I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day: Episode 11
Our leads take a backseat as the spotlight shines on our elusive aunt this hour. We already knew she, like just about everyone in this drama, has a tragic backstory, but we had yet to see things from her perspective. The prospect of writing a novel based on her own life brings things to the surface that she’s kept locked in for years. With how closed-off she is, writing about it may be the only way she’ll let it out and start to heal.
EPISODE 11: “Two Different Stories”
We revisit Myung-yeo and Yoon-taek’s conversation by the tracks before flashing back to all the times Myung-yeo turned obedient, puppy-like Yoon-taek into a blubbering mess by casually breaking up with him. When she sent that final break-up text, Yoon-taek had simply sighed and asked why, assuming it was like every other time they’d broken up over the years.
In the present, Soo-jung calls Myung-yeo over to the hospital to visit their old friend. Choi Soon-yeong nonchalantly discusses her impending death—she has breast cancer—which makes Soo-jung cry. Soon-yeong wants to keep things light and jokes around with Myung-yeo.
Myung-yeo abruptly removes her sunglasses to reveal her eye. “Does this make you feel better?” she asks a stunned Soon-yeong. Myung-yeo hopes to use her own sadness to counteract Soon-yeong’s. She winks and puts her glasses back on.
Soo-jung follows her out and demands an explanation. Myung-yeo reluctantly discloses that it’s glaucoma and dismisses the idea of going to a doctor. Soo-jung shouts at her for her stubbornness, but Myung-yeo assures her she’s fine. It doesn’t hurt anyway.
Soo-jung cries as she literally drags her to get tests done while Myung-yeo maintains it’s too late. “I already can’t see.” Myung-yeo doesn’t think losing vision in one eye is a big deal. As Myung-yeo walks out, Soo-jung desperately yells after her to at least get tests done.
At the bookshop, Eun-seob gets a phone call from his landlord’s daughter. He tells Hae-won matter-of-factly that he’s being evicted if he doesn’t pay rent. He decides to go in person to try to work it out. Apparently, they’ve been letting him use the space for free, since it was derelict.
Hae-won hops in the car at the last second. They made enough at the flea market for them to close for the day. We get some car PPL as Eun-seob nicely demonstrates how to use the voice-activated temperature controls.
Elsewhere, Jang-woo goes to meet his mother at the one café to rule them all and instead finds a pretty young woman. “You’ve gotten so young,” he sarcastically notes to his mother on the phone. His mother hangs up, and Jang-woo is forced to do the blind date when the woman spots him.
On their way to meet the landlord, Hae-won asks out of the blue why Eun-seob was at the train station the day he supposedly fell for her. She was running away, but what was he doing on a weekday? Ah, is that when his birth mom fell ill?
In a flashback, Eun-seob is woken up by a phone call in the middle of the night. “Are you Jin-ho? I’m your mom.” He’s stunned. “Your name is Kim Jin-ho … I guess your dad never told you.” Wait, what? He counters that his name is Im Eun-seob.
His mother softly cries as she reveals that she’s very ill and wants him to visit because she misses him. Would he visit? He heads to school as usual that morning but stops at the entrance.
In the car, Hae-won asks if he met his mother. He didn’t. Well, not that day. He bought a ticket but felt like he’d be betraying his parents if he went. That was when he saw Hae-won standing there.
Meanwhile, Yoon-taek meets Yeong-joon for lunch where she orders him to cancel his contract with Myung-yeo because she doesn’t like it. Wow. Yeong-joon knows he was in a relationship with Myeong-yeo—as does everyone in the industry—for 20 years (!).
Yeong-joon, the pleasant woman she is, gives him an ultimatum: annul the contract or she’ll publish her next book elsewhere. Yoon-taek is firm that he needs to publish Myung-yeo’s book. “There’s something I need to find out.”
We hear Hwi’s voice read out, “Grandfather Hamil, can people live without love?” Yoon-taek stops Yeong-joon as she leaves. He needs her as a writer, so what can he do to make her stay with his firm? She sits back down as Hwi continues that the Hamil didn’t answer but took a sip of tea instead.
Yoon-taek drives Yeong-joon back to her place. Hwi narrates that the grandfather stared without answering, probably believing her too young. When Yoon-taek tells Yeong-joon to go, she leans in and teases that she doesn’t want to.
We flash back to when Myung-yeo had instructed Yoon-taek to kiss her, and he kept chickening out. Ha. Myung-yeo gets tired of waiting and kisses him while he goes wide-eyed like a traditional drama heroine. Hwi resumes her story where the question of living without love is posed again.
In the present, Yeong-joon kisses Yoon-taek. He doesn’t seem thrilled about it and asks, “Is this what you wanted?” It is and she claims it means everything to her. Yoon-taek looks uncomfortable. Hwi tells us the grandfather replied, “Yes, it is.”
At home, Myung-yeo begins reading Yoon-taek’s book “All My Firsts.” The inscription reads: “To MY.” Hwi continues narrating, “He lowered his head, looking embarrassed. I burst into tears.” Myung-yeo stares out the window.
Eun-seob and Hae-won sit down with the elderly landlord couple, and the wife explains that their daughter is the one who wants to start charging. Eun-seob is willing to start paying rent, but the husband tells him not to worry. He calls Eun-seob into his study privately so he can show off his antique book collection.
In the study, Eun-seob is amazed the husband managed to acquire the rare poem collection “Deer” by Baek Seok. He reads a poem titled “A Pitch-Dark Night.” The husband is happy Eun-seob turned that house into a bookshop and has no intention of charging rent. He’s disappointed by his daughter’s greed.
He told Eun-seob from the start that as long as he turned it into a bookshop, he could do whatever he wanted to the house. They go back into the living room where Hae-won is helping the wife play piano. Eun-seob smiles as he watches her.
In the city, Hwi catches Jang-woo and his date leaving. She secretly takes photos before confronting her “much older friend.” He’s so flustered he drops his bike. Hwi heads off his denial with the photo she took, making him lie very unconvincingly while awkward laughing that he ran into an old friend.
Caught red-handed, he can only beg her silence. Of course, it’s Hwi, so that comes with a price. She extorts him out of about $50 as he laments how she’s not nice like Eun-seob. With her money in hand, she deletes the photo and promises to call him “oppa” for a few days. Pfft.
Jang-woo exasperatedly asks why she’s not in school. Hwi chirps that she decided to go on a stroll during her lunch break. She sweetly bids her “much older friend” farewell before sitting on the back of his bike. Jang-woo looks like he’s about to come undone as she clarifies she meant they should go so he can drop her off at school. Does he want her to get more demerits? And off they go.
As Hae-won and Eun-seob sit in the car, she brings up that day at the train station again. “I really wanted to die that day,” she confesses. Her life was so miserable she decided to take the train to the river.
She prepared to wade into the water, but when her stomach growled, she decided to have one last meal. After eating, she felt sleepy and took a nap. She awoke and realized she’d never die at this rate, and she had to die to make those bullies regret.
Freshly determined, Hae-won ran back to the river and marched into the water. A voice shouted, “Mok Hae-won!” Hae-won turned to see Myung-yeo sprinting toward her, desperately calling her name.
In the present, Hae-won still wonders how her aunt found her that day. Eun-seob asks if that’s why she decided to live. We see Hae-won and Myung-yeo sitting by the river. Myung-yeo suggested they die together, but Hae-won had stopped her and started to cry.
Hae-won tells Eun-seob she stopped wanting to die after that since it seemed like her aunt would keep nagging her even to the grave. After Eun-seob thanks her for living, Hae-won turns to face him. “Tell me, Eun-seob. Is this love?”
Eun-seob is quiet, but that doesn’t fly for Hae-won. She wants him to answer, so she asks again. “Yes. It’s love,” Eun-seob replies honestly. She smiles and admits, “Me, too.”
Meanwhile, Yoon-taek pops by Hodu House to check on Myung-yeo’s writing progress. Myung-yeo is not happy she’s getting harassed about it a mere three days after signing. Yoon-taek presses that she must at least have an opening sentence.
Since he has so much free time, Myung-yeo instructs him to drive her to the hospital to see Soon-yeong. He wants her to drive and is surprised to hear she doesn’t drive anymore. Soon-yeong and Soo-jung are thrilled to see Yoon-taek and make a big deal of him and Myung-yeo coming together.
At school, Yeong-soo approaches Hwi and awkwardly asks her to take him to her brother’s bookshop, but Hwi is preoccupied with her spiffy new bike seat. He finally gets her attention, and Hwi remembers Hyung-ji’s intel about him liking books.
When he asks about the book club, Hwi bursts out laughing and hops up and down in her excitement. Between laughs, she bars him from coming. He’s understandably concerned by this deranged-looking response. At the last minute, Hwi decides she’s willing to make a deal if he wants to come.
When Hae-won and Eun-seob return to the bookshop that night, Hae-won insists Eun-seob go rest. She’ll watch the shop. He keeps sneaking back over to peek at her and uses organizing books as an excuse.
Eun-seob catches her staring. “Eun-seob, I want to sleep with you,” Hae-won announces casually. Girl is direct, and I love it. The stack of books he’s holding drops to the floor. Hae-won smiles as he tries to collect himself. She repeats what she said, making him drop the books he just picked up. Ha! Hae-won laughs at his frazzled response.
That night, they face each other awkwardly. Poor Eun-seob looks like’s he’s about to faint as he tries to figure out how to kick things off. He starts to unbutton his shirt and timidly whispers, “Is this right?” Oh, honey. Hae-won, help him.
Hae-won can barely contain her laughter at his adorableness before she puts him out of his misery and takes charge. Oh thank goodness, I thought he’d pass out before even getting to sexy times. As they kiss, Hae-won narrates, “If this is love, I wish you could tell me. Tell me not to leave. Ask me to stay by your side forever like snow that never melts .” We fade to black.
At the hospital, the ladies tease Yoon-taek about how much cooler he is now. Before she leaves, Myung-yeo asks Soon-yeong about the bruises on her face. Soon-yeong gets awkward and claims she bumped into a wall. Uh-oh. Soo-jung covers for her, but they all know what’s up.
In the car, Myung-yeo rants about Soon-yeong’s abusive husband still hitting her even as she’s dying. Why doesn’t she divorce him? Yoon-taek supposes she must put up with it for all times he’s warm to her. We see a flashback to Myung-joo’s husband doting on her, followed by a time he got angry and drug her inside by her hair.
Yoon-taek muses she could think, “He only lost his temper for a moment.” We see Myung-joo’s husband begging for forgiveness on his knees. So she keeps forgiving him and holding onto false hope. Myung-yeo angrily spits that Soon-yeong shouldn’t have to put up with it when he keeps hitting her.
Myung-yeo sounds on the verge of tears as she rants that even occasional abuse is abuse. It makes no sense to think of someone like that as warm. Yoon-taek calmly agrees with her. We flash back to Myung-joo calling her husband pitiful. Myung-yeo countered that he hits her, but Myung-joo still felt sorry for him.
Myung-yeo urged her to get out before Hae-won finds out what’s happening. They watched little Hae-won holding her dad’s hand and smiling. In the present, Myung-yeo mutters, “Idiot.” Myung-yeo orders Yoon-taek to pull over and walks the rest of the way, her sister’s excuses echoing in her head. “If I abandoned him, who would take him?”
While working late, Jang-woo is ambushed by two coworkers curious about his blind date. He’s horrified to realize rumors have already spread. He calls his date a nice person but … We flash back to the date where they really weren’t on the same page. Jang-woo divulges he hasn’t been attracted to any of his blind dates.
They ask what kind of women he’s into, and he immediately thinks of Eun-shil. He says he likes women with pretty smiles and who like to eat. They sigh over the difficulty of finding someone like that. Really? Sounds pretty reasonable.
That night, Soo-jung comes banging on Myung-yeo’s door. It’s clearly bad news. In voiceover, Soon-yeong asks what you call the sparkling light reflected off lake surfaces in the sun. Myung-yeo responds, “sun glitter.” Myung-yeo and Soo-jung head to Soon-yeong’s funeral together.
Soon-yeong continues that she wants to shine like that even in death. Myung-yeo watches Soon-yeong’s husband wail that he should’ve died and that he’s sorry. Myung-yeo is reminded of when she watched in horror as her sister was brutally beaten by her husband. Getting over her shock, she’d flown into the room, screaming and hitting him.
He’d shoved Myung-yeo to the ground, but she got up and chased after him. They continued fighting as Myung-joo followed and tried to pry him off her sister. After kicking Myung-yeo a couple times, he left in a rage. Myung-yeo narrates that her sister was hit sometimes by her friendly, warm husband.
Myung-yeo started screaming at her sister to get a divorce since she deserved better. Suddenly, the husband came racing back up the stairs having overheard and grabbed Myung-yeo by the hair. As he went to strike Myung-yeo over the head with an iron, Myung-joo pushed him and accidentally sent him tumbling down the stairs.
Myung-joo grabbed Myung-yeo’s hand, and they ran out of the house into the car with the husband in hot pursuit. He began viciously kicking the car and trying to shatter the windows with a golf club. He stood in front of the car and went to smash in the windshield. The car lurched forward.
Myung-yeo narrates this is where her story starts, and it’s the first sentence of her novel. We see her look up from the driver’s seat. Both her and Myung-joo are in shock.
In the room above the bookshop, Hae-won and Eun-seob lie next to each other. She starts to say something, and then changes her mind. He presses, but she hedges she’ll tell him later and snuggles closer.
The fax machine whirrs in Yoon-taek’s office. Myung-yeo’s voice reads out her opening sentence: “Look here, who do you think killed my brother-in-law?”
So that’s how it all went down. It was unsettling to watch how Myung-joo’s husband would be so sweet and doting one second and full of rage the next. How had they kept that from Hae-won for so long? Even if he never abused her, Hae-won had to notice the bruises left on her mother. I get how they could explain that away to a young child, but it’d be almost impossible to hide it as she got older. At this point, we still don’t know what Hae-won was aware of at the time, and I’m super curious about her relationship with her dad now. But why are they still hiding the truth from Hae-won? She’s no longer a child and has made it clear she’s been damaged by their silence. Her mom and Myung-yeo owe her the truth, and it’s the only way for them all to heal.
The whole situation is tragic, and no one came out unscathed. I guess they figured Myung-joo would get a lighter sentence due to the abuse, so she took the fall. And if they both admitted guilt, they’d leave their elderly mother alone to take care of Hae-won. I wouldn’t be surprised if Myung-yeo is refusing treatment for her glaucoma as a means of punishing herself. It seems like she’s been doing a lot of that since that day. She stopped writing and broke up with Yoon-taek.
I knew they were together for a while, but I didn’t realize they were off and on for 20 years! No wonder they’re still hung up on each other. A decade later and Yoon-taek is still desperate to know why Myung-yeo left him like that. I mean, he’s going to some serious lengths to get answers. Getting your ex to write an entire book and signing a publishing deal with them just so you can find out why they dumped you is intense. From Myung-yeo’s opening line, though, it seems like his plan might work in pushing her to be honest about what happened all those years ago. He obviously knows Myung-yeo well. Hopefully, writing about that part of her life will give her some peace.
And Soon-yeong’s situation clearly brought everything back to the surface for Myung-yeo. That poor woman was even getting abused on her deathbed. It can be maddening when someone won’t leave an abuser, but like Yoon-taek pointed out, hope is a strong force. Listening to Myung-joo say that she felt sorry for her husband and worry about him being alone was jarring. She’s such a tough person, it’s hard to imagine someone like her not choosing to leave. I like that they went against stereotype and show that abuse victims don’t have to be weak—you can have strong women like Myung-joo who fall prey to abusers and can’t escape the cycle.
Moving on to our other tragic backstory, it looks like Eun-seob and his birth mother didn’t have any contact before she told him she was sick. But I’d imagine they had to contact her after his father died and prior to his adoption. Wouldn’t she have to relinquish any custody claims? Maybe she did that earlier, but I’d be surprised if Eun-seob’s birth father could get legal custody, so I’m inclined to think they didn’t work it out officially. And Eun-seob didn’t know his name was Jin-ho? I assumed the Im family gave him the name Eun-seob, but that comment from his birth mother suggests that his father may have renamed him after she left. How odd. It did seem strange (and problematic) that Yeo-jung and Jong-pil would give him a new name after adopting him, but I thought he might’ve refused to talk for a while or something, so they did it out of necessity. Maybe it was another way of his birth father cutting ties with the world.
Although our couple wasn’t front and center, they certainly ramped things up this episode. First off, we got that lovely confession. There wasn’t some huge proclamation of love but a simple acknowledgement of their feelings. It fit the quiet nature of both them as a couple and the show as a whole. I know I’m repeating myself, but Hae-won’s directness is so refreshing! She never plays coy or lets things fester. Hae-won gets everything out in the open without being pushy or overbearing. She wanted to know how Eun-seob viewed their relationship, so she asked. She wanted to sleep with him, so she said so and made his brain short circuit. That whole sequence was great in all its awkward glory. I love how she takes charge but doesn’t do it in a way that bowls over him. She gives him space to process and doesn’t push, but she knows when to initiate. They really do work well as a team.
Oh, how I love Jang-woo. Poor guy has got his mom setting him up on secret blind dates and Hwi photographing them as blackmail. He takes everything so well, though. But, see, everything could be solved if he were to just admit he’s hung up on Eun-shil. From the moments we’ve seen of them together, I think he’d have a shot. Now all he has to do is figure out how to keep it together around her.
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