Side dish: Where else would you eat snail, but at a French restaurant? Batifole is not only delicious, but has the added benefit of being located where the Chinese restaurant scene in A Christmas Story was shot. Not to worry, the food is better than the website.
In bed with Mi Young (Jang Na Ra), Gun (Jang Hyuk) manfully resists his carnal impulses, then spends the night watching Mi Young sleep like a log. The next morning, he goes for an energizing jog and runs into Daniel (Choi Jin Hyuk). The two proceed to have a race, only to collapse by the end. Physical pain makes for excellent male bonding as the two call a truce.
To apologize for pretending to be a priest, Daniel takes Mi Young to see his design exhibit, where his presence causes a media frenzy. Mi Young realizes for the first time that Daniel is pretty famous, as she escapes through a back exit.
Back at the parenting class, Mi Young and Gun have such a nice time that he decides to show her around his office. Unfortunately, Se Ra is there, waiting to surprise Gun. Gun is about to tell Se Ra the truth, but Mi Young stops him and pretends to be a secretary, not wanting to hurt Se Ra’s feelings.
A troubled Gun goes to visit Se Ra’s hotel room where she asks to marry him as she falls asleep. He leaves her with a note saying that he has something to tell her.
The next morning, Mi Young is rescued by Daniel from obnoxious reporters who appear as she leaves the house. Gun, meanwhile, is prevented from telling Se Ra the truth by an emergency call from Mi Young’s mom, who turns out to have kidney stones.
On their way back from visiting mom at the hospital, Gun and Mi Young run in to Se Ra outside their house. Gun finally tells a devastated Se Ra the truth. Gun is equally devastated, and spends some time locked up in his room weeping through his insane laughter.
Gun is cold to Mi Young when he emerges, but she has no time to dwell, because Grandma takes her to a party. She’s introduced to everyone as Gun’s new bride, but the minute Grandma leaves her alone, she gets water thrown in her face, followed by a drunken Lawyer Min publicly humiliating her. Like a proper white knight, Gun shows up just in time to sweep her away, after demanding (and getting) applause from the crowd for his awesomeness.
Gun and Mi Young end up on a bridge overlooking the river, where Gun thanks her for being with him, as fireworks go off in the night sky. It looks like a big kiss is coming, but he pecks her on the cheek instead. I’m confused as to how we got here, just like Mi Young. In the final scene, we flash back to her telling Daniel that she’s afraid of accepting Gun’s kindness towards her, because then she’ll be unable to let him go.
Only 만: So this wasn’t one of my favourite episodes, though not because this was a more serious episode, what with Se Ra’s return.
Junggugeo Kaenada 중국어 캐나다: Well, I was getting a little tired of watching Mi Young get abused and humiliated. They really piled it on in this episode. Even Mi Young admits to Daniel that she should stand up for herself. I wish she had followed her own advice.
만: Agreed. She doesn’t seem to have grown. No wonder Gun likes her; he can be a knight in shining armour for her, because she apparently can’t defend herself at all.
중국어 캐나다: On one level, I understand that Mi Young believes that she deserves the scorn of others, because having a one-night stand with another woman’s boyfriend is egregious to her. Yet, I wish Mi Young was capable of leaving the room, instead of standing there and taking the abuse.
만: I get the feeling she would have taken the abuse regardless, because it’s not in her personality to stand up for herself. I’m not sure why, because she seems to have a super-strong mother and sisters. Honestly, watching Gun rescue her felt kind of … deflating? I was expecting more.
중국어 캐나다: It felt repetitive, because we have seen her being saved by Daniel and Gun before. And, from Lawyer Min, again!
만: I was convinced Mi Young was imagining this scene while I watched, because, like you said, it was so close to what already happened in the beginning. Plus, the scene directly after it, of Gun being all lovey-dovey with fireworks and music, played entirely like a fantasy.
중국어 캐나다: I was thinking exactly that while watching the fireworks, “Is this Mi Young dreaming?” It did not seem real, because it felt premature. Gun just lost Se Ra, and was obviously devastated by the experience, and he is already making grand, romantic gestures to Mi Young?
만: His devastation made sense. He’d been with her for six years, he wanted to marry her, and events with Mi Young happened really quickly. Having to break up with her should rightly have been devastating. Instead, he cries a bit, puts her picture away, then gets back to the business of rescuing Mi Young and setting off fireworks.
중국어 캐나다: Where do the writers go from here? Will Gun’s family curse rear its head, and place his life in danger? I really hope that is not where they are headed as a result of rushing Gun into committing completely to Mi Young. However, I will say that Mi Young spelling out her fear to Daniel in the final scene that she will come to expect too much from Gun redeemed her a bit for me.
만: Only a bit, to be honest. Listen, I wasn’t expecting a complete 180 on her personality, but, like you said, just the ability to leave the room by herself. Obviously there’s been no progress on her crippling insecurity, except now she has two guys who are willing to rescue her, so that should provide some fodder for the next 12 episodes.
중국어 캐나다: About the only thing I consistently loved in this episode was Jang Hyuk’s acting. The flood of emotions running over his face during the various complicated scenarios he found himself in was as riveting as his moments of insanity.
만: He’s given the insane Gun quite a bit of depth, which I’m beginning to notice is lacking in Mi Young. His struggles in the scenes with Mi Young and Se Ra were really well done.
중국어 캐나다: To be fair, I don’t know if there is enough for Jang Na Ra to work with. She is the straight man, and she is being written as the damsel in distress. I am pleasantly surprised that Jang Na Ra does not react in the way I expect. For instance, when Mi Young was in bed with Gun, she was aroused, not embarrassed.
만: No, it’s true that Jang Na Ra isn’t being given the same level of material to work with, and the character of Mi Young isn’t in Gun’s league. Hopefully, they correct that imbalance over the next 12 episodes, and give her an equal amount of depth. Maybe even an insane laugh of her own.
중국어 캐나다: I don’t know. Mi Young is very quiet; probably fulfilling her end of the bargain with Gun not to disturb him. Meanwhile, Wang Ji Won is showing the same breezy appeal that she demonstrated in the horrific “I Need Romance 3”. How did you like Se Ra in this episode?
만: I still like her. I like that she put him in a choke hold. I even like that I was sad when she put him in a choke hold, because I still like her character.
중국어 캐나다: Thanks to the chemistry between Jang Hyuk and Wang Ji Won, I actually believe in the relationship between Gun and Se Ra. When they are together, they convey the ease of a long-time couple, but there are still sparks. So, their break up is especially tragic, because you understand what is being lost.
만: It’s true. I’m glad that Se Ra isn’t a character that I have to hate, and that’s due in part to Wang Ji Won’s easy charm. But, since we’re on the subject of second leads, let’s talk about Choi Jin Hyuk and his running outfit.
중국어 캐나다: Yes, on to something more frivolous. Choi Jin Hyuk looked like a hulking orange monster running beside the sprightly neon yellow Jang Hyuk. The wardrobe department really likes dressing the men in vivid colours.
만: Which I love! How fun were they, racing each other in bright yellow and orange? It was fantastic! The male bonding after they’d crippled themselves was icing on the cake.
중국어 캐나다: Of course, the race served to demonstrate once again that Gun is a weirdo and a jerk, and Daniel is competitive, but finds Gun amusing. I am looking forward to the progression of their relationship.
So, I have expressed my fear that Gun’s hereditary health problems may pop up in the coming episodes. Where do you think “Fated to Love You” will go next week?
만: I think the ending with Mi Young confessing her fears is probably a clue. I suspect we’re going to focus on Mi Young a bit more.
중국어 캐나다: And, we will see her slap Se Ra’s bitchy friend with the back of her hand?
만: Maybe not in the next episode. They should save any backhanded slapping for the finale.
Fated to Love You (운명처럼 널 사랑해)