Radio Romance: Episode 8
This episode shows a lot of our characters experiencing some growth, which is great to see since they have a lot of growing to do. Unfortunately, that also means that they’ll have to face some uncomfortable truths about themselves, but it has to be done if they want to achieve their goals.
EPISODE 8 RECAP
Su-ho comes to Tae-ri’s party, but only because he wants to talk to Geu-rim. He confesses that he likes her, but Tae-ri told her that she and Su-ho are dating, so Geu-rim can’t understand why he’s saying this to her.
She says that she just wants to have a writer/DJ relationship with Su-ho, but he takes a step closer and says firmly, “No. You said you’d teach me about radio and how it will change my life. You said you wouldn’t be in my face anymore but that you’d always be next to me. Do you remember? I’m going to do that now. Sincerely, completely be next to you from now on. Do you understand? Until you recognize me.”
That last bit confuses Geu-rim, but Su-ho only says that he’ll lose her if he acts the way he did before, “like that day.” He just adds that they’ve known each other for a very long time.
At the party, Tae-ri seethes until Jun-woo joins her, then she slaps him. He asks her why she’s still working with Su-ho’s mother when he warned her it was dangerous. She storms past him and out of the party, and she happens to spot Su-ho talking to Geu-rim.
She asks if he forgot they were supposed to be announcing that they’re dating, then snaps at Geu-rim to leave. Su-ho says that Tae-ri is the one who interrupted, but Geu-rim tells him to stay and talk to Tae-ri, and they can continue their conversation later.
Su-ho isn’t about to go along with the fake dating announcement, and he asks why Tae-ri isn’t scared to be associated with him. She says she’s more scared of being forgotten, and says it’s just a few photos. She asks if he doesn’t feel sorry for her, but he points out that he’s not happy, either.
Geu-rim heads home, thinking about Su-ho’s confession and hints that they’ve met before. She goes inside, but her mother doesn’t seem to be home, so Geu-rim calls her. She hears her mother’s phone ringing in the bathroom and finds her sprawled on the floor, unconscious.
She calls for an ambulance, then picks up when Su-ho calls. Luckily, he’s right outside, and he follows her and Mom to the hospital. Apparently, Mom had a dizzy spell from overwork, making Geu-rim feel guilty for leaving her alone so much. Su-ho hovers nearby, making sure that Mom will be okay but keeping his distance to give them privacy.
He cashes in a favor at the hospital, and Mom is moved to a private room. Geu-rim calls Su-ho to ask if this was his doing, and when he says it was, she tells him that it makes her feel bad. He’s fine with that, and even admits that he wants her to feel bad, because they got where they are now when she made him think of her by making him feel bad.
He says it’s a pretty good strategy, so he’s copying her, ha. She asks him about what he said earlier (about their knowing each other for a long time), but he just says she won’t remember.
He’s not there for a meeting the following morning at JH Entertainment, mostly because he still doesn’t know that his mother signed him onto a drama that’s about to begin shooting overseas. The JH executives express concern that Su-ho is missing, but his mother deflects by introducing Tae-ri to them as his costar.
Station Manager Kang freaks out when he sees the news that Su-ho will be going overseas as soon as he wraps up his radio program, since he’s only been there a month. PD Lee says he’ll take care of it.
Su-ho also sees the news, and he heads to his parents’ house, where his mother and father are fighting over whether it’s a good idea to back Tae-ri. Mom wins the argument, naturally, and she tells her husband to try acting like a father for once.
Su-ho asks angrily why he has to find out about his own schedule through the news. He notices that the overseas schedule and his radio schedule won’t work together, so his mother tells him to quit the radio show. His father pipes up that radio isn’t classy, but Su-ho says in a halting voice, “Radio… I want to do it.”
He says that radio is the first thing he’s ever wanted to do, and in return he offers to do whatever else they want. But his mother says there’s nothing she can do (to cancel the drama), and that it’s Tae-ri’s request, which they have to comply with because of the incriminating photo of Dad and Da-seul.
Su-ho asks why he has to be responsible for something his father did. His mother ignores him and just tells him to be at a donation ceremony at the hospital in two days.
When her mom finally wakes, Geu-rim teases her for sleeping so long. She warns Mom not to get sick again or she’ll just stick to her like glue, then tells her that they’re at the same hospital where Mom had her eye surgery.
PD Lee finds Su-ho’s mom at the art gallery, and her pinched expression when he gives her his “namaste” greeting is priceless. She refuses to work with him on Su-ho’s schedule, but he says that what she’s doing is unethical. He tells her that radio isn’t a business, it’s a relationship, so it’s unfair of her to manipulate the media to force her hand.
She starts to say that she discussed this with Su-ho, but PD Lee interjects that he doesn’t believe it. He knows how important it is to Su-ho to keep his promises, and he says that his mother seems nothing like him. HA, excellent.
Su-ho has a photo shoot with Tae-ri today, and he tries to call Geu-rim between sessions, grumbling that this is why he didn’t want a phone when the line is constantly busy. He checks his phone obsessively, which Tae-ri notices to her annoyance.
A young girl overhears Geu-rim talking about the show on the phone and asks if she’s the writer of Ji Su-ho’s Radio Romance. She gets really excited, squealing that she’s a huge fan of the show. Then she turns grumpy and asks why they haven’t chosen her story, which she sends in every morning.
Geu-rim is excited to tell her mom that she met a fan of her show. She pushes Mom around the hospital in a wheelchair, and everywhere they go, they pass memories of a younger Geu-rim and Su-ho. Even Mom is reminded of Geu-rim’s first love, teasing Geu-rim for liking a boy whose face she’d never seen.
Writer Ra reads the news about Su-ho’s drama and his quitting the radio show. She bursts into delighted peals of laughter, and she giggles to assistant PD Hoon-jung that they make on-air mistakes, their PD is a lunatic, their writer lacks talent, the maknae ran away, and now they have no DJ. Hoon-jung stares as she cackles, looking disturbed, but Seung-soo assures him that it’s fine, she’s just insane.
After the photo shoot, Su-ho and Tae-ri sit for an interview about the upcoming drama. Tae-ri chirps that they’re hoping for the Couple of the Year award, but Su-ho says dryly that he’s still considering the drama because it might conflict with his radio show. Later Tae-ri tries, but fails, to get a reaction out of Su-ho.
PD Lee comes to the hospital to see Mom, who greets him as “son.” He fusses at Geu-rim for not calling him, just as Su-ho walks in the door. He’s carrying some fancy-looking gifts for mom, though he still seems threatened by PD Lee’s humble plastic baggies.
The guys are distracted from their glare-off when Su-ho is recognized by a patient and a crowd starts to form. Fed up with their posturing, Geu-rim tells them both to leave so her mom can rest. Su-ho somehow manages to smirk at PD Lee without ever changing his expression, ha.
They leave together, ending up at a coffee shop where PD Lee asks Su-ho to explain the news about his overseas shoot. Su-ho just says nothing’s been decided, so PD Lee tells him to keep him informed so he knows what action to take.
He mentions that they may need to bring in another writer while Geu-rim takes care of her mom, but Su-ho insists that they have to use Geu-rim’s script. He suggests they hold meetings at the hospital or even do another remote show, and PD Lee crows, “I like you so much sometimes!” Hee.
He takes the plan to Geu-rim, who says she would feel like a burden. Both guys snap in unison, “You’re not a burden!” Geu-rim considers the idea of doing a broadcast from the hospital, since she’s spent a lot of time there and it’s not a place where people usually laugh or cry together, so she says she’d like to provide that.
PD Lee squeaks in surprise when Su-ho agrees with him that it’s a good idea. He tells Geu-rim to write something up, but she suggests again that they let Su-ho’s writers handle it. Su-ho says that he’ll find a way to make it work.
Su-ho’s big plan is to check himself into the hospital for exhaustion, and PD Lee agrees that Su-ho is a delicate little flower. He announces that they’ll have to do their next show from the hospital due to the DJ’s frail health, forcing Geu-rim to accept the plan even though she knows Su-ho is faking.
He chooses the little girl that Geu-rim met, Eun-jung, as the focus of their show. She tells them that she’s sixteen, that she has congenital blood cancer, and that her dream is to be a radio DJ. In the restroom with Geu-rim, Eun-jung asks if she successfully hid her fangirling over Su-ho.
Geu-rim seems a bit jealous as she asks if Eun-jung lied about wanting to be a DJ to meet Su-ho. Eun-jung shamelessly admits it, but she says it doesn’t matter since she’s dying in six months anyway.
PD Lee tells Su-ho that it’s true — Eun-jung is terminal, and only has about six months left. He says that she’s a fan of Su-ho’s, and he thinks that letting her on his show will be a nice gift for them both.
Geu-rim still feels weird that she and Su-ho never finished their conversation, so she struggles to compose a text asking to talk to him that doesn’t sound too awkward. Jason finds her and says that there’s someone in Su-ho’s room right now, inviting her to have coffee with him instead.
He looks amused when Geu-rim says that she and Su-ho are only close because of work. She asks Jason how he and Su-ho met, but he skirts the question, only saying that they share the details of each other’s lives… well, one of them does.
He admits that he’s Su-ho’s doctor, and jokes for her not to praise his smarts and good looks. He says he and Su-ho met in high school, then suggests that they take turns asking questions. Geu-rim goes first, but we don’t hear what she asks him.
In his room, Su-ho spam-texts Geu-rim again, wanting to know where she is. His mom walks in and tells him to act sicker in case a reporter sees him. He asks if Jun-woo told her where he is, but she reminds him that he fired Jun-woo.
Knowing that Geu-rim’s mother was admitted, she repeats what Su-ho said about Tae-ri being miserable if she’s associated with him, and asks if he’s okay with Geu-rim suffering the same way. He doesn’t reply, so she reminds him about the donation event tomorrow and leaves his birthday scarf for him to wear.
Su-ho sits on a couch in the same hall where he once stopped Geu-rim from taking her mask off. He’d asked if she could remember him like this instead, and she’d promised to remember him even if he forgot her, making him smile.
Now alone, Geu-rim thinks about her question to Jason… she’d asked if Su-ho was ever at this hospital before, and if he went by the name Woo Ji-woo. Surprised, Jason had asked how she knew. Now it makes sense why Su-ho had said he’d wait until she remembered him, and that they’d known each other for a long time.
She finds him still sitting thoughtfully, and she asks him if he’s ever met a girl named Song Geu-rim who wore a mask. He looks up at her and remembers all of their moments at the hospital, when they’d become each other’s first loves even though she never saw his face. He nods, and Geu-rim breathes, “Oh, so it was you.”
She asks if he was hurt when she didn’t recognize him, calling him childish. She remembers that Su-ho didn’t sleep well back then, asking if he sleeps better now, and he says sadly that he doesn’t.
Geu-rim chides Su-ho for not telling her who he was, and he admits that he wanted her to recognize him. She asks why he tripped her that time a few years ago instead of just saying hello, and with an adorable pout, he says that he didn’t like the guy she was with. How are you so cute right now?
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Remembered, at long last
Determined to get answers now that Su-ho is talking, Geu-rim’s next question is to ask why he made her look bad in front of his mother the morning after the team outing. He tells her that when he took her to his house and tucked her into his bed, she’d barfed all over his crotch. HA, so it was revenge! Love it.
She calls him a pervert, which makes him laugh. She asks how she should remember him when he was being so nasty to her, and he laughs again. He tries to school his expression, and Geu-rim says that he hurt her feelings when she was falling in the pond for his drama.
He protests that that’s why he took her home, and she remembers thinking it was weird that he knew where she lived. He confesses that he followed her home once twelve years ago, and she gasps that Su-ho really is a stalker. She jokes that he must have liked her even back then, then backs up and apologizes for saying too much. But Su-ho says honestly, “That’s fine. You’re right about that.” Oh. Well.
Once Geu-rim recovers, Su-ho invites her into his room to talk more. She says that even if he liked her back then, and even if he likes her now, that she’s not about to get all giddy and confess that she likes him back. He just swoops her into his arms and bustles her into his room.
He shushes her and whispers he saw a reporter, standing veeery close and giving her that Look of his. He tells her to keep talking, quoting her words back at her verbatim. Geu-rim asks if she sounded like that big of a jerk, and he’s all Well, a little.
She starts to leave, but he stops her with a hand on her arm. He dips his head like he’s about to kiss her, but his phone rings with a call from Tae-ri. He doesn’t answer, but suddenly they hear someone right outside the door.
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Hiding in the closet
The room is empty when Tae-ri walks in, because Su-ho and Geu-rim are huddled together in the closet. They don’t move even after she leaves, although they both wonder why they bothered hiding. Geu-rim asks Su-ho why he said there was a reporter, and he mumbles that she’s sure talkative today, hee.
They both lie awake again, that night, but this time their inability to sleep is a result of their giddy feelings. Awww.
In the morning, they find PD Lee giving yoga lessons to patients, and the three decide to do some interviews. One particularly cranky ajumma refuses to answer Geu-rim’s questions, and even Su-ho gets his head bit off. But PD Lee came prepared, and he gives the ajumma her favorite dried persimmons, charming her into cooperating with them.
They stop to buy instant ramyun for lunch, and Su-ho thinks ahead and grabs an extra serving. When PD Lee finishes first and grabs at Geu-rim’s bowl, Su-ho tosses the extra ramyun at him and tells him to stop stealing Geu-rim’s food. Awesome.
He steps away to take a call from Jun-woo, who wants to meet. Jun-woo mentions that Su-ho hates hospitals and asks if he’s there because of Geu-rim, aware that Su-ho tends to get obsessed when he likes something. He says that he stayed with Su-ho even when he told him to leave because he knows that he really meant “Don’t go.” Su-ho offers to double Jun-woo’s pay if he agrees to work for him.
Later, Su-ho catches assistant PD Hoon-jung complaining about him on the phone, ha. They all gather in Su-ho’s hospital room to plan their next show, but Su-ho barely pays attention, preferring instead to stare at Geu-rim who appears to be coming down with something. He keeps trying to hand her his jacket or some medicine, but PD Lee beats him to it every time.
After the donation event, in which his mother poses for photos with the sick girl Eun-jung, Mom asks Su-ho if Eun-jung is really going to be on his radio show. She only says it to prove that she still knows what he’s doing even after he fired Jun-woo. She tells Su-ho to move back home if he doesn’t like being monitored, but he just says that she must be exhausted, since he’s exhausted.
Worried that her coughing might wake her mother, Geu-rim takes her computer to the hallway to work. She struggles to keep her eyes open but eventually she nods off. Su-ho has Jason bring a blanket and sets off to take it to Geu-rim, but when he finds her, PD Lee is already there, gently tucking a blanket over her.
Su-ho says that people might get the wrong idea if PD Lee treats Geu-rim that way, and assume that he likes her. PD Lee looks him right in the eye and says, “That’s correct. I like Song Geu-rim.”
Well, that’s going to change things. I didn’t think that PD Lee had real feelings for Geu-rim, but apparently I was wrong. I’m not sure yet how I feel about it — mostly I’m just glad that PD Lee has stopped being so handsy with her, especially since she didn’t seem to want or welcome that kind of attention from him. It’s really no surprise that he likes her, if I think about it, because why else would he be willing to stake his entire comeback show on an untried, reportedly bad writer, if he hadn’t seen something in her that interested him? But he was being very disrespectful to her for the first few weeks of the show, so I’m happy that he he finally seems to have backed off of the public displays of affection.
I really love the way Geu-rim doesn’t let important moments go by, even if it means she has to get answers to her questions later. Last episode, she kept asking Su-ho why he kissed her until he finally confessed, and in this episode, she followed the clues of his offhand comments about remembering him until she finally figured out what he was talking about. I’m always so frustrated when dramas interrupt an important conversation between a couple and they just pretend it never happened and never resume the conversation, so I really appreciate the way Geu-rim isn’t satisfied until her questions are addressed.
And thank goodness, now that the dam has burst, Su-ho seems more than willing to discuss whatever Geu-rim wants to discuss, especially if it’s about how he feels for her. I particularly liked how he told her that he was going to ignore her discomfort the same way she ignored his, because frankly, she had that coming after the way she dogged him about the radio show. Then when she figured out who he was, he answered every one of her questions honestly, even the ones that made him look strange, without even hesitating. Su-ho is so open about his feelings, probably due to the fact that he’s sick and tired of holding everything in his whole life, I just love it. The way he looks at Geu-rim kills me… his gaze fairly crackles with emotion, so it’s a good thing he’s not lying to himself or her because his eyes would declare him a liar right away. And I’m delighted with the cheeky sense of humor that’s starting to peek out from under Su-ho’s stoic mask. Once he really lets himself embrace his fun side, he’s going to be too cute for words.
As far as his family goes, Su-ho’s mother is ramping up her attempts to control Su-ho, and I’m glad that, for once, he’s actually fighting back. I think it was huge for him to say that the radio show is the only thing he’s ever wanted for himself, since it’s not that long ago that he was claiming to have no interest in it. I think that he’s starting to see how he can make a direct impact in people’s lives through the show, which leaves him feeling more fulfilled than simply playing a role written and directed by someone else. I’ll be truly proud when Su-ho can stop relying on Geu-rim to write every word he says, and begins to speak for himself. It turns out that he actually has a lot of value to say — all he needs to do now is to realize it for himself.
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