A Piece of Your Mind: Episodes 5-6 Open Thread
With one crush out in the open, and another crush relentlessly pursued, our leads spend even more time together, coaxing the AI into its full expression. This leads to some interesting results for our characters, and there are as many goodbyes as there are hellos in store for us this week.
EPISODES 5-6 WEECAP
Is it the four-week drama rule proving itself again? I’m hopelessly in love with A Piece of Your Mind now, with its strange complexities and deep, contemplative emotions. There’s nothing typical about this story, and I am loving how it’s not only so beautifully written, shot, and produced, but how it’s not afraid of being different.
I mentioned last week that I wondered how the story would continue without Ji-soo, but she’s more present than ever this week as the AI version of herself. While a little hard to unravel from a technical standpoint, I’m just gonna roll with it. It’s AI Ji-soo, and much like real-life Ji-soo, she doesn’t really want to talk to Won. At all.
At first, our plot is mostly caught up around AI Ji-soo’s reticence when she’s in the presence of Won. It’s thanks to her relationship with (and trust of) Seo-woo that she finally agrees to talk to him. I’m amazed how this drama can create so much closeness between a person and a little box of a computer. When Seo-woo is talking to her, it’s like she has a girlfriend with her in person, whether they’re just casually chatting or talking about important matters of the heart.
But it’s Won’s relationship to AI Ji-soo that is the most arresting. There’s a tenderness and intimacy with how he treats and talks to AI Ji-soo that’s as beautiful to witness as it is slightly unsettling. The scene on the overpass where the two finally talk openly, and Won says all he wanted to do was call her name (“Ji-sooyah, Ji-sooyah!”), was particularly beautiful. I might have held my breath when the scene finished with him telling her to rest in peace.
Another dimension of the drama that is playing out nicely is the growing closeness between Seo-woo and Ha Won. First, of course, it’s over Ji-soo, but we’re starting to see glimmers of Won growing close to Seo-woo because she’s Seo-woo. She’s incredibly receptive and kind, and she’s on this journey with Won without him even asking her.
She is also more grounded than Won, and tells him upfront during their quarrel that, “Ji-soo is gone and so is her misery” — in other words, that he should stop chasing her, and let her go. Seo-woo tells him her crush (on him) only has a 1% chance of panning out, but at least it’s more chance than his has. It’s a bit harsh, but it’s the truth Won needed to hear.
It’s interesting that it’s Seo-woo’s rather arithmetical argument that finally gets to Ha Won. He says goodbye to Ji-soo on the overpass, has the AI program/profile deleted (that was a strangely anticlimactic moment!), and decides it is time to move on. In a beautiful scene at the much-frequented cafe, he cries over his ramyun in front of Seo-woo and the cafe owner. It’s enough to rip your heart out, but it’s almost good (or cathartic as Seo-woo says) to see him crying and finally willing to let Ji-soo go.
I also like the dichotomy the drama is building between the love of someone who you are with, versus someone who is perpetuated only in your mind/memory. Ha Won is a character who has loved from afar for so many years that he hasn’t given thought to a loved one as having a physical presence (and even AI Ji-soo continues this sort of metaphysical love he’s used to). However, at the end of this week’s episodes we see him affected by Seo-woo physically, and I mean that in the sense that she is a physical presence in his life — someone “to look at” as they keep saying — and we’re seeing how that slowly changes him.
In addition to our main players, the supporting storylines are also advancing, though slowly. The grieving and surly In-wook finally agrees to record at Soon-ho’s studio, but then ditches Seo-woo as his engineer at the last minute when he realizes that Ji-soo had her phone number. In Soon-ho’s words, “Life is so horribly entangled.” However, they have no idea how entangled their stories really are, and I’m bracing myself for all the reveals that are to come.
There’s also the storyline with KIM MIN-JUNG (Lee Jung-eun), a strange bird who is supposed to receive therapy from an AI device from Ha Won’s company. As such, she’s recorded her voice with Seo-woo (like Ji-soo before her) for the programming of the AI, and it looks like she’ll be renting at the homestay as well.
On a closing note, Jung Hae-in is wayyyyyy too swoony this week. He has some of the most emotive gazes ever, whether he’s staring into the sunset thinking of Ji-soo, or staring up at Seo-woo when he meets her at the overpass. For a man that knows this girl has a crush on him, he’s a little too free with putting earbuds in her ears, covering her ears when they’re in an alley echoing with street noise, and telling her that he worries about her. What’s a girl with a crush to do with that? Lucky for Seo-woo, she receives quite a portion of hope at the end of this week’s episodes, when Won says he’s curious how her 1% chance with him will grow. So am I, Ha Won. So am I.
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