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I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day: Episode 14

For our characters, the coming of spring indicates new beginnings. Some will choose to leave, some will stay, others will reveal long-held secrets or take that decisive step. Whatever it is, nothing can be put off forever. For our protagonist and her family, this spring will be a time of reflection and hard truths. Hopefully, everyone will come out on the other side all the better for it.

 
EPISODE 14: “Sisterfield Maze”

As Hae-won holds her, Myung-yeo briefly regains consciousness. She looks up at Hae-won, considering, “Should I tell you?” She passes out again, and Hae-won’s screams bring her friends running.

Myung-yeo narrates she can’t help thinking things could be normal again, that she could get back what was lost, were she to return to that day. We see a happy, bright young Myung-yeo. Then, we flash back to Yoon-taek’s proposal.

Presently, Myung-yeo wakes in a hospital bed. Holding her head and staring into a mirror, she pleads, “Please, let me return to the person I was back then.” Myung-yeo sighs and hangs her head.

The doctor explains Myung-yeo’s glaucoma to Hae-won, claiming that the fainting was due to a build up of intraocular pressure. The doctor surmises Myung-yeo must’ve suffered greatly from headaches and eye pain. Hae-won finally realizes the significance of her aunt’s severe headaches.

Hae-won calls her mom from the hospital to tell her Myung-yeo fainted. “I understand,” her mom replies and hangs up. Incredulous at this non-response, Hae-won slams the phone down. Just then, Eun-seob arrives as moral support.

Jang-woo has lunch with coworkers and hears through the grapevine that Eun-shil broke up with the boyfriend he wasn’t aware she had. Jang-woo is impressed with his colleagues’ intel, but in that small town, everyone knows everyone. Conversation turns to marriage, and they start pestering Jang-woo about it.

Eun-seob narrates that every February, the town holds a rice cake festival. It’s a signal that spring is coming as young and old come together to make rice cakes. At the festival, Eun-shil updates her mom and some ajummas about Myung-yeo’s condition. They start gossiping about Hae-won’s family — a favorite topic, it seems.

The women go on about how those beautiful girls, Myung-joo and Myung-yeo, wasted their lives. Geez. When one ajumma conspiratorially whispers Myung-joo committed murder, Eun-shil emphatically corrects her; it was manslaughter, not murder. Regardless, the ajumma notes, their poor mother was so brokenhearted and even died of cancer.

They then start gossiping about Jang-woo’s blind date, which catches Eun-shil’s attention. “He went on a blind date?!” She scoffs when the ajumma says she heard he’ll probably get married next month. Pfft. The ajummas celebrate the happy news while Eun-shil looks decidedly unhappy and fishes for more info.

Jang-woo arrives at the festival and is fawned over by the ajummas. Inside, he surreptitiously looks around for Eun-shil, not realizing she’s been standing behind him. When he turns to leave, he’s staring right at her. She asks who he’s looking for. “Me? You. I… hold on. I need to go to the bathroom really badly,” Jang-woo blurts and runs off. Ha.

They relocate outside and sit beside each other awkwardly. Eun-shil asks about Gil-bok – he’s fine. Jang-woo asks about her coffee event – it went well. Then Eun-shil can’t hold it in anymore and asks about his blind date and supposed nuptials.

She presses for details, so he admits he went on a date but is not getting married. She smirks to hear he wasn’t into his date. Eun-shil is suddenly much more relaxed and talkative, and they’re back to their usual dynamic.

At the hospital, Myung-yeo is already packing up to leave. Hae-won confronts her about needlessly enduring the pain, but Myung-yeo argues it was just laziness that kept her from getting it checked out. When Hae-won won’t back down, Myung-yeo encourages her to go back to Seoul since her nagging is exhausting.

Eun-seob narrates that those who need to leave will leave, and those who have to stay will stay. “That season is coming.” In the hospital hallway, Eun-seob morosely hangs his head.

Meanwhile, the town residents are enjoying each other’s company and mountain food at the festival. Jang-woo follows Eun-shil around like a lost puppy.

Myung-yeo takes a taxi home to find her sister waiting. Myung-joo orders her to remove her sunglasses, so she does. Myung-joo fights back tears as she admonishes her. This isn’t the full life she told Myung-yeo to live. “How am I supposed to do that? I killed a person,” Myung-yeo boldly states while meeting her sister’s eyes.

Others may pity Myung-joo, but Myung-yeo pities herself. Her right to pay for her crime was taken away. Myung-joo argues that Myung-yeo did nothing wrong that she needs to pay for. “I did!” It was her foot on the pedal.

She remembers every detail of that day. Myung-yeo cries as she asks how she could say she’s done nothing wrong. The sound of the door opening makes them quickly hide their tears, and Myung-yeo disappears to her room as Hae-won enters.

Hae-won and Myung-joo go out to eat, and Hae-won asks her mom to convince Myung-yeo. Doctors say they can save her other eye if she’s treated. Myung-yeo might listen to Myung-joo since they’re close. Myung-joo: “Are we?”

Since Myung-yeo recently started writing again and meeting with Yoon-taek – Myung-joo pauses upon hearing that – Hae-won thought she might be changing. She notes sadly that she was wrong, and Myung-yeo is still as apathetic as ever. Myung-joo breathes a helpless sigh.

In a flashback, we see her sitting on a swing with Myung-yeo, who’s resting her head on Myung-joo’s shoulder. “I want to do everything in this world. I’ll do it all,” Myung-yeo announces optimistically. We cut to Myung-yeo visiting Myung-joo in prison, sobbing, “Unni, I’m scared” over and over. In the present, Myung-joo looks at Hae-won as she stares listlessly out the window. They eat in silence, each lost in worry.

At school, Hwi is energetically cleaning the classroom when a girl comes in and smacks her hard across the face, knocking her to the ground. How dare she come to school on Yeong-soo’s bike? The girl informs Hwi she’s Yeong-soo’s girlfriend Song Jae-in.

Hwi calmly gets up. “Ah, so you’re Song Jae-in. Nice to meet you,” she says before yanking a handful of her hair. Now it’s on, and they’ve both got each other by the hair as the rest of the class films them. A boy runs into Yeong-soo’s class to tell him about the fight, but Yeong-soo just sighs and keeps studying.

Eun-seob accompanies his mom, who was called to Hwi’s school. Yeo-jung chides Hwi for getting into a fight over a guy. Hwi places a hand on her mom’s shoulder. “Mom, guys are my everything.” HA. Her mom does not take well to that, especially since the guy in question has a girlfriend. Hwi explains she wasn’t making a move – it’s a business deal of sorts. So coming to school together was the deal?

Seung-ho comes running up to Hwi after hearing she got in trouble. Hwi accuses Eun-seob of telling Seung-ho which he admits to with a grin. The four of them head off with Hwi and her mom still bickering.

Later, Eun-seob and Hae-won drop Seung-ho off at the hospital. On the way back, Hae-won asks Eun-seob if he tried to reach Seung-ho’s dad. Ah, so he does have at least one parent. Eun-seob couldn’t get ahold of him, though. And he hasn’t been back in five years.

Eun-seob asks how things are with Hae-won, so she shares her frustrations about her mom and aunt. Eun-seob muses that, maybe, time will help resolve what’s going on for both Myung-yeo and Seung-ho’s dad. Hae-won: “Just like spring follows winter?” Hae-won agrees with Eun-seob’s feeling that spring is coming soon. Looking melancholy, she stares at Eun-seob and takes his hand. They smile at each other.

At home, Myung-yeo deletes her opening sentence and replaces it with a message to Yoon-taek. She admits he was right, and the rumors aren’t true. She sends it to him in an email.

Yoon-taek reads the manuscript Myung-yeo sent to him titled “Sisterfield Maze.” Myung-yeo writes that she never wanted to give up on herself. We flash back to a young Myung-yeo, confident in her talent. Then, we see current Myung-yeo battling pain in bed.

Myung-yeo never expected to fall apart, get sick, or get old. She falls to the ground in agony and, later, vomits. She never foresaw herself spending her life alone, like she’s just waiting to die. We cut to her telling Yoon-taek to live well while walking away. “I never wanted, even for a moment, to break up with you.” As he reads, Yoon-taek tells the taxi driver to turn around.

Myung-yeo meets Yoon-taek at the station again. “Hey, Shim Myung-yeo,” Yoon-taek calls across the tracks. “Let me hug you just once.” He crosses the tracks and grabs her in a tight hug. Yoon-taek tells her that he never, for a moment, wanted to break up with her either.

Myung-yeo’s voice breaks as she asks if he really read what she did. Yoon-taek quotes the clause in their contract where he won’t ask what’s fact or fiction. She notes that he’s more tolerant than she gave him credit for. “Of course. That’s why I loved you,” he replies, still embracing her.

All the book club members are at Gil-bok’s, prepping the place for his arrival once he’s discharged. Eun-shil calls Jang-woo into the tiny kitchen, where he has a little freak-out that they’ll be crammed in there alone. She uses him as a taste tester, feeding him various dishes. But the only one he says is good happens to be the one her mom made.

We get the dramatic fall and catch where Eun-shil literally slips into Jang-woo’s arms. “Wow, your arms are really strong,” Eun-shil breathlessly observes. Jang-woo stammers that his legs are too. “Gosh, that’s good. I mean, good for you.” HA! Geun-sang stumbles onto this scene and suggestively asks what they’re doing. They hop apart, stuttering.

Hwi watches Hyun-ji expertly chop wood. How’d she get so good? Hyun-ji says she learned it to incorporate into her hip-hop performance. Whaat? Pfft. Hwi: “And people call me a lunatic…”

Hwi turns to Yeong-soo and starts ranting about his “girlfriend” beating her up. She may have been an outcast for years, but no one’s ever slapped her face before. Yeong-soo dryly notes that she did some hair pulling herself. He scoffs when she says Jae-in started it. Yeong-soo informs her that now, Jae-in wants to come to school with them every morning. At that, Hwi throws an actual fit, making Yeong-soo chuckle.

Eun-seob leads Gil-bok and Seung-ho inside where everyone’s waiting to welcome Gil-bok home. Afterwards, Eun-seob takes Hae-won home. In the car, she tells him about Bo-yeong’s apology and how she said she hates Hae-won because she liked her.

Hae-won can’t even remember how she felt about Bo-yeong in the past. Did she ever like her? It’s too late now, anyway. She compares trust to glass that, once broken, will always have cracks.

When Eun-seob gets back to the bookshop, he opens an email from Myung-yeo. It’s “Sisterfield Maze.” Wait, she sent it to him too? The following morning, he’s still at his computer. He lets the phone ring as he stares at the screen, looking burdened.

Eun-seob replies to the email in which Myung-yeo gave him the choice of whether or not to show the manuscript to Hae-won. Okay, that’s not fair. He writes that it seems, by sending it to him, she wants Hae-won to know the truth. We see Hae-won cooing at Gunbam, clearly in one of her happy moods.

Eun-seob continues that he doesn’t think he can make the decision since he doesn’t know the full circumstance. It’ll be difficult, but she should tell Hae-won herself. If Myung-yeo can’t handle that, he’ll give the manuscript to Hae-won. He ends by acknowledging how hard it must’ve been to keep this secret and that he doesn’t doubt her love for Hae-won.

Next thing we see is him passing Hae-won a printed version of “Sisterfield Maze.” I guess Myung-yeo couldn’t tell her in person. Eun-seob encourages Hae-won to go home and read it. He’ll come over after work. His serious tone confuses Hae-won, but she agrees. He silently embraces her.

Hae-won leaves the manuscript untouched on the table all day, hesitant to read it. That evening, she finally takes the plunge. It opens on the morning of the incident when Myung-joo sent a simple text to Myung-yeo: “Curry?” Myung-yeo came over, and we know what happened next.

Hae-won cries as she reads, “Even the scene of my brother-in-law beating my sister was the same as any other day.” The difference that day was that Myung-yeo ended up killing him. Shaken, Hae-won slams the pages down. She stands, looking lost, as Myung-joo walks in.

Tears still streaming down her face, she manages to stutter out the question, “Mom, who killed Dad?” Myung-joo grabs the manuscript in alarm and reads. Hae-won screams at her mom to answer. Breathing heavily, Myung-joo shakily lies that Myung-yeo didn’t do it.

Hae-won has had enough and starts to leave, but Myung-joo grabs onto her. Angry that they kept this from her, Hae-won says through tears that she understands why her mom hated her dad; she didn’t like him all the time either. “Still, he’s my dad.”

She breaks down as she says aloud that it was her aunt who did it. Hae-won thinks back to when Myung-yeo told her she’d be her guardian from now on. From then on, her aunt was on the only one she could trust and rely on. In tears, Myung-joo steps toward Hae-won who steps back.

“You two are scary,” Hae-won says, staring at her mom with disdain. Voice breaking, she orders her mom not to follow her out. Myung-joo stands rooted in place, shaking as tears roll down her face. Myung-yeo arrives home later and sees the manuscript on the table. She thinks, “Tell me. Can you forgive me?”

Hae-won sits alone at the bus stop in the pouring rain. She stares ahead blankly. We flash back to when she was little and excitedly gave her mom a flower she had picked. Myung-joo barely looked up from her book. Little Hae-won’s face fell until her dad called her over to say Myung-joo was in a bad mood, so he’d play with her instead.

Hae-won rides the bus to the end of its route. Her face streaked with tears, she repeatedly taps her head against the window. Concerned, the driver comes over to ask if she’s okay.

Eun-seob races out of the bookshop and speeds to the bus terminal. He finds her sitting alone, looking broken, and drapes his coat over her before sitting beside her. When she looks at him, she begins to cry in earnest. Eun-seob pulls her close and holds her.

Eun-seob’s Blog Post

There was a time when I thought life was the process of finding one’s place. A place where it’s okay for me to exist without bothering anyone or being bothered. Finding a place where no one would refuse me. That’s what I thought life was. But now, I’ve changed my mind. Wherever it may be, the place where I am right now is my place. As long as I live as my true self, I believe it will be okay for me to exist in this place. That’s all I have to say today. If I say more, I might want to quit everything.

 
COMMENTS

So it’s finally out there. The reveal had to happen, and I’m glad the truth isn’t being concealed anymore. This process will be painful, but it’s the only way for everyone involved to move forward and live. Seeing how optimistic and full of life Myung-yeo was before the incident was hard. She lost her spark and started surviving rather than living. Although Myung-joo took the fall out of love, as Myung-yeo pointed out, it robbed her of the opportunity to take responsibility and atone. I’m glad she’s finally facing what she lost and trying, however late, to take back her life a bit.

The secrets ate away at not only Myung-yeo but the whole family. Hae-won and Myung-joo had to watch Myung-yeo go through life like a zombie, giving up all ambition and hope. Myung-joo distanced herself from Hae-won to the point of destroying their relationship, leaving Hae-won feeling lost and abandoned. And now, after all the lying and secrecy, Hae-won’s fragile trust in her family has been wholly shattered. Thank goodness she has Eun-seob because I’m not sure how she would’ve coped without at least one person she trusts by her side.

I was not happy with the way Myung-yeo handled the reveal, though. She should never have put that burden on Eun-seob. This was her (and Myung-joo’s) responsibility, and it shouldn’t have been shifted onto anyone else, especially someone who’s unrelated to the events. I’m sure she thought that, him being the closest person to Hae-won, he’d be able to judge whether she could handle it and help her cope. But it’s not his place, as he pointed out. If Myung-yeo couldn’t tell Hae-won to her face, which I get, she could’ve written her a letter or just given her the manuscript herself. It should’ve come from her.

Now, Hae-won is left feeling like she’s the only one who didn’t know this hugely relevant detail of her own past. The whole situation surrounding her dad must be incredibly confusing and challenging for Hae-won. That comment she made about not liking her father sometimes could imply she knew of his violent tendencies. But, to her, he was a loving father who treated her better than her mother did. How do you deal with the fact that the parent who was there for you was an abuser to someone else? Her mother has always been cold toward her, while her father gave her warmth and affection. That scene with the flower was so reminiscent of the scene with Eun-seob giving Yeo-jung the beetle. But for Hae-won, her mother barely acknowledged she was there much less showed interest. We can see Myung-joo was likely depressed and struggling to survive, but to a child, it must’ve felt like her mother didn’t want her around.

Once again, we got a lot of side story and background action this hour. While I’m happy the side characters are well-developed and their stories aren’t ignored, I do think they could’ve been worked in more seamlessly. As it stands, it feels chunked. First, we focused on Hae-won and Eun-seob, and then we moved onto the side stories. I’d much rather slow the progression between Eun-seob and Hae-won, spreading it out over the course of the show alongside the side stories. Right now, it’s like we’re taking a detour before getting back to our main couple. I assume the final week will refocus on Hae-won and Eun-seob since not only did that truth bomb drop, we still haven’t dealt with the major question of whether Hae-won is leaving. Whatever happens, change is in the air. And as we’ve been told … spring is coming.

 
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Finally some empathy towards Haewon, the comment section in the site I watch the show on was full of so much hate for her after the reveal because she didn’t high 5 her aunt and tell her she was the best for killing her dad.

People make it seem like she’s choosing an abuser but that’s not what she’s doing, as stated above he was the only parent paying attention and whilst we can understand her moms side of things, she was a kid but even as an adult her mom never made an effort to explain her side of things and chose to instead push her away and leave her to deal with things alone. She doesn’t seem to have a single bit of of affection for her daughter.

As for her reaction to her aunt, it’s about being lied to and the shock of it all. That lie ruined her life, took her remaining parent away and made her suicidal because she had the stigma of being a murderer’s daughter. No one in that family has shown her an ounce of decency or respect despite her essentially losing both parents and it made me sad to see people hate her for a perfectly normal reaction to something so messed up.

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I absolutly understand Haewons reaction. Finding out this way must have hurt so much. It was basically a double knockout. Not only had she been suffering the consequences of her mom being a murderer- which turns out wasn't true-, she also lost the remaining person in her family she thought she could trust.

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Yes. It was a normal reaction. When she was at the bus stop, she looked like she had tons of things flashing in her mind. It's tough. She loves them all, Dad, Mom, and Aunt. She had a really hard time before because of the murder and is now just starting to find happiness again then she found out about the truth.

Awesome acting from Park Minyoung there.

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Couldn’t have said it better myself.. Hae-won needs time to digest what actually happened especially after for YEARS she had to process and deal with thinking her mother was the one who killed her dad.. her reaction is very valid

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I do agree with her.

No one should support an abuser, of course. But, first and foremost, he wasn't an abuser for Hae-won. He was caring and a loving father as far as we can see. What would we do if we were in her circumstances? I do understand her. Hae-won loved all of her family members. She loved her mom with her faults (uncaring and cold), and loved her father with his faults too (abuser to her mom but present and loving to her). It must be hard and confusing for Hae-won. And if I were in her shoes, I wouldn't know what to do.

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And let's not forget she was just a child when all happened.

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True. Hae-won was the biggest victim of them all. Her father abused her mother, but loved her and got killed. Her mom was cold towards her, went to jail and totally ignored her. She remained with her grandma but died. Then, with the aunt but the aunt stopped living and just survived. She went to school and got bullied, then started working and was living a hellish work life. Sorry, but I don't mind if Hae-won got a little selfish, or throw some rant...With all that problems, watching her still living is a blessing.

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I agree with all of the possible reasons why HW reacted as she did to the news of what her aunt did and yet I was unable to connect with her and sympathize with her. I absolutely do not judge her for how she reacted but I can’t empathize and I wondered why...

For me, it seemed as if the story of ES and HW ended just after the kiss between them. I feel like the second half of the drama is another story. Like a sequel to the first half where we still have our main characters, but they just aren’t the main characters anymore. It’s like the main character of the second half is HW’s aunt MY. At first, I linked the two stories through isolation. Both ES and MY chose isolation but for different reasons. ES because of his fears and beliefs. MY because of an impactful and traumatic experience where she basically punished herself for what occurred (way harsher than it would have been if she had gone to prison).

In the second half, however, I started feeling for MY, what she had gone through, how she had suffered. The gap between how HW experienced life after her father’s death and this episode and the impact of MY’s story, I think was too great to bring me back to HW’s shoes and connect with HW. The drama never (or superficially) shows how her father impacted her life, what he meant to her, and how she experienced his death (we saw how she experienced being labeled as a murderer’s daughter but not how she experienced his death). So perhaps the manner in which people have reacted to this episode might be an indication of the flaws in how the story was told.

The drama does focus on how important trust is to her (Bo Young). Yet, somehow, I was not able to experience how much worse it was to have trust broken between HW and her aunt. I was able to reason that that was the case but not feel the devastating impact of having that trust broken. Perhaps again because the relationship between HW and her aunt was superficially portrayed. When Bo Young broke her trust, it was so much more impactful. Based on reactions on this forum, many still refuse to forgive her and it comes down to how the story is told.

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The women of this family love to play the "strong woman" card but honestly they all failed. It stopped them to communicate with each other when they are all they have. It didn't make them happy neither.

I love Hwi but I'm pretty sure if her boyfriend was taking another girl by bike to the school, she would be very angry too, business or not.

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Has it ever been confirmed that Jae-in is actually Young-soo's girlfriend? I've always thought she was just self-proclaimed.

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I don't know, Young Soo likes to be evasive about it. I guess it protects him from other girls if he doesn't deny it. But it wasn't Hwi's defense, so it's still not very clear.

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No, she's not. She just says she is.
I like the way Young Soo is teasing both girls. I like this unicorn.

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It seems clear that Jae-in was not really his girlfriend- just self-proclaimed as you said, but not denied by Young-soo because it was useful cover which kept him from being harassed by the other girls. Fortunately for him Hwi will not put up with that.

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While I absolutly do not agree how the sisters handled the whole incident I thought it was a remarkable exploration of sisterhood. The sacrifice, the guilt, the responsability and the secrets they kept for each other, were remarkable. They really love each other, but are so very very bad at communicating. It is tragic that their love for each other, basically broke the whole family and themselves.

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It's so sad because you can see they both did what they did because of their love for each other. Myeong-yeo was just trying to save her sister. Myeong-ju thought it would be better to be in jail for 7 years than for her sister to get a life sentence. But in the long run, guilt took over. Maybe Myeong-ju felt ashamed to be with Hae-won so she pushed her away. Myeong-yeo carried it all these years, putting herself in her own prison.

It's all so twisted and like you said, communication would have made it a bit easier to bear but these ladies are obviously not very good with that.

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Yes, this was a tragedy that sprang from love- and panic.

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I have to admit this was a hard episode to watch, with so many deep emotions involved, of course we also had light and warm moments in the middle (JW and EunSil and SeungHo and his grandad).

I liked that we got to see a more "human" MJ. She was cold to HW on the phone, but still she was there for her sister. We finally discover the absurdity of what they did: MJ took the guilt to "save" MY and at the end thy both suffered and none of them healed. They can see it now, but in that moment none of the could think of the consequences that decision would have.

It was good to see that MY has beginning to be honest to herself and others. To YT to begin with. I bursted into tears when he read the email, and then when he was at the station, and then when I read the recap. MY needs him so badly, and he needs her too. That statement: "I never wanted to break up with you" was something they both need to hear. I hope they can heal from this moment on.

And then MY decided to tell HaeWon. I'm not ok with the way she chose, as she put ES in a very difficult situation he didn't deserve at all, but I guess it may be because MY knows ES's nature. He's the one who would go to the mountains to look for someone who's lost and not ask for anything, the one who helps when asked, and he will be the one to stand by HW in this moment. But the fact that I can understand why MY did it doesn't mean I agree with it. His concern when he finished the book was great: he knows it wasn't his call, but he also knows that HW deserves to know and if she ever found out about who really killed her dad and that he knew, he would loose her forever.

HW's reaction was the logic to me. Her whole world was turned upside down. Again. She was learning to enjoy life again, feeling confident with ES by her side, and smiling widely (when she arrived we barely see her smile) and now this. We know how important is trust to HW, and she's just found out her mum and aunt have been lying to her for the last 15 years or so. She had the right to know the truth and who killed her father. Yes, she knew she was not good at all the time, but she was right when she said that he was her dad, her only dad, the dad that was loving to her. And yes, he was abusive, but she was only a child. Just a child who in a minute lost both her parents.

At least HW has ES by her side. That final scene said it all. HW devasted, and ES as well. they both were starting to heal their wounds with each other support, and I don't know if this revelation would be too much for HW. She needs time to process (also, she needs to read the novel till the end!!!!!).

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Seems like Myeong-yeo just can't tell Hae-won straight so she sent it to Eun-seob knowing it would reach Hae-won one way or another. I also thought it was too much to ask Eun-seob to make a decision but he did it so well.

Even his choice of words are so delicate yet precise. Ohh I love him.

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I know, I love him too!

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On a lighter note, I loved the way the episode dealt with JW and EunSil. They are both attracted to each other, and even EunSil seems to be in a "better" position as she knows JW has always had a crush on her, she's clearly showing her interest. And the "fall and catch" scene was so funny.

I loved the way all the bookclub gathered to receive GilBok. Such a humble house for the him and his grandson. You can understand why he was bothered about the hospital bills (I wonder if ES will be helping with that). There was so much love in the way all of them worked to make that tiny house look better.

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That was super sweet! More than anything, to know that you have people like them who genuinely cared was more than enough. The book club is too precious. I wish I could join!

On that note, can we actually have a book club here at db? Like a weekly thing with us sharing a book, a poem, a short story etc. according to the week's topic. Just like how they do it in the drama!

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I would gladly join.
Or we can may it May's theme: May Bookclub, what do you think? And we could share thoughts about books, poems and so.

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Sure thing! Omg I'm so excited. If it works out, we might be able to keep it going on discord too.

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That ending scene was perfect. No dialogue since no words can explain what Hae-won was going through. Eun-seob was just there for her, hold her as she cried. The mutual understanding... no need for words. It's beautiful.

Also love how Eun-seob's blogs show how much he's grown from when we first met him to now. How much his perspective has changed since then. He's choosing himself and his happiness over what the world dictates.

My gosh. I don't think I'll ever be ready for this to end. Final week, beanies!

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In fact one of the best things this show has is the growth of their leads. Remember the still, quiet and silent HaeWon at the beginning, frustrated and closed, and watch her now!!

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This was a difficult episode to watch.... And still all the actions made in this episode by the leading ladies....make them more human than anything else.. Even though they are strong they can make wrong choices for protecton... Feel guilt for not atoning.... Feel anger for loss of a parent.. Who was a monster... It was a hard episode

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Really hard. Totally agree.

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The scene when Hae-won found out everything made me burst into tears... it was so hard to watch and Park Min-young really delivered the emotional turmoil Hae-won was going through

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Painful episodes with some painful revelation for our characters... Still crying thinking about it. HW getting the rude awakening about what her mother and aunt was hiding from her... MY not really living. this two sisters thinking they did the right thing in the name of protecting their family. In the end it was just a temporally band-aid for depper scars.

ES was so wonderful this episode being the supportive boyfriend taking care of his girlfriend in his gentle ways.❤️

At least we got some light moment with JW and ES, suck a cuties.

Also can not mention Hwi. just so fabulous teenager. no wonder YS is falling for her. only wonder what really is his relationship with that "girlfriend".

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His 'official girlfriend' is a superficial relationship with no real attachment, just a convenience. Hwi is blowing that nonsense apart. Good for her. YS does not know how lucky he is.

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Ahh, that explain some things. Had a little problem figuring out what really did go on. Yeah Hwi is what YS need.

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Gil-bok's welcome party, what a warm surprise 💚💚💚

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It was precious.

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The part where Haewon says that trust is like glass if it's broken once it always carries the cracks, I can understand her point of view very well. I think just like, trust is a very important thing in all kinds of relationships

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Trust is fundamental to every form of love.

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THIS "I was not happy with the way Myung-yeo handled the reveal, though. She should never have put that burden on Eun-seob."

I totally agree. That being said Hae Won's reaction was odd to me. I don't know. Maybe because we don't see her interactions with her father as a teenager, but I didn't care for her reaction. The issue with the show which is a plus in some instances but a minus in others, is that they show what happened as opposed to saying what happened. You would think Hae Won would understand that her father almost killed her aunt and mother. I don't know, this episode was a bit sloppy.

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If even the mother and aunt never fully appreciated the significance of "her father nearly killed her mother and her aunt" then how would Hae-won appreciate it? Because they did not fully understand it they simply did not realize the importance of explaining it fully. Which is why Hae-won does not really get it either.

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Well, she can't understand that her father almost killed her aunt and mother, since she hasn't read that part yet.
She only read that Myeong-yeo killed her dad, that her dad was beating her mother, but she didn't get to the part which explains how it all went down.

She just stopped at the part that mentions her aunt killed her dad, and that was obviously shocking enough for her. It's YEARS worth of lies!

She does need to read the whole manuscript, but I understand why she would need some time to first process the crucial fact that it's her aunt who killed her father, that she was lied to for years, AND THEN the hows and whys will be secondary for her to understand the reasons for why everything happened the way it did.

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Everybody “puts the burden on Eun-seob” though. I thought for a minute the aunt did that because a young Eun-Seob witnessed the accident, but that wasn’t the case. Mom and aunt cannot be direct. The town puts the burden of mountain rescue on Eun-seob. They see him as the abandoned son of a vagrant and recklessly send him. The older city bookstore owner burdened him with the letters to Myung-Joo and even wanted to send a personal message that Eun-Seob declined to deliver. Bo young used him as a go between for her and Hye-won. And she cried wolf in the mountains. It’s a thread throughout, as a reflection of how others view and value (or don’t) Eun-seob , and also it’s his personality.

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Wonderfully put @owl22.

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The road to hell is paved with good intentions. And a 'white lie' told out of love can still be incredibly destructive. Another lesson would be that good decisions are never made in moments of panic. All of these things are true and our drama does not stint in showing us.

It does no good to say, after the fact, that had Myeung-seo not listened to her sister and had told the truth that the consequences would not have been that dire. Even her reputation as a writer might have been enhanced rather than hurt. An author who has seen the grittier side of life. She probably could have afforded a decent lawyer at that time nd might have avoided prison altogether. But panic ruled that moment and such rational thinking was simply not possible.

Great dramas hold up a mirror to human nature and help us to understand ourselves, developing wisdom from what we see- and helping us to grow and live better lives. That is the kind of show that this is.

I think that the cute side stories were inserted the way that they were as comic relief. But it is still good to see them developing. I enjoyed the scene of Hwi fighting for her man. Song Jae-in has just knocked her to the floor and proclaimed that she is Yeong-soo's girlfriend. Hwi knows that this is not a real relationship and what is her response to this poseur? She gets up and says "nice to meet you" - and grabs the girl's hair.

As for Eun-shil and Jang-woo- We have reached the point where Eun-shil really wants Jang-woo to like her cooking (and is upset when he does not). I hope that Jang-woo can now step forward because this couple needs to happen.

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Thanks @oldawyer. Your first two paragraphs highlight something that has bothered me.
As another beanie noted we are in a position to have witnessed the events leading up to the death of Myung-joo’s husband rather than getting it second hand. The sisters were fleeing for their lives. They were being attacked by a crazed guy swinging a golf club. Mung-yeo was covered with bruises. The windshield was smashed by the golf club. This was not premeditated murder but manslaughter with all kinds of mitigating circumstances. I agree with you that with a good lawyer MJ might have avoided prison all together. The whole thing was a real tragedy.

Also I think it was terrible of MJ to bring Eun-seob into the situation of the reveal. Given the state of the relationship between Eun-seob and Hae-won I think it would have been perfectly reasonable for him to delete the email and tell MJ it is her responsibility to reveal her actions. Let’s say ES and HW were engaged then ES might have felt the need to make sure HW knew one way or the other.
Thanks for letting me rant a bit.

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It is very hard to prove self-defense in Korean. Only because the person who "attack" cannot be more hurt than the person who defended himself.

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The cat's finally out of the bag. The beautiful,dreamy snaowscape is melting as most character are moving towards their individual reckonings.
*The Shim sisters finally had a true conversation.
*MW and ET's reunion was bittersweet - it's so clear she could have trusted him with the truth ages ago and he would have stood by her.
*Her monologue on how she was never a person who was gonna give up on anything brings home anew the severity of the self isolation that MW chose for herself . She has been doing penance for 10+ years but they all feel hollow since she can't have the forgiveness that can truly heal her without first acknowledging the truth.
*I was appalled when MY chose that manuscript to ES. not only is that an unfair burden to put on him, it's another way she's failing to consider HW's agency as an adult.
*PMY did an excellent job of conveying HW's feelings of utter betrayal and confusion in the latter half. HW's world is rocked again by this revelation that all of her family has been lying to her.
*SKJ once again truly imbues ES - the quiet guy who everyone relies on in moments of need. When faced with a demand from another Shim sister , he was direct and honest as before and was the only one who treated HW with respect and dignity in the whole episode. Hope that spring finally brings new hopes and beginnings for all these characters as we enter the penultimate epiosdes.

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Regular dose of the good:
*Why weren't we shown more of Eun Ship before, show? Unlike BY, she's unafraid of standing up for her friend in front of those judgy ahjummas. She's also wonderfully weird. Was she not mining JW's actions behind his back while he was talking to those ahjummas in the room. She and Hwi could be fast friends.
*JW was in constant glitch mode with ES in town but with only two more EPs left, I'ma need one of you puppies to make a move pronto.
*Lim "boys are everything to me" Hwi cracks me up. Her mother's brain tonic certainly didn't have the intended effect.
*I really we hope we get a glimpse of Hyunji's non-main stream hip-hop show before the show's over.
*The book club once again melted my heart by prepping the house for Seun Ho and haraboji. ♥️

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Thanks for the recap.

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Finally glad to see Eon-seob initiating physical contact with somebody.

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Stopped at episode 2 to watch other stuff, hoping to marathon it later.... Hoping that it ends well so that it will motivate me to go back to it later. This is not something my heart can take live-watching 😞😞😞

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