My Absolute Boyfriend: Episodes 25-26
The new couple can’t seem to get a break as they encounter resistance from multiple sides. Old loves and new enemies all have an agenda to break them up, so they can’t let their guard down for a moment.
EPISODES 25-26 RECAP
Wang-joon accidentally spills scalding hot tea on Young-gu’s hand, and when Young-gu doesn’t even react, it reminds Wang-joon of all the other inconsistencies about Young-gu. He confronts Young-gu, asking, “You’re not human, are you? What are you?!” Young-gu says that he’s a humanoid made by DNA manipulation — the character he’s playing today.
Wang-joon looks ready to hit him, but he lets go when Yeo-woong sees them and says they were just rehearsing. Yeo-woong reaches out to pat Young-gu’s shoulder, but Wang-joon stops her, warning her that they don’t know what Young-gu is.
Da-da thanks her team for being willing to take over, and Bo-won is still trying to flirt with Kyu-ri, but she’s still very not interested. Wang-joon comes to ask Da-da to speak in private, and he says he’s worried sick about her because of Young-gu. She has to make a mold of Wang-joon’s face for the show, so he says he’ll come by her studio after shooting today.
That evening, Young-gu asks Bo-won about the rule that he’ll be returned to the head office if anyone finds out he’s a robot. He asks what happens if someone knows, but keeps his secret? Bo-won says it’s not possible, because if one person knows, then soon everyone knows.
Da-da leaves to pick up something she needs for Wang-joon’s mold, and Bo-won can’t run fast enough when Kyu-ri calls and orders him to bring something to her on the set, so Young-gu is home alone when Wang-joon arrives. Wang-joon tells Young-gu not to be there while he and Da-da work because he needs to talk to her, but Young-gu will only agree to ask Da-da what she wants him to do.
Wang-joon looks around the studio for clues, and he finds Young-gu’s user manual on Da-da’s desk. He turns it on, and there’s Young-gu’s face along with instructions on how to activate him. Wang-joon demands that Young-gu tell him exactly what he is, but Da-da returns home just then and breaks them apart.
Wang-joon pulls Da-da from Young-gu, saying that he’s dangerous, real fear in his expression. He orders Young-gu to tell the truth, and Young-gu looks at Da-da sadly before confirming that he’s a robot.
Da-da takes him upstairs to explain that Young-gu isn’t that different from them. But Wang-joon argues that even if he looks human, he lacks a heart and is still just a machine. He’s incredulous that Da-da actually wants to date Young-gu, but she says that she likes him, so she doesn’t expect Wang-joon to understand, just to accept it.
In the morning, Director Go tells Bo-won that Diana is the customer who ordered Zero-Ten, and that she ordered him directly from the head office in order to keep them out of the loop. He asks after Young-gu, but Bo-won can’t find his tablet and realizes that he left it on Da-da’s desk.
Da-da suggests that Young-gu stay away from the set today to avoid antagonizing Wang-joon any further. Young-gu apologizes for letting Wang-joon learn he’s a robot, but Da-da says she’ll make sure he understands the situation.
She covers her ring, whose stone has turned black, and fibs to Young-gu that she’s feeling fine today. She says this is just part of being his girlfriend, and Young-gu grabs her in a hug and whines that he can’t do this push-and-pull anymore. Awww, cutie.
Bo-won runs in looking for his tablet, and Young-gu doesn’t even let go of Da-da as he points Bo-won to it. He confesses that Wang-joon saw it and found out that he’s not human.
Hwa-ni, Wang-joon’s nemesis, saunters uninvited into Wang-joon’s dressing room. He insults Da-da, saying that she’s got a reputation for dating actors, making Wang-joon lose his temper and punch him. Yeo-woong stops Wang-joon from hitting him again, but Bo-won and Da-da walk in and see Wang-joon with his fist still in the air.
While Wang-joon and Da-da talk, Yeo-woong notices that Bo-won looks anxious, but he won’t say much other than that he made a huge mistake. Yeo-woong offers to smack anyone who leaks his secret, and Bo-won warily thanks her.
Soon after, Hwa-ni and Eun-dong hold a press conference. Hwa-ni sits in a wheelchair, one foot in a cast and wearing a neck brace, greatly exaggerating his injuries. Eun-dong shows the reporters the picture he took of his own face after Wang-joon hit him and claims that Wang-joon has always been physically abusive.
Wang-joon tells Da-da that he’s decided to make sure that Young-gu stays far away from her. Da-da insists that Young-gu isn’t dangerous, he’s thoughtful and caring, but Wang-joon asks what happens if he breaks. Yeo-woong interrupts to tell Wang-joon about the press conference, sure that Hwa-ni set Wang-joon up from the beginning.
He can’t go home that evening for all the reporters waiting outside his building. Wang-joon admits that even if he was set up, he did hit Hwa-ni, so this is ultimately his fault. He shows up at Da-da’s place and asks her to put him up for a few days, and she can’t think of a good reason to say no.
In-hyuk offers to be Diana’s spy, but she asks why she should trust him when she doesn’t trust anyone. He says he can monitor Zero-Ten’s data and give her information on Young-gu, and that gets her attention based on In-hyuk’s previous comment that Young-gu has developed emotions. She tells In-hyuk that she’ll decide whether to join forces with him after he explains.
Dinnertime is very awkward at Da-da’s place, with Wang-joon and Young-gu glaring at each other across the table. Wang-joon asks if Young-gu eats, and Da-da says he doesn’t, but Young-gu downs some rice just to prove he can. Wang-joon sneers that he’s trying too hard to appear human, and Young-gu fires back that Wang-joon tries too hard to look like a robot. Well, damn.
Wang-joon asks if Young-gu can taste the food, and Young-gu has to admit that he can’t. Wang-joon tells Da-da that a robot who can’t feel also can’t empathize if she’s sick, for example. He tries to forbid Da-da to eat the food that Young-gu prepared, but she snaps at him to knock it off.
After dinner, they finally get around to making the mold of Wang-joon’s face. He asks Da-da if he was really so bad to her, that she would date a robot. She says it’s more like dating a foreigner or someone older — it’s not planned, but it just happens. Wang-joon asks how Da-da would feel if their positions were switched, saying he knows she wants someone who treats her well, but he can’t accept that someone being a robot.
He drags her upstairs and into Young-gu’s Love Room, and starts going through Young-gu’s things. He ignores Da-da’s protests and doesn’t stop until he finds the box where she’s stored the photo of the two of them at the ocean.
Da-da opens the door to reveal Young-gu waiting just outside, and she tells Wang-joon that this is Young-gu’s nature — he’s waiting patiently because he trusts that Wang-joon won’t harm her, and he knows that Da-da won’t like it if he breaks the door. Wang-joon has the grace to look ashamed, tears welling in his eyes.
Still, when Young-gu brings him some blankets later, Wang-joon tells him that, even if Da-da needs him now, only humans can be friends and lovers. Young-gu replies that he and Da-da like each other, but they’re not together out of need. He says that unlike Wang-joon, he won’t let her go, because his feelings won’t change.
In the morning, Wang-joon is surprised to wake and find Bo-won on his knees by his bed, apologizing for leaving his tablet where Wang-joon could find it. He asks Wang-joon not to tell anyone that Young-gu is a robot, and explains that he’s the one who programmed Young-gu’s brain.
Impressed despite himself, Wang-joon says that Bo-won should go public with this, but Bo-won says that people are biased against dating companion robots. Bo-won nearly spills the beans about the head office’s rule, and though he stops himself in time, Wang-joon still senses something odd.
Yeo-woong comes to the house to break the news to Wang-joon that Eun-dong and his company are demanding a huge sum of money as compensation for Wang-joon breaking his contract, and that’s just the start of it. She’s bought him some time with the drama PD, but things might get worse before they get better.
Diana finally takes delivery of Zero-Ten, and when the crate is opened, she looks extremely satisfied, though we don’t see Zero-Ten’s face. Director Park tells her that they know Wang-joon’s current location, and Diana replies, “Perfect.” Oh, tell me she didn’t.
Wang-joon tries to get into the station building to talk to Eun-dong, but it’s surrounded by reporters. Eun-dong comes out to talk to them, but he says that Wang-joon is old news and tries to get them interested in Hwa-ni’s next drama.
Da-da arranges to spend some alone time with Young-gu outside the house and away from Wang-joon and her team. He heard Kyu-ri and Yoo-jin talking about first loves earlier, so he asks Da-da about her first love, and she says it was a boy from first grade. Young-gu shows her that he had Kyu-ri paint his pinky nail with balsam, which is supposed to ensure that you meet your true love before the first snowfall if the balsam stays on.
But he says that his nails don’t grow and Da-da is his first love, so this means they’re each other’s true love. He makes Da-da cry, and she sighs that robots aren’t perfect, because this is when he should be hugging her. He happily complies, unaware that Wang-joon is watching them from a distance.
Wang-joon decides it’s time to leave Da-da’s house, but the reporters are still camped outside his building. Diana pulls up in her car and asks him to talk. He’s not interested until she blurts out that she knows Young-gu is a robot, and he’s intrigued.
He goes to Diana’s mansion with her and asks how she knows about Young-gu. She tells Wang-joon that she was Young-gu’s original owner, and that Da-da stole him. She suggests they work together so that Wang-joon can get Da-da back and she can recover her toy, but Wang-joon says that he doesn’t need Diana’s help, because he can get Da-da back on his own.
He gets up to leave, but Diana’s guards stop him. Suddenly Wang-joon grows dizzy, and he realizes too late that there was something in the tea Diana served him. She says smugly that she wasn’t asking his consent, and has her guards carry him away. She goes to Zero-Ten and kisses him to activate him, and it’s just as I feared — he’s got Wang-joon’s face.
Da-da and Young-gu are worried when they find the house empty, so Young-gu goes out to look for Wang-joon. Da-da stays behind, so when Zero-Ten shows up, she naturally assumes he’s Wang-joon. He asks if they’re alone then locks the door, but before he can do much else, Young-gu comes downstairs.
Da-da asks how he got up there, and he says he climbed in through the window because the front door was locked. When Zero-Ten sees Young-gu, he immediately knows that he’s the other robot. He says he’s leaving, and when Da-da asks where he’ll stay, he just says vaguely that he has somewhere to go.
In-hyuk is waiting for him outside with a car, and he’s relieved that Zero-Ten passed as Wang-joon. Zero-Ten asks In-hyuk why Diana is making him do this, and In-hyuk thinks about his own reservations regarding using a top star’s face, because it raises the chances of him being discovered to be a robot.
He’d warned Diana that the head office takes security very seriously — she could be blacklisted, and Zero-Ten confiscated. He tells Zero-Ten that he doesn’t know what Diana is up to, but that it’s best to just do as she says for now and just act as much like Wang-joon as possible.
The next morning, reporters are swarming the drama set. Yeo-woong is freaking out because Wang-joon isn’t answering his phone. Zero-Ten finally arrives acting strangely, but Yeo-woong is too upset to notice.
Articles are being posted online about Wang-joon’s supposed assault of Hwa-ni, but Da-da sees the photos and immediately recognizes that his injuries are all special effects makeup, because they still look like fresh wounds even after several days.
Yeo-woong is confused by “Wang-joon’s” unusually calm attitude in light of everything that’s going on. Eun-dong comes to the dressing room to poke at him about avoiding the reporters, but Zero-Ten just greets him politely. Yeo-woong and Zero-Ten leave, and Eun-dong wonders if “Wang-joon” is experiencing some kind of shock.
The real Wang-joon wakes up in Diana’s dining room, but when he tries to leave, the guards block him again. Director Park brings him some food, acting like a gracious host, but Wang-joon just demands to be allowed to leave, to no effect.
The drama shoot is canceled for the day due to the reporters, and Zero-Ten just smiles and walks out. He finds Da-da and cheerfully invites her out on a date, making her wonder why he’s been acting so strange. He pulls her into a hug and refuses to let go when she struggles.
She finally gets free when Young-gu shows up and tells her that the PD is looking for her, giving her an excuse to leave. Alone with Zero-Ten, Young-gu says, “You’re not Ma Wang-joon, are you?” He says that the real Wang-joon never treats Da-da that way, but Zero-Ten just turns to walk away, so Young-gu grabs his arm.
Quick as a flash, Zero-Ten twists Young-gu’s arm and forces him to his knees. He growls at Young-gu, “If you get in my way again…”
It’s kind of funny how scared I’ve been of Zero-Ten and what he might do once Diana unleashed him on Da-da and Young-gu, but now that we’ve met him, he’s not that imposing. I was worried he’d be aggressive and frightening, but I relaxed to see that mostly, he’s just an oddly cheerful, socially awkward robot like Young-gu was when he first woke up. It makes sense, because he’s supposedly programmed exactly the same way Young-gu was, which means he’s going to focus on romance over anything else. And since Diana is his girlfriend, there’s a good chance he may mutiny against her for making him go after a different girl.
I’m actually glad that Zero-Ten isn’t privy to Diana’s plans, and that even In-hyuk seems unsure of all this, because I don’t want Diana to have any help in whatever awfulness she’s up to. And besides, it might be fun to see Young-gu turn the other robot to their side, or at least try. I don’t like how quickly Zero-Ten got aggressive with Young-gu, but even that doesn’t worry me too much because when he was new, Young-gu was also quick to toss someone across the room if he felt Da-da was in danger. So far, Zero-Ten isn’t acting all that different from how Young-gu acted when he first woke up, and at least for now, his only directive to try to break up Young-gu and Da-da. Like the real Wang-joon said, Da-da won’t be swayed that easily — and honestly, if the real Wang-joon couldn’t manage it, I’m not that worried that a lovebot who doesn’t even know their history can do the job.
The real Wang-joon, on the other hand… I’ve got some issues with him. I’ve tried so hard to see Wang-joon’s side of things and give him the benefit of the doubt, but he’s really overstepping lately. I get that he cares about Da-da and is scared for her, but his refusal to listen to her or respect her decisions is making me dislike him again. She’s told him over and over again that Young-gu isn’t dangerous and that this is what she wants, but he just continues to press her on this, and he’s lucky she hasn’t kicked him out of her life for it. If he truly loved Da-da, he would express his concerns then let her do what makes her happy, even if he disapproves or fears that the next guy is bad for her. Frankly, he’s in no position to offer Da-da dating advice, much less act like he has any right to forbid her to do anything, and he had absolutely no right to go through Young-gu’s room. Unless he’s asked, he needs to keep his opinions to himself.
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