I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day: Episode 9
We’re finally given some concrete details about our lead’s backstory this hour which go a long way in elucidating his motivations and fears. Both our leads have been shaped for good and ill by their complicated family situations and traumatic childhoods, leading our heroine to realize they may have more in common than she thought. Although he’s been hurt in the past, there’s plenty of people surrounding our wounded lead now who love and want to connect with him. The question is whether he’ll let them.
EPISODE 9: “The Secret of the Boy Who Hated Dung Beetles”
As Hae-won and Eun-seob kiss, we flash back to their first meeting. Little Eun-seob was sleeping on the floor of the guesthouse when Hae-won came down the stairs. Eun-seob had his first Hae-won induced daze as she’d asked who he was. In voiceover, Eun-seob wonders what Hae-won’s expression would be if she found out he’s loved her since then.
Hae-won thoroughly enjoys their trip back down the mountain now that she’s free to demand Eun-seob’s hand whenever she needs “help.” When they get back to town, Eun-seob promises to call when he gets to Seoul. They part ways with smiles, both looking a lot happier than they did earlier that morning.
At home, Hae-won can’t stop grinning and enthusiastically greets her aunt who’s back from Seoul. Then, she cries “Gunbam!” as she runs toward the frightened dog. Myung-yeo watches in befuddlement as Hae-won declares how cute he is, even after he bites her. She cuddles him as he growls, wondering who could call him shabby when he’s so handsome. HA! Talk about hot and cold.
At the bookshop, Eun-seob’s mood is a lot more complex. We see little Eun-seob holding a chick as he narrates that warm, sweet things have always made him anxious. Little Eun-seob touches adorable baby Hwi’s cheek. He worries that the happiness of that moment will suddenly vanish. Present Eun-seob sits filled with worry.
It’s a typical day in the town, but for Hae-won, the day has gotten a lot brighter. Myung-yeo notes her good mood at breakfast. Hae-won hilariously acts like it’s the most natural thing in the world, despite her moodiness of late. She comments that Myung-yeo has been cooking a lot these days to which her aunt cryptically states there’s a reason.
The phone rings and Hae-won bounds up before realizing she’s too eager. Myung-yeo nods for her to answer it, so Hae-won runs to pick it up. (Gunbam runs after her growling. Ha.) Hae-won’s face falls when it’s just the repairman.
Meanwhile, Eun-seob is touring a book warehouse in Seoul. The worker asks, on behalf of the editor, if Eun-seob really has no interest in publishing his book. She’s confused since she heard the manuscript is finished, but Eun-seob thinks there’s already plenty of great books out there.
She insists his book has its place, even so. “Maybe later,” he vaguely responds. The woman wonders why would he hesitate when his dream is to be a novelist. After she walks away, his face clouds over.
Hae-won grabs a cup of tea and a book as she waits by the phone. She narrates that, in life, there are bright and dark days. Some people always seem to be in the light while others are in darkness. “Do you know what people are afraid of?”
Eun-seob’s voice answers, “Losing the sun that’s been shining on me. Having the light fade and not being able to see the dazzling sun ever again.” Eun-seob stands just out of the light in the warehouse and thinks it’d be better not to have seen it. He thinks of Hae-won smiling brightly. Having felt its warmth and been dazzled by its brightness makes him afraid.
Eun-seob takes slow, deliberate steps into the light. (You can do it, Eun-seob!) He thinks, “Even so, Hae-won, I like you.” Bathed in light, he takes a deep breath.
At home, Hae-won is now practically on top of the phone as she waits. She checks to make sure it’s plugged in properly and has a dial tone. See, this is why you shouldn’t have ditched that perfectly good cell phone.
Like the ball of energy she is, Hwi barrels through as usual on her bike, yelling at people to get out of the way. Yeong-soo pulls ahead of her, and it suddenly becomes a race. Well, for Hwi, anyway. But she has to stop due to her uncomfortable seat, and Yeong-soo dryly quips, “out of the way” as he passes by.
Eun-seob still hasn’t called by evening, which makes Hae-won grumpy. Eun-seob gets back the following morning to a miffed Hae-won trying to act like she’s not miffed. She asks a couple questions about his trip and gets up to go. He tells her that he’s headed to Jang-woo’s soon for an event Jang-woo insisted he attend.
Hae-won tells him to have fun but immediately turns around to ask if she’s not allowed to go. She points out that he didn’t invite her. Eun-seob grins and tells her they can go together. But she declines saying she doesn’t want to go. Pfft.
Eun-seob calls her over to him. “I don’t want to,” she pouts. Oh my gosh, she’s being so petty. Ha. Eun-seob laughs like she’s adorable and calls her over again. She reluctantly obliges and moodily asks what he wants.
Eun-seob playfully asks why she’s picking a fight, and they go back and forth over it. He laughs and says they should go together. Again, she responds she doesn’t want to. She thinks he seems uncomfortable around her. “It seems like you’re regretting it.”
She tells him it’s okay if he thinks the kiss was a mistake. She’d rather things not be awkward. Eun-seob: “It wasn’t a mistake.” Hae-won asks how she’s supposed to believe him. He takes care of that by kissing her again in a way that confirms he means it.
When he pulls back, Hae-won admits she thought he disliked her. “There’s no way,” he replies. Hae-won smiles in relief as he hugs her. Eun-seob apologizes, as does Hae-won.
They go to that event together after all, which turns out to be a meet-and-greet with author Shin Yeong-joon who’s famous for never showing her face. (Isn’t that the woman Myung-yeo saw at that editor’s house?) Jang-woo looks into the crowd and does a double take at how cozy Eun-seob and Hae-won look.
From the stage, Yeong-joon introduces her editor—yep, it’s the flirty duo Myung-yeo saw—who happens to be Yoon-taek, Myung-yeo’s old flame. Jang-woo is still looking disturbed over the other flirty duo, Hae-won and Eun-seob, as they whisper to each other.
Myung-yeo walks out of the event and thinks back to a meeting with her publishers. They’d spent the time discussing the successful Yoon-taek and Yeong-joon, to Myung-yeo’s consternation, and how they’re rumored to be dating. In the present, Myung-yeo is almost out the door when she hears Yoon-taek call her name.
Min-jeong and Jang-woo clean up, and she mentions she spotted Eun-seob there. Jang-woo seems in disbelief about how close Eun-seob and Hae-won acted, but even Min-jeong notes it looked like Eun-seob and the “really pretty” girl are dating. Jang-woo firmly denies it, but he seems thrown.
Myung-yeo and Yoon-taek go to the only café in existence and lightly trade barbs. She asks if he’s still a crier, and he wonders if she still curses in public. He blindsides her by mentioning he saw her outside his house. Caught, Myung-yeo admits she went—she wanted to see how big his house was.
In the village, Jong-pil heads out to meet some guys for drinks. Yeo-jung wants him to pass along word that they should stop asking for Eun-seob’s help in the mountains. Jong-pil hesitates, so she shares what Eun-seob told her about following “that woman” into the mountains. Jong-pil is stunned, especially since that woman is dead. But it’s enough to convince him Yeo-jung is right.
At the café, Yoon-taek says he heard Myung-yeo is publishing a book. Also, he knows her publishing company has been dying to find out when he’s publishing his book. Myung-yeo asks him straight out, and he claims he’ll publish his when she publishes hers.
Myung-yeo thinks it’s pathetic that someone so successful would try to sabotage her book release just because she was always a better writer than him. Heh. He shocks her by suggesting she let his firm publish her book instead. Yoon-taek suggests she write a novel based on her life.
After the event, Hae-won and Eun-seob eat dinner with Jang-woo and Park Hin-dol. It’s the first time Hae-won and Hin-dol are meeting, and he comments that she takes after her mom which surprises Hae-won. A man abruptly bumps Hae-won’s chair, making her spill her drink. Hin-dol watches as Eun-seob attentively helps her clean up.
Jang-woo’s attention is elsewhere as someone he knows spots him and engages him in conversation. When he turns his attention back to his table, Jang-woo is startled to see Eun-seob helping wipe Hae-won’s chair as they talk and laugh quietly together. Of course, being the outspoken guy he is, Jang-woo directly asks them about it.
Hin-dol cuts in that it’s obvious what’s going on. “They’ll probably get married soon.” Ha. Jang-woo looks like he’s malfunctioning. “So is this how that story ends?” he asks. Jang-woo clarifies for Hae-won he’s talking about the story of Eun-seob falling for her.
Hae-won and Hin-dol latch onto that, to Eun-seob’s distress, and want to hear all about it. Jang-woo reminisces that it all started with the train. Eun-seob yells, “Hey!” in a (failed) attempt to make him shut up. We flash back to a teenage Eun-seob staring out of the station window at Hae-won standing by the train tracks.
As they walk back from dinner, Hae-won admits she can’t remember when that was since she was at the train station a lot. Eun-seob thinks it was the time she ran away from home. Hae-won stops in surprise. Jang-woo yells at them to hurry up, so Eun-seob grabs Hae-won’s hand with a smile, and they run.
In voiceover, Eun-seob reveals that he already had a crush on her by that point. We see little Eun-seob running through the woods and startling Hae-won. On another day he’d, for some reason, gifted her a live beetle which she did not appreciate.
In the present, they wait at the bus stop, still holding hands. Eun-seob tucks their joined hands into his pocket. He feels Hae-won staring at him and wonders what’s up. “I was just thinking, what if you suddenly vanish?” Hae-won is smiling, but Eun-seob’s smile slips.
A man walks up and tells Eun-seob there’s a commotion at the market. Jong-pil’s request that everyone leave Eun-seob out of dangerous mountain situations didn’t go well. He and another man are screaming at each other while their friends hold them back. Jong-pil accuses people of treating Eun-seob like the “town servant” since he’s not their son.
Eun-seob comes running in as the man tells his father, “‘My son?’ People will think he’s actually your kid.” Whoa. Hae-won stands shell-shocked while Eun-seob rubs his brow in frustration. The man continues, “Where did you even find that street urchin?” What the hell is wrong with this guy?!
Jong-pil punches him, and Eun-seob rushes over to break them up. He leads his father away and manages to get him into a taxi. Eun-seob apologizes to Hae-won for leaving her there as he gets in the taxi with his dad. Jang-woo walks up to Hae-won who’s still reeling.
At home, Yeo-jung tells Eun-seob not to blame his dad; she’s the one who pushed him to confront those guys. Eun-seob promises not to say anything to his dad about the incident.
Meanwhile, Jang-woo shares some of Eun-seob’s story with Hae-won. He was in second or third grade when an “aggressive” Eun-seob transferred in. There were rumors he was raised in the mountains with wolves. We see an angry little Eun-seob beating up a kid who was taunting him about his dad being “a hobo.”
Eun-seob’s birth father lived isolated in the mountains. Hae-won asks what happened to him, but Jang-woo isn’t sure since Eun-seob doesn’t talk about it. Jang-woo assumes his father must’ve died. Hae-won recalls the wooden headstone in the mountains. Eun-seob had told her the grave belonged to the person who told him the folktale “The Wolf’s Silver Eyelash.”
At home, Eun-seob smiles as Hwi comes in talking nonstop about the new bike she wants her dad to buy her. Hwi returns his wallet which Eun-seob didn’t know she had. Hwi can’t believe Eun-seob doesn’t even notice when his wallet is missing. He just tells her to ask him next time.
Hwi tosses him the picture that dropped out of his wallet. She asks if it’s his dad and thinks they look alike. Ah, so she does know. Eun-seob is taken aback when she asks him to throw the picture away. “You’re carrying around a picture of someone I don’t know. It makes me jealous.”
That makes Eun-seob laugh, but Hwi insists she’s dead serious. Eun-seob laughs again, sending Hwi running inside to inform her dad Eun-seob is weirdly laughing to himself. Ha.
In voiceover, Eun-seob states, “Did I ever tell you? I used to be really happy.” We see little Eun-seob talking and laughing with his birth father as they live their lives peacefully in the mountains.
One day, he’d run inside their cabin to show his dad the beetle he’d caught, but he wasn’t there. With that, Eun-seob narrates, his happiness disappeared. Jong-pil found him sitting by the roadside and brought him home to a very pregnant Yeo-jung. Eun-seob narrates that it made him anxious that he didn’t feel unhappy in that situation. He had started fearing happiness.
Hae-won waits for the bus and sees her conversations with Eun-seob about the mountains in a new light. She thinks of the man calling Eun-seob a “street urchin.” In voiceover, Hae-won revisits the story of the mistreated boy who used the silver eyelash to search in vain for real people.
We see Eun-seob biking as Hae-won narrates, “The boy was lonely. He couldn’t trust anyone.” When Eun-seob was little, his birth father told him they needed to read faces well since everyone would try to deceive them.
Little Eun-seob asked why people would deceive them. “In this world,” his father replied, “there is no such thing as real people.” Encouraging life lesson for a kid. Hae-won narrates that Eun-seob was wrong. We see flashbacks of his loving family worrying about and caring for him.
Outside the bookshop, Eun-seob turns at the sound of Hae-won’s voice. “You were wrong, Eun-seob.” He told her the boy didn’t find the village with real people, but that’s not true. The boy finds real people and lives happily ever after. “Like you right now.” Hae-won steps closer and puts her arms around him. With tears in her eyes, she thinks, “You were that boy.” He was cold, like she was.
She pulls back and places her hands on the sides of his face and kisses him as she thinks, “I’ll hug you from now on. Can you hug me as tightly as you can, too, so what we have won’t suddenly disappear … so we can stay warm like this forever?” She hugs him again and thinks, “Can you hug me, Eun-seob?” He hugs her back, and she smiles.
Eun-seob’s background is quite dramatic. It was a strange childhood, that’s for sure, but he was happy before his father disappeared. Did they have any contact with the outside world? It seems like Eun-seob was pretty isolated and wasn’t in school before he was taken in by his current family. Based on his dad’s philosophy of people, that fits. I wonder what happened to him. All evidence points to that headstone Hae-won saw belonging to his father, so maybe he got into an accident in the mountains. But what about Eun-seob’s mom? I’m assuming she died earlier since Eun-seob and his father lived alone in the mountains. Even that picture was only of the two of them. Did his father take to the mountains after her death? Still so many questions.
I’m glad to see Eun-seob has started to let down his walls and let himself be happy again. He smiled so much this episode! His overt happiness even freaked Hwi out. And Hae-won was like a ball of sunshine after Eun-seob kissed her. Her moodiness is so entertaining. I think what makes it endearing is that there’s no reading between the lines with her—whatever she’s feeling is on full display. And he clearly finds her moodiness adorable as evidenced by that “fight” over going to the event. It’s nice to see a more playful side of Eun-seob when he’s around her. I thought he might waffle over his feelings, but I was relieved to see Eun-seob stepping up this time and providing security for Hae-won. He seemed affected when Hae-won casually brought up that he could vanish, so maybe he’s realizing how much of an impact it has when he just takes off without warning. He certainly knows what it feels like to have someone suddenly vanish.
Jang-woo’s reaction to Hae-won and Eun-seob getting together was interesting. I couldn’t tell if he was just in shock or if he was concerned by it. To me, he seemed worried, but I’m not sure why. He’s known about Eun-seob’s feelings for years, so that part isn’t surprising. Was he surprised that Hae-won reciprocated? Maybe he was just surprised that Eun-seob actually did something about it. I guess when your friend has nursed a decade-long crush it would be shocking to see it come to fruition after all that time. But I love how direct Jang-woo was about it. The second he was sure something was going on, he just blurted it out. It’s noteworthy how both people closest to Eun-seob, Hae-won and Jang-woo, are direct in expressing themselves and don’t fake anything.
Come to think of it, Hwi is like that too. Even with the picture she found in Eun-seob’s wallet, she didn’t pretend not to see it or beat around the bush. She just asked if it was his dad like it was no big deal. I think Eun-seob needs that since everyone else in his family skirts around the issue. Hwi treats him like any little sister would and doesn’t give special treatment due to his circumstance. He’s just her annoying older brother who acts weird sometimes.
In light of what Eun-seob’s birth father told him about people being deceptive, Eun-seob surrounding himself with people who are outspoken makes sense. Eun-seob instinctually mistrusts people, but it’s hard to mistrust someone who will say whatever they’re thinking right to your face. Maybe it’s not always what you want to hear, but it’s honest. I can see why he acts most comfortable around Hae-won, Jang-woo and Hwi.
I’m curious about Eun-seob’s book. Is it about “Irene” or something else entirely? It sounds like it’s been finished for a while, and a publisher has even seen it. What’s stopping him from releasing it? Seeing as the woman at the warehouse said it was his “dream” to be a novelist, maybe it’s another form of him denying himself happiness. With everything, it’s like he gets right up to the finish line and steps back. He acquired a great family but doesn’t let them in. He wrote a book he won’t publish. And, if it weren’t for Hae-won’s honesty and persistence, he would’ve liked her for years without doing anything even when she reciprocated. But slowly we’re seeing him change, and maybe he’s finally ready to start letting go of his fear and allowing himself to live.
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