Episode 6 really picks up on the momentum that episode 5 left off with. I am starting to fully appreciate the characters because I have an idea of how they’ll act or react. The plot may have been jerky in the beginning, but I think it’s going much more smoothly now. And OMG at the ending! Eeep!
SONG OF THE DAY
I Am Legend OST – “Million Roses” by Madonna Band [download]
The stalker – whom we find out is named Park Ki Chul – tells Seol Hee that he lost everything because of Ji Wook – his job and his family. (Wow – how general of a reason is that?) He is willing to give her the evidence she needs to win her case, but Seol Hee isn’t too sure if he’s reliable enough. Nevertheless, his words haunt her as she and the other Madonna gals spruce up the attic of the studio (which is going to be their new practice space).
She asks Soo In and Hwa Ja for advice, and they think that Park Ki Chul is just lying to her. He might be another lackey sent by the Cha family to mislead her, but Seol Hee doesn’t think so (she’s too trusting). At the same time, Min Kyu comes by to drop off baby Gun Hee with Ah Reum so that he can visit an old friend. Ah Reum doesn’t want Gun Hee anywhere near the the studio, but Min Kyu dumps the crying baby into her hands.
When Seol Hee and Hwa Ja see the baby, Ah Reum lies and says that the baby is her younger sibling. Even though Soo In knows the truth, it’s too embarrassing for Ah Reum to admit that she’s a single mother. Seol Hee coos at the crying baby and her motherly instincts take over right away as she feeds the baby some milk. Hwa Ja cracks that if Seol Hee had only given birth to a boy like Gun Hee, she wouldn’t be in a divorce-situation. Ouch.
As Seol Hee feeds Gun Hee, she thinks back to how Mother of All Evil (MoaE) and Ji Wook treated her. They only saw her as a potential carrier for an heir to the family, nothing more. The romantic notion of being a mother was destroyed by the family’s pressure for a son. Seol Hee wonders what it’s like to raise a child, and if her life would have been different if she didn’t have a miscarriage. But if she did have a child, Seol Hee doubts her life would be any different. Ji Wook may have loved her a little more, but Mother-in-law never saw her as a person from the start anyways. Nevertheless, what she regrets the most is not having enough courage to look back at their condescending stares.
Now as for Ran Hee, she and her manager go to the broadcast station to visit the director of the documentary. Ran Hee is back to being a star in the documentary, since her little “save” in the last performance made her seem elegant and cool. Soo In also happens to be at the broadcast station talking to a colleague when she overhears Ran Hee and her manager privately discussing the guitar mishap. Soo In puts two and two together, and rushes off to tell Hwa Ja and Ah Reum that Ran Hee had sabotaged their performance.
Hwa Ja is fuming when Ran Hee goes to the studio, and starts tugging at her hair. That’s right – fight first! Talk later! Ran Hee denies knowledge of the guitar mishap and says she didn’t do it, but Hwa Ja is having none of it. Seol Hee barges in during the fight and stops it. Hwa Ja tells Seol Hee what Ran Hee did, and when Seol Hee confronts her – eyes blazing – Ran Hee wails that she didn’t do it. (Just slap her already, Seol Hee!) She would never do that to her friends; are they crazy? She starts crying how they could treat her like this, gives a dramatic scream, and runs out. (How could you let her run off!!? Although technically, Ran Hee didn’t do it, her manager did. But, po-tay-toe, po-tah-toe.)
Seol Hee says what’s past is past. And it’s a good thing too, since it turns out the Madonna Band scored another performance at Live Cafe! Tae Hyun had struck a deal with the owner of Live Cafe – he will perform at the cafe, but the owner must give the Madonna Band another chance to shine onstage. The girls cheer at the news (without knowing Tae Hyun’s part of the deal) and are ecstatic to be given a chance without the dratted Ran Hee.
After practice, Tae Hyun asks Seol Hee if she found a lawyer yet. If she still doesn’t have one, then she should really see Go Jin Bae. Turns out, Jin Bae is Tae Hyun’s guitar teacher. He’s also a successful lawyer who wins almost every case he takes on. Off she goes to see Jin Bae!
Jin Bae is a no-nonsense sort of fellow, and knows that Seol Hee doesn’t think too highly of him. But he takes on her case anyways. He warns her not to take the evidence from Park Ki Chul, since it’s probably illegal, biased, and mostly untrue. That same night, Seol Hee sees Park Ki Chul outside her apartment again, and refuses the info. Park scoffs and says that she’ll never win unless she gets her hands dirty. But no matter – he will see to Ji Wook’s downfall, even if it means one of them is going to die. Left with that threat hanging in the air, Seol Hee begins to worry.
Ji Wook is all fine and dandy in his apartment with Seung Hye. They’re reviewing a case together when suddenly his mother comes into the apartment. They all talk for a bit, and Seung Hye seems to have made a good impression on the mother already. MoaE complains about all the gossip surrounding her son, but Seung Hye reassures her that all will end well – while putting a hand around Ji Wook’s arm! And then MoaE tells her son, “How much nicer would it have been for you to have met someone like Lawyer Oh earlier.” Oh you are so going to eat your words one day MoaE – unless you have nothing against single mothers, but everything against rocker chicks.
As MoaE leaves the apartment, she spots Seol Hee in the lobby and confronts her. What, is Seol Hee there to threaten him? Apparently there are “rules” to fighting, but of course she would be too low-class to know that. (Wow – slap her too please.) Seol Hee says that she’s concerned for Ji Wook because of another matter, and MoaE gives her one useful piece of advice: “Don’t worry about Ji Wook and start worrying about yourself.”
Seol Hee can’t help it, and she goes up to the apartment. Ji Wook and Seung Hye are having their own private, romantic rendezvous when she rings the doorbell. Since they can’t really hide what they’re doing, Ji Wook just lets Seol Hee come in, and she registers Seung Hye’s presence, the wine glasses, and the fruit and cheese spread. Seol Hee tells him that a man named Park Ki Chul may come after him, so he should be careful. Ji Wook belittles her, saying that she can’t possibly be worried about him.
Hurt, Seol Hee bursts that she must have been crazy to even worry about him and leaves. Seung Hye and Ji Wook give little credence to Seol Hee’s claims, but when Seung Hye notes that Seol Hee may still be in love with him, Ji Wook replies, “Don’t say such awful things.”
But karma’s a pain in the ass; the next day Ji Wook receives a package of photos and a CD of him with Seung Hye, clearly making out in his apartment. The package is from Park Ki Chul of course. Seung Hye freaks out – if the evidence is used in court, they’re both finished.
Seol Hee meets Jin Bae again, and this time he gives her some information about Ji Wook’s wealth. First of all, Ji Wook is worth an estimated $6 million, and he was only going to give her $450,000 as alimony if she would go into hiding. Jin Bae tells Seol Hee that she’s entitled to at least $3 million. Seol Hee stubbornly insists that she’s not in it for the money, so Jin Bae points out that Ji Wook also owns a country home in Yangsoori, one that Seol Hee doesn’t know exists. He frequents it with a lady friend – but it can’t be Seol Hee now, can it?
After her meeting, Ji Wook phones Seol Hee for a meeting. He wants to know Seol Hee’s connection to Park Ki Chul. Seol Hee huffs that he had disregarded her the other day, so why curious now? Ji Wook spins it so that it seems like he’s looking out for her: “If you involve yourself with that sort of bad guy, then you could also get caught up in such dirty things. So be careful.” Seol Hee throws back his mom’s advice: “Stop worrying about me and start worrying about yourself.” She tells him that she knows she can come away from the case very rich, and Ji Wook scoffs at her for thinking such crazy things. Seol Hee adds, calmly, “Before we broke up like this, I wanted to visit the country house together. It’s a shame we weren’t able to go there even once.”
That’s right Ji Wook – be afraid. Be very afraid.
But on to the concert! CEO Kwang Yul finds out that Tae Hyun made a deal with the cafe’s owner for the Madonna Band’s performance. He confronts him outside and asks if Tae Hyun is interested in one of the band members. Tae Hyun jokes if Kwang Yul would help him if he really did like someone, and Kwang Yul starts playing process of elimination: it can’t be Hwa Ja, and Seol Hee’s in the middle of a divorce. Tae Hyun likes “flawless maiden” Soo In, right!? (LOL – I guess the writers are really toying the idea with this pairing…) Tae Hyun: “Flawless? Who’s flawless? She’s an old maid who’s well over thirty.” (Bad excuse there.) Kwang Yul warns that Tae Hyun can’t get his hands on her, because he wants to marry her off to a better person, and that elicits a smirk from Tae Hyun.
Hwa Ja arrives late – nearly ruining their performance the second time around. (Although I would have liked to see Tae Hyun perform alongside the girls…) Turns out she got into a little fight and has a bruise on her face. Everyone starts laughing, and Tae Hyun lets out a small smile before immediately resuming his angry expression and barking at them to get ready. Just before they go onstage though, an audience member approaches Seol Hee.
When Seol Hee gets onstage, she first makes an announcement. The audience member had asked her to congratulate him and his wife on their fifth wedding anniversary, and to read a message to his wife about how thankful he was for her patience and understanding, and that he promises to be a good father to their baby. Seol Hee then dedicates the song – “A Million Roses” – to the new family.
And as she sings, she remembers back all those days of loneliness in her sham marriage that was full of one-sided love.
Tae Hyun visits Jin Bae, and asks for a status update on Seol Hee’s case. Jin Bae wonders if he’s interested in Seol Hee or something (HAHA!) but Tae Hyun says that Seol Hee is going against Seung Hye – “When I think of that woman suffering because of Seung Hye, strangely I feel a bit concerned.”
Jin Bae says there’s no way Seol Hee is going to win in this case then, because no matter how tough she is on the outside, she’s too kind hearted to do anything that will hurt someone else. He tells Tae Hyun he gave her evidence that could provide proof of infidelity, and yet she hasn’t done anything about it.
Outside the studio, Tae Hyun picks up Seol Hee in his car. She wonders why he wants to go for a drive with her, and he says, “If a star is offering his fan a drive, she should be honored. What are you hesitating for?” (Do I hear a bit of Hwang Tae Kyung here?!)
Well Seol Hee gets in, of course, but her face falls when she finds out their destination: “The Yangsoori country house.”
They arrive, and Seol Hee finds out from the housekeeper that the property owner would be arriving that evening. Stake out time!
Seol Hee wants to leave, because she doesn’t feel comfortable with spying on her husband like this. She’s willing to go back first, but Tae Hyun makes her stay – “Acting noble in an ugly fight will only cause you to shed bloody tears. So if you’re onto something, then hold onto it.” He then mutters, “What kind of woman is she to set up house in this sort of place with someone else’s man…?”
Oh you should watch your mouth, Jang Tae Hyun.
A car drives up to the house, and the first person they see stepping out of the car is none other than Seung Hye.
And then the next person coming out of the driver’s seat is none other than Ji Wook.
BAM! I felt like I was hit with a bolt of lightning when I saw that ending. My expression was exactly like that of Tae Hyun’s – bug-eyed with wonder – and I screamed internally, “NOOOOOO! YOU CAN’T END HERE!!!! DID SEUNG HYE SEE THEM OR NOT!!!!????!!!!” I love how Seol Hee is not surprised and Tae Hyun looks like an utter noob. I’m sure she had an inkling about the affair, but was in denial about it and hoped she could get a divorce without having to reveal an affair.
This episode seemed to really drive home that heartbreaking message to Seol Hee about everything she’s missing out on because of her bad marriage. The writers sent that message well, with Gun Hee’s appearance, the audience member’s special request, and the song selection for the performance. I really liked that we got flashbacks of her marriage during the performance so that we know exactly what she’s thinking and feeling as she performs. (That also makes her a more honest performer than, say, Ran Hee, because she performs with her heart and soul.) All of these incidents were soft nudges telling her that she really needs to buckle down and get her hands dirty. Seol Hee is still that timid girl who couldn’t look up to her mother-in-law’s harsh glares, and as much as she may hate that side of her, she’s still that girl because she doesn’t have the strength to get evidence through sneaky methods.
Seung Hye and Ji Wook’s relationship was also explored further, and I think Seung Hye may like him more than Ji Wook likes her, which is very bad. She clearly stated in this episode that she wants to be by his side after the divorce, but poor girl doesn’t realize she probably has to go through a vetting process – whether by MoaE or by public declaration from someone who holds a grudge. And Noori and Tae Hyun would be found out as her “little dirty secrets.”
While Kwang Yul’s comment about Tae Hyun’s interest in Soo In was cute, I think my doubts were put to rest when Tae Hyun said he was concerned about Seol Hee. He wants her to beat his wife for probably selfish reasons (you know, bring down the ex-wife a few notches) but also because deep inside he is attracted to her – he just doesn’t know it yet. Although, wouldn’t it be interesting if the pairing of couples did not involve the female lead, but was between the male lead and second female lead?!