These two are too cute for words. We’re mere weeks away from one life changing event our time traveling hero is dreading, but the good news is that So-joon makes the important decision in his life to date. Living life in the moment won’t always be easy for someone who has spent years traveling to and from the future, but it’s finally time for him to appreciate the small, golden moments that this lifestyle has to offer.
EPISODE 13 RECAP
In present day November 2016, Ma-rin writes an email to her future self, confronting the regrets about her past and her wish to end things with So-joon. She asks how her future self could forget the bright and happy memories in her marriage, saying that she, for one, is happy at present. “So don’t hurt So-joon who has traveled from the past,” she warns. “He’s my man.”
She vows never to turn into someone like her future self, then schedules the message to send on November 25, 2017.
Later that night, Ma-rin excitedly asks So-joon if it’s true that he’ll stop traveling to the future. Grumbling at the matching pajamas, So-joon reminds her that she asked him to stop for her, and then he quickly covers himself when she bursts inside to confirm.
Coyly reminding him that they’ve already seen each other in their birthday suits, Ma-rin offers to help put on his pajama top. So-joon spreads his arms out and replies, “No, undress me.” Rawr. Ma-rin contemplates that idea for a second before cheerily telling him to put on the pajamas.
He complies, and then whines when Ma-rin takes a barrage of photos of them in their matching outfits. She says they can fondly look back on these adorable photos in case they hit a rough patch in the future. She swears she isn’t worried about the future, but does admit to be irritated by her future self, so they can take some good photos so Future Ma-rin can be green with envy.
Amused by Ma-rin’s jealousy, So-joon obliges, and they take a set of the most adorable photos ever. He then proceeds to try and undress her, and isn’t deterred by her playful rebuffs. She eventually gives in, and the next thing we know, those matching pajamas are on the bedroom floor.
In bed, Ma-rin worries that So-joon will experience withdrawal symptoms from time traveling. He says he’ll focus on the present and leave tomorrow’s worries for tomorrow, and promises to work hard at all hours, be it day or night. She snorts at that statement and tells him how naughty he is.
So-joon lives up to his word by showing up to work on time the next day. The office is abuzz following Director Kim’s dismissal, and Secretary Hwang silently slips past the other employees. Just as Director Kim suspected, Ki-doong reports that while the director did embezzle a good chunk of company funds over the years, nothing else has turned up from the investigation.
So-joon has yet to decide what to do with Secretary Hwang, who appears to be an innocent party to Director Kim’s shady dealings. He’s still upset by how the secretary thought he was dating Ki-doong, but what’s more important to him right now is for Ki-doong to teach him about the company because he won’t be traveling to the future anymore.
After deleting the video of So-joon and Ki-doong’s rooftop conversation, Secretary Hwang has an existential crisis about being put on standby. Just then, Director Kim marches in and sidles up to him, hoping to get more dirt on Director Kim. He’s disappointed when the secretary claims to know nothing, thinking that the man is still loyal to his former boss.
Secretary Hwang assures him that it isn’t the case (adding that his family were among the first to change their surnames during the Japanese occupation of Korea) and stands firm when he’s reminded that the office will soon be flooded by those Director Kim conned.
Speaking of whom, Director Kim arranges a night fishing trip with the businessman, the former schoolmate to Se-young’s father, to settle their fabricated contract.
So-joon pouts like a little kid when Ki-doong hands over a large pile of documents for him to review. But he’s even more insulted when Ki-doong dumbs down the basic workflow for him, so he shouts that he can handle expert business jargon as a company CEO.
Ki-doong is willing to bet that So-joon will backtrack on his vow to stop his trips to the future within three days, and that spurs So-joon to show him just how hard he’ll work at his job. Cut to: So-joon fast asleep at his desk while Ki-doong wears a smug smile.
So-joon wakes moments later and tries to re-focus, but it isn’t long before he yawns from boredom and falls asleep again. Hahaha. He cries happily when Ma-rin finally sends a text to check in on him, and replies that he misses her while he’s working at the office.
Ma-rin is currently out to lunch with Mom and writes that it would’ve been nice if So-joon were here too. But he replies that he should work and admits to be still scared of Mom. You should be.
Upset that Ma-rin is glued to her phone, Mom snatches it out of her hands. Ma-rin praises her for giving So-joon a well-deserved beating since that spurred a change in him. Mom is still upset that Ma-rin lied to her about So-joon, since the thought of a cheating husband hits too close to home for her.
Ma-rin apologizes, adding that’s why she’s treating her out to lunch. Mom says she drove out all the women from Ma-rin’s father’s illicit affairs, but talking about the past only upsets Ma-rin, who asks if Mom still has feelings for her father.
She doesn’t like how easy it is for Mom to talk about old emotional wounds, since she has to be the one to listen to them. Mom just wants her daughter to lend an ear, but Ma-rin argues that hearing her mother’s resentment toward her father only makes her want to hate him even more. Having had enough, Mom leaves in a huff.
So-joon meets up with Doo-shik and tells him that he won’t be time traveling anymore per Ma-rin’s wishes. He knows his disappearance was due to one of his trips going awry, so he put it upon himself to investigate and traveled to November 30, 2016 to follow his future self on the subway.
But something strange happened: His future self looked back, forcing him to get the hell out of dodge. He went back the next day, only to hide upon seeing his past self run past him. After that incident, he stopped trying to travel to that day, worried about the multiple versions of him that could be running on that train.
Doo-shik is pleased to hear that So-joon will avoid the dangers of time travel by staying put in the present, though So-joon hopes that this doesn’t mean he’s headed toward an inevitable future, much like Se-young’s father.
Doo-shik swears that So-joon will be fine by staying put, because he can go and change So-joon’s future on his behalf. Handing over his journal, So-joon asks Doo-shik to get rid of it for him and shares that the investigation on Director Kim is still ongoing.
He instructs Doo-shik to not check in on what will happen to Director Kim, then asks for the journal back, now remembering that Future Doo-shik tried to get rid of it. So-joon is surprised when it suddenly rains, though Doo-shik is already prepared with an umbrella.
He cuddles up to Doo-shik under his umbrella, not at all worried about the rainy days to come because he’ll have someone to bring him an umbrella. He means Ma-rin, who happens to be standing outside the office building, and Doo-shik makes a quick exit.
When Ma-rin asks who that was, So-joon identifies him as the other time traveler he mentioned. As expected, Ma-rin has brought an umbrella for him, and he invites her up to see his office.
Inside, he loudly announces to anyone he sees about how wonderful his wife is for being so prepared and thoughtful. Once they’re in his office, Ma-rin wraps her arms around him and pouts that she got into a fight with Mom over the topic about her father.
Her choice to visit him was a personal pick-me-up, but now that she’s seen So-joon’s face, Ma-rin realizes just how lonely her mother must’ve felt without her husband. She melts into his embrace again, and when Ki-doong shows up, So-joon mouths at him to leave. And ha, Ki-doong’s gaping expression is the best.
Ma-rin knows that it was Ki-doong who just came and went, casting her embarrassment aside for her present happiness with So-joon. She thanks So-joon for being by her side, warning him not to make her lonely like her mother. She then pouts that they shouldn’t have a daughter in case she’s a mini version of Ma-rin.
But So-joon likes the idea of a mini Kkot-soonie, reassuring her that her mother will understand why she got so upset over talking about her father. She goes for another hug, and just outside the office, Ki-doong grumbles that he wants to go home.
So when he decides to head inside, the doors open, which leaves Ki-doong awkwardly back into the wall. He offers to take Ma-rin home, and So-joon kisses Ma-rin on the forehead. So cute.
In the elevator, Ki-doong is taken aback when Ma-rin declares that she’ll swing by Ki-doong’s place. Now that she knows the truth, she’ll pack up So-joon’s belongings there and pick them up later.
Ki-doong is most grateful to have his place to himself again, though as they pack up, Ma-rin bitterly remarks that it looks like So-joon has given his best friend access to everything apart from his soul.
Ki-doong says his time traveler buddy never gave him the winning lottery numbers on the flimsy excuse that he wouldn’t risk Ki-doong’s future. But Ma-rin mentions that So-joon won the lottery three times, and she and Ki-doong bond over how annoying So-joon’s fixation on the future has been.
Her ears perk up when Ki-doong suggests they break open a beer, and before we know it, they’re both pretty wasted. Ki-doong drunkenly comments on how So-joon’s fickle opinion on being able to change fate, to which Ma-rin wonders why So-joon would say things would get worse without telling her why.
Ki-doong can totally relate on the inexplicable unease of So-joon lording over the people he loves most with the knowledge of a future no one else knows about. He whines with her about how they can’t get a hold of So-joon whenever he’s in the future, and asks if she’s been on the receiving end of So-joon spoiling the key moments in a sporting event or TV show.
She shrugs, saying none of that has happened yet, so Ki-doong shares how nervous he gets whenever So-joon gifts him with a futuristic electronic or fashion item. But Ma-rin says that hasn’t happened to her either, and says it sounds like fun knowing things like the winner in an audition show or what happens in a sports game.
“Why didn’t he tell me those things? Why didn’t he buy me anything?” she mumbles before collapsing on the couch. “He’s always telling depressing things.” Ki-doong tells her not to fall asleep, so she gets on one foot to show him her unstable balance.
After a long day, So-joon is excited about leaving work. But then he remembers that he still has his journal, and puts the pages through the shredder. He decides to check in on the cameras he installed at Ki-doong’s place one last time, and gapes to see Ki-doong and Ma-rin drinking together. The current date: November 9, 2016.
We see him arrive at Ki-doong’s place, where he berates his buddy for making his wife drink so much. Ki-doong drunkenly yells that So-joon often drinks with Se-young, to which So-joon fires back, “Is she your lover?”
Ki-doong cackles when Ma-rin lies on the ground then and there, and So-joon piggybacks Ma-rin and gets his buddy to fetch her things. In a high-pitched voice, Ki-doong swears that he’s going to get married too. Yeah, you may.
Once they’re home, Ma-rin asks So-joon to sleep next to her. So-joon takes her hand and sits by the bed until she falls asleep.
As promised, Director Kim and the businessman go on a night fishing trip at a quiet lake. The businessman readily puts his stamp on the amended contract without reading the terms, and Director Kim feeds the man drinks until he’s barely conscious.
Director Kim encourages him to drink, assuring him that he’ll take the man home, but this dark environment looks like a perfect setting for murder. He declares that he can no longer grovel to others, and comments how the man will be long gone before anyone suspects something off about the fake deal that they’ve made.
He apologizes that the businessman needs to be removed from the picture in order to eliminate the paper trail before he leaves the country. He says he’s long past the point of no return because he’s already killed a man, then proceeds to start strangling him and throws him into the lake. As the man flails in the water, Director Kim screams over and over again.
So-joon has the unpleasant task of waking Ma-rin up the next morning and feeding her breakfast before work. Ma-rin opens her mouth, waiting to be fed, then apologizes for getting so drunk. So-joon responds by giving her a kiss.
They sit down for breakfast, where So-joon voices his dislike of her drinking, even if it is with Ki-doong. She asks if he’s jealous, and So-joon says he’s setting boundaries and declares that last night will be the last drink of her life.
She agrees to quit drinking, knowing that So-joon has stopped traveling to the future. She affirms that him staying in the present makes her happy, though a flashback shows Ma-rin crying in bed, jealous of Ki-doong and wanting gifts from the future too. LOL.
Ma-rin says that was her talking in her sleep, but So-joon feels bad about not getting her a proper gift from the future. Nodding at the futuristic vacuum, she says that alone gives her enough of a headache and warns him not to buy anything. He mutters that her tears last night suggested otherwise.
So-joon is attentive and inquisitive at the next executive meeting, where Ki-doong promotes Director Wang’s proposal. Or so we think because So-joon is actually doodling a picture of a pig, a representation of his Kkot-soonie. Heh.
This time, he doesn’t rely on his gut feeling, much to everyone’s surprise. He even reminds them to look into cost-effective methods before greenlighting the next development project. No one is more impressed than Ki-doong, who discovers the doodle and cringes.
Ma-rin happens to call just then, worried that him taking care of her all night made him ill-prepared for his all-important meeting today. So-joon lies, saying it went so terribly that he might have to go to the future to check on what will happen.
He asks to be allowed to time travel for just one week, and when she says a promise is a promise, he reminds her just how inebriated she was last night. She lets him go, and he offers to pick her up something. She tells him not to meet up with “her,” meaning her future self, and reminds him to not stay out late.
Ki-doong seems pleased that So-joon has caved, though the latter says he’s not going for work purposes. Grabbing Ki-doong by the shirt front and berates him for making “the kid” cry and want things from the future. Ki-doong: “Isn’t Ma-rin older than us by a year?” So-joon: “She’s a kid to me!”
He blames Ki-doong for complicating things, though grins from ear to ear at the thought of being able to take the subway again. His lip wavering, Ki-doong wonders if his friend is legitimately crazy.
With that, So-joon travels back and forth from the future, bringing Ma-rin a mountain of gifts including ramyun, drinks, clothes, and the latest DSLR camera. She’s even there to greet him on the subway platform when he returns with his hands full of shopping bags, and wonders why he can only travel two years into the future. “Hard to say,” So-joon replies. “Maybe it’s too far to travel any farther.”
Se-young receives a pair of movie tickets at work for a movie entitled “Second Love.” She looks at her phone and jumps when Ki-doong calls. She immediately says no when he asks her out to a movie, and hangs up.
When her coworker makes the same request moments later, she asks for advice about “her friend” whose guy friend knows that she used to like his best friend. He says he wouldn’t date someone like that for very long since he’d be bothered by how she used to like his friend. Discouraged, Se-young hands him back the movie tickets.
At home, So-joon tucks away a USB drive which contains a folder for Future Ma-rin. He then gives Ma-rin tickets to an ice skating exhibition for Kim Yuna that will take place on Christmas Eve 2017 and instructs her to take her mother.
She asks what he’ll be doing then, not believing that he could be busy that night. He asks what they should have for dinner, getting a bit too enthusiastic when she suggests dumplings, saying that he can jump to the future and grab some before the last day he’s allowed to time travel.
Ma-rin worries about how nice So-joon is treating her lately before squealing over the tickets. Meanwhile, So-joon travels to the future to buy the dumplings and drops them off in front of their house in the future, along with the USB drive meant for Future Ma-rin.
Future Ma-rin heads back inside where Ki-doong and Se-young are still talking about the ice skating exhibition. They offer to treat her to a nice dinner in exchange for the tickets, but Ma-rin says she’s fine with these dumplings from Past So-joon. And Se-young wonders why they can’t just go out to meet the So-joon who came her from the past because he’s still their friend. Omo, Se-young knows too now?
Back in the present, So-joon and Ma-rin watch the 2018 Starcraft competition between AlphaCraft and Lim Yo-hwan together. She promises not to tell anyone and digs in, while Future Ma-rin tearfully does the same.
She then watches So-joon’s video message on the USB drive, as he says he’ll probably be long gone by the time she watches this. He says he plans on doing everything he can for the Ma-rin here in the present, and leaves this message for her: “Wait until you can forget me. When the time comes for you to be able to, just forget me. Thank you… for marrying me, and making me complete. I love you and I love you again. I love you.”
As Future Ma-rin sobs, the Ma-rin in the present thanks So-joon for being so good to her. She says he needn’t try so hard because it makes him seem like someone who will leave her soon. He grunts in affirmation, but then refuses to give her the winning lottery numbers because he has a steadfast rule in not getting involved in other people’s lives… except when it comes to her.
She drops the subject, and they watch the news with her head in his lap. She says she finds the news entertaining and strange now, because she knows how things will turn out. She can’t help but feel how trivial some things are when the newscasters make a big deal out of certain events, and So-joon says he once felt the same way.
She gets up when the news reports of a fatal car accident that killed one person, and tells So-joon to drive carefully. Reminded of the car accident in 2019, tears suddenly roll down So-joon’s cheeks and tells Ma-rin that those people must’ve had those who cherished them: “How hard must it be for the people they’ve left behind?”
Secretary Hwang is assigned to work for Director Wang, who says it seems Director Kim is really done for now. So-joon wonders if they should look into if any of their leased buildings were put on sale recently, though he hopes that theory isn’t true.
So-ri and Ma-rin visit Gun-sook at her home, where she cries that she’ll divorce her husband. Evidently Director Kim’s rage has gotten worse, and she definitely thinks he’s up to something. She doesn’t think these are simply growing pains between newlyweds, citing that he was so enraged when she said she threw away the commemorative pen from Happiness.
She’s already checked the dash cam in his card, and all the footage has been deleted. But then So-ri says she can check the car’s navigation system to see where Director Kim has been.
She discovers a list of recent destinations, which Ma-rin takes a picture of and sees that this car has been to two of the Happiness construction sites. Ma-rin promises to send the picture to Ma-rin, then realizes that she’s seen this car before, on the day of Se-young’s father’s death.
Elsewhere, Director Kim is infuriated to hear that his Jangho project is a bust. He’s told that the neighboring area is doing well (just as So-joon predicted), and stares down his informant. He has to deal with angry investors, and left enraged by how right So-joon was.
While So-ri theorizes that Director Kim could’ve had an affair with a Happiness employee, Ma-rin says the man could’ve done charity work in secret. But something definitely doesn’t sit right with Ma-rin, who sends her friend off ahead of her.
When So-joon tells Ki-doong to name his requests from the future because today is the last day he can time travel, Ki-doong flatly asks for the same thing: winning lottery numbers and stock advice. So-joon flatly replies that he’ll just see him tomorrow, and Ki-doong mutters, “Why bother asking then?”
Director Kim trails So-joon from the office to the subway at Namyeong Station. So-joon eyes widen when Director Kim greets him on the train. He promptly tries to ignore him, but the director holds him back and the lights flicker off.
Ma-rin, meanwhile, runs back to tell Gun-sook that she knows of a place where the dash cam footage can be recovered.
Uh oh, that can’t be good. It would almost be an understatement to say that Director Kim is a dangerous enemy to have, especially given how self-aware he is about his rage and willingness to off anyone standing in his way. I can only imagine how much danger it would put So-joon in if he were to disappear before Director Kim’s very eyes, and how much the ex-director would have with that important piece of information.
Since So-joon is only able to travel to the future, I’m not altogether sure how Ma-rin plans on recovering deleted footage from the past. Perhaps there is a place in the present she can acquire that footage, but at the very least, I appreciate that she is trying to be sympathetic to Gun-sook’s marital woes. I am, however, quite worried how digging into Director Kim’s activities will endanger So-joon and Ma-rin, and still perturbed by the idea that we haven’t seen any glimpses of the man in the future.
So while all that’s going on, I do like how So-joon made attempts to stay grounded in the present, now having chosen to live day by day and making each moment spent with Ma-rin count. I was almost upset when he managed to score a full week to time travel, only to realize that he was doing it to shower Ma-rin with gifts because she was jealous that Ki-doong was the one who got to have all the benefits of knowing a time traveler. I do truly love their everyday interactions together, from giggling about matching pajamas to watching the news together. I could watch these two go about their semi-ordinary lives all day, along with Ki-doong’s occasional stinkface.
I absolutely adored Ki-doong and Ma-rin’s drunken heart-to-heart about having to deal with So-joon, especially when Ki-doong tried to find things to relate to with her. Out of all the sides of Ki-doong we’ve seen, I think I love his high-pitched inebriated state the most. His friendship with Ma-rin is downright adorable, and I love how forward he is about his feelings for Se-young now. I do think it’s nice that Se-young also does find out about So-joon’s time-traveling ability, and that she misses her friend too. My heart ached when she asked why they couldn’t just say hi to Past So-joon since he’s also their friend.
Which brings me to the complicated nature of So-joon’s time traveling trips, where he could potentially run into one of his time-traveling selves at once. I would’ve thought this was a discovery he would’ve made earlier than say, now, since he has traveled to the same day and the same place before, even if it was accidental, like say on March 25, 2019. It’s plausible that So-joon could’ve missed one of his time-traveling selves by a few minutes, but it does seem like this revelation should be more of a given, rather than a surprise. Still, since we do see him take that subway on November 30, I can rest assured that he won’t disappear off early. I do wonder if Future So-joon looked back in case Director Kim was tailing him again, though.
But what I loved most about this hour was perhaps the most heartbreaking moment, when So-joon left a message for Future Ma-rin, telling her that he’s going to focus on Ma-rin in the present. It was lovely how he said that he still loved her and was so grateful for her. Any man can speak of love in the present, but it takes a special kind of man to make his words of love transcend time and space.
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