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On the Way to the Airport: Episode 10

There’s some closure this hour that makes it feel like we’ve reached the end of our story, but at the same time, it also feels like we’re setting up for new beginnings. Su-ah has to come to terms with the choices she’s made for herself and her daughter, which may pave the way for her to start over again with a clean slate. But with that clean slate comes a question: Where exactly does that leave Do-woo?

 

 
EPISODE 10 RECAP

We go back to Hye-won and Annie’s first meeting at Do-woo’s home and then cut to a little while later, with Hye-won laying out a plan. “I raised you all along,” she had told Annie. If Annie did as she was told, Hye-won said she’d try to get her dad to come back. And to dig Annie’s fears in a little deeper, she’d said her dad had run away from her.

Finally, we hear those words that had sent Annie running out of the airport: “Your dad died.”

Hye-won sits in her room now, contemplating what to do. She comes out to the kitchen where Do-woo and Suk are sitting and drops down to her knees in apology. Suk angrily tells her to sit down and explain herself before saying she’s sorry. She does sit, only to apologize again.

Do-woo asks when Annie’s father died. Hye-won reveals that it was April 25th, 2014, and Do-woo remembers that the father’s last email to Annie had been sent the day before.

Defensive, Hye-won says she had to do what she did – before Annie came along, Do-woo never looked twice at her. She needed him to take interest in her and listen to her, so she figured if she had to raise Annie anyway, she might as well say she’d been raising her all this time.

But Do-woo doesn’t want to her to apologize for whatever happened. He looks her in the eye and says he married her for love, so he can handle the truth. The problem is Annie. The young girl had waited so long for her father and Hye-won had taken advantage of her emotions. Do-woo’s voice rises with rage: “She’s your daughter!”

Hye-won’s expression hardens. She tells Do-woo there’s something he’s misunderstanding: “Maternal instinct isn’t a natural instinct.”

It might have been easy for Do-woo to feel paternal love towards Annie and to have that love grow, but Hye-won says that she only had fear towards her daughter and experienced nothing at all that resembled love. With tears threatening to spill from his eyes, Do-woo asks if she really didn’t hold any affection for Annie, desperate for something from her.

But Hye-won coldly responds that she never did. Do-woo can only stare in sad disbelief and cry as Hye-won continues, “That’s right, I didn’t. That’s me. I don’t believe in love.” She only believed in Do-woo and his mother, but she can’t even do that anymore. Right now, she just wants Do-woo to bury her wrongdoings so she can continue with work. Woman, are you serious?

Suk shouts as he demands to know how she can bring up work at a time like this, but Hye-won screams over him, “This is who I am! What are you going to do about it?!” She’s sobbing now, and Do-woo is still too shocked to say anything.

Su-ah walks back home in a daze, remembering Mi-jin’s words at the restaurant. Mi-jin had explained that the only reason she was with Jin-suk was because he had been with Hye-won and Mi-jin had tried to get them separated somehow. “You’re the one having an affair and I’m the crazy one for trying to keep it a secret,” she told Su-ah. And once she found out the mystery man was Do-woo, she wanted Su-ah to give up on Jin-suk.

Flustered, Su-ah said that she was scared. She wondered how serious a crime she committed if she’s feeling this scared. Mi-jin practically rolled her eyes and said that that’s not what Su-ah’s afraid of – she’s afraid of losing Do-woo.

In the present, Su-ah takes a seat outside the house and leans against a railing, her response to Mi-jin still in her head: “The connection between us is very weak. It could dissipate on its own. I’ve not once thought that this would last forever. It will end sometime, somehow, even if I don’t try all that hard.”

Mi-jin comes home to find the young coworker who’d called her out waiting by the door, completely sober. The coworker boldly asks if Mi-jin apologized to Su-ah. Mi-jin tries to lay down some authority, but the coworker states she saw Mi-jin leaving Jin-suk’s room and then go right back inside. And she didn’t come out until the next morning.

The coworker went along with Mi-jin calling it “business” at the party because she thinks Su-ah would be better off not knowing. But she’s bringing it up now so that Mi-jin will feel guilty about this for the rest of her life. Mi-jin looks pretty trapped, but she regains her composure and says that she will feel guilty, so this better be a secret between them.

Once inside her apartment, Mi-jin texts Jin-suk, asking if he consoled Su-ah over quitting. She gets an indifferent response, so she asks instead if he wants to have a drink. Jin-suk says he’s too tired today and tosses his phone aside to keep watching TV. So Mi-jin has a drink alone, scoffing to herself that he only calls when he needs her.

Su-ah stares longingly at a picture of Do-woo online, but her face changes when she gets to pictures of him with Hye-won. She heaves a big sigh.

Meanwhile, Do-woo drunkenly stumbles into his old office. He gazes out the tall windows, remembering his kiss with Su-ah in that very spot. Though he was the one who’d told her that moment would give her strength, he muses now that it’s him who’s finding comfort in the memory.

He bangs his head on the window over and over, telling himself that what happened today is a matter between him and Hye-won. No matter what, he won’t let Su-ah be blamed for any part of this.

Jin-suk tells Su-ah to move to New Zealand for the time being. However, Su-ah wants to bring Hyo-eun back to their old apartment. Now that she’s quit her job, she’s going to take care of their daughter and their home the best she can. “Who asked you to do that?” Jin-suk says, annoyed.

Su-ah takes a moment before asking what they both know: “You don’t like me going back home, do you? I’m asking if you don’t like living with me.” Jin-suk confirms this, saying he doesn’t like her way of thinking, the way she cooks, or even the sound of her moving around. He hates all of it. Ouch. I felt that.

Surprisingly, Su-ah blankly says she doesn’t feel anything, finally getting a different expression out of Jin-suk. Her heart used to beat so crazily at his words, but now she doesn’t feel a thing, even when he pretty much said that he hates her. She’s adamant on moving back to the apartment, so she tells Jin-suk to live with Young-sook. If he doesn’t want to do that, she’s sure there are other ways to settle this. All right, now we’re talkin’!

Je-ah runs into a very drunk Mi-jin and takes her back to her apartment. He gets her settled on the couch, but when he tries to tell her he’s leaving, she’s already asleep. Just then, Mi-jin gets a text on her phone and Je-ah notices that it’s from his brother-in-law. His expression grows dark as he reads the message.

Later, Jin-suk comes by and rings Mi-jin’s doorbell. When there’s no answer, he punches in the passcode like he owns the place and walks right in. And moments later, Je-ah comes down from the stairwell, glaring at the closed door.

Je-ah immediately heads over to Su-ah’s, crying by the time Su-ah reaches him. When she asks what’s wrong, he worries her further by saying he’s crying because she’s so pitiful. He reveals that Jin-suk and Mi-jin are in a relationship and he has the pictures to prove it. He urges her to look at the picture he took and use it so that she won’t be taken advantage of anymore.

Su-ah goes back inside alone and prepares herself for whatever’s in this picture. She opens it up to see Jin-suk’s message to Mi-jin – he’d said that Su-ah was moving back home, so he would live with his mother and stay with Mi-jin from time to time. Su-ah sucks in a breath as she recalls Mi-jin saying she had a married man coming on to her. It’s too much to take in, and Su-ah rushes to the window to get some air.

That morning, Su-ah deletes the picture from her phone just as she gets a message from Do-woo asking to meet up. Do-woo is waiting outside in his car and when he sees Su-ah come out in search of him, he raises his phone and takes a few pictures of her standing there. She finally spots him and they stay like that for a moment just looking at each other. Together again, they drive to their special place – the Han River.

Do-woo tells Su-ah that he’s collected almost all of his mother’s ornaments. However, he still finds Grandma’s instructions on where to keep them all together rather vague. Su-ah wonders if it could be a place like a bookstore in the country – somewhere that’s small, but still seems to hold everything.

He prepares himself for what he’s about to say next, as if he’s been wanting to avoid it. Something happened, he says, and while it’s nothing for her to worry about, he’d like her to do something for him. While he fulfills his mother’s wishes for the next six months, he wants her to be someone who will simply welcome his texts. But he makes sure to say that this isn’t the end of the line for them, and Su-ah agrees to be that person for him.

Do-woo drops Su-ah off at home and as she walks back to the building, Do-woo stops her with a call. He reminds her that this isn’t a breakup, but Su-ah insists that she’s okay. Do-woo hangs up, clearly unconvinced, so Su-ah turns around and gives him a cheerful wave goodbye. It gets a faint smile out of Do-woo and she turns back, hiding the pain on her face.

“It seems like Mi-jin is seeing my husband,” she thinks. She was going to cry to her heart out in front of Do-woo, but upon seeing him she could tell he was going through something much bigger and decided against it.

At long last, Grandma Young-sook gets discharged from the hospital and is able to return home. She tells Jin-suk that she heard about him wanting to send Su-ah and Hyo-eun to New Zealand, and she wonders why he keeps trying to relocate them. Jin-suk avoids her questions and tells her to rest before leaving.

Je-ah plants himself on Mi-jin’s couch, determined to catch Jin-suk for himself. Mi-jin tries to convince him that she and Jin-suk are openly close and she actually does a pretty good job, but little bro isn’t leaving.

The doorbell rings and Mi-jin’s whole casual demeanor instantly fades. Je-ah checks the video screen — and sure enough, Jin-suk is waiting just outside. As Je-ah suspects, Jin-suk starts to punch in the passcode when Mi-jin shouts, “Don’t come in!” Jin-suk freezes. Mi-jin calls him and says she’s with a man, so he can’t come in.

And now, Mi-jin has no choice but to fess up. She tells Je-ah that she’d dated Jin-suk first and that after they broke up, he then dated and married Su-ah. She says this like it’s a fair enough excuse for their behavior now, making Je-ah call her inhuman.

Je-ah also reveals he’s already told Su-ah about this, and Mi-jin blows up. She yells that he ruined everything and that he just messed with the wrong person. She shoves past him and makes a beeline to Su-ah.

Though it looks like Mi-jin is the last person Su-ah wants to talk to right now, Mi-jin gets her out of the house so they can talk. Su-ah finally learns that Mi-jin and Jin-suk had already met and dated way before Su-ah came into the picture. And though Mi-jin feels sorry for lying and for never warning Su-ah about the type of man Jin-suk is, she swears that before the incident with Hye-won, she and Jin-suk never exchanged a real conversation.

Su-ah stays silent, which only makes Mi-jin angry. “Why am I the only one giving excuses?” she says, “Do you have the right to say anything to me? Can you slap my cheek?” Oh boy. Deep breaths. Deep breaths.

Su-ah asks if they really did nothing in the hotel room that night. Mi-jin: “If I said we just talked all night…”

Su-ah jumps up from the bench and starts to walk away. She stops and whirls around, her voice shaking as she tells Mi-jin that Jin-suk is Jin-suk, but Mi-jin was supposed to be her friend. The friend who she shared more with than Jin-suk. The fact that it’s not just anyone, but that it’s Mi-jin, makes her sad beyond words. “How could you… How could you…” Su-ah can hardly speak as she cries.

“I’m sorry, but I don’t feel sorry to you at all,” Mi-jin says. She doesn’t understand why everyone – the flight attendants and Je-ah – is on Su-ah’s side when Su-ah is the one who had an affair. “Even if you lose a friend, it’s nothing to you. You have everything!”

Su-ah tells Mi-jin to take Jin-suk then, but Mi-jin just yells at Su-ah to throw him away frist. And with that, Su-ah turns around and walks away.

Su-ah stays up the whole night and forgets to wake Hyo-eun for school. When Hyo-eun comes out of her room, Su-ah suggests the two of them go out and have fun since she’s feeling rather down today. Hyo-eun is ecstatic and says they should go somewhere far away. “Far away,” Su-ah says, lost in thought. “Really far away… Okay, let’s go there.”

Suk doesn’t want to be anywhere near Hye-won and her lies, so he packs a bag to leave. But Do-woo stops him and begs him to protect the house. With Suk gone and Do-woo gone for the next few months, the only one left in charge of the home would be Hye-won. Well, Suk can’t have that.

It’s time for a compromise. Do-woo sits Hye-won down and tells her how it’s going to be from now on, not once looking her in the eye: Suk will be in charge of the house, and Hye-won will still work with him for the exhibition, along with Ji-eun for their project. Hye-won asks him if he made this decision because of—…

But Do-woo finally raises his eyes and warns her not to mention that.

Do-woo believes that this is their problem, and that it wasn’t caused by someone else. “You were my wife. I loved you. I leaned on you. And you were Annie’s mom,” he says, whipping out the past tense. “I didn’t come to this decision easily.” Nevertheless, when he comes back and when Hye-won is ready, he wants to part ways.

Meanwhile, Su-ah and Hyo-eun set off on their getaway trip. They both breathe in the fresh air and cheerfully shout out that they’ve made it to Jeju Island. They break out in a run, ready to explore everything together.

The two enjoy all the beautiful sights and the museums, and as the day goes on, both Su-ah and Hyo-eun look the happiest they’ve ever been in a long time.

Later, Su-ah watches Hyo-eun play soccer with some neighborhood kids and is approached by one of the moms. The woman guesses that Su-ah must be traveling from Seoul, like a lot of the people here. And a lot of the time, those people end up staying on Jeju Island.

The woman learns that Su-ah came without any plans of where to stay the night, so she brings Su-ah and Hyo-eun to a house meant for visitors. As they take a look around, Hyo-eun beams that it would be great to live in a place like this.

Su-ah is still thinking about Hyo-eun’s words as they relax on the beach. Hyo-eun shows her some cute little crabs, and the smile on her daughter’s face makes her come to a decision: “Hyo-eun-ah, let’s live here.”

After a futile attempt at contacting Mi-jin, Jin-suk is surprised to see a text from Su-ah saying she’s enrolled Hyo-eun at the international school on Jeju Island. He calls her right away and learns that Su-ah has already taken care of things, while she lies that since there is no dormitory space available for Hyo-eun, she’ll be moving there to the island as well. Jin-suk sounds a little too happy to hear that. Way too happy, actually.

Consumed with her thoughts, Su-ah ventures outside until she gathers the courage to call Do-woo next. She doesn’t speak at first, prompting Do-woo to assure her she can talk comfortably. She randomly asks him what he likes, such as a favorite singer. They talk about their favorites until Su-ah says she did have a reason for calling – she doesn’t think she can fulfill the task he asked of her before.

She tells him about her plans to live far away with Hyo-eun, so they won’t be able to follow the three conditions anymore, except for one: Don’t expect anything.

Do-woo looks absolutely crushed. Su-ah apologizes, but she’s always feeling sorry and says that she can’t keep living like that. She’s been telling herself countless times that what they have is nothing, but she knows it’s not nothing. “In all my life,” Su-ah says, her voice catching, “this has been the greatest thing. It was almost too much.” She hopes that if they stop now, it will become nothing.

Do-woo can’t argue with that. He even tells her that he understands everything she’s saying. Su-ah smiles through her tears and thanks him for everything. Then they both hang up, officially putting an end to their relationship.

The next day, Su-ah excitedly runs out to meet Hyo-eun to tell her the school is able to accept her. Su-ah promises to come back after she meets up with Jin-suk in Seoul.

In Seoul, Do-woo packs for his trip as Suk assures him he’ll protect the house and everything in it.

Ji-eun checks in with Hye-won to see if she likes the new office. When she leaves Hye-won alone, she sighs to their business friend that that office should’ve belonged to Do-woo.

After Su-ah retrieves Hyo-eun’s transfer papers, she visits Do-woo’s old office and takes a few pictures of the building. She runs into Hyun-woo, and she looks like she may break down as she quickly explains she was just passing by. Hyun-woo understands and says he won’t mention he saw her.

Mi-jin is sitting on pins and needles as she tries to get a hold of Su-ah. Instead, she gets a text from Jin-suk, who’s delighted that he can rest now that his wife and daughter are leaving. Ugh, you pig.

Su-ah finally answers Mi-jin’s calls, but she doesn’t bother answering any of Mi-jin’s questions. She merely says she’s moving far away and that she never wants Mi-jin to appear in front of her again. She hangs up and tosses her phone in the trash.

Once she secures a brand new phone and brand new number, she takes one last visit to the old apartment and makes sure to take the small bead Annie had dropped before she passed. She also says goodbye to Young-sook, who is glad they’re not moving as far as New Zealand. She jokes that now she’ll never get her allowance from Su-ah, though one look at Su-ah’s guilty face has Young-sook telling her not to be burdened by it. Aw.

Su-ah’s last stop is with Jin-suk. As always, their conversation is all business as they discuss all the details concerning the move.

When Su-ah turns down Jin-suk’s offer to send money, she lies that she’d be able to manage since the cost of housing was so low. Jin-suk nods, looking as ready as ever to send his wife off. He gets up to pay the bill so they can head off to the airport.

Su-ah heads downstairs first, only to stop dead in her tracks when she sees Do-woo walk into the café. When he sees her, all the emotions come flooding back to Su-ah. Her tear-filled eyes reach out to Do-woo, as if she so desperately wishes she could close the gap between them.

Do-woo looks like he just might, which is when Jin-suk comes down the stairs and tells Su-ah he’s ready to go. They both head in Do-woo’s direction, with Jin-suk walking right past him without a second glance.

But as Su-ah nears, Do-woo takes this chance to grasp her hand for the briefest moment before passing by. Before Su-ah steps out the door, they both turn towards each other one more time, the same large gap between them.

Do-woo looks pained to see her tears, so he gives her one reassuring nod. It only makes Su-ah cry harder, but she finally turns around to follow her husband.

 
COMMENTS

This episode really did feel like a finale in many ways. Secrets came out, major decisions were made, and now our characters are hoping to distance themselves from the tragedies of the past and start anew. And the episode ended where I had assumed the show itself would eventually end, with Su-ah and Do-woo officially emotionally detached from their spouses, choosing not to pursue an actual relationship but clearly still wanting to. Which would leave Su-ah with the only love of her life she knows she can give herself to wholeheartedly: Hyo-eun.

Though I love seeing Su-ah and Do-woo together (all guilt aside), I noticed for the past few episodes that Su-ah and Hyo-eun hadn’t been the same. They weren’t that adorable mother-daughter duo that I loved so much in the beginning of the show. Their relationship, though subdued for a while, was really suffering, which is why I had a sense of relief when Su-ah quit her job. I was undoubtedly sad for her, but I also saw it as a chance for Su-ah to start making changes in her life, thus allowing Hyo-eun to have more positive changes in her life. In a way, I think both Su-ah and Hyo-eun have been like prisoners in Jin-suk’s grasp all these years, so seeing the two run away together to Jeju Island was great. It looked so incredibly liberating for them.

Now comes the tricky situation with the Su-ah/Do-woo and the Mi-jin/Jin-suk comparisons. Is Mi-jin right? Does Su-ah have the right to be angry when she was pretty much doing the same thing with Do-woo? This is just my own humble opinion, but, um, yes. Of course she has the right to be angry! Though I understand Mi-jin’s logic, I felt like her outburst in the park was one made out of anger more than anything else. She looked as if the guilt was trying to seep its way into her, and she was trying so hard to reject it and justify her actions. She just doesn’t want to accept that she should feel bad about this, and that put a sour taste in my mouth. It breaks my heart even more that Su-ah was more upset over Mi-jin’s betrayal than Jin-suk’s. I think she already knew at this point that Jin-suk was the kind of bastard who would do something like this, but Mi-jin was her friend. Her best friend.

I don’t want to put the blame on anyone here since a lot of what has happened was driven by uncontrollable emotion, but I can’t help but wonder what the outcome would’ve been if Mi-jin had told Su-ah about her and Jin-suk a lot sooner. Years sooner. Would Su-ah have considered leaving earlier? Would Su-ah be a lot happier today? I wonder if these same thoughts were going through Su-ah’s mind in that last scene because that longing, apologetic look she gave Do-woo just cried out, “What if?”

I really wish that had happened earlier, because the fact that Jin-suk strung his wife and child along all this time while he loved another woman disgusts me. How could he stay with his family when he knew his heart would never reach out to them? It just doesn’t seem fair to anyone. Especially since Jin-suk didn’t even try. This is why the Mi-jin/Jin-suk couple bothers me so much more than the adultery Su-ah and Do-woo have committed. Mi-jin and Jin-suk had selfish reasons for wanting to keep their relationship a secret, while for Su-ah and Do-woo, keeping their relationship a secret was meant to prevent their families from getting hurt.

But now I’m sure that Su-ah and Do-woo couldn’t care less if their spouses got hurt. I’m proud of Do-woo for finally setting things straight and preparing to end his toxic marriage with Hye-won. I’ve wanted her gone for a long time, but that scene in the beginning where she showed her true colors to Do-woo was the final straw. They needed a divorce, and I’m so, so relieved to know we’re almost there. I’m not sure if a divorce is happening for Su-ah and Jin-suk just yet since she’s trying to avoid the subject, but I have faith that she’ll get around to it. The drama’s shown that our heroine needs time to make her decisions, and if her decisions eventually lead to her own happiness, I’m more than willing to wait.

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Woman, are you serious?!

That sentence was the only thing I kept saying to all 3 women this entire episode.

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We must've typed at the same time. 2nd.

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I wanted to discuss about this episode so much ! Yeah, that's it... Women, are you serious?!

Su-ah was the more reasonable one if we put aside the fact that she is still allowing Jin-suk to be linked to her with something else than Hyo-eun. Woman, send that guy flying away in his plane, please. If not for yourself, do it for me...

Now, let's start with Min-ji. I can understand unresolved feelings and all. Even if it's hard for someone like Jin-suk, I still can understand it and Min-ji is right, she did the same thing than Su-ah (Let's pretend that we know exactly what happened in this hotel room, if not headache). But there is still a big difference between the two of them and, on this, Su-ah is right. This isn't about Jin-suk, it's about their friendship. It was built on lies and it ends up with betrayal. It was so unfair that, as her best friend, Min-ji uses Su-ah's confidences when she saw how guilty, distressed and devastated Su-ah was about it.

And here comes Hye-won, I do understand what she is saying about maternal instincts and she is quite right, women are not born mothers, that's just a myth and we should not blame a woman because she isn't crazy about her kids. In fact, there are societies where this is perfectly normal but I can believe her about how she used Annie. Right, she does not have to love her because she is her mother, especially if she did not raise her but how could she used the poor child, lied to her, just to conquer a man's affection? That made me think that she did not give a damn about the man and that she was only all along.

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"she was only a cold and ambitious person all along"

Sorry. :s

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This sucks because I really liked Mijin up to last week. She was protective of Suah and seemed disgusted by Jinsuk. When she told Jinsuk that he's just a pathetic past she would want to leave behind, I cheered for her and thought she deserved better. Regardless of how Suah's marriage turns out, I want Mijin to be happy.

But this week, I just want to shake her violently. Oh Mijin. If you fall for that sucker AGAIN, you kind of deserve to be taken advantage of.

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Hye-won : Not having maternal instincts is not the same as being manipulative and cruel, especially to a young girl. Don't use your lack of maternal instincts as an excuse for your deplorable behaviour.

Mi-jin : Stop being a hypocrite! And childish! Your friend commits an adultery, so that gives you the right to sleep with her husband? What kind of stupid logic is that? How can you even dare to get angry with her and call her out for her actions and you did something even worse? You not only committed an adultery, but you also betrayed your best friend who trusted you so much.

I'm not sure if I'm more angry with Mi-jin or with Hye-won. Hye-won is cold, calculative and manipulative without a loving bone in her. What Doh-woo saw in her to love her, I really do not know.
Mi-jin, I can't believe that she didn't tell Su-ah about Suk-jin and her and worse, actually was happy that Su-ah married Suk-jin cos that 'cured' her of her obsession for him? What kind of a friend are you? You should have warned her not to marry him and tell her what kind of two-timing b**t*** he is!

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Right. In the end, Su-ah should wonder about the foundation of that friendship. She and Mi-jin had known each other way back. This means Su-ah wasn't aware of Mi-jin's relationship with Jinseok. Which could only mean that theirs (MJ-JS) was a secret relationship?

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That's where it becomes messy. We don't know what happen between them in that hotel room, we don't know if they went as far as to sleep together. We know that Su-ah did not even if she did more than just talking but, for Min-ji, I feel unease. She took sometime to say that they only talked. It makes me think that more happen than what is being told.

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1st time ever 1st post. My friend informed me she felt Do Woo is a bit expressionless. But I beg to differ, his face has so many emotions, from learning that it was Annie suffering in silence with an absentee and twisted mother, to losing his mother and lastly, his relationship with Su Ah.

Jin Suk lost me there. I believe though the Production team should better use the talents of Shin SungRok, he is quite underused in this drama.

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This drama has so many feels but I'm wanting to give some love to the side characters.

I feel like they've made Hye won and Jin Suk the most horrible characters ever to justify Su Ah and Do Woo's affair and that let's the drama down. Shin Sung Rok and Jang Hee Jin are such great actors and it's a shame if they have such boring one dimentional characters.

I find Mi Jin the most realistic character out of all of them, she's not protrayed as a saint like Su Ah and Do Woo but at least she's trying and she knows what's right and wrong. You can see her struggling with her decisions and morality which I feel is the most realistic. I think Choi Yeo Jin has done a great job here and I hope they don't screw her character up.

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I also like the character of Mi-Jin a lot; she is not the stock Kdrama villainess, by a long shot. We are told - and shown - why she did what she did, what her reasons are, what her conflicts are, and she is allowed to be a somewhat sympathetic character.
Where she annoyed me, in this episode, was getting angry with Su Ah about her affair. The past and the lies that Mi Jin and Jin Suk shared for all those years put Su Ah and Jin Suk's marriage at a disadvantage from the very beginning. They did not respect Su Ah, and without respect marriage dwindles to an arrangement of greater or lesser convenience.
Jin Suk knew that he could always turn to Mi-Jin; even if there wasn't any sex, there was always someone he could relax with and be honest with. He depended on her instead of his wife. Instead of judging Su Ah, Mi Jin should be thinking about the part she played in creating the environment for an affair in the first place.

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I agree with your point about the second leads. I feel like the show would've been better if they hadn't been portrayed as complete villains. After all, people have affairs and get divorced in real life and their partners aren't always thoroughly despicable. The way they're doing it now just feels to me like they're making it too easy to root for Su Ah and Do Woo, which makes the show less interesting to me.

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I get what you mean about villains but I don't think that they are boring one dimentional characters. Hye-won, for instance, must be the character with more different faces than the others. She always makes me feel unconfortable because she says things that are quite right. She has a very complexe personality, let's not judge if it is a good or a bad one. For Jin-Suk, I am expecting something from him. There were a lot of allusions to his claustrophobia or something, to his relations with his mother and sister and I think that, it is hiding something bigger than just a shitty personality.

I am with you on Min-ji but that doesn't mean that I agree with what she did during this episode. I pour my heart out about this above ;)

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If Hye-won and Jin-Suk seem like villains it is partly because the marriages have to be dysfunctional, else the kind of people SA and DW are they would have stumbled along with their spouses. They are decent human beings but by no means perfect, the drama explains why they are drawn to each other and the calmness that is their love but their decisions can be questionable at times.

As characters both HW and JS are grey. If DW had been the branding his mom's work kind of guy for e.g. HW would be quite happy in a power couple marriage - she is honest about her ambitions and coldness (though her treatment of Annie, that story is sad....). Likewise JS is the I make the decisions selfish guy who in the process disregards feelings (I actually know a person in the exact kind of long distance marriage he likes, his wife and daughter live separately). He would have been OK with Mi-jin who gets him but that gets derailed due to his own weaknesses.

In both cases the marriages might be based on love but a child also plays a crucial role in keeping them going. With one child dead and another affected by the many moves with differing parental views, the relationships start crumbling. And re the separation, apart from narrative compulsions given we are mid-way, I think both leads also face a set of lies that they feel requires working through on their own and not together. Of course given this is a drama we will see how long that lasts.

Mi-jin's situation is a difficult one and one that leaves one torn, I don't hate on her. Even the final indiscretion comes about because of her stumbling on the SA+DW affair and the encounter with HW, else she has maintained her loyalty to her friend.

On the whole thus far I think the drama is not about an affair and meeting your soulmate but about nurturing and valuing people. DW's mother and Annie exemplify this in different ways - the two dead characters form the undertow of the drama. JS's mother does not but eventually for e.g. she responds to her d-i-l and granddaughter though in her own brittle way. HW cannot because she is simply not constructed that way whereas JS looks like he may get there with a lot of work (as his back story hints). SA, her brother and her daughter form a warm unit. Etc. The idea of nurture even seeps through into objects and work - in the spaces characters inhabit, the objects they handle and how they view them etc. Well at least that is my take.

PS: I love that Hyo-eun is a bit of a tomboy and plays football. She is like a blast of energy in a quiet drama.

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Oops sorry ju was meant to be a separate comment but your comment did spark some thoughts and I inadvertently posted a reply!

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No worries that was interesting :)

One of my favorite scenes was when Hyo-eun was sick and was muttering the name of her mother, her uncle and granny but also annie's in her sleep. Jin-suk was like "Am I in that list? You are doing it on purpose". That was cute but it didn't trigger what I expected from Jin-suk. I wanted some kind of realization here...

PS: I also like Hyo-eun as tomboy ^^

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It got a bit long, I got carried away:) Jin-suk is going to take a long time to be clued on I think!

Everyone's take on the drama is so varied and people notice different details, which is a sign of a good drama. Apart from DB and I enjoy the hancinema reviews too which are quite different. I agree with the conclusion of the episode 9 review on the site - "The personal ethics portrayed in "Road to the Airport" are quite ambiguous, and this is the main source of the drama's cathartic power."

PS: Thanks flighty gazelles!

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I love Mi-jin here. I agree she seems the most realistic character as well. She reminds me a bit of myself and I think that's why I like her. I found myself skipping around in the last ep just to see a glimpse of her and Jin-suk. Even tho he is a complete jerk, I still like him. I don't know what that says about me..but whatever. :)

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@Meep Meep
"I feel like they’ve made Hye won and Jin Suk the most horrible characters ever to justify Su Ah and Do Woo’s affair..."

I agree with you here. As much as I'm upset with the second leads and love the leads, I feel that the writer is trying to justify their affair which i cannot. Sigh!

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I disagree with your statement that they made hye won and jin suk character bad just to justifies the mc relationships.
For me a house will stay strong in a storm if the foundation is solid. This the same as relationship. There's a crack already in both marriage, that's why they notice each other. With soo ah and doo woo character, especially soo ah, if her husband pay a bit of attention to her and share her burden, do you think she'll sought comfort in other's arm.
This drama for once show how lonely it is if one's partner isn't commited enough in a family life. and somehow this is real. Even my mother can relate to soo ah plight. It's not easy to juggle, work, child, husband and family. Do woo appearance just promise her a better life she could have with a better man.
Even after 40 years of marriage my mother also think of the same thing. But the only things that hold her back in the midst of in-laws interference and husband negligence is that my father didn't totally ignore her. In the midst of everything my father sought after her in critical moment. She always told me that at least she can hold onto that bit of warmth to stay sane in the family. But soo ah didn't even have that. Jin suk isn't generous enough to shower her with a bit of warmth. Even if doo woo doesn't appear in her life, i doubt she 'll ever love her husband again. DW just hastened the process i guess.
As for do woo, a relationship built based on lies will never survive for long. I don't want to comment about that.
What's there to the thing called love other than promises of comfort and security for woman, and that's do woo to soo ah. And soo ah is his solace that his wife can never be.
This is not just the pure lust and love kind of relationship. It is promises of what they could have in the future.
If this is just an adultery, no matter how sweet and perfect they're for each other they never could stirs this mix feelings in audiences as audience are smart enough to differentiate what is right n wrong

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Standing ovation!! @Tera and @Karuna, perfectly appreciate your intake!

I don't think this show has villains. These are people making very bad decisions that hurt each other and themselves, including, yes, our lead couple. But they are still PEOPLE. This show is so complex and true to life that, I feel like i know every character( even side characters) in real life.

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Totally heartbreaking scenes, how Do Woo looks when SA is breaking up with him, and at the cafe, he must have though she has chosen her husband over him, yet he comforts her with the small nod.
I can't wait for these two to find their way back to each other.

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I absolutely agree with your comment! So much feels in this episode... the look that Doo Woo gave Su Ah at the end... the secret hand grabbing at the end. OMG, my heart was hearth-broken.
They had the right love at the wrong time and ctn't wait for Su Ah to divorce her husband. She deserves better! I can't believe they're married but not living in the same house, that's not marriage to me. If I was in her situation, I would have divorce him along time ago :)
Please dramaland be good to us... I want a good ending here, Doo Woo and Su Ah deserves each other and hope someway, somehow they will find each other again.
Fighting!

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And Roy Kim's stay at the background when she was talking to Jin Suk. That song said all about this episode. :( :( :(

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As a mother myself, seeing two distinctively different mother roles being portrayed in this chapter is a wise move by the writer. And I do believe there are really a school of Annie's mums out there who put themselves before their kids and another school of Hyo-eun’ mum who are kids first, nothing else matters(i.e. before she found Doo Woo), like Su Ah's case. So much so that she might just stay married as long as the kid need her to be. A sad reality, unfortunately.

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I'm enjoying this drama and so far it's been unpredictable.

I never thought they'd get to this point so fast and like you said it felt like a finale. Now I wonder what they'll do for the next 6 episodes.

3 things annoy me though:
- Why should Su Ah give up her career just for the daughter? I'd understand it if the kid was younger... say 6 or 7 years old. But she's a teenager... she'll be an adult in like 5 years.
- Why should Su Ah and Do Woo be separated now? I don't understand. This is exactly when they need each other the most. And they're finally setting themselves free.
- It feels like Jin Suk is getting the best bargain. After being such a negligent husband and father he can just live freely while paying child support. And he can get back with his ex-girlfriend.

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Actually, in some ways teenagers need their parents around more than children do. Sure, they can fix their own meals and dress themselves and get themselves to places on time, but that's just the window-dressing. Teenage years are when you start having to deal with adult situations and adult emotions, a lot of time before you are ready to handle them. Because parents aren't around to talk to - and you have to be there, day in and day out, to really build up the trust and situations to talk - teenagers turn to their peers who are just as misinformed and emotional and struggling as they are.
Especially when teenager's lives are in turmoil - new school, new friends, loss of old friends, the incredible stress from the pressure to succeed at all costs - they need someone who will at least be a sounding board. (speaking as a mom here who spends a lot of time with her teenagers!)

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Totally agree - I work with middle school children. When they are babies, children need you for their physical needs like eating, clothing, safety etc. But as they grow and gain independence, tweens and teens need their parents in a different way, supporting them emotionally and helping them to make good decisions.

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The first point: That's what I thought last week: Hyoeun is mostly a big child and can take care of herself, or at least doesn't need to be monitored 24/7. But in this case, maybe she really needs a friend: her dad is always absent and wants nothing to do with her, her new best friend Annie suddenly died in an accident, kids at school being jackasses, her teacher isn't compassionate. Hyoeun is friendless and she can really benefit from having her mom present for support.

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<Why should Su Ah and Do Woo be separated now?

Mostly because it's narratively convenient, especially if you want to push the "fated for each other".

She threw out her phone. He will not be able to reach her, she cannot contact him. He'll find her, unexpectedly, on Jeju Island... in the perfect place for exhibiting his late mother's work.

Damn, I'd really like the drama not to go that way because it's just too *easy* so let's hope it'll be something more interesting than that.

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Does she need to throw her phone away? She can just change her number!

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PPL paid for her new phone anyway.

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LOL, "The phone that could give you a fresh start. No more annoying husband, two-faced friend, or confusing loveline to disrupt your much-needed break." Lifetime warranty.

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Of course. That's what pretty much every person would do.

To be honest, scenes like that piss me off majorly. Who has the money to throw a perfectly functioning phone away? And even if she has the money to throw the phone away, maybe she could at least donate it. We are collecting phones for refugees here in Europe.

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My thought is different though.. do woo ask for a break because he know soo ah personality. Even if one person pointed their hand to blame soo ah when he made a clean break with his wife, soo ah will suffers and might refuse him in the future. He want soo ah to be clear of any guilt because as he repeatedly say, the problem stem from his wife and him alone. It's not because of others.
Soo ah in the other hand, amidst all the betrayal and being a betrayer learns that she need to take a break and think about her future. She knows it is time for her to move forward and not everything can stay the same forever. Her asking for break up is the same as she's admitting she love do woo and cannot make do without him but life must go on. I'm happy that they made a clean break so that they can begin to clear up their emotions and realtionship and reorganized their life. Once everything has settles down, it's easier to decide their next course in life.

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Why should Su Ah and Do Woo be separated now? 
I reckon it's like pressing the Restart button by the separation. So that they can start fresh to love each other without any hindrance, when they have sorted out their families problems and in a better position to love again.

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In the scene where DW sat alone in his old office, he mentioned he doesn't want SA to get blamed for his decision to part with HW. Then, he asked SA to text him for six months to give him support. This shows that he plan to separate from SA so that their relationship will not be as an excuse for what happen in his marriage. As for SA, it's clearly her daughter need her the most so she wanted to give the best for her even though she had to end with DW. In episode 8, we can see that SA put DW first rather than her sick daughter (although she called MJ for help). So she probably thinks that DW might distract her from giving full attention to HE. And as someone said in the comment, it's like the writer wanted to use fate to make our OTP meet. They met in unlucky circumstances, formed a forbidden relationship, separate then meet again after they come clean with each other spouses. It's the typical route unless the drama decided to add more twist.

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Also, not forgetting that MJ was pressurising SA to end her affair as she already found out who SA was seeing. Though SA felt angry and bitter about MJ's betrayal, still, she is a simple and uncomplicated person, at the onset, she already felt very uneasy and guilty about her extramarital affair, at this juncture, when things became so convoluted, she felt compelled to end the relationship in order to justify her anger against MJ and JS.

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Does Su-ah have the right to be angry when she was pretty much doing the same thing with Do-woo?
That's the same issue I have in this episode.

And I don't quite understand with SuAh reaction about his husband and MiJin affair. I will get it if she is a devoted wife who is trying to save her marriage. But she isn't. She also doing a same thing, having an affair with a married man too. So, her being angry and feeling betrayed is not so...right imo.

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I think Su-ah is upset that Mi-Jin lied to her and didn't tell her about her past relationship with Jinsuk. She's not even angry that her husband slept with another woman(we all know what happened in that hotel room) she's angry that her best friend lied to her and is trying to justify what she did by bringing up things Su-ah told Mi-Jin in confidence to use against her. Also I understand that they were both having an affair but personally I feel like Jinsuk/Mi-jin is much worse, maybe not Mi-Jin but Jinsuk has absolutely no remorse/guilt about what he's done and I think he's "cheated" before with the other stewardess whether or not they slept together I don't know.Do-Woo and Su-ah tried to do their best to stay away though in the end they didn't...

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I think dramas sometimes tend to paint someone in pure good shade while some would be pure evil, the contrast is a bit too unrealistic to believe in. Like the way the protagonists in dramas are told to be pristine white and all, like for instance su ah here, and her friend mi jin is being called names now, whereas in first previous episodes she is always there beside su ah, she saves her back when the husband is looking for her, yes she has her weaknesses, and I think everyone does, like su ah does too. So to say one is good and other one is bad is too much subjective. We don't have the right to say so. And when the writers make the choice to make all the characters blurry and grey, then why the main two characters should be left behind, that's a mystery.

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The issue I have with it is that Mi-Jin slept with her best friends husband. Regardless of their past relationship and current Su-ah, Do-woo situation sleeping with your bestfriends husband makes it seem like her friendship is nothing to her. And instead of owning up to it and apologizing she tried to justify it by saying you're having an affair too. This drama was written on a touchy subject so I think it will be pretty hard to end happily with all viewers happy.

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But was Min-ji ever Su-ah's best friend? Su-ah seems to have thought so and the show seems to want to tell us this, but I question it.

A person who let's you marry a cheater without ever even trying to tell you that is not a friend, and definitely not a best friend. Not in my book anyway.

If she had told her and Su-ah had ignored her, that would be a different story – but Min-ji never told her anything.

So really, I'm not particularly disappointed in Min-ji or see her 'cheating' as worse than Su-ah's 'cheating': she's just an unmarried woman having an affair with a colleague who is the husband of someone she knows.

I do think it's lame-ass that the writers had to make all second leads be terrible in some way (to the point of thoroughly awful), but that's a different issue.

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I understand that but Su-ah considered her a best friend and from what I saw Mi-Jin treated her as a close friend so if she didn't consider her a friend it would make it even worse

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agree.
For all of you who champion Mi-Jin, tell me would you want a best friend like her? In real life, many relationships are ruined by a best friend. The reality of this is so sad. You dont need enemies when you have a best friend like her. I hope Mi-Jin and Suah's husband will be miserable in the end. Nothing seems to bother him and he is so disgusting.

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Finally, I can rant my heart out!! I hated last week's episodes bc SA and DW were in total denial that they're having an affair and used "fate" (they were brought together by Annie's and Halmeoni's deaths) as an excuse. That's just lame. I was cringing whenever they talked abt their 3 No's and that bc of that rule they aren't doing anything wrong. Total bull!! I'm so pissed at DW when he said "nothing will change. deny it and just lie" or something like that to SA re their affair. What a total coward. Also, SA was always overwhelmed by her longing for DW and kept coming to him, even leaving HE alone once when she was sick. And when she was confronted by Mijin re DW, she said that they're bound by a very thin thread that will snap on its own without their doing, I was like, "Gurl, wake up, stop using metaphors, and own up to your affair!!!"

But I'm glad that DW already asked for a divorce, and SA's finally stopping to be Jinsuk's puppet and ended the affair. I'm just annoyed that the writer took the easy way to justify SA and DW's affair by vilifying their own spouses and making our leads total saints. This isn't the way to make a satisfying adultery drama imo. You're like saying, "It's okay to have an affair when your marriage is not going well."

For me, MJ is the most well-written character in the drama, so far. We can see that she was really ignoring JS's advances towards her until that night in the hotel room when she stopped struggling against her emotions. It's clear she really likes JS and believed his words that he can completely vulnerable only in front of her. We saw that she was utterly disappointed when JS ignored her after sleeping with her, so she realized that he wouldn't change his ways and she was only used to inflate his ego. She had cheated and deceived her best friend. She's flawed and that what makes her real. We can also see that she totally owned up for that wrongdoing and didn't leave any secret to SA after her confession. Very unlike SA, who hasn't admitted she also did something wrong.

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I just don't buy this. She already knew this, 11+ years ago. I thought Min-ji's character was really interesting (strong and intelligent), this twist with her having an affair because somehow she became a naïve girl again that actually thought JS would change his ways just makes no sense to me.

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I don't think she really owned up to it since she didn't tell about the part where she went back in the room and didn't come back out till morning and she even told her coworker that that part should remain between the two of them.

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What drama did you watch? When did Mi jin ever admit to doing something wrong? you must be confused when she said " I don't feel sorry and I don't feel guilty" you must have heard I'm sorry and I was wrong. All mi jin has done this whole episode was try to cover her tracks and not let Su ah know what she did. JE HA is the one who told his sister what Mi jin did. Mi Jin lied to her at the party and only after it was blown did she confront Su Ah. and during the confrontation she flat out said she DID NOTHING WRONG. She literally blamed Su Ah for Mi Jin being with her husband. I was only with him because YOU are having an affair and I had to step in and distract him. So its actually Su ah's fault that Mi Jin betrayed her. But Mi Jin isn't sorry because he was hers first so its only fair.

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She only NOW realized she can't "change his ways"?! Did you miss the part where she spilled the beans about their relationship and how he cheated on her with Sh and married her? No, when she went back to his room, when she didn't change her door lock code, and when she covered for him while he flirted with every young flight attendant: she knew exactly what kind of scum bag he is. Excuse my language. Su-ah's only flaw is that she doesn't have the backbone to teach him a lesson. That's all.

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Thanks for the recap.
I have so much to say that i dont knw where to start. I said it before that Hye-won used Annie to warm her way into Do-woo's life, she was still very scary when she confirmed it.
I think Su-ah is impulsive, quitting her job and moving to Jeju Island.
Im eagerly waiting for Jin-suk's claustrophobia or whatever-phobia to come and overtake him,i think he was using Su-ah and his daughter as a sort of shield.

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1) I think that the all " do not send me money I can manage" that pulled Su-ah is to be able to show to the court during the divorce procedure that she is capable of solely taking care of her daughter.
It is a gut feeling that also come from my knowledge that in South Korea, child custody matters are usually ruled in favor of the father.

Su-ah is on brave and clever woman. I am so happy that the subdued Su-ah is disappearing in favor of a more assertive woman. I think Do-woo made her recoonect with the woman she was once before her marriage...Can you imagine living with JS and not having your self-esteem and confidence completely destroyed ? That is a huge step she took for her daughter this week. Proud of her!

2) I think the relationship between JS-SA is one based on control. JS needs to have perfect control and power over her to "feel safe", it fuels his self-esteem and explains why he chose to marry her. She was adamant to play the good and servile wife part,contrary to MJ, and he needed that when he married her. I think this is what all his phobia was about. Fear is something you can not control, but by ordering/controlling every part of his life, his wife included, it allowed him to acquire a sense of safety that permitted the overcome of his fears.

The all Mj mess is only proof that he feels now safe enough on his own, and do not need to reassert on a weekly basis his power over his wife, convinced that she is forever under his tumb, he can "take a relatively controlled risk" and resume being a feeling human being once again.

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I don't like the whole tit for tat excuse the MJ is using with SA to justify her actions. Well,I only did it because you did it first! That's childish and stupid. People also seem to be forgetting that SA does feel guilty for her feelings for DW. She isn't just running around laughing blindly, she knows its wrong they both know its wrong. SA also isn't making ridiculous excuses for her actions. At no point did SA say well JS did this or so and so did that. She understands that its wrong and they should have rules and boundaries. Obviously they couldn't abide by it and they kissed but that was the extent of her affair, and the entire time she was always worried and scared but she needed him. On an emotional level she needed him and that pull was very strong. But in no way was she acting like a saint saying she's better then anyone. Even when confronted by MJ did she make excuses? NO. I really don't understand everyone defending MJ and putting down SA. Yes they both had affairs and no affairs shouldn't be compared and contrasted for badness but lets be real here, SA does not have a long standing relationship with DW wife. It's easy for her to pretend that DW is her's because she can just block it out for the moment and you can see the pain she feels when confronted with his wife. MJ has had a long close relationship with SA, not only has she been her "best friend" but close colleague. Honestly I don't believe she is SA friend. From her behavior I believe MJ has always been waiting and watching on the sidelines for SA to screw up so she can swoop in and take JS back. That's why she was always covering for him and using her position to keep the other stewardess's in check. She wasn't looking out for SA it was always for JS. She was even dropping little hints to SA about the married man hitting on her, she wanted to end their marriage but needed ammunition. As soon as SA slipped up she went for it. Her reaction to the affair is completely childish and immature. Well you did it first! Whatever actions SA did has no bearing on MJ actions. MJ should apologize and feel guilty what she did was wrong. The reason she doesn't feel sorry is because as she keeps saying he was hers first. MJ is not a sympathetic character to me, she is selfish and in my opinion conniving. She laid in wait all these years just hoping for an opening even though she knew what kind of person he is.

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This is what I've been trying to say! I just couldn't put it into words as nicely as you did.

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I concur. Well said.

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perfectly said! Several of you said you like MJ because she is real. Yes she is and I had a friend just like her. This happens all the time. So if you like her, I hope your gifted with a friend just like her.

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@Hana: thank you!

I've been reading the comments and I'm like: did we watch the same show? I was utterly disappointed in MJ and I started to realize that all along she has been very selfish, in her relationship with SA. I think it's actually mean to not inform a friend that you have had a lg relationship with their husband; i think it's so wrong to use her affair to justify her own affair with her husband, off all ppl! I dont think the second leads are as bad as everyone keep saying they are. I think all characters are pretty realistic, extreme perhaps but realistic. Thereare some HW and JS out there, but we don't see them all the time. The only one that could be perfect is probably DW. I identify a lot with SA, maybe that's why I Can feel the betrayal of MJ: I would have had a hard time taking her back as my friend...

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I think people are over looking the amount of time MJ has been plotting this. It hasn't been weeks or months its been YEARS!!! lets break it down and do some simple math. Lets say the daughter is 13, I'm not sure how old she is, did they say? Anywho she looks about 13 ish. MJ dated JS for about 3 to 4 years and he openly cheated on her the whole time. Then he started dating SA which we aren't told for how long before they get married but lets assume they married quickly so I'll say 1 year, now again if we assume they married because of the child they would still have been married over 13 years. So that would mean MJ has been pining for JS for well over 13 years. You're pathetic. She has been covering for him and waiting for at least 13 years. MOVE ON! He's not even a good catch. That also means SA has been dealing with his coldness and detached behavior as well for all these years so its not like she jumped into an affair fresh off the honeymoon. She has been a faithful and dedicated wife for 10 + years. SO anyone looking down on SA think about it now.Even after 10 plus years MJ hasn't changed her lock code. MJ is not this strong female character that everyone is saying.

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Exactly! I don't understand how everyone is saying MJ is not a bad friend or she and SA weren't bestfriends. Like what are you watching.? I haven't watched every episode but, from what I've seen they treated each other like bestfriends. SA trusted her enough to tell her about DW and then she turned around and used that to justify sleeping with SA husband and if MJ didn't consider SA her bestfriend that makes it worse because that would mean she was using SA to stick around JS. Also I believe SA and MJ were "friends" before either of them started dating JS is that right.?

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OMG. I just love Je-ah. I love him before but he totally wins me in this episode!

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The actress who plays Hye Won is amazing. I mean she's so into the character and the way her eyes stare like a real crazie. Lol. She really is bipolar or something because there's no way she's human/normal the way she set everything up just to get a man whom she's admired/wanted for a better life for herself. Ambitious, insane and possibly, homicidal because something tells me she can actually kill just to get what she wants ))shudder((

Love this show, for reals.

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Thats Jang Hee Jin. She'll look into your soul so sadly, so depressingly, so piercingly and so creapily, simultanously making you want to give her a hug, comfort her and wish her well, but also want to stay very far away from her!

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*chiming in for some Jang Hee-jin love*

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So, annie died after got told that her father was died. Hah...

I love that their "far far away" place is Jeju Island!
I love JeA, he's on Second To Last Love right?
I love how SuA, finally take step forward to make her own decisions without his husband pressure, reminding me how female lead character grown up on Twenty Second Years Old Again :)

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Thanks, for the recap, as always!

As all of us may know, affairs begin when people are no longer satisfied/happy with what they have, whether it's out of selfishness or if they're in the receiving end of some sort of abuse. We can see this in many of the characters here. JS is self-centered and self-serving, so he thinks he can flirt around with no consequences. SA has been missing the affection/connection/affirmation for a long time now, and DW became the man to give those to her. DW has so much love to give, but HW is too calculating and too scarred from her past to simply be grateful and receive/reciprocate the love. MJ obviously still has a thing for JS, although she did try to let go and move on. The emotions won in the end, however.

I don't agree that the show totally painted the second leads dark. You can see a hint of remorse, a glint of realization here and there. It's just that they're the kinds who would rather point fingers at others than own up to their mistakes. In fact, I'll say that both couples are flawed; otherwise the affairs wouldn't have started in the first place.

Anyway, I'm happy for SA this episode. You know, brooding scenes don't usually get any reaction from me, but SA's brooding scenes here actually made me cry. Even reading those parts in the recap made me cry again. You could feel the internal struggles she's wrangling with, every deep sigh announcing the resolve she has seemed to make.

I'm still not keen on the fate arc (from the taxi driver's words, the mom's lines in Jeju, etc.), and I hope the show won't gloss the ending over with that reasoning. Because in reality, affairs and divorce are messy, especially when the connections of those involved are more complex than knots.

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Well said?

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@Klurker, watching the earlier kdrama tear jerkers has taken its toll on my tear duct and my ability to cry. I've steeled my heart and nowadays I no longer cry freely for any characters. But what was that lump in my throat as I felt my heart sank when I saw tears rolling down SA's eyes and a smiling DW watched on with desperate yearning, helplessness and sadness? Then I remember the quotes about crying :
"Crying is the only way your eyes speak when the mouth can't say how heartbroken you are."
- There was so much SA wanted to tell DW but couldn't

"The worst kind of pain is when you are smiling just to stop the tears from falling."
- DW was putting on a smile to reassure and console SA with a nod, but once her back was turned, the muscles around his eyes tensed up as if fighting back tears.

We are all very different, the same scene from a drama could make one person cry her heart out, while another fuming in exasperation, and yet some others with a sense of satirical humour would find it amusing. We relate differently to each character, depending on whose motivation, predicament and behaviour strike the right chords in us, evoking raw emotions and memories of past experiences, people and events. We are divided here, some are rooting for SA-DW, some find them insanely saintly, yet some are empathizing with HW, JS and MJ, while others think that they are incorrigible beyond redemption.

Regardless of what the writer and director could have done better, they obviously wanted to present the most beautiful kind of love which could only be carved out by the hand of destiny. The aesthetic appeal in all aspects was created to enhance the sentimental touch of this drama, as such, I think it is not the intent of the writer to tint the affair with the ugliness of reality, as in The Good Wife or Secret Love Affair. In real life, not only bad people, but good ones also find themselves entangled in an extramarital affair, whether intentionally or not. Some called it fate, some called it timing, some called it irresponsible behaviour. There are many reasons and excuses, no matter what the situation is, when you fall in love, there is no logical reason, what matters most is the exercise of self-restraint if the love is the forbidden kind. I think both DW and SA did try to contain it to a certain extent, both were not flawless or blameless, I find DW’s unrelenting advances quite conflicting with his character as a good dad, but still, he is a sentimental person who is driven by his emotions and profound feelings, we can’t judge whether he is a good person or not based on that. When it comes to the matter of the heart, morals does get obscured and diluted. I’m rooting for SA-DW, call me a hopeless sentimentalist, it’s alright. For seeking refuge in a larger than life kind of love playing out on the screen is a way to reconnect with my own emotions which are kept under wraps while I operate mechanically like a clockwork day in...

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cont'd

day out.

I really love this drama, since Winter Love Song, I've never felt so affected by the characters in a drama. So @klurker, I can understand why you cried over SA's brooding. I know, the ending I wish for which I posted in last ep recap is very similar to the reunion of JS & YJ in WLS, and which some beanies here rejected flatly with disdain. It's all right, as I said, we are very different, one person's trash is another's treasure, while I do hope to see such a reunion, if it doesn't happen, that's fine too. Kdramas need to progress with times too, if it is not so predictable like the earlier dramas, I will happily cheer for the writer/director too, as nowadays, not many dramas could touch me so deeply like OTWTTA.

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Well said, @Pebble! I usually skip on melos but deym look at how OTWTTA seized me! ♥

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perfectly said! You are right, we are all so different and often times its because of our own life's experiences that relate,recognize, understand the emotions these characters convey. And I too love Winter Love Song! Have a great day!

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thanks Pebble - i absolutely agree with your comments! DW and SA's facial expressions get to the core of my heart too.

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well said.

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Ah....so nice to read everyone's comments. I really enjoyed that and agreed with quite a few. This show has managed to incite so much thinking and so many intelligent input here. I love it!

SA and DW are starting to realise that other than their own little affair, the other parts of their life caught up and is wreaking havoc on their fervent "nothing will change or rock this boat" wish.

All our characters started off in a comfortable place. Hye Won had her work and was going places. Jin Suk had all his ladies (mom, wife, daughter) under control. Su Ah and Mi Jin were flying high in their jobs. Do Woo had his dream business running. Hyo Eun was in a nice school. It all ended with Grandma's and Annie's deaths and the ripple effect thereafter. Nothing remains still in life. Even if you strive to keep it that way, something will inevitably change. Even control freak Jin Suk is going to have a bad day soon.

I'm glad that SA finally woman-ed up and took things into her own hands by moving to Jeju and putting Jin Suk on an uneven footing for once although he doesn't realise it yet. Unfortunately, this was also the catalyst for her to put aside DW in order to deal with her own life. It's probably good to put a little distance between them to contemplate and see the situation in a clearer manner as her decisions were being clouded by her relationship with DW. Removing herself from DW and the situation with JS and MJ definitely helps. Hopefully she does return with a clear head to deal with all the problems without further denial of the facts.

Do Woo also finally made a decision about Hye Won and he knew immediately that it would put SA in a bad light. The timing of it is bad because the situation with Hye Won would have happened with or without SA in the picture. Now the fallout will take SA as collateral damage and she will become the reason for DW and HW's separation instead of HW's deceit. His leaving is understandable as he faces the fact that his own wife and child had lied to him for years. That kind of betrayal hits you in deep in the heart. Perhaps also, he wanted to prevent more damage to SA.

As I said earlier, it is easy for the show to depict bad spouses in order to ease the audience into accepting the affair. I don't blame the show and thankfully, other than the chill-inducing HW, the rest are not outright maniacal, cackling villains.

The last No is going to be broken soon as there are hints aplenty about the hope that lies in waiting and pining for someone. Our couple will definitely be doing some of that.

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So well said Small Birdy - I kept nodding to all that you have said..... I am quietly enjoying this show, I have always loved Lee Sang Yoon... especially in "My Daughter Seo Young" and "The Duo"..."Liar Game" was good too..

Thanks a lot :) also to SailorJumun and everyone on this thread :)

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Small Birdy -

"Even control freak Jin Suk is going to have a bad day soon."

Yup. I've been thinking this for a while now.

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Here's the crazy bit what Hye Won says is 100% true. I know somebody like Hye Won and the part about maternal instinct not being natural is true too. That scene actually made me rethink what I've seen unfortunately happening around me and I just couldn't hold back tears. As horrible as it is, there are people who care more about them and even regret having children. The trail that they leave behind is devastation for the child involved. I wish I hadn't watched this drama, it hit too close to home.
It also really made me appreciate SA's decision, I don't mind her being a career woman but her daughter needs her more than ever. And she should be her priority. I am not saying she should give her career up but its time it took a backseat. We're all human and it gets hard and we might have to choose one over the other and she did the right thing.

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True words @Gem. I realized that as well when I became a mom, that there are some things I couldn't do freely anymore, without considering the impact those choices will have on my kids.

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I've had misgivings about the SA/MJ friendship for a while but MJ's action took the cake. No, SA doesn't get a free pass for her own affair but MJ acting like her actions were just tit for tat was BS. MJ was in a toxic relationship with JS for years and it only ended because he married SA, whom she considered a friend. So the only reason MJ was able to get out of her toxic relationship was by making JS off limits because he was with her friend? I've seen that kind of reasoning before when i was in high school- "As long as he's with blank, then he's off limits. But if anything happens to them, well he's fair game". That's about how this went down. SU own affair gave MJ the green light to do what she wanted to deep down inside. Sometimes we all look for an excuse to do what we want. And the part the grates is MJ isn't unaware of what JS is like-she knows everything: how he really is, how he treats SU and thier daughter, not to mention the sheer amount of emotional withholding he seems to practice with every single person in his life (including her!) but somehow SU's behavior puts her on the same level as MJ? Not even, hon. And i'm not even gonna touch the fact that she kept her trap shut before she married the creep. The level of emotional dishonesty SU gets from both her husband and her supposed bestie is just breathtaking. if couple breaks up, who gets the friends? Well that's easy since MJ was always more JS's ex then she was SU's friend. MJ said SU rescued her from her dark past...well it turns out she didn't really want to be rescued. Let the slimeballs have each other so SU can get herself and her daughter together. Her and DW parting ways is needed so it's okay-they both need to ger their houses in order.

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"Let the slimeballs have each other" Thank you for making me laugh and Yes, I agree with everything you said!

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While reading comments, I was conflicted whether relate my thoughts here or keep it to myself. Why do I always see things in a different light than the others?!
Am I the only one who feels that the only true love and emotions in this show is Do Woo's grief for loss of Annie? Now. I understand that his character is written in the "white knight" undertones, and I don't blame the writer for overlooking one phrase, but something really bothered me in his wife's confession. Hye Won stated that before he saw Annie, he showed no interest in her whatsoever. Think again. This is coming from a mother, with no maternal instincts, who is using her pre-teen daughter to get attention of a man. That man didn't even give a mother a second look before.She clearly said that to him. So Do Woo never pretended to love Hye Won for herself. Yet he said to her that he married for love. Love for whom? Annie? Why. Annie isn't a baby girl or a toddler, or even a 7 year old that Do Woo spend years bonding with. Looks like he fell in love with teen Annie at the first sight. Unlike with her mother. The most he spent with Annie was what? Two years? Yet. The amount of his true grief compared to Annie's biological mother indifference is astonishing and strange. The writer either didn't think how this will come out, or doesn't understand human nature. Sorry in advance for pointing this out. It won't stop me from enjoying this melancholically beautiful show, but it does make most characters less believable.

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True that, @Marina. Unfortunately, the drama didn't explain that aspect of Do-woo's devotion/love to Annie. The thought also crossed my mind, although my brain capacity could only carry so much. LOL.

It is indeed intriguing what DW saw in Annie. Or how they started to bond for that matter, to a point that he treated her as his own. In fact, DW's relationship with his side of the family wasn't fleshed out (?) or discussed much as of yet, other than as individuals, they were shown to be emotional, fate-believing people.

I always enjoy reading through the comments because we all see different aspects in the dramas we watch and we get to share those thoughts to others here. ^_^

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I think this is one thing the drama is missing. We need to go back to the past for at least one episode to better understand each character, especially the couples. I had nvr paid particulr attention to it, but now I find a bit strange too, the level of bonding between DW and Annie. It makes me shudder a litlle bit. Maybe it has to do with the fact that DW is attracted to selfless ppl, like his friend HYunwoo mentionned in the earlier episode. Since HW said she took care of Annie as a single mother, he interpreted as her being a very pure, selfless being, like SA is... Maybe he just really wanted to have a daughter? We havent geard abt his Dad... Maybe it has somethg to do with it? I just love the way these comments make us think and read ao much into the series ??

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Though it is probable that the affection DW had for Annie may be interpreted to contain dubious undertones, I still want to give DW the benefit of the doubt for the following reasons:

1. In the very first episode, we see the interaction between Annie and DW, without question, he was a loving dad who had a deep connection with his daughter, though not his biological own. They shared the same perception and appreciation of things and DW was very impressed with Annie's very sensible thinking and consideration for others. This tugged at his heartstrings quite a lot, it pained him that Annie was so self-sacrificing at such a young age, as such, he felt a lot of loving affection for her.

I can understand such a connection, there is nothing abnormal or unnatural about it, it is completely relatable to me, as my own dad was such a loving father too. When I was at Annie's age, my dad was working in a foreign country. I frequently wrote him letters to tell him about things happening around me, and he always never failed to give me a reply filled with loving encouragement. And when he returned for holiday, I was always overjoyed, and would eagerly run to the airport to greet him and obviously, when he left again, I would feel so sad when sending him off at the airport too. Because of the separation, I cherished his presence even more, as such, most of the fond memories I spent with dad were from that period of time. Due to my attachment to dad, I was always the one most affected in the family by his departure overseas, and also, when he passed away years later. This also explained why this drama is so special to me, the bond between DW and Annie brought back nostalgic memories of the old times I spent with my own beloved dad. In addition, the airport connotation also hit a raw nerve in me, not only due to the memories associated with dad, but also, many years ago, with a heavy heart, I sent a special someone off forever at the airport.

2. Korea is still a very conservative society despite its ultra modern façade. As such, I do not think the writer/director would even want to harbour the thought of infusing something as obscure and outrageous as a Lolita complex into the mind of the lead character, this would be clearly unacceptable, especially when the drama is a KBS drama, a station well reputed for strictly censoring its dramas to ensure compliance with basic morals and societal values.

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I suppose an unsavory undercurrent to Do-woo and Annie's relationship can be interpreted here, but I don't think this is what the writer was intending in this case.

Just as the drama has posed the question, as a challenge to viewers, if a married man and married woman can be friends, I think it set out to present Do-woo and Annie's relationship as we've seen thus far to pose the question, "Can a man accept, care for, be responsible for and love, as a father, another man's biological child?" ...... In this day and age you ask this question and many people adamantly say, "Impossible! No way!"

The writer is asking, "Why can't this happen? Why must biology rule a family's emotional bonds? Who says so?"

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What is this? I never thought of it like that but now....there's that possibility of...no NOOOO!

Now I'm even more greatful that Do Woo has this strong feelings for Su Ah because the alternative is just... Mmba!!!! And it doesn't help that I'm reading Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita right now *shudders*
I banish that thought right now *adds salt for good measure*

*clears throat* So um, Do Woo's love for Annie is pure...yes pure,shall remain pure...to eternety!!!

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It is difficult to say about grief and why and how we feel intensely. It maybe that he is genuinely attached to the girl and the suddenness of her death might have hit him as opposed to a sexual interest in her.

Plus everyone in the family is drawn to Annie - as is the lady in Malaysia - though we see more of DW's grief. But yes the character is open to interpetation.

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I don't think they purposely went for "Lolita" twist here. It's just the cold way Do Woo always treated his wife as opposed to Annie. There is nothing wrong (it's very appropriate) with genuinely loving and caring for the children of a woman the guy loves and marries. But there's something unsettling when the wife (Hye Won) tells her husband that he only married her because he cared for her daughter. She also mentioned that they "don't have this kind of loving relationship" to console each other in earlier episode. I think the writer tried really hard to give Do Woo character an excuse (cold hearted, calculating wife), and the reason (death of beloved step-daughter) to fall in love with another woman while married. Both, the excuse and the reason feel unnatural to me.

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I vaguely remember some kind of breakfast arrangement between DW and HW that signalled the shift in the relationship? Also I think it is more like a J-dorama in not laying out its cards and letting viewers make up their own mind.

Maybe its because the actress is killing it in the role but I find Hye-won interesting as opposed to the purely evil wife. I agree that a case is being made for DW to leave but the storyline provides mystery and the catalyst for the show (as opposed to Su-ah's more mundane domestic arrangements) - though yes it might not flow easily and leave some viewers scratching their head! I think people thought Su-ah's response also a bit OTT.

Kidding abt Lolita, but it is an interesting take. And flightey gazelle, unabashedly perverse sums up the book perfectly!

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@Karuna
Yeah, that book is so unabashedly perverted, its like gaining access to the creeps diary and being bombarded by his depraved twisted thoughts with no reprieve!

I can see cause for Do Woo's intense love for Annie. There some people you just form that instantaneous connection with and somebody mentioned that Do Woo seemed like a guy with a lot of love to give.
Plus with what we've seen with Annie, she's very lovable, even Hyo Eun took to her verx quickly and found Malaysia tolerable because of her.

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I can't get enough of this show. Some comments

SA - So happy she is finally growing a backbone. I think she is a natural people pleaser who used to be confident at least in terms on her job. Unfortunately, her job has not progressed as expected but after being married to JS for 12 yrs, sadly all that confidence has been eroded. So glad, she is getting some time away from JS in jejudo, hopefully that gives her more courage in herself to end her horrible marriage with her tyrant of a husband.

JS - What a jerk and a tyrant! As much as it looks like the writer is trying to vilify the spouses to make SA-DW's relationship more acceptable, I have met about two people like this in real life. They are nice to everyone else except their wives and kids. I can't wait to see his face when he finds out SA cheated and will be divorcing him. This guy is not capable of love and should remain single.

MJ - I really want to keep liking her character since SA was able to open up to her but damn...so disappointed. I may be the only one but I want to believe they really did not sleep together. She knows he is trash, why would she go back to him? She needs to put a lot distance between them. He seems like the lazy type that won't even be bothered if she lived like 30 minutes away. JS is all about convenience, she needs to make it really difficult for him to contact her. Lastly, blind dates as many possible. Loneliness is a horrible thing and can make an otherwise reasonable person unreasonable.

DW - Awww, so sad for this man. At least he is taking the right steps to rid himself of that crazie woman. To use a kid like that is just wrong on some levels. He really needs the time alone to reevaluate his life after so many lies and deaths. I feel bad too cos he probably thought SA went back to her husband and was lying about being far away.

Writernim - Can we please ease up on the whole fate thingy? SA - DW can be reunited in jeju island in a more realistic way. I mean there is SNS, Facebook or friends of friends. Anyway, cannot wait for them to reunite and the "feels" overload to go with the moment.

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