(Random) SONG OF THE DAY
Postino – “시간이 약이 된다고” (time heals) [ zShare download ]
To be honest, I wish more had happened in this episode… But it’s not the episode’s fault that the preview completely gave away the major plot development, so I’m sure everyone who saw the preview was waiting for that moment to come all episode. I’ve also gotten used to the fast pace and sudden developments of QSS, so this episode felt a little slower than normal.
Still, we did make necessary developments… and it seems to have clinched the idea that these two couples, as they currently stand, are not meant to last. If they do last, I can’t see how they’ll make it happily…
EPISODE 15 SUMMARY
Eun Soo and Joon Hyuk take a shortened honeymoon, going not to Japan but to a nearby locale because of Joon Hyuk’s work schedule. Eun Soo and Joon Hyuk may have feelings for each other, but watching them attempt to be romantic (especially Eun Soo) is nearly painful, because it’s so clear this couple isn’t right. Just the fact that she continues to call him “Director” is uncomfortable to watch — she tells Joon Hyuk it’s become a habit and she’ll try to change it, but in the meantime, it’s just so obviously awkward.
Eun Soo and Tae Joo work on their project together, and Tae Joo expresses hesitation at the risque fashions she’s proposed. Eun Soo says that Tae Joo is out of touch, since he hasn’t been on a subway or in the streets much, but those fashions are in vogue these days — lots of people are wearing them. She says he’s thinking too conservatively, unable to understand the tastes of young people — he has the mentality of an ajusshi (adult, usually middle-aged man), and Tae Joo smiles: “It’s been a while since I’ve heard you call me ajusshi.”
Tae Joo remarks that it’s not a good feeling to be called ajusshi, and Eun Soo asks why he never told her to stop. She feels bad for making him feel bad, calling him ajusshi for so long without knowing he disliked it. Tae Joo tells her he didn’t hate it. Well, he did at first, but he got used to it, and in the end, he liked it. So she doesn’t have to apologize.
Tae Joo gets a call from the real estate agency asking when he’ll move his belongings out of his apartment — the contract is almost over, and they’d like to rent it out. Tae Joo says he changed his mind — he’ll extend his contract and keep the apartment. (And we all say: Tae Joo, you are so doomed. Just make sure to keep all sharp objects away from Hye Rin when she finds out. Because who actually believes she won’t find out?)
President Cha meets with Joon Hyuk, expressing his “concern” that Joon Hyuk is seeming more like a stranger these days. He’s heard a lot about Joon Hyuk, how he’s meeting with certain trustees, inquiring about an overseas shopping mall. He also brings up Singapore and insinuates something’s strange about him and Tae Joo… Joon Hyuk asks, “Are you suggesting I married a woman I didn’t love, just to manipulate Kang Tae Joo?” He goes on: “You’ve never trusted me. The only reason I can think of for that is because you have something you’re hiding from me. If you want to know what I truly think, then show me first what you truly think.” He also tells the President that he shouldn’t think anything’s improper or suspicious about his marriage with Eun Soo, because he loves her.
Meanwhile, Tae Joo and Hye Rin have made no progress finding a place to live, because Hye Rin is so particular. Tae Joo and Hye Rin’s mother joke about Hye Rin’s fussy personality, and how she’s so difficult to deal with. Tae Joo says he thinks they should just stay, living with Hye Rin’s family, which is a proposition her mother likes. It’s endearing to see the two get along, joking at Hye Rin’s expense, although Hye Rin doesn’t take it personally and laughs along. Oh, this relationship is so doomed.
Tae Joo asks Hye Rin if she feels anything strange between her father and Joon Hyuk, explaining that he was asked to report on Joon Hyuk. He also finds his marriage fishy: “Do you think he really married Eun Soo because he loves her?” Unhappy to hear that name again, Hye Rin tells him he’s in no place to concern himself about their marriage. Whether they’re in love or not, they’re married now, and it’s their business.
Joon Hyuk comes home after his tense meeting with his father, and hugs Eun Soo, telling her he thought about why he loves her; he appreciates that she’s never looked at him with distrust. He’s been surrounded by suspicion all his life and therefore he finds it difficult to trust others. Eun Soo tells him he shouldn’t be that way.
Joon Hyuk watches her working on her brand proposal, asking if she enjoys it. She says yes, and Joon Hyuk smiles at her fondly, until she goes on to say that working with Supervisor Kang is turning out well, that he’s doing a good job, managing issues she’d never even considered.
Joon Hyuk’s smile fades: “That name again. Do you know how upsetting it is to hear it?”
Joon Hyuk is equally unsettled to see the two next to each other at a meeting, and due to his jealousy, cuts into Eun Soo and her idea while she’s presenting it. The words make sense, but he’s pretty harsh as he tells her that the idea won’t fly — he cancels the entire project, to Eun Soo’s hurt dismay.
Tae Joo and Hye Rin are both surprised at Joon Hyuk’s strong reaction, although Hye Rin is actually glad — he did the right thing; she’s relieved the two won’t have to continue working together anymore.
On their way home, Joon Hyuk asks if Eun Soo’s angry at him, and she says no. He was right, there were weaknesses in her proposal, and she admits it. But she can’t deny she was disappointed. She’s his wife — he knew how hard she was working. Joon Hyuk tells her he’d warned her working there would be hard on her. He tells her to keep her work separate from her personal life and not get emotional.
Joon Hyuk has someone to meet, so Eun Soo goes to visit her sister and mother for the night while Joon Hyuk meets with a trustee, Director Park. He’s drawn up a contract proposal for the department store in China, to which Dir. Park wonders, how will Joon Hyuk go against the President? Joon Hyuk tells him that’s what he needs him for — he has Director Choi’s backing, which isn’t enough by itself, but if Director Park supports him, he’ll make him head of the overseas branch. Working together, not even the President will be able to oppose them.
Eun Soo agrees to make Ji Soo’s favorite meal, and steps out to shop for ingredients. When Joon Hyuk calls, she ignores it and removes her phone battery. At the same time, Tae Joo goes back to his apartment for the evening to relax, telling Hye Rin he’ll out late that night. Going out to grab some food, he runs into Eun Soo, who’s sitting in the restaurant alone.
Both are surprised to see each other. Tae Joo says he decided to keep his apartment, because it’s nice to have a place of his own — but Hye Rin would flip out if she knew (you THINK?), so he asks Eun Soo to keep it a secret.
He asks if she’s upset about what happened at the meeting, and Eun Soo replies honestly this time, admitting that although she told Joon Hyuk she wasn’t angry, in truth she really is. She knows he wasn’t wrong, but it still feels bad. Tae Joo notes that she’s still calling her husband “director,” and she says it’s hard fixing an old habit. Tae Joo points to himself as an example — he changed the way he talks to her, using formal speech (joen-dae mal), and says if she decides firmly, she can do it. He advises her to understand Joon Hyuk: “I think he must’ve disliked that we were working together. Understand him — I would’ve been the same way.”
Tae Joo: “I said it would be difficult. It’s not like you didn’t know it would be, so you have to manage… I’m glad to see it looks like you’re living happily.”
Eun Soo can’t stand the smell of the food, and rushes out, where she nearly vomits. Worried, Tae Joo takes her home and wonders if she needs to go to the hospital, but Eun Soo says no, she’s sure it was just some bad food from earlier. At that moment, Joon Hyuk, who’s been trying to get ahold of Eun Soo all night, arrives at the apartment:
He takes Eun Soo home immediately, ignoring Tae Joo’s caution that she’s ill. Driving home, Joon Hyuk asks why she ignored his phone calls all night. Eun Soo: “I didn’t feel good, so I wanted to be by myself.” Joon Hyuk: “It wasn’t that you wanted to be alone, but you didn’t want to be with me, isn’t that it?”
The next day, Joon Hyuk sees she’s still sick and takes her to the hospital. On the way there, he apologizes for his behavior the night before, for reacting without considering the circumstances. And Eun Soo gets alarming news from the doctor that she needs more tests — she might be pregnant. Alone at home, she contemplates her situation…
She calls Joon Hyuk at work to give him the news that YES, indeed, SHE IS PREGNANT. Joon Hyuk is speechless and flustered, but pleased to hear it. “Are you okay? Should I do something? What should I do?” His happy reaction, while sweet, is just that much more awful to witness given how WRONG this relationship is! Please, won’t somebody intervene??
Joon Hyuk asks if she told her mother the news yet, which she hasn’t — it’s still early, and the doctor told her to be extremely careful during this stage. She asks him to keep it quiet until they’re past the initial phase, when it’s safe. They both express how weird it feels to suddenly realize they’re going to be parents — that it feels like an out-of-body experience.
Joon Hyuk: “I thought all day of what I should say. Should I say congratulations? Or that I love you? But no matter what I thought, I could only think this: Thank you. For making a family with me.”
They invite Hye Rin and Tae Joo over for a meal, where everyone compliments Eun Soo’s cooking. Hye Rin notes that Eun Soo’s not eating, and asks why. Joon Hyuk says Eun Soo’s appetite isn’t so good these days, because of her body…
…and Tae Joo catches on immediately, looking on in dread as Hye Rin asks Joon Hyuk to explain. Eun Soo tries to stop him, saying they’d agreed not to announce it, but Joon Hyuk is too proud, and says this is the best time to say the news. Eun Soo’s going to have his baby.
Tae Joo drops his glass, shocked. Trying to hold himself together, he blindly gathers up the broken pieces, mindless of the fact that he’s cutting up his hands.
Eun Soo tries to tend to his injury, but Tae Joo just looks at her, stunned.
I’m sure the burning question on everyone’s minds is: Who’s the baby daddy?
I have no idea. I’m going to bet most people want it to be Tae Joo’s, but I don’t know… I feel like the conventional, “easy” answer would be to make it Tae Joo’s. And I kind of want that to be true, too. After all, it’s a little on the early side for it to be Joon Hyuk’s, though I’m sure it’s not impossible. There’s also the question of whether Tae Joo and Eun Soo even slept together, because if they didn’t, all this speculation is moot. They never explicitly said yes or no, but I think they probably did (on their trip coming home from Singapore). Eun Soo strikes me as someone who’d go all-in to a relationship with someone she so completely loved — she used to believe if you loved someone, there was no shame in expressing it. If she’s slept with Joon Hyuk, with whom she displays so little physical affection, I have no problem believing she’d slept with Tae Joo.
But we will all know the answers in a week. Only two more episodes left! The end is nigh.