One Spring Night: Episodes 19-20
As our pharmacist and librarian quietly date, her ex-boyfriend takes measures to keep her in his life. Our new couple is trapped in an unhappy love triangle of sorts but it’s clear that ex-boyfriend Ki-seok cares more about staking a claim to “his” woman than Jung-in’s actual happiness. But Jung-in is no longer diminished like she was with Ki-seok, and with her new love by her side, she’s finding her way back to being the strong-willed girl that she once was. Jung-in’s going to need every ounce of strength that she can muster to break the last of her ties to Ki-seok, who is prepared to do anything to make her his wife.
After catching Jung-in with Ji-ho outside of the restaurant, Ki-seok accuses Jung-in of ghosting him but she’s the one who feels invisible because he won’t accept their break up. Ki-seok can’t understand why Jung-in agreed to meet with his father and he finally learns that Jung-in told Chairman Kwon that she has no intention of marrying Ki-seok. Ki-seok turns his anger towards Ji-ho, “And that prick’s your success story?”
Ji-ho charges at Ki-seok but Jung-in steps between them to prevent a fight. While Ki-seok’s friend holds him back, Ji-ho hands his keys to Jung-in and asks her to wait in the car. After she leaves, Ki-seok’s friend keeps the two men apart.
Later, Ji-ho drives Jung-in home while Ki-seok drinks with his friend. Ji-ho pulls over and tells Jung-in about how hard it was for him after Eun-woo’s mother left.
At first, Ji-ho was angry and then worried. Ji-ho had no idea how to raise a month-old baby by himself and considered giving Eun-woo up for adoption. In time, Ji-ho realized that Eun-woo’s mother must have felt just as overwhelmed as he did and his heart began to heal.
Ji-ho asked Jung-in to take things slowly to allow Ki-seok time to accept the break up. Jung-in argues that makes them look like cheaters and adds, “I can’t sit by and take it while others trample on my feelings and decisions. I’d rather face it and let it shatter than avoid the situation.”
If that’s true, Ji-ho doesn’t understand why Jung-in came between him and Ki-seok. Jung-in was embarrassed to have two men fighting over her as if she was some kind of princess. Ji-ho checks to see if Jung-in has to work the next day and starts the car.
Jae-in walks outside of Jung-in’s apartment building to meet Young-jae. When Jae-in sees his arm behind his back, she warns, “Don’t tell me you bought me flowers.” Young-jae presents a modest bouquet but it does nothing to thaw Jae-in’s coldness.
Young-jae apologizes for overreacting to Ki-seok’s accusations and Jae-in almost smiles when he confesses that he wants to clear the air. Jae-in invites Young-jae upstairs for tea but he’s reluctant after what happened after his first visit. Young-jae follows Jae-in inside after she informs him that she knows all about Ji-ho.
In the apartment, Young-jae asks about Jung-in’s whereabouts and learns that she’s with Ji-ho. Jae-in peppers Young-jae with questions about Ji-ho’s son, “Is his son something to be ashamed of? Why hide the truth? You don’t have to, you know.” When Young-jae asks if Jung-in can be with Ji-ho, Jae-in replies, “Love isn’t something you can control.”
Ji-ho turns on a light inside his parents’ store and Jung-in looks around. When Ji-ho speaks well of his parents, Jung-in calls him a good son but he protests that he’s caused them too much trouble.
Jung-in sits down and admits that the shop feels familiar, just like the pharmacy. Now that Jung-in thinks about it, she realizes that Ji-ho never felt like a stranger but he reminds her that she was drunk when they met. When Ji-ho gets up to make some coffee, Jung-in mentions that a drink would be better and Ji-ho produces a bottle of soju.
A drunk Ki-seok insists that he was a good boyfriend. He can’t understand why Jung-in would chose Ji-ho instead of him and rants, “In what way is Ji-ho better than me…He’s a nobody, you know…He’s nothing compared to me.”
When his friend leaves for the bathroom, Ki-seok calls his father and demands to know, “Why didn’t you tell me what Jung-in told you?” Ki-seok confesses that he feels like a fool but Chairman Kwon just urges his drunk son to go home. Ki-seok complains that he grew up knowing that his father was embarrassed to have him for a son.
Chairman Kwon interrupts, “You always twist things and let sarcasm take over…You’re not levelheaded enough to marry anyone.” Ki-seok vows to marry Jung-in, “…no matter what,” and hangs up.
Jung-in and Ji-ho sip their soju while she explains that she doesn’t want to feel guilty anymore. Ji-ho is sure that Ki-seok feels humiliated because Jung-in chose him instead of Ki-seok.
Jung-in has something that she wants Ji-ho to take to heart. She promises to call Ji-ho out whenever she’s unhappy with him but if he acts as if he’s walking on eggshells around her, she’ll kick him to the curb. Ji-ho takes Jung-in’s hand and answers her with a quick kiss.
Ji-ho’s father walks outside and sees the light on in the store. He stumbles back in shock at the sight of Ji-ho and Jung-in and when his wife comes looking for him, Ji-ho’s father pushes her back inside.
After taking a taxi back to Jung-in’s neighborhood, Ji-ho and Jung-in enjoy a nighttime stroll. In the park, Jung-in walks with her eyes closed and Ji-ho stands with his arms open to hug her when she walks into them. They walk late into the night holding hands and enjoying one another’s company.
Jung-in’s mother meets Jae-in at the library to ask about the man that Jung-in is seeing. Jae-in pretends that she doesn’t know much and encourages her mother to ask Jung-in since they’re at her workplace.
Mom wants details before Principal Lee finds out, otherwise she can’t help Jung-in. All Jae-in will say is that the man is a pharmacist and the same age as Jung-in. Jae-in ends the questions by announcing that she’s hungry and walks away with Mom close behind.
During lunch, Mom can’t stop thinking about Jung-in and Jae-in comes to her sister’s defense, “Just let her be. Jung-in always knows what she’s doing.” Mom points out that Jung-in doesn’t usually hide things from her, which is why she’s so concerned. Mom surprises Jae-in when she admits that she won’t allow Jung-in to make a bad choice.
After lunch, Jae-in and Young-jae are back to eating whenever they get together, this time it’s ice cream. When Jae-in tells him about her hot tempered father, Young-jae asks if he’s violent. Young-jae tries to laugh it off when Jae-in guesses that he’s more worried about himself than Ji-ho.
Ki-seok calls Jung-in while she and Young-joo are picking up lunch for the office. Jung-in ignores the call and Young-joo notices that the heart emoji that was once next to Ki-seok’s name is now gone. Young-joo also notices the dinosaur sticker on Jung-in’s phone and when Jung-in confesses that it’s from Ji-ho’s son, Young-joo realizes the truth about those missing childrens’ books.
When Ki-seok’s call to Jung-in goes unanswered, he calls Seo-in and asks to meet.
As she’s about to leave for the day, Pharmacist Wang takes Ji-ho’s phone when she catches him sending money. Ji-ho has to explain that he’s reimbursing his father for some soju but he still gets a lecture, “Never lend money to anyone even if it’s a close friend.” Hyun-soo walks in while Pharmacist Wang explains that’s why she doesn’t like any of Ji-ho’s friends.
Over dinner, Hyun-soo complains about Ki-seok and when Ji-ho advises him to be understanding, Hyun-soo realizes that Ji-ho and Jung-in are really seeing each other.
Ki-seok meets Seo-in for coffee and she assumes that he’s there to discuss Shi-hoon’s loan. When Ki-seok explains that he already told Shi-hoon that his loan wasn’t approved, she realizes that Ki-seok wants to talk about Jung-in.
Seo-in reminds Ki-seok that Jung-in doesn’t like anyone interfering in her personal matters but he insists that he has no choice. After describing his relationship with Jung-in as “rocky”, Ki-seok manages to admit, “She has feelings for someone, another guy.”
Surprised that Seo-in already knows about the other man, Ki-seok drops his bomb, “The man she’s seeing has a son. He’s a single dad.” Ki-seok tells a stunned Seo-in, “She’s not in her right mind. I can’t let her be.”
Jung-in and Ha-rin are eating dinner at Young-joo’s place when Seo-in texts Jung-in that she met with Ki-seok earlier. Ji-ho arrives home just as Jung-in runs out of his building.
At a restaurant, Ki-seok drinks alone and stares at his phone, waiting for Jung-in’s call. On the drive to Seo-in’s place, Jung-in clutches her phone anxiously and Ji-ho takes her hand to give it a reassuring squeeze. Before Jung-in goes inside to see Seo-in, Ji-ho comforts her with a hug.
Jung-in starts by explaining to Seo-in that she never intended to get involved with Ji-ho, even if she and Ki-seok broke up. However, Jung-in couldn’t forget Ji-ho, “I realized that I kept looking for him. Even though he kept pushing me away, I clung to him more.”
When Seo-in is about to point out why Ji-ho isn’t suitable, Jung-in adds, “It’s Eun-woo. That’s his son’s name.” Jung-in isn’t sure if it’s because she likes kids in general or Eun-woo in particular, but she does know, “I adore Eun-woo.”
Jung-in is surprised when she looks up and sees Seo-in’s face wet with tears. Seo-in explains that she’s crying out of shame because she’s pregnant and had decided to give her baby away. Both sisters are crying when Jung-in hugs Seo-in and tells her that she’ll be a great mother.
Seo-in and Jung-in walk outside together and run into Ji-ho, who couldn’t bring himself to leave. Jung-in teases that he wanted to see a news anchor and asks, “Is she prettier than me?”
Ji-ho is embarrassed when Jung-in tricks him into admitting that he’s never told her that she’s pretty, only that he loves her. Once they’re alone in his car, Jung-in tries to get Ji-ho to tell her that she’s pretty but he jokes, “It’s getting late. Let’s go.”
At home, Jung-in gets ready for bed while Jae-in rants about Ki-seok’s latest move, “I didn’t think Ki-seok would stoop this low. He’s as much of a loser as Shi-hoon is. Why didn’t he just tell Mom or Dad?” Jae-in urges Jung-in to confront Ki-seok but Jung-in points out that’s what he wants. Jung-in figures that Ki-seok must be surprised that she hasn’t called him yet.
Jae-in worries that Ki-seok will go to their parents next and Jung-in decides to talk to them first. When Jae-in frets about how they will react, Jung-in assures her sister that she’s prepared for the worst-case scenario.
During his morning drive to work, Chairman Kwon studies photos of Ki-seok at the bar and at the cafe with Seo-in. Chairman Kwon calls Principal Lee and invites him to lunch but he already has plans.
After a customer leaves, Pharmacist Wang complains that she’s busier now that Ji-ho has a girlfriend. Ji-ho emerges from the back room to protest but Pharmacist Wang takes the opportunity to ask him for the chance to meet with Jung-in.
Jung-in finds Young-joo after getting Ji-ho’s invitation to meet with him and Pharmacist Wang. When asked to tag along, Young-joo protests, “I never said I support this,” and Jung-in scolds that she could use the support.
Young-joo reminds Jung-in that she has yet to meet Ji-ho’s parents but figures that they’ll be better than Ki-seok’s parents. Jung-in recalls how miserable she was thanks to Ki-seok’s parents and worries, “Ji-ho will have it a lot tougher, right?”
Jung-in helps Ha-rin set up for her first book club and she’s extra nervous because it’s for kids. Ha-rin has learned, “They (kids) don’t want you to hate them, so they don’t say anything even if they don’t like you.” Jung-in wonders aloud, “That means they can pretend they like you when they don’t.”
At their store, Ji-ho’s mother searches for a dust mask for her husband. She finds the bottle of soju and when Ji-ho’s father admits that he had a shot the other day, she shows him the almost empty bottle. Ji-ho smiles at work when his father texts, “Best of luck.”
Ki-seok lashes out at Hyun-soo at work and then storms out of the office. Ki-seok calls Shi-hoon, who guesses that he wants to talks about Jung-in. Shi-hoon knows that his father-in-law has been worried about their marriage issue.
After eating lunch alone, Principal Lee tries to pay his bill but learns that Chairman Kwon took care of it when he left earlier When he gets back to school, Principal Lee thanks Chairman Kwon and explains that his lunch plans were cancelled at the last minute.
Principal Lee is caught by surprise when Chairman Kwon informs him that Jung-in is seeing another man. Chairman Kwon admits that during his meeting with Jung-in, she confessed that she didn’t want to marry Ki-seok. Principal Lee tells Chairman Kwon that young people don’t believe in marriage anymore and denies that Jung-in is seeing anyone else, “She’d never do such a thing.”
Over chicken and beer, Pharmacist Wang can’t wait to tell Jung-in that Ji-ho lends money to friends and pays for everything whenever he’s out with someone. When Ji-ho tries to deny it, Jung-in tells him, “Be quiet.”
When Pharmacist Wang shares that girls get gifts for their birthday and Christmas if they mention it to Ji-ho, Young-joo exclaims, “Goodness. Just call it quits.” Jung-in slams down her glass and assures Pharmacist Wang that she’ll correct Ji-ho’s troublesome ways.
Over dinner, Shi-hoon asks Ki-seok about his marriage plans and wonders why he and Jung-in have no passion. Ki-seok changes the subject and offers to give Shi-hoon a personal loan since the bank turned Shi-hoon down.
Shi-hoon doesn’t want the loan or Ki-seok’s money because Seo-in threatened to divorce him if he borrows any money. As the voice of experience, Shi-hoon advises Ki-seok, “When you’re married, you have to obey your wife.”
Back at the chicken restaurant, it’s Young-joo’s turn to talk about Jung-in. Once Young-joo was sick but all Jung-in did was watch a movie and drink beer. Pharmacist Wang tells Ji-ho that Jung-in must not be the affectionate type.
Jung-in asks Ji-ho if he still likes her even though she’s not affectionate and he puts her worries to rest, “It’s fine because I’m affectionate.” Their companions are flabbergasted when Jung-in and Ji-ho smile at each other and clink their glasses.
After announcing to his wife that he needs some fresh air, Principal Lee ends up at Jung-in’s door but no one is home. Down on the street, Jung-in and Ji-ho exit a taxi and say their good-byes at the elevator. At the last minute, Ji-ho jumps into the elevator with Jung-in and they walk happily to Jung-in’s place holding hands, until they see Principal Lee.
This drama! One minute I’m smiling like a fool and the next minute I want to fight with Ki-seok myself. I just want to savor the deepening relationship between Jung-in and Ji-ho, but Ki-seok won’t let me!
Jung-in’s blossoming love for Ji-ho has breathed new life into her. Jung-in must have had to numb her emotions over time to stay with Ki-seok, which is why she rarely smiled and seemed so dull. With Ji-ho, Jung-in smiles and laughs easily and her stiffness has been replaced with a relaxed confidence. When I see Jung-in and Ji-ho together, I think of the saying, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” because they are so much better together than they were before they met.
I’m convinced that Ki-seok recognizes the powerful synergy between Jung-in and Ji-ho and resents it, because he brought nothing like that out in Jung-in. No, instead Ki-seok wasted Jung-in’s time and never recognized her worth until she wanted to break up and by then it was too late. In contrast, Ji-ho cherished Jung-in from the beginning and recognizes that he wants her to be the last woman in his life. Ki-seok’s eyes opened too late and he’s bitter because he squandered his chance.
It’s that bitterness that fuels Ki-seok’s efforts to tear Jung-in and Ji-ho apart and sentence her to a loveless marriage with him. Seriously, does Ki-seok honestly believe that Jung-in will marry him? Especially after interfering in her life? Ki-seok is so determined to win, with marriage to Jung-in as the prize, that he hasn’t stopped to think what will happen after that.
Ki-seok is trying to bring Jung-in’s family over to his side, which is just reprehensible. While Ki-seok didn’t succeed with Seo-in, whose pregnancy gives a different perspective to Ji-ho’s situation, he’s sure to find success with her parents, especially with Jung-in’s father. Expecting your daughter to marry someone to enhance a career and solidify ties with the Kwon family is exploitation, plain and simple. I believe that if Principal Lee makes that demand of Jung-in, she’s prepared to cut ties with him forever. While that would be painful, at least Jung-in can count on her sisters to stand by her, no matter what. The strong bond of the Lee sisters is proving to be one of the strengths of One Spring Night.
At the center of the turmoil is Eun-woo, an innocent child who doesn’t deserve all of the animosity that his very existence produces. That’s why Ji-ho didn’t think that Ki-seok was good enough for Jung-in, because by looking down on Ji-ho, he looks down on Eun-woo too. As fiercely protective as Jung-in promises to be for Ji-ho, she’s sure to be even more protective of Eun-woo and I think that will bond her even more to Ji-ho. Because Jung-in and Ji-ho are in for a fight, not only for their future, but for Eun-woo’s as well.
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