My Fair Lady: Episode 15
I know, at this point it’s probably more “appropriate” to post a pic of our main couple… but eh, whatever. This one is very cute.
Episode 15 makes me sorry for all of us who were holding out hope for an exciting ending, because this episode was rather boring. Things that should have been heart-tugging lost their pull because they’d already been done before in previous episodes, and I think we’ve had enough of the endless repetition. Although, if you want to play a drinking game, you could probably get pretty far along by taking a shot every time this episode employed a pointless cliche.
SONG OF THE DAY
My Fair Lady OST – “사랑은 어쩔 수 없네요” (Can’t control love) by Yoon Sang-hyun [ Download ]
EPISODE 15 RECAP
It’s the morning after, and Dong-chan and Hae-na wake up in bed together, a bit shy but happy. They enjoy their morning, and head out for their first day out as an official couple.
Dong-chan asks whether Hae-na is nervous about telling her grandfather that they’re dating, and asks what she would do if her grandfather kicked her out again. Teasingly, she answers that he’ll have to take her in, then.
Hae-na notices that Dong-chan is back to calling her “agasshi” and speaking formally, and prods him to talk to her casually. Just last night he’d called her “Hae-na,” and she likes that. However, he laughingly sticks to the formalities, answering that he’s still her jibsa.
When they arrive at Hae-na’s mansion, they are advised that the chairman is in no mood to see them. The couple are determined to face him honestly, and insist that they will see him.
Grandpa Kang receives them with a grim face and directs his questions to Dong-chan, who asks Grandpa for his consent to date Hae-na. He knows that he isn’t in much of a position to make this request, but he won’t give her up, and Hae-na echoes his plea.
Given how upset Grandpa looks, one expects a flat-out denial, which is why it’s such a surprise to get his agreement. Grandpa isn’t happy about this and says that he’s consenting out of concern for the company’s image, not for them, but in any case the two are relieved at this relatively undramatic scene. They expected much worse.
Mr. Jang expresses his surprise, but Grandpa tells him later, “Who says I consented?” He points out that opposing the match right away would have forced Hae-na to run away again, so he’s playing along temporarily. He needs Dong-chan for now, but after the next directors’ meeting, he will cut him out.
The rest of the world, however, is fed a romantic tale of the heiress falling for her bodyguard, which is how the story is spun to the media. This is Grandpa Kang’s way of neutralizing the scandal, and Chul-gu is shocked to hear that Grandpa has acquiesced to the couple.
Likewise, Su-ah can’t believe this turn of events, but Hae-na arrives at work the next morning arm in arm with Dong-chan, openly admitting their relationship.
Tae-yoon arrives at the office to speak with Hae-na and apologize for his previous behavior. When everyone turned their backs on her, he wanted to stay by her, and felt guilty that he wasn’t in the position to do so. He admits that his feelings weren’t purely driven by his feelings for her, but also because he disliked the idea of losing her. But now he recognizes that he has to let go.
Hae-na knows that he wasn’t making things hard on her purposely, and apologizes since she was the first to chase him. He asks if they can be friends, to which Hae-na extends a hand, saying she’d be happy to have a friend like him.
Likewise, Eui-joo also decides to let go of Dong-chan. (Remember how I said the writer has the bad habit of making all the characters experience the exact same scenario at the same time? Here’s another case.)
While Tae-yoon’s departure was acted with a degree of gravity, as befitting the relationship they’d (supposedly) shared, Eui-joo’s “I’m letting go” scene is played pretty lightly. This would normally bother me in a drama that made sense, but here, it’s actually funny how the music is so dramatic and she pouts as if to say, “Eh, whatever.” I kinda love Moon Chae-won for this.
That night, Dong-chan finds Woo-sung snooping in the darkened library, which strikes him as suspicious. Woo-sung lies that he’s cleaning, and makes his getaway from Dong-chan’s sharp eyes.
He calls someone to report that he couldn’t find “it”; it turns out that he is reporting to Chul-gu, and the item in question is the chairman’s will.
While at work, Hae-na receives a message on the website from a user, which asks if she can repost and forward Hae-na’s statement. This puzzles her, as she’s not sure how to answer. As usual, it’s Dong-chan who steps in to advise her, saying that it’s wise to say yes. Every little gesture of sincerity will reflect well on her.
The message is passed along and spreads along the internet, prompting an immediate increase in sales. This is a stupid point and makes no sense and I am annoyed at how carelessly the plot is being advanced. On the plus side, it gives us the image of Wang Seok-hyun adorably cheering on his noona, so there is that.
Grandpa Kang calls Dong-chan to give him his true opinion, which is that he is only allowed to stay with Hae-na until he names the Kang San Group successor: “You didn’t think I’d accept you, did you?”
Dong-chan is surprised at the change of heart, and dismayed: “I know I can’t say this, but I truly love Hae-na.” Grandpa warns him not to tell Hae-na of this conversation: “Since you say you love her, you should know what is best for her.”
Accordingly, Dong-chan keeps the conversation a secret from Hae-na as they head out on an outdoor date. This means playing games, blowing bubbles, and bike riding.
When Hae-na gets on her bike for a short ride, she finds that her handbrakes are unresponsive, and yells out in a panic. It’s understandable that she would be startled, but it’s ridiculous that this drama plays this scene so straight, like a big moment in a shocking thriller. She is going SO SLOWLY that the bike is about to topple over from lack of speed, and yet the tone is one of dire emergency. Oh! No! Danger!
Hae-na comes home limping from her crash, after which Dong-chan inspects her bicycle to find that her brake line has been disconnected.
Immediately he has a suspect in mind, and confronts Woo-sung, who denies his involvement weakly. Dong-chan is unconvinced by his nervous answers and presses him for information about who he’s working for and why.
He finds Uncle Chul-gu at the office next day, conferring with his associate at a urinal. (Er…?) Chul-gu had arranged for Hae-na to be kept busy enough to miss the directors’ meeting, where she is scheduled to report on her web mall project. (Again, this is a head-scratcher if we’re playing the logic game, because the implication is that he doesn’t want to hurt Hae-na; he just wants her out of his hair. But how does cutting her brakes the day before the meeting keep her sufficiently busy, unless he’s intending serious injury?)
Dong-chan confronts Chul-gu about his plan, saying he knows everything. To prove it, he warns, “Don’t get too curious about the chairman’s will.” Since Hae-na is fine, Dong-chan will let this go, but makes it clear he won’t put up with any further sabotage. If Chul-gu doesn’t comply, he’ll go straight to Grandpa Kang and spill everything.
Therefore, Hae-na’s meeting goes well, as she reports that she successfully met the 15% sales increase. Chul-gu, thinking of Dong-chan’s threat, applauds her efforts nervously.
Dong-chan understands that Woo-sung wasn’t working with Chul-gu willingly, and assures him that Chul-gu will no longer bother him. He is so sympathetic that Woo-sung wonders why he hasn’t asked why he did it. Dong-chan answers, “Everyone can make a big mistake once in their life. Like me. I don’t know why you did that, but I’m sure you had a reason that you can’t explain. Isn’t the important thing that you don’t make the same mistake again?”
Even though Dong-chan hadn’t been angling for an explanation, this wins his confidence and Woo-sung confides that Chul-gu had found out he wasn’t from the background he claimed, and blackmailed him. But, he says with tears in his eyes, “I really didn’t have bad intentions against agasshi.” Dong-chan believes him, and now he’s won Woo-sung’s loyalty forever.
This was a surprisingly nice scene, because Woo-sung (actor Kim Young-kwang) played his part with a nice, subtle sensitivity. After having small parts in Triple and The World They Live In, I think we can expect more things from him. In fact, I found his acting jarring in this scene because it was so much stronger than the stuff in the rest of the episode, where it feels like the main cast has half given up.
Tae-yoon deals with the fizzling of his relationship by calling Eui-joo to talk. She finds him lost in thought at the park, and shoots a few hoops with him before sitting down for a talk.
Tae-yoon admits that although he gave up on Hae-na and thought he would be okay, he feels strange: “I feel like talking to someone about it, but there’s nobody to talk to. I asked to see you because I felt like you’d be a good listener. Is that too selfish of me?” Eui-joo doesn’t mind, and says it’s fine.
He wonders if she’s given up on her love, too. Eui-joo says that she has given up hope that he’ll reciprocate, but liking Dong-chan has become a long-standing habit, so it’ll take a while to get over it. But she doesn’t regret it — she liked liking Dong-chan, “And even if I fall in love with someone later, I’ll be the first to fall in love then, too.”
He’s impressed at her plucky answer and calls her “pretty cool.” (She retorts, “You’re just figuring that out now?”)
Dong-chan and Hae-na go on another date, which seems superfluous since it’s the third date montage this episode. The one difference is, today Hae-na offers to do whatever Dong-chan wants to do. Dong-chan’s wish is that she act as his personal attendant for the day — this means she has to call him “Master” and speak in honorific language. He enjoys himself by being difficult and making her run around doing his bidding, and gets her to confess that she understands now what she put him through.
As they walk down the street, something catches Hae-na’s eye — a wedding dress in a shop window. Naturally this means they must stop and let her try on bridal gowns. (Personal aside: As someone who did not grow up planning a hypothetical fairy-tale wedding and who has no great desire to don a fancy white gown, I find this cliche really annoying. Not all women need the Overpriced Princess Bridal Dress to validate their love lives!)
Dong-chan is struck dumb at the sight of Hae-na looking beautiful in a wedding gown, and gapes. Then he whips out his cell phone to record her (as he’s been doing all day) and prods her to say something.
Hae-na is bashful at first, then tells him, “I love you.” As his playful attitude turns solemn, she continues hesitantly, “When some time has passed and Grandfather gives his blessing, would you propose then?”
He takes a moment to respond, making her nervous. But she smiles happily as he agrees, “Yes. Later, when your grandfather gives his blessing, please marry me.”
On their way home, she complains that he didn’t say “I love you.” He’s genuinely surprised (he’d thought he said it), and defends himself, saying he already confessed his feelings to her so she should know.
The next day, Hae-na suggests spending time with her grandfather. As they take a leisurely walk, Hae-na turns to him to say something important: “I want to marry Seo Dong-chan.” Immediately, Grandpa is affronted and says no — he can’t accept Dong-chan as a family member. In fact, he intends to fire him tomorrow.
Hae-na protests that she doesn’t want to lose him: “I really love him.” This only gets Grandpa more worked up, and he threatens to cut ties with her if she continues to date Dong-chan. Incredulously, he asks if she would abandon her family, position, and everything to still choose Dong-chan.
Hae-na is conflicted, but looks at him sadly as she answers, “If that’s the only way to stay with him, I’m sorry Grandfather.”
Grandpa storms off, and collapses clutching his heart. (Come on, we all knew that was coming, right?)
At the hospital, Hae-na learns that he had been ill for a while; he explains that there was no point needlessly worrying her by telling her he was sick. As Grandpa lies weakly in bed, he asks whether she can throw away 50 years of work, all over a man. Hae-na promises to protect Kang San, so couldn’t she keep Dong-chan too?
Grandpa Kang knows we’ve got one more episode left, so he answers no. She needs to find someone who can look after both her and the company, and Dong-chan isn’t capable of that.
Dong-chan rushes to the hospital, and in yet another useless cliche, he misses Hae-na just as she steps out. (He reconnects with her just a few minutes later.)
After learning that Hae-na has had a huge shock, he rushes out to find her, running into her at the hospital entrance. They head up to the rooftop for another talk, where she reminisces about his comment the first time he brought her here, how he’d come to the roof to watch the sunrise with his ailing mother.
She wonders, “Is this how you felt?” He must have wanted to save her, finding it impossible to leave the one he loved.
Dong-chan senses her mood with foreboding as Hae-na says, with difficulty, “You said love changes, and to tell you when I saw myself change. I’m going to change. No, I have changed. So… so… ”
But she can’t continue, and is overcome with emotion. Dong-chan understands what she means to say, and tells her gently that she doesn’t have to say it: “Last time you let me go, so this time should I let you go first? Let’s break up. I’m really sorry that I wasn’t able to keep my promise to keep you from crying. But I will make this promise: I won’t forget you.”
She grabs his hand and cries, “I’m sorry,” then forces herself to let go.
As she walks away, he calls out to her, “Hae-na. I love you.”
(This calls back to the fact that he hadn’t called her by her name all episode, and the fact that he hadn’t confessed his love in words.)
I think I should have more to say about this episode, but I just don’t. It was okay. It was completely paint-by-numbers, expected, and unsurprising, but I suppose it was serviceable. I think we all expected the couple to break up (yet another time!) and for Grandpa to oppose the match, and for guilt at his health to drive Hae-na to break up. (I mean, we’ve all seen My Girl and Witch Amusement, right?) Given the reliance on conventional trendy-drama cliches, I wish this drama got more inventive with them and at least tried to turn the cliches on their heads… but I think that’s probably expecting too much.
One more episode to go! I will be relieved for the actors’ sakes when My Fair Lady wraps, because it’s saddening to watch Yoon Eun-hye sobbing her heart out and not feeling the least twinge of sympathy for her character because the story is so contrived.
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