Tomorrow With You: Episode 5
Our lovebirds embark on an exciting chapter of their lives where everything is practically peachy. As So-joon and Ma-rin adjust to their new living situation as honeymooners, he’ll keep trying his damnedest to create a better, unwritten future for them. But when the past starts creeping up on the present, you can’t help but wonder how long wedded bliss will last when the bride is unaware of the groom’s deepest, darkest secret.
EPISODE 5 RECAP
Early in the morning, Ma-rin examines the newlywed house adorned with wedding photos with a huge grin. After preparing a full breakfast, she pops her head into the bathroom to fetch So-joon, who lets out a startled yelp. When he tells her to close the door, she takes that as a cue to join him inside.
She hops out moments later, though, realizing that he wanted her out, and a still-flustered So-joon emerges in his bathrobe. She apologizes for misreading the situational cues, and then he draws closer to her, asking, “Are you sending me a cue right now?” Rawr.
She plays coy, so So-joon backs off to continue showering upstairs. Aw, no pre-breakfast cuddles?
They sit down for breakfast, and Ma-rin looks expectantly at So-joon as he takes his first bite… and freezes. Ha, it tastes terrible, doesn’t it? She thinks he’s so blown away by her cooking that he’s rendered speechless, which is when So-joon comments that he thinks the food has spoiled and spits it out. Dude.
She’s confused since it tastes just fine to her, and she bought the ingredients today. Upset, she takes the dishes away, saying that he needn’t eat the “trash” that doesn’t suit his taste buds. Oh well, now you’ve done it.
She blames herself for ruining the homemade breakfast on the first morning together following their honeymoon, and pouts even more when he lets out a defeated sigh.
Thinking fast, So-joon tells her that he was merely kidding and plops the food in front of him again. That makes her feel a smidgen better, and after stuffing a huge bite into his mouth, he remarks with amazement: “How can you bring out this sort of taste?”
He swallows that bite and says he didn’t marry her just so that she’d cook him three square meals a day. He tastes a spoonful of soup… and nearly chokes. Lol.
He suggests that they can keep breakfast simple and hire a housekeeper, so that Ma-rin can live as daintily as her new nickname Kkot-soonie. But Ma-rin says she loves to cook, which leaves So-joon in such shock that food hangs from his lips. He asks for more and nearly gets caught spitting up the food in his mouth.
Afterward, So-joon hands her a credit card to use at her discretion, but she says it feels too weird, and hands it back to him. She sees him out to his car and makes a lovey heart gesture with her hands, and he waves her inside.
Rather than the office, So-joon heads to Ki-doong’s place, where he finds his buddy scarfing down on ramyun. He chases him around the room to sneak a bite, and when he’s told that he should’ve already had a full breakfast with new wife, So-joon says he couldn’t stomach it.
Noticing the ramyun packaging, So-joon realizes that his buddy is eating a brand that won’t be available for another year. Climbing onto Ki-doong’s bed, So-joon says that people don’t change overnight just because they get married, but Ki-doong wants to know how So-joon feels now that he is.
“Dazed,” So-joon answers, sighing. He then wonders if he needs to send Ma-rin to a cooking academy to avoid eating terrible food for the rest of his life.
Meanwhile, Director Kim and Gun-sook are at the breakfast table conversing about So-joon and Ma-rin’s recent marriage. He wants Gun-sook to remain friends with Ma-rin for the sole purpose of digging up information on So-joon, because he hardly knows any personal details about his boss.
He gets frustrated when she doesn’t readily agree to the idea, and leaves the table when Gun-sook argues that she finds it belittling to chase Ma-rin down just to support her husband’s motives. He finally gets her attention when he threatens to cancel her credit card.
Director Kim gets offended when she calls him petty, pointing out that he’s given her everything she ever wanted and more. He tells her not to raise her voice at him in the morning when he’d much rather start off his day in peace, missing the fact that he’s screaming at her the whole time.
Ma-rin picks up a marriage registration form at City Hall, where a woman stops her from leaving her phone behind. She thanks the stranger, admitting that she didn’t realize she was the “agasshi” the woman was calling because she’s now a married woman.
Ma-rin is called out by her friend So-ri to meet up with their mutual frenemy Gun-sook at the department store. Apparently Gun-sook had begged to see Ma-rin, who can barely take thirty seconds of her before turning to leave. But she stays when So-ri argues that Gun-sook is trying to be amenable.
Remembering to dig up intel on So-joon, Gun-sook asks if Ma-rin won’t buy anything for her new husband. She says picking out clothes for her man is an expression of caring, and tsks at how Ma-rin doesn’t know the first thing about being a doting wife. So much for being friendly.
Gun-sook remarks that single people like So-ri are missing out on the fun of shopping for her spouse. She then picks out a jacket and asks Ma-rin for So-joon’s size, utterly shocked when Ma-rin doesn’t immediately know.
But Ma-rin isn’t one to back down and answers, “A perfect body? A body that would make other men… feel small?” She argues that it’s no fun if she knows everything, when she could easily call her husband to ask.
But So-joon doesn’t pick up because he’s traveled to the future to pick out the newest fashion, magazines, and newspapers. In the present, Gun-sook keeps needling, questioning whether Ma-rin and So-joon are even close if she doesn’t even know his shoe size.
Ma-rin fires back that she feels like she knows everything she needs to know about So-joon anyway: “You could say he’s transparent, even if he doesn’t say it. You could say that we’ve become one. Isn’t that what’s important?”
As they leave, Gun-sook says Ma-rin should at least know the bare bones of her husband’s identity, like his background. Ma-rin says she and So-joon have no secrets between them, and their relationship is built on mutual trust.
She thinks whomever So-joon meets with on his own time is his personal business, an idea Gun-sook can’t fathom in her own marriage. Gun-sook finds Ma-rin’s approach to marriage unorthodox, and seems pleased when Ma-rin stalks off.
Some of Gun-sook’s ideas on marriage linger in Ma-rin’s head while she’s at the supermarket, where she overhears a couple playfully bicker over everything from each other’s friends to the produce.
Having returned to present day, So-joon calls Ma-rin to ask about her many missed calls. She gets upset when he asks why he was shopping for his clothes, then asks the butcher for pork to use for seaweed soup instead of beef. Heh.
Realizing that Ma-rin is attempting to cook again, So-joon hurriedly tells her that he intends on taking her out to dinner. She giggles, “A date?” and gives up on the meat.
When Gun-sook tells her exhausted husband that Ma-rin doesn’t seem to know a thing about So-joon, Director Kim sighs that it’s likely an act. He instructs her to stay close to Ma-rin and wonders why the two women aren’t exactly friendly with one another.
It’s Ma-rin who provides the answer while she and So-joon are out to eat: Gun-sook did something wrong by her, so she treated her pretty harshly, and then Gun-sook did something terrible to her again. So-joon doesn’t understand what that means, but he’s glad that Ma-rin and Gun-sook have reconciled.
Ma-rin admits that she felt bad for So-joon today, wondering if she was too ill-prepared for married life. She asks if he’d like her to be an ambitious, supportive wife like Gun-sook is to her husband, but So-joon says there’s no need when he barely works at the company he owns.
She’s shocked to hear that since she had this alluring thought in her head that he worked hard and played hard. So-joon says he enjoys his leisure time while Ki-doong does all the work, adding that he doesn’t have an ambitious bone in his body.
But Ma-rin is convinced that these words only mask a grueling work life, and So-joon lets her think that and feeds her a bite. He agrees to have her meet his other friends besides Ki-doong and Se-young, but then, a restaurant worker trips and nearly hits Ma-rin with the bucket of hot coals.
Furious, So-joon rises from his seat and yells at him for being so careless around his wife. He slides over next to her, asking if she’s okay. He breathes a sigh of relief when she says she was a bit scared, but unhurt.
Ma-rin insists on picking up the tab afterward, and as they leave, So-joon says she could’ve just used his card, since keeping their finances separate makes him feel uncomfortable. But Ma-rin insists on going back to work, and wants to keep certain financial boundaries until she gets a job.
Smiling, Ma-rin says that makes her sound extremely attractive whereas So-joon says she’s just stubborn. She reminds him of how angry he got at the restaurant employee during dinner, which he explains away as a knee-jerk reaction. Mmhmm.
She asks if he has an instinctual sense to protect her because of the masculine blood flowing in his veins, and says with a sniff that even his scent reeks of masculinity. Spotting a food stall, she asks if they should buy some fruit, swooning when he says they have already have some at home, because that makes her feel like they’re truly married. He laughs and asks her what fruit she wants to get. Aw.
At home, So-joon peels an apple skin when Ma-rin says he needs to grant her a wish if it’s not one continuous strip. She wants him to change her caller ID on his phone to Kkot-soonie rather than her given name.
He finds that childish, though Ma-rin whines that she finds herself getting more childish with him. Calling him “husband,” Ma-rin says her parents only got married because they found out her mother was pregnant with her.
So-joon figured as much, since Ma-rin had told him that her parents got married at the age of 20. She says she can’t remember what her father looked like because he disappeared when she was in the second grade. She continues, “Anyhow, my parents were always my parents.”
He asks her what she means by that, and she explains that her parents never seemed like a man and a woman in love. Even from a young age, she could tell that they had no choice but to stay together for her sake, and wondered if she was to blame for every fight they had, for every time her mother would cry alone, and for every awkward family dinner.
So-joon comments that her exaggeration tendencies started from a young age: “They probably had you and raised you because they loved one another.” She asks, “Am I a woman to you?” He pauses before grunting in affirmation, and she asks him to promise her to let her live as such for the rest of their lives. So-joon responds, “Sure.”
Ma-rin mentions that she was so determined to live a happily married life with him that she even took a lecture for premarital couples. She finds the booklet to prove it, and reads aloud the lessons that spoke most to her, like communicating feelings rather than nitpicking your spouse’s behavior.
So-joon cracks up, then watches her as she continues to read before swooping in to kiss her. “Let’s go inside,” he says sweetly. She hides behind her booklet, but he says life isn’t learned through books. So she twirls her fingers through her hair and invites him to seduce her then.
He bites his lip (rawr) and gives up seconds later, much to her disappointment. Next thing we know, there are clothes strewn about the bedroom, and in bed, Ma-rin wonders why people are always caught up on the negative aspects of marriage, instead of mentioning the fun, positive moments.
She tells So-joon that she’s happy, and he whispers back, “Me too.” He caresses her face, then tells her that his arm is getting numb, so they switch positions so that he can rest his head on her arm. She giggles, “I’ll do it forever—be your arm pillow.”
“When I look at you up close, I think you’re the prettiest woman in the world,” he says. Ma-rin: “And when you look at me from afar?” So-joon: “Like Bap-soonie.” Way to kill the mood.
Elsewhere, Doo-shik drinks alone, looking at a news article about Director Kim spouting the rules of profitable real estate.
So-joon arrives at the office to find Secretary Hwang and an executive, another one of Gun-sook’s housewarming guests, chortling over how Ma-rin is the notorious Bap-soonie. They immediately clam up when So-joon joins them in the elevator and gravely instructs them to shut up.
He takes Secretary Hwang up to the rooftop, where he asks the secretary to make sure not one employee in this company even utter the word “bap” in “Bap-soonie,” even when inviting someone out for a meal (or bap).
Mom swings by the newlyweds’ home to drop off homemade side dishes, and asks when So-joon’s parents’ death anniversary is, which Ma-rin says is a touchy subject. She teases her daughter on her near-empty refrigerator, so Ma-rin decides to cook some ramyun.
She finds a couple of packs in the cupboard, and uh oh—that’s the futuristic ramyun! Ma-rin and her mother slurp up those tasty noodles, and hilariously give it a thumbs-up.
Ma-rin joins a housewives forum and writes about her day, asking the community on whether they’ve tried this delicious new “Duck Ramyun.” She takes a few photos and uploads the post to the forum. Oh no.
Director Kim is irritated to hear about this no “bap” rule, though his secretary seems more agitated about it. That executive we saw earlier drops by to deliver some bad news: So-joon has shot down Director Kim’s latest proposal.
Director Kim beelines for So-joon’s office to confront him about it, claiming to have a strong feeling about the neighborhood’s property value. But So-joon counters that there’s no guarantee the proposal would prove profitable unless Director Kim has traveled to the future to cement his argument.
So-joon remains frustratingly calm whereas Director Kim grows more agitated with each passing second. He screams at Ki-doong for trying to intervene, and So-joon says he and the investors will come to thank him.
Time traveler Doo-shik pops his head in just then, and So-joon drags him out before he can get in a proper introduction.
Downstairs, Doo-shik says he’s leaving the country for warmer weather. So-joon pouts at him for leaving when he’s still unsure of his own future, though he doesn’t have the leisure of time traveling whenever he’d like to now that he’s married.
So-joon says they can just hang out together here in Korea, citing that Doo-shik is the only person who can help him if something terrible were to happen to him. He wonders if loyalty ebbs with age, and Doo-shik tells him to stop clinging onto him, promising to return with an impressive tan.
After Doo-shik leaves, So-joon gets a call from Ma-rin who doesn’t believe that he’s at work because he just left the house moments ago. Aha, so today’s the day where his past self ran into Ma-rin at their newlywed home.
She asks him where he bought the Duck Ramyun, explaining that it was so delicious that she wrote an internet post about it. But the thing is, no one else has heard of the brand. So-joon says a friend of his works in research, and the product is still in development.
Shocked that she could’ve given away a corporate secret, Ma-rin deletes it right then and there, and hopes it’ll still be okay because the post has over a thousand views. Hanging his head, he hangs up. Ma-rin then discovers the shopping bag of clothes So-joon bought in the future.
Meanwhile, at her non-profit organization, Se-young is against the idea of hiring Ma-rin as a photographer. She doesn’t regard Ma-rin as part of the extended family, and is distracted by the memory of the day So-joon first approached her with the idea for the organization.
He foresaw the non-government organization Happiness for Humanity as a way to fulfill his deceased parents’ dream where Se-young will build the houses, her father will run the organization, and he’ll be its main investor. He took her hand to plead with her and threw in some aegyo, and she agreed.
That evening, So-joon stares at the marriage registration form, which Ma-rin plucks out of his hands. She noticed his hesitation, and he changes the subject by telling her to check if anyone else has been talking about the ramyun.
He instructs her to be careful because he’s got lots of buddies who work in research and development, and she wonders why none of those friends came to their wedding. When he says they did but she was too busy to notice, Ma-rin wonders if Gun-sook was right about not knowing enough about her own husband.
So-joon says they should hurry up and register their marriage, have a baby, and live happily. But Ma-rin hones in on the mention of a baby and physically walks away from the conversation. Lol, I love how he’s so terrible at posing life-altering suggestions.
He asks, “Isn’t that why you joined a forum for moms? You don’t want a mini Kkot-soonie?” She asks if he thinks they’re qualified to become parents right now, and So-joon says he’s financially and er—physically prepared to be a parent.
But Ma-rin doesn’t want kids until she’s sure that they’re ready to become parents. He ventures, “Why not? You don’t trust me?” She reminds him that she just questioned whether or not she knew enough about him—plus, being parents is more than feeding a child and putting a roof over its head.
“I’m sure we won’t die early, but if we were to, those child… ren…” She pauses as the gravity of those words sink in for the both of them, and So-joon haltingly agrees that it’d be irresponsible of them to die if their future children were still young, admitting, “I didn’t think that far.”
So-joon fills out the marriage registration form that night and watches Ma-rin sleep peacefully. She cuddles up to him in her sleep, and he holds her close.
So-joon knocks on Doo-shik’s door the following morning, wondering if he’s already left. But HA—Doo-shik turns the corner and hilariously spasms in place before taking cover. So-joon gets a call from Ma-rin, asking if he can ask his friend for more of that delicious ramyun, and he says he can’t.
Cut to: So-joon in January 2018 buying a whole basketful of that futuristic ramyun. LOL.
Se-young’s father puts it upon himself to find a photographer and sits down with Ma-rin to offer her the job. She thinks she isn’t qualified enough to take photographs for the organization’s commemoration book, but offers to show him her portfolio.
Se-young’s father is pleased to hear that she’s interested, commenting that So-joon’s parents would be so proud that both their son and daughter-in-law are helping out with Happiness for Humanity.
Over in 2018, So-joon spots Future Doo-shik outside of Ki-doong’s house. A shabby Future Doo-shik isn’t the least bit happy to see him, and So-joon is curious to know how his future as panned out so far.
So-joon ushers him inside to eat, only to find the place abandoned and full of cobwebs. He asks, “Have I… moved? Did something happen to me?” Future Doo-shik darkly responds, “I’m not altogether sure either.”
So-joon checks the vent for his journal, but that’s gone too, and he asks Future Doo-shik to explain what’s going on. “You and I can’t get a hold of one another,” Future Doo-shik replies. “It’s been some time since I’ve seen your face.”
So-joon doesn’t comprehend how that’s possible, and he’s told: “Because you disappeared. You disappeared, So-joon-ah.”
He asks why he would’ve disappeared, then asks what happened to Ma-rin. Future Doo-shik: “Don’t ask me anything. I already regret how I kept you by my side. It pains me to see your face.”
Future Doo-shik turns to leave, but So-joon asks for an explanation—did he do something wrong? He returns to the present wearing a dark expression, while Se-young’s father explains to Ma-rin that So-joon’s parents ran Happiness for Humanity when it was still a small organization.
She masks her shock upon learning that his parents died in the Namyeong subway crash. She’s told that So-joon re-established the organization a year later, and still serves as its main investor.
Se-young’s father knows that So-joon hates talking about it since it means talking about his late parents. Later, Ma-rin visits the subway crash memorial, wondering if there’s a picture of So-joon’s parents here.
Not too far away stands So-joon, who looks at her with a sad expression.
Welp, what do you mean, disappeared? Is it possible that So-joon is caught in a time loop, or worse, that he ceased to exist? If it’s the latter, is he expected to reappear again before March 25, 2019 or have we entered an alternate future? And where in the world is Ki-doong?!
For all we know, So-joon could’ve been extremely lucky when he disappeared in the future, only to reappear in the tunnel in the present day. I’m dying to know what misstep could’ve made him disappear for so long, since Future Doo-shik has mentioned it’s been a long time since they’ve seen each other. Given how many secrets Doo-shik harbors, I wouldn’t be surprised if they suffer from a fallout later on, but this most recent future teaches us that something has gone horribly wrong for Doo-shik to feel such deep regret. We’ve touched upon the idea that Doo-shik must have a personal investment to keep hanging around So-joon and pushing him toward Ma-rin, and while we’ve yet to learn exactly what that is, his haggard appearance suggests that he too was distraught by whatever happened in the past year.
And while So-joon is very much bewildered by the futures he’s witnessed thus far, I fully expect him to become more desperate as time ticks closer to that fateful traffic accident. I found it both interesting and funny when So-joon learned that his past self ran into Ma-rin, since that cements the idea that we’re in one of the futures he had inadvertently foreseen. It made me wonder if despite all the tweaks So-joon makes in hopes to change his and Ma-rin’s futures, that he’s still caught in a linear timeline. Not only does that make me worried that the older and wiser So-joon will run into his younger and carefree time-traveling self more often, but that we really might see the dejected So-joon in 2019, the one who looked like he had little to look forward to.
Furthermore, So-joon might’ve been worried that the objects from the future might receive early attention in the present, but what if bringing back those items inspired their very creation? Granted there are some choices that seem careless (like newspapers, magazines, and fashionable clothes), but I can also see him using those as instruments to, quite literally, predict the future further than just the weather that day. I can’t help but think that the ramyun might be one of those things, where bringing it back and writing a post about it spurred someone somewhere to produce an incredibly tasty ramyun. Or maybe that’s just my stomach talking because I skipped lunch and product placement really works.
But what we know for sure now is that Ma-rin knows that So-joon’s parents died in the subway crash, on the day they both miraculously survived. At the very least, this might make her feel that she knows more about her new husband now. But she still doesn’t know that he jumps to and from the future and is mentored by a time traveler who hides behind half-walls. Peek-a-boo, time traveler. We’re on to you.
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