A Piece of Your Mind: Episodes 9-10 Open Thread
As our characters share their hearts with newfound confidants, the secrets that were so carefully buried are now unearthed. Our storylines are finally being stitched together (and that means drama), but the script stays solid, and A Piece of Your Mind continues to do what it’s done so beautifully from the start.
EPISODES 9-10 WEECAP
For a story that had to compress itself and deal with some sudden storytelling constraints, A Piece of Your Mind has adapted better than I thought possible. This week, even with a quick succession of reveals, we don’t lose a pinch of the delights and quiet moments that this drama has been full of. I’ve been super conscious of the plot possibly feeling rushed and over-dramatized, but gratefully, I’m getting none of that. Rather, they’ve managed to truncate the story while still giving it space to breathe. I’m all but ready to bequeath the Favorite-Drama-of-the-Year-So-Far award.
A Piece of Your Mind has been a lot about Ha Won, and how getting to know (and falling in love with) Seo-woo has helped him let go of the stronghold that was his unrequited love for Ji-soo. The tender romance and understanding between Won and Seo-woo has unfolded beautifully — so beautifully, in fact, that we might have forgotten there’s still a lot of wounds that have to be addressed. And at the top of that list is the accident that In-wook is responsible for, and how it wronged Won.
It’s been interesting how long the Ha Won/In-wook storylines have been kept separate. We’ve known that Seo-woo and Soon-ho connect both characters to each other, but no one has stitched the stories together until now.
In a drama very much about pieces, parts, and fragments, I love that that is how we finally get our reveals. There are no over-loud dramatic moments; instead, keeping with the feel of the drama, an old letter is read, a voice is heard, a profile is seen, and an address is visited. These are the pieces that bring our story together.
In-wook has slowly warmed up to Soon-ho, and they have a very interesting dynamic. They’re quite different, but it’s almost as if In-wook needed this care-giving plant lady to coax him out of his paralysis. I’ve really liked seeing their relationship develop, and this week, In-wook confesses to Soon-ho the same story he told Ji-soo before it wrecked their marriage. It’s a great bit of classic storytelling irony — Soon-ho doesn’t realize that the character of “Ji-soo-stealing husband” and “pianist crush” are one and the same.
At first, Soon-ho is determined to tell Won the truth so he can face Ji-soo’s husband and move on. Seo-woo, on the other hand, wants to continue to keep the secret that Ji-soo died with. When the three of them realize (separately) that In-wook is that very husband they’ve been cursing, though, it sets up such a great scenario, rich with inner conflict.
For Soon-ho, the man she’s falling in love with is the one she and Won have vilified all their lives. For Won, he’s confronted with a husband whose existence he’s worked hard to ignore. In addition to being forced to recognize this man’s role as Ji-soo’s husband, Won has an even tougher path ahead of him because of the accident In-wook caused so many years ago.
A Piece of Your Mind is really adept at inner conflict and quiet emotional depth (and that’s why I love it). But it also does external conflict, too, and kind of has to this week, because there’s a confrontation that’s been hanging over our heads since Episode 1. Won and In-wook have to meet, right?
While all four of our characters learn about the connection between In-wook and Won this week, none of them let on that they know (at least at first). The drama has always capitalized on this kind of tension, and does a great job at pulling out what the reveal means for each person. What happens if they let on that they know, or share their knowledge with another?
There’s a lot at stake for everyone, not because of any high drama, but because of how much heart each character has invested. Relationships are what rule this drama, and we’re shown how fragile they can be (with all the loss of loved ones and broken friendships/relationships that have been portrayed). But, we’re also shown how resilient those relationships can be when we look at the deep loyalties and affections that also run through the story.
However, the biggest question at stake (or at least the one I’m most invested in) is how all of these reveals and connections will pan out for our new couple. Will Ha Won be thrown back into his torpor? Will his affection for Seo-woo prove shallow compared to the fortress-like presence of Ji-soo in his life? Is Seo-woo going to be so blindsided by the entangled stories that she renounces Won?
For me, the drama answered this question at the end of this week’s episodes. A Piece of Your Mind has been a lot about presence/closeness, and we see that again this week. Ha Won is AWOL and Seo-woo searches for him in all their spots, the same worries and questions running through her mind as ours. When she finally finds him sitting in that chair under the streetlamp waiting for her, every question is answered. Words not required. Won stands up and swallows Seo-woo in a pitch perfect hug of love and connection and reliance, and we know everything we need to know. Sigh.
I’m more upset than ever that this drama has been shortened. While it’s still as lovely as ever, I already miss these characters, this world, and above all, the beautiful way this drama portrays closeness between people. Whether it’s the precious relationships at the homestay, or the family-like bond that’s between Won, Soon-ho, and Kim Hoon — I want more of this story. And I want more of these rich, character-driven stories in dramaland, too, while I’m being greedy.
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