A Gentleman’s Dignity: Episode 17
Yay for plot movement, nay for how it was handled. Yay for cute, nay for useless filler.
EPISODE 17 RECAP
Yoon comments that it’s already been ten years since the 2002 World Cup and the boys sigh as they divulge memories of watching South Korea move up to the second round of the tournament. Do Jin commends Park Ji Sung “hyung” for his ability to play in England’s Premier League; he’s Do Jin’s hero nowadays. LOL.
Jung Rok arrives at Tae San’s apartment with a cake that’s decorated by a figure of Tae Kwon V (a Korean animated robotic hero) and sincerely admits that he still believes Tae Kwon V will appear if the world is in trouble. Hahah oh Jung Rok.
Do Jin remarks that saving the world was every boy’s destiny and Yoon cuts in to praise Superman for being the ultimate hero. Do Jin scoffs that blue and red tights aren’t his style and instead supports Batman’s chic black suits. Tae San reminds Do Jin that Batman only protects his city, not the entire Earth; he’s just a policeman. The real hero is Spiderman. ::makes Spiderman’s finger sign::
F44 begins to argue about who the best superhero is and Jung Rok shouts for the spider, bat, and alien to get lost. Tae Kwon V is the best, no questions asked, shut up all of you, I win. Do Jin’s voiceover informs us that these four men, who can’t even save the Earth or protect their own women, continued to debate deep into the night. He and his friends have now become the entire opposite of heroes; they’re just normal men fighting to survive in the world. He wonders where the boys who wanted to save the Earth went. Whose heroes will they become?
Yi Soo approaches Do Jin with her gift and pleads with him to return to her. She doesn’t care if he’s Colin’s father. Do Jin shakes his head and firmly states that he doesn’t want to ruin her. She replies that she’ll leave him…in the next life. But she won’t do that in this life. She presents him with his shoes and requests that he wear them when he comes back to her.
At the same time, Tae San thinks back to Me Ahri’s speech to Jung Ah while Yoon stands outside Tae San’s house, about to ring the doorbell. He falters at the last minute and heads back home with his shoulders slumped. Meanwhile, Do Jin studies Yi Soo’s gift for a long time before putting them on his feet. Yay!
Se Ra and Yi Soo converse about how much they’ve changed because of love and Se Ra admits that she actually wants to get married to Tae San. Yi Soo congratulates her and then urges Se Ra to treat Tae San better. Se Ra replies that she will.
The next morning, Do Jin and Yoon have coffee and Do Jin informs Yoon that he received glass slippers. Hah. Yoon shoots him a puzzled look and Do Jin explains that he’s going to hold on to Yi Soo. He knows that he’s being greedy, but he hopes that spending his entire life to make her happy should make up for it.
Yoon wishes him luck good-naturedly but Do Jin reminds him that Yoon also needs luck if he wants to be with Me Ahri. Yoon sighs that the mountain (Tae San) that blocks their way is too big. He doesn’t even have permission to climb that mountain.
Yi Soo receives an invitation from a bear-suit clad man to Do Jin and Tae San’s final presentation for the Qualze Resort. The bear also hands her a balloon before shuffling back to his car (aka Betty). Kek. Yi Soo rushes back home and preps herself for the party with the help of Se Ra.
Se Ra pushes Yi Soo to stay past twelve and admires Yi Soo’s curves in her dress. Yi Soo asks if it’s really okay to borrow the dress even when Se Ra can’t go in order to practice for her upcoming tournament. Se Ra responds that winning the championship is more important for now; she needs to win and then get married. Haha. Okay?
Me Ahri begs Tae San to let her come to the party but Tae San simply states that it’s not a place for kids. Me Ahri continues to whine as she receives a text message about unpaid bills from her credit card company. Tae San swipes the phone from her and then commands her to sit down.
He hands her airplane tickets back to America while scolding her for not being able pay off her own bills. She whines further but Tae San cuts her off; he saw her in front of Jung Ah’s memorial site. She immediately apologizes but he shakes his head. She’s never been sincerely sorry for anything. He ignores her pleas and heads back up to his room.
Yi Soo walks into the party as Do Jin presents the main components of the resort to the audience. He spots her mid-speech and pauses momentarily after they lock eyes. He hurriedly finishes his speech to look for Yi Soo but gets strung into conversations with his investors.
He gives her a wave and Yi Soo heads to the buffet table in the meantime and the Jung Rok/Min Sook couple congratulate her for accepting Do Jin. So many congratulations.
Min Sook hands Yi Soo two glasses of champagne and pushes her to go look for Do Jin. Yi Soo wanders around the room to find that Do Jin is also searching for her with two champagne glasses. He walks to her and scolds her for looking so pretty; he almost messed up his speech because of her!
As they speak, Yi Soo notices that Do Jin is not wearing the shoes that she bought for him. She asks him why he’s wearing his regular shoes but his answer alarms her. He asks what she means about her gift? He informs her that his memory has been wiped again and he doesn’t remember the past couple of days. WTF. HELL TO THE NO. We are not going through this.
He asks if she said anything important to him and she stares at him, dumbfounded at how calm he is. Wait. But he sent the invitation to her?! What. The company president walks up to Do Jin then and Do Jin motions that he’ll talk to Yi Soo soon.
Meanwhile, Min Sook spots Jung Rok chatting with a young, pretty woman from afar. The woman starts to walk away and Min Sook marches up to Jung Rok to demand who the chick was. Jung Rok replies that he just told the woman where the parking lot was.
Min Sook fails to believe him and follows the woman to ask what she and Jung Rok were talking about earlier; she confirms that Jung Rok’s answer was the truth and Min Sook stands shocked at her suspicious self.
Do Jin shows off his drumming skills during a jazzy performance onstage but Yi Soo leaves as the song plays, hurt that Do Jin forgot about her gift. When the performance ends, Do Jin steps out wearing the shoes Yi Soo bought him, only to find that Yi Soo is missing.
Yi Soo throws a temper tantrum in her room while packing her suitcase. She cries at the injustice of Do Jin’s “memory loss”; he doesn’t really love her!! She gets a call from the flower-like Do Jin but she ignores it. “I’m not picking up you bastard! You’re ugly too.” Hahahaah.
Yoon broods at a neighborhood garden while waiting for Me Ahri. She approaches him slowly to say that Tae San is sending her back to America. She asks him one last time, “Am I really not the one? Why not? Why can’t you win against Tae San? Can’t you just live without seeing him? Why can’t you?!”
He coldly commands her to go back home (eh…why would you guys meet only to have her leave within 30 seconds…) while she pleads for him to hold onto her. “If I leave now, I won’t be able to see you. How can I go?” The only thing he can tell her is to stop speaking to him informally. Psh.
Me Ahri switches to a formal tone and yells “I love you. You are my destiny, oppa. I like you so much I could die. Please hold onto me.” Yoon is moved by her confession but he stands his ground. He tells her that there is no other man in the world that cares about her well-being more than Tae San; her brother made his decision because it’s the best thing for her.
He urges her to study hard and begins to walk away when she stops him with one more plea. “I cannot promise that I will forget you. However, if we really cannot be together, you can forget me. Good-bye.” Tears well up in Yoon’s eyes but he makes himself leave the garden…only to let them flow when he reaches his room. Oy.
Yi Soo drinks alone in a hotel room and replays the video of F44 in the cafe with her stepbrothers. She calls Do Jin a liar when he states “I’m the oppa that loves Seo Yi Soo,” and downs another gulp of soju. At the same time, Do Jin shows up at Se Ra’s house to look for Yi Soo, and Se Ra makes a short phone call to Yi Soo, who indirectly states that she’s in Chooncheon.
Do Jin quickly drives to the hotel Yi Soo is at and spots her badly parked car in the garage. Heh. He gets into the hotel only to have the employee at the desk refuse him when he asks for Yi Soo’s room number. Oh thank goodness. That’d be hella creepy if he was immediately told where she was.
He drags out the yearbook photo of Yi Soo to show what she looks like but he is still turned away. Well duh. How does a picture in your wallet prove that you two know each other. For all the employee knows, you could be a crazy stalker.
He goes back to the hotel lobby and waits out the entire night for Yi Soo to check out. She drunkenly makes her way to the main desk and hands over her key. A young man helps her put her suitcase into her car and then proceeds to drive her to whatever pre-determined location. Do Jin speeds after them suspiciously.
The man turns out to be a hired driver and he leaves after dropping Yi Soo off at the field where she and Do Jin had a date. Me Ahri calls Yi Soo and asks how one can know when a relationship is over. Yi Soo sadly replies that it’s over when you can’t see that person even when you want to. They hang up and Yi Soo screams out “You horrible bastards!”
Do Jin sidles up next to her and recommends that she talk crap about him when he’s in front of her. She lets out a shout of surprise and awkwardly falls to the floor. He holds out his hand to help her back up and introduces himself as Kim Do Jin, a man with a 19-year old son, a history of girls, and a tendency to make women cry. Will she still date him anyway?
Yi Soo narrows her eyes and shortly replies that she’s never going to do a stupid thing like dating ever again. HMPH. She whirls around to storm away but turns back when she realizes that he’s wearing the tan shoes. He answers her puzzled look by saying that the memory loss speech at the party was a joke. Badly played, man. Badly played.
She scolds him for being so stupid; she’s so dense that she needs everything to be spelled out for her! HAH. He embraces her and promises that he’ll spell out his feelings for her clearly from now on. She cries into his shoulder while he plugs his nose. How much did she drink? She whines that she drank because of him, stupid jerk. Hahah. She cries that the shoes are so pretty on him as well. Keke.
Min Sook walks out of an appointment at the OB-GYN, only to have Jung Rok surprise her with an unexpected visit. He asks what the doctor said and she replies that there’s still hope for a baby and he wraps his arms around her. He reasons that they would have had a child if she hadn’t kicked him out so often. I’d reason that she wouldn’t have kicked you out if you had treated her more nicely…but nobody listens to me.
He asks her to let him stay at home even if she hates him. She replies that she doesn’t hate him nowadays and he says that he’s not afraid of her anymore either. Heh. She pulls away to shoot him a glare and he gives an awkward laugh. They stand and she tells him to be afraid of her at the very least; otherwise, she has nothing to keep him by her side. Jung Rok tells her that she can hold onto his entire being now, including his heart. He pulls her into a hug and she slowly melts into his arms. AWWW.
Tae San and Se Ra have a meal together and Se Ra informs him that she sold her house to pay off her debts. She reassures him that it’s to protect her own pride and he unhappily accepts. She asks him to root of her, not pity her. He smiles at her pluck and reaches over to hold her hand.
Do Jin carries Yi Soo into her room and she lays on her bed while requesting that he come next to her. She’ll pat him to sleep! Hahah. She tugs at his arm and soon they lie face to face on the bed. He holds a sleeping Yi Soo until she wakes up with a horrible hangover. She gasps to see Do Jin so close to her and pretends to move away while sleeping.
She turns her back to him and Do Jin quickly pulls her into another hug. He apologizes for pretending not to love her when he really did, for acting like he could break up with her when he actually couldn’t, and making her cry a lifetime’s worth of tears all at once. He informs her that today will be the last day he says “I’m sorry” and that he’ll only say “I love you” from now on.
He leaves after a “I love you Seo Yi Soo” and she scolds herself for drinking so much…which is seen by Do Jin. Why does he always pretend to leave when he actually doesn’t. Haha. He suppresses a laugh and then sneaks back out after her face crumples from embarrassment.
Me Ahri begs Jung Rok to deliver a bag of extra clothes to Tae San who has gone on a business trip to Chooncheon. He reluctantly obliges and meets Tae San at his hotel room. He asks Tae San why he can’t accept Yoon; he’s better than many other men out there. There’s no guarantee that Me Ahri will meet anyone better than Yoon.
Tae San agrees and admits that he’s upset that he has to disapprove of Yoon as a man. Er. You don’t “have to.” Tae San urges Jung Rok and Do Jin to side with Yoon because he’s fallen in love. Jung Rok sighs that he’s sorry that he can’t be much more of a comfort in this uncomfortable situation. Aw.
Do Jin stops by Colin’s room to tell him that he and Yi Soo will be dating from now on. Colin calls Do Jin a new type of a father in Japanese and Do Jin wonders if Colin just swore at him. Colin asks if he’s allowed to swear and Do Jin promptly gives him a glare. Heh. Colin congratulates him and then apologizes for his immature actions.
He begins to tear up and Do Jin tries to reassure him that Colin will never be responsible for any negative events that occur in the future. Colin replies that he can leave at any time if it’ll make Do Jin’s life easier and Do Jin walks over to pat Colin on the shoulder.
The next morning, Yi Soo and Do Jin hold hands while walking down the street together in their precious shoes. Do Jin asks how Yi Soo can be so seductive early in the morning and Yi Soo lightly cautions that she can be even more alluring at night. Oh whoa. He holds her close to him and claims that he won’t let her go until late at night then. Ahahah.
Meanwhile, Me Ahri and Tae San speak on the phone and she says she’s sorry for upsetting him. She hopes that they’ll be able to see each other while smiling the next time they meet. He blinks away tears and roughly tells her to stay healthy. She sends Yi Soo a text stating that she’s leaving now and that she wants Yi Soo to tell Yoon that she is dating a nice boyfriend two months from today.
She heads to the airport and sadly looks around for a sign that Yoon has come but ends up disappointed. She begins to walk towards the gate when a hand grabs her wrist. Huk. He actually came?! Yoon drags her outside towards his car and she gazes into his eyes in disbelief. She whispers that Tae San will be furious but is rendered silent when Yoon pulls her into a tight embrace.
Finally! After 17 episodes of nothing, Yoon kicks it up a notch and steps forward to profess his love. If only it didn’t take so damn long. I admit that I was hoping Me Ahri would leave for America so she could…you know…grow up a little bit first and actually do something with her life because I’ve lost patience with her whining and crying a while ago.
The part with her unpaid credit card bill was especially annoying. I mean, really? You can’t control your own expenses and you wonder why your brother doesn’t trust you? Honestly, she’s making her way into bratty territory for me. Please. Why should I care about you if you’re just going to cry about how your life sucks while doing nothing about your unhappiness? The excuse that she’s been babied her entire life does little to garner sympathy points from me.
I’ve already spent a lot of time and words trying to explain why I would like to see some more independence from Me Ahri so I won’t reiterate the same stuff over again. I’m relieved that her relationship with Yoon moved forward because he deserves some more happiness in his life but Me Ahri has done virtually nothing to make this fight against Tae San any easier which is frustrating. Sigh. I doubt we’ll see anything much from her in the span of three episodes either.
Do Jin’s prank on Yi Soo was not cool and neither was Yi Soo’s mental breakdown. I mean it was amusing(?) to see Yi Soo crazy drunk and angry at Do Jin but I really don’t understand why we spent over half an episode on that. I think we could have utilized that time better with some more meaningful scenes between Min Sook and Jung Rok.
I know they’re side characters but their relationship has been the most static since the drama began. I love seeing some more tender moments between those two because they make quite an interesting pair. It’s not often that we see several gender roles reversed and have a woman be more capable than her trophy husband in K-drama land. But please. Can we have some more growth between these two.
My favorite moment in this episode, though, was between Do Jin and Colin. We’ve only been given one side of Colin for the most part, and cool smart-assery can be a little tedious to watch since we get a lot of that from so many of our other characters, so it’s refreshing to see a more vulnerable aspect of him. I like him a lot better when he puts down the cool front and shows off a more child-like or passionate image, like when he sings with his guitar.
It’s a shame that we didn’t get to explore Colin’s perspective on the whole “who’s my dad” situation more. He gave the superficial reason that he just wanted to know why he was so good-looking when F44 asked what his purpose was in looking for his father, but there’s definitely more to his motivations. Alas, we shall never see what truly made him search for his father and will have to settle for guessing because the drama refuses to tell us. Ah well. ONWARDS!
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