Drama Recaps
Thousand Day Promise: Episode 10
by | November 15, 2011 | 49 Comments

Yay for people finding out and moving plot along. When a drama basically features a central character harboring a secret that we know from Day 1, and people left in the dark for ages, it can feel like you’re treading water indefinitely. Now that we have people outside the core characters finding out and reacting to the news, it starts to have a ripple effect in the rest of their world.

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EPISODE 10 RECAP

Seo-yeon gives Ji-hyung’s mother the basic explanation for her Alzheimer’s diagnosis, and how Ji-hyung came to know it. She says she never intended for Ji-hyung to know, much less cancel his wedding over her.

Now understanding her son’s motivation, Ji-hyung’s mother sighs, “We’re in big trouble.” She says that Seo-yeon’s condition is unfortunate but her concerns go with her son first, and apologizes for that. Seo-yeon tells her that she understands.

But Mom surprises her with her next words — that she had asked for this meeting intending to ask her to delay marrying Ji-hyung for just a year, or six months. She was going to do everything she could to convince her husband to accept the couple, and even if not, she would stand by her son — after all, this is the woman he gave up everything to be with, “And I want to accept you as my own child.” However, with this additional bit of news, she can’t do it after all.

Seo-yeon looks at her with startled eyes, maybe surprised that Mom wasn’t dead-set on hating her after all. She says she’s on the same page as Mom.

What kills me about this scene is that Mom’s sympathy is palpable, and her concern genuine. It doesn’t change her bottom line, but she’s conflicted nonetheless and it shows. She asks how Seo-yeon can be so strong and clean-cut about this break. Seo-yeon answers, “I’m using every last bit of my strength to be that way.”

When they head out to part ways, Mom asks to hold her hand for a moment, and tells her, “I’m so thankful I can’t tell you in words, but what about your pain? I don’t know how to help you.” Seo-yeon sends her away with a smile, telling her it’s all right.

As Seo-yeon walks away, she thinks of the words she almost said: “Please let me have him for a while — not long. Just let us have a year.”

Architect Alex has a character name — it’s Sohn Suk-ho — but he’s such a peripheral character, let’s just keep calling him Architect Alex. He gets called to meet Ji-hyung’s mother, who asks if he knew about all this.

For now, “this” refers to the relationship with Seo-yeon and the reason for the broken engagement, and Alex admits that he knew and tried to stop him. However, Ji-hyung was so stubborn and determined that he decided it would be better to help him than to keep fighting, and he helped find him an apartment of his own. Mom wonders how Ji-hyung could have afforded to strike out on his own, and it’s almost comical the dismay on her face when Alex tells her that it’s a monthly rental.

Mom prods, asking if he knows anything more about the reason for Ji-hyung’s abrupt change, wanting to see if he knows about Seo-yeon’s condition. He doesn’t, and just says that Ji-hyung must have figured life was short. Alex urges Mom to think positively, and that Ji-hyung’s father will come around in time to accept his future grandchildren.

He gives her one bit of encouragement, saying that Ji-hyung has decided to push back his plans to marry Seo-yeon, due to Mom’s reaction. I love how the bride’s continued refusal to marry doesn’t figure into the equation.

At work, Seo-yeon’s junior teammate notices her taking more painkillers for her headache and tells her to get checked out, wondering if it’s blood pressure related. Seo-yeon checks off the items on her to-do list and grabs her toothbrushing kit, but her teammate reminds her that she already brushed her teeth after lunch. That spins the room off into conversation about overbrushing your teeth, while she sits there shaken from the lapse.

The discussion hits a tangent when her boss recalls his father obsessively bathing in his latter days of dementia, and how those patients can’t even control their bowels. Seo-yeon declares that she needs to re-brush her teeth since she drank coffee in the meeting, but that leads to another slip and someone points out that she drank green tea. She covers for the slip smoothly, but walks away feeling panicked.

Ji-hyung’s mother arrives at Bride Central, where Hyang-gi’s mother is pitching a fit over Hyang-gi shutting herself in her room all day to quilt. Hyang-gi promises to stop, and Mom throws out the quilt in a huff.

Hyang-gi explains to Ji-hyung’s mother that quilting is the best way of making the time pass, but agrees to cut back on activities that make her mother screechy. Good luck with that one.

Hyang-gi’s mother wonders if Ji-hyung has a woman on the side, because that’s the only scenario that makes sense to her. Ji-hyung’s mother deflects but she’s a pretty poor liar, and can’t look the other woman in the eye. Thankfully for her, Hyang-gi’s mother is too busy complaining to pick up on it, although it makes it uncomfortable when Bride’s Mom gives Groom’s Mom a gift from her recent trip.

Hyang-gi walks her out and admits that she met Ji-hyung the other day, who treated her like a younger sister. Thinking on it, he’s treated her like that for the past year.

She asks if Ji-hyung’s mother has seen Seo-yeon, and Mom lies to say no. Hyang-gi asks her to be sure to tell her when she does see her — she’s curious to know what she looks like and whether Ji-hyung’s mother likes her, thinking it’ll make things easier to accept once she can feel the reality settle in.

Ji-hyung requests Jae-min’s help again in convincing Seo-yeon to marry him, and gets another denial. Jae-min points out that he would’ve married Hyang-gi if not for Seo-yeon’s condition, so she’s going to read this as pity no matter how you slice it.

Jae-min finds Seo-yeon waiting for him, timing her meeting to get him to buy her dinner, which is so cute. I love that this cousinly relationship is so close and warm, but damn if it doesn’t make me wish they could be romantically paired in some way. It would almost make the cliché of a birth secret worth it…

They have a pleasant dinner, and as he finishes off the sushi, she tells him in a casual tone, “Oppa, now I’m even forgetting things I did 30 minutes ago.” She recounts her toothbrush incident, figuring that now she’ll have to start adding to her checklist in greater detail.

He urges her to start medication, and she replies that yeah, she’ll probably have to. Soon she won’t even be able to share things like this with him, “Because I’ll have forgotten that I’ve forgotten.”

Mention of Ji-hyung’s phone call reminds Seo-yeon that she met his mother earlier, and she explains how Mom had assumed she was pregnant, and she’d ended up telling her about her condition. Jae-min asks how Mom reacted, and she replies, “She said thank you. Or did she? I don’t know, I can’t recall.”

Seo-yeon tells Jae-min that if she weren’t sick, she would’ve been able to marry Ji-hyung in a year’s time, since Mom had taken their side: “I really have dirty rotten luck.”

Jae-min drops her off at home and asks if she’s resolved in her decision, acting like it’s someone else’s life. She says that’s what she wants, that she doesn’t want to add to her loved ones’ pain “before I turn completely into a me that’s not me.”

He asks what she really wants regarding Ji-hyung, without considering his family. She calls it a cruel question and says she doesn’t want to disintegrate daily in front of him either, or add to his pain. Jae-min says, “You’re already in his heart. Whether you see him or not, his pain will be the same.”

She calls him a dummy and turns to go up to her apartment, then turns back to face Jae-min. In surprise: “Oppa, when did you get here?” She lets him think that for a second before laughing, “At some point I’m going to turn into this.” Ugh, her joking about her impending doom is almost as tragic as her sobbing about it.

Jae-min calls Ji-hyung to tell him what Seo-yeon said. Ji-hyung fires back that he’ll take care of her, and that he can focus all of his attention on her in a way that her family can’t. Jae-min isn’t necessarily against this, but he points out that Seo-yeon’s wishes take precedence. She’s becoming sarcastic and mocking of her own condition, and he’s not sure what to make of that.

At home, Seo-yeon comes into the kitchen to prepare breakfast for the next day, briefly forgetting her purpose. Moon-kwon tells her that Aunt brought by enough food to last for a few days, so she heads back to her room, but turns back to take issue with Moon-kwon’s use of jondaemal with her. His way of talking is something I always assumed arose from him being such a troublemaker as a youth, and later deciding to show her extra respect to make up for it. It’s definitely unusual to use jondae among siblings, but since she’s essentially a mother-figure, it makes sense.

Moon-kwon points out that he’s always spoken to her in jondae. She says that he used to mix jondae and banmal, but now he’s using jondae exclusively. Is it because she’s ill now? Does he feel more distant with her? He says that he just thought she deserved the respect, but she’s in defensive mode and asks, “Why, because I’m sick?” Moon-kwon drops the jondae to appease her, and she tells him, “Let’s just live like we always lived and not change.”

Jae-min comes home to — what else? — another bickerfest between his mother and sister. Apparently his mother went out and bought stuff using Myung-hee’s husband’s credit card, although she argues that she earned the money to pay for her own purchases. Myung-hee argues that if Mom buys Dad a parka and Moon-kwon a T-shirt (“I can understand up to that point!” — wanna guess where she balks?) using their card instead of her own money, then buys Seo-yeon winter blankets with her own money, it’s like Myung-hee is actually buying the blankets. Or something. I don’t really get her calculation methods, and this time I don’t think it’s my math.

Mom calls out her daughter for not caring about her own flesh and blood relatives who moved out in summer and need winter blankets. Myung-hee shrills, “We bought them frying pans!” Her husband is embarrassed at that petty defense, but Myung-hee argues that they were strapped and that was as much as they could give. Mom notes, “But your husband still bought a car.” Myung-hee: “It was a used car!” Mom: “A used car is still a car!”

Myung-hee: “You fed those kids for twenty years, that should be enough!” Mom: “Did you feed them? No, your father did!” Mom reminds her that Seo-yeon started paying them for their keep once she entered college, and Mom was heartbroken every time she had to accept that money. Myung-hee’s husband chimes in, “So it was fifteen years, then.”

Good lord, Myung-hee is such an ugly person. What a piece of work. At least she’s entertaining for all her shrewishness.

What overhearing this argument does for Jae-min, however, is underscore Ji-hyung’s point about being better able to focus on Seo-yeon than Jae-min’s family can. He has a point.

At home, Seo-yeon gives up trying to read a book and gets up to fix a snack for Moon-kwon. He assures her he’s not hungry yet, but it’s not until she asks the time that she backs down; it’s a lot earlier than she thought it was. She heads into her room and begins reciting that word game that’s become her mantra (it’s a word chain, where you start the next word using the last letter from the previous word).

Ji-hyung’s mother arrives at his officetel, all wound up with nerves. She knows about the Alzheimer’s diagnosis and demands to know how he could hide that and still go through with the plan to marry her. What’s he going to do now?

He tells her he’ll marry her anyway, but not to consider this as him sacrificing himself for Seo-yeon. “I’m doing this because I need her, because I want to be with her. I love her. I love her laughs, her cries. Her warmth, coldness, when she’s good-natured, bad-tempered, her thoughts, her stubbornness, pride, candidness, transparency. I love all of that.”

He says that Seo-yeon revealed everything to Mom and rejected him anyway, not because she hates him but for his own sake: “Without her, I’ll turn into a scarecrow, like you.”

He kneels by his crying mother and takes her hand. She tells him that she knows that love isn’t just for the happy times, and that there are plenty of people in the world who stick by their love when things get hard, and the sight moves her: “But I can’t handle my son becoming one of them.” They repeat an exchange of “You can’t”s and “I’m sorry”s, neither one able to budge.

Mom drives home sobbing.

The dads have drinks and come home to the groom’s household, their friendship mostly intact although Hyang-gi’s father sighs at the sight of their empty staircase — he’d always expected to see his married daughter bounding down it to greet her father. Both Ji-hyung’s parents freeze when he drunkenly slurs that he and the wife had thought Ji-hyung must be having an affair, but then decided against it based on their reactions.

Ji-hyung’s mother and father get ready for bed and talk about their day, and Dad mutters that Ji-hyung’s going to have to pay for his sins against Hyang-gi. That gets Mom’s temper flaring — despite the situation, how can he curse his own son? Dad blames her again, saying that their son took after her way of thinking. How is the successful, grown middle-aged man always ready to make himself the victim in this? Oh, poor you.

Mom reminds him of their own marriage, which was not easily gained because of parental opposition, but they ended well enough. She tells him to take back his words (“They frighten me”) and grumpily, he does.

Mom calls Ji-hyung that night to plead again, urging him to back off and let Seo-yeon go. She offers to make sure Seo-yeon is taken care of instead, and says that she understands how he feels, but still can’t allow it.

Ji-hyung asks, “Mom, do you want me to live the rest of my life with a guilty conscious, full of regrets that drive me crazy? Is that living? Even if time passes, if I step aside unable to do a thing, I won’t be able to let go of her until the day she dies.”

She sobs. He asks her to let go of him.

The next day. As Seo-yeon and her co-workers head out to dinner together after work, she gets a text message from Ji-hyung. She checks it — it’s a standard “I’m working late, I’ll eat dinner out” message, like you’d send to a spouse — and when her co-workers ask about it, she replies coyly, “It’s the person I like… That’s the answer you want to hear, isn’t it?” They marvel that she’s finally loosening up on her secretive ways, and she wonders, “Am I secretive?” They laugh at the idea that she could have ever thought herself NOT secretive.

Seo-yeon’s aunt drops by her husband’s jewelry store on an errand, but instead of heading home, she ends up at a different neighborhood and approaches a shabby restaurant. Inside, the proprietor welcomes her guest, then freezes to recognize Seo-yeon’s aunt. Could this be the elusive mother?

 
COMMENTS

This episode was really Kim Hae-sook’s to shine as Ji-hyung’s mother finds herself reeling and trying to cope, while at the same time coming to like and respect Seo-yeon, which makes her decision that much more difficult to handle. This is a struggle I’m keen on seeing playing out, because more so than anybody she finds herself caught in the middle. Everyone else’s loyalties fall pretty clearly on one side or the other, but now that she has met Seo-yeon, she can’t help but feel for her. Maybe she sees some of her own self in Seo-yeon’s steel will underneath her gentle-seeming exterior, or maybe she’s just not as cold as she seemed at first glance.

I do have to say I’m finding the snippets of story a bit jarring, particularly when they aren’t really connected to the central story but just hang off as appendages. How great it would be if the brokenness of the narrative flow were intentional, as though mimicking the brokenness of Seo-yeon’s memories… but really, that’s a stretch. I think the conversations are well-written and witty, but we certainly don’t need so much of it at times. I do appreciate getting a sense of the world and a little bit of that meandering is welcome, refreshing even, but by this point we’re halfway through and we’ve got major story drama goin’ down here. This isn’t really a slice-of-life type of drama, so they start to feel extraneous.

They’re not like the intentionally fractured visual frames, for instance (see below), which I can see ARE a direct reflection of the theme. They’re excessively used, in my opinion, but they serve a purpose. I think this show tends to linger a moment too long, stretch a bit too much, and that isn’t always to its credit. It IS a deliberate directorial choice, though, so I figure that will just continue to be the case.

That said, how much do I continue to love the brothers? What does it say that I keep mistyping Oppa’s name as Jae-mine?

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49 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. i want tat oppa

    i wish tat oppa was mine

    • 1.1 pabo ceo reom

      Jae-mine?! LOL. Looove it.

      Yeah, I’m kinda praying for an alternate universe in this drama where Jae-min and Seo-yeon are lovers.

      I adore Kim Rae-won but his character is pretty much a dead fish.

    • 1.2 ajbny

      me too. I keep thinking, why don’t I have an oppa like that. I’m envying girls with older sisters and brothers now.

  2. mnstpdu08

    Ji-Hyung is a little bit too selfish for me. It seems like he’s doing thing for Seo Young out of guilt, or to settle his conscience. Jae Min brought up some good points like, if Seo Young wasn’t sick then would Ji-Hyung had canceled his wedding? I mean, the dude waited for several year before he called it off. He’s also selfish because he used Hyang-Gi, even if she was a willing participant. I have no regards for Ji-Hyung; I actually prefer the drama without him.

    • 2.1 asianromance

      same here! I sort of wish they hadn’t cast Kim Rae Won. Otherwise, I bet the drama really could have sidelined him to be some tertiary character. Then again, Kim Rae Won is also the reason why I’ll hold back my annoyance with Ji Hyung.

    • 2.2 Ummi

      YES!! Exactly!

  3. asianromance

    Thank you for the recap!!

    Yes, one of those rare rational, sympathetic mother-of-the-hero. No water-flinging! You know in your average kdrama, if the mother/in-law finds out that an alzheimer patient has some sort of emotional hold on her precious little man-boy, there’s going to be hell to pay.

    While Ji-Hyung annoys the crap out of me, he really is the best person to take care of her. So sad that Seo-yeon’s life is so unfortunate. It’s like she could never catch a break. I wish there was a fantasy element to this story so I can see her get reincarnated into someone with a more fortunate life.

  4. stars4u

    Everytime I watch scenes with Jae-min and Seo-yeon I can’t help but wish they aren’t cousins…

  5. sangay

    thanks a lot for the recaps !

    i was actually waiting for it … ‘cos i really want to know ji hyung mother’s reaction.

    i like her for her calm, and she’s so cool even in the heat of matters. i can sense that she likes seo yeon from their first meeting.

    sigh, no wonder she could understand her son … afterall it wasn’t easy for her to be marriage partners with her husband (though that husband is not a very desirable person from the way i see it).

    i really love jae min and moon kwon. poor things, maybe ‘cos they’re the siblings closest to seo yeon, so they’re taking hits on quite a few things from her. especially moon kwon, he’s got to deal with the fear of losing his sister, yet the sister doesn’t seem to understand him now. wish she could be nicer to him.

    we’re half way through for this drama ?

    yikes … got to wait for the suspense of seo yeon’s mum appearance in the drama ?

    i somehow believe that hyang gi will be meeting seo yeon face to face one day. it’s probably going to be calm and cool. just wonder in what circumstances will they meet.

  6. Sisa

    Flower Boy Ramyun Shop and Thousand Day Promise in one night? You guys are amazing!! Truly!!

    Its pretty great to read both of these, one after the other, since it balances me out! But now i’ll never get any studying done, damn my k-drama obsession!!! T_T

  7. Isabelle

    this is ep10 and shiw is 16 episodes wonder how it will progress

  8. melonhead

    Seo-yeon and Jaemin both look so genuinely happy together it kills me. If we plucked out some of those screen shots together they would look like the the ultimate couple.

    Please ignore Ji-hyung and continue to have sweet moments with the brothers!

    • 8.1 birdscout

      I agree. Another shot of Seo-yeon holding Jae-min’s arm and gazing up at him in adoration makes me think this is the OTP. Again, the blurry line between brother-oppa and boyfriend-oppa is confusing me!

      I also wondered why moon-kwon used jondae with his sibling who is only 2 years older. I found it very sweet of him.

      Thanks for the wonderful recap, javabeans! “Jae-mine!” lol

  9. joonni

    I find that the characters do talk too much, despite how interesting it is sometimes.

    I find Ji Hyung’s and Hyangi’s parents, and their relationship quite fascinating and love how more three-dimensional they are in comparison to other kdrama parents.

    I cried along with Kim Hae-Sook today.

  10. 10 cv

    Thanks for the recap! got teary eyes just reading….
    (sigh)

  11. 11 ninsarama

    lol it’s kind of ironic how sooyeon’s mother was also in a moment to remember. just a random note :)

  12. 12 lidy

    sometimes i wonder, with the journal she writes in and the photos she had her brother make in order not to lose her way home from work and her profession, if it’ll become an autobiography

    • 12.1 cranky

      I was thinking of the same thing when time she started her journal. Her ultimate dream of being a published writer is achieved by her ultimate loss. Seems quite in line with the dramatic theme.

    • 12.2 Roggy

      Thats exactly what i was thinking. And that she’ll finally get her story published as an author.

      • 12.2.1 Venus

        Actually that great possibility …ever since the drama started I had a feeling that somebody is reading the story to us the viewers, specially when SY talks to herself.

  13. 13 olsen

    Thank you JB
    Well, Ji-Hyung is hardly the perfect person (oooh..I can hear the “far from it!” screamings:) )
    But if Seo-yeon wants him, I think WE should let her :)

  14. 14 Ani

    Hahahaha, Jae-mine? Yeah, the brothers really are awesome in this. And Seo-yeon’s aunty too. Her cousin needs to get her face shoved into dung pie right now. X/

  15. 15 MJ

    Oh boy, at the end of episode 10, I was surprise to see Lee Seo-Yeon and Lee Moon-Gwon maybe Mother??

    What a bad mom walking out on her own children if it is her working in that run down food stall that the aunt walked into.

  16. 16 minhe

    thanks so much for recap! awesome :)

  17. 17 via

    I take a side again on Ji Hyun, I admire his braveness (now) to be with Seo Yeon, his love and taking care of her, because he just realized he can’t live without her. Because its different when you broke up with the love of your life and get married with someone else, but you still have a chance to meet her/him somewhere and knowing that she’s/he’s allright, with the fact that he will loose her/him and you will never be able to see her again for the rest of your life, how can you do that to yourself? I can understand his decision because its scary to think that you will never be able to see her again for the rest of her life and thinking that will be his turning point because he realized what is really matter for him, that he wants to spend the rest of the remaining time to be with his love, so he would not live in regret..

  18. 18 saranga

    much as i appreciate kim soo-hyun’s work (love, love her writing although i admit, sometimes the lines feel excessively long) i’m still not really feeling the soo-ae/kim rae-won pairing.

    i’ve been lukewarm about soo-ae since athena (can’t say i like listening to her voice), but this is the first time i haven’t liked kim rae-won in a role. soo-ae has much more chemistry with jae-min, and i find myself wishing the actors playing jae-min and ji-hyung would swap parts.

    maybe it’s the way that ji-hyung is written, but i do think kim rae-won is capable of doing more to bring ji-hyung to life. literally. i’m guilty of fast forwarding kim rae-won’s scenes, just because i find him so depressing to watch… i’m hoping he gets to smile and laugh just once in this drama. haha

    • 18.1 lakorn

      Me too. I can’t stand her voice. It’s so low and deep for a girl. Sometimes I wish she not talk so much. Her acting is good though.

      • 18.1.1 Aya

        yep, right. Then again, care to explain what exactly a girl should sound like? How high or low are we allowed to speak? Is a C4 soprano an acceptable pitch for women?
        What about women then who’re physically not able to speak in sugary, high-pitched, girly sweetness? Or simply don’t want to?

        • 18.1.1.1 lakorn

          You need to calm yourself down. I don’t like her voice, that’s my opinion. Yes, it’s sounds low and deep TO ME. OK?

    • 18.2 CutieJamaican

      I think they were cast this way deliberately since SeoYoung is in love with her Oppa and not Ji Hung.

  19. 19 saranga

    hahahaha. on the other hand, i chuckled over the fact that hyang-gi was using quilting to help her get over ji-hyung, and her mom getting so furious over it. it’s ironic how the mother’s attitude reflects the mindset of her daughter’s generation, and the daughter is so completely old-fashioned.

    • 19.1 Roggy

      wow now that you mention it… LOL its better like that, freaky friday style

  20. 20 cranky

    Totally out of context but it has been bugging me for the longest time.. The main gripe for me about Hyang gi is not only she has zero self respect and confidence, her entire existence seems to amount to sitting around waiting for the men in her life (dad and fiance). Even though i understand that her family is filthy rich but still… I cannot stand any young healthy female, fictional or otherwise, be such an idle person who sits around doing nothing with her allegedly foreign education. (i think it was mentioned that she studied overseas…) I get the whole polar opposites thing in comparison with Seo yeon but it is just annoying.

    • 20.1 Fidelity

      I have also wondered what Hyangi does on a daily basis. Even before the onset of listlessness caused by the broken engagement (which is understandable enough), she seemed to have a lax schedule of recreational activities.

      I found today’s episode much more engaging than the previous two because of Jihyung’s mom. I loved her character being exposed to the emotional core, especially since the first few episodes depicted her as someone just cold and sensible.

      • 20.1.1 cranky

        YES!I love that we’re getting to see more development of Ji Hyung’s mom’s character. So much more details being added to her role gives us a better glimpse and a chance to understand her logic and motives.. I love that we have a much more nuanced characterisation as compared with most of the usual K-drama chaebol parent.

  21. 21 JD

    jae-mine ahhaha you’re so funny

  22. 22 ck1Oz

    Oh think I need to go rewatch a few episodes of 9 Ins and 2 Outs to see both So Ae and Lee Sang Woo on that date.

    Just to see them both smiling.

  23. 23 tb

    How can Ji-hyung be laughing in his situation? That’s just wrong! He’s not a type of a cheerful person and I guess he’s not that sociable person either. But he’s Ji-hyung and Seo-yeon and Hyang-gi fell in love with him.

    I for one definite don’t want swap Ji-hyung and Jae-min. Rae Won is doing a very good job and so is the guy plays Jae-min. And please do not have a birth secret whatsoever for Jae-min. Just let him remembered as a Seo-yeon’s good cousin.

    My heart wouldn’t ache if there’s no chemistry!

  24. 24 kit

    odifjsoidjfsdf JAE-MINE I CAN’T.

    plz oh god birth secrets let the two end up together they are so sweet i can’t sodijfsiodjfosijdfoisjdf.

    where can i buy one of those oppas or dongsaengs, seriously. T_T

    • 24.1 Helena

      thanks JB

      Her mother will appear in the next episode so definitely jae MAN will not be the cousin right ?

  25. 25 wendy

    thanks so much for your SUPER FAST recaps! I love your witty writing style and commentary. I share your opinions and love your last comment Jae MINE. Wish more heroes like that in real life and I also hope that he is NOT a blood cousin. I wonder if Ji Hyung will endup marrying our martyr like heroine for short while and Hyang-gi will marry him after Seo-Yeon’s 1000 days are up??

  26. 26 nonski

    seriously, jb, just reading your recaps make me cry. thanks for the wonderful recaps.

    *Jae-mine*,,, lols at that.

    if i can wish one thing in this drama is to forever see those moments of seo-yeon and jae min *sighs*

  27. 27 Venus

    Great recaps!….it was all about the mothers in this episode, but what kills me is that YS is getting worse by days, I know is a drama so we need move faster, but they should have space out her memory decline better. Su Ae is just wonderful, I think I’m watching this drama just because her perfomance moves me.

  28. 28 Cynthia

    Thanks for the rapid recap. JB.

    I’m finding the aunt and cousin rather irritating at this point in the story. The shrillness these two exhibit is off-putting and with both of them paired with low-key husbands who seem to either roll over or ignore the wives, I wish that they weren’t such a distraction to the central plot. And now it looks like the aunt is going to bring the deserting mother into the mix? Unnecessary padding into a story that doesn’t need it. Especially if the woman shown IS their mother. She’s only a few blocks away from the children she left to starve? Nuh-uh. Don’t do it, writers. We have enough to deal with here.

    One thing I’d like to mention at this point – Yoochun’s younger bro is doing an exemplary acting job with his character. This kid has one expressive face and is showing a finely nuanced performance. One of the reasons why I want to see Ji-hyung step up and take over the care of Seo Yeon is also to provide a shoulder for Moon kwon to rely on when things get really nasty and scary for all of them.

    The progression of Alzheimer’s isn’t for wimps. I’m wondering just how far the writer(s) will take the story. The title of Thousand Day Promise translates into 3 years of dealing with this plot from start to finish and I’m curious to see how it’s handled.

  29. 29 Qd

    Jae-mine!!! LOL ! Thank you for the recaps! I am loving this drama alot more so reading your recap than actually watching it. And I agree about the brothers and both your comments.

  30. 30 Alixana

    Am I the only one who loves Jihyung’s character? He is so imperfect and flawed and broken and torn, that he just feel so real.
    Jaemin is too perfect, I don’t feel much of a connection with him, but JH’s struggle, sorrow, cowardice – I feel for him.

    And man, do I love his mom! First kpop mom that I ever liked (well, maybe 2nd – I really liked mom in Can you hear my heart). Her love for her son is so real. Her struggle also moves me – selfish desire to see your child happy and the respect and tenderness for the other woman. :)

    Nice writing.

  31. 31 mary

    Architect Alex looks like Ji Hyung.

    I love Ji Hyung’s mom. Possibly more than Ji Hyung himself! :D

  32. 32 Pumpkin

    I find the writing in this drama extremely boring. This episode spent 5 minutes recapping how Ji hyun find out about her disease..and then it goes circles and circles…I love Su Ae and Kim Rae Won both but I can’t stand them together. No chemistry. At All. And with all this angst you think you get something out of those two.

  33. 33 Peggy

    I have been watching this drama for just two nights in each week. I am much ahead of what is discussed here
    However I must make a comment re this cast. It is so well set and the actors are doing such a beautiful job with their various roles. I was looking forward to seeing Rae Won in his first role out of the military. I longed for his smile but only the first episode gave the opportunity for that. I must say that most people have forgotten the passions and intensity of their early meetings. This is when he was the one making the rules and she was accepting all his demands. They were truly lovers in a secret and somewhat guilty abandonment together.
    How it all changed and how strong Sayeon was, is so well shown. In fact what some people see as a fragmented setting of scenes is actually the writer giving us every nuance of how these families live and what goes on in their daily life but they don’t even know what is hanging over them all. They are all being affected in different ways by the same dreadful sentence Sayeon has been given. I honestly don’t know how even a drama character can be so resilient and calm. Of course it all will change. She has already been diagnosed as being two years into this illness and it will go very fast and the changes will be brought to bear on every one of the people who finally knows. Ji Hyun is not a funny guy, and he is guilt ridden because he knows he is losing the love of his life and there is nothing he can do except take care of her. He is quite right that he is the best one to do this. He proves to be strong and calm very much like his mother. I changed my feelings about this man and I can now see that Kim Rae Won is really proving himself to be a very adult actor. Su Ae must have studied patients or done extensive reading because she is making this character come alive without being crazy OTT in any way. The whole drama is very dignified when you consider the basic story. In another way Lee Mi Sook is going crazy in her scenes, but she still is just restrained enough to make it seem right for her character.There were awards for the actors in this drama I am glad to say.I think the writer may also have been recognized for the script and the dialogue, which is so illuminating and flows along so well. The writing is fabulous.
    I rather think cousin Jae Min is quiet and a bit dull but he needs to be in that family of his. Sayeon and Ji Hyun are bonded in a very strong love in all ways.

    Yess I do like this drama….

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