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Familiar Wife: Episode 7

Joo-hyuk’s jealousy over Jong-hoo’s interest in Woo-jin continues to deepen, and it doesn’t help that the three of them seem to constantly be together, both at work and in their free time. Woo-jin is also experiencing some confusing feelings that she doesn’t know how to deal with, but without the information Joo-hyuk has, she does her best to cope. But a crisis forces everyone’s feelings to the forefront, and Joo-hyuk starts to realize that the life he truly wants might just be the life he left behind.

 
EPISODE 7: “Memories over love”

Apologizing in advance, Woo-jin puts Joo-hyuk’s hand on the top of her head, then looks up at him. But before she can say anything, Hye-won arrives and finds them like that, and Joo-hyuk stammers a lame excuse that there’s something in Woo-jin’s hair.

Hye-won recognizes Woo-jin’s name, having found Woo-jin’s broken nametag in Joo-hyuk’s car. After Woo-jin leaves, Hye-won tells Joo-hyuk that she assumed the nametag was a man’s, and Joo-hyuk goes overboard, gushing about how Hye-won’s name is so much prettier and more feminine than Woo-jin’s.

Even after making a quick getaway, Woo-jin can’t ignore her heart pounding in reaction to Joo-hyuk’s touch. She goes to Sang-shik’s bar for a drink, where Joo-eun guesses that something is bothering her. Through Woo-jin’s vague answer, Joo-eun correctly reads that Jong-hoo confessed, but Woo-jin has feelings for someone else.

Woo-jin admits that it’s been so long since someone confessed to her that she got flustered, but she refuses to tell Joo-eun who it is she’s attracted to. She says she’s jealous of Joo-eun because she obviously loves Sang-shik (who’s listening from the kitchen, cute) so much. Joo-eun advises her to leave her heart alone, and it will probably settle after a while.

At home, Hye-won asks Joo-hyuk how old Woo-jin is, if he thinks she’s pretty, where she lives, etc. Joo-hyuk is intentionally vague with his answers, and Hye-won orders him not to give rides to female coworkers because it could lead to rumors. Joo-hyuk tells her not to worry.

The following morning, Woo-jin wakes up to find that Mom turned off her alarm while she was sleeping, making her run late. She rushes to work without eating breakfast or washing her hair, and finds Joo-hyuk waiting for her at the door. He asks if she was flustered by his wife popping up yesterday, and Woo-jin says breezily that it’s no big deal.

He starts to ask her something else, but Jong-hoo runs in, also late, and grabs Woo-jin on his way in. He’s thrilled to get extra time with Woo-jin when she’s sent with him to set up accounts at one of the bank’s client companies that afternoon.

Jong-hoo suggests they play hooky from work when they finish the task early, but a call about Woo-jin’s mother sends her straight home instead. On her way out, Woo-jin witnesses an employee berating a delivery boy, but she doesn’t interfere.

Woo-jin’s mom is missing again, having slipped out while her carer thought she was sleeping. The carer complains to Woo-jin that it’s getting too difficult to watch Mom every second and suggests that Woo-jin put her in a nursing home, but Woo-jin says they can discuss it after they find her.

Mom has gone to the bank to bring Joo-hyuk his favorite side dishes, and when she sees him, she loudly yells, “Cha Son-in-Law!” where everyone can hear her. She’s about to mention Woo-jin, but Joo-hyuk grabs her and tries to ushers her out of the lobby.

Manager Byun stops them, assuming that Mom is Hye-won’s mother, and kisses up hardcore. They draw a crowd when Branch Manager Cha joins them and insists that Mom stay for tea. Joo-hyuk is freaking out by the time he finally gets Mom away from everyone, and his coworkers talk about how down-to-earth Joo-hyuk’s (supposedly) rich mother-in-law seems.

Joo-hyuk drives Mom home, unable to reach Woo-jin by phone. He admonishes Mom not to leave the house again without telling anyone because it worries Woo-jin, and Mom complains that she knows, but Woo-jin never lets her go anywhere. She offers to make Joo-hyuk more food any time, and he sweetly thanks her.

She tells Joo-hyuk that she knows Woo-jin isn’t easy to live with because she’s stubborn and holds grudges. But she also says that Woo-jin shows Joo-hyuk her feelings because he’s her husband, and that Woo-jin even said Joo-hyuk was her lifesaver after her father died. She’s clearly talking about the original timeline when she thanks Joo-hyuk for saving her daughter’s life, and Joo-hyuk looks stunned.

Taking a chance, he asks Mom how she can remember him after he changed everything. She says simply says, “I remember you because you’re my son-in-law. Relationships can’t be made or broken like flipping your palm. It’s not like you know every way of the world.”

Joo-hyuk starts to ask her to clarify what she means, but she suddenly lets out a bloodcurdling scream. LOL, she’s just seen an ice cream shop, so Joo-hyuk obediently buys her ice cream. As she eats, he says that he didn’t know she liked vanilla ice cream, and he asks her why there are so many things he doesn’t know.

Back at the bank, Hwan whines when he’s told to distribute several hundred flyers. He flounces out, and it’s not until he’s gone that Team Leader Jang notices that there’s a serious typo on the flyers, making it look like they’re calling their customers a rude name.

They try to call Hwan back, but he doesn’t answer his phone, so Manager Byun goes looking for him. Hwan is slacking off when he spots Manager Byun, so he hurries to pass out a bunch of flyers and look busy. Manager Byun runs over screaming for him to stop and even runs after the people who have flyers, hee, then breathlessly shows Hwan the typo.

Woo-jin finds Joo-hyuk having ice cream with mom and asks how they came to be here together, and Joo-hyuk looks sheepish. He drives Mom home and takes Woo-jin back to the bank with him, and she asks why her mother likes him so much. Joo-hyuk jokes that older women just looove him, so Woo-jin teases that such jokes don’t suit his personality, and that his serious nature is his charm.

He scoffs at that, so Woo-jin tells him that he’s also kindhearted, melting him a little. He counters that he’s not kindhearted, but Woo-jin says thoughtfully that she’s oddly comfortable around him, as if she’s known him for a long time. She adds that he also handles Mom well, seeming very natural around her.

Suddenly, Woo-jin asks if Joo-hyuk was Mom’s son-in-law in a past life, coming so close to the truth that Joo-hyuk slams on the brakes in surprise. He apologizes, stammering that he was distracted.

Back at the bank, everyone laboriously corrects each of the misprinted flyers with stickers. Woo-jin pitches in, but she notices that Jong-hoo isn’t back yet, so she offers to go back and look for him.

Meanwhile, Hye-won runs into Hyun-soo again on the school campus. She starts to say something to him, but as he promised, he walks right past her without a word. He meet up with a female friend, leaving Hye-won huffing indignantly.

When Woo-jin arrives back at the company where she left Jong-hoo, she sees him helping the delivery boy that was being yelled at earlier. As they walk back to the bank, she notices that Jong-hoo scoots away whenever she tries to walk near him, and he confesses that he’s feeling self-conscious because helping the boy made him sweat a lot. Woo-jin reassures him that she has a bad sense of smell, and feeling better, Jong-hoo asks for an answer to his question now (of whether she’ll date him).

Still correcting flyers, Hyang-sook reaches across the table, revealing the tattoo on her side again. Hwan pulls on her top and grumpily tells her to cover up. The women ask why he’s so grouchy when women show way more skin wearing bathing suits, especially when they’re all here because of his mistake.

Woo-jin isn’t quite ready to answer Jong-hoo, so he fidgets on a bench asking how much longer while she tells him “five more minutes.” She asks what he likes about her, and he answers that he likes her smile, her wild side, and that she’s a caring daughter. Hearing that, Woo-jin says she’ll date him.

She admits that she’s not completely sure about this, but that he’s a great person and they get along well, and she has fun with him. It’s enough for Jong-hoo for now, who’s thrilled to get a positive answer (such a bouncy puppy!). He says they can always break up if it doesn’t work out, but he’s confident enough that he asks her to commit to dating for a month, and they agree to keep it a secret at work while in this trial period.

Joo-hyuk has dinner at the bar, ignoring calls from Hye-won because, he tells Joo-eun, he’ll have to leave immediately if he answers. He’s not very happy when Jong-hoo and Woo-jin arrive together for dinner, and he chokes on his food when Joo-eun notes that they look like a dating couple. He glares at them, and they adopt not-at-all-innocent expressions.

At the news, Sang-shik pours congratulatory beers while Joo-hyuk looks like he feels sick. Jong-hoo pouts at him, asking if he’s not happy for them, and he somehow manages to eke out a congratulations.

Sang-shik mentions that he booked a vacation house in Jebudo for his and Joo-eun’s anniversary next weekend and invites everyone to come along. Joo-eun suggests they not bring Hye-won since she’ll ruin the mood. Jong-hoo says that Woo-jin probably can’t go, but she says her mother is visiting her aunt that weekend.

As he drives home, Joo-hyuk recalls a day back when he first knew Woo-jin, right before her college entrance exams. He’d been more nervous than she was, and had given her some snacks to bolster her energy. She’d asked him to feed her, then bitten his fingers when he complied, ha.

Later, Joo-hyuk had been with Woo-jin when she learned whether she got into the college of her choice. His face had fallen when he saw that she wasn’t accepted. She’d ended up comforting him, saying that at least they could spend the next year together, but he’d refused to be consoled.

One day, some time later, Woo-jin had begged off studying early, saying she didn’t feel well. Sang-shik had stolen Joo-hyuk’s books so he couldn’t study and made him go to a party at a bar., and he’d found Woo-jin working there, looking totally busted.

Joo-hyuk had dragged her into the alley and yelled that she wouldn’t get into college if she didn’t study harder, but Woo-jin had argued that unless she worked, she couldn’t pay for college anyway. Angry, she’d asked what gave him the right to get mad at her, when he’d said he didn’t have feelings for her. He’d asked if their relationship was so shallow that he couldn’t get mad at her, so Woo-jin had tearfully demanded that he clearly define their relationship.

When he didn’t answer, she’d sniffled that they didn’t have any relationship at all. She’d turned to go back inside, but Joo-hyuk had stopped her, pulled her close, and kissed her. Joo-hyuk had leaned back and seen her shocked face, so he’d pulled her hoodie over her head with a sweet smile, then kissed her again. This time, she’d returned the kiss.

Hye-won ends up going on the group vacation after all, and Joo-hyuk tries to manage her expectations in advance, saying that this might not be like the vacation homes she’s seen on TV. Joo-eun told her that Woo-jin and Jong-hoo are dating, and she says that Woo-jin is pretty bold, getting a boyfriend almost as soon as she started working at the bank.

Joo-hyuk says that’s not necessarily true, and Hye-won asks why he’s defending Woo-jin. He huffs that he’s not, looking wistfully back at Sang-shik’s car, where everyone else is enjoying snacks and jamming out to music. Woo-jin asks how Sang-shik and Jong-hoo got to be friends, and Joo-eun tells her that Joo-hyuk brought Jong-hoo to the bar, and he was soon absorbed into their close-knit group.

Jong-hoo says that he feels like the others will always be on his side, no matter what. Sang-shik barks that nope, if Jong-hoo ever fights with Joo-eun, he’s taking his wife’s side, no matter what. Joo-eun decides that if Sang-shik and Joo-hyuk ever fight, she’s taking her brother’s side, no matter what. So cute, these guys.

As expected, Hye-won looks a little horrified at the vacation house, which is small and has no showers. She asks Joo-hyuk if they can stay at a nice hotel instead, but he tells her to just put up with it for one day. She whines loudly that their room stinks, and Joo-eun yells at her for being so picky on their first trip together.

There are only two bedrooms, so everyone wants the girls in one room and the guys in the other. Hye-won points out the living room and suggests they split up by couples, but Joo-hyuk vehemently protests, since Woo-jin and Jong-hoo aren’t married. Hye-won asks why he’s being so old-fashioned, but Joo-eun snaps that Hye-won is the one acting strange.

Joo-hyuk volunteers to get supplies just to get away from the awkward situation. On his way back from the store, he runs across Woo-jin, who’s checking in on Mom by phone. They walk the rest of the way back together, and Woo-jin confesses that she’s gone five days without bathing before, joking that even mosquitoes wouldn’t bite her.

Laughing, Joo-hyuk blurts out, “I know,” then has to backpedal when it sounds too much like he was there at the time. He asks Woo-jin if she really likes Jong-hoo, and she tells him that Jong-hoo is handsome and has a good personality. She says she never feels lonely when she’s with him, because he’s interested in her and talks to her.

When they get back to the house, Hye-won has moved on to moaning about the air conditioning. She turns up the air, which makes Woo-jin cough, so Joo-hyuk asks Hye-won to turn it back down a bit, but she selfishly refuses. Joo-eun tells Hye-won to come help in the kitchen, rolling her eyes when Hye-won turns out to be prissy and practically useless when the food isn’t mostly pre-prepared.

Over dinner and drinks, Jong-hoo tells everyone about an online community he’s a member of, where office workers post stories about office life. Joo-hyuk adds that some employers read the site and learn about rumors in their companies that way, and sometimes employees get in trouble.

Woo-jin coughs again, and this time she blames it on the smoke from the grill. Jong-hoo playfully accuses Joo-hyuk of aiming the smoke at Woo-jin, and Sang-shik pours her a straight soju on her request. It seems to make Hye-won jealous, how easily Woo-jin has been accepted by the group, so she asks for soju, too.

Joo-hyuk is confused, since Hye-won only drinks wine and claims that she can’t drink soju, but she says that that’s just by choice. They all watch while she drinks, then grabs the bottle and offers to do a shot with Woo-jin. It looks friendly on the surface, but makes everyone a little uncomfortable.

Before long, Hye-won is passed out snoring, and Joo-eun notes that Hye-won seems to see Woo-jin as a rival. She says that Hye-won is one of those people who need to be the center of attention, but Woo-jin thinks Hye-won is kind of cute.

Joo-eun asks if Woo-jin is happy with Jong-hoo, and she says she’s happy, but not “happy to death.” Joo-eun decides that it’s wise to marry someone you don’t love completely, since you see the worst of each other when you’re married. But Woo-jin sighs that she still wants to marry someone she loves a lot, even if she gets hurt.

Sometimes in the night, Joo-hyuk gets up for a drink of water, and he runs into Woo-jin, who looks extremely ill. He barely manages to catch her as she passes out, and he wakes the house calling for help. They get Woo-jin back to bed, where Jong-hoo hovers over her, worried that her fever isn’t going down.

Joo-eun says that she gave Woo-jin a fever reducer, but Joo-hyuk suddenly remembers that there’s only one kind that works for her. He slips out of the house and drives into town, but he can’t find a pharmacy that’s open this early. A local man finds him banging on the doors of one store and asks what’s wrong, and Joo-hyuk blurts out, “My wife is burning up…”

He stops, then says it again: “My wife has a high fever and she can only take a certain medicine.” The local murmurs that he must love his wife very much, then points Joo-hyuk to the home of the pharmacy owner. Joo-hyuk wakes the owner and convinces him to sell him the medicine, but when he gets back to the vacation house, they’re loading Woo-jin into the car to take her to the hospital.

Joo-hyuk tries to tell them that he got medicine that will work, but Joo-eun overrides him and sends Jong-hoo to the ER with Woo-jin. She asks where he’s been so early, so Joo-hyuk hides the medicine and says he just went for a walk.

At the hospital, Woo-jin’s fever finally goes down, and she wakes to find Jong-hoo feeling guilty for giving her drinks last night when she wasn’t well. She croaks that she didn’t want him to stop giving her drinks, so she purposely didn’t tell him she was sick.

She flashes a weak little smile, but he still seems uncomfortable. She asks if he’s changed her mind about dating her, and he asks for time to think about it.

Jong-hoo eventually drives Woo-jin home, and she’s asleep when they arrive. He looks at her face for a long moment, brushing a lock of hair off her forehead, then gently unbuckles her seat belt. He freezes when he finds his face very close to hers.

Joo-hyuk steps onto the porch and spots the car, and all he can see is the back of Jong-hoo’s head — and it looks like he and Woo-jin are kissing. Joo-hyuk whirls around to face the other way, gasping for air.

Back in the city, Hye-won notes that Joo-hyuk has been quiet on the drive home, and she grumbles that Woo-jin was a nuisance before getting out of the car. Joo-hyuk bangs his head on the steering wheel, seeing what looked like Jong-hoo kissing Woo-jin replaying over and over in his mind.

All of a sudden he sits up and dumps all of his loose change into the passenger seat, frantically looking for another 2006 coin. He can’t find one, so he lets himself into the closed bank and digs through the coins from the vault. He finally finds a 2006 coin, and outside, thunder cracks loudly.

 
COMMENTS

Awww, that was hard to watch. Even though the breakdown of Joo-hyuk’s marriage was in large part his fault, and it’s all his fault he’s stuck in a timeline where he’s married to Hye-won but falling back in love with Woo-jin, I still feel bad for him. It would be different if any of this was a result of malice or meanness on Joo-hyuk’s part, but the poor guy genuinely had no idea of his responsibility in how badly his life was going. I feel awful for him, that he’s feeling so much regret but there’s nothing (for now) that he can do to fix anything. Hopefully, finding a coin will give him the chance to make some different choices, but at least he knows now that he wants to make them.

I’m definitely feeling a lot of Second Lead Syndrome on Jong-hoo’s behalf, because you can see that he genuinely likes Woo-jin, and for all the right reasons considering what a short time they’ve known each other. On the surface they seem like such a perfect match, being at the same place in their lives at the same time, and they even have similar silly senses of humor. Even Woo-jin can tell that she should like Jong-hoo, because he’s got everything going for him — he’s got a good stable job, he’s handsome, he’s very much into her, and best of all, he’s single. But I think her heart somehow remembers Joo-hyuk and how he was her white knight at a very difficult time in her life, so it’s difficult for her to develop real feelings for Jong-hoo when she’s so drawn to Joo-hyuk.

We got another glimpse into what made Woo-jin so unhappy when she confessed to Joo-hyuk that she never feels lonely when she’s with Jong-hoo. I think that was her main problem in the original timeline — that even though she was married to Joo-hyuk, and she loved him deeply, he made her feel alone and lonely. His worst sin was just being inconsiderate… I still don’t believe he was a bad husband, or knowingly mean, he was just complacent and self-absorbed. But there’s a saying that it’s better to be alone, than lonely with someone else, and Woo-jin is a good example of how horrible it feels to be lonely with someone. Joo-hyuk just didn’t realize that he was the reason Woo-jin was so miserable, which is, yes, partly her fault because she never told him how his behavior was affecting her. She screamed and threw things, but she never sat down and just talked to him about how his neglect, benign though it was, made her feel alone in their marriage.

But he’s realizing it now, when it seems to be too late to go back and fix anything. He’s got everything he ever thought he wanted… the beautiful wife that “got away” in the first timeline, money, a nice house, respect at his job. But none of it is anything Joo-hyuk actually earned, so even if Hye-won wasn’t such a spoiled rotten brat, I don’t think he would have been happy once he understood that everything he has now is because of her, and her money, and her family connections. Seeing Woo-jin as a happier, more emotionally healthy person has been a huge wake-up call for Joo-hyuk, and he’s remembering how much he really loves her and how her moods directly relate to the way he treated her. And now that she’s dating Jong-hoo, his jealousy is just pushing everything right over the edge.

Joo-hyuk seems to finally be accepting that his love for Woo-jin was based on a real connection that they nurtured and developed over time, rather than the shallow “gosh she’s pretty” feelings he had for Hye-won. Hye-won looks better on paper, but her spoiled, selfish, nasty behavior and critical comments only serve to highlight that while Woo-jin turned into an unhappy person, Hye-won is naturally entitled and judgmental. No amount of money is worth being stuck with a wife that Joo-hyuk’s own family can’t stand to be around, and now that Joo-hyuk remembers how much he genuinely loves Woo-jin for the funny, quirky, wonderful woman she is deep down, I hope that his desire to go back to his real life means that he’s decided to fix what he’s done and start treating her better, helping her out, and most importantly, listening to her.

 
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HELP. I’m shipping Woo Jin and Jong Hoo and I know my ship will sink anytime soon. Jong Hoo is such a nice guy and I love how Woo Jin opens up to him slowly. JH is so considerate regarding WJ’s situation when he said WJ can’t afford to leave home for a trip. Sorry Joo Hyuk, no matter how he regrets his decision and how he ran like a crazy man finding the medicine for Woo Jin, I don’t feel sorry for his situation.

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I feel a bit conflicted. Tbh I would be happy if Jonghoo and Woojin do end up together in THIS timeline, but I do want Joohyuk to go back to his original timeline and fix things while this Woojin is happy with Jonghoo. I keep thinking of the poor kids, especially Jonghoo's for some reason so they're a big reason for me wanting Joohyuk to go back bc they're innocent victims of this.

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I actually would really like to see what would happen if they all remember what happened in the original timeline. I wonder how Jonghoo would react seeing that his life and family was unintentionally broken up by Joohyuk's actions. While I do think he's happier in this timeline, he loves his kids so I imagine that he would be angry. I can imagine him punching Joohyuk and screaming at him for what he's done. But I doubt that's what's going to happen, though I would have loved to see the fallout.

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Or how Woo Jin will react when she realizes Joo Hyuk changed his past to marry someone else! I do hope they show her perspective in the matter, I think Joo Hyuk has made plenty of mistakes but WJ also has her own share of wrongdoings in the original timeline too..

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Right. I don't really know how I want this to play out to be honest, but I do want Woojin to realise that she's also responsible and to make efforts to understand each other.

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Besides the obvious man-attempted-to-change-his-fate-and-then-realized-his-dream-life-wasn’t-all-it-was-cracked-up-to-be trope, my favorite scene in this episode was when Ji Hyuk and Woo Jin were walking along the water towards the vacation home.

When she says that she once didn’t shower for five days, the way Ji Hyuk felt so comfortable, happy, and amused (as he obviously was recalling a memory of just that kind of dirty Woo Jin), is just a subtle and gentle way to showcase the mundane yet essential qualities of a loving and intimate marriage - when you know someone better than anyone because you are living life together.

It reminds me of that scene in Good Will Hunting when Robin Williams’ character recounts how his wife farted in her sleep. He loved her so much, and said

”These are the things I miss the most, these idiosyncrasies that only I know. That's what made her my wife. And she had the goods on me too! She knew all my peccadillos. People call these things imperfections, Nah, that's the good stuff; that's what intimacy is all about.”

I love how this show can be “loud” in terms of signposting problems within a marriage (whether in the real timeline or the alternative one), but then “quiet” in showing the little interactions between husband and wife that make their marriage unique and special between the two of them. It’s not just about the high highs, the celebrations or even sex, but the small things that build up over time where two lives become so entwined, they become one.

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Thanks for the quote from ‘Good will hunting’. Want to go watch that movie.

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Yeah, I love that scene too :)
Another same quote from my favorite movie "Before Sunrise":

"I think I can fall in love when I know everything about him - how he’s going to part his hair, or what shirt he’s going to wear that day, knowing the exact story he would tell in a given situation. I’m sure that’s when I’d know I’m really in love."

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I love LOVE Before Sunrise. It such a beautiful movie.

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I LOVE the Before Trilogy :D Their dialogues are so meaningful

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I can't help but feel bad for Joo Hyuk too. The moment that really hit me in the gut was when he said "my wife" and then stopped and repeated it. Despite the jealousy and regret he has shown, I don't think he had let himself feel that in his heart, Woo Jin is still his wife until that moment.

I always enjoy scenes between Joo Hyuk and Woo Jin's mom. It's interesting that despite her Alzheimer's (or perhaps because of it) she is the only person that remembers the other timeline. I laughed when she was saying something wise and the next second yelled STOP! for ice cream.

The flashback to Joo Hyuk and Woo Jin's first kiss was sweet. I can see why Woo Jin and his mother-in-law loved Joo Hyuk so much, but it's bittersweet seeing how Woo Jin wasn't always angry and Joo Hyuk wasn't always selfish and careless.

I'm right there with Joo Eun in regards to Hye Won. What a pill. I know someone similar to Hye Won, and she's absolutely exhausting to be around.

Jong Hoo and Woo Jin's smelly selves agreeing to date was cute.

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The one thing that bothering me more and more is the way the writer made Hye Won so unlikeable , selfish and nasty.
Make it worse with the plotline between her and the "fake" student and the way she treats her family-in-law and so on.
To make us feel more sympathetic with Joo Hyuk? To make us feel less guilty to ship him and Woo Jin while in this timeline he is a married man? Is it okay for Woo Jin to feel heart flutter around him when he is a married man?
It's okay for him to emotionally cheating because Hye Won is a selfish and hateful person?
He is making the same mistake as the first timeline. He always put himself first and always act like a victim, so miserable. He didn't try to understand his wives and made them so lonely , his wife Woo Jin in the previous timeline and now Hye Won in this timeline.
It would be a lie if I said I didn't feel disappointed.
The writer wrote Oh My Ghost and Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo which are my favourites. One of the reasons I kept watching this drama despite my disappointment is mostly due to my fond of the previous dramas of the writer. And I really like the casts.
Thanks to Ji Sung, I was able to tolerate the character Joo Hyuk. He is just so so good at expressing every single scenes. It was an emotional rollercoaster for me.
Han Ji Min is doing such a great job potraying Woo Jin. And I hope we will see more from her perspective in the past. I truly wish to see Woo Jin have the same chance as in the past as Joo Hyuk since I really want to know what choice she will make then. To be honest, I wish they wrote her character better in this timeline. For example, she is such a outgoing person but why she has no friend at all? Okay, she was too busy making money and taking care of her mother so she didn't have time to date anyone. I can accept that however I wish she had friends from university/from workplaces to spend time with... Such a lonely life. Thankfully, she and Joo Eun become good friends.
I really like Woo Jin and Jongho together and I think they are a perfect match. Of course the writer will not make them the endgame though. I wish the writer could make a refreshing ending for once. Who she end up with, i just want her happiness is the priority.
Jang Seung Jo is another brilliant actor among the casts. Perhaps he is a musical actor, he is meticulous in his acting style and so charming. Same as many, I was shocked to know his real age. He reminds me so much of Jo Jung Suk and I just realised that they are best friends in real life.
I feel bad for Kang Ha Na the most. Her talent is totally wasted in this role. I wish her luck with better projects in the future.

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I forgot to add my point of view regarding memories of Joo Hyuk
Joo Hyuk made a choice to change his future with Hye Won but has zero memories with her for all the dating and marriage years with Hye Won? The writer made him only remember the memories from his past timeline. Why so convenient? I find this is lazy and uncreative way of writing a time-travel drama.
It would be so much interesting if the writer made him remember both memories from previous timeline and new memories keep pop up in the recent timeline. That would make things more challenge and complicated but realistic. He has to weigh all the possibilities to make the final decision. Then his choice to go back to the previous timeline will look more meaningful.
Likewise, I would like to see how Joo Jin, Jong Ho and other characters live in those years too, not through very brief conversation but real flashbacks.
I guess I expected too much from the production.
I must watched so many time-travelling drama so I feel greedy. Sighs. Could be much better if the writer was brave enough not to choose a easy road.

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In my mind Joo Hyuk is in a parallel universe where he has replaced a different version of himself. That version has all the memories of this timeline which is why our Joo Hyuk doesn't. Of course, that's just my interpretation and the show doesn't address the issue at all so I can see why it's frustrating.

As for Hye Won's character, I don't think she realises that she's mean. She was raised spoiled and doesn't know any other way to be. At the vacation house at dinner, she's seeing there's another way to be; carefree and funny and relaxed and it's no surprise she wanted to try soju then. I don't think she's ever allowed herself to really observe her husband's family. That's her loss though. Anyway, I agree with @lollypip the writer is trying to show that what looks perfect, probably isn't. Hye Won herself is going to learn that lesson with the pseudo-student.

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I also wish there is a parallel universe where exits another version of Joo Hyuk to explain the loss of his memories in this timeline. However, I don't think the writer is capable enough to explore that far. Thus these plot holes made the "time-travel" less powerful as it should be. One person's choice could affect the future of many others. We see that his sister and his best friend end up with each other after he hide the adult magazine. His best friend Jong Jo is single because Joo Hyuk made him late to the airport. I really wish to see more how impactful his decision made to others around him. More scenes in those years missing especially his marriage with Hye Won , how they dated, how they got married, etc. And how Woo Jin work hard to get to college by herself and work multiple jobs and so on. The transition period between previous and recent timeline feel so short so I feel quite empty.

I do agree about Hye Won. She was born in a wealthy family and she get used to have everything done for her. She does not need to do any houseworks. It's the job of the housekeepers. That's what she has been living since she was born. Her parents gave her everything and say yes to everything so she was spoiled. She seems lonely and does not know how the real life works. I am not sure if she has a real friend who sincerely care for her and like her the way she is and not for her money. Her parents didn't teach her how to behave/associate with other people especially the people in lower/middle class. They thought that they didn't have to, maybe? She didn't try to learn and observe by herself so she has no understanding on how to act around her family in law. It comes as rude and inconsiderate to them. She thinks that giving them money, vacation and luxury hotels are the best way to make them happy. She has not experienced anything out of her comfort zone. Hye Won is living in another world as the rest of the characters. Compared with another ambitious chaebol heirs, she is actually very innocent and harmless.
I don't like the fact that they forgot that she is a talented cellist while in university. Why she choose to teach instead of becoming a performers? We don't know the reason, and for someone playing instruments, their hands are really precious. It's reasonable that she will not touch anything.
She knows how to cook a little though since she cooked for Joo Hyuk before.
She really loves and care for him in her way.
She seems need a lot of attention and Joo Hyuk didn't give her that so she feels lonely. She has no scene going out with friends. She goes shopping, spa , gym ... all by herself everyday except for her teaching classes at university. We do not see any scenes of her interacting with other lecturers or students.
All day she text and call Joo Hyuk because she is all by herself. Joo Hyuk ignore her texts and calls and he didn't try to talk or understand her point of view. Especially the problem between her and his family...

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He always amsume that Hye Won is wrong and his family is pitiful by the way Hye Won treat them. He feel bad for his parents and he feels in debt to his in-law. But he didn't do anything to make the relationship better. He choose to ignore it and run away from the problem. Hence the tiny problem grow bigger and bigger as time goes by. Both sides are hurt and it's more difficult to communicate and amend things.
And Hye Won's parent truly adore him as their son in law. They also say yes to everything he asked for. I wonder what they will do to him if they find out his feeling for Woo Jin?
The relationship between him and his in-law is so awkward too since he is not used to living in their world. He is not trying to adapt to it or being more understanding about it. Always run away from the problem. All the time he spent in his sister's bar can be used to solve many things.
In the upcoming episodes, I am sure that both will learn a few lessons. Hye Won with the fake student and Joo Hyuk with all the lies will start to backfire on him

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If Joo Hyuk remembers all the memories from two timelines, that means he truly loves Hye Won. Then there is NO reason for him to fall in love again with Woo Jin. So this drama should end at ep 3 unless the writer wants to make him become REAL BASTARD.

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I never thought that making Hye-won nasty and cheat-y was a cheat to make it "okay" for the audience to like Joo-hyuk. In my opinion, making Hye-won a not-nice person is the show's way of saying that something that looks good at first glance, isn't necessarily the best choice. Joo-hyuk only knew Hye-won briefly, but she became his "ideal what-if," so much so that he even changed the past because he'd convinced himself that she was the perfect woman that he should have ended up with. The show is saying that what may look perfect usually isn't, and what may seem wrong (Joo-hyuk's marriage to Woo-jin) was the right thing all along because, while they had issues, based on her personality and genuine love for Joo-hyuk, Woo-jin was really the right person for him all along.

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Thank you for saying something I've been thinking all along...I really feel uncomfortable watching the scenes that they are together because technically only he remembers that she is his wife, but from the outside looking in...he is emotionally cheating on his current wife...and let's say his current wife is nasty and not so nice...he hasn't really tried to get to know her or fix their marriage...he's just been thinking of Woo Jin the whole entire time...who is to say if he didn't make an effort with his current wife things could go well in their marriage in this timeline too? Nobody is perfect and no matter who you marry you are going to run into some challenges... but all he wants to do is run away from his problems with quick fixes....
I mean in this second timeline he married her for a reason despite her being all stuck up and nasty...if he spent as much time reflecting on what went wrong with her...I bet there are flashbacks in there where they had a connection and beautiful moments just as he had with Woo Jin...perhaps not quite the same as with Woo Jin but there must of been something there...
I really don't believe in the one person fate thing...
If there are billions of people in this world there could be a bunch of people you could chose and have a decent happy marriage with..if both partners are willing to stick it out and work through the problems...this mentality of running to where you think the grass is greener is the reason the divorce rate is so high! sorry for the rant!!!

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Joo Hyuk always run away from his problems, in both past and recent timelines
He has no courage to face the truth and try to avoid it as much as possible. Rather than comfort Woo Jin, he made so many excuses and left her alone. Whenever there are problems , he choose to avoid conversations and leave Woo Jin to do everything alone. He expects her to do all the houseworks, raise their children well and have the time to do her job, to have time to taking care about herself (hair, clothes ...), at the same time she has to be understanding with his stress at work, take care of his meals when he is back home at midnight. When she needs him the most, he couldn't be there for her. He made so many excuses and acted like a victim. That was so selfish. After long period like that, she changed and became violent and her anger is out of control. She kept all the pain inside and no longer trust her husband so she couldn't share the pain with him and lean on him. That was sad
In this timeline, Joo Hyuk choose to play victim between Hye Won and his parents. He put no effort to make things better between them. He could try to communicate with each side and find a way to make things less awkward.
Hye Won might listen to him if he speak sincerely, a little by little. Same as his parents, it takes time for them to accept that their rich daughter in law will not live the way they want to.
Instead he choose to run away all the time
Ignore his wife's calls and texts and leave Hyewon by herself alone. Always come back home late and they barely have actual time talking with each other. Again, there is no honesty in communication and relationship between them even though they live as husband and wife.
If Joo Hyuk keep running way from his problems, I don't wish for his happiness.
If he is going to change, he has to convince me strong enough that he put their happiness his priority and not himself

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It's one of the reasons why I decided to drop it.

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Wow. I really really love this episode. It felt like spending time with friends and I enjoy the chemistry between all the main characters. Even Hye Won and her awkwardness at the vacation house was real and made total sense, given her character. Her jealousy of Woo Jin is based on intuition and I wish she would apply that same instinct to the student who has her hooked and now just needs to reel her in.

I think Woo Jin and Jong Hoo have something going for them; they find it easy to be around each other. Chemistry is one thing, but in the end chemistry blinds a person and it certainly doesn't last. Comfort, on the other hand, is easy to maintain and can lead to a long lasting relationship. In this new timeline, I think Woo Jin is right to give Jong Hoo a chance. If Joo Hyuk can gracefully bow out and leave them to it, they could have a really great relationship.

It made me really glad to see Joo Hyuk start looking for a 2006 coin. It means he wants to go back to HIS Woo Jin, instead of trying to win THIS Woo Jin. My respect for him, low to begin with, has gone up a notch.

One problem I can forsee if the show takes Joo Hyuk back to the original timeline, and that is saying goodbye to these characters I've gotten to know and love. We've spent so much time with them, laughed with them, raged and cried that to have them disappear is going to be hard. I said it before, and I'll say it again...if the show does take us back; this timeline will live on in a parallel universe for me. It just has to.

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I guess I am the only beanie who feels less sympathy for Joo Hyuk. I think he is awful. I think he is making the same mistakes with Hye Won that he made with Woo Jin. He is ignoring her, lying to her, and making excuses not to be around her. Frankly, I still think he sucks. I agree, I don't think he is mean or inconsiderate intentionally, but he is still self-absorbed.

My wish from this drama is that he learn to treat his wife or wives with consideration. I understand Hye Won is a handful, but she also isn't deliberately malicious, but just self-absorbed. He has been emotionally cheating her with Woo Jin for a while now and it annoys me. He is also doing the same thing in this particular marriage as Woo Jin did in their marriage. He is not really communicating properly his feelings of discontent. He just runs away. I really hope that before he leaves this timeline he becomes more considerate of Hye Won.

P.S. I understand Hye Won is no angel, but this is from his perspective. He just hasn't been treating her that well. He doesn't know all the shenanigans she has been up to.

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After reading the comments I have two notions to make.

1. I do not think Hye-won is nasty or unreasonable or awful. I mean, yeah, she has some major flaws for sure, but there have also been nice moments between her and Joo-hyuk like when she prepared him breakfast. She also clearly cares for him and wants to spend time with him and misses him, so there is emotional attachment.

Also, Hye-won has been criticised for her treatments of Joo-hyuk's parents but honestly, if my MIL had spoken to me like hers did in that scene, I would've thrown her out, too. MIL is the GUEST in another person's house and literally, the FIRST thing she has to say is to complain about how this person is running her house. Seriously, who does that? That was so ignorant and rude. And to add, in my opinion, her complaint was without any basis at all. How come is it such a sin to buy your groceries in the department store? Hye-won's family has money. Why should she strive to find THE most cheap things just because not all people can afford to buy their groceries in a department store? Would you think it's okay to go to another person's house and launch into a rant about how they spend money on real wood furniture instead of buying it from IKEA? Or, the fact that Hye-won employes a housekeeper. That, in my opinion, is a GOOD thing. She uses her wealth to create jobs. Much, much better than buying designer bags.

So yeah, clearly Joo-hyuk's parents bear a lot of responsibility what comes to their strained relationship with their DIL but of course, they don't see it like that bc they feel like they're right in everything. And, btw, this attitude has passed to Joo-hyuk, I mean the attitude about how one should take care of one's house, and it's one of the core problems between Joo-hyuk and Woo-jin. Meaning that Joo-hyuk expects Woo-jin to do EVERYTHING because that is how his parents brought him up. That is not a good thing.

2. My second notions concerns Joo-hyuk and his marriage to Hye-won. People are saying that he's doing the same mistake with Hye-won as he did with Woo-jin, which is not focusing on his wife. Which, in a way, yes, but honestly, this is how human mind works. Joo-hyuk is very suddenly thrown into this situation and even if it was his choice, this situation is very new, nevertheless. He is not REALLY married to Hye-won but to Woo-jin. Of course it would take time to adapt. In my opinion, it would be extremely unrealistic for him to find himself to married to Hye-won and the very next day be like "ah, yeah, I messed up things with Woo-jin because I did not focus on her, so I shall focus on Hye-won, now!"

No, it doesn't work like that. It takes time. And that is the point of the drama, Joo-hyuk realising his mistakes and setting out to rectify them so far as he can.

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@lollypip

I agree. That's a clever way to interpret it. The hidden message is deep indeed.
A lot of people do not appreciate what they got, they do not realise how blessing they are until they lost it. They regretted it but it was too late.
I wonder if Woo Jin has the same chance to change her fate , what would she choose?
One of the reason I was disappointed with Joo Hyuk is that he made the choice by only thinking about himself.
After he realised that he gave up on his children, it takes only less than 30 seconds for him to cry and regret about it and that's it??? Really?? After that scene, he didn't have any scene missing them. I think it's one of the mistake of the writer. They should have make him to remember his child few more times such as when he see a family of parent with small kids happily holding hands, a mother singing a lullaby and holding her baby tight ... That would be much bittersweet
I am not confident that he will do better after going back to the past timeline. Not yet to be honest. People do not change that easily.
Most of his regrets are the flashbacks with Woo Jin when they first dating and lovey-dovey period. There is only brief scenes when they got married and when their relationship is broken. Even in this timeline, he is still in love with the "perfect" image of Woo Jin. Yes he does realised that he changed her and made her into a lonely person, a so-called monster that he was scared of and ran away from. Still it is convincing enough that he will be able to make up for all the mistakes and amend their broken hearts

P.S : I was meant to reply below your message, however it kept deleting after I pressed "send" a few time. so I leave my message here.
Thanks for the wonderful recap as always. It was an interesting read.

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