Discovery of Romance: Episode 13
This episode is all about which is more important, your actions or what’s in your heart. Tae-ha and Yeo-reum both struggle with this, as they deny their feelings and assure everyone that things are fine and there’s nothing to worry about, just because they haven’t acted on their emotions. Can your heart betray someone, even if your actions have been faithful?
EPISODE 13: “Should I act drunk and just kiss you?”
After making their engagement formal, Ha-jin retells Yeo-reum the story of the two children in the orphanage, and he tells her that the story is about him and Ah-rim. He was the one who was adopted, and Ah-rim got left behind. She assures him that he’s not a bad person, because at twelve years old he had no choice.
Ha-jin tells Yeo-reum that for a boy to be adopted at that age is nearly a miracle, and he knew that much. So he said his goodbyes to a sleeping Ah-rim and left before morning, and never went back until his trip there recently. He says that his mother has always treated him like he was hers from birth (awww, Mom) so he honored her wishes not to tell anyone until now. He tells Yeo-reum that his birth name is Ahn Jin-soo, and she smiles and says it’s nice to meet him. Sweet.
Out for a jog, Tae-ha takes a call from Director Yoon on his PPL wrist phone, and gripes that Yoon keeps coming to his place every morning. Yoon just tells him to hurry back because breakfast is ready, and notes that Tae-ha was drinking alone again last night.
Yeo-reum asks Ha-jin if Ah-rim took him up on his offer to send her to study abroad, and he says he’s still trying to convince her. Yeo-reum tells him how she saw Ah-rim outside his place crying last night, which is why she misunderstood the situation. She sheepishly admits that she was purposely mean to Ah-rim, and promises to work on her temper.
Tae-ha slumps home to find Yoon in an apron, cleaning and complaining that this is definitely the home of a dumped man. Hee. They sit down to breakfast and Tae-ha wonders to himself if Yeo-reum got engaged last night. Yoon comments that it’s taking him longer to get over all this than he thought, but says it will get better — but Tae-ha isn’t so sure.
He thinks about Yeo-reum’s tearful confession that having him watch her is making her look for him, and admits that he hopes she keeps feeling that way. He wonders if he should leave her alone or hang tight to her. Frustrated, he tells Yoon that he fights these thoughts all day, and he wants to know when he’ll stop feeling like this. Yoon assures him that it just takes time, but Tae-ha moans that time only makes it worse.
Yoon expounds on how time heals all wounds, even dating wounds, and Tae-ha looks up at him curiously, “Did you have a relationship behind my back? I’ve never given you time to date.” HA.
Joon-ho approaches Mom’s writing assistant Gi-eun and kisses up to her to get her to write a love speech for him. She asks what the girl is like, and Joon-ho describes her as clueless, difficult, dirty, and gluttonous. She has a filthy mouth and she’s violent, but at least she’s got good breasts, hee. Gi-eun asks why he wants a girl like that, and Joon-ho is all, “I shouldn’t? Someone should stop me!”
He requests something really romantic, like something a guy would say in a drama (he suggests, “Do you smell something burning right now?” HAHA) and she agrees but demands payment. Joon-ho offers to pay her in Botox, and she accepts.
The girls admire Yeo-reum’s new ring, and she says that she thinks she can be happy for a long time with with Ha-jin. They get to work but Sol can hardly get anything done for all the texts from her Number Twelves, and Yeo-reum asks which one she likes best. Sol says she’s comfortable with Yoon, and that Eun-gyu had a lot of influence on her, but something has been bothering her about Joon-ho.
We see that Joon-ho has been literally falling all over himself for her, tripping over his own feet in his eagerness to give her rides, and trying to replace her dying flowers from Eun-gyu with his own (then sitting on them when he gets caught). Sol tells Yeo-reum that he’s been acting really awkward, and she doesn’t understand why.
Sol complains that she really only wants two things from a man — to treat her like a woman, and to treat her like a human being and not JUST a woman. That’s pretty smart, actually. She’s still angry that Joon-ho gave her the automatic toilet because it shows that he doesn’t see her as a woman.
Yeo-reum figures out that Sol has reasons for liking Director Yoon and Eun-gyu, but that she likes Joon-ho without a single reason. She says that sometimes you just fall for someone without even knowing them, for no reason at all, as she remembers that she fell for Tae-ha when she had only just met him.
She waxes poetic about the heart knowing love before the mind, until Sol finally yells, “I don’t like Kang Tae-ha!” She gets angry that Yeo-reum makes their relationship sound perfect but neglects to mention all the times he made her cry. She wails that she knows how Yeo-reum and Tae-ha still feel, and that it’s hard for her to watch (I’m glad SOMEBODY finally said it out loud), and asks Yeo-reum if she’s falling for Tae-ha again.
Yeo-reum pales and wordlessly starts to leave, but then stops: “That’s right, I am.” She tells Sol that of course she’s being swayed, because it’s Kang Tae-ha. They met young and loved with no reservations, and he knows her better than even Sol and Joon-ho. She repeats herself bleakly, “I’m swaying. I am. I’m telling you I am.”
She says that she keeps feeling these things and doing things for him, and that she’s worried Ha-jin will find out about them. But she hasn’t done anything wrong like sleep with him or make plans to run away with him. She knows her place is with Ha-jin and she’s holding onto that, but she’s not made of iron, so of course she’s falling for Tae-ha. Sol gets up and hugs her comfortingly.
Later, Sol apologizes to Yeo-reum for being harsh, saying that she’s just worried for her. Yeo-reum says it’s always hard to understand someone else’s relationship, but asks Sol to just support her. She assures her that she likes Ha-jin and has no intention of breaking up with him.
Ha-jin texts Ah-rim to ask if she’s looked over the information he gave her on some foreign study programs, which she receives just as she’s sitting with them spread all around her. She doesn’t answer him and instead packs up all of the information, and she turns the photo of them as children face-down and cries.
Joon-ho practices the romantic speech that Gi-eun wrote for him, and oh man it’s just. So. Bad. He starts again in his own words, as if he’s asking what he hasn’t got compared to the other guys, and telling her to just date him. It’s blunt, but better. He gets on one knee and practices the typical Dramaland speech about how he’ll stay by her side and be good to her (we’ve all heard it a thousand times), which is when Sol comes in and scares ten years off his life.
Sol guesses that Joon-ho has a girl he likes, telling him she’s probably a weird person because he’s got no taste in women. He thinks to himself that she’s right, because it’s her. Hee. Sol advises him not to confess like that or he’ll lose the girl.
Director Yoon worries about Tae-ha and Yeo-reum going alone to scout out the model house for their next project, and Tae-ha assures Yoon that he’ll be fine, and he does his best to be all business. Yeo-rum recalls a memory of the two of them in the park, drawing ideas for their future home and discussing marriage, and she thinks that even without a proposal or a ring she’d always thought they’d get married.
They walk through the model house, and Tae-ha can’t help but watch Yeo-reum, letting his eyes linger on her sadly. At one point she catches him, and she looks back at him for a moment as their words about their future plans for a home and children echo up from the past.
Thinking that she doesn’t want him knowing that she’s recalling these memories, Yeo-reum noticeably avoids using the design style she had wanted to use to decorate their future home. Tae-ha instantly notices and calls her on it, suggesting they go with that design concept. He asks if he makes her uncomfortable, reminding her that he hasn’t once said that he likes her since their final breakup.
Yeo-reum says that he did come by the workshop a few times, and Tae-ha tells her that he did that to get over her and that he doesn’t do it anymore. She apologizes for childishly avoiding the memories, and they wrap things up.
Ha-jin calls Yeo-reum to have dinner but she honestly tells him that she’s about to eat with Tae-ha since their work is over. He tells her that he’s going to go see Ah-rim since she hasn’t let him know what she thought of the overseas studies programs, and they both hang up looking nervous but determined to trust each other.
Yeo-reum and Tae-ha go to an old familiar restaurant and sigh over how they were so silly when they dated, that they used to fight over food all the time. Tae-ha doesn’t order alcohol in case things get tense again, but Yeo-reum jokes that it will be fine as long as he doesn’t drunk-text her in the middle of the night again. A few drinks later they’re talking about the things they each learned to like from the other, much more comfortable discussing their past than they have been.
Ha-jin intercepts Ah-rim on her walk home and takes her to dinner, where Ah-rim asks Ha-jin to stop looking at her with pity in his eyes. She brings up something he said to her once, that it’s possible that even if her brother found her, he might not want to see her, and asks why he thinks that.
Not knowing that she knows who he is, Ha-jin says that possibly, her brother wouldn’t want to lose what he has now, like his relationship with his adopted parents, or maybe it’s that looking back at the past is painful. He can’t even meet her eyes as he says that her brother is a bad person.
Ah-rim says that he’s not a bad person, thinking to herself that if he were a bad person he wouldn’t have talked to her in the first place. She says that when she finds her brother she wants to show him that she’s studied hard and has a good life, and that she hopes he lives a happy and guilt-free life.
Ah-rim agrees to go study abroad if he’ll pay her tuition, which seems to relieve him and he tells her to just pay it forward later. She says that she always planned to ask her brother to fix her scar when she found him, and tells Ha-jin that she’ll just have him fix it. That night she thinks of the nice things Ha-jin has done for her, and cries to herself as she thinks that if he can do those things for her, she’ll go away to study for him.
Tae-ha and Yeo-reum take a meandering walk, talking about not much, and Yeo-reum comments that they could actually become friends. Tae-ha jokes that she’d make a bad friend, but he’s serious when he says that if they lose touch again he’ll accept it this time.
But in their thoughts, they both worry that they wouldn’t be able to forget this time around, though it would be better if they could. As they walk together silently, Yeo-reum wishes she could hold Tae-ha’s hand or touch his face like she did that night she had been drinking, and his thoughts echo hers as he considers pretending he’s drunk and grabbing her hand, or even kissing her. They both wonder what the other would think if she admitted that her feelings are being swayed and if he admitted that he still likes her.
Before either of them acts on their thoughts, Yeo-reum turns her ankle and Tae-ha catches her, pulling her close for a moment. They stand there for a moment each affected by the closeness, but Tae-ha lets go of Yeo-reum’s arm and she backs away.
She sits on a bench where Tae-ha takes off her shoe to check her ankle, fussing at her for wearing heels. He looks up to see that she’s on the verge of tears, and he looks stunned, as if he’s realizing that she might actually be feeling some of the things he’s feeling.
Ha-jin calls Yeo-reum repeatedly the next morning, but she’s not picking up. He calls Joon-ho who tells him she’s not home, and Ha-jin remembers that she was having dinner with Tae-ha and starts to assume the worst. Sol hasn’t heard from her either and she knows that Yeo-reum admitted she’s falling for Tae-ha again, and yells at poor Joon-ho for telling Ha-jin to check their workshop.
The workshop is locked and empty, so Ha-jin heads to the house to wait with Joon-ho and Sol. Nobody can reach her, and Joon-ho figures out from Sol’s behavior that she’s scared Yeo-reum is with Tae-ha. He says that he kept their past a secret from Ha-jin while it was just Tae-ha hanging around, but if they’re seeing each other now, he won’t stay quiet anymore.
In desperation, Sol calls Director Yoon to ask if he knows where Tae-ha is, but he says Tae-ha isn’t answering his phone either. Nobody has seen or heard from him or Yeo-reum since they went to the site the day before. Yoon heads to Tae-ha’s place where he hilariously backs into the house, yelling loudly so as to alert anyone who might not want to be caught in a compromising position.
But Tae-ha is there alone, innocently unaware of all the commotion. We see that Yeo-reum, thank goodness, merely spent the night at her mother’s place. Gi-eun wakes her up and tells her to check her phone, since it’s been ringing like crazy.
Tae-ha defends Yeo-reum’s honor to Yoon, saying that she would never spend the night with him when she’s got a boyfriend. He remembers the previous evening when she twisted her ankle and said that she was crying for no reason. He’d offered to take her home but she said she was going to her mom’s to ask her why she gave birth to someone like her.
Tae-ha insists that he and Yeo-reum didn’t cross any lines, again saying that she especially wouldn’t do something like that. He insists that he’s trying his hardest to get over Yeo-reum, and Yoon looks properly chastened.
Yoon tells Sol where to find Yeo-reum, and everyone breathes a sigh of relief. Yeo-reum arrives home all chipper like she didn’t just scare every single one of her friends to death, but Ha-jin wants to talk privately. He tells her that he worries about her because she does whatever she wants, but she’s still curious why everyone was calling her so much. She knows Ha-jin was suspicious despite his denials, and she gently chastises him for not trusting her (says the girl who wanted to hold another man’s hand the night before?).
Yeo-reum goes to wash up and Ha-jin picks her rumpled jacket up off the bed, dropping her cell phone to the floor. When he leans over to pick it up, he spots the box of keepsakes that Tae-ha gave to her, with the corner of a photo peeking out. He tugs it free to see a sweet picture of a ten-years-younger Yeo-reum, and he smiles as he takes out the box, eager to see more.
But when he opens it, Ha-jin is stricken when he sees the proof of Tae-ha and Yeo-reum’s five-year relationship. Photos, notes — everything is right there, leaving nothing to misinterpret. His hands shake and his face blanches as he realizes that all the time Yeo-reum has been asking him to trust her, she’s been lying to him.
Well, it’s all out in the open now. I think that the fallout is going to be horrific, mostly because of the way Ha-jin had to find out about Yeo-reum and Tae-ha. As understanding and forgiving as he is with Yeo-reum, I really feel that if she had come clean about her history with Tae-ha sooner, he could have worked with her to get past it. But now he knows that she’s been lying to him, which I know for me, would be even bigger of a deal than the fact that they dated in the first place. They could survive as a couple if she had been honest from the beginning, especially since Yeo-reum’s never had any intention of getting back together with Tae-ha. But I don’t think Ha-jin will be able to forgive her for this, because not only did she lie to him often and repeatedly, but she got his closest friend Joon-ho to lie to him too.
Mostly this episode was about the question of whether what’s important is your actions or your feelings. Both Tae-ha and Yeo-reum have now admitted they love the other, or at least are falling for each other again. They insist that they’re doing nothing wrong because it’s their actions that matter, but is that really true? I wonder, if we asked Ha-jin, how he would feel if he knew that his fiancee loves another man — somehow I don’t think that knowing that she loves someone else but chooses to marry him in spite of that, would be much comfort. I think it’s safe to say that when you set out to marry someone, you want to be the only person in their heart. And it’s hard enough for him to know that he loves her more than she loves him, so I highly doubt he would be okay with marrying her when he knows that she loves another man.
I do think it’s good that Tae-ha and Yeo-reum have kept their actions honorable despite what their hearts want. Neither of them set out for this to happen or wants to be in this position, and they’re trying their hardest to not let their feelings make them behave in a dishonorable way. Which is great, because if nothing else Yeo-reum can always say she never physically betrayed Ha-jin. She did try not to fall for Tae-ha again, in fact she put up a heroic fight, but it’s like she told Sol — he knows her better than anyone in the world, and his feelings this time around are sincere, so how could her heart NOT respond to that? She didn’t want it, and she fought it, but it happened anyway, so I don’t hold her at fault for her feelings. But what she wants for her life is stability and that’s what Ha-jin will give to her.
I just think that no matter what your head wants, you won’t be truly happy if you deny your heart. Marrying Ha-jin when she loves Tae-ha may make Yeo-reum content and secure, but it won’t make her happy, not for the long haul. I understand her decision because when you dated a man you loved and planned a future with, only to have him seemingly stop caring about you and your needs, having a man who loves you more and puts your needs first is mighty attractive. So I understand her insistence on marrying Ha-jin; I just worry. Choosing a partner for security and stability is a sound reason to marry, and has worked for millennia. But I think she’s setting herself up for a lifetime of so-so love and wondering what she could have had if she had chosen the love of her life.
And I think it’s wonderful that Tae-ha has stopped pressuring Yeo-reum and is honoring her wishes, even though it’s hard for him, but he’s fully committed to giving her what she wants. I just hope he finds out soon that she’s falling for him again, because I want to see him really fight for her. He has never done that, because he got her so easily in the beginning, and when they met again he mostly just thought all he had to do was show up and she’d fall for him again. I want to see him really, truly fight for her, and prove to her that this time his feelings and his commitment are strong and that she can feel safe falling in love with him again. I think he can give her all the stability and security she wants, AND the love of a lifetime. He just needs to show her he can do it.
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