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Que Sera Sera: Episode 11

I generally like using funny screencaps, or at least face shots, as my introductory image, but for some reason, this one stuck out to me today.

So in contrast, here’s a happy song. It’s not that today’s episode is wrenching emotionally, or even sad. It’s more realistic with a slight bent of melancholy. Because of the realism. But I mean this all in a good way. This episode feels like, as Hye Rin tells Eun Soo (about something else, of course): “It’s not coincidental so much as it’s inevitable.”

SONG OF THE DAY

Blue Sorbet – “Satisfy Me” — I’d heard of this group last year and tried to find more of their music, to no avail. I didn’t know why there was so little available about them, until I saw that their first album was just released this week. [ zShare download ]

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EPISODE 11 SUMMARY

Eun Soo hears Tae Joo’s announcement — that he’s going to marry Hye Rin — in a way that seems surprised and yet not at all surprised: “So in the end, it comes down to this.”

Eun Soo: “Well, it would be hard to turn down becoming the son-in-law to a business tycoon (chaebol).”
Tae Joo: “I’m sorry, for being someone who can only amount to this.”
Eun Soo: “What’s there to be sorry about? This is just the extent of your love for me. And, I’ve learned that my life is one without a future. So I’ll find a future… fine. Have a nice life.”

With that, Eun Soo leaves Tae Joo at the table.

…and comes home to do some house chores. Over the sink, though, she breaks down into sobs, and the director denies us a close-up as Eun Soo cries out her pain in the corner.

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Hye Rin confirms to Joon Hyuk that she and Tae Joo are marrying. Joon Hyuk can’t believe it, but Hye Rin tells him to accept it (and stop calling Tae Joo “that guy” or “that punk”), because they’re going to become one big happy family. Maybe light on the happy.

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Hye Rin and Tae Joo visit her parents again, this time seeming more coupley than in the past. When Hye Rin’s mother insists upon a formal engagement (Hye Rin just wants to go ahead with wedding plans), they’re about to get into another argument when Tae Joo cuts in and tells Hye Rin to do as her mother wants; it’s not that big a deal for her to have an engagement party even if she doesn’t want to. Hye Rin gives in, and her mother says with mock-disgust that her daughter is impossible — being so stubborn with her mother, but yielding completely with one word from her fiance. But Hye Rin notes that she can tell her mother likes Tae Joo too, judging from the way she’s already addressing him as “son-in-law.”

Despite everything that’s happened, I think Hye Rin and Tae Joo make some sense as a couple, and I kinda like them together — he can handle her in a way that nobody else seems to know how to, not even Joon Hyuk. Her parents also acknowledge Tae Joo’s skills — and if any of this had come about naturally, who knows, maybe they could’ve had a decent shot.

Hye Rin: “I’m so glad you came back.”

Now that Hye Rin has fallen for him genuinely, she’s relinquished some (all?) of her control. Since Hye Rin just wants to be happy, she isn’t pushing Tae Joo around so much, and the power has shifted in their relationship completely the other way. (And it surely won’t last long. It can’t.)

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Back at his own apartment, Tae Joo sees his basketball and is reminded of the past, like when he tried to avoid Eun Soo after their elevator kiss:

…while Eun Soo simultaneously also recalls their other memories together…

And because they’re trying to rip our hearts out, the song “Two Hands” plays (file posted in Episode 8 summary) as Eun Soo remembers how they held hands in bed, as the song narrates:

“Don’t go, don’t let go of these two hands that hold you…”

“So I can treasure you forever,
don’t let go of my hands…
Little by little, I feel myself moving toward you,
Hold onto my two hands…”

Tae Joo cries, knowing fully what he’s giving up yet giving it up anyway.

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When her mother asks why Tae Joo isn’t around these days, Eun Soo tells her they broke up. Her mother: “But you said you loved each other! You were even talking about marriage! That man seemed to really care about you. Wasn’t that so?” Eun Soo: “I guess not.”

Their conversation is interrupted by the apartment owner, who’s arrived without notice to show the place to prospective new tenants. Taking that as their cue that they’re being kicked out, Eun Soo tries to find a new apartment, but can’t find anything in their budget. They’ll have to look in another neighborhood for something they can afford.

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Joon Hyuk tells Eun Soo that she can come back to the department store as a regular employee. It’s nice to see that his bitterness has faded, and he’s back to his nicer self. He asks if she’s all right about Tae Joo’s upcoming marriage, and she says yes.

Eun Soo: “Because I followed my heart all the way through, I can’t regret anything. It’s like you said. Thinking, ‘Ah, this is where our fate ends’ seems to be the right answer. It’s not so difficult. I can handle it.”

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Hye Rin and Tae Joo go shopping — a suit for him, and an engagement dress for her, after which Tae Joo meets his hyung for drinks.

His hyung calls him an awful bastard, changing his mind so suddenly.

Tae Joo: “There’s a difference between merely looking at items through a store window, and being able to have everything. I didn’t even think I could have this in my dreams. But the opportunity came, and I’m not letting it go.”
Hyung: “Were you always like this? You weren’t exactly thoughtful of others, but you weren’t inhuman.”
Tae Joo: “You’re right, I am an awful bastard. Was I ever a good bastard?”

Tae Joo then asks for a favor — no matter how horrible a person he is, his hyung has to do it, because Tae Joo has nobody else to ask.

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Hye Rin enters the company as a director in the MD section (buying), while Tae Joo’s been promoted to VP of the sales planning team.

Tae Joo: “I think we’ll be seeing each other more, even if we don’t want to.”
Joon Hyuk: “Well, I can’t stand the sight of you, so make sure to stay away.”
(more accurately, make sure to “get lost” or “screw off”)

Hye Rin looks over her new team roster to see Eun Soo’s name. She appeals to Joon Hyuk to have Eun Soo transferred, but Joon Hyuk merely asks, with scorn: “Did you come to this company to work, or play? Are you going to involve your personal feelings in work?” This was the company’s decision, not something she can just change according to her whim.

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Joon Hyuk is called by his company superior, whose name seems to be simply Mr. Choi although I may have missed it earlier. Joon Hyuk doesn’t want to drive a wedge into his relationship with President Cha, to whom he owes a debt of gratitude, and asks Mr. Choi to stop before he starts anything. He’s the one who’s been sending Joon Hyuk those photos, hoping to jog Joon Hyuk’s memory.

To that, Mr. Choi says: “You were there at the scene when your father had his accident. You shouldn’t feel indebted to President Cha. I’ve always thought that was the reason he took you in. That day, your father was to meet the supervisor at that location, but he got into an accident. You may not know what you saw that day, but one thing’s for certain. It gave you a shock severe enough to cause you to forget that entire day.”

Joon Hyuk stumbles out in a daze, putting the pieces together, and arrives outside Eun Soo’s door. Drunk and distressed, he envelops her in a hug, asking her stay that way, just for a moment. Right now, he hates the world — he finds it horrible and awful, and it angers him.

Joon Hyuk: “Aren’t you angry? Don’t you find it maddening and unfair?”
Eun Soo: “What are you talking about?”
Joon Hyuk: “Come to me, Eun Soo.”
Eun Soo: “Why are you doing this?”
Joon Hyuk: “Let’s pretend what took place in Singapore didn’t happen. Let’s think of it as a bad dream. Nothing’s changed between us.”
Eun Soo: “How can we pretend something that happened didn’t? And I—”
Joon Hyuk: “—love Kang Tae Joo?”
Eun Soo: “You’re very drunk. Please go home.”
Joon Hyuk: “You were using me from the start, anyway. I knew, but went along with it. So… keep using me. Being used by others is something I’m used to.”

(Rip out my heart, Lee Kyu Han, why don’t you?)

Eun Soo doesn’t want to discuss this, and leaves him out in the hall.

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The next day, Joon Hyuk gives Eun Soo the heads-up that she’ll be working on Hye Rin’s team, and asks if she’s okay. If she really wants, it may be possible to transfer her. But Eun Soo assures him that won’t be necessary. She’d been interested in being a fashion MD from the start, and this is a great career opportunity. “You told me before that working here isn’t a joke. I just want to focus on my work.”

Joon Hyuk also apologizes for his behavior the night before — but not for his words. “I wanted to lean on you. You were the only person I could think of. I’m sorry for being drunk and acting that way. But I was speaking the truth.”

Eun Soo hurriedly interrupts and gets up to leave… but then turns to face him: “I know you meant what you said. But… I’ve already hurt you too much to accept. Don’t give your heart to someone like me.”

Since she couldn’t get Joon Hyuk to do it, Hye Rin brings Eun Soo in to tell her to change departments, especially since Eun Soo herself finds it uncomfortable.

Eun Soo: “How many people in this world can only work comfortably? I’m not in that position.”
Hye Rin: “Are you saying you’re fine working with me?”
Eun Soo: “No, but not to the extent that I’d give up a job I like. And given our positions, I doubt we’ll see each other much anyway.”
Hye Rin: “The more I look at you, you’re really something. I wasn’t intending on saying this much, but since the topic’s been brought up, I’ll ask you one thing. Did you absolutely have to work at this department store? Even with Joon Hyuk and Tae Joo here?”
Eun Soo: “There was nothing I could do. I have to make a living. But Director Cha, you might not understand that.”

I get the feeling Hye Rin is both impressed and bothered by her statements. At lunch, she wonders why Eun Soo stubbornly refuses to transfer. She dislikes that they’ve all become entangled together (…and who started the tangling, missy?).

Tae Joo tells her to leave it alone. If Hye Rin finds the situation difficult as the daughter of the company owner, it’s that much harder for Eun Soo. “If she says she’s fine, then you should act like you’re even better.” Tae Joo tells her he’s already made his decision to be with her, but Hye Rin can’t help feeling uneasy.

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Tae Joo’s hyung tries to persuade Eun Soo’s mother to do something, which is not specified here. Eun Soo’s mother resists, saying Eun Soo has always forgiven her foolish mother for all the stupid things she’s done in the past — but she wouldn’t forgive her for this. She can’t do it. But the hyung tells her mother that’s why they’ll keep it a secret.

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At the office, Eun Soo attempts to be polite and (distantly) friendly. Tae Joo inquires how her work’s going (not bad, she’s still training as a new employee), how Ji Soo’s doing (much better), and how her mother is, before Eun Soo tells him nicely but firmly, “Supervisor Kang. Thank you for your concern, but please refrain from personal questions. They make me feel a bit uncomfortable.”

Tae Joo exits on his floor, but pauses for a moment before turning around, and rushing to catch the doors before they close —

Tae Joo: “Then don’t smile like that when you talk to me.”
Eun Soo: “Why not?”
Tae Joo: “I don’t like it.”
Eun Soo: “In training for new employees, we were instructed that employees should always smile at customers.”

And then, Eun Soo says at the last minute, just as the doors close on her words (in a stroke of timing brilliance) —

Eun Soo: “Oh, and congratulations on your promotion.”

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Mr. Choi tells Joon Hyuk he wants to bring him on his side. Joon Hyuk asks what exactly it is he wants him to do. Mr. Choi says that it’s not quite appropriate to defy President Cha openly, but first he wants Joon Hyuk to earn the support of the board of directors.Joon Hyuk may only be the CEO in name, but if he helps Mr. Choi, he’ll make World Department Store truly Joon Hyuk’s.

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Joon Hyuk asks Eun Soo out to dinner, using the story that everyone else forgot his birthday to persuade her. Eun Soo apologizes for not getting him a present, but Joon Hyuk assures her there was no need; he’d lied to get her to come out on a date with him. He normally doesn’t bother with birthdays, and the last one he had was 17 years ago. His father cooked him the traditional seaweed soup that morning, which tasted awful. Later that day, he died in the accident, and Joon Hyuk never cared to celebrate after that. “I never thought I’d talk about this. I thought talking about it would be too painful, but strangely, telling you feels safe.”

As they walk home, Joon Hyuk recalls the last time they walked like this — the night he told her that if she just closed her eyes and denied the truth to herself, over and over, things would get better. “I’ll take those words back. I’ve found it doesn’t work for some things. No matter how much I tell myself to let go of you, it doesn’t work. Eun Soo, you’re that kind of person to me.”

Joon Hyuk: “Please stay by my side. Even if you don’t love me, as long as you don’t hate me, stay with me.”
Eun Soo: “I don’t know why you…”
Joon Hyuk: “It feels warm. You’re the first person to ever make me feel warm inside. So just having you next to me makes me feel like my body will melt away. It’s the first time I’ve wanted to lean on someone. I’ve always thought I was a strong person. Maybe it’s because of you, maybe not, but lately I keep faltering. I wish someone would take hold of me, so I don’t stumble. Eun Soo, hold onto me. I love you.”

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Eun Soo goes to pay Ji Soo’s hospital fees (an amount just over $4,000), only to find that they’ve been paid. And now we can be fairly certain that this was the favor Tae Joo asked of his hyung, the thing he had to convince Eun Soo’s mother to agree to.

(Despite the gesture, I really don’t believe that Tae Joo chose to marry Hye Rin specifically so he could do this. He is SO not that noble. I’m sure Tae Joo could have scraped up that amount somehow without Hye Rin, if he truly wanted. I see this as more of a “one last parting gift and consolation prize” gesture — since Tae Joo can’t do any more for her, he can at least do this.)

Eun Soo asks her mother how she got the money, and her mother uneasily lies, saying that the owner of the hair salon where she works heard about Ji Soo and took pity. Since Eun Soo’s mother was such a loyal employee, she lent her the money.

Ji Soo asks Eun Soo what really happened with Tae Joo. They were so crazy about each other… How can they just end things so suddenly? Ji Soo says Eun Soo’s been dumped really thoroughly this time. Eun Soo: “It makes me feel bad when you say it like that. Let’s just say I let him go. If he likes her more, what can I do?” Ji Soo wonders why Eun Soo seems so fine about it all — it’s so different from the last time she was dumped — and Eun Soo tells her she’s come to her senses.

Eun Soo: “I used to think love was something really remarkable. But I’ve found it’s nothing special. It’s so unstable.”
Ji Soo: “So what are you trying to say?”
Eun Soo: “In a word, it’s all a lie.”

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Delivering a presentation for bringing her designer clothing brand (Chat Chat) into the department store, Hye Rin experiences what it’s like not to be treated with favoritism when Joon Hyuk criticizes her proposal as being underprepared. Tae Joo comes to Hye Rin’s aid, offering possible ways to make her proposal viable, and Joon Hyuk accepts his ideas as good. Afterward, she asks how he can be so harsh when it’s her first presentation, and Joon Hyuk says that’s the kind of treatment all other employees get — next time, she should be prepared. And he also explains that he’ll be late for their dinner meeting…

…to which he arrives, with Eun Soo.

At everyone’s surprise, Joon Hyuk introduces Eun Soo as the woman he’d mentioned before, the woman he’s been seeing.

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Additional thoughts:

Regarding Tae Joo’s decision to go back to Hye Rin… There are a lot of ways to interpret it, and you can probably tell from my summary that I’m not inclined to cut Tae Joo any slack for acting out of noble generosity. Oh, he may want to help Eun Soo and give her money for her sister’s bills, but he’s still taking the easy way out, and his priority is still himself.

Here’s how I see it: Ignorance is bliss. Tae Joo used to be perfectly content, living out shallow romances and having lots of fun. He expressed his life motto to Hye Rin in Episode 4: “Life is short. Have fun before you die.” (His variation of “Life’s a bitch, and then you die.”) Not knowing what he was missing — genuine love — he felt no shame in that lifestyle. So now that he’s faced with the possibility of losing material comfort for the sake of love, he’s trying to convince himself he can go back to the way it was. Love may be great, but in his life, he’s much more familiar with hedonistic, selfish pleasure — and no matter how great love seems now, it must seem awfully intimidating to give up the lifestyle he’s known his entire life for the suggestion of something great. Neither side gives guarantees, but at least he knows what he’s in for when he picks Hye Rin.

It’s like that one story I heard, which I don’t even like and is probably overused (which means you may have all heard it too). I forget the context, but the crux of the story is thus: A man crawls along in the desert, dying of thirst. He comes upon a well, beside which is one bottle of water, with a note. The note says, “There’s unlimited water below — but the pump needs to be wet down with water first. You must pour this entire bottle of water down this well, but in return, you can draw up all the water you desire.” If you don’t trust the note, you can drink the one measly cupful of water in the bottle, trusting in what’s in front of you rather than what is promised you. But if you do so, you’re denied the rest.

Okay, it’s a fairly cheesy story, and pretty pedantic too. But the point is: Which would you choose? Myself, I don’t know. But I sure know which one Tae Joo picked. But — and this is what Tae Joo has yet to learn — some things aren’t reversible. Just like you can’t un-know something you know, you can’t experience love, then pretend you didn’t. That love affects you, and if you turn your back on it for other things, you do so knowing what you’ve given up.

—oh, and I mean none of this condemningly, of Tae Joo. I feel like Que Sera Sera is really about Tae Joo, and no matter how charming or lovely Eun Soo is, she’s still there as a part of his story. The director’s done such a wonderful job of getting us all in the characters’ heads, that I don’t feel I can judge any of them. Not until the story’s over, at least. Because we’re there with Tae Joo as he makes these horribly misguided decisions, I can’t hate him.

Initially, I was a bit nonplussed at the latest developments, wondering if we were going around in a circle in these relationships in territory we’ve already traveled. I wasn’t sure if I was fully behind these movements, because we’ve come so far that I didn’t want a repeat of the old fake/misunderstood/jealousy routine.

But I don’t think that’s it. I don’t think what we’re seeing now is the same thing as before, chiefly for two reasons: (1) This time, the feelings are real. They’re all laid out on the table for everyone to see. Everyone knows who loves whom, who wants whom, who’s trying to get over whom… In the first half of the series, each relationship had varying levels of transparency — people were fooling others, and fooling themselves. But that was QSS version 1.0. We’re now entering QSS version 2.0, where (2) These four are therefore making their decisions with their eyes wide open, with full knowledge of what they’re doing. That’s almost scarier. Oh boy, are they in for a big fall or what?

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Girl, i love your summaries....and I agree with you, I can't hate TJ, at least not YET...

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I'm hating on Tae Joo big....him being all rapey n now acting all happy at being called Kang son-in-law is making him out to be quite a douch,just saying.

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I'm hating on Tae Joo big time...him being all rapey last episode n now acting all happy at being called Kang son-in-law is making him out to be quite a douch,just saying.

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Eun Soo is so calm that it is eerie. She cries but you don't see her face. She cries but she smiles at the same time at the memories. She really really really loves Ajusshi it is no kidding.

It is nauseating because of all these horrible thoughts going through my mind. It gives me the creeps and makes me feel like tearing out my heart because it is so repulsive. So scary. What if Ajusshi really hurt her to the point of no return? He did break her once..can he break her again after taking away so much from her?

I don't want anybody to die, Sarah...but Eun Soo is not normal..her reaction is too calm. She has no anger.

I am so afraid that I can't watch the following episodes...I just can't bring myself to.

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I really like the song, a lot, something like between Nouvelle Vague and Basement Jaxx (by the way, you should check out them 2 too, they're awesome).
So, get to the point, hihi, can you tell me where can I get Blue Sorbet album (even the name of the band is sweet!)?
Thank you for the great caps, as always.

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omg out soo fast i love u javabeans

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wow...thank's for the summary Javabean..
You are so kind...
Poor Eun Soo....
Hope she finds a good man for her.....:)

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great summary, i totally agree that TJ is not that noble in wanting to marry HR for the money for JS. he so did for his own goals in life. how did this drama start off so light hearted and lead to such scary roads that i don't think any of us can predict. man i did not expect this drama to take this path, i thought it would just be a comedy. it's still good in my eyes, but i'm just not as confident to say that there'll be a happy ending as i was in the beginning after seeing the drama take this dramatic turn.

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Never a weekend without a surprise!
I think ES grew with her short love. The first time she took it like a rejected girl, which is not bad, its more raw and its when she didn't think pride mattered in love. But now, the fact that she's calm and the director doesn't show us the bitter rawness of her emotions but more of her more matured, calmer, wiser thoughts, shows that she has grown now. I think love and relationships teach us as much as they take away from us when they don't last. I can relate more to this ES than the one who kept running after Ahjusshi, you know? Because she's kind of coming to a lot of realizations about love and life. When TJ said those words, she immediately felt, I think, that this guy will always be a bastard no matter how much I hope otherwise, and so she took i [Read more]

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WOW! THanks again for the summary!

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TB, how funny you should mention Nouvelle Vague and Basement Jaxx, since I first heard of Blue Sorbet through the kdrama SOULMATE (which is awesome!) -- and the show, which features a fantastic soundtrack, prominently uses songs from both NV and BJ.

As for Blue Sorbet, I tend to collect things here and there surfing around so I don't exactly remember where I got it, but you can get the full album from http://us.yesasia.com/en/PrdDept.aspx/code-k/section-music/pid-1004772820/ if you want!

ginnie... you're scaring me with your worries! I do see what you're saying, though I hope that's not what they're going to do... Eun Soo IS a bit too calm. I suppose you can chalk that up to eithe [Read more]

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yes, i agree. Eun Soo's reaction to the break up is odd. it's interesting how Eun Soo tells everyone that she's fine, that she can easily let go of her relationship.

regarding the fable, I actually haven't heard that story before. But that's a very accurate analogy to Tae Joo's situation. Kudos, javabeans.. very nicely put.

It also made me think about what my choice would be if I were in that particular situation. Unknowns and uncertainties are scary, and so are regrets. I'm thinking about it for a while now and I still don't know which path I would choose.

with the way the story is going thus far, I don't want Eun Soo to forgive Tae Joo, even if eventually, he chooses love over material wealth.

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Sarah,

I am scaring myself with my worries. Kid you not, I really was feeling sick to my stomach after some really terrible things came to my mind. I truly hope I am wrong because I know I won't be able to watch this ever again if things turn the way I feared.

What are your thoughts of why Eun Soo reacted the way she did in this episode? I kind of don't get her reaction. Is this maturity? I need help...to get over the images in my head. I really hope you could share some light ..because all I see now is Eun Soo's shadows in your first cap.

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ginnie --
oh no!! I -totally- did not mean to use that cap in that way... I actually saw it as a pretty shot with its light/dark silhouette showing Eun Soo's momentary isolation, NOT a descent into madness and/or despair! But I just looked at the cap again and great, now I'M freaked out.

my take on Eun Soo's reaction was that she was reacting in self-preservation, as well as awareness of reality. she took tae joo back knowing he was capable of that kind of violence and coldness, but believed that their love would prevail. and now, she's gotten a cold slap in the face by reality and is hardening herself -- kind of like joon hyuk advised and how he's done in the past. Joon Hyuk has shown himself coolly capable of compartmentalizing his feelings (regarding Hye Rin, at least), which is [Read more]

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Oh shoot..I didn't mean to get your freaked out as well! I really thought you were hinting some element of darkness with your cap! However, I am glad I interpreted it wrongly. Imagine coming to your blog with these scary thoughts to find the Eun Soo enveloped in darkness...I thought I'd go crazy at that moment.

Like you, I sincerely hope that the writers spare Eun Soo and spare us from tragic endings that do not serve any purpose except leaving us in shock. I don't want to be shocked at the end of Que Sera, Sera and be left with a taste of bitterness in my heart. I want to be able to go back and enjoy the moments in QSS no matter if they are bittersweet or not. I don't want to feel just bitter about QSS.

I am hoping that Eun Soo is stronger than everything and everybody. She is the l [Read more]

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Sarah, that is one awesome choice of shot! Love it. It speaks so much not just the mood of the scene, but artistically done oh so beautifully. I can just imagine how many takes they did to get the right lighting, right mood, right camera angle, etc. hehe!

And btw, I love LOVE LOVE your choice of songs, as always! You seem to like jazzy tunes also, no? =) Jazz ROCKS. hehe..
Watching QSS has made me go back to my jazz collection and just... chill. ;]

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i sure hope they dont fall back into the jealousy circle, and i agree how things are now different... but what else can they do? i mean, isnt one of them going to become at least a little jealous? isnt that sort of human nature? and if they do, its back into that cycle. i really wonder what theyre going to do next, but they dont show previews ...
thanks for the recap!

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The ending of episode 11 is a catalyst of what is gonna to happen to all 4 characters. Eun Soo's acceptance of Joon Hyuk implies something sinister, as if she may just take revenge of Tae Joo's betrayal, yet again. On the other hand, Tae Joo will not be able to accept Eun Soo being with Joon Hyuk, and may descend into madness, just like What Happened in Bali.

This drama is so unpredicatible, it went from comedy to drama, and may even turn tragic.
It is such a great drama as there is character development from all 4 leads. From how it has been headed, I don't think it will come out fine at the end. Something bad gotta happen.

Thanks Javabean. Your insights are always thought-provoking and your song selections are always so fitting.

It will be another 6 days before we see episode 1 [Read more]

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the more i think about this episode and the way it's filmed, i appreciate QSS even more. for example, as mentioned by javabeans and ginnie, the scene where Eun Soo cries in her kitchen speaks great volume, even without any dialogue. She weeps for her broken relationship but she weeps alone, with her back facing the audience and no close up shot, as if to tell us that to the outside world, she looks "fine" but the truth is, she's suffering and she's enduring all the hurt by herself without confiding in anyone. Gosh, that makes me sad.

I hope, hope that Eun Soo will come out of this okay and that the intro screen cap is not a negative foreshadowing of what's to come.

The screen cap is a lovely shot, javabeans. So thank you, for sharing it with us and don't feel bad about "scaring" us. [Read more]

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Thanks Javabeans for the summary.
I feel so sad after seeing this episode.
no hope at all.

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I too thought it was very weird how Eun Soo is handling the break up since it came soo sudden for her just when she started going out with Tae Joo. I can see how Ginnie might see a little darkness to all of this. I especially find it disturbing as well but it does some how make sense to me after seeing the last scene of Eun Soo's entrance to the dinner table starring at Tae Joo. There's just something very omniscient about her facial expression...kinda scary because it also looks like she's smirking and saying "I'm back, you can't get rid of me--i'm gonna avenge my broken heart...." Hopefully ppl don't go crazy here as there is a thin line which separates sanity from insanity!

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ahhh.. ive been waiting for this. i havent gotten the chance to read all day but thanks!! :) i love the song and the pics. ur after comments, i agree with what you said. its all about TJ himself, what he needs and that he is going back to that life. i think that for him its all for self preservation.. i felt so bad for ES in this episode especially in the scene she was talking to JS..
"Eun Soo: “I used to think love was something really remarkable. But I've found it's nothing special. It's so unstable.”
Ji Soo: “So what are you trying to say?”
Eun Soo: “In a word, it's all a lie.”

So scared for the next epies, so anxious too. I feel antsy. i want Tj to realize his mistakes. i cant say i will say bravo to him for what he did. i dont find it at all a nice gesture, a saving [Read more]

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Allow me 2 give my 2 cents worth. I dont think ES wld freakout n kill someone or everyone (as in WHIB), it wld be an open ending where TJ n HY will hv 2 live to regret the decision they hv taken. Of course, JH will get his revenge against Pres Cha n bring down the chaebol, making HY penniless and landing both, JH n Pres Cha in prison.

The romantic in me wld want TJ 2 grow up in facing his love for ES n together, TJ n ES will salvage what´s left of Pres Cha´s company. By this time, HY wld b in depression n TJ cannot leave her for ES. So all of them wld be left pondering over what they hv done to themselves.

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Was quite content to just lurk around but your intelligent, witty and insightful summaries irresistibly invite discussion so I'll jump in.

I think the story is also all about Eun Soo as much as it is about Tae Joo. Indeed, I think the title "Que Sera, Sera" is all about Eun Soo's philosophy in life. Going with the flow and following her feelings believing that as long as she holds on to all those she loves, all will be well; including the future (no matter how uncertain it may be). It's a very romantic view of life viewed through rosy lens but this philosophy is now tempered with Eun Soo's experience with Tae Joo which has also made her more grounded so she now learns that one can't just hope for the future and tells Tae Joo "....I've learned that my life is one without a future. So I'l [Read more]

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Sorry minor edit in my post remove "which" in the second line pf the 1st paragraph. Thanks again.

(done! -javabeans)

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You know you're in trouble and definitely addicted to something when you're in the midst of a facial and silently debating 'que sera sera' to yourself, mustn't you?

I had gone on a rant in my previous post about what my personal conception of Tae Joo was, but was I clear in stating that despite all those 'flaws' I actually like him? I was concerned that, that didn't come across! He is the modern-day Casanova no? The damaged, romantic anti-hero, Romeo of today! And his appeal combined with the very suave performance of Eric Mun makes him irresistible. And Eun Soo is the woman whom is trying to tame the hedonist. I am very snug behind the eyes and mind-set of both Tae Joo and Eun Soo.

I was suckered into following this drama because it promised me a breather of the melodrama deca [Read more]

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Honestly, I like this show because it is so real even if the current development is not going the way most people like. I like the way how flawed Tae Joo's character has been made because it is real....that many men in real life will run away in fear and choosing the easy way out.

As much as we like the hero who chooses love over materialism, this drama has developed in a way that grips you precisely because you can see a bit of yourself or someone you know in one character or the other. We all have a bit of Eun Soo's courage, Hye Rin's selfishness, Joon Hyuk's blindness and Tae Joo's self-centredness.

I actually thought Eun Soo's reaction was quite natural. Her character is actually quite strong and I don't think the director wants to change that. Thus, one can still feel her pain a [Read more]

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And I really have to say I love their choice of music...a lot more chic in their choices of mixing Korean songs with jazz, english music....it brought me back to my jazz collection as well!

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javabeans and all other people, it is so interesting to read all your comments
thank you

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omg after reading the summaries i no long want to watch the drama itself.. omg.. that is really bad.. i just got epi 10 and oh i am skipping parts.. cuz i'm angry with eric.. omg.. he is making me really mad.. but i have to say.. his new hair suits him really really well... i like it...

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I'm really appreciate your blog! It save me each weekend, because i don't understand korean and i would go crazy to wait for subs!

When ES said �I used to think love was something really remarkable. But I've found it's nothing special. It's so unstable", it reminds me of the storyline of que sera sera posted on the scoompi forum. The storyline is quite long, so i'm not gonna write all of it, but if you want to check on scoompi, it's very interresting. I think it can inform us a bit of the
motive of the writer!
I have just quote some sentence : "love has gotten so degraded that people often refer it to as nothing special (does it remind you something:) Here we have four modern day young adults. They consider themselves too good for love, too smart for love. THese
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I was exagerating when i said love is "everything", i was so in the "move":) I just mean love is something really special...

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thank you for the wonderful summary
i love reading you feelings towards the show (:

eun soo's speech really breaks my heart
i can see how hard she is trying :(

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thanks sarah for this entry..and thanks EVERYBODY here for sharing your thoughts and insides.i really,really enjoyed all the long read.even after ep.11 i am still,Que Sera Sera's biggest fan. :)

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i enjoy reading all of ur postin on this movie..... haven't even watched the series coz i m glued at Mawang aka The Devil which intrigued me more....
usually i ll avoid the loveydovey kdrama coz its not my cup of tea..

but readin wat u have written so far changes me.....about the usual lovey-dovey-tear jacker kdrama.... i actually enjoy this QSS series by juz readin it... i dun even hav to watch the series to enjoy the drama...

good work n keep it up.... luv of style of narrating d stories n *thumbs up* for the excellent writting.....

its a good n enjoyable read....

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It's insanely pathetic how addicted I am to this blog and QSS. Thank you for existing. It seems as though TJ is slowly creating a little cynic out of our ES. Eventually, she'll become the female version of him. The wait is unbearable.

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Just some more musings on TJ's character as I don't seem to understand the female admiration for him. Apologies for another long post.

Hmmm with most of the female posters supporting Tae Joo, sympathetic to his self-inflicted suffering only testifies the astuteness of the PD in casting Eric in this role, as his charisma attracts viewers to follow the story of a cad. I think Tae Joo is in fact an off-shoot of Lee Kyu Han's cad boyfriend character in Kim Sam Soon and we all know how much sympathy that character got from the KSS audience.

On paper, the Tae Joo role is a despicable cad - he lives a hedonistic life shifting from one rich girl to another boasting with professional pride that he cuts off relationships cleanly. He manages to come out clean after an attempted rape/ sexual ass [Read more]

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addicted ~~~
I had actually, perversely toyed with that same role-reversal notion. =)

ariesw ~~~
A despicable cad and a bastard he may be but even despicable cads and bastards reach crossroads...

I can only speak for myself but had the character not been this layered, had the principle actor not been talented, had Tae Joo lacked a soul I'd have walked away along time ago. Yes, the choice in casting Eric Mun to portray the damaged TJ was magnificent, simply because he flatters the essence of the character wonderfully. But, don't presume because one likes fictitious bastards one actually sympathizes with them! I don't feel blinded by my judgments or opinions.

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ariesw: Interesting, thanks for posting your thoughts! Let me offer a counterargument --

I agree with you in the spot-on choice of casting Eric as Tae Joo... but I don't know that I'd say that's the primary reason people are drawn to his character, as despicable as he can be. I wasn't an Eric fan prior to QSS, and I don't think I'd necessarily call myself a fan afterward -- I don't tend to get emotionally attached to many actors, although I think Eric's done a tremendous job with this role and I recognize his work here. So my personal attraction to Tae Joo doesn't have much to do with Eric himself, although without Eric playing TJ I'm sure the effect would be vastly different.

I also agree with you that on paper, Tae Joo is pretty awful. But the transition of what's written on the pa [Read more]

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Javabeans and Xena - No disagreement on my side on your views. Not a fan of Eric but was just intrigued by all the adulation for Tae Joo despite as you say being a tarnished protagonist with huge glaring flaws. Actually one layer, his background and past is not provided which probably somehow makes him less complete and therefore easily categorized as a cad. Unfortunately, by focusing on this one point, I seem to have inadvertently denigrated the other excellent aspects of this drama, which I do not - the writing, directing as you say are excellent and the wonderful Joon Yu Mi who gives life to one of the most complex totally together but vulnerable character packaged in a wackily lovable bubbly persona I have ever come across. My focus is on her and how she affects and cajoles out diffe [Read more]

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^__^

ariesw ~~~

Hey again,

You know I should totally get my butt out of this blog but unfortunately I'm weak, especially when I'm stimulated in rich conversation *bows*.

'Que sera sera' just 'works' for me, period... It reeks of guts. The cast, the director, the storyline (thus far), the direction, the costumes, the cinematography, the timing of the scenes! You name it, I've lapped it up. I had watched a couple of dramas where for some reason the director's were petrified of shooting the actors from behind, so throughout the whole damn thing they were lined-up at camera angle, as though they were performing a theater play. Some of 'que sera sera's' most daring and emotional shots are either viewed from behind or over the shoulder of a performer. Even its visual set-up has [Read more]

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Hi javabeans, thank you for the amazing review!
You should write your original script or story soon! I'd love to read it.?

I really love the song you have here, "Two Hands/ doo son eh"
And some quotes you put here seems like from the lyrics.
Thank you so much!
There are some words completely sound like Japanese to me.
How many times I listened this song, it sounded same to my ears.
The sound of 'so shi te ma ta' means 'and then again' in Japanese.
Could you translate this song someday, please?
I know it is too much to ask.

I believe this sweet song must be the theme for TJ/ES.
That's why I am still expecting their happy ending. I'm ready to cry with this song at the last episode:)

*Who is the singer, Alex or Kim Sang Hun? Or are they a same person?
I'm confused.

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(Oops, sorry for my poor English, I mean the 'final' episode.)

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dreamequus, that japanese-sounding line (it does kind of sound like soshite mata now that you mention it) is actually 숨쉴때마다 (soohm shil ddae mada) which means "Whenever I take a breath"

I was going to post the lyrics here, but they're kinda long so I might as well put the lyrics in a new post. To come soon!

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Xena,

Completely agree with your comments on this drama in your post 40. You should also see Soulmates if you haven't. I did at Javabeans recommendation and must say it's really great. Thanks javabeans for that !

I am rather worried that I am coming out as being against this drama which I am not. However, allow me this one last musing before I overstay my welcome here.

My surprise is that most of the sympathy is for Tae Joo and whether he gets the lovable heroine in the end (which at this stage of the story I don't think he deserves yet) and not whether ES ends up with the right guy who truly deserves a woman, in every essence of the word, that she is. If TJ is to be the one, he has a lot of growing up to go through in the 6 episodes left. I think a happy ending is not too remote [Read more]

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Bravo ariesw, I agree with your comments on post 36 & 40. I might be the only one that has no sympathy for TJ, and I believe ES deserves better. I'll like to know also: why does everybody want him to be with ES is it because they see Eric on screen or because they think that he can the better husband, partner or even lover, who treats her with respect, who's caring, loving and giving. Which I might add �is JH. I love it when JH said to ES.

Joon Hyuk: �Please stay by my side. Even if you don't love me, as long as you don't hate me, stay with me.�
Eun Soo: �I don't know why you��
Joon Hyuk: �It feels warm. You're the first person to ever make me feel warm inside. So just having you next to me makes me feel like my body will melt away. It's the first time I've wanted to [Read more]

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Thanks Ivy. Yes it's all about the characters, which is why Tae Joo's underwritten character at this stage was a bit of an anomaly for me as it makes him less multi-dimensional or maybe he is really just that, a misguided soul whose lack of a family when growing up made him cynical and ES' love makes him realise there are other things in this world which makes life much more fulfilling than money and power. Although I must say I do see the charisma and the charm of TJ which ES playfully brings out which he effortlessly exudes.

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I am shocked by this episode.
I hope for a happy ending.

Thanks for the summary.

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well, just want to thanks javabeans, I found the song of Blue Sorbet

And agree with Xena, Ariesw and Javabeans on all your arguments about TJ. I love that "modern-day Casanova, damaged, romantic anti-hero, Romeo of today!", oh my Tae Joo!

I came across this, from Global MBC: http://content.mbc.co.kr/e_mbc/drama.asp?idx=316, read the sypnosis and worry to dead somebody will die, so I went on an outrageous march of no killing TJ in soompi forum...

no kill him! No Kill Him! NO KILL HIM!!!!
Anybody here wants to join the march with me?

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TB, I wouldn't put too much stake in that description. I don't think MBC puts a lot of care into its "global" website, frankly. Tae Joo's also described as "outgoing" and "cheerful," and we've never seen him play poker or billiards that they say he's so good at. Moreover, they describe them all working at Palace Dept. Store -- which may or may not be a relic of a previous version. I remember hearing Palace Hotel thrown around in the first episode, but they work at World Dept Store, so either it's a mistake, or an old description based on something before it was changed.

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ariesw ~~~

Damn, when did you post this (post 44!)? Your theory on the role-playing cad totally fried my brain. But my darling I can top that cad/bastard scenario:

It plays something like this *ahem*;
TJ felt rejected and being the sexist control freak that he is, his attack on ES was one of taking what he wants without the bullshit. So he did what he did, then by telling ES 'he loved her' she was his, vulnerable, wanted, loved. 'He is her man', right? So he gets what he wants from her! Was that display of their intimacy not an indication, to read-between the lines? Our lovers have slept together, no? So now what? What does the cad/bastard do, now that that he has taken what he wanted? He unceremoniously dumps her? End of...

I do not buy any of it babe, but for argumen [Read more]

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