Personal note: This was a tough week and weekend for finding time to write. We managed to fit a Senior Prom, high school graduation, graduation parties, baseball championship games, very heavy work workload, and best of all ROOT CANAL. YERGH! into the last few days. This is not my best written work ever, but it’ll have to do.
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Byung-hee reads a note that Chul-su had tucked away in a stuffed animal years ago. A confession he wasn’t sure she would read, and at that time, thought he would be fine with that. The closing lines “Follow your heart.”
It brings tears to her eyes.
She remembers his earlier “I love you’s” at the gate, holding proof in her hands, understanding his sincerity for the first time.
While they eat lunch, Boss reads stats about the older woman/younger man phenomenon to Byung-hee and Sung-ran. Five years, they think, is just enough, but nine seems to be too much.
Boss explains the chemistry behind the attraction. Men’s testosterone peaks younger than woman – so they match up better with older experienced woman. Sung-ran asks about younger, experienced woman, but gets shushed. He wants to her do an edition around Noona/dongsang, but she grunts while eating saying, “Just like last year, and the year before?” Boss asks her point blank, as a woman in her thirties, what does she think? She refuses to answer, but Sung-ran says she likes them.
Chul-su works with Kang-tae on his van to camper project, but won’t answer how things were going with Byung-hee.
In Bae’s office, a preoccupied Byung-hee stares outside the window waiting for Bae. When he comes in, they have a strange conversation about whether she has eaten or not.
It is obvious she is not completely present mentally. Bae wants her to think about him when she is there with him. The in-law meeting date has to change because of scheduled surgery. With too much enthusiasm, Byung-hee asks they do it sooner than later. Bae looks at her suspiciously.
Byung-hee catches Jun-hee getting into her luxury car, and then storms into Bulldog’s office asking him what his intentions are.
Even though she scolds him roundly, he defends the older sister when Jun-hee gets mad. Byung-hee picks up a $30,000 vase demanding Bulldog promise not to see her anymore. The two grapple with it until it breaks on the floor. Bulldog holds in his anger.
They continue the argument at home. Jun-hee tells her she’s dating the older man, and what is she going to do about it. Jun-hee counters with “What about Chul-su?” She must have encouraged him, right?
Mom and Byung-hee call Jun-hee out to eat dinner, when she goes to her bedroom door, they have set up a table blocking her exit.
She is being locked up so she can’t go to her 3:00 show. Her mother wants her to quit modeling. She storms back into her bedroom, and when she says she has to use the bathroom, she gets a big can to fill.
Even if she has to go poo?
Byung-hee gets a call from Chul-su that she takes after hesitating. He reminds her that today was the day they have to get the new car. Mom complains, “Why today of al days?” Why couldn’t Chul-su have picked a better day? Byung-hee asks how it can’t be his fault, and Mom asks her “Are you siding with him now?” Mom gives in and tells him to come. This makes Chul-su happy.
Mom and the car salesman sign papers in their living room while Chul-su makes eyes at Byung-hee. Like a teenage girl, she shyly keeps her head down and won’t look at him. This doesn’t escape Mom’s notice so she sends her daughter to her bedroom! When she opens the door, Chul-su spots the stuffed fox on Byung-hee’s bed. His eyes open wide.
After the salesman leaves, Mom thanks Chul-su but tells him not to come around any time soon.
Suddenly Jun-hee calls “Chul-su! Help!”
Mom switches back to wanting to rely on him again, and makes him guard Jun-hee.
When she tries to climb out her bedroom window, Chul-su is sitting out there holding a bat.
Even when Jun-hee tries to bribe him into letting her leave – she’ll take his side with Byung-hee, She’ll even call him “Brother-in-law.” This makes him smile, but he refuses and pushes her back inside.
Bulldog arrives, irritated that she dared to skip rehearsal and hide at home. As he goes over to the gate, he concludes the scary woman of the house must be keeping her away. Rather than knock, he tries to look over the wall, but only his eyes can see if he bounces on his tippy toes. Ha!
Chul-su goes out to talk to Bulldog, bat in hand. Bulldog calls him “First time” and “ardent fan.”
Chul-su says when he told him to take care of Jun-hee, he didn’t mean like this – pointing with his bat to the car. Bulldog wants to know who this punk is who is telling him not to date her. “I am the future son-in-law of the family.”
“That should be Dr. Bae, shouldn’t it?” asks Bulldog.
Chul-su says, “Bae-ahjussi should go get married at the pear farm.” Which maybe means, “Go marry a pig, for all I care.”
Chul-su threatens he would use the bat if he shows up again and gives him the car key back for Jun-hee’s car.
Bulldog calls him a “Jerk!” before leaving.
Byung-hee listens to Jun-hee –who has ripped apart her room – scream in frustration. She looks concerned about her, but leave her sister be.
Outside, guarding the fortress, Chul-su holds the bat and sleeps. Byung-hee comes out with a hot drink and a blanket, because she does like him a lot,
and peers at him at ground level, laughing at this cuteness. Wrapping the blanket around him wakes him up. She asks, “You woke up?” to which he replies, “With your fragrance all around, how can I sleep?”
She tells him not to joke, but she sits with him when he asks her to stay a while. She hands him his drink and asks, “Hey! Do you know Seo Tae-ji?”
“What about Cho Yong-pil?”
Chul-su sings lyrics to another song.
She tries another name “Jang Duk?” which stumps him.
“See? In my eyes, anyone who doesn’t know who Jang Duk is isn’t a man.”
OK, he promises to remember the name.
He asks about the stuffed fox, and she lies that it is still in Jun-hee’s closet.
“That fox talks you know.”
“Are you writing a fairy tale?” She asks grumpily, and then steals a side-glance at him. He sits puzzled a bit since he saw it on her bed. As she gets up to go, he stops her by saying, “I heard you’re meeting his family.”
She makes a face, and asks, “You won’t barge into his home, would you?” (LOL! But I wouldn’t be surprised if he did!)
“Why does it have to be him?” Chul-su wonders.
Byung-hee seems unsure at first, then gives him a string of reasons: House. Car. Salary. Career.Popularity. And he takes care of her.
Chul-su in unimpressed, and makes the point that all that isn’t all that.
“All this is not even forever.” She says nothing.
“If noonah likes “all this.” I will give it some thought. Just wait a few years for me.”
She tells him to save it for other girls and goes in.
“Go ahead. Go meet his family. You’re not going to marry right away.” He sits back down, looking a little sadder than before,
Byung-hee is holding the fox and being generally very confused about this whole situation.
Byung-hee is inspecting a book store and has to dig out her magazine back to its rightful place on the shelf.
Her poet Sunbae shows up and they go to have coffee.
Byung-hee cannot let go of the “Who read that poem?” back in college.
They can’t agree that it was she or San-ho or a completely different person. LOL! Poet Sunbae is actually very interested in getting a copy of C’est Si Bon! to Byung-hee’s surprise. It’s for research.For the poems. Really. I like this lady.
Byung-hee walks through the bookstore aisles and asks “Why do some people have creative art, and some have crooked art?” Suddenly she doubles over in pain. She can’t walk more than a few steps and falls to the ground.
He rushes through the store, up and down the aisles, panicked phone in hand
calling “Noonah!” similar but with more urgency than the scene where he was looking for her in Oido. She tells him she is sorry and cries. Finally, he spots her, telling her he called the ambulance and piggy backs her out.
He wipes the perspiration off her forehead, asking if she is ok in the ambulance, and she smiles at him.
The least busy OB/Gyn in the world meets her. They gave her an injection to soothe the pain, but she can’t put this off any more if she is really going to feel better. Chul-su’s forcefulness with Byung-hee, especially when he finds out she was procrastinating getting this taken care of, impresses the doctor.
Byung-hee complains, but he shuts her down, angry. “Just do as I say. Do you want to collapse in the street again?”
He tells the doctor she will be staying the night there, and identifies himself as her guardian. Byung-hee agrees, reluctantly.
They go into the room, and she is actually a little excited about staying there and wearing the pajamas.
He has never liked her habit of procrastinating.
If it happens again, call me. Don’t call some strange number.”
She asks, “Who are YOU?” And he glares like a champ right back. He tells her he will be back after work.
“Don’t come.” She asks what if Mom finds him there at exactly the moment Mom and Sis show up.
Mom walks him out of the room and thanks him again, but accuses him of using this to get closer to Byung-hee.
Jun-hee sits with her, expertly cutting fruit, but is still mad. She’ll never work in this town again because of what happened – skipping the show, and no, she hasn’t seen Bulldog in a while.
Bulldog sits with his buddies in his perfect place of perfection.
Bulldog speaks loudly enough for Jun-hee to hear his voice. You can see she is touched by it and doesn’t answer Bae’s questions.
Chul-su rides his bike up, and runs over to her room, where Bae has taken his place.
But uri Chul-su hears the exchange from outside the room, and walks away disconsolately.
Instead of being daunted, Chul-su smiles, “That’s because by the time I get there, I won’t have anything. If I do, it’ll disappear.”
Jun-hee is staying overnight on the floor next to Byung-hee. I find this super sweet of her. Byung-hee continues the questions about modeling and career, but Jun-hee is distracted by a text from….a person that makes her run down the stairs to…Bulldog! They accuse each other of not calling.
“You make me angry,” he says.
“Jerk!” is her reply. They totally love each other.
She tells him she felt bad about not showing up, but calls him a traitor. He wasn’t the one who locked her in.
Then she complains, since HE was the one who always made the calls, she waited a really long time for him.
She comes up with a list of bad things he is, which are actually kinda cute: Fool. Stupid donkey. Dumb. Tortoise. Jerk!
He stares at her unsure what she is trying to tell him, then admonishes her for using disrespectful tone and asks “Who is stupid?” Doesn’t she have a better word for him?
“Big bastard!” He says she’s getting warmer.
She hits him a couple times, then give him a big squeezey hug, crying on his shoulder. He revels in it and actually touches her back, smiling. True love.
Someone comes into Byung-hee’s room quietly. It is Chul-su-ah who looks down on her sleeping face a moment,
It is the singer she had mentioned to Chul-su ah earlier, Jang Duk. We watch Chul-se leave smiling, and Byung-hee peers through the blinds,
Kang-tae, at work, bugs Chul-su about not going to see his girl. Chul-su gets annoyed, saying he is working all these hours for the bonus money. He needs it to finish the bus camper.
Bae paces outside the operating room with Jun-hee. Surgeon tells her she will be up on her feet in no time, and actually encourages her to walk around as
She dreams of her womb floating out to sea, floating out in space. She recalls how her first love was founded on a mistaken memory – so it really came out of her imagination.
“Like me, did that kid mistake his own imagination for love?…
Just like a glass cup which gets broken easily. But does love begin at all from imagination? It’s strange. Why do I yearn to see that kid?”
We flashback to the moment when she holds Chul-su’s head after his parents’ funeral.
She remembers all the revealing and bewildering statements and actions he made leading up to his confession. The kiss at the junkyard. Him holding her hand on her heart to feel it thumping as Chul-su stood right in front of her. The sound of him telling her he loved her.
We hear again, his love letter he left in the stuffed fox.
A tear falls from her eye as she echoes his words to her.
“Live a good life, Go Byung-hee. Be happy. Follow your heart. Be happy. Follow your heart..”
She wakes, still groggy, finding Jun-hee and Chul-su looking down at her.
How she was sad he didn’t come into the operating room!
She says his name aloud, ”Chul-su-ah,” and he stops smiling. That is when we realize it is Bae there, not Chul-su. He looks crushed, and Jun-hee winces.
Jun-hee walks Byung-hee out of the room, purportedly to go to the bathroom,
Byung-hee walks by the video store window, where Seung-hye thinks she is seeing things.
Walking quickly and determinedly despite the pain, she ends up by the bus camper.
“You really bought a bus just like that? What are you planning on doing?” He tries to understand what she is there for at that time. She sobs, crouching down next to him and says with tears, “Let’s follow our hearts. OK? Follow our hearts.” Chul-su can’t believe his ears or eyes, and she passes out in his arms.
The end of this episode is how all romcoms should go. Byung-hee had a difficult decision in front of her, so she collects all the facts out there, weighs them carefully, maturely, and, despite all the practical implications against, follows her heart instead.
The fact is, Chul-su is just as good a choice for her as the Doctor. It isn’t like she needs a man to provide for her while she spends all day at the spa or shopping. The fact is, traveling through life, building a home and raising a child with Chul-su would be awesome. (I will volunteer!) Nobody disagrees with that – just that he can’t be that man for Byung-hee. He isn’t allowed because…because…because…why is that again?
It occurred to me during this episode that maybe Byung Hee’s lack of self-confidence (that we have seen before in shame over her work and C’est Si Bon and reluctance to confess her feelings to her sunbae) is what kept her from accepting Chul Soo. In her mind, he couldn’t possibly like her. Obviously, there is the age difference. There are much prettier girls his age. He must be swayed by something that isn’t even there . . . like the poem she remembers sunbae reciting, even though he did not. Chul Soo’s version of Byung Hee has to be so far from her true self for him to be that infatuated. During her dream while she is under anesthesia these thoughts come together. It occurs to her, what if she is wrong? Because Chul Soo does know her, he listened to her enough to remember that singer and drop off that Walkman. I also thought it was very telling when Chul Soo was guarding the front gate and asked Byung Hee why it HAD TO be Dr. Bae and Byung Hee just listed his credentials. When she was going to meet him at the jazz club, she had told Chul Soo she liked Dr. Bae and wanted to have a relationship with him. These thoughts are no longer first and foremost in her head. She has started to see Dr. Bae as someone she *should* like, but now we take the turn as she follows her heart right into Chul Soo’s arms.