Hey all, Leila is busy so I’ll be doing this week’s recap.
I hope this won’t be too jarring for those following her recaps because while I also love this drama, my opinion is quite different from hers. You see, Do Kyung is on my shit list.
The first thing Oh Hae Young does when she wakes up is to rush over to her parents’ to cook. Why? Because she wants to make Do Kyung a spread to thank him for the lamp… and because she’s fallen for him. Her feelings came on really quickly, considering the trauma she’s recovering from but on the other hand, it makes sense because she’s particularly vulnerable. Of course, she’d latch on to the cute neighbor who’s nice to her. And who forces her into compromising positions when he pushes her into dark alleys to avoid his drunk sister. Yeah, how could she possibly resist?
Do Kyung’s silly friend, Jin Sang, sees them together and warns him to back the hell off especially now that Tae Jin will be leaving jail. I agree. He needs to stop playing with fire! He’s falling for her after destroying her life. He absolutely has no right to play whatever game he’s playing given his role in her misery but the heart wants what it wants.
We finally learn why Pretty Oh Hae Young jilted Do Kyung at the altar. His evil, greedy mom sent her a recording of him admitting to being with her out of pity. I have to tell you that I was of the same mind as Do Kyung that the only acceptable excuse was a terminal illness but I stand corrected. I only wonder why she’s back. Why does she want them to give it another shot when from what she knows, nothing has changed? It’s funny that last week, I blamed her for not telling him about his mother but I’m now with her. In her shoes, I would also have dumped his ass without discussing it with him because it’s too humiliating.
Meanwhile, Jin Sang does what he can to stop Do Kyung from himself by sending someone to seduce Hae Young. How cute of him but he does realize he’s also at fault for fingering Tae Jin, right? But I’m not too mad at him because we got a Yeon Woo Jin cameo! I wonder how many more Marriage, Not Dating alums will show up.
But while Oh Hae Young enjoys the attention, she doesn’t fall for him because she’s firmly interested in another man. Once she realizes that she’d been set up, she confronts Jin Sang who tells her that Do Kyung is only dating her because he’s not over Pretty Hae Young. Hmm. I wonder how much of her interest in him is about not losing to her?
When she gets back home and sees him in his car, she tells him not to see Pretty because seeing him with the woman she hates will make her hate him too. He points out her childishness and she replies that she’ll hate anyone he’s seeing because she likes him. Girrrrrl, I know you’re determined to not let getting dumped rob you from finding a love but it’s okay to hold back. Especially when you’re in very murky waters like this. If I were her, I would run for the hills and let him and the woman I hate figure themselves out.
And he agrees with me because he asks her if she thinks he’s weird enough to date his ex’s namesake.
She then asks that why – with her problematic name – was he nice to her? Since he can’t tell her that it’s because he destroyed her life, he claims that it was because he felt bad for her. It hurts but she’s relieved because it could have been worse – it could have been because she reminded him of Pretty Oh Hae Young. Le sigh. Hae Young-ah, you need to see someone about your issues.
She consoles herself that him feeling bad for her is okay because he’s at least feeling something. Le sigh again.
He gets mad because she’s not getting it: HE DOES NOT LIKE HER! How typical, using meanness to push her away. She’s hurt but takes it in stride, vowing to make him cry someday. You’d better!
She goes home and psyches herself that she’s not embarrassed. Hellz to the hell no. She will not allow herself to get embarrassed about love, something one should proudly throw themselves into. But even she doesn’t believe her lies and she sobs in the bathroom. Which apparently is the exact time her parents show up with food and a plan to meet the man they already consider their future son-in-law.
As expected, the dinner is uncomfortable as Hae Young’s mom plays future mother-in-law but when she can’t take it any more, Hae Young blurts out that Do Kyung doesn’t like her so they need to quit it already which leads to all hell breaking loose and her parents and Do Kyung leaving.
We then get a flashback to the conversation Pretty Oh Hae Young heard. It took place during a fight between Do Kyung and his mother where she tried to convince him not to marry her. She’d pointed out that as someone who knew nothing about love (because apparently, the witch had never shown it to him), he shouldn’t be marrying a woman who also knew nothing about it, given her difficult childhood. He defends his decision by explaining that he’s not a cruel animal who’d dump a woman who was clearly still suffering from abandonment issues and when his mother points out it is not love, he agrees that it’s pity. Well, goddamn. I’d expected his perspective to be more sympathetic and while his comments about how her eyes quiver might imply that he loved her, it’s still pretty terrible.
Then it’s time for the two sets of ex-lovers to meet. While Pretty Oh Hae Young and Do Kyung’s meeting is planned, Tae Jin just happens to drive past a brooding Hae Young at the bus stop. He knew she’d be there, right?
Tae Jin. Tae Jin. Tae Jin. We need more Tae Jin. It’s Week Four and I need to know more about him. So far, these two loved each other and were torn apart by Do Kyung’s vengeful ways. We need to see more of him to decide how mad we are at Do Kyung!
While Do Kyung continues to be a tool and comes up with some extremely lame explanation that he pities those he loves (WTF and didn’t he just tell Our Hae Young that pitying didn’t equate to liking her?), Hae Young and Tae Jin have an awkward conversation where she nervously blurts out a dinner invitation to him. It’s one of those cases where nerves cause you to utter the first thing on your mind. But it’s a welcome development for Tae Jin who wants to reconnect.
Pretty Hae Young comes up with a brilliant plan to help them get over each other by spending time together to create new memories. What a load of bull. She’s clearly trying to get back with him. She wants them to play ping-pong again and we get a cute flashback of how he worked hard to beat her at the game to propose. I really enjoy their flashbacks.
The first thing Do Kyung does after meeting with his ex and recollecting their happy times is think of our Hae Young. Which is exactly what you’d expect from a man who’d adamant that he doesn’t like her. After confirming that she’s dressed like in his vision of her walking into traffic, he rushes to find her.
Meanwhile, meeting her ex puts Hae Young in a fragile state, leading her straight into traffic.
Long story short, Mr. I-Don’t-Like-Hae-Young desperately rescues a woman who’d managed to cross the street safely.
They end up going out for drinks where she pours her heart out to him as per usual. She laments about meeting her ex on a day she wasn’t looking her best and laughs at the irony of having a dinner date with a man who’d expressed disgust at how she eats.
Meanwhile, Soo Kyung continues to live in her private hell. In today’s drunken walk, she runs into Jin Sang with whom they are clearly setting a romance. She laments about her love life in French and to her surprise, he speaks it back to her. It turns out that he’s understood everything she spouted but feigned ignorance to protect her. He advises her to go and meet with the married man she fell in love with before he leaves town. Girl, you mean that all this time, it’s been about a married man!?!? I’m glad that she’s now aware that someone else knows about the pain she’s going through because while it’s embarrassing, I think it can also provide some comfort and she can start to heal.
Tae Jin’s mom meets with Hae Young’s to see if there’s a chance their kids could reconnect. Hae Young’s mom doesn’t think it’s a good idea but her father tells her to at least broach the topic with their daughter so that she can know that the other side is still interested. And with that, Hae Young finally reveals the truth to them. This devastates her parents as they think back to how they’d treated her over this issue. I’d feel more for them if they hadn’t been unnecessarily cruel in the first place.
Meanwhile, Mr. I-Don’t-Like-Hae-Young reminds us that he’s a huge jerk. My main reason for disliking Do Kyung is that he’s impulsive and selfish.
Tae Jin drives over to Hae Young’s because he’s at the stalking phase of his “Get Her Back” plan. Do Kyung spots him and follows him. Then he rams his car into his. WTF!?!?
He steps out of the car and aggressively knocks on Tae Jin’s window. Tae Jin recognizes him and asks him what the hell his problem is with him. He nonchalantly confesses that he’d mistakenly ruined his business but had intentionally hit his car. Then he tells him to sue him if he wants. Like, again, WHAT THE SERIOUS FUCK?
Tae Jin understandably gets upset and punches him. You go, boy! Do Kyung tells him that he can do what he likes. He’ll even let him punch him 100 times as long as he lets him hit him once. Like, da heck? Tae Jin starts to pummel him and I’m cheering him on. I don’t even think he beat him enough. The cops separate them and Do Kyung finally reveals why he’d gone after him. He demands to know how he could say that! Say what? He’s upset at how harsh he’d been with Hae Young.
This is why I can’t stand this mofo. What’s with the sanctimonious bullshit? Does he really think he has a leg to stand on? What gives him the right to admonish him for the things he said when he’s the freaking root cause of everything? The main reason Oh Hae Young’s heart is broken is you, Do Kyung, not Tae Jin. Yes, he said some harsh words to her to make it perfectly clear that their relationship was over but that’s all because YOU ruined his business and freaking got him sent to jail! You should be kissing his feet and begging for forgiveness and not getting upset on Hae Young’s behalf. If you want to punch someone, punch your damn self. You’re the cause of everything. And then you hurt her even more by lying about your feelings. So back the hell off and leave this man alone.
Now, Tae Jin is also at fault because while he did the noble idiot thing to protect her, he should have been honest with her and told her everything that was going on with him. He didn’t want to burden her but that’s what you do when you plan to spend your life with someone. So now that he’s out, he too, needs to stay the hell away from her! But I only half-heartedly say this because I think that if he still loves her then he should be honest with her about everything he’s been through, beg for her forgiveness and let her decide if she still loves him.
Anyway, Hae Young and her parents have some family time at the norebang. While she’s out with them, Do Kyung calls and asks her to come home. She tells him she will if he admits to missing her. Argh, this chick. He doesn’t but with his super hearing, is able to identify where she is.
He rushes over and well, while he pisses me off, I am not blind to their chemistry and the romance between them. They don’t talk as they go home and he doesn’t even speak when she asks him about his bruised face. It’s kind of perfect. Once they get home, she reveals that she’d finally been honest with her parents and can’t hurt them any further by sticking to him. She knows she’s a fool for having these feelings so she’s going to end them. His only response is for her to be careful of cars. Gosh, tortured male leads are so annoying.
And boy is he tortured because he now gets sudden pangs of pain. He’s having visions of getting seriously hurt. I wonder what this is about. Then he has another vision and this time, it’s about him fighting with and then forcing a kiss on our Hae Young. Oh my goodness, we are getting a kiss next week!
Speaking of torture, this show needs to stop torturing me! It’s crazy because I’ve disliked Do Kyung ever since it was revealed that he’d mistakenly ruined Tae Jin’s life. I feel he’s been way too nonchalant about that and should have been more proactive about righting that wrong.
Then it turned out that while his mother is an evil bitch who ruined his wedding, he played a very active part in it! And he couldn’t even give her a reasonable explanation afterwards. I find him incredibly selfish because he lets his emotions take over and is unable to stop himself from doing things like picking a fight with Tae Jin whom – as far as he and the audience know – is an innocent victim of his revenge. How dare he?
I feel he absolutely shouldn’t benefit from ruining Hae Young’s life by gaining her love which makes their eventual coupling WRONG!
But on the other hand – and this is where the torture comes in – this story makes me want to ship them. Like, I say I don’t ship them but know that if I’m honest with myself, deep down, I kind of do. Haha. Their chemistry, actions, the dialogue, the looks in their eyes… gosh, why am I so weak? That’s why I need them to reveal more of Tae Jin so I jump ship. Show us how he’s wonderful and totally right for Hae Young. But will that happen? Surely, they need to justify having her end up with Do Kyung. Will he turn out to be evil or something? I feel there needs to be a twist with him to make it perfectly okay for us to root for the show’s OTP.
So right now, Do Kyung is a huge mess. He feels guilty for what he’s done and is now battling the feelings he knows he’s not allowed to have. Which leads to all the recklessness that makes me dislike him. So bro, work harder with your shrink to fix yourself ASAP! It’s crazy because while I can’t stand him, I sometimes love him. I love that he barges into her apartment to take care of her like he did when he got her medicine. I love that she makes him go crazy and he sometimes can’t help himself, worrying about her based on whatever visions he’s getting. I love that he wants to hurt anyone who hurts her! As I said, torture.
And just when they tell us that she’s going to work to get over him, he learns that he will be kissing her soon. Typical.
Leila will be back next week! Till then….