You Who Forgot Poetry: Episodes 11-12
Sometimes a show gives you every single thing that you want. But I can’t decide if this show is that show. I mean, it is, but also… I want… more? I want alternate realities? I want everyone to be happy forever and not have to choose between outcomes?
Basically, I don’t even know what I want anymore, but I guess you’re welcome to have your way with us all, Show, ’cause whatever you do, it’s grade-A fine with me!
EPISODES 11-12 WEECAP
Min-ho tags along with Bo-young when she goes looking for a book, but the one she wants has gone out of print. He’s secretly pleased when she gifts him with a book of children’s poetry.
Dae-bang is still recovering from his injury, and things get interesting when a new patient “Ha Seok-jin” (a lolarious cameo from the same!) arrives in the bed next door.
The very opposite of Dae-bang, Ha Seok-jin is ultra-decisive and immediately asks Yoon-joo out, having already decided their entire future life, right up to their respective departures from the mortal coil. (Yoon-joo: “But why do I die first?”)
Yoon-joo agrees to have a meal with him but it ends with Ha Seok-jin and Dae-bang coming to blows (sort of… Dae-bang can’t decide whether to hit him or not). Yoon-joo has enough and yells that she’s done with both of them.
The physios’ case of the week is a young soccer player refusing treatment. He was on the national team, but can’t play anymore after an accident. He refuses treatment and Bo-young desperately tries to convince him, but Jae-wook harshly tells him to give up his slots to people who actually want them.
An angry Bo-young confronts Jae-wook that night about how he treated the boy. She supposes he can speak like that because he’s never had to give up on his own dreams.
The next day, though, the boy turns up for his treatment after all, and tells Bo-young afterwards that Jae-wook sought him out again the day before. He’d told him about his own past, where he’d also been in an accident that put an end to his pro-baseball career.
Like his doctor who hadn’t given up on him then, Jae-wook promised not to give up on the boy now, as long as he didn’t give up on himself.
Bo-young apologizes to Jae-wook for misunderstanding him, and tells him about her own pain when she had to give up literature. He barely stops himself reaching out to comfort her—a moment Min-ho witnesses from across the road.
Min-ho has secretly tracked down a copy of the book she wanted, and resolves to confess to her right away. But Bo-young’s already got plans because Jae-wook is on his way back to her, having executed a Grand U-turn of Love. Oooo!!!!
YES FINALLY JAE-WOOK CONFESSES AND TELLS HER HE REALLY LIKES HER THANK YOU GOD. Bo-young can’t believe it either, and who can blame her, with that imagination. But I feel so sad for Min-ho? How can you have second-lead syndrome when you weren’t even shipping the second lead? (Is he even the second lead?) WHAT IS THIS SADNESS IN MY HEART.
They agree to keep their dating secret from their colleagues, but at work the next day, Jae-wook is hilariously terrible at hiding it.
The others very soon figure out that he’s dating (the big red hearts he’s doodled all over his notepad kinda give it away?) though they can’t for the life of them figure out who, even though he’s practically shooting eye-hearts at Bo-young aaallll day, the dork. It’s so funny to see Bo-young cringe at his obviousness, ha!
Aw, yay, Bo-young wins their department an award from the hospital for saving a woman’s life. They go to dinner to celebrate, and the crowning glory of it all is Jae-wook and Bo-young’s noraebang duet.
Poor Min-ho has been missing everything, meanwhile, since he’s been off work after colliding with a motorcycle the night before. Unaware of the latest developments, he decides to delay his confession until the timing is right.
It’s also Joo-yong’s day off, and he has Dae-bang around for the day. Dae-bang and Min-ho side-eye each other, since Joo-yong told each of them that the other was kind of terrible.
They privately agree with Joo-yong’s assessment at first, but when Min-ho turns out to be kind and Dae-bang turns out to be helpful, they rethink their negative impressions and jointly confront Joo-yong. Who is reading manhwas instead of studying. Oh Joo-yong, Joo-yong, what are we going to do with you?
Meanwhile, Nam-woo (when did he get reunited with his alligator?!) bumps into a girl called KIM MI-RAE and we learn that they used to date, but she broke up with him after her financial situation worsened.
She’s part of the reason Nam-woo has been working so hard to gain a stable job. But no sooner does he decide to try again with her than his hopes are dashed, as his mother calls up to deliver the bad news that they’re in even worse straits now. Aww, my poor baby Nam-woo.
Jae-wook and Bo-young slip away from the group. Bo-young tells her boyfriend (!!) that everyone’s onto him, which mystifies him. (Jae-wook: “But I did so much mind-control!”).
When he realizes that Bo-young wanted to keep their relationship secret for his sake, he tells her he’s happy with everyone knowing about them, if she is. And then he kisses her and the Yentire fandom drops dead.
Aw, poor Min-ho. I mean, for a start, I don’t think his confession would have been successful, but I also can’t fault his reasoning in delaying it because it was the most sensible thing to do, even from an emotional point of view. It ultimately shows his consideration for her and that’s a big step for the Min-ho we know.
I’m beginning to think he’s been a decent person all along, but ended up being his absolute worst self with Bo-young for all that time. Apart from with her, we’ve never actually seen him be cruel to anyone else—petulant and thoughtless, yes, but not the kind of downright cruel behavior he’d shown to her.
I suppose it is his very just desserts to suffer. With so much of love to do with the right timing, Min-ho’s missed it every time, but I don’t see that he ever realistically engaged Bo-young’s feelings in that way since their reunion. I actually love that he’s earned her friendship instead (he really has). He’s a good friend when he’s not being an enemy, and the fact that he and Nam-woo (who is as sensitive as he is dramatic) are close does say something.
Similarly, his new fellowship with Dae-bang. One of the most fun things about this show is the way the characters’ relationships cross over, and this week, apart from the (slightly exhausting) Ha Seok-jin interlude, I really loved the budding brotherhood between Min-ho and Dae-bang.
How great was it to see them meet each other full of preconceived ideas about the other, but to then be able to see past that surface to their better qualities? And Joo-yong: He’s such a great character for so many reasons—this easygoing mixture of competence and pomp, pride and idiocy. I honestly could watch these boys in a show all day.
The poetry was spot-on this week, it actually feels like the writers took a selection of poems and constructed this entire universe and characters around them. The poetry is essentially a stand-in for emotions, and changing the narrators serves as a way of giving us access to different characters’ inner feelings each time.
We started off the show with Bo-young exclusively narrating, but that eventually unwound to include Jae-wook recently, and finally this week, we hear both Min-ho and Nam-woo. It’s such a beautiful way of gently unfolding their hearts to show us what’s inside. Rather than melancholy, I feel that the poetry grounds the show in a reflective, self-examining way.
Min-ho’s keynote poem, “You’re a fool,” illustrates Bo-young completely, as someone to whom the small things matter as much as the big, and who takes joy in them all equally. It’s like the writer handed this poem over to Lee Yubi and just told her, “This is you.” How lovely.
As for the rest, here are two thousand words: