Episode 9 came in at 10.6%. This show is really bobbing and weaving in ratings, just like the plot and the character development. After this episode, I have no idea what will happen.
This episode was all about Ga-young for me. Shin Se-kyung seriously stepped up her game.
Special thanks to Hitomiakiko from Akiko's Morning Coffee for doing some spot translation for me!Episode 10 recap
We start out with Jae-hyuk prettifying himself. Doesn't he know that he could crawl out of bed and everyone would drool? But apparently he prettifies himself, not to go to work, but in order to brood over what An-na said - that he'd protect her and that he wouldn't make the same mistake twice. The image of An-na "kissing" Young-gul in the elevator is seared into his mind.
Even though Jae-hyuk doesn't love her anymore or even care to be in a relationship with her, I do understand this feeling. The relationship was huge in his life. He once loved her. It's hard to let go. However, we all know what happens once Jae-hyuk declares something his...
Young-gul, tired and probably hung over, walks home and pauses before the door. He fixes his hair and braces himself.
At least the boy as the sense to know that he did wrong. But maybe that's worse. He knows and he still does wrong by Ga-young. Is it so hard to say that he had a drink with An-na to listen to her Jae-hyuk woes? I suppose it is.
Inside, he finds Ga-young cleaning up and casually asks What Happened Last Night?. She ignores him and he asks if she's mad. Why should an employee be mad at his lifestyle?
He understands that she's angry and turns to find the entire staff watching. They quickly resume cleaning.
An-na is late for a meeting in the mall with the president and a slew of other businessmen. Jae-hyuk is uber pissed and the president doesn't look pleased.
Okay, that is not acceptable. No matter what your personal issues are, please take your work seriously. I know she's a thief, but at least pretend to have some semblance of professionalism. Or call. She uses her phone for everything else…how come she can't pick it up now?
She changes into a skirt that shows off Yu-ri's legs for days. Mr. Drapery_Jae-hyuk storms in demanding to know where she was (drinking with a friend) because this was a planned meeting and she showed up reeking of alcohol. Is she cheating?
When she snarks that he loves as he wishes, he grabs her arm and shoves her against a mirror. Why of all people is it Young-gul? he demands. Furious, she tells him never to touch her again.
I agree. Manhandling just because you're pissed isn't good. Now if he did that to kiss her…RAWR.
So now Hyukkie is pissed and he always does something stupid and irrational when he's pissed. This time he calls and plots the utter demise of Young-gul's business and wants Assistant Kim to hit the factory, suppliers, and buyers.
At Young Young Apparel, Bong Sook negotiates an order for fifty pieces, which doesn't thrill the staff. They were hoping for something larger. But she's excited and runs to tell Young-gul. In a random bout of slapstick, he opens the door on her face and she falls over. No one bats an eyelid save for Il-gook who fusses over her.
Then, Young-gul starts to feel the aftereffects of Jae-hyuk's rage: rent on the building goes up, loan shark Tae-san wants his "investment" back and the fabrics dealers won't deliver unless paid cash. As always, Young-gul calls his go-to man, Chil-bok, for some fast cash.
Assistant Kim holds up garments for Jae-hyuk to choose from - the ones that Ga-young designed - and he chooses the destined garment once worn by Michael Jackson himself.
No wait. It just looks like that one. Ga-young, you design thief.
Anyway, Jae-hyuk is happy as a clam when the person on the phone confirms that the Young-gul was indeed screwed over.
On his way out, Assistant Kim bumps into An-na, who is confused by the rack of clothing. However, when a garment falls and she sees the label on the inside, she totally gets it.
She's not so dumb after all. Honey, get a little smarter, and you'll leave him, move back to New York and stop being a smirking door matt. No one likes door matts that smirk. It's just unpleasant.
Young-gul heads out, a bit under the weather, and when he's gone, they ahjummas asked Ga-young if she has any money.
Um, are they serious? She had to live on the streets before. How much could she have saved with all the shit going down?
AND I forgot to mention this last recap, but when the ahjummas got their cards they asked what they were going to do with them. They've never had cards before. Should they use them as toothpicks? The chattiest ahjumma is indeed using one as a toothpick. and they ARE! Finally, some plot followthrough! AMEN and HALLELUJAH! Wait, I'm excited because they followed through on a toothpick
Anyway, the ahjummas want to know why the rich guy doesn't come 'round no more and then, lo and behold, he calls.
He invites her to his personal theatre, decked out with plush love seats, where a French film starts to play. (Which film is this? Does anyone know?)
Jae-hyuk is super nervous for this date of sorts and Ga-young is completely out of her element as he watches her fondly.
Now for my Jae-hyuk spiel. I'm assuming that he never worked this hard for An-na. Sure, he probably romanced her, spouted pretty words and gave her a good roll in the sack, but I don't think that she affected change in his worldview as Ga-young has. Ga-young is more than a new toy for him, but someone he actually respects and *gasp* apologizes to. With An-na he makes excuses or covers his guilt with anger.
That said, just because he's changing in one area, doesn't mean he's a good man for Ga-young even though they look ridiculously cute together. He needs a 360 personality makeover. He's started with the whole shy-school-boy-in-love bit, but it has yet to pervade his being. In the end, despite my hankering for Lee Je-hoon, I hope he learns to be a better person from Ga-young.
Back to Jae-hyuk and Ga-young in a dark theatre. Jae-hyuk cries during the film and dabs at his eyes with his hanky. Teehee. Ga-young...falls asleep. When she wakes, the film has ended and she's horrified that she fell asleep and quickly turns away to wipe away any possible drool. He smiles 'cause she's cute.
I smile because it's another plot consistency. She drooled in an earlier episode. Heehee. Toothpicks and drool comprise the total plot consistency! w00t!
They head off to a lunch of pork and lettuce wrap where he hands her a bag. It's Michael Jackson's jacket! Production on the line is finished and it will be delivered to stores next week. He has her check the label and she's stunned to see her name. It's to pay her back for the shirt she made him, he says.
WOW! Some pay back. That's what happens when you date a hot chaebol. I'm a musician. I've resigned myself to a life of poverty, but if you could hook me up with one of those...
Ga-young blusters that he didn't have to do this and he replies that it should be under her label next time. This is a souvenir for her first project. Also, does she ever want to work with J Fashion again? He'll even let Young-gul tag along.
She, as are we, doesn't think Young-gul will go for it.
Then Jae-hyuk digs a little about the state of business and she evasively replies that the president is taking care of it. Jae-hyuk catches on and says that they won't receive a proper order unless the buyer checks out the factory and financial situation.
O_O You naughty, naughty puppy. BAD PUPPY!
But Karma's a bitch. The food comes and he drops a splotch of sauce onto his lapel. He's mortified and makes all sorts of ridiculous faces as he tries to scrub it off. Then he calls for an extra jacket to be brought from his car. Ga-young is surprised, but Jae-hyuk is in the fashion business.
He then asks her what she, as a designer, thinks of his style and she thinks it's plain.
She makes Michael Jackson jackets and things with sequins. Of course she thinks he's plain.
Although affronted, he quickly turns the situation around and asks her to help make him less plain.
Slick dude. Super slick.
Journalist, drama lover, and foodie, Lisa enjoys exploring Korea, speaking the language, and soaking in all that dramaland has to offer. Her Korean husband laughs that she knows more than he ever will about dramas and K-pop. Lisa Espinosa can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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