Tomorrow With You: Episode 11
Being married to a time traveler isn’t easy, but it warms my heart to see Ma-rin try her best to make their marriage work anyway. It turns out that knowing more about the future isn’t always an advantage nor does it mean that our characters are ever prepared for what might lie ahead of them. But the hardest lesson of all lies with our resident time traveler, who has yet to realize that his constant trips to another point in time means that he’s always leaving someone behind.
EPISODE 11 RECAP
At the police station, So-joon is livid when Se-young’s father’s death is ruled as an accident. He’s told the body showed no obvious signs of struggle and there were no CCTV cameras in the area. Additionally, Se-young’s father was known to perform routine site inspections, and tracking his phone’s GPS revealed that he stopped at two construction sites that day.
So-joon doesn’t understand how that’s possible, since Ki-doong and Ma-rin were at the first construction site but didn’t see Se-young’s father. Although Ki-doong is wary about agreeing with the cops, he has a harder time accepting the idea Se-young’s father was murdered.
To that, So-joon argues that despite their best efforts to prevent the tragedy altogether, Se-young’s father still died on the same day and time, albeit at a different location. Ki-doong says this is a hard time for him too, but he thinks So-joon is acting out of guilt, not reason.
They’re interrupted by Ma-rin’s arrival, and So-joon says he has to go to check on something. Knowing that he means a time-traveling trip, she asks, “A year from now? Or two years?” She reminds him that he isn’t a cop and they should go home, but So-joon leaves anyway.
After Ma-rin learns that she and Ki-doong could’ve passed Se-young’s father at the first construction site, she’s asked if she saw a strange car there. She replies there was one, but she didn’t find particularly anything off about it. Although Se-young’s father’s death is hard on her too, she can understand So-joon’s desire to pinpoint a culprit since he’d be able to place blame on a human versus fate.
Later that night over drinks, Doo-shik claims Se-young’s father’s death was an accident. But he’s still upset that So-joon suspected him, and So-joon drunkenly mumbles that Doo-shik definitely knows something and he’s keeping it a secret.
Doo-shik steels himself before telling So-joon that his future could be even bleaker than he thinks. He wishes So-joon would stop trying to figure out the future because trying to stop the inevitable could make things worse. So-joon asks why Doo-shik bothers to time travel so often then, and he’s told that he’ll find out when the time comes.
It’s because Doo-shik acts like an all-knowing oracle that So-joon can’t trust him, though he’s told it isn’t any better than trying to solve every problem with time travel like he does. Frustrated, So-joon tearfully asks if he’s supposed to let things happen even if he has prior knowledge then.
They’re both bumbling drunks when they finally exit the pojangmacha, and So-joon tells Doo-shik to butt out of his future. Doo-shik angrily yells, “Do you even know who I am?!” But So-joon doesn’t hear him and hollers that there’s nothing in this world that he can do nothing about.
“I’ll ride the subway to the very end,” he declares. “Why? Because I have to save Ma-rin. Even though I know, you want me to let it happen like [Se-young’s father’s death]?”
Crying now, he continues, “She’s the only family I have, the only wife I have… my woman. I’m supposed to protect her to the end. If I don’t… I’ll be so sorry.” Doo-shik pulls him into a hug and apologizes, and now I’m crying.
At home, Ma-rin scolds her mother for eating here while she waits up for So-joon, who arrives home completely wasted. He cries into Ma-rin’s arms before planting a kiss on her, then nearly does the same to Mom. Lol.
Ma-rin eventually gets him on the bed, where he drunkenly states that he’ll forget about Se-young’s father’s death, only worry about their futures, and protect her no matter what. He tells her to trust him because he’s confident in securing her happiness, and Ma-rin says she does.
Ki-doong brings Se-young a care package, which he offers to bring inside. But she thanks him for stopping by and asks him to relay her gratitude toward So-joon and Ma-rin. He says she can still ask him for anything and asks if she still plans on moving to Japan.
Se-young replies that she’ll need to reconsider since her mother is alone now, which prompts him to suggest that she stay put. She says nothing, and Ki-doong suggests they forget that he said anything.
Gun-sook is out at a club with her girlfriends, and she points out a guy on the dance floor to seduce. Little does she know that the man she’s grinding with is none other than Secretary Hwang, and they both jump when they recognize one another… and continue dancing.
They stop at a convenience store to sober up, where Secretary Hwang swears to take the knowledge of their encounter at the club to the grave. Gun-sook asks if work has been stressful for her husband lately since he’s easily irritated and suffers from insomnia, and even brought up the topic of Vietnam.
She encourages the secretary to tell her everything—is her husband at risk of getting fired? Secretary Hwang swears he doesn’t know a thing and went to the club to blow off some steam. Gun-sook says she was there for the same reason.
While So-joon suffers from a killer hangover the next morning, Ma-rin suits up, having resolved to make sure her husband remains healthy and diligent. She’s upset to hear that So-joon doesn’t remember any of his drunken ramblings, though he argues that he couldn’t have been a rowdier drunk than she usually is.
He asks what it is he said, and Ma-rin replies that he asked her to make sure he didn’t miss work and promised to do as told. She ushers him into the bathroom to get ready, and he hilariously responds in sobs.
She insists on driving him to the office, though she grips the wheel tightly and keeps turning on the windshield wipers instead of the turn signals. Heh. She finally pulls up to the office hours later, and she smiles that it’s better to be late than absent.
She sends him off with a word of encouragement, and as he slides out of the car, he tells her that he’ll be fine. He still looks a bit green to her, which So-joon explains is from the four-hour long commute. Before he goes, Ma-rin forbids him from disappearing by taking trips into the future.
At the office, Director Kim overhears another employee confront the executive who whispered into Ki-doong and Secretary Hwang’s ears, DIRECTOR WANG, for starting the rumors about Director Kim and the Jangho project.
Approaching the man, Director Kim offers to discuss Director Wang’s own suspended project over lunch, an invitation the latter accepts with caution. So-joon arrives just then, and both of them extend their condolences and apologies for not attending the funeral.
Once So-joon leaves, Director Kim explains that the funeral was for the head of an organization named Happiness, which prompts DIrector Wang to ask how he knew that piece of information.
Ma-rin is stopped at a traffic light when Gun-sook calls to invite her out to lunch. She practices her Vietnamese as they eat, and Ma-rin asks if she’s here to brag about an upcoming vacation to Vietnam.
Gun-sook makes Ma-rin swear to keep a secret, though Ma-rin replies that there are enough secrets in her head. She reveals that she and her husband are emigrating to Vietnam, but she doesn’t know why her husband is so insistent on it.
She asks Ma-rin to put in a good word for Director Kim with So-joon, hoping that will keep them here in Korea. She thinks So-joon doesn’t like her husband, but Ma-rin says that’s not at all what So-joon thinks. Ma-rin empathizes with Gun-sook’s woes, and they both agree to talk to their respective husbands sans the mention of Vietnam.
So-joon is about to leave the office when Ki-doong stops him to ask where he’s headed off to. Apparently his new best bud Ma-rin asked him to keep an eye on So-joon, who is adorably jealous of their budding friendship. Divulging that he needs to get final confirmation on Se-young’s father’s death, he travels to the police station two years into the future.
He runs into the detective he spoke with in the present, asking him there were any additional leads or conclusions drawn on Se-young’s father’s case. But then the detective recognizes him as the CEO of MyReits, adding that he was reported missing two years ago. Uh oh.
The detective follows up with another officer, claiming that he just met So-joon, who is still currently report missing. When asked if So-joon was wearing out-of-season clothing or acting strangely, the detective answers that he appeared perfectly normal.
They run out to check… and just around the corner, So-joon realizes that his disappearance may not have been of his own accord.
He sneaks up on Future Ki-doong outside the office later that evening, and the latter asks haltingly, “You’re… here from the future, aren’t you?” Dang, even those words are heartbreaking.
Still, Future Ki-doong is happy to see him and insists on sharing a meal together, but So-joon is more curious about his disappearance. He calls Future Ki-doong out on his former lie that he broke up with Ma-rin and left the country, and demands to know what actually happened to him.
“I don’t know,” Future Ki-doong admits. “You traveled to the future and you aren’t back.” He doesn’t know whether So-joon won’t or can’t return, and he lied to So-joon because Ma-rin asked him to.
He may not know exactly why, but surmises that Ma-rin could’ve wanted her old life back. What he does know is that Ma-rin hasn’t been able to move on and is still living at their house, alone.
But So-joon is unable to take Future Ki-doong’s words at face value either, and Future Ki-doong confesses that he felt he had to lie because he thinks it was better if So-joon and Ma-rin hadn’t gotten involved in the first place.
He grabs So-joon to ask him directly whether So-joon’s disappearance was ever part of his original future. He’s given it a great deal of thought and has since concluded that it must’ve taken place because So-joon tinkered with the future. “Marrying Ma-rin was never in your original plans,” he reminds him. “But you did in a hurry and now your future has changed.”
“Are you trying to tell me that I should live my life the way as it was intended?” So-joon fires back. Tears fill Future Ki-doong’s eyes as he pleads So-joon to consider what will be best for him and Ma-rin by putting everything back in their rightful place.
Afterward, Future Ki-doong calls Future Ma-rin to tell her about the encounter, saying that he didn’t tell the time-traveling So-joon the truth about Director Kim. He thinks they should tell him because So-joon is aware of his upcoming disappearance now. But she dismisses the idea, adding that So-joon wouldn’t be able to stop “that event” even if he did know.
She still believes that she and So-joon never should have met in the first place, and if they had just broken up “then” that “the terrible thing that happened to So-joon” never would’ve happened. “Because this all happened because of me,” she croaks.
Future Ki-doong can’t tell if they’re doing the right thing, and if what they are doing will save So-joon. But he hangs up abruptly when Future Se-young arrives… with their wedding invitation. Well it was about damn time.
In her empty home, Future Ma-rin sheds tears and tells herself that she’s doing the right thing in order to save So-joon. She looks to their wedding photo, which is still hanging on the wall.
We learn that Future Ki-doong told So-joon that Ma-rin still goes to Namyeong Station every few days, hoping to catch a glimpse of him. Furthermore, So-joon and Ma-rin’s joyous time together will come to a close in less than a month—must So-joon risk his wife’s endless sorrow for temporary happiness? “Go back and break up with her.”
So-joon returns to the present with a heavy heart, and Ma-rin drives up to their home, chirping that she was out practicing her driving skills all day. She thinks she’ll be great in three months’ time and be able to drive her husband to work, but then So-joon cuts her off mid-sentence with a kiss, followed by another, and then another.
They head out again for a late-night driving lesson, where So-joon repeatedly tells Ma-rin to trust him and his instructions. But Ma-rin is a ball of nerves and clutches the wheel, saying that this isn’t at all romantic like in the movies, where the woman sits on top of the man’s lap in the driver’s seat.
So-joon says that’s illegal, which prompts her to tease why a law-abiding citizen like him would kiss her in the street. He instructs her to change lanes again and praises her when she does so successfully. She yelps like a mix of a happy puppy-kitten-human, woofing and meowing, and So-joon confesses that he’s wonderfully happy whenever they’re together.
They park by the side of the road, where Ma-rin asks how So-joon manages to time travel. “The subway,” So-joon replies. He pops out of the present exactly 90 seconds after the train leaves from Namyeong Station, not far from where the subway crash took place.
What’s more is that he can determine when to travel to, and understands that it sounds unbelievable. A flashback gives us a glimpse into one of So-joon’s early trips with Doo-shik, when he guffawed at how they traveled to the year 2015 and swore to become rich.
He and Ma-rin later sit at a cafe, where she points out how unfair it is that he’s the only one who can time travel when they both survived that incident. So-joon admits that he doesn’t quite know either, and they chuckle at how riding the subway is an inexpensive way to travel through time.
Promising that she’ll become a better driver, Ma-rin asks if So-joon can avoid taking the subway from now on. She wonders if they can’t live their lives without knowing what the future holds for them, to which So-joon asks, “Aren’t you curious about what will happen to us?”
But Ma-rin points out that his trips to the future means that he physically won’t be here in the present. She doesn’t like the idea of him being somewhere she can’t find him, and it worries her that he might unexpectedly disappear someday. “When I think of you being gone… it feels so distant and like I’ve been left behind,” she adds softly. “So don’t go somewhere I can’t find you.”
So-joon says he has to go, giving her a chuckled affirmation that he still needs to survey land in the future. She says he can just work hard every day, but he gives a playful, stubborn answer that he’ll go anyway, teasing that the future has so many fun things to offer. His cheery tone thinly masks the impact of her words, and Ma-rin asks if he has to be so stubborn.
Sometime later, Ma-rin stands outside of Namyeong Station, thinking of So-joon’s explanation of how he travels to the future. She’s determined to try it out for herself in case she needs to follow him into the future because she believes they should face whatever happens to them, both good and bad, together.
So she takes the train headed to Seoul Station, counting down the seconds. But she arrives at her destination safe and sound.
Still, Ma-rin tries again and again, trying to trigger the jump by running down the subway car and jumping in place. Her multiple attempts leave her exhausted, but then she sees So-joon getting on the subway at Namyeong Station.
She hurriedly gets on and confronts him in between subway cars. He closes both doors and warns her that he’ll disappear soon. Ma-rin tells him not to go, but he says time traveling is out of his control once he gets on the train. He manages to tell her “sorry” before disappearing before her eyes.
Ma-rin starts to cry while So-joon reappears in the future: March 24, 2019, the day before their tragic accident. So-joon tells us in voiceover that he traveled to this day to see how Future Ma-rin was doing, and smiles when he sees that she’s a good driver now.
He enters their house, which is still adorned with their wedding photos. He enters their bedroom, thinking of how Ma-rin occupies this house alone in the future. He chuckles to see that she still has the futuristic robot vacuum, and picks up a brochure for Ma-rin’s photo exhibition which opens on this day.
He heads to the gallery, where he overhears two women talking about how they think the story that So-joon is abroad is just a cover. According to them, So-joon has been missing for over two years now, and the exhibit is full of photos of him.
So-ri finds Ma-rin looking at a photo of So-joon and asks if it isn’t time for her to forget So-joon and live her own life. “How can I forget him?” she asks. “I have no idea whether he’s dead or alive, or where he is.”
She sighs that it would’ve been nice if he would’ve been here for the opening of her photo exhibition, and they exit the building together. Ma-rin says she has somewhere to be, and So-joon follows her to Namyeong Station, where she stands, waiting, just like Future Ki-doong had told him.
“Why are you standing there, not knowing what will happen tomorrow?” So-joon wonders to himself. He then heads to Doo-shik’s apartment and yells at the door, asking what happens to Ma-rin tomorrow. He asks if she’ll die, continuing to wait for him, and asks for his help. “Don’t you know everything that will happen tomorrow?”
Just then, he’s approached by the current residents of this apartment, and it occurs to him that Doo-shik doesn’t live here anymore. He returns to the present, shedding tears and holding back on choked sobs.
He walks down the stairs and finds Ma-rin waiting for him in the same spot she would continue to wait for him in the future. He asks why she waited up for him without knowing when he might return, a question Ma-rin takes as is: “Because I was worried about you.”
“Don’t wait,” So-joon responds firmly. “I find it burdensome.” She’s insulted by that response, not knowing that So-joon’s statement speaks beyond the present moment. But he follows her out as she marches past the subway crash memorial and stops in her tracks.
She cries, “You disappeared before my eyes! We were holding hands and you disappeared. Didn’t you think of how shocked and worried I might’ve been? How could I not wait? I was worried to death.”
“No matter where I go or how late I am… you can keep living your own life. Why are you so hung up on this?” So-joon returns, tears welling up in his eyes.
Ma-rin reminds him that it hasn’t been that long since she found out that he’s a time traveler. She’d worried sick about him and haven’t even had the time to think about how they should live the rest of their lives: “Don’t you worry about how confusing this is for me? Don’t you see me beside you?”
“So what would you like me to do right now?” So-joon asks. “What must I do… that would appease you?”
She asks him one final time not to leave her and disappear before her eyes: “I’m so scared and feel so uneasy… and I’m so worried.” She doesn’t feel confident to continue to live this way, and So-joon replies, “Okay, let’s do that then.”
“I think it was my mistake to marry you,” So-joon states. “Let’s… reconsider us.”
Don’t tell me this means you’ll try to break up with Ma-rin without considering what she has to say in the matter. Quite plainly, So-joon’s approach to problem-solving has remained consistent throughout this series, in that he learns that something go wrong in the future, goes back to the present to try and fix it, then travels back to the future to see if it worked. It’s hard for me to find fault in that approach, since I can easily see myself following the same logic if I were in his shoes. And yet, I so wish he could understand when his best buddy and time traveling mentor implore him to seriously think about the compounded effects of his decisions and actions.
His distrust in them isn’t groundless, of course, since Doo-shik has kept many secrets from him and he learned that Future Ki-doong had lied to him as well. We were right to question that something was up when Future Ki-doong had told So-joon to break up with Ma-rin, and now we have confirmation that it was because both he and Future Ma-rin knew much more than they were letting on. My heart dropped the instant Ki-doong asked if So-joon was from the past, and a future where So-joon is missing feels awfully empty. At the very least, it warmed my heart to learn that Ma-rin and Ki-doong remained good friends, and that they were both working together to try and find So-joon, wherever and possibly whenever he is.
It’s hard to say where Doo-shik is in 2019, so Future Ma-rin is our anchor in trying to figure out what could’ve happened by this date. Both she and Ki-doong know more about Director Kim than So-joon currently does, and she feels a sense of guilt toward So-joon’s disappearance. She does seem to think her words relayed through Ki-doong and to So-joon herself is the best decision in possibly bringing So-joon back, which makes her the noble idiot even before So-joon returns to bring up the possibility of breaking up in the present. This time, it’s Future Ma-rin who’s keeping So-joon in the dark about what lies ahead of them—while she knows it might not prevent his disappearance from the subway, she has a shred of hope that it might save him, and in extension, them.
I’ve always found it interesting how Ma-rin has subverted the classic drama heroine trope time after time in this series, including this episode where she’s the one who insists on driving her husband to work, and is determined to keep them together. I like how she’s taken it upon herself to use the time given to her to be helpful and chase her husband in the event things go wrong. I absolutely adored her attempts to jump to the future in the subway, and my heart broke when he did disappear before her eyes to travel to the future.
Although I particularly don’t care for Gun-sook as a frenemy, I am getting worried about her living under the same roof as Director Kim. Neither she nor Director Kim have popped up in 2019, which has me wonder if they really did emigrate to Vietnam. Not only that, I fear the day she will find out about her husband’s actions—as much as the wedding was a front for her to fulfill her personal life goals, I’d be hardpressed to believe she has no affection for her husband. I’m honestly afraid of how fall Director Kim might fall and who else he might end up hurting.