Bad Couple: Episode 8
What a great episode. Funny but emotional, and lots of satisfying moments. Despite the tinge of sadness, it didn’t overshadow the story and didn’t drag the mood down into depressing.
(Random) SONG OF THE DAY
Wheesung – “Goodbye Luv” [ zShare download ]
EPISODE 8 SUMMARY
Han Young’s story continues to be entertaining and satisfying — and what a relief. It was my faith that the story would take this kind of upswing that got me through the Sturm und Drang of the first few episodes, where I just wanted to give her cheating husband a swift kick in the babymaker to prevent the proliferation of his genetic material.
It is supremely satisfying to see Young and her husband meet face-to-face in the department store. Not merely because we get to see Yoon Seok sweat in jealousy, but because Young shows her steel and actually gives Sae Yeon a piece of her mind.
They face each other wearing the same dress, and Sae Yeon bitches at Young to let go of Yoon Seok. Offended, Young squares off against her and says she has no such intention. Sae Yeon: “Are you trying to make us feel the same way as you?” Young: “I’m not stupid enough to bite a mutt just because one bit me first.” That pisses Sae Yeon off, and she shakes off Yoon Seok’s arm as he tries to take her away. Young asks, “What are you doing? Your owner’s calling. Go.”
As Sae Yeon turns to leave, in a fit of ire, Young trips her, causing her to sprawl face-flat on the ground. A little animated bird swoops across the screen to poop on her face. HA!
Seeing her husband be so concerned about Sae Yeon, Young flees, causing the cashier to call after her that she hasn’t paid for the dress she’s wearing. Joon Soo pulls out his credit card to pay, but Yoon Seok isn’t having it and insists he’ll pay: “Why would you pay for my wife’s clothes?”
Young’s shocked at her own behavior, but Joon Soo is endlessly amused. He tells her their plan is working.
Meanwhile, Dol Soon can’t believe Dang Ja was so mean in cutting off Gi Chan. She really liked Gi Chan and thought he was good for Dang Ja, and insists to her husband that she’s sure the couple still loves each other. She’s determined to find a way to bring them back together. So naturally, she spies on Gi Chan. Dol Soon is so awesome.
In the course of spying on him at school, she sees Jung Sook arrive, calling Gi Chan “oppa” and holding his arm, and grows suspicious. She imagines that Jung Sook is a nine-tailed fox (fox = vixen) and is determined to get Gi Chan away from her. While grocery shopping, Dol Soon drops items into their cart while they’re not looking — thong underwear, condoms, and porn! I love Dol Soon.
She follows Jung Sook all the way to Dang Ja’s office, which makes her curious to no end. Jung Sook is there to confirm whether Dang Ja and Gi Chan still have feelings for each other, and Dang Ja assures her she has no reason to worry. She knows she’s not suitable as his wife, and cannot marry him. Furthermore, she won’t marry, period. She admits that she did briefly like him, but they don’t have a future together. Jung Sook is relieved to hear it, and thanks Dang Ja.
Dang Ja is angered to hear Dol Soon has been following Gi Chan around. Dol Soon sees how upset she is, and leaves her to her tears.
In a hysterical bit, Dol Soon and her husband’s argument starts with him berating for her for meddling, but degenerates when he tells her if she has so much free time, she should instead help Yeon Doo study, or work on her S-line figure. Dol Soon counters that her S-line is fine enough as it is, and he clarifies, “Not a long, skinny S, more like a curvy S!”
Young and Joon Soo follow the cheating couple to a beachside hotel and continue their plan. Sae Yeon is infuriated and suspicious, wondering if they followed them, or traced him. Yoon Seok can’t believe Young would have the guts to be doing this on purpose, and insists it’s coincidence. Besides, he told Young he was going on a medical conference, so she wouldn’t even know they were there. And they can’t trace his phone without him knowing it (which is why they traced him using a separate, hidden phone).
These animated “HA HA HA”s (Young and Joon Soo’s laughter) cracked me up to no end.
Then, as Yoon Seok and Sae Yeon are dining, Young arrives with Joon Soo. Yoon Seok can’t stop sneaking glances at his wife, who appears to be having a good time, and who participates in a couple game. Finally, he can’t take it anymore when the emcee calls for the couples to kiss, and he interferes by punching Joon Soo.
The man taking the report can’t contain his laughter at hearing how the two couples are related. He asks Yoon Seok to apologize since he threw the first punch, and when Yoon Seok refuses, Joon Soo says it’s okay, he’ll forget about it anyway.
Outside, Young asks her husband to come back home and return to their family, but he responds that things are too far gone.
Dol Soon attempts one last interference by calling Gi Chan and Dang Ja together. Dang Ja tells him she knows he must have a bad impression of her — she’d lied to him and jerked him back and forth — and asks him to forget all the bad things, and only keep the good memories. Gi Chan tells her he feels like she was a storm who swept into his quiet life, and that he doesn’t want to forget the bad memories: “I want to treasure them all.”
He adds that she was his first love. “You say that you’re not suitable for me, but I don’t think that. I think I’m not suitable for you, because I’m so lacking. I’m not polished, or sensitive, or self-confident.” Dang Ja protests, saying that’s not true. He asks why such a warm person became so cold: “It’s the truth that I’m not polished, or sensitive, or confident, but the fact that you say I am means you’re warm-hearted.”
Gi Chan goes on, “Forgive your father. I feel like you’re confined by your father. You say you won’t marry because of your work, but I think—” Hitting the nail on the head, Dang Ja’s teary smile immediately disappears, and she sharply tells him to stop. He apologizes for crossing the line, but Dang Ja quickly excuses herself to leave. As she does, he tells her that he’s getting engaged.
Angered to hear Gi Chan’s getting engaged so quickly, Dol Soon goes to give him a piece of her mind, telling him Dang Ja’s really a tender-hearted person. She’s put those thorns up to protect herself because she’s afraid of getting hurt. She tells him, “I thought you’d change Dang Ja.” She tells him to go and grab onto her, but Gi Chan tells her he’s deliberated a lot about it.
He came to the conclusion that if he persisted, Dang Ja might become hurt because of him. Knowing how she’d try to work to please his parents, it would only make things difficult on her. And, when she asked if he could leave behind his parents, he couldn’t answer. “If living on her own is truly the life she wants, I want to let her.”
With that, Gi Chan proceeds with his engagement plans.
Dang Ja continues going to prenatal yoga, where her doctor takes her aside to advise her to go to the larger hospital to get a full checkup. She assures Dang Ja nothing’s wrong, but her blood work came back a little off, and she wants to make sure everything’s fine.
So while Gi Chan attends his engagement ceremony, Dang Ja’s stomach pains grow stronger, causing her to collapse amid muted cries for help.