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One Spring Night: Episodes 27-28

Our librarian has to deal not only with an ex-boyfriend who refuses to leave her alone, but distraught parents who now know that the pharmacist comes with a young son. Strengthened by the promise of a future with two special men in her life, she remains strong. But our lead couple faces a new challenge when our pharmacist gets some unexpected news that forces him to face his greatest failure and worst fears.

 
EPISODE 27

After Jung-in’s mother warns her to run away, Jung-in promises to call back and hangs up. Ji-ho pulls over and Jung-in jumps out to face her parents.

Ji-ho delivers a sleeping Eun-woo to his father and explains to his mother that he has to go. Meanwhile, Jung-in surprises her mother when she walks through the front door and heads straight for her father’s office. There, she’s shown the photos of Ji-ho and Eun-woo and when Dad demands an explanation, Jung-in calmly confirms, “He has a child.”

Jung-in adds that she plans to marry Ji-ho and her dad is dumfounded that she’d say such a thing without her parents’ approval. Mom urges her daughter to give them time to absorb the news but Jung-in doesn’t see how that will make a difference.

Dad calls the entire situation absurd and Jung-in agrees, she’s not even sure how the relationship happened. But one thing that Jung-in is sure of, she’s never once regretted getting involved with Ji-ho, which is why she proposed to him first. Jung-in’s father calms down enough to ask Jung-in to bring Ji-ho home but she flatly refuses, “I know you’re planning to humiliate him and drive him away.”

Ji-ho is in front of Jung-in’s parents’ building by the time that Jae-in calls to say that she’s on her way. When she learns of Ji-ho’s whereabouts, Jae-in warns him not to go inside for Jung-in’s sake.

Jung-in’s dad tries to bargain with his daughter when he offers to give up some of what he wants. He agrees that Jung-in won’t have to date Ki-seok and offers to give up the post-retirement position. Dad becomes even angrier when Jung-in refuses, “I’m sorry, but I can’t give him up.”

Mom tries to convince Jung-in to think things over, but Dad erupts, “Think about what…The possibility of it happening is zero!” Jung-in explains that she can’t control her feelings so her father orders, “Just suck it up…” When he’s about to rip the photos of Ji-ho and Eun-woo, Jung-in yells out, “Don’t,” and snatches them away.

Over dinner, Shi-hoon notices that Ki-seok keeps checking his phone and asks what’s going on. Ki-seok reminds Shi-hoon that he’s the one with news and asks what impending fatherhood feels like but he’s told to get married and find out for himself. Ki-seok confesses that Jung-in has been prickly lately and when he mentions eloping, Shi-hoon nods in approval.

Jae-in and Young-jae arrive and Jae-in runs inside while Young-jae keeps Ji-ho company. As soon as Jae-in walks in she can see that Jung-in has been crying. Dad comes out of his office and complains that not only is he too ashamed to face Chairman Kwon, “Now, there won’t be a chance for you to get back together with Ki-seok.” When Jung-in answers, “Good,” her father lunges at her and Jae-in whispers that Ji-ho is downstairs before helping her mother restrain him.

Back at the restaurant, Shi-hoon explains that money is the key to everything, it can even buy love and affection. Shi-hoon claims that his love for Seo-in prompted the expansion of his clinic, so that she would be proud of him.

Ki-seok promises that when he inherits his father’s building, he’ll rent Shi-hoon office space for a pittance, but only if they’re family. Ki-seok throws an arm around Shi-hoon and vows that if Seo-in convinces Jung-in to marry him, “I’ll make it worth your while.”

Jung-in has a sad smile for Ji-ho when she finally walks outside. Ji-ho pulls her into a hug and Jung-in cries softly while Young-jae turns away to give them some privacy. Upstairs, Jae-in sees that her parents are lost in their thoughts and slips out quietly.

Later at Jung-in’s place, Ji-ho and Jung-in unwind with a bottle of wine. Jung-in confesses that because of him, she now has someone that she cares about more than herself. Ji-ho invites Jung-in to lean on him, “I want to be someone who can be there for you.”

Jung-in rests her head on Ji-ho’s back and when Ji-ho mentions that her father’s words must have hurt, she reminds him that they mustn’t allow anything others have to say to affect them. Ji-ho asks to hug Jung-in but she gives him a back hug and won’t let go.

The next day Jae-in visits her mother, who’s prepared side dishes for her daughters, even Jung-in. Jae-in asks about Dad and when she learns that nothing has changed, she offers Mom some advice about Jung-in and Ji-ho, “They’re in love, so just let them be.”

Jae-in reminds Mom that Seo-in will soon be a single mother herself and asks, “Could you be okay if others pointed fingers at her?” When Mom buries her head in her arms, Jae-in walk over to the piano to plays a piece for her.

When Ji-ho arrives at work, Pharmacist Wang teases him about his weekend and threatens to call his mother for details. Pharmacist Wang is surprised when Ji-ho’s mother calls her and asks to meet.

At the library, Ha-rin and Young-joo are shocked when they see the photos that were sent to Jung-in’s father. Young-joo assumes that Jung-in will go after Ki-seok but Jung-in isn’t sure that he sent those photos. Jung-in suggests that they came from Chairman Kwon and explains that her father assumed that much.

Ki-seok is at work when Jung-in finally calls him. Ki-seok wants to go out for dinner and after a long pause, Jung-in agrees to meet him at Chairman Kwon’s house, “I need to talk to your father…so be there.”

Before she leaves for the day, Ji-ho asks Pharmacist Wang if he can speak with her privately. Pharmacist Wang gets Ye-seul to leave first and then sits down to hear what Ji-ho has to say, surprised by the news that Jung-in asked him to marry her.

Ji-ho is worried about their parents but Pharmacist Wang reminds him that they can get married without their consent. Pharmacist Wang can guess why Ji-ho feels conflicted, “If you try powering through, they’ll think you’re insolent and your pride can’t allow that. However, you’re worried that Jung-in will leave you if you wait until both parents approve.”

Ji-ho doesn’t want to be responsible for an irreparable rift between Jung-in and her parents. Pharmacist Wang advises that instead of holding back to protect her, Ji-ho should show Jung-in how far he’s willing to go to be with her.

Jung-in calls Ji-ho as he’s about to leave the pharmacy to tell him that her meeting shouldn’t take long. Ji-ho gets Jung-in to agree that she’ll never meet Ki-seok again without him, “This is about us. We’ll do it together from now on.”

Jung-in and Ji-ho both assure each other that they can endure more hardship so Jung-in suggests a wager, “We’ll see who’s stronger…Loser grants the winner a wish.” Ji-ho tells Jung-in what he’d wish for, “Until we die, we’ll remember each other.”

On his walk home, Ji-ho pauses outside of the coffee house where he and Jung-in had long talks. Ji-ho also stops across the street from the restaurant where Jung-in stared at him while they were on the phone and begged, “No, don’t cross.”

Jung-in is on her way to Chairman Kwon’s when Ji-ho sends her a photo of that spot and a message, “I’m very happy that you’re not across the street right now.”

EPISODE 28

Ki-seok is already at his father’s house by the time that Jung-in arrives. Explaining that she only plans to stay for a few minutes, Jung-in sits down and hands the envelope with the photos to Chairman Kwon.

Chairman Kwon hides his surprise after seeing the contents and when Jung-in asks if he sent them to her parents, he glances at Ki-seok before admitting that he did. Jung-in tells Chairman Kwon that he did her a favor because she felt a sense of relief once her parents knew the truth. Before she leaves, Jung-in demands the original files for all of the photos and she gives Chairman Kwon her business card so that he knows where to send them.

Ki-seok follows Jung-in outside and admits that he sent those photos, “I didn’t want to suffer alone.” Shi-hoon’s thoughts on money must have influenced Ki-seok, who’s convinced that Jung-in dated him partly because of his wealth. Ki-seok insists that it never bothered him because he couldn’t say it wasn’t love.

Jung-in turns away and when she finally looks at Ki-seok, she’s apologetic, “I betrayed you and broke your heart. I’m sorry for everything.” Ki-seok gets upset when Jung-in promises to put up with his anger for the rest of her life, “Why would you do all this just to be with that prick?”

When Ki-seok asks Jung-in to come to back to him, she explains why that won’t happen, “I’ve gotten greedier.” Jung-in returns the engagement ring and after she tells Ki-seok that it never meant anything to her, he throws it down the street as far as he can. After Ki-seok warns Jung-in, “You’ll never be satisfied with Ji-ho,” she turns around and walks away.

Ki-seok goes back inside and apologizes to his father for putting him in such a difficult position. Ki-seok insists that Jung-in was drawn to Ji-ho out of pity and that he only alerted her parents after Jung-in ignored all of his warnings. Chairman Kwon takes Jung-in’s business card and as he heads for his office, he warns Ki-seok, “Don’t turn out like me.”

After her meeting, Jung-in takes a bus to Ji-ho’s neighborhood and when she sees him across the street, she texts, “I’m so happy you’re just across the street from me right now.”

Jung-in calls Ji-ho while they wait for the traffic light to change, “Again, don’t cross. I’ll go to you.” When the light turns green, Jung-in runs into Ji-ho’s arms and they hug each other right there on the corner.

The next day at the library, Ha-rin catches Jung-in’s mother peeking at Jung-in. Ha-rin finds Jung-in to tell her that her mother stopped by and that she looked sad. Once she’s alone, Jung-in texts her mother that she’s sorry and then she starts to cry.

Jae-in joins Seo-in’s meeting with an attorney who recommends a restraining order against Shi-hoon. The attorney admits that it’s no guarantee that Seo-in will be safe but Jae-in chimes in, “I can handle Shi-hoon by myself.”

Jae-in points out that the law can only do so much to help Seo-in since Shi-hoon’s expected jail sentence won’t be more than two years. Jae-in sighs in exasperation when Seo-in tells the attorney that she’s not ready to start legal proceedings.

Once they’re in the car, Seo-in tells Jae-in why she decided to wait, “Like you said, taking legal action isn’t enough.” Jae-in offers to put Seo-in’s plan into action since she’s pregnant but Seo-in insists, “That is why I have to do it myself. Because I’m a mom.” Jae-in is startled when her phone rings with a call from their mother, asking to know where Ji-ho works.

When Jung-in gets an envelope that contains a USB with all of the photo files, Young-joo calls for a celebration at her place. Jung-in’s good mood dims when Ki-seok texts, “Come down for a minute.”

Jung-in meets Ki-seok outside and he asks, “What do you want your father to do after he retires?”Jung-in points out that since she left Ki-seok for another man, his father will never approve of her, plus her father will be too ashamed to accept the job at the foundation.

Ki-seok insists, “Your dad will join the foundation. I’ll make it happen.” Jung-in reminds Ki-seok what she thinks about connections — she refused to attend the school where her father taught. With nothing more to say, Jung-in returns to work.

Jung-in’s mother peers into the pharmacy and after she walks away, Ji-ho and Ye-seul discuss the woman who’s been lingering outside. Jung-in’s mother ducks into the same coffee shop where Pharmacist Wang and Ji-ho’s mom arranged to meet.

Ji-ho’s mom asks Pharmacist Wang about Eun-woo’s mother and admits that she’s worried that she’ll reappear someday. She calls the woman heartless and Pharmacist Wang agrees, “She doesn’t deserve to be Eun-woo’s mom anyway.”

Pharmacist Wang assures Ji-ho’s mom that Jung-in is nothing like Eun-woo’s mother. Jung-in’s mother settles into the seat right behind Ji-ho’s mom and overhears the woman’s concerns about how Jung-in’s family will treat Ji-ho. Ji-ho’s mom wants Jung-in’s family to know that if Eun-woo is a problem, she’ll raise her grandson.

Jung-in’s mother eavesdrops as Pharmacist Wang insists that Ji-ho and Jung-in will take responsibility for Eun-woo if they marry. Ji-ho’s mom can’t bear the thought of Eun-woo being hurt by any disrespect that’s directed at Ji-ho, “That poor thing…doesn’t even know what his mom looks like.”

Pharmacist Wang calls Jung-in a strong woman and shares her belief that Jung-in and Ji-ho are well matched. Ji-ho’s mom decides, “I guess they’re meant to be.”

After leaving Pharmacist Wang, Ji-ho’s mom cries softly while waiting at the bus stop. Jung-in’s mother followed her and after she confirms that the woman is Ji-ho’s mother, she introduces herself as Jung-in’s mom.

At school, Principal Lee bows silently when he walks by Chairman Kwon, who seems unsettled by the cool exchange.

The moms have moved to a private bench and when Ji-ho’s mom begins to cry, Jung-in’s mother takes her hand. The two mothers sit in silence, holding hands, alternating between laughing and crying.

After ending a call with his mother, Ji-ho sighs that she wants him to come over but Jung-in is already on her way. Pharmacist Wang mentions that she met with Ji-ho’s mom and that Eun-woo’s mother, Yoo-mi, came up during their conversation.

Ji-ho confesses that whenever his mother worries about Yoo-mi, it brings back all of his pain. When Ji-ho shares that his greatest fear is that Eun-woo’s mother will show up to take away his son, Pharmacist Wang shares some news, “Yoo-mi’s married…Apparently, she even has a kid.”

Ji-ho is shocked but he wants Pharmacist Wang to know that he won’t allow himself to feel hate for the woman who gave birth to Eun-woo. However, Ji-ho can’t hide the pain that the news triggered and when he breaks down, Pharmacist Wang does her best to comfort him.

At home, Ji-ho’s mother lets her husband know that Ji-ho can’t make it. Dad determines that his wife didn’t tell Ji-ho about Jung-in’s mother and they’re sure that Jung-in didn’t say anything or Ji-ho would have come over.

Jung-in and Ha-rin help Young-joo carry some snacks and drinks to her place. Even though she knows that Ji-ho is visiting his parents, Jung-in misses him and decides to stop at his place first.

Jung-in walks into Ji-ho’s apartment and smiles as she looks around. When Jung-in peeks into Ji-ho’s bedroom she sees the photo of her with Ji-ho and Eun-woo, now next to the bed, and she sighs with happiness.

A very drunk Ji-ho is with Pharmacist Wang at a food stand. He breaks down in tears and confesses that he’s heartbroken for Eun-woo just at Young-jae arrives to take his friend home. Young-jae has to talk Ji-ho out of seeing Eun-woo and wisely steers him home instead.

Ha-rin and Jung-in are helping Young-joo clean up but after a commotion on the stairs, Jung-in runs out.

Jung-in lets herself into Ji-ho’s place and Young-jae quietly explains that Ji-ho is very drunk. Jung-in finds Ji-ho sitting on his bed and wonders, “Why did you drink so much?” She sits beside him to ask, “Did something happen,” but Ji-ho has a question of his own, “Jung-in. Are you going to leave us too?”

 
COMMENTS

That wish of Ji-ho’s, “Until we die, we’ll remember each other,” has me worried because I never want to hear talk about dying this late in a drama. With Ki-seok’s continued pursuit of Jung-in and Seo-in’s unknown plan for dealing with Shi-hoon, there’s lots to be nervous about. I can’t imagine Ki-seok or Shi-hoon accepting defeat but please don’t let anything bad happen to Jung-in, Ji-ho or their friends and family.

This episode was filled with powerful scenes, starting with Jung-in’s showdown with her father. That went about as well as could be expected but now Jung-in is locked into a stalemate with her father. Jung-in’s demand that Chairman Kwon send her the files for the photos was thrilling and that return of the engagement ring was long overdue. Jung-in didn’t bat an eye when Ki-seok threw that ring into oblivion and I wanted to shout for joy when she walked away without a word.

But the most powerful scenes surprisingly don’t belong to Jung-in. Jung-in’s mother and Ji-ho’s mom met face to face and they bonded as only good, loving mothers can. Jung-in’s mother listened in on the conversation with Pharmacist Wang and learned about another mother’s fears and she couldn’t help but respond with compassion. I don’t expect Jung-in’s mother to stand in the way of a marriage between Jung-in and Ji-ho now that she’s met Ji-ho’s mom and knows something about Eun-woo’s situation.

Which brings us to the most powerful scene in this episode, Ji-ho’s breakdown over the news that Eun-woo’s mother is not only married, she has another child. That revelation opened a very old wound and caused even more damage and it promises to test the love between Ji-ho and Jung-in.

Ji-ho has done his best to bury his feelings for Eun-woo’s mother but his son is a constant reminder that she abandoned them. I would imagine that Ji-ho told himself that Yoo-mi wasn’t ready to be a wife and a mother but Pharmacist Wang’s information tears that argument to shreds. Ji-ho now has to live with the fact that Yoo-mi didn’t want to marry him and that she didn’t want to be a mother to his child. And because of that fact, Eun-woo will continue to go through life without any connection to his biological mother.

The truth about his mother may not have much of an effect on Eun-woo while he’s young, but it’s a terrible reality to confront once he’s older. Eun-woo will wonder why he doesn’t have the love of his biological mother and it will be a wound that he must deal with for the rest of his days, just as it’s been for Ji-ho. This is why Ji-ho is so heartbroken, because he knows how difficult that hurt is to bear. Ji-ho also knows that all of the love that he and his parents have for Eun-woo can’t fill the void that Eun-woo’s mother left behind.

It makes sense that Ji-ho now doubts his judgement and that he’s worried that Jung-in could abandon them too. Ji-ho must be wondering if he has the right to take that risk with Eun-woo involved. It’s one thing to be abandoned by one mother but it would be devastating if it happened again.

Up until now, Ji-ho has been understanding and supportive and Jung-in draws some strength from that steadiness. It’s Jung-in’s turn to be the understanding and supportive one but it won’t be easy to face Ji-ho’s unresolved feelings where another woman is involved. Jung-in is about to find out just how real her feelings for Ji-ho and Eun-woo are and if she has what it takes to be a part of their future.

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Thank you, Teriyaki, for the always excellent recaps! This was such a powerful episode, on so many levels and with so many players, that I'm not sure I could pick a favorite scene out. I also find myself concerned by Ji hos fatalistic comments......but I'm hoping he's proved wrong.

Stepping back, I am so torn about approaching the end of this series. I want to see what happen to all the characters we've come to love (and hate) but I will be very sad to have this brilliant series come to an end.

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So sad that it's almost over. But also am currently at a loss for guesses as to how it's going to end. It kind of feels like there's a lot to cover in just 2/4 more episodes in order to wrap things up. Then again, maybe a neat wrap-up is not in the cards for us OSN fans?

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I am really glad the drama is not going down the return of the biological mum route. If Yu-mi showed up for Eun-woo at this point, I'd just have been irritated because there's been no buildup to her at all. It was however, one of my biggest fears, and now that it looks like it won't happen, *phew*.

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Agree. It would not of felt organic at all.

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Although Eun-woo's mother is not showing physically, it appears that her shadow will be very much prominent in at least the next episode. From the last scene of this episode and the preview of the next, it seems that Ji-ho still needs to come to terms with his feelings where Eun-woo's mother is concerned, and Jung-in will (perhaps) need to grapple with the fact that Ji-ho might not be fully over his ex...

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I don't see it that way. I think he's hurt that she could move on so easily after having abandoned Eun-woo and him. He's had to raise their child all on his own, and he must have been through so much over the years. On the other hand, she's lived a carefree life, only getting married and having children when she was ready for the responsibility. It probably feels like a betrayal and hurts.

Of course, I may be wrong. Haha - we'll only know when the next episode is out. :)

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I think Ji-ho was hurting more for Eun-hoo than for himself. The fact that she abandoned that poor child (and him) and moved on without any closure hurts to the core.

I think they are better off without her and it's a good thing that Eun-woo doesn't know her or have any memories of her.

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Thanks greenfields for that perspective, and I do think (and hope) you're right. When I said feelings, I was not limiting them to the romantic sort. Clearly Ji-ho has been very angry and upset, but refuses to hate, because she is Eun-woo's mother.

But the extreme emotion/set of feelings that he is still experiencing suggests (to me) that he may not truly have made peace with his (and Eun-woo's) situation. And that saddens me greatly... especially if someone who he loves dearly (jung-in) gets hurt because of it

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I think there might be more to why JiHo is having an extreme meltdown. I think his breakdown is not just on his painful past, but it’s carrying his fears to his present relationship with JungIn. Given his fatalistic attitude, he’s fearing for the worst already. And this is the first thing he says to JungIn: Are you going to leave us too?

He is acting exactly as Pharmacist Noona has observed what his mom is doing. He is getting anxious and he’s not entirely wrong given that almost everyone is against their relationship.

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And it doesn’t help that GiSeok is constantly demeaning his self worth. Also the way everyone is acting when it comes to JungIn’s dad... their cultural subtext is strongly pressuring him to the edge.

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I totally agree and honestly I think his hurt is justified especially as concerns Eun No. He loves his kid more than anything and to find out that Eun No's own mother left him and started a whole new family is heartbreaking. It hurts me and these are fictional characters. What an awful awful woman.

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I just love this show.

Jung in all blissed out on love walking around the apartment while Jin ho is cracking open and crumbling down was hard to see. I can see how that could be a shock to her, but hopefully she is able to be his rock.

Whatever plan Seo-in has is scaring me. I'm trying to trust in her judgment as she seems to have been carefully planning her escape for awhile.

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I'm with you on Seo-in's "plan", whatever it is. My mind's automatically going to the worst case scenario, which seems somewhat out of character for the drama.

Maybe it has something to do with her journalistic skills? She'll get him to show his true colours on record somehow? Gah, the suspense!

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I hope so. She has been documenting everything. Maybe she wants a public confrontation. I just do not want her sisters or her mom to leave her by herself even for a second.

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I was utterly heartbroken for Jung-in this episode, but I guess it was a good reality check/wake-up call? All this time Ji-Ho has been encouraging her to lean on him, always assuring her of his steady love, presence and comfort...and it turns out Ji-Ho isn’t as ready to lean on her and share his life and love with her because of these unresolved feelings for Yoo-Mi. I don’t doubt he’s over her—-but I doubt that he’s 100% given up hope that Yoo-Mi would come back to him and Eun-Woo, even just for closure? I dread the last 2 episodes, and I hope, as you all do, that we get a nice, happy, and satisfying ending for them and everyone else.

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I don't think he's remotely hung up on Yoo Mi, but learning that she's married with a child would be a HUGE shock. All this time he's been able to rationalize her actions by telling himself that she was scared, that she was overwhelmed, that a child was too much. But (understandably!) a part of him also probably thought that if she ever got over those feelings, she would naturally reconnect with the child she already has. Or at least be curious about him, something, ANYTHING.

We've seen that the one thing that will really rile up Ji Ho is a slight against his son. He wouldn't leave through the back door of the library with Eun Woo, and the best way to make him tear up is to show Eun Woo consideration or affection. So this is the flip of that - Eun Woo's mother has essentially erased him, like a mistake. She wrote him off. Eun Woo is so starved for a mother's affection that he fixated on Jung In, but Yoo Mi had another child and only considers that other child, and one day Eun Woo will know that.

I don't think Ji Ho is thinking of himself at all in this. But the reality that a mother has previously abandoned his son has hit home all at once. There's also a weird element of time-travel here; there will be crossover, where Ji Ho was sympathetically thinking of Yoo Mi as a lost soul plagued with guilt for abandoning her child, while in actuality she was creating an entirely different family. That will increase Ji Ho's feelings of betrayal.

If Jung In faults him for anything in this, it should be doubting her commitment. Anything having to do with unresolved romantic feelings feels like a reach. Unresolved abandonment feelings? Definitely.

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My thought exactly and you said it perfectly.

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I agree. His issues with his ex are about abandonment, not her.

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Thanks @teriyaki for your thoughts on Ji-ho's breakdown. Whilst I understood his fears and pain for Eun-woo, I found the degree to which he got drunk surprising, so I wondered whether I had missed some things in the translation...

Also, Ji-ho had always come across a strong and mature individual, who overcame considerable hardship and is rational and even-minded. However, the extremeness of his meltdown now has me wondering...

I am hoping that in the next episode more of Ji-ho's backstory will come to light, and certainly that Ji-ho and Jung-in will find their way back to each other.

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I agree. It made sense, in a way, and i think it’s good to show a side of him we have never seen before. But it’s still very surprising.

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JiHo’s breakdown scene was heart wrenching. I think he just buried his fears and insecurities all those years because he was expected to do so in order to raise his son, he was expected to show strength and maturity. I don't think he got over the feeling of abandonment and when he found out about his ex now with her own family, that feeling of betrayal was just too much.

I'm glad we are shown his vulnerable side. I think he needs to express this and not keep his emotions bottled up. JungIn needs to understand the trauma that he went through. I hope there won't be a prolonged misunderstanding of why he is reacting this way. JungIn needs to understand the difference that he is feeling betrayed and he is hurting for EunWoo and not because he still has feelings for his ex. And she needs to be committed to this relationship to make this work.

I'm actually amazed at his strength of character. Amidst all his suffering, he can still say he didn't want to hate his ex because it would be like hurting EunWoo. Even Pharmacist Noona was impressed.

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Well said - this to me is the true test for the lead couple, rather than the ostensible lack of parental support (particularly from certain members).

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This is the real issue that the external challenges was masking.

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I’m also glad they didn’t go with the birth mother showing up route, instead choosing a more subtle sub plot to add depth to the story. However, i feel like this is brought up so late in the story that it seems out of the blue. I wish i could have learnt about it a bit sooner, exploring the conflicted feelings of giving love another chance when you have a child and have been wounded so deeply. I personally feel it would have struck a chord more. That being said, i love this show and hope it ends beautifully.

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It was a great episode. I really like the tenderness in their couple. We can feel it.

Chairman Kwon trying to protect his son was kinda sad. But Ki Seok was pretty honest and told the truth. He went too far that now he can't give up. But it's so stupid because he did all of that against Jiho and not for his love for Jung In...

Jiho's breakingdown was predictable. They said he was devasted when she Yumi left. So now I hope he will find closure and be a happy family with Eun Wo and Jung In.

The mothers together was really nice to see. They understand each other. They love their children and they want the best for them.

I really want to see Shi Hoon being punished, humiliated, anything but he has to pay for what he did!

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Wonderful insights from Teriyaki - thank you. These episodes have been very powerful. Waiting with bated breath and I’m hoping all the emotions I’ve invested in this drama will be rewarded...

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Last 2 episodes. I am not really looking for a happy, happy ending but i am hoping for a satisfying one and and ending which will put a closure to all the characters involved. 14 solid episodes, i hope the writer has the last 2 episodes to tie each story neatly. Jeong in doesn't know yet of the abuse of seo in. I am curious of her reaction. What seo in is planning in regards to her scumbag husband. There's a lot to fit in 2 hours. Curious how the writer will end this one and make us satisfied in investing not only 16 hours since as for me, i tend to watch atleast twice. Please do not disappoint writer.

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There are so many details in each dialogue that requires more rewatch. So many lovely scenes too. The storytelling is woven together neatly and the characters so true to their arc that I really hope we get a satisfying ending. This drama is a gem.

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I agree. It's when I rewatched one episode that I understood how Ki Seok knew that Jiho was in Jung In's appartement when she broke up with him.

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I am still nervous about the preview for the next episode. And still I am hoping it is indeed just a ploy or misdirection.

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I have spent a lot of time enraged by the behavior of some of the men in this drama. Arrogant, dictatorial, controlling, selfish, and indifferent to the feelings and needs of the women in their lives. Why would you force marriage on someone - making everyone's lives miserable? Why would you demand your daughter stay in an abusive marriage and forgive her abuser? (With hints he is also a rapist). Why is their father supporting and enabling the subjugation of his daughters instead of taking a cane to the bastards?

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All is about education. Korean culture is a patriarchal society and starts to change a little bit now. The father grew up in a world where the women have to please their husband and their father. The reputation of the family is more important than one member. She abused? But what will say people if they know it, if she divorces? It means she failed as well her family. It's stupid but it's their way to live...

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Exactly. Actually the drama does a great job at showing a traditional family vs. a more unconventional, modern one. Jiho's parents work together at home and at the store, they rely on each other and both express their opinions. The scenes at the table show there's no hierarchy, with all of them sitting on the chairs. His father is affectionate and expresses well his emotions, same as Jiho. On the contrary, Jung-In's father is cold and shows constantly he's the "ruler" of the house. He sits on a special chair while Jung-In and her sister are on the floor and their mom is just on one side (not on the centre, like him) without being able to voice her opinion. The hierarchy is obvious and he makes sure his family knows by even not showing respect towards his wife. There's this scene in which he even throws his cloths to the floor and his wife bends to pick them up as if it was part of their routine. This is also portrayed in Jung-in's non-affectionate and strong personality, product of living in that house.

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My biggest takeaway from these episodes is the fact that neither JI or JH can break away from their past relationships. I assume it was the first love for both of them. JH still has feelings for Yumi because she is the mother of her son but also for all those years he thought she would return to him. That was his dream. I also assume JI relationship with KS was her first serious one. She never actually leaves him after declaring her intention to break up with him. Maybe her dream was that KS would change (back to the way she first fell for him). When KS threw away the engagement ring in anger, that should be the final straw. Unless JI ghosts him, KS is still going to be an obstacle.

Both JI and JH have difficulty making hard decisions. JI has been conditioned to accept intolerable GS for the sake of her family. JH has a deep fear of abandonment so he does not want to be hurt again. Those are the chains that keep them separated in their own malaise.

JI has been trying "too hard" to win over Eun-U to get a commitment from JH so she can get her "get of out KS jail" card. She thinks she can get by the cultural black mark of marrying a man with a child, but she is naive to think she knows what it would be to be a step-mother.

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Jung In cleary tried to leave Ki Seok, he didn't want it and he's the one who always calls her, sees her, her family, Jiho even her friend.

The fact Jung In want to pass time with Eun Wo, it's because he's inseparable from Jiho and she wants to have a relationship with the both of them. It's nothing about Ki Seok.

"but she is naive to think she knows what it would be to be a step-mother", so what? Nobody can know before trying... She's trying at least.

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I just want to say that I really like Young-jae.

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Yes! A great friend indeed!

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Yes, he's a very sensitive person. I like how Jiho and Young Jae help each other.

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Wow. Thanks very much TeriYaki for such wonderful recaps and comments. I just want to congratulate everyone here for your very intelligent remarks about the drama, so super excellent and so impressive. Am proud to be a One Spring Night fan.

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The integrity of Ji Ho and Jung In’s relationship and of their character is enviable and impressive. Their forthrightness of commitment to each other at each and every turn whenever challenged is wonderful to see, They are so honest and and do not hesitate to reveal their feelings, seemingly so confident of the safety in their love.

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Why do I get the feeling that Jiho's character faltering in his steady love and for Jungin, by being vulnerable at the end of this episode, will be the downfall of this drama and this couple?

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Seeing Shi-hoon and Ki-Seok together in that scene was enough to make me stop this show and take hypertensives. God they're scum.

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