All this dancing around the truth, dancing around feelings, almost knowing things...it's nerve-wracking. Thank goodness we have Joo Jin Mo being cute and boyish to sustain us! I don't know about you, but I feel very sustained.
Oh most definitely. I am so very glad that cute and adorable Joo Jin Mo is such an intricate part of this drama. His smiley-ness is constantly threatening to do me in.
|We all wait, alone, dreaming to Joo Jin Mo in our ear. Don't we?|
Episode 4Jung Eun's strange feeling that she has some connection to Eun Ho's story is growing stronger, and she visits her mother in hopes of learning more about her life pre-amnesia. Mom almost slips up when she says something to Jung Eun about 'when we first saw you...' but recovers quickly. We know she is conflicted about the secret they're all keeping from Jung Eun, but for now she'll toe the party line since her husband is adamant that 'this is for the best.' Jung Eun puts a cheerful face on it (sorry, I picked the pouty face screencap because she looks so cute), but she still thinks something is strange.
For the life of me I cannot think how anyone thought that this was a good idea to give a woman with amnesia a fake life story. I mean, way to complicate things even more. One thing I really love about our amnesiac is that her cheerful goodness somehow remained intact despite the trauma. It's such an Eun Dong characteristic and seems part of her core.
The part that gets me is that they just assumed she'd NEVER remember.
Even when her hairdresser friend tells her she's starting to act like the obsessive lead in Stephen King's Misery, she's not really convinced her strange feeling is all in her head. Friend theorizes that she just imagines herself in the story because she doesn't know her own life; it's pure romantic fantasy to think she might be Eun Dong. The two women laugh when Jung Eun admits that Eun Ho makes her heart flutter, because it's obvious he would make ANY woman's heart flutter.Yup, a whole host of women avidly waiting for squeecaps
Hihi. I love how he turns into an awkward schoolboy around her. She's all business and he's like, um, let me stand awkwardly here with my hair so sexily tousled. Also, when I come home, can Joo Jin Mo please be waiting there to open the door like that for me?
Oh Eun Ho-yah, you are so cute. Is it just me or is he a little like a teenage girl obsessed with when her crush isn't texting back? I guess teenage boys can be like that too. And Dong Kyu, with the patience of a saint, is just not fazed at all continues to grill the meat. With all the eating that takes place in dramas, it's not wonder I'm starving half the time while watching.
He is EXACTLY like a teenaged girl, and Dong Kyu is adorable and snuggly in his own right.
Oh whoops! I got distracted. Yes Eung Dong-ah, we totally get why you're in tears and completely exasperated when you listen to that voice.
I think South Korea really needs to shoot some car CFs with Joo Jin Mo staring moodily into the distance. I know I'd be like, um, I'll buy ten of those.
The thought has crossed my mind more than once that Hyun Bal is in love with her. Anyone else getting that vibe? She really is a shameless conniver and she's so incredibly meddlesome too! Argh! If I type anymore, I will not say very nice things about her.
It never occurred to me - all I see is that she supports the agency (but it's secret from Eun Ho) and he's a toady who will kiss ass for money.
Halmae for the win! You tell her to go talk to Eun Ho, pretty please with a cherry on top! Jung Eun not only needs to find Eun Ho, but she really needs to get her memories back. To be missing two decades of her life must leave her feeling rather empty and unfulfilled. I can't imagine that being a pleasant experience for anyone, let along throwing in a forgotten first love star crossed lovers deal.
*grumble grumble* I want to
Oh man! Did you catch that eye-roll from the MIL?! Jeepers woman. Jung Eun is the one working several jobs to put bread on the table. Breadwinners often come home late in Korean dramas lady, didn't you get the memo? Wait, I'm kind of glad that the MIL seems to have reticently gone along with the whole sham memory scheme. Despite her lecturing ways, she might actually help reveal the truth #tryingtofindthesilverlining. At least hubby does seem genuinely sorry that his mother is being horrid to Jung Eun.
Dear Eun Ho, inviting woman over for a glass of wine and some dinner late at night is not exactly sending signals that you're not in love with her. Sincerely me. (Though if the whole Eun Dong thing doesn't work out, I'm happy to stop by) Though way to go taking the initiative for getting that kiss woman, however much that I also hate that you did that. Those lips belong to Eun Dong.
*sigh* I don't even know what to say about these two together. Twisted is right. Therapy anyone?
I think I've seen those same sheets at the Lotte department store. As much as I'm not okay with hubby a seeming co-conspirator with the memory sham gang, I do feel sorry for him. A little.
I googled his possible injuries and it looks like he has a C5 spinal column injury, which is possible to partially recover from, maybe. Then again, I am no medical professional.
She shares that her husband died seven years earlier, and claims that he lived two extra years with his brain tumor due to her efforts. She goes on to remember him fondly as a man who could make people laugh right up until the end. Even his appearance before her in a hospital gown was cool, and the smell of his cigarettes was like leaves burning. She encourages Jung Eun to regain her memories so that thoughts of falling for Jae Ho will help them through the tough times. Jung Eun confesses that even though she wants to remember, she's also afraid. She says it feels like inside those memories is a secret she's not supposed to know, one that will come like a big wind and shake everything up.
Soooo...um....why are you only encouraging Jung Eun to recover her memories ten years after the injury? Why now? And Dr. Hyun Soo's noona, are you also part of the memory sham gang? Jung Eun-ah hwaiting! You can recover your memories, though you are right, those memories are going to shake everything up, that's for sure.
If they've only been back in the country for a few months, Hyun Ah hasn't known them long. She definitely is not part of the cover up, regardless.
Eun Ho pouts to learn that Jung Eun contacted Dong Kyu to ask what the book title should be, now that she's almost finished. He insists again that he couldn't possibly have been rude and refuses to discuss the title until she calls him. This prompts a warning from Dong Kyu not to stand on principle and to instead remember his manners and only show his 'cool actor' side. They bicker about who's more rude and when Dong Kyu insists it's not her because 'she's not like that!' Eun Ho demands to know who comes first if they both fall in the water in front of the manager. Warning him not to be childish just causes Eun Ho to childishly insist that they're MAKING him be childish. At this, poor Dong Kyu sighs and reminds him that Jung Eun has a tough life: she works part-time in a clothing store, plus she's doing writing and editing, and on top of that she has the disabled husband to care for - for a person like that, even a casual word could be hurtful.
Ji Eun Ho, teenage boy in a man's body, a very manly man's body I might add. Whatever they're paying Dong Kyu might not be enough.
|Really, she's soooo rude!!! She must text me back NOW!!!|
This guy sure does not have it easy. Back at the office, Dong Kyu gets abuse from Hyun Bal because of the book - how could everyone know about it but the agency? Hyun Bal demands to meet the writer. He swears he won't do anything to her - he just wants to meet her and ask her to be cautious with the writing. Dong Kyu warns him that if anything happens to Jung Eun, he'll tell Eun Ho right away.
Manager needed: must be able to deal with moody actors and abusive CEO's. Dong Kyu: That sounds like a great job! I should apply!
I've been trying to figure this out now for several episodes: Why is Hyun Bal so concerned about making sure that Eun Dong never comes back into Eun Ho's life? Like I really don't get it. He's not in on the memory sham gang's plan I'm sure, so what's his beef? Does he not want to see Eun Ho happy?
It's because Se Ryeong doesn't want it to happen, and the agency either owes her money or she has info that Hyun Bal doesn't want to get out.
He tells Jung Eun that he's been friends with Hyun Soo since high school and knows his history with Eun Dong better than anyone else. For that reason, if she has questions she should contact him and not bother Eun Ho. In fact, he asks specifically that she not meet Eun Ho. Jung Eun agrees to his request without even asking why. Back at the office, Hyun Bal asks Dong Kyu how he found the writer and insists that she never meet Eun Ho.
Oh Hyun Bal. I don't like you so much.
I don't actively dislike him - he's shown conflicted feelings about this. I can understand feeling responsible for making sure the agency doesn't fail, and why he'd be tempted to think that it's to everyone's benefit if Eun Ho just falls for Se Ryeong the way she wants. The problem is that it's not his choice.
This is probably pointless, as Eun Ho has given in to his frustration and left Jung Eun a message requesting that they meet. When she returns his call his little smile of satisfaction is funny, as are his pointed queries: why did she hang up like that that day? did she receive the music file he sent? He's so petty! But Jung Eun has no idea he's been upset and innocently says yes, she got the file - that was the song that he and Eun Dong were listening to the first time they kissed, right? Eun Ho says yes.
Poor Writer Seo. Eun Ho really is so petty. Silly teenage man.
She suggests that the book title should be Saranghaneun EunDong-ah (My Beloved Eun Dong) and the scene flips to black and white for a moment as Eun Ho freezes in place. He stutters that he likes that, and she says she heard it was the first line of the letter he left for Eun Dong with that halmeoni 10 years ago. She hangs up, claiming that she has to get on the subway. We hear a young Eun Dong telling Hyun Soo that she wishes he would grow up to be a good person, and we realize what has caught Eun Ho's ear - she sounds like Eun Dong might. The thought is so distracting that he can't concentrate on his meeting with a TV station exec, so he rushes off and immediately tries to call Jung Eun.
With all these time freezes and hallucinations going on, I'd started to wonder if the coffee weren't hallucinogenic. As I think I mentioned a little earlier, Eun Dong's core goodness has remained intact in amnesiac Jung Eun and I love that those echoes of the past desire to be good are what get Eun Ho's mind jogging.
When he can't reach her he calls Dong Kyu and demands that he come right away, then confirms with him that he's seen Jung Eun's face. His questions are urgent: How old is she? Where did she go to school? They have her resume, right? Of course they don't have any of that and a frustrated Eun Ho demands to know if Seo Jung Eun is even her real name. Dong Kyu has no doubts, and says he even deposited the money to the account of Seo Jung Eun. He mentions that Hyun Bal met her, too, and muses that he also had a lot of questions as well.
Her name! Now we're getting somewhere Eun Ho, well at least a little closer.
Ah! So close, but so far! This drama is such a tease! Eun Ho, I feel your disappointment. I want to you meet Eun Dong too, but then again, it's going to make your heart hurt, and mine. Maybe you should wait a little bit. Okay?
Eun Dong! How could you NOT tell Eun Ho that your adopted name was Seo Jung Eun?! No wonder he couldn't find her when he went searching at her old college. Yeah, the whole Hyun Bal thing confuses me. I really have no idea what role he's playing in hiding/not hiding her and why? o.O
These two. Hyun Bal, why do you dislike seeing Eun Ho happy? Se Ryeong, find a new man. You can't have Eun Ho. Dang right they have a scary fate and it might be best to not get in Fate's way peeps.
When Hyun Bal returns to his office, Eun Ho is waiting there and says he's moving forward with publishing the book, and if Hyun Bal won't publicize it he'll call a press conference on his own. Eun Ho confirms that his friend met with Jung Eun, and Hyun Bal passes it off as just a move to ensure she wouldn't ever reveal having ghostwritten the story. Eun Ho sounds tired and dejected when he confesses that her voice is just like Eun Dong's. Like Dong Kyu, Hyun Bal laughs it off - voices can sound the same. He says she's pretty but he doesn't particularly remember her face. Meanwhile, Se Ryeong instructs a young, handsome lackey (Kim Hyun Joon!) to investigate her rival.
Oh hello handsome lackey!
I am starting to think that perhaps Eun Ho never really grew up. He's like Peter Pan in a man's body. So petty.
At home, Jae Ho asks his wife when she'll be done with the book, admitting that it feels uncomfortable that she spends so much time texting another man. She laughs and says that Eun Ho is weird, that his real name was Park Hyun Soo but he changed it to sound more like Eun Dong. Jae Ho freezes at that name and when Jung Eun confirms that the woman Ji Eun Ho is looking for is named Ji Eun Dong, let's just say it's a good thing she's not looking at him. She'd have known right then. Fearfully, he asks how old Eun Dong is. When the reply comes that she and Eun Dong are the same age, Jae Ho's eyes fill with tears and he begins to shake and breathe hard, but he passes it off as being tired.
One minute I feel sorry for hubby, the next minute I'm like: see, lying hasn't bought long-term happiness, you can't be sad now that you realize the game might be up. How is it that I'm feeling both sorry for him and angry at the same time?
I think he was checking to see if he had told her via text and that when she called, she was maybe repeating the information he had maybe given) Even though it's late, he calls her right away, waking up both Jung Eun and her husband.
Dun Dun Dun...*tension*
I really loved the play on words there with the "it's too late". Not only was it late at night, but in many ways, Eun Ho and Eun Dong might be too late in realizing their love. She's also terrified she might be Eun Dong and what that might mean. It could just be easier to let it all go. Though of course, we'd have no drama then.
CommentsAh! We're so CLOSE! Overall this drama has really grabbed my heart despite some plot issues. They are minor points of continuity mainly, but also a couple of gaping holes. One would be thatHyun Bal knew her as Seo Jung Eun back then, but also knew she was Eun Dong, and yet Eun Ho has no idea that Eun Dong is also Seo Jung Eun. Another would be the timeline of the accident and their stay in America. Yup. Yup. Yup.
The accident happened in Korea but when? Ten years ago or a few months ago? It had to be ten years ago, unless she deliberately stayed away from Eun Ho all this time. Why did they go to America if he was in a wheel chair? He was supposed to go there to play baseball, but that couldn't have happened, so why go? For medical treatment? These aren't rich people. Without insurance, that level of medical care in the US would bankrupt anyone who wasn't a multi-millionaire in a year or two. *nods nods*
How soon did they go after the accident? Wouldn't he have been in the hospital for a long time? What about her, she had to have been pregnant during the accident, right? So she had the baby in the states, far from their parents, with a brain injury and a completely disabled husband? Why? What did they do for ten years? Why did they come back? How come it's been ten years but now suddenly they're making a break through on his paralysis? Another issue: in the States she worked as an editor but here she can only get a job selling clothes in a children's store?
Yeah, there are some big gaps in the story. I am hoping *crosses fingers* that the memory sham gang have made so many lies that no one really knows what story is true anymore. I'm starting to doubt that anyone even went to the US at all.
These are the questions that keep me up at night, and they might have been enough to dim my interest in the show except that we have really good actors who make me care very much about their characters. They seem real because there are depths to them, and not everything about them is all good or all bad.
Jung Eun kept things from her oppa back then, and I don't like that even though I don't know the reason why yet. Eun Ho borders on the obsessive...okay, more than borders: he is obsessive. As a friend pointed out, it's very, very likely that he'd have lied to keep her by his side back then, too. This actually helps when thinking about Jae Ho - he loves his wife as much as Eun Ho loves her. It allows you to feel some sympathy for him (so far.)
Yeah, Eun Ho is definitely on the obsessive side. I'm not sure what to make of the pining for his first love when so much time has passed. I get the star-crossed lovers motif going on, but in some ways it really seems that he's lived so long in the past, watching that video clip over and over and over, that he won't really be able to deal with the present and all the baggage that comes with it. And I also feel some sympathy for Jae Ho. I'm really curious to see why everyone is so insistent as to why Eun Dong caused the accident. Had Jae Ho followed them there that day and confronted her? I do think that Jae Ho does love her though, and is using that to justify going along with the deception - especially if he does feel that she's to blame for his injury/the accident.
Se Ryeong can be forgiven a bit for her pursuit, too, because you can argue that Eun Ho is sending mixed signals. If someone likes you, states it out loud to you, and says that even if you say you're not interested, they're going to keep trying to win your heart? If you are not interested, your only possible choice is to cut ties with them, at least until they get over it. He doesn't do that. He likes having her around, probably likes that she likes him. It gives you a bit of understanding for her that she doesn't take what he says as his final word. Yup.
I just hope they don't make me like her father.
Oh please no! That would be awful!
|I will look at this lovely gif of Eun Ho walking his drama dog and try to remain calm|