Radio Romance: Episode 7
As pressure from the outside wars with Su-ho’s own desires, he’s swiftly approaching a breaking point. It’s starting to become obvious that he won’t be able to maintain his carefully cultivated facade for much longer, and the only question is when he’ll blow, and in what way. Hopefully he’s learning enough about himself to do it in a constructive way, but I’m not convinced he’s had enough time to know how to assert himself without hurting others in the process.
EPISODE 7 RECAP
Excited after the first radio show where her words were read on the air, Geu-rim hugs Su-ho. She asks where he heard the words he quoted during his closing (“Just because you’re not crying doesn’t mean you’re not sad. Smiling doesn’t mean you’re happy”), and he remembers a much younger Geu-rim saying those words to him.
He asks Geu-rim if she doesn’t remember him, then he puts his hand over her eyes and kisses her. It’s a perfect echo of their first kiss years ago, when Su-ho had kissed Geu-rim while she was wearing a mask over her eyes. But this time, Geu-rim pushes Su-ho away, and they both stand there just feeling weird.
Geu-rim misunderstands, and she apologizes for giving Su-ho the wrong idea by hugging him. She assumes that he just got carried away by the excitement and the beautiful, snowy evening, but Su-ho says that’s not it. He admits that he’s not sure why he kissed her, but that he can’t stop thinking about her, so he got curious.
Her phone rings, interrupting Su-ho’s almost-confession. It’s PD Lee calling to check up on things, and when he offers to come pick them up, Su-ho snatches the phone from Geu-rim and says he’ll drive.
The ride back to the city is super awkward, with Geu-rim trying to ask what he was about to say, and Su-ho randomly flailing (honking the horn, hitting the blinker, turning on the radio) to stop her from talking. Outside her house, Su-ho says that he’ll say it now, then just utters a string of “uhs” and “ohs.”
Geu-rim snaps that he hasn’t said anything intelligible in hours, so Su-ho is all Fine, I’ll say it!, but he just starts stammering again. Eventually he says that he needs more time to prepare for what he wants to say and kicks Geu-rim out of the car. They both stay up that night, unable to sleep.
The next day, Jason arrives home to find Su-ho deep in thought. Su-ho asks if it’s possible to entirely forget a person, but Jason says he needs more details. Su-ho starts to walk away, but he stops short when Jason says that it’s possible to forget someone when that person wasn’t very important.
He asks how Jason explains the things he did without realizing, meaning the kiss, but he’s unwilling to tell Jason what things he’s talking about. Jason wonders if maybe he’s starting to understand what he needs in life.
He gives Su-ho the same three pieces of advice he gives his patients: Don’t switch your days and nights, don’t grieve alone, and don’t worry about things that have no resolution. He tells Su-ho to stop worrying and do whatever he wants.
At the station, Geu-rim is quiet and preoccupied. PD Lee shows her his “Su-ho” plant, which he’s left on her desk, telling her to let Plant Su-ho be her guardian. He gently fusses at her for hanging up on him last night, asking if something happened with Su-ho, but Geu-rim just shrugs noncommittally.
In the hallway, she overhears her friend Monsoon discussing last night’s show with some junior writers, saying that she only became a main writer because of Su-ho. Geu-rim approaches and says that she’s really happy about her first show, adding that Su-ho is really difficult to work with. Monsoon mouths a tiny “Sorry.”
Su-ho (with new dark hair!) joins his mother at the opening of an art gallery. Mom gets cranky when an interviewer asks Su-ho about his radio gig, but he interrupts to smoothly answer the woman’s question.
Later, Mom pulls him aside to tell him not to come to these things if he’s going to just say whatever he wants. Su-ho takes her up on it, telling her to clear his schedule so he can focus on radio, and she asks who influenced him in this decision. He refuses to answer, but she guesses it was Geu-rim.
Geu-rim is still distracted when PD Lee takes her to a street cart for ddukbokki. He notices that her mind seems elsewhere and asks about today’s script, and when she shows it to him, he tells her to think about the people they met today and what story she wants to tell them.
Geu-rim asks why he hired her as his main writer, and he understands that she’s also asking why he made recruiting Su-ho a condition of the job. He says he was testing her to see how far she’d go, and whether she’d give up. He admits that he would have worked with her even if she’d failed to recruit Su-ho, since he never expected her to convince Su-ho anyway.
Su-ho goes to the station, internally practicing what he’s going to say to Geu-rim. It all flies right out of his head when he comes face-to-face with her and PD Lee. PD Lee invites Su-ho to coffee with them, and Su-ho frowns when Geu-rim seems familiar with PD Lee’s preferences, and again when PD Lee holds the door for Geu-rim then lets it close in Su-ho’s face, ha.
As they walk, PD Lee asks Su-ho if it was exciting to do a radio show without a script. He demands that Geu-rim hand over her drink, but she tells him to get his own this time, and Su-ho thinks proudly to himself, “Well done!”
He asks to speak to her privately, but before he can say a word, Geu-rim says that she wants to see him and talk to him every day, so she’d like if he didn’t approach her in that way again. She still blames herself for being excited and giving him the wrong idea, and she worries that it will be uncomfortable.
But instead of accepting something he disagrees with, Su-ho takes Jason’s advice and says what he wants to say. He tells Geu-rim that when he told her she made him uncomfortable, she kept following him around anyway, so he doesn’t care if what he feels now makes her uncomfortable.
In addition, he tells Geu-rim to talk directly to him from now on, instead of communicating through his manager. She points out that he doesn’t have a phone, just as her own phone chimes with a call from PD Lee. Su-ho snaps that PD Lee is always calling her, and when she answers, he walks away angrily.
Hee, he goes to buy a cell phone that very night, but he hesitates when it’s time to fill out the paperwork. He calls Jun-woo to buy the phone for him, and he’s barely left the store before he’s dialing Geu-rim’s number then chickening out on hitting “send.”
He does call her once he gets home, claiming to need her help with her script and saying that she needs to come to his house since he’s so famous and all. When he hangs, up, Jason wanders downstairs and goes bug-eyed at the caterers Su-ho hired to make dinner. Su-ho insists that Geu-rim is only coming over to work, but Jason doesn’t buy that for a second.
He heads back upstairs to compose an email reporting on Su-ho. He describes Su-ho’s displays of jealousy, inconsistency between his words and actions, and use of the contract to keep Geu-rim close. As soon as he sends it, he takes a call, addressing the caller as “Director.”
Geu-rim brings over a handwritten copy of the script, which Su-ho praises after reading over it, and Geu-rim says that PD Lee taught her how to write radio scripts. Su-ho asks how long they’ve been close, and he barks at her when she says it’s been since she was the maknae on his show. He tells her not to use that word anymore.
Geu-rim notes that he’s speaking banmal, but Su-ho says he’s always spoken banmal with her. When she asks, “Always?,” he tells her to forget it if she doesn’t remember. He asks what kind of person PD Lee is, justifying his curiosity by saying that the PD and the DJ should be close for the show to do well.
Geu-rim says that PD Lee has won two broadcasting awards, which makes Su-ho snap that he won twenty awards just last year. She adds that every show PD Lee has worked on has been a hit, and Su-ho says that he was the youngest actor to ever win Best Actor at Cannes. LOL, he’s so childish.
After she snaps at him for his tone, Su-ho turns his attention back to the script. He says that he likes her closing statement, then notices a sticky note that says, “P.S. Ji Su-ho-sshi, thank you for reading this.” He asks her to put a P.S. in her next script too, which is just adorable.
He finally asks if she’s hungry and serves the very fancy dinner, admitting that he had it catered. But they barely get a few bites before Su-ho’s mother walks in on them, followed by a sorry-looking Jason.
Nervous, Geu-rim says they were just working. Su-ho’s mom tells her that Su-ho’s time is much too valuable to waste on a radio show, but Su-ho interrupts her. Jason grins a little at his show of rebellion when Su-ho’s mom tells Geu-rim to leave, and Su-ho says that he would rather she left.
She stares, incredulous, and Su-ho points out that he smiled when he asked her to leave. She still doesn’t move, so Su-ho offers to take Geu-rim home. Outside, Geu-rim says she’ll get herself home, but she goes when Su-ho says he would rather not go back into that house.
As he drives, Su-ho can tell that Geu-rim is curious about something, but she says that she knows he won’t want to answer. When he pulls up to her house, she asks if she can say something to him just because she cares. She advises him not to be so bitter and resentful all the time, because it hurts others, but it hurts him as well.
Su-ho scoffs with a wry grin, but Geu-rim tells him that it’s nothing to smile about. Hearing the same words she spoke to him when they were young, Su-ho asks how it’s possible that she hasn’t changed at all. In his mind, he adds, “When I’ve changed so much…”
Growing thoughtful, Geu-rim asks tentatively, “Su-ho-sshi… have we met before?” He doesn’t answer.
Tae-ri goes to see Jun-woo and threatens to go up to his apartment and get something that she wants from him. She says she’s not asking for it for free, offering to date him secretly, shrugging when he tells her to shut her mouth.
She meets Su-ho’s mother for dinner, and Mom asks her what she’ll gain from continuing to push Tae-ri into the spotlight. Before she answers, Da-seul, Su-ho’s recent costar and his father’s mistress, enters the dining room.
She says that her upcoming dramas and CFs have fired her, and she glares at Tae-ri, having learned that Tae-ri will be taking her place. She drops to her knees in front of Su-ho’s mother, but Mom just collects Tae-ri and walks out. She tells Tae-ri that she’s not giving her a chance because of her threats, and orders her to start a rumor of a romantic scandal with Su-ho.
Geu-rim’s mother tells her daughter that she recognized Su-ho’s closing statement from their school broadcast, which Geu-rim used to say when Mom had her eye surgery. Geu-rim remembers that back then, she’d taken a workshop to experience her mother’s disability, and had met the friend she used to listen to the radio with.
In flashback, we see that she almost took her mask off once, but Su-ho had asked her to just remember him like this. He would visit his friend Ji-woo and they both would watch Geu-rim from a distance. Geu-rim nods, remembering his name: “Woo Ji-woo, the boy without a face.” Wait, did she think Su-ho was Ji-woo?
Geu-rim finds a keepsake box in her room, which is filled with photos and letters. She opens one and reads it:
Hi, Song Geu-rim, it’s me, Ji-woo. I should introduce myself first, but I’m embarrassed to start talking when you don’t know me. I usually don’t get shy in front of girls. From someone who is still shy, Woo Ji-woo.
Geu-rim thinks about that boy, wondering whatever happened to him. Su-ho has a similar box, also filled with letters, but his are addressed to “My muse, Song Geu-rim.”
The next day, Writer Ra offers to look over Geu-rim’s script so that she won’t be embarrassed to show it to Su-ho. Geu-rim says that he’s reading her scripts now, and that he has her only copy. I don’t like the sly look on Writer Ra’s face right now.
Sitting in DJ Moon’s studio, Su-ho reads Geu-rim’s script, occasionally looking up at the pictures of her on the wall. Writer Ra comes in, pretending to be surprised to see him as she introduces herself. He says cheerfully that he remembers her from the time she told Geu-rim she’d never win him over, and that he’d never be a DJ. LOL, burn.
He steps out to take a call, leaving Writer Ra alone in the booth with the only copy of Geu-rim’s script. Writer Ra calls someone and tells them to come quick.
Su-ho finds Geu-rim and PD Lee in their office, planning to have Sang-gu, the little boy they interviewed at the school, call in to the show. Su-ho is nervous to talk to him without a script, but Geu-rim says Sang-gu isn’t a stranger. PD Lee promises to make sure nothing goes wrong, so Su-ho asks if he can have Geu-rim in the booth with him during the broadcast.
When it’s almost air time, Su-ho can’t seem to take his eyes off Geu-rim, and it’s so cute how his gaze skitters away whenever she catches him looking. To cover, he complains that her script doesn’t sound like the way he talks, but she says that they can’t exactly write things like “Stop talking! Get lost!” into the show, hee. At his sheepish expression, she says to just read the script today, and she’ll pay more attention to his speaking style from now on.
The show starts, and Su-ho opens his script, only to find it full of blank pages. Grrrr, Writer Ra! Geu-rim sees the empty script and begins to panic, while everyone in the booth (including Jun-woo and Jason) wonder what’s going on.
PD Lee unknowingly opens Su-ho’s mic, and Su-ho calmly begins to recite the script perfectly. At the first music break, Su-ho tells Geu-rim that he memorized her script, seeming surprised at her surprise.
At the same time, Su-ho’s mother receives an envelope full of photos of Su-ho kissing Geu-rim.
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Su-ho memorizes Geu-rim’s words
As the show continues, Geu-rim feeds Su-ho answers to listeners’ questions by writing on her tablet. The time comes to take Sang-gu’s call, and Su-ho accidentally slips and says that they’ve heard from many viewers, then quickly corrects himself to “listeners.” Sang-gu is eager to hear whether Su-ho talked to the person he told to go away, and everyone in the booth waits anxiously for his answer, which we don’t hear.
As soon as the show is over, Drought pulls Geu-rim to where Writer Ra is passing out copies of Geu-rim’s handwritten script to the junior writers, using it as a lesson in what not to do. PD Lee and Su-ho wander by just as Writer Ra chastises Geu-rim for being careless.
PD Lee storms over to demand they give him the copies. Furious, he asks Geu-rim if she’s an idiot, but not for only having one copy of her script. He says that she’s Writer Ra’s equal, and with a pointed glare in Writer Ra’s direction, he tells Geu-rim, “As my writer, if you take treatment like that, I’ll kill you.”
While Jun-woo drives, Su-ho asks Jason why, if it’s a man’s duty to protect a woman when she’s in danger, she would seem touched when he scolds her instead. Jason guesses he’s talking about Geu-rim and asks how Su-ho “helps” her, and he says that he once got rid of a drunkard for her.
He tells Jason how he was rude to her afterward, and Jason shakes his head in disbelief. Su-ho wonders why he tripped her that time several years ago, but Jason just asks incredulously, “Seriously, how old are you??” That’s what I’m saying.
PD Lee finds Geu-rim in the office and tells her that if her feeling are hurt, she needs to stop acting like a maknae. He mentions that Su-ho’s been dragging her around a lot and says that’s a good thing between a writer and a DJ, but he warns her not to get dragged around as a woman.
Geu-rim surprises Writer Ra and Seung-soo by plunking herself down at their table at a restaurant and ordering one of everything. She drinks with them, then asks Writer Ra why she doesn’t like her when she did everything she asked as her assistant.
Writer Ra just glares, so Geu-rim says that she never taught her anything, blaming her for the fact that she’s still not a good writer. She says drunkenly that she didn’t like or respect Writer Ra, but she always considered her a sunbae and did everything she wanted in the hopes that she’d treat Geu-rim like a hoobae someday.
We see a flashback to a few months ago, when Seung-soo had asked Writer Ra to stop treating Geu-rim like an errand girl. He’d accused her of keeping Geu-rim ignorant so that she’d never be promoted, unaware that Geu-rim overheard every word.
After Geu-rim leaves, Writer Ra whines that she hates Geu-rim, blaming her fr the fact that she treats her badly because she never stands up for herself. Seung-soo dryly calls Writer Ra a terrible human being and they start to bicker about why they divorced, which explains a lot about their relationship.
The next morning, Su-ho learns that his mother is planning a dating scandal between him and Tae-ri when she orders him to attend a party Tae-ri’s throwing tonight. He refuses, and he asks Jun-woo how long he knew about this, upset that Jun-woo would sit back when he’s liked Tae-ri for years.
He says that it’s time for he and Jun-woo to part ways, since all Jun-woo has ever done is monitor him. Jun-woo seems genuinely upset, but Su-ho remembers the day of Ji-woo’s accident when he’d tried to call Jun-woo over and over, only to arrive home to find Jun-woo reporting to his mother that he’d deliberately ignored Su-ho’s calls.
Tae-ri’s party is full of reporters and sycophants, but she notices that Geu-rim isn’t there even though she personally invited her. She calls Geu-rim and wheedles her into coming, pouting that she doesn’t have many friends.
Su-ho is also trying to call Geu-rim, and when she doesn’t answer, he starts texting her over and over. He’s so cute.
As soon as Geu-rim arrives at her party, Tae-ri makes sure to mention that Su-ho will be there later. Geu-rim’s phone lights up with a call from Su-ho, so she quickly stuffs it in her bag. But Tae-ri already saw who it was, and she demands Su-ho’s number and calls him to tell him that Geu-rim is at her party.
After, she asks Geu-rim if Su-ho ever talks about her. Geu-rim ignores another call from Su-ho, and Tae-ri scoots in close to tell her that she and Su-ho are dating. This time when her phone rings, Geu-rim excuses herself.
She carries her buzzing phone out to the hallway, where Su-ho walks up and catches her not answering. He asks why, when she was the one who told him to get a phone, but she just puts the phone to her ear.
Su-ho tells her to follow him, and he leads her to an empty room. He says there’s something he’s been wanting to tell her since the night he kissed her, and he’s ready to say it now: “I like you.”
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I like you
Look at that, some straight-up honesty! I’m so proud of Su-ho for pushing past his fears and saying what he wants to say. That’s not easy for anyone to do, much less for a man who’s spent his whole life wearing a persona and only speaking the words others write for him. Even though he’s also displaying some pretty petty jealousy in the process, it’s good that he’s not bottling up his feelings anymore. He’s been stewing over Geu-rim not remembering him for ages, so I’m glad he finally said something, even if he didn’t mention that they’ve met before. I have a feeling that that conversation will be much more emotional and meaningful for them both, because we know that, at least for Su-ho, there’s a lot of baggage tied up in that time of their lives.
It finally makes sense now, why Su-ho is upset that Geu-rim doesn’t seem to remember him. She does, but she thinks that the boy she spent time with, and the boy who sent her the love letter, are the same boy. Apparently Su-ho and Ji-woo both developed crushes on her when they all were spending time at the same hospital. Su-ho, already famous, didn’t want her to see his face because he just wanted her to like him as himself. And Ji-woo reached out and admitted his feelings for her, although he never spoke to her in person. It’s understandable that Geu-rim would assume the letters were from the same boy she had made friends with, and since she had the name of Ji-woo, it would never occur to her that there were actually two boys who liked her.
I’m still unclear on the timeline, because it seems obvious that Su-ho would have met Geu-rim while visiting Ji-woo in the hospital after his accident. But Ji-woo died, so did he take a turn for the worse after meeting Geu-rim? The pictures next to his urn show that he was still quite young when he died, and Su-ho gave Ji-woo his high school diploma because Ji-woo never got one of his own. So I’m guessing that he was getting better, but then something happened and he didn’t survive.
But back to the confession — Su-ho is finally listening to Jason’s advice and coming out of his shell, and I love it! Who could have guessed there was a sassy little smartmouth under all that grump? He’s a quick thinker, and great at the insulting compliment, which just proves my suspicions that he’s actually a lot smarter than he lets on. I don’t blame his mother for being afraid that he’ll fight for his independence — she’s probably well aware that if she loses her grip on him, he’ll crush her. But right now I’m just proud of Su-ho for saying the things he’s been wanting to say to Jun-woo for so long, even if those things are angry and resentful. I don’t really understand why Jun-woo seems so hurt when he’s been reporting on Su-ho since they were young, but I actually like how this show slowly teases out information instead of throwing it all out in big dramatic reveals, so I’ll wait patiently until everything is explained.
I’m still conflicted over Jason, and what his true motive is. He does seem to care about Su-ho, and his advice to him is always spot-on and helpful in a way that pushes Su-ho past his comfort zones. But he’s also up to something behind the scenes, and I only hope that whatever it is isn’t harmful to Su-ho. He’s had enough betrayal, between Jun-woo and his mother, and even what he feels as betrayal by Geu-rim for not remembering him. He doesn’t need the one friend he’s trusted enough to open up with, to be using him, too.
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