Will You Have Dinner With Me: Episodes 29-30
Everyone has to deal with the aftermath of a traumatic accident. The road to recovery may take some time, but with our wacky PD glued to our hero’s side, things are looking pretty bright. Meanwhile, the exes begin to take responsibility for their actions.
EPISODE 29 RECAP
Thinking about Do-hee takes Jae-hyuk back to when he’d asked her not to hate him too much. She’d told him to leave and declared, “From now on, I’m only going to care about the most important thing in my life,” before heading back to the funeral.
Jae-hyuk now visits her place hoping to talk, crouching outside to wait for her return. He eventually gives up and it pains him to remember how happy they used to be – Do-hee literally came into his life like a ray of sunshine.
Meanwhile, Do-hee asks Hae-kyung, “How could you so casually say that you would die for me?” Hae-kyung insists that it’s true and as they walk home, their laughter catches Jae-hyuk’s attention.
He imagines himself in Hae-kyung’s shoes, but the reality is that he’s no longer the one that Do-hee’s looking at so lovingly. “I’m not the most important person to Do-hee,” he finally realizes.
By now, the couple has noticed Jae-hyuk, and Do-hee’s face falls. Jae-hyuk no longer has the courage to face the world because Do-hee is still the most important person to him.
Hae-kyung gets off a call and approaches Jae-hyuk carefully while Do-hee hangs back and watches with concern. Jae-hyuk blankly states, “Do-hee seems disgusted by me.” Hae-kyung assures him that’s not the case and that she actually wants him to overcome this.
Hae-kyung tries his best to diffuse the situation but Jae-hyuk thinks she’ll be happy if he disappears. “I’ll do anything for Do-hee,” he tells Hae-kyung. After taking one final look at his former lover, Jae-hyuk runs into traffic.
However, Hae-kyung reacts quickly and pushes him to safety, though he doesn’t have time to save himself. The impact of the car knocks Hae-kyung off his feet, and his body shatters the windshield before he’s flung onto the road. Do-hee screams, holding him tight as she calls for help.
Within ten minutes, both men are wheeled to the hospital. Keanu is also there and hesitates before choosing to follow Jae-hyuk’s gurney, since Do-hee is by Hae-kyung’s side. She’s left alone when Hae-kyung is taken into the operating room.
Similar to when Hae-kyung was worried for her, Do-hee can barely breathe now. She can’t help but think about how Hae-kyung wasn’t able to tell his mother “I love you” before she passed – I don’t think Do-hee has said the words out loud yet.
The surgery is over by the time Geon-woo arrives at the hospital. Byung-jin’s near tears explaining the situation to him, and he squeaks that Hae-kyung must think he’s Iron Man, jumping in front of a car like that. He tells Geon-woo that Jae-hyuk wasn’t hurt badly and will be discharged the next day.
Do-hee sits by an unconscious Hae-kyung and tells him that he didn’t have to prove that he was willing to die for her. “I’ll believe you, so please wake up now,” she cries, scared. She clutches his hand but doesn’t notice when his finger twitches.
Geon-woo pays Jae-hyuk a visit and tells him that Hae-kyung still hasn’t woken up from his surgery. During the incident, Jae-hyuk hit his head and before falling unconscious, he saw Do-hee running towards Hae-kyung without even sparing him a glance.
“I don’t think I can forgive you this time,” Geon-woo coldly tells his cousin. Jae-hyuk understands, because he can’t forgive himself either. He thought that disappearing would solve everything, and Geon-woo angrily tells him that he’s really gone mad.
The next day, Do-hee speaks to Hae-kyung as if everything were fine. She jokes through her tears, “If you lie there like that, I might have my way with you. So you should wake up now.”
As if answering her prayers, his hand wraps around hers and she cries in relief, collapsing on top of him. Hae-kyung comforts her and says that as a doctor, he couldn’t lose Jae-hyuk in front of her.
He groans and realizes he fractured his ribs, but he’s more concerned about Do-hee. She whines that he should’ve been next to her to explain the difficult terminology they used to describe his condition. Hae-kyung chuckles, “As long as you’re okay, I’m okay.” While being wheeled into surgery, he’d seen how terrified she was.
No-eul declines Geon-woo’s invite to visit the hospital with him. She realized that it’s not her place to go and tell Hae-kyung how sad she is. She also doesn’t deserve to get mad at Jae-hyuk, because she once wished that he’d do anything in his power to take Do-hee from Hae-kyung. Geon-woo tells her it’s still okay to be sad.
Keanu visits Hae-kyung to apologize, but Hae-kyung says that doctors can’t be responsible for every patient. He’s just glad that nothing happened to Jae-hyuk but reveals that he feels like he’s deceiving everyone.
He only saved Jae-hyuk so that he wouldn’t have any real estate in Do-hee’s heart. If he’d died, Do-hee would have to suffer and remember him forever. Keanu tells Hae-kyung that no matter who it was for, it was a very altruistic decision.
Jae-hyuk is visited by his father, who doesn’t even show an ounce of compassion for his son. He tells Jae-hyuk that he should’ve kept a low profile after he covered for him once. We see that after Jae-hyuk reported on Keanu, he’d kneeled and asked Dad for help.
Dad snidely said, “You were so confident about being a proud son to me. How dare you bring shame to your name by writing a bogus article?” Jae-hyuk explained that he just wanted to be recognized by Dad, but became too greedy. Although he’d wanted to revise the article, Dad told him that it’d just make things worse and ordered him to fly to the States the very next day.
In the present, Dad snarls that he should’ve cut ties earlier but surprisingly, Jae-hyuk agrees. “If I had cut ties with you early on, I wouldn’t have turned out this way.” This earns him a slap but he doesn’t back down – Jae-hyuk tells Dad that he believed he would’ve been appreciated as a son one day.
It looks painful to say, but Jae-hyuk knows that Dad will never love him. He was only foolish enough to realize this after going through so much pain. He wipes his tears and states, “You don’t have to see me again. I won’t be your son anymore.”
“Let’s see how far you can go like that,” Dad challenges before leaving. Keanu has been waiting outside and tells Dad that he needs counselling, suggesting that he drop by some day. Keanu finds Jae-hyuk completely heartbroken, silently comforting him as Jae-hyuk’s wails echo throughout the room.
Our sickly psychiatrist is so mesmerized by his own girlfriend that he refuses to be nursed back to health by Byung-jin, an actual nurse. The moment Do-hee finishes peeling her fruit, Hae-kyung pretends that he totally wasn’t staring, pfft.
Do-hee assures Byung-jin that she’ll work hard to take care of Hae-kyung but when her boyfriend grunts in pain trying to get his nurse to leave, Do-hee barks at Byung-jin to go away. She sweetly feeds Hae-kyung an apple once they’re alone, and he has never looked happier.
Jae-hyuk decides to get hospitalized to treat his illness – it’s the right thing to do, since his mistakes caused many people to be uncomfortable. He tells Keanu that he lived with regret and anxiety for so many years after destroying his career, and never should’ve run away. Keanu’s totally impressed by his mature thinking and truly believes that he’ll get better this time.
Jae-hyuk sincerely apologizes and promises not to run away, asking for help. As he leaves the hospital, he doesn’t even glance over at Do-hee and just walks past her. He just smiles to himself and it really seems like he’s going to be okay.
Ah-young finds Do-hee sitting outside the hospital looking sad despite Hae-kyung being discharged soon. Do-hee hopes that both she and Jae-hyuk will forget everything as time goes by and wonders if she really was unable to recognize his pain, or if she ignored it for her own happiness.
If Jae-hyuk died, Do-hee’s not so sure she would’ve been able to live her life to its fullest, and Ah-young says that’s precisely why Hae-kyung intervened. He didn’t save Jae-hyuk, he saved Do-hee.
Geon-woo stops Jae-hyuk just before he leaves the hospital and learns that he’s being admitted to a psych ward in the suburbs. Geon-woo says Jae-hyuk shouldn’t be driving in his condition and hops into the driver’s seat of his car.
When Do-hee returns, Hae-kyung (perceptive as ever) can tell that something’s bothering her. He leans in and encourages her to share her feelings, knowing that she must be pretty anxious about everything right now.
She says that her heart is beating fast and she’s having trouble breathing freely. The thoughts running through her mind right now range from “Did he have lunch?” to “Why is he so handsome?”
He agrees that she’s pretty weird, and gives her a peck. Hae-kyung realizes this is why counselling family doesn’t work and puckers up for another smooch, which Do-hee purposely ignores, leaving him pouting.
EPISODE 30 RECAP
Jae-hyuk apologizes to Geon-woo. He says that in order for others to be happy, he has to put everything behind and live a good life. Keanu had told him that finding happiness was the only way for him to be forgiven.
Ah-young visits Keanu at the clinic to hear the rest of his stories, starting with how he knows Jae-hyuk. She’s angry to learn that Keanu knew the state Jae-hyuk was in from the beginning, and repeatedly hits him with her purse – what if Hae-kyung died or something happened to Do-hee? She exhausts herself and says that things wouldn’t have gotten this out of hand if he told her earlier.
Keanu finally shares his story about how Jae-hyuk was not only his patient, but also his worst enemy. The one who framed him as a murderer and caused his life to fall apart. He tells Ah-young that if Hae-kyung and Do-hee weren’t involved, he probably would’ve killed him.
She asks, “How have you been holding up with that?” Keanu just says that it’s something nobody was able to prevent. He himself failed as a doctor and as a human.
The next day, Byung-jin brings Hae-kyung home and they both fall onto the couch, causing Hae-kyung to yelp in pain. Byung-jin is confident that he’s the perfect man to nurse Hae-kyung back to health but Hae-kyung stops him right there.
He tells Byung-jin that he lacks the gift of taking hints. Byung-jin always says that he knows what Hae-kyung’s thinking just by looking into his eyes, so Hae-kyung gives him a chance. “What do my eyes say?” Byung-jin draws closer and gets shy, finally understanding Hae-kyung’s needs (Do-hee) and leaves immediately.
Do-hee’s mom cooks up a sweat and snaps at Do-hee for ordering her around without telling her what all this food is for. It’s obvious that Do-hee’s lying that it’s for her hardworking team, and Mom’s afraid she’ll end up with someone like Young-dong or Jae-hyuk.
When Mom fumes that she spent so much effort feeding them, Do-hee meekly claims that this time will be different. Mom yells, “If you’re seeing a weirdo again, I’ll go find him and pull out all his hair.”
Hae-kyung’s suspicious of all the food Do-hee brought, but she reassures him that it’s made by her mom, with 32 years of cooking expertise. She claims that he’ll heal up in no time with this medication.
Knowing that Mom would do “whatever it takes” to keep her daughter away from him, Hae-kyung hesitantly asks if she knew who she was cooking for. LOL, Do-hee purposely gives him an ambiguous answer.
Meanwhile, Mom finally gets a moment to herself and receives a text from Do-hee’s dad. He regrets what he did and apologizes, promising to never do it again. Dad asks for forgiveness for being an idiot, and Mom just sighs.
No-eul arrives at 2N Box with Geon-woo with plans to quit the show. Geon-woo’s angry to hear that her mom caused trouble again, but is glad that No-eul doesn’t plan to pay a cent towards the debt. He assures her that she doesn’t look pathetic before heading inside.
She apologizes to Ah-young for mixing up personal problems with her professional life, but Ah-young blames herself for letting No-eul and Jae-hyuk do whatever they want just to make some money.
Despite everything, she enjoyed shooting the show with No-eul and is confident she’ll receive offers from other companies. When Ah-young learns that No-eul plans to do a fashion-related show with Geon-woo, she momentarily jumps into CEO-mode and asks her a bunch of questions before calming herself down and wishing her luck with a smile.
Hae-kyung is pretty impressed by the spread and says it’s his first time having homemade beef bone stew. Do-hee lies that restaurants make it better, but he disagrees. She knows that he’s been cooking for himself since he was ten, which is why he’s so affected by a home-cooked meal.
“The more I get to know you, the more flaws I find,” she tells him. He seems like the perfect guy, but is out here being sad over a regular bowl of stew. Hae-kyung replies that it’s not good to be perfect, so he’s gotta have some flaws. She’s glad he’s eating well and Hae-kyung jokes that she can be a food therapist at the clinic.
When he asks when she’ll introduce him to Mom, she avoids the topic by piling food onto his bowl, and he wonders if her hearing’s gone bad, hah.
There’s a new cast for Have My Heart and today’s topic is about drinks that you can order on a blind date. Everyone’s pretty bored so Jin-kyu calls for a break. He sighs that the screen looks lifeless without No-eul, and Jung-hwan says that it’s dull without Do-hee.
That night, Keanu treats Ah-young to mandoo. She lovingly places a dumpling on his plate, which reminds Keanu of how proactive she’s always been in pursuing the relationship.
While walking through the dark street, he takes her hand and asks if she remembers how he needed to find closure for his resentful heart before moving in with her. He failed, so he can no longer be with her. What?! Keanu tells her to take care of herself and meet someone good, but Ah-young insists that she’ll wait for him, leaving with tears streaming down her face.
The next day, So-ra visits Do-hee at home and notes that she looks pretty depressed. She tells Do-hee that No-eul quit, begrudgingly admitting that she’s not only pretty but also cool. Do-hee will be resting today since Byung-jin will take care of Hae-kyung.
Keanu walks the street alone while Ah-young wallows in her sadness at work. They both think back to the night when Keanu had asked to hear her story. Ah-young told him about being set up with many men with fancy jobs.
The guys had condescendingly dumped her, thinking she was a pretty girl trying to marry rich for an easy life. It’s why she hates arrogant men. Keanu called them idiots and told her that she’s still beautiful. Feeling unsettled, Ah-young heads to the pharmacy and purchases ten boxes of digestive drinks.
Do-hee dreams about the accident, feeling distressed when she sees Hae-kyung leaving her to speak to Jae-hyuk. She tosses in her sleep while reliving the horrific scene of holding her boyfriend’s bloodied body.
She now dreams that Hae-kyung’s asleep at home, unresponsive no matter how hard she tries to wake him up. She wakes up in a cold sweat and immediately calls him, but he doesn’t answer. She runs all the way to his house and collapses into his arms once he opens the door.
Hae-kyung holds her and reassures her that it was just a dream, and he’s right here. He calls himself a terrible doctor for not noticing his own girlfriend’s condition, but she didn’t realize it either.
Hae-kyung explains that she suppressed her feelings because she was so shocked, which is natural. He makes her laugh by joking that the prescription is her boyfriend’s love. Now that she’s calmer, Do-hee is exhausted after running for thirty minutes.
She changes into his clothes since she’s all sweaty, while he thinks about how she didn’t know about her own condition. Do-hee pouts that he should’ve called her over if Byung-jin left in the morning, but he says that he’s pretty much recovered by now.
Do-hee confidently insists on helping him dress his wound, but cringes when she actually sees the scar that the surgery left behind. As Do-hee concentrates, he zones in on her lips and warns, “I definitely told you I was fine.” Without holding back, he initiates a deep kiss and tells Do-hee to have breakfast with him tomorrow morning.
THIS! This is what I’ve wanted all along, and I can’t believe it took a life-threatening accident to get to this point. I feel like the show purposefully uses death/the potential of death to bring our couple closer, which I don’t find to be necessary. It just seems like a convenient plot point to throw in there to explain the sudden changes in behavior in No-eul, Jae-hyuk, and even Do-hee (Writer Lee’s passing is what allowed her to finally take down her walls and put her all into the relationship). It almost seems like they’re cheating, but to be honest, I guess I don’t really care either way because it got us where we needed to be.
I once again just really appreciate Lee Ji-hoon as an actor. Despite hating Jae-hyuk for a good chunk of the show, I’m somehow able to now sympathize with him and really root for him to grow and heal. He was really well written in the sense that before we knew his backstory, he always seemed a little off, though we couldn’t quite put our finger on it. In retrospect, his behavior makes a lot of sense and it’s pretty clear why he acts the way he does. It’s kind of ironic how everyone in his life shunned him, but Keanu stayed by his side to support and comfort him.
Speaking of Keanu, I don’t really understand his decision to leave Ah-young. He’s no longer as resentful towards Jae-hyuk, so I’m not sure what sparked this? Is it just because his name is not cleared yet, and he knows that it won’t be until Jae-hyuk decides to write a correction article? Saving Ah-young from the scrutiny of dating a “murderer” is the only reason I can come up with. It’s clear he loves her, and despite his best efforts, I know she will never give up on him.
As for our favorite couple, I truly enjoyed seeing them interact so freely. Hae-kyung’s advances in the last episode felt a bit pushier (?) than he would normally be, probably because he was fueled by intense emotions. Somehow, it seemed like he reset after his accident and everything he did in this episode felt very him. It’s such a Hae-kyung thing to do, to ask Do-hee to breakfast as a way of telling her to stay the night. It’s been so fun watching these two flirting on-screen. Regardless of how I feel about the plot, Hae-kyung and Do-hee remain one of my favorite couples of the year. Their chemistry is out of this world and there are some moments that feel very genuine and unscripted, as if Song Seung-heon were adlibbing and Seo Ji-hye finds him genuinely hilarious. I am happy to have been witness to such a respectful and mature relationship.
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