A Gentleman’s Dignity: Episode 6
Finally! The episode that we’ve been waiting for has arrived. A lot happens in the span of an hour and I love where the story is headed. Tae San finally finds out about Yi Soo’s crush, while Do Jin kicks his wooing up a notch. Green-eyed monsters start to spring up everywhere and the maturity level drops even further. You know I wouldn’t have it any other way.
EPISODE 6 RECAP
Today’s opening has Jung Rok and Do Jin facing off in a do-or-die billiards match against Tae San and Yoon. The game starts off badly for Do Jin’s team when Jung Rok loses the rock-paper-scissors game to determine who goes first.
After a series of tense, dramatic plays the game ends in Yoon and Jung Rok’s favor. Do Jin notes that the joy from playing pool with his friends hasn’t changed even after all these years. D’aw. You guys are so cute.
Yoon and his colleague notice Yi Soo on the sidewalk as they head home after having drinks. They stop the car and she quickly explains her situation. He tells her to get in when Yoon’s car suddenly lurches forward. Everyone steps out of their car and Do Jin’s rage quickly dissipates when he realizes he hit Yoon’s car. Keke.
Yoon asks if he’s crazy and Do Jin responds that he’s not; he just had to prevent Yi Soo from getting into another person’s car. He promises to pay for all the damages and whisks Yi Soo away. He starts to drive her home but is forced to change directions when she tells him she can’t bother Tae San and Se Ra. Wait. Didn’t you see Tae San at his house already?
Yi Soo asks to be dropped off at a sauna and he responds that she must like places with warm temperatures. Puhaha. She shoots him a glare and he suggests staying at one of his company’s dorms. She reluctantly accepts his offer and he drives happily. Haha. He might as well break out into song.
After they arrive at the dorm building, Do Jin musters up the courage to see how badly “Betty” is injured. Betty’s front bumper is partially crushed and Do Jin lets out a sob. Heh. He formally introduces Betty to Yi Soo and comments that she’s a loyal, brave little car. Yi Soo can do nothing but laugh at his silliness.
They head upstairs to a room and Do Jin compliments how sexy she looks in the dress and flustered Yi Soo lets out an embarrassed laugh. Suddenly, they hear Tae San knock on the front door and Yi Soo stares at Do Jin like a deer in headlights. He motions for her to go into a bedroom and she quickly hides.
Do Jin lets Tae San in and questions why he’s not with Se Ra. Tae San gives a vague answer and announces that he’s going to crash on the couch tonight. Do Jin shrugs and tells him to do what he wants as he walks into the bedroom where Yi Soo is. He nonchalantly tells her that Tae San will be sleeping over and that he’s going to take a shower. He ignores her demands to kick Tae San out with a smirk.
Yi Soo hears Tae San’s voice near the bedroom door so she runs into the bathroom where Do Jin is currently undressing. Did I just write that correctly? Yup. Undressing. Alrighty then.
Tae San stops outside the bathroom door and invites Do Jin out for a drink with some friends. Do Jin “traps” Yi Soo and she finds herself staring at Do Jin’s bare chest as he talks to Tae San. Whoo. Is it getting hot in here or what…
Tae San urges Do Jin to meet the other boys with him but Do Jin declines. He draws the conversation out to prolong his enjoyment at embarrassing Yi Soo. Do Jin tells Tae San to stay safe and that he loves him, all while staring down at a flustered Yi Soo. Tae San laughs that Do Jin must be feeling ill today.
Yi Soo pushes Do Jin off after the front door slams shut and runs into the bedroom to calm down. She requests that he lend her $30 so she can take a taxi home and he sighs that she’s playing very hard to get. He takes out his wallet, which is when Yi Soo sees her picture from Me Ahri’s yearbook next to his ID. That’s so cute.
Yi Soo leaves, and Do Jin meets the guys. Tae San asks about the owner of the handbag on the couch, but Do Jin avoids answering. Yoon soon joins them and chides Do Jin for acting so rashly with his car. Do Jin reminds him that it was because of his burning passion for one woman and the other two stare at him with a mixture of disbelief and confusion.
Se Ra practices on the driving range when a nosy journalist shows up to ask her questions about the upcoming season. Her bad mood clouds her better judgment and she rudely tells him that she’s always been known for her face more than her skills. I smell bad publicity…
The girl who received Yi Soo’s shoes waits in Do Jin’s office, and she assures him that she’s not here to cry or cling onto him. She just wants to return the shoes. She muses that she’s surprised by how serious he is about his crush, admitting that she hopes his love continues to be one-sided because he’s a guy without a heart. Do Jin is taken aback by her words—is this the first time a girl has pointed it out to him?
Yoon’s co-worker comes to the café to buy drinks for Yoon and herself. Me Ahri perks up at Yoon’s name and tells the woman that she’ll bring the drinks to them. The co-worker grabs the buzzer anyway and slaps away Me Ahri’s hand when she tries to keep it on the counter. Kitty has claws apparently.
Me Ahri rushes out from behind the counter and is angrily confronting the woman when Yoon shows up. He tells her that she’s overreacting when she informs him that his colleague hit her and her eyes well up with tears when she realizes he’s not taking her side. Yoon! You’re supposed to be the nice one!
Me Ahri calls Yi Soo to apologize for the night at the club and admits that she accidentally lost her phone. Yi Soo hangs up on her after saying that she does nothing to make her life easier, and runs into Dong Hyub on her way to class. She notices that he’s headed in the opposite direction of the classroom and he replies that students can miss class but teachers can’t. Heheh.
He moves past her and jumps over the school wall with his friends… only to find Yi Soo on the other side with a baseball bat. Hah! The other guys bow their heads in disappointment and head towards the front gate when Dong Hyub stops them. They need to maintain some pride. He makes them hop back over the wall.
Tae San reads an article claiming that Se Ra cares about more about getting endorsements than improving her golfing skills. He finds her at the driving range and gently rebukes her for not turning to him when she’s having a hard time.
She wonders what he’s talking about and he tries to prevent her from checking her phone, which has an angry voicemail from him demanding to know where she is. He smashes the phone with his foot while keeping Se Ra in a bear hug. Hee.
Yoon gives Do Jin the amount to pay for his colleague’s hospital bill and Do Jin responds that a man’s passion for one woman is quite expensive nowadays. Yoon compares him to a little kid pulling on his crush’s pigtails which Do Jin takes in stride. At least he’s not wishy-washy with his feelings like someone. Yoon sighs and walks away silently.
Me Ahri stomps into Yoon’s office and claims that she’s going to sue his co-worker. He asks for evidence that the woman hit her and she replies that she’s the witness. He tells her to stop acting so immaturely, causing her to bend down and give him a kiss on the cheek.
She asks if he has proof that a pretty, rich girl gave him a kiss right now. He stands up to scold her and she finds herself fighting tears again. She informs him that she’s not a seven-year-old who drew all over his documents. If he wants to reject her, he should do it properly and treat her like the twenty-four-year old she is. She’s not a child anymore.
Colin is headed to Jung Rok’s café when he spots Me Ahri coming outside for a breath of fresh air. He starts to walk towards her when Yoon’s colleague shows up, causing Me Ahri to charge towards her and elbow the woman violently. Bwahah.
Min Sook is working with a client at her art gallery when Jung Rok shows up with a huge grin. The client remarks that Min Sook’s husband is quite handsome and Min Sook smiles while gritting her teeth. He’s obviously here because he did something wrong.
They go out into the gardens and Min Sook commands him to return the gym equipment he bought with the store credit card. He whines that he wants to maintain his body for her. Lol. That’s likely.
She reaches out to give him a little smack but is blocked by Jung Rok. He wraps his arm around her waist and flirtatiously tells her that hitting is bad. A text notification sounds, and the message states that Jung Rok is the reason the sender continues to live. Jung Rok tries to convince her that the sender is a man but Min Sook is sharp enough to know better.
He goes so far as to smash the phone out of desperation but she tells him to retrieve the chip. Haha. That’s what you get for marrying someone smarter than you. Jung Rok ends up at a cell phone store where he meets Tae San, and begs for a place to stay for a couple nights. Oh Jung Rok. You just never learn, do you.
Jung Rok tries to persuade Me Ahri to join his side as a double spy and she hesitates for a second before cheerfully accepting. She has one condition: ask Yoon to not come to the café for a bit because something embarrassing happened.
As soon as she makes that request, Yoon shows up and urges Jung Rok to find another part-time worker. The one in front of him right now isn’t that pretty. Hah. Colin walks in and Me Ahri quickly flashes him a welcome smile.
Colin tells her that he still wants a free dinner for saving her when she was trapped in a bathroom at the club a couple days ago, and she laughs that they can grab food after her shift ends. Yoon carefully observes the conversation and tries to shake off twinges of jealousy.
Colin asks Me Ahri how she knows the four men and she replies that Tae San is her older brother while the others are his closest friends. She readily answers his questions but pauses every so often to remind him to use formal language because he’s younger than her. He smirks and continues to grill her without honorifics.
Se Ra is reading the nasty article about her golf career when Yi Soo asks her if she knew that Tae San’s family was financially well-off. Se Ra replies that she doesn’t date men without money, remember? Lol! I might not be a huge fan of Se Ra but I do admire her honesty.
She marvels at Yi Soo’s ability to like people despite knowing what their financial status is and Yi Soo gives a little laugh, missing the indirect jab at her crush on Tae San. She heads out to buy dinner while grabbing Se Ra’s jacket.
Yi Soo whips through the front door and nearly knocks over Do Jin, who has come with another gift. He says he’s abiding by her dating rules and that he bought a new pair of shoes that will be paid for over a fourteen-month period.
He places the shoes on the ground and asks her to wear them with a pretty outfit when she accepts him. Aw Do Jin. You’re bending your rules to make her more comfortable. I’m so proud of you.
Their quiet moment is interrupted when Tae San grabs Yi Soo in a back hug. He assumes that he’s holding Se Ra because of the jacket and Yi Soo stands frozen at his touch. At that moment, Se Ra comes out and a blanket of awkwardness covers the front yard.
Tae San sputters that he thought Yi Soo was Se Ra because of the jacket and Se Ra glances over at her speechless roommate. Do Jin quickly rips the jacket off of Yi Soo and hands it over to Se Ra.
He then grabs Yi Soo’s wrist and states that they were on their way out somewhere before Tae San came. Do Jin’s gift is sadly left behind as Tae San heads indoors.
Yi Soo walks in a daze with Do Jin and she mentions that it feels like Tae San is still behind her. She muses that it’ll take awhile for her to come back down to reality and that she can’t forget how tightly he held her.
Do Jin responds that he thinks he knows how to change that and he gently pulls her in for a kiss. The camera winds around them and flickers of moonlight peek through the tree branches. Well, hello there. Let’s replay that a couple times before we move on, shall we?
After they break apart, Do Jin places his his jacket over her shoulders and wonders if his idea worked. Uh, it had better work. Otherwise I have no hope for Yi Soo and demand that you run away with Yoon. The two lovebirds walk beneath the cherry blossoms in silence.
Se Ra informs Tae San that he’s Yi Soo’s 20-second man. He laughs, thinking she’s joking, but slides into silence as Se Ra keeps talking. She wonders if he’s never felt anything for Yi Soo but doesn’t receive an answer as Tae San sits in shock at this new information.
The guys meet at a bar and Tae San and Do Jin ignore each other as they drink. Yoon and Jung Rok study their friends and try to guess why they’re so serious. Yoon guesses that one of them has cancer while Jung Rok gasps that a random woman probably showed up with a kid to demand child support. Haha. They’re so bad at moral support.
Bubbles drift around the bathroom as Yi Soo sits in her bathtub and recalls all the times she spent with Do Jin over the past year. She touches her lips and thinks about what the kiss means to her.
Important things first. The kiss! I admit I was surprised at how it played out. I’ve been used to so many drama heroes who force passionate, uncomfortable-to-watch kisses on their unrequited loves that I had predicted the same from Do Jin, especially because he can be really aggressive.
Granted, the kiss is technically forced and Yi Soo was completely unprepared for it (hence the wide eye-blinking). But it was nice to see him surprise her with a gentle kiss and it’s obvious that she’s now thinking about Do Jin more than Tae San. The cherry blossom setting made it even more magical and I was half-expecting to see singing little fairies with harps surround the lovers.
Do Jin is slowly adapting to Yi Soo’s rules and the 14-month payment plan for the shoes is an indication of how serious his crush is. The first shoe gift was his way of pouring all this attention on her and he had thought that it would be a matter of time before Yi Soo accepted him.
Only Yi Soo cares more for the smaller, less material things which is why she liked Tae San without any thought of wealth. I believe Do Jin bought more expensive shoes partially to out-do himself and also to prove that she means more to him than before.
He’s willing to put in a lot of effort every month to win her heart and he hopes that the end result will be her acceptance. It’s a simple concept but I think it fits Do Jin perfectly because he doesn’t know how to get the girl without using his body and money. I did enjoy watching him show off his chest in the bathroom though, bahaha. ‘twas a pretty sexy scene.
Also, is Yoon’s colleague scary or what? I’m always astounded by how two-faced a person can be and this lady is no exception. It’s understandable for her to be so protective of Yoon because he is a handsome, kind, and talented man. In short, he’s perfect husband material.
She also thinks she has a chance with him because he treats Me Ahri like a baby. I’m so glad that Do Jin and Me Ahri herself point out that he needs to figure out his feelings and make a decision soon. The situation is messy because of the age difference and (I’d say more importantly) because she’s Tae San’s younger sister. There’s no doubt that Tae San will throw a fit at their relationship.
We’ll have to see how everything plays out and I think this week’s episodes will reveal Yoon’s decision. I’m just hoping that he goes with his heart and not his head.