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Memorials: Episode 13

A new discovery brings with it more questions as our couple searches for answers to both the past and present. A mysterious source provides much needed help in battling a foe, but who is that source and at what cost does their “help” come?

 
EPISODE 13 RECAP

After sneaking onto the Smart One City Area 6 site, Se-ra and Gong-myung discover a memorial tablet from the Sarang Resort fire amongst a pile of garbage. When Gong-myung sees a flashlight beam bouncing nearby, he holds Se-ra protectively but before Jeong Min-hwan (the shady representative for Q Construction) rounds the corner, the site manager yells at a granny to stop trespassing.

Jeong walks off, assuming she’s the figure he’d seen and Gong-myung and Se-ra sigh in relief. Seeing Gong-myung’s tortured expression, Se-ra takes his hand and suggests they rescue the memorial from the rubbish. They don their masks once more and slip out with a wheelbarrow… but are caught on the site security footage.

Walking home, Se-ra assures Gong-myung no one will find their hiding spot. Gong-myung mumbles he had no idea there was a memorial and Se-ra comforts him by saying she didn’t know either. They part ways but Se-ra continues to glance back at Gong-myung’s slumped shoulders.

A discarded banana milk jug gives Gong-myung pause and he flashes back to March 31, 2002 (the night before the fire). Young Gong-myung asks Jong-dae if he’s excited for the trip tomorrow and Jong-dae beams it’s his first time sleeping away from his family. Jong-dae yawns and sleepily pouts he wanted to see Chairman Jo before bed, but Gong-myung just yawns and suggests they sleep.

Returning home, Se-ra asks Mom if she remembers 2002 but Mom sighs she barely remembers what she ate yesterday. She tuts Dad only remembers the World Cup and on cue his door slides open and Dad barks at them to stop talking about the World Cup and sleep. Mom shuffles off to bed, leaving Se-ra holding her rice puffs.

Gong-myung answers the doorbell to find Se-ra waving cheerfully. Inside, she admires his fish as he makes her tea. Gong-myung asks about the puffs and Se-ra says she jumped in a cab without thinking so they came with her. She greets his fish and though Gong-myung says its name is Shrimp, Se-ra addresses her as Cecilia and introduces her to Sebastian (the scooter).

Se-ra starts wandering around the apartment as Gong-myung anxiously shadows her, checking his watch. When she nears the bed, Gong-myung blocks her, suggesting she go home now. Se-ra flatly refuses and says her schedule requires her to be here until morning: “I wanted to see you tonight, so I came here tonight.”

Cut to Se-ra bouncing around in Gong-myung’s bed as he eyes her from his position on the floor. He tells her to stop making the room dusty with her bouncing and Se-ra giggles as she bounces again. She finally settles and tells him to turn out the light. Doing so, Gong-myung tells her to go to sleep.

Se-ra remains awake, however, watching Gong-myung sleep. Thinking of his distraught expression earlier, she reaches out to touch him… and promptly falls off the bed. Gong-myung’s eyes snap open and Se-ra giggles. He tucks his pillow under her head and pulls the blanket around both of them. Sighing, Gong-myung suggests they take things slowly but thinks Se-ra was right to move the memorial.

Smiling, Se-ra praises her quick thinking and assures him no one will find it. Tears well up in Gong-myung’s eyes and Se-ra gently pets his hair. When he turns to look at her, Se-ra snuggles close and Gong-myung holds her tightly. She pats his back and they finally fall asleep.

A few hours later, Mom frantically calls Se-ra and when it once again goes to voicemail, she wonders if she should call Gong-myung… and then snickers she shouldn’t disturb them. She worries Dad will wake up soon, though, but luckily Se-ra bustles inside just then. She scampers to her room and comes out with an armful of clothing and dumps it into a bag. Mom chases her to the fridge, asking who she was with as Se-ra loads up food.

Se-ra easily replies, “Gong-myung,” and when Mom asks if she’s packing to elope, Se-ra retorts she wouldn’t need Mom’s food for that. She says to tell Dad she left early for work and kissing Mom on the cheeks, says she loves her and scurries away just as Dad shuffles into the kitchen asking about the noise. Mom replies Se-ra left for work and copies Se-ra’s “I love you” and cheek kisses.

Back at Gong-myung’s, Se-ra brightly presents breakfast. He says he doesn’t eat breakfast, but Se-ra says he does from now on and holds out a spoonful of rice. He tries to decline but Se-ra’s expression hardens and he obeys. She says tomorrow is his turn and Gong-myung’s eyes bulge: “You won’t go home today?” Se-ra quips, “Not until your fridge is empty.”

Since Chief Won employed Min-jae, Chairman Jo hired her previous secretary as his own. He tells the Idiot Trio that Chief won plans to abandon them and take all the credit for Smart One City. Shim reports Chief Won offered Se-ra an olive branch, but Chairman Jo is sure Se-ra won’t accept. Instead, he says they must continue feeding the fire for Se-ra and Chief Won to destroy each other.

At work, Se-ra finds the article about Chief Won’s father-in-law owning the Sarang Resort and realizes Chief Won redeveloping Sarang is more than a bid for the National Assembly. Gong-myung tells her to calm down until they know the facts, more concerned with why such articles are surfacing now – if they were protesting Smart One City, they should’ve released before the groundbreaking ceremony and if they were to damage her reputation, they would be published right before the general election.

Since they don’t have answers, Gong-myung suggests they focus on the complaints – a protester messaged to say a Labor Administration check happened today and they’re still onsite. Se-ra declares they’ll investigate… and return the wheelbarrow. As they’re sneaking back onsite, Se-ra sees a notice posted with pictures of them from the CCTV footage.

Afterwards, they sit in the car to stakeout the entrance. Se-ra falls asleep, but fibs she was just thinking (about smooching) and Gong-myung wonders if the Labor Administration supervisor left through a different gate. Se-ra sighs high-ranking civil servants don’t leave through side or back doors – they’re walked out, and the workers bow goodbyes. Furthermore, they don’t just leave, but go out for drinks or dinner.

When everything happens just as Se-ra says, Gong-myung wonders if she left some things out of her resume. The pair follow the men to a restaurant and snap a few pics in the entryway but are unable to follow since the workers will recognize Gong-myung. Se-ra calls in backup and soon Han-bi and Woo-young are sitting with them across from the restaurant owner to plan a strategy.

Han-bi and Woo-young pose as waitstaff and eavesdrop on the men, overhearing the Labor Administration supervisor warn the site manager they’re safety measures are poor, and they can’t afford more accidents. The manager says the injuries are hard on his men as well. When they’re done, the manager pays with the Best Industries credit card and drops his business card in a box Woo-young presents for a raffle.

The next day, a Mawon Credit Cooperatives rep assures Chief Won they’ll agree to any loan amount if they become Mawon district’s official partner. Chief Won gives him the list of judges who will decide, and his smile drops when he sees Assemblyman Heo among them. Heo assures him he doesn’t need much… and launches into a list, tutting he should’ve written it all down. He suggests Min-jae ask for something as well and Chief Won kicks him out to discuss something else.

The Idiot Trio grumble there’s a leak in their chamber, forcing them to move and rent rival, Hanul district’s hall. They start to blame Chief Won’s spending only to quickly trail off when she arrives with her entourage. Inside, Se-ra announces today is an opportunity for representatives to ask Chief Won questions about her administration and starts by presenting evidence of Q Construction’s illegal subcontracting of Best Industrial Development, leading to 5 accidents to date.

“I’m sorry, but that has nothing to do with me,” Chief Won responds. Se-ra points out she’s in charge of the Smart One City project, and “sorry” means feeling remorseful: “Do you really feel remorseful?” Chief Won demands if she needs to shed tears to be believed. Clenching her fists, Se-ra addresses the rumors Chief Won’s father-in-law owns the land of the Sarang Resort.

Chief Won confirms it and Se-ra asks if her decision to include it in the project was really unbiased. Rather than answer, Chief Won storms out of the room as Chairman Jo receives a text from the restaurant owner, confirming he’d done as instructed and cooperated with Se-ra’s investigation.

It’s been a week since Se-ra left home and Mom bustles into Han-bi’s shop bearing necessities for Se-ra. Confused, Han-bi says she hasn’t seen Se-ra in days and Mom explodes, cursing Se-ra for lying. Han-bi defends Se-ra, explaining she’s too busy fighting Chief Won come home or to the shop. Following the meeting, Se-ra’s opening speech was cut from an event and the people she’d known at the service center are shunning her to avoid being ostracized. Taking it all in, Mom wonders where Se-ra has been sleeping.

PART 2

Mom flutters around Se-ra’s office until Se-ra and Gong-myung return and she glares daggers. Mom declares she won’t allow Se-ra to remain at Gong-myung’s and orders her to come home. Se-ra scoffs this dynamic doesn’t suit them and Mom snaps it doesn’t look good for next year’s election, demanding why Gong-myung is allowing it.

Se-ra wonders why she’s mentioning elections and Mom asks if she really plans to give everything up after a year. She warns Dad will disown Se-ra when he finds out but Se-ra is more curious about the Sarang Resort fire. Mom eyes Gong-myung worriedly and when Se-ra asks about the memorial, she becomes cagey. She says many people were against making memorials – Gong-myung’s mother included.

When asked about Chairman Jo and Mom stutters he had a different opinion and abruptly takes her leave, shoving a letter into Se-ra’s hands on her way out. It’s a written complaint from Chief Won, accusing Se-ra of defamation. Se-ra asks Hee-soo to represent her in court and Hee-soo asks why Se-ra is trying so hard when even the injured workers have returned to the site.

Se-ra replies she promised the victims’ coworkers and begs Hee-soo to defend her. When asked why, Se-ra admits Hee-soo is the only attorney she knows. Hee-soo suggests she just give in to Chief Won. Gong-myung watches the women return to their offices in a huff and looks back at the internet comments supporting Chief Won – and slamming Se-ra – and finds one of the IDs familiar.

Later, while taking a break with Dae-cheol and Yong-kyu, Dae-cheol asks how long he and Yong-kyu are going to be at odds. Instead of answering, Yong-kyu thanks Dae-cheol for pitching in money for his father. Sighing loudly, Gong-myung announces he’s been looking into suing those who left severe hate comments against Se-ra. Dae-cheol blanches and Gong-myung laments they’ll probably only receive a fine, tutting Se-ra already received a complaint from Chief won.

That evening, Se-ra excitedly shows Gong-myung all the complaints she’s received against Chief Won, adding someone even sent her info on Mawon Credit Cooperative’s corruption. There’s a knock on the door and Se-ra is stunned when Gong-myung tells Dae-cheol to come in.

We flashback to see Dae-cheol in the Integrity Task Force office, numbly writing and re-posting supportive comments about Chief Won. He sighs when he reads today’s guidelines are to slander Se-ra and types: “Gu Se-ra, you’re the worst! This isn’t what you promised us.” In the present, Dae-cheol sobs he’d rather return to the service center than work on the task force and is too ashamed to face his children.

To make up for it, he gives them one of the guideline sheets which dictates how to respond to suspicions over the Smart One City Area 6 contractor selection. Se-ra points out this was issued before the hearing where she called out Chief Won meaning there was already evidence of foul play in the selection process. Dae-cheol tentatively asks if they’ll reconsider suing and the couple glares at him.

Woo-young delivers lunch boxes to the Mawon Credit Cooperative’s Mawon Office task force. One of the men asks her to make copies and when Woo-young does so, she spies a stack of documents on Q Construction.

At the shop, Se-ra presents the key points of Chief Won’s corruption. She starts with the owner of Sarang Resort and Gong-myung reminds her she’s being sued over that. Moving on, Se-ra lists the complaints she’d received against Mawon Credit Cooperatives. Gong-myung finds it odd that normally people send in complaints to uncover the truth, but someone sent Se-ra evidence of corruption rather than using it to press charges.

Next is Q Construction’s illicit relationship with Best Industrials. Woo-young joins them and passes the documents she’d swiped to Gong-myung. He finds Q Constructions finances are a mess and questions how they won the bid for Smart One City and secured a loan. Ja-ryong pipes up the person who lost is likely upset.

Min-jae reports to Chief Won that the company that lost the Smart One City bid sent an official complaint, demanding she reveal the whole selection process. Chief Won grumbles she just cleaned up the Best Industrial/Q Construction mess. She curses Se-ra, saying she’s inspiring other people to make a fuss. Heo wonders how Se-ra even found out and we see a flashdrive and Se-ra’s business card sitting on Assemblyman Bong’s desk.

At Gong-myung’s apartment, Se-ra organizes her stuff and seeing it’s midnight, Gong-myung urges her to go home. Se-ra says she has no home, pointing out the other apartment belongs to her parents. Se-ra excitedly recounts the second place construction company getting involved and suggests they respond to Chief Won’s lawsuit with a lawsuit of their own. Gong-myung sighs they’re trying to resolve a complaint, not fight in court.

They’re interrupted by the doorbell and when Se-ra runs over to check, she gasps to see Dad fuming into the camera. Se-ra tries to stop Gong-myung from answering, but he assures her it’ll be fine… only to scurry behind her when Dad storms into the apartment. The couple kneels before Mom and Dad and Se-ra groans what he’s imagining never happened. Everyone turns to Gong-myung and he assures them he’s perfectly healthy. Ha!

Dad orders Se-ra home and when she refuses, he attempts to drag her out. Se-ra shrieks and grips Gong-myung’s arm. As the pair grapple, Mom watches Gong-myung’s distressed expression and when she sees tears in his eyes, she screeches at everyone to knock it off. Cut to all four sleeping in Mom and Dad’s room, with Dad growling at them to stay 2 meters apart at all times.

Eventually he falls asleep, jolting awake when he finds Gong-myung’s space empty. Mom pins him and says it’s time he accepts Se-ra and Gong-myung are leaving the nest. Dad struggles but Mom doesn’t budge, and we pan out to see Se-ra making ramyun for Gong-myung. He sighs they’re eating ramyun at 3am but Se-ra thinks it’s special: “Ramyun tastes better when shared with someone else.” Taking a bite, he agrees and they promise to do more things that are better together.

The next day, Yong-kyu runs up to them and announces Chief Won has been sued by Assemblyman Bong. Se-ra races off and we see Chief Won speaking to a throng of reporters, vowing to discredit false accusations. Se-ra pops up above them, shouting for Chief Won to go to court and reveal the truth and Chief Won curses her angrily.

Chief Won is arrested for bribery and abuse of authority, allegedly receiving massive bribes from both Mawon Credit Cooperatives and Q Construction. That evening, Se-ra and Gong-myung chat with Assemblyman Bong and he thanks her for leaving the necessary materials on his desk to take down Chief Won. Se-ra blinks she didn’t.

The next day, Gong-myung receives notice he’s been reappointed to Planning and Budgeting. He calls Chairman Jo and asks if he was the one who gave Assemblyman Bong the files. Chairman Jo feigns ignorance and congratulates Gong-myung on returning to his position. He hangs up and greets the Vice Chief (who will stand in for Chief Won until the next election) and says now that it’s checkmate, it’s time to start a new game in their favor.

Meanwhile, Se-ra stands at a hearing where she’s accused of involvement in the Mawon Credit Cooperative scandal as Woo-young was both Se-ra’s campaign director and a member of the Mawon Office task force at the Credit Cooperatives. The Idiot Trio jump on her and when Assemblyman Bong tries to let Se-ra explain, Chairman Jo reminds him of Assemblyman Yang’s corruption, saying they can’t afford another scandal.

Se-ra simply replies the accusations aren’t true. Dong-chan retorts everyone says that and it looks bad for her to fight for a position she got through luck. They conduct a vote of no confidence: Se-ra refuses to vote, eight voted yes, one voted no, and four votes were void, passing the motion. Se-ra is stripped of her chairman seat.

Across town, Woo-young is fired over the scandal and her connection to Se-ra. She stops the men as they leave and screams all she did on the task force was buy lunch and make photocopies. The men stare in shock and when they wave a hand in front of Woo-young’s face… she doesn’t snap out of it. She slaps the hand away and storms out.

Drinking beer after work, Gong-myung asks why Se-ra didn’t fight back like usual and Se-ra says hearing she was chairman by luck was so true it stunned her speechless. Se-ra says even the things she works for disappear and so when she suddenly became chairman for no reason, she knew it could end at any time. Gong-myung points out there was a reason – Chairman Jo put her there.

“It was a punishment straight from the sky,” Se-ra agrees, adding, “But then you fell from the sky too.” She tells Gong-myung he did well and he returns the sentiment. Gong-myung worries about the future, but Se-ra is worried about Woo-young. She congratulates Gong-myung on his reappointment and asks him to help clean out her office tomorrow.

The next day, Chairman Jo visits Area 6 and sees the posted security photos and recognizes Se-ra and Gong-myung from the distorted images. He asks if they stole anything, but nothing was missing. The manager says the granny he’d caught had mentioned something about a Sarang Resort memorial, though.

Se-ra is packing up her office when Chairman Jo storms inside, demanding where the memorial is. Se-ra corrects she didn’t steal it – she rescued it from a trash heap. She adds Chairman Jo had forgotten about it as well and he seethes he still has a right to know where it is. Gong-myung joins them and Se-ra points up, saying it’s above their heads.

Flashing back to that night, Se-ra and Gong-myung place the memorial on the roof and drape Gong-myung’s jacket over it. Se-ra takes his hand and they walk home.

 
COMMENTS

Is Chairman Jo upset because he wanted the memorial preserved or destroyed? Has he thrown himself into politics as a way to give himself purpose after Jong-dae’s death? Is his agreement in the renaming and redevelopment of Sarang an attempt to erase that painful memory, or to cover it up? Mom’s reaction to Se-ra and Gong-myung’s questions about the fire and memorial was so bizarre. And why was Gong-myung’s mother against the memorial and Chairman Jo for it? Assemblyman Yang had insinuated Chairman Jo made some shady choices in the aftermath so I’m curious what went down back in 2002… and was the fire an accident at all?

In other news, Se-ra has been removed as chairman, and yet it doesn’t really feel like a loss. As she’d said, after being suddenly appointed via Chairman Jo’s schemes, Se-ra had always been at risk of losing the position as easily as it had come. It’s a bummer she was kicked out unfairly, but I don’t see it as much of a setback – in part because even with the title, she faced so much pushback it was difficult to do much with it. I’d like to see Hee-soo take over because she’s the most levelheaded option and I still have hope Se-ra will rub off on her. I imagine Assemblyman Bong was the only vote in Se-ra’s favor at the hearing, but I’d like to think Hee-soo was among the voters who abstained.

We had a little less fun this hour hammering out a lot of political mayhem, but our couple continues to be adorable and endearing. I love how Se-ra pushed her way into Gong-myung’s home the same way she’s pushed her way into his life, because despite his protestations, he really needs her around. Dad’s interference wasn’t as funny as I’d anticipated and that’s likely because how jarred I was by Gong-myung’s sudden tears. I’m not sure if it was a traumatic reaction to perhaps some domestic fights in the past or just the terror of seeing Se-ra ripped away from him. It’s hard to tell, but hopefully we’ll delve into that a bit in the upcoming episodes. I was a little confused as to why Mom was shocked Se-ra was still at Gong-myung’s but I’ll chalk that up to Se-ra fibbing and knowing Dad would flip his lid. Either way, despite the hiccups, nothing keeps our couple apart for long and I’m glad because as we uncover more truths about the Sarang Fire, I think they’ll need each other more than ever.

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I want Sera to be free from Chairman Cho who is using her as his puppet. He knows everything and uses it for him. I find his position about the memorial not very clear and pretty disapointing until now.

The couple and Sera's parents scenes were so funny! Poor Sera, she can't count on her friends to hide secrets :D But the scene when Sera said what her father thinking didn't happened and the mother asked why and they all watched GM who had to say that he was healthy !

I liked how Sera was here for GM and comforted him. They're really a super cute couple!

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Gong-myung stating his health while dad is glaring cracked me up so bad! Wrong to do and wrong to not do, poor Gong can't get it right ><

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Personally, it was the mother who made me laugh. The father imagining the worst and the mother asking why it didn't happen :D

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Han-bi's faux pas reminded me of my friends who'd warn me in advance of similar situations. Sera should have given her fair warning. Honestly, I half expected Jaryong to cover for Han-bi's mistake, but he still has some growing up to do, I guess. :D

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I want to give Chairman Cho the benefit of the doubt but I think he's way into deep in the politics to feel any emotions regarding Jong-dae.

The whole scene with Mom, Dad, Se-ra and Gong-myung were hilarious! Thinking about it is still funny! Never thought they would sleep in one room though, that must be SO awkward for Gong-myung. The couple continues to be lovely and appreciate how Se-ra has been supporting her Gong throughout these past episodes.

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The scene with the parents was a hark back to the slapstick the show started out with, which I wasn't (am not) a fan of. I'm glad they've toned it down over the episodes, though this scene was quite OTT.

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I have accepted the fact that when Mom and Dad comes to the scene, it's gonna be the comedic version in this drama xD

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I like how the drama is so realistic about politics. I mean, I know we are told everything from a comic point of view, but let's face it: politics are like this: you have to be "on of us" to get things done and you can be betrayed anytime because those who support you know may betray you the next minute. Somehow it reminds me of Designated Survivor: 60 days. We have these two well intended people trying to do what's right that always fail because they don't understand the way politics work in the real world.

I'm also intrigued by what happened back in 2002. It's clear that back then Chairman Jo wasn't already on politics. The fire seemed to be what caused him to be: whether to take advantage or to try and make things better. I've always said I need Chairman Jo to have a heart, so I wish it's the latter... his reaction to knowing SeRa and GM have taken the memorial gave me some hope I had lost over this episode. I really do believe he wants to know where it is, and that it's handled properly. After all, we're talking about his little son. But there's a lot to learn about the fire. Mum and dad also know something, something that involves Chairman Jo, if you ask me. Dad wouldn't be the faithful friend he is if he had done something wrong. He's not stupid.

SeRa and GM sleeping together, hugging each other was the sweetest thing. SeRa knew she couldn't let GM on his own when his heart was aching that much.

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I too was intrigued by not only what happened in the 2002 fire but I was more interested by Chairman Jo's overreaction to what happened to the fire memorial.

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I have nothing to add to your comment, 😁.

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Through all of this, I am curious to know what happened to GM's mum. There's hardly ever any reference to her, even though GM probably grew up with her. And why was Sera's mum so cagey about revealing how GM's dad reacted to the memorial etc.

You're right in that Sera's parents know more than they are letting on; after all, the two fathers were best friends once upon a time - there would have been some conversations in confidence between the two men all those years ago if they were that close. I wonder if they fell out because of Chairman Jo's decision in the matter.

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About your last point, I really don’t think so. SeRa’s dad run to Chairman Jo whenever he calls him, and I believe it’s out of pure friendship. He knows what happens back then. They were together when GM escaped from home. The fact that they keep being nice to Chairman Jo makes me believe Chairman Jo is goodish rather than badish.
Regarding GM mum, I think she’s dead. I can’t remember the episode but I believe it’s the first time GM met SeRa’s mum, she told him she was sorry about his mum. I assumed she was dead.

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Ya, I also think GM's mum is no longer alive. But I was wondering how she might have influenced her son and made him become the kind of person he is today - why did she leave GM's father? etc.

That reference to GM's brother wanting to see the father before going on the school trip makes me wonder if dad has some kind of guilt conscience, and if that might have been the reason for GM's mum leaving him.

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@Sunny I think you missed something during the whole house scene.
When dad was trying to drag Se-Ra home, she said something, "I'm not leaving here alone." That meant she wasn't leaving without Gong-Myung. Mum and Gong-Myung heard that. That was what affected Gong. Se-Ra wasn't ready to leave him and he teared up at that, letting Mum see him vulnerable, and heck why not bring him home. She saw his loneliness, that's all. Well that's my takeaway from the scene. It's actually my favourite. Gong-Myung finally being included in a family.

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Wow, I like your clarification on what Se-Ra said. It really clears up why everyone reacted the way they did. Thanks! :)

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That scene reminded me of the flashback when she was protecting GM from going back with his father when they were kids.

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Glad I'm not the only one who felt this way. I've been curious about that night and whether we'll get more context surrounding it.

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I love how the drama has so much going on under the surface ripe for interpretation. It makes coming here to DB so worth it. While I definitely caught and was moved by Gong-myung's shaken response to Sera's desperation not to leave him alone, I didn't realize Mom had been troubled by this specifically, as well. It was sweet of her to set up an opportunity for them to stay together longer.

The whole scenario reminded me of when Sera fiercely protected Gong-myung from his father as kids. She wanted to take him home then, but couldn't. Perhaps Mom wanted to make up for that time, as well?

I admit, at first, I didn't love the lead's domestic bliss getting cut short in such an abrupt manner, especially after getting to see so little of it. But when I saw how much having a loving family to look after him touched him, I came to fully appreciate them kidnapping both of them.

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Ah that's a nice clarification and makes sense. It still doesn't justify Sera's overdramatisation of things, though.

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Thank you for the recap!

This show and its camera angles! Giant Sera on the bed and our tiny Gong on the ground next to her!😆

I really think our Gong was distressed that Se-Ra was going to be ripped from him (by her dad). He might not be as forward as Se-Ra is with his affection and feelings, but he does give off needy vibes. How cute was that awkward hand hold when Se-Ra went for a fistbump?😍

It is normal for Se-Ra to snuggle into his arms, but Gong-Myung was the one with the sad eyes who held her like she was his lifeline in that moment. He even shielded Se-Ra on the site so she would not be caught, while experiencing an emotional crisis. It was nice to see him return that favor.🤩

Aside from being curious about the whole fire incident back then, I am also anxious to find out so that our Gong finally can get some closure, move on and cure his loneliness.🥺

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Little confused as well why Mom thought Se-ra was staying at Han-bi's but eh, the scenes with the family ended up being pretty cute

And ayyyyyyy! Woo-young stood up for herself!!! Sad she lost her job but given that Mawon Credit seems to be embroiled in all of this, it may be best to jump ship anyways.

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I too was glad Woo-young finally stood up for herself. Hopefully, she will end up with a job that matches her stills and appreciates her hard work.

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I guess mom didn't expect Se-ra to stay the whole 7 nights at Gong-myung's ^^
Yasss for Woo-young screaming the house down! It''s horrible how everybody just casually went to talk about lunch like what happened means nothing, ugh, hope Mawon Credit get liquified or something...

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I was silently celebrating when Woo-young gave the company guys a piece of her mind. But where will she go after this? I hope when Sera becomes a full time politician, after getting re-elected next year, she hires Woo-young in her secretariat full time.

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They don their masks once more and slip out with a wheelbarrow… but are caught on the site security footage.

Ya mean, for once the cameras were working!?

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And such hi-res / clear pictures at that!

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Thank you Sunny for your recap! I love to read about our sweet Se-Ra and Gong-myung. What's next? Can't wait!

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Thanks for the wonderful recap as usual. This show is just so much fun!
And thank you for the shot of the two of them looking down with their cheeks touching. It must be so much fun working on this project.

I too was confused as to why Se-ra's mom was confused that she wasn't at the book store. She seemed so NOT surprised that Se-ra was at Gong Myungs.
Also I do hope there is logical or at least clear explanation of the whole back story to the after effects of that fire. Where is Gong Myungs mother? What did he do all those years after he left? Please please will they tell us that part of the back story?

And again Se-Ra's parents are just so much fun. I'm so sad this show is ending this week.

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The cheek scenes were a nice touch sprinkled throughout the show! And I wrote the same thing about GM's mum a few comments above, before reading yours! I'm curious too - what happened to her?

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Se-ra forgetting about the rice puff while rushing to Gong-myung is the cutest ever! He didn't say anything and she asked no question, but it's so clear how much she consoled him just by being there... *clutch heart*
And yaayyy for Gong-myung finally adopted by the Goo family!

Did Chairman Jo somehow manipulate the documents to fall into Woo-young's hands? Technically it's still part of his smear campaign to take down Chief Won, but at least he is doing it subtly. (Unlike her Integrity Task Force, WTH, surely that's a misuse of power? Am glad Dae-cheol came around, even if his conscience surfaced only under threat.) Guess got to give Chairman Jo credit for pulling the strings and making everybody his pawn, except for the memorial. Trust Se-ra to put a wrench to his plan!

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It's super ironic that the "Integrity Task Force" is being told to write biased and/or slanderous comments

I did wonder if Woo-young found those documents just by sheer luck or what but also Chairman Jo would be terrifying if he could manipulate things that far ahead haha

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Yeah, for all the ways they are playing right into his hands, I am glad they actually threw Chairman Jo off with the memorial.

I also appreciate that, whether it aligns with his aims or not, they still accomplish what they feel necessary. Sure, they don't explicitly know of all of his involvement, but they know he's pulling a lot of the strings and still act according to their values regardless.

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Well, at this point of the story, I feel the writer is doing two things not so right: dragging part of the plot that is unnecessary or leaving them unresolved and creating new conflicts that maybe he/she won't have time to close by the finale.
Nevertheless, since our sweet and cute OTP remain together and strong, I am ok. I can endure all the absurd of politics and unresolved issues in the plot as long as my otp are growing up together and clear in their feelings and loyalty.
So... this week is the finale!
Bring it on!

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I agree there is some dragging, but I feel the central themes remain, e.g., the petty politics, the Sarang fire and GM's growth arc (which is yet to come full circle), and Sera's relationship with Bong and Heesoo. It is slower than necessary, but like you said, not enough to stop me from watching :) I am not sure I want to let these folks go this week :/

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I've complained elsewhere that films tend ruin their stories by having the stakes *too high*. Every plot seems to involve the literal end of the world. Here we have a bit of local politics, a neighborhood threatened by shady redevelopment, and one unemployed person finding employment. No need for spurting blood or zombie apocalypses or superbeings from alternate universes. I'm quite happy with stakes that low.

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Agreed! A simple neighbourhood story, which feels like it could happen in your neck of the woods too, even with all the comic touches, makes this all that more enjoyable!

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Thanks for the recap!

I lost my original comment for the recap yesterday and, while normally I would just move on and let it go, I want to savor every last bit of this show before it ends. Everything else is on hold, even Forest of Secrets, which I plan to marathon the first 4 eps of Sunday.

Even though they dialed back the more heady, initial dating antics of our couple, I swear my heart flutters just having them work together so tenaciously.

And then there was the cuddling. Last week, I said I looked forward to Ggong 'opening up', but I'm glad it never happened in any big or obvious way. It just manifests in the little things. Though it took her forcing her way into his home and onto his bed, AND falling off that bed into his arms, that finally got him to glomp onto her. And it was the most precious thing.

I'm in denial about this ending. It's been so consistently fun. Though, with this episode, we definitely began to feel the futility of their actions, as they often only accomplish as much or as little as Cho wants them to. While I'd still like to hope that there's some larger purpose to Cho's plotting right now (as his emotional response to the memorial may indicate), but I'm not sure I want it to undue the lasting damage his actions have had on his relationship with his son.

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Also, I really like how they approached the emotional importance of the memorial. Often, such monuments don't become meaningful places of mourning, with many collectively preferring a more genuine and accessible place of solace, such as the Sarang-dong stop.

And yet, the pain of realizing that there was a forgotten memorial, all this time, now left in the trash...the imagery of your loved ones name left in such a manner just feels unnerving. Especially for Gong-myung, who, despite visiting the bus-stop often to leave banana milk, has been characterized by a sort of complacent and resigned approach to life until now. It's like he's just waking up. By avoiding basing their salvaging of the memorial on a more generic and saccharine motivator, and instead focusing on such an ambiguous aspect to their pain, it allowed for everything to resonate that much more for me.

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'The emotional importance of a memorial' - this brought back memories of 'Just Between Lovers' and how the characters in that story dealt with the trauma. It's not comparable with this one, of course, but both shows are reminders, in their own way, of how such outlets for grief are relevant for so many.

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It's a bit interesting that this far into the show, what Chairman Jo's exact his goal is, is still unclear.

Let's see what happens.

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I love that she’s supportive of him and supports him during this time. In another show, he would be angsty and use it to push away the female lead, but here, Se-ra is there for him to lean his shoulder on, and its beautiful to see. I loved that all the angst/separation hijinks, that this all occurred before they developed a strong bond between one another. I seen so many bad writers go the lazy route and force a separation plot onto our couple, which A) Makes no sense, and B) Speaks bad on our character(s) if they are feeling that way in their relationship then are they truly worth being together in the end? Thus far the coupling feels realistic and the way they handled their conflicts, feelings, and emotions with one another has been mature and heartfelt. It feels like the couple were made for one another, and that’s because Ep 1-8 established their relationship on a finite and deeper level than just purely based on the physical which can only go a long way.

Big or small, I really like how every character here has been written. Even if you’re not on their side, you can at least understand where they are coming from, and their intentions. They’re surprisedly hasn’t been any road blocks that have been big enough to chip away at our FL’s tenacity. She has grown and learn along the way, and with heart and empathy to boot. Character where you thought from Ep 3/4 that would be antagonistic or bullying the FL throughout the show have not occurred. Instead, the focus has been on our FL and her navigating the murky waters of politics, love, and finding herself in the process.Sometimes, a little gem goes unpronounced and grows on you and becomes one of your favorites.

Side note: Why does Park Sung Hoon look like Tablo (The Rapper) to me LOL?

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