I love this face. You can see the trust it holds – despite being a little afraid and a lot unsure.
Tonight what I would like to see is a little relief for our OTP, but I know this PD likes to torture us more than anything…Can’t they have one stolen moment of happiness, please?!
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April 24, 1993
It is raining on a very bright day. We see people going into a church – Hyung’s wedding.
Hyung comes down the stairs spiffed out in a tux, only, his head is down, shoulders slumped as if he’s heading to his own execution rather than a happy event.
Young-hoon (Yay! He’s back!!) comes in and congratulates him. Hyung thanks him, but again doesn’t look all that glad. Young-hoon smiles the brightest smiles ever and goes into the church. He’s looking for Sun-woo. Cute in pink Shi-ah pokes him in the back and says “Hello.”
He remembers her name, which makes her smile more, and asks if she has seen Sun-woo. When she says no, he grumbles that Sun-woo was the one who told him to come early.
He was sent to locate a passport, but the bride, looking gorgeous, found it on her own and holds it up. (Because you have to have your passport to get married? I guess so…)
They figured Sun-woo will come back once he realizes it’s not at the apartment. One of her friends has to prompt Hyung to compliment his lovely bride. He does, but seems preoccupied with something very heavy. As he walks away, the friends comment that he looks sad, and has lost weight since the previous year. Yoo-jin frowns a little thinking about him.
Hyung goes back out into the hall. Noona rolls Mom in in her wheelchair and she greets Hyung asking cheerfully, “Doesn’t she look better today?” A moment passes while Hyung regards her – trying not to recall what made Mom like that.
A priest comes in asking Hyung where his brother is and informs Hyung that the school called looking for him. Hyung tell hims he sent him over to the store, and the priest says he will let the school know. (Traitor. ) Ut-oh
We see Chang-min finish his conversation in the car, assuming with Choi, and speaking very politely about “the bride’s record shop” as he drives along.
Sun-woo is at Yoo-jin and Shi-ah’s emptied apartment searching through dresser drawers for the passport that isn’t there.
Sun-woo in o the phone with Young-hoon. Neither of them can remember what errand Hyung sent him on the day of the wedding.
As in last episode, Chang-min’s car creeps as soothing music plays on the sound track (When it should be the Jaws theme) and he gets out smiling like the creepy man luring in the kiddies with the candy. Sun-woo innocently identifies himself.
Adult Sun-woo watches the scar in the same spot emerge from his skin.
Young Sun-woo shaken and bleeding stumbles a little a way from his determined attacker. Chang-min swears, as Sun-woo asks what is going on, and gets push up against a wall.
Sun-woo tells Young-hoon he is about to die, but doesn’t know where.
Chang-min attacks again, and again, Sun-woo avoids the knife’s blow by using the umbrella as shield. But Chang-min manages to thrust the knife through the umbrella into Sun-woo’s shoulder.
Adult Sun-woo drops his phone. He appears to have felt the acute pain as he recalled the event in real time.
Chang-min drives the blade deeper, but the umbrella protects the teen acting as a buffer. Sun-woo falls sideways, and just in his reach, he grabs a beer bottle, bringing down hard on Chang-min’s head.
Arm hanging useless at his side, Sun-woo, then stumbles away from his assailant. Chang-min wrestles with the umbrella to get his arm and his knife free while Sun-woo puts some distance between them. Sun-woo gets inside a building near-by and goes up familiar stairs. It’s the record store. Chang-min follows right behind. Hands bloodied, Sun-woo fumbles with the keys trying to open the door.
Chang-min getting closer and closer. Just as Chang-min reaches him, Sun-woo opens the lock, drops the keys and kicks them away, getting inside just in time to turn the lock on the door. Chang-min shakes the handle in frustration and makes threatening faces.
Poor Sun-woo has no clue whey this man is after him. He backs away, blood is now streaming down his arm.
Sun-woo, remembering the trauma, has stopped the car in the middle of the street. Young-hoon continues to call his name, begging him to at least say he’s alive! Sun-woo obliges and speaks into the phone. “Yobosayo.” He fills Young-hoon in that he had been stabbed, but is fine, and that he hid somewhere. But doesn’t know where. (Why doesn’t he know? He has been there before, right?) In his rearview mirrors, Sun-woo spots a few vehicles coming up suddenly. Sun-woo tells Young-hoon he’ll call him back, restarts the car and speeds away. The bad guys stay with him as he maneuvers through busy traffic.
Just as Young-hoon says, “Yobosayo?!” in his worried voice, Min-young appears still in her funeral clothes.
She wants to know what is going on, but Young-hoon won’t say. Min-young warns him that if something else happens, she would be done for. Young-hoon tries to assure her, and tells her not to cry. That Sun-woo was only going to get the last incense stick and he found it.
“You said you lost it,” she recalls and he lets her know they found it, only there was a problem. We don’t hear him say what that problem is.
The car chase intensifies, the bad guys hot on Sun-woo’s tail.
Bum-suk, on the phone with Chul-min, reports what happened with Choi at the hospital. But Chul-min tells him he just saw him at the funeral, whatta ya talking about? Bum-suk insists and tells him the press took plenty of pictures. It’ll be on the news soon. We find out Choi made no comment.
Chul-min hangs up and calls Sun-woo, who interrupts a scolding to tell him now, NOW he needs his help. We don’t hear the request, but hear Chul-min say, “What?!”
Sun-woo pulls over on a side street and screeches to a stop. He opens the glove box and pulls out the video tape and the last incense stick. Watch set at 25 minutes, he holds up and takes a long look at the LAST incense stick.
Yoo-jin arrives at the funeral asking Min-young why she is alone. Min-young hears her phone buzz in her purse. Caller ID says. “Samchoon,” she walks away from her mom, looking at the phone. (Answer it! Answer it!)
She does and asks him where he is. With no preamble, he begins: “I’m about to use the last incense stick. I have something to tell you before that. My life is in danger right now. I have to go back.”
She tries to ask “What are you…” He continues,
“But if I could… There is something else I want to do. It’s to stop my brother’s wedding.”
Min-young thinks what that means, as he keeps talking.
“It’s his wedding in 30 minutes. There is no going back after the wedding. This is the last chance to change anything. It was my fault for changing it in the first place. But I thought that it was all worth it. But now that I look back, this is a misfortune for everyone. Jung Woo died. Yoo-jin became a widow again.
“No one is happy here. I don’t think I can live this life any longer. How about you?” He wants her to agree. She turns back towards her step-father’s photo, and her mother; she still doesn’t respond to him.
“Do you know what I mean? I want you back as Joo Min Young.” Min-young’s eyes fill with tears and her hand trembles.
“I don’t know how it will turn out. I told you already. This incense stick has always mocked me.” Sun-woo stares at the very last stick. “ But I still have to try it. As long as there is still hope. Do you agree?” No response from Min-young who is being asked to make a colossal choice that affects her mother’s love life as much as her own.
“Huh?” Sun-woo asks. “I want you to agree.”
Finally, we hear her decision. “Yes.” He tells her to wait for him and hangs up.
He immediately lights the incense,
Min-young looks over, guiltily? at her mom and the photo of her father, hands shaking uncontrollably.
In the hospital with Choi (I sigh, and await the return of O.O) Secretary Kim runs in and reports the bad guys lost Sun-woo and are hunting for him.
Chang-min bangs on the door of the record shop. Wounded Sun-woo runs to the phone to call 119, but realizes the phone has already been disconnected. He looks up, hope gone, at his adversary who makes a slashing motion and disappears from the door.
Sun-woo drops the handset, holding his arm in pain, is terrified – wondering what is going on.
11:30 am 4/24/1993
Young Choi is working at his desk. The pretty nurses peeks in and asks him if he is going to Hyung’s wedding. The bastard says yes. (Really? Like you would be wanted there? Really? What the hell is wrong with you?)
Ten minutes pass. Choi takes out an envelope and writes something. Bursting into the room, wielding a bat, is our HERO,
O.O asks who he is, while Sun-woo wickedly smiles at him – a glint in both eyes. Choi recognizes him from the photo, there is a dawning and suddenly, O.O is very afraid.
O.O recalling the moment, is also very afraid. OoO
Both Chois lift up their hands in defense as Sun-woo raises the bat and sa-wings through the head.
Present Choi falls back onto the sofa in the hospital room crying in pain. Kim runs in to see what the noise is about. Choi is happy to find himself alive. He checks himself for injuries as Kim watches, perplexed. Choi commands him to get the car ready because he knows where Sun-woo is now. The two leave the hospital room, breaking through the wall of reporters.
Choi’s head falls back against his office chair. We see Sun-woo has restrained him with green tape at his hands, chest and legs.
Choi is in disbelief. Who ARE you? This guy is supposed to be dead. He jumped in the river.
Sun-woo tells Choi to ask where Sun-woo is.
Chang-min retrieves a hammer from his car when he hears the phone ring. He answers. Choi orders him to tell him what happened to Sun-woo and where he is. Chang-min tells him he stabbed him and the kid is hiding in the store of the girl marrying Jung-woo.
We get a mini-flashback of Young Sun-woo taking the keys from Hyung and going off to look for the misplaced passport.
Adult Sun-woo remembers.
Chang-min tells Choi he’ll call back after he finishes off Sun-woo, and gets out of the car with the hammer.
Choi wants to know why this man keeps interfering. Who IS he? Sun-woo tells him to wait 20 years and he’ll find out. Greasy Choi tries to negotiate with his disgusting smiling face (and I want to smash him myself) and offers money. This sends Sun-woo reaching for the bat again and he winds up and swings really really hard. Again, BOTH Chois cry out. Kim, who is in the back seat with Choi calls his name, alarmed.
Sun-woo stops short of his skull, and I bet Choi or two have a panty full of poop.
Sun-woo threatens Choi’s future sense of well-being with these words:
“You will remember this anyway, so let me tell you this now, Mr. Choi. I thought I should make it clean and just kill you. But I thought it will be more painful for you to lose 20 years of glory in front of you. It will be a living hell. I know it from this experience. Living is not living.”
He smiles, gleefully and sinfully, and leaves Choi trapped in his chair on a weekend, out of reach from his phone. Both Chois fall apart. Present Choi yells at Kim again.
Back at the store, Chang-min picks up the keys with the hammer and walks towards the door. Sun-woo hesitantly looks out through the glass.
Chang-min attacks again and again, with Sun-woo blocking with records, and sheets, dodging the blows over and over. Then, again, he is back up against a wall. Chang-min grabs the kid by the hair, prepares a final blow. Sun-woo covers protects his head with his arms. When, BAM!, Chang-min crumples to the ground from Adult Sun-woo’s bat. YES!
Adult finds Kid Sun-woo under boxes, and asks if he is OK. He looks up at himself with you’remyhero eyes and they smile at each other.
(A moment for the recapper, please, to recover…)
Chang-min awakens and asks, “You? How did you come back alive?”
Adult Sun-woo warns Kid Sun-woo to hide in the back.
The bat and the hammer battle ensues. There’s kicking and Chang-min taunts Sun-woo.
He tells him to take care. Your body is my body.
For the third time, Sun-woo is asked if he is alive and he replies that he was saved by the Kid version of himself.
Young Sun-woo asks what took him so long. He wants to know if he read the journals and saw the writing on the guitar. He asks who that person is. Why did he try to kill him? How did he find him? Adult Sun-woo does a time check: 15 minutes and avoids answering, saying he always sooo busy he doesn’t have time to explain. Instead, he asks if Kid Sun-woo can go somewhere and do him a favor.
Young-hoon calls Sun-woo’s cell. No answer.
Young Young-hoon also calls Sun-woo telling him to hurry up and get to the wedding.
Inside the church, the priest makes an unnecessary announcement. The priest who’s sole purpose is to answer the phone, answers it. Jung-woo, waiting outside, gets called in to talk to an unidentified person. Jung-woo asks “Who is this?” Sun-woo tells him “I’m the eyewitness who jumped off the bridge.” LOL That gets his attention.
A cab takes Kid Sun-woo somewhere. The driver asks why he isn’t going to the hospital; Sun-woo asks him to please hurry.
Mini-flashback to Adult Sun-woo giving instructions and the video tape himself, and to tell them it is about the Myungse Hospital’s fire. Young-sun woo asks more questions about his father’s death, the fire…that Adult won’t answer. The cab is about to pull away when Adult Sun-woo knocks on the window.
He tells him not to hate the killer, that he had no choice, that it wasn’t anyone’s fault. He reassures him that he will have a good life and be happy before sending him on the way.
We go back to Young Hyung and Sun-woo’s phone conversation. He tells him to listen up:
“What I say right now will not be a suggestion. I’m just letting you know. Choi Jin-chul tried to kill your brother. I stopped it for now. I gave the evidence tape to your brother.
I gave you the chance to turn yourself in, but you hesitated at the last moment. You lost the chance to decide for yourself now. You will soon be arrested along with Choi Jin-chul. You will pay for your crime. I want you to know that this is all for your own good.” Hyung’s face shows shock and dismay, he asks who the hell he is.
Sun-woo informs Hyung it will take time to get the arrest warrant. He gives him to make himself: to get married and run away, or stay and pay for the crime.
He tells him he wants to save his life.
The priest comes to take him to start the service.
Time check: 5 minutes left. Inside the phone booth, Adult Sun-woo looks up into the sky as the rain pours down.
Choi and Kim spot Sun-woo’s parked car. They pull over and Choi rushes to look inside. He sees the incense and rattles the door handle.
A couple of layered flashbacks too complicated to describe properly show us that before going back, Sun-woo takes down Chul-min’s 1993 contact information. He explains that the press can help out if law enforcement fails. He adds that Chul-min is the reporter with the most integrity, so he can trust him. (Awwww…)
Young, long-haired, goofy looking Chul-min:
Young Sun-woo is holding a slip of paper with Oh Chul-mins information. We hear a voice over from Sun-woo, the elder, to trust this guy. At the police station, Young Chul-min is called over to talk to someone.
Past / Church
The priest begins the wedding. We see Noona primping unresponsive Mom. The bride is gathering her courage,
The priest calls the groom in, but Hyung hesitates, breathing hard.
Choi grabs a golf club from his trunk.
Young Chul-min meets Young Sun-woo.
Choi raises the club outside the car door to break in. Kim and another guy try to stop him. But the club evaporates in his hands, like the incense did.
Past / Church
Again the groom is announced, but he doesn’t show. Everyone worries.
Young-hoon experiences changed memories.
We see in this order:
Min-young looking surprised.
Folks running out of the church looking for Jung-woo.
Yoo-jin looking for Jung-woo.
Shi-ah calling after “Ahjussi” who is leaving in the rain. He turns around, but doesn’t answer her. She watches him walk away.
It turns noon in the present. All around Min-young, the funeral guests, her step father’s altar and photo, and finally, her mom disappear. The mourning bow in her hair disappears and we see in its place a pretty hair band.
The scene pulls out from Min-young’s mascara’ed eyes. She is a bride, and looks very beautiful (I start to cry.)
but stunned. She looks down and her bouquet, and her friends adjust her veil. Folks go up the stairs to the same church as her mother and Hyung’s wedding at the start. The sign tells us the happy couple are: Park Sun-woo and Joo Min-young.
(Chills, I tell you!!)
Last shot is the bride – wearing white and a confused expression.
My favorite moments in this episode were with Adult and Kid Sun-woo. I can’t categorize their connection. Does Kid Sun-woo find his future self a father figure? Is it a society of mutual admiration? Whatever, it makes for great emotional beats.
I have to admit enjoying the Choi-boys’ suffering. Like JoAnne suggested in both time lines, he is in pain and terrified. I also like to imagine he was stuck strapped to his chair for at least a day before someone found him.
Those bat/office scenes must have been a hoot to film. You can see a hint of a smile on LJW’s face – probably wanting like the rest of us to take out Choi, the character, from the git-go. I guess that is a nod to the actor’s, Jung Dong Hwan’s, skills, right?
I did not peek at the preview, so please do not discuss here.
I don’t think our present day Sun Woo was connected to or shared memories with 1993 Sun Woo until the point in this episode when Hostage Choi asked Chang Min where he was (with teen Sun Woo). Once 2013 Sun Woo heard him answer that they were at the record store, THEN 2013 Sun Woo remembered Hyung sending him back to the apartment to look for the passport (I think it was Shi-Ah’s, but I am not sure. Either way, it seems like they were packed up to leave for the US straight after the wedding).
I think Sun Woo got this memory from this timeline because the action of saving himself (in this case, getting the information on where he was in 1993) finally connected his fate in a way the alternate timelines had not.
I also liked the dynamic between the two Sun Woo’s. There were two other things I liked about this episode: the first was Choi seeing everything stripped away. No golf clubs, no Secretary Kim, no driver, no car. We don’t know his ultimate fate yet (shoot, we didn’t even see Sun Woo come back from 1993 WHICH IS WORRYSOME) but I really hope the next episode has Choi in a poor house or living in a cardboard box out by the river. The second thing I really really liked was just the *idea* of 1993 Sun Woo bringing the evidence to 1993 Chul-Min. It was like he put himself under Chul-Min’s wing (there must be a word for this father figure thing, like bromance, only daddy love seems wrong). Just the image of the two of them seemed very Batman & Robin.
The wedding . . . I want to be excited about it. I do (haha, see what I did there?). But I don’t foresee three episodes of “la la la, we are so happy”. I am even kind of wishy-washy about the kind of wedding they appear to be having: Why so lavish? I really preferred the idea of a simple civil ceremony in Nepal (at least, I assume that is what happened). And maybe I am biased because I got married in the back yard of the house I grew up in, with about 25 people there. And yes, we did have a large reception because we both had tons of family we wanted to celebrate with. Even if you gave me a blank check, there is not much I would change. So I get that the big “event” wedding automatically clues us in that their union is accepted (and not illicit). And the church? Has all this time travel and family trauma brought Sun Woo the agnostic into Catholicism? Min Young looked worried to, so I think I can guarantee tears before the end of the next episode.
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