Fight My Way: Episode 7
It seems as though everyone is lying to everyone else lately—about their feelings, their actions, and they’re even lying to themselves. So many lies can’t possibly be sustainable, and things are about to blow wide open in a big way. Hopefully that just means that the truth can’t be far behind, though where that truth will take our four friends and their relationships is anyone’s guess.
Round 7: “Who on earth are you looking at?”
Dong-man walks in on Moo-bin kissing Ae-ra, and with an expression of hurt and betrayal, he slams the hospital door and turns to leave. But then he stops himself, turns, and storms back.
Throwing the door wide open, Dong-man barges in and asks, “Are you two dating?!” and Moo-bin stammers that they’re not. Dong-man demands to know why he was kissing Ae-ra, telling Moo-bin that he should make the relationship status clear before kissing her.
Moo-bin tells Dong-man to drop the “friends” act, asking if Dong-man likes Ae-ra, and Ae-ra watches for Dong-man’s answer with great interest. Flustered, Dong-man gulps, then blurts out, “I’m her guardian!” Ae-ra grinds her teeth, muttering that she could stab him, ha.
Dong-man warns Moo-bin not to cross the line or he’ll lose his temper, so Ae-ra asks why he’s so angry. She asks if there’s some reason she can’t date Moo-bin, who does things to impress her and calls her a goddess. Dong-man says that that’s how he knows Moo-bin is a fraud, because Ae-ra is no goddess. Oh sweetie, I know what you’re trying to say, but it’s time to stop talking.
Dong-man tells Ae-ra to keep her distance from Moo-bin, but she asks why she should do that when Moo-bin likes her so much. Dong-man has no ready answer for that, so Ae-ra asks, “Why, do you like me?”
Dong-man’s brain shorts out again, as it always does when he gets flustered by Ae-ra. He yells, “I like you!” but he adds that she, Joo-man, and Seol-hee are all important to him. Ae-ra tells him that as a friend, he should congratulate her, because she and Moo-bin are now officially dating.
After relocating downstairs, Dong-man seethes and glares at Moo-bin and Ae-ra as they talk. Ae-ra apologizes for making that sudden announcement, but Moo-bin is tickled to death, even though Ae-ra admits that she’s not head over heels for him. He says she can’t take it back now, and he asks for those ten dates again.
He puckers up for another kiss, and Ae-ra leans away looking uncomfortable. Dong-man yells a loud “HEY!!” and throws a rock at Moo-bin, because he is apparently twelve years old, and growls that they need to get a cab and get home.
When the cab arrives, Dong-man jumps in beside Ae-ra, which has Moo-bin squawking that he should sit in the front seat. Dong-man rolls down the window just enough to shoot Moo-bin a smug glare as they drive off, HAHA.
They stop to eat at Coach Hwang’s soondae truck, where Dong-man pesters Ae-ra about her new dating status. She explains that she didn’t like Moo-bin much at the beginning either, but he grew on her. Dong-man repeats that Moo-bin seems fake and weird to him, wondering how he could call Ae-ra a goddess. Ae-ra asks dryly if he’s ever been slapped while eating, ha.
She tells Dong-man that life is too short not to have fun dating, and that she needs more than just a guy friend. She says she wants someone sweet and forward, someone that’s just hers.
Ae-ra’s love life is the primary topic of conversation over breakfast the next morning. Joo-man marvels that Dong-man and Moo-bin keep competing for the same girls, remembering Bo-ram from high school, but it’s news to the dense Dong-man that Moo-bin liked her, too.
The four friends head to the bus stop together, and when Dong-man hears Ae-ra mention a possible date and Seol-hee ask if she’s going to stay out all night, he tells her to come home early. She says she’ll think about it, then pointedly tells him she’ll see him tomorrow when his bus arrives. He runs back to yank out her hairband when Seol-hee says she looks pretty in a ponytail, because as previously noted, he is apparently twelve years old.
Landlady Hwang seems to be in the market for a new building, and one of the places she looks at is Coach Hwang’s gym. The realtor says it’s a bad investment, but she asks him to contact her first if it’s ever on the market.
Ae-ra looks into announcing school, where she’s told that with her lack of experience plus her age, she’ll need to take the premium classes, which are taught by famous announcers. This is Hye-ran’s cue to waltz into the room, and she and Ae-ra exchange eye-daggers as Ae-ra remembers how they used to compete for jobs when they were both interviewing as rookies. Hye-ran got her first job by calling one of the executives “oppa,” and later upgraded by calling someone even higher up the chain “father.”
Hye-ran finds Ae-ra to ask if she’s really going to try for an announcer job, calling her brave but somehow making it sound like an insult. They leave at the same time, and Moo-bin picks up Ae-ra at the curb for their first official date. He seems to recognize Hye-ran, who keeps her face turned away.
Bristling, Ae-ra asks Moo-bin if he’s a fan of Hye-ran’s, but he says that she’s a VIP at his father’s hospital. He leans over to peer at Hye-ran’s face, then says that “it” is healing well while gesturing at his own nose. Ha, did she get a nose job?
At the gym, Dong-man enthusiastically demonstrates some mixed martial arts moves for a trio of ajummas. The ladies talk about how cute Dong-man is, as compared to the coach, who is the sexy type. They wonder if the landlady knows about Dong-man, who’s being trained for free even though the rent is late.
Dong-man’s arch-enemy, Tak-soo, looks over a copy of a gossip magazine, in which the main story asks why the Brazilian jujitsu fighter (the one they hired to fight Dong-man) was recently in Korea. The article speculates on whether Tak-soo was involved in the Brazilian’s fight with Dong-man, so Tak-soo tells manager Tae-hee to sue the magazine. But Tae-hee says they can’t sue them when it’s the truth, and that the best thing to do is to find a bigger story to overshadow this one.
The landlady tells Coach Hwang that she has someone interested in buying the building, so he has to move out next month. She leaves and runs into manager Tae-hee, who is clearly plotting something regarding the sale of the building.
Meanwhile, the mean instructor at the gym asks Dong-man why the coach is training him for free, and enduring hardship just for Dong-man’s dream.
Before their date, Moo-bin stops by his hospital, explaining that the chief director is visiting from Japan so he needs to quickly greet him. She waits inside, but she hides her face when she sees the two guys whose cars she destroyed after the wedding. They approach Ae-ra, offering their apologies for the way they treated her.
Ae-ra asks if they’d be doing this if she weren’t dating their friend. They apologize again, saying that they should make up since they’ll be seeing each other at the hospital event tomorrow night. Ae-ra doesn’t know of any such event, so the guys explain that everyone will be bringing their partners, and that Moo-bin probably didn’t want to pressure her. They say that Moo-bin always came alone to this event every year, and they felt bad for him.
Moo-bin takes Ae-ra to a drive-in movie for their date, which she finds uncomfortable. He says that she’s as pretty as Song Hye-gyo to him, and his awkwardness has Ae-ra asking when he last went on a date. He says it was a long time ago, but it sounds like a one-sided crush.
Ae-ra deduces that Moo-bin has never actually dated, though Moo-bin insists that he’s very experienced. He eyes her hands, sitting primly on her knees, and he decides to try for a hand-hold. But her phone rings and she reaches for it as he’s reaching for her hand, leaving Moo-bin to grab her bare leg instead. Whoops.
That evening, Dong-man helps Coach Hwang with the soondae truck, offering to be his unpaid intern since he feels guilty about what Coach is going through for him. He calls Ae-ra to ask her where the salt is that he lent her last year, which is such a lame excuse to interrupt her date.
He asks if she’s still with Moo-bin, and since Moo-bin is listening, Ae-ra gets out of the car and tells Dong-man that they’re at the drive-in. Dong-man nearly has a stroke thinking about all the things couple do at drive-ins, and overhearing the sound of the couple kissing in the movie winds him up into a full-on panic.
Ae-ra hangs up on him, so Dong-man looks up drive-ins online and sees netizens talking about what goes on there, none of it family-friendly. The online comments mock him everywhere he turns, until he can’t take it anymore. He fires up the soondae truck’s engine, forcing Coach to scramble to pack everything up so Dong-man can “rescue” Ae-ra from Moo-bin’s nefarious clutches (except he keeps that part to himself, letting Coach think he wants to sell soondae at the drive-in).
Dong-man finds the right drive-in and jumps out to race through the parking lot, calling Ae-ra’s phone and freaking right out when she doesn’t answer. He sees a couple making out and yanks open the door, screaming an apology when it’s not Ae-ra and Moo-bin, HA. Everywhere he looks, there’s kissing, and it drives him mad.
Eventually Dong-man spots Moo-bin heading back from the concession stand and the two men freeze. The security guard approaches Dong-man, giving Moo-bin the chance to make a run for it and make it safely back to his own car and Ae-ra before Dong-man can catch up. He peels out, leaving Dong-man in the dust, and when Ae-ra tries to look in the rear view mirror, he yanks her hair so she can’t see, hee.
On the ride home, Ae-ra gets another call from Dong-man, griping at her for not answering when he called before. He pretends that he wants her to bring home ice cream, and he’s so wrapped up in worrying about Ae-ra that Hye-ran’s silky “Oppa…” takes him by surprise.
She’s waiting outside his building with groceries to cook him dinner, and his face goes carefully blank when he sees her. He tells her that he doesn’t like the carbonara she’s planning to make—he only ate it because she liked it. He adds that there’s a lot she doesn’t know about him, because he wasn’t himself around her.
Moo-bin and Ae-ra pull up, and Dong-man watches Moo-bin help Ae-ra out of the car, while Hye-ran watches him watching Ae-ra. Ignoring their audience, Moo-bin presents Ae-ra with a new pair of heels, saying that now that they’re officially dating, he wanted to give her something Cinderella-like.
Ae-ra expresses discomfort with his extravagant gifts, but Moo-bin says they weren’t that expensive. She relents and takes them, which is when Dong-man stalks over to tell Moo-bin to move his car.
Moo-bin angrily tells Dong-man to respect Ae-ra’s boundaries, but Dong-man counters that he’s not just any old guy friend to Ae-ra. Hye-ran asks what he means, but Dong-man has once again talked himself into a corner. He blinks and stammers, searching for an answer, then he barks something about being her protector, like a stand-in father.
Moo-bin ignores a call from someone saved in his phone as “Chief,” which Ae-ra notes that he’s done several times tonight. She says he should go if it’s work, and he starts to say something about tomorrow but stops himself. Dong-man gets fed up and stomps to his apartment, completely done with all of them.
Later he sends Ae-ra a text explaining that Hye-ran was waiting for him, anxious for her to understand that he didn’t call Hye-ran first. Ae-ra calls him back to confront him about his weird behavior tonight, but she hangs up when he just rambles.
Ae-ra and Seol-hee page through a memory book that Moo-bin gave her with the shoes, which is full of cute little stories and pictures of everything that’s happened since they met. Seol-hee says that this is the sort of guy Ae-ra should be dating, a guy who likes her more than she likes him.
Ae-ra notices that Moo-bin has “liked” every photo she’s posted on Instagram, and over in his apartment, Dong-man sees it, too. Jealous, he hovers a shaking finger over the heart button, but when he actually clicks it, he looks horrified. Ae-ra growls at the comment he leaves to cover up his embarrassment: “You’re ugly.”
In the morning, Seol-hee waxes poetic about how Moo-bin treats Ae-ra like Cinderella. But Dong-man scoffs, saying that Ae-ra has never liked princess stories, and that Zhang Fei, a Chinese general from the Three Kingdoms era, was her role model as a child.
At work, Joo-man’s boss tells him that the family of a kimchi brand they carry specifically chose him to be their launching manager. He does the happy dance in a meeting room while he waits for Seol-hee so he can give her the good news.
They jump and squeal over his good fortune, though Joo-man can’t figure out why they would request him personally. Seol-hee is sure that this will mean a promotion if all goes well, and Joo-man kisses her all over her face until they hear a knock at the door—it’s his entire team, here for a meeting. Yikes.
Ae-ra wonders if she should go to Moo-bin’s work event, then she remembers how he once said he’d love it if she surprised him. She gets dressed up and wears the heels he bought for her, even though they’re too small.
Joo-man lets his team into the meeting room, which is now strangely devoid of Seol-hee. His boss teases him because his lips are shiny, joking that if he had a girlfriend they’d have thought he was in here kissing her. Joo-man glances over at the filing cabinet and nervously notices a bit of Seol-hee’s pink sweater sticking out from under the door.
Coach Hwang informs Dong-man that the gym has been sold, but the strange part is that they’ve been told to stay. They wonder why, but they’re distracted when a little boy runs past with his mother yelling after him.
The woman stomps over to scream at Coach Hwang for setting up his soondae truck in front of her family’s restaurant. She and Dong-man stare at each other, then he suddenly recognizes her—it’s Bo-ram, his old girlfriend and former school beauty, now looking decidedly frumpy.
Joo-man’s meeting runs long, and a cute little snoring noise starts coming from the filing cabinet. Joo-man pretends to be sleepy and suggests a break, hoping to sneak Seol-hee out. Everyone goes out except for Ye-jin, who insists on hanging back to talk, asking sadly what she has to do to convince him of her feelings.
Despite Joo-man urging her not to speak, Ye-jin blurts out, “We even kissed in the copy room!” He sweats bullets every time she says “kiss,” and insists that she kissed him but he didn’t kiss her back. But Ye-jin ignores him, saying that there should be “more” since they kissed. She flounces from the room, and Seol-hee tumbles out of the filing cabinet to ask, “Did you kiss?”
Ae-ra is limping in pain from the ill-fitting shoes before she even arrives at Moo-bin’s event, and she waits for him outside. But when he arrives, he’s accompanied by a pretty woman, and when he sees Ae-ra, he looks right through her.
Ae-ra stops him from walking past her, and the other woman asks who she is in Japanese. Moo-bin answers that she’s just a patient of his, and as they’re talking, Ae-ra sees that the paper in his hand is a wedding invitation—for Moo-bin and this woman.
The woman spots her father, who happens to be the hospital’s chief director, and she leaves Moo-bin to speak to Ae-ra alone. Moo-bin insists that his feelings for her are real, and that everything he said about her being a goddess was sincere. But he admits that he wasn’t planning on calling off the engagement, nor did he have any intention of breaking things off with Ae-ra, because even after he’s married, he can still focus on her whenever he’s in Korea.
Stunned, Ae-ra calls him a piece of trash, but Moo-bin promises to do everything he can to make her feel like a princess. He says that this is why he asked her to go on ten dates with him, which now feels to Ae-ra like pure manipulation.
Meanwhile, Dong-man and Bo-ram catch up, and she reminds him that they saw each other once after graduating. She’d been dating Moo-bin at the time, since he’d become a doctor and she only dates the best (aha, she’s the girl Moo-bin claimed that he could barely remember, lying dirtbag).
Moo-bin knew that Dong-man had a job pumping gas, so he’d stopped by his station to show Bo-ram how far the guy she liked in high school had fallen. Bo-ram had realized that Moo-bin was only dating her so he could feel superior to Dong-man, which is what she tells Dong-man now.
Moo-bin confesses to Ae-ra that it’s because Dong-man cares for her so much that he was drawn to her at first. Ae-ra asks what Dong-man has to do with anything, and Moo-bin lets his expression show his disdain as he says that he’s annoyed that Dong-man is always happy even though he has nothing.
Ae-ra argues that no matter how Dong-man acts, he’s better than a piece of trash like Moo-bin. She kicks off the shoes he gave her, saying that Cinderella stories aren’t popular anymore, because the world is filled with dumb but hardworking women who can succeed on their own.
Barefoot, Ae-ra walks away, declining a call from Dong-man. She thinks to herself that Cinderella is a brat who sold lies to little girls, and that Zhang Fei, a warrior who commanded thousands, is much sexier.
Moo-bin does seem upset about losing Ae-ra, as his friend tells him how their other friend told her about the hospital event just to mess with him. The friend only laments the loss of the money Moo-bin spent on Ae-ra’s expensive hospital suite, but Moo-bin says that when he went to pay the bill, it was already paid, and he assumed that Dong-man paid it.
Unable to reach anyone by phone, Dong-man races to find Ae-ra, thinking of what Bo-ram told him: that Moo-bin was trash to the end, and even sent her a wedding invitation out of spite. When he finally finds her, he demands that she take him to Moo-bin so he can beat him up. But Ae-ra is exhausted so she asks him to just sit with her.
Dong-man inspects her carefully, making sure that she wasn’t hit, but she says indignantly that she just yelled at Moo-bin then left. Feeling helpless, Dong-man bellows at her, asking why she’s shivering and upset, then he kicks off his own shoes for her to wear.
Ae-ra says pragmatically that it’s not like she loved Moo-bin, admitting that she only dated him because she was angry. Fighting back tears, she says that Moo-bin looking down on her doesn’t make her pathetic, so long as she doesn’t think of herself that way. But when Dong-man gets worked up again she starts to cry for real, wailing that when someone takes your side, it only makes you cry harder.
Dong-man takes off his sweatshirt and tosses it over Ae-ra’s head, which allows her to cry to her heart’s content without anyone seeing her. He hugs her still-covered head to his chest, but she lashes out at him, telling him to stop doing things like this. He yells back for her to stop making him angry: “Stop running around and making me crazy! Just stay holed up in your house! Or don’t date any guys!”
Ae-ra shoves him away and yanks off the sweatshirt, and she asks what business it is of his if she dates. Again she tells him to stay out of her love life or he’ll regret it, but Dong-man counters that he wouldn’t have to get involved if she didn’t keep messing it up.
Suddenly, Ae-ra blurts out, “I’m saying you make my heart flutter!” Dong-man stares at her, dumbstruck, so she repeats herself: “My heart flutters every time you do that. It flutters—there’s something wrong with me.” The world spins as they stand still, wondering what happens next.
[The song and spinning camera is an homage to Jealousy, that 1992 drama that javabeans and I are always talking about as the show that got us hooked on dramas in the first place. It’s about two best friends who keep getting jealous of each other’s relationships, gee I wonder why! –girlfriday]
Dong-man talks to some of the nurses at Moo-bin’s hospital, groaning that there’s no justice in the world. He tells them how Moo-bin seduced a woman while he was engaged, all along intending to keep seeing her after the wedding.
The rumor spreads like wildfire, particularly the part where the innocent girlfriend hung herself in despair, pfft. When the story gets back to the chief director, he calls off Moo-bin’s wedding to his daughter immediately.
EEEEE, finally! I didn’t really expect Ae-ra to be the first to confess to having more-than-friendly feelings, though it’s obvious that she’s been aware of them for a long time, the way she’s always telling Dong-man not to get too close and confuse her. But I’m glad she said something first, because Dong-man is such a moose that he would never figure out that she likes him back without a club over the head. Now, what he’ll do with this information is anyone’s guess, because if there’s one thing we know by now, it’s that Dong-man will do anything but react like a typical drama hero.
As for our other couple and their troublesome interloper, I’ve been giving Ye-jin a big fat pass until now, because it’s not her fault that Joo-won isn’t admitting that he has a girlfriend. She’s been pushy in her pursuit of him, but given that he’s been vague and she’s a bit dense, I wasn’t even upset with her lack of awareness of his constantly turning her down. But I finally got annoyed with her when she started whining about “their” kiss, because honey, that’s not even close to how it works. You don’t get to attack-kiss your supervisor, at work, then complain when he doesn’t return your feelings. Kissing someone isn’t a magic button to make the other person like you. When half of the pair has zero involvement in a kiss, then it’s not some grand romantic moment, it’s assault. Ye-jin is lucky to still have her job after kissing Joo-man like that, and she has no reason at all to assume that she and Joo-man are suddenly in a relationship just because she forced a moment of intimacy on him.
And Joo-man… sigh. I’ve said it before, but what’s about to happen is in large part his fault for not being honest. He should have been telling Seol-hee about Ye-jin’s advances all along, and he should have gone straight home and told Seol-hee when Ye-jin kissed him. I can absolutely understand his reasoning that since he’s not at all interested in Ye-jin, that telling Seol-hee about her pursuit of him would be upsetting. But Seol-hee has the right to know, and besides, they all work together! Ye-jin isn’t exactly subtle about her feelings for Joo-man, and it was all going to get back to Seol-hee eventually. So by not telling her and letting her deal with it in advance like an adult, Joo-man decides on Seol-hee’s behalf not to tell her. He treated her like a child who can’t handle strong emotions, and set her up for finding out in the worst way possible.
But I gotta back up—I did NOT see Moo-bin’s engagement coming. I had a feeling that something was not quite normal with Moo-bin, because he was just so cheerfully aggressive and it didn’t feel natural. But I thought that he’d just never dated before, and chalked my misgivings up to his inexperience. I didn’t expect him to be working his way through Dong-man’s exes out of jealousy and a vicious inferiority complex—but damn, he really turned out to be a piece of trash, as Ae-ra put it.
But in a way, I’m glad that Ae-ra found out the way she did, because seeing her get angry when she was wronged made me want to cheer. I think that she was trying to talk herself into liking Moo-bin because he’s attentive and he has a good career, so I’m glad this happened before she started to actually care for him. She got to rediscover her inner warrior, and she stopped trying to make herself happy in Cinderella’s shoes when they were never going to fit her. And it led to the fight with Dong-man and Ae-ra’s confession, so hopefully now that her feelings are out in the open, Dong-man’s won’t be far behind.
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