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The Last Scandal of My Life: Episode 8
by | May 5, 2008 | 27 Comments

Subtitles for Episodes 1 and 2 are now out, so check ‘em out!

I think the reason Jae Bin is so endearing is that while he’s generally spoiled and immature, he’s actually capable of compassion and has flashes of maturity. He pushes Sun Hee’s buttons with his joking and pestering, but it’s like he’s so aware of her emotions that he knows when to back off and when he’s okay to nag her. But because he’s human, once in a while he mis-gauges and pokes her a little too hard before he realizes he’s done it.

Immature people = irritating. Mature people who can act immature as the occasion calls for it = endearing.

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EPISODE 8 RECAP

When Jae Bin arranges a meeting with Sun Hee’s ex, he recognizes Yoo Shik, who doesn’t really understand what’s going on but registers Jae Bin’s displeasure and immediately bolts in cowardly panic. Jae Bin chases Yoo Shik down the hall and through the hotel, catching up to him in the hotel lobby.

In front of a growing group of bystanders (who recognize Jae Bin and start snapping photos), Jae Bin angrily demands, “Are you Hong Sun Hee’s husband?” Yoo Shik nervously denies it, saying, “We got divorced today,” and Jae Bin lets his fist fly, muttering, “You son of a bitch!” His punch sends Yoo Shik to the ground, and Jae Bin growls, “Are you even human?” before his manager and assistant drag him away.

Dong Hwa takes Sun Hee to a quiet spot by the waterside to offer his apology for the night before. Now that she’s cooled down from the heat of the moment, Sun Hee embarrassedly offers her own apology for taking out her personal frustrations on her employer.

Trying to figure out what to do with his knowledge of Yoo Shik’s hasty engagement to Go Jung Sook, Dong Hwa asks Sun Hee a hypothetical question: What she would do if she found out a big secret about somebody, which might hurt that person to know now, or hurt them later if the truth were kept quiet? Sun Hee recalls an instance when a neighbor was caught having an affair, and she’d decided not to say anything. If the couple didn’t divorce, the info would only hurt the wife.

Dong Hwa: “So hypothetically if your husband were having an affair, you’re saying you wouldn’t want to be told, is that right?”
Sun Hee: “That’s right. In the end, most people decide to stay together for the children. Why hurt the woman’s heart like that? It could be the woman’s form of happiness to live in ignorance, thinking her husband is the best.”

Dong Hwa eases Sun Hee’s curiosity by saying he’s referring to a work-related business secret, and she sympathizes with his predicament, knowing that the secret-keeper has to cope with the heavy burden. Dong Hwa also asks her to keep working for him, and she accepts gratefully.

The punch between Jae Bin and Yoo Shik is spun to the press by Dong Hwa, and reported as a “sexual-harassment misunderstanding.” Ha. Jae Bin’s proud of himself, but Sun Hee (not knowing who the other person was) chastises him for attacking an innocent stranger. Jae Bin is confused when Sun Hee takes a call from Yoo Shik, and wonders why she sounds so normal when she just got divorced. Annoyed, he grabs her phone and hangs it up for her. (She kicks him and grabs it back.)

Jae Bin keeps harping on her divorce, and asks why she doesn’t act like someone who just got divorced. Having agreed to keep their strange “technically divorced only” status quiet, Sun Hee answers that they’re keeping civil for Jimin’s sake.

Called away to handle his punching of Yoo Shik, Jae Bin asks Sun Hee: “If you had to hit a truly detestable guy in just one place, where would you hit him?” Sun Hee thinks about it, then answers, “The back of the head!” Jae Bin files this info away for future use.

Yoo Shik has attempted to make himself look less cowardly by telling Jung Sook that Jae Bin came out of nowhere and punched him, but she takes his story seriously and is offended on his behalf. Thus she insists on meeting the brothers to demand an apology.

The meeting is amusingly awkward, because neither brother can stand the sight of Yoo Shik, but Dong Hwa maintains an icy-polite façade while Jae Bin doesn’t bother to hide his low opinion. When Yoo Shik escapes to the bathroom, Jae Bin follows and unexpectedly gives Yoo Shik a sudden slap upside the back of the head. At the urinals. HA.

Yoo Shik is truly bewildered, and defends himself — he’s a divorced man! He ventures, “Are you and Sun Hee… in a relationship?” Jae Bin answers, “And if I am?” which prompts Yoo Shik to wonder what a star like him would do with a married lady with a child. Jae Bin slaps him again (“She’s not married, she’s divorced”).

To bring a quick end to the awkward gathering, Yoo Shik lies and tells Jung Sook that the men have aired out their differences, and the three (very reluctantly) toast in front of her.

Back at home, Jae Bin calls Sun Hee to the basement workout room and surprises her with a cake and a song: “Happy divorce to you…”

Interpreting his lighthearted gesture as him amusing himself at her expense, Sun Hee reacts in a mixture of exasperation and annoyance. He answers, “I didn’t do it to amuse myself. I did it to encourage you to live happily from now on.”

Jae Bin: “When he asked you to marry him, he must’ve promised to love you, to be with you for the rest of his life, to make you happy. Were you happy? I see you can’t respond right away. See, he is a bad guy.”
Sun Hee: “If you look at it that way, all married men are bad guys.”
Jae Bin: “Just figured that out now?”
Sun Hee: “But there were good times, too. You might not understand, but that’s what marriage is. You take a short, happy memory and live with it for a long time, and whenever you feel hate, get upset, or want to cry, you take those memories out and put up with it, you idiot.”

Just then, they hear footsteps above — Dong Hwa — and startle. Since Dong Hwa doesn’t know of their past together (and her position has met with a rocky start), their instinct is to hide and not have to explain their odd familiarity.

They douse the candles and hold their breaths until the footsteps retreat back upstairs, after which they start bickering about whose fault it is. They don’t know that Dong Hwa, still on the main floor, can hear them as they start joking again and Sun Hee oohs over the yummy cake (Jae Bin bought her favorite kind, to which she retorts that he can’t know what she likes best; he answers that it’s the most expensive and she likes expensive things).

The next day, Na Yoon drops by with notes on Jae Bin’s styling for the movie, to his disgust — she’s doing her best to be sweet and insinuate herself back into his life, but he’s not having it. The children arrive from school, and Na Yoon swiftly engages Hoon in an offer of a chess game. Jae Bin declines to join them, instead inviting Jimin and Sun Hee outside to play games in the yard. Na Yoon changes her mind and suggests everyone play together.

But Na Yoon finds she’s continually the odd man out — the kids stick together, and Jae Bin sticks to Sun Hee. (And a crew member(?) gets caught lurking in the background.)

When Sun Hee asks for time off for personal reasons, Jae Bin first dumps excess housework on her, then fakes illness to keep her home. She stays to tend to his sickness, but sneaks out quietly once he’s fallen asleep.

Which means that Jae Bin wakes up in a bad mood to find her gone, frustrated at her continued loyalty to her idiot ex-husband. She returns with grocery bags of food, but Jae Bin is convinced she’s using that as a cover-up for having gone out to meet Yoo Shik, and upends the bags’ contents. As suspected, there are papers mixed in, but they’re not what he’s expecting. I can’t get a clear look at them, but Sun Hee has gone out to collect a large stash of identical forms bearing Jimin’s current name, in the event that she’ll need them for school or whatnot. (In Korea, children take their fathers’ last names, while wives keep their maiden names.)

Sun Hee explains that she wanted to grab as many forms as she could before the name change was made official: “You can’t understand. No matter what excuses I may make, when people hear I’m divorced, they’ll all look at me strangely. Even you bring up the word ‘divorce’ every chance you get.”

Belatedly feeling guilt for his behavior, Jae Bin clumsily tries to make it up to her by picking up the fallen groceries.

As he’s about to leave the house for his movie press conference, Jae Bin sees Sun Hee polishing the dishes in a gloomy mood, and asks what’s wrong. He chides her, saying she’s probably just going to gorge herself on comfort food the instant he leaves and give herself indigestion. She doesn’t respond directly, but says she feels like eating some bread and asks him to bring back some pastries on his way home — and be sure to buy the most expensive kind.

Jae Bin quite adorably breaks into a smile, and armed with a task, he leaves the house in cheerful spirits. It’s like all his poking and prodding of Sun Hee stems from his difficulty in knowing how to treat her nicely, but once she gives him a specific request, he’s all about it. You half expect him to bring home every pastry from the bakery.

At the hotel, Jae Bin poses in front of a phalanx of cameras and reporters with Na Yoon, with Dong Hwa watching from the side (Dong Hwa also sees Yoo Shik and Jung Sook at the hotel for their engagement party, but avoids them). The event is progressing in typical fashion, until Jae Bin spots someone enter across the room — Sun Hee.

While cleaning up Dong Hwa’s desk at home, Sun He had found the engagement party invitation and was struck with the name on the card. Suddenly uneasy, she recalls all the strange coincidences with Yoo Shik, and unable to banish her fears, she heads to confirm that the man in the invitation isn’t her ex-husband, as she keeps telling herself.

Distracted at the sight of Sun Hee clutching the engagement invitation — Jae Bin disentangles himself from his pose with Na Yoon and tells the surprised reporters that he’ll be right back.

Jae Bin finds Sun Hee and drags her into a secluded area to ask what she’s doing here. She insists, “It’s suspicious. I have to make sure.” Jae Bin tries to convince her to go home quietly, that she’s acting oddly, but his attempt to play off the event comes across more like a desperate attempt to keep her away. She cries out on the verge of tears that the man has the same name as her husband: “I know this man isn’t my husband. So I’m going to make sure with my own eyes.”

Sun Hee runs out toward the hall hosting the engagement party, leaving Jae Bin to follow after her, shouting her name in vain — just as Na Yoon, unable to stay still, comes looking for him. Followed by the entire troop of reporters.

Jae Bin catches up to her just outside the hall, where she reads the names of the engaged couple. Wracked with fear, Sun Hee asks:

Sun Hee: “Dong Chul — what do I do if he’s my husband? What do I do?”

Jae Bin can only look at her in worry until Sun Hee hears Yoo Shik’s voice behind her, and starts to turn to see who the man is —

— and in a last-ditch effort to prevent her from seeing Yoo Shik with his new fiancée, Jae Bin grabs her and holds her against himself.

He tells her, “Don’t go” — just as Na Yoon, Dong Hwa, and the frantic reporters swarm around the couple, barraging Jae Bin with a flurry of questions.

Jae Bin turns to see his brother standing nearby, and calls to him. Dong Hwa responds to his brother’s unspoken request for help and immediately steps in, telling the reporters that the event is canceled. He takes off his jacket and covers Sun Hee with it, and together, the two brothers usher Sun Hee through the crowd.

 
Additionally…

I didn’t really dig Sun Hee’s stance earlier in the episode when she told Dong Hwa she’d rather live in blissful ignorance if her husband were cheating. I think part of her may sense what Dong Hwa wants to say, and was trying to rebuff his attempt to tell her out of fear. But as we see at the end of the episode, Sun Hee’s come around and has decided that despite her fear, she’d rather know with certainty, even if that means all her illusions come crumbling down.

As for that last scene… Woo, not bad as far as grand romantic gestures go, right? Still, I think my favorite aspect of the scene was seeing the brotherly relationship assert itself — we get the impression that their relationship may be cordial, but has gone through its share of rocky times. And while they love each other as brothers, they don’t quite see eye to eye as men. Dong Hwa’s made a career out of cleaning up after Jae Bin’s mishaps and smoothing things over, like when Jae Bin hits Yoo Shik in the beginning of the episode. But then, as now, when Jae Bin is stuck in a mess of his own making (granted, a nobly romantic one this time), he turns to his brother, and his brother comes through without hesitation. Aw.

 
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27 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. kate

    love love love it. Thank you.

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  2. Jessica

    Thanks for the recap!

    Even though we’re not supposed to like Na Yoon for some reason I can’t hate her…

    Perhaps it just remnants of Byun Jung Soo’s Bad Couple character :)

    I really hope she can be the lead actress in the future!

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  3. Emi

    Thanks for posting the episode recaps! I’m not even watching the series, but just by reading your posts makes me understand the drama itself.

    Maybe if I can find where to watch it with subtitles, then I could definately be more involved with it. Thanks again!

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  4. snoopyvkd

    Thanks for recapping this serie! I’ve picked it up after your recommendation, and is now addicted. I can’t stop moving on the episodes even without sub.
    Loving Jae Bin’s character, he is indeed adorable because he can still love Sun Hee as a young teenage boy. It is a first love, simple and pure, not about looks, money or status.

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  5. 3Dot

    Thanks for the summary.
    I have not watch the drama, but everyday I look forward to your summary ! :-). so entertaining. …Will definitely watch it soon….

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  6. tooizzy

    That was so romantic!!!

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  7. juliesean

    I beg to differ cos I found his gesture so romantic….despite the fact that he is gonna get into serious trouble himself. If only guys are this romantic in real life……

    As you continue to watch future episodes, you will be amazed at the extent of his romantic gestures. Though he may behave childishly but when it comes to the crunch, he is always there for her. And always brings a smile to her face! Even mine!!

    Any more guys like these out there?? Even though I have finished drama, I loved reading your take on the episodes. Thank you.

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  8. frappie

    THANKS Javabeans!

    This drama is super cute. Thanks for letting us in on it!

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  9. giddygirl108

    Aw…definitely digging the brotherly communication at the end. Poor Sun Hee!

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  10. 10 Fifi

    i miss watching this drama…i loved all the episodes so much!

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  11. 11 smiley6yrl

    Hi dramabeans,

    I notice that you are part of the translator crew for this series, so thank you so much for the first two subs and your involvement! I can’t wait to watch this series myself since you have been raving so much about it. I was wondering if you are planning to check out bittersweet too….?

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  12. 12 epyc

    Thanks Javabean! Although I finished watching LS in a one-night marathon , I’ve been so looking forward to reading your recap and thoughts on this most enjoyable drama. (I started only after reading your recommendation re Ep 1-4.)

    The last scene in Ep 8 is certainly one of the most impressive/romantic in this series, plus many others to come later.

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  13. 13 marcel

    oh crap i’ve just ruined it for myself.. i’ve only seen the first 3 epis.. this is a fun drama.. will have to have a marathon after midterms.. dramabeans gives excellent recaps as always :D

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  14. 14 saraho

    thank you for posting the summaries :) their relationship is so lovable!

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  15. 15 cattey

    if you don’t mind me asking, does anyone know if this drama is on d-addicts? coz the last time i checked, it wasn’t there..i’ve been reading the recaps and got interested in it..i wish i watch it..can anyone help, please?

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  16. 16 javabeans

    cattey, i just checked the d-addicts thread. apparently some kind people are going to be upping the series to torrents. they’re not up yet, but should be soon enough.

    I haven’t checked out Sweet Life/Dolce Vita yet, but i plan to at least catch the first couple of eps. Not sure what to expect with that one…

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  17. 17 koalabear

    thanks so much for the recap..I also miss this drama and the ending scene in Episode 8 was priceless you can see how the two brothers protect Sunhee…I really find it as a sweet gesture…

    and can I just say that Jung Jun-ho looks really different in here than his past productions…his role here is very charismatic…I just realized that he has the charisma that any woman can fall in love with ^ ^

    like smiley6yrl posted…I was hoping also for your comment on La Dolce Vita since WithS2 is also subbing the drama..

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  18. 18 cattey

    thanks javabeans!!! i checked d-addicts just now, and i found the first two eps there..i’m excited to watch them..i hope they finish downloading soon..can’t wait..
    thanks again for the recaps and the info..you’re awesome!

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  19. 19 djes

    HEH. I followed your recommendation and started watching this and reading your recaps to get better explanations of the story…
    And I am on this episode!!
    I like it!!!!!!!!
    I adore Jung Jun Ho’s facial expressions, when he scolded Sun Hee, when he was anxious to know Sun Hee met her husband, etc etc.
    As fangirl I am, I fall in love once again with him…and the collections of sunglasses he wears in the drama are so NICE. They suit his face perfectly ( I know it’s not related but I don’t have friend accompanying me watching this – they think that it’s not interesting enough – to gush about JJH. So..don’t mind me while I’m babbling :P )

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  20. 20 Epuni

    Omg, this drama just keeps getting better and better. Thank you so much for the recommendation. The last scene in this episode was so touching. Loveeee it!

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  21. 21 Phuong

    Hi

    Need to give a big shout out to withS2 for the subtitles. I did a marathon session last night episode 3-8! Your definately right about this being “hilarious” I was laughing so loud my younger brother could hear me outside the front of the house and I watch tv at the back of the house.

    Jung Joon Ho was made for this role he’s absolutely brilliant and just adorable!

    The characters chemistry seems effortless, best series of the year!

    Cheers
    ptn

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  22. 22 sneee

    sorry for this terribly late comment!
    thank you very much javabeans for these wonderful episode summaries which really help me string together and get a better understanding of the series as a whole. also, thank you for the little nuggets of trivia and extra information you provide!
    i just want to say that i totally dig the brotherly relationship and i have a special love for Jung Woong In’s portrayal of Dong Hwa
    thank you very much again ♥

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  23. 23 sleeplessinwgtn

    The episode ending is so sweet, it made me cry….

    1. How JB tried to protect SH from the pain of discovering that it’s her husband who’s getting engaged

    2. How JB called on his brother DH to rescue him and SH and how DH came to the rescue

    3. And finally, how the two brothers protected SH from the press

    The two brothers might not see eye to eye on most things but they certainly stepped up and worked in unison in this occasion.

    Loved the two brothers’ facial expressions… no words are needed…

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  24. 24 yihee

    i really love this drama.

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  25. 25 sa

    one of the things that i finf the most endearing abt jae bin is his insistnece on her saying good bye to him when he’s leaving for work and the way he constantly does other stuff like that which couples do
    the fact that he does do that, that he shows that he cares enuff abt her to do stuff like that is the best – im kind of tired of characters whoe are always rough and hide ther liking

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  26. 26 kcrazy

    Love the scene where they put out the candles and are in the dark, bickering….so sweet and just like they were kids again. This drama is great. Seems this couple have restarted the relationship where they left off at when they were still young.

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  27. 27 DEE

    i read this after i read king 2 hearts recaps… just for fun.. but then i realize it really good. thanx for recaps.

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