Lucky Romance: Episode 12
A truce is finally called, and middle ground is found where Su-ho and Bo-nui can start to work on settling their differences. Not everyone is happy about it though, and it’s a shame that while some find peace, other are just beginning to feel the sting of heartache and loss.
EPISODE 12 RECAP
After their fight Bo-nui goes to Su-ho’s home, intent on telling him that it’s all a misunderstanding. But he’s not home — he’s out walking, as his father’s and Bo-nui’s harsh words echo through his head. He reaches for his anxiety pills, but he just clenches them in his fist and doesn’t take any.
Bo-nui waits at his house until after dark, then slowly makes her own way home. She looks at the tiger pendent from Su-ho, and sighs that it’s better this way. The two pass by each other on opposite sides of the street, unaware.
The next morning Bo-nui asks Boss Won how Su-ho looked when he came to work (“He’s always the same.” ~scrunchface~ HA). Boss Won asks if they fought because of Gary, and it’s the first Bo-nui’s hearing that Gary brought her food the other night.
Amy and Gary show up all flustered, and Amy asks Bo-nui if anyone she doesn’t know has called or followed her. Apparently another reporter got a picture of the previous morning when Gary and Bo-nui were talking outside their building.
Su-ho frowns at the photos, especially when Gary and Bo-nui arrive at the office at the same time and everyone congratulates them. Su-ho tells Amy that they need to issue a statement, but Gary refuses to say that Bo-nui isn’t special to him. He looks Su-ho right in the eye as he says that she’s special, whether or not she feels the same way.
The employees decide this could be good for PR and urge Bo-nui to give Gary a shot. She walks out, and Gary follows her to the hallway where she chastises him for saying things like that at her place of work. She asks him about the food he made, and says that she can’t accept this sort of thing, from him or anyone else.
Gary looks sad, but he says that he’s not asking her to accept his heart, just not to ask him to lie about his feelings. Bo-nui calls Gary selfish — she’s trying so hard not to burden “that person,” but Gary only cares about his own feelings.
Amy interrupts to tell Gary to be more professional, but she rounds on Bo-nui and blames her for leading him on. She accuses Bo-nui of being fickle and making fools out of two men, and Gary has enough and pulls her away.
Su-ho hangs back until they’re gone, but when Bo-nui sees him there, he just walks past her without a word. She’s waiting when he comes back to say there’s nothing between her and Gary, but Su-ho doesn’t understand why she’s explaining herself. He angrily says that he doesn’t care what she and Gary do.
He stomps all the way to his office, and immediately turns to go back out, but he stops himself. Bo-nui goes to the roof to pray, asking for the strength to guard her heart. She tries Su-ho’s multiplication trick, but it doesn’t work and she bursts into tears.
Dal-nim finds her, worried that Gary upset her, and Bo-nui cries that “that person” hates her now. It’s probably better that things end here, but it hurts so much. She can’t stop thinking of the pain she caused Su-ho, on top of the years of hurt he’s already suffered, and cries that she feels so bad because she likes him so much.
Gary asks Amy why she’s so mean to Bo-nui, and Amy says that it upsets her, how Bo-nui treats him and Su-ho. Gary defends that it’s her superstition and her sister’s illness, and that gives Amy pause. She remembers Su-ho talking about wanting Bo-nui not to be hurt, and decides that what he’s feeling for her is just sympathy.
Everyone in the office can tell Bo-nui’s been crying, but Dal-nim tells them to get back to work. She finds Gary in the hall working up the nerve to go in the office, and takes him to Ryang-ha’s cafe to talk. She sweetly asks him not to make Bo-nui’s life harder, but Gary says it’s not him that’s upsetting her.
Ryang-ha decides to get involved and tells Gary flat-out that Bo-nui isn’t interested in him. Uncomfortable at being ganged up on, Gary says he understands and leaves. Dal-nim grumbles that Bo-nui’s crush should just snatch her up already, but Ryang-ha thinks she’s talking about Gary and says she’s not interested.
Gary finds Bo-nui praying on the roof that night and plunks himself down next to her, saying that he also has a wish to make. He loudly prays for Bo-nui not to be swayed, and for her to end things with the tiger. He tells her that he thinks she’s only talked herself in to liking Su-ho, but when she looks sad, he asks if she likes him that much. Bo-nui says that it doesn’t matter since it’s over anyway.
Bo-nui’s phone starts blowing up with calls from Su-ho, which she resists for about half a second before picking up. It’s Chicken Ajusshi, who’s watching over a sloppy drunk Su-ho as he does math and wails that he can’t make Bo-nui make sense. OMG, he’s drinking his beer out of a straw, I can’t.
Gary stops Bo-nui from rushing over and asks her not to go. Why would she go if it’s over? Bo-nui argues that Su-ho never drinks, but Gary says that’s exactly why she shouldn’t go, if she really wants to end things.
Chicken Ajusshi is trying to keep Su-ho from leaving his place drunk, while Su-ho slurs that he’ll turn into a tiger under the full moon, and bites him, hee. He says Bo-nui will be here soon, and now Su-ho really wants to leave. He spins out of Chicken Ajusshi’s reach and stumbles away, while telling himself that he shouldn’t go. Oh he is not a pretty drunk at all.
He staggers directly into Bo-nui and angrily shakes her hand away, saying that he doesn’t need her. She follows from a distance as he walks… directly to her place. He collapses on her step and finally sees her, and she sadly asks why he came here.
He whines, “I wanted to see you,” in the saddest little voice ever, and curls up on himself. He asks her how he can miss her this much when he hates her so badly. Bo-nui pulls him to his feet, intending to send him home, but he falls into her arms instead. He whispers into her shoulder that he’s glad to see her.
Bo-nui slowly hugs him back, and at her touch, Su-ho finally starts to cry. She takes him upstairs and to her couch, watching him frown in his sleep murmuring her name. She apologizes, calling this whole thing her fault for approaching him first.
He looks so sweet lying there, and she takes the opportunity to look her fill and stroke his hair. Unable to resist, Bo-nui leans down and gently kisses Su-ho’s cheek.
Su-ho is shocked to find himself at Bo-nui’s place in the morning, and remembers them tussling in the street last night, her trying to send him home and him trying to get up to her place. He’s so embarrassed he could die, poor fella.
Bo-nui is at the hospital to check on Bo-ra, and the nurse accidentally slips that “he” is late today. Busted, she decides to come clean, and gives Bo-nui a camera and notebook that the man she came with left behind. She tells Bo-nui that he comes to visit Bo-ra every morning, bugging the doctors.
Bo-nui finds the notebook full of notes on her daily progress. The camera has pictures of Bo-ra, which the nurse says were so she could see her any time she wanted. There are a few pictures of Su-ho in there as well, making cute tiger poses, which makes Bo-nui tear up.
Bo-nui runs to find Su-ho on his way to work, and he stops, unsure of what to do. Bo-nui thinks that happiness is standing right in front of her, and just like in her dream, she runs towards him. Su-ho just smiles and opens his arms wide – he doesn’t know what this is about, but he’s not about to let go.
That night Su-ho calmly climbs into bed, then jumps back up to dance around his room screaming in happiness. Bo-nui sits at her altar squeeing to herself, and says to Bo-ra, “I did well, right?”
Su-ho’s father makes some inquiries into selling his fishery, and returns home to find his wife unhappy. She says that just giving birth to Su-ho doesn’t make them his parents, so they should stop trying.
Bo-nui is happy to see Su-ho waiting for her on the stairs in the morning, but she worries that people will talk if they see them together. Su-ho doesn’t see a problem – let them talk. They both giggle, and he sets off, stopping to hold out his arm, which Bo-nui gleefully takes.
Ryang-ha spots a pretty pair of legs on his way into work, and when the girl trips on her heels he runs to help her up. He completely fails to recognize that it’s Dal-nim, sans glasses and braces, until she calls him annoying and he goes slack-jawed. She just gives him a sassy hair-flip and leaves him embarrassed.
Su-ho and Bo-nui get to work and Su-ho immediately says they met out front, which isn’t the least bit glaringly obvious, ha. Bo-nui notices how pretty Dal-nim looks, and Dal-nim nearly passes out when Su-ho compliments her eyes. Su-ho gives everyone a seriously awkward “Fighting!” before heading to his office, and they all wonder what’s wrong with him. ha.
Dal-nim is thrilled at Bo-nui’s news, though she still doesn’t know who it is Bo-nui likes. She says they should double-date, assuming her own one-sided love will bloom soon, and asks Bo-nui who the lucky guy is.
She’s shocked to hear that it’s Su-ho, since Bo-nui denied it before. Bo-nui admits that she’s liked him for a while, and that suddenly she feels safe to be with him. Dal-nim controls her upset, and acts coy when Bo-nui asks who her guy is.
Later she goes after Ryang-ha, calling him a traitor, since he must have known about Bo-nui and Su-ho. Ryang-ha looks like a cornered rat, but when Dal-nim vows revenge and trips on her heels stalking off, he tries to help her up. He’s blocked by several men rushing to help the pretty girl — is that a hint of jealousy I sense?
Su-ho tsks at his employees when he catches them playing a game to determine who pays for lunch… but this time he just fusses that they left him out. He offers to treat the whole office to pizza, which makes Bo-nui grin and Dal-nim sulk.
He watches for Bo-nui’s reaction when the pizza arrives, peeking through his office blinds, and getting nervous when she heads his way. The moment she walks in he grabs her in a hug, refusing to let her go until he gets a kiss. She complies, and they giggle again, and OMG they’re too cute I can’t stand it.
They spend the next few days stealing touches and hand-holds at the office, and sending each other finger-hearts and smoochie-faces. Evan Dal-nim can’t help but smile when she sees them so happy. At one point they work on the roof, holding hands and working one-handed. So cute.
They congratulate themselves on how well they’re hiding their relationship, while downstairs the whole office is paying out bets — they all know. Dal-nim runs to the bathroom to cry, though she reminds herself that if she really loves Su-ho, she’ll be happy for him.
Su-ho takes Bo-nui on a picnic by a pond, even though he hates water, and he rattles off statistics that show that the best dates are picnics by the water with the guy wearing a blue shirt. Bo-nui tells him that was pretty cool, and they giggle again.
Bo-nui can tell this is his first picnic, and promises to take him on lots of them. Su-ho asks how long she’s going to keep calling him “Director,” suddenly dropping to banmal and sneakily calling her “Bo-nui-yah.” He checks to see if that’s okay, and invites her to do the same, but takes exception when she calls him “Su-ho-yah” since he’s older.
Awww, he wants her to call him Oppa. That’s adorable. Bo-nui teases him by calling him “Su-ho-yah” several more times, hee. She tells him that she used to hate her name, thinking it was bad luck, but she likes hearing him say it. Gotta admit, he says it pretty sweetly.
He complains later when Bo-nui buys a gift, thinking it’s for Gary, but she says it’s for a friend who goes to her fortuneteller. He immediately knows it’s his mother, though Bo-nui admits she hasn’t heard from her since their lunch. She apologizes to him for tricking him that day, and promises not to lie to him again.
She’s recognized by some passersby, who ask if she’s Gary Choi’s girlfriend, and Su-ho grabs her hand and barks that she’s his girlfriend. He plays the “don’t you know who I am, I’m a super-geeenius,” card, but they’re sports fans and have no idea who he is, ha.
He drags Bo-nui away and over a creek, and she trips and drops his mom’s gift in the water. Without even thinking, Su-ho wades in and retrieves it, belatedly realizing he’s in the water, and starts to wig out. Ha, it’s mostly an excuse for skinship, as he pleads with Bo-nui to hold his hand and let him put his head in her lap.
He offers to go with her to take his mother her gift, though he warns her he might get in a fight. They arrive to find the fishery empty and his mother not answering the phone, and Su-ho sheepishly admits that he doesn’t know his father’s phone number.
Su-ho’s father is at Chicken Ajusshi’s restaurant with a peace offering, though he overreacts when Chicken Ajusshi spots him and accidentally knocks him down. The two men share a drink, and Dad asks why Chicken Ajusshi isn’t angry, but he apologizes for his behavior.
Chicken Ajusshi just says that it’s easy to apologize to strangers but harder with family. From Dad’s drunken insistence that Su-ho is his son, he can tell Dad’s in a lot of pain, which touches a nerve and sends Dad running away.
Su-ho pouts when he takes Bo-nui home, not ready to end their all-day date yet, and cranky that he has to go on a business trip tomorrow. The idea of being away from Bo-nui for four whole days makes him whiny, and he slumps into her hug. He asks why she hasn’t said she’ll miss him, but she says it goes without saying.
Gary has been unreachable in person or by phone, which sends Amy into a panic. She tries to find him at his place with no luck, and on her way out she runs into Su-ho and Bo-nui hugging in front of the stairs.
She drags Ryang-ha out to watch her drink and complains that Su-ho was smiling. She thinks it’s strange how she and Gary both came back to Korea just to get dumped by their first loves, as if it never even occurred to her that Su-ho might not want her back. Ugh.
Ryang-ha says that for his whole life, Su-ho has never come out of his safe little emotional cave. Bo-nui is the only person who’s ever gotten him to come out. Amy doesn’t understand why it’s Bo-nui and not her, and Ryang-ha is nearly saved by a call from Dal-nim.
Amy snatches the phone, and suddenly Ryang-ha is consoling two drunk, heartbroken women. Ryang-ha pretends not to know how to use his phone, offering Dal-nim a perfect opportunity to teach him (and all of us watching, aren’t we lucky!).
Amy yells at them for flirting, and calls Bo-nui weird for all of her superstitions. Dal-nim yells at her, and says that she’s giving up on Su-ho because of Bo-nui, which is when Amy realizes that Dal-nim likes him, too.
Dal-nim takes offense at Amy calling him “my Su-ho,” and vows to punish her for the way she’s treating Su-ho and Bo-nui. The hair-pulling starts, and Ryang-ha gets a knee in a bad place when he tries to intervene.
At the Zeze building, Boss Won gets stuck in the malfunctioning revolving door, and has to watch helplessly while a shady-looking guy (who looks a lot like the man that’s been hanging around outside wearing a mask) boldly lets himself in. He creepily saunters over to where Boss Won is stuck, bangs on the glass, and tell him to push.
Together they push the doors until Boss Won is free, but the stranger cringes and claims a herniated disk. He claims he’s been doing electrical work on the building, but I’m not sure I believe him.
Su-ho gets set to go on his business trip to Las Vegas, he and Bo-nui exchanging pouty-faces at the separation. Ryang-ha waits while they say goodbye forever, and Bo-nui puts a good-luck talisman on Su-ho’s phone as he insists nothing will happen. Ryang-ha breaks up the giggle-fest and has to literally drag Su-ho away.
Bo-nui texts Su-ho while he’s gone to make sure he’s eating and sleeping, and in turn he begs her repeatedly to say she misses him. She teases that she doesn’t, but she sees an image of him and nods that yes, she does miss him. The team celebrate at the news that the meeting was a success and they have new investors.
Su-ho calls Bo-nui as he’s about to board his plane home, asking again if she misses him. She finally says it: “I miss you, so so much.” Su-ho tells her to open her door if it’s true, and she runs to find him waiting for her.
“I couldn’t wait,” he says, and Bo-nui jumps into his arms. He carries her into her apartment, kicking the door closed behind them.
Epilogue. Su-ho does some quick math as he and Bo-nui go for a walk, and sighs that it’s not enough. Even if he and Bo-nui live to be eighty, according to his calculations it’s not enough time to spend together. He asks her to tell him yes, officially, and Bo-nui says it softly, “yes.” Su-ho pretends he didn’t hear her, making her say it louder, and they giggle. They hold hands, and practically skip off down the street, happy as loons.
I think this episode ruined me. These two are so cute together, I can’t even handle it. I’m so happy they finally worked out their differences and found a middle ground, because it was obvious that neither of them was going to be getting over the other any time soon. But who knew they’d turn into such silly goofy gigglepusses? I love that they think their relationship is such a big secret, when everyone and their little sister can tell they’re infatuated with each other. They may express it very differently, but they’re both equally socially awkward, and I love it.
I thought that the way Bo-nui finally came around to Su-ho was so perfectly in-character for both of them… it was never going to be anything he did for her that got through to her. He could have been adorably attentive all day long and she would have kept resisting, because she doesn’t think she’s worth that kind of treatment. Bo-nui is the kind of person who lives for others, and ultimately it was seeing that trait in Su-ho that brought her around. Where doing things for her would never have worked, seeing that he was taking care of Bo-ra is what made her drop her walls and let him in, because he was meeting her on her level — just quietly helping in the background, without asking for recognition or thanks.
And it’s wonderful that, for all Su-ho’s initial desperation for Bo-nui to see reality for what it is and stop being so superstitious, it’s actually him that’s changing the most. He’s not buying into her beliefs, but he’s (mostly) stopped trying to talk her out of them and instead, meeting her on her level. If he doesn’t buy into her superstitions, at least he’s using them to meet her halfway, and to find a way to relate to her that she understands. For a guy who’s always held himself apart because people don’t get him, it’s a big step for Su-ho to make the attempt, for the first time in his life, to bend to someone else.
On the other hand, I am just about ready to smack Amy into next week. The mental gymnastics she’s performing to explain Su-ho’s feelings towards Bo-nui are so frustrating, when he’s clearly told her he likes Bo-nui. But she continues to pursue him and tell him how he really feels, as if Su-ho isn’t a grown-ass man who can figure these things out on his own. It drives me nuts because Amy doesn’t actually know him any better than Bo-nui does — she knows how he was as a teenager, but that can have very little to do with who a person is as an adult. But she prances around as if she understands him more than anyone, as if she has the right to tell him how to feel and behave, while Su-ho is telling her in no uncertain terms that he does not like her, he likes someone else. I’m really looking forward to the smackdown she’s heading toward — is it bad of me to hope that it’s Bo-nui who delivers it? The way Amy’s been treating her, if anyone deserves to tell Amy where to go, it’s Bo-nui.
But things were so happy and lovey-dovey in this episode, it has me worrying. We still have four episodes left, and as fun as it is to watch Bo-nui and Su-ho flirt like big old nerds, I can feel the looming something about to hit. I’m concerned that Amy may go off the deep end, and we’ve seen flashes of something in Gary that make me worry about why he just up and disappeared. I’m just glad that Su-ho came back from his business trip safely, though now I’m scared that Bo-nui and Su-ho may be about to face something bigger than they can handle.