Warm and Cozy: Episode 5
Get used to that you-did-NOT-just-say-that-stupid face, because you’ll be seeing it a lot, and will in fact find yourself making it repeatedly as you watch this episode. Or if you’re like me and have been recapping all day, you might find it permanently frozen that way. I wish I could say that our manchild hero sees the error of his ways and tells that haughty first love to hit the road, but that would be a big honkin’ lie. See: face.
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K.O.K. – “아킬레스걸” (Achilles Girl) [ Download ]
EPISODE 5 RECAP
Jung-joo finds herself on the perfect dream date with Gun-woo… and his dream girl Ji-won, who has totally hijacked their evening. Gun-woo smoothly says that everything has been prepared especially for Ji-won, and Jung-joo stares agape.
He has the nerve to say that it must be telepathy, because he just suddenly felt the urge to make dinner and light candles, as if Jung-joo isn’t sitting right there. She remembers Ji-won as the rude girl who dropped her coffee and ran back at the hotel, and Ji-won just calls herself clumsy.
Ji-won pointedly says that she must’ve interrupted their evening, prompting Gun-woo to kick Jung-joo out right then and there. Ugh. I hope she kicks you in the shins later.
Gun-woo follows Jung-joo inside to grab a blanket for Ji-won, and he’s so blatantly happy that it’s doubly infuriating. Jung-joo is about to head upstairs, but he complains that Ji-won will get the wrong idea (or the right one) if she sees them both living here.
So he actually kicks her out of the whole place, reminding her of how he went above and beyond for her old co-workers. When he doesn’t even let her take the blanket in his hands because that’s for Ji-won too, Jung-joo storms out wearing only a sweater, not heeding his warning about it being cold out.
Mayor Wook passes by a few of the townsfolk, who already know about his “date” with Jung-joo and completely ignore the part where he tells them it wasn’t a date. They notice Jung-joo heading out towards the dock by herself, and drop loud hints that someone ought to go warn her to be careful because visitors fall into the ocean all the time.
Jung-joo downs beer after beer and ignores Gun-woo’s texts asking if she’s cold and telling her not to go too far. Hmph, says the guy who kicked her out. Wook comes by and asks why she’s drinking alone when drinking together is so much better, and takes her to the group of neighbors who are out sharing some makgulli.
The diver ajummas are impressed when Jung-joo drinks a bowl in one shot and eats their food, and she gives Wook a little nod of thanks for helping her make friends.
But the truly awesome part is that Gun-woo spends his date worried about Jung-joo because she’s ignoring his texts, and he sits there texting her repeatedly to tell him where she is, not even listening to Ji-won as she talks.
She calls him out on it, and Gun-woo admits that he’s worried about Jung-joo because she’s rather frail, and wants to make sure she got home okay.
Ji-won tries to hide her reaction and asks if he wants to open another bottle, and Gun-woo immediately starts hemming and hawing about how he’d love to but then it’ll get too late and they can’t call a designated driver to take her back to the hotel. She’s shocked at the response, but he doesn’t even give her a chance to argue and calls for the driver.
Of course the call goes to Mr. Gong (because what business doesn’t he run in this town?), and Jung-joo knows that Gun-woo’s date must be over. Ji-won is already in a sour mood when Gun-woo sends her off in the car, but then the driver hands her his card and she reads: “Always on call 24 hours a day!” Serves you right, date-ruiner!
Gun-woo starts calling Jung-joo as soon as he sends Ji-won off, and he runs through the town calling her name, sick with worry. He finally finds her sharing a drink and looking awfully cozy with Wook, and he scoffs jealously.
He purposely hangs back and calls her, and grows even more annoyed when she keeps her answers vague. “Who’re you drinking with?” “Townspeople.” “Townspeople who?” “Why do you want to know?”
She tells him not to come get her, and he gets so pissy watching her have another drink with Wook that he picks up a giant rock that he tripped over and chucks it into the stream between them. Of course he’s instantly embarrassed and trip-falls his way down the street before anyone can recognize him.
Jung-joo decides to go home, but Wook tells her to stay a while longer, using the rest of the makgulli bottle as an excuse. He adds that she should stay out longer if she’s trying to make a point about being mad for getting kicked out tonight. She realizes that he has a point and sits back down, and Wook’s face breaks out into the doofiest smile. Aw.
Gun-woo paces at home and hurriedly tries to look busy when Jung-joo arrives, attempting to sound casual but mostly sounding pissy as he notes that she’s already made lots of friends in this town. She says it’s all thanks to the mayor, and then mentions that she heard that Gun-woo doesn’t participate in any of the town festivals or events, and only pays lots of fines.
Gun-woo pouts that he was so worried about her being cold and out on her own that he sent Ji-won home early and ran out looking for her, and meanwhile she seemed to have been gossiping about him with the mayor.
She tries to explain that it was just an explanation for why he doesn’t seem to get along with the people here, but he gets childishly huffy and shouts in her face, “It’s fine! I’m the Sorang outcast, so don’t play with me! Go play with the powerful mayor!” and adds a raspberry for emphasis.
I love that he follows up that outburst with a face mask. Jung-joo pokes her head through the curtain that divides his little corner of their room to try and smooth things over, and then she notices his suit and asks if he was near where she was drinking earlier tonight. He quickly lies no, and she muses, “Oh, ’cause there was a whack job who came by and threw a rock.”
He notices her sneezing and worries that she might’ve caught a cold, and by the time Jung-joo washes up, she finds a cup of hot tea waiting by her bed. That’s so sweet. It breaks the tension and he tells her not to get sick or drink too much anymore.
She says the drinking was just to try and make friends here, and he argues that the mayor isn’t all that powerful, and that she should be careful or the town will have them married. He gets adorably whiny as he says, “So don’t be so friendly with the mayor, okay?”
Jung-joo says she’ll deal with it her own way, but when she thanks him for the tea, Gun-woo can’t help but smile. Behind closed curtains, she sips her warm tea and he sits up in bed, each of them grinning silently to themselves.
Gun-woo’s hyung and noona discuss their wayward kid brother over breakfast, and Hyung Jung-geun sticks to his tough love approach when it comes to the purse strings. Noona doesn’t have much money to give anyway, seeing as how her younger golf pro boyfriend likes expensive things, and Hyung asks if it doesn’t hurt her pride to follow her boyfriend around on his tour.
She says that those things don’t matter when you’re in love and can’t not see the other person, and Jung-geun’s thoughts float to the visions of diver Hae-shil that have been haunting his every waking thought, showing up on the golf course, the pool, his home.
Noona figures that Hyung doesn’t have that kind of problem since he’s so exacting, though she thinks he’s being a little too harsh on Gun-woo because he’s been calling Noona for gas money, of all things.
Hyung says that gas money won’t be a problem for Gun-woo anymore, as we cut to his secretary delivering a new electric car to Warm & Cozy. Gun-woo pouts about his sports car being taken away, but when Jung-joo insists that she likes this new car and how much it’ll cut down on their expenses, he gives in, surprising his hyung’s secretary.
When his secretary returns with a file of all the divers in Sorang, Jung-geun snatches it right up and digs through it until he finds Hae-shil. She’s busy taking new applications for the diving school when he calls her, and when he puffs up to say that he wants to repay her for rescuing him, she says she doesn’t need it and hangs up.
He’s so confused by someone hanging up on him that he gets an envelope of money together and heads down to the diving school himself, cutting through the big line like he owns the place. He gets ready to call the mayor to give her a break just so they can talk, so she finally just goes with him to shut him up.
Outside, he holds out the envelope of money with the declaration that he can’t stop thinking about her, which he idiotically claims is due to the fact that he can’t stand to be indebted to someone.
She relents and takes the money, then tells him to live well because they’ll never see each other again. He watches her go and tells himself that this is over now, and all he has to do is turn around and walk away to keep his pride. Only he can’t actually turn his head away from her, and ends up running at full speed to catch up.
He stops her and blurts that it’s over… it is… except she fed him abalone, so in order to repay the debt exactly, he wants to take her to dinner.
Gun-woo and Poong-san go out to collect sea snails, only Gun-woo stands around preparing to work while Poong-san actually works. He wonders why Gun-woo insisted on coming out here, and he says that they had to, otherwise Jung-joo would’ve come and she was coughing yesterday.
Poong-san returns to Warm & Cozy on his own a little later, and finds Jung-joo digging around for her co-workers’ contact info to try and get them to eat here again. She dumps out the contents of her purse, and Poong-san recognizes the bottle of oxycodone that Gun-woo once asked him about.
He asks worriedly if Jung-joo is sick, and she says she just found the bottle and put her mints in there. He takes one just to make sure, and it really is a mint. He guesses that Gun-woo was really surprised to learn the truth.
Gun-woo walks in after Jung-joo has gone upstairs, and adds his tiny bucket of sea snails to Poong-san’s giant tub with the request that they go halfsies on the credit. Poong-san shows Gun-woo the pill bottle and says that it’s Jung-joo’s, and Gun-woo tells him in hushed tones not to let on like he knows, because she doesn’t know that he knows.
You can see Poong-san working it out, and he realizes that Gun-woo thinks that Jung-joo is dying of cancer, and that’s why he let her borrow Warm & Cozy until the day she dies. Gun-woo flares up that: “No one’s gonna die! Our Jung-joo is fine! Watch your mouth!”
Poong-san asks if that’s why he’s been so good to Jung-joo, and asks if this means that he’ll refrain from selling Warm & Cozy and keep working here while she’s here. Gun-woo confirms that he can’t manage to leave when he’s so worried about her.
Poong-san takes all this in and watches as Gun-woo argues with Jung-joo over washing the sea snails and voluntarily works hard, and he smiles to himself: “It’s too warm and cozy to clear up this misunderstanding.” With that, he chucks the bottle of mints in the trash, content to let Gun-woo keep believing the wrong thing.
Jung-geun gets Hae-shil to sit down for a meal with him, and she looks on disapprovingly as he pushes away the foods he can’t eat. When he fusses over the fish, she breaks off pieces to put on his plate, and he asks if she does this for just any man or if he’s special.
He puffs up and says she ought to know just how special he is, reminding her that he’s the black pearl, but that he doesn’t want to tell her in case she gets clingy. He wonders if maybe she looked in the envelope and already found out for herself.
She admits that she’s been worried about him ever since she rescued him, and he blusters that he doesn’t need anyone to worry about him. Hae-shil: “There’s no one who doesn’t need someone to worry about them.”
He’s floored when she suggests that he maybe apply at the diving school, and he brags that he’s been scuba diving and wonders why such a thing needs to be taught at all. She suddenly clamps a hand over his nose and mouth so that he can’t breathe and says that a diver needs to stop breathing in order to live, and it’s work that you do while putting your life on the line.
She shows him how your head spins when you take your first breath after thinking that your heart has stopped, and tells him that he’s made a mistake. He spins her around and yells back that she’s made a mistake too, by reeling a person back in when he was ready to finish things and walk away. You would blame her for that.
He digs the envelope out of her pocket and takes it back, declaring that it won’t end here: “When I show up in front of you again, it’ll be your fault, and you’ll have to take responsibility for plucking me out of the ocean!”
The first thing Jung-geun does when he returns to work is order his secretary to fill every minute of every day so that he can’t think about anything else until Friday evening, the deadline for diving school applications.
Ji-won continues to drop unsubtle hints with her new co-workers about how close she is to Jung-geun and his family, and they’re shocked when he accepts her invitation to attend her welcome party with the staff at Warm & Cozy.
Gun-woo has his hands full in the kitchen when Ji-won calls, and Jung-joo reluctantly holds the phone up to his ear while they make plans for the party on Friday. She hangs up abruptly and he pouts that he didn’t get to give a properly lingering goodbye, and she wonders to herself what he likes so much about that rude-o. You and me both.
She’s stopped by a foreigner who shocks her with his perfect Korean (cameo by Sam Okyere), who asks for directions to the diving school. She takes him there and is intrigued by the idea of becoming a diver, picturing herself finding giant abalone on the ocean floor, and turns in an application too.
We get a quick introduction to the diving school as told by the town’s blogger, who romanticizes everything, as always. She says that young people come from all over to learn how to become divers here, and we see that Jung-geun is reading the entry as he contemplates his application.
Through the blogger’s photographs, we see Jung-joo there, as well as Mayor Wook stopping to notice her, and then Jung-geun arriving in his fancy car only to turn back.
The day of Ji-won’s party rolls around, and Gun-woo and Jung-joo spend the morning at the market getting ingredients. He whines about wanting to go to Seoul to pick up a few things and get a proper haircut, and Jung-joo puts her foot down—he can go to the local barber or let it grow out.
When Ji-won calls him, she hears Jung-joo’s voice and decides to go meet him at the market. Ugh. And of course he acts like he’s being nice by sending Jung-joo home early and asking for the credit card.
Jung-joo feels so bad about him carrying the heavy stuff on his own and doubles back, only to find him on a date with Ji-won. Her heart sinks to see them looking happy together, and she remains in a foul mood when he returns, proud of the fact that he didn’t take the credit card and run off to Seoul. That’s a thing to be proud of?
He wonders why she’s in a bad mood, then happens to see a text on Jung-joo’s phone from one of her co-workers. It includes pictures from their visit and a shot of Wook’s hwangto panty ad, and Gun-woo dies laughing.
He runs down to show Jung-joo and guesses that Wook is being nice to her because she knows his secret, and wonders how best to publicly embarrass him. Jung-joo snaps at him to keep his mouth shut about this, and warns that she’ll kill him if he embarrasses Wook over it.
He scoffs, “Did you just threaten me to take his side?” She tells him not to mess things up for her when she just started to be friends with him.
Ji-won and her co-workers arrive for their dinner and Poong-san finally gets to see the famous Ji-won. Jung-joo balks when he calls her pretty, and he wonders if she’s done stringing Gun-woo along and is actually dating him now. Jung-joo guesses that they must be dating, because she’s here to introduce him to her co-workers.
Hae-shil waits by herself until the application deadline passes, and seems a little disappointed that Jung-geun didn’t apply. But he walks in at the last minute and admits that he always thought he was a strong person, but there are things he can’t beat by sheer will.
He declares himself weak and hands her his application, where he’s written as his reason for applying: “To live so that I don’t die.” He tells her to take responsibility for him, and she agrees to help him.
Ji-won keeps checking her watch at the table, and is visibly disappointed when Jung-geun’s secretary calls to say that he can’t make it. Gun-woo comes to the table with an expensive bottle of wine that he says is from him, and Ji-won’s co-workers ask what their relationship is.
They assume that Gun-woo is her boyfriend, but Ji-won doesn’t even hesitate to declare loudly that they’re just friends. Everyone at the table looks uncomfortable and Gun-woo looks like he wants to crawl into a hole, and even Jung-joo and Poong-san look on in utter shock.
Ji-won just continues and tells Gun-woo to explain so that her co-workers don’t misunderstand, and he swallows back his hurt reaction to plaster on a smile and joke about the wine being so expensive that they misunderstood. Ugh, I just want to slap her!
Jung-joo runs out to find Gun-woo brooding by himself out on the patio, and she sighs, calling him a dummy under her breath.
Jung-joo is shocked to return and find that Ji-won just walked out, so she chases her down in the parking lot. Ji-won lets her true bitch face show when it’s just Jung-joo, and asks if she’s here to tell her to clean something up again. Jung-joo tells her to talk to Gun-woo and clear things up with him, so Ji-won agrees… and then starts to drive away.
Wow she gives shameless a new name. Jung-joo actually blocks her path and Ji-won gets out to argue with her, and Jung-joo realizes that making a mess and running away is just what she always does.
She tells Ji-won to pay for her dinner if she’s really not in a relationship with Gun-woo, and when Ji-won asks what she is to demand money, Jung-joo declares that Gun-woo gave her this place and she even lives here with him.
Jung-joo tells her that she was trying to be considerate because she thought Ji-won was Gun-woo’s girlfriend, what with the constant calls, showing up at all hours, making him wait: “But if all of that means you’re not in a relationship, then you can pay for dinner!” Man I love that she’s yelling at her like this.
But Gun-woo comes out and gets mad at Jung-joo, and stops Ji-won from paying. Ji-won turns her anger on him and says that if what she’s been doing is so wrong, she’ll never come back again. He grabs her wrist and asks if she means it, even when he could explain. She says she’s done, and this time he lets go and tells her not to come back then.
He storms inside and Jung-joo follows him in, feeling bad about how things went. She says that she was just so frustrated because he was being used like a dummy, and he shocks her by saying that it’s always been that way—Ji-won always treats him badly and he takes it, and he knows that she’s a bad person. Oh. You do?! Then what the…?
He yells that he knows all of it, that Ji-won is using him and stringing him along, but he still likes her. “I really like her! Whether past, present, future, whether she treats me worse than now, or whether she marries another man!” Dude, you have some serious issues.
Jung-joo argues that Ji-won doesn’t like him back, that she didn’t even care when Jung-joo told her that they lived here together. But he says that Ji-won does care about whether or not he’ll really leave her for good, otherwise he wouldn’t have ended up this way (you have a point there—a very unhealthy point, but a point).
And at the same time, we see Ji-won returning to the restaurant and hesitating at the door. Inside, Gun-woo argues that Ji-won won’t ever just leave like this. He takes a step closer to Jung-joo: “She’ll always come back to make sure.”
The door chimes and Jung-joo turns her head, but Gun-woo reaches out to turn her face back to his. What… are you doing?
Gun-woo: “And sometimes, I’m really bad to her too.” Ji-won walks in, and on cue Gun-woo leans in close, ready to kiss Jung-joo.
UGH. *flips table*
I swear, if you knowingly kiss Jung-joo and use her just to get back at your stupid-ass non-girlfriend who doesn’t even deserve the energy it takes to hate her, I will end you! What the hell, Baek Gun-woo?! Were you really just this much of a prick this whole time? Was I just blinded by your moments of cuteness? What happened to the sweet guy who made tea? Where did he go, and who is this asshole making moves on Jung-joo without meaning it?
Gah, I’m so angry at him that I can’t even reason that Ji-won deserves to be hurt like this. Because for one, that would require her to have feelings (which she doesn’t) and for me to care about said feelings (which I don’t), and none of that matters when Jung-joo is about to get hurt because she’s being used to provoke a jealous reaction. He’d better spend the entire next episode making up for it, big time. Like crazy groveling and wallowing and karmic payback in the form of jealous outrage at Jung-joo’s budding friendship with Wook. Hell, I hope she dates Wook and makes Gun-woo kick himself for losing his chance.
What kind of self-respecting man doesn’t care if Ji-won treats him like trash or if she even marries another man, and would still want to be her rejected leftover not-a-boyfriend? Maybe the answer is that he isn’t a self-respecting man, and he thinks this is what he deserves. I just don’t understand it at all. What is so freaking great about her that you’d knowingly be dumped on like a moron to the point that everyone around you feels embarrassed and sorry for you? That goes beyond a simple first love crush that won’t die—this is a messed up situation, and if he’s going to stoop to Ji-won’s level, then I’m not sure I want Jung-joo getting stuck in the middle of their game. It was one thing when I thought he was dumb and eternally hopeful; if he’s had his eyes wide open this whole time, it’s just plain dysfunctional.
Thank goodness for Hyung’s budding romance with his diver ajumma, because it was the only real distraction from Ji-won in this episode. It cracks me up how serious and dramatic they are, especially when he’s trying to make it sound like it’s her fault that he can’t get her out of his mind. Hyung’s bluster is so hilarious, especially paired with Hae-shil’s seriousness because she thinks he’s a suicidal man with nothing left to live for. I love that everyone has some kind of death-related misunderstanding keeping them tied together, and the comedy that comes out of it. Hyung is now rolling with his suicide misunderstanding because it gives him an in with the pretty diver ajumma, and Poong-san figures out Gun-woo’s misunderstanding right away, but immediately recognizes how much better off he is thinking that Jung-joo is going to die. I agree wholeheartedly, and I’m hoping that he even goes through the whole cancer angst of falling in love with her, only to worry about having too little time left. Just think of all the melodrama parodies that await! Well, first he has to pull his head out of his ass…
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