Me Too, Flower: Episode 10
^^ The above picture basically sums up their relationship. So the cute has kind of returned, which made this episode much easier to watch than the last. Our Bong Sun is still broken up about the whole “Jae Hee’s rich” fiasco, and it’s going to be hard to see her trust in him disintegrate further. It annoys me that she has to keep finding out Jae Hee’s secrets through coincidences, but at least the plot is cruising along.
Bong Sun leaves after the chief tells Jae Hee to refrain from dramatic antics while her colleagues stand around in bewilderment. Maru grumbles that they’re having a lover’s spat and the other officers gape at him. Bong Sun is…dating? Kek.
In the park, Bong Sun asks Jae Hee to explain himself. He tells her that what she thinks is true; he’s the owner of the diamond bag and doesn’t live in the handbag factory. His admittance incenses her further and she demands to know why he’s been living a lie. Normally it’s poor people who act like they’re rich, not the other way around.
She goes on to question his motivation for starting a relationship with her. Was he bored of the other rich women around him? She snaps at him to stop looking at her with such a pitiful expression. What? Is he as confused as she is right now? In a day, her world has been flipped upside down. She tells him that she’s trying her damn hardest to stay calm, even though her body shakes from anger.
He responds that he’s still Seo Jae Hee and she’s still Cha Bong Sun, but Bong Sun cuts him off. It doesn’t matter what he says. She’s done with him.
This causes Jae Hee to grab her arm and command her to take back what she just said. How can she break up with him so casually? He stares into her eyes and asks if she can live without seeing him. She takes a breath and coolly responds yes. She won't die without him in her life.
The police officers discuss Jae Hee’s identity as the CEO of the Perche company and call him a smooth-talking rascal who can’t be trusted. The supervisor wonders if the story is fabricated while Maru declares that he would’ve shot Jae Hee if he were in Bong Sun’s position. The supervisor scolds him and tells him that this is a good thing for Bong Sun. She’ll become a Cinderella overnight. Just then, “Cinderella” walks in and warns them to never mention Jae Hee in her presence again.
Back in the parking garage, Dal stares at the car and scoffs that Hwa Young has underestimated her. She’s not that easily bought. Yay for Dal’s infinite sense of pride. I still have hope that she’ll make it big on her own without Hwa Young’s help.
Jae Hee meets Bong Sun outside the station after she gets off of work and cheerily informs her that she’s not going to get rid of him this easily. She interjects with questions about his relationship with Hwa Young. What is she to him and what is he to her? Why did she invite Bong Sun to the party? Before he can respond, the journalist from the party approaches Jae Hee and asks for a quick interview. Oh lady. You’s got horrible timing.
She tells him that many people want to know more about his life now that his identity has been revealed. She calls him a public figure, which he immediately refutes. A public figure is someone who gets paid by the government. He brushes her off and chases after Bong Sun. Something tells me this isn’t the last of this woman…
Dal walks back to the bribe car (no!) and thinks back to her conversation with Hwa Young. She reasons that she’s a valuable person, even if she doesn’t know what weapon she can wield to break apart the happy couple. And when she succeeds, she can just take the ex-girlfriend’s place. She’ll have Jae Hee for herself, regardless of what Hwa Young says. With that, she hops into the car and calls Hwa Young that she has one condition that must be met before she agrees. Dang it. You were so close to earning some of my respect, Dal. Meh.
Bong Sun and Jae Hee sit on some stairs and she confesses that she thought they were similar to each other. She quotes Dr. Park’s words about how people justify their romantic feelings by looking for similar characteristics they share with their lovers. She says that she never stopped to think Jae Hee could be so different from her.
He responds that she thinks too much; this isn’t that complicated. He started working from an early age and got around to designing bags. When the company launched, he decided that he didn’t want to live under a spotlight despite his desire to learn more about the business.
Now, he’s meeting a foolish police officer who tells him she likes him, and he finds himself also falling for her. His girlfriend, however, is currently upset that he didn’t tell her about his full identity before. There’s nothing else to think about.
Bong Sun stands up and walks away from Jae Hee until a five-foot gap separates her from him. She tells him that this physical distance represents their current relationship. He’s not just the owner of a small motorbike to her anymore.
Jae Hee approaches her and says that the gap is now closed. The solution is simple. Bong Sun takes a step backwards, which prompts Jae Hee to take a step forward. Bong Sun tells him to stop; he’s missing the point. She reminds him that she’s a simple person who only needs a simple, warm meal. She admits that she thought he wanted the same things too, only now she’s realized that she never really knew him.
Jae Hee explodes at her last comment and asks what he can do to “fix” this. Should he die to make her life simpler? Mmm..let’s not be overdramatic. Bong Sun continues to back away from him and tells him that this relationship is over. She’s done. With that, she finally turns around and leaves Jae Hee heartbroken.
Dal meets Hwa Young, who tells her in banmal to sit down. Dal corrects her: it’s “please sit down.” Puhah. Super brat Dal teaching other people manners? Oh, the irony. Anyways, Dal exits the room and then comes back to “restart” their conversation. She states that Hwa Young should ask, not demand. That’s her condition for agreeing to become a pawn in Hwa Young’s big bad plan.
Hwa Young tells Dal that she starts modeling lessons tomorrow. She scans Dal’s clothing and remarks that her style needs to be changed as well. The cheap knockoffs are unacceptable. Before Hwa Young leaves, Dal asks what her weapon is. Hwa Young brushes off the question, which annoys Dal. She loudly wonders what kind of “thing” that woman is.
Hwa Young ignores the remark and returns that it’ll take some time to strip Dal of her rude mannerisms. They leave the cafe to go shopping and Dal can barely hold in her excitement as she tries on silk dresses and glittery jewelry.
Jae Hee waits until Bong Sun gets off of work and follows her onto the bus home. He repeatedly tells her he’s sorry and even pulls her arm up and down while chanting “forgive forgive forgive!” He pulls out the big guns and displays various forms of aegyo, which does nothing except melt Yoon Shi-yoon fangirls around the world.
Bong Sun remains as stoic as ever and casually warns Jae Hee to be careful as he walks backwards in front of her. He assumes she’s just joking…until he falls into a pile of garbage. Lol. She rushes inside her house and slams the main gate in Jae Hee’s face, which leaves him staring at rusty steel. He heaves a sigh and leaves dejected, but not before Bong Sun’s mom sees him.
In the kitchen, Mom asks Bong Sun if Dal has a boyfriend. There was a young, good-looking man outside the door. Bong Sun secretly smiles at Mom’s words but passively replies that she doesn’t know. Mom tells Bong Sun that she needs to get married soon, which Bong Sun immediately rejects. Marriage is not for her.
Mom replies that people eventually marry when the right partner comes along. Speaking of which, Bong Sun will bring her boyfriend to meet Mom in the future, right? Bong Sun nonchalantly responds that most of the people around her think Mom is dead. Ouch. I get that you’re still mad at your mom, but that was just cruel.
Dal comes home and Bong Sun’s eyes widen at the multitude of shopping bags in her hands. She starts to yell at Dal for being irresponsible with money until Dal cuts her off. She’s not crazy enough to buy all real designer items with her own savings. She received this in return for signing a contract with Jae Hee’s company.
This renders Bong Sun silent and Dal gushes to Mom that she’ll become a successful model and buy her lots of pretty things. With that, Dal heads upstairs and Mom asks Bong Sun if that company is legit. She replies that it kinda is, and then runs after Dal to ask her why she likes money. Dal immediately responds that money allows her to buy real designer goods, not knockoffs. Lol. She’s infuriatingly shallow but I can’t help loving her straightforwardness.
Jae Hee arrives at Dr. Park’s office and informs him that he’s going to work tomorrow. Jae Hee wonders why Hwa Young exposed his identity and Dr. Park responds that she thinks of Jae Hee as a stand-in for her husband, and that she thinks he’s being stolen away from her now. Jae Hee asks what he should do, and Dr. Park advises him to find a great man for Hwa Young. Uh. Do they not find her possessiveness creepy at all?
The next day, Jae Hee hands in his resignation letter, which basically thanks his manager for “curing” him of his phobias of violence and getting yelled at. The manager’s daily insults and physical disciplinary actions turned him into a better worker. At the end, he adds that he doesn’t have a blacklist. Puhaha.
Jae Hee enters Hwa Young’s office and tells her that he doesn’t want business cards, a position, or a secretary. He only needs an empty room so he can continue being a freelance designer. She readily agrees, and then Jae Hee brings up the model from the launching show. Hwa Young lies that Dal was recommended by a modeling agency and reveals that there will be a test shoot for Dal later in the day.
He gives a curt approving nod and moves to leave, but pauses when Hwa Young thanks him for coming out. He replies that he’s not doing this because he wants to. Before he leaves, he tells her to stop smiling at him. It looks like she’s mocking him. Can the hints get any more obvious?
Dal magically appears in Jae Hee’s office (seriously…she’s just ‘there’ when he turns around) and Jae Hee comments on how different she looks. He admits that he was surprised to see her and puts out his hand. He looks forward to working with her.
Later, Dal completes a photo shoot while Hwa Young and Jae Hee watch her from afar. Afterwards, Dal sits down with the director, who tells her that the main model needs to convey a “story” for the bags. She’s focused, but lacks the ability to arouse people’s attention. That’s probably because he hasn’t seen Dal fight with Bong Sun yet…
Jae Hee decides to drop Dal off at her next engagement as he heads towards Dr. Park’s office. He asks Dal what she would do if she found out her boyfriend turned out to be wealthy. She replies that it’d be like winning the lottery; any woman on the street would be happy to hear that kind of news. He mutters that there’s a woman who thinks the opposite, and Dal suggests that the girl is just playing hard to get. Before she leaves, Dal silently slips her cell phone into Jae Hee’s suit pocket.
During therapy, Bong Sun confesses that she can’t bring herself to forgive the guy who lied to her over and over again. Dr. Park readily agrees and when Bong Sun confirms that everything is over, he insists that they celebrate.
Bong Sun is in no mood to celebrate and she tells him that she’s miserable. She doesn’t want to end up all alone. Also, she dumped him first to avoid being dumped by the guy who has everything. Aw. Typical Bong Sun. You’re worth more to Jae Hee than a thousand other girls put together.
Dr. Park pulls her into a hug and asks her to put aside her fear. She should give the relationship another chance. If it still doesn’t work out, she can come to him. Um. Does this family share a “creeper” gene?
At that moment, Jae Hee walks in to see the two of them hugging, but he turns around to avoid intruding on this intimate moment. He wonders when Tae Hwa found a new girlfriend. Bong Sun breaks away from Dr. Park and tells him to stop hugging people. He’s offended; then what about last time? She initiated the hug first then, remember? Lol. The forever manchild.
Jae Hee re-enters the office and asks to be introduced to the girlfriend. His smile falters when he sees Bong Sun’s face and she runs away in embarrassment. He runs after her and asks what the hell just happened. She retorts that it’s none of his business; he did a nice job hiding his private life from her, so she has the same prerogative.
He refuses to let her go so she coldly tells him that Tae Hwa is her boyfriend. She was cheating on Jae Hee with Tae Hwa. He refuses to believe her, saying she’s not that type of person. She smirks and replies that he’s obviously a poor judge of character. Yeah. Otherwise he would have figured out that Hwa Young is crazy by now.
She yanks her arm away and leaves. Jae Hee bolts up the stairs back into the office and demands to know what Tae Hwa was doing with Bong Sun. How does he know her? What’s their relationship? Tae Hwa yells that she’s his patient…which still doesn’t explain the touchy-feely-ness…
They start to insult each other and Tae Hwa tells him to get his act together. Does he know how many tears Bong Sun has shed for him? Jae Hee pauses at the last remark, and then spits out another question. Why does she cry in front of Tae Hwa? …’cause he’s her psychiatrist?
Tae Hwa tells him he’s bound by patient confidentiality to explain everything and he knocks a light punch on Jae Hee’s forehead. Bwahaha. They fight like little boys.
Tae Hwa complains that he wouldn’t have given Bong Sun a discount if he had known she was Jae Hee’s girl. You probably wouldn’t have hit on her either, right? He demands Jae Hee to pay the difference. His 127,000 won!! LOL. I really can’t dislike him, even though he borders on the sketchy side.
The two of them go out for drinks, and Jae Hee keeps pestering Tae Hwa for information on why Bong Sun needs to see a psychiatrist. Tae Hwa resists, but he does offer Jae Hee with some important advice: don’t leave her alone and treat her right.
Tae Hwa heads back to his office and mumbles that at least Jae Hee can admit that he loves Bong Sun. He falls asleep after calling out her name. Aw. Poor lonely manchild.
Jae Hee picks up Dal’s phone when she calls it. She notes that he’s drunk and tries to flirt with “oppa” but he hangs up on Dal when he sees a cop car pass by. He calls the police station to request Officer Cha to pick him up. He lies that he’s been in a car accident and wants the cool Cha Bong Sun to help him. He tells the person on the phone that Bong Sun is going to be a sergeant next year as well as his future wife.
Bong Sun wonders what crazy person is looking for her as she and Maru get into the patrol car. Maru tells her that the guy said he was Bong Sun’s father…and her husband. Uh, what? Hahah. She complains that police officers aren’t taxi drivers. They don’t even receive a fare. Kek.
Bong Sun and Maru find Jae Hee singing on the sidewalk. He calls Maru a baby and commands him to go home. LOL. Maru refuses to help Bong Sun take Jae Hee home; he’s tired of being dragged into their love fights. Hehe. Jae Hee grabs onto Bong Sun’s leg and she mutters that he’s really a pain.
She tries to find out his address when Jae Hee pulls her into a quick kiss. She pushes him away and decides to handcuff him as she continues to search for his address. He puts his arms around her, essentially trapping her. They stare at each other, and he tells her not to cry in front of other men. He leans in for a kiss, but ends up falling asleep on her shoulder.
She somehow finds his address and she drives him to his apartment. She tells him to get out, but Prince Charming vomits on her uniform. She’s forced to take him into his apartment, and she wonders why he stays in the handbag factory when he lives in such a beautiful building. Bong Sun plops Jae Hee on his bed and washes her uniform.
Afterwards, Bong Sun explores Jae Hee’s apartment and marvels at the lights in the courtyard. She eventually makes her way into Hwa Young’s home, and is startled by Ah In’s entrance. They question each other’s identity until Hwa Young enters the living room. She informs Bong Sun that she lives in the apartment next to Jae Hee.
This information stuns Bong Sun and her head spins as she turns around to leave. Her exit is blocked by Jae Hee, who’s suddenly completely sober. She hurriedly pushes past him as Hwa Young looks on in curiosity.
I had some hope that Dal wouldn’t succumb to Hwa Young’s bait, but that wouldn’t be consistent with her character. She tries to retain some of her pride around Hwa Young, but Hwa Young is so good at cutting people down. I find their dynamic very interesting, because they’re both utilizing each other to get what they want.
However, this whole “set the sisters against each other” plot point is a little depressing to watch, partially because it’s going to cause a rift between Dal and Bong Sun, but also because it reinforces Hwa Young’s power over three fully functional adults. She’s like a puppeteer, and Jae Hee and the two sisters are just getting tangled with each other’s strings. Dr. Park senses that Hwa Young’s up to something, and Jae Hee is also slowly catching on, but they don’t know how far she can go to trap Jae Hee.
Dal is ineffective at seducing Jae Hee, but she will shake Bong Sun’s already fragile self-esteem. Bong Sun remains in the same funk that led her into depression. She’s always second-guessing her self-worth and she fails to see what a kind, beautiful person she is. She has so much going for her; she’s young, she has a steady job, and the people around her love her, even if they suck at displaying it. I really wish the drama wasn’t so focused on the outside antics of Hwa Young, because we lose the ability to focus our attention on Bong Sun’s personal growth.
Honestly, I find myself caring less and less about Jae Hee’s “guilt” problem because I’m more interested in Bong Sun’s fight with her depression. It’s what hooked me in the first place, but there hasn’t been much development. She obtained some courage to cross the bridge into “normality” when Jae Hee held her hand, but he’s really making things worse by not being honest with her. We only have five episodes left, and I fear that we’re just getting caught in misunderstanding after misunderstanding.
Yoon Shi Yoon’s adorable face keeps me from disliking Jae Hee, who’s starting to grate on my nerves. He remains immature and tries to force Bong Sun into admitting that this whole situation isn’t that big of a deal…only it kind of is a big deal. If Bong Sun didn’t create such a big fuss about it, I feel like he wouldn’t have felt that bad about lying to her.
What would have happened if Bong Sun had reacted like most women do? What if she had slapped on a smile, grabbed his hand, and sang about how lucky she is to have such a wealthy man in her life? Would Jae Hee have been content to see that kind of reaction? Bong Sun is one in a million, and she values trust, warmth, and love much more than any material goods.
I’m sure it would have been easier for him if she had just gone with the flow, but that’s not the girl he fell for. Now, I do kind of understand his frustration. I mean, technically he’s still Seo Jae Hee. But he’s not the Jae Hee that she thought he was. Suddenly, he’s this man who lives large, has the media’s attention, and is surrounded by beautiful women.
What she needs is reassurance that he won’t leave her like her parents and ex-boyfriend. She’s prickly and lashing out at him, which is her first mode of defense. If he took the time to hold her hand and remind her that he loves her, she’d probably forgive him a lot faster. His aegyo is great and all, but it doesn’t address their lack of communication, which is where Dr. Park comes in.
I feel bad for Tae Hwa because he really does like Bong Sun. His (somewhat loose) adherence to being professional, though, keeps him from going after her. I know that I wanted him to be a formidable love rival in the beginning, but that was more for my own entertainment. Jae Hee being jealous is a great thing in my book. Now I just want Tae Hwa to remain a supportive friend who won’t try to pull moves on Bong Sun because that would just be wrong wrong wrong. I have faith that he’ll remain loyal to his profession and to Jae Hee though.
Also, thank you all for being so patient with me. The craziness has finally died down so I’ll work hard to catch up! I can’t believe this drama is ending next week! Eek!