*Crap! I didn’t mean to post this until later tonight. The recap part is finished, but I haven’t put in pics or thoughts yet, which is what happens when you go on long tangents about green frogs. But since I already hit ‘publish’, I’ll leave it for now and update later. Now I have to run and meet a friend for dinner. Whoops!
Updated with screencaps.
In some ways we still got some repetitive narrative, but those parts went down a whole lot sweeter than in episode 8. This was a far less draggy episode, with one major reveal and Da Ran perhaps realising her feelings for Kyung Joon aren’t as uncomplicated as she thinks…
We open on Da Ran and Kyung Joon driving back to Seoul from the airport. Kyung Joon definitely feels he returned to his body- for at least 3, maybe 5 seconds. “If I felt something, my body definitely would have felt something too”.
Cut to the nurses discovering coma-Kyung Joon on the hospital room floor. He’s quickly rushed to be scanned, with a concerned looking Se Young watching on. Kyung Joon and Da Ran run into an empty hospital room, but they soon discover coma-Kyung Joon being wheeled back to his room. He’s still not awake.
Kyung Joon seems disappointed that nothing has changed, but Da Ran tries to reassure him, since he definitely felt something, this is surely the beginning. Se Young is surprised to see them both at the hospital, since they’re supposed to be on their honeymoon, but Kyung Joon ignores her inquiries to ask about the state of his coma body. Se Young confirms coma-Kyung Joon’s body did indeed move, but otherwise there’s been no change. Kyung Joon rudely dismisses Se Young’s assurances that she’ll call with any updates and leaves, allowing KJ’s aunt and uncle who was watching the encounter, to run up and ask Se Young if he was asking after coma-Kyung Joon. More talk about what Kyung Joon wants from coma-Kyung Joon. Yawn.
Outside in the hospital parking lot, Da Ran accidentally lets slip she was nervous and excited about going on a trip with Kyung Joon, who picks up on the admission immediately. Da Ran cowardly falls upon the excuse she was probably only excited because of Yoon Jae’s body, “do you think I was happy about going with you?”, sparking an argument. KJ taunts that she must be so disappointed Yoon Jae didn’t return to enjoy their honeymoon with her, leaving Da Ran to belligerently agree, before saying she was crazy for considering going on her honeymoon with him.
Kyung Joon mad, pulls off the ‘just married’ decorations off the car, while Da Ran grabs her suitcase as she yells they should spend their vacations separately. Kyung Joon yells back for her not to contact him for 3 nights and 4 days, he won’t answer if she tries. Da Ran asserts, she won’t respond either! He drives away.
Mari is staring forlornly at Kyung Joon’s empty house, standing at the front gate with several suitcases, letting her crazy run free. She cradles her phone (which shows a photoshopped picture of her and Kyung Joon in a tux, with the caption ‘just married’) muttering although his body is married to Da Ran, she’ll simply imagine in his heart/mind, she’s the one who is married to him. Sometimes the level of crazy with Mari is vaguely frightening.
Da Ran sadly walks the street with her suitcase trailing behind, wondering what she’s going to do for the next 4 days… and ends up at a Jjim Jjil Bung. So the jjim Jjil bung is a Gil family thing? Although to be fair, I’d also pick a jjim jjil bung- they’re so freaking convenient and cheap. And they have literally everything. Still hung up on her aborted China trip, she orders jasmine tea, the kind they have in China. In the background we see her parents and Choong Shik are also there. Uh oh.
Choong Shik spies what he thinks is a Da Ran look alike, but until later suspects it’s really his sister when he calls her and also sees the look-alike on the phone at the same time. Choong Shik almost catches Da Ran while she’s pretending she’s in China, but she smartly runs into the women’s change rooms, foiling Choong Shik’s attempts to prove the look-alike and Da Ran are one and the same.
Kyung Joon arrives home, but fails to notice a pair of heels in the foyer. He walks around without turning any of the lights on (um, why?), and discovers the talisman Mari bought from the Shaman in the last episode (the one about not allowing Kyung Joon and Da Ran to fall for each other) stuck to the inside of the fridge. He sits in the living room in the dark staring at the talisman (because that makes sense) when he hears a noise from upstairs. Mari is shuffling creepily, looking like a gui-shin (aka a ghost- in particular like those female ghosts who always look so creepy in Asian movies/books/tv with long hair covering their faces). Kyung Joon and Mari both see each other and scream their lungs out.
With the lights finally on, Kyung Joon confronts a happy Mari (because he didn’t go on the honeymoon) and tries to get her and the talisman to leave. Mari typically, ignores this, asking if he can’t just think of the upstairs like a different country, but then tellingly looks upstairs. It turns out she’s decked out her room with photos of Kyung Joon and Mari from the past, supposedly so he doesn’t get confused about his identity. She instructs him, whenever he’s confused, just come sit in the creepy room and get his act back together. Kyung Joon is appropriately freaked out and gets her to leave.
Later, Kyung Joon alone in the kitchen pulls out a map of the Great Wall of China, cutely drawing stick figure Da Ran and Kyung Joons, holding hands on the wall (he draws a little love heart between their hands, aww), but he notes sadly: “but Gil Da Ran isn’t smiling because of me”. Although he’s drawn Da Ran with a smiling face, he makes his own face look mad and frowny. He wonders if Da Ran really went to China on her own.
Kyung Joon concerned about Da Ran, goes for a rather distracted walk, getting caught by DR’s parents and Choong Shik in the process. He’s taken to DR’s home to be interrogated, but he rather smoothly lies there was a hospital emergency so he was unable to leave, however since it’s difficult for Da Ran to get time off from work, he didn’t want her to miss the opportunity and sent her on the honeymoon alone. DR’s parents look impressed. Amusingly, he further lies that Da Ran told him not to worry her parents about the matter, instructing him to stay at home quietly, doing nothing.
Choong Shik blurts all this time he was worried the woman at the Jjim Jjjil Bung was Da Ran, but it turns out noona was the one who left Kyung Joon all alone, and bangs the table at the injustice. Kyung Joon hams it up even more: “Don’t swear at your sister, I’m the one who sent her.” They all look more impressed and sympathetic.
Da Ran, still at the Jjil Jjil Bung, answers a call from Kyung Joon, barking “I thought you said you weren’t going to call for 3 nights and four days!” Kyung Joon ignores the bait in favour of smugly letting her know he’s aware of where she is. Da Ran immediately gets up paranoid- “how did you know that, are you at the jjim jjil bung too?!” Haha. Kyung Joon tells he’s at her parent’s place, and they think she’s in China, so she can go home comfortably. I love how he tells her to go home, distantly authoritative, but by doing a nice, caring thing also letting her know he’s not mad anymore. Classic post fight behaviour. He’s so adorable. Then he lies he got in a little bit of trouble for getting caught, leaving Da Ran guilty and worried that he got scolded a lot because of her. Ha.
DR’s mother has made mehun-tang (spicy seafood soup), causing DR’s father to declare “oh, so refreshing!” A typical Korean response to a dish like that (if you’ve ever eaten it, it makes heaps of sense). Kyung Joon however seems perplexed by the statement- the soup seems spicy and hot- the overall experience seems painful, how is that refreshing? Are the writers using Kyung Joon’s foreignness as a reason for this scene??? Because so far there’s been so little about Kyung Joon that can be credibly considered un-Korean that I wonder why they’re playing on this now. Also if his Korean is as fluent as it obviously is, I’m calling that he can fully understand that the word “refreshing” is often used in different contexts in Korean than it is in English. Anyway moving on.
The conversation turns back to Da Ran, and how unperceptive she is (for leaving him behind), and amusingly Kyung Joon goes on a rant against himself in third person- basically: don’t insult your daughter in order to please me!- Seo Yoon Jae isn’t anything special! He even tells them about his finances, he doesn’t have all that money (after buying the house), his wages don’t amount to much, as a paediatrician he can’t even rise that far to the top of his field! I’m cringing, but luckily DR’s family laughs off his weirdness, and DR’s mother offers to make him something else if the soup isn’t to his liking. Like a kid, Kyung Joon requests fried eggs (sort of like an omelette) with lots of ketchup, which Choong Shik also immediately asks for too.
The exposition twins- YJ’s mother and Se Young are chatting and Se Young informs YJ’s mother Kyung Joon didn’t go on his honeymoon, as well as bringing up Kang Kyung Joon. The name rings a bell and YJ’s mother realises Kyung Joon is also the child YJ and YJ’s father have been looking for. She gets confirmation from YJ’s father, but crucially, doesn’t inform him she knows the child he’s been looking for is in a coma in the very hospital YJ works. For good measure she yells about how she doesn’t want to find the child before hanging up. She wonders, “There’s no way… has Yoon Jae found that child?”, looking disturbed.
KJ’s aunt and uncle at the hospital: KJ’s aunt talks about the tonne of money KJ’s mother managed to amass, so different from her husband, while KJ’s uncle worries about their unsuccessful restaurant. Ugh, these characters are beyond useless. So far they don’t even get exposition, they just worry about the same things every episode- Kyung Joon’s money, why the hell won’t he wake up so they can get their hands on said money, and what should they do about their stupid restaurant that no one cares about. If I have to endure one more stupid scene like this I’m going to throw something.
Kyung Joon and Da Ran are on the phone, back to being cute again. Kyung Joon, up in Da Ran’s room says she’s just like her room. Surrounded by her things, he feels her presence. Da Ran is unable to repeat the sentiment, since she’s sitting in a house full of things for Yoon Jae and herself, with all of Kyung Joon’s things taken by his aunt and uncle. They discuss the ‘drinking table’ DR’s parents prepared for him (literally a table with alcohol and food to eat as he drinks), he’ll probably have to throw it away. Kyung Joon makes fun of Da Ran, she’s probably drooling at the thought of the liquor. Kyung Joon finds out Da Ran is about to eat “his” ramyun, and he sternly tells her not to eat it, he’ll come by with food instead. Oh my god, why are you so cute?
He literally runs to her with a bag full of food, while Da Ran waits outside at the front gate. Cue cute music and running/waiting sequence. Kyung Joon runs with a huge grin on his face the entire way. Awwww. When he sees the waiting Da Ran, he tries for nonchalance: “I was going to throw this away, want to eat it?” I am literally squealing.
Inside Kyung Joon spoons chicken into Da Ran’s bowl, adorably trying to spend more time with her: “It was difficult to leave quietly, it will probably be hard to get back in just as quietly, should I just spend the night here?” Da Ran, killer of cute moments, puts a kibosh on the idea- if he suddenly disappears, they’ll be worried. She enthusiastically eats, telling him she’ll eat well and waves him off. Ugh, seriously Da Ran, even in a non-romantic way that’s not nice!
Kyung Joon retaliates, asking for money for the food- but Da Ran is all “it’s my family’s food, why would I pay?” Kyung Joon gives up, muttering about how he should have given the food to the neighbour’s dog. Da Ran drinks some of the liquor, pointing to it and telling Kyung Joon- “this is your hyung!” (the bottle is 20, while Kyung Joon is only 19). Kyung Joon tsks, should Da Ran even be drinking this? This is special liquor given to provide special strength, is it okay for Da Ran to get so much energy? Haha, so this is aphrodisiac, fertility liquor? Da Ran scolds him, someone younger than the alcohol having no qualms about saying whatever he likes.
Kyung Joon: “Aigoo, hyungnim!” (heh). He pulls the bottle away from Da Ran, “no matter you look at it, you shouldn’t have come here- this isn’t a place to give strength!” Kyung Joon annoys Da Ran by suggesting she’ll gain so much energy she’ll accost him, and he won’t have the strength to fight her off. Da Ran grabs the alcohol back, yelling he’s worrying about useless things, “LEAVE!” Kyung Joon simply ‘uh oh’s at her ire, taunting before he leaves, “It seems you’re not confident [you can resist]”. How is it Da Ran always loses these battles against a 19 year old kid?!
Da Ran cutely walks him out, and Kyung Joon briefly runs back to instruct Da Ran to “come back” from China tomorrow and come pick him up. “You must come and get me!” So.cute.
Na Teacher and Aekyung have been drinking at a bar- Na Teacher had stupidly called this outing goodbye drinks, since they won’t be spending time together plotting how he can win Da Ran anymore. This causes Aekyung to become incredibly drunk. Na Teacher tries to help her, piggy backing her home, but Aekyung begins to get mad and gets down and throws the bouquet (from Da Ran’s wedding, presumably) like she’s throwing a pitch, at his chest, and then drunkenly walking away calling “Strike… out!”
Kyung Joon arrives back at Da Ran’s old room and receives a text message from Da Ran that makes him smile. However, after browsing through her things, he comes across the box full of Yoon Jae mementoes.
YJ’s mother goes to see coma-Kyung Joon, she lifts a hand to stroke his face, but is unable to bring herself to touch him. A tear falls as she watches him: “I didn’t even see you when you were born, but here, I’m seeing you for the first time… Kyung Joon-ah.” She leaves.
Mari out with Choong Shik is in a good mood due to Kyung Joon not going on his honeymoon. She’s so happy she takes off a pizza off his debt, but Choong Shik protests, so she buys him a t-shirt instead.
Kyung Joon is at the hospital, asking after his body. The nurse? carer?, mentions a wealthy looking woman came to see coma-Kyung Joon last night. Before Kyung Joon can follow up however, Mari comes running in yelling “Kyung Joon-ah!” running in and grabbing his arm, but when she sees there’s someone else in the room and managers to cover her slip by running to coma-Kyung Joon, enthusiastically hugging his body.
Kyung Joon takes Mari to his aunt and uncle’s restaurant. Apparently they’ve set it up exactly like his mother’s restaurant in L.A., even putting up an article related to his mother and the restaurant (called ‘Miracle’) on the wall. They note the lack of customers- Mari ate there once, but the food was disgustingly bad so she hasn’t returned.
KJ’s aunt and uncle hide when they see him, getting a waiter to lie they’re not there. Kyung Joon and Mari eat, but are unimpressed with the food. Kyung Joon gets the waiter to pass on a piece of paper to his aunt and uncle, which turns out to have the name of the head chef of his mother’s restaurant- his aunt and uncle have searched for the chef everywhere for him without success. Kyung Joon lures out his uncle, using the chef’s number as leverage to get his things back (he instructs them to pass it all onto Mari). Kyung Joon assures his uncle the chef should still be in Korea and he’ll meet them for vodka (what?! how does that work? His mother’s restaurant was in L.A., the chef is Russian, he just happens to be in Korea, and some stranger wants to meet him but he’ll go if he’s given decent vodka?!). Mari later notes he probably didn’t need to pass on the number to get what he wanted, he deliberately gave it to them, didn’t he? Kyung Joon admits he doesn’t want the memory of his mother’s restaurant tarnished or her money to go to waste.
Kyung Joon meets with YJ’s mother, who tries to determine if he’s aware who Kyung Joon really is. She assures him she’s returning to America, but before Kyung Joon leaves, cryptically tells him he was looking for someone before the accident, she didn’t want him to search for or meet this person. Kyung Joon states he has no interest in the past, relieving YJ’s mother (probs the first time that statement has eased her mind).
KJ’s uncle is back at the dumpling restaurant mooning over DR’s mother, who still doesn’t recognise him. So too is the Vice Principal, doing the same with DR’s father, leaving them all to replay the same dynamic way back when: the Vice Principal and KJ’s uncle look jealously on at DR’s parents being cute and lovey dovey. Moving on.
Choong Shik takes Mari to see DR’s room, since that’s where Kyung Joon spent the night. Mari spies his dirty mags, still not thrown away, and Choong Shik tries to suggest they’re Da Ran’s. Anyway, Mari also sees the Yoon Jae box, and she deliberately gives it back to Da Ran (who has arrived to pick up Kyung Joon) for her to take home, presumably so she won’t forget where her real affections lie. Da Ran calls Kyung Joon on his way back from seeing YJ’s mother and gets him to go home first, she’ll meet him there soon. First though, she rifles through the box she forgot about- and now I’m officially calling it the box of DOOM.
Da Ran arrives home to an exuberant Kyung Joon, whose face falls when he sees the box of DOOM. Aw kid. The welcome home goes awry, and Kyung Joon drags the things he got back from his uncle into his room, but becomes madder when he opens his closet full of Seo Yoon Jae’s things. “There’s no space for my stuff!” He pulls all the clothes out of the closet, throwing it all into a suitcase and dumping it in Da Ran’s room. As they yell at each other about Yoon Jae’s things, the DOOM box falls to the ground, causing Da Ran to become upset that the walkman (yes, really) that she kept in there no longer works.
Kyung Joon informs her it never worked, when he tried it last night it was broken then too. DR: “You saw this[the box]?”
KJ: “You told me to listen to whatever, look at whatever I wanted!” Kyung Joon makes fun of her keeping the outdated technology, Yoon Jae won’t even want it when he comes back! Da Ran says Yoon Jae gave it to her to help her study, and she studied hard to impress him (okay, this conversation is depressing me to no end). KJ” Yoon Jae-sshi is quite amazing! Making you laugh and cry and study!” DR: “Kang Kyung Joon, you’re really amazing too! Pulling and pushing a person and making that person confused!” Kyung Joon yells they should keep out of each other’s way then, so as as not to confuse/mess with each other.
Da Ran follows the angry Kyung Joon, asking if he’s behaving like this because he had to spend the night at her parent’s house. “You said you slept well and ate well and had a good time!” Kyung Joon stops and turns around, “Let’s not get confused and draw a line now: the person who is really going to be apart of that family, isn’t me!”
Da Ran’s anger instantly dissipates, but finds herself unable to respond with anything. They stare at each other awkwardly through the glass in Kyung Joon’s room, before he finally turns it opaque, shutting her out (but oddly, leaving the door open).
The next day, Da Ran tries to make amends by making breakfast, which Kyung Joon refuses in favour of frozen pizza. She tries again with freshly made juice, which Kyung Joon also dismisses by walking right past Da Ran to get a bottle of Vitamin water out of the fridge. Undeterred, Da Ran tries with eggs covered in ketchup, but she discovers that Kyung Joon has left the house.
Kyung Joon at the hospital, receives tickets to a show as a thank-you gift from one of the doctors, for helping him with a report. Apparently the material was fresh in KJ’s mind since he just learned it. Meanwhile, Mari is given movie tickets from Choong Shik (who cutely, is wearing the superman t-shirt Mari bought him), so they can go see it together, but Mari simply takes them and runs, obviously wanting to see it with Kyung Joon.
Aekyung is in the teacher’s office, pointedly ignoring Na Teacher. She asks the Principal to set her up on a ‘Seon’ date, denying very loudly that there is anything romantic between her and Na Teacher. He stupidly, doesn’t disagree, leaving Aekyung disappointed.
Kyung Joon is back in the children’s ward- clearly this is his thinking place. Rabbit and Gomdori (apparently this means teddy bear, but I still think gomdori sounds cuter), the two little kids who keep appearing are playing out the same scene that KJ and DR enacted this morning: Rabbit offers Gomdori toy food that Gomdori keeps turning down somewhat rudely. Da Ran interrupts with a call to Kyung Joon asking him to bring home bread- she’ll make him pizza bread. When Kyung Joon sulkily refuses, Gomdori basically reprimands him by disapproving looks alone, and Kyung Joon leaves to go buy bread.
When Kyung Joon arrives home, he sees all his old clothes hanging out on the line. Da Ran must have washed them for him. Inside, he sees Da Ran has also found places for his old things in his room. Happy and contrite, he calls Da Ran, who is out buying bread and feigns annoyance that she touched his things. When Da Ran finds out he already bought bread, she asks, what is he, a green frog?
Green frog = being contrary- I shamefully admit the only reason I know this is because my mother called me a little green frog, growing up all the time. The origins of that name is from the most depressing fable ever: basically this green frog never listens to his mother, always doing the opposite of what she requests. Finally, on her deathbed she decides since her son has never listened to her, she’ll ask for the opposite of what she wants. As she dies she asks her son to bury her body near a stream, although she really wants to be buried in the mountains. Of course, the frog regretful he has been such a troublesome child, honours her final request and buries his mother’s body by the stream where the dirt turns to mud, and eventually the mother’s body slides into the stream. When I heard it as a teenager, I imagined the stream was like an ignominious sewer, and the story practically brought me to tears. End of tangent.
Kyung Joon confirms it’s Da Ran’s last vacation day, and casually says he’s going to throw something away under the bread, for her to find. Why are all his gifts to her wrapped as trash? He places the ticket under the bread, muttering about how he can’t help it if she finds his trash and follows him. He also sees the broken walkman, and takes it to get repaired. Awww.
Meanwhile, Da Ran returns home to find the ticket, and reasons to herself that she can’t let the ticket go to waste… Ha, these two, they’re both so excited and pretending to themselves they’re not. As Da Ran is leaving to meet Kyung Joon, Mari appears with the two movie tickets in hand. When Da Ran admits she’s on her way to meet Kyung Joon, Mari handily gets Da Ran to swap tickets with her- it’s not like Da Ran actually likes Kyung Joon right, there’s no need to pretend to go on a date. Da Ran of course, not wanting to admit or give off the impression she likes Kyung Joon gives in all too easily. Mari skips off, leaving a disappointed Da Ran, who tries to tell herself Kyung Joon would have more fun with Mari.
Kyung Joon waits for Da Ran in the lobby, grinning from ear to ear as he listens to the repaired walkman, but of course, it’s not Da Ran that turns up, but Mari. Kyung Joon instantly says he needs to leave, he wasn’t interested in seeing the show anyway, he was only attempting to apologise for the walkman he broke. Mari, left alone with her ticket asks, “Do you still like Gil Teacher?” Ah, Mari.
Se Young goes to see YJ’s mother, I assume to say goodbye, and overhears *brace yourselves* YJ’s mother on the phone: she doesn’t consider ‘that child’ her son, her only son is Yoon Jae, and she only had ‘that child’ to save Yoon Jae. “I don’t know that child, Kang Kyung Joon.” Se Young’s eyes widen in shock. Yeah.
Da Ran is standing outside the movie theatre, wondering to herself why she feels so disappointed and sad that she wasn’t able to go see the show with Kyung Joon, “was it because we couldn’t see it together?”, when he walks up, asking “the thing I thew away wasn’t for this, why are you here?”
KJ: “Are you happy I turned up? Not happy?” He turns to leave, but Da Ran grabs his arm silently. Kyung Joon says “I’ll stay” as if he’s doing her a favour. So.damn.cute. He plucks the tickets from Da Ran and examines them- it’s a movie with a lot of blood- not something he’d be into. He crinkles his nose, and suddenly pulls out the repaired walkman: “I fixed it.” This whole time Da Ran is staring at him, stars practically in her eyes. She literally can’t pull her eyes away from his face.
Kyung Joon puts a earbud in one of each of their ears, and Da Ran continues to stare, unnerving Kyung Joon: “What’s with your expression?” Da Ran smiles, because she’s happy. Kyung Joon pulls out the earbud from Da Ran’s ear- “It’s good I repaired it then”, and puts it in his own ear, ignoring her and apparently only paying attention to the recording.
Da Ran, still looking lovesick and staring at the supposedly occupied Kyung Joon: “Kyung Joon-ah, I feel strange. Why am I so happy you turned up?” Gah! Cue swelling music. Kyung Joon looks at her as if he heard her…