Temperature of Love: Episodes 31-32
It feels like the harder our couple tries, the worse things get between them, until they’re at risk of backing themselves so far into a corner that nothing can make their relationship better. All of the outside pressures aren’t helping, but despite their promise not to let anything come between them, it seems as though there may be no way to make it work. I never thought I’d say this, but would it be better if they went their separate ways?
EPISODE 31 RECAP
After seeing Jung-woo in Hyun-soo’s mom’s hospital room being embraced as if he’s part of the family, Jung-sun leaves. But then he remembers Hyun-soo asking when he’ll allow her into his life, and he calls her downstairs. He gives her the food he made for her family, declining her invitation to come inside, telling her that he has something he needs to think about.
Jung-woo and Hyun-yi are upstairs urging Dad to eat, but he’s too worried about Mom to have much of an appetite. When Hyun-soo returns with the lunch boxes, the food is so good that even Dad manages to eat something.
Hyun-yi expresses jealousy that Hyun-soo gets to eat like this all the time because of her chef boyfriend. Hyun-yi asks Jung-woo to stay and eat with them, and he does, though the mentions of Jung-sun seem to make him uncomfortable.
At Good Soup, the chefs worry about whether the diners who didn’t finish their meal were Michelin inspectors. Ha-sung says that he’s leaving if they don’t get a Michelin star, causing maknae Min-ho to snap at him in banmal and nearly cause a fight.
Joon-ha finds Kyung on the park swings and jokes that she looks like a little girl. She yells at him for being late to meet up to visit Hyun-soo’s mom in the hospital, and he asks why she keeps ignoring his signals, testing out some banmal and getting shot right down, hee. Kyung pouts that she’s not interested, in dating in general or in him in particular.
He tells her that this is the hardest he’s ever worked for a girl who wears glasses and isn’t even his type. She says it’s also a first for her, being pursued like this, so she wants to enjoy it just a bit longer. He gives her the flowers he’s carrying, which Kyung thought were for Hyun-soo’s mom, but Joon-ha says that he got them for her and she grins a happy little grin.
Jung-sun is still a little down when he gets to work, but a text from Hyun-soo thanking him for getting her father to eat cheers him right up. Ha-sung and Min-ho are in the kitchen still shooting glares at each other, but the news that they have more reservations today puts everyone in a better mood.
Over at On Entertainment, Hong-ah’s demand for a new director has Jung-woo internally praying for patience. She even has the nerve to expect special treatment in return for tipping him off about Hyun-soo’s mother being sick. She tells Jung-woo that she’s rooting for him and Hyun-soo and that she hopes Jung-sun grows old alone. Well, isn’t she just delightful.
While they wait for Mom’s surgery to be over, Hyun-soo sits with her dad, holding his hand for support. Jung-woo gets a report that it’s taking longer than expected, and Jung-sun passes the time making porridge for Mom’s recovery.
Jung-sun’s mom finds him in the Good Soup kitchen and tells him that he’s lucky that he doesn’t have to worry about her health. She catches him smiling at her cheekiness and asks if he’s finished being angry with her, sharing her hand lotion with him and telling him that she really is trying her best to change.
Jung-woo waits at the hospital for news, and eventually the doctor informs him that Hyun-soo’s mother’s surgery went well. Later, Jung-sun finds Hyun-soo, and this time he asks to visit her mom. He apologizes to Mom for not being able to see her before her surgery, and both Mom and Dad thank him for the food he’s been bringing.
Over coffee, Jung-sun asks Hyun-soo how she’s holding up and says that he’d like to be of help. She tells him that just supporting her helps a lot, and he offers to keep cooking for her mom as long as she’s in the hospital.
When she gets back to her mom’s room, the doctor tells Hyun-soo that Jung-woo has been so concerned about her mother, you’d think he was her son-in-law. Hyun-soo finds her dad nodding off on the couch and brings him a blanket. He gazes over at his recovering wife and muses that Jung-woo is their family’s savior before going back to sleep.
Hyun-soo visits Jung-woo to bring him a gift for helping her mother. She says that there’s still trust between them, but Jung-woo sighs that she took that trust lightly. Hyun-soo gently argues that she wouldn’t be here if she took it lightly, and again she tells him, “Thank you” and “I’m sorry.”
Jung-woo says that she’s wrong if she thinks she only ever receives things from him, because he’s received a lot from her, too. Hyun-soo doesn’t ask what he means, and just tells him that they’re moving her mother to a new (non-private, less expensive) room.
Today when Jung-sun goes to the hospital, Hyun-soo isn’t there. He gives the food he brought to Hyun-soo’s dad, then steps across the hall to get some water.
He overhears Hyun-soo’s mom saying that she feels burdened by Jung-sun because it’s not like he’s their son-in-law and she asks her husband to tell him not to come so often. So when he goes back to the room and Dad thanks him for the food, he tells them that they don’t need to feel burdened, and quickly leaves.
Hyun-soo runs into Won-joon and Soo-jung outside of Good Soup, and they tell her that they’re dating for a month to see how it goes. Soo-jung goes inside, and Won-joon tells Hyun-soo that he’s still unsure about Soo-jung, but he got swayed a little and wanted to give this a try, and that he’s doing his best. Hyun-soo doesn’t find the approach very appealing, thinking that Soo-jung might be sad to hear that he was only swayed by her a little.
Jung-sun isn’t around, so Hyun-soo heads home, only to find him waiting in front of her place. He says that he plans to keep visiting her mom until she’s discharged, but Hyun-soo tells him he doesn’t need to do that. She asks if it seems like all they do is check up on each other lately.
She confesses that she didn’t tell him about Jung-woo arranging her mother’s surgery because she worried he’d be upset. She admits that she feels uneasy every time they talk, ever since he rejected her offer to live together, because she feels like he’s pushing her away because of his emotional scars.
She even worries that he likes her less after she asked him to live together. She says she feels like there’s a wall between them, and as they stand looking at each other, the world goes black and white.
Hong-ah tags along with Kyung to Good Soup, claiming that she needs to interview a chef for her drama. She highhandedly interrupts Won-joon and Soo-jung’s coffee to order Soo-jung to set a lunch table for her and Kyung, and I love the disgusted look on Won-joon’s face. But he cheerfully agrees to be interviewed, then asks Soo-jung to let him take her home that night, right in front of Hong-ah.
The “interview” looks a lot more like Hong-ah grilling Won-joon for personal information. She asks if his father is still angry that he didn’t become a doctor, and when he says that his father has started answering his calls again, Hong-ah snaps at him for talking back. Won-joon innocently reminds her that this is an interview, ha.
She finally drops the interview charade and tells him that she’s sorry for how she’s treated him, and that she’s becoming interested because of Soo-jung. But she says they can’t date just because of that, making Won-joon squeak that he didn’t ask her to date him.
Hong-ah says he doesn’t have to date her, but she doesn’t want him dating Soo-jung, either. Won-joon is incredulous at her demands, and jumps up to leave.
That night, Hyun-soo thinks about her conversation with Jung-sun, and says to herself that he if cared about her, he’d give her what she wants. He’s at home thinking about that same conversation, and how Hyun-soo said that she’s felt uneasy ever since he turned down her offer to live together.
A few days later, Jung-sun goes with Hyun-soo to the hospital to help with her mother’s discharge. Mom complains in private about Jung-sun being there, so Hyun-soo reminds her mother that she married her dad because he was good and kind the same way Jung-sun is good and kind. Mom just grumbles that things were different back then.
Afterward, Hyun-soo meets with CP Yoo, and he tells her that the broadcasting company has decided to air her drama. But her happiness deflates a little when he says that she’s lucky to have Jung-woo to fight for her, and that it’s no wonder there’s even a rumor that they’re dating.
She steps out to call Jung-sun and tell him her good news. He drops his phone and misses it the first time she says it, and for some reason, when she repeats herself, she seems unsettled.
That evening she goes out with Joon-ha, Jung-woo, and Kyung to a noraebang to celebrate. Meanwhile the employees of Good Soup take photos of the new menu items for their website, then they all pose together for a group picture.
EPISODE 32 RECAP
At the noraebang, an adorably tipsy Kyung showers Jung-woo with compliments until Joon-ha complains that she likes everyone but him. Joon-ha starts the music, and when Kyung refuses to sing with him, he chooses a solo ballad. The others dutifully wave their arms, and Kyung admits to Hyun-soo that Joon-ha has a nice singing voice.
Joon-ha flounce-quits when he realizes that nobody is listening, and Kyung jumps up to sing next. Her song is more upbeat, and despite Joon-ha’s grumping that she wouldn’t sing with him, he gets up to dance with her.
In the hallway later, Jung-woo and Hyun-soo cross paths, and Jung-woo notes that Hyun-soo doesn’t look well. She turns to stare at him, and he says that he can tell how she’s doing just by looking at her.
Jung-sun is waiting again when Hyun-soo and Kyung arrive home. Kyung pretends she has somewhere to go and runs off, leaving them alone. She ends up sitting at a convenience store, and she calls Joon-ha for company. He pretends to misunderstand that she wants to spend the night with him and cringes in maidenly horror. Although she whines that this is why she doesn’t like him, she smiles because he came when she called.
Jung-sun congratulates Hyun-soo on her drama, but she just grunts in acknowledgement. He asks if he did something wrong, and Hyun-soo says dejectedly that she wishes he would do something wrong sometimes, so that he’d have to cling to her and say he’s sorry.
Jung-sun asks if she’s unhappy, and Hyun-soo doesn’t exactly answer. She just says that if she’s unhappy, it’s not because of him, and he tells her that he’s been making extra time to do everything he can for her. Hyun-soo snaps that she never asked him to do that, then sighs that she must be drunk.
She asks him tearfully why she’s in love, but feels lonelier when she’s with Jung-sun because he leaves her out of his life. He tells her that his mother borrowed money from Jung-woo without telling him, then asks if she would want to share a story like that.
He says that he’s doing everything he can to keep their love, but Hyun-soo cries that she feels like he doesn’t love her, and that he’s only doing these things because they’re his duty as her boyfriend. As kindly as he can, Jung-sun says that she feels that way because that’s how she’s acting.
Hyun-soo huffs angrily, complaining that when they’re together they either fight, or they can’t be honest because they’re being so careful. Jung-sun asks what she wants from him, but she doesn’t have an answer.
Jung-sun’s mother goes to his place to cook for him, making his favorite meal from when he was a kid. Warily, he half-jokes that she cooks something from his childhood every time she causes trouble. She just muses that his father is doing well with his new wife, so it must just be that they weren’t a good match.
While he’s eating, Jung-sun’s mother asks how much money he’s planning to give her per month, and she complains at the low number he gives her. She asks for a portion of his land instead so that she can have a lump sum, but he says that it’s gone, asking why she and his father are so interested in it.
His mom is surprised that his dad is interested in the land, but Jung-sun reassures her that he’s not interested in the same way she is. She sighs that his father used to hit her, but that he would never touch Jung-sun, because he loves him. Jung-sun gets fed up with this line of conversation, but his mom tells him to get along with his father because he owns a building and Jung-sun is his only son.
A furious Hong-ah storms into Jung-woo’s office to yell at him because Hyun-soo’s drama got picked up by a network. She switches to her nice voice pretty fast when he says that hers was picked up, too.
He gets a call from Hyun-soo’s mother to thank him for his help, and to tell him that she was discharged from the hospital. Her husband takes the phone to invite him out to dinner as thanks, and Jung-woo accepts. When he hangs up, he tries to deflect Hong-ah’s interest, but she guesses who that was and what they wanted.
Hyun-soo looks uncomfortable when her parents tell her that they want her to come to dinner with them and Jung-woo. Her mother asks if she thinks Jung-sun would be upset, and she promises that they’ll thank Jung-sun, too.
That night, while sharpening his knives, Jung-sun takes out his phone to call Hyun-soo. But he remembers her saying that she feels lonely even when she’s with him, and he puts his phone away.
He finds Won-joon still in the dining room, and he admits that he chickened out on calling Hyun-soo. Won-joon warns him that it will be worse if they don’t make up right away, but Jung-sun changes the subject. He says that his father is coming over, and Won-joon sympathizes with his having to deal with both parents on the same day.
Jung-sun wonders why he can tell his problems to Won-joon so easily, but not to Hyun-soo. Won-joon says that you want to look good in front of the person you love, to give them your best and handle your hardships yourself.
Hong-ah shows up and assumes that Won-joon is still here because he was waiting for her. Jung-sun retreats, and Won-joon sincerely congratulates Hong-ah when she tells him about her drama getting picked up by a network. She asks if he really likes Soo-jung, but he just glares at her and refuses to answer.
He tells Hong-ah that he really did love her, but that after he ended it, he started acting like her, sounding disgusted at himself. He stands to leave, and Hong-ah hurls herself at him and grabs him in a backhug. Won-joon looks shaken for a moment, but when she asks him to give in, he says no and disentangles himself from her grip.
Jung-sun’s father shows up at his door later, anxious about his using his land as collateral for the loan to buy Good Soup. He even offers to pay off Jung-sun’s loan, but Jung-sun insists on handling it himself. His father orders him to take the money, since he’ll end up coming to him for money eventually, with the land gone.
Jung-sun says that he’s lived well without his father and won’t ever come to him for money. He warns his father not to try to come back into his life, and turns his back on him. His father surges up, demanding to know what he did that was so wrong.
Jung-sun yells that he never called him when he lived in Paris as a teenager, and his father says that his life was complicated. Jung-sun sneers that it made things easier to throw away his son, and tells him not to try to act like a father now.
His father brings up the fact that he never raised a hand to him growing up, asking if Jung-sun knows how many times he was beaten as a child. Jung-sun says that Dad didn’t hit him to prove that he wasn’t like his own father, but that he hit Mom instead and ruined her life.
His father lunges at him and grabs his lapel in one hand, raising his other hand to strike. Jung-sun’s expression never changes, and he doesn’t even flinch or break eye contact. He just calmly waits for the blow, but his father lowers his hand and walks out without another word.
The next day, Jung-sun and Hyun-soo both go for a run, but separately. After his shower, Jung-sun takes a small box from his dresser and opens it to look at the ring inside. He dresses carefully, then heads out, taking the ring with him.
Meanwhile, Jung-woo meets with Hyun-soo and her parents for dinner. Hyun-soo’s parents don’t seem to notice the awkwardness between Jung-woo and Hyun-soo, and it gets even worse when he freely admits that his father was a businessman who went bankrupt.
Hyun-soo’s mom asks hopefully if Jung-woo is as nice to all of his writers as he is to Hyun-soo. He thinks for a moment, then says that he’s not. She asks if he’s only this nice to Hyun-soo, and he answers, “Yes. I like Hyun-soo.”
Jung-sun goes to Hyun-soo’s home, and when he sees that her lights are out, he tries to call her. But her phone is in her coat pocket in the hallway, so she misses his call.
The mirroring here is really interesting—both times that Jung-sun has attempted to contact Hyun-soo to ask her something potentially life-changing in regards to their relationship, she doesn’t get his call because she’s with Jung-woo. This time is different because she’s not choosing not to answer, but I wonder if Jung-sun will see it that way.
I can’t help feeling like Jung-sun’s obvious plan to propose is a really, really bad idea. Very rarely do I see the hero of a drama pull out a ring and think, “Oh nooo.” You don’t decide to get married in the hopes of solving relationship problems, or because you’re scared of losing the girl, or because you overheard her parents saying that your kind gestures are burdensome because you’re not their son-in-law. You decide to get married because you love each other and can’t imagine life without each other, full stop. I have a feeling this is going to blow up in Jung-sun’s face, especially with the way Hyun-soo seems so unhappy with their relationship right now. And once again, he’s going to be going out of his comfort zone and doing his best to make her happy, and she’s going to say hurtful things and make him feel like he did something wrong. I don’t know if I can watch that again.
I’m still irritated with Hyun-soo’s selfishness when it comes to their relationship. It’s not that what she wants is so unusual; it’s that she’s only thinking about what she wants, and she’s not taking into consideration what Jung-sun is capable of, or what’s healthy for him. Their relationship is still very new, and he’s really doing a lot considering the relationship model he had growing up. I don’t think she’s wrong to want more closeness and emotional intimacy, but I do think she’s not taking his difficult past into consideration and pushing him to give her everything much too fast. He has every right to ask Hyun-soo to slow down and be patient, but whenever he tries, she just cries at him and calls him selfish.
Her whole speech about feeling like Jung-sun doesn’t love her, and that he’s only doing things for her and her family because it’s his duty, just came right out of left field. Jung-sun has done nothing to indicate that he feels that way, and in fact he’s sacrificed his own time to do things for her family in their time of need, only to have Hyun-soo and her mother throw it back in his face. So now he’s going to propose because he thinks it’s what Hyun-soo wants, and because he’s so conditioned to take responsibility for everything that he thinks this will make it better. But I don’t think the problems in their relationship are because Hyun-soo isn’t getting what she wants—they’re because she’s throwing a tantrum every time she doesn’t get what she wants.
But then, considering her family, maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. Hyun-soo’s mother seemed sweet at the outset, but she’s shown herself to be very judgmental and critical of others for very insignificant reasons, such as forbidding Hyun-soo to marry anyone whose parents are divorced. She doesn’t seem to employ much logic to whether she likes a person other than whether they have money, even though she and her husband seem to live typically middle-class lives. She adores Jung-woo and allows him to pull strings and pay for a private hospital room, yet she complains that Jung-sun’s homemade meals make her feel burdened and uncomfortable. I suppose it’s really no wonder that Hyun-soo picks unreasonable things about Jung-sun to decide to be miserable about.
Speaking of Jung-sun, it just about killed me when his father raised his hand to him—not because he almost hit his son, but because of the look on Jung-sun’s face. He didn’t look scared, or defiant, or challenging… he looked resigned. As if he’s just been waiting for that slap all his life, and he was almost relieved that this was finally it. And then when his father didn’t strike him, to me Jung-sun looked almost disappointed, as if he’d been hoping that this would finally be the end and he could stop dreading it. But it didn’t happen, and now he has to keep anticipating it.
At the same time, I find myself starting to believe Jung-sun’s mother when she says that she’s really trying to change. She does appear to have changed, at least a little, though she still has quite a long way to go. But she seems a lot calmer lately, not so shrill when she sees Jung-sun, and when she says things like how she’s worried about Hyun-soo’s mom, she does appear to really mean it. If I were Jung-sun I wouldn’t be lowering my defenses for quite a while, maybe not for years, but there’s something there that makes me think that, even if she fails and backslides, she wants to be a better mother to him.
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