Episode 2 Walk-Through and Reflection
Catching up from last time
In the last episode, Yoon Dong-Ha's (Park Seo Joon) friend had accepted payment from Ji-Yeon's spiteful coworkers in exchange for publicly embarassing her. Dong-Ha couldn't help but to stand up for the under-dog and he successfully rescued Ji-Yeon from the ultimate humiliation (being called an unkissable ugly ajumma in front of everyone at the bar) by stepping up to kiss her himself.
Part way through the conversation Dong-Ha chimes in with a very wise and thought-provoking question: "Why does any of that matter now?" Though she doesn't realize it, this is the question that Ji-Yeon most needs to hear. At some point it doesn't matter how you got into a situation, whether it was your fault or someone else's fault. Something just has to be done to take care of it. And that really seems to summarize what Dong-Ha's character is all about at this point in the show. We still don't know anything about his mysterious past, but he isn't just sitting around pouting about it. He is stepping out into the world and doing his best to be a better person. He knows that bad things happen. He recognizes that there is some cause for them, purposeful or not, but the cause is less important to him as long as in the end lonely old women don't have to suffer public embarassment and drink the night away alone.
Blast from the past
In a flashback to Dong-Ha's past, we see that he was once in a serious relationship with someone while he was studying in college or something. His girlfriend at the time assures him that he can bring a certain dead plant back to life and that someday a flower will bloom from it. He has kept the plant and is still trying to nurse it to health. He wonders why, even after watering the plant everyday it still hasn't come back to life. I can already see the symbolism. His girlfriend is gone and all the watering can't revive her dead plant, just like all his good deeds can't restore his former happiness or relieve his guilt.
As the scene changes Ji-Yeon watches the clock change to midnight and another year has passed since she was abandoned.
The contender for presidency offers the woman he had a child with a plane ticket so that she'll leave the country until all the talk has died down. Then he proceeds to go on tv and publicly declare his innocence. He assures the newscaster and the critical public that he will fight against the false allegations of whoever was the original reporter of the story. It causes chaos in the news office. Phones are ringing off the hook and people are having to work too hard, but the boss thinks it's "sexy" and that they'll have to expand their office.
Ji Yeon's mom shows up to the office to try to convince her to start meeting men since she is still single at the ripe old age of 39. But more importantly, the psychic she's been seeing says that Ji Yeon is in danger because people don't like her (which somehow led her to believe that it was something having a husband could fix). She's only able to convince Ji Yeon to meet the psychic when she reminds her that when she was dying of cancer Ji-Yeon had told her she would give her mom anything she wants if she would just accept treatment.
Ji Yeon and her mother show up, put their cell phones away in the same cell phone box, and Ji Yeon immediately starts to be harassed by the cruel psychic. She is hit 39 times, once for each year of her unlucky life. As she and her mom are leaving, she grabs a blue zodiac horse and the wrong cell phone.
Drinking habits and pedophilia
Reluctantly, Dong-Ha is pressured into kissing Ji-Yeon over a beer. They continue kissing and move to the bedroom. You will want to watch this scene. But when Ji Yeon notices the wallet on the table she realizes that he is 14 years younger than her and immediately begins to fantasize about being sentenced to jail for taking advantage of a child. She throws Dong-Ha off the bed and the episode closes with her covering herself in horror.
Don't miss this behind the scenes beer kissing video!