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On the Way to the Airport: Episode 13

Ah, if only those oblivious smiles could last. Su-ah and Do-woo are trying their best to start with a clean slate, but ignoring real life isn’t as easy as it first seems. As their marriages, friendships, and expectations rear their ugly heads, our couple struggles to hold onto the semblance of tranquility that they found on their quaint island. And as we all know, you can run, but you can’t hide from tears, vengeance, and confrontation in dramaland.

 

 
EPISODE 13 RECAP

Do-woo and Su-ah arrive at the ocean with no one around them but the wind and the water. He gets out to help her out of the back of the truck, and they stay like that for a long while. Su-ah smiles, finally comfortable enough to say, “It’s good to see you, Do-woo.” Do-woo can’t tear his eyes away as he takes her hands in his: “It’s good to see you, Su-ah.”

Hyo-eun comes home from school with a potted plant, which was given to her for doing well in school. She ponders naming the plant “Annie,” shocking Su-ah momentarily into thinking she’s been caught, but Su-ah instead suggests naming it a simple and common name instead. Do-woo watches them walk home from his car, a warm smile on his face.

After Su-ah tucks Hyo-eun into bed, she’s surprised to see Do-woo waiting outside her house on his bike. When she hurries outside, he tells her to come see him in the morning, and she agrees.

The next morning, Do-woo twiddles his thumbs at Grandma’s gallery as he waits for Su-ah’s visit. Su-ah sees Hyo-eun off to school at the bus stop before walking to Do-woo’s, where he greets her outside with a smile.

Looking around the gallery at Grandma’s exhibited works, Su-ah recalls her conversation with Grandma. She and Do-woo marvel together at the idea that they’re sitting here now, and Su-ah says that she can’t imagine something more unbelievable. Do-woo warmly tells her that he’s certain that more unbelievable things are going to happen in the future.

Do-woo then asks if her husband is still seeing Mi-jin, but Su-ah quickly tells him that it was just a misunderstanding—they’re just coworkers and neighbors who sometimes have meals together. Do-woo is clearly unconvinced, so Su-ah changes the subject, questioning him about the gallery. Do-woo laughs as he asks how she managed to hold in so many questions, so she limits herself to one: “Did you come here alone?” Do-woo’s face falls, but he promises that he’ll be able to definitely answer that question in two days.

At that moment, he gets a phone call from someone before he looks to Su-ah: “Let’s go.”

The realtor is waiting at Su-ah’s house to officially close the purchase. Do-woo starts to take a look around, but Su-ah stops him in embarrassment, telling him that the house is a mess. He watches as she struggles to close the broken door, recalling her mention it in the texts she “sent” him.

Su-ah has to work at the airport today, and Do-woo waits in the kitchen as she gets ready. He asks suddenly why she cried before when they ran into each other in the café in Seoul, and she hesitates before answering: “I thought it was the last time I’d see you.” Do-woo asks if the man she was with was her husband, and she tells him that it was, but she wishes he hadn’t seen him. To Su-ah’s relief, Do-woo assures her that he didn’t see him that well.

Do-woo and Su-ah part ways in front of the house, and he tells her to look for changes about the house when she returns. As she leaves, he notes that she definitely was born and raised in Jeju—she seems to fit in perfectly. “In design, we have something called complements,” he says. “You and Jeju are perfect complements: You need Jeju, and Jeju needs you.”

At his words, Su-ah tells him she has a childish question: “What am I to you, Do-woo?” She recalls asking Jin-suk the same question and receiving his cold response that there was nothing left between them, and thus, he had nothing to say. In contrast, Do-woo thinks for a moment and tells her to ask him that question another time—he has so much to say, but he’d rather tell her at a time when she’s sad, so that his answer can cheer her up. Su-ah is already happy enough with that answer, and she leaves with a smile on her face.

Su-ah stops by Hyo-eun’s school to apologize for asking Hyo-eun to lie to Jin-suk. She promises to tell him the truth since she got them into this mess, reminding her that lying is bad, and that she should never lie about her feelings when she grows up—especially to herself. Hyo-eun is worried about Jin-suk’s reaction, but Su-ah tells her not to worry.

Do-woo calls Hye-won to tell her that he’s coming to Seoul tomorrow. Hye-won sadly notes how anxious he is to get their divorce over with, but he hangs up without a word. When Ji-eun arrives at the house for work, though, Hye-won is back to professional mode.

Hye-won shows Ji-eun around the house, preparing her for her future work with the elders, and has even prepared a notebook for Ji-eun full of tips for interacting with each of them individually. Ji-eun marvels at how much work she’s put into this, but Hye-won just notes that it’s easy to do since she cares.

Touched, Ji-eun notes that it turns out that Do-woo didn’t marry “just anyone,” making Hye-won smile. Ji-eun tells Hye-won to come work with her after this project, saying that she looks at merit before anything else.

At that moment, Hye-won receives a text from Ji-eun’s mom asking to meet. Ji-eun’s mom informs her that she did some investigating about Hye-won, and she now knows that she lied about raising Annie. She tells her that even though she wants to break all ties with Hye-won, she knows Do-woo would just come to her defense again.

Hye-won apologizes for her lies, but Ji-eun’s mom tells her that her apology is worthless to her—neither Grandma nor Annie are here to hear it. “Do-woo is the only one left to apologize to,” she warns. “Take care of it.” Later, sitting in her office, Hye-won grimly books an immediate flight to Jeju.

Grandma Young-sook receives a handwritten letter from Hyo-eun and laughs at her advanced Korean vocabulary. Suddenly finding it strange, however, she calls Su-ah and asks why an English-speaking international school would teach such words. Su-ah finally spills the beans that Hyo-eun doesn’t attend international school, but quickly assures Young-sook that Hyo-eun is much happier now at the local school.

Young-sook sighs in disappointment at Su-ah’s lie, and asks outright if Su-ah and Jin-suk are separating. Su-ah answers: “No! …Not yet.” Su-ah promises that she’ll tell Jin-suk the truth herself, and Young-sook scoffs that there’s no way she’ll interfere in their fight. “But Su-ah,” she adds seriously, “Lying like this and running away to Jeju-do won’t solve anything.” Refusing to get any more involved in other people’s problems, Young-sook hangs up and tells her to figure it out themselves.

Je-ah is at Mi-jin’s place for another home-cooked meal, complaining about his nosy mother. Mi-jin tells him she has a flight to catch, prompting Je-ah to ask if Jin-suk will be there, too. When he asks whether Mi-jin has apologized to Su-ah yet, she snaps at him, demanding why she’s the one who has to apologize. Je-ah starts to agree, but then wonders why Mi-jin couldn’t just have told Su-ah about their past relationship—they both know that Su-ah probably would have accepted it anyway. Mi-jin has no response.

When Su-ah gets off her shift at the airport, Kevin tracks her down and hands her his phone, telling her obliviously that Mi-jin wants to talk to her about something. Mi-jin tells Su-ah that she knows Do-woo is in Jeju with her, demanding to know what she’s doing there. Su-ah ignores her questions and hands the phone back to Kevin, but Mi-jin is insistent that she talk to Su-ah.

At that moment, Do-woo arrives at the airport to pick her up, just in time to see Su-ah take the phone. Both Kevin and Do-woo listen in on her conversation with Mi-jin as Su-ah asks how she knew about Do-woo. Mi-jin simply tells her that word gets around, and Su-ah agrees: “Just like word got around about you and Jin-suk spending the night together.”

Mi-jin demands to know what is going on between Su-ah and Do-woo, but Su-ah coldly fires back the same question about Mi-jin and Jin-suk. Exasperated, Mi-jin finally clarifies that they just spent the night talking, and nothing else. She says she feels guilty about just one thing—that her feelings had wavered when Jin-suk suggested that he and Mi-jin should go where their hearts led them. “I’m sorry for that,” Mi-jin spits out. “I’m sorry for being that pathetic.”

Su-ah finds Mi-jin’s apology oddly sudden, and Mi-jin laughs, since everyone told her to apologize. She tells her that it’s time for Su-ah to apologize too, and Su-ah agrees that she’ll send a mass apology. Mi-jin scoffs that she doesn’t even know Su-ah’s phone number anymore.

Su-ah asks why Mi-jin didn’t stop her from marrying Jin-suk. “You should have told me back then,” she cries. “You should have said that Park Jin-suk can’t live with a family, that he’ll hate me even for breathing and existing near him. You should have told me that he would cheat on me for the rest of my life. Why?! Why didn’t you tell me that?!”

Mi-jin just laughs that Su-ah was so crazy in love with Jin-suk that she wouldn’t have listened anyway. She demands to know if Su-ah is living well in Jeju, and even though her tone sounds smug at first, it quickly devolves into raw, teary concern. “I’m worried about you,” Mi-jin cries. “I know you must be struggling there, too self-conscious of other people’s opinions.” She tells her that she needs to take care of herself first before Do-woo, Hyo-eun, and Jin-suk.

At last, she apologizes for not warning Su-ah so long ago. Su-ah hangs up and hurries away to be alone without seeing Do-woo nearby, while Mi-jin cries to herself in her apartment.

Do-woo texts Su-ah to tell her that he’s going to Seoul to finish up his work. When Su-ah comes home, she smiles to see that her door has been fixed, and there’s a new bed all set up in her room. She melts into the pillows to take a long rest, thanks to Do-woo.

Jin-suk offers to drive Mi-jin to the airport, and she starts to refuse until he informs her that he just came back from Jeju. As they drive to the airport, he tells her that he managed to convince Su-ah that he and Mi-jin were just meal buddies. Mi-jin pounds her chest in frustration, telling him that Su-ah actually knows the truth about their relationship. Jin-suk is shocked, realizing how stupid he must have sounded lying to her.

He pulls over and orders her to get out. He snaps that he hasn’t done anything wrong, and that he isn’t afraid of getting in trouble from the airport, either. And then he adds: “There’s no way I’m breaking up with Choi Su-ah because of you, so don’t even dream of it!” As he drives off, he turns up the volume of the car radio to block out the sound of Mi-jin screaming after him. Mi-jin bites back tears, telling herself that she just needs to go to work—but then she calls her sunbae, begging for him to take her shift.

That sunbae turns out to be Hyun-joo’s husband, who hurries to fill in for Mi-jin on the crew. At the airport, Jin-suk silently notes Mi-jin’s absence.

Su-ah finds a job at a clementine orchard and spends the day harvesting baskets of fruit. Afterward, she heads to Do-woo’s gallery with a small basket of clementines, using the spare key under a potted plant. She cleans some dishes and tidies up before she leaves, passing right by Hye-won, who has just arrived on the island. They don’t notice each other as they pass, but Su-ah belatedly realizes that she accidentally brought the spare key with her and turns back to return it.

Hye-won is looking through the windows at Grandma’s works when she arrives. They don’t recognize each other, and when Hye-won comments that her favorites of Grandma’s works are inside, they smile warmly. Hye-won sighs to herself that the owner isn’t there, and Su-ah mentions that he went to Seoul. Checking her text messages, she realizes that it’s true.

Suddenly realizing who Su-ah is, Hye-won says hesitantly: “Hyo-eun’s… mom?” Su-ah turns, and Hye-won recalls the numerous times they met each other: at Hyun-woo’s restaurant, in front of Do-woo’s office, at Grandma’s house.

Trembling, she says: “You still don’t know who I am? I’m Do-woo’s wife.” As the realization hits, Su-ah looks away, asking shakily what she’s doing here. Hye-won tells her that she has every right to be here: this is her husband’s house, and her mother-in-law’s works are inside it. Unable to respond, Su-ah starts to turn to run away again, but Hye-won stops her with a foreboding tone: “You can’t leave. Open the door for me. You have the key, don’t you?”

Without a choice, Su-ah obeys. Hye-won watches her unlock the door in fury, and slaps her across the cheek: “How dare you open this door?” she hisses. She screams at Su-ah to leave, and Su-ah runs, trembling.

When she’s far enough away, Su-ah calls Mi-jin. Voice shaking, Su-ah tells her friend that she just met Do-woo’s wife. Mi-jin bolts upright, ordering her to take a deep breath.

Hye-won stumbles into the building as Do-woo arrives at Ji-eun’s mom’s office, where her assistant tells him that she doesn’t know Hye-won’s whereabouts. He tries calling, but she doesn’t answer.

Su-ah’s conversation with Mi-jin convinces her that if Mi-jin was brave enough to apologize, she has no excuse, either. She hurries back to Do-woo’s house and opens the door…

Meanwhile, Ji-eun is sharing drinks with Hyun-woo at his bar, sighing that she’d never imagined Do-woo would get a divorce. She muses that everyone she knows is making major life decisions now, and Hyun-woo notes dryly that they already had their rebellious stage when they were younger. At that moment, Do-woo storms in to ask about Hye-won, but Ji-eun doesn’t know where she is, either.

Su-ah calls Mi-jin again, and it turns out that Hye-won has disappeared without a trace. Mi-jin notes smugly that she’s the first person Su-ah could think of in a crisis, and promises that she’ll find out what happened.

So Mi-jin calls Ji-eun, who tells her that Do-woo came to Seoul to divorce Hye-won, much to Mi-jin’s shock. Ji-eun tries to keep the details of Do-woo’s divorce a secret, but Mi-jin makes an offer she can’t refuse: information on Hye-won’s whereabouts for information about Do-woo’s divorce. Ji-eun calls Do-woo to tell him that Hye-won met Su-ah in Jeju, but much to his chagrin, Hye-won still isn’t answering his calls.

The next day, Su-ah continues her job search when Hyo-eun brings in an unexpected visitor: Mi-jin. The three of them go out for an expensive meal, and Mi-jin explains that she’s using all her saved-up sick days at once to have one amazing vacation. They talk about the old days, and although there’s still a tension between them, they at least can’t deny their past friendship.

As they return home, Su-ah admits that she doesn’t really regret marrying Jin-suk—after all, if they hadn’t married, Hyo-eun wouldn’t exist. Mi-jin rolls her eyes at Su-ah’s bragging about her amazing daughter, and the three of them chase each other around the front yard, laughing.

Suk suggests reporting Hye-won missing to the police, but Do-woo knows she’s fine. Instead, Do-woo sighs to himself that he feels less confident now that he’s home again, and it’ll be bad if Hye-won returns to Seoul as well.

The next morning, Hye-won’s assistant receives a call and a package. She tells Do-woo that he’s been asked to deliver the package to the listed address. Suk is sure that it must be one of the craftsmen. When Do-woo arrives, however, he recognizes it as the apartment complex where he’d dropped Su-ah off before.

While waiting for the elevator, he finally receives a call from Hye-won. She tells him that the person upstairs is already waiting for him. When Do-woo asks who it is, she says simply: “He’s someone I’m thankful to. He’s the person who bought porridge for Grandma before she died.”

He’s shocked at those words, and when he steps out of the elevator, that someone opens the door: Jin-suk.

 
COMMENTS

Hello, confrontation! Once again, Airport has delivered a delicious slice of drama pie, and while I knew that this moment between Su-ah and Hye-won moment was long coming, I’m surprised at how delightfully conflicted it made me feel. By proxy, I’m on Su-ah’s side, but in light of Hye-won’s recent character development, it’s hard not to sympathize with her at least a little bit. Hye-won’s slap felt justified, and her line was perfectly delivered: “How dare you open this door?” Gosh. Even though I wish their meeting had been longer, I know that if I were in Su-ah’s shoes, I wouldn’t have anything to say to that, either.

Airport is just amazingly skilled at giving us these character moments. I don’t think there has been two consecutive episodes throughout these past thirteen hours that I’ve felt the same way about a single character: One moment, I have my doubts about Su-ah’s strengths, and then the next, she’s my girl-crush-heroine. One moment, Hye-won seems like the devil’s overpaid secretary with ashes for feelings; the next, my heart breaks for her. I love being continuously surprised by well-directed characters, and it almost always feels like their twists are perfectly in character, no matter how convoluted they are.

Admittedly, there is one distasteful exception to this point: Jin-suk. By now, he is so incomprehensible to me that I groan every time he appears onscreen. I honestly do think that he started out as a very believable and interesting character with a lot of narrative potential: someone who cared about his family but perhaps placed his values on the wrong ways to love. Then, even his affair with Joo-yeon was understandable, if despicable: He has issues maintaining his massive ego, and he finds validation in himself by seducing young, naïve girls. But now, his motivations and methods aren’t even interesting or entertaining—they’re flatly aggravating. His outburst at Mi-jin in the car this episode was too much for me because it felt like it came out of nowhere, and I’m convinced that the show has spent too much time trying to make us hate him (which we do, Airport, we promise!) and not enough time letting us into his head.

In that sense, I genuinely wish that Jin-suk would achieve the same kind of development that Mi-jin and even Hye-won now have; I don’t need him to become a “good” person or anything, but he seems to have achieved no change whatsoever, and anything new we find out about him is simply like peeling back another layer from a hopelessly rotting onion. If he continues to dig himself into this human mess of a dumpster pit, he’ll continue to be a poster boy of two-dimensional villainy. If we absolutely have to spend so much time with this despicable toxic stain, I wish that the show would instead investigate the reasons for his self-esteem issues, which I find much more interesting than his continued outright selfishness. Then again, we do have a few more episodes left, so I suppose it’s not too late to hold faith in the show, which hasn’t let me down yet.

In the same vein, I am so very glad that Mi-jin and Su-ah are rekindling their friendship—Mi-jin’s refreshing strength was one of my favorite parts of the early episodes, and having to hate her was kind of upsetting. Mi-jin and Su-ah’s phone conversation reminded them that friends always have each other’s backs through thick and thin, and there’s very little I love more than a strong female friendship, which tends to be so rare here in dramaland. With a few episodes to go, Mi-jin and Su-ah’s relationship promises to be one based on mistakes and forgiveness, and I’m certain that the show will have some valuable things to say.

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I have to disagree I don't think Hye won' outburst was warranted. Do woo has already made his intentions clear, he wants a divorce. She is already agreed to it, all that is left is to sign the papers. They are seperated, she no longer gets to have an attitude if Do woo is involved with another woman. Yes, she is validated in feeling hurt since she did love Do woo in her own way but that does not justify her slapping Su ah. For all she knows they are friends and she's helping out at the gallery. You can't slap an employee for opening a door. She doesn't have a key because they are over. It's none of her concern who Do Woo spends his time with.Yes, Do woo will feel some guilt over moving on so quickly but he's doing the right thing. He asked for the divorce. Su ah is the one dragging her feet but I also understand why. She needs to be free of him and on her own before she can try to fight him.

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Our current society places a lot of value on the institution of marriage. Anyone appearing to put in jeopardy (adultery) is viewed extremely negatively, no matter if the marriage itself was in shambles earlier. In fact, it was just recently that adultery was decriminalized in Korea.
From what I gather of the show Hye Won had suspicions about Ho Eun's mom and Doo Woo earlier, they were just validated now. She knew very well that Su Ah was not an employee. Even though Hye Won had agreed to divorce, it is quite another thing to mentally disassociate from your spouse, where you think you have no say in your life.

Thats what I love about this show, everyone is conflicted, which is how real life is. There are no clearly demarcated angels and demons among us.

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Nothing was validated, she remembered seeing her several times, Do woo is allowed to have contact with other women. Su ah did not yell out I'm in love with Do woo! She slapped her for opening a door. I would have slapped her back. Everyone keeps saying how bad Do woo and Su ahs relationship is but they haven't even done anything. They enjoy each others company and yes they have feelings for each other but besides one time Kissing they have never crossed the line over being emotional companions. Being married does not allow you the right to dictate who your spouse can spend time with. Also get divorced does put a limit on what you can do with your ex-spouse. As I said Hye won can feel hurt and upset thats fine but she does not get to slap Su ah or criticize her. The only person who effed up her relationship is her.

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Also no Hye won did not know she wasn't an employee or helping DW out with the gallery. Just because you have suspicions does not mean you are right. She reacted without knowing anything. Just because as viewers we know how they feel about each other does not justify Hye won jumping to conclusions. It's not strange for a friend to help out. also considering the state of their relationship Hye won's reaction is extreme. The relationship is over, they are living separately and had she not left they would have signed the papers that day.Thats why he went to Seoul. I don't like how they are making her a petty vindictive character after she showed such maturity in the last episode. She understood it was over and was walking away with pride and now she's going to act out even though its done.

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Well Soo Ah was trembling in guilt Women have amazing instincts about cheating spouses. It's still adultery regardless, and Hye Won loves Doh Woo.

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@MX, that's what I thought too. Su-ah looked terribly guilty and she didn't even bother to explain who she was (if she was a normal employee).

It doesn't matter if Hye-won is an evil person and is separated now with her hubby. The fact is, Su-ah and Do-woo were meeting each other (and even kissed!) waaaaaaay back when, in Hye-won's point of view, her marriage was still intact.

So yeah, it's still an affair.

Even if I'm rooting for Su-ah and Do-woo to leave their nasty spouses and be together, Hye-won's anger is warranted. It's a price Su-ah and Do-woo have to pay for being together. But it's a small price compared to the happiness and peace they will have once they become a family.

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I sort of agree more with @Pranx. The outburst has more to do with the personality of HW, rather than a question of whether it was warranted or not. We know that HW is touchy and aggressive, she would tend to react in that manner on impulse at the spur of the moment, given that she did still love DW and therefore, felt ousted and defeated emotionally when facing SA. Firstly, though it was just her suspicion that DW is having some kind of relationship with Hyo-Eun's mom, upon seeing SA appearing in Jeju island at the doorstep of DW's house and holding the key to the house more or less confirmed her suspicion, and secondly, SA was inciting her anger further by acting like someone caught red-handed while committing a sinful act.

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I agree with @Pebble. Of course we can take SA & DW side but that's bcs we already know the real story from their perspectives. No matter how we try to justify the relationship, in the eyes of outsiders SA & DW are having an affair, fullstop. From HW perspective, she suspected Hyoeun's Mom even before divorce was mentioned. It is only logical that she would feel betrayed, regardless of how rocky her marriage with DW was before everything happened.

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Su Ah is way too timid. Might be a combination of her own personality, years of being neglected & belittled by her husband plus she knows her emotional affair with Doo Woo isn't right. I wish she slaps Hye Won back but alas it's not her and never will be me thinks. Hye Won should fight with someone like Mi Jin in order for us to see a catfight. I can dream.

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The drama has refrained from outright saying the word 'affair' when it comes to DW and SA's relationship, but it doesn't mean it hasn't been accepted. HW knew that they were having an affair, it wasn't an assumption. When it came down to it, DW didn't deny it either, and it was before they agreed to divorce. From that standpoint, where she has come face to face with the woman her husband has admitted to having an affair with by omission, I can't think of her being NOT entitled to slapping her.
As much as I adore DW and SW's emotional connection, and as much as I dislike HW as a character, at the end of the day, they DID have an affair, and HW knew it. She proves it even more in the next episode when she confronts DW, proving that she knows the affair is happening. To say they 'just' kissed is absurd because kissing IS a form of cheating. Even if they can't control how they feel, DW and SA DID have control over their actions, and those actions are what solidified their affair.

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I have no doubt that there are more layers to Jin Suk because Shin Sung Rok is so good at being bad.

Wasn't there a mention very early on in the show about some trauma that Jin Suk had to overcome to continue flying. I remember Mi Jin saying she would be anxious whenever Jin Suk needed to be re-certified or something like that.

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I'm not bothered at all by the way Jin Suk comes across, because I've met this guy. Some people fly as frequently as pilots in my business, and I've met Jin Suk types. They married and "settled", but are on the road for huge spans and frequently have affairs or go out clubbing/drinking/whatever. It's a really weird lifestyle; their business events are their social life, and their family life is something that gets managed in a more business-like way.

The rude awakening comes when something at home goes off the rails, and that's when you see them come unglued a bit. I'm not at all surprised Jin Suk's been able to isolate himself and force this entitled situation where Su Ah ends up being a nanny and B&B maid. These guys have strong enough personalities to set things up the way it suits them and makes their lives easy; they have no reason to complain until an external event overrides their authoritarian grip.

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Well put @Miranda...as always.

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Love your comments on this marvelous show. I am so going to miss being a voyeur in these people's lives. I really totally immerse myself in this show when it is on...the cinematography just wraps itself around me and I actually feel like I am there in some dream like reality. The camera work is totally responsible for that I believe. I cannot wait to read what you think after ep 14. Esp about Jin Suk.

Also, I hear that this is now only 16 episodes, not 20???? I guess different sites are showing different totals. My Drama List still shows 20 and they are usually right on the ball if their is a notification of drama episode changes.

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Yes agree, Hanshimi always have an amazing way to describe the characters and put things in perspective. I was smiling when I read this comment about JS:
anything new we find out about him is simply like peeling back another layer from a hopelessly rotting onion. If he continues to dig himself into this human mess of a dumpster pit, he’ll continue to be a poster boy of two-dimensional villainy

It feels like OTWTTA is going to be wrapped up in two more eps, as we are only left with the confrontation between JS and SA?

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I came here to comment on her comments! They're awesome :D

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Gosh, thank you for always being so nice, Pebble!

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I knew mi jin was alright! I skipped the show halfway around, but now may be it's time to rekindle the affairs lol, now that scarlet heart has ended. On a side note I think Mi Jin kind of looks good with Su Ah's little brother, ermm. Hope that doesn't come off as weird.

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I wonder if the show is setting them up too. She has a similar, overly-honest rapport with him, the same thing she enjoys with Jin-suk. Except Je-ha isn't an asshole.

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I now have to admit that DW and SA will join the list of earlier kdrama melo characters who are angels personified, just short of growing angelic wings and having golden halo ring above their heads. They were obviously curious about each other’s marriage woes, but were too reticent to ask directly, and instead just probed cautiously with questions like “a dining table for two or three?”, “are you here alone by yourself?”, and relied on picking up bits and pieces of clue here and there. And of course, typical of kdrama angels, they would not divulge the problems troubling them as it would be too unsaintly to bad-mouth their existing partners. So as expected, many important things were left unsaid and hanging in the air.

But not a problem at all, as eavesdropping opportunities would be aplenty and there would also be no lack of busybodies jumping at every volunteering opportunity to offer vital information or act as go-betweens. When it comes to love, they are characters too soft to free themselves from those leeching off them and whom they don’t love but nonetheless shower with sympathy. They could only patiently wait for their existing partners to develop a conscience and give up on them, and our saintly characters will then be brought together eventually by coincidences or fate or destiny or whatever you want to call it.

Even DW, who is the more proactive one said that he lost his resolve (to divorce HW) after returning to Seoul, what then to say for SA, who is so passive? She would have an even more turbulent emotional struggle to overcome in order to sustain the determination to divorce JS. I couldn’t help wincing when thinking of meek and submissive SA facing the inevitable all hell break loose confrontation after JS goes ballistic and insanely mad.

In this ep, I started to sympathize with HW after seeing the diligent and passionate side of her when wrapped things up for Ji-Eun at work. But her fiery and aggressive treatment of SA, her disappearing act and spitefulness in orchestrating the DW-JS encounter tipped my balancing scale to judge her harshly from the other extreme. So development in the next ep did gave me a big surprise indeed!

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The dynamics of friendship hasn’t changed since the time of those Dear My Friends Ajumma in their sixties, seventies and for those in their mid-thirties like SA and MJ. True friends who have been with us through thick and thin are hard to come by as one grows older. The friendship may turn sour for all sorts of reasons, but once a true friend forever a good friend. Though we may feel angry or betrayed, but still, that much cherished friendship has a special place already reserved in our hearts. We are just waiting for the day to come when we can let go of past hurts to forgive and be forgiven.

In DMF, a good friend with privy of but didn’t disclose the husband’s infidelity to the wife caused a rift in the friendship for years, the pair of friends did eventually got a face off to thrash out their grievances and reconciled. Similarly, though painful it might have been, once MJ could muster up the courage to face her own demons and the consequences of her moment of folly, she was able to take on SA’s resentment candidly and apologize unreservedly and sincerely.

As for SA, years of emotional abandonment by JS had made her reliant on MJ as the only source of emotional support and companionship, this is a friendship too precious to throw away. Though she was screaming at MJ on the phone earlier to relieve her anger, the next moment, when she got all nervy after being slapped by HW, she would still turn to MJ for comfort and advice. It was so heart-warming to see MJ getting all flustered worrying over SA, though she herself was still nursing her own wounds after being callously snubbed by JS. I really applaud their friendship!

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I was expecting this episode will give me a peace feeling and healing ,but then Su Ah and Hye Won met, the feeling like watching horror movies.

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Yes it was! I cringed and clawed myself in the anticipation of the confrontation..ha! The slap on Su Ah's face is much deserved unfortuantely, imo..i've seen much worse trust me (at least there isn't hair pulling or pushing over the water scene). Call it what we want, an husband's affair is a betrayal no woman should have to endure..vice versa. Anyways, now that that has been done and over with they can now move on..HW may be a psycho but she was still DW's wife when they bumped..so she's somewhat entitled to some bitch slappin..i cheered on SA and DW for their potentially happy ending but c'mon, SA can't have thought that her facing DW's wife can end well can she..i mean, she was upset when she finds out about MJ and Capt Park although she handled it quite well without being physical..but we've always known her to be a good person..HW is unfortunately no SA

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This drama make it easy by portraying both spouses were horrible peopl and our 2 lead is so nice n perfect to the level of its ok for them to cheat. On the other side, me being married totally understand su ah & Doo woo p.o.v where there are some part of marriage that you will forget why you still being with our spouses. For me it's easy, they should get divorce and be with each other but both of them is cowards that prefer to hide and run from facing the fact that if they ask for divorce they will be the bad one instead of the good ones in their relationships.

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Wow... I didn't see it that way. But yeah, that could be true too. Being too nice and fixated with being too nice isn't always better.

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I may be the only one but I was glad Hye Won slapped Su Ah. It's perfectly in line with her character. The slap was warranted and I could sympathise with Hye Won so I think they did a good job with it.

I also didn't feel super bad for Su Ah either, I kinda think it was needed. This whole time Do woo and Su Ah have definitely been having an affair, and it's time they face that fact and feel the repercussions.

Yes Hye Won wasn't the best wife but that doesn't warrant her being cheated on and she is allowed to be angry and upset at Su Ah. There are no excuses like it's fate or destiny or we're with horrible people to justify cheating.

I'm glad the show is showing how they should feel horrible for cheating and deserve some repercussions instead of just glorifying their fate-like meetings because if it didn't they would be justifying cheating and that's just not right in my books.

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With all due respect to some of the opinions expressed in the recap and comments about Hye-won and her slapping Su-ah, I have to disagree.

Hye-won has no right to be offended, has no right to be indignant, has no right to be aggrieved, has no right to be resentful of Su-ah and Do-woo and most certainly doesn't have to the right to feel wronged. Why? Because she, by entering into her marriage the way she did, committed the first offense by lying and being fraudulent.

I understand the value society places on the institution of marriage and that when it's perceived to be in jeopardy by a third person, that person becomes the target of scorn. But let's not kid ourselves here, Hye-won herself undermined said value the minute she lied. Was the fact that Do-woo was going to he her husband not an important enough reason to tell him the truth? Apparently not. I get that she did it for professional ambition, so this being the case, Hye-won never really considered Do-woo a marriage partner but a professional stepping stone.

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There is no 'right' way to be married. Even if HW did lie to DW, it is unfair to say that it warrants her being cheated on. That is what happened, she got cheated on. To say that it's okay just because she lied is ridiculous

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It's not that the cheating is warranted, it's Hye-won's attitude that I find fault with. Of course cheating is wrong but one can't adopt the attitude of offended spouse when you've done your share of wrongdoing also.

We're seeing this happen with Jin-suk also. He's flying off the handle at the mere thought of Su-ah even talking with anyone. Yet he flirts with co-workers and spends time with Mi-jin in hotel rooms. When he gets the information on the full extent of Su-ah's relationship with Do-woo, he'll likely go into full furious mode, acting all offended like he's never done anything wrong in his marriage. But should he really? I know you can argue that Su-ah didn't hold up her end of the marriage partnership and there's truth in that, but hey, neither did Jin-suk. The same goes for Hye-won.

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I think those were two different issues..we cant decide a bad person will always do bad things and therefore its ok for them to be wronged..nice people can make mistakes too. They're all entitled to feel wronged; HW, Capt Park and SA. SA should have considered DW's wife's feeling as she's a wife too. I was always asking myself how on earth did SA go about everyday with DW as if its the most natural thing in the world..I was afraid for that woman!

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Well said. My exact thought.
I love my Dohwoo and SuAh!

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Not sure if I replied to the right post earlier. But well said! I'm with you on this.

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I was helping my Mom type a work presentation and I subconsciously typed "on the way to the airport" instead of "on the way to the Hospital"

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"On the way to the hospital" hmm.., if it wasn't Air Asia that sponsored this drama but some biotech or pharmaceutical company, then probably we would have a medical drama called OTWTTHospital. Let me see, JS would be a high flying neurosurgeon, SA and MJ would be nurses, and DW and HW would work in some research related field. But then, it would be difficult for JS to stray and pull all-nighters drinking and talking with pretty babes, and the aesthetic appeal of the cinematography will be greatly reduced as hospital corridors would never be romantic no matter how you film it, unless the director is willing to go along the line of that drama with a cheesy doctor spouting chessy pick up lines the moment he alighted from a helicopter on the hospital rooftop. lol.

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I know Do Woo. He is the man who appeared in my life 25 years ago when I was miserable over my cheating husband and was being demeaned and told I was delusional to believe the father of my child was meeting young female employees after work instead of coming home to us. My personal Doo Woo was also an architect in the office next to mine. He was tall and handsome and wore baggy grey sweaters. He was gentle and intelligent, collected fine wine, loved classical music AND set up his house in the countryside north of San Francisco exactly like Doo Woo's - even down to fine Asian fabric art and pottery. His name also started with D. We escaped together with my two year old daughter when my husband found letters and threatened to hurt us. Nothing had happened yet but it did later...when I got divorced. It was magical. The parallels to this drama have brought me to tears many many times. It is absolutely uncanny. D and I stayed together for 8 years, 4 of which he was wrestling with his own divorce. We became engaged. My daughter loved him. Then he died from bone cancer. I was by his side. So was his ex-wife and I remain friends with her to this day. I still visit "His" tree in Muir Woods, on the coast north of the Golden Gate Bridge. D was my Doo Woo and this drama has brought tears, joy, laughter and absolute love-filled memories back into my life. This is so so so real. Every moment of it is. I am stunned.

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Hi @lunatic26, thank you for sharing so candidly with us your real life story. Probably due to my age, and what I've seen and experienced in life, when compared to when I was younger, I've mellowed quite a lot and have come to be more empathetic of decent people who got themselves into sticky situations and who were cornered and forced to make tough choices due to all sorts of imperfection in life. No matter how much the marriage institution is being upheld in modern societies, we shouldn't make sweeping judgement based on societal values and what the judicial system dictates. Though we still want to believe that the marriage vow is sacred and inviolable, we shouldn't jump to conclusions and condemn failed marriages and infidelity without knowing the details. Each has its own set of unique circumstances, and as humans, emotions do play a big part too. When those involved are trapped in misery and distress, it is not a matter of right or wrong, but rather what could be done to alleviate the pain and to give hope, regardless of how inappropriate that might be in the eyes of the society.

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I love both your comments. Beautifully said. Thank you. I too have watched a drama that touched painfully with similarities to my breakup with my husband and my complex feelings afterwards...so I empathize.

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Rag N Bone Man - Human

We are only human after all

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I love the scene where Su Ah flung herself on that new mattress. That is a fantastic gift. I almost got teary-eyed.

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The heroine is infuriating with her refusal to take action in some way and hidding her head into the sand. At least he is trying to get a divorce and in so doing he sacrificed the house that means so much to him. But she is doing absolutely nothing. "When your father comes again, I'll tell him about the school". What about calling him, setting up a meeting and telling him that you want out of this marriage?

I think they are trying to appease the more traditional parts of Korean society, those who think that divorce is unthinkable unless the unthinkable happens, so they want the heroine to really resist it with all her might and sort of be forced to take action when there is no other option.

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