I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day: Episode 10
Our leads are enjoying the giddiness of being a new couple, but reality isn’t going to let them stay in their happy bubble for long. The time when our heroine claimed she’d return to her old life is rapidly approaching, and she won’t be able to put off her decision forever. Plus, a surprise visitor throws a wrench in our male lead’s happiness, giving him a choice to make as well.
EPISODE 10: “Let’s Hold an Event”
At the bookshop, our couple is in the cutesy stage with Hae-won happily clinging to Eun-seob as he works. She has fun teasing him, and they go to kiss. But Hwi bursts in yelling “Eun-seob!” startling them so badly they barely manage to stay upright.
They have a moment of panic thinking Hwi caught on, but it turns out Hwi isn’t as observant as they feared, so they’re safe for now. Hyun-ji, who came in with Hwi, tattles to Eun-seob that Hwi got kicked out of the bike shop earlier.
Hwi tries to shut her up as Hyun-ji continues that she mistook a $300 bike seat for $30, which makes Hae-won laugh. Since Hwi only stopped by to swipe Eun-seob’s wallet if he wasn’t there, the girls head out. After they leave, Eun-seob lets out a sigh, and he and Hae-won are immediately back to being lovey-dovey.
The next day, a man arrives at the bus terminal. Wait, isn’t that Eun-seob’s birth father? He asks around for Jong-pil who’s currently at the pool hall. Through word of mouth, it makes it to Jong-pil that someone who looks like Eun-seob’s father was looking for him.
Hyun-ji waits for Hwi outside her house that night. They leave together and pass by Eun-seob’s father on the way out. Hwi stares but doesn’t seem to fully recognize him. Eun-seob’s father watches the house from a distance.
The following morning, Hae-won dons some jewelry and heads to the bookshop. Eun-seob is asleep on the couch and doesn’t stir even when Hae-won playfully tries to wake him in various ways. He finally wakes—I don’t know how he slept through all that—and they’re all smiles and laughter.
Eun-seob brews coffee while Hae-won watches a cello performance and mimes along. She notices him staring. “You’re glowing,” he comments. Hae-won laughs him off and asks if she should cook something for him. “You?” he asks with trepidation. Ha. Hae-won assures him she’s a decent cook, unlike her aunt.
We turn to Myung-yeo who is busy trying to figure out what went wrong with her stew. She gets a call from Yoon-taek who finally managed to get ahold of her private number. He wants her decision on the contract. Myung-yeo surprises him by agreeing to sign with his firm.
She tells him to send the contract by mail, but Yoon-taek wants her to come in person. He’s super busy, he says while staring at an almost empty calendar, but he’ll make time for her. Myung-yeo lists off the train times for him. He’s asking the favor, so he can come to her.
Hae-won overhears and is surprised her aunt is signing a book contact after saying she didn’t want to write anymore. Myung-yeo argues she’s poor now, so it’s different. She notices Hae-won carrying a load of produce and asks where she’s going with it.
Hae-won shiftily claims she bought it with her own money. Her aunt doesn’t look like she’s buying it, so Hae-won tries to change the subject by saying she’s curious about her aunt’s new book. She’s a fan of her writing.
Myung-yeo interrupts, “Winter is almost over.” Shouldn’t Hae-won be getting back to her normal life? Hae-won stands silently by the door.
At home, Jong-pil tells Yeo-jung about Eun-seob’s birth father being spotted. Yeo-jung counters that he died and reasons it must be the uncle. Oooh. Jong-pil agrees, but the gossip that Eun-seob’s birth father is back is already spreading.
That sends Yeo-jung on a rant about how much she hates their small town with its gossipy residents. Yeo-jung wonders how they even remember what his birth father looked like as she viciously folds laundry.
Jong-pil muses that the man is probably looking for Eun-seob and may already have gone to the bookshop. Yeo-jung panics and wonders if he’s trying to extort more money from Eun-seob. He has a history of asking Eun-seob for money whether it’s to buy a boat or pay his medical bills.
Jong-pil gives him the benefit of the doubt. Yeo-jung frets that, worse than asking for money, he’ll ask Eun-seob to go to sea with him. They’re interrupted by Hwi leaving for school. Outside, Hwi makes the connection between the snippet of her parents’ conversation she overheard and the man she saw the previous night.
At the bookshop, Eun-seob is surprised to see his uncle. Hae-won watches from afar. Next thing we know, she’s chopping wood out back (she’s improved) … and trying to spy on them through the window.
Inside, Eun-seob’s uncle notes it’s been five years since they saw each other. Eun-seob asks about the boat, but his uncle never bought it. His uncle tosses down a picture that’s almost the same as Eun-seob’s, but in this one, it’s Eun-seob, his dad and his uncle.
He tells Eun-seob there’s somewhere they need to go. When Eun-seob doesn’t immediately agree, he aggressively reminds him he’s his only blood relative. Eun-seob should know the importance of that since he came back and took care of his mother for three years.
He accuses Eun-seob of being courteous to his current family because they’re not his “real family.” Hwi is out front trying to eavesdrop but can only catch a few words. Hae-won comes around the corner and spots Hwi who goes running when Eun-seob and his uncle come outside.
Hae-won greets them, but his uncle gives her the stink eye and ignores her. Eun-seob tells Hae-won he needs to go somewhere, and he might not be back until late. Is that okay? She’s not happy about it, but she tells him to go. She’ll prepare for the flea market by herself.
Hwi yells from afar, “Eun-seob, you can’t go!” She warns him to stay right there and runs home. When her mom finally takes a breath from scolding her for skipping school, Hwi tells her Eun-seob’s uncle is trying to take him away. They’re at a loss as to what to do. Meanwhile, Eun-seob boards a bus with his uncle.
We skip back several days to a book club meeting where Soo-jung suggested they do a flea market. Everyone liked the idea, so they decided the bookshop would host it. It’s now the day of the flea market, and all the book club members set up booths based on their skills and products.
Everyone’s having fun except for Hwi who’s still down about Eun-seob. She even makes the busy Jang-woo take over her stand and goes to the bookshop. As expected, Jang-woo set this event up too, so he’s busy flitting around the market.
We go back to the book club meeting where everyone but Hae-won had decided on their booth. Hae-won said she’d sell books, seeing as she works at the bookshop. And, she decided, Hwi would help her.
Presently, the bookshop is packed with people browsing the tailored displays like “Books to recommend to your ex.” When they get a moment, Hwi despondently asks Hae-won, “Do you think Eun-seob is coming back?” She thinks he’s going far away and won’t return.
Hae-won reassures her Eun-seob will come back. He said he’d be back and even called their mom to tell her. Hwi notes Eun-seob seems different this time and won’t come back. She’s sure of it.
Eun-seob is currently with his uncle on a beach. His uncle says they’ll live together from now on. Eun-seob is grown and has paid back his family enough.
His uncle recalls how much Eun-seob loved reading as a kid. We see his birth mom reading to a baby Eun-seob. His uncle points out a building to him and says he bought it for Eun-seob (to turn into a bookshop).
He maintains some people are meant to be alone their whole lives like Eun-seob’s father and himself. Eun-seob is just like them. They can’t live with others; even Eun-seob’s mom left eventually. We see Eun-seob’s mom looking depressed while toddler Eun-seob plays happily.
His uncle thinks they should live together since they’re both bound to leave anyway. They should stick together until then. Does Eun-seob really think he’s different than them? Eun-seob stays silent.
To close the event that evening, the bookshop hosts a string quartet. Hae-won listens enraptured and shushes Jang-woo as he chatters on. Hyun-ji’s the one who shuts him up, though. When the performance finishes, the book club members beg Hae-won to play.
Jang-woo’s incessant nagging wins out, and Hae-won plays a piece. While she plays, Eun-seob sits on a bus. He thinks back to Hae-won finding him when he went missing and how he pushed her away as his uncle’s words about their family being loners play in his mind. He replays happy moments with Hae-won along with her worrying that he’ll vanish.
I guess Yoon-taek made the trip after all. He and Myung-yeo meet in the café again so she can go over the contract. She instructs him to take out the clause stating the book must be based on her personal experiences. He suggests loosely basing it on true events—no one would know what’s fiction and what’s fact. He promises not to ask either.
He already prepared a second contract since he knew she’d agree to compromise. He touts his own competency and smugly rips up the first contract. She gets him back by telling him he just ripped up the wrong contract and watching him panic before saying she’s messing with him.
Everyone but Hwi is in high spirits at the bookshop as they clean up. They all praise Hae-won’s cello playing, and little Seung-ho says he wants to learn one day. They’re all sad Eun-seob couldn’t join them and start to file out. But Jang-woo gets them to take a group picture first.
As Jang-woo and Hae-won finish cleaning up, he asks how she’s doing. She seemed to have a lot on her mind before. Hae-won says she’s okay now. Jang-woo personally knows how difficult and lonely life in Seoul can be, but he can look back on those memories fondly now. Just like the memories she’s building here. That gives her pause.
At home, Yeo-jung vows to stop Eun-seob from leaving, but Jong-pil thinks they should leave it up to Eun-seob. Yeo-jung argues that, no matter what, Eun-seob is their son. Jong-pil sounds dejected as he claims that’s not how everyone sees it.
Yeo-jung continues that, even when Eun-seob left to be with his mother for those three years, she trusted he’d return despite not hearing from him once. Jong-pil had said he wouldn’t return, but Yeo-jung trusted Eun-seob.
When Jong-pil sadly notes that blood is thicker than water, Yeo-jung angrily asks if that’s his definition of family. Does he only consider Hwi his child, then? Jong-pil fervently denies it. Yeo-jung leaves, crying.
Jong-pil goes outside and comes face-to-face with Eun-seob. We flash back to when Eun-seob took care of his birth mother. She had vaguely asked him to tell her just once. Eun-seob narrates, “I really wanted to tell you I love you.” We see family moments like little Eun-seob showing off a rhinoceros beetle to Yeo-jung and lighting up when she exclaims she loves it, and Eun-seob watching Hwi in her crib for hours.
Yeo-jung currently cries alone in her room. Eun-seob continues narrating, “I wanted to tell you I missed you. That I’m sorry. But I couldn’t.”
Hwi lethargically walks her bike home where Eun-seob is waiting for her. She throws her bike down and punches his arm with an angry grunt as she marches inside. She comes back and sees Eun-seob replacing her bike seat. Hwi yells at him not to touch her bike—just leave like he’s going to anyway.
Eun-seob says whether he leaves or not shouldn’t make a difference. Since when has she liked him anyway? Hwi screams, “Since I was born! I’ve liked you since I was born, since I was a crying baby. Since I saw the world for the first time, I’ve liked you, you idiot!” Awww.
Eun-seob wonders to himself why it’s so hard to say, “Don’t cry. I won’t leave.” To Hwi, he smiles and asks, “Why?” Hwi cries as she says, “Because you’re my brother.” He’s been her brother since she was born, so she likes him. Which she immediately contradicts as she sobs that she hates him, ha. Hwi tells him through tears to go ahead and leave.
Eun-seob says to Hwi’s retreating back that her new seat is expensive. Hwi comes back sniffling, “Is it really expensive?” Ha. Eun-seob smiles at his little sister as she, still crying, says it’s the one she wanted and mistook for being $30. He must be rich now. Next time, she wants the cash instead. Pfft.
Hwi cries harder as she says there’s so much you can do with $300, making Eun-seob laugh. She yells at him for making fun of her and tries out her new bike seat. And now she’s smiling and back to her usual enthusiastic self. Eun-seob watches her with a huge smile.
At the train station, Yoon-taek wants to revisit the old days and asks Myung-yeo why she broke up with him that final time. He even remembers the exact time and date of the breakup text. It’s stuck with him because he’s never been able to make sense of it.
Myung-yeo disappoints him by saying she doesn’t remember. How is she supposed to remember that after 10 years? The train arrives, and Yoon-taek tells her to contact him when she’s completed the first draft. “Get lost, crybaby,” she retorts.
As the train pulls away, Myung-yeo lets out a sigh. We flash back to 10 years ago, the day of their breakup. Myung-yeo sits in a police station with Hae-won. She sends Yoon-taek a short text: “Let’s break up.”
We flash back further to when Myung-yeo witnessed Myung-joo getting beaten by her husband. The sisters ran out of the house and drove off. In the present, Myung-yeo stands alone by the train tracks and takes off her glasses. It looks like she has a cataract in her right eye.
As Hae-won starts walking home from the bookshop, she smiles to see Eun-seob ride up on his bike. He walks her home (no light this time), and Hae-won asks if Hwi’s prediction he’ll leave soon is true. Eun-seob counters that she’s leaving the in spring, isn’t she?
“When the weather turns nice and this place becomes warm, you’re going back too, aren’t you?” Eun-seob asks. Hae-won stops while Eun-seob continues walking. She narrates she’s unsure of their future, but for the first time, she’s curious what’ll happen next. “Eun-seob, what about you?” she thinks. She rejoins him, and they walk forward side by side.
Eun-seob’s Blog Post
Good Night Bookstore held its very first public event. Irene was more or less our leader. I’m grateful to the book club members for all their hard work. In the pictures that captured their memories, they all look so happy that I almost feel jealous. Irene has become a lot more cheerful since she came here at the end of last year. Maybe it’s just me, but she seems to laugh more often, and her darkness has faded. Every time she smiles, it’s a dazzling sight.
I first want to say, I love Eun-seob’s relationship with Hwi. That scene between them is one of my favorites of the whole show so far. He clearly adores his little sister and, though she’s loath to admit it, she feels the same. Their relationship is uncomplicated and just normal. Like Hwi said, there’s never been a time when he wasn’t her brother. With their parents, it’s a different story. Even though they love Eun-seob and he loves them, there’s baggage there. He was a traumatized child, and it took work from both sides to adjust and become a family. As a kid, I imagine it could feel like you’re replacing your birth parents if you call someone else “mom” and “dad.” Of course, the cultural focus on blood ties doesn’t help. We see how his uncle uses that to guilt Eun-seob into thinking he owes him something and isn’t a true part of his adoptive family who raised him. Although it’s messed up, I don’t think his uncle is intentionally hurting Eun-seob. He seems to genuinely believe isolating themselves is what’s best for everyone, which is sad. I wonder what happened to him and Eun-seob’s father to make them go to such extremes to hide away from the world.
Now that we’ve got almost the full story on Eun-seob, we finally have a timeline of sorts. It seems like his mom left when he was very young, and his dad raised him alone after that. Then, his dad disappeared (likely died during that time), and Eun-seob was taken in by Yeo-jung and Jong-pil. After high school, when he disappeared, he spent three years taking care of his dying mother. I wonder if they had any contact when he was growing up. The uncle has been in Eun-seob’s life off and on, so I’d imagine his birth mother could’ve found him if she wanted. And she must’ve had a way to contact him since he took care of her for years after she got sick.
I like how this show has been doling out bits of backstory at a time as it becomes relevant rather than unloading it all at once. Although I do think it held out on Eun-seob a tad too long, in general, it’s pacing of providing information has been effective. Our characters’ idiosyncrasies are slowly clarified as we learn more about who they are and what they’ve been through, which is quite true to life. I also like that side characters aren’t forgotten in this regard either.
I wasn’t sure how much information we’d get on Myung-yeo, so I’m glad we’re starting to get pieces of her past, too. She’s so walled off and hard to get a read on, but it’s clear she’s been hurt deeply too. Not only did she have to deal with the horror of what was happening to her sister and the aftermath of Myung-joo’s choice, but it looks like she also had to deal with her own heartbreak at the same time. From what we’ve seen, Myung-yeo did and does seem to care about Yoon-taek. She’s too aware of him, although she plays indifferent. Did she break up with him as an act of noble idiocy? And we still haven’t learned exactly what’s going on with her health wise. Gosh, everyone in this town seems to have a tragic backstory. Except Jang-woo, our sunny resident. He’s not traumatized too, right? … right?!
Speaking of Jang-woo, his concern over Hae-won and Eun-seob dating last episode makes more sense now. Jang-woo is an empathetic guy who doesn’t like to see people hurt. That combined with knowing how much of a miracle it is that Eun-seob expressed his feelings must make him worried that Eun-seob will be devastated if Hae-won leaves. As this episode showed, Hae-won and Eun-seob are both in an uncertain place right now as they’re feeling the pressure of expectations versus happiness. Eun-seob is finally allowing himself to be happy when his uncle shows up and gets inside his head, telling him he should leave. Myung-yeo keeps pushing Hae-won to leave like she originally said she would, but Hae-won doesn’t seem inclined to return to Seoul. As Jang-woo (and Eun-seob, in his blog) noted, Hae-won appears much happier after moving back. If she can find a way to make a living in town, I don’t imagine she’d have a reason to return to Seoul. Oh, except to go get her cello since she obviously misses it. Thank goodness for her encouraging book club buddies who got her to play again.
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