'm not at all affected. Maybe because I don't have subs. Maybe because I HATE THIS STORY.
kakashi: A thought crosses my mind, and I would like to share: Have we ever seen Yoon Hyun-min's abs? I can't remember!!
Yes. There's a scene in Heartless City in a parking garage - he's been injured and he has a bandage around his upper ribs but he doesn't have on a shirt, just a long coat. Plus, maybe, possibly, in the very beginning when we meet him in that awesome building and he's on the bed with his girl that gets killed something like two scenes later?
kakashi: Just get this done and over with, seriously.
kakashi: Na-rae: I love you a little bit.
kakashi: Well. This mother doesn't know what she wants though. Because didn't she say just very recently that he WASN'T Seobang material?!
kakashi: Is he still hoping to get this woman? That's brave and foolish, really. She hasn't given him any hope. She has only pushed him away, again and again. I believe she is not worthy of him. And she even cut his plant!
(into the elevator and out at the Bear's!). There's your standard male posturing. Even Polar Bear wants to know why on earth Dong Ha revealed the truth, and he says it's so that Ji Yeon could then come to him with a clear heart. Because after all, clearing up the misunderstanding doesn't erase the six years of pain. Nope, agrees Stupid Face. But those six hard years don't erase the ten good ones that came before THAT. Those won't go away, he assures Dong Ha, who smiles and says well then, I guess we'll just have to wait and see who she's with in ten years, won't we? Hmmm. Yes. My money is on the young blood, of course.
kakashi: I'm with you, unni. I know you've seen the original. You know such things.
kakashi: I am ready to fastforward to only Cutie Soo scenes to be honest. That could be a problem for episodes 9 and 10, which I am in charge of recapping.
kakashi: Agreed. He is a good man. But he would be even better if he went and scratched Noh's eyes out!
(oh wait! there's ... something moving! Ah no. I was mistaken) - and after all, he had no idea what they thought, and what he thought was that his fiancee dumped him in the wake of his terrible accident - but he STILL doesn't explain anything and just keeps repeating that he never stopped loving Ji Yeon, like that's the only thing that even matters. He's on his knees to the woman, so he's asking for forgiveness... except he never says anything to her to acknowledge her pain, he only talks about his own. Mom sends him packing and then collapses inside the house. Almost immediately she's consumed with worry for Ji Yeon, and rushes off to the Fish Place to check on her. Where, of course, she is not. I keep forgetting Mom thinks Ji Yeon lives there. Na Rae and Min Goo don't have their excuses straight, and Mom ends up racing over to Dong Ha's place. How does she know where it is?
kakashi: It's the mom-compass. Mother have it. They always know things like that.
(I heart him). Outside, he runs into Dong Ha. Cutie tries to warn Dong Ha away, but when he learns that Mom is upstairs, Dong Ha races to join Ji Yeon.
kakashi: Reflecting a little bit on this shit, I'm thinking ... how would I feel? Here it is: WHY did he never try to contact her if he loved her that much???! Yeah, sure she "sent back the rings", but FUCK YOU, do you just sit still and do nothing if you love someone??!?! Nope. Not a man you would ever want back. And he did not get injured because of HER. He got injured because he choose to go there. End of story.
kakashi: That's just sad.
kakashi: Truer words have never been spoken!
kakashi: I vote for all of the above.
kakashi: It's unmyeong again, fucking with people. Also, it's the writers of this drama, fucking with us. How many episodes does it have? Couldn't they just have skipped this shit?
kakashi: Sometimes, KDrama sucks big time.
Dong Ha offers to help take her (one) bag over to the apartment. Ji Yeon doesn't even try to say it's not necessary. Next door, they make awkward small talk about settling in, and he offers to help her unpack. She offers to make him something to drink and he accepts. As she busies herself in the kitchen she takes a call from Polar Bear and Dong Ha listens sadly and we see that he's been hiding a book behind him. 'The Moment of Magic'. As he writes on the flyleaf, Dong Ha in voiceover quotes from the book the very things that we love about him: True love means wanting the other person to be happy. Life is short. If you've been holding words in your heart that you want to share, consider today your last chance and share them. Without a doubt, the 'moment of magic' you've been waiting for is today. We see what he has written in the book - 'Would you stay with me?'
kakashi: Oh no. This is really heart breaking...
kakashi: He might not be planning it, but he is young! And young people sometimes do spontaneous things.
kakashi: Just you wait, drama. It's my turn next. And I am in need for blood.
I hate myself for saying this, but I don't really fault Shi Hoo for not contacting her all these years. If I am reasonable and fair, I could only fault him if I also faulted her. Neither of them pursued it after learning out of the blue that the other no longer wanted to be in a relationship. That's the crux of it; the details don't matter. If you hate one for it, you must hate the other.
kakashi: I do fault him for it. Because it's immensely stupid. If you love someone like he claims he loves her, he would not have sat still and let her walk away without any explanation. You just don't do that. You call the other person, you beg, you cry, you do not stop until you really, really understand why they have dumped you.
FORTUNATELY I have plenty of other reasons to believe that Polar Bear is not the man for Ji Yeon, and that Dong Ha IS. Polar Bear considers himself first; Dong Ha considers others. Polar Bear cannot communicate his way out of a paperbag; Dong Ha is able to express himself directly and does not wait for unreasonably long periods to do so. Polar Bear lies and makes unilateral decisions; Dong Ha is truthful and tries to work with people. Polar Bear will always have painful associations for Ji Yeon; Dong Ha does not have any such. Although I have no reason to think that Polar Bear would not do this, I know for a fact that being with Dong Ha helps soften Ji Yeon and bring out her kindness. We have no evidence that Polar Bear did the same, although she was known to be a prickly person even in youth. Ji Yeon framed her life within the context of Polar Bear, even choosing her career based on HIS dream; Dong Ha is always interested in what other people actually think/feel/want.
kakashi: Polar Bear, your time is up. Go away.
I am still mightily pleased with the story-telling here, far more than with My Queen (even though it was good, it dragged through the upcoming parts.) The pace is decent and we are given good insight into people's feelings. The small changes in plot details actually work better, for the most part. I do think they should have included a confrontation with the evil bitchface assistant in this episode, but perhaps it was too difficult to fit everything in. Perhaps it comes in Episode 9. The confrontation existed, and since I wasn't really pleased with the outcome there, I really want to see how they handle it here.
kakashi: Burn at the stakes with Veggie Ahjumma, BaDIL and Min-jung from Jangbori!
Despite enjoying the story, I also think - in case anyone is wondering - that the entire set up is ridiculous. I mean, come on: They dated for 10 years and were getting married in a month; you don't think his mentor the professor knew Ji Yeon exists? His parents were mentioned to have emigrated; you don't think that they were in Korea for at least a couple days before the event? They didn't get a phone call from Somalia, either? Or they got it, but decided not to ever tell Ji Yeon? Be serious. I have way more problems with those plot holes than I do over Ji Yeon accepting the word of an assistant and not double-checking. Let's face it: evil bitchface assistants only think up lies and then act on them like that in KDramas. You wouldn't ever suspect it in real life. And you don't think a boyfriend of ten years would suddenly change their mind without warning? Talk to the woman who's floored by the departure of her husband of twenty years, or thirty. It happens.
kakashi: Thank you. Absolutely ridiculous. Which makes me a bit sad. Because it does lessen my pleasure that this drama promised and delivered in the beginning.
Whatever, ridiculous set up or not, those are the rules for this story. She believed what she was told, and her heart was broken. He believed what he saw, and his heart was broken. Neither pursued it with the other. 'You're supposed to fight for your love!' Give me a break. People misinterpret that constantly and it pisses me off. Fight for your love does not mean chase a person until they break down and give in to you. Fight for your love means love is HARD and when two people have it they should pay attention to it and make an effort to keep it strong. One person will lag and the other will pick up the slack, and then maybe the situation reverses. But they're both committed to the relationship and THAT'S what the fight is; to stay that way. Because life and familiarity can wear you down. But when a person decides that they're done and tells you they're out? There is no fight for that. That person is gone.
kakashi: Be gone, polar bear, be gone!
None of which should be interpreted to mean that I want Ji Yeon with Shi Hoo. I do not. What happened to them was tragic, but that love is in the past. Time to move on. Until next week: Puppy forever! Ji Yeon-ah, be strong!