Side dish: Both Gun and Mi Young had miserable birthdays, but more importantly, neither one had any birthday cake. For my next birthday, and it’s coming up in September (hint hint), I want someone to bake me this cake in the shape of Jupiter from Cakecrumbs.
Madcap chaebol Lee Gun (Jang Hyuk) finally puts the moves on a receptive Kim Mi Young (Jang Na Ra) as they kiss in front of the auction house.
Despite this leap forward, they still end up spending a chaste night together at home. Gun turns into a touchy-feely Mr. Hyde in bed, but he dampens his impulses by taking a cold shower. The next morning, Gun sees his psychiatrist, who watches him freak out before telling him that it’s okay to desire his wife. Unconvinced, Gun turns to the bible, but even that fails in the face of his snail fantasies.
While Gun’s half-brother Yong basks in Gun’s approval, his stepmother snoops around and finds the divorce agreement. All unawares, Gun and Mi Young have an ultrasound appointment with Dr. Octopus then go shopping for baby stuff. They end the day by discovering that they have the same birthday, and it’s the day after tomorrow. They sleep, with two teddy bears standing guard between them.
Back in New York, Gun’s ex-girlfriend Se Ra (Wang Ji Won) is having a meltdown over losing Gun. Meanwhile, Daniel (Choi Jin Hyuk) is looking longingly at a photograph of his sister when Mi Young visits his café. Mi Young wishes to paint Gun’s portrait on a mug for his birthday, and Daniel redirects his longing looks at her instead.
At the office, Secretary Tak gets a pat on the bottom for arranging a perfect birthday for Gun and Mi Young. At home, Yong bonds with Mi Young over fish eyes in the seafood soup she prepared for him.
The next morning, Mi Young pops out of the shower in a towel, only to run into Gun, who barely contains himself from turning into his lustful alter ego.
Before they can go celebrate their birthday, however, the news of their divorce agreement breaks and it’s a crisis in Gun’s family. Grandma blames Gun and collapses. Mi Young’s mom shows up to drag her daughter away, after giving everyone a piece of her mind. Gun eventually goes after them, but is stopped by Mi Young’s mom’s accusation that he made Mi Young miserable.
With Mi Young gone, it’s up to Secretary Tak to get Gun fired up about saving his position in the company. Instead, Gun gets fired up about reuniting with Mi Young for her birthday. The Romeo and Juliet strategy has Gun, Secretary Tak, and Lawyer Hoon break through the reporters outside the house by disguising themselves as high school students.
Mi Young also uses the Romeo and Juliet method to get out of her mother’s restaurant. This kinky cosplay ends with her friend, Ji Yeon kissing an unwilling Yong while the throng of reporters cheer on.
En route to the rendez vous, Secretary Tak gets news that a shareholder meeting is being convened to replace Gun. Gun refuses to go and Secretary Tak ends up yelling in his face to snap him out of his stupor. Neither gets what they want when Gun passes out in the middle of the road.
Gun ends up in the hospital, while Mi Young, unaware of what is going on, continues to wait at their meeting place. While Se Ra, who has arrived from New York, appears by Gun’s bedside, Daniel comes to Mi Young and tells her he can’t take watching her be hurt anymore.
Only 만: This episode was so confusing.
Junggugeo Kaenada 중국어 캐나다: It was not that bad. It was just nonsensical. And yet, I liked it more than episode 9.
만: I didn’t get the reaction of Mi Young’s mom or Gun’s grandmother to the reveal of the contract marriage, and the giant catastrophe that followed it. I mean, yes, they appear to have an agreement, but they wouldn’t even listen to the explanation, which was reasonable. Instead everyone acted like Gun and Mi Young had committed an unforgivable sin.
중국어 캐나다: Yes, the family’s reaction to Gun and Mi Young’s contract marriage seemed excessive, but I put it down to the Korean culture and the fear of bad PR for the company. I could be wrong.
만: I can understand the reaction to the bad press, but for Gun and Mi Young’s family and their reaction in private, I’m utterly baffled. The idea that after being browbeaten into a marriage by their relatives that Gun and Mi Young would just happily continue as they were is ridiculous. Frankly, my reaction would be more in line with Gun’s initial reaction, as in, “How do I get out of this?” Versus Mi Young, who was all too ready to immediately jump into a relationship. Sure, he acted like an ass, but at the same time, his feelings of wanting to escape are understandable. Instead of listening to that, his grandmother collapsed and acted like he’d strangled the baby with his bare hands.
중국어 캐나다: That was a low point of this episode. Then, they added Gun’s collapse, which is probably his unidentified illness rearing its head just as we need more drama.
만: Right. I hope we don’t end up with some lame noble idiocy storyline, or amnesia or something equally stupid. But, we’ve been ranting so far. Let’s accentuate the positive.
중국어 캐나다: Pretty much everything else that did not really advance the main plot was crazy entertainment. Gun gave us what was possibly the least sexy shower scene in K-drama. Of course, Gun was just trying to give the alter ego inside him a cold shower to prevent him from boning his wife. It would seem that his psychiatrist is acquainted with this side of Gun, because he did not appear alarmed.
만: I think he’s just acquainted with Gun, so he’s probably used to the crazy. Actually, if his unidentified illness turns out to be that the alter ego takes over, I’ll be glued to the screen for the next episode.
중국어 캐나다: Gun’s illness appears to be infectious. How else to explain the secretary who practically begs for a pat on the bottom from his boss, Gun? Or, everyone going along with the Romeo and Juliet scenario that involved dressing up as high school students?!
만: I have no idea. But, watching Ji Yeon take the opportunity to jump on Yong was worth it.
중국어 캐나다: I loved it! Company President Park and the journalists all egging them on to be more risqué. I laughed pretty hard watching Yong frantically flap his hand in protest.
만: Hamo hamo!
중국어 캐나다: It’s cute that Yong has decided to help out. He and Ji Yeon may become my favourite couple if they keep up this aggressive noona scenario.
How did you like Daniel this episode? I feel like he has been getting irate a lot, which both he and Mi Young have noted. The writers should take note and stop him before he becomes a rageaholic.
만: Telling Mi Young to be more assertive in one breath and then yelling at her for not listening to him with the other is a bit much.
중국어 캐나다: I noticed that Daniel chose to embarrass Mi Young by catching her in a lie rather than leave her alone at the end of the episode.
만: This is one of those moments played for pointless drama. Why would he watch her from afar at all?
중국어 캐나다: So, the writers have separated Gun and Mi Young, and placed the second leads as barriers to their love along with Gun’s illness. They are ramping up the drama.
만: I don’t object to that, because there should be a story in there somewhere. My main issue is that everyone this episode painted Mi Young as a victim, excepting the board members of Gun’s family company who painted her as a money-grubbing harlot. Her protests just seemed like bravery in the face of bad circumstances, as if Gun had been horrible to her all along, and she’d suffered in silence. I can’t believe she didn’t even manage to refute that convincingly.
중국어 캐나다: I wonder if Mi Young will ever grow a backbone. She says she no longer wants to be a post-it note, but she remains pretty flimsy. Oh no, are we starting to come down from our initial “Fated to Love You” high?
만: No, no. Our relationship with the show is just becoming more complicated.
중국어 캐나다: Like “Fated to Love You”.
Fated to Love You (운명처럼 널 사랑해)