Boyfriend: Episode 12
A new threat looms near our lovers, one who wears a smile and truly believes that he knows what’s best for all involved, regardless of what they actually want. It’s our CEO’s turn to be the comforting one, as her tender-hearted sweetie blames himself for bringing her hardship. She gets a chance to prove where her loyalties lie once and for all, but doing so will cause blowback of massive proportions — will she have the courage to follow her heart?
EPISODE 12 RECAP
Woo-seok corners Jin-hyuk near his house to officially declare his intent to win Soo-hyun back. Jin-hyuk retorts that anyone would fall for Soo-hyun, but that it’s presumptive of Woo-seok to act like she still belongs to him. Woo-seok tells Jin-hyuk that it will become a fact, and that Jin-hyuk should find someone average who suits him.
Keeping calm, Jin-hyuk says that suitability doesn’t enter into it when someone falls in love. He continues, “If I must endure hardship in order to protect her, I will not run away from it, whatever it may be.” Woo-seok calls him foolish, but Jin-hyuk says it’s simply courage, so Woo-seok growls that they’ll see what comes of his courage.
Jin-hyuk’s father shows up at Soo-hyun’s office to tell her that he didn’t initially think her relationship with Jin-hyuk was serious, but now Jin-hyuk is serious and Dad isn’t sure what to do. Soo-hyun tells him that speaking with him now, she understands how Jin-hyuk came to be so thoughtful.
Dad says that Jin-hyuk wants him to support them, but he’s a parent and he worries that their feelings will lead to hardships. He’s scared that their love isn’t enough to justify dealing with those hardships and asks Soo-hyun if he should support them. Instead of answering, Soo-hyun just asks him to keep watching them, and he says he can do that since it’s the two of them who matter.
After he leaves, Soo-hyun calls Jin-hyuk to come eat with her. They go to another pojangmacha for Soo-hyun’s first taste of chicken feet, and Jin-hyuk says he really wanted to see her today. Soo-hyun feels the same, so Jin-hyuk says that they’re at a safe stage where they can’t be tempted away from each other even if someone tried. Awww, he’s feeling insecure.
Sensing something weird, Soo-hyun asks if someone is trying to set Jin-hyuk up on a blind date, and the face he pulls is priceless. He asks her why she likes him, growing suddenly serious. Soo-hyun says, “Because you’re Kim Jin-hyuk. There’s only one Kim Jin-hyuk in this world.” A giant smile spreads over his face and he relaxes, feeling reassured.
He says brightly that he feels so good, he’d better sleep over at her place. Soo-hyun tells him to go home, but he accuses her of having naughty thoughts — he only intends to be her human sleeping pill then leave after she’s asleep.
He talks his way in, but after he tucks Soo-hyun in, she says she feels weird about it and asks him to go home. Instead, Jin-hyuk lies down next to her, and when Soo-hyun pops up and complains, he pouts that he’s being a total gentleman.
He pushes her down and leans over her, asking in a gruff voice how she can tell him to leave when he managed to control himself last time. Soo-hyun whines that he’s heavy and pushes him away, because she’s obviously lost her mind.
Jin-hyuk turns his back to her, grumbling that it’s cold out and she’s being so mean by not letting him stay. Then he grins and says that he thinks he belongs in this comfy bed, hee. He pulls an irritated Soo-hyun back down, telling her to just sleep and not get excited, and tucks her head into his shoulder.
She finally stills, and Jin-hyuk asks if someday, they can fall asleep like this every night. Soo-hyun admits that she likes the idea, and eventually she drifts off in Jin-hyuk’s arms. When he senses that she’s asleep, Jin-hyuk carefully rescues his arm, tucks her in, and leaves.
Once he’s gone, Soo-hyun opens her eyes. She smiles, muttering to herself, “What human sleeping pill? More like human stimulant.” HAHA, so she hasn’t lost her mind after all.
The day arrives for Woo-seok’s shareholder’s meeting, and he’s approved as co-CEO of Donghwa. Jin-hyuk tries to ignore the rumors, but he keeps recalling Woo-seok’s threat to see what happens because of his courage. Soo-hyun is quietly upset, but Secretary Jang rages against the board who thinks it’s okay to appoint a co-CEO when Soo-hyun built the company.
On his way into work the next morning, Jin-hyuk sees Director Choi and others lining up as if to greet Soo-hyun, but it’s Woo-seok who gets out of the car. Soo-hyun sits in her office while Woo-seok meets with the shareholders, who tell him that there are still those who oppose this and ask why he’s doing it.
He claims it’s to stabilize Donghwa Hotel, but they argue that Soo-hyun singlehandedly made the hotel what it is today. An argument sparks between those who are for and those who are against Woo-seok as co-CEO, so Woo-seok points out that Soo-hyun wasn’t even the one who fixed the recent issue in Cuba.
Woo-seok goes to Soo-hyun’s office, surprised that she didn’t attend the meeting. She asks him his intent, and when he says it’s to protect her up close, she asks why she needs his protection. He says an incoming wind (Jin-hyuk) might sweep her away, but Soo-hyun says that she’s embarrassed for him and the way he used his mother to do this.
He informs her that he planned this all on his own, and that his mother is probably throwing fits right now. He says he wants to help her (Soo-hyun: “You think this is helping me??”) and asks for time to prove it. Soo-hyun just tells him to make an appointment the next time he wants to see her, and dismisses him.
Woo-seok visits the PR department unannounced, where he makes a show of pointing out Jin-hyuk’s involvement in the Cuba situation. He calls Jin-hyuk talented and modest, but his comments have an air of disdain to them, and Jin-hyuk thanks him in a matching tone of voice.
During lunch, Jin-hyuk goes to a florist and asks for something small and soothing. He’s shown a lemon cypress which gives off a scent when touched, and he sends it to Soo-hyun’s office with a cute note to think of the plant as his head and pet it often.
When Director Kim leaves the office for a meeting with Soo-hyun, Eun-jin wants to gossip about Woo-seok’s partial takeover. She sees it as an attempt to make Jin-hyuk stop seeing Soo-hyun, but Hye-in argues that Taekyung Group was after Donghwa for years before Jin-hyuk entered the picture.
After going over some future promotion plans, Director Kim asks Soo-hyun if she’s okay. Soo-hyun says she’s fine since she has her little lemon plant to pet, but Director Kim is skeptical. Director Kim leaves when Driver Nam enters the office, having received the phone records Soo-hyun asked for.
The log shows that Manager Kim, who sent the damaging email to the Cuba property owner, called one particular number repeatedly in the days surrounding the incident. That number belongs to someone else now, so they need to figure out who owned it at the time.
After work, at Dae-chan’s place, Hye-in asks Jin-hyuk if he feels responsible and tells him this isn’t his fault. He confesses that Woo-seok threatened him, and that now he knows what he was talking about, but he says he’s more worried about Soo-hyun than himself.
The next day, Soo-hyun’s dad calls Driver Nam to his office to discuss how Woo-seok’s takeover is affecting Soo-hyun. Driver Nam says that she’s holding up, and her dad says that she’s becoming bolder lately, but Driver Nam chuckles that he doesn’t know his own daughter if he doesn’t realize she’s always had guts. Her dad vows that he won’t allow Taekyung to swallow Soo-hyun up again, and when Driver Nam worries about his campaign, he says that his child is more important.
Woo-seok finds Jin-hyuk again to gloat over his victory, but Jin-hyuk says that this new arrangement only seems to benefit Woo-seok and nobody else. He reminds Woo-seok that he claimed to love Soo-hyun and asks if this is love, and Woo-seok admits that it’s desperation to protect what’s his. He says that they’ll see whether his desperation or Jin-hyuk’s courage wins, but Jin-hyuk counters that it’s not right to take away the hotel that Soo-hyun lives for.
He says he doesn’t judge Woo-seok’s past or his feelings, but that it’s never okay to deliberately hurt someone. He admits that he’s just an average man, and says that he’ll protect Soo-hyun in his own way. He expresses a wish that Woo-seok is a reasonable man, and walks away.
Over lunch, Jin-myung calls out Hye-in’s crush on Jin-hyuk. She tries to deny it and quickly excuses herself saying she needs to make a call, but Jin-myung finds her outside all sniffly and brings her a tissue. He jokingly offers to install a dating app for her, but she’s afraid she’ll just get matched with Dae-chan, lol.
Knowing that Soo-hyun is working late, Jin-hyuk bring a sandwich to her office. He tells her to use her boyfriend as food delivery more often, but she jokes that she doesn’t need to because he shows up anyway. That’s fair.
He notes how down she seems, and says sadly that she’ll be mad if he apologizes for feeling responsible for everything that’s happening. She tells him that he has nothing to do with the fact that she used to be a family member of Taekyung Group, or that she’s still fighting them, but he’s sad that his feelings got her in trouble.
Taking his hand, Soo-hyun tells Jin-hyuk that his feelings are what heal her, and that she’d be scared if he weren’t by her side. She says that she helped him understand what love is, and thanks to him, she knows what it’s like not to fear. Jin-hyuk smiles gratefully and takes her in his arms, and he says in a rough voice that he cherishes her.
Soo-hyun whispers into his ear, “I love you.” With a look of wonder, Jin-hyuk pulls back to stare into her eyes, then hugs her again.
He can’t stop smiling the next morning, and he calls Soo-hyun as he waits for the bus. She’s at work despite it being the weekend, and Jin-hyuk is on his way to visit Mrs. Lee, who sprained her ankle. He asks if he can see her later, but she says she’s too busy today.
Dae-chan has convinced Secretary Jang to have lunch with him, and she says it’s because she feels bad for walking out on him last time they tried to have a date. Dae-chan says he understands how she felt, and he plunks a rose on the table and asks if she wants to date him officially. Aww, that was so clumsy, but he’s so freaking cute.
When she doesn’t answer, Dae-chan ducks his head and pretends to be fascinated by his food. She picks up the rose and finds a note tucked inside the paper: “Jang Mi-jin-sshi, I bought a rose that looked as beautiful as you while I was at the market early in the morning — Lee Dae-chan.”
She hides her grin and tells the top of Dae-chan’s head that she’ll date him, and he nearly explodes from relief. He bombards her with compliments from her clothing to her hair, and she preens under his attention even as she pretends she doesn’t care.
When they finish eating, Dae-chan offers to drive Secretary Jang back to work, but when she sees his blue work truck she tries to escape, ha. Dae-chan calls her and she claims a sudden stomachache, promising to call him later, but when she emerges again he’s waiting for her, happily beeping his horn. Awww — while Secretary Jang was in the bathroom, Dae-chan bought her some medicine for her supposedly upset tummy.
When Jin-hyuk gets to Mrs. Lee’s tea shop, Soo-hyun is already there, and the double visit makes Mrs. Lee’s day. She unpacks the mountain of food that Jin-hyuk’s mom sent and offers some of it to Soo-hyun, then remembers that she hardly ate last time and packs it back up again. HA, Soo-hyun actually does look hungry.
When they leave, Soo-hyun says that Jin-hyuk’s mom’s cooking looked amazing, and he brags that Mom is a great cook. Soo-hyun gets all fired up about the way Mrs. Lee hoarded his mom’s food from her, and Jin-hyuk laughs at her adorably pouty rant.
In the morning, Mrs. Lee calls Jin-hyuk’s dad to invite herself to dinner at their house, and she asks if Soo-hyun can come, too.
Woo-seok surprises his mother by showing up at her office, and he tells her that he’s getting involved at Donghwa in an attempt to end the war between their family and Soo-hyun. Chairwoman Kim warns that there will be dire consequences if he does anything unexpected.
Chairwoman Kim lays down a solid rule that Soo-hyun will never set foot in her household again, but Woo-seok fires back that you should never say never. She tells Woo-seok to just take care of the hotel, then takes a call about delivering something to Soo-hyun, which makes Woo-seok suspicious.
She tells him that she’s sending Soo-hyun something to wear for Woo-seok’s father’s memorial day, and he asks why she’s making Soo-hyun come to the memorial when she just said Soo-hyun is never allowed in her house. He tells her to stop this, but Chairwoman Kim says that if Soo-hyun doesn’t attend then she’ll take it as her rejecting their family, and she’ll make both Soo-hyun and her father pay.
Jin-myung brings home some bungeoppang (sweet red bean bread) as a treat for the family, and just as they decide to cut the fifth one and share it, Dad pops it in his mouth. Dad tells them about Mrs. Lee coming for dinner and asks Jin-hyuk to invite Soo-hyun, making Jin-hyuk beam happily, but Mom worries that she won’t want to come to their house.
When Soo-hyun gets Jin-hyuk’s texted invitation, it reminds her of her conversation with his father and how unsure he is about their relationship. But she’d asked him to hold off and watch them, so she accepts, and Jin-hyuk admits that he’s nervous about her coming to his house.
Soo-hyun asks Secretary Jang what she should wear to an “important appointment” tomorrow, but Secretary Jang reminds her unhappily that tomorrow is Woo-seok’s father’s memorial ceremony. She thinks that Soo-hyun should attend with Woo-seok making his move, just to keep things civil, but Soo-hyun doesn’t look happy as she realizes that she has to make a choice.
Jin-hyuk runs into Driver Nam in the parking garage, but their smiles fade when Woo-seok drives up and gets out to greet Driver Nam. He makes a point to say, in front of Jin-hyuk, that he’ll see Driver Nam tomorrow when he brings Soo-hyun to his father’s memorial.
After Woo-seok leaves, Jin-hyuk asks Driver Nam if he can drive Soo-hyun home tonight. He surprises her by waiting in the car’s driver’s seat, and on the ride home, he says that Mrs. Lee had to cancel dinner tomorrow night.
But the next day, Secretary Jang tells Soo-hyun that Dae-chan wants her to help at his restaurant tonight, since Jin-myung won’t be able to work due to his family having dinner guests. Oops, busted. Knowing Jin-hyuk as she does, Soo-hyun quickly works out what’s really going on.
Soo-hyun’s mother calls to pressure her to to go along with Chairwoman Kim just until the elections, and later, Soo-hyun sits for a long time staring at the dress Chairwoman Kim sent, debating what to do. She thinks about everything she’s done for her dad’s political career, up to and including marrying a man she didn’t love.
She fixes herself up in the mirror and when Driver Nam calls, she tells him she’ll be down in a few minutes. The arrival of her car at the memorial service draws a crowd, curious to see if she really showed up. Someone tells Woo-seok and Chairwoman Kim that Soo-hyun’s car is here, and they both smirk, though for different reasons.
As Jin-hyuk’s family prepares for dinner with Mrs. Lee, Jin-hyuk fibs that Soo-hyun can’t come because of a meeting, not because she had another social engagement. Jin-hyuk jumps up to answer when the doorbell rings, but instead of Mrs. Lee, Soo-hyun is standing there with a shy smile on her face. She came!
Jin-hyuk is struck speechless and looks as though he might burst into tears. He practically stumbles towards Soo-hyun, then belatedly remembers to breathe. He says helplessly, “I’m in trouble. There’s no exit now. I’ll never be able to escape from your charms.”
He launches himself at her, joyful tears streaming down his face.
More than anything, more even than her confession of love (but squeee, she finally said it!), Soo-hyun’s showing up to Jin-hyuk’s home for dinner instead of going to the memorial ceremony was a clear and unmistakable declaration of her decision to see this thing through with Jin-hyuk, no matter what happens. It’s no wonder that Jin-hyuk cried — words are easy, but Soo-hyun’s decision proved to him exactly where he stands in her heart, and I’m not surprised that that’s the moment he realized that for him, there’s no going back. Soo-hyun is it, he’s done, game over.
I am officially done with Woo-seok, and I regret ever feeling bad for him. No matter what he says, by attempting to take over Donghwa, he’s not in any way trying to help the hotel or Soo-hyun. he wants to undermine Soo-hyun so that she’ll – he thinks – have no choice but to go back to him if she wants to keep her beloved hotel. He actively threw Soo-hyun under the bus by telling the shareholders that she didn’t even save the Cuba project, when she dropped everything to do exactly that, but just got beaten to the punch by Jin-hyuk (and while I agree that what Jin-hyuk did was presumptive and inappropriate, at least he had the hotel and Soo-hyun’s best interests at heart). For Woo-seok to say that Soo-hyun isn’t competent to run the hotel, when it’s doing better than it ever has, and in fact was falling apart under his family’s management, was the final betrayal that made me stop caring even one tiny bit about what Woo-seok wants.
The scary thing is, he’s probably even convinced himself that he’s doing this for Soo-hyun, telling himself that he’s making up for not standing up to his mother on her behalf years ago. But it only proves how little he knows Soo-hyun, who never wanted him to fight her battles for her. She only wanted Woo-seok to be on her side and support her, but he never did, not once while they were married and she was living an oppressive nightmare. Whereas Jin-hyuk does exactly that — he doesn’t ever stand in the way of Soo-hyun’s ability to handle her own conflicts, or try to take over and make decisions for her. He talks a lot about protecting her, but Jin-hyuk’s way of protecting Soo-hyun is to just be whatever she needs in that moment, whether that’s a friend, a sounding board, or just someone who will buy her a nice-smelling plant to cheer her up. She doesn’t need a Woo-seok to swoop in and solve all her problems — she needs a Jin-hyuk to tell her that she’s strong and smart and capable of fighting her own battles, and that he’ll be right over here, loving and admiring her as dominates the battlefield.
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