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I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day: Episode 11

Our leads take a backseat as the spotlight shines on our elusive aunt this hour. We already knew she, like just about everyone in this drama, has a tragic backstory, but we had yet to see things from her perspective. The prospect of writing a novel based on her own life brings things to the surface that she’s kept locked in for years. With how closed-off she is, writing about it may be the only way she’ll let it out and start to heal.

 
EPISODE 11: “Two Different Stories”

We revisit Myung-yeo and Yoon-taek’s conversation by the tracks before flashing back to all the times Myung-yeo turned obedient, puppy-like Yoon-taek into a blubbering mess by casually breaking up with him. When she sent that final break-up text, Yoon-taek had simply sighed and asked why, assuming it was like every other time they’d broken up over the years.

In the present, Soo-jung calls Myung-yeo over to the hospital to visit their old friend. Choi Soon-yeong nonchalantly discusses her impending death—she has breast cancer—which makes Soo-jung cry. Soon-yeong wants to keep things light and jokes around with Myung-yeo.

Myung-yeo abruptly removes her sunglasses to reveal her eye. “Does this make you feel better?” she asks a stunned Soon-yeong. Myung-yeo hopes to use her own sadness to counteract Soon-yeong’s. She winks and puts her glasses back on.

Soo-jung follows her out and demands an explanation. Myung-yeo reluctantly discloses that it’s glaucoma and dismisses the idea of going to a doctor. Soo-jung shouts at her for her stubbornness, but Myung-yeo assures her she’s fine. It doesn’t hurt anyway.

Soo-jung cries as she literally drags her to get tests done while Myung-yeo maintains it’s too late. “I already can’t see.” Myung-yeo doesn’t think losing vision in one eye is a big deal. As Myung-yeo walks out, Soo-jung desperately yells after her to at least get tests done.

At the bookshop, Eun-seob gets a phone call from his landlord’s daughter. He tells Hae-won matter-of-factly that he’s being evicted if he doesn’t pay rent. He decides to go in person to try to work it out. Apparently, they’ve been letting him use the space for free, since it was derelict.

Hae-won hops in the car at the last second. They made enough at the flea market for them to close for the day. We get some car PPL as Eun-seob nicely demonstrates how to use the voice-activated temperature controls.

Elsewhere, Jang-woo goes to meet his mother at the one café to rule them all and instead finds a pretty young woman. “You’ve gotten so young,” he sarcastically notes to his mother on the phone. His mother hangs up, and Jang-woo is forced to do the blind date when the woman spots him.

On their way to meet the landlord, Hae-won asks out of the blue why Eun-seob was at the train station the day he supposedly fell for her. She was running away, but what was he doing on a weekday? Ah, is that when his birth mom fell ill?

In a flashback, Eun-seob is woken up by a phone call in the middle of the night. “Are you Jin-ho? I’m your mom.” He’s stunned. “Your name is Kim Jin-ho … I guess your dad never told you.” Wait, what? He counters that his name is Im Eun-seob.

His mother softly cries as she reveals that she’s very ill and wants him to visit because she misses him. Would he visit? He heads to school as usual that morning but stops at the entrance.

In the car, Hae-won asks if he met his mother. He didn’t. Well, not that day. He bought a ticket but felt like he’d be betraying his parents if he went. That was when he saw Hae-won standing there.

Meanwhile, Yoon-taek meets Yeong-joon for lunch where she orders him to cancel his contract with Myung-yeo because she doesn’t like it. Wow. Yeong-joon knows he was in a relationship with Myeong-yeo—as does everyone in the industry—for 20 years (!).

Yeong-joon, the pleasant woman she is, gives him an ultimatum: annul the contract or she’ll publish her next book elsewhere. Yoon-taek is firm that he needs to publish Myung-yeo’s book. “There’s something I need to find out.”

We hear Hwi’s voice read out, “Grandfather Hamil, can people live without love?” Yoon-taek stops Yeong-joon as she leaves. He needs her as a writer, so what can he do to make her stay with his firm? She sits back down as Hwi continues that the Hamil didn’t answer but took a sip of tea instead.

Yoon-taek drives Yeong-joon back to her place. Hwi narrates that the grandfather stared without answering, probably believing her too young. When Yoon-taek tells Yeong-joon to go, she leans in and teases that she doesn’t want to.

We flash back to when Myung-yeo had instructed Yoon-taek to kiss her, and he kept chickening out. Ha. Myung-yeo gets tired of waiting and kisses him while he goes wide-eyed like a traditional drama heroine. Hwi resumes her story where the question of living without love is posed again.

In the present, Yeong-joon kisses Yoon-taek. He doesn’t seem thrilled about it and asks, “Is this what you wanted?” It is and she claims it means everything to her. Yoon-taek looks uncomfortable. Hwi tells us the grandfather replied, “Yes, it is.”

At home, Myung-yeo begins reading Yoon-taek’s book “All My Firsts.” The inscription reads: “To MY.” Hwi continues narrating, “He lowered his head, looking embarrassed. I burst into tears.” Myung-yeo stares out the window.

Eun-seob and Hae-won sit down with the elderly landlord couple, and the wife explains that their daughter is the one who wants to start charging. Eun-seob is willing to start paying rent, but the husband tells him not to worry. He calls Eun-seob into his study privately so he can show off his antique book collection.

In the study, Eun-seob is amazed the husband managed to acquire the rare poem collection “Deer” by Baek Seok. He reads a poem titled “A Pitch-Dark Night.” The husband is happy Eun-seob turned that house into a bookshop and has no intention of charging rent. He’s disappointed by his daughter’s greed.

He told Eun-seob from the start that as long as he turned it into a bookshop, he could do whatever he wanted to the house. They go back into the living room where Hae-won is helping the wife play piano. Eun-seob smiles as he watches her.

In the city, Hwi catches Jang-woo and his date leaving. She secretly takes photos before confronting her “much older friend.” He’s so flustered he drops his bike. Hwi heads off his denial with the photo she took, making him lie very unconvincingly while awkward laughing that he ran into an old friend.

Caught red-handed, he can only beg her silence. Of course, it’s Hwi, so that comes with a price. She extorts him out of about $50 as he laments how she’s not nice like Eun-seob. With her money in hand, she deletes the photo and promises to call him “oppa” for a few days. Pfft.

Jang-woo exasperatedly asks why she’s not in school. Hwi chirps that she decided to go on a stroll during her lunch break. She sweetly bids her “much older friend” farewell before sitting on the back of his bike. Jang-woo looks like he’s about to come undone as she clarifies she meant they should go so he can drop her off at school. Does he want her to get more demerits? And off they go.

As Hae-won and Eun-seob sit in the car, she brings up that day at the train station again. “I really wanted to die that day,” she confesses. Her life was so miserable she decided to take the train to the river.

She prepared to wade into the water, but when her stomach growled, she decided to have one last meal. After eating, she felt sleepy and took a nap. She awoke and realized she’d never die at this rate, and she had to die to make those bullies regret.

Freshly determined, Hae-won ran back to the river and marched into the water. A voice shouted, “Mok Hae-won!” Hae-won turned to see Myung-yeo sprinting toward her, desperately calling her name.

In the present, Hae-won still wonders how her aunt found her that day. Eun-seob asks if that’s why she decided to live. We see Hae-won and Myung-yeo sitting by the river. Myung-yeo suggested they die together, but Hae-won had stopped her and started to cry.

Hae-won tells Eun-seob she stopped wanting to die after that since it seemed like her aunt would keep nagging her even to the grave. After Eun-seob thanks her for living, Hae-won turns to face him. “Tell me, Eun-seob. Is this love?”

Eun-seob is quiet, but that doesn’t fly for Hae-won. She wants him to answer, so she asks again. “Yes. It’s love,” Eun-seob replies honestly. She smiles and admits, “Me, too.”

Meanwhile, Yoon-taek pops by Hodu House to check on Myung-yeo’s writing progress. Myung-yeo is not happy she’s getting harassed about it a mere three days after signing. Yoon-taek presses that she must at least have an opening sentence.

Since he has so much free time, Myung-yeo instructs him to drive her to the hospital to see Soon-yeong. He wants her to drive and is surprised to hear she doesn’t drive anymore. Soon-yeong and Soo-jung are thrilled to see Yoon-taek and make a big deal of him and Myung-yeo coming together.

At school, Yeong-soo approaches Hwi and awkwardly asks her to take him to her brother’s bookshop, but Hwi is preoccupied with her spiffy new bike seat. He finally gets her attention, and Hwi remembers Hyung-ji’s intel about him liking books.

When he asks about the book club, Hwi bursts out laughing and hops up and down in her excitement. Between laughs, she bars him from coming. He’s understandably concerned by this deranged-looking response. At the last minute, Hwi decides she’s willing to make a deal if he wants to come.

When Hae-won and Eun-seob return to the bookshop that night, Hae-won insists Eun-seob go rest. She’ll watch the shop. He keeps sneaking back over to peek at her and uses organizing books as an excuse.

Eun-seob catches her staring. “Eun-seob, I want to sleep with you,” Hae-won announces casually. Girl is direct, and I love it. The stack of books he’s holding drops to the floor. Hae-won smiles as he tries to collect himself. She repeats what she said, making him drop the books he just picked up. Ha! Hae-won laughs at his frazzled response.

That night, they face each other awkwardly. Poor Eun-seob looks like’s he’s about to faint as he tries to figure out how to kick things off. He starts to unbutton his shirt and timidly whispers, “Is this right?” Oh, honey. Hae-won, help him.

Hae-won can barely contain her laughter at his adorableness before she puts him out of his misery and takes charge. Oh thank goodness, I thought he’d pass out before even getting to sexy times. As they kiss, Hae-won narrates, “If this is love, I wish you could tell me. Tell me not to leave. Ask me to stay by your side forever like snow that never melts .” We fade to black.

At the hospital, the ladies tease Yoon-taek about how much cooler he is now. Before she leaves, Myung-yeo asks Soon-yeong about the bruises on her face. Soon-yeong gets awkward and claims she bumped into a wall. Uh-oh. Soo-jung covers for her, but they all know what’s up.

In the car, Myung-yeo rants about Soon-yeong’s abusive husband still hitting her even as she’s dying. Why doesn’t she divorce him? Yoon-taek supposes she must put up with it for all times he’s warm to her. We see a flashback to Myung-joo’s husband doting on her, followed by a time he got angry and drug her inside by her hair.

Yoon-taek muses she could think, “He only lost his temper for a moment.” We see Myung-joo’s husband begging for forgiveness on his knees. So she keeps forgiving him and holding onto false hope. Myung-yeo angrily spits that Soon-yeong shouldn’t have to put up with it when he keeps hitting her.

Myung-yeo sounds on the verge of tears as she rants that even occasional abuse is abuse. It makes no sense to think of someone like that as warm. Yoon-taek calmly agrees with her. We flash back to Myung-joo calling her husband pitiful. Myung-yeo countered that he hits her, but Myung-joo still felt sorry for him.

Myung-yeo urged her to get out before Hae-won finds out what’s happening. They watched little Hae-won holding her dad’s hand and smiling. In the present, Myung-yeo mutters, “Idiot.” Myung-yeo orders Yoon-taek to pull over and walks the rest of the way, her sister’s excuses echoing in her head. “If I abandoned him, who would take him?”

While working late, Jang-woo is ambushed by two coworkers curious about his blind date. He’s horrified to realize rumors have already spread. He calls his date a nice person but … We flash back to the date where they really weren’t on the same page. Jang-woo divulges he hasn’t been attracted to any of his blind dates.

They ask what kind of women he’s into, and he immediately thinks of Eun-shil. He says he likes women with pretty smiles and who like to eat. They sigh over the difficulty of finding someone like that. Really? Sounds pretty reasonable.

That night, Soo-jung comes banging on Myung-yeo’s door. It’s clearly bad news. In voiceover, Soon-yeong asks what you call the sparkling light reflected off lake surfaces in the sun. Myung-yeo responds, “sun glitter.” Myung-yeo and Soo-jung head to Soon-yeong’s funeral together.

Soon-yeong continues that she wants to shine like that even in death. Myung-yeo watches Soon-yeong’s husband wail that he should’ve died and that he’s sorry. Myung-yeo is reminded of when she watched in horror as her sister was brutally beaten by her husband. Getting over her shock, she’d flown into the room, screaming and hitting him.

He’d shoved Myung-yeo to the ground, but she got up and chased after him. They continued fighting as Myung-joo followed and tried to pry him off her sister. After kicking Myung-yeo a couple times, he left in a rage. Myung-yeo narrates that her sister was hit sometimes by her friendly, warm husband.

Myung-yeo started screaming at her sister to get a divorce since she deserved better. Suddenly, the husband came racing back up the stairs having overheard and grabbed Myung-yeo by the hair. As he went to strike Myung-yeo over the head with an iron, Myung-joo pushed him and accidentally sent him tumbling down the stairs.

Myung-joo grabbed Myung-yeo’s hand, and they ran out of the house into the car with the husband in hot pursuit. He began viciously kicking the car and trying to shatter the windows with a golf club. He stood in front of the car and went to smash in the windshield. The car lurched forward.

Myung-yeo narrates this is where her story starts, and it’s the first sentence of her novel. We see her look up from the driver’s seat. Both her and Myung-joo are in shock.

In the room above the bookshop, Hae-won and Eun-seob lie next to each other. She starts to say something, and then changes her mind. He presses, but she hedges she’ll tell him later and snuggles closer.

The fax machine whirrs in Yoon-taek’s office. Myung-yeo’s voice reads out her opening sentence: “Look here, who do you think killed my brother-in-law?”

 
COMMENTS

So that’s how it all went down. It was unsettling to watch how Myung-joo’s husband would be so sweet and doting one second and full of rage the next. How had they kept that from Hae-won for so long? Even if he never abused her, Hae-won had to notice the bruises left on her mother. I get how they could explain that away to a young child, but it’d be almost impossible to hide it as she got older. At this point, we still don’t know what Hae-won was aware of at the time, and I’m super curious about her relationship with her dad now. But why are they still hiding the truth from Hae-won? She’s no longer a child and has made it clear she’s been damaged by their silence. Her mom and Myung-yeo owe her the truth, and it’s the only way for them all to heal.

The whole situation is tragic, and no one came out unscathed. I guess they figured Myung-joo would get a lighter sentence due to the abuse, so she took the fall. And if they both admitted guilt, they’d leave their elderly mother alone to take care of Hae-won. I wouldn’t be surprised if Myung-yeo is refusing treatment for her glaucoma as a means of punishing herself. It seems like she’s been doing a lot of that since that day. She stopped writing and broke up with Yoon-taek.

I knew they were together for a while, but I didn’t realize they were off and on for 20 years! No wonder they’re still hung up on each other. A decade later and Yoon-taek is still desperate to know why Myung-yeo left him like that. I mean, he’s going to some serious lengths to get answers. Getting your ex to write an entire book and signing a publishing deal with them just so you can find out why they dumped you is intense. From Myung-yeo’s opening line, though, it seems like his plan might work in pushing her to be honest about what happened all those years ago. He obviously knows Myung-yeo well. Hopefully, writing about that part of her life will give her some peace.

And Soon-yeong’s situation clearly brought everything back to the surface for Myung-yeo. That poor woman was even getting abused on her deathbed. It can be maddening when someone won’t leave an abuser, but like Yoon-taek pointed out, hope is a strong force. Listening to Myung-joo say that she felt sorry for her husband and worry about him being alone was jarring. She’s such a tough person, it’s hard to imagine someone like her not choosing to leave. I like that they went against stereotype and show that abuse victims don’t have to be weak—you can have strong women like Myung-joo who fall prey to abusers and can’t escape the cycle.

Moving on to our other tragic backstory, it looks like Eun-seob and his birth mother didn’t have any contact before she told him she was sick. But I’d imagine they had to contact her after his father died and prior to his adoption. Wouldn’t she have to relinquish any custody claims? Maybe she did that earlier, but I’d be surprised if Eun-seob’s birth father could get legal custody, so I’m inclined to think they didn’t work it out officially. And Eun-seob didn’t know his name was Jin-ho? I assumed the Im family gave him the name Eun-seob, but that comment from his birth mother suggests that his father may have renamed him after she left. How odd. It did seem strange (and problematic) that Yeo-jung and Jong-pil would give him a new name after adopting him, but I thought he might’ve refused to talk for a while or something, so they did it out of necessity. Maybe it was another way of his birth father cutting ties with the world.

Although our couple wasn’t front and center, they certainly ramped things up this episode. First off, we got that lovely confession. There wasn’t some huge proclamation of love but a simple acknowledgement of their feelings. It fit the quiet nature of both them as a couple and the show as a whole. I know I’m repeating myself, but Hae-won’s directness is so refreshing! She never plays coy or lets things fester. Hae-won gets everything out in the open without being pushy or overbearing. She wanted to know how Eun-seob viewed their relationship, so she asked. She wanted to sleep with him, so she said so and made his brain short circuit. That whole sequence was great in all its awkward glory. I love how she takes charge but doesn’t do it in a way that bowls over him. She gives him space to process and doesn’t push, but she knows when to initiate. They really do work well as a team.

Oh, how I love Jang-woo. Poor guy has got his mom setting him up on secret blind dates and Hwi photographing them as blackmail. He takes everything so well, though. But, see, everything could be solved if he were to just admit he’s hung up on Eun-shil. From the moments we’ve seen of them together, I think he’d have a shot. Now all he has to do is figure out how to keep it together around her.

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Oh my. Where to start? This episode had everything. I couldn't ask for more.

So glad we finally had more insight regarding the "murder" and what actually went down. So it was Myeong-yeo driving that time. I can't imagine how much it weighed on her all these years. I want to read her novel!!

Hwi carrying her bike seat around is the cutest thing! Oppa bought it for her!! Nobody's taking this seat! Lol.

When Eun-seob and Hae-won started dating, I wondered what else the drama would do coz most of the time, that's end game or noble idiocy comes in. How silly of me. This drama just then delved into deeper water as we explore other characters without us losing interest in the leads' stories.

I'm quite confused about the Hamil story though. Anybody care to explain?

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Nvm, I looked it up and figured it out. Lol

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Could you share your insight?

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From what I've searched, it is an excerpt from a French book called The Life Before Us by Emile Ajar (Romaine Gray). Spoilers about the book...

Monsieur Hamil is the protagonist's, Momo's, friend. Momo apparently kept asking Hamil if people can live without love. (He's a son of a prostiture who has been abandoned, left behind to an old lady Rosa who is now dying of an illness) Hamil said yes, people can live without love but he looked down embarrassed of his answer. Momo understood that people in fact need love to live. That's why he burst out into tears.

Just like these characters in this drama, they all had love in them despite trying to look like they are fine without it. Myeong-yeo loves Yoon-taek, even after all these years.

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Thanks for this! Now interested in that book. This drama has quite the book range from poetry, Wind in the Willows, to this French book!!!

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Wow! Thank you for this. This book is also featured in Nobody Knows. Now I want to really read this.

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Thank you!

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I wanted to ask - why on earth is she carrying her bike seat around with her in her bag? It must be so heavy! Is she afraid someone will steal it off her cycle? That was really funny.

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I think so! It's $300! I'd carry it around too lol

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Yes, it was weird, but then I thought about how expensive it was and she wouldn't risk, and she could also go around bragging!!

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This morning I spent a couple of hours watching the two latest episodes and I am soooo glad you are recapping this show @quirkycase!
Yes the storylines are beginning to coalesce, but still Eun-seob is shy about expressing himself. Is he holding himself back by the fear she will leave in the spring?

When she said "I want to sleep with you" that short-circuited his brain, I'll admit I watched it more than once. He is just so adorable.
But the story of the aunt trying to save her older sister is very painful. Yes she seems to be punishing herself for so many years. I hope that at some point they explain to HW why things happened the way they did.

But this show brings out so many feelings in me. thank you writers, directors, actors and the whole crew!!!

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The editing though from revealing who the killer really was to ES and HW in bed kinda threw me off. I was still reeling from MJ behind the wheel then show decided to show that last scene. Whiplash!

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So much in this episode:

First: I HOLLERED when Hae Won told Eun Seop she wanted to sleep with him, I said Yassssss. Get you some him. That entire scene was adorable, him struggling to take off his shirt was so sweet.

Second: WOOOF, Myung Joo and Soon Young. Those women have steel in their bones and my God, what bloody freaking sisterhood. Protecting your family both ways. I was crying.

Third: Hwi bloody elevates this drama. Her blackmailing of poor lovable, sweet Jang Woo. She is so great and I just love her. Also her malicious cackle at Yeong Soo was so entertaining, you could just see her thinking, I got him.

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I clearly missed something - what was Yeong-soo's end of the bargain that he had to keep in order to come to the bookshop?

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I don't think they revealed it yet. I am curious too.

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Hope’s a drug, according to a crazy dog of a detective from 2014....

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Honestly speaking, the editing left me really unnerved. They put Myeong Yeo's narration of the abuse of Hae-won's mother, as well as the fact of abuse of her friend even on her deathbed, right in between these sweet scenes of Hae-won and Eun-seob. It's clear that Eun-seob is incredibly kind and warm to Hae-won, just as her father once was to her mother - and that's why Hae-won and her mother fell in love with these men. It was a little like saying relationships, situations and people change, times change, you never know what will happen. This episode left me feeling very...unnerved.

It's terrible that Hae-won's mother got such a heavy sentence given the circumstances of the murder. Self-defence is a valid defence to homicide. If had to search for logic (and say, not for dramatic effect), it may be because she didn't cooperate as much as she otherwise would have - in order to protect her sister.

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Yeah. The police were trying to get her a lighter sentence by suggesting it was self defense but she said no to all their questions. I mean anybody who looked at her that day probably thought it was self defense but she said she just drove the car even when she knew he was right in front.

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That scene reminded me of the same one in Diary of a Prosecutor: the prosecutor trying to get the abused woman she didn't really wanted to kill the husband, and the abused wife repeating she did it on purpose. As much as it would be self defense, if you keep saying and admitting you killed someone in purpose it cannot be considered homicide but murder.

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I really didn't understand her insistence that she did it on purpose and I understand it even less now that it is revealed she wasn't the one behind the wheel. Doesn't she realize the longer she remains behind bars the guiltier her sister will feel? Her behavior made zero sense. The only explanation I could come up with is that she didn't want to explain in case the truth was discovered so it was easiest to say as little as possible (but I still think it was very stupid).

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Just think that she was an abused woman, so her reactions and the way her mind works is not the logic one. An abused woman would always justify the abuse, which is no logic. She told her sister he couldn't leave him because if she did, who would live with him...
So now that he's dead, she may feel some freedom for the first time and say out loud what she was wanting all those years: that he would be dead and thus, the abuse would end. She really wanted him dead, but refrained herself of even thinking about it, so now that he's dead, she shows no remorse and won't say he didn't deserve it, or that she didn't do it on purpose.
Does it make sense?

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Oh I thought her silence made a lot more sense now. She feels immensely guilty for putting herself and her sister in such a situation. Remember her sister was urging her to leave and she continued to stay. At the end of it, her husband's a dead man and her sister a murderer. I think she feels responsible for his death and feels like she failed her sister. I can imagine MJ strongly insisting on taking the blame to keep her brilliant writer sister from going to jail. Her feelings for her husband are complicated. He was her abuser but also the person who was nicest to her.like she said a few episodes ago, a part of her seem to still the love sweet boy she married while loathing the abuser he became. The show also gave us a view of the other side of the equation. Sung Yeon 's husband was wailing the loudest after his wife passed away..while not hesitating to hit her even in her weakest days. Ah the abundant hypocrisies of human mind

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Ahhhh I wanted to ask you about the sentence she got because 7 years is such a long time when in fact this could pass as self defense especially if she showed those bruises as evidences. You may be right that she didn’t cooperate for sister’s sake.

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i think she just didnt want them to look in deep for anymore evidence so straight confessed to murder that way they wont discover the other crime scene inside her house....and treat it like a open and shut case.....

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Regarding the editing, I guess the idea was to show us the difference between those relationships. In fact, I couldn't stop thinking about it: all the tragedy that's going around HaeWon and she's just enjoying her moment, something she clearly deserves.

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It actually made me feel scared coz I thought of it as a parallel or even foreshadowing. Haewon's dad was a super nice man except when he beats his wife up and then they cut to Eun-seob being the kindest man in the world. It honestly made me anxious and paranoid.

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I just never gave it a thought until beanies pointed out that possibility, so I'd rather stick to my interpretation. And besides, there's (as always in this show) the use of color.
In the shots with the sisters the lights were mainly grey and white, everything very cold, like steel. It felt winter all around. The shots inside the bookshop and EunSeob's apartment were golden and full of warm lights.

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I think Eunseob is a good one... I think that this drama makes a point at showing that people can get away from repeating their family stories. But the episode is aptly titled "Two stories". In the case of Haewon's dad, I think it means that her own story about her dad is probably very different from the one her mom and aunt have. People show different faces to different people. I'm by no means defending this dude, abusing your wife is cowardly and monstruous, I'm just saying that he could have managed to hide this side of him from his daughter

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Unless HW didn't witness direct abusing she was clearly thinking of her mom that she is little bit clumsy. Falling from the stairs, burn herself while ironing, etc. As we could see MJ was hiding everything underneath the clothes, even her sister didn't notice straight, only when she was sitting on the swing with no tights on. Parents use to hide quarrels in front of children because they don't want them being upset.

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I think Haewon knows. When her mom visits she seems to make reference to it by asking (paraphrasing here because it was vague and I dont rememberthe exact wording) if it has something to do with that other thing. Or something like that.
To Hae won it just would of been normal. Scary and traumatic but normal.

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It unearthed me too because they showed that the man most devoted to myung joo in her youth and treats her like a goddess could eventually turn out to be the biggest monster. Having that scene cut back into ES and HW - for the first time since I started watching, I begin to have doubts if the sweetest love could truly be a happily ever after in reality. .. quite bizarre. I literally shook off that uneasy feeling by watching SKJ and PMY bts on youtube which was really entertaining. You can tell he respects her tremendously and keeps his professional distance but there are still let ups which the sparks flew everywhere. They are just so cute together and very natural.

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Regarding the editing between Myeong yeo and Hae won - Enu seob scenes. very interesting choice to present it this way. But to me it show that there is a safe heaven if you leave your scars behind, and let you live in the moment. I mean MY have clearly never gotten over this traumatic experience and never lett herself take a breath to really live. both HW and ES have started leave their past behind and let themself smile and just live their life together embracing each other. I think it show if you lett someone in you also lett yourself face your scars and take a leap for happiness. Letting someone in on your secret can be very healing if it is the right person. This is just my take though.

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Phew~ what an episode. This drama may be slow and quiet but when it reveals, it does so in one big wave that can leave a happy camper breathless. This episode had a nice balance in getting forward the main love story and that of our other important characters.
I had the gut feeling from the previous episode where they first revealed the sisters running out and getting into the car that Myung yeo was the one in the driver's seat. It explains a lot--why Myung joo answered MY's letters, why she kept in contact with her, and why MY was very submissive to her. MJ sacrificed so much too. It's a trajedy. She probably wanted to stay for Haewon in addition to her pitying her husband.
Idk if I said this before but I'll just say it again... I love how the writer/director weaves the literature into the scenes and makes them all the more meaningful. And how they showed little by little the younger days of MY and YT. And the contrast between YT's reaction to MY and that writer. It's jarring. That and his book on "All My Firsts" make it too obvious he's still in love with her.
One more thing: I also love Haewon's directness. We have witnessed how transparent she is--even poor Gunbam the dog experienced it firsthand! I just love her. She knows what she wants and doesn't dwell on it too much. She was hurt in the city and need time for herself thus she went back home. She slowly developed feelings for him so she told him out in the open. She was clearly sulky because of his initial discomfort after the first kiss so she showed him that. She is not afraid to be vulnerable in front of him. All she has to do now is look into herself to see what she really needs--a life back in the City or a life with Eunsob down there.
Last thing I'd like to point out is that MJ, MY, and HW all have something in common--they are strong independent women battling their own scars just fine. No problem with that. I just hope they realize it's better to heal together.

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I also don't think that should be telling Hae-won the details of how the murder happened. Yes, talk to her about why - that the father who was so sweet to her was a horrific abuser and her mother almost died. But to now tell her about her aunt's involvement etc seems to be an unnecessary discussion. Let it die with the sisters - no good will come of bringing up the past and opening old wounds. OR SO I THOUGHT until I realised it will help Myeong Yeo start to heal and live again. She needs to share this with the people she loves most, so they can forgive her, so she can start to forgive herself.

So...I hope that discussion happens. Not for Hae-won, but for Myeong Yeo

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MY definitely needs closure, but the thought of what Hae-won will go through mentally on being told what happened is terrifying. She'll clam herself up all over again, won't she. Or run to Seoul, away from her aunt.

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For sure - it will take Hae-won time. Anyone who hears what actually went down has to eventually understand why the father died. But for Hae-won it is unnecessary pain, she has clearly moved on with her life.

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I don't know why this should affect Hae Won that much. She doesn't seem to resent her mom so may be she was somewhat aware of the abuse or at least thinks her mom had a legitimate reason. It was the mom who cut off the relationship not her. But her relationship with Hae Won makes the mom's insistence of killing her husband on purpose all the more baffling.

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I really hope that the truth would cause her to dig deep and stay. If not, by then hopefully ES is sufficiently bit by the directness bug and will finally fight for HW 🤞

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Hae-won and Eun-seob being actual adults and talking about adult stuff? YES PLEASE

But as much as I adore Hae-won and Eun-seob's relationship, Hwyi being fabulous, and jang-woo being the cutest puppy (as always), Myeong-yeo stole this episode for me. I hope she manages to finally move on from what happened 10 years ago, and that Hae-won will patch up things with her mom and finally get to know what kind of person her father really was.

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It looks like our OTP are on their way to happily ever after that I want to know more about Myung-yeo. I want to see how her story unfolds. Whether she gets back with Crybaby and starts writing again or just let down everything and forgive herself for what happened.

Jang-woo, oh, you puppy! You can do it!

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Go Jang-woo!

I have a feeling that Eun-shil would be very happy to go out with him.

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I'm sure she would be. If not, I can have him hihihi

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Who doesn't want that puppy? LOL.

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Exactly. Lots of beanies are queueing

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Go JangWoo. If EunSeob could, you can!!

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I'm really hoping that at the next book club if he sees crazy Hwi owning up to her crush..JW would finally be moved to shoot his shot with Eun Shil

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This episode is so rich, the story so well depicted, my heart still hurts. Having been intimately acquainted with abuse, I understand Myung-Joo and Soon-Yeong's situaton. They were trapped in the cycle of abuse and were clearly exhibiting the battered wife syndrome. They have accepted their lot, sometimes believing that their spouses will change as promised, or worse, believing that the abuse is somehow their fault and deserve it.

Domestic violence is pervasive and not always overt, especially to children, where couples try very hard to hide it from. And yes,it can happen to all types of women, even to the strongest, most accomplished and brilliant women.

I feel Myung-yeo's frustration at her sister, and now at her friend. You feel helpless and you want to help but don't know how. And your mind reels at the stupidity of it all, especially when you witness the abuser wail like he is a paragon of a husband who lost a precious wife. You could have treated her better when she was alive!!

Myung-Yeo accidentally killing the husband and Myung-Joo taking the fall, is even more tragic because now all of them are trapped in the lie. It's another form of bondage and it's obvious all of them are suffering, even poor, unknowing Hae-Won and confused Yoon-Taek. Oh, what a tangled web they've woven.

Thankfully, there were other heartwarming and funny stories interwoven to lighten up the hour. I appreciate writer-nim for including Hwi and Jang-woo's characters as they have enriched this drama so nicely.

I love this series, but I think this is yet the best episode for me.

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I think it is very easy to be logical from the outside and question why people stay in abusive relationships but most physical abuse is accompanied by psychological abuse and it must be extremely difficult to reason logically under those circumstances.

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I totally agree @moonbean. The physical violence is just one manifestation of abuse and is almost always accompanied by verbal, emotional and psychological bullying. The longer the victim stays in that relationship, the stronger the foothold is and it becomes more difficult to get out of the relationship. Sadly, even if and when the relationship ends, it takes longer to recover from damage to the victim's psyche, emotions and self-esteem.

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The pace is muted and slow and everything, even abuse and all the unspoken words and unexplained years gone bY, makes me squint at the screen because I don’t know how bad to expect what is coming. But I expect it to be worse and so I worry that there are even worse outbursts to come. Or worse abandonment, running away, disappearance. Then I stop and think maybe all those fears have already happened, and our shattered families and all the members are turning the same wide corner toward a better future...

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given MJ clothing choice ...full sleeves long skirts with black socks even large shades...i would say she was actively keeping the bruises well hidden...so it is plausible that HW never saw them also i think they said the abuse wasn't frequent so it might be that it happened when HW wasn't at home like school trips or her visit to her grandma..etc..its just guesswork right now till show clarifies why HW never knew of abuse...

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I think it's feasible that HW was unaware of the abuse till the court scene. But what baffles me is how after seeing and hearing about the effects of the abuse she still asked MJ in their last encounter why she did that to her dad.. really waiting to see how the show will address HW's reactions to this whole saga.

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Thank you for the quick recap, @quirkycase!

I thought the editing was very good - switching between the romance of the OTP and the domestic abuse scenes - it gave us a necessary dose of realism.

MY and MJ both need closure. It's no wonder Yoon-taek had three divorces - he probably never got over MY. But MJ and YT were not close enough for her to tell him the truth in the first place?

I love that this drama shows the women taking the lead in all the relationships - OTP, MJ-YT, Hwi and Yeung-soo.

Oh. And I LOVE HWI.

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Too bad Eun-shil does not seem to be able to take a page from their book- It is Jang-woo who is going to have to man-up and do something. But it is unfair to ask that every woman be a strong woman. Just as it is unfair to ask that every man be strong. People have different natures one from the other, as well as different talents and strong points.

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Absolutely! It's just a refreshing change, because the default has tended to be the man taking the lead. Hoping Jang-woo manages to convince Eun-shil soon! Their banter was a lot of fun, which we could always do more with.

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- One of the many many things I loved about this episode was the direction, especially during the shot that revealed it was Myung-yeo who picked up the car keys. We saw it coming but that particular shot just gave me goosebumps... The abuse storyline was really well done. It's all the more horrifying to me because things like that (and worse) happen in real life, and there's only so much you can do to help them.

- It did throw me off a little though when they showed the romantic scenes right after the flashbacks. One minute I was internally screaming in horror, then internally squealing in marshmallows, then back again! Not that I'm complaining. I love them all.

- I really love Moon Jung-hee's performance as auntie Myung-yeo. Her postures and body language, and those expressive eyebrows.

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Moon Jung Hee is doing an impressive word. She's so expressive even with the shades that hide half of her face. Brilliant!!

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I was thinking the same thing! Considering that for the most part of the show, she's not able to use her eyes to express anything (and they say your eyes give away the most), she has done an amazing job! I also like her accent and her dialogue delivery - she's curt, snappy, sharp and witty - so true to character.

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Ooh yes..her dialogue delivery is first class.. it's amazing how she has been able to convey her hidden warmth while uttering the most unwelcoming words at HW.

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I can just imagine the author's delight seeing her characters come to life and Moon Jung-hee delivers! It seems that she has been a fan of hers sine Alone in Love. Makes me wonder if she was already thinking of her when she wrote Myeong-yeo's character.

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Love it and im crazy about the story and.how it will end..for sure it will be a happy ending.

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This episode was excellent. The depiction of abuse was heartbreaking but it is a very real occurrence for many women in relationships. The pain, the sadness, and fear of the victim. The rage and begging from the abuser. The helplessness and fury of those around them. In the end sadness and regret for all involved. It was almost too much for me to handle. I was so tempted to fast forward bc they portrayed this scene very well. Kudos to them. As for HW and ES. My heart... It just melts. I'm finding myself smiling uncontrollably when they are in view. I love that HW is so direct with her feelings, but please ES initiate sometimes. An unprompted "I love you" is what HW needs. She has been very brave and honest is her interactions with ES. I feel that when the time comes, he needs to be the one to ask her to stay. She has led the way since she arrived in town. I'm definitely happy that she led with the intimacy, otherwise, ES would still be trying to figure out how to take off his shirt without passing out. lol. She must have blown his mind, poor ES wanted to stare at her all night but could barely keep his eyes open. I love the combination of the two of them. This is definitely a drama that I will watch over and over again.....

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I think ES is still holding back a little bit, because of the very real possibility that HW might move back to Seoul in spring. He's holding onto his last shreds of self-preservation.

I feel like, despite his utter elation that they are now together, he's still processing what all of that means, and probably stuck between wearing his heart on his sleeve, and protecting himself in case she leaves.

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I totally agree with you, but he is going to have to speak up and be direct. She wants him to ask her to stay. She has been leading and now I really want him to be bolder and tell her that he wants her to stay. She has told him that she loves him. Now he has to trust it. :)

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I don't understand the mother. Honestly, I think she stayed with her husband because she had all the men at her feet and she chose the wrong one. She's very proud. Even when he was kind, she was annoyed. The Aunt was right, HW would know one day.

Why did she lie? Her husband tried to hit her sister with an iron, then hit the car, it was legetimate defense. At least, she could use this for her defense, but instead she said she did in cold blood and she received a severe sentence and her sister felt very guilty for that. I'm curious what she wrote in the letter for her sister, if the Aunt already knew everything about it... The Aunt left her boyfriend and the writting after that.

Then... ES's mother... A very selfish adult who remembers her son when she's sick and called in the middle of the night because she wants to see him.

Honestly, luckily that ES and HW were super cute during this episode because the flashbacks were frustrating! HW loves to tease ES, he's so cute when he's shy.

Poor Yeong-soo, Hwi won't let him talk! But he had to listen all her nonsense :D

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I agree, almost everything the mother did was totally nonsensical. But one can always argue that people do illogical things all the time, especially if they're under heavy stress, so it can also be seen as some worst-case-scenario realism, I suppose.

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When this show started, when I watched the first episodes, I would have never thought to be treated to such an intense, fantastic, devastating hour of television later on. The hard cut between the horrific abuse and violence, where I had to make myself continue watch it, not skip it, crying for these women, and the couple lying in bed in their bliss, was not what I would have expected. For a moment I even doubted sweet Eun Seob's nature, seeing how horrible the father was, how can love honestly exist in the same world? I don't know if the director wanted this effect, but even though it half-ruined the otherwise sweet moment between the OTP for me, at least it made me feel so many conflicting layers of emotions, and having to learn to accept that feeling of uncertainty.

On another note, I got the feeling that Hae Won read Eun Seob's mind in that scene, and out of love and realizing that she wanted this, too, this time she didn't wait for him to ask, but took the initiative. Slowly steering him to a place where he learns to say those words himself.

I wonder what intention drove Myung Yeo to send that first, perfectly dramatic sentence to Yoon Taek (she stays true to her character). Was it the aftermaths of the funeral, wanting to connect to her boyfriend of 20 years? Does she want to start a book and tell this story, to shine a light on domestic abuse, with a slither of hope that this could help other victims/change at least something? I loved the scene of them together in the car, both of them speaking their minds without any of those tactics of Myung Yeo that she usually uses to distance herself from him. This made it believable to me that they were indeed a couple for a very long time, respecting each other's opinion.

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My heart broke for Myeong-yeo this episode... it was so hard to watch the scene depicting what happened on the day Hae-won’s father died. It’s so terrifying how sweet he seemed but he can also turn around to be a monster. I’m so glad this drama shed light on the cycle of violence which is so hard for victims to get out of,
my heart broke for Soon-yeong who got abused until the end :’(

Despite this episode being weighed down with Myeong-yeo’s story I’m glad there was a shed of light-heartedness with Jang-woo, Hwi, and Eun-seob & Hae-won’s relationship progressing. I love all the characters in this drama and they all deserve the world.

I’m really scared for Hae-won and how she will react when she finds out the Aunt was the one who killed her father. Her development has come so far it’ll be so sad to see her close herself off again, although it is very understandable

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What is the brand of the PPL car Eun Sup is driving? I have never seen that logo and couldn’t find it anywhere and I don’t know Korean so I cannot read it in the end credits.

I was wondering whether dramaland would pretend Covid wasn’t happening but in this episode the author Crybaby was eating with made a remark about servers wearing masks.

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Yes, I noticed that too, the comment about the waiter.

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I was curious about the car too. I typed what was in the end credits into a translator. It translates to SsangYong Motor.

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I was just too shocked by someone setting the car temperature at 28 degrees - and wearing coats too! - to notice anything about the car 🤣

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I would totally set the temperature to 28 if I was cold (I have been know to set it to 26). I get cold so easily. I was miserable indoor temperature-wise the decade I lived in the US and had a small space heater in my office that I used in the SUMMER because I had no control of the AC. 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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I'm the opposite! I'm ok with cold weather but start getting cranky at 25 degrees. I lived at a student's dorm with central heating for a year, and it was driving me nuts... lived with an open window with snow outside because I just couldn't deal with overheating. 18 to 20 degrees is my happy temperature. Everybody's different, I guess... but i ws watching that scene and was like WHOT?

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Thanks for that. I heard of SsanYong brand, now that I google two different logos come up and one of them is the one in the drama. I also commend your ability to type in Korean...

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You're welcome! Hangul is fairly simple and fun to learn. It comes in handy sometimes!

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SangYong is like the Korean brand of Jeep and used Mercedes engine when it first started production

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So many things happened in this episode, but the most important one is that we learn who really killed HaeWon's dad. It was such a terrible moment, and even if I suspected it could have been MyungYeo the one driving, discovering it was a shock and explained so many things (why she quitted almost everything, stopped writing, why she acts like a little girl with her sister, etc) but specially why she sent that text to YT while waiting in the police station.

Many beanies have commented how that HaeWon didn't know anything about his dad abuse, but she did. During the trial, when her mother is sentenced, the judge says the sentence is reduced considering the abuse she's suffered. Even if there was no trial and that was a court agreement, she was there to listen that his father was abusive. And even more, a schoolgirl HaeWon goes to visit her mother (who refuses to see her). At that point HaeWon knows her father was not the sweet man he's been to her, and being the smart girl she is, she would have gone back in time and realized the bruises in her mum, a tense moment between her parents. But we cannot forget that by the time it happened she was a girl and probably she could not understand the whole thing that was happening.

Also, it's clear to me that the one who prevented HaeWon's suicide was not Auntie, but EunSeob. I believe he followed her and called Auntie. It may be the reason, she told him to call her "noona" and it can also explain why JangWoo said his crush on HaeWon began that day in the train station, because he knows the story.

And finally, I'm adoring Hwi and JangWoo, together and separate. How cute that scene Hwi calling him "chingu" and him so confused. I love JangWoo because he has the ability to address to every person at their level and make them feel comfortable with him. So please, JW put yourself together and go to EunSil and just talk!!! Just talk to her!! Because the minute you just talk to her, she would fall for you!!!

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Ooh yes..I also have a feeling that the reason ES didn't go see his mother that day was because he followed HW and hailed aunt to come help. The timing for aunt to come by is a bit shaky, but if this turn out to be the true turn of events,I'll happily close my eyes at that plot contrivance.

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Been thinking: Haewon approaches the river, gets hungry, goes somewhere to eat and has a nap. The nap felt contrived to me... but I guess you can do strange things at times like those, I'll just roll with it as her survival instinct kicking in and impulsing her to to things that would distract her from her suicidal ideas. That would give Eunseob at least 2 hours to go back and warn Auntie. This timeline actually works!

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Also, I forgot about grandma.
You can see where the Sim sister took their personality from.
When MY told her mum that she would quit everything and live in the countryside because she's not so talented as she thought and she would help raise HW... grandma had to show her disagreement somehow, because she knew how talented her daughter and maybe even why she was acting that way.

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Is it only me? I don't like aunt Myung-yeo in the past. She is a spoilt brat and treats the poor guy horribly.

The reveal regarding who killed the abusive husband was a surprise and both explains some of the characters' behavior and opens up opportunities for the future of the story.

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Myung Yeo was really awful in their youth, that is why I liked the scene in the car where they talked on eye level. Another shade of toxic power dynamics in a relationship being highlighted here, relentlessly verbally abusing him. I hate the way she treated him in the past and that she still sticks to calling him names.

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Very true - even verbal abuse is a form of abuse, and she was not very nice to Yoon-taek in their youth.

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Not just you, I don't like the aunt either. Not even in the present particularly.

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I had a hard time with how she acted to her boyfriend in the past and also revealing her eye to her friend, not the time to make it about you.

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Thank you for recap. This show is a gem in drama land 😁 Getting better every singel episode. I also like the balance between main leads and side stories. They are all exciting to watch. That's the only drama I watch without touching forward button😁

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Hae-won mom and aunt are badass.
Hwi relationship with her crush is refreshing, a freak and a geek :D
And I really hope that Jang-woo will have a happy ending with Eun-shil, they are so cute.

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I think everyone has been somehow abused in their life, most not physically not even obvious forms of verbally, but there are times in life you think this is not right, I should probably stop it from happening, but you keep on being there and letting that happen again, telling yourself maybe next time, let's enjoy this moment of happiness and again you find yourself broken into pieces left hurt and alone... it's strong and definitely stays with you for a long time, but then, a time would come - if it ever comes- that you actually walk away, like nothing matters anymore, like you were never even there, you just walk away with your pain, but you put an end to the abuse and then you feel relief. I see lots of women under domestic violence, they talk about it and laugh it off and I look at them wondering if I'll ever be able to help them reach that point of walking away, most of the time I'm just lost, with no answer

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Lighter moments only:
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*I can't wait for Hwi's (ex?) crush to see her element in the book club..Wonder how the oppa's will treat the li'l need
*Lol'd at HW's "borae" to her aunt's proclamation to die together . it's the same tone she has been using Everytime MY does MY-like things and that moment of familiar amazement totally caught me off guard after such a heavy moment.
*Apparently Muk women have been leading the skin ship women for 2 generations..
*Eun taek's tough guy routine in that first episode is becoming more and more laughable the more we see of the cry baby ET.
*Can we have atleast one mandatory Hwi-JW and 1Hwi-her crush scene/episode ,drama gods..Heck I'll even take Hwi talking to herself..that girl's magic ♥️ ...
it's not as if I am asking for a girl with a pretty smile and a healthy appetite..pretty please, show..😅

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This episode got me gutted. Gendered abuse, suicide, someone dying of breast cancer. Gosh! But somehow, I loved it. This drama doesn't gloss over things, but shows them with respect, from different perspectives and without being preachy. Everybody has their struggles and they do what they can... And, more importantly, it has an undercurrent of hope, it shows that people are also capable of being good forces in other people's lives, and I really like that.

Also loved that this episode was titled "Two stories". How apt! This is such a well-written drama, so full of mirroring stories. Haewon's story will surely meet Eunseob's account of that day (@eazal, I think you're right, it was probably ES who gave Auntie Myungyeo the heads-up). Soonyeong and Myungjoo both suffered abuse from apparently dedicated husbands...

And finally, Haewon and Eunseub, how sweet are they? I was giggling at Eunseob's silent meltdown, and then Haewon taking charge was soooo sexy. You go, girl! Finally, them cuddling in bed, squeee! All I want is for them not ever to leave that house, and read and cuddle and entertain booksclub meeting forever after

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And now I'm thinking I don't find his looking at her in the distance creepy or strange at all, while if I think about A piece of your mind, it is much the opposite. I guess it all relies on how a story is told.

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I am in love with the storytelling / development of this drama. It is such a beautiful way to tell a story. This and Itaewon Class, are my favourite so far. Different and unique in their own way, but really amazing. Even if the story is slow, the way they are telling us things is so poetic.
Now about the episodes: 11 was a bit messy for me, I could not follow it. I think it was because it was a heavy subject and the editing. Then episode 12 came and it normalized it again. I cant get over the aunt screaming at the funeral, how she is not in prison, but in her (head) own prison.

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Ouch. You're right. She really did put herself in her own form of prison, didn't she...

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I have nvr seen such an honest female lead: I love Mok Hae Won! I was 😳😳 when she casually said to Eun Seop: I want to sleep with you. Like, so casually! And his reaction had me ROFL 😂😂😂. I loved it!
This hour was particularly moving with the depiction and commentary on domestic abuse. I just love the way the writer inserted it in with Myung so' story of her dying friend and her sister. It was really touching.
Special mention ofc to Hwi, this girl is something else and I love her! Her interaction with Jung Hoo wa so so funny!
I think this drama is going to be among my favorite this yr.

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I think this is definitely headed for my favorite drama of the year, as well. Not because it is perfect, but because it is so honest. It's like a slice of real life, with layers of meaning and reactions, with a funeral happening at the same time as a couple making love for the first time. There isn't a thing in this drama that isn't completely believable, and that makes it all the more compelling.

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ES was extra adorable this ep. The poor guy could barely breathe when he was trying to take his shirt off 😅. The whole time HW was looking at him I kept hearing Toni Braxton song -I love me some him, just too cute. 😆

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I don't understand how Hae Won seems quite uninterested in any other person except herself. Yes, she is involved and interested in Eun Seob but that's related to herself too. She doesn't even notice that the aunt who saved her from suicide and who must have taken care of her when her mum was in prison, had problem reading and problem with her eye. Hae Won hardly seems to stay home or help in the house or her aunt. She seems to have become self centred too, only aware of her own feelings and logic.

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HW today is shaped by her life so far. She will never be a candy after her dad was killed by her mom, betrayal by her trusted friend, and mistreatment at work in Seoul. It's a miracle she finds love and happiness after returning home rather than suffering depression somewhere in Seoul.

Her relationship with her aunt is an interesting one. I don't think it's an indifference but rather a cold on the surface but warm beneath type interaction - especially after the suicide attempt.

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She did eventually make friends at school and work was bad but many of us have it bad at work too. When she asked her aunt about writing again..did it not occur to her that her aunt may need money? She was supposed to be a teenager when her father died..it is quite strange that she seems totally unaware that her mother was often badly abused. Whilst her strong point is that she speaks her mind, knows what she wants but seems like a rather immature character. character.

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The aunt was so devastated by killing her BIL and her sister taking the blame she became distant. True she helped raised HW but she showed her no warmth , you can tell by the way they are around each other. As for the money, She ran out of money fixing the inn. I doubt she would have taken any from HW.

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She was a child when her dad was killed. A child. Her dad was kind to her. Her mum and dad worked hard for her not to know. She may have suspected but a child you don't want to really know certain things and you learn to ignore them.
Besides she knew, at least after the trial as she was in court when the judge said her mother's sentence was reduced because of the abuse.
About being selfish and not caring about her aunt, I don't think so: when the pharmacist told her about her aunt having migraines and feeling bad, she asked her directly but aunt ignored her. When she arrived, it was her aunt the one that told her she was closing the inn, but then she began to do some maintenance work (in which she failed) and was the one who looked for a contractor when the pipes broke.
Right now, in these past three episodes she has been more self centered, but, hey, if I had been kissed by SKJ and he had told me he loves me, I wouldn't care about the whole world either.
Lucky girl.

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This is the first time she's been happy in years. I think she earned the blissful stage .

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Most people are a little self-centered while basking in new love. I don't know what HW knew as a child, but even after the trial, I'm sure she had questions (I would) that her mom was clearly not willing to answer. Her aunt is not willing to answer any of HW's questions either whether it be about her health or the guesthouse. Nor does MY ask questions of her own about what's going on with HW. That's just how it seems to be with them.

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Minority opinion but this ep fell flat for me. It is the first one that felt like filler and felt like it lost its balance. I honestly think the abused dying friend could of been taken out of the story. It just felt like one trauma too many, this ep needed an editor.

I think that Haewon knew and I hope the writer goes with that. For children who grow up in a house with domestic abuse, this is their normal. It is all they have ever known. She could be very aware that her father beats her mother and be both scared of it and of his rage and traumatized from it and still love him and be happy with him.

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Ooh, I agree. I was loving this show up through ep 10, but I was left feeling disappointed with this one. Hoping next week's eps get back on track.

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Thanks for the recap.

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I have a question for the Korean watchers of the drama: when Hae Won told Eun Seob she wanted to sleep with him, did it mean sex? Or was something lost in translation? Or did Hae Eon just literally mean sleep as in we'll lie together? I know ratings don't allow much skinship, but the least they could've done was have Hae Won wear Eun Seob's shirt or something after the fact. The scene broke my suspension of disbelief.

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@quirkycase

LOVE LOVE LOVE .. YESSSSS!
Finally a heroine .. female main lead character who does not make me cringe even once during her scenes with her OTP other

~ "Hae-won’s directness is so refreshing! She never plays coy or lets things fester. Hae-won gets everything out in the open without being pushy or overbearing. She wanted to know how Eun-seob viewed their relationship, so she asked. She wanted to sleep with him, so she said so and made his brain short circuit. That whole sequence was great in all its awkward glory. I love how she takes charge but doesn’t do it in a way that bowls over him. She gives him space to process and doesn’t push, but she knows when to initiate. They really do work well as a team."

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