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Familiar Wife: Episode 4

Joo-hyuk’s new life isn’t turning out to be as rosy as he expected, which has the interesting effect of making him remember the good times from his old life. He’s feeling pulled in several uncomfortable directions as he learns that Hye-won isn’t as perfect as she seems on the outside. And as he’s forced to spend time around Woo-jin at work, Joo-hyuk is seeing a side of her that he hasn’t seen in many years — the side he fell in love with.

 
EPISODE 4: “Who are you?”

Woo-jin advances on Joo-hyuk, giving him a strange look, and he seems both afraid that she’ll recognize him, and fearful that she won’t. She asks, “By any chance… did you lose your phone recently?” Whew.

She asks if the woman on his phone’s wallpaper is his girlfriend, or maybe his wife, and Joo-hyuk hesitates. Finally he stammers, “Wi-wife,” so Woo-jin puts him firmly in the “married and unavailable” category.

Joo-hyuk can’t stop staring at Woo-jin and comparing her to how she was as his wife, like how she wears her hair down now, which she never did before even though he expressed a preference for it. But every time he notices something positive about her now, he remembers a time she yelled at him or hit him, reminding him that this isn’t the same Woo-jin.

Hye-won is particularly dressed up for classes today, wearing a fancy skirt and extra makeup as she thinks about the cute student she saw yesterday and how he offered to buy her lunch as thanks for borrowing her umbrella. She’s drawn to the last place she saw him, and sure enough, he soon exits the building and makes a beeline for her.

She pretends not to recognize him right away, and when he mentions lunch, she sneakily removes her wedding ring and starts to accept. But he’s joined by a cute little coed who chirps that she wants pizza for lunch, so Hye-won declines.

She hurries away, ignoring him calling out to her, and he looks genuinely sorry to see her go. His friend tells him that Hye-won is a chaebol daughter who only works here as a hobby, which seems to intrigue him.

Woo-jin’s encounter with a difficult customer goes downhill fast — he’s there to withdraw money from his daughter’s account, but his PIN is wrong, and he locks himself out of the account. Woo-jin tells him that he’ll have to show proof of family relationship before he’s allowed to reset the PIN, and the customer blows his top.

He demands to be allowed to try again, but Woo-jin politely but firmly tells him that he can’t, and calls her next customer. He yells and threatens her until security gets involved, but Woo-jin coolly ignores his tirade. It’s pretty impressive, to be honest.

Branch Manager Cha offers to buy everyone coffee at the end of the day, since they’ll be working late. Woo-jin is in the back room when Hyang-sook from Direct Banking takes everyone’s orders, and without thinking, Joo-hyuk thoughtlessly blurts out that Woo-jin doesn’t drink coffee and will want a strawberry shake. Whoops.

He shakes as Woo-jin returns and Hyang-sook tells her that Joo-hyuk says she prefers strawberry shakes to coffee. Woo-jin gives Joo-hyuk a strange look, wondering how he knows that, so he ad-libs that he never saw her drink coffee all day and everyone likes strawberries. Luckily, it works.

Later, Branch Manager Cha asks Woo-jin how her first day went. She says she found it interesting and energizing. Team Leader Jang mentions the difficult customer from earlier and how they suspect he’s addicted to online gambling. The Direct Banking team tell Woo-jin about several more “famous” customers, like the guy who constantly changes his password because he thinks there’s a bug planted in his body, and one customer who even stealth-poops on the lobby floor.

As they talk, Woo-jin starts stretching, explaining that she’s not used to sitting all day. Branch Manager Cha thinks that stretching sounds like a good idea, and soon the men are all getting into it. But the women gossip about Woo-jin later, complaining that she’s too flirtatious and seems like someone who’s nice to your face, but mean behind your back. Well, takes one to know one…

They decide to put her in her place a little, so when she comes to get her things and go home, Team Leader Jang asks her to tie her hair back from now on, because she’s not here to show off her looks. Woo-jin says that she has an unsightly scar on the back of her neck that she hides with her hair, making Team Leader Jang feel bad, but Woo-jin immediately says it’s just a joke and happily agrees to tie her hair back.

As she bikes home, Woo-jin accidentally runs smack into a pedestrian, who turns out to be Joo-eun. They argue over whose fault it was, each taking the blame, so finally Woo-jin just offers to bandage Joo-eun’s scraped hands. They like each other immediately, so Joo-eun invites Woo-jin to visit her bar often.

Both ladies feel like they’ve met before, but although they figure out that they were born the same year, they didn’t go to school together. They decide that it’s just friend-chemistry, agree to speak banmal together, and shake on it.

Woo-jin gets home just in time to find Mom trying to sneak out. Mom makes a run for it and leads Woo-jin on a merry chase through the neighborhood. Woo-jin resorts to shouting that Dad is behind her, making Mom stop and shuffle in her direction so Woo-jin can catch her.

Joo-hyuk has dinner at Sang-shik’s bar, where he’s so distracted that Sang-shik asks if something is wrong in his marriage. Instead of answering, Joo-hyuk poses a question: What would Sang-shik do if an ex-girlfriend came to work at the bar? He’s all wide-eyed innocence when Sang-shik asks if an ex is working at the bank, saying that this is about a friend, obviously.

Sang-shik says that it would be difficult, especially if the ex is still pretty, and asks if one of them could transfer to another branch. Joo-hyuk latches onto that idea, but Sang-shik’s comment reminds him of how pretty Woo-jin was when they first met, how much she changed, and how beautiful she looks in this new timeline.

He calls Human Resources the next day to ask if any other branches are looking for an assistant manager, but there are no openings. However, he does learn that there are opening in Direct Banking elsewhere, so he asks Woo-jin to help him move some boxes, and while they’re working he talks about how hard it is to work at this branch.

Unfortunately, Woo-jin says that she likes the hard work because she learns faster. Joo-hyuk lies that Team Leader Jang is a sociopath, which is why people keep quitting her team, lol. He tells her about an opening at a rival bank, but Woo-jin just says that there are difficult supervisors everywhere, and anyway she likes it here.

Joo-hyuk tries a new tactic, yelling at Woo-jin for little things in an attempt to make her want to quit. Everyone stares to see him acting so out-of-character, and on their break, Jong-hoo asks Joo-hyuk why he’s being so hard on Woo-jin. Something about the way he defends her makes Joo-hyuk look at him sideways.

He warns Jong-hoo not to judge Woo-jin so quickly, because for all he knows she might be a psycho. LOL, she pops up right under their noses, having come to get the keys from Jong-hoo. But if she heard anything, she doesn’t give it away.

Joo-hyuk and Jong-hoo get back downstairs to find Branch Manager Cha reading a negative (and not entirely factual) comment about Woo-jin left by her difficult customer. Team Leader Jang says that they know she didn’t do anything wrong, but she needs to be extra careful with the more angry customers.

Joo-hyuk takes this opportunity to berate Woo-jin again, making everyone feel super awkward, until Jong-hoo finally drags him back to his desk. Woo-jin apologizes, and Team Leader Jang promises to smooth things over with the customer.

They call him in and offer him several VVIP gifts, and the customer snarls that he’s not a beggar then demands different gifts. Woo-jin apologizes but he says that she sounds insincere, then starts yelling again when Manager Byun and Team Leader Jang both say she sounded very sorry to them.

Woo-jin apologizes again and asks if she should kneel, but he even manages to take offense to that (“You’ll be the person willing to kneel down for your bank, and I’ll be the crazy person!”). He demands a formal deep bow and triple apology, threatening to keep posting negative reviews if she doesn’t. It looks like Branch Manager Cha is going to defend her, but Woo-jin gives the jerk the apology he wants.

The Direct Banking ladies eavesdrop and report back to the others about what’s happening. Hwan is incensed that Woo-jin was forced to bow to such an ass, but Jong-hoo says that Woo-jin must feel the worst of them all. Joo-hyuk grins at the idea that she might transfer back to headquarters.

Jong-hoo heads to the break room and finds Woo-jin sitting alone, shoulders shaking. He goes over to console her, but HA, she’s perfectly fine — she’s just stuffing her face since she missed lunch in all the commotion. Jong-hoo backs out of the room slowly, and he’s giggling by the time he tells Joo-hyuk that she’s not upset, just eating.

When Woo-jin makes her way back to her desk, Jong-hoo moons at her like he’s already half in love. Joo-hyuk is disappointed, having hoped that she’d be so distraught that she’d quit.

Woo-jin walks with Joo-hyuk to the parking lot after work to ask about customer complaints, but Joo-hyuk just snaps at her for asking so many questions. She asks if she annoys him, confessing that she heard what he said on the roof. She says that she prefers straightforward people and invites him to meet with her on the roof if he has anything bothersome to talk to her about.

Joo-hyuk bounces in place, anxious to get away from her, but she disarms him by telling him, “My first impression of you was very good. I thought you were friendly, and you felt familiar. I’m not trying to gain your favor, I really mean it.”

Joo-hyuk notices the direction Woo-jin bikes home, making him wonder if she still lives in the same house she grew up in. He impulsively follows her, and he recognizes the alley she turns into and thinks wistfully that it’s been a long time since he was there.

His mother calls, surprising him that she and his father are in town. He convinces them to stay at his place for the night, and he enjoys seeing his parents relaxing in his nice home, probably because he’s never been able to do this before.

Hye-won is not so happy to see her in-laws, however. Joo-hyuk’s mom doesn’t help by commenting on Hye-won’s shopping habits and the fact that she has a maid clean weekly, and Hye-won then makes it a lot worse by chirping that her mother pays for everything.

She assumes they’re staying in a hotel, and the look Joo-hyuk gives her is just brimming with disappointment. He follows her to the bedroom and says she’s being rude to her in-laws, but she retorts that it’s rude of them to show up unannounced.

Joo-hyuk reminds her that he invited them, but Hye-won complains that it’s inconvenient for her to host strangers in her house. She realizes how that sounded and says that a hotel would be nicer, but Joo-hyuk points out that she’s not offering a hotel for them, but for her own comfort.

He runs downstairs when he hears the front door slam and finds his parents in the street. His mom says they can either stay with Joo-eun or her sister, and Dad snaps that Hye-won has never treated them like in-laws.

They leave, and Joo-hyuk goes back to the house to find Hye-won looking contrite. She claims to feel bad, though she immediately says that his parents made her look like the bad guy. She offers to start sending them allowance money, but Joo-hyuk says that money isn’t the issue — it’s her unwelcoming behavior.

Hye-won says that his mother always criticizes her way of life, but Joo-hyuk replies that his mother isn’t wrong about her lavish spending. Hye-won whines that she’s lived this way her whole life, but Joo-hyuk counters that living opulently is difficult for him because of his humble upbringing.

He mentions how even expected to see her parents all the time while his can’t even spend one night in their home. Hye-won points out that he made that promise before they were married, and challenges him to give back everything her father has given him if he doesn’t like it.

She storms out of the house, leaving Joo-hyuk to call Joo-eun to ask her to console their parents for him. He stays up late playing video games, eventually getting a text notification that she’s booked a room at an expensive hotel.

As soon as Jong-hoo sees Joo-hyuk’s face in the morning, he guesses that he fought with his wife. Jong-hoo spots Woo-jin and calls her over, and she decides to have one of the breakfast sandwiches they’re eating.

Jong-hoo asks her about herself, and she tells him that she graduated college two years late because her father died when she was in high school, so she had to work part-time jobs for two years to make money for school. She says she’s an only child, so she always wanted to get married and have a lot of kids for her mom to enjoy.

She reveals that her mother is unwell, which snaps Joo-hyuk out of his pout, and he asks worriedly in banmal, “How is Mother unwell?” making Woo-jin and Jong-hoo blink at him. Woo-jin says that she’s only a bit ill, and that she’s happy.

Still in her hotel room, Hye-won stews angrily that Joo-hyuk hasn’t tried to call her. She finally calls him to order him to call her, since it hurts her pride that she had to call first. He does, though he’s annoyed about it.

He asks when she’s coming home, and when she says that it depends on whether he begs, he says the words dutifully. Hye-won accepts it, and she coos that she’s going to the hotel spa before heading home.

The jerk customer saunters back into the bank later and plunks himself down at Woo-jin’s counter. Obviously drunk (and now sitting on the counter), he announces that he’s had a celebratory drink after hitting it big, but he’s still thirsty.

Manager Byun gets a cup of water for him, surreptitiously spits in it, then hands it off. The customer cheerfully complains about Woo-jin’s attitude, then offers her a pile of bills as “pocket money,” which she refuses to take. It makes him mad, so Woo-jin reaches up to scratch her forehead — with her middle finger. MWAHAHA.

She uses that same middle finger to push the money back towards the customer, and he finally notices that she’s insulting him. He grabs her hand, which has Joo-hyuk lurching to his feet, but Jong-hoo pushes him back down as he rounds the counter himself.

He yanks the customer away and invites him outside for a little chat, but the customer shoves him violently to the floor. Suddenly, Woo-jin appears out of nowhere and twists the customer’s arm, them flips him onto his back. That. Was. Awesome. Everyone freezes in shock, including Woo-jin herself.

They all go out after work, where Manager Byun can’t stop talking about how amazing Woo-jin was. She apologizes, but Branch Manager Cha says that she did the right thing — they should treat customers politely, but violent, drunk customers are another thing.

Woo-jin says that before she worked for the bank, she was a bodyguard at the National Intelligence Service. Jong-hoo remembers seeing her on television, and they both marvel at the coincidence… until Woo-jin admits that it’s just a joke. LOL. She and Jong-hoo high-five as everyone says they’d make a great couple, making Joo-hyuk seethe.

Jong-hoo muses that attraction can happen in just a couple of days, and later when he runs across Woo-jin in the hall, they bond over their similar offbeat sense of humor. Joo-hyuk runs across them laughing and borderline flirting, but he keeps his distance.

Later, Woo-jin impresses everyone with her drinking ability. It reminds Joo-hyuk of a time when she got drunk and complained about her horrible life, sobbing that she wanted her life back. Joo-hyuk realizes that he forgot how much she used to smile when they first met.

He recalls one day after her father’s death when he’d been tutoring her, and she’d talked him into taking a kimbap break. She’d told him that zero is her favorite number because it holds absolute power in multiplication, but none in addition. She’s said that zero loves addition the most, so it’s weak to it, which reminds her of her mother’s steadfast love for her father.

She’d thanked Joo-hyuk for tutoring her even though they couldn’t pay him anymore, and he’d claimed it was just out of loyalty. Woo-jin had gotten right up close and asked if it was only loyalty, and Joo-hyuk had poked her face and asked what else it would be.

She’d said it could be love, and asked if she could be his girlfriend once she became an adult. Joo-hyuk told her gently that she wasn’t his type, making her pout, until he called her “Woo-jin-ah” and cheered her up again.

Joo-hyuk nods off while remembering their past, and when the team leaves the bar, Woo-jin hangs back to wake him. He stares at her and asks, “Who are you?” He follows her outside, where watches in horror as Woo-jin steps right into the path of a motorcycle.

He runs and grabs her out of the way, yelling, “Woo-jin-ah!” as he pulls her into his arms. His voice calling her name resonates in Woo-jin’s mind, and she stares at him in shock until he lets her go.

When she gets home, she tells her mother that when Joo-hyuk called her name, she actually cried a bit. She wonders why it felt so sad, but she snaps out of it to tease her mom about wanting more ice cream when she just polished off a whole pint.

On his way home, Joo-hyuk remembers another day with Woo-jin when she was older, and their study sessions had started looking more like dates. He’d stopped hiding that he was falling for her, and seeing her smile had helped him make it through the difficult days. He’d walked her home and they’d had a hard time leaving each other, so they’d just walked each other back and forth between her door and the end of the alley. So cute.

Back in the present, Joo-hyuk stops his taxi at Woo-jin’s alley and walks to her house, then turns to go. But he runs into Woo-jin, who’s surprised that he knows where she lives, so he pretends he got lost looking for a friend’s house. He seems strangely happy to see her, and when he tries to leave, Woo-jin stops him.

She says she knows it will sound strange, and asks if they’ve met before. Before Joo-hyuk can answer, her mom comes outside, and with a huge grin, she says, “Son-in-Law Cha!”

COMMENTS

Well, that’s going to take some fancy explaining. And how intriguing, if Mom’s dementia allows her to remember the old timeline. I can see some pretty fun shenanigans resulting from Mom’s insistence that Joo-hyuk and Woo-jin are married, while Woo-jin is experiencing her own confusing dreams and vague memories. Obviously this little time-trip hasn’t erased the old timeline completely, which makes me feel a lot better (especially about the four children, Joo-hyuk’s and Jong-hoo’s, who were casualties of Joo-hyuk’s bad decision).

I can so relate to Woo-jin’s difficulty in fitting in at her new job, because I know how it feels to have a quirky personality and want to be accepted for it, only to have everyone think you’re a weirdo. It says a lot about her “new” easygoing personality that she takes the snide comments and outright meanness from Joo-hyuk in stride and doesn’t let it get to her. It also highlights how truly awful those years married to Joo-hyuk must have been to have changed her so drastically, because she started out so unusually resilient and accepting of her own “extra” behavior (and it’s not just the stress of the kids, who came along later in their marriage). It’s interesting that the show has chosen not to give us more than glimpses of what happened between Joo-hyuk and Woo-jin to cause her to change, but lets the contrast between her old-timeline self and new-timeline self do the talking.

Speaking of which, the drama is doing the same thing with Hye-won — not openly telling us about her personality, but letting us infer the type of person she is by her actions. On the surface she seems perfect (rich, beautiful, sweet) which is no doubt why Joo-hyuk held her on such a pedestal for all those years. But in reality, she seems quite nasty — she spends astronomical amounts of money to console her jealousy of a friend, she monopolizes Joo-hyuk’s time for her own family and acts like a complete spoiled brat (and that’s me being nice) when he wants to spend time with his parents, and worst, at the slightest show of interest from a handsome man, she hides her wedding ring.

It’s possible, even probable, that Hye-won is acting out in her own way to life with Joo-hyuk — after all, he has most likely been the same husband in both timelines. They won’t have had the money problems he and Woo-jin had, though they obviously still have some money problems, just of a different kind. But Jh has almost certainly been the same thoughtless, selfish, careless person he was before. We do know that Hye-won’s life is very different, since she’s just a cello teacher now instead of a world-renowned artist, and even with her parents’ money, she can’t be happy or feel like she contributes much. No doubt that’s taken a toll on Hye-won like it did on Woo-jin, but her reactions are just different.

It’s going to be such poetic justice if Jong-hoo decides that Woo-jin is his “The One” and starts pursuing her right under Joo-hyuk’s nose. He obviously finds her very attractive, and Joo-hyuk has definitely noticed Jong-hoo’s interest, and it’s clear he doesn’t like it. Even if he was sick and tired of the way Woo-jin treated him, she was still his lady for twelve years, so it’s natural for Joo-hyuk to feel possessive. But I think he also feels jealous — which is very different — because this timeline’s Woo-jin is so much more likable, and Joo-hyuk would have to be a rock not to find her attractive when she looks and acts so much like the woman he fell in love with again.

I’m very curious about how the time travel mechanism works, especially since Joo-hyuk has used up both of the coins that enabled him to go back in time. Even if he wants to change things back, he can’t, at least not the same way. It’s interesting that this timeline begins three months before he left the old one, so I’m guessing he’ll have to make a decision when the three months are up — stay in this reality, or go back to the old one. I hope that staying but trying to be with the new Woo-jin isn’t an option, because Joo-hyuk has a lot of wrongs to right with the original Woo-jin, and getting together with the “good” Woo-jin would be a cop-out. It may not even take three months though, because he’s only been in this timeline for a few days and he’s already learning that Hye-won isn’t as perfect as he thought, and that he may be responsible for the way Woo-jin changed. He’s already feeling wistful for the Woo-jin he met years ago, so I’m hoping that he chooses to go back and do whatever he can to make things right, and make her happy again.

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Thanks so much for the recap !!!! For me this episode kind of pieced everything together for me. I totally see both sides of the coin when it comes to his actions but now I know I don't want them to get back together. WooJin really was a piece of work. Loud,screamy, vindictive and cruel but maybe its just me but I feel as if just by seeing his actions I can understand where her anger and frustration is coming from.

In both time lines what we see is that whatever woman Joo Hyuk gets with doesn't reach their full potential. Something about him is stifling who they possibly could be . Woo Jin was legit able to put herself through college and not have to pedal nonsense as a masseuse in this new world . In the old world Hye Won became world renowned but now is pretty much a stay at home wife who teaches for a hobby. Clearly money isn't the reason these women aren't becoming the best they can be because nothing seems to be holding Hye Won from being able to be a wife and a musician but here she is not living her dream. Secondly he's so uncaring its scary. Even if Hye Won is the absolute worst (She is the freaking worse btw ) inviting his parents to THEIR house without even giving her a heads up is rude. Not calling or even texting to let her know the plan is rude. He did this in the old time line with the games and such and now he's doing the same thing again. Of course the situations aren't identical but I'm starting to note exactly what it is that is making these women turn. He's uncaring (he legit played video games after a fight with his wife in which both were in the wrong), he's self absorbed (he's bullying Woo Jin and happy about her misery just because he's uncomfortable), he's childish (legit who doesn't realize when they ditch their wife that their kids are part of the deal?!). Its scary to see that these women are in the wrong but he's worse.

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From the episodes so far, 90% of Joo Hyuk's problems are his own doing. Playing his stupid games is far more important than his family or job.

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Your comment about their potential is very insightful. Though HyeWon is a spoiled brat but she seems worse in this timeline. She’s bored and doesn’t seem to have any friends. And your observations about the whole bringing your parents home situation is spot on. JooHyuk appears to have signed up to be a specific kind of son-in-law and (in this timeline) knew HyeWon’s lifestyle before marrying her. He is also enjoying the perks of marrying her in terms of career and lifestyle. To then suddenly want to be the dutiful son is just being selfish.
His attitude toward WooJin in this timeline is also mean bordering on nasty. He kept saying she lacks “moral foundation” when he was the one who without a second thought erased the existence of 4 kids (that we know of) and god knows altered how many lives!

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The whole time I was watching the drama last week I had the mantra of "If Jisung hadn't been the person playing this role I honestly would kill this man". On paper he's someone I feel like I should hate but when I see Ji Sung and his portrayal I just feel frustrated and disappointed lol. This drama is the first one where I'm noticing so many minute flaws in one single character like wtf. For years in this new TL he's been married to Hye Won and ignored his parents. I know technically he didn't do it since time sped up but the person who disregarded his parents was him. Clearly he has a history of disregarding other people's happiness if Woo Jin's drunken demand to get her life back means anything. And I really like your perception that his attitude is borderline nasty because that's what it is. Who smiles when they find out that their old wife had to bow to a gambling lowlife who steals from his daughter's bank account? No matter how much you don't want to work with her what the actual heck?! He just lost his two kids and is the reason his friend is alone without his two kids and his reaction to finding out about a man who is disrespectful to his ex wife but also to a child is to smile?! Ohhhh Ji Sung is so lucky I love him

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JiSung’s attractiveness definitely takes the edge of a very unpleasant character.

I do think his character makes the drama more interesting. I’m now really invested in seeing if a character like JooHyuk can be redeemed and how they resolve the time-travel/ alternate realities issue.

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Same but I hope life kicks his butt in the process also lol

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That's a great observation. There's something about him, his selfishness, childishness, thoughtlessness that actively ruins the lives of the women he supposedly loves. I think it's because he doesn't love them for who they are, he loves them for what they do for him.

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My thing is was he always like that or did he change also? Did he and woojin both change to who they are now in the original TL or did he change and cause both wives to change? Or was he just this horriblealways?

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“ I think it's because he doesn't love them for who they are, he loves them for what they do for him.”

This! This Exactly!

I was thinking the same thing when I was watching the flashback with young WooJin. Even then it was all about how she made home happy. I know the show is from his perspective but even his fond memories of WooJin seemed to be centered around him. I really wish he grows up and becomes a more considerate human being.

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I dont completely agree with you. I admit that he is very selfish and a lot of things are his fault but his wives not reaching their full potential cant be completely his fault. Woo jin had no interest in studying in his previous timeline she only wanted to marry him so in this timline she only studied more because she couldnt get married and had to do something. If she had found someone else other than him then she would still be in the same situation as before but most probably not that stressful one. Same with hye won if she had married somone else she probably wouldnt have persued her dreams either cz at that time her marriage took priority to dreams.

As for games i could sort of understand his point of view. Everyone has something they are passionate about. dont we love dramas too? Most of us when we are in stressful situation watch dramas to take our mind of it or at least i do that. It was the same for him he considered his life to be difficult and it was the only thing that gave him an out for some time. But since he is careless he didnt think that his wife does not have anything like that. If she did she might be less stressful.

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I can see where you're coming from. I totally do when it comes to the women. I thought like you sort of when I was writing my original post which is why I said that there has to be something connected to Joo Hyuk that is causing this because to me there had to have been other men who have found either Hye Won or Woo Jin attractive right (or is this just bad writing)? So for me I think I came at this from it being that link with Joo Hyuk is connected to them not reaching their success. Besides in the beginning we see that yes Woo Jin didn't want to study but with the push from Joo Hyuk when they were just tutor and student she worked hard. Once they started dating that work ethic kind of got lost. I'm not blaming him for that but I am seeing a connection.

With the thing with the video game though I totally blame him. Of course we all have our vices and obsessions. You're absolutely right that dramas and kpop are ours but if I had a serious fight with my husband and I'd just hurt my parents' feelings I wouldn't be watching bts bombs or rewatching healer. I would either be trying to figure out what to do with my husband or be at my sister's house profusely apologizing to my parents. Do you realize that he had the opportunity to be at his sister's house with his parents and not alone playing games and he didn't pick that option? I can see him not going after his wife but what about his poor mom? That's why I say it's scary how careless he is because he doesn't even see how his actions are cruel.

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Oooh that is a really good observation. He totally could have gone to his sister's to hang out with his parents. I hadn't even thought of that. You're so right; he is careless and thoughtless about how his actions are affecting others. His path to redemption is going to be drastic. It has to be!

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Oh, come on! He's the husband, not a pet! This is supposed to be HIS house also. Seems Current Wife feels that she and her father bought him...not the recipe for a long-lasting, loving relationship. He's just a normal, good guy; simple and somewhat clueless, but sincere.

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Obviously there were men who found these ladies attractive remember hye won won would get flowers from other guys. It wasnt that He chose these women it was those women who chose him and liked him first obviously they must have liked something about him he was really nice and a sweet person then. I am pretty sure he would have supported if woo jin wanted to go through college by working he would have stayed by her and same for hye won. He even tutored woo jin for free even before they started dating he wanted her to become someone. So although he must have had some influence it was the ladies'own decisions to not persue their dreams so i domt blame him.

And yeah i agree he could have gone after the parents but since everyone thinks differently we cant say what his thought process was. Maybe he was ashamed to face them? Or even if he went there what would he say? The person at fault was his wife for his parents. He can say sorry for her but that make them feel any better?
I know he should have handled the situation better but thats just how he is good at heart but makes stupid decisions. And that is what this drama is about showing his growth from someone selfish and careless to someone who will learn to cherish his loved ones. And he does love them all he just has a poor way of showing it

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I am not trying to defend him its just thats how i interpreted his character. Too childish but good at heart and although he does of lot of stuff that i dislike i cant hate him and still like his character and root for him. He is even relatable to me in some aspects as i am also pretty careless 😅

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Thanks for the recap, @lollypip!

The plot is moving in a different direction than I had originally anticipated, but I quite like it. At first I thought he would have this alternative life, but would ruin it just like he did his real life, which would show that he’s actually at fault for his own misery. But, no, I think this Show is trying to say that the “grass is greener on the other side……until you actually cross to the other side and find brown and barren spots you hadn’t noticed before.”

What I love most is the Show’s ability to reveal that Joo Hyuk’s conflict with Woo Jin is based upon normal external pressures (young family, stressful jobs, making ends meet); but in the alternative life, his conflict with Hye Won is based upon different values (extravagant spending, food waste, and the overemphasis to please his in-laws at the expense and neglect of his own family).

Ji Sung is really great at creating chemistry with his fellow actors. I can feel him drawn to Han Ji Min’s character. It’s even better in the alternative timeline where Woo Jin is rather neutral and unaffected emotionally to Joo Hyuk, but I definitely can feel his (unwitting) connection and draw towards her because in his heart he’s still in love with his (real) wife.

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Great recap! Pretty sure I wasn't the only one who felt goosebumps at that ending...but I think I agree with @lollypip about going back to the old timeline. I read comments on other sites saying they'd prefer JH stay in this timeline and start anew with the new WJ but that just seems like an unfair and frankly undeserved do-over. PLUS THE POOR KIDS. I think we're definitely going back to the old timeline (or some hybrid mash-up), and we might even have WJ regain her 'memories' in the new one before we do, because it'd be downright crazy for him to go back to a completely unaware WJ. Can't wait for Wednesday and hoping to see a kickstart in JH's realization of his asshole-husband ways, now that he's realized how much WJ has changed. Part of me also wants some of that realization to come from his relationship with HW. Yes, she's a spoilt brat, but I don't want her to solely function as a device to make him regret his choice. I want him to realize that no matter who his wife is, there's something fundamentally wrong in the way he is as a partner.

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In either timeline children disappear since his sister has a baby in the second chance timeline.

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Idk I think the baby would be bound to happy in either timeline for his sister. There were hints of her connection to his best friend in the original timeline also. All that would happen is that it got pushed back some

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Your last sentence sums up everything. Kut.

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Maybe by the end of it all, JooHyuk might just decide to be some celibate old bachelor and live a fabulous single life since both women do well without him and he won't have the problems they bring. Happiness for all!!

But Drama ain't gonna let ppl be single without being happy.

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I really want to see this drama.

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LOL. I don't think he deserves such a harsh ending though!

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10/10 would watch again!

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single is sin in dramaland XD
But how cool is that if any drama dare to take that kind of route?
OTP always 1)find their first love after current loved one passed away 2)bachelor until they meet their first love 3)bitterly divorced and get back together 4) bitterly divorced and remarried their first love

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Thanks for the recap. My only complaint is that I really hope the show doesn't try to put Woo-jin together with the best friend. Because that's just icky. Especially if we're going to be switching timelines again.

Also, that water PPL was the legit worst (or was that episode 3?)

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I can see it. I think part of this timeline is some of Joo-hyuk subconscious. While we didn't see Woo-jin and Jong-hoo in current timeline together, he never had anything hostile to say about her or said they did not get along. Joo-hyuk in current timeline could be a little jealous that they do get along.

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I thought the same about water scene it was so random!

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I laughed hard during the water PPL.

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So this show has created something rather fascinating. It also makes me laugh at times- big thumps up overall. Seriously I can barely put into words how these last episodes have piqued my interest.

Joo Hyuk is just about the worst husband one can have regardless of time-lines he's floating in. This show would be a total fail if he wouldn't go through a huge learning curve that would wake him up from his narcissistic bubble. Seriously, they're bound to make him end up with at least one lady he doesn't deserve, might as well make him regret his shitty behaviour.

I especially love how this time-line showed both the wives with alternative outcomes of their lives with the same husband. Woo Jin reached her potential despite being poor and caring for her sick mother.
Privileged and talented Hye-won failed to pursue her dreams and is now stuck playing housewife.
It's more fascinating that for the most part they both changed from the inside catering to Joo hyuk. Joo Hyuk who's consistently the same inconsiderate douche with either of them. And the same job! I'm surprised that his job was kept the same, but then again he's still the same ol' jerk.

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There is no denying that Joo Hyuk is a thoughtless, selfish, careless person and being married to him took its toll. I don’t know about Hye Won but I do think Woo Jin failing to meet her potential in the previous timeline was partly because of her own choices. Her dream was to marry and have lots of kids, and in the previous timeline, it appears she chose to pursue that dream at a very young age. Joo Hyuk has many faults, but they seemed happy during the early flashbacks, and I can’t see that Joo Hyuk discouraging her from pursuing an education and career if that is what she had wanted and getting a chance to experience life as something other than Woo Jin the daughter, wife and mother.

The flashback where Woo Jin told Joo Hyuk she wanted her life back was sad.

I don’t think I’ve ever watched a k-drama set in a bank. I really like the bank crew. They are fun without being slapstick.

I loved Joo Hyuk’s reactions to Woo Jin. He looked like he was going to jump out of his skin for most of the episode.

I liked when Joo Hyuk remembered that Woo Jin used to smile a lot and asked in alarm what was wrong with Mother. I like that he’s comparing his new life with his old and taking baby steps toward some realizations.

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I knew it! I knew Woo Jin's mother would recognize him! I was so happy when she called him Son in Law Cha and smiled at him. I actually clapped! Anyway, I'm loving Woo Jin more and more, she's so quirky and wonderful and funny. The way she looks at the world is so fascinating. I mean what kind of compliment is 'I love your dandruff'?! Brilliant! It's interesting that she and Joo Eun connected right away and I wonder what kind of relationship they had in the 'old' timeline? I hope they were friends there too. I'm glad to see Joo Hyuk start observing Woo Jin and reflecting on his old life. This could be the start of some major shifts in his own character. I want to see him turn from the selfish, childish man he has been and become a thoughtful, nurturing man not just to his partner (whoever it ends up being!) but to others around him. He has such potential!

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Where can I watch this?

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Dramafever and Viki. Dramafever has commercials though and Viki may just be for vikipass members not sure (I'm a member so I often times don't pay attention sorry)

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LOOOL why do you say that??

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i just read it on your fan wall and i completly agree with everything you said! I was begining to think that too that it feels like i am watching something different. I would come here impressed with the episodes but everyone just starts criticizing cha joo hyuk and i am here like but i like his character and his development why is everyone ruining my drama 😔

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It seems like they're trying too hard to show that Cha Do Hyuk and Hye Won aren't a perfect match. The subtleties would've done it. They didn't have to go all out and paint her as a cheater from the get go. I mean, let's be real. Their marriage for now is pretty stale, and considering the Do Hyuk doesn't REALLY know what happened between them in the past 12 years of their marriage, he can't consider this to be new. For all he knows, they've been living the way they are now for the past 12 years. How is it that all the problems in the marriage show up in all of 2 minutes? Just because he changed his life? I feel for Hye Won. It's not her fault that her husband has suddenly changed tune to the person she's always been. But still, COME ON WRITERS. There's no need for you to paint her as a bad person. The relationship would have fizzled out on its own. The incompatibility is already visible.

I will give Ji Sung props. His acting is such a delightful and (for lack of better words) SO DAMN GOOD. I always enjoy his dramas because he plays roles that are not only challenging, but also take his and us on a journey. I'm loving him here, and the dynamic relationship that he had/has with Han Ji Min is spectacular. I'm not usually a fan of montages and constant flashbacks, but I'm enjoying the screenwriter's delve into their past relationship. It gives a real depth to the relationship he left behind. "My wife used to smile. She doesn't anymore. I find out in this alternate reality that she is able to smile despite her circumstances. What in our former life made her stop smiling?" sort of a backwards introspection into his own faults seen through the eyes of his pseudo-former ex wife. I love it.

I'M HOOKED. YAY FOR KNOWING WIFE

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