I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day: Episode 15
What happens to a relationship once trust has been broken? Our heroine grapples with what to do in the wake of her aunt’s shocking confession that throws everything she believed into question. There’s no going back now that the truth is out, and it’s time for everyone to decide how they’ll move forward.
EPISODE 15: “Until We Meet Again”
As they sit in the car, Hae-won admits this deceit has made her unsure of people. She can’t trust anything anymore. Eun-seob stares at her sadly and takes her hand. They sit in silence. She doesn’t want to go home, so Eun-seob asks where she wants to go.
At Hodu House, Myung-yeo tells her sister not to worry – Eun-seob went after Hae-won. Myung-joo asks if this is what she wanted when she wrote the manuscript. Myung-yeo wants to pay for what she did and needed to tell Hae-won eventually, anyway. “Will you turn yourself in?” Myung-joo asks her sister.
Myung-joo simmers with anger, asking what those seven years behind bars were for, then. Myung-yeo counters she should never have taken the fall, but Myung-joo still insists it was her fault. Myung-yeo asks tiredly why Myung-joo feels that way. Myung-joo argues that if she hadn’t married an abusive man, Myung-yeo would never have been in that situation.
If Myung-yeo turns herself in, it’ll be like punishment all over again for Myung-joo. “Then what about me? Do I just keep living like this?” Myung-yeo needs to come clean and be punished to live. Myung-joo desperately shouts she should write about it and call it fiction, then.
That won’t cut it for Myung-yeo. She cries as she reveals she dreams of her brother-in-law every night. Myung-joo bitterly asks if he blames Myung-yeo, but Myung-yeo says it’s the opposite. He’s so kind to her it drives her mad. The sisters hang their heads and cry.
The following morning, Hae-won wakes in Eun-seob’s car. They’re parked in front of her old house in Seoul. Eun-seob stands outside, staring at the gate.
Hwi smiles brightly as she bikes alongside Yeong-soo, but that quickly changes when Jae-in comes riding up. Hwi speeds up, yelling for Jae-in to go away as Jae-in screams she’ll teach her a lesson once she catches her. Yeong-soo rides leisurely behind them.
On Jang-woo’s way to work, a man stops him to ask if he and Eun-shil went out the previous night. Jang-woo denies it and mumbles to himself that they made sure to go where no one could see them. Another resident informs him Eun-shil is leaving today to go back to work. He’s shocked she knows he’s had a crush on Eun-shil since he was a high schooler. A passerby notes Eun-shil’s bus is at 3:00. Ha.
At Hodu House, Myung-joo quietly tells Myung-yeo to turn herself in if she’s having a hard time. She thought Myung-yeo would be happy. We flash back to Myung-joo in prison, reading one of Myung-yeo’s letters that assured her she and Hae-won were doing well. Myung-joo had no idea Myung-yeo was struggling so much and not moving on. She turns to look Myung-yeo in the face. “I’m truly sorry.”
In Seoul, Eun-seob suggests they go inside her old house since Hae-won said it’s deserted. They go in using the spare key that’s still in its old spot. On the ledge in front of the house, Hae-won finds a recent electricity bill addressed to her mother.
Myung-joo leaves Hodu House, telling Myung-yeo to let her know when she’s going to turn herself in. Myung-yeo stops her to ask where she lives, and Myung-joo surprises her by saying at her old house. She’s lived there since she got released.
After looking around inside, Hae-won comes back out to tell Eun-seob it seems like her mom’s been living here. She gets worked up as she claims yet another thing was kept hidden from her. Eun-seob ventures Myung-joo probably thought the truth would hurt Hae-won, and she wanted to try to deal with it alone for as long as she could.
“But I’m her family. Is it really fair that I didn’t know any of this?” Eun-seob supposes she just didn’t want Hae-won to get hurt and chose to hurt instead. Eun-seob hugs her as Hae-won’s eyes fill with tears.
At school, Jae-in comes up to Hwi and praises her bike-riding ability. Hwi politely requests she stop speaking to her since she hasn’t gotten over the trauma from their fight. Ha. Jae-in smiles and pats her on the shoulder – Hwi puts her fists up in fighting stance – claiming she’ll see her tomorrow. Hwi protests since she has a date with Yeong-soo. Jae-in yells that Yeong-soo is hers.
She takes a breath and, as a sunbae, offers to put in a good word with Hwi’s classmates so she won’t be so much of an outcast. Hwi scoffs to cover her surprise. Jae-in says she’s only letting things go since Yeong-soo asked her to. She even takes a we-made-up selfie. Pfft. After she leaves, Hwi moans about her hurt pride.
By the bus stop, Jang-woo is holding a white rose and rehearsing what to say to Eun-shil. He peeks around the corner to see Eun-shil staring and waving him over. In his usual style, he endearingly stammers and rapid fires questions at her before offering to drive her (in his dad’s car) all the way back to Gangneung. She happily shoves her suitcase at him and asks where the car is.
After he casually hands her the flower and gets all awkward, Eun-shil stares and notes with a smile that he doesn’t turn red when he sees her now. She steps closer … and he turns red. Heh. She munches on rice cakes from a bag she pulled out of her pocket and asks Jang-woo if they can stop and eat on the way.
Jang-woo mentions that he heard she broke up with her boyfriend. Eun-shil whines that everyone seems to know like it’s been posted somewhere. With no preamble, Jang-woo says his mom wants him to quickly get married and have kids. Ha!
Eun-seob drives Hae-won back home. She’s ready to go in and ask Myung-yeo for answers. If Eun-seob is right about her reasons, she might be able to understand. Eun-seob pulls her in for a hug. As a tear falls, Hae-won says she envies him, “because you’re this warm.”
In her room, Myung-yeo opens Yoon-taek’s “All My Firsts” and reads the following passage:
Do you know what warmth is? She asked me, and I answered. It’s when my cold hand touches your cold hand and we both become warm. When loneliness meets loneliness and becomes coziness. When sadness meets sadness and becomes happiness. When a cool breeze collides against another cool breeze and becomes soft snow. That’s what warmth is.
Hae-won calls her aunt out to talk. They sit across from each other at the table, and Hae-won asks her to explain. Myung-yeo opens with, “I killed your dad.” She assumes Hae-won read the details in the manuscript. They both begin to cry as Myung-yeo apologizes.
Hae-won asks why she was the last to know. Myung-yeo responds it would hurt her too much, and they couldn’t do that to her. Hae-won wants to know why now. Myung-yeo: “Because I’m turning myself in.” She deserves to pay for her crimes.
She wasn’t planning on writing again, but she needed to earn money to at least provide for Hae-won. When Yoon-taek suggested writing about her life, she saw it as her chance. She’d write about the shocking true event, make tons of money and turn herself in. Now that Myung-joo has finally agreed, she can turn herself in. Done saying her piece, Myung-yeo heads back to her room.
Hae-won goes out and drinks alone, ruminating on Myung-yeo and her mother. She recalls her aunt fainting, fighting with her mother and Myung-yeo stopping her at the river. On the train back that day, Myung-yeo told her not to die. If Hae-won dies, so will Myung-yeo, Myung-joo and her grandmother. It may seem like they don’t care, but they do. In the present, Hae-won downs soju as she cries.
At the bookshop the next morning, Eun-seob stocks shelves and waits for the phone to ring. Hae-won wakes hungover in an unfamiliar room and is startled when Bo-yeong pops her head in. She fixes Hae-won breakfast and explains that she brought Hae-won to her place after seeing her passed out in the restaurant.
Hae-won quietly eats while Bo-yeong asks why she drank so much. Did her and Eun-seob fight? Ignoring her questions, Hae-won says, “I liked you.” That’s why what Bo-yeong did hurt. It was hard to forgive her, though, since her words caused so much damage. Their relationship can’t be what it was.
Bo-yeong muses that things get worn with time, and relationships aren’t perfect. “What’s wrong with a small crack, and what’s wrong with hurting each other’s feelings a little?” Life is full of imperfect people making mistakes and trying to set things right. She knows she hurt Hae-won deeply, but she wants the opportunity to fix things. If Hae-won isn’t ready, she’ll wait.
As she sits on the bus, Hae-won thinks back to when she was little. Her and Myung-yeo braided her grandmother’s hair horribly, and they laughed as she accused them of making her look like an alien. They then chased Myung-joo around trying to do the same to her hair.
Upon arriving home, Hae-won sees a police car out front. Recalling her aunt’s determination to turn herself in, she runs toward the house. Hae-won grabs the confused cop in a panic and starts saying that they’re mistaken; it’s not true.
She sees cops leading a group of people from behind Hodu House to the police cars. Myung-yeo comes up, and the cop explains a naked group of people were having a party and ran this way. Pfft. He turns to Hae-won to ask what she wanted to say earlier, but she replies it’s nothing and hurries inside.
Inside, Myung-yeo off-handedly asks if Hae-won thought she’d turned herself in and panicked. Hae-won doesn’t answer and instead wonders why she put that picture of her grandmother up – it wasn’t there last time she was here. Myung-yeo put it up after she grandmother died since she misses her.
Hae-won admits she kind of hates Myung-yeo. She thought she could understand, but she can’t. She thinks family members should share their pain with each other. “Let’s hurt together. Don’t turn yourself in.” Myung-yeo turns in surprise as Hae-won asks if she can’t hold on for her like she did for her mom. She reminds her of when she said they’d all die if Hae-won did. If her aunt turns herself in, Hae-won will have to live that nightmare over again.
Hae-won wants her to keep living her life. But she needs some time to sort her own feelings out. “I’ll leave,” Hae-won promises. She walks out, and Myung-yeo lets out a shuddering breath, steadying herself on the counter. Hae-won heads over to the bookshop to talk to Eun-seob. He seems to know what’s coming.
Eun-seob asks if she’s okay. She shakes her head but smiles. Myung-yeo wanted to turn herself in, but she told her not to. Although, she can’t look Myung-yeo in the eye. “So I said I’d leave,” she admits softly. “Spring is here.”
She musters up a smile and wishes him the best with the bookshop. She hopes he can always be a warm person. “And there has never been a moment when my heart has not been true. You know that, right?” Eun-seob gives a sad smile and nods. Hae-won holds back tears and tells him to take care. Eun-seob watches her go silently.
Hae-won goes back home and utters a lackluster “I’m home” to the empty room. In her room that night, she cries thinking about Eun-seob. Suddenly, she bolts up and races back to the bookshop, but it’s closed. There’s a note claiming the bookshop will be closed for a few days.
Hae-won goes running into the mountain and surprises Eun-seob at the cabin. She flings her arms around him and sobs that she’s sorry. He slowly embraces her back as we hear his blog entry about her leaving and how he hopes she can leave happily.
The following morning, Eun-seob wakes up alone in the cabin. We hear Hae-won’s voice: “Eun-seob, I’m leaving now.” Is he disappointed she keeps doing whatever she wants? He’s not. “Even so, I love you. Goodbye, Hae-won.” Eun-seob sits on the porch, alone. Meanwhile, Hae-won digs up the phone she buried by her dad’s tree.
Eun-seob’s Blog Post
As I continue to post my diary, the weight of each day gets heavier. Though the days piled up, I wasn’t gifted with anything particularly different. But when she came to me this winter and we shared our love, those days didn’t pile up evenly like before. The weight of today is different than before. Next winter will probably be even more different. The weight of the upcoming winter that I cannot fathom yet. I put up a sign that the bookstore will be closed for a few days. It feels like a bowstring that’s been tightly pulled back. I’ve decided to let things go and rest for a while.
Hae-won is leaving, after all. In light of the family stuff she’s dealing with and all the associations that town holds, I get her needing to leave. But do she and Eun-seob have to break up? They could discuss options, at least. I don’t know how clearly Hae-won is thinking right now in her grief and confusion, and I wonder if she’ll regret this later. As for Eun-seob … *Sigh* He was so resigned to her leaving that he didn’t even talk to her about it; he just accepted it like it’s an inevitability. With how alone and vulnerable she’s feeling, shouldn’t he have made more of an effort? He’s warm and supportive, which is great, but he’s solely reactive. He never takes action or fights for her.
When he tried to run, she chased him down and fought for him. Now, their roles have reversed, and she’s become like the boy in wolf’s eyelash story. Eun-seob watched her struggle with such sadness and empathy since he knows what it’s like to feel isolated and lose your trust in people. He’s come out the other side with her help, and now it’s his turn to offer her support and connection. Even if he thinks she’ll still leave, that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t at least tell her that he doesn’t want to lose her.
While one relationship is possibly wilting, another is blossoming. After more than a decade, Jang-woo got Eun-shil to accept his white rose. They’re both quirky characters that go well together, and I’m glad Jang-woo’s feelings are finally being reciprocated. It’s funny that every relationship pairing in this show has an alpha female: Eun-shil and Jang-woo, Hae-won and Eun-seob, Myung-yeo and Yoon-taek, Hwi (and Jae-in) and Yeong-soo, and even Eun-seob’s parents Yeo-jung and Jong-pil. The writer is clearly a fan of women with strong personalities.
Myung-yeo finally got Myung-joo to understand her, and now she’s got Hae-won trapping her again. It’s selfish for her to ask Myung-yeo not to turn herself in, but I get it. She’s the kid and Myung-yeo’s like a parent, so there’s a sense of entitlement there. Kids often expect parents to cater to them, especially in situations like this where they’ve been hurt. Plus, Hae-won has had no time to process this. In the same breath, she was told her aunt killed her dad and that she plans to turn herself in. If she’s given some time, I think she could come to understand Myung-yeo’s need to take responsibility for her actions. Getting away for a while might give Hae-won some perspective.
One small gripe I have is that Myung-joo doesn’t feel very well developed, so she remains a little too enigmatic. I know the focus of the story has been on Hae-won and Myung-yeo with Myung-joo acting as a catalyst, but I wish they would give us more insight into her behavior, particularly when it comes to Hae-won. I still don’t get why Myung-joo was so harsh and wouldn’t accept Hae-won’s letters back then. We can guess she was trying to distance herself from Hae-won so the negative impact of having a “criminal” parent would be less, but that’s merely speculation. Even if that’s the case, it doesn’t make much sense for her to entirely cut her daughter out without any explanation.
Keeping things from people “for their own good” is rarely that. Good intentions don’t make up for the hurt of secrecy and lies, as Hae-won found. Trust is fundamental in relationships, and broken trust is hard to repair. I’m with Hae-won that family should share burdens rather than trying to manage alone. You may think you’re protecting someone by withholding information, like they did to Hae-won, or by shouldering responsibility, like Myung-joo did for Myung-yeo. But in the end, it may do more harm than good. What you think someone needs and what they actually need may be different which is why communication is key. That’s not something Hae-won’s family has been adept at, but hopefully, this situation will teach them to be more open with each other. And maybe it’ll teach Eun-seob to start speaking his mind and do something.
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